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  1. Research on Y-Ba-Cu-O superconducting thin films at liquid nitrogen temperatures

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    Li Yuan; Yang Senzu; Ji Zhengming; Sun Zhijian; Jing Dong; Wu Peiheng; Zhang Shiyan; Wang Hao; Zhou Ningsheng; Fan Depei; and others

    1988-12-01

    The Y-Ba-Cu-O superconducting thin films on several kinds of substrates of single crystal ZrO/sub 2/, YSZ and polycrystalline SrTiO/sub 3/ have been successfully prepared by mean of /ital rf/ reactive magnetron sputtering. The zero resistance temperature obtained is 81 K. The thickness of the films is about 1--2 ..mu..m. In this paper the composition of the films, the substrates, /ital R/-/ital T/ curves, X-ray diffraction patterns and the heat treatment process of the films are described.

  2. Preparation of very thin superconducting films of Y-Ba-Cu-O by a layer-by-layer resistive evaporation

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    Azoulay, J.; Goldschmidt, D. (Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences, School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel, and Center for Technological Education, Holon, P.O. Box 305, Holon 58680, Israel (IL)); Brener, R. (Solid State Institute, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa 3200, Israel)

    1989-10-15

    We report here on 1/4 -{mu}m-thick superconducting Y-Ba-Cu-O films, produced by a sequential layer-by-layer deposition of Cu, BaF{sub 2}, and YF{sub 3}, utilizing solely resistive evaporation from tungsten boats onto SrTiO{sub 3} substrates. The films are composed primarily of quasioriented elongated grains and have, on the average, the correct stoichiometry. A transition onset at 75 K and width of {similar to}25 K have been observed in these films. The shape of the current-voltage curve indicates that Josephson-coupled weak links limit the transport in these films. However, the magnitude of critical current (3000 A/cm{sup 2} at {similar to}10 K) is larger than that found in bulk ceramic superconductors. The origin of weak links in these films is probably in the regions of contact between the elongated grains. The relatively large critical current density, as compared to regular bulk ceramic superconductors, is presumably related to the quasioriented nature of the film.

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

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    Azoulay, J.; Goldschmidt, D.

    1989-06-12

    A new evaporation method of high-temperature superconducting films, the /ital resistive vaporation/ /ital from/ /ital single/ /ital source/, isreported here for the first time. The source material, inserted into a tungstenboat in a conventional vacuum system, consisted of a pulverized mixture of Cu,YF/sub 3/, and BaF/sub 2/. The handling of the source material required only grindingand mixing of the raw materials. Its deposition onto SrTiO/sub 3/ substratesyielding superconducting films with properties very similar to those obtained ina layer-by-layer resistive evaporation of these materials. In particular, aresistive transition onset at 75 K and zero resistance at /similar to/40 K, and criticalcurrents of 2000 A/cm/sup 2/ at approx.10 K have been measured. The broad transition maybe attributed to a copper concentration gradient, as measured by Auger depthprofiling, or to a residual fluorine-rich phase.

  4. High-pressure study of the new Y-Ba-Cu-O superconducting compound system

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    Hor, P. H.; Gao, L.; Meng, R. L.; Huang, Z. J.; Wang, Y. Q.

    1987-01-01

    Hydrostatic effects on the superconducting transition temperature of the Y-Ba-Cu-O compound system, resistively, up to 19 kbar are investigated. It is found that pressure has little effect on the superconducting state of Y-Ba-Cu-O, in marked contrast to the behavior of the K2NiF4-phase La-Ba-Cu-O and La-Sr-Cu-O systems. It is suggested that this effect may be due to chemical pressure associated with the smaller Y atoms already present in Y-Ba-Cu-O. X-ray powder-diffraction studies show that the high-temperature superconductivity in Y-Ba-Cu-O can only be attributed to one or more phases with structures different from the cubic perovskite or tetragonal layered ones.

  5. In situ fabrication of high-Tc Y-Ba-Cu-O thin film by resistive evaporation

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    Azoulay, J. (Centre for Technological Education, Holon (Israel) Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel))

    1992-11-20

    We have recently used a simple conventional oil-pumped vacuum system equipped with a resistively heated boat for in situ fabrication of Y-Ba-Cu-O high Tc superconductivity phase thin films at a relatively low substrate temperature. A well-ground mixture of yttrium, BaF[sub 2] and copper, weighed in the atomic proportion to yield a stoichiometric YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub 7-[delta

  6. Comparative electron microprobe investigation of the Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films

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    Rezvitskii, V.V.; Bondarenko, I.I.; Treiger, B.A.; Volkov, L.A. (A.S. Pushkin State Pedagogical Inst., Kirovograd (USSR)); Mazalov, L.N.; Fyodorov, V.E.; Dubinin, N.P.; Amelichev, A.G.; Vratskikh, V.F. (Inst. of Inorganic Chemistry, Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk (USSR))

    1990-10-15

    The results of electron probe investigation of the samples of Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films sputtered by different methods are presented. The regularities of the thin film growth are discussed. The relative intensity of copper L alpha to K alpha lines is proposed to be used for the comparison of the thicknesses of thin films. (orig.).

  7. Femtosecond optical response of Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films: The dependence on optical frequency, excitation intensity, and electric current

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    Gong, T.; Zheng, L.X.; Xiong, W.; Kula, W.; Kostoulas, Y.; Sobolewski, R.; Fauchet, P.M. (Laboratory for Laser Energetics and Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York 14627 (United States))

    1993-06-01

    We have performed a series of femtosecond reflectivity experiments on various Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films at temperatures ranging from 12 to 300 K. In particular, the dependence of the optical response on probing laser frequency, pumping laser intensity, and bias electric current has been measured. Results obtained at room temperature provide quantitative information on the position of the Fermi level in films with different oxygen content. Systematic analysis of the measurements performed in the superconducting state indicates that the optical response associated with nonequilibrium properties of Y-Ba-Cu-O depends strongly on excitation intensity, sample thickness, and bias current. The results cannot be satisfactorily interpreted as the relaxation dynamics of quasiparticles, and a simple two-fluid model is shown to fail to explain data obtained under low laser excitation. Several tentative explanations are proposed, which provide a more comprehensive understanding of the transient optical response of Y-Ba-Cu-O.

  8. Oscillations of composition near the external surface of Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films

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    Bakunin, O. M.; Klotsman, S. M.; Matveev, S. A.; Stepanov, K. A.

    1989-07-03

    An Auger electron spectroscopy study has been made of the depth profiles of films of Y-Ba-Cu-O compounds. The films were produced by electron beam and ion plasma sputtering onto various substrate types. The specimens were annealed in air at temperatures ranging between 450 and 900 /degree/C. The effective diffusion coefficients for the film and substrate constituents have been estimated. The depth profiles of films annealed at 600 /degree/C reveal composition oscillations in the region adjacent to the surface. These composition oscillations are assumed to arise from the phase transformations that occur at 600 /degree/C in films of the Y-Ba-Cu-O system.

  9. Hall effect in semiconducting epitaxial and amorphous Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films

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    Shan, P.; Jahanzeb, A.; Butler, D.P.; Celik-Butler, Z. [Department of Electrical Engineering, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas 75275 (United States); Kula, W.; Sobolewski, R. [Department of Electrical Engineering and Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York 14627 (United States)

    1997-05-01

    An experimental study of the Hall effect in nonmetallic Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films is reported. Both epitaxial crystalline YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6+x} (x{le}0.5) and multiphase/amorphous Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films were studied. The structure of the samples was measured by x-ray diffraction and Raman microprobe. The amorphous Y-Ba-Cu-O samples were found to have a grain size of about 100 {Angstrom}. The conduction properties were studied and analyzed for the two types of samples over a wide temperature range including room temperature. The Hall effect measurements showed positive charge carriers with a concentration ranging from 10{sup 17} to 10{sup 20} cm{sup {minus}3} at room temperature. The mobility was found to decrease with higher Hall carrier concentration. The empirical relationship for the mobility dependence on impurity concentration agreed with the relationship between mobility and the experimental Hall carrier concentration, suggesting that the same localized states were responsible for both providing the carriers and reducing the mobility through scattering. It was also observed that the mobility values for both amorphous and crystalline samples followed the same empirical curve, a result which showed that the conduction mechanisms in the epitaxial (tetragonal) and amorphous Y-Ba-Cu-O materials are very likely to be similar despite the differences in the composition and structure of the films. The similarity is consistent with other work that concludes that the conduction mechanism occurs along the copper oxide planes. Our work implies that the conduction mechanism operates over a short range, less than the 100 {Angstrom} grain size of the amorphous, such that the lack of order in the amorphous samples was essentially irrelevant to the charge transport. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  10. Hall effect in semiconducting epitaxial and amorphous Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films

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    Shan, Pao-Chuan; Jahanzeb, Agha; Butler, Donald P.; ćelik-Butler, Zeynep; Kula, Witold; Sobolewski, Roman

    1997-05-01

    An experimental study of the Hall effect in nonmetallic Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films is reported. Both epitaxial crystalline YBa2Cuoverflow="scroll">3O6+x (x⩽0.5) and multiphase/amorphous Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films were studied. The structure of the samples was measured by x-ray diffraction and Raman microprobe. The amorphous Y-Ba-Cu-O samples were found to have a grain size of about 100 Å. The conduction properties were studied and analyzed for the two types of samples over a wide temperature range including room temperature. The Hall effect measurements showed positive charge carriers with a concentration ranging from 1017 to 1020 cm-3 at room temperature. The mobility was found to decrease with higher Hall carrier concentration. The empirical relationship for the mobility dependence on impurity concentration agreed with the relationship between mobility and the experimental Hall carrier concentration, suggesting that the same localized states were responsible for both providing the carriers and reducing the mobility through scattering. It was also observed that the mobility values for both amorphous and crystalline samples followed the same empirical curve, a result which showed that the conduction mechanisms in the epitaxial (tetragonal) and amorphous Y-Ba-Cu-O materials are very likely to be similar despite the differences in the composition and structure of the films. The similarity is consistent with other work that concludes that the conduction mechanism occurs along the copper oxide planes. Our work implies that the conduction mechanism operates over a short range, less than the 100 Å grain size of the amorphous, such that the lack of order in the amorphous samples was essentially irrelevant to the charge transport.

  11. A superconducting conveyer system using multiple bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors and permanent magnets

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    Kinoshita, T.; Koshizuka, N.; Nagashima, K.; Murakami, M.

    Developments of non-contact superconducting devices like superconducting magnetic levitation transfer and superconducting flywheel energy storage system have been performed based on the interactions between bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors and permanent magnets, in that the superconductors can stably be levitated without any active control. The performances of noncontact superconducting devices are dependent on the interaction forces like attractive forces and stiffness. In the present study, we constructed a non-contact conveyer for which the guide rails were prepared by attaching many Fe-Nd-B magnets onto an iron base plate. Along the translational direction, all the magnets were arranged as to face the same pole, and furthermore their inter-distance was made as small as possible. The guide rail has three magnet rows, for which the magnets were glued on the iron plate such that adjacent magnet rows have opposite poles like NSN. At the center row, the magnetic field at zero gap reached 0.61T, while the field strengths of two rows on the side edges were only 0.48T due to magnetic interactions among permanent magnets. We then prepared a cryogenic box made with FRP that can store several bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors 25 mm in diameter cooled by liquid nitrogen. It was found that the levitation forces and stiffness increased with increasing the number of bulk superconductors installed in the box, although the levitation force per unit bulk were almost the same. We also confirmed that these forces are dependent on the configuration of bulk superconductors.

  12. Experimental Study of the Plasma Fluorination of Y-Ba-Cu-O Thin Films

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    李琴; 傅泽禄; 吉争鸣; 冯一军; 康琳; 杨森祖; 吴培亨; 王晓书; 叶宇达

    2002-01-01

    We have experimentally studied the surface modifications of Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) thin films using CF4plasma. The intensity of the plasma fluorination was controlled by changing the liasing voltage and the time of the plasma treatment. Microstructural analyses reveal that the oxygen content of the YBCO thin films was changed. Transport measurements of sufficient fluorinated YBCO films imply that the films changed totally into an oxygen-deficient semi-conducting state. From these experimental results, we believe that plasma fluorination is quite a useful method to form controllable a thin barrier layer in fabricating interface engineered junctions and to form a stable narrow weak-link region in fabricating planar superconductor-normal-superconductor junctions.

  13. Experimental study of the plasma fluorination of Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films

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    Li Qi; Ji Zheng Ming; Feng Yi Jun; Kang Lin; Yang Sen Zu; Wu Pei Heng; Wang Xiao Shu; Ye Yuda

    2002-01-01

    The authors have experimentally studied the surface modifications of Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) thin films using CF sub 4 plasma. The intensity of the plasma fluorination was controlled by changing the biasing voltage and the time of the plasma treatment. Microstructural analyses reveal that the oxygen content of the YBCO thin films was changed. Transport measurements of sufficient fluorinated YBCO films imply that the films changed totally into an oxygen-deficient semi-conducting state. From these experimental results, the authors believe that plasma fluorination is quite a useful method to form controllable a thin barrier layer in fabricating interface engineered junctions and to form a stable narrow weak-link region in fabricating planar superconductor-normal-superconductor junctions

  14. Effects of carbon nanotube addition on superconductivity in Y-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductors

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    Inoue, K.; Miyake, Y.; Miryala, M.; Murakami, M.

    2017-07-01

    Bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors have significant potential for engineering applications due to high critical current density, which is attributed to the presence of pinning centers such as Y2BaCuO5. The introduction of nano-sized secondary phase is known to act as more effective pinning center than those in micron sizes. The diameter of carbon nanotube (CNT) is close to that of the coherence length of high-temperature superconductors, which is expected to improve the flux pinning performance. We have investigated the effects of CNT addition on the microstructure, superconducting transition temperature (T c), and critical current density (J c) of YBa2Cu3O x (Y123) based bulk superconductors. SEM observation showed the distribution of needle-like particles around 100 nm in length in the Y123 matrix for the CNT added samples. The highly porous texture was also observed for the excess addition of CNT. T c was enhanced from 90.5 K to 91.8 K with increasing CNT addition. It is probable that carbon originated from CNT suppressed oxidation and carrier doping. Jc exhibited the highest value for 0.25 wt% CNT added sample. This suggests that nano-sized needle-like particles act as effective pinning centers. However, a further increase of CNT led to the decline of J c, which suggests that there is an optimum amount of CNT for the improvement of J c. The secondary peak was observed for the sample with 1 wt% CNT addition, where CO3 substitutions with Cu site at the Cu-O chain might induce oxygen vacancies leading to the field induced pinning.

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

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    Sobolewski, R.; Konopka, J.; Kula, W.; Gierlowski, P.; Konopka, A.; Lewandowski, S.J.

    1989-03-01

    The authors report their studies on the interaction of Y-Ba-Cu-O and Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O thin films with microwaves. The films were prepared on cubic zirconia and magnesium oxide substrates using a modified spray deposition technique. The tested films were about 1-3 /mu/m thick and exhibited good superconducting properties (e.g. for YBCO-on zirconia films the 10-90% transition width was 2 K, and the zero resistance was reached at 89 K). Several test structures have been designed by spraying a mixture of nitrate precursors on heated substrates through very thin stencil masks. The supercurrent dependence on millimeter wavelength microwave illumination was measured, and microwave detection and mixing experiments were performed. The films of both materials exhibited proper ties characteristic for granular superconductors, with Josephson-type coupling at the intergrain connections. The studies also demonstrated that these materials can be successfully used as very sensitive millimeter radiation detectors operational at liquid nitrogen temperatures.

  16. Thermoelectric study of Y-Ba-Cu-O thin film on MgO substrate prepared by resistive evaporation

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    Pekala, M. (Dept. of Chemistry, Univ. of Warsaw (Poland)); Pekala, K. (Inst. of Physics, Warsaw Technical Univ. (Poland)); Lapsker, I. (Center for Theoretical Education Holon (Israel)); Verdyan, A. (Center for Theoretical Education Holon (Israel)); Azoulay, J. (Center for Theoretical Education Holon (Israel))

    1993-04-20

    Thermoelectric measurements were carried out on Y-Ba-Cu-O thin film deposited on MgO substrate by resistive evaporation technique. A pulverized mixture of Y, BaF[sub 2] and Cu weighed in the atomic proportion was evaporated from resistively heated source onto a MgO substrate kept at 400 C using a simple vacuum system. The substrate temperature was then raised to 700 C for insitu heat treatment. Oxygen was injected through a nozzle placed close to substrate surface, thus raising the pressure to about 7 Pa during the heat treatment, which lasted for about 15 minutes. The film was then gradually cooled down to room temperature and the pressure raised to atmospheric pressure. The films thus obtained were measured and the values of thermoelectric power measurements in the plane of the of the film were found to be close to the typical thermoelectric power values of crystalline Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors. As expected, vanishing values of the thermoelectric power have been observed below 80K. If the relation observed for sintered Y-Ba-Cu-O is applied for thin films, it suggests an extremely low oxygen deficiency. (orig.)

  17. Thermoelectric study of Y-Ba-Cu-O thin film on MgO substrate prepared by resistive evaporation

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    Pekala, M.; Pekala, K.; Lapsker, I.; Verdyan, A.; Azoulay, J.

    1993-04-01

    Thermoelectric measurements were carried out on Y-Ba-Cu-O thin film deposited on MgO substrate by resistive evaporation technique. A pulverized mixture of Y, BaF 2 and Cu weighed in the atomic proportion was evaporated from resistively heated source onto a MgO substrate kept at 400°C using a simple vacuum system. The substrate temperature was then raised to 700°C for insitu heat treatment. Oxygen was injected through a nozzle placed close to subtrate surface, thus raising the pressure to about 7 Pa during the heat treatment, which lasted for about 15 minutes. The film was then gradually cooled down to room temperature and the pressure raised to atmospheric pressure. The films thus obtained were measured and the values of thermoelectric power measurements in the plane of the film were found to be close to the typical thermoelectric power values of crystalline Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors. As expected, vanishing values of the thermoelectric power have been observed below 80 K. If the relation observed for sintered Y-Ba-Cu-O is applied for thin films, it suggests an extremely low oxygen deficiency.

  18. 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}.

  19. Fluctuation conductivity in Y-Ba-Cu-O films with artificially produced defects

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    Solovjov, A L

    2002-01-01

    The fluctuation-induced conductivity (paraconductivity) measured in YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - sub d (YBCO) films grown on 10 degree miscut SrTiO sub 3 (001) substrates is analyzed using various theoretical models describing weak fluctuations in high-Tc superconductors and considering both Aslamazov-Larkin and Maki-Thompson fluctuation contributions in the clean limit approach. The analysis reveals a highly anisotropic pair-breaking caused by structural defects produced. This result is in favor of an idea that pseudogap in high-Tc oxides is mainly governed by the fluctuating pairing.

  20. A novel pre-sintering technique for the growth of Y-Ba-Cu-O superconducting single grains from raw metal oxides

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    Li, Jiawei; Shi, Yun-Hua; Dennis, Anthony R.; Namburi, Devendra Kumar; Durrell, John H.; Yang, Wanmin; Cardwell, David A.

    2017-09-01

    Most established top seeded melt growth (TSMG) processes of bulk, single grain Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) superconductors are performed using a mixture of pre-reacted precursor powders. Here we report the successful growth of large, single grain YBCO samples by TSMG with good superconducting properties from a simple precursor composition consisting of a sintered mixture of the raw oxides. The elimination of the requirement to synthesize precursor powders in a separate process prior to melt processing has the potential to reduce significantly the cost of bulk superconductors, which is essential for their commercial exploitation. The growth morphology, microstructure, trapped magnetic field and critical current density, J c, at different positions within the sample and maximum levitation force of the YBCO single grains fabricated by this process are reported. Measurements of the superconducting properties show that the trapped filed can reach 0.45 T and that a zero field J c of 2.5 × 104 A cm-2 can be achieved in these samples. These values are comparable to those observed in samples fabricated using pre-reacted, high purity commercial oxide precursor powders. The experimental results are discussed and the possibility of further improving the melt process using raw oxides is outlined.

  1. Performance of a Y-Ba-Cu-O superconducting filter/GaAs low noise amplifier hybrid circuit

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    Bhasin, Kul B.; Toncich, S. S.; Chorey, C. M.; Bonetti, R. R.; Williams, A. E.

    1992-01-01

    A superconducting 7.3 GHz two-pole microstrip bandpass filter and a GaAs low noise amplifier (LNA) were combined into a hybrid circuit and characterized at liquid nitrogen temperatures. This superconducting/seismology circuit's performance was compared to a gold filter/GaAs LNA hybrid circuit. The superconducting filter/GaAs LNA hybrid circuit showed higher gain and lower noise figure than its gold counterpart.

