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  1. Superconductivity optimization and phase formation kinetics study of internal-Sn Nb{sub 3}Sn superconducting wires

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    Zhang, Chaowu

    2007-07-15

    Superconductors Nb{sub 3}Sn wires are one of the most applicable cryogenic superconducting materials and the best choice for high-field magnets exceeding 10 T. One of the most significant utilization is the ITER project which is regarded as the hope of future energy source. The high-Cu composite designs with smaller number of sub-element and non-reactive diffusion barrier, and the RRP (Restacked Rod Process) internal-Sn technology are usually applied for the wire manufacturing. Such designed and processed wires were supplied by MSA/Alstom and WST/NIN in this research. The systematic investigation on internal-Sn superconducting wires includes the optimization of heat treatment (HT) conditions, phase formation and its relation with superconductivity, microstructure analysis, and the phase formation kinetics. Because of the anfractuosity of the configuration design and metallurgical processing, the MF wires are not sufficient for studying a sole factor effect on superconductivity. Therefore, four sets of mono-element (ME) wires with different Sn ratios and different third-element addition were designed and fabricated in order to explore the relationship between phase formation and superconducting performances, particularly the A15 layer growth kinetics. Different characterization technic have been used (magnetization measurements, neutron diffraction and SEM/TEM/EDX analysis). The A15 layer thicknesses of various ME samples were measured and carried out linear and non-linear fits by means of two model equations. The results have clearly demonstrated that the phase formation kinetics of Nb{sub 3}Sn solid-state reaction is in accordance with an n power relation and the n value is increased with the increase of HT temperature and the Sn ratio in the wire composite. (author)

  2. 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.

  3. Formation of the 110-K superconducting phase in Pb-doped Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O thin films

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    Kula, W.; Sobolewski, R.; Gorecka, J.; Lewandowski, S.J. (Instytut Fizyki, Polska Akademia Nauk, Al. Lotnikow 32/46, PL-02668 Warszawa (Poland))

    1991-09-15

    Investigation of the 110-K Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub {ital x}} phase formation in superconducting thin films of Bi-based cuprates is reported. The films were dc magnetron sputtered from single Bi(Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu-O targets of various stoichiometries, and subsequently annealed in air at high temperatures. The influence of the initial Pb content, annealing conditions, as well as the substrate material on the growth of the 110-K phase was investigated. We found that the films, fully superconducting above 100 K could be reproducibly fabricated on various dielectric substrates from Pb-rich targets by optimizing annealing conditions for each initial Pb/Bi ratio. Heavy Pb doping considerably accelerated formation of the 110-K phase, reducing the film annealing time to less than 1 h. Films containing, according to the x-ray measurement, more than 90% of the 110-K phase were obtained on MgO substrates, after sputtering from the Bi{sub 2}Pb{sub 2.5}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2.15}Cu{sub 3.3}O{sub {ital x}} target and annealing in air for 1 h at 870 {degree}C. The films were {ital c}-axis oriented, with 4.5-K-wide superconducting transition, and zero resistivity at 106 K. Their critical current density was 2 {times} 10{sup 2} A/cm{sup 2} at 90 K, and above 10{sup 4} A/cm{sup 2} below 60 K. The growth of the 110-K phase on epitaxial substrates, such as CaNdAlO{sub 4} and SrTiO{sub 3}, was considerably deteriorated, and the presence of the 80- and 10-K phases was detected. Nevertheless, the best films deposited on these substrates were fully superconducting at 104 K and exhibited critical current densities above 2 {times} 10{sup 5} A/cm{sup 2} below 60 K{minus}one order of magnitude greater than the films deposited on MgO.

  4. Bifurcation Diagram and Pattern Formation of Phase Slip Centers in Superconducting Wires Driven with Electric Currents

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    Rubinstein, J.; Sternberg, P.; Ma, Q.

    2007-10-01

    We provide here new insights into the classical problem of a one-dimensional superconducting wire exposed to an applied electric current using the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau model. The most striking feature of this system is the well-known appearance of oscillatory solutions exhibiting phase slip centers (PSC’s) where the order parameter vanishes. Retaining temperature and applied current as parameters, we present a simple yet definitive explanation of the mechanism within this nonlinear model that leads to the PSC phenomenon and we establish where in parameter space these oscillatory solutions can be found. One of the most interesting features of the analysis is the evident collision of real eigenvalues of the associated PT-symmetric linearization, leading as it does to the emergence of complex elements of the spectrum.

  5. Superconducting phase formation in random neck syntheses: a study of the Y-Ba-Cu-O system by magneto-optics and magnetometry

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    Willems, J B; Landau, I L; Hulliger, J [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Berne, Freiestrasse 3, CH-3012-Berne (Switzerland); Albrecht, J [Max-Planck-Institute for Metals Research, Heisenbergstrasse 3, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany)

    2009-04-15

    Magneto-optical imaging and magnetization measurements were applied to investigate the local formation of a superconducting phase effected by a random neck synthesis in the Y-Ba-Cu-O system. Polished pellets of strongly inhomogeneous ceramic samples show clearly the appearance of superconducting material in the intergrain zones of binary primary particles reacted under different conditions. Susceptibility measurements allowed evaluation of the superconducting critical temperature, which turned out to be close to that of optimally doped YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x}.

  6. Phase slips in superconducting weak links

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    Kimmel, Gregory; Glatz, Andreas; Aranson, Igor S.

    2017-01-01

    Superconducting vortices and phase slips are primary mechanisms of dissipation in superconducting, superfluid, and cold-atom systems. While the dynamics of vortices is fairly well described, phase slips occurring in quasi-one- dimensional superconducting wires still elude understanding. The main reason is that phase slips are strongly nonlinear time-dependent phenomena that cannot be cast in terms of small perturbations of the superconducting state. Here we study phase slips occurring in superconducting weak links. Thanks to partial suppression of superconductivity in weak links, we employ a weakly nonlinear approximation for dynamic phase slips. This approximation is not valid for homogeneous superconducting wires and slabs. Using the numerical solution of the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau equation and bifurcation analysis of stationary solutions, we show that the onset of phase slips occurs via an infinite period bifurcation, which is manifested in a specific voltage-current dependence. Our analytical results are in good agreement with simulations.

  7. On the suppression of superconducting phase formation in YBCO materials by templated synthesis in the presence of a sulfated biopolymer

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    Smith, Elliott; Schnepp, Zoe [Centre for Organized Matter Chemistry, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, Cantock' s Close, Bristol BS8 1TS (United Kingdom); Wimbush, Stuart C. [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QZ (United Kingdom); Hall, Simon R. [Centre for Organized Matter Chemistry, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, Cantock' s Close, Bristol BS8 1TS (United Kingdom)], E-mail: simon.hall@bristol.ac.uk

    2008-11-15

    The use of biopolymers as templates to control superconductor crystallization is a recent phenomenon and is generating a lot of interest both from the superconductor community and in materials chemistry circles. This work represents a critical finding in the use of such biopolymers, in particular the contraindicatory nature of sulfur when attempting to affect a morphologically controlled synthesis. Synthesis of superconducting nanoparticles was attempted using carrageenan as a morphological template. Reactive sulfate groups on the biopolymer prevent this, producing instead significant quantities of barium sulfate nanotapes. By substituting the biopolymer for structurally analogous, non-sulfated agar, we show that superconducting nanoparticles could be successfully synthesized.

  8. Superconducting phase transition in STM tips

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    Eltschka, Matthias; Jaeck, Berthold; Assig, Maximilian; Etzkorn, Markus; Ast, Christian R. [Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart (Germany); Kern, Klaus [Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart (Germany); Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland)

    2015-07-01

    The superconducting properties of systems with dimensions comparable to the London penetration depth considerably differ from macroscopic systems. We have studied the superconducting phase transition of vanadium STM tips in external magnetic fields. Employing Maki's theory we extract the superconducting parameters such as the gap or the Zeeman splitting from differential conductance spectra. While the Zeeman splitting follows the theoretical description of a system with s=1/2 and g=2, the superconducting gaps as well as the critical fields depend on the specific tip. For a better understanding of the experimental results, we solve a one dimensional Usadel equation modeling the superconducting tip as a cone with the opening angle α in an external magnetic field. We find that only a small region at the apex of the tip is superconducting in high magnetic fields and that the order of the phase transition is directly determined by α. Further, the spectral broadening increases with α indicating an intrinsic broadening mechanism due to the conical shape of the tip. Comparing these calculations to our experimental results reveals the order of the superconducting phase transition of the STM tips.

  9. Deterministic phase slips in mesoscopic superconducting rings

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    Petković, I.; Lollo, A.; Glazman, L. I.; Harris, J. G. E.

    2016-11-01

    The properties of one-dimensional superconductors are strongly influenced by topological fluctuations of the order parameter, known as phase slips, which cause the decay of persistent current in superconducting rings and the appearance of resistance in superconducting wires. Despite extensive work, quantitative studies of phase slips have been limited by uncertainty regarding the order parameter's free-energy landscape. Here we show detailed agreement between measurements of the persistent current in isolated flux-biased rings and Ginzburg-Landau theory over a wide range of temperature, magnetic field and ring size; this agreement provides a quantitative picture of the free-energy landscape. We also demonstrate that phase slips occur deterministically as the barrier separating two competing order parameter configurations vanishes. These results will enable studies of quantum and thermal phase slips in a well-characterized system and will provide access to outstanding questions regarding the nature of one-dimensional superconductivity.

  10. Spontaneous fluxoid formation in superconducting loops

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    Monaco, R.; Mygind, Jesper; Rivers, R.

    2009-01-01

    a scaling relation on the quenching time τQ, as one would expect if the transition took place as fast as causality permits. However, the observed Zurek-Kibble scaling exponent σ=0.62±0.15 is two times larger than anticipated for large loops. Assuming Gaussian winding number densities we show......We report on the experimental verification of the Zurek-Kibble scenario in an isolated superconducting ring over a wide parameter range. The probability of creating a single flux quantum spontaneously during the fast normal-superconducting phase transition of a wide Nb loop clearly follows...

  11. The effect of Al2O3 nanopowder addition on the phase formation and the superconducting properties of Bi1.6Pb0.4Sr1.9Ca2.1Cu3O10-y

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    A Aftabi

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available   In this work Bi1.6Pb0.4Sr1.9Ca2.1Cu3O10-y superconducting system (Bi2223 has been prepared by solid state reaction and the effect of nanoalumina additive on the phase formation and supercoducting properties have been investigated. XRD investigations show that addition of 0.2 wt% of nanoalumina on the superconducting system improved Bi-2223 phase formation . The results show that Jc increases from 36 A/cm2 for the nanoalumina free sample to 107 A/cm2 for the sample with 0.5 wt% nanoalumina.On the other hand results show that the transition temperature (Tc of all samples is around 108 K and addition of nanoalumina has not affected Tc significantly .

  12. Ultrasonic signatures at the superconducting and the pseudogap phase boundaries in YBCO cuprates.

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    Shehter, Arkady [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Migliori, Albert [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Betts, Jonathan B. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Balakirev, Fedor F. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; McDonald, Ross David [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Riggs, Scott C. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Ramshaw, Brad [University of British Columbia, Canada; Liang, Ruixing [University of British Columbia, Canada; Hardy, Walter N. [University of British Columbia, Canada; Bonn, Doug A. [University of British Columbia, Canada

    2012-08-28

    A major issue in the understanding of cuprate superconductors is the nature of the metallic state from which high temperature superconductivity emerges. Central to this issue is the pseudogap region of the doping-temperature phase diagram that extends from room temperature to the superconducting transition. Although polarized neutron scattering studies hint at magnetic order associated with the pseudogap, there is no clear thermodynamic evidence for a phase boundary. Such evidence has a straightforward physical interpretation, however, it is difficult to obtain over a temperature range wide enough to encompass both the pseudogap and superconducting phases. We address this by measuring the elastic response of detwinned single crystals, an underdoped YBCO{sub 6.60} with superconducting transition at T{sub c} = 61.6K and a slightly overdoped YBCO{sub 6.98} with T{sub c} = 88.0K. We observe a discontinuity in the elastic moduli across the superconducting transition. Its magnitude requires that pair formation is coincident with superconducting coherence (the onset of the Meissner effect). For both crystals the elastic response reveals a phase transition at the pseudogap boundary. In slightly overdoped YBCO that transition is 20K below T{sub c}, extending the pseudogap phase boundary inside the superconducting dome. This supports a description of the metallic state in cuprates where a pseudogap phase boundary evolves into a quantum critical point masked by the superconducting dome.

  13. Topological superconducting phase and Majorana bound states in Shiba chains

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    Pientka, Falko; Peng, Yang; Glazman, Leonid; von Oppen, Felix

    2015-12-01

    Chains of magnetic adatoms on a conventional superconducting substrate constitute a promising venue for realizing topological superconductivity and Majorana end states. Here, we give a brief overview over recent attempts to describe these systems theoretically, emphasizing how the topological phase emerges from the physics of individual magnetic impurities and their associated Shiba states.

  14. Evidence of two superconducting phases in Ca1−xLaxFe2As2

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    Y. Sun

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Single crystals of Ca1−xLaxFe2As2 with x ranging from 0 to 0.25, have been grown and characterized by structural, transport, and magnetic measurements. Coexistence of two superconducting phases is observed, in which the phase with the lower superconducting transition temperature (Tc has Tc ∼ 20 K and the higher Tc phase has Tc higher than 40 K. These data also delineate an x-T phase diagram in which the single magnetic/structural phase transition in undoped CaFe2As2 appears to split into two distinct phase transitions, both of which are suppressed with increasing La substitution. Superconductivity emerges when x is about 0.06 and coexists with the structural/magnetic transition until x is ∼ 0.13. With increasing concentration of La, the structural/magnetic transition is totally suppressed, and Tc reaches its maximum value of about 45 K for 0.15 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.19. A domelike superconducting region is not observed in the phase diagram, however, because no obvious over-doping region can be found. Two superconducting phases coexist in the x-T phase diagram of Ca1−xLaxFe2As2. The formation of the two separate phases and the origin of the high Tc in Ca1−xLaxFe2As2 have been studied and discussed in detail.

  15. Crystal structure of the superconducting phase of sulfur hydride

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    Einaga, Mari; Sakata, Masafumi; Ishikawa, Takahiro; Shimizu, Katsuya; Eremets, Mikhail I.; Drozdov, Alexander P.; Troyan, Ivan A.; Hirao, Naohisa; Ohishi, Yasuo

    2016-09-01

    A superconducting critical temperature above 200 K has recently been discovered in H2S (or D2S) under high hydrostatic pressure. These measurements were interpreted in terms of a decomposition of these materials into elemental sulfur and a hydrogen-rich hydride that is responsible for the superconductivity, although direct experimental evidence for this mechanism has so far been lacking. Here we report the crystal structure of the superconducting phase of hydrogen sulfide (and deuterium sulfide) in the normal and superconducting states obtained by means of synchrotron X-ray diffraction measurements, combined with electrical resistance measurements at both room and low temperatures. We find that the superconducting phase is mostly in good agreement with the theoretically predicted body-centred cubic (bcc) structure for H3S. The presence of elemental sulfur is also manifest in the X-ray diffraction patterns, thus proving the decomposition mechanism of H2S to H3S + S under pressure.

  16. Massive Quark Propagator in the Colour-Superconducting Phase

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    黄梅; 庄鹏飞; 赵维勤

    2002-01-01

    A more general expression for the quark propagator including both chiral and diquark condensates has been derived by using energy projectors. This makes it possible to study the phase transition from the hadron phase to the colour-superconductivity phase in the moderate baryon density region by using the Feynman diagrammatic method or the Green function method.

  17. Crystal structure of 200 K-superconducting phase in sulfur hydride system

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    Einaga, Mari; Sakata, Masafumi; Ishikawa, Takahiro; Shimizu, Katsuya [KYOKUGEN, Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka Univ. (Japan); Eremets, Mikhail; Drozdov, Alexander; Troyan, Ivan [Max Planck Institut fuer Chemie, Mainz (Germany); Hirao, Naohisa; Ohishi, Yasuo [JASRI/SPring-8, Hyogo (Japan)

    2016-07-01

    Superconductivity with the critical temperature T{sub c} above 200 K has been recently discovered by compression of H{sub 2}S (or D{sub 2}S) under extreme pressure. It was proposed that these materials decompose under high pressure to elemental sulfur and hydride with higher content of hydrogen which is responsible for the high temperature superconductivity. In this study, we have investigated that the crystal structure of the superconducting compressed H{sub 2}S and D{sub 2}S by synchrotron x-ray diffraction measurements combined with electrical resistance measurements at room and low temperatures. We found that the superconducting phase is in good agreement with theoretically predicted body-centered cubic structure, and coexists with elemental sulfur, which claims that the formation of 3H{sub 2}S → 2H{sub 3}S + S is occured under high pressure.

  18. Superconducting phase domains for memory applications

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    Bakurskiy, S.V.; Klenov, N.V.; Soloviev, I.I.; Kupriyanov, M..Y.; Golubov, A.

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we study theoretically the properties of S-F/N-sIS type Josephson junctions in the frame of the quasiclassical Usadel formalism. The structure consists of two superconducting electrodes (S), a tunnel barrier (I), a combined normal metal/ferromagnet (N/F) interlayer, and a thin supercon

  19. Influence of gold diffusion-doped on phase formation, superconducting and microstructure properties of Bi1.8Pb0.35Sr1.9Ca2.1Cu3Oy superconductors

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    Ozturk, O.; Akdogan, M.; Terzioglu, C.; Gencer, A.

    2009-03-01

    We report on low-field magnetic properties of gold diffusion-doped Bi1.8Pb0.35Sr1.9Ca2.1Cu3Oy superconducting bulk samples by performing ac susceptibility measurements. The undoped samples were prepared by the standard solid-state reaction method. Doping of Bi1.8Pb0.35Sr1.9Ca2.1Cu3Oy was carried out by means of Au-diffusion during sintering from an evaporated gold film on pellets. To investigate the effect of gold-diffusion and diffusion-annealing duration on transport, magnetic and microstructure properties of the superconducting samples we performed magnetoresistivity, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements. The ac susceptibility as a function of temperature measurements were carried out at different values of the ac magnetic field amplitudes (Hac) in the range between 20A/m and 320 A/m for 211 Hz. The imaginary part of ac susceptibility measurements is used to calculate intergranular critical current density Jc(Tp) using the Bean Model. Jc(Tp) is seen to increase from 60 A cm-2 to 90 A cm-2 with increasing diffusion-annealing time from 10 h to 50 h. The peak temperature, Tp, in the imaginary part of the ac susceptibility is shifted to a lower temperature with decreasing diffusion-annealing duration as well as increasing ac magnetic fields. The force pinning density (αjj (0)) increased with increasing diffusion annealing time. The value of Tc in gold-diffused samples, in comparison with the undoped samples, increased from 100 ± 0.2 K to 104 ± 0.2 K. It was observed that the value of Tc-offset of the gold-doped samples enhanced with further increasing diffusion-annealing duration. XRD patterns and SEM micrographs are used to obtain information about Bi-2223 phase ratio, lattice parameters and grain size of the samples. Gold doping enhanced the formation high-Tc phase and increased the grain size. The possible reasons for the observed improvements in transport, microstructure and magnetic properties due to Au diffusion and

  20. Formation of Nanofoam carbon and re-emergence of Superconductivity in compressed CaC6.

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    Li, Yan-Ling; Luo, Wei; Chen, Xiao-Jia; Zeng, Zhi; Lin, Hai-Qing; Ahuja, Rajeev

    2013-11-26

    Pressure can tune material's electronic properties and control its quantum state, making some systems present disconnected superconducting region as observed in iron chalcogenides and heavy fermion CeCu2Si2. For CaC6 superconductor (Tc of 11.5 K), applying pressure first Tc increases and then suppresses and the superconductivity of this compound is eventually disappeared at about 18 GPa. Here, we report a theoretical finding of the re-emergence of superconductivity in heavily compressed CaC6. The predicted phase III (space group Pmmn) with formation of carbon nanofoam is found to be stable at wide pressure range with a Tc up to 14.7 K at 78 GPa. Diamond-like carbon structure is adhered to the phase IV (Cmcm) for compressed CaC6 after 126 GPa, which has bad metallic behavior, indicating again departure from superconductivity. Re-emerged superconductivity in compressed CaC6 paves a new way to design new-type superconductor by inserting metal into nanoporous host lattice.

  1. On topological phases in disordered p-wave superconducting wires

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    Rieder, Maria-Theresa

    2015-07-10

    Topological phases of matter have been the subject of intense experimental and theoretical research during the last years. Prominent examples are the Quantum Hall Effect, Topological Insulators or Topological Superconductors. The latter host special excitations, the Majorana states, at their boundaries, which can be thought of as the halves of an electron that can exist separately in this special case. These Majorana states have attracted great interest as they exhibit so-called non-Abelian braiding statistics, which could make them useful tools in the search for fault-tolerant quantum computation. In this context topologically superconducting wires are particularly useful as the Majorana states are located unambiguously at the wire's end, where they form localized end states. Topologically superconducting wires are not known to exist in nature but they can be engineered from commonly available ingredients: semiconductor or ferromagnet nano- wires and conventional superconductors. The nano-wires can inherit superconductivity by the proximity effect and can then exhibit a topologically nontrivial phase. By now, several experiments have been performed on such hybrid structures, reporting measurements that are consistent with the existence of a topologically superconducting phase in the nanowire. Most theoretical investigations on these systems, so far, have been restricted to a one-dimensional effective model: The one-dimensional p-wave superconductor, which is the prototype of a topologically superconducting wire. A nanowire, however, is in general in a quasi-one dimensional regime, with a continuous longitudinal but a quantized transverse degree of freedom. In this Thesis we study the multichannel generalization of a topologically superconducting wire by means of a two-dimensional p + ip-superconductor that is restricted to a narrow-strip geometry. Such systems can be in a topological phase, characterized by the existence of a zero-energy excitation at the

  2. Sample-specific conductance fluctuations modulated by the superconducting phase

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    den Hartog, SG; Kapteyn, CMA; van Wees, BJ; Klapwijk, TM; Borghs, G

    1998-01-01

    We present an overview of sample-specific transport properties tuned by the superconducting phase difference between two superconductors connected to a disordered 2-dimensional electron gas (2DEG). We demonstrate a crossover from ensemble-averaged to sample-specific resistance oscillations of a T-sh

  3. Symmetry phase diagrams of the superconducting ground states induced by correlated hoppings interactions

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    Samuel Millan, J. [Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad Autonoma del Carmen, Cd. del Carmen, C.P. 24180, Campeche (Mexico); Perez, Luis A. [Instituto de Fisica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), A.P. 20-364, C.P. 01000, Mexico D.F. (Mexico)], E-mail: lperez@fisica.unam.mx; Shelomov, Evgen [Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad Autonoma del Carmen, Cd. del Carmen, C.P. 24180, Campeche (Mexico); Wang, Chumin [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, UNAM, A.P. 70-360, C.P. 04510, Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    2007-09-01

    The formation of p- and d-wave superconducting ground states on a square lattice is studied within the BCS formalism and a generalized Hubbard model, in which a second-neighbor correlated hopping ({delta}t{sub 3}) is included in addition to the on site and nearest neighbor repulsions. The triplet superconductivity is obtained when a small distortion of the right angles in the square lattice is introduced. This distortion can be characterized by the difference between the values of {delta}t{sub 3}{sup {+-}} in the x {+-} y directions, i.e., {delta}{sub 3}=({delta}t{sub 3}{sup +}-{delta}t{sub 3}{sup -})/2. The phase diagram is analyzed in the space of the electron density (n) and {delta}{sub 3}. The results show that the p- and d-channel superconductivities are respectively enhanced in the low and high electron density regions.

  4. Phase boundary of the hexagonal-prism superconducting network in a magnetic field

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    金绍维; 李伟; 易佑民; 甄胜来; 缪胜清

    2002-01-01

    In this paper, we systematically study the phase boundary Tc(H ) of a hexagonal-prism superconducting network inan external magnetic field H of arbitrary magnitude and direction. The result indicates that the phase boundary of thehexagonal-prism superconducting circuit varies more sharply than that of the cubic circuit. The potential applicationsof the hexagonal-prism superconducting circuit are also discussed.

  5. Microscopic Derivation of the Ginzburg-Landau Equations for the Periodic Anderson Model in the Coexistence Phase of Superconductivity and Antiferromagnetism

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    Val'kov, V. V.; Zlotnikov, A. O.

    2016-12-01

    On the basis of the periodic Anderson model, the microscopic Ginzburg-Landau equations for heavy-fermion superconductors in the coexistence phase of superconductivity and antiferromagnetism have been derived. The obtained expressions are valid in the vicinity of quantum critical point of heavy-fermion superconductors when the onset temperatures of antiferromagnetism and superconductivity are sufficiently close to each other. It is shown that the formation of antiferromagnetic ordering causes a decrease of the critical temperature of superconducting transition and order parameter in the phase of coexisting superconductivity and antiferromagnetism.

  6. Superconductivity

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    Poole, Charles P; Farach, Horacio A

    1995-01-01

    Superconductivity covers the nature of the phenomenon of superconductivity. The book discusses the fundamental principles of superconductivity; the essential features of the superconducting state-the phenomena of zero resistance and perfect diamagnetism; and the properties of the various classes of superconductors, including the organics, the buckministerfullerenes, and the precursors to the cuprates. The text also describes superconductivity from the viewpoint of thermodynamics and provides expressions for the free energy; the Ginzburg-Landau and BCS theories; and the structures of the high

  7. Towards phase-coherent caloritronics in superconducting circuits.

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    Fornieri, Antonio; Giazotto, Francesco

    2017-10-06

    The emerging field of phase-coherent caloritronics (from the Latin word calor, heat) is based on the possibility of controlling heat currents by using the phase difference of the superconducting order parameter. The goal is to design and implement thermal devices that can control energy transfer with a degree of accuracy approaching that reached for charge transport by contemporary electronic components. This can be done by making use of the macroscopic quantum coherence intrinsic to superconducting condensates, which manifests itself through the Josephson effect and the proximity effect. Here, we review recent experimental results obtained in the realization of heat interferometers and thermal rectifiers, and discuss a few proposals for exotic nonlinear phase-coherent caloritronic devices, such as thermal transistors, solid-state memories, phase-coherent heat splitters, microwave refrigerators, thermal engines and heat valves. Besides being attractive from the fundamental physics point of view, these systems are expected to have a vast impact on many cryogenic microcircuits requiring energy management, and possibly lay the first stone for the foundation of electronic thermal logic.

  8. Phase error reduction in superconductive undulators using induction shimming

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    Drayer, Elisabeth; Bernhard, Axel; Afonso Rodriguez, Veronica; Grau, Andreas; Peiffer, Peter; Widmann, Christina; Baumbach, Tilo [KIT, Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2013-07-01

    The reduction of field errors in superconductive undulators is more demanding than in room temperature permanent magnet undulators. Various basic concepts exist but most of them have the disadvantage that they require field measurements at liquid-Helium temperature and modifications of the undulator coils at room temperature. Thus one or more thermal cycles are needed for an iterative improvement of the field quality. In order to avoid such a procedure it was proposed to cover the undulator coils with a thin layer of coupled superconductive loops which passively compensate the field errors via induction of persistent correction currents. In previous measurements this concept proved to work in principle and conclusions on an optimised shim configuration and field measurement setup could be drawn. In this paper we present the results of new measurements using one 12-period superconductive undulator short model and applying an optimised induction shim configuration. Due to further improvements of the field measurement setup these experiments for the first time give a quantitative indication of the phase error reduction efficiency of induction shimming.

  9. Superconductivity

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    Thomas, D B

    1974-01-01

    A short general review is presented of the progress made in applied superconductivity as a result of work performed in connection with the high-energy physics program in Europe. The phenomenon of superconductivity and properties of superconductors of Types I and II are outlined. The main body of the paper deals with the development of niobium-titanium superconducting magnets and of radio-frequency superconducting cavities and accelerating structures. Examples of applications in and for high-energy physics experiments are given, including the large superconducting magnet for the Big European Bubble Chamber, prototype synchrotron magnets for the Super Proton Synchrotron, superconducting d.c. beam line magnets, and superconducting RF cavities for use in various laboratories. (0 refs).

  10. Superconductivity

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    1989-07-01

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

  11. Reinvestigation of superconducting phase diagram of UGe{sub 2} by AC magnetic susceptibility experiment

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    Ban, S. [Deptartment of Physics, University of Nagoya, Nagoya, 464-8602 (Japan)]. E-mail: f060214d@mbox.nagoya-u.ac.jp; Deguchi, K. [Deptartment of Physics, University of Nagoya, Nagoya, 464-8602 (Japan); Aso, N. [Institute for Solid State Physics, University of Tokyo, Kashiwa 277-8581 (Japan); Homma, Y. [Oarai Branch, Inst. for Mater. Research, University of Tohoku, Ibaraki 311-1313 (Japan); Shiokawa, Y. [Oarai Branch, Inst. for Mater. Research, University of Tohoku, Ibaraki 311-1313 (Japan); Sato, N.K. [Deptartment of Physics, University of Nagoya, Nagoya, 464-8602 (Japan)

    2007-03-15

    We report a superconducting phase diagram of the ferromagnetic superconductor UGe{sub 2} investigated by AC magnetic susceptibility measurements. In contrast to previous phase diagrams, we found that the superconducting transition temperature and volume fraction show a 'M-shaped' structure as a function of pressure. From this observation, we suggest that both of two critical points will play a crucial role in the occurrence of superconductivity in UGe{sub 2}.

  12. Phase transition time delays in irradiated superheated superconducting granules

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    Abplanalp, M; Czapek, G; Diggelmann, U; Furlan, M; Gabutti, A; Janos, S; Moser, U; Pozzi, R; Pretzl, Klaus P; Schmiemann, K; Perret-Gallix, D; Van den Brandt, B; Konter, J A; Mango, S

    1994-01-01

    The time difference between a particle interaction in a Superheated Superconducting Granule (SSG) and the resulting phase transition signal has been explored. Detectors containing Zn and Sn SSG were irradiated with neutrons and protons to study the heating mechanism taking place in nuclear recoil and ionizing events. Scattered neutrons have been detected by a scintillator hodoscope behind the SSG with a recoil energy measurement resolution of 10\\% and an interaction time resolution of 1ns. The fast transition of the metastable granules allowed to determine the elapsed time between an energy deposition and the phase transition signal. In the case of Sn granules, the results show that the time distributions are narrow and independent of the deposited energy in nuclear recoil and ionizing events. In Zn, however, the time distributions are much broader and depend on the energy deposition in the granule.

  13. Phase-controlled superconducting heat-flux quantum modulator

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    Giazotto, F.; Martínez-Pérez, M. J.

    2012-09-01

    We theoretically put forward the concept of a phase-controlled superconducting heat-flux quantum modulator. Its operation relies on phase-dependent heat current predicted to occur in temperature-biased Josephson tunnel junctions. The device behavior is investigated as a function of temperature bias across the junctions, bath temperature, and junctions asymmetry as well. In a realistic Al-based setup the structure could provide temperature modulation amplitudes up to ˜50 mK with flux-to-temperature transfer coefficients exceeding ˜125 mK/Φ0 below 1 K, and temperature modulation frequency of the order of a few MHz. The proposed structure appears as a promising building-block for the implementation of caloritronic devices operating at cryogenic temperatures.

  14. On the superconducting phase transitions of UPt sub 3

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    Taillefer, L.; Behnia, K.; Hasselbach, K.; Flouquet, J. (Centre de Recherches sur les Tres Basses Temperatures, CNRS, 38 - Grenoble (France)); Hayden, S.M.; Vettier, C. (Inst. Laue-Langevin, 38 - Grenoble (France))

    1990-12-01

    The possible role of antiferromagnetic order in causing a multiplicity of superconducting phase transitions in UPt{sub 3} is investigated. Two results are presented which shed light on this question. First, a small hydrostatic pressure is found to have a significant effect on both (1) the neutron scattering intensity of the antiferromagnetic Bragg peak, which is more than halved by 2 kbar, and (2) the H{sub c2}(T) curve, from which the kink - regarded as a signature of phase multiplicity - disappears above 1.5 kbar. Secondly, the kink in H{sub c2}(T) is observed for all field directions within the basal plane. This evidence is discussed in connection with current theories. (orig.).

  15. Evidence for an Anti-polar Phase in Normal and Superconducting States in all HTSC

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    2010-01-01

    It is strongly argued that high temperature superconductors (HTSC) exhibit an anti-polar phase with a long range order in both normal and superconducting states. This anti-polar phase is directly related to the onset of superconductivity in all HTSC and it is responsible for strong coupling and of two dimensionality aspect of HTSC, as it is described below.

  16. Commercial Process of Bi-based 2212 Single Phase Superconducting Precursor Powder

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    1999-01-01

    Laying emphasis on the preparation of Bi-based 2212 single phase superconducting powder, some technological parameters, which effect the single phase degree and uniformity of powder, such as prebaking, sintering and heat treatment were investigated and discussed. Ensuring the powder Tc at 83~85 K, the crucial impurity carbon was reduced to 0.03% and less. Adopting uncommon technique made the powder size to micrometer level, meanwhile the superconducting performance of the powder was unchanged. The fine superconducting powder was characterized. This process of Bi-based 2212 superconducting powder was successful.

  17. Possible "Magnéli" Phases and Self-Alloying in the Superconducting Sulfur Hydride

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    Akashi, Ryosuke; Sano, Wataru; Arita, Ryotaro; Tsuneyuki, Shinji

    2016-08-01

    We theoretically give an infinite number of metastable crystal structures for the superconducting sulfur hydride HxS under pressure. Previously predicted crystalline phases of H2S and H3S have been thought to have important roles for experimentally observed low and high Tc, respectively. The newly found structures are long-period modulated crystals where slablike H2S and H3S regions intergrow on a microscopic scale. The extremely small formation enthalpy for the H2S -H3S boundary indicated by first-principles calculations suggests possible alloying of these phases through the formation of local H3S regions. The modulated structures and gradual alloying transformations between them not only explain the peculiar pressure dependence of Tc in sulfur hydride observed experimentally, but also could prevail in the experimental samples under various compression schemes.

  18. Phase-controlled coherent population trapping in superconducting quantum circuits

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    程广玲; 王一平; 陈爱喜

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the influences of the-applied-field phases and amplitudes on the coherent population trapping behavior in superconducting quantum circuits. Based on the interactions of the microwave fields with a single∆-type three-level fluxonium qubit, the coherent population trapping could be obtainable and it is very sensitive to the relative phase and amplitudes of the applied fields. When the relative phase is tuned to 0 orπ, the maximal atomic coherence is present and coherent population trapping occurs. While for the choice ofπ/2, the atomic coherence becomes weak. Meanwhile, for the fixed relative phaseπ/2, the value of coherence would decrease with the increase of Rabi frequency of the external field coupled with two lower levels. The responsible physical mechanism is quantum interference induced by the control fields, which is indicated in the dressed-state representation. The microwave coherent phenomenon is present in our scheme, which will have potential applications in optical communication and nonlinear optics in solid-state devices.

  19. Superconductivity

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    Ketterson, John B

    2008-01-01

    Conceived as the definitive reference in a classic and important field of modern physics, this extensive and comprehensive handbook systematically reviews the basic physics, theory and recent advances in the field of superconductivity. Leading researchers, including Nobel laureates, describe the state-of-the-art in conventional and unconventional superconductors at a particularly opportune time, as new experimental techniques and field-theoretical methods have emerged. In addition to full-coverage of novel materials and underlying mechanisms, the handbook reflects continued intense research into electron-phone based superconductivity. Considerable attention is devoted to high-Tc superconductivity, novel superconductivity, including triplet pairing in the ruthenates, novel superconductors, such as heavy-Fermion metals and organic materials, and also granular superconductors. What’s more, several contributions address superconductors with impurities and nanostructured superconductors. Important new results on...

  20. Pressure-driven formation and stabilization of superconductive chromium hydrides

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    Yu, Shuyin; Jia, Xiaojing; Frapper, Gilles; Li, Duan; Oganov, Artem R.; Zeng, Qingfeng; Zhang, Litong

    2015-01-01

    Chromium hydride is a prototype stoichiometric transition metal hydride. The phase diagram of Cr-H system at high pressures remains largely unexplored due to the challenges in dealing with the high activation barriers and complications in handing hydrogen under pressure. We have performed an extensive structural study on Cr-H system at pressure range 0 ∼ 300 GPa using an unbiased structure prediction method based on evolutionary algorithm. Upon compression, a number of hydrides are predicted to become stable in the excess hydrogen environment and these have compositions of Cr2Hn (n = 2–4, 6, 8, 16). Cr2H3, CrH2 and Cr2H5 structures are versions of the perfect anti-NiAs-type CrH with ordered tetrahedral interstitial sites filled by H atoms. CrH3 and CrH4 exhibit host-guest structural characteristics. In CrH8, H2 units are also identified. Our study unravels that CrH is a superconductor at atmospheric pressure with an estimated transition temperature (T c) of 10.6 K, and superconductivity in CrH3 is enhanced by the metallic hydrogen sublattice with T c of 37.1 K at 81 GPa, very similar to the extensively studied MgB2. PMID:26626579

  1. First-principles calculations of niobium hydride formation in superconducting radio-frequency cavities

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    Ford, Denise C.; Cooley, Lance D.; Seidman, David N.

    2013-09-01

    Niobium hydride is suspected to be a major contributor to degradation of the quality factor of niobium superconducting radio-frequency (SRF) cavities. In this study, we connect the fundamental properties of hydrogen in niobium to SRF cavity performance and processing. We modeled several of the niobium hydride phases relevant to SRF cavities and present their thermodynamic, electronic, and geometric properties determined from calculations based on density-functional theory. We find that the absorption of hydrogen from the gas phase into niobium is exothermic and hydrogen becomes somewhat anionic. The absorption of hydrogen by niobium lattice vacancies is strongly preferred over absorption into interstitial sites. A single vacancy can accommodate six hydrogen atoms in the symmetrically equivalent lowest-energy sites and additional hydrogen in the nearby interstitial sites affected by the strain field: this indicates that a vacancy can serve as a nucleation center for hydride phase formation. Small hydride precipitates may then occur near lattice vacancies upon cooling. Vacancy clusters and extended defects should also be enriched in hydrogen, potentially resulting in extended hydride phase regions upon cooling. We also assess the phase changes in the niobium-hydrogen system based on charge transfer between niobium and hydrogen, the strain field associated with interstitial hydrogen, and the geometry of the hydride phases. The results of this study stress the importance of not only the hydrogen content in niobium, but also the recovery state of niobium for the performance of SRF cavities.

  2. Pressure-induced electronic phase separation of magnetism and superconductivity in CrAs.

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    Khasanov, Rustem; Guguchia, Zurab; Eremin, Ilya; Luetkens, Hubertus; Amato, Alex; Biswas, Pabitra K; Rüegg, Christian; Susner, Michael A; Sefat, Athena S; Zhigadlo, Nikolai D; Morenzoni, Elvezio

    2015-09-08

    The recent discovery of pressure (p) induced superconductivity in the binary helimagnet CrAs has raised questions on how superconductivity emerges from the magnetic state and on the mechanism of the superconducting pairing. In the present work the suppression of magnetism and the occurrence of superconductivity in CrAs were studied by means of muon spin rotation. The magnetism remains bulk up to p ≃ 3.5 kbar while its volume fraction gradually decreases with increasing pressure until it vanishes at p ≃ 7 kbar. At 3.5 kbar superconductivity abruptly appears with its maximum Tc ≃ 1.2 K which decreases upon increasing the pressure. In the intermediate pressure region (3.5 superconducting and the magnetic volume fractions are spatially phase separated and compete for phase volume. Our results indicate that the less conductive magnetic phase provides additional carriers (doping) to the superconducting parts of the CrAs sample thus leading to an increase of the transition temperature (Tc) and of the superfluid density (ρs). A scaling of ρs with Tc(3.2) as well as the phase separation between magnetism and superconductivity point to a conventional mechanism of the Cooper-pairing in CrAs.

  3. Superconductivity

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    Poole, Charles P; Creswick, Richard J; Prozorov, Ruslan

    2014-01-01

    Superconductivity, Third Edition is an encyclopedic treatment of all aspects of the subject, from classic materials to fullerenes. Emphasis is on balanced coverage, with a comprehensive reference list and significant graphics from all areas of the published literature. Widely used theoretical approaches are explained in detail. Topics of special interest include high temperature superconductors, spectroscopy, critical states, transport properties, and tunneling. This book covers the whole field of superconductivity from both the theoretical and the experimental point of view. This third edition features extensive revisions throughout, and new chapters on second critical field and iron based superconductors.

  4. The wave phase velocity in superconducting transmission lines near T{sub c}

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    Kuzhakhmetov, A.R.; Lobov, G.D.; Shtykov, V.V.; Zhgoon, S.A. [Moscow Power Engineering Inst. (Russian Federation). Radio Engineering Dept.

    1998-06-01

    A peculiarity in behavior of electromagnetic waves phase velocity ({nu}{sub ph}), propagating in superconducting planar transmission lines, in the vicinity of the transition temperature (T{sub c}) was observed in experiment and deduced theoretically. (orig.) 5 refs.

  5. Dense superconducting phases of copper-bismuth at high pressure

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    Amsler, Maximilian; Wolverton, Chris

    2017-08-01

    Although copper and bismuth do not form any compounds at ambient conditions, two intermetallics, CuBi and Cu11Bi7 , were recently synthesized at high pressures. Here we report on the discovery of additional copper-bismuth phases at elevated pressures with high densities from ab initio calculations. In particular, a Cu2Bi compound is found to be thermodynamically stable at pressures above 59 GPa, crystallizing in the cubic Laves structure. In strong contrast to Cu11Bi7 and CuBi, cubic Cu2Bi does not exhibit any voids or channels. Since the bismuth lone pairs in cubic Cu2Bi are stereochemically inactive, the constituent elements can be closely packed and a high density of 10.52 g/cm3 at 0 GPa is achieved. The moderate electron-phonon coupling of λ =0.68 leads to a superconducting temperature of 2 K, which exceeds the values observed both in Cu11Bi7 and CuBi, as well as in elemental Cu and Bi.

  6. Universal limiting pressure for a three-flavor color superconducting PNJL model phase diagram

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    Ayriyan, A; Blaschke, D; Lastowiecki, R

    2016-01-01

    The phase diagram of a three-flavor Polyakov-loop Nambu-Jona-Lasinio model is analyzed for the case of isospin symmetric matter with color superconducting phases. The coexistence of chiral symmetry breaking and two-flavor color superconductivity (2SC phase) and a thermodynamic instability due to the implementation of a color neutrality constraint is observed. It is suggested to use a universal hadronization pressure to estimate the phase border between hadronic and quark-gluon plasma phases. Trajectories of constant entropy per baryon are analyzed for conditions appropriate for heavy-ion collisions in the NICA-FAIR energy range.

  7. Homogeneous superconducting phase in TiN film: A complex impedance study

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    Diener, P.; Schellevis, H.; Baselmans, J. J. A.

    2012-12-01

    The low frequency complex impedance of a high resistivity 92 μ Ω cm and 100 nm thick TiN superconducting film has been measured via the transmission of several high sensitivity GHz microresonators, down to TC/50. The temperature dependence of the kinetic inductance follows closely BCS local electrodynamics, with one well defined superconducting gap. This evidences the recovery of a homogeneous superconducting phase in TiN far from the disorder and composition driven transitions. Additionally, we observe a linearity between resonator quality factor and frequency temperature changes, which can be described by a two fluid model.

  8. Quantum phase transition in ultra small doubly connected superconducting cylinders

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    Sternfeld, I.; Koret, R.; Shtrikman, H.; Tsukernik, A.; Karpovski, M.; Palevski, A.

    2008-02-01

    The kinetic energy of Cooper pairs, in doubly connected superconducting cylinders, is a function of the applied flux and the ratio between the diameter of the cylinder and the zero temperature coherence length d/ ξ(0). If d >ξ(0) the known Little-Parks oscillations are observed. On the other hand if d ξ(0), we observed the LP oscillations. In the Al cylinders we did not observe a transition to the superconducting state due to the proximity effect, resulted from an Au layer coating the Al. However, we did observe Altshuler-Aronov-Spivak (h/2e) oscillations in these cylinders.

  9. Bound state, phase separation and superconductivity in presence of Rashba spin-orbit coupling

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    Kapri, Priyadarshini; Basu, Saurabh

    2017-06-01

    We have investigated the phase diagram for the t - J model at low electronic densities in presence of Rashba spin-orbit coupling (RSOC). We have rigorously derived a bound state criterion which arises out of a competition between the kinetic energy of the electrons and the exchange coupling between them. Further, we have obtained that the phase diagram consists of three phases, namely, a gas of electrons, a gas of bound pairs, and a fully phase separated state. Subsequently an extension of the pairing scenario is done at finite densities by solving a BCS gap equation. Finite superconducting correlations are observed for J values much lower than that required for the formation of a single bound pair, thereby indicating that pairing in a many particle environment requires weaker interaction strengths than that in the dilute case. We have further obtained that the RSOC increases the transition temperature for a p-wave pairing state, while it diminishes the same for an s-wave pairing correlations.

  10. Quantum phase transition in ultra small doubly connected superconducting cylinders

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    Sternfeld, I. [School of Physics and Astronomy, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978 (Israel)], E-mail: itayst@post.tau.ac.il; Koret, R. [School of Physics and Astronomy, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978 (Israel); Shtrikman, H. [Department of Condensed Matter, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100 (Israel); Tsukernik, A. [Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978 (Israel); Karpovski, M.; Palevski, A. [School of Physics and Astronomy, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978 (Israel)

    2008-02-15

    The kinetic energy of Cooper pairs, in doubly connected superconducting cylinders, is a function of the applied flux and the ratio between the diameter of the cylinder and the zero temperature coherence length d/{xi}(0). If d >{xi}(0) the known Little-Parks oscillations are observed. On the other hand if d <{xi}(0), the superconducting state is energetically not favored around odd multiples of half flux quanta even at T{approx}0, resulting in the so called destructive regime [Y. Liu, et al., Science 294 (2001) 2332]. We developed a novel technique to fabricate superconducting doubly connected nanocylinders with both diameter and thickness less than 100 nm, and performed magnetoresistance measurements on such Nb and Al cylinders. In the Nb cylinders, where d >{xi}(0), we observed the LP oscillations. In the Al cylinders we did not observe a transition to the superconducting state due to the proximity effect, resulted from an Au layer coating the Al. However, we did observe Altshuler-Aronov-Spivak (h/2e) oscillations in these cylinders.

  11. Color superconductivity. Phase diagrams and Goldstone bosons in the color-flavor locked phase

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    Kleinhaus, Verena

    2009-04-29

    The phase diagram of strongly interacting matter is studied with great experimental and theoretical effort and is one of the most fascinating research areas in modern particle physics. It is believed that color superconducting phases, in which quarks form Cooper pairs, appear at very high densities and low temperatures. Such phases could appear in the cores of neutron stars. In this work color superconducting phases are studied within the Nambu-Jona-Lasinio model. First of all, the phase diagram of neutral matter in beta equilibrium is calculated for two different diquark couplings. To this end, we determine the dynamical quark masses self-consistently together with the order parameters of color superconductivity. The interplay between neutrality and quark masses results in an interesting phase structure, in particular for the smaller diquark coupling. In the following, we additionally include a conserved lepton number to map the situation in the first few seconds of the evolution of a protoneutron star when neutrinos are trapped. This has a huge influence on the phase structure and favors the 2SC phase compared to the CFL phase. In the second part of this work we concentrate on the CFL phase which is characterized by a special symmetry breaking pattern. The properties of the resulting nine pseudoscalar Goldstone bosons (GB) are studied by solving the Bethe-Salpeter equation for quark-quark scattering. The GB are the lowest-lying excitations in the CFL phase and therefore play an important role for the thermodynamics of the system. The properties of the GB can also be described by the low-energy effective theory (LEET) for the CFL phase. There the respective low-energy constants are derived for asymptotically high densities where the strong force is weak and can be treated perturbatively. Our aim is the comparison of our results with these predictions, on the one hand to check our model in the weak-coupling limit and on the other hand to derive information about

  12. Superconducting resonator used as a phase and energy detector for linac setup

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    Lobanov, Nikolai R.

    2016-07-01

    Booster linacs for tandem accelerators and positive ion superconducting injectors have matured into standard features of many accelerator laboratories. Both types of linac are formed as an array of independently-phased resonators operating at room temperature or in a superconducting state. Each accelerating resonator needs to be individually set in phase and amplitude for optimum acceleration efficiency. The modularity of the linac allows the velocity profile along the structure to be tailored to accommodate a wide range charge to mass ratio. The linac setup procedure, described in this paper, utilizes a superconducting resonator operating in a beam bunch phase detection mode. The main objective was to derive the full set of phase distributions for quick and efficient tuning of the entire accelerator. The phase detector was operated in overcoupling mode in order to minimize de-tuning effects of microphonic background. A mathematical expression was derived to set a limit on resonator maximum accelerating field during the crossover search to enable extracting unambiguous beam phase data. A set of equations was obtained to calculate the values of beam phase advance and energy gain produced by accelerating resonators. An extensive range of linac setting up configurations was conducted to validate experimental procedures and analytical models. The main application of a superconducting phase detector is for fast tuning for beams of ultralow intensities, in particular in the straight section of linac facilities.

  13. Self-optimized superconductivity attainable by interlayer phase separation at cuprate interfaces.

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    Misawa, Takahiro; Nomura, Yusuke; Biermann, Silke; Imada, Masatoshi

    2016-07-01

    Stabilizing superconductivity at high temperatures and elucidating its mechanism have long been major challenges of materials research in condensed matter physics. Meanwhile, recent progress in nanostructuring offers unprecedented possibilities for designing novel functionalities. Above all, thin films of cuprate and iron-based high-temperature superconductors exhibit remarkably better superconducting characteristics (for example, higher critical temperatures) than in the bulk, but the underlying mechanism is still not understood. Solving microscopic models suitable for cuprates, we demonstrate that, at an interface between a Mott insulator and an overdoped nonsuperconducting metal, the superconducting amplitude is always pinned at the optimum achieved in the bulk, independently of the carrier concentration in the metal. This is in contrast to the dome-like dependence in bulk superconductors but consistent with the astonishing independence of the critical temperature from the carrier density x observed at the interfaces of La2CuO4 and La2-x Sr x CuO4. Furthermore, we identify a self-organization mechanism as responsible for the pinning at the optimum amplitude: An emergent electronic structure induced by interlayer phase separation eludes bulk phase separation and inhomogeneities that would kill superconductivity in the bulk. Thus, interfaces provide an ideal tool to enhance and stabilize superconductivity. This interfacial example opens up further ways of shaping superconductivity by suppressing competing instabilities, with direct perspectives for designing devices.

  14. Methods of Phase and Power Control in Magnetron Transmitters for Superconducting Accelerators

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    Kazadevich, G. [MUONS Inc., Batavia; Johnson, R. [MUONS Inc., Batavia; Neubauer, M. [MUONS Inc., Batavia; Lebedev, V. [Fermilab; Schappert, W. [Fermilab; Yakovlev, V. [Fermilab

    2017-05-01

    Various methods of phase and power control in magnetron RF sources of superconducting accelerators intended for ADS-class projects were recently developed and studied with conventional 2.45 GHz, 1 kW, CW magnetrons operating in pulsed and CW regimes. Magnetron transmitters excited by a resonant (injection-locking) phasemodulated signal can provide phase and power control with the rates required for precise stabilization of phase and amplitude of the accelerating field in Superconducting RF (SRF) cavities of the intensity-frontier accelerators. An innovative technique that can significantly increase the magnetron transmitter efficiency at the widerange power control required for superconducting accelerators was developed and verified with the 2.45 GHz magnetrons operating in CW and pulsed regimes. High efficiency magnetron transmitters of this type can significantly reduce the capital and operation costs of the ADSclass accelerator projects.

  15. Chemical analysis of superconducting phase in K-doped picene

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    Kambe, Takashi; Nishiyama, Saki; Nguyen, Huyen L. T.; Terao, Takahiro; Izumi, Masanari; Sakai, Yusuke; Zheng, Lu; Goto, Hidenori; Itoh, Yugo; Onji, Taiki; Kobayashi, Tatsuo C.; Sugino, Hisako; Gohda, Shin; Okamoto, Hideki; Kubozono, Yoshihiro

    2016-11-01

    Potassium-doped picene (K3.0picene) with a superconducting transition temperature (T C) as high as 14 K at ambient pressure has been prepared using an annealing technique. The shielding fraction of this sample was 5.4% at 0 GPa. The T C showed a positive pressure-dependence and reached 19 K at 1.13 GPa. The shielding fraction also reached 18.5%. To investigate the chemical composition and the state of the picene skeleton in the superconducting sample, we used energy-dispersive x-ray (EDX) spectroscopy, MALDI-time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction (XRD). Both EDX and MALDI-TOF indicated no contamination with materials other than K-doped picene or K-doped picene fragments, and supported the preservation of the picene skeleton. However, it was also found that a magnetic K-doped picene sample consisted mainly of picene fragments or K-doped picene fragments. Thus, removal of the component contributing the magnetic quality to a superconducting sample should enhance the volume fraction.

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

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

    1988-01-01

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

  17. Influence of gold diffusion-doped on phase formation, superconducting and microstructure properties of Bi{sub 1.8}Pb{sub 0.35}Sr{sub 1.9}Ca{sub 2.1}Cu{sub 3}O{sub y} superconductors

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    Ozturk, O [Department of Physics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Kastamonu University, 37600 Kastamonu (Turkey); Akdogan, M; Terzioglu, C [Department of Physics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Abant Izzet Baysal University, 14280 Bolu (Turkey); Gencer, A, E-mail: terzioglu_c@ibu.edu.t [Department of Physics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Ankara University, 06100 Ankara (Turkey)

    2009-03-01

    We report on low-field magnetic properties of gold diffusion-doped Bi{sub 1.8}Pb{sub 0.35}Sr{sub 1.9}Ca{sub 2.1}Cu{sub 3}O{sub y} superconducting bulk samples by performing ac susceptibility measurements. The undoped samples were prepared by the standard solid-state reaction method. Doping of Bi{sub 1.8}Pb{sub 0.35}Sr{sub 1.9}Ca{sub 2.1}Cu{sub 3}O{sub y} was carried out by means of Au-diffusion during sintering from an evaporated gold film on pellets. To investigate the effect of gold-diffusion and diffusion-annealing duration on transport, magnetic and microstructure properties of the superconducting samples we performed magnetoresistivity, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements. The ac susceptibility as a function of temperature measurements were carried out at different values of the ac magnetic field amplitudes (Hac) in the range between 20A/m and 320 A/m for 211 Hz. The imaginary part of ac susceptibility measurements is used to calculate intergranular critical current density J{sub c}(T{sub p}) using the Bean Model. J{sub c}(T{sub p}) is seen to increase from 60 A cm{sup -2} to 90 A cm{sup -2} with increasing diffusion-annealing time from 10 h to 50 h. The peak temperature, T{sub p}, in the imaginary part of the ac susceptibility is shifted to a lower temperature with decreasing diffusion-annealing duration as well as increasing ac magnetic fields. The force pinning density (alpha{sub j}j (0)) increased with increasing diffusion annealing time. The value of T{sub c} in gold-diffused samples, in comparison with the undoped samples, increased from 100 +- 0.2 K to 104 +- 0.2 K. It was observed that the value of T{sub c-offset} of the gold-doped samples enhanced with further increasing diffusion-annealing duration. XRD patterns and SEM micrographs are used to obtain information about Bi-2223 phase ratio, lattice parameters and grain size of the samples. Gold doping enhanced the formation high-T{sub c} phase and increased the

  18. Superconducting phase prepared from Ta{sub 3}Si under high pressure

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    Murao, R; Kusaba, K; Fukuoka, K; Sugiyama, K; Syono, Y [IMR, Tohoku University 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); Kikuchi, M [Kansei Fukushi Research Center, Tohoku Fukushi University1-8-1 Kunimi, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 981-8522 (Japan); Atou, T [SMC, Materials and Structures Lab. Tokyo Tech. 4259 Nagatsuta-cho Midori-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 226-8503 (Japan); Kikegawa, T, E-mail: r_murao@imr.tohoku.ac.j [IMSS, KEK, Oho 1-1, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0801 (Japan)

    2010-03-01

    High-pressure behaviour of Ta{sub 3}Si intermetallic compound was investigated by shock compression and static compression methods. Superconducting phase with T{sub C} = 9.3 K was found in the sample shocked to 50-61 GPa, however most of the shock recovered sample indicated the starting stable phase with the Ti{sub 3}P-type structure. The new superconducting phase was not obtained from static compression up to 15 GPa and 800 {sup 0}C. Bulk modulus of Ta{sub 3}Si with the Ti{sub 3}P-type structure was determined to be K{sub 0} = 246(4) GPa. The present results suggest that a rapid phase transformation occurred during shock compression, but most of the high-pressure phase was reverted to the stable phase in the decompression process.

  19. Comparative studies between the influence of single- and multi-walled carbon nanotubes addition on Gd-123 superconducting phase

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    Abou-Aly, A. I.; Anas, M.; Ebrahim, Shaker; Awad, R.; Eldeen, I. G.

    2016-12-01

    The effect of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) addition on the phase formation and the superconducting properties of GdBa2Cu3O7-δ phase has been studied. Therefore, composite superconductor samples of type (CNTs)x GdBa2Cu3O7-δ, 0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.1 wt.% have been synthesized by a standard solid-state reaction technique. The samples have been characterized using X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The results of XRD show an enhancement in the phase formation up to 0.06 wt.% and 0.08 wt.% for SWCNTs and MWCNTs, respectively. SEM and TEM reveal that CNTs form an electrical network resulting in well-connected superconducting grains. The electrical properties of the prepared samples have been examined by electric resistivity and I-V measurements, and their results reinforce the XRD, SEM and TEM. Consequently, both Tc and Jc improve as the addition percentage increases up to 0.06 wt.% and 0.08 wt.% for SWCNTs and MWCNTs, respectively.

  20. Phase diagram and neutron spin resonance of superconducting NaFe1 -xCuxAs

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    Tan, Guotai; Song, Yu; Zhang, Rui; Lin, Lifang; Xu, Zhuang; Tian, Long; Chi, Songxue; Graves-Brook, M. K.; Li, Shiliang; Dai, Pengcheng

    2017-02-01

    We use transport and neutron scattering to study the electronic phase diagram and spin excitations of NaFe1 -xCuxAs single crystals. Similar to Co- and Ni-doped NaFeAs, a bulk superconducting phase appears near x ≈2 % with the suppression of stripe-type magnetic order in NaFeAs. Upon further increasing Cu concentration the system becomes insulating, culminating in an antiferromagnetically ordered insulating phase near x ≈50 % . Using transport measurements, we demonstrate that the resistivity in NaFe1 -xCuxAs exhibits non-Fermi-liquid behavior near x ≈1.8 % . Our inelastic neutron scattering experiments reveal a single neutron spin resonance mode exhibiting weak dispersion along c axis in NaFe0.98Cu0.02As . The resonance is high in energy relative to the superconducting transition temperature Tc but weak in intensity, likely resulting from impurity effects. These results are similar to other iron pnictides superconductors despite that the superconducting phase in NaFe1 -xCuxAs is continuously connected to an antiferromagnetically ordered insulating phase near x ≈50 % with significant electronic correlations. Therefore, electron correlations is an important ingredient of superconductivity in NaFe1 -xCuxAs and other iron pnictides.

  1. On the non-superconducting state in the phase diagram of Na{sub x}CoO{sub 2}.yH{sub 2}O

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    Sato, Masatoshi, E-mail: e43247a@nucc.cc.nagoya-u.ac.j [Department of Physics, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8602 (Japan); JST, TRIP, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8602 (Japan); Kobayashi, Yoshiaki [Department of Physics, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8602 (Japan); JST, TRIP, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8602 (Japan); Moyoshi, Taketo [Department of Physics, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8602 (Japan)

    2010-12-15

    For the understanding of the superconducting state of Na{sub x}CoO{sub 2}.yH{sub 2}O (x {approx} 0.3), we have carried out various kinds of experimental studies. Among results of these studies, we show here data of the specific heats, frequency-dependent ac-magnetic susceptibility and {sup 59}Co-NQR and {sup 2}D NMR and argue what electronic state is realized in the nonsuperconducting phase, which appears in the T-3{nu}{sub Q} phase diagram of this system, {nu}{sub Q} being the Co-NQR quadrupole frequency. The transition observed in this phase at {approx}7 K is not due to a magnetic ordering but possibly due to a charge ordering or the CDW formation. Slightly below this transition temperature, the system exhibit glassy behavior. The results indicate that the superconducting phase cannot necessarily be considered to be located near the magnetic phase.

  2. Condition for the occurrence of phase slip centers in superconducting nanowires under applied current or voltage

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    Michotte, S.; Mátéfi-Tempfli, Stefan; Piraux, L.;

    2004-01-01

    Experimental results on the phase slip process in superconducting lead nanowires are presented under two different experimental conditions: constant applied current or constant voltage. Based on these experiments we established a simple model which gives us the condition of the appearance of phas...

  3. Neutron scattering study on the magnetic and superconducting phases of MnP

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    Yano, Shinichiro; Lancon, Diane; Ronnow, Henrik; Hansen, Thomas; Gardner, Jason

    We have performed series of neutron scattering experiments on MnP. MnP has been investigated for decades because of its rich magnetic phase diagram. The magnetic structure of MnP is ferromagnetic (FM) below TC = 291 K. It transforms into a helimagnetic structure at TS = 47 K with a propagation vector q = 0 . 117a* . Superconductivity was found in MnP under pressures of 8 GPa with a TSC around 1 K by J.-G. Cheng. Since Mn-based superconductors are rare, and the superconducting phase occurs in the vicinity of FM, new magnetic and helimagnetic phases, there is a need to understand how the magnetism evolves as one approach the superconducting state. MnP is believed to be a double helix magnetic structure at TS = 47 K. We observed new 2 δ and 3 δ satellite peaks whose intensity are 200 ~ 1000 times smaller than these of 1 δ satellite peaks on the cold triple axis spectrometer SIKA under zero magnetic fields. We also found the periods of helimagnetic structure changes as a function of temperature. If time permits, we will discuss recent experiments under pressure. However, we have complete picture of magnetic structure of this system with and without applied pressure, revealing the interplay between the magnetic and superconducting phases.

  4. Soliton formation in the FFLO phase

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    Croitoru, M. D.; Buzdin, A. I.

    2016-12-01

    There is increasing body of experimental evidences of the Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov (FFLO) phase in quasi-low-dimensional organic and heavy-fermion superconductors. The emergence of the FFLO phase has been demonstrated mainly based on a thermodynamic quantity or microscopically with spin polarization distribution that exhibit anomalies within the superconducting state in the presence of the in-plane magnetic field. However, the direct observation of superconducting order parameter modulation is so far (still) missing. Within the quasiclassical approach and Ginzburg-Landau formalism we study how the orbital effect of the in-plane field influences the FFLO instability in quasi-one-dimensional superconductors with a sufficiently weak interlayer coupling locking the magnetic flux to Josephson-type vortices. By making use of the continuum limit approximation of the Frenkel-Kontorova model for competing periodicities, we find and characterize the locking behavior of the modulation wave vector, when it remains equal to the magnetic length through some range of values of the external field.

  5. Superconductivity in an expanded phase of ZnO: an ab initio study

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    Hapiuk, D.; Marques, M. A. L.; Mélinon, P.; Botti, S.; Masenelli, B.; Flores-Livas, J. A.

    2015-04-01

    It is known that covalent semiconductors become superconducting if conveniently doped with large concentration of impurities. In this article we investigate, using ab initio methods, if the same situation is possible for an ionic, large-band gap semiconductor such as ZnO. We concentrate on the cage-like sodalite phase, with very similar electronic and phononic properties as wurtzite ZnO, but allow for endohedral doping of the cages. We find that sodalite ZnO becomes superconducting for a variety of dopants, reaching a maximum critical temperature of 7 K. This value is comparable to the transition temperatures of doped silicon clathrates, cubic silicon, and diamond.

  6. Consistency of measured phase boundaries of the FFLO superconducting phase for different materials and types of probes

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    Agosta, Charles; Fortune, Nathanael; Hannahs, Scott; Park, Ju-Hyun; Schleuter, John; Liang, Lucy; Gao, Shuyao; Bishop-van Horn, Logan; Newman, Max; Gu, Shuyao; Liang, Lucy

    New magnetocaloric and specific heat measurements of the high field superconducting state in the organic superconductor κ-­ (BEDT­-TTF)2Cu(NCS)2 are compared to rf penetration depth, magnetic torque, and NMR measurements. The position of the phase lines separating the uniform superconducting state with the FFLO state and the normal state are mostly in good agreement with each other. The order of the phase transitions can only be determined from the calorimetric measurements and will be compared to theory. Results from other organic superconductors show that there is universal behavior. As an example, the distance between the lower and upper magnetic field phase line containing the FFLO state is proportional to the upper critical field. The position of the lower phase line, the Clogston ­Chandrasakar paramagnetic limit, will be compared to semi empirical calculations based on the specific heat for five different superconductors.

  7. Quantum phase transition in a multiconnected superconducting Jaynes-Cummings lattice

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    Seo, Kangjun; Tian, Lin

    2015-05-01

    The connectivity and tunability of superconducting qubits and resonators provide us with an appealing platform to study the many-body physics of microwave excitations. Here we present a multiconnected Jaynes-Cummings lattice model which is symmetric with respect to the nonlocal qubit-resonator couplings. Our calculation shows that this model exhibits a Mott insulator-superfluid-Mott insulator phase transition at commensurate fillings, featured by symmetric quantum critical points. Phase diagrams in the grand canonical ensemble are also derived, which confirm the incompressibility of the Mott insulator phase. Different from a general-purposed quantum computer, it only requires two operations to demonstrate this phase transition: the preparation and the detection of commensurate many-body ground state. We discuss the realization of these operations in a superconducting circuit.

  8. Misfit dislocations and phase transformations in high-T sub c superconducting films

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    Gutkin, M Y

    2002-01-01

    A theoretical model is suggested that describes the effects of misfit stresses on defect structures, phase content and critical transition temperature T sub c in high-T sub c superconducting films. The focus is placed on the exemplary case of YBaCuO films deposited onto LaSrAlO sub 4 substrates. It is theoretically revealed here that misfit stresses are capable of inducing phase transformations controlled by the generation of misfit dislocations in growing cuprate films. These transformations, in the framework of the suggested model, account for experimental data on the influence of the film thickness on phase content and critical temperature T sub c of superconducting cuprate films, reported in the literature. The potential role of stress-assisted phase transformations in suppression of critical current density across grain boundaries in high-T sub c superconductors is briefly discussed.

  9. Thermal conductivity and gap structure of the superconducting phases of UPt{sub 3}

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    Suderow, H.; Huxley, A.; Flouquet, J. [CEA, Grenoble (France); Brison, J.P. [CNRS, Grenoble (France)

    1997-07-01

    We present new measurements of the thermal conductivity ({kappa}) of Upt{sub 3} down to very low temperatures (16 mK) and under magnetic fields (up to 4 T) which cover all the superconducting phases of Upt{sub 3}. The measurements in zero field are compared with recent theoretical predictions for the thermal conductivity, which is dominated by impurity states at the lowest temperatures studied. The measurements under magnetic field at low temperatures are surprising since they don`t show the expected low field square root dependence, {kappa} {proportional_to} {radical}B. The discontinuity of d{kappa}/dT at T{sub c} changes drastically when passing from the high field low temperature C phase to the low field high temperature A phase: this is related to the change of the symmetry of the superconducting order parameter when crossing the A {yields} C phase transition.

  10. Superconducting phase and pairing fluctuations in the half-filled two-dimensional Hubbard model.

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    Sentef, Michael; Werner, Philipp; Gull, Emanuel; Kampf, Arno P

    2011-09-16

    The two-dimensional Hubbard model exhibits superconductivity with d-wave symmetry even at half-filling in the presence of a next-nearest neighbor hopping. Using plaquette cluster dynamical mean-field theory with a continuous-time quantum Monte Carlo impurity solver, we reveal the non-Fermi liquid character of the metallic phase in proximity to the superconducting state. Specifically, the low-frequency scattering rate for momenta near (π, 0) varies nonmonotonically at low temperatures, and the dc conductivity is T linear at elevated temperatures with an upturn upon cooling. Evidence is provided that pairing fluctuations dominate the normal-conducting state even considerably above the superconducting transition temperature.

  11. Quasiparticle specific heats for the crystalline color superconducting phase of QCD

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    Casalbuoni, R; Mannarelli, M; Nardulli, G; Ruggieri, M; Stramaglia, S; 10.1016/j.physletb.2003.09.071

    2003-01-01

    We calculate the specific heats of quasiparticles of two-flavor QCD in its crystalline phases for low temperature. We show that for the different crystalline structures considered here there are gapless modes contributing linearly in temperature to the specific heat. We evaluate also the phonon contributions which are cubic in temperature. These features might be relevant for compact stars with an inner shell in a color superconducting crystalline phase. (21 refs).

  12. Quasi-particle Specific Heats for the Crystalline Color Superconducting Phase of QCD

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    Casalbuoni, Roberto; Mannarelli, M; Nardulli, Giuseppe; Ruggieri, Marco; Stramaglia, S

    2003-01-01

    We calculate the specific heats of quasi-particles of two-flavor QCD in its crystalline phases for low temperature. We show that for the different crystalline structures considered here there are gapless modes contributing linearly in temperature to the specific heat. We evaluate also the phonon contributions which are cubic in temperature. These features might be relevant for compact stars with an inner shell in a color superconducting crystalline phase.

  13. Quasi-particle specific heats for the crystalline color superconducting phase of QCD

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    Casalbuoni, R.; Gatto, R.; Mannarelli, M.; Nardulli, G.; Ruggieri, M.; Stramaglia, S

    2003-11-27

    We calculate the specific heats of quasi-particles of two-flavor QCD in its crystalline phases for low temperature. We show that for the different crystalline structures considered here there are gapless modes contributing linearly in temperature to the specific heat. We evaluate also the phonon contributions which are cubic in temperature. These features might be relevant for compact stars with an inner shell in a color superconducting crystalline phase.

  14. Impact of pseudogap on photoinduced superconducting phase transition in underdoped Bi2212

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    Toda, Y., E-mail: toda@eng.hokudai.ac.jp [Department of Applied Physics, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan); Mertelj, T.; Kusar, P. [Complex Matter Department, Jozef Stefan Institute, Jamova 39, Ljubljana SI-1000 (Slovenia); Kurosawa, T.; Oda, M.; Ido, M. [Department of Physics, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-0810 (Japan); Mihailovic, D. [Complex Matter Department, Jozef Stefan Institute, Jamova 39, Ljubljana SI-1000 (Slovenia)

    2013-10-15

    Highlights: • QP dynamics of UD-Bi2212 in the photoinduced phase transition was investigated by pump-probe spectroscopy. • The pump fluence dependence of the QP dynamics shows a delay of the SC recovery. • The observed delay time is comparable to a recovery time of PG, suggesting a role of PG responsible for the SC formation. -- Abstract: We report nonequilibrium quasiparticle (QP) dynamics in underdoped Bi2212 crystals using ultrafast optical spectroscopy, which allows to analyze the dynamics associated with the superconducting (SC) and psuedogap (PG) QPs independently. In the saturation condition of the SC component, where the SC condensate is fully destroyed within the photoexcited volume, we found a delay of the SC state recovery associated with a transient normal state. The delay increases linearly with increasing the pump fluence. The QP dynamics also shows a contribution of the PG component, whose magnitude at the start of the SC state recovery was almost constant at various pump fluences, suggesting a critical level of PG order before the SC condensate can recover.

  15. The non-magnetic collapsed tetragonal phase of CaFe2As2 and superconductivity in the iron pnictides

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    Soh, J. H.; Tucker, G. S.; Pratt, D. K.; Abernathy, D. L.; Stone, M. B.; Ran, S.; Bud'Ko, S. L.; Canfield, P. C.; Kreyssig, A.; McQueeney, R. J.; Goldman, A. I.

    2014-03-01

    The relationship between antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations and superconductivity has become a central topic of research in studies of superconductivity in the iron pnictides. We present unambiguous evidence of the absence of magnetic fluctuations in the non-superconducting collapsed tetragonal phase of CaFe2As2 via inelastic neutron scattering time-of-flight data, which is consistent with the view that spin fluctuations are a necessary ingredient for unconventional superconductivity in the iron pnictides. We demonstrate that the collapsed tetragonal phase of CaFe2As2 is non-magnetic, and discuss this result in light of recent reports of high-temperature superconductivity in the collapsed tetragonal phase of closely related compounds. Work at the Ames Laboratory was supported by the Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences. Work at ORNL's Spallation Neutron Source was sponsored by the Scientific User Facilities Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

  16. Determination of the fraction of amorphous phases in superconducting samples; Determinacao da fracao de fases amorfas em amostras supercondutoras

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    Gomes Junior, G.G.; Ogasawara, T., E-mail: georgeg@metalmat.ufjr.b [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (COPPE/UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-Graduacao de Engenharia. Dept. de Eng. Metalurgica e Materiais; Bispo, E.R.; Polasek, A. [Centro de Pesquisas de Energia Eletrica (CEPEL), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Amorim, H.S. [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (IF/UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica

    2010-07-01

    The study phase formation of high critical temperature superconducting (Bi, Pb) - 2223 by partial melting and recrystallization aims to improve the microstructure of the material. Was used for X-ray diffraction characterization of the phases present. The DDM method (Derivative Difference Minimization) was used for the refinement of structures, quantification of the phases and determination the fraction of this amorphous. The advantage this method is not necessary to introduce an internal standard to determine the amorphous fraction. Were observed in the powder precursor phases (Bi, Pb) {sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} (Bi, Pb) -2223, 93% of the sample, Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub y} (Bi-2212) and Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CuO{sub z} (Bi-2201). The powder precursor was heat treated at 820-870 deg C. To minimize volatilization of lead, the material was placed in silver crucibles closed. To get a high recovery of (Bi, Pb) - 2223, the material was cooled slowly, due to slow kinetic of formation of this phase. We observed a partial recovery phase (Bi, Pb) -2223. (author)

  17. Reduced phase error through optimized control of a superconducting qubit

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    Lucero, Erik; Bialczak, Radoslaw C; Lenander, Mike; Mariantoni, Matteo; Neeley, Matthew; O'Connell, A D; Sank, Daniel; Wang, H; Weides, Martin; Wenner, James; Yamamoto, Tsuyoshi; Cleland, A N; Martinis, John

    2010-01-01

    Minimizing phase and other errors in experimental quantum gates allows higher fidelity quantum processing. To quantify and correct for phase errors in particular, we have developed a new experimental metrology --- amplified phase error (APE) pulses --- that amplifies and helps identify phase errors in general multi-level qubit architectures. In order to correct for both phase and amplitude errors specific to virtual transitions and leakage outside of the qubit manifold, we implement "half derivative" an experimental simplification of derivative reduction by adiabatic gate (DRAG) control theory. The phase errors are lowered by about a factor of five using this method to $\\sim 1.6^{\\circ}$ per gate, and can be tuned to zero. Leakage outside the qubit manifold, to the qubit $|2\\rangle$ state, is also reduced to $\\sim 10^{-4}$ for $20\\%$ faster gates.

  18. Cooling of Compact Stars with Color Superconducting Phase in Quark Hadron Mixed Phase

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    Noda, Tsuneo; Matsuo, Yasuhide; Yasutake, Nobutoshi; Maruyama, Toshiki; Tatsumi, Toshitaka; Fujimoto, Masayuki

    2011-01-01

    We present a new scenario for the cooling of compact stars considering the central source of Cassiopeia A (Cas A). The Cas A observation shows that the central source is a sort of neutron star which has high effective temperature, and it is consistent with the well known standard cooling model. The observation also gives the mass range of $M \\geq 1.5 M_\\odot$, which is inconsistent with current plausible cooling scenario of compact stars. There are some cooled compact stars such as Vela or 3C58, which cannot be explained by the standard cooling processes: we invoke some kinds of exotic cooling processes, where a heavier star cools faster than lighter one. However, the scenario seems to be inconsistent with the observation of Cas A. Therefore, we give a new cooling scenario to explain the observation of Cas A by constructing models, which include a quark color superconducting phase with a large energy gap, which appears at ultrahigh density region and reduces neutrino emissivity. In our model, a compact star h...

  19. Questioning the existence of superconducting potassium doped phases for aromatic hydrocarbons

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    Heguri, Satoshi; Kobayashi, Mototada; Tanigaki, Katsumi

    2015-07-01

    Superconductivity in aromatic hydrocarbons doped with potassium (K) such as K3 [picene (PCN)] and K3 [phenanthrene (PHN)] is found for only armchair-type polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon. In this paper the thermodynamics of the reaction processes of PHN or anthracene (AN, zigzag type) with K was studied using differential scanning calorimetry and x-ray diffraction. We show that PHN decomposes during the reaction, triggered by hydrogen abstraction, to give metal hydride KH and unknown amorphous. No stable doped phases exist in Kx(PHN ) with stoichiometries of x =1 -3 . However, in the case of AN, a stable doped phase forms. We claim that PHN, which has been reported to be energetically more stable in the ground state than AN by first principle calculations, is unstable upon doping. We also suggest that the superconductivity in K3(PCN ) is due to the misinterpretation of experimental data, which actually arises from ferromagnetic impurities. We have never detected the superconductivity above 2 K in these compounds. The superconductivity in both Kx(PHN ) and Kx(PCN ) is concluded to be highly questionable.

  20. Effective Gap Equation for the Inhomogeneous LOFF Superconductive Phase

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    Casalbuoni, R; Gatto, R; Mannarelli, M; Nardulli, G; Ruggieri, M

    2004-01-01

    We present an approximate gap equation for different crystalline structures of the LOFF phase of high density QCD at T=0. This equation is derived by using an effective condensate term obtained by averaging the inhomogeneous condensate over distances of the order of the crystal lattice size. The approximation is expected to work better far off any second order phase transition. As a function of the difference of the chemical potentials of the up and down quarks, $\\delta\\mu$, we get that the octahedron is energetically favored from $\\delta\\mu=\\Delta_0/\\sqrt 2$ to $0.95\\Delta_0$, where $\\Delta_0$ is the gap for the homogeneous phase, while in the range $0.95\\Delta_0-1.32\\Delta_0$ the face centered cube prevails. At $\\delta\\mu=1.32\\Delta_0$ a first order phase transition to the normal phase occurs.

  1. Gas-Phase Infrared; JCAMP Format

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    SRD 35 NIST/EPA Gas-Phase Infrared; JCAMP Format (PC database for purchase)   This data collection contains 5,228 infrared spectra in the JCAMP-DX (Joint Committee for Atomic and Molecular Physical Data "Data Exchange") format.

  2. Influence of the introduction and formation of artificial pinning centers on the transport properties of nanostructured Nb{sub 3}Sn superconducting wires

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    Da Silva, L B S; Rodrigues, C A; Bormio-Nunes, C; Oliveira, N F Jr; Rodrigues, D Jr, E-mail: lucas_sarno@ppgem.eel.usp.b, E-mail: durval@demar.eel.usp.b [Superconductivity Group, Department of Materials Engineering (DEMAR) Escola de Engenharia de Lorena (EEL), Universidade de Sao Paulo - USP Polo Urbo-Industrial, Gleba AI-6 - PO Box 116 - Lorena, SP (Brazil)

    2009-05-01

    The formation of nanostructures projected to act as pinning centers is presented as a highly promising technique for the transport properties optimization of superconductors. However, due to the necessity of nanometric dimensions of these pinning centers, the heat treatment (HT) profiles must be carefully analyzed. The present work describes a methodology to optimize the HT profiles in respect to diffusion, reaction and formation of the superconducting phases. After the HT, samples were removed for micro structural characterization. Measurements of transport properties were performed to analyze the influence of the introduction of artificial pinning centers (APC) on the superconducting phase and to find the flux pinning mechanism acting in these wires. Fitting the volumetric pinning force vs. applied magnetic field (F{sub p} vs. mu{sub o}H) curves of transport properties, we could determine the type and influence of flux pinning mechanism acting in the global behavior of the samples. It was concluded that the maximum current densities were obtained when normal phases (due to the introduction of the APCs) are the most efficient pinning centers in the global behavior of the samples. The use of HT with profile 220{sup 0}C/100h+575{sup 0}C/50h+650{sup 0}C/100h was found as the best treatment for these nanostructured superconducting wires.

  3. Improvement of the phase transition homogeneity of superheated superconducting tin granules

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    Calatroni, Sergio; Czapek, G; Ebert, T R; Hasenbalg, F; Hauser, M G; Janos, S; Kainer, K U; Knoop, K M; Moser, U; Palmieri, V G; Pretzl, Klaus P; Sahli, B; Sgobba, Stefano; Vollenberg, W; Wyss, C

    2000-01-01

    A considerably improved phase transition homogeneity was observed with superheated superconducting Sn spheres as a result of laser melting and fast cooling. These spheres exhibited a very homogeneous phase transition behaviour independent of the orientation of the spheres with respect to the direction of the external magnetic field. Compared to previously untreated Sn spheres the spread of the phase transition boundaries was reduced by almost an order of magnitude. In addition, we studied mass production of Sn structures using vacuum evaporation and deposition. First encouraging results are reported. (7 refs).

  4. Improvement of the phase transition homogeneity of superheated superconducting tin granules

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    Calatroni, S.; Casalbuoni, S. E-mail: sara@lhc.lhep.unibe.ch; Czapek, G.; Ebert, T.; Hasenbalg, F.; Hauser, M.; Janos, S.; Kainer, K.U.; Knoop, K.M.; Moser, U.; Palmieri, V.G.; Pretzl, K.; Sahli, B.; Sgobba, S.; Vollenberg, W.; Wyss, Ch.P

    2000-04-07

    A considerably improved phase transition homogeneity was observed with superheated superconducting Sn spheres as a result of laser melting and fast cooling. These spheres exhibited a very homogeneous phase transition behaviour independent of the orientation of the spheres with respect to the direction of the external magnetic field. Compared to previously untreated Sn spheres the spread of the phase transition boundaries was reduced by almost an order of magnitude. In addition, we studied mass production of Sn structures using vacuum evaporation and deposition. First encouraging results are reported.

  5. Quantum phase-slips in superconducting AlO{sub x} nanowire arrays at microwave frequencies

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    Skacel, Sebastian T.; Pfirrmann, Marco; Voss, Jan N.; Muenzberg, Julian; Radtke, Lucas; Probst, Sebastian; Rotzinger, Hannes [Physikalisches Institut, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, D-76131 Karlsruhe (Germany); Weides, Martin [Physikalisches Institut, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, D-76131 Karlsruhe (Germany); Institute of Physics, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, D-55128 Mainz (Germany); Mooij, Hans E. [Physikalisches Institut, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, D-76131 Karlsruhe (Germany); Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology, 2628 CJ Delft (Netherlands); Ustinov, Alexey V. [Physikalisches Institut, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, D-76131 Karlsruhe (Germany); Russian Quantum Center, 100 Novaya St., Skolkovo, Moscow region, 143025 (Russian Federation)

    2015-07-01

    Superconducting nanowires in the quantum phase slip (QPS) regime allow to study the flux and phase dynamics in duality to Josephson junction systems. However, due to the vanishing self-capacitance of the nanowires, the microwave response significantly differs. We experimentally study parallel arrays of nanowires which are embedded in a resonant circuit at GHz frequencies. The samples are probed at ultra-low microwave power and applied magnetic field at mK temperatures. The AlO{sub x} nanowires, with a sheet resistance in the kΩ range, are fabricated by sputter deposition of aluminium in a controlled oxygen atmosphere. The wires are defined with conventional electron beam lithography down to a width of approximately 15 nm. We present the fabrication of the nanowire arrays and measurement results for arrays coupled to superconducting microwave resonators.

  6. Bismuthates: BaBiO{sub 3} and related superconducting phases

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    Sleight, Arthur W., E-mail: arthur.sleight@oregonstate.edu

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • BaBiO{sub 3} has the perovskite structure, but tilting of the BiO{sub 6} octahedra destroy the ideal cubic symmetry except at temperatures above 820 K. BaBiO{sub 3} is a diamagnetic semiconductor due to a CDW, which is equivalent to a Ba{sub 2}Bi{sup 3+}Bi{sup 5+}O{sub 6} representation. • Recent calculations and experimental results confirm that there is no significant deviation from the oxidation states of 3+ and 5+. • Superconductivity with a T{sub c} as high as 13 K occurs for BaPb{sub 1−x}Bi{sub x}O{sub 3} phases where the 6s band is about 25% filled, and superconductivity with a T{sub c} as high as 34 K occurs for Ba{sub 1−x}K{sub x}BiO{sub 3} phases where the 6s band is about 35% filled. • These two solid solutions can have cubic, tetragonal, or orthorhombic symmetry. • However, superconductivity has only been observed when the symmetry is tetragonal. - Abstract: BaBiO{sub 3} has the perovskite structure, but tilting of the BiO{sub 6} octahedra destroy the ideal cubic symmetry except at temperatures above 820 K. BaBiO{sub 3} is a diamagnetic semiconductor due to a charge density wave (CDW), which is equivalent to a Ba{sub 2}Bi{sup 3+}Bi{sup 5+}O{sub 6} representation. Recent calculations and experimental results confirm that there is no significant deviation from the oxidation states of 3+ and 5+. Superconductivity with a T{sub c} as high as 13 K occurs for BaPb{sub 1−x}Bi{sub x}O{sub 3} phases where the 6s band is about 25% filled, and superconductivity with a T{sub c} as high as 34 K occurs for Ba{sub 1−x}K{sub x}BiO{sub 3} phases where the 6s band is about 35% filled. Structures in these two solid solutions can have cubic, tetragonal, orthorhombic, or monoclinic symmetry. However, superconductivity has only been observed when the symmetry is tetragonal.

  7. Power system stabilization by superconducting magnetic energy storage with solid-state phase shifter

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    Mitani, Y.; Uranaka, T.; Tsuji, K. [Osaka Univ., Suita, Osaka (Japan). Dept. of Electrical Engineering

    1995-08-01

    In this paper, a new configuration of power system controller with a combination of superconducting magnetic energy storage and phase shifter, is proposed to improve the stability of a long distance bulk power transmission system. A power system stabilizing control scheme is also proposed. A related simulation shows that the proposed controller is effective for enhancement of power system stability independent of the location of controller in a long distance bulk power transmission system.

  8. Superconductivity in the amorphous phase of topological insulator Bi x Sb100-x alloys

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    Barzola-Quiquia, J.; Lauinger, C.; Zoraghi, M.; Stiller, M.; Sharma, S.; Häussler, P.

    2017-01-01

    In this work we investigated the electrical properties of rapidly quenched amorphous Bi x Sb{}100-x alloys in the temperature range of 1.2 K to 345 K. The resistance reveals that for a broad range of different compositions, including that for the topological insulator (TI), a superconducting state in the amorphous phase is present. After crystallization and annealing at an intermediate temperature, we found that in pure Bi and Bi x Sb{}100-x alloys with composition corresponding to the TI, the superconductivity persists, but the transition shifts to a lower temperature. The highest superconducting transition temperature {T}{{C}0} was found for pure Bi and those TI’s, with a shift to low temperatures when the Sb content is increased. After annealing at a maximum temperature of T = 345 K, the samples are non-superconducting within the experimental range and the behavior changes from semiconducting-like for pure Bi, to metallic-like for pure Sb. Transition temperature {T}{{C}0} of the amorphous Bi x Sb{}100-x alloys have been calculated in the BCS-Eliashberg-McMillan framework, modified for binary alloys. The results can explain the experimental results and show that amorphous Bi x Sb{}100-x exhibits a strong to intermediate electron-phonon coupling.

  9. Multiple quantum phase transitions and superconductivity in Ce-based heavy fermions.

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    Weng, Z F; Smidman, M; Jiao, L; Lu, Xin; Yuan, H Q

    2016-09-01

    Heavy fermions have served as prototype examples of strongly-correlated electron systems. The occurrence of unconventional superconductivity in close proximity to the electronic instabilities associated with various degrees of freedom points to an intricate relationship between superconductivity and other electronic states, which is unique but also shares some common features with high temperature superconductivity. The magnetic order in heavy fermion compounds can be continuously suppressed by tuning external parameters to a quantum critical point, and the role of quantum criticality in determining the properties of heavy fermion systems is an important unresolved issue. Here we review the recent progress of studies on Ce based heavy fermion superconductors, with an emphasis on the superconductivity emerging on the edge of magnetic and charge instabilities as well as the quantum phase transitions which occur by tuning different parameters, such as pressure, magnetic field and doping. We discuss systems where multiple quantum critical points occur and whether they can be classified in a unified manner, in particular in terms of the evolution of the Fermi surface topology.

  10. Multiple quantum phase transitions and superconductivity in Ce-based heavy fermions

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    Weng, Z. F.; Smidman, M.; Jiao, L.; Lu, Xin; Yuan, H. Q.

    2016-09-01

    Heavy fermions have served as prototype examples of strongly-correlated electron systems. The occurrence of unconventional superconductivity in close proximity to the electronic instabilities associated with various degrees of freedom points to an intricate relationship between superconductivity and other electronic states, which is unique but also shares some common features with high temperature superconductivity. The magnetic order in heavy fermion compounds can be continuously suppressed by tuning external parameters to a quantum critical point, and the role of quantum criticality in determining the properties of heavy fermion systems is an important unresolved issue. Here we review the recent progress of studies on Ce based heavy fermion superconductors, with an emphasis on the superconductivity emerging on the edge of magnetic and charge instabilities as well as the quantum phase transitions which occur by tuning different parameters, such as pressure, magnetic field and doping. We discuss systems where multiple quantum critical points occur and whether they can be classified in a unified manner, in particular in terms of the evolution of the Fermi surface topology.

  11. The research of parallel-coupled linear-phase superconducting filter

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    Zhang, Tianliang; Zhou, Liguo; Yang, Kai; Luo, Chao; Jiang, Mingyan; Dang, Wei; Ren, Xiangyang

    2015-12-01

    This paper presents a research on the mechanism of a linear phase filter constructed with parallel-connected sub-networks, considering that linear phase characteristic of a filter can be achieved when the group delays of sub-networks compensate each other. This paper also gives several coupling and routing diagrams of linear phase filters with different parallel-connected networks, and then the coupling matrixes of three 8-order filters and one 10-order filter are synthesized. One of the coupling matrixes is utilized to design a 8-order parallel-connected network high temperature superconducting (HTS) linear phase filter with two pairs of transmission zeros, so as to verify the correctness of theory data and the feasibility of the circuit design for the proposed 8-order and higher order parallel-connected network linear phase filter. The HTS linear phase filter is designed on YBCO/LaAlO3/YBCO superconducting substrate, at 77 K, the measured center frequency is 2000 MHz with a bandwidth of 30 MHz, the insertion loss is less than 0.3 dB and the reflection is better than -12.5 dB in passband. The group delay is less than ±5 ns over the 60% passband, which shows that the filter has a good linear phase characteristic.

  12. SCUBA-2 instrument: an application of large-format superconducting bolometer arrays for submillimetre astronomy

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    Hollister, Matthew Ian

    2009-01-01

    This thesis concerns technical aspects related to the design and operation of the submillimetre common-user bolometer array 2 (SCUBA-2) instrument, a new wide-field camera for submillimetre astronomy currently undergoing commissioning on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Offering unprecedented sensitivity and mapping capabilities, SCUBA-2 is expected to make a major impact in surveys of the sky at submillimetre wavelengths, a largely unexplored part of the electromagnetic spectrum, and provide better understanding of the formation and evolution of galaxies, stars and planets by providing large, unbiased samples of such objects. SCUBA-2 uses large arrays of bolometers, with superconducting transition edge sensors (TESs) as the temperature-sensitive element. TES devices are a relatively new technology, utilising the sharp resistance change between the normal and superconducting states to make a sensitive thermistor. Kilopixel arrays of such devices are multiplexed using superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs). This thesis derives the key detector performance parameters, and presents analysis of engineering data to confirm the detector performance on array scales. A key issue for bolometric instruments for far infrared and submillimetre astronomy is the need to operate at extremely low temperatures in the sub-kelvin and millikelvin ranges to achieve the necessary detector sensitivity. This work describes the design, testing and performance of the liquid cryogen-free millikelvin cryostat, the first such instrument to be deployed for astronomy. Subsequent chapters detail the design and testing of a magnetic shielding scheme for the instrument, an important aspect of the operation of superconducting devices. Based on experience with the construction and testing of this instrument, a number of potential improvements for future instruments are presented and discussed.

  13. Superconducting phases of strange quark matter in the NJL model

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    Paulucci, L; Ferrer, E J; de la Incera, V

    2013-01-01

    We analyze the color-flavor-locked phase of strange quark matter modelled by the three-flavor Nambu-Jona-Lasinio (NJL) framework with and without magnetic field and discuss some additional constraints on the stability scenario when a high magnetic field is applied. We compare the results obtained by employing the MIT Bag Model and discuss the pairing gap behavior and its influence on the equation of state.

  14. Cu-Ti Formation in Nb-Ti/Cu Superconducting Strand Monitored by in situ Techniques

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    Pong, I; Pong, Ian; Gerardin, Alexandre; Scheuerlein, Christian; Bottura, Luca

    2010-01-01

    In order to investigate the high temperature exposure effect on Nb-Ti/Cu superconducting strands, as might be encountered in joining by soldering and in cabling annealing, X-ray diffraction and resistometry measurements were performed in situ during heat treatment, and complemented by conventional metallography, mechanical tests and superconducting properties measurements. Changes of the Nb-Ti nanostructure at temperatures above 300 degrees C are manifested in the degradation of critical current in an applied external magnetic field, although degradation at self field was insignificant up to 400 degrees C for several minutes. Above 500 degrees C, the formation of various Cu-Ti intermetallic compounds, due to Ti diffusion from Nb-Ti into Cu, is detected by in situ XRD albeit not resolvable by SEM-EDS. There is a ductile to brittle transition near 600 degrees C, and liquid formation is observed below 900 degrees C. The formation of Cu-Ti causes a delayed reduction of the residual resistivity ratio (RRR) and adv...

  15. Multiple superconducting phases in heavy fermion compounds PrOs4Sb12 and CeCoIn5

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    Yuji Matsuda

    2006-01-01

    In recently discovered heavy fermion compounds, quasi-two-dimensional CeCoIn5 and skutterudite PrOs4Sb12, multiple superconducting phases with different symmetries manifest themselves below c. The angle-resolved magnetothermal transport measurements revealed that in PrOs4Sb12 a novel change in the symmetry of the superconducting gap function occurs deep inside the superconducting state. The ultrasound velocity measurements revealed that in CeCoIn5 the Fulde-Ferrel-Larkin-Ovchinikov (FFLO) phase, in which the order parameter is spatially modulated and has planar nodes aligned perpendicular to the vortices, appears at low temperature and high field. These results open up a new realm for the study of the superconductivity with multiple phases.

  16. A cryogenic phase locking loop system for a superconducting integrated receiver

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    Khudchenko, A. V.; Koshelets, V. P.; Dmitriev, P. N.; Ermakov, A. B.; Yagoubov, P. A.; Pylypenko, O. M.

    2009-08-01

    The authors present a new cryogenic device, an ultrawideband cryogenic phase locking loop system (CPLL). The CPLL was developed for phase locking of a flux-flow oscillator (FFO) in a superconducting integrated receiver (SIR) but can be used for any cryogenic terahertz oscillator. The key element of the CPLL is the cryogenic phase detector (CPD), a recently proposed new superconducting element. The CPD is an innovative implementation of a superconductor-insulator-superconductor tunnel junction. All components of the CPLL reside inside a cryostat at 4.2 K, with the loop length of cables 50 cm and the total loop delay 4.5 ns. So small a delay results in a CPLL synchronization bandwidth as wide as 40 MHz and allows phase locking of more than 60% of the power emitted by the FFO, even for FFO linewidths of about 11 MHz. This percentage of phase locked power is three times that achieved with conventional room temperature PLLs. Such an improvement enables reducing the FFO phase noise and extending the SIR operation range.

  17. Phase segregation of superconductivity and ferromagnetism at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface.

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    Mohanta, N; Taraphder, A

    2014-01-15

    The highly conductive two-dimensional electron gas formed at the interface between insulating SrTiO3 and LaAlO3 shows low-temperature superconductivity coexisting with inhomogeneous ferromagnetism. The Rashba spin-orbit interaction with the in-plane Zeeman field of the system favors p(x) ± ip(y)-wave superconductivity at finite momentum. Owing to the intrinsic disorder at the interface, the role of spatial inhomogeneity in the superconducting and ferromagnetic states becomes important. We find that, for strong disorder, the system breaks up into mutually excluded regions of superconductivity and ferromagnetism. This inhomogeneity-driven electronic phase separation accounts for the unusual coexistence of superconductivity and ferromagnetism observed at the interface.

  18. Quasiparticle entropy in the high-field superconducting phase of CeCoIn(5).

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    Tokiwa, Y; Bauer, E D; Gegenwart, P

    2012-09-14

    The heavy-fermion superconductor CeCoIn(5) displays an additional transition within its superconducting (SC) state, whose nature is characterized by high-precision studies of the isothermal field dependence of the entropy, derived from combined specific heat and magnetocaloric effect measurements at temperatures T≥100  mK and fields H≤12  T aligned along different directions. For any of these conditions, we do not observe an additional entropy contribution upon tuning at constant temperature by magnetic field from the homogeneous SC into the presumed Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov (FFLO) SC state. By contrast, for H∥[100] a reduction of entropy was found that quantitatively agrees with the expectation for spin-density-wave order without FFLO superconductivity. Our data exclude the formation of a FFLO state in CeCoIn(5) for out-of-plane field directions, where no spin-density-wave order exists.

  19. Electromagnetic losses in a three-phase high temperature superconducting cable determined by calorimetric measurements

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    Traeholt, C.; Veje, E.; Tønnesen, Ole

    2002-01-01

    A 10 m long high temperature superconducting (HTS) cable conductor was placed in a plane three-phase arrangement. The test-bed enabled us to study the conductor losses for different separations between the phases. The superconductor was fixed symmetrically in the centre, whilst the two outer conv...... a calorimetric technique where the temperature increase in the flowing LN2 was measured with a set of thermo-couples. Results indicate that the total AC loss increases significantly when the separation between the conductors is reduced....

  20. Electromagnetic losses in a three-phase high temperature superconducting cable determined by calorimetric measurements

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    Traeholt, C.; Veje, E.; Tønnesen, Ole

    2002-01-01

    A 10 m long high temperature superconducting (HTS) cable conductor was placed in a plane three-phase arrangement. The test-bed enabled us to study the conductor losses for different separations between the phases. The superconductor was fixed symmetrically in the centre, whilst the two outer conv...... a calorimetric technique where the temperature increase in the flowing LN2 was measured with a set of thermo-couples. Results indicate that the total AC loss increases significantly when the separation between the conductors is reduced....

  1. Second Law Violation By Magneto-Caloric Effect Adiabatic Phase Transition of Type I Superconductive Particles

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    Peter Keefe

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract: The nature of the thermodynamic behavior of Type I superconductor particles, having a cross section less than the Ginzburg-Landau temperature dependent coherence length is discussed for magnetic field induced adiabatic phase transitions from the superconductive state to the normal state. Argument is advanced supporting the view that when the adiabatic magneto-caloric process is applied to particles, the phase transition is characterized by a decrease in entropy in violation of traditional formulations of the Second Law, evidenced by attainment of a final process temperature below that which would result from an adiabatic magneto-caloric process applied to bulk dimensioned specimens.

  2. Enhancement of superconductivity under pressure and the magnetic phase diagram of tantalum disulfide single crystals

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    Abdel-Hafiez, M.; Zhao, X.-M.; Kordyuk, A. A.; Fang, Y.-W.; Pan, B.; He, Z.; Duan, C.-G.; Zhao, J.; Chen, X.-J.

    2016-08-01

    In low-dimensional electron systems, charge density waves (CDW) and superconductivity are two of the most fundamental collective quantum phenomena. For all known quasi-two-dimensional superconductors, the origin and exact boundary of the electronic orderings and superconductivity are still attractive problems. Through transport and thermodynamic measurements, we report on the field-temperature phase diagram in 2H-TaS2 single crystals. We show that the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) increases by one order of magnitude from temperatures at 0.98 K up to 9.15 K at 8.7 GPa when the Tc becomes very sharp. Additionally, the effects of 8.7 GPa illustrate a suppression of the CDW ground state, with critically small Fermi surfaces. Below the Tc the lattice of magnetic flux lines melts from a solid-like state to a broad vortex liquid phase region. Our measurements indicate an unconventional s-wave-like picture with two energy gaps evidencing its multi-band nature.

  3. Pressure dependence of structural phase transition and superconducting transition in CsI

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    Nirmala-Louis, C

    2003-01-01

    The self-consistent band structure calculation for CsI performed both in CsCl and HCP structures using the TB-LMTO method is reported. The equilibrium lattice constant, bulk modulus and the phase-transition pressure at which the compound undergoes structural phase transition from CsCl to HCP are predicted from the total-energy calculations. The band structure, density of states (DOS), electronic charge distributions, metallization and superconducting transition temperature (T sub c) of CsI are obtained as a function of pressure for both the CsCl and HCP structures. It is found that the charge transfer from s and p states to d state causes metallization and superconductivity in CsI. The highest T sub c estimated is 2.11 K and the corresponding pressure is 1.8 Mbar. This value is in agreement with the recent experimental observation. The experimental trend - ''metallization and superconductivity is rather insensitive to the crystal structure of CsI'' - is also confirmed in our work. (Abstract Copyright [2003], ...

  4. Superconducting properties of the KxWO3 tetragonal tungsten bronze and the superconducting phase diagram of the tungsten bronze family

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    Haldolaarachchige, Neel; Gibson, Quinn; Krizan, Jason; Cava, R. J.

    2014-03-01

    We report on the superconducting properties of the KxWO3 tetragonal tungsten bronze. The highest superconducting transition temperature (Tc=2.1 K) was obtained for K0.38WO3. Tc decreases linearly with increasing K content. Using the measured values for the upper critical field Hc2 and the specific heat C, we estimate the orbital critical field Hc2(0), coherence length ξ(0), Debye temperature ΘD, and coupling constant λe-p. The magnitude of the specific-heat jump at Tc suggests that the KxWO3 tetragonal tungsten bronze is a weakly coupled superconductor. The superconducting phase diagram of the doped tungsten bronze family is presented.

  5. The superconducting phase and electronic excitations of (Rb,Cs) Fe 2 As 2

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    Kanter, J.; Shermadini, Z.; Khasanov, R.; Amato, A.; Bukowski, Z.; Batlogg, B.

    2011-03-01

    We present specific heat, transport and Muon-Spin Rotation (μ SR) results on (Rb,Cs) Fe 2 As 2 . RbFe 2 As 2 was only recently found to be superconducting below 2.6 K by Bukowski et al. Compared to the related BaFe 2 As 2 the electron density is lower and no magnetic order is observed. For the superconducting phase the superfluid density was calculated from μ SR data. The temperature dependence of the superfluid density and the magnetic penetration depth is well described by a multi-gap scenario. In addition the electronic contribution the specific heat was studied for different compositions and magnetic fields and reveals a high value for the Sommerfeld coefficient γ .

  6. A power-adjustable superconducting terahertz source utilizing electrical triggering phase transitions in vanadium dioxide

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    Hao, L. Y.; Zhou, X. J.; Yang, Z. B.; Zhang, H. L.; Sun, H. C.; Cao, H. X.; Dai, P. H.; Li, J.; Hatano, T.; Wang, H. B.; Wen, Q. Y.; Wu, P. H.

    2016-12-01

    We report a practical superconducting terahertz (THz) source, comprising a stack of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) and a vanadium dioxide (VO2) tunable attenuator with coplanar interdigital contacts. The electrical triggering phase transitions are observed not only at room temperature, but also at low temperatures, which provides a proof of the electrical triggering. Applying this, the VO2 attenuator is implemented for the independent regulations on the emission powers from the IJJ THz emitter, remaining frequencies and temperatures unchanged. The attenuation can be tuned smoothly and continuously within a couple of volts among which the maximum is, respectively, -5.6 dB at 20 K or -4.3 dB at 25 K. Such a power-adjustable radiation source, including the VO2 attenuator, can further expand its practicability in cryogenic THz systems, like superconducting THz spectrometers.

  7. Magnetic instabilities along the superconducting phase boundary of Nb /Ni multilayers

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    Joshi, Amish G.; Kryukov, Sergiy A.; De Long, Lance E.; Gonzalez, Elvira M.; Navarro, Elena; Villegas, Javier E.; Vicent, Jose L.

    2007-05-01

    We report vibrating reed and superconducting quantum interference device magnetometer data that exhibit prominent dips or oscillations of the superconducting (SC) onset temperature, ΔTC(H )≈0.01-0.7K, for a [Nb(23nm)/Ni(5nm)]5 multilayer (ML) in dc magnetic fields applied nearly parallel to the ML plane. The vibrating reed data exhibit reproducible structures below TC that may reflect multiple SC transitions, but they are sensitive to ac field amplitude and dc field orientation. This striking behavior poses challenges for theoretical and experimental investigations of interfaces between SC and ferromagnetic layers that involve magnetic pair breaking effects, "pi phase shifts" of the SC order parameter, and exotic ("LOFF") pairing states. Alternatively, the anomalies may mark dynamical instabilities within a confined, strongly anisotropic Abrikosov vortex lattice.

  8. The research of parallel-coupled linear-phase superconducting filter

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    Zhang, Tianliang; Zhou, Liguo; Yang, Kai, E-mail: kyang@uestc.edu.cn; Luo, Chao; Jiang, Mingyan; Dang, Wei; Ren, Xiangyang

    2015-12-15

    Highlights: • Parallel-connected linear phase filter can be achieved when the group delays of sub-networks compensate each other. • We give the coupling and routing diagrams of four linear phase filters with self-synthesized coupling matrixes, and verified the correctness of theory data and the feasibility of the circuit design. • There are a variety of topological coupling and routing diagrams for a same order filter. • We give a reasonable arrangement of design steps for high-order parallel-coupled linear phase filter. - Abstract: This paper presents a research on the mechanism of a linear phase filter constructed with parallel-connected sub-networks, considering that linear phase characteristic of a filter can be achieved when the group delays of sub-networks compensate each other. This paper also gives several coupling and routing diagrams of linear phase filters with different parallel-connected networks, and then the coupling matrixes of three 8-order filters and one 10-order filter are synthesized. One of the coupling matrixes is utilized to design a 8-order parallel-connected network high temperature superconducting (HTS) linear phase filter with two pairs of transmission zeros, so as to verify the correctness of theory data and the feasibility of the circuit design for the proposed 8-order and higher order parallel-connected network linear phase filter. The HTS linear phase filter is designed on YBCO/LaAlO{sub 3}/YBCO superconducting substrate, at 77 K, the measured center frequency is 2000 MHz with a bandwidth of 30 MHz, the insertion loss is less than 0.3 dB and the reflection is better than −12.5 dB in passband. The group delay is less than ±5 ns over the 60% passband, which shows that the filter has a good linear phase characteristic.

  9. Two-dimensional topological superconducting phases emerged from d-wave superconductors in proximity to antiferromagnets

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    Zhu, Guo-Yi; Wang, Ziqiang; Zhang, Guang-Ming

    2017-05-01

    Motivated by the recent observations of nodeless superconductivity in the monolayer CuO2 grown on the Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ substrates, we study the two-dimensional superconducting (SC) phases described by the two-dimensional t\\text-J model in proximity to an antiferromagnetic (AF) insulator. We found that i) the nodal d-wave SC state can be driven via a continuous transition into a nodeless d-wave pairing state by the proximity-induced AF field. ii) The energetically favorable pairing states in the strong field regime have extended s-wave symmetry and can be nodal or nodeless. iii) Between the pure d-wave and s-wave paired phases, there emerge two topologically distinct SC phases with (s+\\text{i}d) symmetry, i.e., the weak and strong pairing phases, and the weak pairing phase is found to be a Z 2 topological superconductor protected by valley symmetry, exhibiting robust gapless nonchiral edge modes. These findings strongly suggest that the high-T c superconductors in proximity to antiferromagnets can realize fully gapped symmetry-protected topological SC.

  10. Josephson quartic oscillator as a superconducting phase qubit

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    Zorin, Alexander [Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, 38116 Braunschweig (Germany); Chiarello, Fabio [Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie, CNR, 00156 Rome (Italy)

    2010-07-01

    Due to interplay between the cosine Josephson potential and parabolic magnetic-energy potential the radio-frequency SQUID with the screening parameter value {beta}{sub L} {identical_to}(2{pi}/{phi}{sub 0})LI{sub c} {approx}1 presents an oscillator circuit which energy well can dramatically change its shape. Ultimately, the magnetic flux bias of half flux quantum {phi}{sub e}={phi}{sub 0}/2 leads to the quartic polynomial shape of the well and, therefore, to significant anharmonicity of oscillations (> 30%). We show that the two lowest eigenstates in this symmetric global minimum perfectly suit for designing the qubit which is inherently insensitive to the charge variable, always biased in the optimal point and allows efficient dispersive and bifurcation-based readouts. Moreover, in the case of a double-SQUID configuration (dc SQUID instead of a single junction) the transition frequency in this Josephson phase qubit can be easy tuned within an appreciable range allowing variable qubit-qubit and qubit-resonator couplings.

  11. Formation of Ion Phase-Space Vortexes

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    Pécseli, Hans; Trulsen, J.; Armstrong, R. J.

    1984-01-01

    The formation of ion phase space vortexes in the ion two stream region behind electrostatic ion acoustic shocks are observed in a laboratory experiment. A detailed analysis demonstrates that the evolution of such vortexes is associated with ion-ion beam instabilities and a nonlinear equation for ...

  12. Void formation in Nb3Sn-Cu superconducting wire produced by the external tin process

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    Verhoeven, J. D.; Efron, A.; Gibson, E. D.; Cheng, C. C.

    1986-03-01

    The tin (Sn) diffusion step for producing Nb3Sn-Cu superconducting wire by the external Sn process was modeled in experiments where either pure Sn or a Cu-Sn alloy was plated on sheets of either pure Cu or a Cu-Sn bronze. Each stage of the three-stage solid-state diffusion process was evaluated and it was found that rows of voids are produced in stage I of the process. These voids coarsen in stages II and III and in the worst case they are observed to coalesce and cause complete spalling away of the Sn-rich diffusion layers. Methods for minimizing void formation and possible causes of the void formation are discussed.

  13. A ferroelectric quantum phase transition inside the superconducting dome of Sr1-xCaxTiO3-δ

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    Rischau, Carl Willem; Lin, Xiao; Grams, Christoph P.; Finck, Dennis; Harms, Steffen; Engelmayer, Johannes; Lorenz, Thomas; Gallais, Yann; Fauqué, Benoît; Hemberger, Joachim; Behnia, Kamran

    2017-07-01

    SrTiO3, a quantum paraelectric, becomes a metal with a superconducting instability after removal of an extremely small number of oxygen atoms. It turns into a ferroelectric upon substitution of a tiny fraction of strontium atoms with calcium. The two orders may be accidental neighbours or intimately connected, as in the picture of quantum critical ferroelectricity. Here, we show that in Sr1-xCaxTiO3-δ (0.002 content, a quantum phase transition destroys the ferroelectric order. We detect an upturn in the normal-state scattering and a significant modification of the superconducting dome in the vicinity of this quantum phase transition. The enhancement of the superconducting transition temperature with calcium substitution documents the role played by ferroelectric vicinity in the precocious emergence of superconductivity in this system, restricting possible theoretical scenarios for pairing.

  14. Phase transition and superconductivity of SrFe2As2 under high pressure

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    Uhoya, Walter [University of Alabama, Birmingham; Montgomery, Jeffrey M [University of Alabama, Birmingham; Tsoi, Georgiy [University of Alabama, Birmingham; Vohra, Yogesh [University of Alabama, Birmingham; McGuire, Michael A [ORNL; Sefat, A. S. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); Sales, Brian C [ORNL; Weir, S. T. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)

    2011-01-01

    High pressure x-ray diffraction and electrical resistance measurements have been carried out on SrFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} to a pressure of 23 GPa and temperature of 10 K using a synchrotron source and designer diamond anvils. At ambient temperature, a phase transition from the tetragonal phase to a collapsed tetragonal (CT) phase is observed at 10 GPa under non-hydrostatic conditions. The experimental relation that T-CT transition pressure for 122 Fe-based superconductors is dependent on ambient pressure volume is affirmed. The superconducting transition temperature is observed at 32 K at 1.3 GPa and decreases rapidly with a further increase of pressure in the region where the T-CT transition occurs. Our results suggest that T{sub C} falls below 10 K in the pressure range of 10-18 GPa where the CT phase is expected to be stable.

  15. Integrating superconducting phase and topological crystalline quantum spin Hall effect in hafnium intercalated gallium film

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    Zhou, Jian, E-mail: jzhou2@vcu.edu, E-mail: pjena@vcu.edu; Jena, Puru, E-mail: jzhou2@vcu.edu, E-mail: pjena@vcu.edu [Department of Physics, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia 23284 (United States); Zhang, Shunhong [Center for Applied Physics and Technology, College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Wang, Qian [Center for Applied Physics and Technology, College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Department of Physics, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia 23284 (United States)

    2016-06-20

    Motivated by the growth of superconducting atomic hexagonal Ga layers on GaN surface we have calculated the electronic properties of Hf intercalated honeycomb Ga layers using first-principles theory. In contrast to the hexagonal Ga layers where substrate is necessary for their stability, we find the above structure to be dynamically stable in its freestanding form with small formation energy. In particular, six Dirac cones composed of Hf-d{sub xy}/d{sub x2-y2} orbitals are observed in the first Brillouin zone, slightly below the Fermi energy. Spin-orbit coupling opens a large band gap of 177 meV on these Dirac cones. By calculating its mirror Chern number, we demonstrate that this band gap is topologically nontrivial and protected by mirror symmetry. Such mirror symmetry protected band gaps are rare in hexagonal lattice. A large topological crystalline quantum spin Hall conductance σ{sub SH} ∼ −4 e{sup 2}/h is also revealed. Moreover, electron-phonon coupling calculations reveal that this material is superconducting with a transition temperature T{sub c} = 2.4 K, mainly contributed by Ga out-of-plane vibrations. Our results provide a route toward manipulating quantum spin Hall and superconducting behaviors in a single material which helps to realize Majorana fermions and topological superconductors.

  16. Enhanced Superconductivity in Close Proximity to the Structural Phase Transition of Sr1-xBaxNi2P2

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    Kudo, Kazutaka; Kitahama, Yutaka; Iba, Keita; Takasuga, Masaya; Nohara, Minoru

    2017-03-01

    The structural evolution and superconductivity of a 122-type solid solution Sr1-xBaxNi2P2 were studied. We found that an orthorhombic-tetragonal structural phase transition takes place at x = 0.5, and is characterized by the P-P dimers breaking. The superconducting transition temperature exhibited its highest value of 2.85 K at x = 0.4.

  17. Phase Formation Behavior in Ultrathin Iron Oxide.

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    Jõgi, Indrek; Jacobsson, T Jesper; Fondell, Mattis; Wätjen, Timo; Carlsson, Jan-Otto; Boman, Mats; Edvinsson, Tomas

    2015-11-17

    Nanostructured iron oxides, and especially hematite, are interesting for a wide range of applications ranging from gas sensors to renewable solar hydrogen production. A promising method for deposition of low-dimensional films is atomic layer deposition (ALD). Although a potent technique, ALD of ultrathin films is critically sensitive to the substrate and temperature conditions where initial formation of islands and crystallites influences the properties of the films. In this work, deposition at the border of the ALD window forming a hybrid ALD/pulsed CVD (pCVD) deposition is utilized to obtain a deposition less sensitive to the substrate. A thorough analysis of iron oxide phases formation on two different substrates, Si(100) and SiO2, was performed. Films between 3 and 50 nm were deposited and analyzed with diffraction techniques, high-resolution Raman spectroscopy, and optical spectroscopy. Below 10 nm nominal film thickness, island formation and phase dependent particle crystallization impose constraints for deposition of phase pure iron oxides on non-lattice-matching substrates. Films between 10 and 20 nm thickness on SiO2 could effectively be recrystallized into hematite whereas for the corresponding films on Si(100), no recrystallization occurred. For films thicker than 20 nm, phase pure hematite can be formed directly with ALD/pCVD with very low influence of the substrate on either Si or SiO2. For more lattice matched substrates such as SnO2:F, Raman spectroscopy indicated formation of the hematite phase already for films with 3 nm nominal thickness and clearly for 6 nm films. Analysis of the optical properties corroborated the analysis and showed a quantum confined blue-shift of the absorption edge for the thinnest films.

  18. Quantum dynamics of a microwave driven superconducting phase qubit coupled to a two-level system

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    Sun, Guozhu; Wen, Xueda; Mao, Bo; Zhou, Zhongyuan; Yu, Yang; Wu, Peiheng; Han, Siyuan

    2010-10-01

    We present an analytical and comprehensive description of the quantum dynamics of a microwave resonantly driven superconducting phase qubit coupled to a microscopic two-level system (TLS), covering a wide range of the external microwave field strength. Our model predicts several interesting phenomena in such an ac driven four-level bipartite system including anomalous Rabi oscillations, high-contrast beatings of Rabi oscillations, and extraordinary two-photon transitions. Our experimental results in a coupled qubit-TLS system agree quantitatively very well with the predictions of the theoretical model.

  19. Qualitative modifications and new dynamic phases in the phase diagram of one-dimensional superconducting wires driven with electric currents

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    Kallush, Shimshon; Berger, Jorge

    2014-06-01

    After an initial transient period, the conduction regime in a one-dimensional superconducting wire that carries a fixed current is either normal, periodic, or stationary. The phase diagram for these possibilities was studied in Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 167003 (2007), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.99.167003 for particular values of the length and the material parameters. We have extended this study to arbitrary length and to a range of material parameters that includes realistic values. Variation of the length leads to scaling laws for the phase diagram. Variation of the material parameters leads to new qualitative features and new phases, including a parameter region in which all three regimes are possible.

  20. Critical point in the superconducting phase diagram of UPt/sub 3/

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    Hasselbach, K.; Taillefer, L.; Flouquet, J.

    1989-07-03

    We report on detailed measurements of the specific heat of UPt/sub 3/, performed on a high-quality single crystal in a magnetic field perpendicular to the /ital c/ axis, at temperatures down to 100 mK. Two distinct phase transitions at zero field are seen to converge at a critical point, near /ital H/=5 kOe, which coincides with the sharp break in the /ital H//sub /ital c/2/ curve. Beyond that point, there is evidence for only one phase. Combining these thermodynamic results with ultrasonic attenuation and /ital H//sub /ital c/2/ data, an /ital H/-/ital T/ diagram is constructed which consists of a ''polycritical'' point and several superconducting phases.

  1. Cavity-assisted dynamical quantum phase transition in superconducting quantum simulators

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    Tian, Lin

    Coupling a quantum many-body system to a cavity can create bifurcation points in the phase diagram, where the many-body system switches between different phases. Here I will discuss the dynamical quantum phase transitions at the bifurcation points of a one-dimensional transverse field Ising model coupled to a cavity. The Ising model can be emulated with various types of superconducting qubits connected in a chain. With a time-dependent Bogoliubov method, we show that an infinitesimal quench of the driving field can cause gradual evolution of the transverse field on the Ising spins to pass through the quantum critical point. Our calculation shows that the cavity-induced nonlinearity plays an important role in the dynamics of this system. Quasiparticles can be excited in the Ising chain during this process, which results in the deviation of the system from its adiabatic ground state. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation under Award Number 0956064.

  2. Magnetic phase diagrams based on static and dynamic magnetic behaviour in Ru-based superconducting ferromagnets.

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    Nigam, R; Pan, A V; Dou, S X

    2011-11-02

    In this work, we present magnetic phase diagrams of a RuSr(2)Eu(1.5)Ce(0.5)Cu(2)O(10-δ) (Ru-1222) superconducting ferromagnet derived from its static and dynamic magnetic responses, measured by temperature and field dependences of dc magnetization and nonlinear ac susceptibility in both low and high magnetic fields. Comparison of magnetic phase diagrams of phase pure and impure samples singles out the intrinsic and extrinsic magnetic features, naturally proposing a unified model of Ru-1222 magnetic behaviour. The results considered within the proposed interpretation indicate full agreement between static and dynamic properties which, if measured in combination, effectively complement each other, uncovering existing ambiguities.

  3. High temperature interfacial superconductivity

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    Bozovic, Ivan [Mount Sinai, NY; Logvenov, Gennady [Port Jefferson Station, NY; Gozar, Adrian Mihai [Port Jefferson, NY

    2012-06-19

    High-temperature superconductivity confined to nanometer-scale interfaces has been a long standing goal because of potential applications in electronic devices. The spontaneous formation of a superconducting interface in bilayers consisting of an insulator (La.sub.2CuO.sub.4) and a metal (La.sub.1-xSr.sub.xCuO.sub.4), neither of which is superconducting per se, is described. Depending upon the layering sequence of the bilayers, T.sub.c may be either .about.15 K or .about.30 K. This highly robust phenomenon is confined to within 2-3 nm around the interface. After exposing the bilayer to ozone, T.sub.c exceeds 50 K and this enhanced superconductivity is also shown to originate from a 1 to 2 unit cell thick interfacial layer. The results demonstrate that engineering artificial heterostructures provides a novel, unconventional way to fabricate stable, quasi two-dimensional high T.sub.c phases and to significantly enhance superconducting properties in other superconductors. The superconducting interface may be implemented, for example, in SIS tunnel junctions or a SuFET.

  4. Epitaxial growth of hexagonal tungsten bronze Cs x WO3 films in superconducting phase region exceeding bulk limit

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    Soma, Takuto; Yoshimatsu, Kohei; Ohtomo, Akira

    2016-07-01

    We report epitaxial synthesis of superconducting Cs x WO3 (x = 0.11, 0.20, and 0.31) films on Y-stabilized ZrO2 (111) substrates. The hexagonal crystal structure was verified not only for the composition within the stable region of the bulk (x = 0.20 and 0.31), but also for the out-of-range composition (x = 0.11). The onset of the superconducting transition was recorded at 5.8 K for x = 0.11. We found a strong correlation between the superconducting transition temperature (T C) and the c-axis length, irrespective of the Cs content. These results indicated that the hidden superconducting phase region of hexagonal tungsten bronze is accessible using epitaxial synthesis of lightly doped films.

  5. Semiclassical TEM image formation in phase space

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    Lubk, Axel; Röder, Falk

    2015-04-15

    Current developments in TEM such as high-resolution imaging at low acceleration voltages and large fields of view, the ever larger capabilities of hardware aberration correction and the systematic shaping of electron beams require accurate descriptions of TEM imaging in terms of wave optics. Since full quantum mechanic solutions have not yet been established for, e.g., the theory of aberrations, we are exploring semiclassical image formation in the TEM from the perspective of quantum mechanical phase space, here. Firstly, we use two well-known semiclassical approximations, Miller's semiclassical algebra and the frozen Gaussian method, for describing the wave optical generalization of arbitrary geometric aberrations, including nonisoplanatic and slope aberrations. Secondly, we demonstrate that the Wigner function representation of phase space is well suited to also describe incoherent aberrations as well as the ramifications of partial coherence due to the emission process at the electron source. We identify a close relationship between classical phase space and Wigner function distortions due to aberrations as well as classical brightness and quantum mechanical purity. - Highlights: • We discuss several semiclassical approximations to describe image formation in the TEM. • We provide laws how aberrations modify quantum mechanical phase space. • We exhibit the close relation between quantum mechanical purity and axial brightness.

  6. Superconducting scanning tunneling microscopy tips in a magnetic field: Geometry-controlled order of the phase transition

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    Eltschka, Matthias, E-mail: m.eltschka@fkf.mpg.de; Jäck, Berthold; Assig, Maximilian; Etzkorn, Markus; Ast, Christian R. [Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung, 70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Kondrashov, Oleg V. [Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, 141700 Moscow (Russian Federation); Skvortsov, Mikhail A. [Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, 141700 Moscow (Russian Federation); Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, 143026 Moscow (Russian Federation); L. D. Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, 142432 Chernogolovka (Russian Federation); Kern, Klaus [Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung, 70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Institut de Physique de la Matière Condensée, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, 1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)

    2015-09-21

    The properties of geometrically confined superconductors significantly differ from their bulk counterparts. Here, we demonstrate the geometrical impact for superconducting scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) tips, where the confinement ranges from the atomic to the mesoscopic scale. To this end, we compare the experimentally determined magnetic field dependence for several vanadium tips to microscopic calculations based on the Usadel equation. For our theoretical model of a superconducting cone, we find a direct correlation between the geometry and the order of the superconducting phase transition. Increasing the opening angle of the cone changes the phase transition from first to second order. Comparing our experimental findings to the theory reveals first and second order quantum phase transitions in the vanadium STM tips. In addition, the theory also explains experimentally observed broadening effects by the specific tip geometry.

  7. First-order superconducting phase transition in CeCoIn5.

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    Bianchi, A; Movshovich, R; Oeschler, N; Gegenwart, P; Steglich, F; Thompson, J D; Pagliuso, P G; Sarrao, J L

    2002-09-23

    The superconducting phase transition in heavy fermion CeCoIn5 (T(c)=2.3 K in zero field) becomes first order when the magnetic field H parallel [001] is greater than 4.7 T, and the transition temperature is below T0 approximately 0.31T(c). The change from second order at lower fields is reflected in strong sharpening of both specific heat and thermal expansion anomalies associated with the phase transition, a strong magnetocaloric effect, and a steplike change in the sample volume. This effect is due to Pauli limiting in a type-II superconductor, and was predicted theoretically in the mid-1960s.

  8. Gain-assisted optical bistability and multistability in superconducting phase quantum circuits

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    Amini Sabegh, Z.; Maleki, M. A.; Mahmoudi, M.

    2017-02-01

    We study the absorption and optical bistability (OB) behavior of the superconducting phase quantum circuits in the four-level cascade and closed-loop configurations. It is shown that the OB is established in both configurations and it can be controlled by the intensity and frequency of applied fluxes. It is also demonstrated that the gain-assisted OB is generated in both configurations and can switch to the gain-assisted optical multistability (OM) only by changing the relative phase of applied fluxes in closed-loop quantum system. It is worth noting that the several significant output fluxes with negligible inputs can be seen in bistable behavior of the closed-loop configuration due to the nonlinear processing.

  9. Phase fluctuations in two coaxial quasi-one-dimensional superconducting cylindrical surfaces serving as a model system for superconducting nanowire bundles

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    Wong, C. H.; Wu, R. P. H.; Lortz, R.

    2017-03-01

    The dimensional crossover from a 1D fluctuating state at high temperatures to a 3D phase coherent state in the low temperature regime in two coaxial weakly-coupled cylindrical surfaces formed by two-dimensional arrays of parallel nanowires is studied via an 8-state 3D-XY model. This system serves as a model for quasi-one-dimensional superconductors in the form of bundles of weakly-coupled superconducting nanowires. A periodic variation of the dimensional crossover temperature TDC is observed when the inner superconducting cylindrical surface is rotated in the angular plane. TDC reaches a maximum when the relative angle between the cylinders is 2.81°, which corresponds to the maximum separation of nanowires between the two cylindrical surfaces. We demonstrate that the relative strength of phase fluctuations in this system is controllable by the rotational angle between the two surfaces with a strong suppression of the fluctuation strength at 2.81°. The phase fluctuations are suppressed gradually upon cooling, before they abruptly vanish below TDC. Our model thus allows us to study how phase fluctuations can be suppressed in quasi-one-dimensional superconductors in order to achieve a global phase coherent state throughout the nanowire array with zero electric resistance.