  2. High Tc thin film superconductors: preparation, patterning and characterization. [Y-Ba-Cu-O; Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O

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    Azoulay, J. (Center for Tech. Education, Holon (Israel) Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences, School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel-Aviv Univ. (Israel))

    1991-12-10

    A conventional oil-pumped vacuum system equipped with resistively heated tungsten boat sources was used for evaporation of bismuth- or yttrium-based cuprates for high Tc thin films superconductors. A well-ground mixture with atomic proportions of bismuth, SrF{sub 2}, CaF{sub 2} and copper for bismuth-based material, and of YF{sub 3}, BaF{sub 2} and copper for yttrium-based material, was inserted into the boat and then resistively evaporated onto different substrates such as MgO, ZrO{sub 2} and SrTiO{sub 3} kept at room temperature. Yttrium-based thin films were found to have a better quality upon reduction of fluorine in the constituents. Thus, films prepared with an yttrium BaF{sub 2} and copper mixture show a metallic-like behaviour, sharper transition and higher zero-resistance temperature as compared with that of films obtained by using a YF{sub 2} constituent instead of yttrium. Bismuth-based thin films were found to lose bismuth during heat treatment unless the copper constituent ended the evaporation process and was subsequently fully oxidized at 400degC. Bismuth-based patterned films were easily obtained by using a lift-off photolithographic method. Typical thickness of the films was measured to be about 0.5 {mu}m after heat treatment. (orig.).

  3. Chain magnetic polarons in Y-Ba-Cu-O

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    Eremenko, V V; Ponomarchuk, V L

    2002-01-01

    The electron self-localization process in a superconducting cuprate paramagnetic compound Y-Ba-Cu-O is studied by the Moessbauer effect technique. It is shown that the electron self-localization in chain sites gives rise to a phase with a local magnetic ordering and a relaxation time more than 10 sup - sup 7 s. Analysis of the accompanying charge redistribution suggests that the electron self-localization creates a pair of exchange interacted electrons which are mainly localized in oxygen sites. Such a quasiparticle, which consists of a pair of antiferromagnetically oriented atomic moments and a pair of self-localized electrons, has an integer spin and may form a Bose-condensate.

  4. Effect of shock pressure on the structure and superconducting properties of Y-Ba-Cu-O in explosively fabricated bulk metal-matrix composites

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    Murr, L. E.; Niou, C. S.; Pradhan-Advani, M.

    1991-01-01

    While it is now well established that copper-oxide-based power, or virtually any other ceramic superconductor powder, can be consolidated and encapsulated within a metal matrix by explosive consolidation, the erratic superconductivity following fabrication has posed a major problem for bulk applications. The nature of this behavior was found to arise from microstructural damage created in the shock wave front, and the residual degradation in superconductivity was demonstrated to be directly related to the peak shock pressure. The explosively fabricated or shock loaded YBa2Cu3Ox examples exhibit drastically altered rho (or R) - T curves. The deterioration in superconductivity is even more noticeable in the measurement of ac magnetic susceptibility and flux exclusion or shielding fraction which is also reduced in proportion to increasing peak shock pressure. The high frequency surface resistance (in the GHz range) is also correspondingly compromised in explosively fabricated, bulk metal-matrix composites based on YBa2Cu3O7. Transmission electron microscopy (including lattice imaging techniques) is being applied in an effort to elucidate the fundamental (microstructural) nature of the shock-induced degradation of superconductivity and normal state conductivity. One focus of TEM observations has assumed that oxygen displaced from b-chains rather than oxygen-vacancy disorder in the basal plane of oxygen deficient YBa2Cu3Ox may be a prime mechanism. Shock-wave displaced oxygen may also be locked into new positions or interstitial clusters or chemically bound to displaced metal (possibly copper) atoms to form precipitates, or such displacements may cause the equivalent of local lattice cell changes as a result of stoichiometric changes. While the shock-induced suppression of T(sub c) is not desirable in the explosive fabrication of bulk metal-matrix superconductors, it may be turned into an advantage if the atomic-scale distortion can be understood and controlled as local

  5. Jc enhancement by La-Al-O doping in Y-Ba-Cu-O films both in self-field and under magnetic field

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    Xu, Yan; Suo, Hong-Li; Yue, Zhao

    2016-01-01

    toward YBCO. A series of YBCO films with different LAO doping contents was fabricated on LAO single-crystal substrates by metal organic deposition. We observed by X-ray diffractometer measurements and scanning electron microscopy observations that although a large amount of LAO is added, YBCO still keeps...

  6. Seebeck-effect in the mixed state of Y-Ba-Cu-O

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    Hohn, C.; Galffy, M.; Dascoulidou, A.; Freimuth, A. (Koeln Univ. (Germany). 2. Physikalisches Inst.); Soltner, H.; Poppe, U. (Forschungszentrum Juelich (Germany). Inst. fuer Festkoerperforschung)

    1991-11-01

    We report on measurements of the Seebeck-effect, the Nernst-effect, and the magnetoresistance in the mixed state of a c-axis oriented epitaxial film of Y-Ba-Cu-O. In contrast to conventional superconductors we find a large Seebeck-coefficient S, which is comparable in magnitude to the Nernst-effect. The broadening of the superconducting transitions of magnetoresistance and Seebeck-effect are rather similar with respect to (1) the temperature dependence, (2) the dependence on the direction between magnetic field and crystal axis and (3) the dependence on the direction between magnetic field and driving forces. The large Seebeck-effect has to be attributed to dissipation due to ''normal'' quasiparticle-excitations, since the vortex-contribution to the Seebeck-effect is by far too small to account for the observed magnitude of S. It is argued that such a quasiparticle contribution to the dissipation is large in the high-Tc superconductors because of the small coherence lengths and thus the small vortex cores. Another possibility is that granularity leads to dissipation proportional to the normal state transport properties. The Seebeck-voltage depends on all dissipative processes other than vortex motion, whereas the Nernst-effect depends only on the vortex motion. Therefore by measurements of thermomagnetic effects the various dissipative properties may be separated. (orig.).

  7. Strongly enhanced vortex pinning from 4 to 77 K in magnetic fields up to 31 T in 15 mol.% Zr-added (Gd, Y-Ba-Cu-O superconducting tapes

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    A. Xu

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Applications of REBCO coated conductors are now being developed for a very wide range of temperatures and magnetic fields and it is not yet clear whether vortex pinning strategies aimed for high temperature, low field operation are equally valid at lower temperatures and higher fields. A detailed characterization of the superconducting properties of a 15 mol. % Zr-added REBCO thin film made by metal organic chemical vapor deposition, from 4.2 to 77 K under magnetic fields up to 31 T is presented in this article. Even at a such high level of Zr addition, Tc depression has been avoided (Tc = 91 K, while at the same time an exceptionally high irreversibility field Hirr ≈ 14.8 T at 77 K and a remarkably high vortex pinning force density Fp ≈ 1.7 TN/m3 at 4.2 K have been achieved. We ascribe the excellent pinning performance at high temperatures to the high density (equivalent vortex matching field ∼7 T of self-assembled BZO nanorods, while the low temperature pinning force is enhanced by large additional pinning which we ascribe to strain-induced point defects induced in the REBCO matrix by the BZO nanorods. Our results suggest even more room for further performance enhancement of commercial REBCO coated conductors and point the way to REBCO coil applications at liquid nitrogen temperatures since the critical current density Jc(H//c characteristic at 77 K are now almost identical to those of fully optimized Nb-Ti at 4 K.

  8. U-Doped Y-Ba-Cu-O Melt-Processed Superconductor

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    2003-01-01

    Large grain Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) superconductors doped with various amounts of deplete d uranium oxide have been fabricated by top seeded melt growth (TSMG). The effec t of depleted UO2 on the large grain microstructure has been studied systemati cally in samples with and without added Pt. Addition of uranium oxide results in the formation of U-phase particles of dimensions of a few hundred nanometers w ith an approximately spherical morphology in the superconducting YBa2Cu3O 7-δ (Y-123) phase matrix. Addition of Y2O3 to the uran ium doped precursor powder, rather than Y-211, yields a significantly finer dis tribution of second phase particles. The chemical composition of the U-phase pa rticles, found in samples with no Pt addition, has been identified as Y2Ba4C u UOy, which exhibits paramagnetic behaviour. It has been confir med experimentally that this phase forms during the peritectic solidification pr ocess. Magnetic measurements show that U-doped melt processed YBCO exhibits imp roved critical current densities and trapped fields compared to un-doped material.

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

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

    1992-09-01

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

  10. Magnetic Flux-Trapping of Anisotropic-Grown Y-Ba-Cu-O Bulk Superconductors during and after Pulsed-Field Magnetizing Processes

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    Oka, T.; Yamada, Y.; Horiuchi, T.; Ogawa, J.; Fukui, S.; Sato, T.; Yokoyama, K.; Langer, M.

    2014-05-01

    The magnetic flux penetration into the melt-textured Y-Ba-Cu-O high temperature superconducting bulk magnets were precisely evaluated during and after the pulsed field magnetization processes operated at 30 K. The bulk magnets were carefully fabricated by the cold seeding method with use of a single and a pair of seed crystals composed of the Nd-Ba-Cu-O thin films. These seed crystals were put on the top surfaces of the precursors to let the large grains grow during the heat treatments. We observed the flux penetrations which occurred in the lower applied-field regions at around 3.1 T for the samples bearing the twin seeds than those of the single-seeded crystals at around 3.8 T. This means that the magnetic fluxes are capable of invading into the twin-seeded samples more easily than the single-seeds. It suggests that the anisotropic grain growths of parallel and normal to the rows of seed crystals affects the variations of Jc values with different distributions of the pinning centers, results in the preferential paths for the invading magnetic fluxes.

  11. Multi-seeding melt growth process of bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors for engineering applications

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    Wongsatanawarid, A.; Seki, H.; Murakami, M.

    2010-06-01

    We have prepared polycrystalline and four-domain Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors in a molar ratio of Y123: Y211 = 10: 4 with lwt% Ce02 addition by melt-processing in air. Trapped field measurements showed that four sharp peaks were observed in a four-domain bulk sample, showing that four grains were successfully formed without defects by a multi-seeding method. Force measurements showed that a four-domain Y-Ba-Cu-O sample exhibited higher repulsive forces and smaller hysteresis loops than polycrystalline Y-Ba-Cu-O sample during the increasing and decreasing field processes, which implies higher pinning performance of the four-domain sample. With the aim of studying the transferable torque forces, we used a multi-pole magnet circuit with NSNS configuration. We confirmed that with the interaction of the magnet circuit, a four-domain Y-Ba-Cu-O sample showed larger forces than a polycrystalline sample both in the field-cooled and the zero-field-cooled mode. We also measured the torque forces acting between the magnet circuit and bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O samples by twisting the magnet circuit in the levitated state. Again a four-domain Y-Ba-Cu-O sample exhibited much higher torque forces than a polycrystalline sample. These results showed that multi-seeded Y-Ba-Cu-O sample with four-domains can be used for torque transfer apllications.

  12. Flux motion in Y-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductors during pulse field magnetization

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    Yoshizawa, K [Department of Physics, College of Humanities and Sciences, Nihon University, 3-25-40 Sakura-Josui, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 156-8550 (Japan); Nariki, S [Division of Material Science and Physics, Bulk Superconductor Laboratory, 1-16-25 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0023 (Japan); Sakai, N [Division of Material Science and Physics, Bulk Superconductor Laboratory, 1-16-25 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0023 (Japan); Murakami, M [Division of Material Science and Physics, Bulk Superconductor Laboratory, 1-16-25 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0023 (Japan); Hirabayasi, I [Division of Material Science and Physics, Bulk Superconductor Laboratory, 1-16-25 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0023 (Japan); Takizawa, T [Department of Physics, College of Humanities and Sciences, Nihon University, 3-25-40 Sakura-Josui, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 156-8550 (Japan)

    2004-02-01

    We have studied the relationship between the magnetization and temperature change in Y-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductor during pulse field magnetization (PFM). The flux motion was monitored using both Hall sensors and pick-up coils that are placed on a surface of a Y-Ba-Cu-O disc having dimensions of 15 mm in diameter and 0.95 mm in thickness. The peak value of the field was varied from 0.2 to 0.8 T. The effect of the static bias field was also studied in the range of 0-3 T. The temperature of the sample surface was measured using a resistance temperature sensor. The temperature increased with the magnitude of the applied pulsed magnetic field, and the amount of temperature rise decreased with increasing static bias field.

  13. Effects of binder addition on the mechanical properties of bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors

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    Seki, H.; Wongsatanawarid, A.; Kobayashi, S.; Ikeda, Y.; Murakami, M.

    2010-11-01

    We studied the effects of binder addition on the mechanical properties of bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors. We prepared YBa2Cu3Oy, Y2BaCuO5 powders and polyvinyl alcohol mixed with water as a binder. These raw materials were mixed, and the binder-added powders were pressed into pellets. The hardness of the green compacts with binder is higher than that without the binder. However, the hardness of green compacts with 8% binder is the same as that with 4% binder. The maximum compression strength of the precursor with binder is higher than that without binder. Equally, the maximum strength of the green compacts with 8% binder is higher than that with 4% binder. The differential thermal analysis measurements showed that the exothermic reaction due to the decomposition of the organic binder started at 550 °C and gradually proceeded with further heating. After de-binder treatment, BaCO3 powders were produced on the green compacts. The green compacts were subjected to melt-processing. We also measured trapped magnetic fields of binder-added bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors with a Hall probe scanning device. Trapped magnetic field of the bulk added with 4% is higher than that of the binder-free bulk. Hence, Y-Ba-Cu-O bulk with suitable amount of binder shows good influence for mechanical strength and trapped magnetic field.

  14. Hysteresis in the I{sub c}(H) characteristics of high-temperature superconducting ceramics and thin films

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    Altshuler, E.; Musa, J.; Hart, C.; Ares, O. [Univ. of Havana, La Habana (Cuba)] [and others

    1995-12-01

    The experimental hysteretic behavior of the transport critical current observed in ceramic Y-Ba-Cu-O and (Bi-Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu-O, as well as thin film Y-Ba-Cu-O, are presented. The data are analyzed semiqualitatively. The results show certain similarities among the ceramic samples and the films.

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

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

    1996-01-01

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

  16. Improved low contact resistance in high-Tsub(c) Y-Ba-Cu-O ceramic superconductors

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    Maas, J. van der; Gasparov, V.A.; Pavuna, D.

    1987-08-13

    The authors report a simple method of contact preparation for high-Tsub(c) copper-oxide materials (Y-Ba-Cu-O). Based on high-temperature metallization it reduces the contact resistance from typically 1 ..cap omega.. mm/sup -2/ down to < or approx. 10 ..mu cap omega.. mm/sup -2/ (77 K), and enables the critical current of a bulk sample to be measured, with current densities in the contact area in excess of 2,000 A cm/sup -2/.

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

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    Chen, In-Gann; Weinstein, Roy

    1993-01-01

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

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

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    Green, Tim M. [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    1993-07-01

    A chemical synthesis route is discussed which results in a low- temperature precursor to Y-Ba-Cu-O ceramics; it is based on use of molten Ba(OH)2•8H2O flux. Two different chemical systems have been examined; the first one, based on nitrate salts, has been demonstrated to be a viable precursor material for tape casting and extrusion; the second, made from acetate salts, has been used for powder synthesis and extrusion. Rheology of pastes shows that their flow may be fit to either Bingham Plastic or Hershel- Bulkley models. Yield stress is controlled in both pastes by volume fraction solids. Viscosity also follows solids loading in the paste. Shear thinning is controlled by colloidal nature of precursor. The paste has colloidal microstructure. Comparison of concentric cylinder rheometry and piston extrusion rheometry shows order of magnitude differences in yield stress, resulting from the test method and paste dilation.

  19. Reinforcement of bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors by using Fe-Mn-Si-Ni shape memory alloy rings

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    Seki, H.; Honma, Y.; Nomura, M.; Nakayama, C.; Koshizuka, N.; Maruyama, T.; Murakami, M.

    Bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors are brittle ceramics and their tensional strengths are very low. Therefore, reinforcement of the bulk superconductor is needed for practical applications. Pre-compression load has been shown to be effective in enforcing the bulk superconductors. Fe-Mn-Si alloys exhibit shape-memory effects and the size change due to the shape recovery is large. Therefore, the Fe-Mn-Si shape memory alloy rings will function as effective reinforcement material for the bulk superconductors. We prepared Y-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductors with top-seeded melt-growth process and the Ni added Fe-Mn-Si (Fe-Mn-Si-Ni) alloy ring which exhibited better shape memory performances than Ni-free Fe-Mn-Si alloys. The ring was extended by inserting a steel rod and heated to 623K. The amount of shape recovery strain was about 2%. Based on these results, the TSMG-processed bulk YBa- Cu-O superconductor 39.0 mm in diameter was inserted into the Fe-Mn-Si-Ni ring whose inner diameter was 39.3 mm at room temperature. With heating to 623K, the Fe-Mn-Si-Ni ring shrank and firmly encapsulated the bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductor. Cracking was not observed in the bulk superconductor. It was interesting to note that the trapped magnetic field of the Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductor at 77K was increased from 2,550 G to 3,795 G through Fe-Mn-Si-Ni ring reinforcement. These results clearly show that the reinforcement treatment with Fe-Mn-Si-Ni alloy ring or pre-compression load is effective in improving the field trapping ability in addition to thee improvement of the mechanical properties.

  20. Monolithic Y-Ba-Cu-O structures fabricated using the laser-writing patterning technique

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    Sobolewski, R.; Xiong, W.; Kula, W.; Maung, W.N.; Butler, D.P. [Dept. of Electr. Eng., Rochester Univ., NY (United States)

    1994-05-01

    We report our progress in fabrication of thin-film YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} (YBCO) superconducting electronic devices, using a recently developed, laser-writing patterning technique. Laser writing allows one to form in the same YBCO film planar patterns that consist of both the oxygen-rich (superconducting) and the oxygen-poor (semiconducting) phases. The patterns are highly uniform with very sharp (less than 1 mu m wide) superconductor-semiconductor interfaces. The oxygen-rich regions possess excellent superconducting properties with critical temperatures as high as those of the best epitaxial films, and critical current densities above 2x10{sup 6} A cm{sup -2} at 77 K. Simultaneously, the oxygen-poor regions exhibit a disordered-semiconductor-like, thermally activated transport. Below 100 K, they are almost insulating and characterized by relatively low (below 20) dielectric constant and low microwave loss. A number of test structures, consisting of oxygen-rich and oxygen-poor microbridges and coplanar microwave transmission lines and resonators, was fabricated and tested. All these devices are completely monolithic and were used to study DC and microwave transport properties of the oxygen-rich and oxygen-poor YBCO phases. (author)

  1. Improvements in the processing of large grain, bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors via the use of additional liquid phase

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    Congreve, Jasmin V. J.; Shi, Yunhua; Dennis, Anthony R.; Durrell, John H.; Cardwell, David A.

    2017-01-01

    A major limitation to the widespread application of Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) bulk superconductors is the relative complexity and low yield of the top seeded melt growth (TSMG) process, by which these materials are commonly fabricated. It has been demonstrated in previous work on the recycling of samples in which the primary growth had failed, that the provision of an additional liquid-rich phase to replenish liquid lost during the failed growth process leads to the reliable growth of relatively high quality recycled samples. In this paper we describe the adaptation of the liquid phase enrichment technique to the primary TSMG fabrication process. We further describe the observed differences between the microstructure and superconducting properties of samples grown with additional liquid-rich phase and control samples grown using a conventional TSMG process. We observe that the introduction of the additional liquid-rich phase leads to the formation of a higher concentration of Y species at the growth front, which leads, in turn, to a more uniform composition at the growth front. Importantly, the increased uniformity at the growth front leads directly to an increased homogeneity in the distribution of the Y-211 inclusions in the superconducting Y-123 phase matrix and to a more uniform Y-123 phase itself. Overall, the provision of an additional liquid-rich phase improves significantly both the reliability of grain growth through the sample thickness and the magnitude and homogeneity of the superconducting properties of these samples compared to those fabricated by a conventional TSMG process.