  10. Phase fluctuations in two coaxial quasi-one-dimensional superconducting cylindrical surfaces serving as a model system for superconducting nanowire bundles

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    Wong, C.H., E-mail: ch.kh.vong@urfu.ru [Institute of Physics and Technology, Ural Federal University, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon (Russian Federation); Wu, R.P.H., E-mail: pak-hong-raymond.wu@connect.polyu.hk [Department of Applied Physics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong); Lortz, R., E-mail: lortz@ust.hk [Department of Physics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong)

    2017-03-15

    The dimensional crossover from a 1D fluctuating state at high temperatures to a 3D phase coherent state in the low temperature regime in two coaxial weakly-coupled cylindrical surfaces formed by two-dimensional arrays of parallel nanowires is studied via an 8-state 3D-XY model. This system serves as a model for quasi-one-dimensional superconductors in the form of bundles of weakly-coupled superconducting nanowires. A periodic variation of the dimensional crossover temperature T{sub DC} is observed when the inner superconducting cylindrical surface is rotated in the angular plane. T{sub DC} reaches a maximum when the relative angle between the cylinders is 2.81°, which corresponds to the maximum separation of nanowires between the two cylindrical surfaces. We demonstrate that the relative strength of phase fluctuations in this system is controllable by the rotational angle between the two surfaces with a strong suppression of the fluctuation strength at 2.81°. The phase fluctuations are suppressed gradually upon cooling, before they abruptly vanish below T{sub DC}. Our model thus allows us to study how phase fluctuations can be suppressed in quasi-one-dimensional superconductors in order to achieve a global phase coherent state throughout the nanowire array with zero electric resistance.

  11. Phase fluctuation in overdoped cuprates? Superconducting dome due to Mott-ness of the tightly bound preformed pairs

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    Ku, Wei; Yang, Fan

    2015-03-01

    In contrast to the current lore, we demonstrate that even the overdoped cuprates suffer from superconducting phase fluctuation in the strong binding limit. Specifically, the Mott-ness of the underlying doped holes dictates naturally a generic optimal doping around 15% and nearly complete loss of phase coherence around 25%, giving rise to a dome shape of superconducting transition temperature in excellent agreement with experimental observations of the cuprates. We verify this effect with a simple estimation using Gutzwiller approximation of the preformed pairs, obtained through variational Monte Carlo calculation. This realization suggests strongly the interesting possibility that the high-temperature superconductivity in the cuprates might be mostly described by Bose-Einstein condensation, without crossing over to amplitude fluctuating Cooper pairs. Supported by Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Science DE-AC02-98CH10886.

  12. Self-heterodyne detection of the in situ phase of an atomic superconducting quantum interference device

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    Mathew, R.; Kumar, A.; Eckel, S.; Jendrzejewski, F.; Campbell, G. K.; Edwards, Mark; Tiesinga, E.

    2015-09-01

    We present theoretical and experimental analysis of an interferometric measurement of the in situ phase drop across and current flow through a rotating barrier in a toroidal Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC). This experiment is the atomic analog of the rf-superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID). The phase drop is extracted from a spiral-shaped density profile created by the spatial interference of the expanding toroidal BEC and a reference BEC after release from all trapping potentials. We characterize the interferometer when it contains a single particle, which is initially in a coherent superposition of a torus and reference state, as well as when it contains a many-body state in the mean-field approximation. The single-particle picture is sufficient to explain the origin of the spirals, to relate the phase-drop across the barrier to the geometry of a spiral, and to bound the expansion times for which the in situ phase can be accurately determined. Mean-field estimates and numerical simulations show that the interatomic interactions shorten the expansion time scales compared to the single-particle case. Finally, we compare the mean-field simulations with our experimental data and confirm that the interferometer indeed accurately measures the in situ phase drop.

  13. The metallic transport of (TMTSF){sub 2}X organic conductors close to the superconducting phase

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    Auban-Senzier, P; Jerome, D [Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, UMR 8502 CNRS Universite Paris-Sud, 91405 Orsay (France); Doiron-Leyraud, N; Rene de Cotret, S; Sedeki, A; Bourbonnais, C; Taillefer, L [Departement de Physique and RQMP, Universite de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC, J1K 2R1 (Canada); Alemany, P [Departament de Quimica Fisica and Institut de Quimica Teorica i Computacional (IQTCUB), Universitat de Barcelona, Diagonal 647, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Canadell, E [Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona (CSIC), Campus de la UAB, 08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Bechgaard, K, E-mail: pascale.senzier@lps.u-psud.fr, E-mail: denis.jerome@lps.u-psud.fr, E-mail: ndl@physique.usherbrooke.ca, E-mail: cbourbon@physique.usherbrooke.ca, E-mail: ltaillef@physique.usherbrooke.ca, E-mail: p.alemany@ub.edu, E-mail: canadell@icmab.es [Department of Chemistry, HC Oersted Institute, Copenhagen (Denmark)

    2011-08-31

    Comparing resistivity data of the quasi-one-dimensional superconductors (TMTSF){sub 2}PF{sub 6} and (TMTSF){sub 2}ClO{sub 4} along the least conducting c*-axis and along the high conductivity a-axis as a function of temperature and pressure, a low temperature regime is observed in which a unique scattering time governs the transport along both directions of these anisotropic conductors. However, the pressure dependence of the anisotropy implies a large pressure dependence of the interlayer coupling. This is in agreement with the results of first-principles density functional theory calculations implying methyl group hyperconjugation in the TMTSF molecule. In this low temperature regime, both materials exhibit for {rho}{sub c} a temperature dependence aT + bT{sup 2}. Taking into account the strong pressure dependence of the anisotropy, the T-linear {rho}{sub c} is found to correlate with the suppression of the superconducting T{sub c}, in close analogy with {rho}{sub a} data. This work reveals the domain of existence of the three-dimensional coherent regime in the generic (TMTSF){sub 2}X phase diagram and provides further support for the correlation between T-linear resistivity and superconductivity in non-conventional superconductors. (paper)

  14. Itinerant Ferromagnetism and Superconductivity

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    Karchev, Naoum

    2004-01-01

    Superconductivity has again become a challenge following the discovery of unconventional superconductivity. Resistance-free currents have been observed in heavy-fermion materials, organic conductors and copper oxides. The discovery of superconductivity in a single crystal of $UGe_2$, $ZrZn_2$ and $URhGe$ revived the interest in the coexistence of superconductivity and ferromagnetism. The experiments indicate that: i)The superconductivity is confined to the ferromagnetic phase. ii)The ferromag...

  15. Semiclassical TEM image formation in phase space.

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    Lubk, Axel; Röder, Falk

    2015-04-01

    Current developments in TEM such as high-resolution imaging at low acceleration voltages and large fields of view, the ever larger capabilities of hardware aberration correction and the systematic shaping of electron beams require accurate descriptions of TEM imaging in terms of wave optics. Since full quantum mechanic solutions have not yet been established for, e.g., the theory of aberrations, we are exploring semiclassical image formation in the TEM from the perspective of quantum mechanical phase space, here. Firstly, we use two well-known semiclassical approximations, Miller's semiclassical algebra and the frozen Gaussian method, for describing the wave optical generalization of arbitrary geometric aberrations, including nonisoplanatic and slope aberrations. Secondly, we demonstrate that the Wigner function representation of phase space is well suited to also describe incoherent aberrations as well as the ramifications of partial coherence due to the emission process at the electron source. We identify a close relationship between classical phase space and Wigner function distortions due to aberrations as well as classical brightness and quantum mechanical purity. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. First demonstration and performance of an injection locked continuous wave magnetron to phase control a superconducting cavity

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    A.C. Dexter, G. Burt, R.G. Carter, I. Tahir, H. Wang, K. Davis, R. Rimmer

    2011-03-01

    The applications of magnetrons to high power proton and cw electron linacs are discussed. An experiment is described where a 2.45 GHz magnetron has been used to drive a single cell superconducting cavity. With the magnetron injection locked, a modest phase control accuracy of 0.95° rms has been demonstrated. Factors limiting performance have been identified.

  17. Influence of Oxygen Content on the Superconductivity of Bi-Based Oxides Homologous to 2212 Phase

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    Deshimaru, Yuichi; Otani, Tetsuya; Shimizu, Youichi; Miura, Norio; Yamazoe, Noboru

    1991-10-01

    Thermal desorption of oxygen and its relevance to superconductivity were examined for a series of oxides Bi2Sr2-xCa1+xCu2Oy (x=0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.8 and 1.0) isostructural to the 2212 phase. The total oxygen desorbed up to 600°C amounted to 2˜ 3× 10-5 mol/g for each oxide. Tc was constant at about 80 K for all the as-prepared oxides but Tc decreased linearly with x from 97 K (x=0) to 67 K (x=1.0) for the oxygen-desorbed oxides. The total oxygen contents (y) were determined and correlated with Tc, which increased for x=0 and 0.25, whereas it went through a maximum at about y=8.15 for x=0.8.

  18. An improved phase-control system for superconducting low-velocity accelerating structures

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    Bogaty, J.M.; Clifft, B.E.; Shepard, K.W.; Zinkann, G.P.

    1989-01-01

    Microphonic fluctuations in the rf eigenfrequency of superconducting (SC) slow-wave structures must be compensated by a fast-tuning system in order to control the rf phase. The tuning system must handle a reactive power proportional to the product of the tuning range and the rf energy content of the resonant cavity. The accelerating field level of many of the SC cavities forming the ATLAS linac has been limited by the rf power capacity of the presently used PIN-diode based fast-tuner. A new system has been developed, utilizing PIN diodes operating immersed in liquid nitrogen, with the diodes controlled by a high-voltage VMOS FET driver. The system has operated at reactive power levels above 20 KVA, a factor of four increase over an earlier design. 7 refs., 2 figs.

  19. Detection of second harmonic of phase dependence of superconducting current in Nb/Au/YBCO heterojunctions

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    Komissinskij, F V; Ilichev, E V; Ivanov, Z G

    2001-01-01

    The results of the experimental study on the current phase dependence (CPD) of the heterotransitions, consisting of the niobium and the YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub x (YBCO) film with an additional interlayer from gold (Nb/Au/YBCO) are presented. The CPD measurement is carried out through the radiofrequency superconducting quantum interferometer. The CPD second harmonic is determined in the Nb/Au/YBCO heterotransitions. Possible causes of its appearance are discussed within the frames of the d +- s combined symmetry of the YBCO order parameter. One of the causes of the CPD second harmonic appearance is the twinning of the YBCO films (001). The second cause of existing the anomalously high critical current consists in the availability of the Nb/Au boundary with the transparence of approx 10 sup - sup 1 in the Nb/Au/YBCO

  20. Berry{close_quote}s phase and a possible new topological current drive in certain weak link superconducting systems

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    Gaitan, F.; Shenoy, S.R. [International Center for Theoretical Physics, P. O. Box 586, Miramare, 34100 Trieste (Italy)

    1996-06-01

    We examine the consequences of Berry{close_quote}s phase for the dynamics of Josephson junctions and junction arrays in which moving vortices are present. For both a large annular Josephson junction and a 2D junction array, Berry{close_quote}s phase produces a new current drive in the superconducting phase dynamics of these weak link systems. This Berry phase effect is shown to be physically inequivalent to a known effect in junction arrays associated with the Aharonov-Casher phase. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  1. Enhanced superconductivity in the high pressure phase of SnAs studied from first principles

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    Sreenivasa Reddy, P. V.; Kanchana, V.; Millichamp, T. E.; Vaitheeswaran, G.; Dugdale, S. B.

    2017-01-01

    First principles calculations are performed using density functional theory and density functional perturbation theory for SnAs. Total energy calculations show the first order phase transition from an NaCl structure to a CsCl one at around 37 GPa, which is also confirmed from enthalpy calculations and agrees well with experimental work. Calculations of the phonon structure and hence the electron-phonon coupling, λep, and superconducting transition temperature, Tc, across the phase diagram are performed. These calculations give an ambient pressure Tc, in the NaCl structure, of 3.08 K, in good agreement with experiment whilst at the transition pressure, in the CsCl structure, a drastically increased value of Tc = 12.2 K is found. Calculations also show a dramatic increase in the electronic density of states at this pressure. The lowest energy acoustic phonon branch in each structure also demonstrates some softening effects. Electronic structure calculations of the Fermi surface in both phases are presented for the first time as well as further calculations of the generalised susceptibility with the inclusion of matrix elements. These calculations indicate that the softening is not derived from Fermi surface nesting and it is concluded to be due to a wavevector-dependent enhancement of the electron-phonon coupling.

  2. Simultaneous suppression of superconductivity and structural phase transition under pressure in Ca10(Ir4As8)(Fe2 -xIrxAs2)5

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    Kitagawa, Shunsaku; Araki, Shingo; Kobayashi, Tatsuo C.; Ishii, Hiroyuki; Fujimura, Kazunori; Mitsuoka, Daisuke; Kudo, Kazutaka; Nohara, Minoru

    2014-12-01

    We measured the pressure dependence of in-plane resistivity ρa b in the recently discovered iron-based superconductor Ca10(Ir4As8) (Fe2-xIrxAs2) 5 , which shows a unique structural phase transition in the absence of magnetic ordering, with a superconducting transition temperature Tc=16 K and a structural phase transition temperature Ts≃100 K at ambient pressure. Tc and Ts are suppressed on applying pressure and disappear at approximately 0.5 GPa, suggesting a relationship between superconductivity and structure. Ca10(Ir4As8) (Fe2-xIrxAs2) 5 is a rather rare example in which the superconductivity appears only in a low-temperature ordered phase. The fact that the change in the crystal structure is directly linked with superconductivity suggests that the crystal structure as well as magnetism are important factors governing superconductivity in iron pnictides.

  3. Phase Diagram Of UGe2: The Magnetic Transition within the Ferromagnetic Phase and the Superconducting Transition; the Effect of Magnetic Field on the Ambient-Pressure Ferromagnetic Phase

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    Phillips, N. E.; Bouquet, F.; Fisher, R. A.; Hardy, F.; Oeschler, N.; Lashley, J. C.; Flouquet, J.; Huxley, A.

    2007-03-01

    Superconductivity in UGe2 occurs near 1.2 GPa at the 0-K termination of the phase boundary (Tx, Px) of a magnetic transition that occurs within the ferromagnetic phase. Ambient-pressure specific-heat measurements show a hysteretic transition at Tx(0) ˜ 22 K, reminiscent of the CDW/SDW transition in α-U, and consistent with the suggestion that the transition in UGe2 is also a CDW/SDW transition. The magnetic field dependence of the specific heat, at ambient pressure, demonstrates the presence of structure in the electron density of states and an unusual nature of the ferromagnetic ordering at the Curie temperature. Specific-heat measurements to 1.8 GPa give an estimate of the latent heat of the transition and determine the phase boundary for 1 <= T <= 11 K. Contrary to expectations, the onset temperature of the superconducting transition is independent of pressure in the region in which it was observed, 1.08 <= P <= 1.35 GPa.

  4. Improvement of superconducting properties of (Bi, Pb)-2223phase by TlF{sub 3} doping

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    Saoudel, A., E-mail: dca.saoudel@yahoo.fr [LEND, Faculty of Science and Technology, Med Seddik Benyahia University, 18000 Jijel (Algeria); Amira, A.; Mahamdioua, N.; Boudjadja, Y. [LEND, Faculty of Science and Technology, Med Seddik Benyahia University, 18000 Jijel (Algeria); Varilci, A.; Altintas, S.P.; Terzioglu, C. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Abant Izzet Baysal University, 14280 Bolu (Turkey)

    2016-11-15

    In this work, the superconducting properties of thallium fluoride (TlF{sub 3})doped Bi{sub 1.8−x}Tl{sub x}Pb{sub 0.35}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2Cu3}O{sub y}F{sub 3x}(x=0–0.15)compounds are presented. The X-ray diffraction analysis shows that the proportion of (Bi, Pb)-2223phase is higher than the secondary (Bi, Pb)-2212one in all samples and its highest value is about 82.74%for x=0.05. From the resistivity curves, the highest values of the onset critical transition temperature (T{sub c.on}), the offset critical transition temperature (T{sub c.off}) are seen for x=0.10. The calculation of activation energy (U{sub 0}) in the TAFF (thermally activation flux flow) region proves the positive effect of TlF{sub 3} doping on the dissipative behavior of energy near T{sub c.off}. Flux pinning strength is enhanced by increasing TlF{sub 3}content up to x=0.10, and decreased by the application of a magnetic field. The other superconducting parameters like T(H{sub c2}), T(H{sub irr}), ξ(0) and μ{sub 0}H{sub c2}(0) are also improved significantly by doping. The obtained results of Ac susceptibility measurements show that the onset temperature of diamagnetism is improved by TlF{sub 3} doping, in accordance with the resistivity results.

  5. Bulk superconductivity in Tl 2Ba 2CaCu 2O 8 and TlBa 2Ca 2Cu 3O 9 phases

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    Sulpice, A.; Giordanengo, B.; Tournier, R.; Hervieu, M.; Maignan, A.; Martin, C.; Michel, C.; Provost, J.

    1988-09-01

    Well-crystallized Tl 2Ba 2CaCu 2O 8 phases have been observed superconducting or normal below 108 K depending on their stoichiometry. This observation is an evidence that a (Cu IL&.zbnd;O -) mixed valence induced by vacancies or substitution on different sites gives rise to superconductivity in this phase. The new phase TlBa 2Ca 2CuO 9 which intrinsically contains a mixed valence has been observed as having a sharp transition to bulk superconductivity in the Meissner effect at a critical temperature of 120 K. This temperature is much higher than the recently observed one.

  6. Size dependence of phase transition temperatures of ferromagnetic ,ferroelectric and superconductive nanocrystals

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    LANG Xing-you; JIANG Qing

    2007-01-01

    With the miniaturization of devices,size and interface effects become increasingly important for the properties and performances of nanomaterials.Here,we present a thermodynamic approach to the mechanism behind size-induced unusual behavior in the phase stabilities of ferromagnetic(FM),antiferromagnetic(AFM),ferroelectric (FE),and superconductive(SC)nanocrystals,which are different dramatically from their bulk counterparts.This method is based on the Lindemann criterion for melting,Mott's expression for the vibrational melting entropy,and the Shi model for the size-dependent melting temperature.Simple and unified functions,without any adjustable parameter,are established for the size and interface dependences of thermal and phase stabilities of FM,AFM,FE and SC nanocrystals.According to these analytic functions,as the size of nanocrystals is reduced,the thermal and phasestabilities may strengthen or weaken,depending on the confluence of the.surface/volume ratio of nanocrystals and the FM(AFM,FE or SC)/substrate interface situations.The validity of this model is confirmed by a large number of experimental results.This theory will be significant for the choice of materials and the design of devices for practicalapplication.

  7. Phase Diagram and Electronic Properties of High-Tc Superconducting Oxides

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    Pavuna, Davor

    We firstly briefly summarize some of the most relevant recent results and open questions across rather complex electronic phase diagram of cuprates. We continue with a discussion of results on thin superconducting oxide films grown by laser ablation. Systematic studies show that BSCCO-phases and LSCO-214 exhibit conductor-like Fermi edge, whereas materials containing "chains" (like YBCO-123) are prone to very rapid surface degradation, most likely related to critical oxygen loss at the outermost layers. Recently, direct ARPES dispersion measurements on in-situ grown, strained 10UC thin LSCO-214 films (Tc = 44 K) have shown the band crossing of Fermi level well before the Brillouin zone boundary. This is in contrast to the flat band observed in unstrained single crystals — and to the band flattening predicted by band calculations for in-plane compressive strain. In spite of density of states reduction near the Fermi level, the critical temperature increases in strained films with respect to unstrained crystals; this poses further challenge to HTSC theory.

  8. Effect of cooling rate on evolution of superconducting phases during decomposition and recrystallization of (Bi,Pb)-2223 core in Ag-sheathed tape

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    LI Jingyong; LI Jianguo; ZHENG Huiling; LI Chengshan; LU Yafeng; ZHOU Lian

    2006-01-01

    The reformation of (Bi,Pb)-2223 from the liquid or melt is very important for a melting process of (Bi,Pb)-2223 tape. By combination of quenching experiment with X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, the effect of cooling rate on the evolution of three superconducting phases in the (Bi,Pb)-2223 core of Ag-sheathed tape was investigated. The results show that (Bi,Pb)-2223 reformation from the melt seems to experience different routes during slowly cooling at different rates. One is that (Bi,Pb)-2223 phase reformed directly from the melt, and no Bi-2212 participate in this process. The other is that (Bi,Pb)-2223 is converted from the intermediate product, Bi-2212, which formed from the melt during the first cooling stage. Due to the inherent sluggish formation kinetics of (Bi,Pb)-2223 from Bi-2212, only partial (Bi,Pb)-2223 can finally be reformed with the second route.

  9. Phase diagram and electronic indication of high-temperature superconductivity at 65 K in single-layer FeSe films.

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    He, Shaolong; He, Junfeng; Zhang, Wenhao; Zhao, Lin; Liu, Defa; Liu, Xu; Mou, Daixiang; Ou, Yun-Bo; Wang, Qing-Yan; Li, Zhi; Wang, Lili; Peng, Yingying; Liu, Yan; Chen, Chaoyu; Yu, Li; Liu, Guodong; Dong, Xiaoli; Zhang, Jun; Chen, Chuangtian; Xu, Zuyan; Chen, Xi; Ma, Xucun; Xue, Qikun; Zhou, X J

    2013-07-01

    The recent discovery of possible high-temperature superconductivity in single-layer FeSe films has generated significant experimental and theoretical interest. In both the cuprate and the iron-based high-temperature superconductors, superconductivity is induced by doping charge carriers into the parent compound to suppress the antiferromagnetic state. It is therefore important to establish whether the superconductivity observed in the single-layer sheets of FeSe--the essential building blocks of the Fe-based superconductors--is realized by undergoing a similar transition. Here we report the phase diagram for an FeSe monolayer grown on a SrTiO3 substrate, by tuning the charge carrier concentration over a wide range through an extensive annealing procedure. We identify two distinct phases that compete during the annealing process: the electronic structure of the phase at low doping (N phase) bears a clear resemblance to the antiferromagnetic parent compound of the Fe-based superconductors, whereas the superconducting phase (S phase) emerges with the increase in doping and the suppression of the N phase. By optimizing the carrier concentration, we observe strong indications of superconductivity with a transition temperature of 65±5 K. The wide tunability of the system across different phases makes the FeSe monolayer ideal for investigating not only the physics of superconductivity, but also for studying novel quantum phenomena more generally.

  10. Exploring the Fragile Antiferromagnetic Superconducting Phase in CeCoIn5

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    Blackburn, E.; Das, P.; Eskildsen, M.R.

    2010-01-01

    CeCoIn5 is a heavy fermion type-II superconductor showing clear signs of Pauli-limited superconductivity. A variety of measurements give evidence for a transition at high magnetic fields inside the superconducting state, when the field is applied either parallel to or perpendicular to the c axis...

  11. Enhancement of phase separation and superconductivity in Mn-doped K0.8Fe2-yMnySe2 crystals.

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    Li, M T; Chen, L; Li, Z W; Ryu, G H; Lin, C T; Zhang, J C

    2013-08-21

    Single crystals of K0.8Fe2-yMnySe2 with slight Mn doping have been grown by a self-flux method. X-ray diffraction measurements show enhanced phase separation with increasing Mn doping in the compounds. The superconducting transition temperature increases to Tc,onset ∼ 46.1 K for the sample with y ∼ 0.03, as observed by electrical transport measurements. Our results demonstrate that the doping of Mn does not suppress the superconductivity, and on the contrary increases the superconducting shield fraction and transition temperature, an effect which may originate from the Mn dopant's high preference to fill into iron vacancies in the Mn-doped samples. It suggests that the Mn dopant can induce a local lattice strain or distortion that profitably modifies the microstructure of the superconducting/metallic phase, leading to superconductivity of the compound.

  12. Superconducting magnetic bearings for machine tools. Phase 1, SBIR program. Final report

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    Anastas, G.; Bennett, A.; Downer, J.; Hockney, R.

    1988-01-01

    The research was directed toward investigating the role of superconducting materials in a magnetic bearing system. Superconducting magnetic bearings are shown to offer the potential for vastly improved performance. These bearings are expected to be especially applicable to rotors which have extremely tight position tolerances. The development of superconducting magnetic bearing technology is also expected to allow a number of novel approaches in the development of machinery and systems. Researchers studied an alternative bearing design which employs a superconducting coil and eliminates all conventional magnetic structures. The study has resulted in a design definition and detailed analysis for a superconducting bearing system which is sized to roughly duplicate the air bearing system of an existing air-bearing spindle.

  13. Gain-assisted superluminal microwave pulse propagation via four-wave mixing in superconducting phase quantum circuits

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    Sabegh, Z Amini; Maleki, M A; Mahmoudi, M

    2015-01-01

    We study the propagation and amplification of a microwave field in a four-level cascade quantum system which is realized in a superconducting phase quantum circuit. It is shown that by increasing the microwave pump tones feeding the system, the normal dispersion switches to the anomalous and the gain-assisted superluminal microwave propagation is obtained in this system. Moreover, it is demonstrated that the stimulated microwave field is generated via four-wave mixing without any inversion population in the energy levels of the system (amplification without inversion) and the group velocity of the generated pulse can be controlled by the external oscillating magnetic fluxes. We also show that in some special set of parameters, the absorption-free superluminal generated microwave propagation is obtained in superconducting phase quantum circuit system.

  14. Structure and composition of the superconducting phase in alkali iron selenide KyFe1.6+xSe2

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    Carr, Scott V.; Louca, Despina; Siewenie, Joan; Huang, Q.; Wang, Aifeng; Chen, Xianhui; Dai, Pengcheng

    2014-04-01

    We use neutron diffraction to study the temperature evolution of the average structure and local lattice distortions in insulating and superconducting potassium iron selenide KyFe1.6+xSe2. In the high temperature paramagnetic state, both materials have a single phase with a crystal structure similar to that of the BaFe2As2 family of iron pnictides. While the insulating KyFe1.6+xSe2 forms a √5 ×√5 iron vacancy ordered block antiferromagnetic (AF) structure at low temperature, the superconducting compounds spontaneously phase separate into an insulating part with √5 ×√5 iron vacancy order and a superconducting phase with chemical composition of KzFe2Se2 and BaFe2As2 structure. Therefore, superconductivity in alkaline iron selenides arises from alkali deficient KzFe2Se2 in the matrix of the insulating block AF phase.

  15. Theoretical predictions of novel superconducting phases of BaGe3 stable at atmospheric and high pressures.

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    Zurek, Eva; Yao, Yansun

    2015-03-16

    A series of new superconducting binary silicides and germanides have recently been synthesized under high-pressure high-temperature conditions. A representative member of this group, BaGe3, was theoretically investigated using evolutionary structure searches coupled with structural analogies in the pressure range from 1 atm to 250 GPa, where three new phases were discovered. At 1 atm, in addition to the synthesized P63/mmc phase, we predicted two new phases, I4/mmm and Amm2, to be dynamically stable. The Amm2 structure comprises Ge clusters and triangular prisms intercalated with Ba and Ge atoms, a unique structural motif unknown to this group. The I4/mmm structure has been previously synthesized in binary silicides and is calculated to be thermodynamically stable in BaGe3 between 15.6 and 35.4 GPa. Above 35.4 GPa, two new phases of P6̅m2 and R3̅m symmetry become the global minima and remain so up to the highest pressure considered. These two phases have very similar enthalpies, and both feature layers of double Kagome nets of Ge intercalated with Ba-Ge layers. The predicted phases are suggested to be metallic with itinerant electrons and to be potentially superconducting from the considerable electron-phonon coupling strength. Density functional perturbation calculations combined with the Allen-Dynes-modified McMillan formula were used to estimate the superconducting critical temperatures (Tc) for these new phases, which, with slight pressure variations, are comparable to the experimental Tc measured for the P63/mmc phase.

  16. Upgraded phase control system for superconducting low-velocity accelerating structures

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    Added, N. (Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil). Dept. de Fisica Nuclear); Clifft, B.E.; Shepard, K.W. (Argonne National Lab., IL (United States))

    1992-01-01

    Microphonic-induced fluctuations in the RF eigenfrequency of superconducting (SC) slow-wave structures must be compensated by a fast-tuning system in order to control the RF phase. The tuning system must handle a reactive power proportional to the product of the frequency range and the RF energy content of the Rf cavity. The fast tuner for the SC resonators in the ATLAS heavy-ion linac is a voltage-controlled reactance based on an array of PIN diodes operating immersed in liquid nitrogen. This paper discusses recent upgrades to the ATLAS fast tuner which can now provide as much as 30 KVA of reactive tuning capability with a real RF power loss of less than 300 watts. The design was guided by numerical modeling of all elements of the device. Also discussed is the RF coupler which can couple 30 KW from 77 K tuner to a 42 K resonant cavity with less than 2 W of RF loss into 4.2 K.

  17. Upgraded phase control system for superconducting low-velocity accelerating structures

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    Added, N. [Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil). Dept. de Fisica Nuclear; Clifft, B.E.; Shepard, K.W. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)

    1992-09-01

    Microphonic-induced fluctuations in the RF eigenfrequency of superconducting (SC) slow-wave structures must be compensated by a fast-tuning system in order to control the RF phase. The tuning system must handle a reactive power proportional to the product of the frequency range and the RF energy content of the Rf cavity. The fast tuner for the SC resonators in the ATLAS heavy-ion linac is a voltage-controlled reactance based on an array of PIN diodes operating immersed in liquid nitrogen. This paper discusses recent upgrades to the ATLAS fast tuner which can now provide as much as 30 KVA of reactive tuning capability with a real RF power loss of less than 300 watts. The design was guided by numerical modeling of all elements of the device. Also discussed is the RF coupler which can couple 30 KW from 77 K tuner to a 42 K resonant cavity with less than 2 W of RF loss into 4.2 K.

  18. Topological Quantum Phase Transition and Superconductivity Induced by Pressure in the Bismuth Tellurohalide BiTeI.

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    Qi, Yanpeng; Shi, Wujun; Naumov, Pavel G; Kumar, Nitesh; Sankar, Raman; Schnelle, Walter; Shekhar, Chandra; Chou, Fang-Cheng; Felser, Claudia; Yan, Binghai; Medvedev, Sergey A

    2017-03-06

    A pressure-induced topological quantum phase transition has been theoretically predicted for the semiconductor bismuth tellurohalide BiTeI with giant Rashba spin splitting. In this work, evolution of the electrical transport properties in BiTeI and BiTeBr is investigated under high pressure. The pressure-dependent resistivity in a wide temperature range passes through a minimum at around 3 GPa, indicating the predicted topological quantum phase transition in BiTeI. Superconductivity is observed in both BiTeI and BiTeBr, while resistivity at higher temperatures still exhibits semiconducting behavior. Theoretical calculations suggest that superconductivity may develop from the multivalley semiconductor phase. The superconducting transition temperature, Tc , increases with applied pressure and reaches a maximum value of 5.2 K at 23.5 GPa for BiTeI (4.8 K at 31.7 GPa for BiTeBr), followed by a slow decrease. The results demonstrate that BiTeX (X = I, Br) compounds with nontrivial topology of electronic states display new ground states upon compression.

  19. Chiral symmetry breaking, color superconductivity and quark matter phase diagram: a variational approach 12.38.Gc

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    Mishra, H

    2001-01-01

    We discuss in this note simultaneous existence of chiral symmetry breaking and color superconductivity at finite temperature and density in a Nambu-Jona-Lasinio type model. The methodology involves an explicit construction of a variational ground state and minimisation of the thermodynamic potential. There exist nontrivial solutions to the gap equations at finite densities with both quark-antiquark as well as diquark condensates for the 'ground' state. However, such a phase is thermodynamically unstable with the pressure being negative in this region. We also compute the equation of state, and obtain the structure of the phase diagram in the model.

  20. Quantum state transfer and controlled-phase gate on one-dimensional superconducting resonators assisted by a quantum bus.

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    Hua, Ming; Tao, Ming-Jie; Deng, Fu-Guo

    2016-02-24

    We propose a quantum processor for the scalable quantum computation on microwave photons in distant one-dimensional superconducting resonators. It is composed of a common resonator R acting as a quantum bus and some distant resonators rj coupled to the bus in different positions assisted by superconducting quantum interferometer devices (SQUID), different from previous processors. R is coupled to one transmon qutrit, and the coupling strengths between rj and R can be fully tuned by the external flux through the SQUID. To show the processor can be used to achieve universal quantum computation effectively, we present a scheme to complete the high-fidelity quantum state transfer between two distant microwave-photon resonators and another one for the high-fidelity controlled-phase gate on them. By using the technique for catching and releasing the microwave photons from resonators, our processor may play an important role in quantum communication as well.

  1. Strain phase separation: Formation of ferroelastic domain structures

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    Xue, Fei; Li, Yongjun; Gu, Yijia; Zhang, Jinxing; Chen, Long-Qing

    2016-12-01

    Phase decomposition is a well-known process leading to the formation of two-phase mixtures. Here we show that a strain imposed on a ferroelastic crystal promotes the formation of mixed phases and domains, i.e., strain phase separation with local strains determined by a common tangent construction on the free energy versus strain curves. It is demonstrated that a domain structure can be understood using the concepts of domain/phase rule, lever rule, and coherent and incoherent strain phase separation, in a complete analogy to phase decomposition. The proposed strain phase separation model is validated using phase-field simulations and experimental observations of PbTi O3 and BiFe O3 thin films as examples. The proposed model provides a simple tool to guide and design domain structures of ferroelastic systems.

  2. Phase diagram and superconductivity at 58.1 K in α-FeAs-free SmFeAsO1-xFx

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    Fujioka, M.; Denholme, S. J.; Ozaki, T.; Okazaki, H.; Deguchi, K.; Demura, S.; Hara, H.; Watanabe, T.; Takeya, H.; Yamaguchi, T.; Kumakura, H.; Takano, Y.

    2013-08-01

    The phase diagram of SmFeAsO1-xFx in terms of x is exhibited in this study. Specimens of SmFeAsO1-xFx from x = 0 to x = 0.3 were prepared by low-temperature sintering with slow cooling. The low-temperature sintering suppresses the formation of the amorphous FeAs, which is inevitably produced as an impurity when using high-temperature sintering. Moreover, slow cooling is effective in obtaining a high fluorine concentration. The compositional change from feedstock composition is quite small after this synthesis. We can reproducibly observe a record superconducting transition for an iron-based superconductor at 58.1 K. This achievement of a high superconducting transition is due to the success in substituting a large amount of fluorine. A shrinking of the a lattice parameter caused by fluorine substitution is observed and the substitutional rate of fluorine changes at x = 0.16.

  3. Oxygen isotope effect on the superconductivity and stripe phase in La$_{1.6-x}$Nd$_{0.4}$Sr$_{x}$CuO$_4$

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    Wang, G. Y.; Zhang, J D; Yang, R. L.; Chen, X. H.

    2007-01-01

    The oxygen isotope effect on the superconductivity, stripe phase and structure transition is systematically investigated in La$_{1.6-x}$Nd$_{0.4}$Sr$_{x}$CuO$_4$ with static stripe phase. Substitution of $^{16}$O by $^{18}$O leads to a decrease in superconducting transition temperature T$_C$, while enhances the temperature of the structural transition from low-temperature-orthorhombic (LTO) phase to low-temperature-tetragonal (LTT) phase. Compared to the Nd free sample, a larger isotope effec...

  4. Unconventional Geometric Phase-Shift Gates Based on Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices Coupled to a Single-Mode Cavity

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    SONG Ke-Hui; ZHOU Zheng-Wei; GUO Guang-Can

    2006-01-01

    We present a scheme to realize geometric phase-shift gate for two superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) qubits coupled to a single-mode microwave field. The geometric phase-shift gate operation is performed transitions during the gate operation. Thus, the docoherence due to energy spontaneous emission based on the levels of SQUIDs are suppressed. The gate is insensitive to the cavity decay throughout the operation since the cavity mode is displaced along a circle in the phase space, acquiring a phase conditional upon the two lower flux states of the SQUID qubits, and the cavity mode is still in the original vacuum state. Based on the SQUID qubits interacting with the cavity mode, our proposed approach may open promising prospects for quantum logic in SQUID-system.

  5. Collapsed tetragonal phase and superconductivity of BaFe[subscript 2]As[subscript 2] under high pressure

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    Uhoya, Walter; Stemshorn, Andrew; Tsoi, Georgiy; Vohra, Yogesh K.; Sefat, Athena S.; Sales, Brian C.; Hope, Kevin M.; Weir, Samuel T. (UAB); (ORNL); (LLNL); (Montevallo)

    2010-11-12

    High pressure x-ray diffraction and electrical resistance measurements have been carried out on BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} to a pressure of 35 GPa and temperature of 10 K using a synchrotron source and designer diamond anvils. At ambient temperature, a phase transition from the tetragonal phase to a collapsed tetragonal (CT) phase is observed at 17 GPa under nonhydrostatic conditions as compared to 22 GPa under hydrostatic conditions. The superconducting transition temperature increases rapidly with pressure up to 34 K at 1 GPa and decreases gradually with a further increase in pressure. Our results suggest that T{sub C} falls below 10 K in the pressure range of 16-30 GPa, where CT phase is expected to be stable under high-pressure and low-temperature conditions.

  6. Superconductivity and phase diagram of (Li0.8Fe0.2)OHFeSe1 -xSx

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    Lu, X. F.; Wang, N. Z.; Luo, X. G.; Zhang, G. H.; Gong, X. L.; Huang, F. Q.; Chen, X. H.

    2014-12-01

    A series of (Li0.8Fe0.2)OHFeSe1 -xSx (0 ≤x ≤1 ) samples were successfully synthesized via hydrothermal reaction method and the phase diagram is established. Magnetic susceptibility suggests that an antiferromagnetism arising from (Li0.8Fe0.2)OH layers coexists with superconductivity, and the antiferromagnetic transition temperature nearly remains constant for various S doping levels. In addition, the lattice parameters of the both a and c axes decrease and the superconducting transition temperature Tc is gradually suppressed with the substitution of S for Se, and eventually superconductivity vanishes at x =0.90 . The decrease of Tc could be attributed to the effect of chemical pressure induced by the smaller ionic size of S relative to that of Se, being consistent with the effect of hydrostatic pressure on (Li0.8Fe0.2)OHFeSe . But the detailed investigation on the relationships between Tc and the crystallographic facts suggests a very different dependence of Tc on anion height from the Fe2 layer or C h -Fe 2 -C h angle from those in FeAs-based superconductors.

  7. Gel phase formation in dilute triblock copolyelectrolyte complexes

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    Srivastava, Samanvaya; Andreev, Marat; Levi, Adam E.; Goldfeld, David J.; Mao, Jun; Heller, William T.; Prabhu, Vivek M.; de Pablo, Juan J.; Tirrell, Matthew V.

    2017-02-01

    Assembly of oppositely charged triblock copolyelectrolytes into phase-separated gels at low polymer concentrations (formation of a dilute phase of individual micelles is prevented in polyelectrolyte complexation-driven assembly of triblock copolyelectrolytes. Gel phases form and phase separate almost instantaneously on solvation of the copolymers. Furthermore, molecular models of self-assembly demonstrate the presence of oligo-chain aggregates in early stages of copolyelectrolyte assembly, at experimentally unobservable polymer concentrations. Our discoveries contribute to the fundamental understanding of the structure and pathways of complexation-driven assemblies, and raise intriguing prospects for gel formation at extraordinarily low concentrations, with applications in tissue engineering, agriculture, water purification and theranostics.

  8. Coulomb blockade and BLOCH oscillations in superconducting Ti nanowires.

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    Lehtinen, J S; Zakharov, K; Arutyunov, K Yu

    2012-11-01

    Quantum fluctuations in quasi-one-dimensional superconducting channels leading to spontaneous changes of the phase of the order parameter by 2π, alternatively called quantum phase slips (QPS), manifest themselves as the finite resistance well below the critical temperature of thin superconducting nanowires and the suppression of persistent currents in tiny superconducting nanorings. Here we report the experimental evidence that in a current-biased superconducting nanowire the same QPS process is responsible for the insulating state--the Coulomb blockade. When exposed to rf radiation, the internal Bloch oscillations can be synchronized with the external rf drive leading to formation of quantized current steps on the I-V characteristic. The effects originate from the fundamental quantum duality of a Josephson junction and a superconducting nanowire governed by QPS--the QPS junction.

  9. Analysis of phase formation in multi-component alloys

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    Raghavan, R.; Hari Kumar, K.C. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai (India); Murty, B.S., E-mail: murty@iitm.ac.in [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai (India)

    2012-12-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer CALPHAD approach appears to predict BCC phase formation more accurately than FCC phase formation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Solid solution is favored when the {Delta}S{sub config}/{Delta}S{sub fusion} > 1 for equiatomic alloys. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Solid solution is favored when the {Delta}S{sub config}/{Delta}S{sub fusion} > 1.2 for non-equiatomic alloys. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer BCC phase is favored when atomic size difference is larger, as reflected by a higher value of {Delta}S{sub {sigma}}/k. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer FCC and BCC phase formation appears to be governed mainly by {Delta}H{sub mix} and {Delta}S{sub {sigma}}/k, respectively. - Abstract: An attempt has been made to predict phase formation using a CALPHAD-based approach for a large number of compositions that are known to form FCC, BCC and a mixture of FCC and BCC phases. The stable phase is assumed to be the first phase that is formed upon cooling from liquid state with the highest driving force. The driving force for other phases at the transition for various compositions is also presented. A comparison between the parametric approach of phase prediction by study of thermodynamic and topological parameters on one hand and the CALPHAD approach on the other is also presented. CALPHAD approach appears to predict BCC phase formation much more accurately than the FCC phase formation. The results indicate that solid solution formation in multicomponent alloys is favored when the ratio of {Delta}S{sub config}/{Delta}S{sub fusion} is greater than 1 and 1.2 for equiatomic and non-equiatomic alloys, respectively. The results also point out that BCC phase is favored when the atomic size difference is larger, which is reflected by a higher value of {Delta}S{sub {sigma}}/k. Formation of FCC phase appears to be governed mainly by {Delta}H{sub mix}, while BCC phase governed by {Delta}S{sub {sigma}}/k, which is representative of strain in the structure.

  10. Phase behavior and structure formation of hairy-rod supramolecules

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    Subbotin, A; Stepanyan, R; Knaapila, M; Ikkala, O; ten Brinke, G

    2003-01-01

    Phase behavior and microstructure formation of rod and coil molecules, which can associate to form hairy-rod polymeric supramolecules, are addressed theoretically. Association induces considerable compatibility enhancement between the rod and coil molecules and various microscopically ordered struct

  11. Topological quantum phase transition and superconductivity induced by pressure in the bismuth tellurohalide BiTeI

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    Qi, Yanpeng; Shi, Wujun; Naumov, Pavel G.; Kumar, Nitesh; Sankar, Raman; Schnelle, Walter; Shekhar, Chandra; Chou, F. C.; Felser, Claudia; Yan, Binghai; Medvedev, Sergey A.

    2016-01-01

    A pressure-induced topological quantum phase transition has been theoretically predicted for the semiconductor BiTeI with giant Rashba spin splitting. In this work, the evolution of the electrical transport properties in BiTeI and BiTeBr is investigated under high pressure. The pressure-dependent resistivity in a wide temperature range passes through a minimum at around 3 GPa, indicating the predicted transition in BiTeI. Superconductivity is observed in both BiTeI and BiTeBr while the resist...

  12. Magnetic field induced phase branches of the superconducting transition in two-dimensional square Π-loop arrays

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    Liu Dang-Ting; Tian Ye; Chen Geng-Hua; Yang Qian-Sheng

    2008-01-01

    Based on the results of explicit forms of free energy density for each possible arrangement of magnetization fluxes in large-scale two-dimensional (2D) square Π-loop arrays given by Li et al [2007 Chin.Phys.16 1450],the field-cooled superconducting phase transition is further investigated by analysing the free energy of the arrays with a simplified symmetrical model.Our analytical result is exactly the same as that obtained in Li's paper by means of numerical calculations.It is shown that the phase transition splits into two branches with either ferromagnetic or anti-ferromagnetic flux ordering,which depends periodically on the strength of external magnetic flux φe through each loop and monotonically on the screen parameter β of the loops in the arrays.In principle,the diagram of the phase branches is similar to that of its one-dimensional counterpart.The influence of thermal fluctuation on the flux ordering during the transition from normal to superconducting states of the Π-loop arrays is also discussed.

  13. Co-phasing the planet formation imager

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    Petrov, Romain G.; Boskri, Abdelkarim; Elhalkouj, Thami; Monnier, John; Ireland, Michael; Kraus, Stefan

    2016-08-01

    The Planet Formation Imager (PFI) is a project for a very large optical interferometer intended to obtain images of the planet formation process at scales as small as the Hill sphere of giant exoplanets. Its main science instruments will work in the thermal infrared but it will be cophased in the near infrared, where it requires also some capacity for scientific imaging. PFI imaging and resolution specifications imply an array of 12 to 20 apertures and baselines up to a few kilometers cophased at near infrared coherent magnitudes as large as 10. This paper discusses various cophasing architectures and the corresponding minimum diameter of individual apertures, which is the dominant element of PFI cost estimates. From a global analysis of the possible combinations of pairwise fringe sensors, we show that conventional approaches used in current interferometers imply the use of prohibitively large telescopes and we indicate the innovative strategies that would allow building PFI with affordable apertures smaller than 2 m in diameter. The approach with the best potential appears to be Hierarchical Fringe Tracking based on "two beams spatial filters" that cophase pairs of neighboring telescopes with all the efficiency of a two telescopes fringe tracker and transmit most of the flux as if it was produced by an unique single mode aperture to cophase pairs of pairs and then pairs of groups of apertures. We consider also the adaptation to PFI of more conventional approaches such as a combination of GRAVITY like fringe trackers or single or multiple chains of 2T fringe trackers.

  14. Homogeneous superconducting phase in TiN film: A complex impedance study

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    Diener, P.; Schellevis, H.; Baselmans, J.J.A.

    2012-01-01

    The low frequency complex impedance of a high resistivity 92 μ Ω cm and 100 nm thick TiN superconducting film has been measured via the transmission of several high sensitivity GHz microresonators, down to TC/50. The temperature dependence of the kinetic inductance follows closely BCS local electrod

  15. Antiferromagnetism and its relation to the superconducting phases of UPt3

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    Isaacs, E.D.; Zschack, P.; Broholm, C.L.

    1995-01-01

    as the magnetic correlation lengths are not affected by the presence or absence of a visible splitting in the superconducting transition. The simplest models wherein antiferromagnetic order provides the symmetry-breaking field for the splitting do not provide a compete explanation of our results....

  16. Measurement of unique magnetic and superconducting phases in oxygen-doped high-temperature superconductors La2-xSrxCuO4+y

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    Udby, Linda; Larsen, Jacob; Christensen, Niels Bech

    2013-01-01

    We present a combined magnetic neutron scattering and muon spin rotation study of the nature of the magnetic and superconducting phases in electronically phase separated La2-xSrxCuO4+y, x=0.04, 0.065, 0.09. For all samples, we find long-range modulated magnetic order below TN≃Tc=39 K. In sharp co...

  17. Evolution of High-Temperature Superconductivity from a Low-T_{c} Phase Tuned by Carrier Concentration in FeSe Thin Flakes.

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    Lei, B; Cui, J H; Xiang, Z J; Shang, C; Wang, N Z; Ye, G J; Luo, X G; Wu, T; Sun, Z; Chen, X H

    2016-02-19

    We report the evolution of superconductivity in an FeSe thin flake with systematically regulated carrier concentrations by the liquid-gating technique. With electron doping tuned by the gate voltage, high-temperature superconductivity with an onset at 48 K can be achieved in an FeSe thin flake with T_{c} less than 10 K. This is the first time such high temperature superconductivity in FeSe is achieved without either an epitaxial interface or external pressure, and it definitely proves that the simple electron-doping process is able to induce high-temperature superconductivity with T_{c}^{onset} as high as 48 K in bulk FeSe. Intriguingly, our data also indicate that the superconductivity is suddenly changed from a low-T_{c} phase to a high-T_{c} phase with a Lifshitz transition at a certain carrier concentration. These results help to build a unified picture to understand the high-temperature superconductivity among all FeSe-derived superconductors and shed light on the further pursuit of a higher T_{c} in these materials.

  18. Vertical temperature boundary of the pseudogap under the superconducting dome in the phase diagram of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 +δ

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    Loret, B.; Sakai, S.; Benhabib, S.; Gallais, Y.; Cazayous, M.; Méasson, M. A.; Zhong, R. D.; Schneeloch, J.; Gu, G. D.; Forget, A.; Colson, D.; Paul, I.; Civelli, M.; Sacuto, A.

    2017-09-01

    Combining electronic Raman scattering experiments with cellular dynamical mean field theory, we present evidence of the pseudogap in the superconducting state of various hole-doped cuprates. In Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 +δ we track the superconducting pseudogap hallmark, a peak-dip feature, as a function of temperature T and doping p , well beyond the optimal one. We show that, at all temperatures under the superconducting dome, the pseudogap disappears at the doping pc, between 0.222 and 0.226, where also the normal-state pseudogap collapses at a Lifshitz transition. This demonstrates that the superconducting pseudogap boundary forms a vertical line in the T -p phase diagram.

  19. Highly responsive ground state of PbTaSe2: Structural phase transition and evolution of superconductivity under pressure

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    Kaluarachchi, Udhara S.; Deng, Yuhang; Besser, Matthew F.; Sun, Kewei; Zhou, Lin; Nguyen, Manh Cuong; Yuan, Zhujun; Zhang, Chenglong; Schilling, James S.; Kramer, Matthew J.; Jia, Shuang; Wang, Cai-Zhuang; Ho, Kai-Ming; Canfield, Paul C.; Bud'ko, Sergey L.

    2017-06-01

    Transport and magnetic studies of PbTaSe2 under pressure suggest the existence of two superconducting phases with the low temperature phase boundary at ˜0.25 GPa that is defined by a very sharp, first order, phase transition. The first order phase transition line can be followed via pressure dependent resistivity measurements, and is found to be near 0.12 GPa near room temperature. Transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction at elevated temperatures confirm that this first order phase transition is structural and occurs at ambient pressure near ˜425 K. The new, high temperature/high pressure phase has a similar crystal structure and slightly lower unit cell volume relative to the ambient pressure, room temperature structure. Based on first-principles calculations this structure is suggested to be obtained by shifting the Pb atoms from the 1 a to 1 e Wyckoff position without changing the positions of Ta and Se atoms. PbTaSe2 has an exceptionally pressure sensitive, structural phase transition with Δ Ts/Δ P ≈-1400 K/GPa near room temperature, and ≈-1700 K/GPa near 4 K. This first order transition causes a ˜1 K (˜25 % ) steplike decrease in Tc as pressure is increased through 0.25 GPa.

  20. Gel phase formation in dilute triblock copolyelectrolyte complexes

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    Srivastava, Samanvaya; Andreev, Marat; Levi, Adam E.; Goldfeld, David J.; Mao, Jun; Heller, William T.; Prabhu, Vivek M.; de Pablo, Juan J.; Tirrell, Matthew V.

    2017-02-23

    Assembly of oppositely charged triblock copolyelectrolytes into phase-separated gels at low polymer concentrations (<1% by mass) has been observed in scattering experiments and molecular dynamics simulations. Here we show that in contrast to uncharged, amphiphilic block copolymers that form discrete micelles at low concentrations and enter a phase of strongly interacting micelles in a gradual manner with increasing concentration, the formation of a dilute phase of individual micelles is prevented in polyelectrolyte complexation-driven assembly of triblock copolyelectrolytes. Gel phases form and phase separate almost instantaneously on solvation of the copolymers. Furthermore, molecular models of self-assembly demonstrate the presence of oligo-chain aggregates in early stages of copolyelectrolyte assembly, at experimentally unobservable polymer concentrations. Our discoveries contribute to the fundamental understanding of the structure and pathways of complexation-driven assemblies, and raise intriguing prospects for gel formation at extraordinarily low concentrations, with applications in tissue engineering, agriculture, water purification and theranostics.

  1. Effect of alteration phase formation on the glass dissolution rate

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    Ebert, W.L.

    1997-10-01

    The dissolution rates of many glasses have been observed to increase upon the formation of certain alteration phases. It is important to understand the mechanism by which alteration phases affect glass corrosion behavior and the glass dissolution rate to reliably predict whether or not similar effects will occur in a disposal environment and the impact of phase formation on the long-term performance of waste glass. While solid state transformation of a glass to thermodynamically more stable phases in kinetically prohibitive, contact by water provides an energetically favorable pathway for this transformation to occur by a dissolution-reprecipitation mechanism. The kinetics of the transformation depends on the dissolution kinetics of the glass and the precipitation kinetics of the alteration phases. The rates of these two processes are linked primarily through the solution activity of orthosilicic acid (and perhaps also that of an aluminum-bearing species).

  2. Defect Formation in Superconducting Rings: External Fields and Finite-Size Effects

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    Weir, D. J.; Monaco, R.; Rivers, R. J.

    2013-06-01

    Consistent with the predictions of Kibble and Zurek, scaling behaviour has been seen in the production of fluxoids during temperature quenches of superconducting rings. However, deviations from the canonical behaviour arise because of finite-size effects and stray external fields. Technical developments, including laser heating and the use of long Josephson tunnel junctions, have improved the quality of data that can be obtained. With new experiments in mind we perform large-scale 3D simulations of quenches of small, thin rings of various geometries with fully dynamical electromagnetic fields, at nonzero externally applied magnetic flux. We find that the outcomes are, in practise, indistinguishable from those of much simpler Gaussian analytical approximations in which the rings are treated as one-dimensional systems and the magnetic field fluctuation-free.

  3. Formation of nano quasicrystalline and crystalline phases by mechanical alloying

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    Shamah, A.M.; Ibrahim, S. [Faculty of Petroleum and Mining Engineering, Suez Canal University, Suez (Egypt); Hanna, F.F., E-mail: fariedhanna@yahoo.com [Faculty of Petroleum and Mining Engineering, Suez Canal University, Suez (Egypt)

    2011-02-03

    Research highlights: > Mechanical alloying (MA) is an important method to investigate the formation of nano sized quasicrystalline phases in Al{sub 86}Cr{sub 14}, Al{sub 84}Fe{sub 16} and Al{sub 62.5}Cu{sub 25}Fe{sub 12.5} compounds. The second part of the present work is an attempt to examine the possibility of formation of the i-phase of the Al{sub 62.5}Cu{sub 25}Fe{sub 12.5}, which lies in the region of the perfect i-phase in the ternary phase diagram, by rapid solidification method. To perform the obtained quasi phase mechanical alloying and heat treatment at the rapid solidified sample were done. - Abstract: In the present work, the formation of nano quasicrystalline icosahedral phase in Al{sub 86}Cr{sub 14}, Al{sub 84}Fe{sub 16} and Al{sub 62.5}Cu{sub 25}Fe{sub 12.5} alloys has been investigated by mechanical alloying. Mixtures of quasicrystalline and related crystalline phases have been observed under various milling conditions. The X-ray diffraction, differential thermal analysis and electrical resistivity techniques have been used for characterization and physical property measurements. The particle size was calculated by X-ray profile using Williamson-Hall plot method and it was found to be 25-50 nm size.

  4. Superconductivity in cubic noncentrosymmetric PdBiSe Crystal

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    Joshi, B.; Thamizhavel, A.; Ramakrishnan, S.

    2015-03-01

    Mixing of spin singlet and spin triplet superconducting pairing state is expected in noncentrosymmetric superconductors (NCS) due to the inherent presence of Rashba-type antisymmetric spin-orbit coupling. Unlike low symmetry (tetragonal or monoclinic) NCS, parity is isotropicaly broken in space for cubic NCS and can additionally lead to the coexistence of magnetic and superconducting state under certain conditions. Motivated with such enriched possibility of unconventional superconducting phases in cubic NCS we are reporting successful formation of single crystalline cubic noncentrosymmetric PdBiSe with lattice parameter a = 6.4316 Å and space group P21 3 (space group no. 198) which undergoes to superconducting transition state below 1.8 K as measured by electrical transport and AC susceptibility measurements. Significant strength of Rashba-type antisymmetric spin-orbit coupling can be expected for PdBiSe due to the presence of high Z (atomic number) elements consequently making it potential candidate for unconventional superconductivity.

  5. Controlling nickel silicide phase formation by Si implantation damage

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    Guihard, M.; Turcotte-Tremblay, P. [Departement de Physique, Universite de Montreal, Montreal (Canada); Gaudet, S.; Coia, C. [Departement de Genie Physique, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Montreal (Canada); Roorda, S. [Departement de Physique, Universite de Montreal, Montreal (Canada); Desjardins, P. [Departement de Genie Physique, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Montreal (Canada); Lavoie, C. [IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York (United States); Schiettekatte, F. [Departement de Physique, Universite de Montreal, Montreal (Canada)], E-mail: francois.schiettekatte@umontreal.ca

    2009-05-01

    In the context of fabrication process of contacts in CMOS integrated circuits, we studied the effect of implantation-induced damage on the Ni silicide phase formation sequence. The device layers of Silicon-on-insulator samples were implanted with 30 or 60 keV Si ions at several fluences up to amorphization. Next, 10 or 30 nm Ni layers were deposited. The monitoring of annealing treatments was achieved with time-resolved X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique. Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry and pole figure XRD were also used to characterize some intermediate phase formations. We show the existence of an implantation threshold (1 ions/nm{sup 2}) from where the silicidation behaviour changes significantly, the formation temperature of the disilicide namely shifting abruptly from 800 to 450 deg. C. It is also found that the monosilicide formation onset temperature for the thinner Ni deposits increases linearly by about 30 deg. C with the amount of damage.

  6. Phase coexistence in ferroelectric solid solutions: Formation of monoclinic phase with enhanced piezoelectricity

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    Xiaoyan Lu

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Phase morphology and corresponding piezoelectricity in ferroelectric solid solutions were studied by using a phenomenological theory with the consideration of phase coexistence. Results have shown that phases with similar energy potentials can coexist, thus induce interfacial stresses which lead to the formation of adaptive monoclinic phases. A new tetragonal-like monoclinic to rhombohedral-like monoclinic phase transition was predicted in a shear stress state. Enhanced piezoelectricity can be achieved by manipulating the stress state close to a critical stress field. Phase coexistence is universal in ferroelectric solid solutions and may provide a way to optimize ultra-fine structures and proper stress states to achieve ultrahigh piezoelectricity.

  7. Formative pluripotency: the executive phase in a developmental continuum.

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    Smith, Austin

    2017-02-01

    The regulative capability of single cells to give rise to all primary embryonic lineages is termed pluripotency. Observations of fluctuating gene expression and phenotypic heterogeneity in vitro have fostered a conception of pluripotency as an intrinsically metastable and precarious state. However, in the embryo and in defined culture environments the properties of pluripotent cells change in an orderly sequence. Two phases of pluripotency, called naïve and primed, have previously been described. In this Hypothesis article, a third phase, called formative pluripotency, is proposed to exist as part of a developmental continuum between the naïve and primed phases. The formative phase is hypothesised to be enabling for the execution of pluripotency, entailing remodelling of transcriptional, epigenetic, signalling and metabolic networks to constitute multi-lineage competence and responsiveness to specification cues.

  8. Electronic inhomogeneities in the superconducting phase of CaFe1.96Ni0.04As2 single crystals

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    Dutta, Anirban; Kumar, Neeraj; Thamizhavel, A.; Gupta, Anjan K.

    2015-02-01

    Superconductivity in CaFe2-xNixAs2 emerges in close proximity to an antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordered parent state and the AFM phase overlaps with superconducting (SC) phase for a small range of x-values. We present scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy study of an underdoped CaFe2-xNixAs2 single crystal in the vicinity of the boundary of the two phases. Both resistivity and magnetic susceptibility measurements show a superconducting TC of 15 K and from later we deduce a superconducting fraction of 1.2%. Topographic images show reasonably flat surface with signatures of atomic resolution. Spectra between 120 K and 20 K are spatially homogeneous and show signatures of spin density wave (SDW) gap. Below TC, spectra show significant spatial inhomogeneity with a depression in density of states in±5 meV energy range. Inhomogeneity reduces significantly as the temperature goes above TC and disappears completely far above TC. These observations are discussed in terms of an inhomogeneous electronic phase that may exist due to the vicinity of this composition to the SC dome boundary on the underdoped side of the phase diagram.

  9. Thermodynamic signature of a magnetic-field-driven phase transition within the superconducting state of an underdoped cuprate

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    Kemper, J. B.; Vafek, O.; Betts, J. B.; Balakirev, F. F.; Hardy, W. N.; Liang, Ruixing; Bonn, D. A.; Boebinger, G. S.

    2016-01-01

    More than a quarter century after the discovery of the high-temperature superconductor (HTS) YBa2Cu3O6+δ (YBCO; ref. ), studies continue to uncover complexity in its phase diagram. In addition to HTS and the pseudogap, there is growing evidence for multiple phases with boundaries which are functions of temperature (T), doping (p) and magnetic field. Here we report the low-temperature electronic specific heat (Celec) of YBa2Cu3O6.43 and YBa2Cu3O6.47 (p = 0.076 and 0.084) up to a magnetic field (H) of 34.5 T, a poorly understood region of the underdoped H-T-p phase space. We observe two regimes in the low-temperature limit: below a characteristic magnetic field H' ~ 12-15 T, Celec/T obeys an expected H1/2 behaviour; however, near H' there is a sharp inflection followed by a linear-in-H behaviour. H' rests deep within the superconducting phase and, thus, the linear-in-H behaviour is observed in the zero-resistance regime. In the limit of zero temperature, Celec/T is proportional to the zero-energy electronic density of states. At one of our dopings, the inflection is sharp only at lowest temperatures, and we thus conclude that this inflection is evidence of a magnetic-field-driven quantum phase transition.

  10. Multi-Phase Galaxy Formation and Quasar Absorption Systems

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    Maller, Ariyeh H.

    2005-01-01

    The central problem of galaxy formation is understanding the cooling and condensation of gas in dark matter halos. It is now clear that to match observations this requires further physics than the simple assumptions of single phase gas cooling. A model of multi-phase cooling (Maller & Bullock 2004) can successfully account for the upper cutoff in the masses of galaxies and provides a natural explanation of many types of absorption systems (Mo & Miralda-Escude 1996). Absorption systems are our...

  11. Strongly correlated superconductivity and pseudogap phase near a multiband Mott insulator.

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    Capone, Massimo; Fabrizio, Michele; Castellani, Claudio; Tosatti, Erio

    2004-07-23

    Near a Mott transition, strong electron correlations may enhance Cooper pairing. This is demonstrated in the dynamical mean field theory solution of a twofold-orbital degenerate Hubbard model with an inverted on-site Hund rule exchange, favoring local spin-singlet configurations. Close to the Mott insulator (which here is a local version of a valence bond insulator) a pseudogap non-Fermi-liquid metal, a superconductor, and a normal metal appear, in striking similarity with the physics of cuprates. The strongly correlated s-wave superconducting state has a larger Drude weight than the corresponding normal state. The role of the impurity Kondo problem is underscored.

  12. Formation of nanostructure in magnesium diboride based materials with high superconducting characteristics

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    Prikhna, T. A.; Shapovalov, A. P.; Grechnev, G. E.; Boutko, V. G.; Gusev, A. A.; Kozyrev, A. V.; Belogolovskiy, M. A.; Moshchil, V. E.; Sverdun, V. B.

    2016-05-01

    The paper presents an analysis of the properties of bulk superconducting magnesium diboride-based materials obtained by heating at high quasi-hydrostatic pressures (1-2 GPa), hot pressing (30 MPa), spark plasma sintering (16-96 MPa) and loose powder sintering. It is shown that the optimization of impurity distribution in MgB2 can be achieved by varying the synthesis conditions and introducing dopants. In particular, polycrystalline MgB2 materials synthesized at 2 GPa and containing a high amount of impurity oxygen demonstrates high critical current densities (106 and 103 A/cm2 at 20 K in magnetic fields of 1 and 8.5 T, respectively). It is found that the oxygen impurities are mainly localized in nanolayers or nanoinclusions, homogeneously distributed in the matrix. They act as pinning centers, while the MgB2 matrix also contains small amounts of dissolved oxygen. Impurity or intentionally added carbon entering the magnesium diboride structure leads to an increase in the critical magnetic fields up to Bc2 (22 K) = 15 T and Birr (18.5 K) = 15 T. The results of ab initio calculations of the electronic structure and stability of the magnesium diboride compounds with partial oxygen or carbon substitution for boron show that it is energetically favorable for carbon to distribute homogeneously in MgB2 structure, while oxygen atoms replace boron pairwise in neighboring positions or form zigzag chains.

  13. Superconducting cavities for LEP

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    1983-01-01

    Above: a 350 MHz superconducting accelerating cavity in niobium of the type envisaged for accelerating electrons and positrons in later phases of LEP. Below: a small 1 GHz cavity used for investigating the surface problems of superconducting niobium. Albert Insomby stays on the right. See Annual Report 1983 p. 51.

  14. Color superconductivity

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    Wilczek, F. [Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ (United States)

    1997-09-22

    The asymptotic freedom of QCD suggests that at high density - where one forms a Fermi surface at very high momenta - weak coupling methods apply. These methods suggest that chiral symmetry is restored and that an instability toward color triplet condensation (color superconductivity) sets in. Here I attempt, using variational methods, to estimate these effects more precisely. Highlights include demonstration of a negative pressure in the uniform density chiral broken phase for any non-zero condensation, which we take as evidence for the philosophy of the MIT bag model; and demonstration that the color gap is substantial - several tens of MeV - even at modest densities. Since the superconductivity is in a pseudoscalar channel, parity is spontaneously broken.

  15. Study of MgB{sub 2} phase formation by using XRD, SEM, thermal and magnetic measurements

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    Aksu, Erhan, E-mail: erhan.aksu@taek.gov.tr [Technology Department, Sarayköy Nuclear Research and Training Centre, Turkish Atomic Energy Authority, 06983 Ankara (Turkey)

    2013-03-05

    Highlights: ► Activation energy E{sub MgB2} was calculated from Kissinger formula. ► The single-step changes indicate the presence of a strong coupling between the grains of MgB{sub 2}. ► The onset temperature which is also called the transition temperature for superconductivity phase was found as T{sub c} = 38.7 K. ► Samples were produced by solid state reaction technique. -- Abstract: MgB{sub 2} phase formation of samples with stoichiometric ratio of 1:2, prepared by sintering at different nine temperature values (500–900 °C) for 1 h were determined and examined by X-ray Diffractometry (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) methods. In order to support the results obtained from the above measurements and analyses the Mg:B (1:2) powder was subject to thermal studies. In conjunction with this, the thermal behaviors of the non-sintered powder samples were also studied their characteristics via thermal analysis techniques including Thermogravimetry (TG) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) simultaneously. During the thermal analyses, Mg:B (1:2) powder was placed in an Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} cup with a lid were investigated at different heating rates (5, 7.5, 10, and 15 °C/min) under high-purity Argon atmosphere. By analyzing the graphics gathered from the measurement results the effect of fundamental thermal events on MgB{sub 2} phase formation was deeply discussed by considering some data such as, crystallization, melting point, oxidation and evaporation, which can mainly be obtained from a usual thermal analysis technique. The peak temperatures of exothermic lines in DSC curves that indicate the formation of MgB{sub 2} were determined by derivative lines of the curves. With help of this information, the value of activation energy of MgB{sub 2} phase was found as E{sub MgB2} = 219.9 kJ/mol by Kissinger Method. Moreover, in order to study the superconductivity of the samples; the sample sintered at 900 °C which was showing a considerable single

  16. Superconductivity in doped insulators

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    Emery, V.J. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States); Kivelson, S.A. [California Univ., Los Angeles, CA (United States). Dept. of Physics

    1995-12-31

    It is shown that many synthetic metals, including high temperature superconductors are ``bad metals``, with such a poor conductivity that the usual meanfield theory of superconductivity breaks down because of anomalously large classical and quantum fluctuations of the phase of the superconducting order parameter. It is argued that the supression of a first order phase transition (phase separation) by the long-range Coulomb interaction leads to high temperature superconductivity accompanied by static or dynamical charge inhomogeneIty. Evidence in support of this picture for high temperature superconductors is described.

  17. A calculation of Eliashberg equations for superconducting phase under the ultra-high magnetic field of strong coupling cases in 2 and 3 dimensional systems

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    Goto, H. [Dept. of Mathematics and Physical Science, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Chiba Univ. (Japan); Natsume, Y. [Chiba Univ. (Japan). Dept. of Physics

    1995-04-01

    The estimation of Tc for the superconducting phase under the ultra-high magnetic feild is discussed on the basis of numerical calculation by the use of the expression of Eliashberg equations for strong coupling theory. The essenthial effect of the retardation of the interaction by phonons on making the gap is pointed out in comparison between 2 and 3 dimensinal systems. (orig.)

  18. Accretion disks before (?) the main planet formation phase

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    Dominik, C.

    2009-01-01

    Protoplanetary disks are the sites of planet formation and therefore one of the foremost targets of future facilities in astronomy. In this review, I will discuss the main options for using JWST and concurrent facilities to study the early, gas-rich, massive phases of protoplanetary disks. We discus

  19. Superconducting Properties of the K$_{{x}}$WO$_{3}$ Tetragonal Tungsten Bronze and the Superconducting Phase Diagram of the Tungsten Bronze Family

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    Haldolaarachchige, Neel; Gibson, Quinn; Krizan, Jason; Cava, R. J.

    2014-01-01

    We report the superconducting properties of the K$_{x}$WO$_{3}$ tetragonal tungsten bronze. The highest superconducting transition temperature ($T_{c}=2.1$K) was obtained for K$_{0.38}$WO$_{3}$. $T_{c}$ decreases linearly with increasing K content. Using the measured values for the upper critical field $H_{c2}$, and the specific heat $C$, we estimate the orbital critical field $H_{c2}$(0), coherence length $\\xi$(0), Debye temperature $\\Theta _{D}$ and coupling constant $\\lambda _{ep}$. The ma...

  20. What Controls the Phase Diagram and Superconductivity in Ru-Substituted BaFe2As2?

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    Dhaka, R. S.; Liu, Chang; Fernandes, R.M.; Jiang, Riu; Strehlow, C.P.; Kondo, Takeshi; Thaler, A.; Schmalian, Joerg; Bud-ko, S.J.; Canfield, P.C.; Kaminski, A.

    2011-12-23

    We use high resolution angle-resolved photoemission to study the electronic structure of the iron based high-temperature superconductors Ba(Fe{sub 1-x}Ru{sub x}){sub 2}As{sub 2} as a function of Ru concentration. We find that substitution of Ru for Fe is isoelectronic, i.e., it does not change the value of the chemical potential. More interestingly, there are no measured, significant changes in the shape of the Fermi surface or in the Fermi velocity over a wide range of substitution levels (0 < x < 0.55). Given that the suppression of the antiferromagnetic and structural phase is associated with the emergence of the superconducting state, Ru substitution must achieve this via a mechanism that does not involve changes of the Fermi surface. We speculate that this mechanism relies on magnetic dilution which leads to the reduction of the effective Stoner enhancement.

  1. Superconductivity and phase instability of NH3-free Na-intercalated FeSe1-zSz

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    Guo, Jiangang; Lei, Hechang; Hayashi, Fumitaka; Hosono, Hideo

    2014-01-01

    The discovery of ThCr2Si2-type AxFe2-ySe2 (A = K, Rb, Cs and Tl) with Tc ~ 30K make much progress in iron-based superconducting field, but their multiple-phase separations are disadvantageous for understanding the origin. On the other hand, for small alkali metals, studies on (Li,Na)FeCu(S,Se)2 and NaFe2-{\\delta}S2 shows that these compounds possess CaAl2Si2-type structure, implying that ThCr2Si2-type structure is unstable for small alkali-metal intercalated FeSe under high-temperature. Here ...

  2. Sigma phase formation kinetics in stainless steel laminate composites

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    Wenmen, D.W.; Olson, D.L.; Matlock, D.K. [Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States)] [and others

    1994-12-31

    Stainless steel laminate composites were made to simulate weld microstructures. The use of laminates with variations in chemical composition allows for one dimensional analysis of phase transformation associated with the more complex three-dimensional solidification experience of weld metal. Alternate layers of austenitic (304L and 316L) and ferritic (Ebrite) stainless steels allowed for the study of sigma phase formation at the austenite-ferrite interface in duplex stainless steel. Two austenitic stainless steels, 304L (18.5Cr-9.2Ni-0.3Mo) and 316L (16.2Cr-10.1Ni-2.6Mo), and one ferritic stainless steel, Ebrite (26.3Cr-0Ni-1.0Mo) were received in the form of sheet which was laboratory cold rolled to a final thickness of 0.25 mm (0.030 in.). Laminate composites were prepared by laboratory hot rolling a vacuum encapsulated compact of alternating layers of the ferrite steel with either 304L or 316L stainless steel sheets. Laminate composite specimens, which simulate duplex austenite-ferrite weld metal structure, were used to establish the kinetics of nucleation and growth of sigma phase. The factors affecting sigma phase formation were identified. The effects of time, temperature, and transport of chromium and nickel were evaluated and used to establish a model for sigma phase formation in the austenite-ferrite interfacial region. Information useful for designing stainless steel welding consumables to be used for high temperature service was determined.

  3. Applied superconductivity

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    Newhouse, Vernon L

    1975-01-01

    Applied Superconductivity, Volume II, is part of a two-volume series on applied superconductivity. The first volume dealt with electronic applications and radiation detection, and contains a chapter on liquid helium refrigeration. The present volume discusses magnets, electromechanical applications, accelerators, and microwave and rf devices. The book opens with a chapter on high-field superconducting magnets, covering applications and magnet design. Subsequent chapters discuss superconductive machinery such as superconductive bearings and motors; rf superconducting devices; and future prospec

  4. Evidence of a structural phase transition in superconducting SmFeAsO1-xFx from 19F NMR

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    Majumder, M.; Ghoshray, K.; Mazumdar, C.; Poddar, A.; Ghoshray, A.; Berardan, D.; Dragoe, N.

    2013-01-01

    We report resistivity, magnetization and 19F NMR results in a polycrystalline sample of SmFeAsO0.86F0.14. The resistivity and magnetization data show a sharp drop at 48 K indicating a superconducting transition. The nuclear spin-lattice rate (1/T1) and spin-spin relaxation rate (1/T2) clearly show the existence of a structural phase transition near 163 K in the sample, which also undergoes a superconducting transition. This finding creates interest in exploring whether this is unique for Sm based systems or is also present in other rare-earth based 1111 superconductors.

  5. High-pressure synthesis and superconductivity of the Laves phase compound Ca(Al,Si)2 composed of truncated tetrahedral cages Ca@(Al,Si))12.

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    Tanaka, Masashi; Zhang, Shuai; Inumaru, Kei; Yamanaka, Shoji

    2013-05-20

    The Zintl compound CaAl2Si2 peritectically decomposes to a new ternary cubic Laves phase Ca(Al,Si)2 and an Al-Si eutectic at temperatures above 750 °C under a pressure of 13 GPa. The ternary Laves phase compound can also be prepared as solid solutions Ca(Al(1-x)Si(x))2 (0.35 ≤ x ≤ 0.75) directly from the ternary mixtures under high-pressure and high-temperature conditions. The cubic Laves phase structure can be regarded as a type of clathrate compound composed of face-sharing truncated tetrahedral cages with Ca atoms at the center, Ca@(Al,Si)12. The compound with a stoichiometric composition CaAlSi exhibits superconductivity with a transition temperature of 2.6 K. This is the first superconducting Laves phase compound composed solely of commonly found elements.

  6. Direct synthesis of pure H3S from S and H elements: No evidence of the cubic superconducting phase up to 160 GPa

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    Guigue, Bastien; Marizy, Adrien; Loubeyre, Paul

    2017-01-01

    The H3S compound was reproducibly synthesized by laser heating hydrogen-embedded solid sulfur samples at various pressures above 75 GPa in a diamond anvil cell. X-ray diffraction studies were conducted up to 160 GPa and the crystal structure has been identified with space group C c c m . The stability of this sole orthorhombic H3S phase up to 160 GPa contradicts ab initio calculations that predict the stability of a sequence of two metallic superconductive structures above 110 GPa, with R 3 m and I m 3 ¯m symmetries. This work also has strong implications for the current understanding of the 200 K superconductivity phenomenon in H2S since it seems to rule out the hypothesis of the decomposition of H2S into sulfur and superconducting H3S .

  7. Structural and magnetic phase diagram of CeFeAsO(1- x)F(x) and its relation to high-temperature superconductivity.

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    Zhao, Jun; Huang, Q; de la Cruz, Clarina; Li, Shiliang; Lynn, J W; Chen, Y; Green, M A; Chen, G F; Li, G; Li, Z; Luo, J L; Wang, N L; Dai, Pengcheng

    2008-12-01

    Recently, high-transition-temperature (high-Tc) superconductivity was discovered in the iron pnictide RFeAsO(1-x)F(x) (R, rare-earth metal) family of materials. We use neutron scattering to study the structural and magnetic phase transitions in CeFeAsO(1-x)F(x) as the system is tuned from a semimetal to a high-Tc superconductor through fluorine (F) doping, x. In the undoped state, CeFeAsO develops a structural lattice distortion followed by a collinear antiferromagnetic order with decreasing temperature. With increasing fluorine doping, the structural phase transition decreases gradually and vanishes within the superconductivity dome near x=0.10, whereas the antiferromagnetic order is suppressed before the appearance of superconductivity for x>0.06, resulting in an electronic phase diagram remarkably similar to that of the high-Tc copper oxides. Comparison of the structural evolution of CeFeAsO(1-x)F(x) with other Fe-based superconductors suggests that the structural perfection of the Fe-As tetrahedron is important for the high-Tc superconductivity in these Fe pnictides.

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

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

    2014-05-01

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

  9. Competition between the s-wave and p-wave superconductivity phases in a holographic model

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    Nie, Zhang-Yu; Gao, Xin; Zeng, Hui

    2013-01-01

    We build a holographic superconductor model with a scalar triplet charged under an SU(2) gauge field in the bulk. In this model, the s-wave and p-wave condensates can be consistently realized. We find that there are totally four phases in this model, namely, the normal phase without any condensate, s-wave phase, p-wave phase and the s+p coexisting phase. By calculating Gibbs free energy, the s+p coexisting phase turns out to be thermodynamically favored once it can appear. The phase diagram with the dimension of the scalar operator and temperature is drawn. The temperature range for the s+p coexisting phase is very narrow, which shows the competition between the s-wave and p-wave orders in the superconductor model.

  10. Cation disorder and gas phase equilibrium in an YBa 2Cu 3O 7- x superconducting thin film

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    Shin, Dong Chan; Ki Park, Yong; Park, Jong-Chul; Kang, Suk-Joong L.; Yong Yoon, Duk

    1997-02-01

    YBa 2Cu 3O 7- x superconducting thin films have been grown by in situ off-axis rf sputtering with varying oxygen pressure, Ba/Y ratio in a target, and deposition temperature. With decreasing oxygen pressure, increasing Ba/Y ratio, increasing deposition temperature, the critical temperature of the thin films decreased and the c-axis length increased. The property change of films with the variation of deposition variables has been explained by a gas phase equilibrium of the oxidation reaction of Ba and Y. Applying Le Chatelier's principle to the oxidation reaction, we were able to predict the relation of deposition variables and the resultant properties of thin films; the prediction was in good agreement with the experimental results. From the relation between the three deposition variables and gas phase equilibrium, a 3-dimensional processing diagram was introduced. This diagram has shown that the optimum deposition condition of YBa 2Cu 3O 7- x thin films is not a fixed point but can be varied. The gas phase equilibrium can also be applied to the explanation of previous results that good quality films were obtained at low deposition temperature using active species, such as O, O 3, and O 2+.

  11. Star formation and gas phase history of the cosmic web

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    Snedden, Ali; Coughlin, Jared; Phillips, Lara Arielle; Mathews, Grant; Suh, In-Saeng

    2016-01-01

    We present a new method of tracking and characterizing the environment in which galaxies and their associated circumgalactic medium evolve. We have developed a structure finding algorithm that uses the rate of change of the density gradient to self-consistently parse and follow the evolution of groups/clusters, filaments and voids in large-scale structure simulations. We use this to trace the complete evolution of the baryons in the gas phase and the star formation history within each structure in our simulated volume. We vary the structure measure threshold to probe the complex inner structure of star-forming regions in poor clusters, filaments and voids. We find that the majority of star formation occurs in cold, condensed gas in filaments at intermediate redshifts (z ˜ 3). We also show that much of the star formation above a redshift z = 3 occurs in low-contrast regions of filaments, but as the density contrast increases at lower redshift, star formation switches to the high-contrast regions, or inner parts, of filaments. Since filaments bridge the void and cluster regions, it suggests that the majority of star formation occurs in galaxies in intermediate density regions prior to the accretion on to groups/clusters. We find that both filaments and poor clusters are multiphase environments distinguishing themselves by different distributions of gas phases.

  12. Simulating the Phases of the Moon Shortly After Its Formation

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    Noordeh, Emil; Cuk, Matija

    2015-01-01

    The leading theory for the origin of the Moon is the giant impact hypothesis, in which the Moon was formed out of the debris left over from the collision of a Mars-sized body with the Earth. Soon after its formation, the orbit of the Moon may have been very different than it is today. We have simulated the phases of the Moon in a model for its formation wherein the Moon develops a highly elliptical orbit with its major axis tangential to the Earth's orbit. This note describes these simulations and their pedagogical value.

  13. Control of the competition between a magnetic phase and a superconducting phase in cobalt-doped and nickel-doped NaFeAs using electron count.

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    Parker, Dinah R; Smith, Matthew J P; Lancaster, Tom; Steele, Andrew J; Franke, Isabel; Baker, Peter J; Pratt, Francis L; Pitcher, Michael J; Blundell, Stephen J; Clarke, Simon J

    2010-02-05

    Using a combination of neutron, muon, and synchrotron techniques we show how the magnetic state in NaFeAs can be tuned into superconductivity by replacing Fe by either Co or Ni. The electron count is the dominant factor, since Ni doping has double the effect of Co doping for the same doping level. We follow the structural, magnetic, and superconducting properties as a function of doping to show how the superconducting state evolves, concluding that the addition of 0.1 electrons per Fe atom is sufficient to traverse the superconducting domain, and that magnetic order coexists with superconductivity at doping levels less than 0.025 electrons per Fe atom.

  14. Electron-Phonon Anomaly Related to Charge Stripes: Static Stripe Phase Versus Optimally Doped Superconducting La1.85Sr0.15CuO4

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    Reznik, D.; Pintschovius, L.; Fujita, M.; Yamada, K.; Gu, G. D.; Tranquada, J. M.

    2007-05-01

    Inelastic neutron scattering was used to study the Cu-O bond-stretching vibrations in optimally doped La1.85Sr0.15CuO4 (Tc = 35 K) and in two other cuprates showing static stripe order at low temperatures, i.e. La1.48Nd0.4Sr0.12CuO4 and La1.875Ba0.125CuO4. All three compounds exhibit a very similar phonon anomaly, which is not predicted by conventional band theory. It is argued that the phonon anomaly reflects a coupling to charge inhomogeneities in the form of stripes, which remain dynamic in superconducting La1.85Sr0.15CuO4 down to the lowest temperatures. These results show that the phonon effect indicating stripe formation is not restricted to a narrow region of the phase diagram around the so-called 1/8 anomaly but occurs in optimally doped samples as well.

  15. Phase formation during the carbothermic reduction of eudialyte concentrate

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    Krasikov, S. A.; Upolovnikova, A. G.; Sitnikova, O. A.; Ponomarenko, A. A.; Agafonov, S. N.; Zhidovinova, S. V.; Maiorov, D. V.

    2013-07-01

    The phase transformations of eudialyte concentrate during the carbothermic reduction in the temperature range 25-2000°C are studied by thermodynamic simulation, differential thermal analysis, and X-ray diffraction. As the temperature increases to 1500°C, the following phases are found to form sequentially: iron and manganese carbides, free iron, niobium carbide, iron silicides, silicon and titanium carbides, and free silicon. Strontium, yttrium, and uranium in the temperature range under study are not reduced and are retained in an oxide form, and insignificant reduction of zirconium oxides with the formation of carbide ZrC is possible only at temperatures above 1500°C.

  16. Nonlinear dynamic theory for photorefractive phase hologram formation

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    Kim, D. M.; Shah, R. R.; Rabson, T. A.; Tittle, F. K.

    1976-01-01

    A nonlinear dynamic theory is developed for the formation of photorefractive volume phase holograms. A feedback mechanism existing between the photogenerated field and free-electron density, treated explicitly, yields the growth and saturation of the space-charge field in a time scale characterized by the coupling strength between them. The expression for the field reduces in the short-time limit to previous theories and approaches in the long-time limit the internal or photovoltaic field. Additionally, the phase of the space charge field is shown to be time-dependent.

  17. Enabling Technologies for Direct Detection Optical Phase Modulation Formats

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    Xu, Xian

    Phase modulation formats are believed to be one of the key enabling techniques for next generation high speed long haul fiber-optic communication systems due to the following main advantages: (1) with a balanced detection, a better receiver sensitivity over conventional intensity modulation formats, e.g., a ˜3-dB sensitivity improvement using differential phase shift keying (DPSK) and a ˜1.3-dB sensitivity improvement using differential quadrature phase shift keying (DQPSK); (2) excellent robustness against fiber nonlinearities; (3) high spectrum efficiency when using multilevel phase modulation formats, such as DQPSK. As the information is encoded in the phase of the optical field, the phase modulation formats are sensitive to the phase-related impairments and the deterioration induced in the phase-intensity conversion. This consequently creates new challenging issues. The research objective of this thesis is to depict some of the challenging issues and provide possible solutions. The first challenge is the cross-phase modulation (XPM) penalty for the phase modulated channels co-propagating with the intensity modulated channels. The penalty comes from the pattern dependent intensity fluctuations of the neighboring intensity modulated channels being converted into phase noise in the phase modulation channels. We propose a model to theoretically analyze the XPM penalty dependence on the walk off effect. From this model, we suggest that using fibers with large local dispersion or intentionally introducing some residual dispersion per span would help mitigate the XPM penalty. The second challenge is the polarization dependent frequency shift (PDf) induced penalty during the phase-intensity conversion. The direct detection DPSK is usually demodulated in a Mach-Zehnder delay interferometer (DI). The polarization dependence of DI introduces a PDf causing a frequency offset between the laser's frequency and the transmissivity peak of DI, degrading the demodulated DPSK

  18. The happy marriage between electron-phonon superconductivity and Mott physics in Cs3C60: A first-principle phase diagram

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    Capone, Massimo; Nomura, Yusuke; Sakai, Shiro; Giovannetti, Gianluca; Arita, Ryotaro

    The phase diagram of doped fullerides like Cs3C60 as a function of the spacing between fullerene molecules is characterized by a first-order transition between a Mott insulator and an s-wave superconductor with a dome-shaped behavior of the critical temperature. By means of an ab-initio modeling of the bandstructure, the electron-phonon interaction and the interaction parameter and a Dynamical Mean-Field Theory solution, we reproduce the phase diagram and demonstrate that phonon superconductivity benefits from strong correlations confirming earlier model predictions. The role of correlations is manifest also in infrared measurements carried out by L. Baldassarre. The superconducting phase shares many similarities with ''exotic'' superconductors with electronic pairing, suggesting that the anomalies in the ''normal'' state, rather than the pairing glue, can be the real common element unifying a wide family of strongly correlated superconductors including cuprates and iron superconductors

  19. Simulating the Phases of the Moon Shortly after Its Formation

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    Noordeh, Emil; Hall, Patrick; Cuk, Matija

    2014-01-01

    The leading theory for the origin of the Moon is the giant impact hypothesis, in which the Moon was formed out of the debris left over from the collision of a Mars sized body with the Earth. Soon after its formation, the orbit of the Moon may have been very different than it is today. We have simulated the phases of the Moon in a model for its…

  20. Inter-band phase fluctuations in macroscopic quantum tunneling of multi-gap superconducting Josephson junctions

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    Asai, Hidehiro, E-mail: hd-asai@aist.go.jp [Electronics and Photonics Research Institute (ESPRIT), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568 (Japan); Ota, Yukihiro [CCSE, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8587 (Japan); Kawabata, Shiro [Electronics and Photonics Research Institute (ESPRIT), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568 (Japan); Nori, Franco [CEMS, RIKEN, Wako-shi, Saitama 351-0198 (Japan); Physics Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1040 (United States)

    2014-09-15

    Highlights: • We study MQT in Josephson junctions composed of multi-gap superconductors. • We derive a formula of the MQT escape rate for multiple phase differences. • We investigate the effect of inter-band phase fluctuation on MQT. • The MQT escape rate is significantly enhanced by the inter-band phase fluctuation. - Abstract: We theoretically investigate macroscopic quantum tunneling (MQT) in a hetero Josephson junction formed by a conventional single-gap superconductor and a multi-gap superconductor. In such Josephson junctions, phase differences for each tunneling channel are defined, and the fluctuation of the relative phase differences appear which is referred to as Josephson–Leggett’s mode. We take into account the effect of the fluctuation in the tunneling process and calculate the MQT escape rate for various junction parameters. We show that the fluctuation of relative phase differences drastically enhances the escape rate.

  1. Effect of Pressure on Magneto-Transport Properties in the Superconducting and Normal Phases of the Metallic Double Chain Compound Pr2Ba4Cu7O15-δ

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    Kuwabara, Masayoshi; Matsukawa, Michiaki; Sugawara, Keisuke; Taniguchi, Haruka; Matsushita, Akiyuki; Hagiwara, Makoto; Sano, Kazuhiro; Ōno, Yoshiaki; Sasaki, Takahiko

    2016-12-01

    To examine the electronic phase diagram of superconducting CuO double chains, we report the effect of external pressure on the magneto-transport properties in superconducting and non-superconducting polycrystalline samples of Pr2Ba4Cu7O15-δ at low temperatures (1.8-40 K) under various magnetic fields (up to 14 T). In the as-sintered non-superconducting sample, the magneto-resistance (MR) follows a power law of H3/2 at low temperatures, which is in no agreement with the H2 dependence of MR in the PrBa2Cu4O8 system. The negative pressure dependence of the superconducting phase is qualitatively consistent with a theoretical prediction on the basis of the Tomonaga-Luttinger liquid theory. The 48-h-reduced superconducting sample at ambient pressure exhibits no clear increase in MR for T > Tc,on = 26.5 K. In contrast, with the application of pressure to the superconducting sample, the MR effects reappear and are also well fitted by H3/2. The model of slightly warped Fermi surfaces explains not only the MR effect of the non-superconducting sample, but is also related to the reasons for the pressure-induced MR phenomena of the superconducting sample.

  2. Phase separation dynamics during Myxococcus xanthus fruiting body formation

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    Liu, Guannan; Bahar, Fatmagul; Patch, Adam; Thutupalli, Shashi; Yllanes, David; Marchetti, M. Cristina; Welch, Roy; Shaevitz, Joshua

    Many living systems take advantage of collective behavior for group survival. We use the soil-dwelling bacterium Myxococcus xanthus as a model to study out-of-equilibrium phase separation during fruiting body formation. M. xanthus cells have the ability to glide on solid surfaces and reverse their direction periodically. When starved, M. xanthus cells aggregate together and form structures called fruiting bodies, inside of which cells sporulate to survive stressful conditions. We show that at high cell density the formation of fruiting bodies is a phase separation process. From experimental data that combines single-cell tracking, population-scale imaging, mutants, and drug applications, we construct the phase diagram of M. xanthus in the space of Péclet number and cell density. When wild type cells are starved, we find that they actively increase their Péclet number by modulating gliding speed and reversal frequency which induces a phase separation from a gas-like state to an aggregated fruiting body state.

  3. Superconductivity in aromatic hydrocarbons

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    Kubozono, Yoshihiro, E-mail: kubozono@cc.okayama-u.ac.jp [Research Laboratory for Surface Science, Okayama University, Okayama 700-8530 (Japan); Research Center of New Functional Materials for Energy Production, Storage and Transport, Okayama University, Okayama 700-8530 (Japan); Japan Science and Technology Agency, ACT-C, Kawaguchi 332-0012 (Japan); Goto, Hidenori; Jabuchi, Taihei [Research Laboratory for Surface Science, Okayama University, Okayama 700-8530 (Japan); Yokoya, Takayoshi [Research Laboratory for Surface Science, Okayama University, Okayama 700-8530 (Japan); Research Center of New Functional Materials for Energy Production, Storage and Transport, Okayama University, Okayama 700-8530 (Japan); Kambe, Takashi [Department of Physics, Okayama University, Okayama 700-8530 (Japan); Sakai, Yusuke; Izumi, Masanari; Zheng, Lu; Hamao, Shino; Nguyen, Huyen L.T. [Research Laboratory for Surface Science, Okayama University, Okayama 700-8530 (Japan); Sakata, Masafumi; Kagayama, Tomoko; Shimizu, Katsuya [Center of Science and Technology under Extreme Conditions, Osaka University, Osaka 560-8531 (Japan)

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • Aromatic superconductor is one of core research subjects in superconductivity. Superconductivity is observed in certain metal-doped aromatic hydrocarbons. Some serious problems to be solved exist for future advancement of the research. This article shows the present status of aromatic superconductors. - Abstract: ‘Aromatic hydrocarbon’ implies an organic molecule that satisfies the (4n + 2) π-electron rule and consists of benzene rings. Doping solid aromatic hydrocarbons with metals provides the superconductivity. The first discovery of such superconductivity was made for K-doped picene (K{sub x}picene, five benzene rings). Its superconducting transition temperatures (T{sub c}’s) were 7 and 18 K. Recently, we found a new superconducting K{sub x}picene phase with a T{sub c} as high as 14 K, so we now know that K{sub x}picene possesses multiple superconducting phases. Besides K{sub x}picene, we discovered new superconductors such as Rb{sub x}picene and Ca{sub x}picene. A most serious problem is that the shielding fraction is ⩽15% for K{sub x}picene and Rb{sub x}picene, and it is often ∼1% for other superconductors. Such low shielding fractions have made it difficult to determine the crystal structures of superconducting phases. Nevertheless, many research groups have expended a great deal of effort to make high quality hydrocarbon superconductors in the five years since the discovery of hydrocarbon superconductivity. At the present stage, superconductivity is observed in certain metal-doped aromatic hydrocarbons (picene, phenanthrene and dibenzopentacene), but the shielding fraction remains stubbornly low. The highest priority research area is to prepare aromatic superconductors with a high superconducting volume-fraction. Despite these difficulties, aromatic superconductivity is still a core research target and presents interesting and potentially breakthrough challenges, such as the positive pressure dependence of T{sub c} that is clearly

  4. Holonomic quantum computation with superconducting charge-phase qubits in a cavity

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    Feng Zhibo [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Department of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China) and Institute for Condensed Matter Physics, School of Physics and Telecommunication Engineering, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631 (China)], E-mail: zbfeng010@163.com; Zhang Xinding [Institute for Condensed Matter Physics, School of Physics and Telecommunication Engineering, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631 (China)

    2008-03-03

    We theoretically propose a feasible scheme to realize holonomic quantum computation with charge-phase qubits placed in a microwave cavity. By appropriately adjusting the controllable parameters, each charge-phase qubit is set as an effective four-level subsystem, based on which a universal set of holonomic quantum gates can be realized. Further analysis shows that our system is robust to the first-order fluctuation of the gate charges, and the intrinsic leakages between energy levels can be ignored.

  5. Pressure controlled transition into a self-induced topological superconducting surface state

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    Zhu, Zhiyong

    2014-02-07

    Ab-initio calculations show a pressure induced trivial-nontrivial-trivial topological phase transition in the normal state of 1T-TiSe2. The pressure range in which the nontrivial phase emerges overlaps with that of the superconducting ground state. Thus, topological superconductivity can be induced in protected surface states by the proximity effect of superconducting bulk states. This kind of self-induced topological surface superconductivity is promising for a realization of Majorana fermions due to the absence of lattice and chemical potential mismatches. For appropriate electron doping, the formation of the topological superconducting surface state in 1T-TiSe 2 becomes accessible to experiments as it can be controlled by pressure.

  6. Effect of secondary phase formation on the carbonation of olivine.

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    King, Helen E; Plümper, Oliver; Putnis, Andrew

    2010-08-15

    Large-scale olivine carbonation has been proposed as a potential method for sequestering CO(2) emissions. For in situ carbonation techniques, understanding the relationship between the formation of carbonate and other phases is important to predict the impact of possible passivating layers on the reaction. Therefore, we have conducted reactions of olivine with carbonated saline solutions in unstirred batch reactors. Altering the reaction conditions changed the Mg-carbonate morphology. We propose that this corresponded to changes in the ability of the system to precipitate hydromagnesite or magnesite. During high-temperature reactions (200 degrees C), an amorphous silica-enriched phase was precipitated that was transformed to lizardite as the reaction progressed. Hematite was also precipitated in the initial stages of these reactions but dissolved as the reaction proceeded. Comparison of the experimental observations with reaction models indicates that the reactions are governed by the interfacial fluid composition. The presence of a new Mg-silicate phase and the formation of secondary products at the olivine surface are likely to limit the extent of olivine to carbonate conversion.

  7. Implementation of a Controlled-Phase Gate and Deutsch-Jozsa Algorithm with Superconducting Charge Qubits in a Cavity

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    SONG Ke-Hui; ZHOU Zheng-Wei; GUO Guang-Can

    2007-01-01

    Based on superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) coupled to a cavity, we propose a scheme for implementing a quantum controlled-phase gate (QPG) and Deutsch-Jozsa (DJ) algorithm by a controllable interaction. In the present scheme, the SQUID works in the charge regime, and the cavity field is ultilized as quantum data-bus, which is sequentially coupled to only one qubit at a time. The interaction between the selected qubit and the data bus, such as resonant and dispersive interaction, can be realized by turning the gate capacitance of each SQUID.Especially, the busis not excited and thus the cavity decay is suppressed during the implementation of DJ algorithm.For the QPG operation, the mode of the bus is unchanged in the end of the operation, although its mode is really excited during the operations. Finally, for typical experiment data, we analyze simply the experimental feasibility of the proposed scheme. Based on the simple operation, our scheme may be realized in this solid-state system, and our idea may be realized in other systems.

  8. Development and test in grid of 630 kVA three-phase high temperature superconducting transformer

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    Yinshun WANG; Xiang ZHAO; Junjie HAN; Huidong LI; Yin GUAN; Qing BAO; Xi XU; Shaotao DAI; Naihao SONG; Fengyuan ZHANG; Liangzhen LIN; Liye XIAO

    2009-01-01

    A 630-kVA 10.5 kV/0.4kV three-phase high temperature superconducting (HTS) power transformer was successfully developed and tested in a live grid.The windings were wound by hermetic stainless steel-reinforced multi-filamentary Bi2223/Ag tapes.The struc-tures of primary windings are solenoid with insulation and cooling path among layers,and those of secondary windings consist of double-pancakes connected in parallel.Toroidal cryostat is made from electrical insulating glass fiber reinforced plastics (GFRP) materials with room temperature bore for commercial amorphous alloy core with five limbs.Windings are laid in the toroidal cryostat so that the amorphous core operates at room temperature.An insulation technology of double-half wrapping up the Bi2223/Ag tape with Kapton film is used by a winding machine developed by the authors.Fundamental char-acteristics of the transformer are obtained by standard short-circuit and no-load tests,and it is shown that the transformer meets operating requirements in a live grid.

  9. Defect Formation in First Order Phase Transitions with Damping

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    Ferrera, A

    1998-01-01

    Within the context of first order phase transitions in the early universe, we study the influence of a coupling between the (global U(1)) scalar driving the transition and the rest of the matter content of the theory. The effect of the coupling on the scalar is simulated by introducing a damping term in its equations of motion, as suggested by recent results in the electroweak phase transition. After a preceeding paper, in which we studied the influence that this coupling has in the dynamics of bubble collisions and topological defect formation, we proceed in this paper to quantify the impact of this new effects on the probability of defect creation per nucleating bubble.

  10. Investigating materials formation with liquid-phase and cryogenic TEM

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    de Yoreo, J. J.; N. A. J. M., Sommerdijk

    2016-08-01

    The recent advent of liquid-phase transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and advances in cryogenic TEM are transforming our understanding of the physical and chemical mechanisms underlying the formation of materials in synthetic, biological and geochemical systems. These techniques have been applied to study the dynamic processes of nucleation, self-assembly, crystal growth and coarsening for metallic and semiconductor nanoparticles, (bio)minerals, electrochemical systems, macromolecular complexes, and organic and inorganic self-assembling systems. New instrumentation and methodologies that are currently on the horizon promise new opportunities for advancing the science of materials synthesis.

  11. Magnetic properties of the Larkin-Ovchinnikov-Fulde-Ferrell superconducting phase

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    Casalbuoni, R. [Department of Physics, University of Florence, and INFN, Florence (Italy)]. E-mail: casalbuoni@fi.infn.it; Gatto, R. [Department of Physics, University of Geneva (Switzerland); Mannarelli, M. [Department of Physics, University of Bari, and INFN, Bari (Italy)]. E-mail: mannarelli@ba.infn.it; Nardulli, G. [Department of Physics, University of Bari, and INFN, Bari (Italy)]. E-mail: giuseppe.nardulli@ba.infn.it; Ruggieri, M. [Department of Physics, University of Bari, and INFN, Bari (Italy)]. E-mail: marco.ruggieri@ba.infn.it

    2004-10-21

    We compute, at the first order in the fine structure constant, the parameters of the electromagnetic Lagrangian for the inhomogeneous Larkin-Ovchinnikov-Fulde-Ferrell phase in quantum chromodynamics (QCD) and in condensed matter. In particular we compute for QCD with two flavors the dielectric and the magnetic permeability tensors, and for condensed matter superconductors the penetration depth of external magnetic fields.

  12. Roles of axial anomaly on neutral quark matter with color superconducting phase

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    Zhang, Zhao

    2011-01-01

    We investigate effects of the axial anomaly term with a chiral-diquark coupling on the phase diagram within a two-plus-one-flavor Nambu-Jona-Lasinio (NJL) model under the charge-neutrality and $\\beta$-equilibrium constraints. We find that when such constraints are imposed, the new anomaly term plays a quite similar role as the vector interaction does on the phase diagram, which the present authors clarified in a previous work. Thus, there appear several types of phase structures with multiple critical points at low temperature $T$, although such phase diagrams with low-$T$ critical point(s) are never realized without these constraints even within the same model Lagrangian. This drastic change is attributed to an enhanced interplay between the chiral and diquark condensates due to the anomaly term at finite temperature; the u-d diquark coupling is strengthened by the relatively large chiral condensate of the strange quark through the anomaly term, which in turn definitely leads to the abnormal behavior of the ...

  13. Electrostatic separation of superconducting particles from non-superconducting particles and improvement in fuel atomization by electrorheology

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    Chhabria, Deepika

    This thesis has two major topics: (1) Electrostatic Separation of Superconducting Particles from a Mixture of Non-Superconducting Particles. (2) Improvement in fuel atomization by Electrorheology. (1) Based on the basic science research, the interactions between electric field and superconductors, we have developed a new technology, which can separate superconducting granular particles from their mixture with non-superconducting particles. The electric-field induced formation of superconducting balls is important aspect of the interaction between superconducting particles and electric field. When the applied electric field exceeds a critical value, the induced positive surface energy on the superconducting particles forces them to aggregate into balls or cling to the electrodes. In fabrication of superconducting materials, especially HTSC materials, it is common to come across materials with multiple phases: some grains are in superconducting state while the others are not. Our technology is proven to be very useful in separating superconducting grains from the rest non-superconducting materials. To separate superconducting particles from normal conducting particles, we apply a suitable strong electric field. The superconducting particles cling to the electrodes, while normal conducting particles bounce between the electrodes. The superconducting particles could then be collected from the electrodes. To separate superconducting particles from insulating ones, we apply a moderate electric field to force insulating particles to the electrodes to form short chains while the superconducting particles are collected from the middle of capacitor. The importance of this technology is evidenced by the unsuccessful efforts to utilize the Meissner effect to separate superconducting particles from nonsuperconducting ones. Because the Meissner effect is proportional to the particle volume, it has been found that the Meissner effect is not useful when the superconducting

  14. PRISMA—A formation flying project in implementation phase

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    Persson, Staffan; Veldman, Sytze; Bodin, Per

    2009-11-01

    The PRISMA project for autonomous formation flying and rendezvous has passed its critical design review in February-March 2007. The project comprises two satellites which are an in-orbit testbed for Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) algorithms and sensors for advanced formation flying and rendezvous. Several experiments involving GNC algorithms, sensors and thrusters will be performed during a 10 month mission with launch planned for the second half of 2009. The project is run by the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) in close cooperation with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the French Space Agency (CNES) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Additionally, the project also will demonstrate flight worthiness of two novel motor technologies: one that uses environmentally clean and non-hazardous propellant, and one that consists of a microthruster system based on MEMS technology. The project will demonstrate autonomous formation flying and rendezvous based on several sensors—GPS, RF-based and vision based—with different objectives and in different combinations. The GPS-based onboard navigation system, contributed by DLR, offers relative orbit information in real-time in decimetre range. The RF-based navigation instrument intended for DARWIN, under CNES development, will be tested for the first time on PRISMA, both for instrument performance, but also in closed loop as main sensor for formation flying. Several rendezvous and proximity manoeuvre experiments will be demonstrated using only vision based sensor information coming from the modified star camera provided by DTU. Semi-autonomous operations ranging from 200 km to 1 m separation between the satellites will be demonstrated. With the project now in the verification phase particular attention is given to the specific formation flying and rendezvous functionality on instrument, GNC-software and system level.

  15. Phase-periodic proximity-effect compensation in symmetric normal/superconducting mesoscopic structures

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    Petrashov, Victor; Shaikhaidarov, R S; Sosnin, I. A.; DELSING, P; Claeson, T; Volkov, A.

    1998-01-01

    The conductance (G) of mirror-symmetric, disordered normal (N) metal mesoscopic structures with two interfaces to superconductors (S) has been studied experimentally with applied condensate phase differences Delta phi between the N/S interfaces. At Delta phi = 2n pi(n = 0,1,2,3,...) the conductance showed reentrance to the normal state below the temperature corresponding to the Thouless energy. The current-voltage characteristics were found to be: strongly nonlinear even at distances between ...

  16. Droplets Formation and Merging in Two-Phase Flow Microfluidics

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    Hao Gu

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Two-phase flow microfluidics is emerging as a popular technology for a wide range of applications involving high throughput such as encapsulation, chemical synthesis and biochemical assays. Within this platform, the formation and merging of droplets inside an immiscible carrier fluid are two key procedures: (i the emulsification step should lead to a very well controlled drop size (distribution; and (ii the use of droplet as micro-reactors requires a reliable merging. A novel trend within this field is the use of additional active means of control besides the commonly used hydrodynamic manipulation. Electric fields are especially suitable for this, due to quantitative control over the amplitude and time dependence of the signals, and the flexibility in designing micro-electrode geometries. With this, the formation and merging of droplets can be achieved on-demand and with high precision. In this review on two-phase flow microfluidics, particular emphasis is given on these aspects. Also recent innovations in microfabrication technologies used for this purpose will be discussed.

  17. Phase separation like dynamics during Myxococcus xanthus fruiting body formation

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    Liu, Guannan; Thutupalli, Shashi; Wigbers, Manon; Shaevitz, Joshua

    2015-03-01

    Collective motion exists in many living organisms as an advantageous strategy to help the entire group with predation, forage, and survival. However, the principles of self-organization underlying such collective motions remain unclear. During various developmental stages of the soil-dwelling bacterium, Myxococcus xanthus, different types of collective motions are observed. In particular, when starved, M. xanthus cells eventually aggregate together to form 3-dimensional structures (fruiting bodies), inside which cells sporulate in response to the stress. We study the fruiting body formation process as an out of equilibrium phase separation process. As local cell density increases, the dynamics of the aggregation M. xanthus cells switch from a spatio-temporally random process, resembling nucleation and growth, to an emergent pattern formation process similar to a spinodal decomposition. By employing high-resolution microscopy and a video analysis system, we are able to track the motion of single cells within motile collective groups, while separately tuning local cell density, cell velocity and reversal frequency, probing the multi-dimensional phase space of M. xanthus development.

  18. Droplets formation and merging in two-phase flow microfluidics.

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    Gu, Hao; Duits, Michel H G; Mugele, Frieder

    2011-01-01

    Two-phase flow microfluidics is emerging as a popular technology for a wide range of applications involving high throughput such as encapsulation, chemical synthesis and biochemical assays. Within this platform, the formation and merging of droplets inside an immiscible carrier fluid are two key procedures: (i) the emulsification step should lead to a very well controlled drop size (distribution); and (ii) the use of droplet as micro-reactors requires a reliable merging. A novel trend within this field is the use of additional active means of control besides the commonly used hydrodynamic manipulation. Electric fields are especially suitable for this, due to quantitative control over the amplitude and time dependence of the signals, and the flexibility in designing micro-electrode geometries. With this, the formation and merging of droplets can be achieved on-demand and with high precision. In this review on two-phase flow microfluidics, particular emphasis is given on these aspects. Also recent innovations in microfabrication technologies used for this purpose will be discussed.

  19. Phase formation of superconducting MgB2 at ambient pressure

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    A Talapatra; S K Bandyopadhyay; Pintu Sen; A Sarkar; P Barat

    2004-10-01

    MgB2 superconductor has been synthesized using a simple technique at ambient pressure. The synthesis was carried out in helium atmosphere over a wide range of temperatures. Magnesium was employed in excess to the stoichiometry to prevent the decomposition of MgB2. Samples of MgB2 thus prepared have been almost free from MgO as compared to other methods. Resistivities of the samples are quite low with residual resistivity ratio (RRR) of around 3. c ( = 0) is 38.2–38.5 K with c of 0.6–1.0 K. Comparative studies of various methods of low pressure synthesis have been presented.

  20. Superconducting transistor

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    Gray, Kenneth E.

    1979-01-01

    A superconducting transistor is formed by disposing three thin films of superconducting material in a planar parallel arrangement and insulating the films from each other by layers of insulating oxides to form two tunnel junctions. One junction is biased above twice the superconducting energy gap and the other is biased at less than twice the superconducting energy gap. Injection of quasiparticles into the center film by one junction provides a current gain in the second junction.

  1. Inelastic neutron scattering study of a nonmagnetic collapsed tetragonal phase in nonsuperconducting CaFe2As2: evidence of the impact of spin fluctuations on superconductivity in the iron-arsenide compounds.

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    Soh, J H; Tucker, G S; Pratt, D K; Abernathy, D L; Stone, M B; Ran, S; Bud'ko, S L; Canfield, P C; Kreyssig, A; McQueeney, R J; Goldman, A I

    2013-11-27

    The relationship between antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations and superconductivity has become a central topic of research in studies of superconductivity in the iron pnictides. We present unambiguous evidence of the absence of magnetic fluctuations in the nonsuperconducting collapsed tetragonal phase of CaFe2As2 via inelastic neutron scattering time-of-flight data, which is consistent with the view that spin fluctuations are a necessary ingredient for unconventional superconductivity in the iron pnictides. We demonstrate that the collapsed tetragonal phase of CaFe2As2 is nonmagnetic, and discuss this result in light of recent reports of high-temperature superconductivity in the collapsed tetragonal phase of closely related compounds.

  2. Superconducting filter with a linear phase for third-generation mobile communications

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    Li Fei [National Laboratory for Superconductivity, Institute of Physics Chinese Academy of Sciences and Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Beijing 100080 (China); Zhang Xueqiang [National Laboratory for Superconductivity, Institute of Physics Chinese Academy of Sciences and Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Beijing 100080 (China); Meng Qingduan [Electronics and Information Engineering Department, Henan University of Science and Technology, Luoyang 471003 (China); Sun Liang [National Laboratory for Superconductivity, Institute of Physics Chinese Academy of Sciences and Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Beijing 100080 (China); Zhang Qiang [National Laboratory for Superconductivity, Institute of Physics Chinese Academy of Sciences and Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Beijing 100080 (China); Li Chunguang [National Laboratory for Superconductivity, Institute of Physics Chinese Academy of Sciences and Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Beijing 100080 (China); Li Shunzhou [Institute of Acoustics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080 (China); He Aisheng [National Laboratory for Superconductivity, Institute of Physics Chinese Academy of Sciences and Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Beijing 100080 (China); Li Hong [National Laboratory for Superconductivity, Institute of Physics Chinese Academy of Sciences and Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Beijing 100080 (China); He Yusheng [National Laboratory for Superconductivity, Institute of Physics Chinese Academy of Sciences and Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Beijing 100080 (China)

    2007-07-15

    A linear phase filter using two cross-coupled quadruplet structures to achieve self-equalization was designed at 2012.5 MHz with 5 MHz bandwidth for a third-generation mobile communications system. This filter was fabricated using double-sided YBCO films on a 2 inch diameter, 0.5 mm thick MgO substrate. In the measurement, it showed good matching in the passband, with reflection better than -15 dB. Moreover, the group delay variation is less than 50 ns over 89% of the filter bandwidth.

  3. Phase shift experiments identifying Kramers doublets in a chaotic superconducting microwave billiard of threefold symmetry

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    Dembowski, C.; Dietz, B.; Graef, H.D.; Heine, A.; Leyvraz, F.; Miski-Oglu, M.; Richter, A.; Seligman, T.H.

    2002-11-01

    The spectral properties of a two-dimensional microwave billiard showing threefold symmetry have been studied with a new experimental technique. This method is based on the behavior of the eigenmodes under variation of a phase shift between two input channels, which strongly depends on the symmetries of the eigenfunctions. Thereby a complete set of 108 Kramers doublets has been identified by a simple and purely experimental method. This set clearly shows Gaussian unitary ensemble statistics, although the system is time-reversal invariant. (orig.)

  4. Superconductivity and superconductive electronics

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    Beasley, M. R.

    1990-12-01

    The Stanford Center for Research on Superconductivity and Superconductive Electronics is currently focused on developing techniques for producing increasingly improved films and multilayers of the high-temperature superconductors, studying their physical properties and using these films and multilayers in device physics studies. In general the thin film synthesis work leads the way. Once a given film or multilayer structure can be made reasonably routinely, the emphasis shifts to studying the physical properties and device physics of these structures and on to the next level of film quality or multilayer complexity. The most advanced thin films synthesis work in the past year has involved developing techniques to deposit a-axis and c-axis YBCO/PBCO superlattices and related structures. The in-situ feature is desirable because no solid state reactions with accompanying changes in volume, morphology, etc., that degrade the quality of the film involved.

  5. Superconducting phase fluctuations in SmFeAsO0.8F0.2 from diamagnetism at a low magnetic field above Tc

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    Prando, G.; Lascialfari, A.; Rigamonti, A.; Romanó, L.; Sanna, S.; Putti, M.; Tropeano, M.

    2011-08-01

    Superconducting fluctuations (SFs) in SmFeAsO0.8F0.2 (characterized by superconducting transition temperature Tc≃52.3 K) are investigated by means of isothermal high-resolution dc magnetization measurements. The diamagnetic response above Tc to magnetic fields up to 1 T is similar to that previously reported for underdoped cuprate superconductors and justified in terms of metastable superconducting islands of nonzero order parameter lacking long-range coherence because of strong phase fluctuations. In the high-field regime (H≳1.5 T) scaling arguments predicted on the basis of the Ginzburg-Landau theory for conventional SFs are confirmed, at variance with what is observed in the low-field regime. This fact shows that two different phenomena are simultaneously present in the fluctuating diamagnetism, namely the phase SFs of novel character and the conventional SFs. High magnetic fields (1.5 T ≲H≪Hc2) are found to suppress the former while leaving unaltered the latter.

  6. Electronic and magnetic phase diagram of beta-Fe(1.01)Se with superconductivity at 36.7 K under pressure.

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    Medvedev, S; McQueen, T M; Troyan, I A; Palasyuk, T; Eremets, M I; Cava, R J; Naghavi, S; Casper, F; Ksenofontov, V; Wortmann, G; Felser, C

    2009-08-01

    The discovery of new high-temperature superconductors based on FeAs has led to a new 'gold rush' in high-T(C) superconductivity. All of the new superconductors share the same common structural motif of FeAs layers and reach T(C) values up to 55 K (ref. 2). Recently, superconductivity has been reported in FeSe (ref. 3), which has the same iron pnictide layer structure, but without separating layers. Here, we report the magnetic and electronic phase diagram of beta-Fe(1.01)Se as a function of temperature and pressure. The superconducting transition temperature increases from 8.5 to 36.7 K under an applied pressure of 8.9 GPa. It then decreases at higher pressures. A marked change in volume is observed at the same time as T(C) rises, owing to a collapse of the separation between the Fe(2)Se(2) layers. No static magnetic ordering is observed for the whole p-T phase diagram. We also report that at higher pressures (starting around 7 GPa and completed at 38 GPa), Fe(1.01)Se transforms to a hexagonal NiAs-type structure and exhibits non-magnetic behaviour.

  7. Electronic and magnetic phase diagram of [Beta]Fe[subscript1.01]Se with superconductivity at 36.7 K under pressure

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    Medvedev, S.; McQueen, T.M.; Troyan, I.A.; Palasyuk, T.; Eremets, M.I.; Cava, R.J.; Naghavi, S.; Casper, F.; Ksenofontov, V.; Wortmann, G.; Felser, C.; (Paderborn); (MXPL-M); (Mainz); (Princeton)

    2010-09-17

    The discovery of new high-temperature superconductors based on FeAs has led to a new 'gold rush' in high-T{sub C} superconductivity. All of the new superconductors share the same common structural motif of FeAs layers and reach T{sub C} values up to 55 K. Recently, superconductivity has been reported in FeSe, which has the same iron pnictide layer structure, but without separating layers. Here, we report the magnetic and electronic phase diagram of {beta}-Fe{sub 1.01}Se as a function of temperature and pressure. The superconducting transition temperature increases from 8.5 to 36.7 K under an applied pressure of 8.9 GPa. It then decreases at higher pressures. A marked change in volume is observed at the same time as T{sub C} rises, owing to a collapse of the separation between the Fe{sub 2}Se{sub 2} layers. No static magnetic ordering is observed for the whole p-T phase diagram. We also report that at higher pressures (starting around 7 GPa and completed at 38 GPa), Fe{sub 1.01}Se transforms to a hexagonal NiAs-type structure and exhibits non-magnetic behavior.

  8. Electronic and magnetic phase diagram of β-Fe1.01Se with superconductivity at 36.7K under pressure

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    Medvedev, S.; McQueen, T. M.; Troyan, I. A.; Palasyuk, T.; Eremets, M. I.; Cava, R. J.; Naghavi, S.; Casper, F.; Ksenofontov, V.; Wortmann, G.; Felser, C.

    2009-08-01

    The discovery of new high-temperature superconductors based on FeAs has led to a new `gold rush' in high-TC superconductivity. All of the new superconductors share the same common structural motif of FeAs layers and reach TC values up to 55K (ref. 2). Recently, superconductivity has been reported in FeSe (ref. 3), which has the same iron pnictide layer structure, but without separating layers. Here, we report the magnetic and electronic phase diagram of β-Fe1.01Se as a function of temperature and pressure. The superconducting transition temperature increases from 8.5 to 36.7K under an applied pressure of 8.9GPa. It then decreases at higher pressures. A marked change in volume is observed at the same time as TC rises, owing to a collapse of the separation between the Fe2Se2 layers. No static magnetic ordering is observed for the whole p-T phase diagram. We also report that at higher pressures (starting around 7GPa and completed at 38GPa), Fe1.01Se transforms to a hexagonal NiAs-type structure and exhibits non-magnetic behaviour.

  9. Large-Grain Superconducting Gun Cavity Testing Program Phase One Closing Report

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    Hammons, L. [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Bellavia, S. [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Belomestnykh, S. [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Ben-Zvi, I. [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Cullen, C. [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Dai, J. [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Degen, C. [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Hahn, H. [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Masi, L. [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); McIntyre, G. [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Schultheiss, C. [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Seda, T. [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Kellerman, R. [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Tallerico, T. [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Todd, R. [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Tuozzolo, S. [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Xu, W. [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Than, Y. [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)

    2013-10-31

    This report details the experimental configuration and RF testing results for the first phase of a large-grained niobium electron gun cavity testing program being conducted in the Small Vertical Testing Facility in the Collider-Accelerator Department. This testing is meant to explore multi-pacting in the cavity and shed light on the behavior of a counterpart cavity of identical geometry installed in the Energy Recovery LINAC being constructed in the Collider-Accelerator Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory. This test found that the Q of the large-grained cavity at 4 K reached ~6.5 × 108 and at 2 K reached a value of ~6 × 109. Both of these values are about a factor of 10 lower than would be expected for this type of cavity given the calculated surface resistance and the estimated geometry factor for this half-cell cavity. In addition, the cavity reached a peak voltage of 0.6 MV before there was sig-nificant decline in the Q value and a substantial increase in field emission. This relatively low volt-age, coupled with the low Q and considerable field emission suggest contamination of the cavity interior, possibly during experimental assembly. The results may also suggest that additional chemical etching of the interior surface of the cavity may be beneficial. Throughout the course of testing, various challenges arose including slow helium transfer to the cryostat and cable difficulties. These difficulties and others were eventually resolved, and the re-port discusses the operating experience of the experiment thus far and the plans for future work aimed at exploring the nature of multipacting with a copper cathode inserted into the cavity.

  10. Observation of double resistance anomalies and excessive resistance in mesoscopic superconducting Au0.7In0.3 rings with phase separation

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    Wang, H.; Rosario, M. M.; Russell, H. L.; Liu, Y.

    2007-02-01

    We have measured mesoscopic superconducting Au0.7In0.3 rings prepared by e -beam lithography and sequential deposition of Au and In at room temperature followed by a standard lift-off procedure. The majority of the samples are found to exhibit highly unusual double resistance anomalies, two resistance peaks with the peak resistances larger than the normal-state resistance, near the onset of superconductivity in the R(T) (resistance vs temperature) curves, and an h/2e resistance oscillation with a very small amplitude. A magnetic field applied perpendicular to the ring plane appears to suppress the low-temperature peak easily, but only broadens the high-temperature peak. In the intermediate-field range, the high-temperature resistance peak becomes flat down to the lowest temperature, resulting apparently in a magnetic-field-induced metallic state with its resistance higher than the normal-state resistance, referred to here as excessive resistance. The dynamical resistance vs bias current measurements carried out in samples showing double resistance anomalies suggest that there are two critical currents in these samples. We attribute the double resistance anomalies and the two critical currents to the presence of two superconducting phases originating from the phase separation of Au0.7In0.3 in which In-rich grains of AuIn precipitate in a uniform In-dilute matrix of Au0.9In0.1 . The local superconducting transition temperature of the In-rich grains is higher than that of the In-dilute matrix. The double resistance anomalies are not found in a sample showing the conventional h/2e Little-Parks (LP) resistance oscillation, which we believe is due to the absence of the phase separation in this particular sample. Finally, we argue that the h/2e resistance oscillation observed in samples showing double resistance anomalies is not the LP but rather the Altshuler-Aronov-Spivak resistance oscillation of normal electrons enhanced by superconductivity.

  11. Superconductivity of reduction-treated ceramic material of Pr{sub 2}Ba{sub 4}Cu{sub 7}O{sub 15-{delta}} mixed with the related structure phases

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    Hagiwara, M. [Department Comprehensive Sciences, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Matsugasaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8585 (Japan)], E-mail: hag@kit.ac.jp; Tanaka, S.; Shima, T.; Gotoh, K. [Department Comprehensive Sciences, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Matsugasaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8585 (Japan); Kanda, S.; Saito, T.; Koyama, K. [University of Tokushima, Tokushima 770-8502 (Japan)

    2008-09-15

    Superconductivity caused by oxygen reduction treatment for sintered Pr{sub 2}Ba{sub 4}Cu{sub 7}O{sub 15-{delta}} (Pr247) synthesized using citrate pyrolysis precursor method is examined experimentally. The sintered sample tends to be heterogeneous structure including Pr124 phase and stacking fault structure rich in CuO single chains. In this work, such a heterogeneous sample and nearly pure phase one were prepared, and the electric conductive behaviors were examined comparatively for various reduction grade sample series. In enough reduced stages, superconductivity with onset temperature 25-28 K was observed for both heterogeneous and purer samples. At transition process by the reduction, superconductivity of the heterogeneous samples can arise from lower oxygen-reduction% than purer Pr247 material. The results may possibly suggest superconductivity by CuO double chains besides Pr247 crystal in our heterogeneous ceramic system.

  12. Color-Neutral Superconducting Quark Matter

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    Steiner, A W; Prakash, M; Steiner, Andrew W.; Reddy, Sanjay; Prakash, Madappa

    2002-01-01

    We investigate the consequences of enforcing local color neutrality on the color superconducting phases of quark matter by utilizing the Nambu-Jona-Lasinio model supplemented by diquark and the t'Hooft six-fermion interactions. In neutrino free matter at zero temperature, color neutrality guarantees that the number densities of $u, d, {\\rm and} s$ quarks in the Color-Flavor-Locked (CFL) phase will be equal even with physical current quark masses. Electric charge neutrality follows as a consequence and without the presence of electrons. In contrast, electric charge neutrality in the less symmetric 2-flavor superconducting (2SC) phase with $ud$ pairing requires more electrons than the normal quark phase. The free energy density cost of enforcing color and electric charge neutrality in the CFL phase is lower than that in the 2SC phase, which favors the formation of the CFL phase. With increasing temperature and neutrino content, an unlocking transition occurs from the CFL phase to the 2SC phase with the order of...

  13. Spectroscopic Fingerprint of Phase-Incoherent Superconductivity in the Underdoped Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ

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    Lee, J.; Davis, J.; Fujita, K.; Schmidt, A.R.; Kim, C.K.; Eisaki, H.; Uchida, S.

    2009-08-28

    A possible explanation for the existence of the cuprate 'pseudogap' state is that it is a d-wave superconductor without quantum phase rigidity. Transport and thermodynamic studies provide compelling evidence that supports this proposal, but few spectroscopic explorations of it have been made. One spectroscopic signature of d-wave superconductivity is the particle-hole symmetric 'octet' of dispersive Bogoliubov quasiparticle interference modulations. Here we report on this octet's evolution from low temperatures to well into the underdoped pseudogap regime. No pronounced changes occur in the octet phenomenology at the superconductor's critical temperature T{sub c}, and it survives up to at least temperature T {approx} 1.5 T{sub c}. In this pseudogap regime, we observe the detailed phenomenology that was theoretically predicted for quasiparticle interference in a phase-incoherent d-wave superconductor. Thus, our results not only provide spectroscopic evidence to confirm and extend the transport and thermodynamics studies, but they also open the way for spectroscopic explorations of phase fluctuation rates, their effects on the Fermi arc, and the fundamental source of the phase fluctuations that suppress superconductivity in underdoped cuprates.

  14. Acute enhancement of the upper critical field for superconductivity approaching a quantum critical point in URhGe

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    Lévy, F.; Sheikin, I.; Huxley, A.

    2007-07-01

    When a pure material is tuned to the point where a continuous phase-transition line is crossed at zero temperature, known as a quantum critical point (QCP), completely new correlated quantum ordered states can form. These phases include exotic forms of superconductivity. However, as superconductivity is generally suppressed by a magnetic field, the formation of superconductivity ought not to be possible at extremely high field. Here, we report that as we tune the ferromagnet, URhGe, towards a QCP by applying a component of magnetic field in the material's easy magnetic plane, superconductivity survives in progressively higher fields applied simultaneously along the material's magnetic hard axis. Thus, although superconductivity never occurs above a temperature of 0.5K, we find that it can survive in extremely high magnetic fields, exceeding 28T.