  2. Influence of layered precursor pellets on the growth and properties of Y-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductors by top-seeded melt-textured growth

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    Tang, Tian-wei; Wu, Dong-jie; Xu, Ke-Xi

    2016-03-01

    It is well known that a fine and homogeneous distribution of Y2BaCuO5 (Y211) phase particles in single-grain Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) bulk superconductors is essential for improving field-trapping ability. However, the size and concentration of Y211 phase particles in the fully melt-processed superconducting bulk increase significantly with the distance from the seed, which results in the accumulation of Y211 phase particles and the degradation of superconducting properties. In this paper, we report a new method of fabricating single-grain YBCO using layered precursor pellets. Using the top-seeded melt-textured growth process, single-grain YBCO bulk superconductors of about 22 mm in diameter and 9 mm in thickness were fabricated from layered precursor pellets and standard precursor pellets, respectively. The layered precursor pellets consist of precursor powders with 40 mol% Y211 at the top, 30 mol% Y211 in the middle and 20 mol% Y211 at the bottom of the whole pellets, while standard precursor pellets are prepared from precursor powders with only 40 mol% Y211. The growth morphology, microstructure and magnetic flux properties of the layered samples and standard samples were comparatively studied. The results proved that the layered precursor pellets allow a sufficient growth in the c-growth sector and a more uniform distribution of the Y211 phase in the matrix. The distribution of Y211 phase particles is qualitatively explained by the prevalent trapping/pushing theory. The trapped field at 77 K reaches 0.8 T, nearly 29% higher than the standard sample. The present results are very valuable for further improving the properties of YBCO bulk superconductors.

  3. The Copper Valence State and the Structure of Li, Ce, Eu, V-Doped Y-Ba-Cu-O System

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    Zhang, J. B.; Qu, L. F.; Hou, K. Y.; Yang, D. L.; Chen, D. J.; Li, X. D.; Zhu, D. B.

    High-Tc superconductors with nominal composition of YBa2Cu3Oy and Y1-xLxBa2Cu3Oy (L=Li, Ce, Eu, V) were synthesis by the solid state reaction of appropriate amount of Y2O3, BaO or BaCO3, Cu2O, CuO, and LOx. The Cu3+/Cu2+ ratio was determined by Iodometric titration and oxygen content in the oxides calculated from the ratio. The crystal structure was determined by electron and powder X-ray diffraction analysis. It shows that that ratio of Cu3+/Cu2+ and the crystal structure could be changed as dopping appropriate amount of metal in the Y-Ba-Cu-O system.

  4. Depth-dependent critical-current density of melt-processed Y-Ba-Cu-O discs determined by the third-harmonic technique: Surface barrier and intrinsic pinning

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    Chen, D.-X.; He, T.-F.; Zhang, M.-J.; Wang, S.-S.; Shi, Y.-H.; Cardwell, D. A.

    2016-08-01

    The critical-current density Jc of three Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) discs, each cut from the upper section of a melt-processed single grain, has been determined as a function of the depth from the top (seeded) and bottom surfaces of the sample by a modified version of the inductive third-harmonic technique proposed originally by Mawatari et al. It is shown that local Jc in the vicinity of the bottom surface of the sample is lower than that in the vicinity of the top surface for thicker discs and there are reduced effect of surface barrier and intrinsic pinning and important surface damage. The technique employed is recommended as a tool for detecting the imperfection within superconducting structure in bulk YBCO.

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

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

    1995-01-01

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

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

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    Brinkmann, D.

    1995-01-01

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

  7. Influence of soft ferromagnetic sections on the magnetic flux density profile of a large grain, bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductor

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    Philippe, Matthieu; Ainslie, Mark D.; Wera, Laurent; Fagnard, Jean-François; Dennis, Anthony; Shi, Yunhua; Cardwell, David A.; Vanderheyden, Benoît; Vanderbemden, Philippe

    2015-01-01

    Bulk, high temperature superconductors have significant potential for use as powerful permanent magnets in a variety of practical applications due to their ability to trap record magnetic fields. In this paper, soft ferromagnetic sections are combined with a bulk, large grain Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) high temperature superconductor to form superconductor/ferromagnet (SC/FM) hybrid structures. We study how the ferromagnetic sections influence the shape of the profile of the trapped magnetic induction ...

  8. Magnetic characterisation of large grain, bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductor-soft ferromagnetic alloy hybrid structures

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    Philippe, M. P.; Fagnard, J.-F.; Kirsch, S.; Xu, Z.; Dennis, A. R.; Shi, Y.-H.; Cardwell, D. A.; Vanderheyden, B.; Vanderbemden, P.

    2014-07-01

    Large grain, bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) high temperature superconductors (HTS) have significant potential for use in a variety of practical applications that incorporate powerful quasi-permanent magnets. In the present work, we investigate how the trapped field of such magnets can be improved by combining bulk YBCO with a soft FeNi, ferromagnetic alloy. This involves machining the alloy into components of various shapes, such as cylinders and rings, which are attached subsequently to the top surface of a solid, bulk HTS cylinder. The effect of these modifications on the magnetic hysteresis curve and trapped field of the bulk superconductor at 77 K are then studied using pick-up coil and Hall probe measurements. The experimental data are compared to finite element modelling of the magnetic flux distribution using Campbell’s algorithm. Initially we establish the validity of the technique involving pick-up coils wrapped around the bulk superconductor to obtain its magnetic hysteresis curve in a non-destructive way and highlight the difference between the measured signal and the true magnetization of the sample. We then consider the properties of hybrid ferromagnet/superconductor (F/S) structures. Hall probe measurements, together with the results of the model, establish that flux lines curve outwards through the ferromagnet, which acts, effectively, like a magnetic short circuit. Magnetic hysteresis curves show that the effects of the superconductor and the ferromagnet simply add when the ferromagnet is saturated fully by the applied field. The trapped field of the hybrid structure is always larger than that of the superconductor alone below this saturation level, and especially when the applied field is removed. The results of the study show further that the beneficial effects on the trapped field are enhanced when the ferromagnet covers the entire surface of the superconductor for different ferromagnetic components of various shapes and fixed volume.

  9. Critical-current density of melt-grown single-grain Y-Ba-Cu-O disks determined by ac susceptibility measurements

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    Chen, D-X [ICREA and Departament de Fisica, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona (Spain); Sanchez, A; Navau, C [Departament de Fisica, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona (Spain); Shi, Y-H; Cardwell, D A [Engineering Department, University of Cambridge, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ (United Kingdom)

    2008-08-15

    The field amplitude and frequency dependent complex ac susceptibility {chi}(H{sub m},f) of three Y-Ba-Cu-O disks made by a top-seeded melt growth technique has been measured at 77 K with the ac field applied along the c-axis of the samples (parallel to their thickness). A procedure based on the Bean model has been developed to calculate the critical-current density J{sub c} near the surface of the sample from the measured {chi}(H{sub m}) for the case where the maximum imaginary component {chi}{sup ''} is not reached.

  10. Depth-dependent critical-current density of melt-processed Y-Ba-Cu-O discs determined by the third-harmonic technique: Surface barrier and intrinsic pinning

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    Chen, D-X, E-mail: duxingchen039@gmail.com [Departament de Física, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona (Spain); He, T-F; Zhang, M-J [School of Instrumentation Science and Opt-Electronics Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing (China); Wang, S-S [School of Physics and Nuclear Energy Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing (China); Shi, Y-H; Cardwell, D A [Engineering Department, University of Cambridge, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ (United Kingdom)

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • Third harmonic technique is modified for measuring depth dependent Jc of bulk superconductor. • Surface damage and reduced effect of surface barrier and intrinsic pinning are found in melt-processed YBCO discs. • Experimental findings are explained by existing models. - Abstract: The critical-current density J{sub c} of three Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) discs, each cut from the upper section of a melt-processed single grain, has been determined as a function of the depth from the top (seeded) and bottom surfaces of the sample by a modified version of the inductive third-harmonic technique proposed originally by Mawatari et al. It is shown that local J{sub c} in the vicinity of the bottom surface of the sample is lower than that in the vicinity of the top surface for thicker discs and there are reduced effect of surface barrier and intrinsic pinning and important surface damage. The technique employed is recommended as a tool for detecting the imperfection within superconducting structure in bulk YBCO.

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

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

    1990-01-01

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

  12. Microwave properties of monolithic Y-Ba-Cu-O transmission line devices fabricated by the laser-writing patterning technique

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    Maung, W.N.; Butler, D.P. [Southern Methodist Univ., Dallas, TX (United States). Electrical Engineering Dept.; Xiong, W. [Univ. of Rochester, NY (United States). Dept. of Electrical Engineering; Kula, W.; Sobolewski, R. [Univ. of Rochester, NY (United States). Dept. of Electrical Engineering]|[Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa (Poland). Inst. of Physics

    1994-12-31

    The authors report on the microwave characteristics of coplanar strip transmission line devices fabricated in epitaxial YBaCuO thin films deposited on LaAlO{sub 3} substrates using the novel laser-writing patterning technique. This technique uses laser heating to selectively anneal regions of an oxygen depleted YBaCuO thin film to form local superconducting phases. In this manner, superconductive coplanar strip transmission line structures surrounded by the semiconducting YBaCuO phase were patterned with no photomasks, surface contamination or edge degradation. The propagation characteristics of transmission line devices were measured with a HP8510 network analyzer from 1 to 20 GHz. At 300 K, the transmission line circuits displayed poor transmission characteristics due to the high conductivity of the semiconducting phase and small conductivity enhancement of the oxygenated regions. As the circuits were cooled below 89 K, the {Tc} of the superconducting phase, the measured S{sub 21} was near 0 dB indicating little attenuation along the high quality transmission lines. Q-factors as high as 5,000 were measured from coplanar strip transmission line resonator circuits at 6 GHz and 24 K.

  13. Properties of grain boundaries in bulk, melt processed Y-Ba-Cu-O fabricated using bridge-shaped seeds

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    Shi, Y.-H.; Durrell, J. H.; Dennis, A. R.; Babu, N. Hari; Mancini, C. E.; Cardwell, D. A.

    2012-04-01

    Single grain RE-Ba-Cu-O ((RE)BCO, where RE is a rare earth element or yttrium) bulk superconducting materials have significant potential for a variety of engineering applications due to their ability to trap high magnetic fields. However, it is well known that the presence of grain boundaries coupled with a high angle of misorientation (typically 5°) significantly reduces the critical current density, Jc, in all forms of high temperature superconducting materials. It is of considerable fundamental and technological interest, therefore, to investigate the grain boundary properties of bulk, film and tape (RE)BCO. We report a successful multi-seeding technique for the fabrication of fully aligned, artificial (0° misalignment) grain boundaries within large grain YBCO bulk superconductors using bridge-shaped seeds. The microstructure and critical current densities of the grain boundaries produced by this technique have been studied in detail.

  14. Laser writing: A new technique for fabrication of electronic and optoelectronic Y-Ba-Cu-O devices and circuits

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    Xiong, W.; Kula, W.; Sobolewski, R. [Univ. of Rochester, NY (United States); Gavaler, J.R. [Westinghouse Science and Technology Center, Pittsburgh, PA (United States)

    1994-12-31

    The authors report their studies on the fabrication of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} (YBCO) thin-film structures, patterned with a laser-writing technique. They demonstrate that this patterning method can be successfully implemented in fabricating a variety of electronic and optoelectronic high-{Tc} devices and circuits. Depending on the film`s initial oxygen content and the ambient atmosphere, laser heating allows oxygen to diffuse in or out of the annealed region and form oxygen-rich (YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}; superconducting) patterns next to oxygen-depleted (YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6}; insulating at low temperature) ones. The width of the YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-}YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6} interface is less than 1 {mu}m. The laser-writing procedure is noninvasive, does not require a patterning mask, and results in completely planar, monolithic structures, free of surface contamination or edge degradation. Their oxygen-rich lines (typically 4 to 60 {mu}m wide), patterned on the high-quality, intentionally deoxygenated YBCO films, exhibit zero resistivity at 90 K and critical current density of approximately 3 MA/cm{sup 2} at 77 K. Their superconducting properties remain unchanged even after eight months of shelf storage. On the other hand, oxygen-poor regions are semiconducting and characterized at low temperatures by a three-dimensional, variable-length hopping transport. Below 100 K, they exhibit low microwave losses, their dc resistance is above 10 M{Omega}/square, and dielectric permittivity is below 20 at about 10 GHz. A number of devices and circuits patterned by laser writing, such as a microbridge, coplanar transmission line, open-ended coplanar microwave resonator, photoconductive switch, and YBCO field-effect transistor, are presented. All structures are intrinsic to the YBCO material, and they combine in a new and unique way superconducting and dielectric properties of the YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} and YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6} phases.

  15. The influence of a grain boundary on the thermal transport properties of bulk, melt-processed Y-Ba-Cu-O

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    Marchal, C.; Fagnard, J. F.; Shi, Y. H.; Cardwell, D. A.; Mucha, J.; Misiorek, H.; Cloots, R.; Vertruyen, B.; Vanderbemden, P.

    2013-01-01

    We report the dependence of thermal conductivity, thermoelectric power and electrical resistivity on temperature for a bulk, large grain melt-processed Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) high temperature superconductor (HTS) containing two grains separated by a well-defined grain boundary. Transport measurements at temperatures between 10 and 300 K were carried out both within one single grain (intra-granular properties) and across the grain boundary (inter-granular properties). The influence of an applied external magnetic field of up to 8 T on the measured sample properties was also investigated. The presence of the grain boundary is found to affect strongly the electrical resistivity of the melt-processed bulk sample, but has almost no effect on its thermoelectric power and thermal conductivity, within experimental error. The results of this study provide direct evidence that the heat flow in multi-granular melt-processed YBCO bulk samples should be virtually unaffected by the presence of grain boundaries in the material.

  16. Enhancement of trapped field in single grain Y-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductors by a modified top-seeded melt-textured growth

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    Tang, Tian-wei; Wu, Dong-jie; Xu, Ke-Xi

    2016-08-01

    The modified top-seeded melt-textured growth technique for fabricating single grain Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) bulk superconductors with high field-trapping ability by using modified precursor pellets was reported. The modified precursor pellets are composed of different precursor powders YBa2Cu3O{}7-δ (Y123) + x mol% Y2BaCuO5 (Y211) + 1 wt% CeO2 without any further chemical doping. The modified YBCO bulks up to 25 and 34 mm in diameter were successfully fabricated from the modified precursor pellets. Microstructural observation results showed that the modified YBCO bulk exhibited a homogeneous distribution of Y211 phase particles, which was qualitatively explained by the solute diffusion growth model in combination with the trapping/pushing theory. As a result, it is notable that the peak trapped field values of 0.91 T (maximum 0.96 T) and 1.2 T (maximum 1.28 T) at 77 K were achieved for 25 and 34 mm modified YBCO bulks, respectively. In a word, the results from present work are very helpful to understand the melt growth mechanism and to further improve the properties of YBCO bulk superconductors for practical applications.

  17. Superconductivity applications for infrared and microwave devices II; Proceedings of the Meeting, Orlando, FL, Apr. 4, 5, 1991

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

    1991-01-01

    Topics discussed include thin-film technology, microwave transmission lines and resonators, microwave devices and circuits, infrared detectors and bolometers, and superconducting junctions. Papers are presented on possible enhancement in bolometric response using free-standing film of YBa2Cu3O(x), aging and surface instability in high-Tc superconductors, epitaxial Tl2Ba2CaCu2O8 thin films on LaAlO3 and their microwave device properties, the performance of stripline resonators using sputtered YBCO films, and a coplanar waveguide microwave filter of YBa2Cu3O7. Attention is also given to the performance characteristics of Y-Ba-Cu-O microwave superconducting detectors, high-Tc bolometer developments for planetary missions, infrared detectors from YBaCuO thin films, high-temperature superconductor junction technology, and submillimeter receiver components using superconducting tunnel junctions.

  18. Laser-induced modification of transport properties of Y-Ba-Cu-O step-edge weak links

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

    1995-12-01

    We report on the laser-induced permanent changes of the critical current (Ic) and normal resistance (Rn) of YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) step-edge Josephson junctions. The 2- to 20-μm-wide junctions were prepared from a 200-nm-thick YBCO film deposited by a pulsed KrF excimer laser onto 300-nm-high steps etched in the LaAlO3 substrate. The laser modification experiments were performed by illuminating the junctions at 50 K with a focused Ar-ion laser beam of various intensities. Depending on the illumination power density, either increase or decrease of the junction Ic has been observed. In particular, after illumination at the 0.6×105 W/cm2 power level, a 75% enhancement of Ic and increase of the IcRn product up to 25% were obtained without a measurable change in the junction critical temperature. The laser-induced modifications were very reproducible and remained unchanged even after a subsequent room-temperature/helium thermal cycling of the sample. Photoassisted, thermally activated oxygen redistribution in the YBCO grain boundary region is proposed to explain the observed behavior.

  19. Fabrication and properties of high-Tc films deposited on LaGaO sub 3 and LaAlO sub 3 substrates

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    Sobolewski, R.; Gierlowski, P.; Kula, W.; Jung, G.; Zarembinski, S.; Berkowski, M.; Dabkowski, A.; Pajaczkowska, A. (Inst. of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa (Poland))

    1989-12-01

    We report on our progress in the fabrication and characterization of high-Tc thin films prepared on the in-house grown single crystal LaGaO{sub 3} and LaAlO{sub 3} substrates. Y-Ba-Cu-O and Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O films were deposited using a chemical-spray technique and a dc-magnetron-sputtering process, followed by an ex-situ high temperature annealing. In the case of LaAlO{sub 3} substrates, both fabrication methods resulted in highly oriented films, characterized by very good superconducting properties. On the LaGaO{sub 3} substrates we succeeded in fabricating only Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconducting films. (orig.).

  20. Y-Ba Superconducting Ceramics

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    Shunbao, Tian; Xiaofei, Li; Tinglian, Wen; Zuxiang, Lin; Shichun, Li; Huijun, Yu

    Polycrystalline Y-Ba-Cu-O superconducting materials have been studied. It was found that chemical composition and processing condition may play an important role in the final structure and superconducting properties. The density has been determined and compared with the calculated value according to the structure model reported by Bell Labs. The grain size and the morphology of the materials were observed by SEM.

  1. Third harmonics in the minor loop of a sintered Y-Ba-Cu-O superconducting disk and its dc-field dependence

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    Okamoto, K.; Makino, Y.; Watanabe, N.; Rao, K.V. (Department of Solid State Physics, Royal Institute of Technology, S-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden (SE))

    1990-05-01

    We have investigated the low-field {ital M}-{ital H} minor loop of a sintered YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} disk ({ital T}{sub {ital c}}=87 K at {ital R}=0) at liquid nitrogen temperatures both in the zero-field and field-cooled states. It is found that the {ital M}-{ital H} minor loop is of the Rayleigh type with only {ital odd} {ital harmonics} of the Fourier series as is well known in ferromagnetic materials. The third harmonic component shows a dc-bias field dependence with symmetric and asymmetric hysteresis in the respective zero-field and low field-cooled states. These results are qualitatively explained in terms of the vortex dynamics and the associated losses in an external bias field.

  2. Interaction of microwave radiation with high-Tc films of different microstructures

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    Konopka, J.; Jung, G.; Gierlowski, P.; Kula, W.; Konopka, A.; Lewandowski, S.J. (Inst. of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa (Poland)); Sobolewski, R. (Inst. of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa (Poland) Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Univ. of Rochester, NY (USA))

    1989-12-01

    We performed microwave detection and emission experiments on Y-Ba-Cu-O and Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O thin films fabricated on several crystalline substrates using a chemical-spray technique and a dc-magnetron-sputtering process. Our experiments revealed a strong correlation between the film microstructure and its microwave properties. Most pronounced nonlinear effects were observed in highly granular Y-Ba-Cu-O films deposited on ZrO{sub 2}. Improvement in the film microstructure led to a substantial decrease of the microwave noise emission. (orig.).

  3. High-T sub c thin films on low microwave loss alkaline-rare-earth-aluminate crystals

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    Sobolewski, R.; Gierlowski, P.; Kula, W.; Zarembinski, S.; Lewandowski, S.J.; Berkowski, M.; Pajaczkowska, A. (Instytut Fizyki, Polska Akatlemia Nauk, Al. Lotnikow 32/46, PL-02668 Warszawa (PL)); Gorshunov, B.P.; Lyudmirsky, D.B.; Sirotinsky, O.I. (Institute of General Physics, USSR Academy of Sciences, 38 Vavilova Street, SU-117924 Moscow (SU))

    1991-03-01

    This paper reports on the alkaline-rare-earth aluminates (K{sub 2}NiF{sub 4}-type perovskites) which are an excellent choice as the substrate material for the growth of high-T{sub c} thin films suitable for microwave and far-infrared applications. The CaNdAlO{sub 4}, and SrLaAlO{sub 4} single crystals have been grown by Czochralski pulling and fabricated into the form of (001) oriented wafers. The Y-Ba-Cu-O and Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O films deposited on these substrates by a single-target magnetron sputtering exhibited very good superconducting and structural properties.