  15. Acute enhancement of the upper critical field for superconductivity approaching a quantum critical point in URhGe

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    Levy, F.; Huxley, A. [CEA, SPSMS, DRFMC, F-38054 Grenoble, (France); Levy, F.; Sheikin, I. [CNRS, GHMFL, F-38042 Grenoble, (France); Huxley, A. [Univ Edinburgh, Scottish Univ Phys Alliance, Sch Phys, Edinburgh EH9 3JZ, Midlothian, (United Kingdom)

    2007-07-01

    When a pure material is tuned to the point where a continuous phase-transition line is crossed at zero temperature, known as a quantum critical point (QCP), completely new correlated quantum ordered states can form. These phases include exotic forms of superconductivity. However, as superconductivity is generally suppressed by a magnetic field, the formation of superconductivity ought not to be possible at extremely high field. Here, we report that as we tune the ferromagnet, URhGe, towards a QCP by applying a component of magnetic field in the material's easy magnetic plane, superconductivity survives in progressively higher fields applied simultaneously along the material's magnetic hard axis. Thus, although superconductivity never occurs above a temperature of 0.5 K, we find that it can survive in extremely high magnetic fields, exceeding 28 T. (authors)

  16. Field-induced magnetic phases in the normal and superconducting states of ErNi2B2C

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    Jensen, A.; Toft, K.N.; Abrahamsen, A.B.;

    2004-01-01

    We present a comprehensive neutron-diffraction study of the magnetic structures of ErNi2B2C in the presence of a magnetic field applied along [010], [110], or [001]. In zero field, the antiferromagnetic structure is transversely polarized with Qapproximate to0.55a* and the moments along the b...... no hysteresis and stays stable up to a field close to the upper critical field of superconductivity, when the field is applied along [010]. Except for this possible effect, the influences of the superconducting electrons on the magnetic structures are not directly visible. Another peculiarity is that Q rotates...

  17. Preparation of Nb3Al superconductor by powder metallurgy and effect of mechanical alloying on the phase formation

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    Zhao Liu; Yongliang Chen; Lupeng Du; Pingyuan Li; Yajing Cui; Xifeng Pan; Guo Yan

    2014-01-01

    Adoption of powder-in-tube method to fabri-cate superconducting wire can realize a large application of Nb3Al prepared by powder metallurgy. Powder metallurgy was used to synthesize Nb3Al under various heat-treatment conditions, annealing temperature was varied from 700 to 1,000 ?C and heating time was varied from 10 to 50 h. X-ray diffraction patterns reveal that a reaction between Nb and Al took place and formed NbAl3 phase. Under current heat-treatment conditions (annealing temperature was varied from 700 to 1,000 ?C and heating time was varied from 10 to 50 h), NbAl3 was so stable that it did not further react with the unreacted Nb and was not sensitive to the heat-treatment condition. By mechanical alloying, adoption of high-energy ball milling significantly decreases particle size and enhances surface free energy, which promotes the formation of Nb3Al phase. X-ray diffraction patterns indicate that relatively pure Nb3Al phase was obtained under the same heat-treatment condition. Energy-disper-sive X-ray analysis measurement demonstrates that the obtained samples were close to the right stoichiometry of A15 structure Nb3Al.

  18. Emergent Higgsless Superconductivity

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    Cristina Diamantini M.

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a new Higgsless model of superconductivity, inspired from anyon superconductivity but P- and T-invariant and generalizable to any dimension. While the original anyon superconductivity mechanism was based on incompressible quantum Hall fluids as average field states, our mechanism involves topological insulators as average field states. In D space dimensions it involves a (D-1-form fictitious pseudovector gauge field which originates from the condensation of topological defects in compact lowenergy effective BF theories. There is no massive Higgs scalar as there is no local order parameter. When electromagnetism is switched on, the photon acquires mass by the topological BF mechanism. Although the charge of the gapless mode (2 and the topological order (4 are the same as those of the standard Higgs model, the two models of superconductivity are clearly different since the origins of the gap, reflected in the high-energy sectors are totally different. In 2D thi! s type of superconductivity is explicitly realized as global superconductivity in Josephson junction arrays. In 3D this model predicts a possible phase transition from topological insulators to Higgsless superconductors.

  19. Amorphous molybdenum silicon superconducting thin films

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    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Amorphous superconductors have become attractive candidate materials for superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors due to their ease of growth, homogeneity and competitive superconducting properties. To date the majority of devices have been fabricated using WxSi1−x, though other amorphous superconductors such as molybdenum silicide (MoxSi1−x offer increased transition temperature. This study focuses on the properties of MoSi thin films grown by magnetron sputtering. We examine how the composition and growth conditions affect film properties. For 100 nm film thickness, we report that the superconducting transition temperature (Tc reaches a maximum of 7.6 K at a composition of Mo83Si17. The transition temperature and amorphous character can be improved by cooling of the substrate during growth which inhibits formation of a crystalline phase. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy studies confirm the absence of long range order. We observe that for a range of 6 common substrates (silicon, thermally oxidized silicon, R- and C-plane sapphire, x-plane lithium niobate and quartz, there is no variation in superconducting transition temperature, making MoSi an excellent candidate material for SNSPDs.

  20. Superconductivity in highly disordered dense carbon disulfide.

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    Dias, Ranga P; Yoo, Choong-Shik; Struzhkin, Viktor V; Kim, Minseob; Muramatsu, Takaki; Matsuoka, Takahiro; Ohishi, Yasuo; Sinogeikin, Stanislav

    2013-07-16

    High pressure plays an increasingly important role in both understanding superconductivity and the development of new superconducting materials. New superconductors were found in metallic and metal oxide systems at high pressure. However, because of the filled close-shell configuration, the superconductivity in molecular systems has been limited to charge-transferred salts and metal-doped carbon species with relatively low superconducting transition temperatures. Here, we report the low-temperature superconducting phase observed in diamagnetic carbon disulfide under high pressure. The superconductivity arises from a highly disordered extended state (CS4 phase or phase III[CS4]) at ~6.2 K over a broad pressure range from 50 to 172 GPa. Based on the X-ray scattering data, we suggest that the local structural change from a tetrahedral to an octahedral configuration is responsible for the observed superconductivity.

  1. Zurek–Kibble Symmetry Breaking Process in Superconducting Rings; Spontaneous Fluxon Formation in Annular Josephson Tunnel Junctions

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    Aarøe, Morten; Monaco, Roberto; Dmitriev, P

    2007-01-01

    -superconducting transition. A trapped fluxon unambiguously is detected as a zero-field step in the DC I-V characteristic. Experimentally we plot the fluxon trapping probability versus the quench rate, varied over 4 decades. An allometric scaling behavior is found. By fitting to the theoretical curve we get sigma sime 0.......5 for the ZK critical scaling exponent sigma, which does not agree with an earlier theoretical prediction of sigma = 0.25. A novel theory based on the proximity effect leading to sigma = 0.50 has been proposed. The dependence of the gap voltage on temperature is measured and used for precise monitoring...

  2. Phase-Separation Control of KxFe2-ySe2 Superconductor through Rapid-Quenching Process

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    Yanagisawa, Yusuke; Tanaka, Masashi; Yamashita, Aichi; Suzuki, Kouji; Hara, Hiroshi; ElMassalami, Mohammed; Takeya, Hiroyuki; Takano, Yoshihiko

    2017-04-01

    KxFe2-ySe2 exhibits iron-vacancy ordering at Ts ˜ 270 °C and separates into two phases: a minor superconducting (iron-vacancy-disordered) phase and a major non-superconducting (iron-vacancy-ordered) phase. The microstructural and superconducting properties of this intermixture can be tuned by an appropriate control of the quenching process through Ts. A faster quenching rate leads to a finer microstructure and a suppression of formation of the non-superconducting phase by up to 50%. Nevertheless, such a faster cooling rate induces a monotonic reduction in the superconducting transition temperature (from 30.7 to 26.0 K) and, simultaneously, a decrease in the iron content within the superconducting phase such that the compositional ratio changed from K0.35Fe1.83Se2 to K0.58Fe1.71Se2.

  3. Exotic s-wave superconductivity in alkali-doped fullerides.

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    Nomura, Yusuke; Sakai, Shiro; Capone, Massimo; Arita, Ryotaro

    2016-04-20

    Alkali-doped fullerides (A3C60 with A = K, Rb, Cs) show a surprising phase diagram, in which a high transition-temperature (Tc) s-wave superconducting state emerges next to a Mott insulating phase as a function of the lattice spacing. This is in contrast with the common belief that Mott physics and phonon-driven s-wave superconductivity are incompatible, raising a fundamental question on the mechanism of the high-Tc superconductivity. This article reviews recent ab initio calculations, which have succeeded in reproducing comprehensively the experimental phase diagram with high accuracy and elucidated an unusual cooperation between the electron-phonon coupling and the electron-electron interactions leading to Mott localization to realize an unconventional s-wave superconductivity in the alkali-doped fullerides. A driving force behind the exotic physics is unusual intramolecular interactions, characterized by the coexistence of a strongly repulsive Coulomb interaction and a small effectively negative exchange interaction. This is realized by a subtle energy balance between the coupling with the Jahn-Teller phonons and Hund's coupling within the C60 molecule. The unusual form of the interaction leads to a formation of pairs of up- and down-spin electrons on the molecules, which enables the s-wave pairing. The emergent superconductivity crucially relies on the presence of the Jahn-Teller phonons, but surprisingly benefits from the strong correlations because the correlations suppress the kinetic energy of the electrons and help the formation of the electron pairs, in agreement with previous model calculations. This confirms that the alkali-doped fullerides are a new type of unconventional superconductors, where the unusual synergy between the phonons and Coulomb interactions drives the high-Tc superconductivity.

  4. Exotic s-wave superconductivity in alkali-doped fullerides

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    Nomura, Yusuke; Sakai, Shiro; Capone, Massimo; Arita, Ryotaro

    2016-04-01

    Alkali-doped fullerides ({{A}3}{{\\text{C}}60} with A  =  K, Rb, Cs) show a surprising phase diagram, in which a high transition-temperature ({{T}\\text{c}} ) s-wave superconducting state emerges next to a Mott insulating phase as a function of the lattice spacing. This is in contrast with the common belief that Mott physics and phonon-driven s-wave superconductivity are incompatible, raising a fundamental question on the mechanism of the high-{{T}\\text{c}} superconductivity. This article reviews recent ab initio calculations, which have succeeded in reproducing comprehensively the experimental phase diagram with high accuracy and elucidated an unusual cooperation between the electron-phonon coupling and the electron-electron interactions leading to Mott localization to realize an unconventional s-wave superconductivity in the alkali-doped fullerides. A driving force behind the exotic physics is unusual intramolecular interactions, characterized by the coexistence of a strongly repulsive Coulomb interaction and a small effectively negative exchange interaction. This is realized by a subtle energy balance between the coupling with the Jahn-Teller phonons and Hund’s coupling within the {{\\text{C}}60} molecule. The unusual form of the interaction leads to a formation of pairs of up- and down-spin electrons on the molecules, which enables the s-wave pairing. The emergent superconductivity crucially relies on the presence of the Jahn-Teller phonons, but surprisingly benefits from the strong correlations because the correlations suppress the kinetic energy of the electrons and help the formation of the electron pairs, in agreement with previous model calculations. This confirms that the alkali-doped fullerides are a new type of unconventional superconductors, where the unusual synergy between the phonons and Coulomb interactions drives the high-{{T}\\text{c}} superconductivity.

  5. Superconducting electronics

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    Rogalla, Horst

    1994-01-01

    During the last decades superconducting electronics has been the most prominent area of research for small scale applications of superconductivity. It has experienced quite a stormy development, from individual low frequency devices to devices with high integration density and pico second switching

  6. Optimization of BaZrO3 concentration as secondary phase in superconducting YBa2Cu3O7 for high current applications

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    Malik, Bilal A.; Malik, Manzoor A.; Asokan, K.

    2016-04-01

    We report the superconducting state properties of YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) on introduction of BaZrO3 (BZO) as a secondary phase. YBCO+xBZO (x= 0, 2, 4, 6, and 10 wt%) composite samples were prepared by solid state reaction method and characterized for structural, morphological and superconducting properties. X-ray diffraction confirms the increased crystallinity and images of scanning electron microscopy measurement show an increase in both grain size and grain connectivity on addition of BZO in YBCO. These effects are well pronounced in an applied magnetic field. Critical current density, JC, as well as the pinning force peaks at 4% of BZO concentration showed significant difference. A three-fold enhancement in JC and a six-fold enhancement in pinning force were observed at this optimum BZO concentration. This has been attributed to the pinning of flux lines in YBCO due to introduction of BZO as a secondary phase. These results show that this composite has potential application in high current applications.

  7. Optimization of BaZrO3 concentration as secondary phase in superconducting YBa2Cu3O7 for high current applications

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    Bilal A. Malik

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available We report the superconducting state properties of YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO on introduction of BaZrO3 (BZO as a secondary phase. YBCO+xBZO (x= 0, 2, 4, 6, and 10 wt% composite samples were prepared by solid state reaction method and characterized for structural, morphological and superconducting properties. X-ray diffraction confirms the increased crystallinity and images of scanning electron microscopy measurement show an increase in both grain size and grain connectivity on addition of BZO in YBCO. These effects are well pronounced in an applied magnetic field. Critical current density, JC, as well as the pinning force peaks at 4% of BZO concentration showed significant difference. A three-fold enhancement in JC and a six-fold enhancement in pinning force were observed at this optimum BZO concentration. This has been attributed to the pinning of flux lines in YBCO due to introduction of BZO as a secondary phase. These results show that this composite has potential application in high current applications.

  8. Signs of superconductivity at 110 K on inclusions of TiB sub k boride phases into titanium matrix

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    Volkov, V V; Berzverkhij, P P; Martynets, V G; Matizen, E V

    2002-01-01

    Verification of theoretical forecasts on the possibility of the high-temperature superconductivity of the high-temperature superconductivity (HTSC) in the TiB sub k titanium borides is accomplished. It is established that the jump-like change in the temperature dependence of the electric resistance R(T) at 110 K takes place on the titanium samples, the surfaces whereof are coated with the borides diffusion layers of the TiB sub k variable in-depth composition. This proves the presence of the borides diffusion layers are applied onto the metallic titanium by means of treating its surface with the B sub 2 H sub 6 + H sub 2 gases mixture at the temperature of 610-700 deg C with the subsequent annealing in vacuum. The boride layers composition is studied through the mass-spectrometry method

  9. Application of Phase Lock Loop in Superconducting RF Technology%锁相环在超导射频技术中的应用

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    常玮; 何源; 李春龙; 高郑; 朱正龙; 薛纵横; 宋玉; 张锐

    2014-01-01

    利用压控振荡器锁相环路(VCO-PLL)锁定超导射频谐振腔体的本征频率,使腔体稳定谐振。在原理验证阶段,利用NI-Labview对实验原理做了仿真。得到的仿真结果显示,环路增益选取的不同会直接影响整个系统的锁定状态。在实验测试阶段,根据原理和仿真结果搭建了相应的实验平台,从而得到环路锁定的测试结果。最后在低温超导态测试阶段,用经过验证的实验平台对IMP-HWR010超导腔体进行了频率锁定测试,并得到了腔体频率随氦压变化的实际测量结果,df/dp约为0.73 Hz/Pa。%The main issue of this paper is to introduce the application of phase lock loop (PLL) in supercon-ducting RF technology. The voltage-controlled oscillator phase lock loop (VCO-PLL) can be used for locking the eigen frequency of the superconducting cavity. It can keep superconducting cavity resonant stably. In this paper, the principle of the cavity locking by the VCO-PLL is verified by a simulation, which is done by using NI-Labview software. The simulation result shows that the different gain of the PLL system can impact the locking situation of the whole system. In the test stage, the locking test plant is set up and passed validation. Finally, at the low temperature test stage, the frequency of the IMP-HWR010 superconducting cavity is locked by the test plant. The frequency change with helium pressure of the cavity is about 0.73 Hz/Pa.

  10. Phase identification and superconducting transitions in Sr-doped Pr{sub 1.85}Ce{sub 0.15}CuO{sub 4+{delta}}

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    Varela, A. [Departameto de Quimica Inorganica, Facultad de Quimicas, Universidad Complutense, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Vallet-Regi, M. [Departameto de Quimica Inorganica y Bioinorganica, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad Complutense, 28040 Madrid (Spain)]|[Instituto de Magnetismo Aplicado, RENFE-UCM, Apdo. 155, Las Rozas, 28230 Madrid (Spain); Gonazalez-Calbet, J.M. [Departameto de Quimica Inorganica, Facultad de Quimicas, Universidad Complutense, 28040 Madrid (Spain)]|[Instituto de Magnetismo Aplicado, RENFE-UCM, Apdo, 155, Las Rozas, 28230 Madrid (Spain)

    1997-10-01

    Sr-doped Pr{sub 1.85}Ce{sub 0.15}CuO{sub 4+{delta}} samples have been prepared with accurate control of the oxygen content. The stability of both T{sup {prime}} and T{sup {asterisk}} phases is strongly dependent on Sr and oxygen content. An electron diffraction study indicates that, in some cases, anionic vacancies are ordered leading to a pseudo-tetragonal superlattice with unit cell parameters 2{radical}2{bold a}{sub t}{times}{bold c}{sub t}. Structural transitions and superconducting phases created by hole doping in such a system are also reported. {copyright} {ital 1997 Materials Research Society.}

  11. Effect of next-nearest-neighbour interaction on $d_{x^{2}−y^{2}}$ -wave superconducting phase in 2D t-J model

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    N S Mondal; N K Ghosh

    2010-01-01

    n exact diagonalization calculation of the t-J model on 2D square cluster has been studied for the ground state properties of HTSC. Effect of next-nearest-neighbour hopping and magnetic (both antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic) interaction on $d_{x^{2} −y^{2}}$-wave pairing has been shown. Relative strength of the next-nearest-neighbour interaction with respect to that of near-neighbour interaction for the strongest $d_{x^{2} −y^{2}}$-wave pairing has been estimated. A schematic phase diagram is shown. It is shown that a two-sublattice model with antiferromagnetic interaction between them and a small intra-ferromagnetic-type interaction in one sublattice favours $d_{x^{2} −y^{2}}$-wave superconductivity and moderate negative type NNN hopping adds flavours to this phase.

  12. Formation of ζ phase in Cu-Ge peritectic alloys

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    2007-01-01

    Rapid growth behavior of ζ phase has been investigated in the undercooling experiments of Cu-14%Ge, Cu-15%Ge, Cu-18.5%Ge and Cu-22%Ge alloys. Alloys of the four compositions obtain the maximum undercoolings of 202 K(0.17TL), 245 K(0.20TL), 223 K(0.20TL) and 176 K(0.17TL), respectively. As the content of Ge increases, the microstructural transition of "α(Cu) dendrite + ζ peritectic phase → ζ peritectic phase → ζ dendrite + (ε+ζ ) eutectic" takes place in the alloy at small undercooling, while the microstructural transition of "fragmented α (Cu) dendrite +ζperitectic phase → ζ peritectic phase → ζ dendrite + ε phase" happens in the alloy at large undercooling. EDS analysis of the Ge content in ζ peritectic phase indicates that undercooling enlarges the solid solubility of α dendrite, which leads to a decrease in the Ge content in ζ phase as undercooling increases. In the Cu-18.5%Ge alloy composed of ζ peritectic phase, the Ge content in ζ phase increases when undercooling increases, which is due to the restraint of the Ge enrichment on the grain boundaries by high undercooling effect.

  13. Formation of porous crystals via viscoelastic phase separation

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    Tsurusawa, Hideyo; Russo, John; Leocmach, Mathieu; Tanaka, Hajime

    2017-10-01

    Viscoelastic phase separation of colloidal suspensions can be interrupted to form gels either by glass transition or by crystallization. With a new confocal microscopy protocol, we follow the entire kinetics of phase separation, from homogeneous phase to different arrested states. For the first time in experiments, our results unveil a novel crystallization pathway to sponge-like porous crystal structures. In the early stages, we show that nucleation requires a structural reorganization of the liquid phase, called stress-driven ageing. Once nucleation starts, we observe that crystallization follows three different routes: direct crystallization of the liquid phase, the Bergeron process, and Ostwald ripening. Nucleation starts inside the reorganized network, but crystals grow past it by direct condensation of the gas phase on their surface, driving liquid evaporation, and producing a network structure different from the original phase separation pattern. We argue that similar crystal-gel states can be formed in monatomic and molecular systems if the liquid phase is slow enough to induce viscoelastic phase separation, but fast enough to prevent immediate vitrification. This provides a novel pathway to form nanoporous crystals of metals and semiconductors without dealloying, which may be important for catalytic, optical, sensing, and filtration applications.

  14. Leading Formative Assessment Change: A 3-Phase Approach

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    Northwest Evaluation Association, 2016

    2016-01-01

    If you are seeking greater student engagement and growth, you need to integrate high-impact formative assessment practices into daily instruction. Read the final article in our five-part series to find advice aimed at leaders determined to bring classroom formative assessment practices district wide. Learn: (1) what you MUST consider when…

  15. Prediction of Phase Formation in Nanoscale Sn-Ag-Cu Solder Alloy

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    Wu, Min; Lv, Bailin

    2016-01-01

    In a dynamic nonequilibrium process, the effective heat of formation allows the heat of formation to be calculated as a function of concentrations of the reacting atoms. In this work, we used the effective heat of formation rule to predict the formation and size of compound phases in a nanoscale Sn-Ag-Cu lead-free solder. We calculated the formation enthalpy and effective formation enthalpy of compounds in the Sn-Ag, Sn-Cu, and Ag-Cu systems by using the Miedema model and effective heat of formation. Our results show that, considering the surface effect of the nanoparticle, the effective heat of formation rule successfully predicts the phase formation and sizes of Ag3Sn and Cu6Sn5 compounds, which agrees well with experimental data.

  16. Control of structure formation in phase-separating systems

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    Singh, A.; Mukherjee, A.; Vermeulen, H.M.; Barkema, G.T.; Puri, S.

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, we study the evolution of phase-separating binary mixtures which are subjected to alternate cooling and heating cycles. An initially homogeneous mixture is rapidly quenched to a temperature T1 phase separation for a whil

  17. A study of mixed phase behavior in the lanthanide-substituted superconducting oxide ErBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7

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    Zandbergen, H.W.; Holland, G.F.; Tejedor, P.; Gronsky, R.; Stacy, A.M. (Univ. of California, Berkeley (USA))

    1987-07-01

    Substitution of lanthanide ions, Ln{sup 3+}, for Y in the novel superconducting oxide YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} has been studied largely to investigate the effect of magnetic 4f{sup n} ions on superconductivity. A possibility that should also be considered however is that slight variation in the size of the lanthanide ions might lead to different structural types. For instance, La does not form the YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} structure, preferring instead the La{sub 3}Ba{sub 3}Cu{sub 6}O{sub 4} habit. Changes in the size of Ln could also be important on the microscopic scale, where different defect structures could occur. Defects as well as other impurities will adversely affect the current carrying capacity, J{sub c}, of these new high T{sub c} superconductors. The challenge in improving the performance of the Y-Ba-Cu-O type superconductors is to develop an understanding of the relationship between their fabrication, processing, performance, and microstructure. Here the authors report the synthesis and characterization, both magnetic and structural of ErBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}. High resolution electron micrographs show the presence of an unusual defect structure in this pure phase.

  18. The I{sub c}(H)-T{sub c}(H) phase boundary of superconducting Nb thin films with periodic and quasiperiodic antidot arrays

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    Bothner, D.; Kemmler, M.; Cozma, R.; Kleiner, R.; Koelle, D. [Physikalisches Institut and Center for Collective Quantum Phenomena, Universitaet Tuebingen (Germany); Misko, V.; Peeters, F. [Departement Fysica, Universiteit Antwerpen (Belgium); Nori, F. [Advanced Science Institute, RIKEN (Japan)

    2011-07-01

    The magnetic field dependent critical current I{sub c}(H) of superconducting thin films with artificial defects strongly depends on the symmetry of the defect arrangement. Likewise the critical temperature T{sub c}(H) of superconducting wire networks is heavily influenced by the symmetry of the system. Here we present experimental data on the I{sub c}(H)-T{sub c}(H) phase boundary of Nb thin films with artificial defect lattices of different symmetries. For this purpose we fabricated 60 nm thick Nb films with antidots in periodic (triangular) and five different quasiperiodic arrangements. The parameters of the antidot arrays were varied to investigate the influence of antidot diameter and array density. Experiments were performed with high temperature stability ({delta}T<1 mK) at 0.5{<=}T/T{sub c}{<=}1. From the I-V-characteristics at variable H and T we extract I{sub c}(H) and T{sub c}(H) for different voltage and resistance criteria. The experimental data for the critical current density are compared with results from numerical molecular dynamics simulations.

  19. A two-phase charge-density real-space-pairing model of high-T{sub c} superconductivity

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    Humphreys, C.J. [Cambridge Univ. (United Kingdom). Dept. of Metallurgy and Materials Science

    1999-03-01

    It is usually assumed that high-T{sub c} superconductors have a periodic band structure and a periodic charge density, although amorphous low-T{sub c} superconductors are known. In this paper, it is suggested that the CuO{sub 2} conduction planes of cuprate superconductors consist of regions of two different charge densities which do not normally repeat periodically. It is suggested that the pairing of holes occurs in real space in cuprate superconductors. It is proposed that the hole-pairing mechanism is magnetic exchange coupling and the pairing force is strong, the pairing energy being greater than kT at room temperature. The bound hole pair is essentially a bipolaron. A real-space model is very tentatively suggested in which the CuO{sub 2} planes of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} contain nanodomains of a 3 x 3 hole lattice surrounded by interfaces one unit cell wide in which the holes are paired. In the superconducting state in this model, the existing hole pairs condense and move coherently and collectively around the insulating nanodomains, like trams running around blocks of houses, with one hole on each tramline. The hole pairs move in an elegant manner with hole pairs hopping from oxygen to oxygen via adjacent copper sites. The model explains the superconducting current being in the ab plane and it also explains the very short coherence lengths. Because the pairing force is strong, the model suggests that room-temperature superconductivity might be possible in carefully designed new oxide materials. (orig.) 22 refs.

  20. A two-phase charge-density real-space-pairing model of high-Tc superconductivity.

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    Humphreys

    1999-03-01

    It is usually assumed that high-T(c) superconductors have a periodic band structure and a periodic charge density, although amorphous low-T(c) superconductors are known. In this paper, it is suggested that the CuO(2) conduction planes of cuprate superconductors consist of regions of two different charge densities which do not normally repeat periodically. It is suggested that the pairing of holes occurs in real space in cuprate superconductors. It is proposed that the hole-pairing mechanism is magnetic exchange coupling and the pairing force is strong, the pairing energy being greater than kT at room temperature. The bound hole pair is essentially a bipolaron. A real-space model is very tentatively suggested in which the CuO(2) planes of YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7) contain nanodomains of a 3 x 3 hole lattice surrounded by interfaces one unit cell wide in which the holes are paired. In the superconducting state in this model, the existing hole pairs condense and move coherently and collectively around the insulating nanodomains, like trams running around blocks of houses, with one hole on each tramline. The hole pairs move in an elegant manner with hole pairs hopping from oxygen to oxygen via adjacent copper sites. The model explains the superconducting current being in the ab plane and it also explains the very short coherence lengths. Because the pairing force is strong, the model suggests that room-temperature superconductivity might be possible in carefully designed new oxide materials.

  1. Vortex-glass transformation within the surface superconducting state of β-phase Mo1-x Re x alloys

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    Sundar, Shyam; Chattopadhyay, M. K.; Sharath Chandra, L. S.; Rawat, R.; Roy, S. B.

    2017-02-01

    We have performed an experimental study on the temperature dependence of electrical resistivity ρ(T) and heat capacity C(T) of the Mo{}1-xRe x (x=0.20,0.25) alloy superconductors in different magnetic fields. In the presence of applied magnetic field, the electrical resistivity of these alloys goes to zero at a temperature well above the bulk superconducting transition temperature obtained with the help of heat capacity measurements in the same magnetic field. Our study indicates the presence of a surface superconducting state in these alloys, where the flux lines are pinned in the surface sheath of the superconductor. The configuration of the flux lines (two-dimensional pancake-like) in the surface sheath is understood in the realm of the flux-spot model. Experimental evidence in support of the surface mixed-state state or ‘Kulik vortex-state’ and the occurrence of a vortex-liquid to vortex-glass transition is presented.

  2. Wavelength preserved phase erasure and PSK to conventional OOK data format conversion based on phase sensitive amplification

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    Yu, Kan; Yang, Weili; Yu, Yu

    2016-10-01

    In this paper, a phase erasure and format conversion of phase-shift keying (PSK) to conventional on-off keying (OOK) is proposed and demonstrated theoretically and experimentally. Using a single-pump nondegenerate phase sensitive amplification process in a highly nonlinear fiber, the 0 and 1-bits of the PSK signal obtain different gains through amplification and de-amplification. As a result, the modulation information is transferred onto the amplitude. With an optimized input power difference between the signal and idler, the signal phase information is erased with wavelength preservation after the PSA. The output constellation and eye diagrams show an effective phase erasure and format conversion of PSK to conventional OOK. The error vector magnitude is utilized to evaluate the scheme performance. The proposed scheme provides the flexibility and resiliency for future photonic networks.

  3. Superconductivity in doped Dirac semimetals

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    Hashimoto, Tatsuki; Kobayashi, Shingo; Tanaka, Yukio; Sato, Masatoshi

    2016-07-01

    We theoretically study intrinsic superconductivity in doped Dirac semimetals. Dirac semimetals host bulk Dirac points, which are formed by doubly degenerate bands, so the Hamiltonian is described by a 4 ×4 matrix and six types of k -independent pair potentials are allowed by the Fermi-Dirac statistics. We show that the unique spin-orbit coupling leads to characteristic superconducting gap structures and d vectors on the Fermi surface and the electron-electron interaction between intra and interorbitals gives a novel phase diagram of superconductivity. It is found that when the interorbital attraction is dominant, an unconventional superconducting state with point nodes appears. To verify the experimental signature of possible superconducting states, we calculate the temperature dependence of bulk physical properties such as electronic specific heat and spin susceptibility and surface state. In the unconventional superconducting phase, either dispersive or flat Andreev bound states appear between point nodes, which leads to double peaks or a single peak in the surface density of states, respectively. As a result, possible superconducting states can be distinguished by combining bulk and surface measurements.

  4. Phase behavior, formation, and rheology of cubic phase and related gel emulsion in Tween 80/water/oil systems.

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    Alam, Mohammad Mydul; Ushiyama, Kousuke; Aramaki, Kenji

    2009-01-01

    We investigated the phase behavior, formation, and rheology of the cubic phase (I(1)) and related O/I(1) gel emulsion in water/Tween 80/oil systems using squalane, liquid paraffin (LP), and decane as oil components. In the phase behavior study, the phase sequences were similar for squalane and LP systems, while a lamellar liquid crystal (L(alpha)) was observed for decane system. In all the systems the addition of oil to W(m) or H(1) phase induced the I(1) phase, which can solubilize some amounts of oil followed by the appearance of I(1)+O phase. The formation of the O/I(1) gel emulsion has been studied at a fixed w/s (50/50) and we found that 30 wt% decane, 70 wt% squalane, and 60 wt% LP can form the gel emulsion. The water/Tween 80/squalane system has been taken as a model system to study viscoelastic properties of the I(1) phase and O/I(1) gel emulsion. The I(1) phase shows a typical hard gel cubic structure under the frequency and the values of the complex viscosity, /eta*/ and the elastic modulus, G ' increase with the addition of squalane, which could be due to the neighboring micellar interaction. On the other hand, the decreasing values of the viscoelastic parameters in the O/I(1) gel emulsion simply relate to the volume fraction of the I(1) phase in the system.

  5. Influence of Pb-rich phases of precursor powder on microstructural evolution in the silver-sheathed (Bi,Pb)2Sr2Ca2Cu3Ox superconducting tapes

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    Chen, X.P.; Grivel, Jean-Claude; Li, M.Y.;

    2010-01-01

    The influence of Pb-rich phases of precursor powder on microstructural evolution during the first heat treatment of the silver-sheathed (Bi,Pb)2Sr2Ca2Cu3Ox ((Bi,Pb)-2223/Ag) superconducting tapes was studied by means of in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction. Three monofilament tapes were fabricat...

  6. Anisotropic phase diagram and superconducting fluctuations of single-crystalline SmFeAsO0.85F0.15

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    Welp, U.; Chaparro, C.; Koshelev, A. E.; Kwok, W. K.; Rydh, A.; Zhigadlo, N. D.; Karpinski, J.; Weyeneth, S.

    2011-03-01

    We report on the specific-heat determination of the anisotropic phase diagram of single crystals of optimally doped SmFeAsO1-xFx. In zero field, we find a clear cusplike anomaly in C/T with ΔC/Tc=24 mJ/mol K2 at Tc=49.5 K. In magnetic fields along the c axis, pronounced superconducting fluctuations induce broadening and suppression of the specific-heat anomaly which can be described using three-dimensional lowest-Landau-level scaling with an upper critical field slope of -3.5 T/K and an anisotropy of Γ =8. The small value of ΔC/Tc yields a Sommerfeld coefficient γ ˜ 8 mJ/mol K2, indicating that SmFeAsO1-xFx is characterized by a modest density of states and strong coupling.

  7. Search for superconductivity in micrometeorites.

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    Guénon, S; Ramírez, J G; Basaran, Ali C; Wampler, J; Thiemens, M; Taylor, S; Schuller, Ivan K

    2014-12-05

    We have developed a very sensitive, highly selective, non-destructive technique for screening inhomogeneous materials for the presence of superconductivity. This technique, based on phase sensitive detection of microwave absorption is capable of detecting 10(-12) cc of a superconductor embedded in a non-superconducting, non-magnetic matrix. For the first time, we apply this technique to the search for superconductivity in extraterrestrial samples. We tested approximately 65 micrometeorites collected from the water well at the Amundsen-Scott South pole station and compared their spectra with those of eight reference materials. None of these micrometeorites contained superconducting compounds, but we saw the Verwey transition of magnetite in our microwave system. This demonstrates that we are able to detect electro-magnetic phase transitions in extraterrestrial materials at cryogenic temperatures.

  8. FORMATION OF MANGANESE SILICIDE THIN FILMS BY SOLID PHASE REACTION

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    E.Q. Xie; W.W. Wang; N. Jiang; D.Y. He

    2002-01-01

    Manganese silicide MnSi2-x thin films have been prepared on n-type silicon substratesthrough solid phase reaction. The heterostructures were analyzed by X-ray diffraction,Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared transmittance spec-troscopy and the four-point probe technique. The results show that two manganese sili-cides have been formed sequentially via the reaction of thin layer Mn with Si substrateat different irradiation annealing stages, i.e., MnSi at 450℃ and MnSi1.73 at 550℃.MnSi1.73 phase exhibits preferred growth after irradiation with infrared. In situ four-point probe measurements of sheet resistance during infrared irradiation annealingshow that nucleation of MnSi and phase transformation of MnSi to MnSi1. 73 occur at410℃ and 530℃, respectively; the MnSi phase shows metallic behavior, while MnSi1.73exhibits semiconducting behavior. Characteristic phonon bands of MnSi2-x silicides,which can be used for phase identification along with conventional XRD techniques,have been observed by FTIR spectroscopy.

  9. Comparing gas-phase and grain-catalyzed H2 formation

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    Glover, S C O

    2003-01-01

    Because H2 formation on dust grain surfaces completely dominates gas-phase H2 formation in local molecular clouds, it is often assumed that gas-phase formation is never important. In fact, it is the dominant mechanism in a number of cases. In this paper, I briefly summarize the chemistry of gas-phase H2 formation, and show that it dominates for dust-to-gas ratios less than a critical value D_cr. I also show that D_cr is simple to calculate for any given astrophysical situation, and illustrate this with a number of examples, ranging from H2 formation in warm atomic gas in the Milky Way to the formation of protogalaxies at high redshift.

  10. Numerical modeling of experimental observations on gas formation and multi-phase flow of carbon dioxide in subsurface formations

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    Pawar, R.; Dash, Z.; Sakaki, T.; Plampin, M. R.; Lassen, R. N.; Illangasekare, T. H.; Zyvoloski, G.

    2011-12-01

    One of the concerns related to geologic CO2 sequestration is potential leakage of CO2 and its subsequent migration to shallow groundwater resources leading to geochemical impacts. Developing approaches to monitor CO2 migration in shallow aquifer and mitigate leakage impacts will require improving our understanding of gas phase formation and multi-phase flow subsequent to CO2 leakage in shallow aquifers. We are utilizing an integrated approach combining laboratory experiments and numerical simulations to characterize the multi-phase flow of CO2 in shallow aquifers. The laboratory experiments involve a series of highly controlled experiments in which CO2 dissolved water is injected in homogeneous and heterogeneous soil columns and tanks. The experimental results are used to study the effects of soil properties, temperature, pressure gradients and heterogeneities on gas formation and migration. We utilize the Finite Element Heat and Mass (FEHM) simulator (Zyvoloski et al, 2010) to numerically model the experimental results. The numerical models capture the physics of CO2 exsolution, multi-phase fluid flow as well as sand heterogeneity. Experimental observations of pressure, temperature and gas saturations are used to develop and constrain conceptual models for CO2 gas-phase formation and multi-phase CO2 flow in porous media. This talk will provide details of development of conceptual models based on experimental observation, development of numerical models for laboratory experiments and modelling results.

  11. Structural control of void formation in dual phase steels

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    Azuma, Masafumi

    measurements, tensile tests and hole-expansion tests. The initial microstructure and the deformed microstructure were characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). In situ tensile tests in a SEM were applied for direct observation of the void formation...

  12. Polymer fullerene solution phase behaviour and film formation pathways.

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    Dattani, Rajeev; Cabral, João T

    2015-04-28

    We report the phase behaviour of polymer/fullerene/solvent ternary mixtures and its consequence for the morphology of the resulting composite thin films. We focus particularly on solutions of polystyrene (PS), C60 fullerene and toluene, which are examined by static and dynamic light scattering, and films obtained from various solution ages and thermal annealing conditions, using atomic force and light microscopy. Unexpectedly, the solution phase behaviour below the polymer overlap concentration, c*, is found to be described by a simple excluded volume argument (occupied by the polymer chains) and the neat C60/solvent miscibility. Scaling consistent with full exclusion is found when the miscibility of the fullerene in the solvent is much lower than that of the polymer, giving way to partial exclusion with more soluble fullerenes (phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester, PCBM) and a less asymmetric solvent (chlorobenzene), employed in photovoltaic devices. Spun cast and drop cast films were prepared from PS/C60/toluene solutions across the phase diagram to yield an identical PS/C60 composition and film thickness, resulting in qualitatively different morphologies in agreement with our measured solution phase boundaries. Our findings are relevant to the solution processing of polymer/fullerene composites (including organic photovoltaic devices), which generally require effective solubilisation of fullerene derivatives and polymer pairs in this concentration range, and the design of well-defined thin film morphologies.

  13. New signals of quark-gluon-hadron mixed phase formation

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    Bugaev, K.A.; Sagun, V.V.; Ivanytskyi, A.I.; Zinovjev, G.M. [Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kiev (Ukraine); Oliinychenko, D.R. [Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kiev (Ukraine); Goethe University, FIAS, Frankfurt am Main (Germany); Ilgenfritz, E.M. [JINR, Bogoliubov Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, Dubna (Russian Federation); Nikonov, E.G. [JINR, Laboratory for Information Technologies, Dubna (Russian Federation); Taranenko, A.V. [Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, National Research Nuclear University ' ' MEPhI' ' , Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2016-08-15

    Here we present several remarkable irregularities at chemical freeze-out which are found using an advanced version of the hadron resonance gas model. The most prominent of them are the sharp peak of the trace anomaly existing at chemical freeze-out at the center-of-mass energy 4.9 GeV and two sets of highly correlated quasi-plateaus in the collision energy dependence of the entropy per baryon, total pion number per baryon, and thermal pion number per baryon which we found at the center-of-mass energies 3.8-4.9 GeV and 7.6-10 GeV. The low-energy set of quasi-plateaus was predicted a long time ago. On the basis of the generalized shock-adiabat model we demonstrate that the low-energy correlated quasi-plateaus give evidence for the anomalous thermodynamic properties inside the quark-gluon-hadron mixed phase. It is also shown that the trace anomaly sharp peak at chemical freeze-out corresponds to the trace anomaly peak at the boundary between the mixed phase and quark gluon plasma. We argue that the high-energy correlated quasi-plateaus may correspond to a second phase transition and discuss its possible origin and location. Besides we suggest two new observables which may serve as clear signals of these phase transformations. (orig.)

  14. Modeling quantitative phase image formation under tilted illuminations.

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    Bon, Pierre; Wattellier, Benoit; Monneret, Serge

    2012-05-15

    A generalized product-of-convolution model for simulation of quantitative phase microscopy of thick heterogeneous specimen under tilted plane-wave illumination is presented. Actual simulations are checked against a much more time-consuming commercial finite-difference time-domain method. Then modeled data are compared with experimental measurements that were made with a quadriwave lateral shearing interferometer.

  15. Nematic phase formation in suspensions of carbon nanotubes

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    Zakri, Cecile; Poulin, Philippe

    This chapter describes the chemical composition, phase behavior and structure of recently investigated carbon nanotube (CNT) based liquid crystals. Because nanotubes are long and thin rigid cylinders, their phase behavior shares several similarities with many other systems such as rigid polymers and rod-like particle suspensions. CNT liquid crystals are achieved in highly concentrated suspensions comprised of raw or chemically functionalized particles. But extreme aspect ratio, rigidity, high sensitivity to interactions, optical properties and structural features of CNTs make their liquid crystalline phases unique in several ways. In particular, the chapter discusses the importance of the CNT waviness on the phase ordering and the role of excess surfactant or biomolecules used to stabilize the CNTs. The unique resonant Raman scattering of CNT allows original and accurate measurements of order parameters at a micron-scale. Highly oriented nematic tactoids could even be characterized by polarized Raman microscopy. From a more applied point of view, nematic ordering is shown to be a route towards the processing of new materials such as anisotropic conductive films and high strength fibers made of oriented carbon nanotubes. Examples of functional materials and nanocomposites achieved from CNT liquid crystals are given.

  16. Phase transitions during fruiting body formation in Myxococcus xanthus

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    Thutupalli, Shashi; Bunyak, Filiz; Palaniappan, Kannappan; Shaevitz, Joshua W

    2014-01-01

    The formation of a collectively moving group benefits individuals within a population in a variety of ways such as ultra-sensitivity to perturbation, collective modes of feeding, and protection from environmental stress. While some collective groups use a single organizing principle, others can dynamically shift the behavior of the group by modifying the interaction rules at the individual level. The surface-dwelling bacterium Myxococcus xanthus forms dynamic collective groups both to feed on prey and to aggregate during times of starvation. The latter behavior, termed fruiting-body formation, involves a complex, coordinated series of density changes that ultimately lead to three-dimensional aggregates comprising hundreds of thousands of cells and spores. This multi-step developmental process most likely involves several different single-celled behaviors as the population condenses from a loose, two-dimensional sheet to a three-dimensional mound. Here, we use high-resolution microscopy and computer vision sof...

  17. The effects of interstitial oxygen on superconducting electronic phases in strontium and oxygen co-doped La1.937Sr0.063CuO4+δ

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    Shen Cai-xia; Shen Xiao-Li; Lu Wei; Dong Xiao-Li; Li Zheng-Cai; Xiong Ji-Wu; Zhou Fang

    2008-01-01

    Strontium and oxygen co-doped La1.937Sr0.063CuO4+δ superconductor with Tc≈40K, which is obtained by oxidizing strontium-doped starting ceramic sample La1.937Sr0.063CuO4 in NaClO solution, is annealed under different conditions to allow interstitial oxygen to redistribute. The evolution of the intrinsic superconducting property with the oxygen redistribution is studied in detail by magnetic measurements in various fields. It is found that there occurs the electronic phase separation from the single superconducting phase with Tc≈40K into two coexisting superconducting states with values of Tc: 15 and 40K or of 15 and 35K in this system, depending on annealing condition. Our results indicate that the 15, 35 and 40K superconducting phases associated with the excess oxygen redistribution are all thermodynamically meta-stable intrinsic states in this Sr/O co-doped cuprate.

  18. Renormalization-group study of a superconducting phase transition: Asymptotic behavior of higher expansion orders and results of three-loop calculations

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    Kalagov, G. A.; Kompaniets, M. V.; Nalimov, M. Yu.

    2014-11-01

    We use quantum-field renormalization group methods to study the phase transition in an equilibrium system of nonrelativistic Fermi particles with the "density-density" interaction in the formalism of temperature Green's functions. We especially attend to the case of particles with spins greater than 1/2 or fermionic fields with additional indices for some reason. In the vicinity of the phase transition point, we reduce this model to a ϕ 4 -type theory with a matrix complex skew-symmetric field. We define a family of instantons of this model and investigate the asymptotic behavior of quantum field expansions in this model. We calculate the β-functions of the renormalization group equation through the third order in the ( 4 ∈)-scheme. In the physical space dimensions D = 2, 3, we resum solutions of the renormalization group equation on trajectories of invariant charges. Our results confirm the previously proposed suggestion that in the system under consideration, there is a first-order phase transition into a superconducting state that occurs at a higher temperature than the classical theory predicts.

  19. Pressure-induced isostructural phase transition and correlation of FeAs coordination with the superconducting properties of 111-type Na(1-x)FeAs.

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    Liu, Qingqing; Yu, Xiaohui; Wang, Xiancheng; Deng, Zheng; Lv, Yuxi; Zhu, Jinlong; Zhang, Sijia; Liu, Haozhe; Yang, Wenge; Wang, Lin; Mao, Hokwang; Shen, Guoyin; Lu, Zhong-Yi; Ren, Yang; Chen, Zhiqiang; Lin, Zhijun; Zhao, Yusheng; Jin, Changqing

    2011-05-25

    The effect of pressure on the crystalline structure and superconducting transition temperature (T(c)) of the 111-type Na(1-x)FeAs system using in situ high-pressure synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction and diamond anvil cell techniques is studied. A pressure-induced tetragonal to tetragonal isostructural phase transition was found. The systematic evolution of the FeAs(4) tetrahedron as a function of pressure based on Rietveld refinements on the powder X-ray diffraction patterns was obtained. The nonmonotonic T(c)(P) behavior of Na(1-x)FeAs is found to correlate with the anomalies of the distance between the anion (As) and the iron layer as well as the bond angle of As-Fe-As for the two tetragonal phases. This behavior provides the key structural information in understanding the origin of the pressure dependence of T(c) for 111-type iron pnictide superconductors. A pressure-induced structural phase transition is also observed at 20 GPa.

  20. Fibril Formation and Phase Separation in Aqueous Cellulose Ethers

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    Maxwell, Amanda; Schmidt, Peter; McAllister, John; Lott, Joseph; Bates, Frank; Lodge, Timothy

    Aqueous solutions of many cellulose ethers are known to undergo thermoreversible gelation and phase separation upon heating to form turbid hydrogels, but the mechanism and resulting structures have not been well understood. Turbidity, light scattering and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) are used to show that hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) chains are dissolved in water below 50 °C and undergo phase separation at higher temperatures. At 70 °C, at sufficiently high concentrations in water, HPMC orders into fibrillar structures with a well-defined radius of 18 +/- 2 nm, as characterized by cryogenic transmission electron microscopy and SANS. The HPMC fibril structure is independent of concentration and heating rate. However, HPMC fibrils do not form a percolating network as readily as is seen in methylcellulose, resulting in a lower hot-gel modulus, as demonstrated by rheology.

  1. Formation of quasicrystalline phase in Al70-x Ga x Pd17Mn13 alloys

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    Yadav, T. P.; Singh, Devinder; Shahi, Rohit R.; Shaz, M. A.; Tiwari, R. S.; Srivastava, O. N.

    2011-07-01

    In the present investigation, the formation and stability of icosahedral phase in Al70- x Ga x Pd17Mn13 alloys has been explored using X-ray diffraction, scanning, transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray analysis. Cast alloys and melt-spun ribbons with x = 2.5, 5, 7.5, 10, 12.5, 15 and 20 have been investigated. In both cases, the alloys up to 5 at% Ga exhibit the formation of pure icosahedral phase. However, for x ≥5 at% Ga content, the cast alloy exhibits the formation of multiphase material, consisting of an icosahedral phase along with AlPd-type B2 and ξ‧ crystalline (orthorhombic structure with unit cell a = 23.5 Å, b = 16.6 Å and c = 12.4 Å) phases. In the case of the melt spun ribbon for x = 5 at% Ga, only an icosahedral phase has been found, but for 15 > x > 5 at% Ga, an icosahedral phase is the majority phase with AlPd-type B2 phase being the minority component. For x = 15 at% Ga, a Al3Pd2-type hexagonal phase together with a small amount of quasicrystalline phase is formed. However, for x = 20, only a hexagonal Al3Pd2 phase results.

  2. The effect of a pseudogap on the superconducting critical temperature and on the superconducting order parameter of the same symmetry

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    RodrIguez-Nunez, J J [Departamento de FIsica-FACYT, Universidad de Carabobo, Valencia 2001, Edo. Carabobo (Venezuela); Schmidt, A A [Departamento de Matematica, CCNE, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, 97105-900 Santa Maria, RS (Brazil); Beck, H [Institut de Physique, Universite de Neuchatel, Ch-2000 Neuchatel (Switzerland)

    2005-01-19

    We study numerically the superconductivity in a system whose normal state is characterized by the presence of a phenomenological pseudogap, E{sub g}/t, in the energy spectrum, for 0 {<=} T {<=} T*. T* is called the crossover temperature and it is defined in the high-temperature superconductors (HTSC) where the static spin susceptibility, {chi}(T), is a maximum. At T* one also observes the formation of a pseudogap in the density of states around the chemical potential (Maier et al 2002 Preprint cond-mat/0208419). In order to fix ideas, we have chosen the pseudogap and the superconducting gap to have the same symmetry. We have adopted the scenario where the pseudogap and the superconducting gap are independent of each other (Tallon and Loram 2001 Physica C 349 53), for which the pseudogap enters in the superconducting phase going down to zero at zero temperature. We have found that for all E{sub g}/t {ne}0 we require a critical value of the superconducting interaction, V/t, to produce a finite superconducting critical temperature, T{sub c}/t, and the superconductor order parameter at T/t = 0, {delta}{sub 0}/t. These results have been obtained for both {mu}/t = 0 and {mu}/t {ne} 0. We have obtained a phase diagram, namely, V/t versus E{sub g}/t, at half-filling. We have compared our results with the analytical calculations of Tifrea et al (2002 Physica C 371 104), the recent work of Tifrea and Moca (2003 Preprint cond-mat/0307362 (2004 Europhys. J. B, at press)) and other relevant theoretical results.

  3. Electron-phonon anomaly related to charge stripes: Static stripe phase versus optimally doped superconducting La{sub 1.85}Sr{sub 0.15}CuO{sub 4}

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    Reznik, D.; Pintschovius, L. [Inst Festkorperphys, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, D-76021 Karlsruhe, (Germany); Reznik, D. [CEA Saclay, Leon Brillouin Lab, F-91191 Gif Sur Yvette, (France); Fujita, M.; Yamada, K. [Tohoku Univ, Inst Mat Res, Aoba Ku, Sendai, Miyagi 9808577, (Japan); Gu, G.D.; Tranquada, J.M. [Brookhaven Natl Lab, Dept Phys, Upton, NY 11973 (United States)

    2007-07-01

    Inelastic neutron scattering was used to study the Cu-O bond-stretching vibrations in optimally doped La{sub 1.85}Sr{sub 0.15}CuO{sub 4} (T{sub c} = 35 K) and in two other cuprates showing static stripe order at low temperatures, i.e., La{sub 1.48}Nd{sub 0.4}Sr{sub 0.12}CuO{sub 4} and La{sub 1.875}Ba{sub 0.125}CuO{sub 4}. All three compounds exhibit a very similar phonon anomaly, which is not predicted by conventional band theory. It is argued that the phonon anomaly reflects a coupling to charge inhomogeneities in the form of stripes, which remain dynamic in superconducting La{sub 1.85}Sr{sub 0.15}CuO{sub 4} down to the lowest temperatures. These results show that the phonon effect indicating stripe formation is not restricted to a narrow region of the phase diagram around the so-called 1/8 anomaly but occurs in optimally doped samples as well. (authors)

  4. Helical superconducting black holes.

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    Donos, Aristomenis; Gauntlett, Jerome P

    2012-05-25

    We construct novel static, asymptotically five-dimensional anti-de Sitter black hole solutions with Bianchi type-VII(0) symmetry that are holographically dual to superconducting phases in four spacetime dimensions with a helical p-wave order. We calculate the precise temperature dependence of the pitch of the helical order. At zero temperature the black holes have a vanishing entropy and approach domain wall solutions that reveal homogenous, nonisotropic dual ground states with an emergent scaling symmetry.

  5. High temperature interface superconductivity

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    Gozar, A., E-mail: adrian.gozar@yale.edu [Yale University, New Haven, CT 06511 (United States); Bozovic, I. [Yale University, New Haven, CT 06511 (United States); Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY 11973 (United States)

    2016-02-15

    Highlight: • This review article covers the topic of high temperature interface superconductivity. • New materials and techniques used for achieving interface superconductivity are discussed. • We emphasize the role played by the differences in structure and electronic properties at the interface with respect to the bulk of the constituents. - Abstract: High-T{sub c} superconductivity at interfaces has a history of more than a couple of decades. In this review we focus our attention on copper-oxide based heterostructures and multi-layers. We first discuss the technique, atomic layer-by-layer molecular beam epitaxy (ALL-MBE) engineering, that enabled High-T{sub c} Interface Superconductivity (HT-IS), and the challenges associated with the realization of high quality interfaces. Then we turn our attention to the experiments which shed light on the structure and properties of interfacial layers, allowing comparison to those of single-phase films and bulk crystals. Both ‘passive’ hetero-structures as well as surface-induced effects by external gating are discussed. We conclude by comparing HT-IS in cuprates and in other classes of materials, especially Fe-based superconductors, and by examining the grand challenges currently laying ahead for the field.

  6. Production of Seamless Superconducting Radio Frequency Cavities from Ultra-fine Grained Niobium, Phase II Final Report

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    Roy Crooks, Ph.D., P.E.

    2009-10-31

    The positron and electron linacs of the International Linear Collider (ILC) will require over 14,000, nine-cell, one meter length, superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities [ILC Reference Design Report, 2007]. Manufacturing on this scale will benefit from more efficient fabrication methods. The current methods of fabricating SRF cavities involve deep drawing of the halves of each of the elliptical cells and joining them by high-vacuum, electron beam welding, with at least 19 circumferential welds per cavity. The welding is costly and has undesirable effects on the cavity surfaces, including grain-scale surface roughening at the weld seams. Hydroforming of seamless tubes avoids welding, but hydroforming of coarse-grained seamless tubes results in strain-induced surface roughening. Surface roughness limits accelerating fields, because asperities prematurely exceed the critical magnetic field and become normal conducting. This project explored the technical and economic feasibility of an improved processing method for seamless tubes for hydroforming. Severe deformation of bulk material was first used to produce a fine structure, followed by extrusion and flow-forming methods of tube making. Extrusion of the randomly oriented, fine-grained bulk material proceeded under largely steady-state conditions, and resulted in a uniform structure, which was found to be finer and more crystallographically random than standard (high purity) RRR niobium sheet metal. A 165 mm diameter billet of RRR grade niobium was processed into five, 150 mm I.D. tubes, each over 1.8 m in length, to meet the dimensions used by the DESY ILC hydroforming machine. Mechanical properties met specifications. Costs of prototype tube production were approximately twice the price of RRR niobium sheet, and are expected to be comparable with economies of scale. Hydroforming and superconducting testing will be pursued in subsequent collaborations with DESY and Fermilab. SRF Cavities are used to construct

  7. Secondary phase formation in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} thin films and YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}}/SrTiO{sub 3} superlattices

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    Johnson, C.N.L.

    1996-06-01

    Studies of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO) thin films and YBCO/STO superlattices has been performed. The dc magnetron sputtered YBCO single layer investigation concerned the dependence of the secondary phase formation and superconducting transport properties on sputtering target and ambient gas composition. YBCO/STO superlattices, grown by dc and rf magnetron sputtering, respectively, were analyzed with respect to microstructure and formation of secondary phases. The main characterization techniques used in this study have been x-ray diffraction to identify phases and to obtain orientational relationships, scanning electron microscopy to study surface morphology, transmission electron microscopy for microstructural characterization, and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy for chemical characterization. With the aim to reduce or avoid the formation of copper-rich surface particles and still maintain satisfactory superconducting transport properties, YBCO films were deposited using copper-poor or yttrium-rich sputtering targets in an Ar:O{sub 2} or Ar:O{sub 2}:N{sub 2}O sputtering gas mixture. It was found that the use of yttrium-rich targets and N{sub 2}O in the sputtering gas is a reliable way to achieve smooth films without surface particles and with satisfactory superconducting properties, while the use of copper-poor targets and N{sub 2}O deteriorates those properties. Based on the previous results, YBCO/STO superlattices were grown using yttrium-rich YBCO targets and stoichiometric STO targets, respectively, in a Ar:O{sub 2}:N{sub 2}O sputtering gas mixture. The superlattices were found to have sharp interfaces and no indications of interface reactions were detected. 61 refs, 18 figs, 3 tabs

  8. Microstructures in phase-inversion membranes. Part I. Formation of macrovoids

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    Smolders, C.A.; Smolders, C.A.; Reuvers, A.J.; Reuvers, A.J.; Boom, R.M.; Boom, R.M.; Wienk, I.M.; Wienk, I.M.

    1992-01-01

    A new mechanism for the formation of macrovoids in phase-inversion membranes is proposed. It is based on the observed difference in type of demixing of a thin film of a polymer solution when immersed in a nonsolvent bath: delayed or instantaneous demixing. The explanation for macrovoid formation ass

  9. [Formation of the third phase and spectroscopic research of the loading organic phases in the gold extraction].

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    Jiang, Jian-zhun; Zhou, Wei-jin; Gao, Hong-cheng; Chen, Jing; Wu, Jin-guang

    2002-06-01

    The formation of the third phase during the gold extraction from cyanide solution by quaternary ammonium, tetradecyldimethylbenzylammonium chloride (TDMBAC) was studied by 198Au tracer method. The microstructure of the organic phases was investigated by FTIR, 31P-NMR. With the increasing of gold concentration, aggregations were formed in the gold-loaded organic phase. With the further increasing of gold concentration, the organic phase turned into two layers. Gold, water, and tri-n-butyl phosphate (TBP) were mainly in the down organic phase. In the down layer, distinct O-H stretching vibration peak was found by FTIR; the frequency of P=O stretching vibration shifted to the low frequency; 31P-NMR chemical shift was markedly shifted to the high frequency field. The radius of aggregation was measured by the dynamic laser scattering (DLS) method.

  10. 640 Gbit/s RZ-to-NRZ format conversion based on optical phase filtering

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    Maram, Reza; Kong, Deming; Galili, Michael;

    2014-01-01

    We propose a novel approach for all optical RZ-to-NRZ conversion based on optical phase filtering. The proposed concept is experimentally validated through format conversion of a 640 Gbit/s coherent RZ signal to NRZ signal using a simple phase filter implemented by a commercial optical waveshaper....

  11. Phase-field modeling of microstructural pattern formation in alloys and geological veins

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    Ankit, Kumar

    2016-01-01

    With the advent of high performance computing, the application areas of the phase-field method, traditionally used to numerically model the phase transformation in metals and alloys, have now spanned into geoscience. A systematic investigation of the two distinct scientific problems in consideration suggest a strong influence of interfacial energy on the natural and induced pattern formation in diffusion-controlled regime.

  12. Flow induced formation of dual-phase continuity in polymer blends and alloys

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    Lyngaae-Jørgensen, Jørgen; Chtcherbakova, E.A.; Utracki, L.A.

    1997-01-01

    showed that an addition of block copolymer may narrow the volume fraction range where bi-continuous phase structures are formed. Both annealing in the molten stale and shearing history influence the measured phi(cr) for formation of bi-continuous phase structure in amorphous immiscible polymer blends....

  13. Superconducting Microelectronics.

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    Henry, Richard W.

    1984-01-01

    Discusses superconducting microelectronics based on the Josephson effect and its advantages over conventional integrated circuits in speed and sensitivity. Considers present uses in standards laboratories (voltage) and in measuring weak magnetic fields. Also considers future applications in superfast computer circuitry using Superconducting…

  14. Pattern formation in a complex Swift-Hohenberg equation with phase bistability

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    de Valcárcel, Manuel Martínez-Quesada Germán J

    2016-01-01

    We study pattern formation in a complex Swift Hohenberg equation with phase-sensitive (parametric) gain. Such an equation serves as a universal order parameter equation describing the onset of spontaneous oscillations in extended systems submitted to a kind of forcing dubbed rocking when the instability is towards long wavelengths. Applications include two-level lasers and photorefractive oscillators. Under rocking, the original continuous phase symmetry of the system is replaced by a discrete one, so that phase bistability emerges. This leads to the spontaneous formation of phase-locked spatial structures like phase domains and dark-ring (phase-) cavity solitons. Stability of the homogeneous solutions is studied and numerical simulations are made covering all the dynamical regimes of the model, which turn out to be very rich. Formal derivations of the rocked complex Swift-Hohenberg equation, using multiple scale techniques, are given for the two-level laser and the photorefractive oscillator.

  15. Formation of a two-phase microstructure in Fe-Cr-Ni alloy during directional solidification

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    Fu, J. W.; Yang, Y. S.; Guo, J. J.; Ma, J. C.; Tong, W. H.

    2008-12-01

    The formation and evolution of a two-phase coupled growth microstructure in AISI 304 stainless steel are investigated using a quenching method during directional solidification. It is found that the two-phase microstructure, which is composed of coupled growth of thin lathy delta ferrite (δ) and austenite (γ), forms from the melt first during solidification. As solidification proceeds, the retained liquid transforms into austenite directly. On cooling, the subsequent incomplete solid-state transformation from ferrite to austenite results in the disappearance of the thinner lathy delta ferrite, and the final two-phase coupled growth microstructure is formed. The formation mechanism of the two-phase coupled growth microstructure is analyzed theoretically based on the nucleation and constitutional undercooling (NCU) criterion. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) and EDS analyses were carried out to identify the phases and determine the phase composition, respectively.

  16. Formation of laves phase in a refractory austenitic steel due to long-term heating

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    Tarasenko, L. V.; Shal'kevich, A. B.

    2011-07-01

    Steels of the Fe - Cr - Ni -Mo - Nb - Al - C system are studied by methods of phase physicochemical analysis and electron microscopy with the aim to determine the causes of changes in mechanical properties after long-term heating at a temperature of 600 - 700°C. Grain-boundary formation of particles of a Laves phase is shown to cause decrease in the impact toughness and transformation of particles of γ'-phase under conditions of creep. The effect of alloying elements on the chemical composition of the multicomponent Laves phase is studied depending on the temperatures of hardening, aging, and subsequent heating. Concentration correspondence between the chemical composition of the austenite and the intermetallic tcp phase formed in aging is discovered. A computational scheme for predicting the possibility of formation of Laves phases in multicomponent alloys is suggested.

  17. Pressure-induced phase transitions and correlation between structure and superconductivity in iron-based superconductor Ce(O(0.84)F(0.16))FeAs.