  4. Microwave detectors based on granular high-T sub c thin films

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    Konopka, J.; Jung, G.; Kula, W.; Gierlowski, P.; Konopka, A.; Lewandowski, S.J. (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw (Poland)); Sobolewski, R. (Rochester Univ., NY (USA). Dept. of Electrical Engineering)

    1990-02-01

    Detecting and mixing properties of microstrip superconducting Y-Ba-Cu-O and Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O thin film structures deposited on various substrates have been investigated. The device performance was tested in 25, 55, and 110 GHz frequency bands at temperatures ranging from 100 K to about 50 K. Sensitivity obtained at 110 GHz was comparable to that of crystalline detectors. The mixing experiments were performed in a 25 GHz frequency band and indicated that the detector response time was less than 40 ps. The intermediate frequency was varied from 50 MHz to 5 GHz without any decrease in the mixer output up to 3 GHz. Auxiliary emission measurements performed at 132 GHz and down to 4.2 K revealed that the detector low-temperature performance limit was associated with microwave radiation from clusters of intergrain weak links arranged in multiloop quantum interferometers.

  5. Resin-impregnated bulk RE-Ba-Cu-O current leads for the superconducting magnet on maglev train

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    Tomita, M.; Nagashima, K.; Herai, T.; Murakami, M.

    2002-08-01

    Bulk RE-Ba-Cu-O (RE: rare earth elements) superconductors exhibit high critical current density ( Jc) and low thermal conductivity, that are the characteristics desired for the current lead applications. In this study, we studied whether the resin-impregnated Y-Ba-Cu-O rods can be used as the current lead for the superconducting magnet on a magnetically levitated train. The fatigue test showed that the mechanical properties of resin-impregnated Y-Ba-Cu-O rods are sufficiently good for maglev applications. We could also pass the electric currents of 500 A without heat generation. This was further confirmed by field distribution measurements, which showed that the superconducting state of the current lead was well maintained when the currents of 500 A were passed.

  6. New paramagnetic peculiarity of the superconductive transition detected by a highly sensitive OFC magnetometer

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    Gevorgyan, Samvel G.; Kiss, Takanobu; Ohyama, Tomokazu; Inoue, Masayoshi; Movsisyan, Artur A.; Shirinyan, Hovsep G.; Gevorgyan, Vardan S.; Matsushita, Teruo; Takeo, Masakatsu

    2001-12-01

    The improved `LC-resonator' technique (the open-flat coil magnetometer), based on a low-power stable-frequency tunnel diode oscillator with a single-layer open-faced coil, is very sensitive to changes of position. About 1 Å absolute and better than 10-6 relative resolution can be reached in distance change measurements. It is an excellent MHz-range scientific instrument with which one may study weakly expressed fine peculiarities of the superconductive state in small-volume thin plate-like high-Tc superconductors (HTS). It enables changes to be detected of about 1 pH of the HTS film's magnetic inductance (changes of ~1-3 Å of the magnetic penetration depth, λ) with very high (~10-6) relative resolution. Owing to the pick-up coil's flat design, relatively low operation frequency and high relative resolution, the present method has advantages over others. It is essential for non-destructive studies of thin flat HTS materials (with a small signal) especially near Tc (at the beginning of the formation of `Cooper' pairs). Mainly as the result of these advantages a new `paramagnetic' peculiarity of the superconductive transition has been detected in Y-Ba-Cu-O film, which precedes the well known `diamagnetic' ejection. A possible explanation of the observed effect is given, and the influence of some external physical parameters on the effect is revealed and discussed.

  7. Thin-film-formation study of high-Tc superconductors by resistive evaporation

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    Azoulay, Jacob

    1991-10-01

    Y-Ba-Cu-O and Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O thin films were prepared with use of a conventional vacuum system for the evaporation of the constituents. This method produces stoichiometric films upon complete evaporation of the constituents. No thickness monitor or any other control system is required. In this study, substrates were kept at room temperature during the evaporation process. The bismuth-based thin films are shown to lose bismuth during heat treatment unless the Cu constituent is evaporated last and fully oxidized at 400 °C subsequently. Y-Ba-Cu-O films prepared by using a pulverized mixture of Y, BaF2, and Cu constituents show an improved quality over films obtained from YF3, BaF2, and Cu starting materials. This improvement is attributed to fluorine reduction in the starting-material mixture.

  8. Thin-film-formation study of high- T sub c superconductors by resistive evaporation

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    Azoulay, J. (Center for Technological Education Holon, P.O. Box 305, Holon 58102 (Israel) Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences, School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv 69978 (Israel))

    1991-10-01

    Y-Ba-Cu-O and Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O thin films were prepared with use of a conventional vacuum system for the evaporation of the constituents. This method produces stoichiometric films upon complete evaporation of the constituents. No thickness monitor or any other control system is required. In this study, substrates were kept at room temperature during the evaporation process. The bismuth-based thin films are shown to lose bismuth during heat treatment unless the Cu constituent is evaporated last and fully oxidized at 400 {degree}C subsequently. Y-Ba-Cu-O films prepared by using a pulverized mixture of Y, BaF{sub 2}, and Cu constituents show an improved quality over films obtained from YF{sub 3}, BaF{sub 2}, and Cu starting materials. This improvement is attributed to fluorine reduction in the starting-material mixture.

  9. 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

  10. Study of some superconducting and magnetic materials on high T sub c oxide superconductors

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    Wu, M. K.

    1987-01-01

    On the basis of existing data it appears that the high-temperature superconductivity above 77 K reported here, occurs only in compound systems consisting of a phase other than the K2NiF4 phase. A narrow superconducting transition was obtained with T sub c0 = 98 K and T sub c1 = 94 K in Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO). Preliminary results indicate that YBCO is rather different from the layered LaBCO, LaSCO, and LaCCO. While electron-photon interaction cannot be absent from this compound system, nonconventional enhanced superconducting interactions due to interfaces, Resonating Valence Bond (RVB) states, or even a superconducting state beyond the BCS framework, may be required to account for the high T sub c in YBCO. It is believed that study of the possible subtle correlation between magnetism and superconductivity will definitely provide important insight into the superconducting mechanism in YBCO and other oxides.

  11. Plane-polarized Raman continuum in the insulating and superconducting layered cuprates

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    Reznik, D.; Cooper, S. L.; Klein, M. V.; Lee, W. C.; Ginsberg, D. M.; Maksimov, A. A.; Puchkov, A. V.; Tartakovskii, I. I.; Cheong, S.-W.

    1993-09-01

    Electronic properties of copper oxygen planes (and chains in Y-Ba-Cu-O) were studied with Raman spectroscopy of plane-polarized photons. The electronic continuum was found to be independent of doping in 2:1:4 and 1:2:3 materials at energies above ~1000 cm-1. Temperature dependence at low energies differs significantly in undoped, lightly doped, and fully doped YBa2Cu3O6+x. A feature consistent with the superconducting gap was observed below Tc in YBa2Cu3O6.9 in all scattering geometries. However, the gaplike redistribution was not complete, with 40-60 % of states not shifted to higher energies at temperatures well below Tc. Above Tc the temperature dependence strongly depends on scattering geometry: the continuum is temperature independent (marginal-Fermi-liquid-like) in XX (x2) and X'X' (x2+y2) geometry; it has a Bose-factor temperature dependence in X'Y' (x2-y2) geometry, and a weak temperature dependence somewhat smaller than the Bose factor in YY (y2) geometry. A two-boson-like temperature dependence of the low-energy continuum is found in YBa2Cu3O6.1 and Sm2CuO4. It becomes one-particle-like in Y-Ba-Cu-O once small doping levels are introduced. Constraints these results place on theoretical models are discussed.

  12. Superconductivity in CVD diamond films.

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    Takano, Yoshihiko

    2009-06-24

    A beautiful jewel of diamond is insulator. However, boron doping can induce semiconductive, metallic and superconducting properties in diamond. When the boron concentration is tuned over 3 × 10(20) cm(-3), diamonds enter the metallic region and show superconductivity at low temperatures. The metal-insulator transition and superconductivity are analyzed using ARPES, XAS, NMR, IXS, transport and magnetic measurements and so on. This review elucidates the physical properties and mechanism of diamond superconductor as a special superconductivity that occurs in semiconductors.

  13. Microwave noise emission from high /ital T//sub /ital c// thin films

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    Jung, G.; Konopka, J.; Gierlowski, P.; Kula, W.

    1989-06-05

    A pronounced /ital X/-band microwave noise emission from Y-Ba-Cu-O thin filmshas been observed. Emission depends strongly on temperture, bias current, andmagnetic field. Two types of emission lines can be distinguished in the powerversus dc bias spectra. The lines which remain at stable current positionsagainst temperature we tentatively ascribe to the interaction of depinned fluxflow with a two-dimensional Josephson junction array. The lines that appear atfixed voltage positions may be attributed to the Josephson radiation of adistributed network of junctions. No significant emission was detected fromBi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O films.

  14. Superconducting transition width (ΔT c) characteristics of 25 mol% Zr-added (Gd, Y)Ba2Cu3O7-δ superconductor tapes with high in-field critical current density at 30 K

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    Heydari Gharahcheshmeh, M.; Galstyan, E.; Xu, A.; Kukunuru, J.; Katta, R.; Zhang, Y.; Majkic, G.; Li, X.-F.; Selvamanickam, V.

    2017-01-01

    The superconducting transition width (∆T c) characteristics of REBa2Cu3O7-δ (REBCO and RE = Gd, Y) superconductor tapes with Zr content of 25 mol% with high lift factor (ratio of critical current density (J c) at 30 K, 3 T (B||c) to the J c at 77 K, 0 T) has been determined. In this work, heavily doped (Gd, Y)Ba2Cu3O7-δ superconductor tapes with 25 mol% Zr addition were fabricated by metal organic chemical vapor deposition using a reel-to reel process. The optimal chemical composition range of (Gd, Y)Ba2Cu3O7-δ superconductor tapes with Zr content of 25 mol% to achieve critical current densities above 3.5 MA cm-2 at 77 K in zero applied magnetic field has been determined. A superconducting transition width (∆T c) as narrow as 0.4 K and an onset critical transition temperature (T c-onset) as high as 92 K were obtained in the 25 mol% Zr-added (Gd, Y)BaCuO superconductor tapes. Based on the mapped compositional phase diagram of the ∆Tc and lift factor, ∆T c in the range of 0.7-0.9 K is observed in 25 mol% Zr-added (Gd, Y)BaCuO superconductor tapes with a high lift factor.

  15. Quantum device prospects of superconducting nanodiamond films

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    Mtsuko, D.; Churochkin, D.; Bhattacharyya, S.

    2016-02-01

    Nanostructured semiconducting carbon system, described by as a superlattice-like structure demonstrated its potential in switching device applications based on the quantum tunneling through the insulating carbon layer. This switching property can be enhanced further with the association of Josephson's tunneling between two superconducting carbon (diamond) grains separated by a very thin layer of carbon which holds the structure of the film firmly. The superconducting nanodiamond heterostructures form qubits which can lead to the development of quantum computers provided the effect of disorder present in these structure can be firmly understood. Presently we concentrate on electrical transport properties of heavily boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond films around the superconducting transition temperature measured as a function of magnetic fields and the applied bias current. Microstructure of these films is described by a two dimensional superlattice system which can also contain paramagnetic impurities. We report observation of anomalous negative Hall resistance in these films close to the superconductor-insulator-normal phase transition in the resistance versus temperature plots at low bias currents at zero and low magnetic field. The negative Hall effect is found to be suppressed as the bias current increase. Magnetoresistance study shows a distinct peak at zero field when measured in the low current regimes which suggest a superconductor-insulator-superconductor structure of films. Current vs. voltage characteristics show signature of π-Josephson like behaviour which can give rise to a characteristic frequency of several hundred of gigahertz. Signature of spin flipping also shows novel spintronic device applications.

  16. RE-Ba-Cu-O for high functional superconducting permanent magnet

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    Yoo, S.I.; Higuchi, T. [Railway Technical Research Inst., Tokyo (Japan)]|[Superconductivity Research Laboratory, ISTEC, Minato-ku, Tokyo 185 (Japan); Sakai, N.; Murakami, M. [Superconductivity Research Laboratory, ISTEC, Minato-ku, Tokyo 185 (Japan); Fujimoto, H. [Railway Technical Research Inst., Tokyo (Japan)

    1998-05-01

    Among various potential applications of melt-textured RE-Ba-Cu-O (REBCO, RE: rare earth elements) superconductors, we have examined the bulk application as the superconducting permanent magnet, especially for the magnetically-levitated (MAGLEV) train. Compared with Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO), oxygen-controlled melt-growth (OCMG)-processed LREBCO (LRE: light rare earth elements) bulk superconductors are more promising for this application because of larger critical current density (J{sub c}) values in high field and higher irreversibility field (B{sub irr}) within the range of the liquid nitrogen refrigeration (63-77 K), implying that even higher trapped fields (B{sub t}) are achievable in principle. In this paper, material requirements of superconducting bulks for the MAGLEV train are first presented and then processing aspects for the fabrication of good LREBCO bulks are described. (orig.) 19 refs.

  17. Amorphous molybdenum silicon superconducting thin films

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    D. Bosworth

    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.

  18. Niobium films for superconducting accelerating cavities

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    Benvenuti, C.; Circelli, N.; Hauer, M.

    1984-09-01

    Superconducting accelerating cavities made of Nb-coated copper were produced. Niobium films of a thickness ranging from 1.4 to 4 ..mu..m were deposited onto the inside of 3-GHz cavities and 500-MHz frequency by bias diode sputtering. A maximum accelerating field of 8.6 MV m/sup -1/ was reached without quench which is attributed to the large thermal conductivity of copper at liquid helium temperatures.

  19. In situ electrical transport measurement of superconductive ultrathin films

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    刘灿华; 贾金锋

    2015-01-01

    The discovery of an extraordinarily superconductive large energy gap in SrTiO3 supported single-layer FeSe films has recently initiated a great deal of research interests in surface-enhanced superconductivity and superconductive ultrathin films fabricated on crystal surfaces. On account of the instability of ultra-thin films in air, it is desirable to perform elec-trical transport measurement in ultra-high vaccum (UHV). Here we review the experimental techniques of in situ electrical transport measurement and their applications on superconductive ultrathin films.

  20. Vortices in superconducting bulk, films and SQUIDs

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    Ernst Helmut Brandt

    2006-01-01

    The properties of the ideal periodic vortex lattice in bulk superconductors and in films of any thickness can be calculated from Ginzburg-Landau theory by an iteration method using Fourier series. The London theory yields general analytic expressions for the magnetic field and energy of arbitrary arrangements of straight or curved vortex lines. The elasticity of the vortex lattice is highly nonlocal. The magnetic response of superconductors of realistic shapes like thin and thick strips and disks or thin rectangular plates or films, containing pinned vortices, can be computed within continuum theory by solving an integral equation. A useful example is a thin square with a central hole and a radial slit, used as superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID).

  1. On Ginzburg-Landau Vortices of Superconducting Thin Films

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    Shi Jin DING; Qiang DU

    2006-01-01

    In this paper, we discuss the vortex structure of the superconducting thin films placed in a magnetic field. We show that the global minimizer of the functional modelling the superconducting thin films has a bounded number of vortices when the applied magnetic field hex < Hc1 + K log |log ε|where Hc1 is the lower critical field of the film obtained by Ding and Du in SIAM J. Math. Anal.,2002. The locations of the vortices are also given.

  2. PREFACE: Superconductivity in ultrathin films and nanoscale systems Superconductivity in ultrathin films and nanoscale systems

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    Bianconi, Antonio; Bose, Sangita; Garcia-Garcia, Antonio Miguel

    2012-12-01

    The recent technological developments in the synthesis and characterization of high-quality nanostructures and developments in the theoretical techniques needed to model these materials, have motivated this focus section of Superconductor Science and Technology. Another motivation is the compelling evidence that all new superconducting materials, such as iron pnictides and chalcogenides, diborides (doped MgB2) and fullerides (alkali-doped C60 compounds), are heterostrucures at the atomic limit, such as the cuprates made of stacks of nanoscale superconducting layers intercalated by different atomic layers with nanoscale periodicity. Recently a great amount of interest has been shown in the role of lattice nano-architecture in controlling the fine details of Fermi surface topology. The experimental and theoretical study of superconductivity in the nanoscale started in the early 1960s, shortly after the discovery of the BCS theory. Thereafter there has been rapid progress both in experiments and the theoretical understanding of nanoscale superconductors. Experimentally, thin films, granular films, nanowires, nanotubes and single nanoparticles have all been explored. New quantum effects appear in the nanoscale related to multi-component condensates. Advances in the understanding of shape resonances or Fano resonances close to 2.5 Lifshitz transitions near a band edge in nanowires, 2D films and superlattices [1, 2] of these nanosized modules, provide the possibility of manipulating new quantum electronic states. Parity effects and shell effects in single, isolated nanoparticles have been reported by several groups. Theoretically, newer techniques based on solving Richardson's equation (an exact theory incorporating finite size effects to the BCS theory) numerically by path integral methods or solving the entire Bogoliubov-de Gennes equation in these limits have been attempted, which has improved our understanding of the mechanism of superconductivity in these confined

  3. Studies to Enhance Superconductivity in Thin Film Carbon

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    Pierce, Benjamin; Brunke, Lyle; Burke, Jack; Vier, David; Steckl, Andrew; Haugan, Timothy

    2012-02-01

    With research in the area of superconductivity growing, it is no surprise that new efforts are being made to induce superconductivity or increase transition temperatures (Tc) in carbon given its many allotropic forms. Promising results have been published for boron doping in diamond films, and phosphorus doping in highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) films show hints of superconductivity.. Following these examples in the literature, we have begun studies to explore superconductivity in thin film carbon samples doped with different elements. Carbon thin films are prepared by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) on amorphous SiO2/Si and single-crystal substrates. Doping is achieved by depositing from (C1-xMx) single-targets with M = B4C and BN, and also by ion implantation into pure-carbon films. Previous research had indicated that Boron in HOPG did not elicit superconducting properties, but we aim to explore that also in thin film carbon and see if there needs to be a higher doping in the sample if trends were able to be seen in diamond films. Higher onset temperatures, Tc , and current densities, Jc, are hoped to be achieved with doping of the thin film carbon with different elements.

  4. Electrical properties of Y-Ba-Na-Cu-O high Tc superconductors thin films

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    Verdyan, A. (Center for Theoretical Education Holon (Israel) Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences, School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel-Aviv Univ. (Israel)); Lapsker, I. (Center for Theoretical Education Holon (Israel) Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences, School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel-Aviv Univ. (Israel)); Azoulay, J. (Center for Theoretical Education Holon (Israel) Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences, School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel-Aviv Univ. (Israel))

    1993-04-20

    Y-Ba-Na-Cu-O high Tc superconductors thin films deposited on MgO substrate by resistive evaporation technique were found to have improved electrical properties as compared to pure Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films similarly prepared. A simple conventional inexpensive vacuum system housing a single resistively tungsten heated source was used for the deposition. Pulverized mixture of Y, BaF[sub 2], NaF and Cu in the appropriate atomic proportion was evaporated onto the substrates whose temperature was held constant at 400 C during the evaporation. In situ heat treatment has been carried out at 700 C under oxygen partial pressure of 7 pa. The films thus obtained were found to have the normal superconductors orthorhombic phase at room temperature without any further ex situ heat treatment. The films were characterized and analyzed by X-ray diffraction auger election spectroscopy and four point dc electrical measurements. (orig.)

  5. Electrical properties of Y-Ba-Na-Cu-O high Tc superconductors thin films

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    Verdyan, A.; Lapsker, I.; Azoulay, J.; Sackler, Raymond; Sackler, Beverly

    1993-04-01

    Y-Ba-Na-Cu-O high Tc superconductors thin films deposited on MgO substrate by resistive evaporation technique were found to have improved electrical properties as compared to pure Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films similarly prepared. A simple conventional inexpensive vacuum system housing a single resistively tungsten heated source was used for the deposition. Pulverized mixture of Y, BaF 2, NaF and Cu in the appropriate atomic proportion was evaporated onto the substrates whose temperature was held constant at 400°C during the evaporation. In situ heat treatment has been carried out at 700°C under oxygen partial pressure of 7 pa. The films thus obtained were found to have the normal superconductors orthorhombic phase at room temperature without any further ex situ heat treatment. The films were characterized and analyzed by x-ray diffraction auger electron spectroscopy and four point dc electrical measurements.

  6. Losses in superconducting Niobium Films caused by Interface Tunnel Exchange

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    Junginger, Tobias; Welsch, Carsten

    2012-01-01

    Identifying the loss mechanisms of niobium film cavities enables an accurate determination of applications for future accelerator projects and points to research topics required to mitigate their limitations. Measurements on samples show that the electric field is a dominant loss mechanism for niobium films, acting through interface tunneling between localized states in surface oxides and delocalized states in the superconducting niobium.

  7. Pulsed laser deposition and characterisation of thin superconducting films

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    Morone, A. [CNR, zona industriale di Tito Scalo, Potenza (Italy). Istituto per i Materiali Speciali

    1996-09-01

    Same concepts on pulsed laser deposition of thin films will be discussed and same examples of high transition temperature (HTc) BiSrCaCuO (BISCO) and low transition temperature NbN/MgO/NbN multilayers will be presented. X-ray and others characterizations of these films will be reported and discussed. Electrical properties of superconducting thin films will be realized as a function of structural and morphological aspect.