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    Zhao, Jinggeng; Liu, Haozhe; Ehm, Lars; Dong, Dawei; Chen, Zhiqiang; Liu, Qingqing; Hu, Wanzheng; Wang, Nanlin; Jin, Changqing

    2013-07-15

    High-pressure angle-dispersive X-ray diffraction experiments on iron-based superconductor Ce(O(0.84)F(0.16))FeAs were performed up to 54.9 GPa at room temperature. A tetragonal to tetragonal isostructural phase transition starts at about 13.9 GPa, and a new high-pressure phase has been found above 33.8 GPa. At pressures above 19.9 GPa, Ce(O(0.84)F(0.16))FeAs completely transforms to a high-pressure tetragonal phase, which remains in the same tetragonal structure with a larger a-axis and smaller c-axis than those of the low-pressure tetragonal phase. The structure analysis shows a discontinuity in the pressure dependences of the Fe-As and Ce-(O, F) bond distances, as well as the As-Fe-As and Ce-(O, F)-Ce bond angles in the transition region, which correlates with the change in T(c) of this compound upon compression. The isostructural phase transition in Ce(O(0.84)F(0.16))FeAs leads to a drastic drop in the superconducting transition temperature T(c) and restricts the superconductivity at low temperature. For the 1111-type iron-based superconductors, the structure evolution and following superconductivity changes under compression are related to the radius of lanthanide cations in the charge reservoir layer.

  18. The interaction between a beam and a superconducting cavity module: Measurements in CESR and CESR-Phase 3 goals

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    Belomestnykh, S.; Flynn, G.; Hartung, W.; Kirchgessner, J.; Moffat, D.; Muller, H.; Padamsee, H.; Pisharody, M.; Veshcherevich, V. [Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States). Lab. of Nuclear Studies

    1996-08-01

    Plans for the next generation of electron-positron colliders (B-factories and B-factory-like machines) call for high beam currents to produce luminosities of the order of 10 (exp 33). To store these high currents in a machine, special attention must be paied to the interaction of the beam with discontinuities in the surrounding vacuum chamber. RF cavities are among the biggest perturbations in accelerator vacuum chambers and are therefore among the biggest sources of beam instabilities. Accelerating structures of new machines are being designed to have smaller impedance to reduce the beam-cavity interaction. Prototypes for the cavity, input coupler, cryostat, and higher-order mode (HOM) loads were subjected and are tested in CESR. A superconducting (SRF) cavity was installed in addition to the four five-cell normal conducting cavities. As a result, the calorimetry and RF power results agree with predictions up to their respective uncertainties. The results of wake potential sampling suggested that the wake fields of the SRF cavity will not limit the performance of CESR in bunch train operation. No beam instabilities or dangerous HOMs were encountered while sweeping the HOM frequencies using the cavity tuner or while exciting multipole HOMs by displacing the beam off axis. (G.K.)

  19. Formation of aqueous-phase α-hydroxyhydroperoxides (α-HHP): potential atmospheric impacts

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    Zhao, R.; Lee, A. K. Y.; Soong, R.; Simpson, A. J.; Abbatt, J. P. D.

    2013-06-01

    The focus of this work is on quantifying the degree of the aqueous-phase formation of α-hydroxyhydroperoxides (α-HHPs) via reversible nucleophilic addition of H2O2 to aldehydes. Formation of this class of highly oxygenated organic hydroperoxides represents a poorly characterized aqueous-phase processing pathway that may lead to enhanced SOA formation and aerosol toxicity. Specifically, the equilibrium constants of α-HHP formation have been determined using proton nuclear-magnetic-resonance (1H NMR) spectroscopy and proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS). Significant α-HHP formation was observed from formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, propionaldehyde, glycolaldehyde, glyoxylic acid, and methylglyoxal, but not from methacrolein and ketones. Low temperatures enhanced the formation of α-HHPs but slowed their formation rates. High inorganic salt concentrations shifted the equilibria toward the hydrated form of the aldehydes and slightly suppressed α-HHP formation. Using the experimental equilibrium constants, we predict the equilibrium concentration of α-HHPs to be in the μM level in cloud water, but it may also be present in the mM level in aerosol liquid water (ALW), where the concentrations of H2O2 and aldehydes can be high. Formation of α-HHPs in ALW may significantly affect the effective Henry's law constants of H2O2 and aldehydes but may not affect their gas-phase levels. The photochemistry and reactivity of this class of atmospheric species have not been studied.

  20. Formation of aqueous-phase α-hydroxyhydroperoxides (α-HHP: potential atmospheric impacts

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    R. Zhao

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The focus of this work is on quantifying the degree of the aqueous-phase formation of α-hydroxyhydroperoxides (α-HHPs via reversible nucleophilic addition of H2O2 to aldehydes. Formation of this class of highly oxygenated organic hydroperoxides represents a poorly characterized aqueous-phase processing pathway that may lead to enhanced SOA formation and aerosol toxicity. Specifically, the equilibrium constants of α-HHP formation have been determined using proton nuclear-magnetic-resonance (1H NMR spectroscopy and proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS. Significant α-HHP formation was observed from formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, propionaldehyde, glycolaldehyde, glyoxylic acid, and methylglyoxal, but not from methacrolein and ketones. Low temperatures enhanced the formation of α-HHPs but slowed their formation rates. High inorganic salt concentrations shifted the equilibria toward the hydrated form of the aldehydes and slightly suppressed α-HHP formation. Using the experimental equilibrium constants, we predict the equilibrium concentration of α-HHPs to be in the μM level in cloud water, but it may also be present in the mM level in aerosol liquid water (ALW, where the concentrations of H2O2 and aldehydes can be high. Formation of α-HHPs in ALW may significantly affect the effective Henry's law constants of H2O2 and aldehydes but may not affect their gas-phase levels. The photochemistry and reactivity of this class of atmospheric species have not been studied.

  1. Superconductivity in Layered Organic Metals

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    Jochen Wosnitza

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available In this short review, I will give an overview on the current understanding of the superconductivity in quasi-two-dimensional organic metals. Thereby, I will focus on charge-transfer salts based on bis(ethylenedithiotetrathiafulvalene (BEDT-TTF or ET for short. In these materials, strong electronic correlations are clearly evident, resulting in unique phase diagrams. The layered crystallographic structure leads to highly anisotropic electronic as well as superconducting properties. The corresponding very high orbital critical field for in-plane magnetic-field alignment allows for the occurrence of the Fulde–Ferrell– Larkin–Ovchinnikov state as evidenced by thermodynamic measurements. The experimental picture on the nature of the superconducting state is still controversial with evidence both for unconventional as well as for BCS-like superconductivity.

  2. Asymptotic formation and orbital stability of phase-locked states for the Kuramoto model

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    Choi, Young-Pil; Ha, Seung-Yeal; Jung, Sungeun; Kim, Yongduck

    2012-04-01

    We discuss the asymptotic formation and nonlinear orbital stability of phase-locked states arising from the ensemble of non-identical Kuramoto oscillators. We provide an explicit lower bound for a coupling strength on the formation of phase-locked states, which only depends on the diameters of natural frequencies and initial phase configurations. We show that, when the phases of non-identical oscillators are distributed over the half circle and the coupling strength is sufficiently large, the dynamics of Kuramoto oscillators exhibits two stages (transition and relaxation stages). In a transition stage, initial configurations shrink to configurations whose diameters are strictly less than {π}/{2} in a finite-time, and then the configurations tend to phase-locked states asymptotically. This improves previous results on the formation of phase-locked states by Chopra-Spong (2009) [26] and Ha-Ha-Kim (2010) [27] where their attention were focused only on the latter relaxation stage. We also show that the Kuramoto model is ℓ1-contractive in the sense that the ℓ1-distance along two smooth Kuramoto flows is less than or equal to that of initial configurations. In particular, when two initial configurations have the same averaged phases, the ℓ1-distance between them decays to zero exponentially fast. For the configurations with different phase averages, we use the method of average adjustment and translation-invariant of the Kuramoto model to show that one solution converges to the translation of the other solution exponentially fast. This establishes the orbital stability of the phase-locked states. Our stability analysis does not employ any standard linearization technique around the given phase-locked states, but instead, we use a robust ℓ1-metric functional as a Lyapunov functional. In the formation process of phase-locked states, we estimate the number of collisions between oscillators, and lower-upper bounds of the transversal phase differences.

  3. Experimental Investigation of Magnetic, Superconducting, and other Phase Transitions in novel F-Electron Materials at Ultra-high Pressures - Final Progress Report

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    Maple, Brian; Jeffires, Jason

    2006-07-28

    This grant, entitled “Experimental investigation of magnetic, superconducting and other phase transitions in novel f-electron materials at ultrahigh pressures,” spanned the funding period from May 1st, 2003 until April 30th, 2006. The major goal of this grant was to develop and utilize an ultrahigh pressure facility—capable of achieving very low temperatures, high magnetic fields, and extreme pressures as well as providing electrical resistivity, ac susceptibility, and magnetization measurement capabilities under pressure—for the exploration of magnetic, electronic, and structural phases and any corresponding interactions between these states in novel f-electron materials. Realizing this goal required the acquisition, development, fabrication, and implementation of essential equipment, apparatuses, and techniques. The following sections of this report detail the establishment of an ultrahigh pressure facility (Section 1) and measurements performed during the funding period (Section 2), as well as summarize the research project (Section 3), project participants and their levels of support (Section 4), and publications and presentations (Section 5).

  4. Formation of unequilibrated R chondrite chondrules and opaque phases

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    Miller, K. E.; Lauretta, D. S.; Connolly, H. C.; Berger, E. L.; Nagashima, K.; Domanik, K.

    2017-07-01

    Sulfide assemblages are commonly found in chondritic meteorites as small inclusions in the matrix or in association with chondrules. These assemblages are widely hypothesized to form through pre-accretionary corrosion of metal by H2S gas or through parent body processes. We report here on two unequilibrated R chondrite samples that contain large, chondrule-sized sulfide nodules in the matrix. Both samples are from Mount Prestrud (PRE) 95404. Chemical maps and spot and broad-beam electron microprobe analyses (EMPA) were used to assess the distribution, stoichiometry, and bulk composition of sulfide nodules and silicate chondrules in the clasts. Oxygen isotope data were collected via secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) to assess the relationship of chondrules to other chondrite groups. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), focused ion beam (FIB), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analyses were used to assess fine-scale features and identify crystal structures in sulfide assemblages. Thermodynamic models were used to assess the temperature, sulfur fugacity (fS2), total pressure, dust-to-gas ratio, and oxygen fugacity (fO2) conditions during sulfide nodule and chondrule formation. The unequilibrated clasts include a mixture of type I and type II chondrules, as well as non-porphyritic chondrules. Chondrule oxygen isotopes overlap with ordinary-chondrite chondrules. Sulfide nodules average 200 μm in diameter, have rounded shapes, and are primarily composed of pyrrhotite, pentlandite, and magnetite. Some are deformed around chondrules in a petrologic relationship similar in appearance to compound chondrules. Both nodules and sulfides in chondrules include phosphate inclusions and Cu-rich lamellae, which suggests a genetic relationship between sulfides in chondrules and in the matrix. Ni/Co ratios for matrix and chondrule sulfides are solar, while Fe and Ni are non-solar and inversely related. We hypothesize that sulfide nodules formed via pre-accretionary melt

  5. Relationship between Multi-Phase Formation and Molecular Structure for Liquid Crystal System

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    LI Zhenxin; MA Heng; LI Shipu

    2005-01-01

    A mechanical model of liquid crystals ( LCs ) was used to explain the phase formation and thermal properties. The LC phases in the model are micro-machine systems consisting of an ensemble of molecular rotors, and some dynamic parameters in a semi-experiment molecular orbit method. A novel explanation on the multi-phase formation of LC system is obtained. It is found that the value of the critical rotational velocity is a key parameter for the characterization of each homologous series. The dipole moment of the molecules was also discussed.

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

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    Amani, H.; Soltanieh, M.

    2016-08-01

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

  7. Magnetocaloric Evidence for FFLO Superconductivity in κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu(NCS)2

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    Fortune, Nathanael; Agosta, Charles; Hannahs, Scott; Park, Ju-Hyun; Gu, Shuyao; Liang, Lucy; Schleuter, John

    We present new magnetocaloric and calorimetric measurements of the high field superconducting state in the layered structure superconductor κ - (BEDT-TTF)2Cu(NCS)2. The strongly field-orientation dependent phase transition between the low field superconducting state and high field superconducting states is first order and is nearly temperature independent, occurring at the Clogston-Chandrasakar paramagnetic limit Hp. Magnetocaloric measurements dT / dH as a function of magnetic field reveal that the system becomes strongly paramagnetic at the cross over from the low field to high field state. At lower temperatures, we are able to resolve small changes at the phase boundary due to the absorption/release of latent heat when increasing/decreasing field, indicating that the high field state is higher entropy than the low field state. These results provide strong new evidence for the formation of paramagnetic spin domains within an inhomogeneous FFLO superconducting state. They also allow us to rule out alternative explanations involving the formation of spin density waves within a homogenous superconducting state. A portion of this work was performed at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, which is supported by National Science Foundation Cooperative Agreement No. DMR-1157490 and the State of Florida.

  8. High-field superconductivity at an electronic topological transition in URhGe

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    Yelland, E. A.; Barraclough, J. M.; Wang, W.; Kamenev, K. V.; Huxley, A. D.

    2011-11-01

    The emergence of superconductivity at high magnetic fields in URhGe is regarded as a paradigm for new state formation approaching a quantum critical point. Until now, a divergence of the quasiparticle mass at the metamagnetic transition was considered essential for superconductivity to survive at magnetic fields above 30T. Here we report the observation of quantum oscillations in URhGe revealing a tiny pocket of heavy quasiparticles that shrinks continuously with increasing magnetic field, and finally disappears at a topological Fermi surface transition close to or at the metamagnetic field. The quasiparticle mass decreases and remains finite, implying that the Fermi velocity vanishes due to the collapse of the Fermi wavevector. This offers a novel explanation for the re-emergence of superconductivity at extreme magnetic fields and makes URhGe the first proven example of a material where magnetic field-tuning of the Fermi surface, rather than quantum criticality alone, governs quantum phase formation.

  9. Effect of hardness of martensite and ferrite on void formation in dual phase steel

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    Azuma, M.; Goutianos, Stergios; Hansen, Niels;

    2012-01-01

    The influence of the hardness of martensite and ferrite phases in dual phase steel on void formation has been investigated by in situ tensile loading in a scanning electron microscope. Microstructural observations have shown that most voids form in martensite by evolving four steps: plastic...... deformation of martensite, crack initiation at the martensite/ferrite interface, crack propagation leading to fracture of martensite particles and void formation by separation of particle fragments. It has been identified that the hardness effect is associated with the following aspects: strain partitioning...... between martensite and ferrite, strain localisation and critical strain required for void formation. Reducing the hardness difference between martensite and ferrite phases by tempering has been shown to be an effective approach to retard the void formation in martensite and thereby is expected to improve...

  10. CDS Simulation and Pattern Formation of Phase Separation

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    ZhangjiLIU; MenCHENG; 等

    1998-01-01

    Several properties of the generation and evolution of phase separating patterns for binary material studied by CDS model are proposed.The main conclusions are(1) for alloys spinodal decomposition,the conceptions of “macro-pattern” and “micropattern” are posed by “black-and-white graph”and “gray-scale graph” respectively.We find that though the four forms of map f that represent the self-evolution of order parameter in a cell (lattice)are similar to each other in “macro-pattern”,there are evident differences in their micro-pattern,e.g.,some different fine netted sturctures in the black domain and the white domain are found by the micro-pattern.so that distinct mechanical and physical behaviors shall be obtained.(2) If the two constituteons of block copolymers are not symmetric (i.e.r≠0.5),a pattern called “grain-strip cross pattern is discovered,is the 0.43

  11. Manufacture of GdBa2Cu3O7−x Superconducting Thin Films Using High-Thermal-Stability Precursors Playing the Role of Intermediate-Phase Grain-Growth Inhibitors

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    Tang, Xiao; He, Dong; Yue, Zhao;

    2014-01-01

    We have developed a fluorine-free metal–organic decomposition method using acrylic acid as the solvent for the synthesis of GdBCO superconducting thin films. Commonly used propionic acid was also used to make a comparison with acrylic acid. Acrylic acid was found to be polymerized during drying......, resulting in high thermal stability of the precursor solution. Due to the elevated decomposition temperature of the organic compounds in the acrylic-acid-based precursor, the formation of intermediate phases such as CuO was found delayed; therefore, the grain growth and phase segregation were suppressed....... The superior quality of pyrolyzed films induced by the use of polymerizable acrylic acid is reflected in the Jcof the GdBCO films, which achieved 1.2MA/cm2....

  12. The Process of TiB2-Cu Composite Phase and Structure Formation during Combustion Synthesis

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    XU Qiang; ZHANG Xinghong; HAN Jiecai; PAN Wei

    2006-01-01

    The reaction process of combustion synthesis for TiB2- Cu was investigated in detail using combustion-wave arresting experiment, X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, SEM analysis and differential thermal analysis ( DTA ). The XRD analysis results for the different parts of the quenched specimen shaw that TiCux intermetallic phase firstly forms with the propagation of combustion wave, and then Ti1.87 B50 and Ti3 B4 metastable phases come forth due to the diffusion of B atoms and finally the stable TiB2 phase forms because of the continuous diffusion of B atoms. The formation of TiB2 phase is not completed by one step, but undergoes several transient processes. The process of reaction synthesis for Ti-B-Cu ternary system can be divided into three main stages: melting of Cu and Ti, and the formation of Cu- Ti melt and few TiCux , TiBx intermetallic phases; large numbers of TiCux intermetallic phases formation and some fine TiB2 particles precipitation; and the TiB2 particles coarsening and the stable TiB2 and Cu two phases formation in the final product.

  13. Anisotropic superconductivity driven by kinematic interaction

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    Ivanov, V. A.

    2000-11-01

    We have analysed the effect of kinematic pairing on the symmetry of superconducting order parameter for a square lattice in the frame of the strongly correlated Hubbard model. It is argued that in the first perturbation order the kinematic interaction renormalizes the Hubbard-I dispersions and provides at low doping the mixed singlet (s + s*)-wave superconductivity, giving way at higher doping to the triplet p-wave superconductivity. The obtained phase diagram depends only on the hopping integral parameter. The influence of the Coulomb repulsion on the kinematic superconducting pairing has been estimated. The (s + s*)-wave gap and the thermodynamic critical magnetic field have been derived.

  14. Diagram of a LEP superconducting cavity

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    1991-01-01

    This diagram gives a schematic representation of the superconducting radio-frequency cavities at LEP. Liquid helium is used to cool the cavity to 4.5 degrees above absolute zero so that very high electric fields can be produced, increasing the operating energy of the accelerator. Superconducting cavities were used only in the LEP-2 phase of the accelerator, from 1996 to 2000.

  15. Nanoscale superconducting-gap variations and lack of phase separation in optimally doped BaFe1.86Co0.14As2

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    F. Massee; Y. Huang; R. Huisman; S. de Jong; J.B. Goedkoop; M.S. Golden

    2009-01-01

    We present tunneling data from superconducting BaFe1.86Co0.14As2 and its parent compound, BaFe2As2. In the superconductor, clear coherencelike peaks are seen across the whole field of view, and their analysis reveals nanoscale variations in the superconducting gap value, Δ. The average peak-to-peak

  16. Global and local superconductivity in boron-doped granular diamond.

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    Zhang, Gufei; Turner, Stuart; Ekimov, Evgeny A; Vanacken, Johan; Timmermans, Matias; Samuely, Tomás; Sidorov, Vladimir A; Stishov, Sergei M; Lu, Yinggang; Deloof, Bart; Goderis, Bart; Van Tendeloo, Gustaaf; Van de Vondel, Joris; Moshchalkov, Victor V

    2014-04-02

    Strong granularity-correlated and intragrain modulations of the superconducting order parameter are demonstrated in heavily boron-doped diamond situated not yet in the vicinity of the metal-insulator transition. These modulations at the superconducting state (SC) and at the global normal state (NS) above the resistive superconducting transition, reveal that local Cooper pairing sets in prior to the global phase coherence.

  17. Superconducting Dome in a Gate-Tuned Band Insulator

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    Ye, J. T.; Zhang, Y. J.; Akashi, R.; Bahramy, M. S.; Arita, R.; Iwasa, Y.

    2012-01-01

    A dome-shaped superconducting region appears in the phase diagrams of many unconventional superconductors. In doped band insulators, however, reaching optimal superconductivity by the fine-tuning of carriers has seldom been seen. We report the observation of a superconducting dome in the temperature

  18. Hexagonal phase based gel-emulsion (O/H1 gel-emulsion): formation and rheology.

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    Alam, Mohammad Mydul; Aramaki, Kenji

    2008-11-04

    The formation, stability, and rheological behavior of a hexagonal phase based gel-emulsion (O/H1 gel-emulsion) have been studied in water/C12EO8/hydrocarbon oil systems. A partial phase behavior study indicates that the oil nature has no effect on the phase sequences in the ternary phase diagram of water/C12EO8/oil systems but the domain size of the phases or the oil solubilization capacity considerably changes with oil nature. Excess oil is in equilibrium with the hexagonal phase (H1) in the ternary phase diagram in the H1+O region. The O/H1 gel-emulsion was prepared (formation) and kept at 25 degrees C to check stability. It has been found that the formation and stability of the O/H1 gel-emulsion depends on the oil nature. After 2 min observation (formation), the results show that short chain linear hydrocarbon oils (heptane, octane) are more apt to form a O/H1 gel-emulsion compared to long chain linear hydrocarbon oils (tetradecane, hexadecane), though the stability is not good enough in either system, that is, oil separates within 24 h. Nevertheless, the formation and stability of the O/H1 gel-emulsion is appreciably increased in squalane and liquid paraffin. It is surmised that the high transition temperature of the H1+O phase and the presence of a bicontinuous cubic phase (V1) might hamper the formation of a gel-emulsion. It has been pointed out that the solubilization of oil in the H1 phase could be related to emulsion stability. On the other hand, the oil nature has little or no effect on the formation and stability of a cubic phase based gel-emulsion (O/I1 gel-emulsion). From rheological measurements, it has found that the rheogram of the O/H1 gel-emulsion indicates gel-type structure and shows shear thinning behavior similar to the case of the O/I1 gel-emulsion. Rheological data infer that the O/I1 gel-emulsion is more viscous than the O/H1 gel-emulsion at room temperature but the O/H1 gel-emulsion shows consistency at elevated temperature.

  19. SUPERCONDUCTING PHOTOCATHODES.

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    SMEDLEY, J.; RAO, T.; WARREN, J.; SEKUTOWICZ, LANGNER, J.; STRZYZEWSKI, P.; LEFFERS, R.; LIPSKI, A.

    2005-10-09

    We present the results of our investigation of lead and niobium as suitable photocathode materials for superconducting RF injectors. Quantum efficiencies (QE) have been measured for a range of incident photon energies and a variety of cathode preparation methods, including various lead plating techniques on a niobium substrate. The effects of operating at ambient and cryogenic temperatures and different vacuum levels on the cathode QE have also been studied.

  20. Observation of a Charge Density Wave Incommensuration Near the Superconducting Dome in Cux TiSe2

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    Kogar, A.; de la Pena, G. A.; Lee, Sangjun; Fang, Y.; Sun, S. X.-L.; Lioi, D. B.; Karapetrov, G.; Finkelstein, K. D.; Ruff, J. P. C.; Abbamonte, P.; Rosenkranz, S.

    2017-01-01

    X-ray diffraction was employed to study the evolution of the charge density wave (CDW) in Cux TiSe2 as a function of copper intercalation in order to clarify the relationship between the CDW and superconductivity. The results show a CDW incommensuration arising at an intercalation value coincident with the onset of superconductivity at around x =0.055 (5 ) . Additionally, it was found that the charge density wave persists to higher intercalant concentrations than previously assumed, demonstrating that the CDW does not terminate inside the superconducting dome. A charge density wave peak was observed in samples up to x =0.091 (6 ), the highest copper concentration examined in this study. The phase diagram established in this work suggests that charge density wave incommensuration may play a role in the formation of the superconducting state.

  1. Color-symmetric superconductivity in a phenomenological QCD model

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    Bohr, Henrik; Providencia, C.; Providencia, J. da

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, we construct a theory of the NJL type where superconductivity is present, and yet the superconducting state remains, in the average, color symmetric. This shows that the present approach to color superconductivity is consistent with color singletness. Indeed, quarks are free...... in the deconfined phase, but the deconfined phase itself is believed to be a color singlet. The usual description of the color superconducting state violates color singletness. On the other hand, the color superconducting state here proposed is color symmetric in the sense that an arbitrary color rotation leads...

  2. Anisotropic phase diagram and superconducting fluctuations in SmFeAsO{sub 0.85}F{sub 0.15}.

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    Welp, U.; Chaparro, C.; Koshelev, A. E.; Kwok, W. K.; Rydh, A.; Zhigadlo, N. D.; Karpinski, J.; Weyeneth, S. (Materials Science Division); (Stockholm Univ.); (ETH Zurich); (Univ. Zurich)

    2011-03-24

    We report on the specific-heat determination of the anisotropic phase diagram of single crystals of optimally doped SmFeAsO{sub 1-x}F{sub x}. In zero field, we find a clear cusplike anomaly in C/T with {Delta}C/T{sub c} = 24 mJ/mol K{sup 2} at T{sub c} = 49.5 K. In magnetic fields along the c axis, pronounced superconducting fluctuations induce broadening and suppression of the specific-heat anomaly which can be described using three-dimensional lowest-Landau-level scaling with an upper critical field slope of -3.5 T/K and an anisotropy of {Lambda} = 8. The small value of {Delta}C/T{sub c} yields a Sommerfeld coefficient {gamma} {approx} 8 mJ/mol K{sup 2}, indicating that SmFeAsO{sub 1-x}F{sub x} is characterized by a modest density of states and strong coupling.

  3. Structural phase transitions and superconductivity in Fe(1+delta)Se0.57Te0.43 at ambient and elevated pressures.

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    Gresty, Nathalie C; Takabayashi, Yasuhiro; Ganin, Alexey Y; McDonald, Martin T; Claridge, John B; Giap, Duong; Mizuguchi, Yoshikazu; Takano, Yoshihiko; Kagayama, Tomoko; Ohishi, Yasuo; Takata, Masaki; Rosseinsky, Matthew J; Margadonna, Serena; Prassides, Kosmas

    2009-11-25

    The ternary iron chalcogenide, Fe(1.03)Se(0.57)Te(0.43) is a member of the recently discovered family of Fe-based superconductors with an ambient pressure T(c) of 13.9 K and a simple structure comprising layers of edge-sharing distorted Fe(Se/Te)(4) tetrahedra separated by a van der Waals gap. Here we study the relationship between its structural and electronic responses to the application of pressure. T(c) depends sensitively on applied pressure attaining a broad maximum of 23.3 K at approximately 3 GPa. Further compression to 12 GPa leads to a metallic but nonsuperconducting ground state. High-resolution synchrotron X-ray diffraction shows that the superconducting phase is metrically orthorhombic at ambient pressure but pressurization to approximately 3 GPa leads to a structural transformation to a more distorted structure with monoclinic symmetry. The exact coincidence of the crystal symmetry crossover pressure with that at which T(c) is maximum reveals an intimate link between crystal and electronic structures of the iron chalcogenide superconductors.

  4. Soliton Formation in Whispering-Gallery-Mode Resonators via Input Phase Modulation

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    Taheri, Hossein; Wiesenfeld, Kurt; Adibi, Ali

    2014-01-01

    We propose a method for soliton formation in whispering-gallery-mode (WGM) resonators through input phase modulation. Our numerical simulations of a variant of the Lugiato-Lefever equation suggest that modulating the input phase at a frequency equal to the resonator free-spectral-range and at modest modulation depths provides a deterministic route towards soliton formation in WGM resonators without undergoing a chaotic phase. We show that the generated solitonic state is sustained when the modulation is turned off adiabatically. Our results support parametric seeding as a powerful means of control, besides input pump power and pump-resonance detuning, over frequency comb generation in WGM resonators. Our findings also help pave the path towards ultra-short pulse formation on a chip.

  5. Nonlinear current-voltage characteristics due to quantum tunneling of phase slips in superconducting Nb nanowire networks

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    Trezza, M.; Cirillo, C.; Sabatino, P.; Carapella, G.; Attanasio, C. [CNR-SPIN Salerno and Dipartimento di Fisica “E. R. Caianiello”, Università degli Studi di Salerno, Fisciano I-84084 (Italy); Prischepa, S. L. [Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics, P. Browka 6, Minsk 220013 (Belarus)

    2013-12-16

    We report on the transport properties of an array of N∼30 interconnected Nb nanowires, grown by sputtering on robust porous Si substrates. The analyzed system exhibits a broad resistive transition in zero magnetic field, H, and highly nonlinear V(I) characteristics as a function of H, which can be both consistently described by quantum tunneling of phase slips.

  6. Direct Spectroscopic Evidence for Phase Competition between the Pseudogap and Superconductivity in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ

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    Hashimoto, Makoto [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Nowadnick, Elizabeth A. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Stanford Univ., CA (United States); He, Rui-Hua [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Stanford Univ., CA (United States); Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Vishik, Inna M. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Stanford Univ., CA (United States); Moritz, Brian [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Univ. of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND (United States); He, Yu [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Stanford Univ., CA (United States); Tanaka, Kiyohisa [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Stanford Univ., CA (United States); Osaka Univ. (Japan); Moore, Robert G. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Lu, Donghui [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Yoshida, Yoshiyuki [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tsukuba (Japan); Ishikado, Motoyuki [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tsukuba (Japan); Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai (Japan); Sasagawa, Takao [Tokyo Inst. of Technology (Japan); Fujita, Kazuhiro [Univ. of Tokyo (Japan); Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States); Ishida, Shigeyuku [Univ. of Tokyo (Japan); Uchida, Shinichi [Univ. of Tokyo (Japan); Eisaki, Hiroshi [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tsukuba (Japan); Hussain, Zahid [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Devereaux, Thomas P. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Shen, Zhi-Xun [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Stanford Univ., CA (United States)

    2014-11-02

    In the high-temperature (Tc) cuprate superconductors, increasing evidence suggests that the pseudogap, existing below the pseudogap temperature T*, has a distinct broken electronic symmetry from that of superconductivity. Particularly, recent scattering experiments on the underdoped cuprates have suggested that a charge ordering competes with superconductivity. However, no direct link of this physics and the important low-energy excitations has been identified. We report an antagonistic singularity at Tc in the spectral weight of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ as a compelling evidence for phase competition, which persists up to a high hole concentration p ~ 0.22. Comparison with a theoretical calculation confirms that the singularity is a signature of competition between the order parameters for the pseudogap and superconductivity. Our observation of the spectroscopic singularity at finite temperatures over a wide doping range provides new insights into the nature of the competitive interplay between the two intertwined phases and the complex phase diagram near the pseudogap critical point.

  7. Ar + induced interfacial mixing and phase formation in the Al/Cr system

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    Kim, H. K.; Kim, S. O.; Song, J. H.; Kim, K. W.; Woo, J. J.; Whang, C. N.; Smith, R. J.

    1991-07-01

    Evaporated Al/Cr bilayer thin films were irradiated by 80 keV Ar + at doses in the range from 1 × 10 15 to 2 × 10 16 Ar +/cm 2 at room temperature in order to investigate the Ar + induced interfacial mixing behavior and the phase formation and transition by Ar + bombardment. Ion bombardment induces intermixing across the Al/Cr interface and mixing variance increases with increasing ion dose. Cascade and thermal spike models are found to be not adequate for the ion beam mixing mechanism at room temperature in this system. The Al 13Cr 2 phase is formed as an initial phase by ion beam mixing and then transforms into the Al 11Cr 2 or Al 4Cr phases at subsequent ion bombardment. This result is discussed in terms of the enhanced atomic mobility and the thermodynamical driving force by introducing the concept of an effective heat of formation.

  8. Investigation of wing crack formation with a combined phase-field and experimental approach

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    Lee, Sanghyun; Reber, Jacqueline E.; Hayman, Nicholas W.; Wheeler, Mary F.

    2016-08-01

    Fractures that propagate off of weak slip planes are known as wing cracks and often play important roles in both tectonic deformation and fluid flow across reservoir seals. Previous numerical models have produced the basic kinematics of wing crack openings but generally have not been able to capture fracture geometries seen in nature. Here we present both a phase-field modeling approach and a physical experiment using gelatin for a wing crack formation. By treating the fracture surfaces as diffusive zones instead of as discontinuities, the phase-field model does not require consideration of unpredictable rock properties or stress inhomogeneities around crack tips. It is shown by benchmarking the models with physical experiments that the numerical assumptions in the phase-field approach do not affect the final model predictions of wing crack nucleation and growth. With this study, we demonstrate that it is feasible to implement the formation of wing cracks in large scale phase-field reservoir models.

  9. Regularities of formation of ternary alloy phases between non-transition metals

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    姚莉秀; 陈瑞亮; 钦佩; 陈念贻; 陆文聪

    2000-01-01

    Using a four-parameter model based on extended Miedema’ s cellular model of alloy phases and pattern recognition methods, the regularities of formation of ternary intermetallic compounds between non-transition metals have been investigated. The criterion of formation can be expressed as some empirical functions of Φ (electronegativity), nws1/3( valence electron density in Wagn-er-Seitz cell), R (Pauling’s metallic radius) and Z (number of valence electrons in atom).

  10. Regularities of formation of ternary alloy phases between non-transition metals

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    2000-01-01

    Using a four-parameter model based on extended Miedema's cellular model of alloy phases and pattern recognition methods, the regularities of formation of ternary intermetallic compounds between non-transition metals have been investigated. The criterion of formation can be expressed as some empirical functions of Ф (electronegativity), n1/3WS (valence electron density in Wagner-Seitz cell), R (Pauling's metallic radius) and Z (number of valence electrons in atom).

  11. Formation of complex organic molecules in cold objects: the role of gas phase reactions

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    Balucani, Nadia; Ceccarelli, Cecilia; Taquet, Vianney

    2015-01-01

    While astrochemical models are successful in reproducing many of the observed interstellar species, they have been struggling to explain the observed abundances of complex organic molecules. Current models tend to privilege grain surface over gas phase chemistry in their formation. One key assumption of those models is that radicals trapped in the grain mantles gain mobility and react on lukewarm (>30 K) dust grains. Thus, the recent detections of methyl formate (MF) and dimethyl ether (DME) ...

  12. Investigation of phase separation behavior and formation of plasmonic nanocomposites from polypeptide-gold nanorod nanoassemblies.

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    Huang, Huang-Chiao; Nanda, Alisha; Rege, Kaushal

    2012-04-24

    Genetically engineered elastin-like polypeptides (ELP) can be interfaced with cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB)-stabilized gold nanorods (GNRs) resulting in the formation of stable dispersions (nanoassemblies). Increasing the dispersion temperature beyond the ELP transition temperature results in phase separation and formation of solid-phase ELP-GNR matrices (nanocomposites). Here, we investigated different physicochemical conditions that influence nanocomposite formation from temperature-induced phase separation of ELP-GNR nanoassemblies. The presence of cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB), used to template the formation of gold nanorods, plays a significant role in the phase separation behavior, with high concentrations of the surfactant leading to dramatic enhancements in ELP transition temperature. Nanocomposites could be generated at 37 °C in the presence of low CTAB concentrations (nanoassemblies leading to nanocomposites, but had minimal effect on nanocomposite maturation, which is a later-stage longer event. Finally, nanocomposites prepared in the presence of low CTAB concentrations demonstrated a superior photothermal response following laser irradiation compared to those generated using higher CTAB concentrations. Our results on understanding the formation of plasmonic/photothermal ELP-GNR nanocomposites have significant implications for tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and drug delivery.

  13. Process Dynamics and Fractal Analysis of New Phase Formation in Thermal Processes

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    Wang J; Shen Z.W; Shen Z. Q

    2001-01-01

    Boiling and fouling are taken as typical examples of new phase formation process to be analyzed and discussed in this paper. The process dynamics of nucleate boiling is analyzed and its mechanism is discussed from the view point of self-organization. Fouling, which is a more complicated phenomenon of new phase formation, involves series of underlying processes. The morphology and fractal analysis of fouling on low-energy surface and that with fouling inhibitors are studied and discussed. It is suggested that considering the process dynamics, fractal analysis and self-organization, a new avenue of research should be found.

  14. Probing electronic phase transitions with phonons via inelastic neutron scattering: superconductivity in borocarbides, charge and magnetic order in manganites

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    Weber, F.

    2007-11-02

    The present thesis concentrates on the signatures of strong electron-phonon coupling in phonon properties measured by inelastic neutron scattering. The inelastic neutron scattering experiments were performed on the triple-axis spectrometers 1T and DAS PUMA at the research reactors in Saclay (France) and Munich (Germany), respectively. The work is subdivided into two separate chapters: In the first part, we report measurements of the lattice dynamical properties, i.e. phonon frequency, linewidth and intensity, of the conventional, i.e. phonon-mediated, superconductor YNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C of the rare-earth-borocarbide family. The detailed check of theoretical predictions for these properties, which were calculated in the theory group of our institute, was one major goal of this work. We measured phonons in the normal state, i.e. T>T{sub c}, for several high symmetry directions up to 70 meV. We were able to extract the full temperature dependence of the superconducting energy gap 2{delta}(T) from our phonon scans with such accuracy that even deviations from the weak coupling BCS behaviour could be clearly observed. By measuring phonons at different wave vectors we demonstrated that phonons are sensitive to the gap anisotropy under the precondition, that different phonons get their coupling strength from different parts of the Fermi surface. In the second part, we investigated the properties of Mn-O bond-stretching phonons in the bilayer manganite La{sub 2-2x}Sr{sub 1+2x}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 7}. At the doping level x=0.38 this compound has an ferromagnetic groundstate and exhibits the so-called colossal magnetoresistance effect in the vicinity of the Curie temperature T{sub C}. The atomic displacement patterns of the investigated phonons closely resemble possible Jahn-Teller distortions of the MnO{sub 6} octahedra, which are introduced in this compound by the Jahn-Teller active Mn{sup 3+} ions. We observed strong renormalizations of the phonon frequencies and clear peaks of

  15. Development of theory-based health messages: three-phase programme of formative research.

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    Epton, Tracy; Norman, Paul; Harris, Peter; Webb, Thomas; Snowsill, F Alexandra; Sheeran, Paschal

    2015-09-01

    Online health behaviour interventions have great potential but their effectiveness may be hindered by a lack of formative and theoretical work. This paper describes the process of formative research to develop theoretically and empirically based health messages that are culturally relevant and can be used in an online intervention to promote healthy lifestyle behaviours among new university students. Drawing on the Theory of Planned Behaviour, a three-phase programme of formative research was conducted with prospective and current undergraduate students to identify (i) modal salient beliefs (the most commonly held beliefs) about fruit and vegetable intake, physical activity, binge drinking and smoking, (ii) which beliefs predicted intentions/behaviour and (iii) reasons underlying each of the beliefs that could be targeted in health messages. Phase 1, conducted with 96 pre-university college students, elicited 56 beliefs about the behaviours. Phase 2, conducted with 3026 incoming university students, identified 32 of these beliefs that predicted intentions/behaviour. Phase 3, conducted with 627 current university students, elicited 102 reasons underlying the 32 beliefs to be used to construct health messages to bolster or challenge these beliefs. The three-phase programme of formative research provides researchers with an example of how to develop health messages with a strong theoretical- and empirical base for use in health behaviour change interventions.

  16. Development of theory-based health messages: three-phase programme of formative research

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    Epton, Tracy; Norman, Paul; Harris, Peter; Webb, Thomas; Snowsill, F. Alexandra; Sheeran, Paschal

    2015-01-01

    Online health behaviour interventions have great potential but their effectiveness may be hindered by a lack of formative and theoretical work. This paper describes the process of formative research to develop theoretically and empirically based health messages that are culturally relevant and can be used in an online intervention to promote healthy lifestyle behaviours among new university students. Drawing on the Theory of Planned Behaviour, a three-phase programme of formative research was conducted with prospective and current undergraduate students to identify (i) modal salient beliefs (the most commonly held beliefs) about fruit and vegetable intake, physical activity, binge drinking and smoking, (ii) which beliefs predicted intentions/behaviour and (iii) reasons underlying each of the beliefs that could be targeted in health messages. Phase 1, conducted with 96 pre-university college students, elicited 56 beliefs about the behaviours. Phase 2, conducted with 3026 incoming university students, identified 32 of these beliefs that predicted intentions/behaviour. Phase 3, conducted with 627 current university students, elicited 102 reasons underlying the 32 beliefs to be used to construct health messages to bolster or challenge these beliefs. The three-phase programme of formative research provides researchers with an example of how to develop health messages with a strong theoretical- and empirical base for use in health behaviour change interventions. PMID:24504361

  17. The self regulating star formation of gas rich dwarf galaxies in quiescent phase

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    Kobayashi, M A R; Kobayashi, Masakazu A.R.; Kamaya, Hideyuki

    2004-01-01

    The expected episodic or intermittent star formation histories (SFHs) of gas rich dwarf irregular galaxies (dIrrs) are the longstanding puzzles to understand their whole evolutional history. Solving this puzzle, we should grasp what physical mechanism causes the quiescent phase of star formation under the very gas rich condition after the first starburst phase. We consider that this quiescent phase is kept by lack of H2, which can be important coolant to generate the next generation of stars in the low-metal environment like dIrrs. Furthermore, in dIrrs, H2 formation through gas-phase reactions may dominate the one on dust-grain surfaces because their interstellar medium (ISM) are very plentiful and the typical dust-to-gas ratio of dIrrs (D_dIrrs = 1.31 x 10^-2 D_MW, where D_MW is its value for the local ISM) is on the same order with a critical value D_cr ~ 10^-2 D_MW. We show that the lack of H2 is mainly led by H- destruction when gas-phase H2 formation dominates since H- is important intermediary of gas-p...

  18. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES: Hofstadter's Butterfly and Phase Transition of Checkerboard Superconducting Network in a Magnetic Field

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    Hou, Jing-Min; Tian, Li-Jim

    2010-03-01

    We study the magnetic effect of the checkerboard superconducting wire network. Based on the de Gennes-Alexader theory, we obtain difference equations for superconducting order parameter in the wire network. Through solving these difference equations, we obtain the eigenvalues, linked to the coherence length, as a function of magnetic field. The diagram of eigenvalues shows a fractal structure, being so-called Hofstadter's butterfly. We also calculate and discuss the dependence of the transition temperature of the checkerboard superconducting wire network on the applied magnetic field, which is related to up-edge of the Hofstadter's butterfly spectrum.

  19. The road to superconducting spintronics

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    Eschrig, Matthias

    Energy efficient computing has become a major challenge, with the increasing importance of large data centres across the world, which already today have a power consumption comparable to that of Spain, with steeply increasing trend. Superconducting computing is progressively becoming an alternative for large-scale applications, with the costs for cooling being largely outweighed by the gain in energy efficiency. The combination of superconductivity and spintronics - ``superspintronics'' - has the potential and flexibility to develop into such a green technology. This young field is based on the observation that new phenomena emerge at interfaces between superconducting and other, competing, phases. The past 15 years have seen a series of pivotal predictions and experimental discoveries relating to the interplay between superconductivity and ferromagnetism. The building blocks of superspintronics are equal-spin Cooper pairs, which are generated at the interface between superconducting and a ferromagnetic materials in the presence of non-collinear magnetism. Such novel, spin-polarised Cooper pairs carry spin-supercurrents in ferromagnets and thus contribute to spin-transport and spin-control. Geometric Berry phases appear during the singlet-triplet conversion process in structures with non-coplanar magnetisation, enhancing functionality of devices, and non-locality introduced by superconducting order leads to long-range effects. With the successful generation and control of equal-spin Cooper pairs the hitherto notorious incompatibility of superconductivity and ferromagnetism has been not only overcome, but turned synergistic. I will discuss these developments and their extraordinary potential. I also will present open questions posed by recent experiments and point out implications for theory. This work is supported by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC Grant No. EP/J010618/1).

  20. Follow up of the glassy phase formation as silicon oxide was added to Brownmillerite phase of Portland cement clinker

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    Hassaan, M. Y., E-mail: yousry@tedata.net.eg; Salem, S. M.; Ebrahim, F. M. [Al-Azhar University, Moessbauer Lab, Physics Department, Faculty of Science (Egypt)

    2009-01-15

    Brownmillerite phase is one of the four main phases of Portland cement clinker. It was prepared as pure C{sub 4}AF{sup 1} and C{sub 4}AF with different amount of SiO{sub 2}, (5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 40 mol%) by addition. Pure C{sub 4}AF was prepared using CaO, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} according to the ratios 4:1:1. Each sample mixture was fired at 1,400 deg. C for 1 h then ground and introduced again to 1,400 deg. C for 1/2 h then quenched in air. The prepared samples were ground and measured using x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, A.C. conductivity and Moessbauer spectroscopy. The results were correlated and discussed. The main finding is the formation of a glassy phase besides the C{sub 4}AF structure, in addition to the formation of the C{sub 2}S phase of cement clinker as SiO{sub 2} addition was upgraded. The electrical conductivity results showed that the 20 mol% SiO{sub 2} sample has the lowest ({sigma}) value.

  1. Delta ferrite-containing austenitic stainless steel resistant to the formation of undesirable phases upon aging

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    Leitnaker, James M.

    1981-01-01

    Austenitic stainless steel alloys containing delta ferrite, such as are used as weld deposits, are protected against the transformation of delta ferrite to sigma phase during aging by the presence of carbon plus nitrogen in a weight percent 0.015-0.030 times the volume percent ferrite present in the alloy. The formation of chi phase upon aging is controlled by controlling the Mo content.

  2. Influence of the selected alloy additions on limiting the phase formation in Cu-Zn alloys

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    J. Kozana

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Influence of the selected alloy additions into copper and zinc alloys was investigated in order to find out the possibility of limiting the precipitation of unfavourable phase . The observation of microstructures and strength tests were performed. The results of metallographic and strength investigations indicate positive influence of small amounts of nickel, cobalt or tellurium. The precise determination of the influence of the selected alloy additions on limiting the gamma phase formation will be the subject of further examinations.

  3. Influence of phase separation for surfactant driven pattern formation during ion beam erosion

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    Hofsaess, Hans; Zhang, Kun; Vetter, Ulrich; Bobes, Omar; Pape, Andre; Gehrke, Hans-Gregor; Broetzmann, Marc [II. Physikalisches Institut, Goettingen Univ. (Germany)

    2012-07-01

    We will present results on metal surfactant driven self-organized pattern formation on surfaces by ion beam erosion, with a focus on the role of phase separation for the initial steps of pattern formation. Si substrates were irradiated with 5 keV Xe ions at normal incidence and ion fluences up to 5.10{sup 17} Xe/cm{sup 2} under continuous deposition of surfactant atoms. In the absence of such surfactants uniform flat surfaces are obtained, while in the presence of Fe and Mo surfactants pronounced patterns like dots, combinations of dots and ripples with wavelengths around 100 nm are generated. The surfactant coverage and deposition direction determine the pattern type and the pattern orientation, respectively. A critical steady-state coverage for onset of dot formation and onset of ripple formation is in the range of 10{sup 15} and 5.10{sup 15} Xe/cm{sup 2}. The steady-state surface region consists of a thin amorphous metal silicide layer with high metal concentration in the ripple and dot regions. Pattern formation is explained by ion induced diffusion and phase separation of the initially flat amorphous silicide layer and subsequent ion beam erosion with composition dependent sputter yield. To investigate the role of initial phase separation we additionally compare the pattern formation for different other metal surfactants.

  4. Intermetallic phase formation in the system aluminium-gold studied by EBSD

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    Scheibe, Stefan; Maerz, Benjamin; Graff, Andreas; Petzold, Matthias [Fraunhofer Institut fuer Werkstoffmechanik Halle IWMH, Halle (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    In the system aluminium-gold 5 stable intermetallic phases (Al{sub 11}Au{sub 6}, AlAu, AlAu{sub 2}, Al{sub 3}Au{sub 8}, AlAu{sub 4}) exist. The combination of aluminium and gold is often used for wire bond interconnects in microelectronic devices. Intermetallic Al-Au phases are formed at the Al-Au bond interface of these interconnects and affect their reliability. To understand the possible failure mechanisms it is important to know which phases are involved and where they are located. In the study, two different sample types were used. To investigate phase formation in systems with excess of gold, Au wires were bonded on Al substrates. In contrast, Al wires were bonded on Au substrates to observe phase formation under excess of aluminium. After annealing at 150 C for different times, phase evolution was studied by EBSD. A metallographic preparation in combination with argon ion beam etching was developed to meet the requirements of the EBSD analysis. Pseudosymmetry, the similarity of diffraction patterns for different phases and the susceptibility to corrosion were specific challenges in this investigation. A precise phase differentiation with high spatial resolution was possible in most of the investigated cases. These results allow a better understanding of the Al-Au bonding mechanism as a function of the interface microstructure.

  5. Load frequency stabilization by coordinated control of Thyristor Controlled Phase Shifters and superconducting magnetic energy storage for three types of interconnected two-area power systems

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    Bhatt, Praghnesh [Department of Electrical Engineering, Charotar Institute of Technology, Changa 388 421, Gujarat (India); Ghoshal, S.P. [Department of Electrical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Durgapur 713 209, West Bengal (India); Roy, Ranjit [Department of Electrical Engineering, S.V. National Institute of Technology, Surat 395 007, Gujarat (India)

    2010-12-15

    In this paper, automatic generation control with interconnected two-area multi-unit all-hydro power system and two more test systems as all-thermal and thermal-hydro mixed haves been investigated. The transfer function of hydro turbine having non-minimum phase characteristics makes it different from the steam turbine. Upon application of small load perturbation to such all-hydro system, the frequency is severely disturbed and the system eventually becomes unstable. To stabilize the system for such load disturbance, comparative transient performance of two cases as (a) Thyristor Controlled Phase Shifter (TCPS) installed in series with the tie-line in coordination with Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES) and (b) SMES located at each terminal of both areas are analyzed. It is observed that the case (b) i.e. SMES located at each terminal of both areas suppresses the frequency oscillations more effectively in integral controller assisted AGC of two-area multi-unit all-hydro system and the other two systems as well. In addition, the effectiveness of proposed frequency stabilizers is guaranteed by analyzing the transient responses of the system with different system parameters, various load patterns and in the event of temporary and permanent tie-line outage. Gains of the integral controller in AGC loop and parameters of TCPS and SMES are optimized with the help of a relatively novel particle swarm optimization, developed by the authors, called as craziness-based particle swarm optimization (CRPSO). The optimizing performance has been compared to that of real-coded genetic algorithm (RGA) to establish its superiority. (author)

  6. Formation of aqueous-phase α-hydroxyhydroperoxides (α-HHP: potential atmospheric impacts

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    R. Zhao

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available The focus of this work is on quantifying the degree of the aqueous-phase formation of α-hydroxyhydroperoxides (α-HHPs via reversible nucleophilic addition of H2O2 to aldehydes. Formation of this class of highly oxygenated organic hydroperoxides represents a poorly characterized aqueous-phase processing pathway that may lead to enhanced SOA formation and aerosol toxicity. Specifically, the equilibrium constants of α-HHP formation have been determined using proton nuclear resonance (1H NMR spectroscopy and proton transfer reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS. Significant α-HHP formation was observed from formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, propionaldehyde, glycolaldehyde, glyoxylic acid, methylglyoxal, but not from methacrolein and ketones. Low temperatures enhanced the formation of α-HHPs but slowed their formation rates. High inorganic salt concentrations shifted the equilibria toward the hydrated form of the aldehydes and slightly suppressed α-HHP formation. Using the experimental equilibrium constants, we predict the equilibrium concentration of α-HHPs to be in the μM level in cloud water but may be present in the mM level in aerosol liquid water (ALW, where the concentrations of H2O2 and aldehydes can be high. Formation of α-HHPs in ALW may significantly affect the effective Henry's law constants of H2O2 and aldehydes but may not affect their gas-phase levels. The photochemistry and reactivity of this class of atmospheric species have not been studied.

  7. Three-flavor color superconductivity

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    Malekzadeh, H.

    2007-12-15

    I investigate some of the inert phases in three-flavor, spin-zero color-superconducting quark matter: the CFL phase (the analogue of the B phase in superfluid {sup 3}He), the A and A{sup *} phases, and the 2SC and sSC phases. I compute the pressure of these phases with and without the neutrality condition. Without the neutrality condition, after the CFL phase the sSC phase is the dominant phase. However, including the neutrality condition, the CFL phase is again the energetically favored phase except for a small region of intermediate densities where the 2SC/A{sup *} phase is favored. It is shown that the 2SC phase is identical to the A{sup *} phase up to a color rotation. In addition, I calculate the self-energies and the spectral densities of longitudinal and transverse gluons at zero temperature in color-superconducting quark matter in the CFL phase. I find a collective excitation, a plasmon, at energies smaller than two times the gap parameter and momenta smaller than about eight times the gap. The dispersion relation of this mode exhibits a minimum at some nonzero value of momentum, indicating a van Hove singularity. (orig.)

  8. Photon-detecting superconducting resonators

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    Barends, R.

    2009-01-01

    One of the greatest challenges in astronomy is observing star and planetary formation, redshifted distant galaxies and molecular spectral ‘fingerprints’ in the far-infrared spectrum of light, using highly sensitive and large cameras. In this thesis we investigate superconducting resonators for

  9. Size distribution dynamics reveal particle-phase chemistry in organic aerosol formation.

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    Shiraiwa, Manabu; Yee, Lindsay D; Schilling, Katherine A; Loza, Christine L; Craven, Jill S; Zuend, Andreas; Ziemann, Paul J; Seinfeld, John H

    2013-07-16

    Organic aerosols are ubiquitous in the atmosphere and play a central role in climate, air quality, and public health. The aerosol size distribution is key in determining its optical properties and cloud condensation nucleus activity. The dominant portion of organic aerosol is formed through gas-phase oxidation of volatile organic compounds, so-called secondary organic aerosols (SOAs). Typical experimental measurements of SOA formation include total SOA mass and atomic oxygen-to-carbon ratio. These measurements, alone, are generally insufficient to reveal the extent to which condensed-phase reactions occur in conjunction with the multigeneration gas-phase photooxidation. Combining laboratory chamber experiments and kinetic gas-particle modeling for the dodecane SOA system, here we show that the presence of particle-phase chemistry is reflected in the evolution of the SOA size distribution as well as its mass concentration. Particle-phase reactions are predicted to occur mainly at the particle surface, and the reaction products contribute more than half of the SOA mass. Chamber photooxidation with a midexperiment aldehyde injection confirms that heterogeneous reaction of aldehydes with organic hydroperoxides forming peroxyhemiacetals can lead to a large increase in SOA mass. Although experiments need to be conducted with other SOA precursor hydrocarbons, current results demonstrate coupling between particle-phase chemistry and size distribution dynamics in the formation of SOAs, thereby opening up an avenue for analysis of the SOA formation process.

  10. Energy of formation for AgIn liquid binary alloys along the line of phase separation

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    Bhuiyan, G M; Ziauddin-Ahmed, A Z

    2003-01-01

    We have investigated the energy of formation for AgIn liquid binary alloys along the solid-liquid phase separation line. A microscopic theory based on the first order perturbation has been applied. The interionic interaction and a reference liquid are the fundamental components of the theory. These are described by a local pseudopotential and the hard sphere liquids, respectively. The results of calculations reveal a characteristic feature that the energy of formation becomes minimum at the equiatomic composition, and thus indicates maximal mix-ability at this concentration. The energy of formation at a particular thermodynamic state that is at T 1173 K predicts the experimental trends fairly well.

  11. Three-phase heaters with common overburden sections for heating subsurface formations

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    Vinegar, Harold J [Bellaire, TX

    2012-02-14

    A heating system for a subsurface formation is described. The heating system includes three substantially u-shaped heaters with first end portions of the heaters being electrically coupled to a single, three-phase wye transformer and second end portions of the heaters being electrically coupled to each other and/or to ground. The three heaters may enter the formation through a first common wellbore and exit the formation through a second common wellbore so that the magnetic fields of the three heaters at least partially cancel out in the common wellbores.

  12. Superfluidity and Superconductivity in Neutron Stars

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    N. Chamel

    2017-09-01

    Neutron stars, the compact stellar remnants of core-collapse supernova explosions, are unique cosmic laboratories for exploring novel phases of matter under extreme conditions. In particular, the occurrence of superfluidity and superconductivity in neutron stars will be briefly reviewed.

  13. Effect of the Indium Addition on the Superconducting Property and the Impurity Phase in Polycrystalline SmFeAsO1-xFx

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    Fujioka, Masaya; Ozaki, Toshinori; Okazaki, Hiroyuki; Denholme, Saleem James; Deguchi, Keita; Demura, Satoshi; Hara, Hiroshi; Watanabe, Tohru; Takeya, Hiroyuki; Yamaguchi, Takahide; Kumakura, Hiroaki; Takano, Yoshihiko

    2013-02-01

    We report the increase in the magnetic critical current density (Jc) of indium added polycrystalline SmFeAsO1-xFx. The value of magnetic Jc is around 2.5 × 104 A/cm2 at 4.2 K under a self-magnetic field. Polycrystalline SmFeAsO1-xFx is mainly composed of superconducting grains and a little amorphous FeAs compounds. These components randomly coexist and amorphous areas are located between superconducting grains. Therefore, superconducting current is prevented from flowing by the amorphous areas. In this study, it is found that indium addition to polycrystalline SmFeAsO1-xFx removes these amorphous areas and induces the clustering of the superconducting grains. This means that the total contact surface area of grains increases. We suggest that the increase in the magnetic Jc is a direct effect of the indium addition.

  14. Transport in the superconducting phase of UPt 3 at low-temperature: magnetic field and impurity effects

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    Brison, Jean-Pascal; Suderow, Hermann; Rodière, Pierre; Huxley, Andrew; Kambe, Shinsaku; Rullier-Albenque, Florence; Flouquet, Jacques

    2000-06-01

    We will review the experimental results which have led to and supported the “hybrid gap picture” in the heavy-fermion superconductor UPt 3: power-law temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity along the c-axis and in the basal plane, scaling laws under magnetic field. Experiments on samples with sizeable amounts of point defects (created by high-energy electron irradiation) seem to challenge these results. We conclude on the actual scenarios for the phase diagram of UPt 3 in conjunction with the results from the NMR Knight-shift measurements.

  15. Mapping Dimensionality and Directionality of Electronic Behavior in CeCoIn5: the Superconducting State

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    Feldman, Benjamin E.; Gyenis, Andras; Randeria, Mallika T.; Peterson, Gabriel A.; Aynajian, Pegor; Bauer, Eric D.; Yazdani, Ali

    Unconventional superconductors often exhibit anisotropic physical properties that arise from the directional dependence of their order parameters. A prime example is CeCoIn5, a heavy fermion d-wave superconductor with a rich low-temperature phase diagram consisting of competing and coexisting magnetic and superconducting orders. Here we present dilution refrigerator scanning tunneling microscopy of CeCoIn5 cleaved perpendicular to its basal plane. We study superconductivity on the (100) surface, whose normal vector points along the antinode of the superconducting energy gap. The gap magnitude is similar to that observed in the basal plane, with a key difference: it does not exhibit any suppression near step edges. Application of a magnetic field along the [100] direction leads to the formation of anisotropic vortices, and the vortex lattice undergoes a transition at high field before the superconducting state gives way to a pseudogap phase. Our measurements illustrate the directional dependence of the superconducting properties in CeCoIn5, and more generally, demonstrate the utility of imaging d-wave superconductors along their nodal and antinodal directions.

  16. Magnetism and superconductivity in heavy fermion systems

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    Flouquet, J. (DRFMC, C.E.N.G., 38 - Grenoble (France)); Brison, J.P.; Hasselbach, K.; Taillefer, L. (C.N.R.S., 38 - Grenoble (France)); Behnia, K.; Jaccard, D. (DPMC, Geneva Univ. (Switzerland)); Visser, A. de (Natuurkundig Lab., Univ. van Amsterdam (Netherlands))

    1991-12-01

    The normal and superconducting properties of heavy fermion compounds are reviewed. The discussion is focus on the three uranium compounds: UBe{sub 13}, UPt{sub 3} and URu{sub 2}Si{sub 2}. Special attention is given: 1) to unusual (H.T) superconducting phase diagram as discovered in UPt{sub 3} where two successive superconducting phases seem to occur in zero magnetic field; 2) to the role of long range ordering as found in URu{sub 2}Si{sub 2} and UPt{sub 3}. (orig.).

  17. Decrease in spermidine content during logarithmic phase of cell growth delays spore formation of Bacillus subtilis.

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    Ishii, I; Takada, H; Terao, K; Kakegawa, T; Igarashi, K; Hirose, S

    1994-11-01

    Bacillus subtilis 168M contained a large amount of spermidine during the logarithmic phase of growth, but the amount decreased drastically during the stationary phase. The extracts, prepared from B. subtilis cells harvested in the logarithmic phase, contained activity of arginine decarboxylase (ADC) rather than the activity of ornithine decarboxylase. In the presence of alpha-difluoromethylarginine (DFMA), a specific and irreversible inhibitor of ADC, the amount of spermidine in B. subtilis during the logarithmic phase decreased to about 25% of the control cells. Under these conditions, spore formation of B. subtilis 168M delayed greatly without significant inhibition of cell growth. The decrease in spermidine content in the logarithmic phase rather than in the stationary phase was involved in the delay of sporulation. Electron microscopy of cells at 24 hrs. of culture confirmed the delay of spore formation by the decrease of spermidine content. Furthermore, the delay of sporulation was negated by the addition of spermidine. These data suggest that a large amount of spermidine existing during the logarithmic phase plays an important role in the sporulation of B. subtilis.

  18. Theory of the formation of P4132(P4332)-phase spinels

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    Talanov, V. M.; Talanov, M. V.; Shirokov, V. B.

    2016-03-01

    A group-theoretical, thermodynamic, and structural study of the formation of P4132( P4332) spinel modification has been performed. In particular, the occurrence of unique hyper-kagome atomic order is analyzed. The critical order parameter inducing a phase transition is established. It is shown that the calculated structure of the low-symmetry P4132( P4332) phase is formed as a result of displacements of atoms of all types and due to the cation and anion ordering. The problem of the occurrence of unique hyper-kagome atomic order in the structures of P4132( P4332) spinel modifications is considered theoretically. It is proven within the Landau theory of phase transitions that the P4132( P4332) phase can be formed from the high-symmetry Fd3 m phase with an ideal spinel structure only as a result of first-order phase transition. Therefore, the formation of hyper-kagome sublattice in the P4132( P4332) phase is accompanied by a significant transformation of the spinel structure.

  19. Formation of metastable phases during solidification of Al-3.2 wt% Mn

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    Khvan, Alexandra V.; Cheverikin, Vladimir V.; Dinsdale, Alan T. [Thermochemistry of Materials SRC, National University of Science and Technology MISIS, 4 Leninsky Prosp., 119049 Moscow (Russian Federation); Watson, Andy [Thermochemistry of Materials SRC, National University of Science and Technology MISIS, 4 Leninsky Prosp., 119049 Moscow (Russian Federation); Institute for Materials Research, School of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT Leeds (United Kingdom); Levchenko, Viktor V.; Zolotorevskiy, Vadim S. [Department of Physical Metallurgy of Non-Ferrous Metals, National University of Science and Technology MISIS, 4 Leninsky Prosp., 119049 Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • During rapid solidification of Al-Mn alloys, expected phases do not always form. • This has been verified in this study. • Calculations of phase equilibria using thermodynamics can help to explain this. • ‘Stable’ phases are shown to be kinetically inhibited from forming. - Abstract: The solidification of the technologically important Al-rich Al-Mn alloys has been studied both experimentally and by calculation of the phase equilibria. The results of previous experimental studies, which indicated that one or more stable intermetallic phases are suppressed on solidification from the liquid, have been confirmed. It was shown that it is important to consider the formation of Al{sub 11}Mn{sub 4} even though other intermetallic phases have a higher driving force for solidification. It is concluded that while an understanding of the thermodynamic properties of the phases is fundamental to modelling the formation of microstructure associated with solidification, it is necessary to take into account other effects such as the thermodynamic properties at interfaces and their effect on nucleation.

  20. The ionic liquid isopropylammonium formate as a mobile phase modifier to improve protein stability during reversed phase liquid chromatography.