  8. New Fast Response Thin Film-Based Superconducting Quench Detectors

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    Dudarev, A; van de Camp, W; Ravaioli, E; Teixeira, A; ten Kate, H H J

    2014-01-01

    Quench detection on superconducting bus bars and other devices with a low normal zone propagation velocity and low voltage build-up is quite difficult with conventional quench detection techniques. Currently, on ATLAS superconducting bus bar sections, superconducting quench detectors (SQD) are mounted to detect quench events. A first version of the SQD essentially consists of an insulated superconducting wire glued to a superconducting bus line or windings, which in the case of a quench rapidly builds up a relatively high resistance that can be easily and quietly detected. We now introduce a new generation of drastically improved SQDs. The new version makes the detection of quenches simpler, more reliable, and much faster. Instead of a superconducting wire, now a superconducting thin film is used. The layout of the sensor shows a meander like pattern that is etched out of a copper coated 25 mu m thick film of Nb-Ti glued in between layers of Kapton. Since the sensor is now much smaller and thinner, it is easi...

  9. Interstitial vortex in superconducting film with periodic hole arrays

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    He Shi-Kun; Zhang Wei-Jun; Wen Zhen-Chao; Xiao Hong; Han Xiu-Feng; Gu Chang-Zhi; Qiu Xiang-Gang

    2012-01-01

    The response of superconducting Nb films with a diluted triangular and square array of holes to a perpendicular magnetic field are investigated.Due to small edge-to-edge separation of the holes,the patterned films are similar to multi-connected superconducting islands.Two regions in the magnetoresistance R(H) curves can be identified according to the field intervals of the resistance minima.Moreover,in between these two regions,variation of the minima spacing was observed.Our results provide strong evidence of the coexistence of interstitial vortices in the islands and fluxoids in the holes.

  10. Microwave study of superconducting Sn films above and below percolation

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    Beutel, Manfred H.; Ebensperger, Nikolaj G.; Thiemann, Markus; Untereiner, Gabriele; Fritz, Vincent; Javaheri, Mojtaba; Nägele, Jonathan; Rösslhuber, Roland; Dressel, Martin; Scheffler, Marc

    2016-08-01

    The electronic properties of superconducting Sn films ({T}{{c}}≈ 3.8 {{K}}) change significantly when reducing the film thickness down to a few {nm}, in particular close to the percolation threshold. The low-energy electrodynamics of such Sn samples can be probed via microwave spectroscopy, e.g. with superconducting stripline resonators. Here we study Sn thin films, deposited via thermal evaporation—ranging in thickness between 38 and 842 {nm}—which encompasses the percolation transition. We use superconducting Pb stripline resonators to probe the microwave response of these Sn films in a frequency range between 4 and 20 {GHz} at temperatures from 7.2 down to 1.5 {{K}}. The measured quality factor of the resonators decreases with rising temperature due to enhanced losses. As a function of the sample thickness we observe three regimes with significantly different properties: samples below percolation, i.e. ensembles of disconnected superconducting islands, exhibit dielectric properties with negligible losses, demonstrating that macroscopic current paths are required for appreciable dynamical conductivity of Sn at GHz frequencies. Thick Sn films, as the other limit, lead to low-loss resonances both above and below T c of Sn, as expected for bulk conductors. But in an intermediate thickness regime, just above percolation and with labyrinth-like morphology of the Sn, we observe a quite different behavior: the superconducting state has a microwave response similar to the thicker, completely covering films with low microwave losses; but the metallic state of these Sn films is so lossy that resonator operation is suppressed completely.

  11. Magnetic relaxation effects in zero field cooled Y-Ba-Cu-O

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    Hasanain, S.K.; Mumtaz, A.; Ali, T.; Husain, M.; Bhatti, G.S. (Dept. of Physics, Quaid-i-Azam Univ., Islamabad (PK))

    1990-03-10

    This paper reports on results of the magnetic relaxation in 1:2:3 superconductors initiated by a very slow field reversal. The authors find that the relaxation at earlier times follows a stretched exponential type function, while at longer times it has a logarithmic behavior. The onset time of lnt behavior depends on the applied field. The data is interpreted in terms of a two-stage relaxation process.

  12. Large bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors fabricated by multiseeding melt growth methods

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    2005-01-01

    We have fabricated the large single domain YBaCuO bulk superconductors by using multiseeding technique combined with composition gradient in the precursor. Obviously, the growth time can be shortened by multiseeding method and the weak links between grain boundaries originated from different seeds can be also overcome with introducing the chemical component gradient and arranging the seeds exactly. For these YBCO disks, only single peak occurs in the distributions of trapped field, and the magnetic levitation force is equal to that of the same size sample fabricated with single seed. Although the arrangement of seeds is similar, the distribution of trapped field still shows four peaks for the sample without composition gradient.

  13. Temporal stability of Y Ba Cu O nano Josephson junctions from ion irradiation

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    Cybart, Shane A.; Roediger, Peter; Chen, Ke; Parker, J. M.; Cho, Ethan Y.; Wong, Travis J.; Dynes, R. C.

    2012-11-29

    We investigate the temporal stability of YBa2Cu3O7 Josephson junctions created by ion irradiation through a nano-scale implant mask fabricated using electron beam lithography and reactive ion etching. A comparison of current-voltage characteristics measured for junctions after fabrication and eight years of storage at room temperature show a slight decrease in critical current and increase in normal state resistance consistent with broadening of the weaklink from diffusion of defects. Shapiro step measurements performed 8 years after fabrication reveal that device uniformity is maintained and is strong evidence that these devices have excellent temporal stability for applications.

  14. Progress in high Tc magnetic sensors and their applications. [Y-Ba-Cu-O

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    Donaldson, G.B.; Bowman, R.M.; Cochran, A.; Kirk, K.J.; Pegrum, C.M. (Dept. of Physics and Applied Physics, Strathclyde Univ., Glasgow (United Kingdom)); Macfarlane, J.C. (Div. of Applied Physics, CSIRO, Lindfield (Australia))

    1992-01-01

    We report recent progress on the development of components needed for high T[sub c] SQUID magnetic sensors, and on some of the early applications which are appearing or can be foreseen. The SNS type edge junction, and the step edge and biepitaxial grain boundary junction technologies are considered and we include details of our own YBCO device based on steps which are Ar ion-milled in MgO substrates. A review of applications prospects for these detectors will be given in the light of the available noise performance which for high T[sub c] DC SQUIDs, at much less than 10[sup -4] [Phi][sub 0] Hz[sup -1/2], is now better than for commercial low T[sub c] RF SQUIDs. Illustrations are given from clinical biomagnetism and from non-destructive evaluation of conducting materials.

  15. Low-temperature solid-state reaction of in situ growth of YBa2Cu3O7 - delta thin films by resistive evaporation

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    Azoulay, Jacob

    1992-12-01

    Thin films of Y-Ba-Cu-O were in situ prepared with the use of a simple conventional inexpensive vacuum system. No thickness monitor or control system is required. A pulverized mixture of Y, BaF2, and Cu constituents weighed in the atomic proportion was evaporated from resistively heated source onto a MgO substrate. The substrates temperature was then raised to 700 °C after evaporation. Oxygen was injected through a nozzle placed near the substrate surface, thus raising the pressure to about 8 Pa (60 mTorr). The film was kept at this stage for about 15 min, after which it was gradually cooled to room temperature and the pressure raised to atmospheric pressure. The obtained films with no further heat treatment were found to be superconductors with zero resistance at 85 K detected by four-probe dc measurements.

  16. Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless transition in homogeneously disordered superconducting films

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    König, E. J.; Levchenko, A.; Protopopov, I. V.; Gornyi, I. V.; Burmistrov, I. S.; Mirlin, A. D.

    2015-12-01

    We develop a theory for the vortex-unbinding transition in homogeneously disordered superconducting films. This theory incorporates the effects of quantum, mesoscopic, and thermal fluctuations stemming from length scales ranging from the superconducting coherence length down to the Fermi wavelength. In particular, we extend the renormalization group treatment of the diffusive nonlinear sigma model to the superconducting side of the transition. Furthermore, we explore the mesoscopic fluctuations of parameters in the Ginzburg-Landau functional. Using the developed theory, we determine the dependence of essential observables (including the vortex-unbinding temperature, the superconducting density, as well as the temperature-dependent resistivity and thermal conductivity) on microscopic characteristics such as the disorder-induced scattering rate and bare interaction couplings.

  17. Controllable injector for local flux entry into superconducting films

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    Carmo, D.; Colauto, F.; de Andrade, A. M. H.; Oliveira, A. A. M.; Ortiz, W. A.; Johansen, T. H.

    2016-07-21

    A superconducting flux injector (SFI) has been designed to allow for controlled injections of magnetic flux into a superconducting film from a predefined location along the edge. The SFI is activated by an external current pulse, here chosen to be 200 ms long, and it is demonstrated on films of Nb that the amount of injected flux is controlled by the pulse height. Examples of injections at two different temperatures where the flux enters by stimulated flux-flow and by triggered thermomagnetic avalanches are presented. The boundary between the two types of injection is determined and discussed. The SFI opens up for active use of phenomena which up to now have been considered hazardous for a safe operation of superconducting devices.

  18. Room-Temperature Deposition of NbN Superconducting Films

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    Thakoor, S.; Lamb, J. L.; Thakoor, A. P.; Khanna, S. K.

    1986-01-01

    Films with high superconducting transition temperatures deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering. Since deposition process does not involve significantly high substrate temperatures, employed to deposit counter electrode in superconductor/insulator/superconductor junction without causing any thermal or mechanical degradation of underlying delicate tunneling barrier. Substrates for room-temperature deposition of NbN polymeric or coated with photoresist, making films accessible to conventional lithographic patterning techniques. Further refinements in deposition technique yield films with smaller transition widths, Tc of which might approach predicted value of 18 K.

  19. A Method for Suppressing Superconductivity of Thin Films

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    Suppula, Tarmo; Pekola, Jukka; Kauppinen, Juha

    2003-03-01

    We have developed a method for suppressing superconductivity of thin films. Thin stripes of cobalt grown by e-gun evaporation and patterned by e-beam lithography were placed in the vicinity of aluminium thin film structures. The cobalt stripes were magnetized at 4.2 K with a superconducting coil and the remanence suppressed superconductivity of the Al stripe at temperatures down to 50 mK at least. The magnetization remained in thermal cycling and in a longer storage at room temperature. Motivation for this work is the Coulomb Blockade Thermometer(CBT)^1 which has to be in a normal state to operate. The CBT sensor contains aluminium which is superconducting at temperatures below 1.4 K. An external magnetic field is not always available or acceptable in cryostats. A small grain of permanent magnet mounted to the sensor is another solution, but suspicious if the sensor is put in strong magnetic fields or if "zero field" environment is required. We have shown that suitably patterned and magnetized Co stripes in the vicinity of tunnel junctions of the CBT can solve this problem. The amount of magnetic material in the sensor, as well as the stray field, is very small. This technique may be useful in other low temperature thin film devices also. 1) Product of Nanoway Ltd.

  20. 1D superconductivity in porous Nb ultrathin films

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    Trezza, M., E-mail: trezza@sa.infn.it [CNR-SPIN Salerno and Dipartimento di Fisica, ' E. R. Caianiello' , Universita degli Studi di Salerno, Via Ponte don Melillo, Fisciano I-84084 (Italy); Prischepa, S.L. [State University of Informatics and RadioElectronics, P. Brovka Street 6, Minsk 220013 (Belarus); Cirillo, C.; Attanasio, C. [CNR-SPIN Salerno and Dipartimento di Fisica, ' E. R. Caianiello' , Universita degli Studi di Salerno, Via Ponte don Melillo, Fisciano I-84084 (Italy)

    2012-09-15

    We report on the measurements of the transport properties of superconducting Nb ultrathin bridges grown by UHV magnetron sputtering on porous Si substrates. The films are about 10 nm thick and inherit from the substrate a structure made of holes with diameter of 10 nm and interpore spacing in the range 20-40 nm. Due to their reduced dimensions, they are sensitive to thermal fluctuations typical of 1D superconductors and exhibit a nonzero resistance below the superconducting transition temperature, T{sub c}. Clear hysteresis and finite jumps in the I-V curves are also observed.

  1. Superconductivity and Properties of FeTeOx Films

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    D Telesca; j Budnick; B Sinkovic; R Ramprasad; B Wells

    2011-12-31

    Films of the parent compound FeTe can be made superconducting via the addition of interstitial oxygen. The process is reversible. We have characterized the new superconductors with a variety of experiments. X-ray diffraction shows that the superconductor has the same overall structure but a small lattice constant change compared to pure FeTe. X-ray absorption shows that superconducting FeTeO{sub x} has a nominal valence of 3+. DFT calculations show the most likely position for interstitial oxygen and confirm that such oxygen incorporation does not produce a large change in structure.

  2. Superconductivity of very thin films: The superconductor–insulator transition

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    Lin, Yen-Hsiang; Nelson, J.; Goldman, A.M., E-mail: goldman@physics.umn.edu

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • This manuscript reviews work on the superconductor–insulator transitions of investigated in metallic film, cuprates and metallic interfaces. • Superconductor–insulator transitions are examples of quantum phase transitions. • The systems discussed serve as model systems for behaviors found in more complex systems of contemporary interest. • The concept of a quantum phase transition is an important paradigm in condensed matter physics. • The review also includes discussions of open issues. - Abstract: The study of thin superconducting films has been an important component of the science of superconductivity for more than six decades. It played a major role in the development of currently accepted views of the macroscopic and microscopic nature of the superconducting state. In recent years the focus of research in the field has shifted to the study of ultrathin films and surface and interface layers. This has permitted the exploration of one of the important topics of condensed matter physics, the superconductor–insulator transition. This review will discuss this phenomenon as realized in the study of metallic films, cuprates, and metallic interfaces. These are in effect model systems for behaviors that may be found in more complex systems of contemporary interest.

  3. RF Characterization of Niobium Films for Superconducting Cavities

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    Aull† , S; Doebert, S; Junginger, T; Ehiasarian, AP; Knobloch, J; Terenziani, G

    2013-01-01

    The surface resistance RS of superconductors shows a complex dependence on the external parameters such as temperature, frequency or radio-frequency (RF) field. The Quadrupole Resonator modes of 400, 800 and 1200 MHz allow measurements at actual operating frequencies of superconducting cavities. Niobium films on copper substrates have several advantages over bulk niobium cavities. HIPIMS (High-power impulse magnetron sputtering) is a promising technique to increase the quality and therefore the performance of niobium films. This contribution will introduce CERNs recently developed HIPIMS coating apparatus. Moreover, first results of niobium coated copper samples will be presented, revealing the dominant loss mechanisms.

  4. Optimisation of superconducting thin films by TEM

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    Bals, S.; van Tendeloo, G.; Rijnders, Augustinus J.H.M.; Blank, David H.A.; Leca, V.; Salluzzo, M.

    2002-01-01

    High-resolution electron microscopy is used to study the initial growth of different REBa2Cu3O7−δ thin films. In DyBa2Cu3O7−δ ultra-thin films, deposited on TiO2 terminated SrTiO3, two different types of interface arrangements occur: bulk–SrO–TiO2–BaO–CuO–BaO–CuO2–Dy–CuO2–BaO–bulk and bulk–SrO–TiO2–

  5. Negative magnetoresistance slope in superconducting granular films

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    Shapiro, Boris Ya., E-mail: shapib@mail.biu.ac.il; Shapiro, Irina; Levi, Daniel; Shaulov, Avner; Yeshurun, Yosef

    2014-06-15

    Highlights: • The theory explaining recently observed negative magneto-resistance slope in ultra-thin YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 2}O{sub 7−δ} films is developed. • Considering film as an array of the Josephson junctions, we solve the sine-Gordon equations including a viscosity term. • The solution yields a negative magneto-resistance slope setting in agreement with the experimental results. - Abstract: A phenomenological theory is developed to explain the recently observed negative magnetoresistance slope in ultra-thin granular YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 2}O{sub 7−δ} films. Viewing this system as a two-dimensional array of extended Josephson junctions, we numerically solve the sine-Gordon equations including a viscosity term that increases linearly with the external field. The solution yields a negative magnetoresistance slope setting in at a field that is determined by the geometry and thus independent of temperature, in agreement with the experimental results.

  6. MBE growth of Fe-based superconducting films

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    Ueda, S.; Yamagishi, T.; Takeda, S.; Agatsuma, S.; Takano, S.; Mitsuda, A.; Naito, M.

    2011-11-01

    We report MBE growth of the iron-based superconductors, Sr1-xKxFe2As2, Ba1-xKxFe2As2, and SmFeAs(O,F). In the growth of Sr1-xKxFe2As2 and Ba1-xKxFe2As2 films, the key to incorporating volatile K in films is low-temperature (300-350 °C) growth in reduced As flux. The highest Tc so far obtained are Tcon (Tcend) = 33.4K (31.0 K) and 38.3 K (35.5 K) for Sr1-xKxFe2As2 and Ba1-xKxFe2As2, respectively. In the growth of superconducting SmFeAs(O,F), we have adopted two approaches. In the first approach, we first grew F-free SmFeAsO films, and subsequently introduced F to the films via F diffusion from an overlayer of SmF3 or NdF3. In the second approach, we attempted the growth of as-grown superconducting SmFeAs(O,F) films by coevaporating Sm, SmF3, Fe, and As. In both the approaches, the growth temperature was as high as 650 °C. So far better results have been obtained by the first F diffusion method. The films prepared by F diffusion showed Tcon (Tcend) = 52 K (48.6 K) whereas the as-grown films showed Tcon = 47 K but with a long transition tail.

  7. Local imaging of magnetic flux in superconducting thin films

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    Shapoval, Tetyana

    2010-01-26

    Local studies of magnetic flux line (vortex) distribution in superconducting thin films and their pinning by natural and artificial defects have been performed using low-temperature magnetic force microscopy (LT-MFM). Taken a 100 nm thin NbN film as an example, the depinning of vortices from natural defects under the influence of the force that the MFM tip exerts on the individual vortex was visualized and the local pinning force was estimated. The good agreement of these results with global transport measurements demonstrates that MFM is a powerful and reliable method to probe the local variation of the pinning landscape. Furthermore, it was demonstrated that the presence of an ordered array of 1-{mu}m-sized ferromagnetic permalloy dots being in a magneticvortex state underneath the Nb film significantly influences the natural pinning landscape of the superconductor leading to commensurate pinning effects. This strong pinning exceeds the repulsive interaction between the superconducting vortices and allows vortex clusters to be located at each dot. Additionally, for industrially applicable YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} thin films the main question discussed was the possibility of a direct correlation between vortices and artificial defects as well as vortex imaging on rough as-prepared thin films. Since the surface roughness (droplets, precipitates) causes a severe problem to the scanning MFM tip, a nanoscale wedge polishing technique that allows to overcome this problem was developed. Mounting the sample under a defined small angle results in a smooth surface and a monotonic thickness reduction of the film along the length of the sample. It provides a continuous insight from the film surface down to the substrate with surface sensitive scanning techniques. (orig.)

  8. A new type of HTc superconducting film comb-shape resonator for radio frequency superconducting quantum interference devices

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    MAO Hai-yan; WANG Fu-ren; MENG Shu-chao; MAO Bo; LI Zhuang-zhi; NIE Rui-juan; LIU Xin-yuan; DAI Yuan-dong

    2006-01-01

    A new type of HTc superconducting film combshape resonator for radio frequency superconducting quantum interference devices (RF SQUID) has been designed.This new type of superconducting film comb-shape resonator is formed by a foursquare microstrip line without a flux concentrator.The range of the center frequency of this type of resonator varies from 800 MHz to 1300 MHz by changing the length of the teeth.In this paper,we report on simulating the relationship of the value of the center frequency and the length of the teeth,and testing the noise of HTc RF SQUID coupling this comb-shape resonator.

  9. Intrinsic Josephson effects on superconducting films

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    Chana, O S

    2002-01-01

    Films of the high-T sub c superconductor Tl sub 2 Ba sub 2 CaCu sub 2 O sub 8 with the crystal c-axis misaligned from the substrate normal have been used to make intrinsic Josephson junctions. The copper-oxide layers in the cuprate superconductor are weakly coupled in the c-direction. This weak interplanar coupling is analogous to superconductor- insulator-superconductor stacks parallel to the c-direction in the film and this maps out to a series array of intrinsic Josephson junctions. A novel device geometry has been used to exploit this and series arrays of intrinsic Josephson junctions have been fabricated. The junctions are optimised in quality and have a high and critical-current- independent value for the product of the critical current and normal state resistance. The temperature dependence of the critical current fits the Ambegaokar-Baratoff theory for SIS tunnelling. X-band emission at around 12 GHz has been detected from the intrinsic Josephson bridge at 103 K. This confirms that the junctions are s...