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    Zhou, Ling; Danielson, Neil D

    2013-12-01

    The room temperature ionic liquid isopropylammonium formate (IPAF) is studied as a reversed phase HPLC mobile phase modifier for separation of native proteins using a polymeric column and the protein stability is compared to that using acetonitrile (MeCN) as the standard organic mobile phase modifier. A variety of important proteins with different numbers of subunits are investigated, including non-subunit proteins: albumin, and amyloglucosidase (AMY); a two subunit protein: thyroglobulin (THY); and four subunit proteins: glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH). A significant enhancement in protein stability is observed in the chromatograms upon using IPAF as a mobile phase modifier. The first sharper peak at about 2min represented protein in primarily the native form and a second broader peak more retained at about 5-6min represented substantially denatured or possibly aggregated protein. The investigated proteins (except LDH) could maintain the native form within up to 50% IPAF, while a mobile phase, with as low as 10% MeCN, induced protein denaturation. The assay for pyruvate using LDH has further shown that enzymatic activity can be maintained up to 30% IPAF in water in contrast to no activity using 30% MeCN.

  1. Role of Nucleation and Growth in Two-Phase Microstructure Formation

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    Shin, Jong Ho [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2007-01-01

    During the directional solidification of peritectic alloys, a rich variety of two-phase microstructures develop, and the selection process of a specific microstructure is complicated due to the following two considerations. (1) In contrast to many single phase and eutectic microstructures that grow under steady state conditions, two-phase microstructures in a peritectic system often evolve under non-steady-state conditions that can lead to oscillatory microstructures, and (2) the microstructure is often governed by both the nucleation and the competitive growth of the two phases in which repeated nucleation can occur due to the change in the local conditions during growth. In this research, experimental studies in the Sn-Cd system were designed to isolate the effects of nucleation and competitive growth on the dynamics of complex microstructure formation. Experiments were carried out in capillary samples to obtain diffusive growth conditions so that the results can be analyzed quantitatively. At high thermal gradient and low velocity, oscillatory microstructures were observed in which repeated nucleation of the two phases was observed at the wall-solid-liquid junction. Quantitative measurements of nucleation undercooling were obtained for both the primary and the peritectic phase nucleation, and three different ampoule materials were used to examine the effect of different contact angles at the wall on nucleation undercooling. Nucleation undercooling for each phase was found to be very small, and the experimental undercooling values were orders of magnitude smaller than that predicted by the classical theory of nucleation. A new nucleation mechanism is proposed in which the clusters of atoms at the wall ahead of the interface can become a critical nucleus when the cluster encounters the triple junction. Once the nucleation of a new phase occurs, the microstructure is found to be controlled by the relative growth of the two phases that give rise to different

  2. A comparison of methods to predict solid phase heats of formation of molecular energetic salts.

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    Byrd, Edward F C; Rice, Betsy M

    2009-01-01

    In this study a variety of methods were used to compute the energies for lattice enthalpies and gas phase heats of formation of the ionic constituents used in Born-Fajans-Haber cycles to produce solid phase heats of formation of molecular ionic energetic crystals. Several quantum mechanically based or empirical approaches to calculate either the heat of formation of the ionic constituents in the gas phase (deltaH(o)f(g)) or the lattice enthalpy (deltaH(o)Lattice) were evaluated. Solid phase heats of formation calculated from combinations of deltaH(o)f(g) and deltaH(o)Lattice determined through various approaches are compared with experimental values for a series of molecular energetic salts with 1:1, 2:1 and 2:2 charge ratios. Recommendations for combinations of deltaH(o)f(g) and deltaH(o)Lattice to produce best agreement with experiment are given, along with suggestions for improvements of the methods.

  3. Formation of residual NAPL in three-phase systems: Experiments and numerical simulations

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    Hofstee, C.; Oostrom, M.

    2002-01-01

    The formation of residual, discontinuous nonaqueous phase liquids (NAPLs) in the vadose zone is a process that is not well understood. The simulators have conveniently implemented the Leverett concept (Leverett and Lewis, 1941) which states that in a water-wet porous media, when fluid wettabilities

  4. Numerical modeling of gas-phase kinetics in formation of secondary aerosol

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    2007-01-01

    Three basic modules of gas-phase photochemical reactions involved in the formation of secondary aerosol are developed for modeling the concentration variation of precursors of aerosol, including ketone (RCOx), aldehyde (ALD), peroxyacetylnitrate (PAN), NO2, and SO2, followed by numerical solution for each of the modules. Reasonable trends of concentration variation of the precursors can be obtained from the proposed modules.

  5. Towards inducing superconductivity into graphene

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    Efetov, Dmitri K.

    Graphenes transport properties have been extensively studied in the 10 years since its discovery in 2004, with ground-breaking experimental observations such as Klein tunneling, fractional quantum Hall effect and Hofstadters butterfly. Though, so far, it turned out to be rather poor on complex correlated electronic ground states and phase transitions, despite various theoretical predictions. The purpose of this thesis is to help understanding the underlying theoretical and experimental reasons for the lack of strong electronic interactions in graphene, and, employing graphenes high tunability and versatility, to identify and alter experimental parameters that could help to induce stronger correlations. In particular graphene holds one last, not yet experimentally discovered prediction, namely exhibiting intrinsic superconductivity. With its vanishingly small Fermi surface at the Dirac point, graphene is a semi-metal with very weak electronic interactions. Though, if it is doped into the metallic regime, where the size of the Fermi surface becomes comparable to the size of the Brillouin zone, the density of states becomes sizeable and electronic interactions are predicted to be dramatically enhanced, resulting in competing correlated ground states such as superconductivity, magnetism and charge density wave formation. Following these predictions, this thesis first describes the creation of metallic graphene at high carrier doping via electrostatic doping techniques based on electrolytic gates. Due to graphenes surface only properties, we are able to induce carrier densities above n>1014 cm-2 (epsilonF>1eV) into the chemically inert graphene. While at these record high carrier densities we yet do not observe superconductivity, we do observe fundamentally altered transport properties as compared to semi-metallic graphene. Here, detailed measurements of the low temperature resistivity reveal that the electron-phonon interactions are governed by a reduced, density

  6. Suppression of magnetism and development of superconductivity within the collapsed tetragonal phase of Ca[subscript 0.67]Sr[subscript 0.33]Fe[subscript 2]As[subscript 2] under pressure

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    Jeffries, J.R.; Butch, N.P.; Kirshenbaum, K.; Saha, S.R.; Samudrala, G.; Weir, S.T.; Vohra, Y.K.; Paglione, J. (LLNL); (UAB); (Maryland)

    2012-10-24

    Structural and electronic characterizations of (Ca{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.33})Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} have been performed as a function of pressure up to 12 GPa using conventional and designer diamond anvil cells. The compound (Ca{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.33})Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} behaves intermediately between its end members, displaying a suppression of magnetism and the onset of superconductivity. Like other members of the AFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} family, (Ca{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.33})Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} undergoes a pressure-induced isostructural volume collapse, which we associate with the development of As-As bonding across the mirror plane of the structure. This collapsed tetragonal phase abruptly cuts off the magnetic state and supports superconductivity with a maximum T{sub c} = 22.2 K. The maximum T{sub c} of the superconducting phase is not strongly correlated with any structural parameter, but its proximity to the abrupt suppression of magnetism as well as the volume-collapse transition suggests that magnetic interactions and structural inhomogeneity may play a role in its development.

  7. Keeping a Step Ahead: formative phase of a workplace intervention trial to prevent obesity.

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    Zapka, Jane; Lemon, Stephenie C; Estabrook, Barbara B; Jolicoeur, Denise G

    2007-11-01

    Ecological interventions hold promise for promoting overweight and obesity prevention in worksites. Given the paucity of evaluative research in the hospital worksite setting, considerable formative work is required for successful implementation and evaluation. This paper describes the formative phases of Step Ahead, a site-randomized controlled trial of a multilevel intervention that promotes physical activity and healthy eating in six hospitals in central Massachusetts. The purpose of the formative research phase was to increase the feasibility, effectiveness, and likelihood of sustainability of the intervention. The Step Ahead ecological intervention approach targets change at the organization, interpersonal work environment, and individual levels. The intervention was developed using fundamental steps of intervention mapping and important tenets of participatory research. Formative research methods were used to engage leadership support and assistance and to develop an intervention plan that is both theoretically and practically grounded. This report uses observational data, program minutes and reports, and process tracking data. Leadership involvement (key informant interviews and advisory boards), employee focus groups and advisory boards, and quantitative environmental assessments cultivated participation and support. Determining multiple foci of change and designing measurable objectives and generic assessment tools to document progress are complex challenges encountered in planning phases. Multilevel trials in diverse organizations require flexibility and balance of theory application and practice-based perspectives to affect impact and outcome objectives. Formative research is an essential component.

  8. Superconducting Electronic Film Structures

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    1991-02-14

    cubic, yttria stabilized, zirconia (YSZ) single crystals with (100) orientation and ao = 0.512 to 0.516 nm. Films were magnetron-sputtered... Crown by Solid-State and Vapor-Phase Epitaxy," IEEE Trans. Uagn. 25(2), 2538 (1989). 6. J. H. Kang, R. T. Kampwirth, and K. E. Gray, "Superconductivity...summarized in Fig. 1, are too high for SrTiO3 or yttria- stabilized zirconia (YSZ) to be used in rf applications. MgO, LaAIO 3 , and LaGaO3 have a tan 6

  9. Heavy fermion superconductivity

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    Brison, Jean-Pascal; Glémot, Loı̈c; Suderow, Hermann; Huxley, Andrew; Kambe, Shinsaku; Flouquet, Jacques

    2000-05-01

    The quest for a precise identification of the symmetry of the order parameter in heavy fermion systems has really started with the discovery of the complex superconducting phase diagram in UPt 3. About 10 years latter, despite numerous experiments and theoretical efforts, this is still not achieved, and we will quickly review the present status of knowledge and the main open question. Actually, the more forsaken issue of the nature of the pairing mechanism has been recently tackled by different groups with macroscopic or microscopic measurement, and significant progress have been obtained. We will discuss the results emerging from these recent studies which all support non-phonon-mediated mechanisms.

  10. Small angle neutron scattering study of U(VI) third phase formation in HNO3/DHDECMP–-dodecane system

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    K V Lohithakshan; V K Aswal; S K Aggarwal

    2008-11-01

    Small angle neutron scattering studies (SANS) were carried out to understand the formation of third phase in DHDECMP–dodecane–UO2(NO3)2/HNO3 system. It was observed that third phase formation takes place due to the formation of UO2(NO3)2. DHDECMP reverse micelles in the dodecane phase. SANS data obtained were interpreted with particle interaction model using Baxter sticky spheres model.

  11. Formation of complex organic molecules in cold objects: the role of gas-phase reactions

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    Balucani, Nadia; Ceccarelli, Cecilia; Taquet, Vianney

    2015-04-01

    While astrochemical models are successful in reproducing many of the observed interstellar species, they have been struggling to explain the observed abundances of complex organic molecules. Current models tend to privilege grain surface over gas-phase chemistry in their formation. One key assumption of those models is that radicals trapped in the grain mantles gain mobility and react on lukewarm ( ≳ 30 K) dust grains. Thus, the recent detections of methyl formate (MF) and dimethyl ether (DME) in cold objects represent a challenge and may clarify the respective role of grain-surface and gas-phase chemistry. We propose here a new model to form DME and MF with gas-phase reactions in cold environments, where DME is the precursor of MF via an efficient reaction overlooked by previous models. Furthermore, methoxy, a precursor of DME, is also synthesized in the gas phase from methanol, which is desorbed by a non-thermal process from the ices. Our new model reproduces fairly well the observations towards L1544. It also explains, in a natural way, the observed correlation between DME and MF. We conclude that gas-phase reactions are major actors in the formation of MF, DME and methoxy in cold gas. This challenges the exclusive role of grain-surface chemistry and favours a combined grain-gas chemistry.

  12. Multifunctional acid formation from the gas-phase ozonolysis of beta-pinene.

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    Ma, Yan; Marston, George

    2008-10-28

    The gas-phase ozonolysis of beta-pinene was studied in static chamber experiments, using gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometric and flame ionisation detection to separate and detect products. A range of multifunctional organic acids-including pinic acid, norpinic acid, pinalic-3-acid, pinalic-4-acid, norpinalic acid and OH-pinalic acid-were identified in the condensed phase after derivatisation. Formation yields for these products under systematically varying reaction conditions (by adding different OH radical scavengers and Criegee intermediate scavengers) were investigated and compared with those observed from alpha-pinene ozonolysis, allowing detailed information on product formation mechanisms to be elucidated. In addition, branching ratios for the initial steps of the reaction were inferred from quantitative measurements of primary carbonyl formation. Atmospheric implications of this work are discussed.

  13. Phase diagram of K(x)Fe(2-y)Se(2-z)S(z) and the suppression of its superconducting state by an Fe2-Se/S tetrahedron distortion.

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    Lei, Hechang; Abeykoon, Milinda; Bozin, Emil S; Wang, Kefeng; Warren, J B; Petrovic, C

    2011-09-23

    We report structurally tuned superconductivity in a K(x)Fe(2-y)Se(2-z)S(z) (0 ≤ z ≤ 2) phase diagram. Superconducting T(c) is suppressed as S is incorporated into the lattice, eventually vanishing at 80% of S. The magnetic and conductivity properties can be related to stoichiometry on a poorly occupied Fe1 site and the local environment of a nearly fully occupied Fe2 site. The decreasing T(c) coincides with the increasing Fe1 occupancy and the overall increase in Fe stoichiometry from z = 0 to z = 2. Our results indicate that the irregularity of the Fe2-Se/S tetrahedron is an important controlling parameter that can be used to tune the ground state in the new superconductor family.

  14. Structural characteristics of the new high-T/sub c/ superconducting phase Bi/sub 2/ Sr/sub 2/ Ca Cu/sub 2/ O/sub 8+x/

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    Carrillo, E.; Orozco, E.; Fuentes-Maya, J.; Mendoza, A.; Gasga, J.R.; Martinez, L.; Perez, R.; Garcia, A.; Schabes, P.S.; Acosta, D.

    1988-01-01

    A structural characterization of the superconducting phases in Bi/sub 2/ Sr/sub 2/ Ca Cu/sub 2/ O/sub 8+x/ is carried out. X-ray measurements are in agreement with recently reported diffraction patterns indicating an orthorhombic structure with large c-axis parameter (/approx/ 30A). Twin boundaries which are commonly found in high-T/sub c/ superconducting compounds based on Y or rare earths are however not frequent in these new type of superconductors. Transmission Electron Microscope images show a layered type of structure and electron diffraction patterns which confirm the orthorhombic structure. The resistivity measurements show a large drop at 100/sup 0/K with a T/sub c/ of the order of 76/sup 0/K.

  15. Interface properties and phase formation between surface coated SKD61 and aluminum alloys

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    Se-Weon CHOI; Young-Chan KIM; Se-Hun CHANG; Ik-Hyun OH; Joon-Sik PARK; Chang-Seog KANG

    2009-01-01

    The intermediate phase formation and surface protection effects between SKD61 die mold alloys and aluminum alloys were investigated during a simulated die-casting process. The surface coatings of SKD61 alloy were carried out via Si pack cementation coatings at 900 ℃ for 10 h and the e-FeSi phase formed. When the coated SKD61 alloy was dipped in the liquid aluminum alloy (ALDC12), the surface coated SKD61 alloys showed better surface properties compared with uncoated SKD61 alloys, i.e., the intermediate phases (FeSiAl compound) were not produced for the coated SKD61 alloy. The coating layer of e-FeSi served as a diffusion barrier for the formation of FeSiAl compounds.

  16. New thresholds for Primordial Black Hole formation during the QCD phase transition

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    Sobrinho, J L G; Gonçalves, A L

    2016-01-01

    Primordial Black Holes (PBHs) might have formed in the early Universe as a consequence of the collapse of density fluctuations with an amplitude above a critical value $\\delta_{c}$: the formation threshold. Although for a radiation-dominated Universe $\\delta_{c}$ remains constant, if the Universe experiences some dust-like phases (e.g. phase transitions) $\\delta_{c}$ might decrease, improving the chances of PBH formation. We studied the evolution of $\\delta_{c}$ during the QCD phase transition epoch within three different models: Bag Model (BM), Lattice Fit Model (LFM), and Crossover Model (CM). We found that the reduction on the background value of $\\delta_{c}$ can be as high as $77\\%$ (BM), which might imply a $\\sim10^{-10}$ probability of PBHs forming at the QCD epoch.

  17. Stripes and superconductivity in cuprates

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    Tranquada, John M.

    2012-06-01

    Holes doped into the CuO2 planes of cuprate parent compounds frustrate the antiferromagnetic order. The development of spin and charge stripes provides a compromise between the competing magnetic and kinetic energies. Static stripe order has been observed only in certain particular compounds, but there are signatures which suggest that dynamic stripe correlations are common in the cuprates. Though stripe order is bad for superconducting phase coherence, stripes are compatible with strong pairing. Ironically, magnetic-field-induced stripe order appears to enhance the stability of superconducting order within the planes.

  18. Stripes and superconductivity in cuprates

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    Tranquada, John M., E-mail: jtran@bnl.gov [Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Dept., Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY 11973-5000 (United States)

    2012-06-01

    Holes doped into the CuO{sub 2} planes of cuprate parent compounds frustrate the antiferromagnetic order. The development of spin and charge stripes provides a compromise between the competing magnetic and kinetic energies. Static stripe order has been observed only in certain particular compounds, but there are signatures which suggest that dynamic stripe correlations are common in the cuprates. Though stripe order is bad for superconducting phase coherence, stripes are compatible with strong pairing. Ironically, magnetic-field-induced stripe order appears to enhance the stability of superconducting order within the planes.

  19. Superconducting pairing and density-wave instabilities in quasi-one-dimensional conductors

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    Nickel, J. C.; Duprat, R.; Bourbonnais, C.; Dupuis, N.

    2006-04-01

    Using a renormalization group approach, we determine the phase diagram of an extended quasi-one-dimensional electron gas model that includes interchain hopping, nesting deviations, and both intrachain and interchain repulsive interactions. d -wave superconductivity, which dominates over the spin-density-wave (SDW) phase at large nesting deviations, becomes unstable to the benefit of a triplet f -wave phase for a weak repulsive interchain backscattering term g1⊥>0 , despite the persistence of dominant SDW correlations in the normal state. Antiferromagnetism becomes unstable against the formation of a charge-density-wave state when g1⊥ exceeds some critical value. While these features persist when both Umklapp processes and interchain forward scattering (g2⊥) are taken into account, the effect of g2⊥ alone is found to frustrate nearest-neighbor interchain d - and f -wave pairing and instead favor next-nearest-neighbor interchain singlet or triplet pairing. We argue that the close proximity of SDW and charge-density-wave phases, singlet d -wave, and triplet f -wave superconducting phases in the theoretical phase diagram provides a possible explanation for recent puzzling experimental findings in the Bechgaard salts, including the coexistence of SDW and charge-density-wave phases and the possibility of a triplet pairing in the superconducting phase.

  20. Low temperature amorphization and superconductivity in FeSe single crystals at high pressures

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    Stemshorn, Andrew K.; Tsoi, Georgiy; Vohra, Yogesh K.; Sinogeiken, Stanislav; Wu, Phillip M.; Huang, Yilin; Rao, Sistla M.; Wu, Maw-Kuen; Yeh, Kuo W.; Weir, Samuel T. (IP-Taiwan); (UAB); (Duke); (LLNL)

    2010-08-04

    In this study, we report low temperature x-ray diffraction studies combined with electrical resistance measurements on single crystals of iron-based layered superconductor FeSe to a temperature of 10 K and a pressure of 44 GPa. The low temperature high pressure x-ray diffraction studies were performed using a synchrotron source and superconductivity at high pressure was studied using designer diamond anvils. At ambient temperature, the FeSe sample shows a phase transformation from a PbO-type tetragonal phase to a NiAs-type hexagonal phase at 10 {+-} 2 GPa. On cooling, a structural distortion from a PbO-type tetragonal phase to an orthorhombic Cmma phase is observed below 100 K. At a low temperature of 10 K, compression of the orthorhombic Cmma phase results in a gradual transformation to an amorphous phase above 15 GPa. The transformation to the amorphous phase is completed by 40 GPa at 10 K. A loss of superconductivity is observed in the amorphous phase and a dramatic change in the temperature behavior of electrical resistance indicates formation of a semiconducting state at high pressures and low temperatures. The formation of the amorphous phase is attributed to a kinetic hindrance to the growth of a hexagonal NiAs phase under high pressures and low temperatures.

  1. Domain wall description of superconductivity

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    Brito, F A; Silva, J C M

    2012-01-01

    In the present work we shall address the issue of electrical conductivity in superconductors in the perspective of superconducting domain wall solutions in the realm of field theory. We take our set up made out of a dynamical complex scalar field coupled to gauge field to be responsible for superconductivity and an extra scalar real field that plays the role of superconducting domain walls. The temperature of the system is interpreted as the parameter to move type I to type II domain walls. Alternatively, this means that the domain wall surface is suffering an acceleration as one goes from one type to another. On the other hand, changing from type I to type II state means a formation of a condensate what is in perfect sense of lowering the temperature around the superconductor. One can think of this scenario as an analog of holographic scenarios where this set up is replaced by a black hole near the domain wall.

  2. Foreword: Focus on Superconductivity in Semiconductors

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    Yoshihiko Takano

    2008-01-01

    -TC superconductors (Tamegai et al, and the mechanism of superconductivity is discussed. Last but not least, a novel highest-density phase of boron is produced and characterized (Zarechnaya et al.We hope that this focus issue will help readers to understand the frontiers of superconductivity in semiconductors and assist in the application of new devices using a combination of superconductivity and semiconductivity.

  3. Glycerol effects on the formation and rheology of hexagonal phase and related gel emulsion.

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    Alam, Mohammad Mydul; Aramaki, Kenji

    2009-08-15

    We have investigated the effects of glycerol on the formation and rheology of hexagonal phase (H(1)) and related O/H(1) gel emulsion in the water/C(12)EO(8)/dodecane system at 25 degrees C. It has been found that the aqueous solution of C(12)EO(8) forms H(1) phase, which could solubilize some amounts of dodecane. Beyond the solubilization limit, oil is separated and a two-phase region or H(1)+O phase appeared. Due to high viscosity of the H(1) phase, allows forming O/H(1) gel emulsion at the H(1)+O region. Rheological measurements (without glycerol) have shown that the rheogram of the H(1) phase does not change drastically with the addition of oil but the system is shifted to longer relaxation time. Simultaneously, the values of the absolute value(eta(*)) are found to increase with the addition of oil, which has been described with the neighboring micellar interaction. The rheogram of the O/H(1) gel emulsion shows gel type nature (G'>G'') but the viscosity monotonically decreases with increasing oil content, which could be due to the lower volume fraction of the continuous phase (H(1) phase). Addition of glycerol has brought an order-order transition or the microstructural transition from H(1)-lamellar (L(alpha)) phase, which is manifested from rheology and SAXS measurements. Viscosity of the O/H(1) gel emulsion also decreases with increasing glycerol content. Digital images show the physical appearance of the gel emulsion changes from turbid to transparent, which is depended on the glycerol concentration (since glycerol matches the refractive index of the H(1) phase and dodecane). Structural parameters of the H(1) phase have been evaluated with the help of Bohlin's model and found that the coordination number of the H(1) phase depends not only the oil and glycerol concentrations but also temperature.

  4. 100 years of superconductivity

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    Rogalla, Horst

    2011-01-01

    Even a hundred years after its discovery, superconductivity continues to bring us new surprises, from superconducting magnets used in MRI to quantum detectors in electronics. 100 Years of Superconductivity presents a comprehensive collection of topics on nearly all the subdisciplines of superconductivity. Tracing the historical developments in superconductivity, the book includes contributions from many pioneers who are responsible for important steps forward in the field.The text first discusses interesting stories of the discovery and gradual progress of theory and experimentation. Emphasizi

  5. The study of membrane formation via phase inversion method by cloud point and light scattering experiment

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    Arahman, Nasrul; Maimun, Teuku; Mukramah, Syawaliah

    2017-01-01

    The composition of polymer solution and the methods of membrane preparation determine the solidification process of membrane. The formation of membrane structure prepared via non-solvent induced phase separation (NIPS) method is mostly determined by phase separation process between polymer, solvent, and non-solvent. This paper discusses the phase separation process of polymer solution containing Polyethersulfone (PES), N-methylpirrolidone (NMP), and surfactant Tetronic 1307 (Tet). Cloud point experiment is conducted to determine the amount of non-solvent needed on induced phase separation. Amount of water required as a non-solvent decreases by the addition of surfactant Tet. Kinetics of phase separation for such system is studied by the light scattering measurement. With the addition of Tet., the delayed phase separation is observed and the structure growth rate decreases. Moreover, the morphology of fabricated membrane from those polymer systems is analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The images of both systems show the formation of finger-like macrovoids through the cross-section.

  6. The Effect of Sex and Menstrual Phase on Memory Formation during Nap.

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    Mednick, Sara C; Sattari, Negin; McDevitt, Elizabeth A; Panas, Dagmara; Niknazar, Mohammad; Ahmadi, Maryam; Naji, Mohsen; Baker, Fiona

    2017-09-16

    Memory formation can be influenced by sleep and sex hormones in both men and women, and by the menstrual cycle in women. Though many studies have shown that sleep benefits the consolidation of memories, it is not clear whether this effect differs between men and women in general or according to menstrual phase in women. The present study investigated the effect of sex and menstrual cycle on memory consolidation of face-name associations (FNA) following a daytime nap. Recognition memory was tested using a face-name paired associates task with a polysomnographic nap between morning and evening testing. Seventeen healthy women (age: 20.75 (1.98) years) were studied at two time points of their menstrual cycles, defined from self-report and separated by 2 weeks (perimenses: -5 days to + 6 days from the start of menses, and non-perimenses: outside of the perimenses phase) and compared with eighteen healthy men (age: 22.01 (2.91) years). Regardless of menstrual phase, women had better pre-nap performance than men. Further, menstrual phase affected post-nap memory consolidation, with women showing greater forgetting in their perimenses phase compared with their non-perimenses phase, and men. Interestingly, post-nap performance correlated with electrophysiological events during sleep (slow oscillations, spindles, and temporal coupling between the two), however, these correlations differed according to menstrual phase and sex. Men's performance improvement was associated with the temporal coupling of spindles and slow oscillations (i.e., spindle/SO coincidence) as well as spindles. Women, however, showed an association with slow oscillations during non-perimenses, whereas when they were in their perimenses phase of their cycle, women appeared to show an association only with sleep spindle events for consolidation. These findings add to the growing literature demonstrating sex and menstrual phase effects on memory formation during sleep. Copyright © 2017. Published by

  7. Superconductivity, antiferromagnetism, and neutron scattering

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    Tranquada, John M., E-mail: jtran@bnl.gov; Xu, Guangyong; Zaliznyak, Igor A.

    2014-01-15

    High-temperature superconductivity in both the copper-oxide and the iron–pnictide/chalcogenide systems occurs in close proximity to antiferromagnetically ordered states. Neutron scattering has been an essential technique for characterizing the spin correlations in the antiferromagnetic phases and for demonstrating how the spin fluctuations persist in the superconductors. While the nature of the spin correlations in the superconductors remains controversial, the neutron scattering measurements of magnetic excitations over broad ranges of energy and momentum transfers provide important constraints on the theoretical options. We present an overview of the neutron scattering work on high-temperature superconductors and discuss some of the outstanding issues. - Highlights: • High-temperature superconductivity is closely associated with antiferromagnetism. • Antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations coexist with the superconductivity. • Neutron scattering is essential for characterising the full spectrum of spin excitations.

  8. Structural and magnetic phase formation in nanophase brass–iron electron compounds

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    A K Mishra; C Bansal

    2005-11-01

    Starting with Cu0.65Zn0.35 with an e/a ratio of 1.35 we studied the phase formation in nanophase (Cu0.65Zn0.35)1−Fe alloys in the concentration range 0.1 ≤ ≤ 0.7 to see the effect of altering the electron concentration. The evolution of bcc phase from the fcc phase as a function of Fe concentration was investigated by Mössbauer spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The grain size, lattice parameters, and average hyperfine magnetic field distributions were estimated for the nanophase alloys. The fcc phase was observed to persist up to 40 atomic per cent Fe substitutions, a mixed (fcc + bcc) phase region up to 70 atomic per cent Fe and bcc phase beyond 70 atomic per cent Fe. The magnetic state of the alloys changed from nonmagnetic for ≤ 0.3 to magnetically ordered state at room temperature for ≥ 0.33, which lies in the fcc phase region. The fcc phase alloys of Fe with non-magnetic metals have very low magnetic transition temperatures. However, in this system the room temperature state is unusually magnetic.

  9. THE VISCOELASTIC EFFECT ON THE FORMATION OF MESO-GLOBULAR PHASE OF DILUTE HETEROPOLYMER SOLUTIONS

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    Chi Wu

    2003-01-01

    Linear homopolymer chains in poor solvent exist either as individual crumpled single chain globules or as macroscopic precipitate, depending on whether the solution is in the one- or the two-phase region. However, linear heteropolymer chains in dilute solution might be able to form stable mesoglobules made up of a limited number of chains if the degree of amphiphilicity of the chain is sufficiently high and the experimental conditions are appropriate. The selfassembly of block copolymers in a selective solvent is typical of such examples. In practice, the formation of stable mesoglobules can be directly related to the formation of novel polymeric nanoparticles in solution. In this article, we will address the formation of mesoglobular phase not only on the basis of thermodynamics, but also from a kinetic point of view,which leads to the discussion of how viscoelasticity can affect the phase behavior of heteropolymer chains in dilute solution.The formation and stabilization of several different kinds of novel polymeric nanoparticles will be used to illustrate our discussion.

  10. THE VISCOELASTIC EFFECT ON THE FORMATION OF MESO—GLOBULAR PHASE OF DILUTE HETEROPOLYMER SOLUTIONS

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    ChiWu

    2003-01-01

    Linear Homopolymer chains in poor solvent exist either as individual crumpled single chain globules or as macroscopic precipitate,depending on whether the solution is in the one- or the two-phase region.However,linear heteropolymer chains in dilute solution might be able to form stable mesoglobules made up of a limited number of chains if the degree of amphiphilicity of the chain is sufficiently high and the experimental conditions are appropriate.The selfassembly of block copolymers in a selective solvent is typical of such examples.In practice,the formation of stable mesoglobules can be directly related to the formation of novel polymeric nanoparticles in solution.In this article,we will address the formation of mesoglobular phase not only on the basis of thermodynamics,but also from a kinetic point of view,which leads to the discussion of how viscoelasticity can affect the phase behavior of heteropolymer chains in dilute solution.The formation and stabilization of several different kinds of novel polymeric nanoparticles will be used to illustrate our discussion.

  11. The Inflow Signature toward Different Evolutionary Phases of Massive Star Formation

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    Jin, Mihwa; Lee, Jeong-Eun; Kim, Kee-Tae; Evans, Neal J., II

    2016-08-01

    We analyze both HCN J = 1-0 and HNC J = 1-0 line profiles to study the inflow motions in different evolutionary stages of massive star formation: 54 infrared dark clouds (IRDCs), 69 high-mass protostellar objects (HMPOs), and 54 ultra-compact H ii regions (UCHIIs). Inflow asymmetry in the HCN spectra seems to be prevalent throughout all the three evolutionary phases, with IRDCs showing the largest excess in the blue profile. In the case of the HNC spectra, the prevalence of blue sources does not appear, apart from for IRDCs. We suggest that this line is not appropriate to trace the inflow motion in the evolved stages of massive star formation, because the abundance of HNC decreases at high temperatures. This result highlights the importance of considering chemistry in dynamics studies of massive star-forming regions. The fact that the IRDCs show the highest blue excess in both transitions indicates that the most active inflow occurs in the early phase of star formation, i.e., in the IRDC phase rather than in the later phases. However, mass is still inflowing onto some UCHIIs. We also find that the absorption dips of the HNC spectra in six out of seven blue sources are redshifted relative to their systemic velocities. These redshifted absorption dips may indicate global collapse candidates, although mapping observations with better resolution are needed to examine this feature in more detail.

  12. Unexpected δ-Phase Formation in Additive-Manufactured Ni-Based Superalloy

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    Idell, Y.; Levine, L. E.; Allen, A. J.; Zhang, F.; Campbell, C. E.; Olson, G. B.; Gong, J.; Snyder, D. R.; Deutchman, H. Z.

    2016-03-01

    An as-built and solutionized Ni-based superalloy built by additive manufacturing through a direct metal laser sintering technique is characterized to understand the microstructural differences as compared to the as-wrought alloy. Initially, each layer undergoes rapid solidification as it is melted by the laser; however, as the part is built, the underlying layers experience a variety of heating and cooling cycles that produce significant microsegregation of niobium which allows for the formation of the deleterious δ-phase. The as-built microstructure was characterized through Vickers hardness, optical microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, electron back-scattering diffraction, x-ray diffraction, and synchrotron x-ray microLaue diffraction. The isothermal formation and growth of the δ-phase were characterized using synchrotron-based in situ small angle and wide angle x-ray scattering experiments. These experimental results are compared with multicomponent diffusion simulations that predict the phase fraction and composition. The high residual stresses and unexpected formation of the δ-phase will require further annealing treatments to be designed so as to remove these deficiencies and obtain an optimized microstructure.

  13. Ion beam induced single phase nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} formation

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    Rukade, Deepti A. [Department of Physics, University of Mumbai, Mumbai 400098 (India); Tribedi, L.C. [Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha Road, Colaba, Mumbai 400005 (India); Bhattacharyya, Varsha, E-mail: varsha.b1.physics@gmail.com [Department of Physics, University of Mumbai, Mumbai 400098 (India)

    2014-06-15

    Single phase TiO{sub 2} nanostructures are fabricated by oxygen ion implantation (60 keV) at fluence ranging from 1×10{sup 16} ions/cm{sup 2} to 1×10{sup 17} ions/cm{sup 2} in titanium thin films deposited on fused silica substrate and subsequent thermal annealing in argon atmosphere. GAXRD and Raman spectroscopy study reveals formation of single rutile phases of TiO{sub 2}. Particle size is found to vary from 29 nm to 35 nm, establishing nanostructure formation. Nanostructure formation is also confirmed by the quantum confinement effect manifested by the blueshift of the UV–vis absorption spectra. Photoluminescence spectra show peaks corresponding to TiO{sub 2} rutile phase and reveal the presence of oxygen defects due to implantation. The controlled synthesis of single phase nanostructure is attributed to ion induced defects and post-implantation annealing. It is observed that the size of the nanostructures formed is strongly dependent on the ion fluence.

  14. The inflow signature toward different evolutionary phases of massive star formation

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    Jin, Mihwa; Kim, Kee-Tae; Evans, Neal J

    2016-01-01

    We analyzed both HCN J=1-0 and HNC J=1-0 line profiles to study the inflow motions in different evolutionary stages of massive star formation: 54 infrared dark clouds (IRDCs), 69 high-mass protostellar object (HMPOs), and 54 ultra-compact HII regions (UCHIIs). The inflow asymmetry in HCN spectra seems to be prevalent throughout all the three evolutionary phases, with IRDCs showing the largest excess in blue profile. In the case of HNC spectra, the prevalence of blue sources does not appear, excepting for IRDCs. We suggest that this line is not appropriate to trace inflow motion in evolved stages of massive star formation because the abundance of HNC decreases at high temperatures. This result spotlights the importance of considering chemistry in the dynamics study of massive star-forming regions. The fact that the IRDCs show the highest blue excess in both transitions indicates that the most active inflow occurs in the early phase of star formation, i.e., the IRDC phase rather than in the later phases. Howeve...

  15. Formation and structural phase transition in Co atomic chains on a Cu(775) surface

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    Syromyatnikov, A. G.; Kabanov, N. S.; Saletsky, A. M.; Klavsyuk, A. L., E-mail: klavsyuk@physics.msu.ru [Moscow State University (Russian Federation)

    2017-01-15

    The formation of Co atomic chains on a Cu(775) surface is investigated by the kinetic Monte Carlo method. It is found that the length of Co atomic chains formed as a result of self-organization during epitaxial growth is a random quantity and its mean value depends on the parameters of the experiment. The existence of two structural phases in atomic chains is detected using the density functional theory. In the first phase, the separations between an atom and its two nearest neighbors in a chain are 0.230 and 0.280 nm. In the second phase, an atomic chain has identical atomic spacings of 0.255 nm. It is shown that the temperature of the structural phase transition depends on the length of the atomic chain.

  16. Hydride phase formation in LaMg{sub 2}Ni during H{sub 2} absorption

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    Di Chio, M.; Baricco, M. [Dipartimento di Chimica IFM and NIS/CNISM/INSTM, Universita di Torino, Via P.Giuria, 9 10125 Torino (Italy); Schiffini, L.; Enzo, S.; Cocco, G. [Dipartimento di Chimica and INSTM, Universita di Sassari, Via Vienna, 2 07100 Sassari (Italy)

    2008-02-15

    Hydrogen absorption and desorption properties in nanocrystalline LaMg{sub 2}Ni are presented. Nanostructured phases have been obtained by milling grain coarse ingot and by mechanically alloying the parent elements. The structural and hydriding properties were examined by X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis and thermal desorption measurements. Ball milling and mechanical alloying give a significant refinement of the microstructure. Reactive milling has been used for hydrogen absorption experiments. Hydrogenation by means of reactive milling at 300 K under a pressure of 0.4 MPa leads to the formation of a stable La-hydride phase together with an amorphous phase. Thermal desorption up to 983 K of hydrogenated samples leads again to parent LaMg{sub 2}Ni phase. (author)

  17. Single-phase and two-phase flow properties of mesaverde tight sandstone formation; random-network modeling approach

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    Bashtani, Farzad; Maini, Brij; Kantzas, Apostolos

    2016-08-01

    3D random networks are constructed in order to represent the tight Mesaverde formation which is located in north Wyoming, USA. The porous-space is represented by pore bodies of different shapes and sizes which are connected to each other by pore throats of varying length and diameter. Pore bodies are randomly distributed in space and their connectivity varies based on the connectivity number distribution which is used in order to generate the network. Network representations are then validated using publicly available mercury porosimetry experiments. The network modeling software solves the fundamental equations of two-phase immiscible flow incorporating wettability and contact angle variability. Quasi-static displacement is assumed. Single phase macroscopic properties (porosity, permeability) are calculated and whenever possible are compared to experimental data. Using this information drainage and imbibition capillary pressure, and relative permeability curves are predicted and (whenever possible) compared to experimental data. The calculated information is grouped and compared to available literature information on typical behavior of tight formations. Capillary pressure curve for primary drainage process is predicted and compared to experimental mercury porosimetry in order to validate the virtual porous media by history matching. Relative permeability curves are also calculated and presented.

  18. Superconductivity in Russia: Update and prospects

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    Ozhogin, V.

    1995-01-01

    The research projects and new technological developments that have occured in Russia are highlighted in this document. Some of the research discussed includes: x-ray structure analysis of YBCO superconducting single crystals and accompanying phase transformations; the role of electron-electron interaction in High Temperature Superconductors (HTSC); the formation of Cooper pairs in crystals; the synthesis and research on a new family of superconductors based on complex copper and mercury oxides (HgBa2CuO4 + alpha and HgBa2CaCu2O6 + alpha); methods for the extraction of higher (up to C200) fullerenes and metalfullerenides has been developed; and process of production of Josephson junctions and development of SQUID's.

  19. Importance of Aqueous-phase Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation from Aromatics in an Atmospheric Hydrocarbon Mixture

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    Parikh, H. M.; Carlton, A. G.; Vizuete, W.; Zhang, H.; Zhou, Y.; Chen, E.; Kamens, R. M.

    2010-12-01

    Two new secondary organic aerosol (SOA) modeling frameworks are developed, one based on an aromatic gas and particle-phase kinetic mechanism and another based on a parameterized SOA model used in conjunction with an underlying gas-phase mechanism, both of which simulate SOA formation through partitioning to two stable liquid phases: one hydrophilic containing particle aqueous-phase and the other hydrophobic comprising mainly organic components. The models were evaluated against outdoor smog chamber experiments with different combinations of initial toluene, o-xylene, p-xylene, toluene and xylene mixtures, NOx, non-SOA-forming hydrocarbon mixture, initial seed type, and humidity. Aerosol data for experiments with either ammonium sulfate or initial background seed particles, in the presence of an atmospheric hydrocarbon mixture, NOx and in sunlight under a dry atmosphere (RH = 6 to 10%) show reduced SOA formation when compared to experiments with similar initial gas and particle concentrations at higher relative humidities (RH = 40 to 90%). Both frameworks simulated reasonable fits to the total observed SOA concentrations under all conditions. For both dry and wet experiments with low initial seed, semi-volatile product partitioning in particle organic-phase is mass-transfer limited and is modeled using a dynamic gas-particle partitioning algorithm with accommodation coefficient as the primary pseudo-transport parameter. Further, the modeled SOA product distributions for both frameworks clearly show the importance of the contribution of aqueous-phase SOA particularly under conditions of low initial seed concentrations and high-humidity. For both models, under these conditions, aqueous-phase SOA from uptake of glyoxal, methylglyoxal and related polar products to particle water phase dominates as compared to the partitioning of semi-volatiles to particle organic phase. Interestingly, both the kinetic and parameterized SOA frameworks simulate similar amounts of aqueous-phase

  20. High field superconducting magnets

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    Hait, Thomas P. (Inventor); Shirron, Peter J. (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    A superconducting magnet includes an insulating layer disposed about the surface of a mandrel; a superconducting wire wound in adjacent turns about the mandrel to form the superconducting magnet, wherein the superconducting wire is in thermal communication with the mandrel, and the superconducting magnet has a field-to-current ratio equal to or greater than 1.1 Tesla per Ampere; a thermally conductive potting material configured to fill interstices between the adjacent turns, wherein the thermally conductive potting material and the superconducting wire provide a path for dissipation of heat; and a voltage limiting device disposed across each end of the superconducting wire, wherein the voltage limiting device is configured to prevent a voltage excursion across the superconducting wire during quench of the superconducting magnet.

  1. Phenomenological thermodynamics and the structure formation mechanism of the CuTi₂S₄ rhombohedral phase.

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    Talanov, Michail V; Shirokov, Vladimir B; Talanov, Valery M

    2016-04-21

    The theory of structural phase transition in CuTi2S4 is proposed. The symmetry of order parameters, thermodynamics and the mechanism of the atomic structure formation of the rhombohedral Cu-Ti-thiospinel have been studied. The critical order parameter inducing the phase transition has been found. Within the Landau theory of phase transitions, it is shown that the phase state may change from the high-symmetry cubic disordered Fd3[combining macron]m phase to the low-symmetry ordered rhombohedral R3[combining macron]m phase as a result of phase transition of the first order close to the second order. It is shown that the rhombohedral structure of CuTi2S4 is formed as a result of the displacements of all types of atoms and the ordering of Cu-atoms (1 : 1 order type in tetrahedral spinel sites), Ti-atoms (1 : 1 : 6 order type in octahedral spinel sites), and S-atoms (1 : 1 : 3 : 3 order type). The Cu- and Ti-atoms form metal nanoclusters which are named a "bunch" of dimers. The "bunch" of dimers in CuTi2S4 is a new type of self-organization of atoms in frustrated spinel-like structures. It is shown that Ti-atoms also form other types of metal nanoclusters: trimers and tetrahedra.

  2. The crystallography of color superconductivity

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    Bowers, J A; Bowers, Jeffrey A.; Rajagopal, Krishna

    2003-01-01

    We describe the crystalline phase of color superconducting quark matter. This phase may occur in quark matter at densities relevant for compact star physics, with possible implications for glitch phenomena in pulsars. We use a Ginzburg-Landau approach to determine that the crystal has a face-centered-cubic (FCC) structure. Moreover, our results indicate that the phase is robust, with gaps, critical temperature, and free energy comparable to those of the color-flavor-locked (CFL) phase. Our calculations also predict ``crystalline superfluidity'' in ultracold gases of fermionic atoms.

  3. Proposed experimental test of the theory of hole superconductivity

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    Hirsch, J.E., E-mail: jhirsch@ucsd.edu

    2016-06-15

    Highlights: • The conventional theory of superconductivity predicts no charge flow when the normal-superconductor phase boundary moves. • The theory of hole superconductivity predicts flow and counterflow of charge. • An experiment to measure a voltage is proposed. • No voltage will be measured if the conventional theory is correct. • A voltage will be measured if the theory of hole superconductivity is correct. - Abstract: The theory of hole superconductivity predicts that in the reversible transition between normal and superconducting phases in the presence of a magnetic field there is charge flow in direction perpendicular to the normal-superconductor phase boundary. In contrast, the conventional BCS-London theory of superconductivity predicts no such charge flow. Here we discuss an experiment to test these predictions.

  4. Superconducting Dy1-x(Gd,Yb)xBa2Cu3O7-δ thin films made by Chemical Solution Deposition

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    Opata, Yuri Aparecido; Wulff, Anders Christian; Hansen, Jørn Otto Bindslev

    2016-01-01

    Dy1-x(Gd or Yb)xBa2Cu3O7-δ samples were prepared using chemical solution deposition (CSD), based on trifluoroacetate metal-organic decomposition (MOD) methods. X-ray diffraction results demonstrated the formation of the RE123 superconducting phase with a strong in-plane and out-of-plane texture. c...

  5. Neutron-Scattering Evidence for a Periodically Modulated Superconducting Phase in the Underdoped Cuprate La1.905Ba0.095CuO4

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    Xu, Zhijun; Stock, C.; Chi, Songxue; Kolesnikov, A. I.; Xu, Guangyong; Gu, Genda; Tranquada, J. M.

    2014-10-01

    The role of antiferromagnetic spin correlations in high-temperature superconductors remains a matter of debate. We present inelastic neutron-scattering evidence that gapless spin fluctuations coexist with superconductivity in La1.905Ba0.095CuO4. Furthermore, we observe that both the low-energy magnetic spectral weight and the spin incommensurability are enhanced with the onset of superconducting correlations. We propose that the coexistence occurs through intertwining of spatial modulations of the pair wave function and the antiferromagnetic correlations. This proposal is also directly relevant to sufficiently underdoped La2-xSrxCuO4 and YBa2Cu3O6+x.

  6. Formation of Nanoscale Intermetallic Phases in Ni Surface Layer at High Intensity Implantation of Al Ions

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    I.A.Bozhko; S.V.Fortuna; I.A.Kurzina; I.B.Stepanov; E.V.Kozlov; Yu.P. Sharkeev

    2004-01-01

    The results of experimental study of nanoscale intermetallic formation in surface layer of a metal target at ion implantation are presented. To increase the thickness of the ion implanted surface layer the high intensive ion implantation is used. Compared with the ordinary ion implantation, the high intensive ion implantation allows a much thicker modified surface layer. Pure polycrystalline nickel was chosen as a target. Nickel samples were irradiated with Al ions on the vacuum-arc ion beam and plasma flow source "Raduga-5". It was shown that at the high intensity ion implantation the fine dispersed particles of Ni3Al, NiAl intermetallic compounds and solid solution Al in Ni are formed in the nickel surface layer of 200 nm and thicker. The formation of phases takes place in complete correspondence with the Ni-Al phase diagram.

  7. Complex 3D Vortex Lattice Formation by Phase-Engineered Multiple Beam Interference

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    Jolly Xavier

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We present the computational results on the formation of diverse complex 3D vortex lattices by a designed superposition of multiple plane waves. Special combinations of multiples of three noncoplanar plane waves with a designed relative phase shift between one another are perturbed by a nonsingular beam to generate various complex 3D vortex lattice structures. The formation of complex gyrating lattice structures carrying designed vortices by means of relatively phase-engineered plane waves is also computationally investigated. The generated structures are configured with both periodic as well as transversely quasicrystallographic basis, while these whirling complex lattices possess a long-range order of designed symmetry in a given plane. Various computational analytical tools are used to verify the presence of engineered geometry of vortices in these complex 3D vortex lattices.

  8. Atomic scale analysis of phase formation and diffusion kinetics in Ag/Al multilayer thin films

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    Aboulfadl, Hisham; Gallino, Isabella; Busch, Ralf; Mücklich, Frank

    2016-11-01

    Thin films generally exhibit unusual kinetics leading to chemical reactions far from equilibrium conditions. Binary metallic multilayer thin films with miscible elements show some similar behaviors with respect to interdiffusion and phase formation mechanisms. Interfacial density, lattice defects, internal stresses, layer morphologies and deposition conditions strongly control the mass transport between the individual layers. In the present work, Ag/Al multilayer thin films are used as a simple model system, in which the effects of the sputtering power and the bilayer period thickness on the interdiffusion and film reactions are investigated. Multilayers deposited by DC magnetron sputtering undergo calorimetric and microstructural analyses. In particular, atom probe tomography is extensively used to provide quantitative information on concentration gradients, grain boundary segregations, and reaction mechanisms. The magnitude of interdiffusion was found to be inversely proportional to the period thickness for the films deposited under the same conditions, and was reduced using low sputtering power. Both the local segregation at grain boundaries as well as pronounced non-equilibrium supersaturation effects play crucial roles during the early stages of the film reactions. For multilayers with small periods of 10 nm supersaturation of the Al layers with Ag precedes the polymorphic nucleation and growth of the hcp γ-Ag2Al phase. In larger periods the γ phase formation is triggered at junctions between grain boundaries and layers interfaces, where the pathway to heterogeneous nucleation is local supersaturation. Other Ag-rich phases also form as intermediate phases due to asymmetric diffusion rates of parent phases in the γ phase during annealing.

  9. Theory of superconductivity

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    Crisan, Mircea

    1989-01-01

    This book discusses the most important aspects of the theory. The phenomenological model is followed by the microscopic theory of superconductivity, in which modern formalism of the many-body theory is used to treat most important problems such as superconducting alloys, coexistence of superconductivity with the magnetic order, and superconductivity in quasi-one-dimensional systems. It concludes with a discussion on models for exotic and high temperature superconductivity. Its main aim is to review, as complete as possible, the theory of superconductivity from classical models and methods up t

  10. The effects of Ag, Mg, and Pr doping on the superconductivity and structure of BSCCO

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    Boussouf, N.; Mosbah, M.-F.; Guerfi, T.; Bouaïcha, F.; Chamekh, S.; Amira, A.

    2009-11-01

    The influence of Ag, Mg, and Pr additions and co-additions on microstructure and phase formation of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+d (Bi2212) system is investigated. Polycrystalline Bi2212 samples were synthesized in air by solid state reaction method. Phase analysis, micro structural observations and magnetic properties were carried out by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and A.C. susceptibility measurements respectively. XRD results reveal two main phases (Bi-2201 and Bi2212). SEM photographs show that the substitution by Ag, Mg or Pr affects the mechanism of the grains growth. The undoped sample has a critical temperature Tc of 65 K while in the Mg and Ag containing compounds the Tc is 77 K and 75 K respectively. The Pr containing compound exhibits no superconductivity. A valence of the Pr ion higher than 3+ in the lattice supports the holefilling mechanism of the suppression of superconductivity.

  11. A unified theory of superconductivity

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    Huang, Xiuqing

    2008-01-01

    In this work, we argue that the phonon-mediated BCS theory may be incorrect. Two kinds of glues, pairing (pseudogap) glue and superconducting glue, are suggested based on a real space Coulomb confinement effect. The scenarios provide a unified explanation of the pairing symmetry, pseudogap and superconducting states, spin--charge stripe order, magic doping fractions and vortex structures in conventional and unconventional (the high-Tc cuprates, MgB2 and the newly-discovered Fe-based family) superconductors. The theory agrees with the existence of a pseudogap in high-temperature superconductors, while no pseudogap feature could be observed in MgB2, iron-based and most of the conventional superconductors. Our results indicate that the superconducting phase can coexist with a triangular vortex lattice in pure MgB2 single crystal with a charge carrier density n=1.49*10^22/cm3. For iron-based superconductors, the relationship between the superconducting vortex phases and the optimal doping levels are analytically ...

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

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

    1991-01-01

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

  13. SURVIVAL OF INTERSTELLAR MOLECULES TO PRESTELLAR DENSE CORE COLLAPSE AND EARLY PHASES OF DISK FORMATION

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    Hincelin, U. [Department of Chemistry, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904 (United States); Wakelam, V.; Hersant, F.; Guilloteau, S. [University of Bordeaux, LAB, UMR 5804, F-33270 Floirac (France); Commerçon, B., E-mail: ugo.hincelin@virginia.edu [Laboratoire de radioastronomie, LERMA, Observatoire de Paris, Ecole Normale Supérieure (UMR 8112 CNRS), 24 rue Lhomond, F-75231 Paris Cedex 05 (France)

    2013-09-20

    An outstanding question of astrobiology is the link between the chemical composition of planets, comets, and other solar system bodies and the molecules formed in the interstellar medium. Understanding the chemical and physical evolution of the matter leading to the formation of protoplanetary disks is an important step for this. We provide some new clues to this long-standing problem using three-dimensional chemical simulations of the early phases of disk formation: we interfaced the full gas-grain chemical model Nautilus with the radiation-magnetohydrodynamic model RAMSES, for different configurations and intensities of the magnetic field. Our results show that the chemical content (gas and ices) is globally conserved during the collapsing process, from the parent molecular cloud to the young disk surrounding the first Larson core. A qualitative comparison with cometary composition suggests that comets are constituted of different phases, some molecules being direct tracers of interstellar chemistry, while others, including complex molecules, seem to have been formed in disks, where higher densities and temperatures allow for an active grain surface chemistry. The latter phase, and its connection with the formation of the first Larson core, remains to be modeled.

  14. Formation of asymmetrical structured silica controlled by a phase separation process and implication for biosilicification.

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    Jia-Yuan Shi

    Full Text Available Biogenetic silica displays intricate patterns assembling from nano- to microsize level and interesting non-spherical structures differentiating in specific directions. Several model systems have been proposed to explain the formation of biosilica nanostructures. Of them, phase separation based on the physicochemical properties of organic amines was considered to be responsible for the pattern formation of biosilica. In this paper, using tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS, Si(OCH2CH34 as silica precursor, phospholipid (PL and dodecylamine (DA were introduced to initiate phase separation of organic components and influence silica precipitation. Morphology, structure and composition of the mineralized products were characterized using a range of techniques including field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM, transmission electron microscope (TEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD, thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA, infrared spectra (IR, and nitrogen physisorption. The results demonstrate that the phase separation process of the organic components leads to the formation of asymmetrically non-spherical silica structures, and the aspect ratios of the asymmetrical structures can be well controlled by varying the concentration of PL and DA. On the basis of the time-dependent experiments, a tentative mechanism is also proposed to illustrate the asymmetrical morphogenesis. Therefore, our results imply that in addition to explaining the hierarchical porous nanopatterning of biosilica, the phase separation process may also be responsible for the growth differentiation of siliceous structures in specific directions. Because organic amine (e.g., long-chair polyamines, phospholipids (e.g., silicalemma and the phase separation process are associated with the biosilicification of diatoms, our results may provide a new insight into the mechanism of biosilicification.

  15. Effect of Al doping on phase formation and thermal stability of iron nitride thin films

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    Tayal, Akhil [Amity Center for Spintronic Materials, Amity University, Sector 125, Noida 201 303 (India); Gupta, Mukul, E-mail: mgupta@csr.res.in [Amity Center for Spintronic Materials, Amity University, Sector 125, Noida 201 303 (India); Pandey, Nidhi [Amity Center for Spintronic Materials, Amity University, Sector 125, Noida 201 303 (India); Gupta, Ajay [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, University Campus, Khandwa Road, Indore 452 001 (India); Horisberger, Michael [Laboratory for Developments and Methods, Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland); Stahn, Jochen [Laboratory for Neutron Scattering and Imaging, Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland)

    2015-11-25

    In the present work, we systematically studied the effect of Al doping on the phase formation of iron nitride (Fe–N) thin films. Fe–N thin films with different concentration of Al (Al = 0, 2, 3, 6, and 12 at.%) were deposited using dc magnetron sputtering by varying the nitrogen partial pressure between 0 and 100%. The structural and magnetic properties of the films were studied using x-ray diffraction and polarized neutron reflectivity. It was observed that at the lowest doping level (2 at.% of Al), nitrogen rich non-magnetic Fe–N phase gets formed at a lower nitrogen partial pressure as compared to the un-doped sample. Interestingly, we observed that as Al doping is increased beyond 3 at.%, nitrogen rich non-magnetic Fe–N phase appears at higher nitrogen partial pressure as compared to un-doped sample. The thermal stability of films were also investigated. Un-doped Fe–N films deposited at 10% nitrogen partial pressure possess poor thermal stability. Doping of Al at 2 at.% improves it marginally, whereas, for 3, 6 and 12 at.% Al doping, it shows significant improvement. The obtained results have been explained in terms of thermodynamics of Fe–N and Al–N. - Highlights: • Doping effects of Al on Fe–N phase formation is studied. • Phase formation shows a non-monotonic behavior with Al doping. • Low doping levels of Al enhance and high levels retard the nitridation process. • Al doping beyond 3 at.% improve thermal stability of Fe–N films.

  16. Superconductivity in LiFeAs probed with quasiparticle interference

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    Sun, Zhixiang; Nag, Pranab Kumar; Baumann, Danny; Kappenberger, Rhea [Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden, IFW Dresden (Germany); Wurmehl, Sabine [Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden, IFW Dresden (Germany); Institute for Solid State Physics, TU Dresden (Germany); Buechner, Bernd [Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden, IFW Dresden (Germany); Institute for Solid State Physics, TU Dresden (Germany); Center for Transport and Devices, TU Dresden (Germany); Hess, Christian [Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden, IFW Dresden (Germany); Center for Transport and Devices, TU Dresden (Germany)

    2016-07-01

    In spite of many theoretical and experimental efforts on studying the superconductivity of iron-based high temperature superconductors, the puzzle about LiFeAs's superconducting mechanism and pairing symmetry are still not clear. Here we want to present our low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy results on probing the superconductivity of LiFeAs. By taking conductance spectroscopic maps for both the superconducting state and normal state, we identify the scatterings due to the electron and hole bands close to the Fermi level. We observe a strong indication that the superconducting behavior in the hole bands are important for the formation of superconductivity in LiFeAs. Our results may also shine light on understanding the superconductivity in other iron pnictide superconductors.

  17. Complex Organic Molecules Formation in Space Through Gas Phase Reactions: A Theoretical Approach

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    Redondo, Pilar; Barrientos, Carmen; Largo, Antonio

    2017-02-01

    Chemistry in the interstellar medium (ISM) is capable of producing complex organic molecules (COMs) of great importance to astrobiology. Gas phase and grain surface chemistry almost certainly both contribute to COM formation. Amino acids as building blocks of proteins are some of the most interesting COMs. The simplest one, glycine, has been characterized in meteorites and comets and, its conclusive detection in the ISM seems to be highly plausible. In this work, we analyze the gas phase reaction of glycine and {{{CH}}5}+ to establish the role of this process in the formation of alanine or other COMs in the ISM. Formation of protonated α- and β-alanine in spite of being exothermic processes is not viable under interstellar conditions because the different paths leading to these isomers present net activation energies. Nevertheless, glycine can evolve to protonated 1-imide-2, 2-propanediol, protonated amino acetone, protonated hydroxyacetone, and protonated propionic acid. However, formation of acetic acid and protonated methylamine is also a favorable process and therefore will be a competitive channel with the evolution of glycine to COMs.

  18. Inhomogeneous superconductivity in quasi-one dimensional organic conductors and ropes of carbon nanotubes

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    Bellafi, B.; Haddad, S.; Sfar, I.; Charfi-Kaddour, S.

    2009-03-01

    It has been reported that, in quasi-one dimensional organic conductors, superconductivity may coexist macroscopically with non-superconducting states giving rise to an inhomogeneous phase. We investigate, based on the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau theory, the effect of disorder on the stability of the superconducting phase in such a mixed state. We also focus on the interplay between superconductivity and disorder in ropes of carbon nanotubes. We show that the superconducting transition temperature in quasi-one organic conductors is reduced by disorder but does not obey the Abrikosov-Gorkov law. However, and contrary to what is expected, disorder can further superconductivity in ropes of carbon nanotubes.

  19. Phase formation and mechanical properties of Cu-Zr-Ti bulk metallic glass composites

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    Kim, Byoung Jin; Yun, Young Su; Kim, Won Tae; Kim, Do Hyang

    2016-11-01

    The effect of the type of the crystalline phase and its volume fraction on the mechanical property of Cu50Zr50-xTix alloys (x = 0-10) bulk metallic glass composites has been investigated in this study. Up to 6 at% of Ti, B19' phase particles distributed in the glassy matrix, while at 8 and 10% of Ti, B2 phase particles are retained in the glass matrix due to suppression of the eutectoid transformation of B2 phase and by avoidance of martensitic transformation of B2 into B19'. The volume fraction of crystalline phase is strongly dependent on the cooling rate. The larger volume fraction of the crystalline phases results in the lower yield stress, the higher plastic strain, and the more pronounced work hardening behavior. At the crystalline volume fraction below 30%, the variation of the yield strength can be described by the rule of mixture model (ROM), while at the crystalline volume fraction higher than 50% by the load-bearing model (LBM). At the crystal fractions between 30 and 50%, there is a yield strength drop and a transition from the ROM to the LBM. This transition is due to the formation of the crystalline structural framework at higher crystal fraction.

  20. Superconducting quantum circuits theory and application

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    Deng, Xiuhao

    Superconducting quantum circuit models are widely used to understand superconducting devices. This thesis consists of four studies wherein the superconducting quantum circuit is used to illustrate challenges related to quantum information encoding and processing, quantum simulation, quantum signal detection and amplification. The existence of scalar Aharanov-Bohm phase has been a controversial topic for decades. Scalar AB phase, defined as time integral of electric potential, gives rises to an extra phase factor in wavefunction. We proposed a superconducting quantum Faraday cage to detect temporal interference effect as a consequence of scalar AB phase. Using the superconducting quantum circuit model, the physical system is solved and resulting AB effect is predicted. Further discussion in this chapter shows that treating the experimental apparatus quantum mechanically, spatial scalar AB effect, proposed by Aharanov-Bohm, can't be observed. Either a decoherent interference apparatus is used to observe spatial scalar AB effect, or a quantum Faraday cage is used to observe temporal scalar AB effect. The second study involves protecting a quantum system from losing coherence, which is crucial to any practical quantum computation scheme. We present a theory to encode any qubit, especially superconducting qubits, into a universal quantum degeneracy point (UQDP) where low frequency noise is suppressed significantly. Numerical simulations for superconducting charge qubit using experimental parameters show that its coherence time is prolong by two orders of magnitude using our universal degeneracy point approach. With this improvement, a set of universal quantum gates can be performed at high fidelity without losing too much quantum coherence. Starting in 2004, the use of circuit QED has enabled the manipulation of superconducting qubits with photons. We applied quantum optical approach to model coupled resonators and obtained a four-wave mixing toolbox to operate photons

  1. Coexistence of superconductivity and ferromagnetism in cluster-assembled Sn–Co nanocomposites

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    Houben, K., E-mail: kelly.houben@fys.kuleuven.be [KU Leuven, Laboratory of Solid-State Physics and Magnetism, Celestijnenlaan 200 D, 3001 Leuven (Belgium); Menéndez, E. [KU Leuven, Instituut voor Kern-en Stralingsfysica, Celestijnenlaan 200 D, 3001 Leuven (Belgium); Romero, C.P. [KU Leuven, Laboratory of Solid-State Physics and Magnetism, Celestijnenlaan 200 D, 3001 Leuven (Belgium); Trekels, M. [KU Leuven, Instituut voor Kern-en Stralingsfysica, Celestijnenlaan 200 D, 3001 Leuven (Belgium); Picot, T. [KU Leuven, Laboratory of Solid-State Physics and Magnetism, Celestijnenlaan 200 D, 3001 Leuven (Belgium); Vantomme, A.; Temst, K. [KU Leuven, Instituut voor Kern-en Stralingsfysica, Celestijnenlaan 200 D, 3001 Leuven (Belgium); Van Bael, M.J. [KU Leuven, Laboratory of Solid-State Physics and Magnetism, Celestijnenlaan 200 D, 3001 Leuven (Belgium)

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • Superconductivity in Sn–Co nanocomposites is tuned by morphology and composition. • Coexistence of superconductivity and ferromagnetism achieved up to high Co content. • Electronic coupling between grains is reduced by creating low transparency interfaces. • Insight in contribution of different pair breaking mechanisms in hybrid superconductor. - Abstract: The coexistence of superconductivity and ferromagnetism is investigated in granular Sn–Co nanocomposites. The nanocomposites have been prepared by co-deposition of Sn atoms and Co clusters, the morphology and composition of which can be tuned by varying the deposition rate of Co clusters relative to Sn atoms. Flat isolated Sn islands are obtained at zero or low Co cluster flux, while granular nanocomposites are formed with increasing Co cluster flux, reaching Co concentrations up to 44 vol.%. Interfaces with a low electronic transparency between superconductor and ferromagnet are obtained by a combination of the granular nature of the nanocomposites and the formation of Sn–Co alloys at the Sn/Co interfaces. The structure and composition of the nanocomposites have been thoroughly characterized by atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffraction and conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy. Over the entire Co concentration range, the hybrids show a ferromagnetic response. The superconducting phase boundary and the Meissner response depend on the morphology and composition of the nanocomposites. In particular, the superconducting critical temperature decreases with increasing Co concentration, while the Meissner response varies from a reversible to a strongly hysteretic behaviour depending on the morphology of the samples with different Co content. The persistence of superconductivity at high Co concentrations is attributed to a suppression of the superconducting proximity effect in these nanocomposites, which is ascribed to the low interface transparency between the Sn and Co components

  2. Phase composition and properties of superconducting ceramics based on Bi1.7Pb0.3Sr2Ca2Cu3O y precursors fabricated by melt quenching in a solar furnace

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    Gulamova, D. D.; Uskenbaev, D. E.; Fantozzi, G.; Chigvinadze, J. G.; Magradze, O. V.