  10. Nano-engineered pinning centres in YBCO superconducting films

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    Crisan, A.; Dang, V. S.; Mikheenko, P.

    2017-02-01

    For practical applications of superconducting materials in applied magnetic fields, artificial pinning centres in addition to natural ones are required to oppose the Lorentz force. These pinning centres are actually various types of defects in the superconductor matrix. The pinning centres can be categorised on their dimension (volume, surface or point) and on their character (normal cores or Δκ cores). Different samples have been produced by Pulsed Laser Deposition, with various thicknesses, temperatures and nanostructured additions to the superconducting matrix. They have been characterized by SQUID Magnetic Properties Measurement System and Physical Properties Measurement System, as well as by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). Correlations between pinning architecture, TEM images, and critical currents at various fields and field orientations will be shown for a large number of YBa2Cu3Ox films with various types and architectures of artificial pinning centres.

  11. Superconducting oxides containing sulphate and phosphate groups

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    Scorzelli, R. B.; Baggio-Saitovitch, E.; Giordanengo, B.; Elmassalami, M.; Dominguez, A. B.; Bustamante Dominguez, A.

    1994-12-01

    The effects of partial substitution of Sr and Ca in Y-Ba-Cu-O related materials containing sulphate and phosphate groups have been investigated. e57Fe Mössbauer measurements were performed on samples doped with lat. % e57Fe and the spectral components related to different Cu sites and oxygen vacancies.

  12. Grain-size dependence of superconductivity in dc sputtered Nb films

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    2009-01-01

    The superconducting transition temperature and grain size of dc sputtered Nb films are systematically investigated. The results show that the superconductivity is closely related to the grain size, rather than to the scattering strength of electrons or the surface layer proximity effect of the films.

  13. Evaluating Superconducting YBCO Film Properties Using X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (Postprint)

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    2012-02-01

    AFRL-RZ-WP-TP-2012-0093 EVALUATING SUPERCONDUCTING YBCO FILM PROPERTIES USING X-RAY PHOTOELECTRON SPECTROSCOPY (POSTPRINT) Paul N. Barnes...2012 Conference Paper Postprint 01 January 2002 – 01 January 2004 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE EVALUATING SUPERCONDUCTING YBCO FILM PROPERTIES USING X-RAY

  14. Superconducting thin films. (Latest citations from the EI Compendex*plus database). Published Search

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    1997-12-01

    The bibliography contains citations concerning the design, fabrication, structures, and properties of superconducting thin films used in microelectronics and optoelectronics. References discuss high temperature superconductors, oxide superconductors, superconducting transition temperatures, critical current density, yttrium barium copper oxide thin films, and yttrium stabilized substrates. Superconducting devices, filters, resonators, and circuits are also reviewed. (Contains 50-250 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.) (Copyright NERAC, Inc. 1995)

  15. Enhanced pinning in superconducting thin films with graded pinning landscapes

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    Motta, M.; Colauto, F.; Ortiz, W. A.; Fritzsche, J.; Cuppens, J.; Gillijns, W.; Moshchalkov, V. V.; Johansen, T. H.; Sanchez, A.; Silhanek, A. V.

    2013-05-01

    A graded distribution of antidots in superconducting a-Mo79Ge21 thin films has been investigated by magnetization and magneto-optical imaging measurements. The pinning landscape has maximum density at the sample border, decreasing linearly towards the center. Its overall performance is noticeably superior than that for a sample with uniformly distributed antidots: For high temperatures and low fields, the critical current is enhanced, whereas the region of thermomagnetic instabilities in the field-temperature diagram is significantly suppressed. These findings confirm the relevance of graded landscapes on the enhancement of pinning efficiency, as recently predicted by Misko and Nori [Phys. Rev. B 85, 184506 (2012)].

  16. MBE growth of Fe-based superconducting films

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    Ueda, S. [Department of Applied Physics, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Koganei, Tokyo 184-8588 (Japan)] [TRIP, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Chiyoda, Tokyo 102-0075 (Japan)] [New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Kawasaki, Kanagawa 212-8554 (Japan); Yamagishi, T.; Takeda, S. [Department of Applied Physics, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Koganei, Tokyo 184-8588 (Japan)] [TRIP, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Chiyoda, Tokyo 102-0075 (Japan); Agatsuma, S.; Takano, S. [Department of Applied Physics, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Koganei, Tokyo 184-8588 (Japan); Mitsuda, A. [Department of Physics, Kyushu Univeristy, Hakozaki, Fukuoka 812-8588 (Japan); Naito, M., E-mail: minaito@cc.tuat.ac.jp [Department of Applied Physics, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Koganei, Tokyo 184-8588 (Japan)] [TRIP, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Chiyoda, Tokyo 102-0075 (Japan)

    2011-11-15

    Successful MBE growth of (AE,K)-122 (AE = Sr and Ba) with T{sub c} = 38 K and Ln-1111 (Ln = Sm) films with T{sub c} = 52 K. (Sr,K)-122 and (Ba,K)-122 films including volatile K were grown at temperatures as low as 300{approx}350 deg. C in reduced As flux. SmFeAs(O,F) films were prepared by two approaches. In the first approach, F was diffused to F-free SmFeAsO films from a thin SmF{sub 3} (or NdF{sub 3}) overlayer. In the second approach, as-grown superconducting SmFeAsO films were grown by coevaporation of Sm, SmF{sub 3}, Fe, and As in oxygen atmosphere. We report MBE growth of the iron-based superconductors, Sr{sub 1-x}K{sub x}Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2}, Ba{sub 1-x}K{sub x}Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2}, and SmFeAs(O,F). In the growth of Sr{sub 1-x}K{sub x}Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} and Ba{sub 1-x}K{sub x}Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} films, the key to incorporating volatile K in films is low-temperature (300-350 deg. C) growth in reduced As flux. The highest T{sub c} so far obtained are T{sub c}{sup on}(T{sub c}{sup end})=33.4K (31.0 K) and 38.3 K (35.5 K) for Sr{sub 1-x}K{sub x}Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} and Ba{sub 1-x}K{sub x}Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2}, respectively. In the growth of superconducting SmFeAs(O,F), we have adopted two approaches. In the first approach, we first grew F-free SmFeAsO films, and subsequently introduced F to the films via F diffusion from an overlayer of SmF{sub 3} or NdF{sub 3}. In the second approach, we attempted the growth of as-grown superconducting SmFeAs(O,F) films by coevaporating Sm, SmF{sub 3}, Fe, and As. In both the approaches, the growth temperature was as high as 650 deg. C. So far better results have been obtained by the first F diffusion method. The films prepared by F diffusion showed T{sub c}{sup on} (T{sub c}{sup end}) = 52 K (48.6 K) whereas the as-grown films showed T{sub c}{sup on} = 47 K but with a long transition tail.

  17. Impact of Edge-Barrier Pinning in Superconducting Thin Films

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    Jones, W. A.; Barnes, P.N.; Mullins, M. J.; Baca, F. J.; Emergo, R. L. S.; Wu, J.; Haugan, T. J.; Clem, J. R.

    2010-12-30

    It has been suggested that edge-barrier pinning might cause the critical current density (J{sub c}) in bridged superconducting films to increase. Subsequent work indicated that this edge-barrier effect does not impact bridges larger than 1 {micro}m. However, we provide a theoretical assessment with supporting experimental data suggesting edge-barrier pinning can significantly enhance J{sub c} for bridges of a few microns or even tens of microns thus skewing any comparisons among institutions. As such, when reporting flux pinning and superconductor processing improvements for J{sub c} comparisons, the width of the sample has to be taken into consideration as is currently done with film thickness.

  18. Changing the flux flow state in weak pinning superconducting films

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    Leo, A., E-mail: antoleo@sa.infn.it [Physics Department E.R. Caianiello, University of Salerno, Via Giovanni Paolo II, 132, Stecca 9, I-84084 Fisciano, SA (Italy); CNR-SPIN Salerno, Via Giovanni Paolo II, 132, Stecca 9, I-84084 Fisciano, SA (Italy); Grimaldi, G. [CNR-SPIN Salerno, Via Giovanni Paolo II, 132, Stecca 9, I-84084 Fisciano, SA (Italy); Nigro, A. [Physics Department E.R. Caianiello, University of Salerno, Via Giovanni Paolo II, 132, Stecca 9, I-84084 Fisciano, SA (Italy); CNR-SPIN Salerno, Via Giovanni Paolo II, 132, Stecca 9, I-84084 Fisciano, SA (Italy); Bruno, E.; Priolo, F. [Matis IMM-CNR and Physics-Astronomy Department, Catania University, CT 95123 (Italy); Pace, S. [Physics Department E.R. Caianiello, University of Salerno, Via Giovanni Paolo II, 132, Stecca 9, I-84084 Fisciano, SA (Italy); CNR-SPIN Salerno, Via Giovanni Paolo II, 132, Stecca 9, I-84084 Fisciano, SA (Italy)

    2014-08-15

    Highlights: • We analyzed the effect of light ion irradiation on weak pinning superconductors. • We found the light ion irradiation has a strong impact on current currying stability. • We compared the results to the ones of the case of moderate strong pinning materials. - Abstract: The current carrying dissipative state well above the critical current it is known to be related to the pinning properties of the material and to the microscopic mechanisms of vortex dynamics. Moreover, it has been demonstrated that in low temperature superconducting films exhibiting moderately strong pinning the light ion irradiation has the effect of changing the distribution of the pinning centers without changing their pinning strength and this results into an increase of current stability in the flux flow state. Here we present the results of light ion irradiation on weak pinning superconducting films focusing on the influence of pinning properties of the material in the flux flow state. We realize that the possibility to switch to low dissipations by changing weak pinning is not straightforward.

  19. Observation of Double-Dome Superconductivity in Potassium-Doped FeSe Thin Films.

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    Song, Can-Li; Zhang, Hui-Min; Zhong, Yong; Hu, Xiao-Peng; Ji, Shuai-Hua; Wang, Lili; He, Ke; Ma, Xu-Cun; Xue, Qi-Kun

    2016-04-15

    We report on the emergence of two disconnected superconducting domes in alkali-metal potassium- (K-)doped FeSe ultrathin films grown on graphitized SiC(0001). The superconductivity exhibits hypersensitivity to K dosage in the lower-T_{c} dome, whereas in the heavily electron-doped higher-T_{c} dome it becomes spatially homogeneous and robust against disorder, supportive of a conventional Cooper-pairing mechanism. Furthermore, the heavily K-doped multilayer FeSe films all reveal a large superconducting gap of ∼14  meV, irrespective of film thickness, verifying the higher-T_{c} superconductivity only in the topmost FeSe layer. The unusual finding of a double-dome superconducting phase is a step towards the mechanistic understanding of superconductivity in FeSe-derived superconductors.

  20. Fabrication of FeSe superconducting films with chemical transport deposition process

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    Feng, J. Q.; Zhang, S. N.; Liu, J. X.; Hao, Q. B.; Li, C. S.; Zhang, P. X.

    2017-07-01

    FeSe Superconducting films were fabricated with a chemical transport deposition process. During the fabrication process, Fe foils were adopted as substrates and Se powders were put at one end of the tube furnace. During the heating process, Se powders were vaporized, and vaporized atoms were carried by Ar flow and deposited on the Fe substrates. With a heat treatment process under proper temperature, superconducting tetragonal β-FeSe phase can be obtained. The effects of key parameters, including the sintering temperatures and the distances between Fe substrates and Se source on the phase composition and morphology of the obtained films were systematically investigated. The superconducting transition temperature of 7.8 K was obtained on the optimized film. By further optimization of the heat treatment process, it is promising to fabricate FeSe films with higher superconducting phase content and better superconducting properties.

  1. Superconducting YBCO thin film on multicrystalline Ag film evaporated on MgO substrate

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    Azoulay, Jacob; Verdyan, Armen; Lapsker, Igor

    Superconducting YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ films were grown by resistive evaporation on multicrystalline silver film which was evaporated on MgO substrate. A simple inexpensive vacuum system equipped with resistively heated boat was used for the whole process. Silver film was first evaporated on MgO substrate kept at 400°C during the evaporation after which with no further annealing a precursor mixture of yttrium small grains and Cu and BaF2 in powder form weighed in the atomic proportion to yield stoichiometric YBa 2Cu 3O 7 was evaporated. The films thus obtained were annealed at 740°C under low oxygen partial pressure of about 1Pa for 30 minutes to form the superconducting phase. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy techniques were used for texture and surface analysis. Electrical properties were determined using a standard dc four-probe for electrical measurements. The physical and electrical properties of the YBCO films are discussed in light of the fact that X-ray diffraction measurements done on the silver film have revealed a multicrystalline structure

  2. Superconducting niobium nitride films deposited by unbalanced magnetron sputtering

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    Olaya, J.J. [Departamento de Ingenieria Mecanica y Mecatronica, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Ciudad Universitaria, Carrera 30 Numero 45-03, Bogota (Colombia); Huerta, L. [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Circuito exterior s/n, CU Coyoacan, Mexico D.F. 04510 (Mexico); Rodil, S.E. [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Circuito exterior s/n, CU Coyoacan, Mexico D.F. 04510 (Mexico)], E-mail: ser42@iim.unam.mx; Escamilla, R. [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Circuito exterior s/n, CU Coyoacan, Mexico D.F. 04510 (Mexico)

    2008-10-01

    Niobium nitride (NbN) thin films were deposited under different configurations of the magnetic field using a magnetron sputtering system. The magnetic field configuration varied from balanced to unbalanced leading to different growth conditions and film properties. The aim of the paper was to identify correlations between deposition conditions, film properties and the electrical properties, specially the superconductive critical temperature (T{sub C}). The results suggested that there is a critical deposition condition, having an optimum ion-atom arrival ratio that promotes a well ordered and textured nanocrystalline structure (cubic phase) with the minimum residual stress and only under this condition a high critical temperature (16K) was obtained. Lower T{sub C} values around 12K were obtained for the NbN samples having a lower degree of structural perfection and texture, and a larger fraction of intergranular voids. On the other hand, analysis of valence-band spectra showed that the contribution of the Nb 4d states remained essentially constant while the higher T{sub C} was correlated to a higher contribution of the N 2p states.

  3. Fault Current Limitation with Superconducting YBCO Thin Films

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    2003-01-01

    The behavior of YBCO/metal bilayers under transport currents was explored in the framework of fault current limitation (FCL). Properties of the superconducting-normal transition were first studied phenomenologically during sweep current experiments. For current rates higher than 500 A/s, the transition into the normal state was based on non-thermal phenomena and was characterized by a flux creep regime ended by a jump into the normal state. At lower sweep rates, a total diversion of the current in the metallic shunt was observed for temperatures higher than 85 K. In this regime, a partial recovery of the superconducting state took place due to a finite thermal resistance between the superconductingand the metallic films. These two properties of partial diversion into the shunt and of fast switching for a quick rise of the current during a default were exploited for current limitation at 77 K. FCL experiments at 50 Hz show that YBCO/Au bilayers limit the current in about 1 ms at a valueof 2.5Ic by developing electrical fields as high as 3 kV/m. Moreover, a recovery of the zero resistance state could occur under rated mode. A straightforward application of this property would be the transformer connection. Finally, results on DC current limitation and recovery under nominal mode were presented for the first time.

  4. Loss mechanisms in superconducting thin film microwave resonators

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    Goetz, Jan, E-mail: jan.goetz@wmi.badw.de; Haeberlein, Max; Wulschner, Friedrich; Zollitsch, Christoph W.; Meier, Sebastian; Fischer, Michael; Fedorov, Kirill G.; Menzel, Edwin P. [Walther-Meißner-Institut, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 85748 Garching (Germany); Physik-Department, Technische Universität München, 85748 Garching (Germany); Deppe, Frank; Eder, Peter; Xie, Edwar; Gross, Rudolf, E-mail: rudolf.gross@wmi.badw.de [Walther-Meißner-Institut, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 85748 Garching (Germany); Physik-Department, Technische Universität München, 85748 Garching (Germany); Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM), Schellingstraße 4, 80799 München (Germany); Marx, Achim [Walther-Meißner-Institut, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 85748 Garching (Germany)

    2016-01-07

    We present a systematic analysis of the internal losses of superconducting coplanar waveguide microwave resonators based on niobium thin films on silicon substrates. In particular, we investigate losses introduced by Nb/Al interfaces in the center conductor, which is important for experiments where Al based Josephson junctions are integrated into Nb based circuits. We find that these interfaces can be a strong source for two-level state (TLS) losses, when the interfaces are not positioned at current nodes of the resonator. In addition to TLS losses, for resonators including Al, quasiparticle losses become relevant above 200 mK. Finally, we investigate how losses generated by eddy currents in conductive material on the backside of the substrate can be minimized by using thick enough substrates or metals with high conductivity on the substrate backside.

  5. Growth of YBCO superconducting thin films on CaF sub 2 buffered silicon

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    Bhagwat, S S; Patil, J M; Shirodkar, V S

    2000-01-01

    CaF sub 2 films were grown on silicon using the neutral cluster beam deposition technique. These films were highly crystalline and c-axis oriented. Superconducting YBCO thin films were grown on the Ca F sub 2 buffered silicon using the laser ablation technique. These films showed T sub c (onset) at 90 K and Tc(zero) at 86 K. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the YBCO films were also oriented along the c-axis.

  6. Experimental evidence of non-linear behaviour in YBCO superconducting thin films

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    Palenque, E.R.; Appleyard, N.J.; Jackson, T.J.; Palmer, S.B. [Dept. of Phys., Warwick Univ., Coventry (United Kingdom)

    1995-05-01

    Preliminary measurements of the non-linear dynamics of a thin (two dimensional) YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} superconducting film in a small AC magnetic field are presented, a peak in third harmonic generation which may provide evidence of the Kosterlitz-Thouless transition is found just below the superconducting transition temperature. (author)

  7. 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.

  8. Texturing of high T(sub c) superconducting polycrystalline fibers/wires by laser-driven directional solidification in an thermal gradient

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    Varshney, Usha; Eichelberger, B. Davis, III

    1995-01-01

    This paper summarizes the technique of laser-driven directional solidification in a controlled thermal gradient of yttria stabilized zirconia core coated Y-Ba-Cu-O materials to produce textured high T(sub c) superconducting polycrystalline fibers/wires with improved critical current densities in the extended range of magnetic fields at temperatures greater than 77 K. The approach involves laser heating to minimize phase segregation by heating very rapidly through the two-phase incongruent melt region to the single phase melt region and directionally solidifying in a controlled thermal gradient to achieve highly textured grains in the fiber axis direction. The technique offers a higher grain growth rate and a lower thermal budget compared with a conventional thermal gradient and is amenable as a continuous process for improving the J(sub c) of high T(sub c) superconducting polycrystalline fibers/wires. The technique has the advantage of suppressing weak-link behavior by orientation of crystals, formation of dense structures with enhanced connectivity, formation of fewer and cleaner grain boundaries, and minimization of phase segregation in the incongruent melt region.

  9. High Temperature Superconductivity in Praseodymium Doped (0%, 2%, 4%) in Melt-Textured Y(1-x)Pr(x)Ba2Cu3O(7-delta) Systems

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    James, Claudell

    1995-01-01

    A study of the magnetic and structural properties of the alloy Y(1-x)Pr(x)Ba2Cu3O(7-delta) of 0%, 2%, and 4% doping of praseodymium is presented. The resulting oxides of the alloy series are a high-temperature superconductor Y-Ba-Cu-O, which has an orthorhombic superconducting crystal-lattice. Magnetic relaxation studies have been performed on the Y-Pr-Ba-CuO bulk samples for field orientation parallel to the c-axis, using a vibrating sample magnetometer. Relaxation was measured at several temperatures to obtain the irreversible magnetization curves used for the Bean model. Magnetization current densities were derived from the relaxation data. Field and temperature dependence of the logarithmic flux-creep relaxation was measured in critical state. The data indicates that the effective activation energy U(eff) increases with increasing T between 77 K and 86 K. Also, the data shows that U(eff)(T) and superconducting transition temperature, Tc, decreased as the lattice parameters increased with increasing Pr ion concentration, x, for the corresponding Y(1-x)Pr(x)Ba(x)Cu3O(7-delta) oxides. One contribution to Tc decrease in this sampling is suspected to be due to the larger ionic radius of the Pr(3+) ion. The upper critical field (H(sub c2)) was measured in the presence of magnetic field parallel to the c axis. A linear temperature dependence with H(sub c2) was obtained.