    2009-06-01

    Production of superconducting ceramics based on precursors with rated composition Bi1.7Pb0.3Sr2Ca2Cu3O y is studied. The precursors are synthesized in a solar furnace by melt rapid quenching. The phase composition of the samples is examined by microstructural and X-ray analyses. The temperature dependences of the resistance and magnetic susceptibility are measured. The influence of the composition and crystal structure of the substrate on texturing in the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O system is studied. It is found that the type of quenching plays a significant role, while the type of substrate is of minor significance.

  3. Phase formation in selected surface-roughened plasma-nitrided 304 austenite stainless steel

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    Gajendra Prasad Singh et al

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Direct current (DC glow discharge plasma nitriding was carried out on three selected surface-roughened AISI 304 stainless steel samples at 833 K under 4 mbar pressures for 24 h in the presence of N2:H2 gas mixtures of 50 : 50 ratios. After plasma nitriding, the phase formation, case depth, surface roughness, and microhardness of a plasma-nitrided layer were evaluated by glancing angle x-ray diffractogram, optical microscope, stylus profilometer, and Vickers microhardness tester techniques. The case depth, surface hardness, and phase formation variations were observed with a variation in initial surface roughness. The diffraction patterns of the plasma-nitrided samples showed the modified intensities of the α and γ phases along with those of the CrN, Fe4N, and Fe3N phases. Hardness and case depth variations were observed with a variation in surface roughness. A maximum hardness of 1058 Hv and a case depth of 95 μm were achieved in least surface-roughened samples.

  4. Formation of complex organic molecules in cold objects: the role of gas phase reactions

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    Balucani, Nadia; Taquet, Vianney

    2015-01-01

    While astrochemical models are successful in reproducing many of the observed interstellar species, they have been struggling to explain the observed abundances of complex organic molecules. Current models tend to privilege grain surface over gas phase chemistry in their formation. One key assumption of those models is that radicals trapped in the grain mantles gain mobility and react on lukewarm (>30 K) dust grains. Thus, the recent detections of methyl formate (MF) and dimethyl ether (DME) in cold objects represent a challenge and may clarify the respective role of grain surface and gas phase chemistry. We propose here a new model to form DME and MF with gas phase reactions in cold environments, where DME is the precursor of MF via an efficient reaction overlooked by previous models. Furthermore, methoxy, a precursor of DME, is also synthetized in the gas phase from methanol, which is desorbed by a non-thermal process from the ices. Our new model reproduces fairy well the observations towards L1544. It also...

  5. Phase formation in selected surface-roughened plasma-nitrided 304 austenite stainless steel.

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    Singh, Gajendra Prasad; Joseph, Alphonsa; Raole, Prakash Manohar; Barhai, Prema Kanta; Mukherjee, Subroto

    2008-04-01

    Direct current (DC) glow discharge plasma nitriding was carried out on three selected surface-roughened AISI 304 stainless steel samples at 833 K under 4 mbar pressures for 24 h in the presence of N2:H2 gas mixtures of 50 : 50 ratios. After plasma nitriding, the phase formation, case depth, surface roughness, and microhardness of a plasma-nitrided layer were evaluated by glancing angle x-ray diffractogram, optical microscope, stylus profilometer, and Vickers microhardness tester techniques. The case depth, surface hardness, and phase formation variations were observed with a variation in initial surface roughness. The diffraction patterns of the plasma-nitrided samples showed the modified intensities of the α and γ phases along with those of the CrN, Fe4N, and Fe3N phases. Hardness and case depth variations were observed with a variation in surface roughness. A maximum hardness of 1058 Hv and a case depth of 95 μm were achieved in least surface-roughened samples.

  6. Modulation Format Independent Joint Polarization and Phase Tracking for Coherent Receivers

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    Czegledi, Cristian B; Karlsson, Magnus; Johannisson, Pontus

    2016-01-01

    The state of polarization and the carrier phase drift dynamically during transmission in a random fashion in coherent optical fiber communications. The typical digital signal processing solution to mitigate these impairments consists of two separate blocks that track each phenomenon independently. Such algorithms have been developed without taking into account mathematical models describing the impairments. We study a blind, model-based tracking algorithm to compensate for these impairments. The algorithm dynamically recovers the carrier phase and state of polarization jointly for an arbitrary modulation format. Simulation results show the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm, having a fast convergence rate and an excellent tolerance to phase noise and dynamic drift of the polarization. The computational complexity of the algorithm is lower compared to state-of-the-art algorithms at similar or better performance, which makes it a strong candidate for future optical systems.

  7. Chevrel-phase solid solution Mo 6Se 8- xTe x. Study of its superconducting, magnetic and NMR properties

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    Hamard1a, C.; Auffret, V.; Peña, O.; Le Floch, M.; Nowak, B.; Wojakowski, A.

    2000-09-01

    The Chevrel-phase solid solution Mo 6Se 8-Mo 6Te 8 was studied by X-ray diffraction, AC and DC magnetic susceptibility and 77Se and 125Te NMR spectroscopy. From the smooth evolution of the lattice parameters and superconducting critical temperatures, a progressive substitution of selenium atoms by tellurium is shown, on the whole range of composition 0⩽ x⩽8, in the formulation Mo 6Se 8- xTe x: the unit-cell volume increases linearly because of the larger ionic size of tellurium, while Tc decreases rapidly (from 6.45 down to 0 K) because of the different formal oxidation states of the anions and a probable evolution of the Fermi level in the density of states. Results of magnetic susceptibility support this model and suggest the inhibition of the intrinsic metallic behavior with increasing x. The NMR spectra of the binaries Mo 6Se 8 and Mo 6Te 8 reveal two significant features, attributed to two different chalcogen positions in the R 3¯ symmetry. At low Se contents in Mo 6Se 8- xTe x ( x=7.5, 7 and 6), selenium first fills the two X(2) sites along the three-fold axis (2c positions), and then it becomes statistically distributed over the general 6f positions, leading to broad 77Se NMR lines. On the other hand, substitution of Te atoms in Mo 6Se 8 seems to occur in a random way, creating large perturbations on the 125Te NMR spectra, over the whole range of x. Theoretical analysis based on the presence of two anisotropic lines (of axial and non-axial symmetries, respectively) allowed us to estimate their anisotropy factors and to perfectly simulate the frequency response of both Mo 6Se 8 and Mo 6Te 8 binaries. Analysis of the Knight shift anisotropy leads us to conclude about the importance of the molybdenum z 2 molecular orbital contribution which controls the Mo-X dipolar interactions.

  8. Role of Disclinations and Nanocrystalline State in the Formation of Quasicrystalline Phases on Mechanical Alloying of Cu-Fe Powders

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    2000-01-01

    @@Elemental powders of Cu and Fe were ball milled for various time durations up to 100 h. The various stages of forced alloying by ball milling, leading to instability of elemental crystalline phases and formation of quasicrystalline phases were monitored using X-ray diffraction. Diffusion of Fe into the Cu matrix is proposed as the cause which triggers the instability of crystalline phases and leads to the formation of quasicrystalline phases after 10 h of milling. Milling for 100 h resulted in two different quasicrystalline phases with different lattice constants. Role of the nanocrystalline microstructure as an important criterion for the destabilisation of crystalline phases is explained. It is suggested that the formation of nanocrystalline microstructure and their subsequent transformation into quasicrystalline phases may be associated with a continuous increase in the disclination content of the system, which had formed as a result of continued milling and mechanical deformation.

  9. FORMATION REGULARITIES OF PHASE COMPOSITION, STRUCTURE AND PROPERTIES DURING MECHANICAL ALLOYING OF BINARY ALUMINUM COMPOSITES

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    F. G. Lovshenko

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents investigation results pertaining to  ascertainment of formation regularities of phase composition and structure during mechanical alloying of binary aluminium composites/substances. The invetigations have been executed while applying a wide range of methods, devices and equipment used in modern material science. The obtained data complement each other. It has been established that presence of oxide and hydro-oxide films on aluminium powder  and introduction of surface-active substance in the composite have significant effect on mechanically and thermally activated phase transformations and properties of semi-finished products.  Higher fatty acids have been used as a surface active substance.The mechanism of mechanically activated solid solution formation has been identified. Its essence is  a formation of  specific quasi-solutions at the initial stage of processing. Mechanical and chemical interaction between components during formation of other phases has taken place along with dissolution  in aluminium while processing powder composites. Granule basis is formed according to the dynamic recrystallization mechanism and possess submicrocrystal structural type with the granule dimension basis less than 100 nm and the grains are divided in block size of not more than 20 nm with oxide inclusions of 10–20 nm size.All the compounds  with the addition of  surface-active substances including aluminium powder without alloying elements obtained by processing in mechanic reactor are disperse hardened. In some cases disperse hardening is accompanied by dispersive and solid solution hardnening process. Complex hardening predetermines a high temperature of recrystallization in mechanically alloyed compounds,  its value exceeds 400 °C.

  10. Upwash exploitation and downwash avoidance by flap phasing in ibis formation flight.

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    Portugal, Steven J; Hubel, Tatjana Y; Fritz, Johannes; Heese, Stefanie; Trobe, Daniela; Voelkl, Bernhard; Hailes, Stephen; Wilson, Alan M; Usherwood, James R

    2014-01-16

    Many species travel in highly organized groups. The most quoted function of these configurations is to reduce energy expenditure and enhance locomotor performance of individuals in the assemblage. The distinctive V formation of bird flocks has long intrigued researchers and continues to attract both scientific and popular attention. The well-held belief is that such aggregations give an energetic benefit for those birds that are flying behind and to one side of another bird through using the regions of upwash generated by the wings of the preceding bird, although a definitive account of the aerodynamic implications of these formations has remained elusive. Here we show that individuals of northern bald ibises (Geronticus eremita) flying in a V flock position themselves in aerodynamically optimum positions, in that they agree with theoretical aerodynamic predictions. Furthermore, we demonstrate that birds show wingtip path coherence when flying in V positions, flapping spatially in phase and thus enabling upwash capture to be maximized throughout the entire flap cycle. In contrast, when birds fly immediately behind another bird--in a streamwise position--there is no wingtip path coherence; the wing-beats are in spatial anti-phase. This could potentially reduce the adverse effects of downwash for the following bird. These aerodynamic accomplishments were previously not thought possible for birds because of the complex flight dynamics and sensory feedback that would be required to perform such a feat. We conclude that the intricate mechanisms involved in V formation flight indicate awareness of the spatial wake structures of nearby flock-mates, and remarkable ability either to sense or predict it. We suggest that birds in V formation have phasing strategies to cope with the dynamic wakes produced by flapping wings.

  11. The effect of K-na co-doping on the formation and particle size of Bi-2212 phase

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    Kır, M. Ebru; Özkurt, Berdan; Aytekin, M. Ersin

    2016-06-01

    Superconducting K-Na co-doped Bi2Sr2KxCa1Cu1.75Na0.25Oy (x=0, 0.05, 0.1 and 0.25) ceramics are prepared by a solid-state reaction method. It is clearly determined from XRD data that the characteristic peaks of Bi-2212 phase are observed in all samples. The resistivity measurements show that Tc (onset) values is gradually increasing as K content is increased. It is also found that K-Na co-doping influence the grain sizes for Bi-2212 phase significantly. The critical current densities as a function of magnetic field have been calculated from M-H hysteresis loops of samples according to Bean's critical model, indicating that K-Na co-doping cause higher Jc values than the pure ones.

  12. Simple Superconducting "Permanent" Electromagnet

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    Israelson, Ulf E.; Strayer, Donald M.

    1992-01-01

    Proposed short tube of high-temperature-superconducting material like YBa2Cu3O7 acts as strong electromagnet that flows as long as magnetic field remains below critical value and temperature of cylinder maintained sufficiently below superconducting-transition temperature. Design exploits maximally anisotropy of high-temperature-superconducting material.

  13. Basic principle of superconductivity

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    De Cao, Tian

    2007-01-01

    The basic principle of superconductivity is suggested in this paper. There have been two vital wrong suggestions on the basic principle, one is the relation between superconductivity and the Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC), and another is the relation between superconductivity and pseudogap.

  14. Superconductivity: The persistence of pairs

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    Edelman, Alex; Littlewood, Peter

    2015-05-20

    Superconductivity stems from a weak attraction between electrons that causes them to form bound pairs and behave much like bosons. These so-called Cooper pairs are phase coherent, which leads to the astonishing properties of zero electrical resistance and magnetic flux expulsion typical of superconducting materials. This coherent state may be qualitatively understood within the Bose–Einstein condensate (BEC) model, which predicts that a gas of interacting bosons will become unstable below a critical temperature and condense into a phase of matter with a macroscopic, coherent population in the lowest energy state, as happens in 4He or cold atomic gases. The successful theory proposed by Bardeen, Cooper and Schrieffer (BCS) predicts that at the superconducting transition temperature Tc, electrons simultaneously form pairs and condense, with no sign of pairing above Tc. Theorists have long surmised that the BCS and BEC models are opposite limits of a single theory and that strong interactions or low density can, in principle, drive the system to a paired state at a temperature Tpair higher than Tc, making the transition to the superconducting state BEC-like (Fig. 1). Yet most superconductors to date are reasonably well described by BCS theory or its extensions, and there has been scant evidence in electronic materials for the existence of pairing independent of the full superconducting state (though an active debate rages over the cuprate superconductors). Writing in Nature, Jeremy Levy and colleagues have now used ingenious nanostructured devices to provide evidence for electron pairing1. Perhaps surprisingly, the material they have studied is a venerable, yet enigmatic, low-temperature superconductor, SrTiO3.

  15. Interstellar Cloud Formation through Aggregation of Cold Blobs in a Two-Phase Gas Mixture

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    Kamaya, Hideyuki

    1997-05-01

    We propose a new formation scenario for interstellar clouds through the aggregation of dense cold blobs (phase II [PII]), which drift in a diffuse warm medium (phase I [PI]). We examine how important it is that there exist numerous PII blobs when the properties of such a two-phase flow are studied. First, we solve a one-dimensional shock-tube problem and find that the shock wave in the mixture is considerably damped because of the drag force between the two phases. This is because the PII blobs are left behind the shock front, since their inertia is larger than that of PI, thus suppressing large spatial variations of PI gas via the drag force. The PII blobs thus play the role of anchors. Therefore, mass aggregation by shocks may be ineffective in a two-phase medium. However, the PII blobs can still aggregate through a kind of fluid dynamical instability. We next suppose that the PI gas is accelerated upward by shocks against downward gravity, while the PII blobs are at rest because of balance between the drag force due to PI and gravity. If we put a positive perturbation in the number density of PII blobs, the upward PI flow above the perturbation is decelerated by the enhanced drag force, and the velocity difference between PI and PII is thereby reduced. Then the PII blobs above the perturbation are accelerated downward, since the gravity on PII now dominates the reduced drag force. As a result, the blobs will fall onto this perturbed region, and this region becomes denser and denser. This is the mechanism of the instability. Therefore, we expect efficient cloud formation by this instability in spiral arms, even when galactic shocks are extremely damped.

  16. An elementary reaction kinetic model of the gas-phase formation of polychlorinated dibenzofurans from chlorinated phenols

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    Dellinger, B.; Khachatryan, L. [Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge, LA (United States); Asatryan, R. [State Medical Univ., Yerevan (Armenia)

    2004-09-15

    Combustion and thermal processes are generally recognized as the major source of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/F or simply ''dioxins'') in the environment. A previously developed, simple mechanism of gas-phase formation of PCDD from chlorinated phenols suggested that the gas-phase formation pathway was too slow to account for concentrations of PCDD observed in full-scale combustors. As a result, most research on formation of PCDD/F in combustion sources focused on surface-mediated formation. In this manuscript, we report the development of a modified model for the purely gas-phase formation of polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs) that is based on the experimentally observed formation of PCDF from the oxidation of 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (TCP) in the presence of hexane.

  17. Formation of Secondary Particulate Matter by Reactions of Gas Phase Hexanal with Sulfate Aerosol Particles

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    Zhang, J.

    2003-12-01

    The formation of secondary particulate matter from the atmospheric oxidation of organic compounds can significantly contribute to the particulate burden, but the formation of organic secondary particulate matter is poorly understood. One way of producing organic secondary particulate matter is the oxidation of hydrocarbons with seven or more carbon atoms to get products with low vapor pressure. However, several recent reports suggest that relatively low molecular weight carbonyls can enter the particle phase by undergoing heterogeneous reactions. This may be a very important mechanism for the formation of organic secondary particulate matter. Atmospheric aldehydes are important carbonyls in the gas phase, which form via the oxidation of hydrocarbons emitted from anthropogenic and biogenic sources. In this poster, we report the results on particle growth by the heterogeneous reactions of hexanal. A 5 L Continuous Stirred Tank Reactor (CSTR) is set up to conduct the reactions in the presence of seed aerosol particles of deliquesced ammonia bisulfate. Hexanal is added into CSTR by syringe pump, meanwhile the concentrations of hexanal are monitored with High Pressure Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC 1050). A differential Mobility Analyzer (TSI 3071) set to an appropriate voltage is employed to obtain monodisperse aerosols, and another DMA associated with a Condensation Nuclear Counter (TSI 7610) is used to measure the secondary particle size distribution by the reaction in CSTR. This permits the sensitive determination of particle growth due to the heterogeneous reaction, very little growth occurs when hexanal added alone. Results for the simultaneous addition of hexanal and alcohols will also be presented.

  18. The influence of phosphorous pentoxide on the phase composition and formation of Portland clinker

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    Stanek, T., E-mail: stanek@vustah.cz [Research Institute of Building Materials, Hnevkovskeho 65, 617 00 Brno (Czech Republic); Sulovsky, P., E-mail: sulovsky@sci.muni.cz [Department of Geological Sciences, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Kotlarska 2, 611 37 Brno (Czech Republic)

    2009-07-15

    The influence of phosphorous pentoxide (P{sub 2}O{sub 5}) on the phase composition and formation of Portland clinker was studied in laboratory conditions. Phosphorous pentoxide in the form of calcium phosphate was added to common cement-making raw meal in graded quantities up to 5 wt.%. The raw meal properties were studied by thermal analysis. The development of clinker formation by burning for periods ranging from 20 s to 30 min in a special semi-automatic oven with a manipulator was followed using light optical microscopy. The phase composition of clinkers burnt to equilibrium was quantified by the optical point counting method. The entry of P{sub 2}O{sub 5} into clinker minerals was determined by electron microprobe analyses. The laboratory tests show that at 0.7 wt.% of P{sub 2}O{sub 5} in the clinker the alite (Ca{sub 3}SiO{sub 5}) content decreases and belite (Ca{sub 2}SiO{sub 4}) content increases. At a P{sub 2}O{sub 5} content of 4.5 wt.% alite formation was totally blocked and the resulting clinker contained free lime in equilibrium with belite.

  19. Gas-phase products and secondary organic aerosol formation from the ozonolysis and photooxidation of myrcene

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    Böge, Olaf; Mutzel, Anke; Iinuma, Yoshiteru; Yli-Pirilä, Pasi; Kahnt, Ariane; Joutsensaari, Jorma; Herrmann, Hartmut

    2013-04-01

    Terrestrial vegetation releases a great variety of volatile organic compounds (VOC) into the atmosphere. Monoterpenes, like myrcene, contribute significantly to this global biogenic VOC emission. In the atmosphere, monoterpenes rapidly undergo oxidation reactions by OH radicals (mainly during the daytime), NO3 radicals (mainly during the nighttime) and O3 to form multifunctional oxidation products. The products of these reactions are likely to be of low volatility and hence might lead to secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation. In the present study, we report results from a series of chamber experiments performed in the LEAK chamber at TROPOS in which the gas-phase products and SOA yields obtained from myrcene O3 reactions with and without an OH radical scavenger as well as from the myrcene OH radical reaction in the presence of NOx have been measured. During the experiments the consumption of myrcene as well as the formation of gas-phase products was monitored using a proton transfer reaction mass spectrometer (PTR-MS). Ozone concentration was measured by an O3 monitor and the mixing ratios of nitrogen oxides were measured by a NOx monitor. Particle size distributions between 3-900 nm were monitored every 11 min using a differential mobility particle sizer (DMPS) system. In addition to the products observed by means of the PTR-MS by their m/z values, an identification of carbonylic compounds by their DNPH derivatives was performed. Beside low molecular mass products the formation of 4-vinyl-4-pentenal with a yield of 55 % in myrcene ozonolysis has been observed. The further oxidation of this major first generation product lead to the formation of two dicarbonylic products with m/z 113 and to SOA formation. The influence of the continuing oxidation of 4-vinyl-4-pentenal on SOA formation will be discussed in detail. The emergence of the gas-phase product hydroxyacetone as direct result of the myrcene ozone reaction will be mooted, because hydroxyacetone seems to

  20. Theory of parametrically amplified electron-phonon superconductivity

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    Babadi, Mehrtash; Knap, Michael; Martin, Ivar; Refael, Gil; Demler, Eugene

    2017-07-01

    Ultrafast optical manipulation of ordered phases in strongly correlated materials is a topic of significant theoretical, experimental, and technological interest. Inspired by a recent experiment on light-induced superconductivity in fullerenes [M. Mitrano et al., Nature (London) 530, 461 (2016), 10.1038/nature16522], we develop a comprehensive theory of light-induced superconductivity in driven electron-phonon systems with lattice nonlinearities. In analogy with the operation of parametric amplifiers, we show how the interplay between the external drive and lattice nonlinearities lead to significantly enhanced effective electron-phonon couplings. We provide a detailed and unbiased study of the nonequilibrium dynamics of the driven system using the real-time Green's function technique. To this end, we develop a Floquet generalization of the Migdal-Eliashberg theory and derive a numerically tractable set of quantum Floquet-Boltzmann kinetic equations for the coupled electron-phonon system. We study the role of parametric phonon generation and electronic heating in destroying the transient superconducting state. Finally, we predict the transient formation of electronic Floquet bands in time- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy experiments as a consequence of the proposed mechanism.

  1. Theory of parametrically amplified electron-phonon superconductivity

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    Babadi, Mehrtash; Knap, Michael; Martin, Ivar; Refael, Gil; Demler, Eugene

    2017-07-01

    Ultrafast optical manipulation of ordered phases in strongly correlated materials is a topic of significant theoretical, experimental, and technological interest. Inspired by a recent experiment on light-induced superconductivity in fullerenes [M. Mitrano et al., Nature (London) 530, 461 (2016)], we develop a comprehensive theory of light-induced superconductivity in driven electron-phonon systemswith lattice nonlinearities. In analogy with the operation of parametric amplifiers, we show how the interplay between the external drive and lattice nonlinearities lead to significantly enhanced effective electron-phonon couplings. We provide a detailed and unbiased study of the nonequilibrium dynamics of the driven system using the real-time Green's function technique. To this end, we develop a Floquet generalization of the Migdal-Eliashberg theory and derive a numerically tractable set of quantum Floquet-Boltzmann kinetic equations for the coupled electron-phonon system. We study the role of parametric phonon generation and electronic heating in destroying the transient superconducting state. Finally, we predict the transient formation of electronic Floquet bands in time-and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy experiments as a consequence of the proposed mechanism.

  2. Mapping the QCD phase diagram

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    Rajagopal, K

    1999-01-01

    The QCD vacuum in which we live, which has the familiar hadrons as its excitations, is but one phase of QCD, and far from the simplest one at that. One way to better understand this phase and the nonperturbative dynamics of QCD more generally is to study other phases and the transitions between phases. We are engaged in a voyage of exploration, mapping the QCD phase diagram as a function of temperature T and baryon number chemical potential mu . Because of asymptotic freedom, the high temperature and high baryon density phases of QCD are more simply and more appropriately described in terms of quarks and gluons as degrees of freedom, rather than hadrons. The chiral symmetry breaking condensate which characterizes the vacuum phase melts away. At high densities, quarks form Cooper pairs and new condensates develop. The formation of such superconducting phases requires only weak attractive interactions; these phases may nevertheless break chiral symmetry and have excitations which are indistinguishable from thos...

  3. Superconducting fluctuations in organic molecular metals enhanced by Mott criticality.

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    Nam, Moon-Sun; Mézière, Cécile; Batail, Patrick; Zorina, Leokadiya; Simonov, Sergey; Ardavan, Arzhang

    2013-12-02

    Unconventional superconductivity typically occurs in materials in which a small change of a parameter such as bandwidth or doping leads to antiferromagnetic or Mott insulating phases. As such competing phases are approached, the properties of the superconductor often become increasingly exotic. For example, in organic superconductors and underdoped high-T(c) cuprate superconductors a fluctuating superconducting state persists to temperatures significantly above T(c). By studying alloys of quasi-two-dimensional organic molecular metals in the κ-(BEDT-TTF)₂X family, we reveal how the Nernst effect, a sensitive probe of superconducting phase fluctuations, evolves in the regime of extreme Mott criticality. We find strong evidence that, as the phase diagram is traversed through superconductivity towards the Mott state, the temperature scale for superconducting fluctuations increases dramatically, eventually approaching the temperature at which quasiparticles become identifiable at all.

  4. Superconducting Hadron Linacs

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    Ostroumov, Peter

    2013-01-01

    This article discusses the main building blocks of a superconducting (SC) linac, the choice of SC resonators, their frequencies, accelerating gradients and apertures, focusing structures, practical aspects of cryomodule design, and concepts to minimize the heat load into the cryogenic system. It starts with an overview of design concepts for all types of hadron linacs differentiated by duty cycle (pulsed or continuous wave) or by the type of ion species (protons, H-, and ions) being accelerated. Design concepts are detailed for SC linacs in application to both light ion (proton, deuteron) and heavy ion linacs. The physics design of SC linacs, including transverse and longitudinal lattice designs, matching between different accelerating–focusing lattices, and transition from NC to SC sections, is detailed. Design of high-intensity SC linacs for light ions, methods for the reduction of beam losses, preventing beam halo formation, and the effect of HOMs and errors on beam quality are discussed. Examples are ta...

  5. Anyon Superconductivity of Sb

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    Maksoed, Wh-; Parengkuan, August

    2016-10-01

    In any permutatives to Pedro P. Kuczhynski from Peru, for anyon superconductivity sought EZ Kuchinskii et al.: ``Anion height dependence of Tc & d.o.s of Fe-based Superconductors'', 2010 as well as ``on the basis of electron microscopy & AFM measurements, these phenomena are quantified with focus on fractal dimension, particle perimeter & size of the side branch(tip width) in bert Stegemann et al.:Crystallization of Sb nanoparticles-Pattern Formation & Fractal Growth'', J.PhysChem B., 2004. For dendritic & dendrimer fractal characters shown further: ``antimony denrites were found to be composed of well-crystallized nanoflakes with size 20-4 nm''- Bou Zhau, et al., MaterialLetters, 59 (2005). The alkyl triisopropyl attached in TIPSb those includes in DNA, haemoglobin membrane/fixed-bed reactor for instance quotes in Dragony Fu, Nature Review Cancer, 12 (Feb 2012). Heartfelt Gratitudes to HE. Mr. Prof. Ir. Handojo.

  6. Stripes and Superconductivity in Cuprates

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    Tranquada, John M.

    2011-01-01

    Holes doped into the CuO2 planes of cuprate parent compounds frustrate the antiferromagnetic order. The development of spin and charge stripes provides a compromise between the competing magnetic and kinetic energies. Static stripe order has been observed only in certain particular compounds, but there are signatures which suggest that dynamic stripe correlations are common in the cuprates. Though stripe order is bad for superconducting phase coherence, stripes are compatible with strong pair...

  7. Stimulated Superconductivity at Strong Coupling

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    Bao, Ning; Dong, Xi; Silverstein, Eva; Torroba, Gonzalo; /Stanford U., ITP /Stanford U., Phys. Dept. /SLAC

    2011-08-12

    Stimulating a system with time dependent sources can enhance instabilities, thus increasing the critical temperature at which the system transitions to interesting low-temperature phases such as superconductivity or superfluidity. After reviewing this phenomenon in non-equilibrium BCS theory (and its marginal fermi liquid generalization) we analyze the effect in holographic superconductors. We exhibit a simple regime in which the transition temperature increases parametrically as we increase the frequency of the time-dependent source.

  8. LAWS OF FORMATION MOVEMENT PATTERNS MANAGEMENT BODY IN PHASE OF FLIGHT IN ATHLETES

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    A. V. Razuvanova

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Materials and methods. Regularities of movement patterns in the body control the flight phase of the athletes on the example of the long jump were studied by methods of Motion Tracking and electromyography. The findings suggest that a significant difference of motor stereotypes underlying the performance of motor actions – the long jump – in different skill athletes.Results. In the initial phase (phase jumping differences between the groups are small - repulsion athletes perform in a similar manner, a core group of athletes with a more efficient use of the reserve of the work of the knee. The nature of the work the leg muscles in athletes of both groups in this phase is also not different. However, the further execution of motor actions in athletes of both groups occurs in different ways. Athletes of the control group did not perform virtually control the body in flight phase. This is evidenced primarily high tone muscles in the arms, back and neck throughout the flight phase. Movements are performed only in the knee and hip joints, and already in the phase of “hang-up” – the highest point of the flight path - these movements have focused on the preparation for landing.Conclusions. Athletes of the main group in the flight phase involve the full range of movements - flexion and extension are performed as in the shoulder and elbow joints, as well as in the neck and spine joints. All these movements are designed to increase the range of jumps - this contributes to the removal of the legs forward, and giving the body angular acceleration by the movement of legs and head. Preparation for landing is made directly before contact with the surface, but the very nature of the phase of flight allows the athlete to use the inertia of motion of the body as much as possible to lengthen the jump and thus facilitate shock absorption and retention of balance upon landing.Formation movement patterns in the body control the flight phase of the athletes

  9. Superconductivity in One-atomic-layer Metal Films

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    ZHANG Tong; CHEN Xi; WANG Yayu; LIU Ying; LIN Haiqing; JIA Jinfeng; XUE Qikun; CHENG Peng; LI Wenjuan; SUN Yujie; WANG Guang; ZHU Xicgang; HE Ke; WANG Lili; MA Xucun

    2011-01-01

    @@ Superconductivity is a peculiar quantum phenomenon which originates from the pairing of conduction electrons, followed by phase coherent condensation.Since the discovery by K.Onnes in 1911, superconductivity has been one of the hottest topics in physics for an entire century, and still attracts people's great interest.One of the intriguing issues is how superconductivity appears in low dimensional system where quantum size effect and surface/interface effect that large bulk material doesn't have may become crucial.

  10. Superconductivity in One-atomic-layer Metal Films

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    ZHANG Tong; CHENG Peng; LI Wenjuan; SUN Yujie; WANG Guang; ZHU Xiegang; HE Ke; WANG Lili; MA Xucun; CHEN Xi; WANG Yayu; LIU Ying; LIN Haiqing; JIA Jinfeng; XUE Qikun

    2011-01-01

    Superconductivity is a peculiar quantum phenomenon which originates from the pairing of conduction electrons, tbllowed by phase coherent condensation, Since the discovery by K. Onnes in 1911, superconductivity has been one of the hottest topics in physics for an entire century, and still attracts people's great interest. One of the intriguing issues is how superconductivity appears in low dimensional system where quantum size effect and surface/interface effect that large bulk material doesn't have may become crucial.

  11. Formation of Austenite During Intercritical Annealing of Dual-Phase Steels

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    Speich, G. R.; Demarest, V. A.; Miller, R. L.

    1981-08-01

    The formation of austenite during intercritical annealing at temperatures between 740 and 900 °C was studied in a series of 1.5 pct manganese steels containing 0.06 to 0.20 pct carbon and with a ferrite-pearlite starting microstructure, typical of most dual-phase steels. Austenite formation was separated into three stages: (1) very rapid growth of austenite into pearlite until pearlite dissolution is complete; (2) slower growth of austenite into ferrite at a rate that is controlled by carbon diffusion in austenite at high temperatures (~85O °C), and by manganese diffusion in ferrite (or along grain boundaries) at low temperatures (~750 °C); and (3) very slow final equilibration of ferrite and austenite at a rate that is controlled by manganese diffusion in austenite. Diffusion models for the various steps were analyzed and compared with experimental results.

  12. Formation of PAHs and Carbonaceous Solids in Gas-Phase Condensation Experiments

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    Jäger, C; Jansa, I Llamas; Henning, T; Huisken, F

    2009-01-01

    Carbonaceous grains represent a major component of cosmic dust. In order to understand their formation pathways, they have been prepared in the laboratory by gas-phase condensation reactions such as laser pyrolysis and laser ablation. Our studies demonstrate that the temperature in the condensation zone determines the formation pathway of carbonaceous particles. At temperatures lower than 1700 K, the condensation by-products are mainly polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), that are also the precursors or building blocks for the condensing soot grains. The low-temperature condensates contain PAH mixtures that are mainly composed of volatile 3-5 ring systems. At condensation temperatures higher than 3500 K, fullerene-like carbon grains and fullerene compounds are formed. Fullerene fragments or complete fullerenes equip the nucleating particles. Fullerenes can be identified as soluble components. Consequently, condensation products in cool and hot astrophysical environments such as cool and hot AGB stars or W...

  13. Superconductivity in Medicine

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    Alonso, Jose R.; Antaya, Timothy A.

    2012-01-01

    Superconductivity is playing an increasingly important role in advanced medical technologies. Compact superconducting cyclotrons are emerging as powerful tools for external beam therapy with protons and carbon ions, and offer advantages of cost and size reduction in isotope production as well. Superconducting magnets in isocentric gantries reduce their size and weight to practical proportions. In diagnostic imaging, superconducting magnets have been crucial for the successful clinical implementation of magnetic resonance imaging. This article introduces each of those areas and describes the role which superconductivity is playing in them.

  14. Enhanced superconductivity of fullerenes

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    Washington, II, Aaron L.; Teprovich, Joseph A.; Zidan, Ragaiy

    2017-06-20

    Methods for enhancing characteristics of superconductive fullerenes and devices incorporating the fullerenes are disclosed. Enhancements can include increase in the critical transition temperature at a constant magnetic field; the existence of a superconducting hysteresis over a changing magnetic field; a decrease in the stabilizing magnetic field required for the onset of superconductivity; and/or an increase in the stability of superconductivity over a large magnetic field. The enhancements can be brought about by transmitting electromagnetic radiation to the superconductive fullerene such that the electromagnetic radiation impinges on the fullerene with an energy that is greater than the band gap of the fullerene.

  15. Superconducting microfabricated ion traps

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    Wang, Shannon X; Labaziewicz, Jaroslaw; Dauler, Eric; Berggren, Karl; Chuang, Isaac L

    2010-01-01

    We fabricate superconducting ion traps with niobium and niobium nitride and trap single 88Sr ions at cryogenic temperatures. The superconducting transition is verified and characterized by measuring the resistance and critical current using a 4-wire measurement on the trap structure, and observing change in the rf reflection. The lowest observed heating rate is 2.1(3) quanta/sec at 800 kHz at 6 K and shows no significant change across the superconducting transition, suggesting that anomalous heating is primarily caused by noise sources on the surface. This demonstration of superconducting ion traps opens up possibilities for integrating trapped ions and molecular ions with superconducting devices.

  16. Superconducting material development

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    1987-09-01

    A superconducting compound was developed that showed a transition to a zero-resistance state at 65 C, or 338 K. The superconducting material, which is an oxide based on strontium, barium, yttrium, and copper, continued in the zero-resistance state similar to superconductivity for 10 days at room temperature in the air. It was also noted that measurements of the material allowed it to observe a nonlinear characteristic curve between current and voltage at 65 C, which is another indication of superconductivity. The research results of the laboratory experiment with the superconducting material will be published in the August edition of the Japanese Journal of Applied Physics.

  17. Measuring the efficiency of ice formation in mixed-phase clouds over Europe with Cloudnet

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    Bühl, Johannes; Engelmann, Ronny; Ansmann, Albert; Patric, Seifert

    2016-04-01

    Mixed-phase clouds play an important role in current weather and climate research. The complex interaction between aerosols, clouds and dynamics taking place within these clouds is still not understood. The unknown impact of ice formation on cloud lifetime and precipitation evolution introduces large uncertainties into numeric weather prediction and climate projections. In the framework of the BACCHUS project, we have evaluated combined remote sensing data gathered at different European Cloudnet sites (Leipzig, Lindenberg, Potenza and Mace-Head) to study the relation between ice and liquid water in mixed-phase cloud layers. In this way, we can quantify the efficiency of ice production within these clouds. The study also allows contrasting marine (Potenza and Mace-Head) and continental sites (Leipzig and Lindenberg). We derive liquid and ice water content together with vertical motions of ice particles falling through cloud base. The ice mass flux is quantified by combining measurements of ice water content and particle fall velocity. The efficiency of heterogeneous ice formation and its impact on cloud lifetime is estimated for different cloud-top temperatures by relating the ice mass flux and the liquid water content at cloud top. Cloud radar measurements of polarization and fall velocity yield, that ice crystals formed in cloud layers with a geometrical thickness of less than 350 m are mostly pristine when they fall out of the cloud. A difference of four orders of magnitude in ice formation efficiency in mixed-phase cloud layers is found over the cloud-top-temperature range from -40 to 0 °C.

  18. A Massive Galaxy in its Core Formation Phase Three Billion Years After the Big Bang

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    Nelson, Erica; Franx, Marijn; Brammer, Gabriel; Momcheva, Ivelina; Schreiber, Natascha Förster; da Cunha, Elisabete; Tacconi, Linda; Bezanson, Rachel; Kirkpatrick, Allison; Leja, Joel; Rix, Hans-Walter; Skelton, Rosalind; van der Wel, Arjen; Whitaker, Katherine; Wuyts, Stijn

    2014-01-01

    Most massive galaxies are thought to have formed their dense stellar cores at early cosmic epochs. However, cores in their formation phase have not yet been observed. Previous studies have found galaxies with high gas velocity dispersions or small apparent sizes but so far no objects have been identified with both the stellar structure and the gas dynamics of a forming core. Here we present a candidate core in formation 11 billion years ago, at z=2.3. GOODS-N-774 has a stellar mass of 1.0x10^11 Msun, a half-light radius of 1.0 kpc, and a star formation rate of 90[+45-20]Msun/yr. The star forming gas has a velocity dispersion 317+-30 km/s, amongst the highest ever measured. It is similar to the stellar velocity dispersions of the putative descendants of GOODS-N-774, compact quiescent galaxies at z~2 and giant elliptical galaxies in the nearby Universe. Galaxies such as GOODS-N-774 appear to be rare; however, from the star formation rate and size of the galaxy we infer that many star forming cores may be heavil...

  19. Bridging the gap: disk formation in the Class 0 phase with ambipolar diffusion and Ohmic dissipation

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    Dapp, Wolf B; Kunz, Matthew W

    2011-01-01

    Context: Ideal MHD simulations have revealed catastrophic magnetic braking (MB) in the protostellar phase, which prevents the formation of a centrifugal disk around a nascent protostar. Aims: We determine if non-ideal MHD, including the effects of ambipolar diffusion and Ohmic dissipation determined from a detailed chemical network model, allows for disk formation at the earliest stages of star formation (SF). Methods: We employ the axisymmetric thin-disk approximation in order to resolve a dynamic range of 9 orders of magnitude in length and 16 in density, while also calculating partial ionization using up to 19 species in a detailed chemical equilibrium model. MB is applied using a steady-state approximation, and a barotropic relation is used to capture the thermal evolution. Results: We resolve the formation of the first and second cores, with expansion waves at the periphery of each, a magnetic diffusion shock, and prestellar infall profiles at larger radii. Power-law profiles in each region can be unders...

  20. The general mechanisms of Cu cluster formation in the processes of condensation from the gas phase

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    I V Chepkasov; Yu Ya Gafner; S L Gafner; S P Bardakhanov

    2015-06-01

    Technological applications of metallic clusters impose very strict requirements for particle size, shape, structure and defect density. Such geometrical characteristics of nanoparticles are mainly determined by the process of their growth. This work represents the basic mechanisms of cluster formation from the gas phase that has been studied on the example of copper. The process of Cu nanoclusters synthesis has been studied by the moleculardynamics method based on tight-binding potentials. It has been shown that depending on the size and temperature of the initial nanoclusters the process of nanoparticle formation can pass through different basic scenarios. The general conditions of different types of particles formation have been defined and clear dependence of the cluster shape from collision temperature of initial conglomerates has been shown. The simulation results demonstrate a very good agreement with the available experimental data. Thus, it has been shown that depending on the specific application of the synthesized particles or in electronics, where particles of a small size with a spherical shape are required, or in catalytic reactions, where the main factor of effectiveness is the maximum surface area with the help of temperature of the system it is possible to get the realization of a certain frequency of this or that scenario of the shape formation of nanocrystalline particles.

  1. A Massive Galaxy in Its Core Formation Phase Three Billion Years After the Big Bang

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    Nelson, Erica; van Dokkum, Pieter; Franx, Marijn; Brammer, Gabriel; Momcheva, Ivelina; Schreiber, Natascha M. Forster; da Cunha, Elisabete; Tacconi, Linda; Bezanson, Rachel; Kirkpatrick, Allison; Leja, Joel; Rix, Hans-Walter; Skelton, Rosalind; van der Wel, Arjen; Whitaker, Katherine; Wuyts, Stijn

    2014-01-01

    Most massive galaxies are thought to have formed their dense stellar cores at early cosmic epochs. However, cores in their formation phase have not yet been observed. Previous studies have found galaxies with high gas velocity dispersions or small apparent sizes but so far no objects have been identified with both the stellar structure and the gas dynamics of a forming core. Here we present a candidate core in formation 11 billion years ago, at z = 2.3. GOODS-N-774 has a stellar mass of 1.0 × 10 (exp 11) solar mass, a half-light radius of 1.0 kpc, and a star formation rate of 90 (sup +45 / sub -20) solar mass/yr. The star forming gas has a velocity dispersion 317 plus or minus 30 km/s, amongst the highest ever measured. It is similar to the stellar velocity dispersions of the putative descendants of GOODS-N-774, compact quiescent galaxies at z is approximately equal to 2 (exp 8-11) and giant elliptical galaxies in the nearby Universe. Galaxies such as GOODS-N-774 appear to be rare; however, from the star formation rate and size of the galaxy we infer that many star forming cores may be heavily obscured, and could be missed in optical and near-infrared surveys.

  2. Coexistence of Antiferromagnetism with Superconductivity in CePt2In7: Microscopic Phase Diagram Determined by In115 NMR and NQR

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    Sakai, H.; Tokunaga, Y.; Kambe, S.; Ronning, F.; Bauer, E. D.; Thompson, J. D.

    2014-05-01

    Single crystals of the heavy-fermion antiferromagnet CePt2In7 with a Néel temperature (TN) of 5.2 K at ambient pressure have been investigated by zero-field In115-nuclear magnetic and quadrupole resonance measurements as a function of applied pressure. Within the antiferromagnetic state, the character of Ce's 4f electron appears to change from localized to itinerantlike at P*˜2.4 GPa, approximately the pressure where superconductivity first emerges. With increased pressure, the superconducting transition Tc reaches a maximum just at or slightly before antiferromagnetic order disappears, and not at the pressure Pc˜3.4 GPa, where the steeply decreasing Néel boundary extrapolates to zero temperature. For P >Pc, the spin relaxation rate drops sharply by more than 2 orders of magnitude at Tc, suggestive of a first-order transition.

  3. Protective link for superconducting coil

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    Umans, Stephen D.

    2009-12-08

    A superconducting coil system includes a superconducting coil and a protective link of superconducting material coupled to the superconducting coil. A rotating machine includes first and second coils and a protective link of superconducting material. The second coil is operable to rotate with respect to the first coil. One of the first and second coils is a superconducting coil. The protective link is coupled to the superconducting coil.

  4. Competition of superconductivity with the structural transition in M o3S b7

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    Ye, G. Z.; Cheng, J.-G.; Yan, J.-Q.; Sun, J. P.; Matsubayashi, K.; Yamauchi, T.; Okada, T.; Zhou, Q.; Parker, D. S.; Sales, B. C.; Uwatoko, Y.

    2016-12-01

    Prior to the superconducting transition at Tc≈2.3 K , M o3S b7 undergoes a symmetry-lowering, cubic-to-tetragonal structural transition at Ts=53 K . We have monitored the pressure dependence of these two transitions by measuring the resistivity of M o3S b7 single crystals under various hydrostatic pressures up to 15 GPa. The application of external pressure enhances Tc but suppresses Ts until Pc≈10 GPa , above which a pressure-induced first-order structural transition takes place and is manifested by the phase coexistence in the pressure range 8 ≤P ≤12 GPa . The cubic phase above 12 GPa is also found to be superconducting with a higher Tc≈6 K that decreases slightly with further increasing pressure. The variations with pressure of Tc and Ts satisfy the Bilbro-McMillan equation, i.e. Tc nTs 1 -n= constant, thus suggesting the competition of superconductivity with the structural transition that has been proposed to be accompanied with a spin-gap formation at Ts. Our first-principles calculations suggest the importance of magnetism that competes with the superconductivity in M o3S b7 .

  5. Aspects of Color Superconductivity

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    Hong, D K

    2001-01-01

    I discuss some aspects of recent developments in color superconductivity in high density quark matter. I calculate the Cooper pair gap and the critical points at high density, where magnetic gluons are not screened. The ground state of high density QCD with three light flavors is shown to be a color-flavor locking state, which can be mapped into the low-density hadronic phase. The meson mass at the CFL superconductor is also calculated. The CFL color superconductor is bosonized, where the Fermi sea is identified as a $Q$-matter and the gapped quarks as topological excitations, called superqualitons, of mesons. Finally, as an application of color supercoductivity, I discuss the neutrino interactions in the CFL color superconductor.

  6. Polymer Wall Formation Using Liquid-Crystal/Polymer Phase Separation Induced on Patterned Polyimide Films

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    Murashige, Takeshi; Fujikake, Hideo; Sato, Hiroto; Kikuchi, Hiroshi; Kurita, Taiichiro; Sato, Fumio

    2004-12-01

    We could form lattice-shaped polymer walls in a liquid crystal (LC) layer through the thermal phase separation of an LC/polystyrene solution between substrates with polyimide films etched by short-wavelength ultraviolet irradiation using a photomask. The LC wetting difference between the polyimide and substrate surfaces caused the coalescence of growing LC droplets on patterned polyimide films with the progress of phase separation. Consequently, polymer walls were formed on substrate surface areas without polyimide films. The shape of the polymer wall formed became sharp with the use of rubbed polyimide films because the nucleation of growing LC droplets concentrated on the patterned polyimide films. It is thought that the increase in the alignment order of LC molecules in the solution near the rubbed polyimide films promotes the formation of LC molecular aggregation, which becomes the growth nuclei of LC droplets.

  7. Halo formation in three-dimensional bunches with various phase space distributions

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    Fedotov, A. V.; Gluckstern, R. L.; Kurennoy, S. S.; Ryne, R. D.

    1999-01-01

    A realistic treatment of halo formation must take into account 3D beam bunches and 6D phase space distributions. We recently constructed, analytically and numerically, a new class of self-consistent 6D phase space stationary distributions, which allowed us to study the halo development mechanism without being obscured by the effect of beam redistribution. In this paper we consider nonstationary distributions and study how the halo characteristics compare with those obtained using the stationary distribution. We then discuss the effect of redistribution on the halo development mechanism. In contrast to bunches with a large aspect ratio, we find that the effect of coupling between the r and z planes is especially important as the bunch shape becomes more spherical.

  8. Entropy landscape of phase formation associated with quantum criticality in Sr3Ru2O7.

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    Rost, A W; Perry, R S; Mercure, J-F; Mackenzie, A P; Grigera, S A

    2009-09-11

    Low-temperature phase transitions and the associated quantum critical points are a major field of research, but one in which experimental information about thermodynamics is sparse. Thermodynamic information is vital for the understanding of quantum many-body problems. We show that combining measurements of the magnetocaloric effect and specific heat allows a comprehensive study of the entropy of a system. We present a quantitative measurement of the entropic landscape of Sr3Ru2O7, a quantum critical system in which magnetic field is used as a tuning parameter. This allows us to track the development of the entropy as the quantum critical point is approached and to study the thermodynamic consequences of the formation of a novel electronic liquid crystalline phase in its vicinity.

  9. Oxidation Control and Non-equilibrium Phase Formation in Cu-Cr Alloys during Mechanical Alloying

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    Xiaolong CUI; Lai WANG; Min QI

    2001-01-01

    Using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) and optical microscopy, phase transformation of Cu-Cr alloys with various compositions during mechanical alloying process has been investigated. Besides the formation of supersaturated solid solution, the results show that a kind of amorphous oxide formed in the process,and the addition of carbon has obviously effect on the suppression of oxidation and the deoxidization of oxide. The reactive milling has a remarkable effect on the behavior of oxidation.

  10. Investigating Processes of Materials Formation via Liquid Phase and Cryogenic TEM

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    De Yoreo, James J.; Sommerdijk, Nico

    2016-06-14

    The formation of materials in solutions is a widespread phenomenon in synthetic, biological and geochemical systems, occurring through dynamic processes of nucleation, self-assembly, crystal growth, and coarsening. The recent advent of liquid phase TEM and advances in cryogenic TEM are transforming our understanding of these phenomena by providing new insights into the underlying physical and chemical mechanisms. The techniques have been applied to metallic and semiconductor nanoparticles, geochemical and biological minerals, electrochemical systems, macromolecular complexes, and selfassembling systems, both organic and inorganic. New instrumentation and methodologies currently on the horizon promise new opportunities for advancing the science of materials synthesis.

  11. Status report of the three phase 25 kA, 1.5 kW thermally switched superconducting rectifier, transformer and switches

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    Kate, ten H.H.J.; Holtslag, A.H.M.; Knoben, J.; Steffens, H.A.; Klundert, van de L.J.M.

    1983-01-01

    A 25 kA, 1.5 kW superconducting rectifier system has been developed. This rectifier system working like an a.c.-d.c, converter with a primary current of 35 A at 0.1Hz, will energize a 25 kA coil with an average power of 5.4 MJ/hr and a proposed energy efficiency of at least 96%. Such a highly effici

  12. Visualizing pair formation on the atomic scale and the search for the mechanism of superconductivity in high-T{sub c} cuprates

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    Yazdani, A [Joseph Henry Laboratories and Department of Physics, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08540 (United States)], E-mail: yazdani@princeton.edu

    2009-04-22

    We have developed several new experimental techniques, based on the scanning tunneling microscope, to visualize the process of pair formation on the atomic scale and to probe with high precision what controls the strength of pairing in high-T{sub c} cuprate superconductor compounds. These new experiments provide evidence that pairing in these exotic superconductors occurs above the bulk transition temperature and in nanoscale regions with sizes of 1-3 nm. The high temperature nucleation and proliferation of these nanoscale puddles have a strong connection to the temperature-doping phase diagram of these superconductors. On average we have found that the pairing gap {delta} and the temperature at which they first nucleate T{sub p} follow the simple relation: 2{delta}/k{sub B}T{sub p}{approx}8. Moreover, the variations of the pairing strength on the nanoscale can be examined to find microscopic clues to the mechanism of pairing. Specifically, we have found evidence that suggests that strong electronic correlation, as opposed to coupling of electrons to bosons, is responsible for the pairing mechanism in the cuprates. Surprisingly, we have found that nanoscale measurements of electronic correlations in the normal state (at temperatures as high as twice T{sub c}) can be used to predict the strength of the local pairing interaction at low temperatures.

  13. Influence of Powder Metallurgical Processing Routes on Phase Formations in a Multicomponent NbSi-Alloy

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    Seemüller, C.; Hartwig, T.; Mulser, M.; Adkins, N.; Wickins, M.; Heilmaier, M.

    2014-09-01

    Refractory metal silicide composites on the basis of Nbss-Nb5Si3 have been investigated as potential alternatives for nickel-base superalloys for years because of their low densities and good high-temperature strengths. NbSi-based composites are typically produced by arc-melting or casting. Samples in this study, however, were produced by powder metallurgy because of the potential for near net-shape component fabrication with very homogeneous microstructures. Either gas atomized powder or high-energy mechanically alloyed elemental powders were compacted by powder injection molding or hot isostatic pressing. Heat treatments were applied for phase stability evaluation. Slight compositional changes (oxygen, nitrogen, or iron) introduced by the processing route, i.e., powder production and consolidation, can affect phase formations and phase transitions during the process. Special focus is put on the distinction between different silicides (Nb5Si3 and Nb3Si) and silicide modifications (α-, β-, and γ-Nb5Si3), respectively. These were evaluated by x-ray diffraction and energy-dispersive spectroscopy measurements with the additional inclusion of thermodynamic calculations using the calculated phase diagram method.

  14. Interdigitated lamella and bicontinuous cubic phases formation from natural cyclic surfactin and its linear derivative.

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    Imura, Tomohiro; Ikeda, Shintaro; Aburai, Kenichi; Taira, Toshiaki; Kitamoto, Dai

    2013-01-01

    The lyotropic phase behavior of the cyclic form surfactin (CS) produced by Bacillus subtilis and its linear derivative in aqueous solution was evaluated for the first time by using polarized light microscopy and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). By polarized light microscopy, the aqueous solutions of CS at the concentrations above 50 wt% were optically anisotropic and gave mosaic textures, suggesting the formation of lamella structures, while those of the linear surfactin (LS) were optically isotropic and no distinctive textures were observed. SAXS diffractograms of the CS solution above 50 wt% clearly gave the three peaks whose spacing ratio of 1: 2: 3, indicating the presence of the lamellar (L(α)) phase, while those of the LS solution gave multiple peaks whose spacing ratios of √2: √3: √4: √6: √8, confirming the bicontinuous cubic (V₂) phase of the symmetry Pn3m. It was also found that the lamellar phase with CS was composed of not ordinary bilayer but interdigitated bilayer with the unusual packing of the acyl chain region. These results clearly demonstrated that the cyclic peptide structure plays a key role in regulating their self-assembly, and naturally occurring CS is likely to form lamellar structure by balancing bulky peptide headgroups with interdigitated packing of their acyl chains.

  15. Superconductivity in transition metals.

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    Slocombe, Daniel R; Kuznetsov, Vladimir L; Grochala, Wojciech; Williams, Robert J P; Edwards, Peter P

    2015-03-13

    A qualitative account of the occurrence and magnitude of superconductivity in the transition metals is presented, with a primary emphasis on elements of the first row. Correlations of the important parameters of the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory of superconductivity are highlighted with respect to the number of d-shell electrons per atom of the transition elements. The relation between the systematics of superconductivity in the transition metals and the periodic table high-lights the importance of short-range or chemical bonding on the remarkable natural phenomenon of superconductivity in the chemical elements. A relationship between superconductivity and lattice instability appears naturally as a balance and competition between localized covalent bonding and so-called broken covalency, which favours d-electron delocalization and superconductivity. In this manner, the systematics of superconductivity and various other physical properties of the transition elements are related and unified.

  16. L1{sub 0} phase formation in ternary FePdNi alloys

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    Montes-Arango, A.M. [Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115 (United States); Bordeaux, N.C. [Department of Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115 (United States); Liu, J.; Barmak, K. [Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027 (United States); Lewis, L.H., E-mail: lhlewis@neu.edu [Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115 (United States); Department of Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115 (United States)

    2015-11-05

    Metallurgical routes to highly metastable phases are required to access new materials with new functionalities. To this end, the stability of the tetragonal chemically ordered L1{sub 0} phase in the ternary Fe–Pd–Ni system is quantified to provide enabling information concerning synthesis of L1{sub 0}-type FeNi, a highly attractive yet highly elusive advanced permanent magnet candidate. Fe{sub 50}Pd{sub 50−x}Ni{sub x} (x = 0–7 at%) samples were arc-melted and annealed at 773 K (500 °C) for 100 h to induce formation of the chemically ordered L1{sub 0} phase. Coupled calorimetry, structural and magnetic investigations allow determination of an isothermal section of the ternary Fe–Pd–Ni phase diagram featuring a single phase L1{sub 0} region near the FePd boundary for x < 6 at%. It is demonstrated that increased Ni content in Fe{sub 50}Pd{sub 50−x}Ni{sub x} alloys systematically decreases the order-disorder transition temperature, resulting in a lower thermodynamic driving force for the ordering phase transformation. The Fe{sub 50}Pd{sub 50−x}Ni{sub x} L1{sub 0} → fcc disordering transformation is determined to occur via a two-step process, with compositionally-dependent enthalpies and transition temperatures. These results highlight the need to investigate ternary alloys with higher Ni content to determine the stability range of the L1{sub 0} phase near the FeNi boundary, thereby facilitating kinetic access to the important L1{sub 0} FeNi ferromagnetic phase. - Highlights: • Chemical ordering in FePdNi enhances intrinsic and extrinsic magnetic properties. • 773 K annealed FePdNi alloys studied show a stable L1{sub 0} phase for Ni ≤ 5.2 at%. • Chemical disordering in FePdNi occurs by a previously unreported two-step process. • Ni additions to FePd dramatically decrease the chemical order-disorder temperature. • The chemical-ordering transformation kinetics are greatly affected by Ni content.

  17. Absence of superconductivity in the high-pressure polymorph of MgB2

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    Ma, Yanming; Wang, Yanchao; Oganov, Artem R.

    2009-02-01

    We report a high-pressure orthorhombic KHg2 -type polymorph (space group Imma, 4 f.u./cell) of MgB2 stable above 190 GPa predicted through ab-initio evolutionary simulations. The formation of this new phase results from the strong out-of-plane distortions of the two-dimensional honeycomb boron sublattice of the low-pressure AlB2 -type structure creating a peculiar tetrahedrally bonded three-dimensional boron network. This high-pressure phase is a weak metal and not superconducting, re-highlighting the key role of the planar boron sublattice in forming the superconducting state and clear structure-property relations that can enable design of new superconductors.

  18. Superconductivity Bordering Rashba Type Topological Transition

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    Jin, M. L.; Sun, F.; Xing, L. Y.; Zhang, S. J.; Feng, S. M.; Kong, P. P.; Li, W. M.; Wang, X. C.; Zhu, J. L.; Long, Y. W.; Bai, H. Y.; Gu, C. Z.; Yu, R. C.; Yang, W. G.; Shen, G. Y.; Zhao, Y. S.; Mao, H. K.; Jin, C. Q.

    2017-01-01

    Strong spin orbital interaction (SOI) can induce unique quantum phenomena such as topological insulators, the Rashba effect, or p-wave superconductivity. Combining these three quantum phenomena into a single compound has important scientific implications. Here we report experimental observations of consecutive quantum phase transitions from a Rashba type topological trivial phase to topological insulator state then further proceeding to superconductivity in a SOI compound BiTeI tuned via pressures. The electrical resistivity measurement with V shape change signals the transition from a Rashba type topological trivial to a topological insulator phase at 2 GPa, which is caused by an energy gap close then reopen with band inverse. Superconducting transition appears at 8 GPa with a critical temperature TC of 5.3 K. Structure refinements indicate that the consecutive phase transitions are correlated to the changes in the Bi-Te bond and bond angle as function of pressures. The Hall Effect measurements reveal an intimate relationship between superconductivity and the unusual change in carrier density that points to possible unconventional superconductivity.

  19. Superconductivity Bordering Rashba Type Topological Transition

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    Jin, M. L.; Sun, F.; Xing, L. Y.; Zhang, S. J.; Feng, S. M.; Kong, P. P.; Li, W. M.; Wang, X. C.; Zhu, J. L.; Long, Y. W.; Bai, H. Y.; Gu, C. Z.; Yu, R. C.; Yang, W. G.; Shen, G. Y.; Zhao, Y. S.; Mao, H. K.; Jin, C. Q.

    2017-01-04

    Strong spin orbital interaction (SOI) can induce unique quantum phenomena such as topological insulators, the Rashba effect, or p-wave superconductivity. Combining these three quantum phenomena into a single compound has important scientific implications. Here we report experimental observations of consecutive quantum phase transitions from a Rashba type topological trivial phase to topological insulator state then further proceeding to superconductivity in a SOI compound BiTeI tuned via pressures. The electrical resistivity measurement with V shape change signals the transition from a Rashba type topological trivial to a topological insulator phase at 2 GPa, which is caused by an energy gap close then reopen with band inverse. Superconducting transition appears at 8 GPa with a critical temperature TC of 5.3 K. Structure refinements indicate that the consecutive phase transitions are correlated to the changes in the Bi–Te bond and bond angle as function of pressures. The Hall Effect measurements reveal an intimate relationship between superconductivity and the unusual change in carrier density that points to possible unconventional superconductivity.

  20. Influence of the Heterogeneous Nucleation Sites on the Kinetics of Intermetallic Phase Formation in Aged Duplex Stainless Steel

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    Melo, Elis Almeida; Magnabosco, Rodrigo

    2017-09-01

    The aim of this work is to study the influence of the heterogeneous nucleation site quantity, observed in different ferrite and austenite grain size samples, on the phase transformations that result in intermetallic phases in a UNS S31803 duplex stainless steel (DSS). Solution treatment was conducted for 1, 24, 96, or 192 hours at 1373 K (1100 °C) to obtain different ferrite and austenite grain sizes. After solution treatment, isothermal aging treatments for 5, 8, 10, 20, 30, or 60 minutes at 1123 K (850 °C) were performed to verify the influence of different amounts of heterogeneous nucleation sites in the kinetics of intermetallic phase formation. The sample solution treated for 1 hour, with the highest surface area between matrix phases, was the one that presented, after 60 minutes at 1123 K (850 °C), the smaller volume fraction of ferrite (indicative of greater intermetallic phase formation), higher volume of sigma (that was present in coral-like and compact morphologies), and chi phase. It was not possible to identify which was the first nucleated phase, sigma or chi. It was also observed that the phase formation kinetics is higher for the sample solution treated for 1 hour. It was evidenced that, from a certain moment on, the chi phase begins to be consumed due to the sigma phase formation, and the austenite/ferrite interface presents higher S V for all solution treatment times. It was also observed that intermetallic phases form preferably in austenite-ferrite interfaces, although the higher occupation rate occurs at triple junction ferrite-ferrite-ferrite. It was verified that there was no saturation of nucleation sites in any interface type nor triple junction, and the equilibrium after 1 hour of aging at 1123 K (850 °C) was not achieved. It was then concluded that sigma phase formation is possibly controlled by diffusional processes, without saturation of nucleation sites.