  10. Superconducting detector of IR single-photons based on thin WSi films

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    Seleznev, V A; Vakhtomin, Yu B; Morozov, P V; Zolotov, P I; Vasilev, D D; Moiseev, K M; Malevannaya, E I; Smirnov, K V

    2016-01-01

    We have developed the deposition technology of WSi thin films 4 to 9 nm thick with high temperature values of superconducting transition (Tc~4 K). Based on deposed films there were produced nanostructures with indicative planar sizes ~100 nm, and the research revealed that even on nanoscale the films possess of high critical temperature values of the superconducting transition (Tc~3.3-3.7K ) which certifies high quality and homogeneity of the films created. The first experiments on creating superconducting single-photon detectors showed that the detectors SDE (system detection efficiency) with increasing bias current (Ib) reaches a constant value of ~30% (for 1550 nm) defined by infrared radiation absorption by the superconducting structure. To enhance radiation absorption by the superconductor there were created detectors with cavity structures which demonstrated a practically constant value of quantum efficiency >65% for bias currents Ib>=0.6Ic. The minimal dark counts level (DC) made 1 s^-1 limited with ba...

  11. Superconducting thin films of (100) and (111) oriented indium doped topological crystalline insulator SnTe

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    Si, Weidong, E-mail: wds@bnl.gov, E-mail: qiangli@bnl.gov; Zhang, Cheng; Wu, Lijun; Ozaki, Toshinori; Gu, Genda; Li, Qiang, E-mail: wds@bnl.gov, E-mail: qiangli@bnl.gov [Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York 11973 (United States)

    2015-08-31

    Recent discovery of the topological crystalline insulator SnTe has triggered a search for topological superconductors, which have potential application to topological quantum computing. The present work reports on the superconducting properties of indium doped SnTe thin films. The (100) and (111) oriented thin films were epitaxially grown by pulsed-laser deposition on (100) and (111) BaF{sub 2} crystalline substrates, respectively. The onset superconducting transition temperatures are about 3.8 K for (100) and 3.6 K for (111) orientations, slightly lower than that of the bulk. Magneto-resistive measurements indicate that these thin films may have upper critical fields higher than that of the bulk. With large surface-to-bulk ratio, superconducting indium doped SnTe thin films provide a rich platform for the study of topological superconductivity and potential device applications based on topological superconductors.

  12. Enhancement of high-TC superconducting thin film devices by nanoscale polishing

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    Michalowski, P.; Shapoval, T.; Meier, D.; Katzer, C.; Schmidl, F.; Schultz, L.; Seidel, P.

    2012-11-01

    The effects of mechanical nanoscale polishing on the superconducting parameters of YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) thin films and bi-crystal grain boundary Josephson junctions have been investigated. We prepared samples with additional gold nanocrystallites in the YBCO film. As they are distributed throughout the whole YBCO film, they provide a low-resistance ohmic contact even if parts of the film are removed. Polishing was performed either before or after the patterning and did not change the properties of the grain boundary. However, nanopolishing reduces the film roughness in a significant way, which makes it an indispensable tool for the preparation of integrated superconducting circuits. We also succeeded in tuning the IC and RN of the Josephson junctions of direct current superconducting quantum interference devices (dc-SQUIDs) by systematically reducing the film thickness, which opens up new possibilities in the application of magnetic field sensors.

  13. The relation between ferroelasticity and superconductivity

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    Molak, A.; Manka, R.

    1991-01-01

    The high-temperature superconductivity is explained widely by the layered crystal structure. The one- and two-dimensional subsystems and their interaction are investigated here. It is assumed that the high-T(sub c) superconductivity takes place in the two-dimensional subsystem and the increase of the phase transition temperature from 60 K up to 90 K is the consequence of turning on the influence of one-dimensional chains. The interaction between the two subsystems is transferred along the c axis by the phonons of breathing mode, which causes the hybridization of the electronic bonds between these subsystems. The experimental works indicate that the existence of both the chains Cu(1)-O and their interaction with the superconducting plane of Cu(2)-O modify the temperature of the transition to the superconducting state. It is seen from the neutron scattering data that the rates of the interatomic distance dependencies on temperature are changed around 240 K and 90 K. The 'zig-zag' order in Cu(1)-O chains has been postulated but, on the other hand, the vibrations with a large amplitude only were reported. The bi-stabilized situation of the oxygen ions can be caused by the change of distance between these ions and the Ba ions. It leads to the appearance of a two-well potential. Its parameters depend on temperature and the dynamics of the oxygen ions' movement. They can induce the antipolar order, which can be, however, more or less chaotic. The investigation of the ferroelastic properties of Y-Ba-Cu-O samples lead to the conclusion that they are related to jumps of ions inside the given chain and not to a diffusion between different sites in the ab plane. Researchers deduce, thus, that the fluctuating oxygen ions from these chains create dipoles in the ab plane. They can be described with the pseudo-spin formalism (- Pauli matrices). The system can be described with the Ising model. The pseudo-spins interact with phonons and influence the superconductivity in the second

  14. 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

  15. A new model analysis of the third harmonic voltage in inductive measurement for critical current density of superconducting films

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    Zhang Xu; Wu Zhi-Zhen; Zhou Tie-Ge; He Ming; Zhao Xin-Jie; Yan Shao-Lin; Fang Lan

    2011-01-01

    The critical current density Jc is one of the most important parameters of high temperature superconducting films in superconducting applications, such as superconducting filter and superconducting Josephson devices. This paper presents a new model to describe inhomogeneous current distribution throughout the thickness of superconducting films applying magnetic field by solving the differential equation derived from Maxwell equation and the second London equation. Using this model, it accurately calculates the inductive third-harmonic voltage when the film applying magnetic field with the inductive measurement for Jc. The theoretic curve is consistent with the experimental results about measuring superconducting film, especially when the third-harmonic voltage just exceeds zero. The Jc value of superconducting films determined by the inductive method is also compared with results measured by four-probe transport method. The agreements between inductive method and transport method are very good.

  16. Different approaches to generate matching effects using arrays in contact with superconducting films.

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    del Valle, J.; Gomez, A.; Luis-Hita, J.; Rollano, V.; Gonzalez, E. M.; Vicent, J. L.

    2017-02-01

    Superconducting films in contact with non-superconducting regular arrays can exhibit commensurability effects between the vortex lattice and the unit cell of the pinning array. These matching effects yield a slowdown of the vortex flow and the corresponding dissipation decrease. The superconducting samples are Nb films grown on Si substrates. We have studied these matching effects with the array on top, embedded or threading the Nb superconducting films and using different materials (Si, Cu, Ni, Py dots and dots fabricated with Co/Pd multilayers). These hybrids allow for studying the contribution of different pinning potentials to the matching effects. The main findings are: (i) Periodic roughness induced in the superconducting film is enough to generate resistivity minima; (ii) A minor effect is achieved by magnetic pinning from periodic magnetic field potentials obtained by dots with out of plane magnetization grown on top of the superconducting film, (iii) In the case of array of magnetic dots embedded in the films, vortex flow probes the magnetic state; i.e. magnetoresistance measurements detect the magnetic state of very small nanomagnets. In addition, we have studied the role played by the local order in the commensurability effects. This was attained using an array that mimics a smectic crystal. We have found that preserving the local order is crucial. If the local order is not retained the magnetoresistance minima vanish.

  17. Depairing current density through a low-angle grain boundary in a superconducting film

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    Feng Xue

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the effect of a grain boundary (GB on the depairing current density of a high-temperature superconducting film is investigated. The modified effective free energy is proposed by considering the interaction of the superconducting condensate with the deformation of the superconductor due to the dislocations which constitute a grain boundary. After the elastic strain field of the dislocation is obtained, we analyzed the depress effect of the GB on the depairing current density of a superconducting film. The results are qualitatively agreement with the classic exponential relationship with the misorientation angles of the critical current density of high-temperature superconductors.

  18. High- T_c superconducting thin film/GaAs MESFET hybrid microwave oscillator

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    金飚兵; 康琳; 伍瑞新; 张健羽; 程其恒; 吴培亨; 经东; 焦刚; 邵凯; 蒋明明; 张家宗; 孙敏松; 王蕴仪; 周岳亮; 吕惠宾; 许世发; 何萌; 王小平; 杨秉川; 卢剑; 张其邵

    1997-01-01

    A high- Tc superconducting (HTSC) thin film/GaAs MESFET hybrid microwave oscillator operated at 10 6 GHz has been designed, fabricated and characterized. Microstrip line structures were used throughout the circuit with superconducting thin film YBaiCuiO7 8(YBCO) as the conductor material. The YBCO thin films were deposited on 15 mm×10 mm×0. 5 mm LaAlO3 substrates. The oscillator was common-source, series feedback type using a GaAs-MESFET (NE72084) as the active device and a superconducting microstrip resonator as the frequency stabilizing element. By improving the unloaded quality factor Q0 of the superconducting microstrip resonator and adjusting the coupling coefficient between the resonator and the gate of the MESFET, the phase noise of the oscillator was decreased At 77 K, the phase noise of the oscillator at 10 kHz offset from carrier was - 87 dBc/Hz.

  19. Fabrication of MgB2 superconducting films by different methods

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    2006-01-01

    MgB2 superconducting films have been successfully fabricated on single crystal MgO( 111 ) and c-AL2O3 substrates by different methods. The film deposited by pulsed laser deposition is c-axis oriented with zero resistance transition temperature of 38.4 K,while the other two films fabricated by chemical vapor deposition and electrophoresis are c-axis textured with the zero resistance transition temperature of 38 K and 39 K, respectively. Magnetization hysteresis measurements yield critical current density Jc of 107 A/cm2 at 15 K in zero field for the thin film and of 105 A/cm2 for the thick film. For the thin film deposited by chemical vapor deposition, the microwave surface resistance at 10 K is found to be as low as 100 μΩ, which is comparable with that of a high-quality high-temperature superconducting thin film of YBCO.

  20. Highly textured oxypnictide superconducting thin films on metal substrates

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    Iida, Kazumasa, E-mail: iida@nuap.nagoya-u.ac.jp; Kurth, Fritz; Grinenko, Vadim; Hänisch, Jens [Institute for Metallic Materials, IFW Dresden, D-01171 Dresden (Germany); Chihara, Masashi; Sumiya, Naoki; Hatano, Takafumi; Ikuta, Hiroshi [Department of Crystalline Materials Science, Nagoya University, Chikusa, Nagoya 464-8603 (Japan); Ichinose, Ataru; Tsukada, Ichiro [Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, 2-6-1 Nagasaka, Yokosuka, Kanagawa 240-0196 (Japan); Matias, Vladimir [iBeam Materials, Inc., 2778A Agua Fria Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507 (United States); Holzapfel, Bernhard [Institute for Technical Physics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Hermann von Helmholtz-Platz 1, D-76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany)

    2014-10-27

    Highly textured NdFeAs(O,F) thin films have been grown on ion beam assisted deposition-MgO/Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Hastelloy substrates by molecular beam epitaxy. The oxypnictide coated conductors showed a superconducting transition temperature (T{sub c}) of 43 K with a self-field critical current density (J{sub c}) of 7.0×10{sup 4} A/cm{sup 2} at 5 K, more than 20 times higher than powder-in-tube processed SmFeAs(O,F) wires. Albeit higher T{sub c} as well as better crystalline quality than Co-doped BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} coated conductors, in-field J{sub c} of NdFeAs(O,F) was lower than that of Co-doped BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2}. These results suggest that grain boundaries in oxypnictides reduce J{sub c} significantly compared to that in Co-doped BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} and, hence biaxial texture is necessary for high J{sub c.}.

  1. Field trapping of Y-Ba-Cu-O single grain rings joined to form the geometry of a solenoid

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    Shi, Y; Dennis, A R; Xu, Z; Campbell, A M; Cardwell, D A [Superconductivity Group, Engineering Department, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1PZ (United Kingdom); Hari Babu, N, E-mail: ys206@cam.ac.u [Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST), Brunel University, West London UB8 3PH (United Kingdom)

    2010-04-15

    Large, single grain RE-Ba-Cu-O ((RE)BCO, where RE is a light rare earth element or yttrium) bulk superconductors have significant potential for a variety of engineering applications and are of considerable importance for theoretical research due to their ability to trap magnetic fields that are up to an order of magnitude higher than those generated by conventional, iron-based magnets. However, it is difficult to grow (RE)BCO in the form of very large grains or in the complex shapes and geometries that are required typically for practical devices and theoretical research. We report the fabrication and properties of a stack of rings (in the geometry of a solenoid) of YBCO single grains joined by a self-flux method. The trapped field at the top surface of the joined stack and within the resulting cylindrical cavity has been measured and the results compared with the predictions from a theoretical model that combines the Campbell equation and the Kim model.

  2. Obtención de láminas delgadas de Y-Ba-Cu-O sobre Si (100)

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    Queralt, X.; Varela Fernández, Manuel, 1956-; Morenza Gil, José Luis

    1991-01-01

    Se ha utilizado la evaporación secuencial de Cu, Y2O3 y BaF2 para la obtención de láminas delgadas superconductoras de YBa-CuO sobre substratos de Si monocristalino con orientación [100], recubiertos con una lámina barrera de Zr02. Se han estudiado los efectos de la variación de los espesores relativos de las láminas constituyentes y del espesor total de la lámina resultante. Las láminas se han caracterizado mediante medidas de la variación de la resistencia con la temperatura, microscopía el...

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

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

    1996-03-01

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

  4. High-temperature superconductivity in potassium-coated multilayer FeSe thin films.

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    Miyata, Y; Nakayama, K; Sugawara, K; Sato, T; Takahashi, T

    2015-08-01

    The recent discovery of possible high-temperature (T(c)) superconductivity over 65 K in a monolayer FeSe film on SrTiO3 (refs 1-6) triggered a fierce debate on how superconductivity evolves from bulk to film, because bulk FeSe crystal exhibits a T(c) of no higher than 10 K (ref. 7). However, the difficulty in controlling the carrier density and the number of FeSe layers has hindered elucidation of this problem. Here, we demonstrate that deposition of potassium onto FeSe films markedly expands the accessible doping range towards the heavily electron-doped region. Intriguingly, we have succeeded in converting non-superconducting films with various thicknesses into superconductors with T(c) as high as 48 K. We also found a marked increase in the magnitude of the superconducting gap on decreasing the FeSe film thickness, indicating that the interface plays a crucial role in realizing the high-temperature superconductivity. The results presented provide a new strategy to enhance and optimize T(c) in ultrathin films of iron-based superconductors.

  5. Generation of coherent electromagnetic radiation by superconducting films at nitrogen temperatures

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    Lykov, A N

    2001-01-01

    One detected generation of coherent electromagnetic radiation by GdBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - sub x superconducting films within 1-10 MHz range at temperature of liquid nitrogen boiling. This type generation is caused by synchronization realized due to the feedback of abrupt changes of the Abrikosov's vortices produced by the external low-frequency magnetic field. Possibility to reach more intensive radiation due to increase of the area of superconducting film, as well as, via increase of amplitude and of frequency of electromagnetic field exciting a vortex system in films is the most important advantage of the given technique of generation

  6. Tunability of the superconductivity of tungsten films grown by focused-ion-beam direct writing

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    Li, Wuxia; Fenton, J. C.; Wang, Yiqian; McComb, D. W.; Warburton, P. A.

    2008-11-01

    We have grown tungsten-containing films by focused-ion-beam (FIB)-induced chemical vapor deposition. The films lie close to the metal-insulator transition with an electrical conductivity which changes by less than 5% between room temperature and 7 K. The superconducting transition temperature Tc of the films can be controlled between 5.0 and 6.2 K by varying the ion-beam deposition current. The Tc can be correlated with how far the films are from the metal-insulator transition, showing a nonmonotonic dependence, which is well described by the heuristic model of [Osofsky et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 197004 (2001)]. Our results suggest that FIB direct-writing of W composites might be a potential approach to fabricate mask-free superconducting devices as well as to explore the role of reduced dimensionality on superconductivity.

  7. Characterization of superconducting magnesium-diboride films on glassy carbon and sapphire substrates

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    Andrade, E.; Zavala, E. P. [Instituto de Fisica, UNAM, Apartado Postal 20-364, 01000 Mexico D. F. (Mexico); Rocha, M. F. [Escuela Superior de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica, IPN, Mexico D. F. (Mexico); Jergel, M.; Falcony, C. [Departamento de Fisica, CINVESTAV-IPN, Apartado postal 14-740, 07000 Mexico D. F. (Mexico)

    2008-02-15

    IBA methods were applied to measure elemental depth profiles of precursors and superconducting MgB{sub 2} thin films deposited on glassy carbon (Good Fellows) and sapphire (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) substrates. For each type of substrates we obtained a pair of samples i.e. one amorphous precursor and one superconducting film which were then characterized. A 3{sup H}e{sup +} beam was used to bombard both, precursors and superconducting films in order to obtain the samples elemental composition profiles. The zero resistance T{sub co} and the middle of transition T{sub cm} values were 26.0 K and 29.7 K for the MgB{sub 2} film deposited on glassy carbon substrate. In the case of sapphire substrate the T{sub co} and T{sub cm} values were 25.0 K and 27.9 K, respectively. (Author)

  8. Degradation of superconducting Nb/NbN films by atmospheric oxidation

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    Henry, Michael David; Wolfley, Steven L.; Young, Travis Ryan; Monson, Todd; Pearce, Charles Joseph; Lewis, Rupert M.; Clark, Blythe; Brunke, Lyle Brent; Missert, Nancy A.

    2017-03-01

    Niobium and niobium nitride thin films are transitioning from fundamental research toward wafer scale manufacturing with technology drivers that include superconducting circuits and electronics, optical single photon detectors, logic, and memory. Successful microfabrication requires precise control over the properties of sputtered superconducting films, including oxidation. Previous work has demonstrated the mechanism in oxidation of Nb and how film structure could have deleterious effects upon the superconducting properties. This study provides an examination of atmospheric oxidation of NbN films. By examination of the room temperature sheet resistance of NbN bulk oxidation was identified and confirmed by secondary ion mass spectrometry. As a result, Meissner magnetic measurements confirmed the bulk oxidation not observed with simple cryogenic resistivity measurements.

  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. 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).

  12. Influence of hydrostatic pressure on superconducting properties of niobium thin film

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    Pristáš, Gabriel; Gabáni, Slavomír; Gažo, Emil [Centre of Low Temperature Physics, Institute of Experimental Physics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Watsonova 47, 040 01 Košice (Slovakia); Komanický, Vladimír; Orendáč, Matúš [Centre of Low Temperature Physics, Faculty of Science, P. J. Šafárik University, Park Angelinum 9, SK-04154 Košice (Slovakia); You, Hoydoo [Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States)

    2014-04-01

    We have studied superconducting properties of niobium thin films under hydrostatic pressures up to 3 GPa. The films with thickness of 100 nm were prepared in the high vacuum DC magnetron sputtering system (with critical temperature TC = 8.95 K at ambient pressure). The produced high quality films have been characterized using electrical resistivity and magnetization measurements, X-ray diffraction, and atomic force microscope imaging. We have observed increase of TC with increasing value of applied pressure (dTC/dp = 73 mK/GPa) up to 3 GPa. This observation is different to pressure effect observed on bulk sample of Nb. In this paper we are discussing the origin of this discrepancy. - Highlights: • We have studied superconducting properties of niobium thin films under pressure. • The 100 nm thick films were prepared in DC magnetron sputtering system. • We have observed different behavior of T{sub C} for thin film and for bulk sample.

  13. Stoichiometry and thickness dependence of superconducting properties of niobium nitride thin films

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    Beebe, Melissa R., E-mail: mrbeebe@email.wm.edu; Beringer, Douglas B.; Burton, Matthew C.; Yang, Kaida; Lukaszew, R. Alejandra [Department of Physics, The College of William & Mary, Small Hall, 300 Ukrop Way, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185 (United States)

    2016-03-15

    The current technology used in linear particle accelerators is based on superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities fabricated from bulk niobium (Nb), which have smaller surface resistance and therefore dissipate less energy than traditional nonsuperconducting copper cavities. Using bulk Nb for the cavities has several advantages, which are discussed elsewhere; however, such SRF cavities have a material-dependent accelerating gradient limit. In order to overcome this fundamental limit, a multilayered coating has been proposed using layers of insulating and superconducting material applied to the interior surface of the cavity. The key to this multilayered model is to use superconducting thin films to exploit the potential field enhancement when these films are thinner than their London penetration depth. Such field enhancement has been demonstrated in MgB{sub 2} thin films; here, the authors consider films of another type-II superconductor, niobium nitride (NbN). The authors present their work correlating stoichiometry and superconducting properties in NbN thin films and discuss the thickness dependence of their superconducting properties, which is important for their potential use in the proposed multilayer structure. While there are some previous studies on the relationship between stoichiometry and critical temperature T{sub C}, the authors are the first to report on the correlation between stoichiometry and the lower critical field H{sub C1}.

  14. Numerical simulation on the flux avalanche behaviors of microstructured superconducting thin films

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    Jing, Ze; Yong, Huadong; Zhou, Youhe

    2017-01-01

    Controlling and suppressing the propagation of magnetic flux avalanches is an important issue for the application of type-II superconductors. The effects of engineered pinning centers (antidots) on the guidance of flux avalanche propagation paths in type-II superconducting thin films are numerically investigated by solving the coupled nonlinear Maxwell's equations and the thermal diffusion equations. The field dependence of critical current density is considered in the simulation in this paper. Dynamic propagations of the thermomagnetic avalanches within the superconducting films patterned with different arrangements of antidots (like random, periodic square, and conformal mapping arrays) are presented. We reveal that presence of the antidots significantly modifies the propagation paths of the avalanches. The flux avalanche patterns of the superconducting films change with the variation of the arrangements of antidots. The patterned antidots in the form of conformal mapping arrays within the superconducting film exhibit strong guidance to the thermomagnetic avalanches. In addition, introducing the antidots in the form of conformal mapping arrays into the superconducting film can effectively lower the magnetic flux jump sizes.

  15. Effects of Surface Electron Doping and Substrate on the Superconductivity of Epitaxial FeSe Films.

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    Zhang, W H; Liu, X; Wen, C H P; Peng, R; Tan, S Y; Xie, B P; Zhang, T; Feng, D L

    2016-03-09

    Superconductivity in FeSe is greatly enhanced in films grown on SrTiO3 substrates, although the mechanism behind remains unclear. Recently, surface potassium (K) doping has also proven able to enhance the superconductivity of FeSe. Here, by using scanning tunneling microscopy, we compare the K doping dependence of the superconductivity in FeSe films grown on two substrates: SrTiO3 (001) and graphitized SiC (0001). For thick films (20 unit cells (UC)), the optimized superconducting (SC) gaps are of similar size (∼9 meV) regardless of the substrate. However, when the thickness is reduced to a few UC, the optimized SC gap is increased up to ∼15 meV for films on SrTiO3, whereas it remains unchanged for films on SiC. This clearly indicates that the FeSe/SrTiO3 interface can further enhance the superconductivity, beyond merely doping electrons. Intriguingly, we found that this interface enhancement decays exponentially as the thickness increases, with a decay length of 2.4 UC, which is much shorter than the length scale for relaxation of the lattice strain, pointing to interfacial electron-phonon coupling as the likely origin.

  16. Superconducting properties of Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O films on silver substrates

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    Dye, R.C.; Arendt, P.N.; Martin, J.A.; Hubbard, K.M.; Elliott, N.; Reeves, G. (Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States))

    1991-03-01

    Films of Ba-Ca-Cu-O have been rf magnetron sputtered onto Consil 995 substrates. A post deposition anneal in an over pressure of Tl produces the superconducting 1212 and 2212 phases. Varying the annealing procedures changes the electrical properties of the final films dramatically. Dynamic impedance, an approach to the electrical characterization of these films on a conductive substrate is discussed and compared in this paper, with SEM, XRD and RBS measurements as a function of differing annealing protocols.

  17. Superconducting properties of Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O films on silver substrates

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    Dye, R.C.; Arendt, P.N.; Martin, J.A.; Hubbard, K.M.; Elliott, N.; Reeves, G.

    1990-01-01

    Films of Ba-Ca-Cu-O have been rf magnetron sputtered onto Consil 995 substrates. A post deposition anneal in an over pressure of Tl produces the superconducting 1212 and 2212 phases. Varying the annealing procedures changes the electrical properties of the final films dramatically. Dynamic impedance, a novel approach to the electrical characterization of these films on a conductive substrate is discussed and compared with SEM, XRD and RBS measurements as a function of differing annealing protocols. 3 refs., 9 figs.

  18. Superconducting MgB{sub 2} films with introduced artificial pinning centers

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    Sidorenko, Anatoli [Institute of Electronic Engineering and Industrial Technologies ASM, Kishinev MD2028 (Moldova); Institute of Applied Physics, University of Karlsruhe, D-76128 Karlsruhe (Germany); Zdravkov, Vladimir; Surdu, Andrei [Institute of Electronic Engineering and Industrial Technologies ASM, Kishinev MD2028 (Moldova); Obermeier, Guenter [Institute of Applied Physics, University Augsburg, 86159 Augsburg (Germany); Frommen, Christoph; Walheim, Stefan [Institute of Nanotechnology, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Koch, Thomas; Schimmel, Thomas [Institute of Applied Physics, University of Karlsruhe, D-76128 Karlsruhe (Germany); Institute of Nanotechnology, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    High quality superconducting magnesium diboride films were prepared using DC-magnetron sputtering and post annealing in Mg vapor within a specially designed Nb reactor. The influence of embedded gold nano particles on resistive transition broadening in external magnetic field has been investigated. The transition broadening in strong magnetic fields could be explained by the change of the effective dimensionality of superconductivity nucleation in magnesium diboride, because of the dimensional crossover of fluctuations.

  19. Quasi-two-dimensional superconductivity in FeSe0.3Te0.7 thin films and electric-field modulation of superconducting transition.

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    Lin, Zhu; Mei, Chenguang; Wei, Linlin; Sun, Zhangao; Wu, Shilong; Huang, Haoliang; Zhang, Shu; Liu, Chang; Feng, Yang; Tian, Huanfang; Yang, Huaixin; Li, Jianqi; Wang, Yayu; Zhang, Guangming; Lu, Yalin; Zhao, Yonggang

    2015-09-18

    We report the structural and superconducting properties of FeSe0.3Te0.7 (FST) thin films with different thicknesses grown on ferroelectric Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)0.7Ti0.3O3 substrates. It was shown that the FST films undergo biaxial tensile strains which are fully relaxed for films with thicknesses above 200 nm. Electrical transport measurements reveal that the ultrathin films exhibit an insulating behavior and superconductivity appears for thicker films with Tc saturated above 200 nm. The current-voltage curves around the superconducting transition follow the Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless (BKT) transition behavior and the resistance-temperature curves can be described by the Halperin-Nelson relation, revealing quasi-two-dimensional phase fluctuation in FST thin films. The Ginzburg number decreases with increasing film thickness indicating the decrease of the strength of thermal fluctuations. Upon applying electric field to the heterostructure, Tc of FST thin film increases due to the reduction of the tensile strain in FST. This work sheds light on the superconductivity, strain effect as well as electric-field modulation of superconductivity in FST films.

  20. A review of basic phenomena and techniques for sputter-deposition of high temperature superconducting films

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    Auciello, O. (Microelectronics Center of North Carolina, Research Triangle Park, NC (USA) North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC (USA). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering); Ameen, M.S.; Kingon, A.I.; Lichtenwalner, D.J. (North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC (USA). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering); Krauss, A.R. (Argonne National Lab., IL (USA))

    1990-01-01

    The processes involved in plasma and ion beam sputter-deposition of high temperature superconducting thin films are critically reviewed. Recent advances in the development of these techniques are discussed in relation to basic physical phenomena, specific to each technique, which must be understood before high quality films can be produced. Control of film composition is a major issue in sputter-deposition of multicomponent materials. Low temperature processing of films is a common goal for each technique, particularly in relation to integrating high temperature superconducting films with the current microelectronics technology. It has been understood for some time that for Y{sub 1}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} deposition, the most intensely studied high-{Tc} compound, incorporation of sufficient oxygen into the film during deposition is necessary to produce as-deposited superconducting films at relatively substrate temperatures. Recent results have shown that with the use of suitable buffer layers, high quality Y{sub 1}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} sputtered films can be obtained on Si substrates without the need for post-deposition anneal processing. This review is mainly focussed on issues related to sputter-deposition of Y{sub 1}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} thin films, although representative results concerning the bismuth and thallium based compounds are included. 143 refs., 11 figs.

  1. 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.

  2. Controlling flux flow dissipation by changing flux pinning in superconducting films

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    Grimaldi, G.; Leo, A.; Nigro, A.; Pace, S. [CNR SPIN Salerno and Dipartimento di Fisica ' ' E. R. Caianiello' ' , Universita degli Studi di Salerno, via Ponte Don Melillo, 84084 Fisciano (Italy); Silhanek, A. V. [Department de Physique, Universite de Liege, B-4000 Sart Tilman (Belgium); INPAC-Institute for Nanoscale Physics and Chemistry, Nanoscale Superconductivity and Magnetism Group, K. U. Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200D, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); Verellen, N.; Moshchalkov, V. V. [INPAC-Institute for Nanoscale Physics and Chemistry, Nanoscale Superconductivity and Magnetism Group, K. U. Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200D, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); Milosevic, M. V. [Departement Fysica, Universiteit Antwerpen, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerpen (Belgium); Casaburi, A.; Cristiano, R. [Istituto di Cibernetica ' ' E. Caianiello' ' , CNR, 80078 Pozzuoli (Italy)

    2012-05-14

    We study the flux flow state in superconducting materials characterized by rather strong intrinsic pinning, such as Nb, NbN, and nanostructured Al thin films, in which we drag the superconducting dissipative state into the normal state by current biasing. We modify the vortex pinning strength either by ion irradiation, by tuning the measuring temperature or by including artificial pinning centers. We measure critical flux flow voltages for all materials and the same effect is observed: switching to low flux flow dissipations at low fields for an intermediate pinning regime. This mechanism offers a way to additionally promote the stability of the superconducting state.

  3. 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

  4. Scaling Laws for Thin Films near the Superconducting-to-Insulating Transition

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    Tao, Yong

    2016-03-01

    We propose a Lagrangian function, which combines Landau-Ginzburg term and Chern-Simons term, for describing the competition between disorder and superconductivity. To describe the normal-to-superconducting transition in the thin superconducting films, we apply Wilson’s renormalization group methods into this Lagrangian function. Finally, we obtain a scaling law between critical temperature (Tc), film thickness (d), sheet resistance of the film at the normal state (Rs), and number density of the electrons at the normal state (N). Such a scaling law is in agreement with recent experimental investigations [Ivry, Y. et al., Physical Review B 90, 214515 (2014)]. Our finding may have potential benefits for improving transition temperature Tc.

  5. Characterization of NbN films for superconducting nanowire single photon detectors

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    Mcdonald, Ross D [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Ayala - Valenzuela, Oscar E [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Weisse - Bernstein, Nina R [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Williamson, Todd L [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Hoffbauer, M. A. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Graf, M. J. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Rabin, M. W. [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2011-01-14

    Nanoscopic superconducting meander patterns offer great promise as a new class of cryogenic radiation sensors capable of single photon detection. To realize this potential, control of the superconducting properties on the nanoscale is imperative. To this end, Superconducting Nanowire Single Photon Detectors (SNSPDs) are under development by means Energetic Neutral Atom Beam Lithography and Epitaxy, or ENABLE. ENABLE can growth highly-crystalline, epitaxial thin-film materials, like NbN, at low temperatures; such wide-ranging control of fabrication parameters is enabling the optimization of film properties for single photon detection. T{sub c}, H{sub c2}, {zeta}{sub GL} and J{sub c} of multiple thin films and devices have been studied as a function of growth conditions. The optimization of which has already produced devices with properties rivaling all reports in the existing literature.

  6. 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.

  7. Tuning Superconductivity in FeSe Thin Films via Magnesium Doping.

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    Qiu, Wenbin; Ma, Zongqing; Liu, Yongchang; Shahriar Al Hossain, Mohammed; Wang, Xiaolin; Cai, Chuanbing; Dou, Shi Xue

    2016-03-01

    In contrast to its bulk crystal, the FeSe thin film or layer exhibits better superconductivity performance, which recently attracted much interest in its fundamental research as well as in potential applications around the world. In the present work, tuning superconductivity in FeSe thin films was achieved by magnesium-doping technique. Tc is significantly enhanced from 10.7 K in pure FeSe films to 13.4 K in optimized Mg-doped ones, which is approximately 1.5 times higher than that of bulk crystals. This is the first time achieving the enhancement of superconducting transition temperature in FeSe thin films with practical thickness (120 nm) via a simple Mg-doping process. Moreover, these Mg-doped FeSe films are quite stable in atmosphere with Hc2 up to 32.7 T and Tc(zero) up to 12 K, respectively, implying their outstanding potential for practical applications in high magnetic fields. It was found that Mg enters the matrix of FeSe lattice, and does not react with FeSe forming any other secondary phase. Actually, Mg first occupies Fe-vacancies, and then substitutes for some Fe in the FeSe crystal lattices when Fe-vacancies are fully filled. Simultaneously, external Mg-doping introduces sufficient electron doping and induces the variation of electron carrier concentration according to Hall coefficient measurements. This is responsible for the evolution of superconducting performance in FeSe thin films. Our results provide a new strategy to improve the superconductivity of 11 type Fe-based superconductors and will help us to understand the intrinsic mechanism of this unconventional superconducting system.

  8. 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.

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

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

    2002-09-01

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

  10. Morphology of superconducting FeSe thin films grown by MBE and RF-sputtering

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    Kronenberg, Alexander; Venzmer, Eike; Haaf, Sebastian ten; Jourdan, Martin [Institut fuer Physik, Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz (Germany); Maletz, Janek [Institut fuer Physik, Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz (Germany); Leibniz-Institut fuer Festkoerper- und Werkstoffforschung, Dresden (Germany)

    2013-07-01

    Tunneling spectroscopy on planar junctions is the most direct approach for the investigation of superconducting coupling mechanisms. However, it requires smooth interfaces at the tunneling barrier. The morphology of superconducting thin films of FeSe grown by MBE and co-sputtering (RF) from an iron and a selenium target are compared. MBE deposited films show an extreme sensitivity to stoichiometry, deposition temperature and choice of substrate. These films exhibit macroscopic crevices and a pronounced roughness, rendering the preparation of tunneling junctions impossible. However, sputter deposited epitaxial FeSe thin films clearly show a more favorable morphology. Optical microscopy, AFM and SEM demonstrate a smooth surface with segregations which are eliminated by proper choice of the deposition parameters.

  11. 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...

  12. Reentrant Resistive Behavior and Dimensional Crossover in Disordered Superconducting TiN Films.

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    Postolova, Svetlana V; Mironov, Alexey Yu; Baklanov, Mikhail R; Vinokur, Valerii M; Baturina, Tatyana I

    2017-05-11

    A reentrant temperature dependence of the normal state resistance often referred to as the N-shaped temperature dependence, is omnipresent in disordered superconductors - ranging from high-temperature cuprates to ultrathin superconducting films - that experience superconductor-to-insulator transition. Yet, despite the ubiquity of this phenomenon its origin still remains a subject of debate. Here we investigate strongly disordered superconducting TiN films and demonstrate universality of the reentrant behavior. We offer a quantitative description of the N-shaped resistance curve. We show that upon cooling down the resistance first decreases linearly with temperature and then passes through the minimum that marks the 3D-2D crossover in the system. In the 2D temperature range the resistance first grows with decreasing temperature due to quantum contributions and eventually drops to zero as the system falls into a superconducting state. Our findings demonstrate the prime importance of disorder in dimensional crossover effects.

  13. Growth and characterization of superconducting spinel oxide LiTiO thin films

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    Chopdekar, Rajesh V.; Wong, Franklin J.; Takamura, Yayoi; Arenholz, Elke; Suzuki, Yuri

    2009-11-01

    Epitaxial films of LiTiO on single crystalline substrates of MgAlO, MgO, and SrTiO provide model systems to systematically explore the effects of lattice strain and microstructural disorder on the superconducting state. Lattice strain that affects bandwidth gives rise to variations in the superconducting and normal state properties. Microstructural disorder, such as antiphase boundaries that give rise to Ti network disorder, reduces the critical temperature, and Ti network disorder combined with Mg interdiffusion lead to a much more dramatic effect on the superconducting state. Surface sensitive X-ray absorption spectroscopy has identified Ti to retain site symmetry and average valence of the bulk material regardless of film thickness.

  14. Anisotropy of superconductivity of as-grown MgB$_2$ thin films by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Harada, Y.; Udsuka, M.; Nakanishi, Y.; Yoshizawa, M.

    2004-01-01

    Superconducting thin films of magnesium diboride (MgB$_2$) were prepared on MgO (001) substrate by a molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) method with the co-evaporation conditions of low deposition rate in ultra-high vacuum. The structural and physical properties of the films were studied by RHEED, XRD, XPS, resistivity and magnetization measurements.All films demonstrated superconductivity without use of any post-annealing process.The highest {\\it T}$_{c,onset}$ determined by resistivity measurement...

  15. An AFM study of the morphology and local mechanical properties of superconducting YBCO thin films

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    Soifer, Ya.M.; Verdyan, A.; Azoulay, J.; Kazakevich, M.; Rabkin, E

    2004-02-01

    The morphology of thin superconducting YBCO films deposited on sapphire and on SrTiO{sub 3} was studied with the help of atomic force and scanning electron microscopies. The intrinsic mechanical properties in the flat, particles-free and chemically homogeneous regions of the films were determined with the aid of nanoindenting atomic force microscope. Also the microscopy studies revealed the difference in topography of the films, the nanohardness and Young's modulus of two films were very close to each other. For the indents shallower than 0.2 of the film thickness the Young's modulus and hardness of the films on two different substrates converged to the values of 210 and 8.5 GPa, respectively. The possible deformation mechanisms determining the localized deformation of intrinsically brittle ceramic films are discussed.

  16. An AFM study of the morphology and local mechanical properties of superconducting YBCO thin films

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    Soifer, Ya. M.; Verdyan, A.; Azoulay, J.; Kazakevich, M.; Rabkin, E.

    2004-02-01

    The morphology of thin superconducting YBCO films deposited on sapphire and on SrTiO 3 was studied with the help of atomic force and scanning electron microscopies. The intrinsic mechanical properties in the flat, particles-free and chemically homogeneous regions of the films were determined with the aid of nanoindenting atomic force microscope. Also the microscopy studies revealed the difference in topography of the films, the nanohardness and Young’s modulus of two films were very close to each other. For the indents shallower than 0.2 of the film thickness the Young’s modulus and hardness of the films on two different substrates converged to the values of 210 and 8.5 GPa, respectively. The possible deformation mechanisms determining the localized deformation of intrinsically brittle ceramic films are discussed.

  17. Development of Strontium Titanate Thin films on Technical Substrates for Superconducting Coated Conductors

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    Pallewatta, Pallewatta G A P; Yue, Zhao; Grivel, Jean-Claude

    2012-01-01

    SrTiO3 is a widely studied perovskite material due to its advantages as a template for high temperature superconducting tapes. Heteroepitaxial SrTiO3 thin films were deposited on Ni/W tapes using dip-coating in a precursor solution followed by drying and annealing under reducing conditions. Nearl...

  18. 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

  19. Superconducting detector of IR single-photons based on thin WSi films

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    Seleznev, V. A.; Divochiy, A. V.; Vakhtomin, Yu B.; Morozov, P. V.; Zolotov, P. I.; Vasil'ev, D. D.; Moiseev, K. M.; Malevannaya, E. I.; Smirnov, K. V.

    2016-08-01

    We have developed the deposition technology of WSi thin films 4 to 9 nm thick with high temperature values of superconducting transition (Tc~4 K). Based on deposed films there were produced nanostructures with indicative planar sizes ~100 nm, and the research revealed that even on nanoscale the films possess of high critical temperature values of the superconducting transition (Tc~3.3-3.7 K) which certifies high quality and homogeneity of the films created. The first experiments on creating superconducting single-photon detectors showed that the detectors’ SDE (system detection efficiency) with increasing bias current (I b) reaches a constant value of ~30% (for X=1.55 micron) defined by infrared radiation absorption by the superconducting structure. To enhance radiation absorption by the superconductor there were created detectors with cavity structures which demonstrated a practically constant value of quantum efficiency >65% for bias currents Ib>0.6-Ic. The minimal dark counts level (DC) made 1 s-1 limited with background noise. Hence WSi is the most promising material for creating single-photon detectors with record SDE/DC ratio and noise equivalent power (NEP).

  20. Effect of layer thickness on the superconducting properties in ultrathin Pb films

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    Durajski, A. P.

    2015-09-01

    Recently, superconductivity was found in one atomic layer of Pb film, promising a new field of research where superconductors can be studied on the atomic level. In the presented paper, we report a theoretical study of the superconductivity in ultrathin Pb films consisting of five to ten monolayers. Using the strong coupling Eliashberg formalism we reproduced the experimental values of critical temperature (TC) and we estimated the superconducting energy gap (Δ (0)), thermodynamic critical field (HC) and the specific heat jump at critical temperature (Δ C≤ft({T}{{C}}\\right)\\equiv {C}{{S}}≤ft({T}{{C}}\\right)-{C}{{N}}≤ft({T}{{C}}\\right)) for a wide range of film thicknesses. In these systems, we found an oscillatory behaviour of the above thermodynamic properties modulated by quantum size effects. Moreover, the large values of 2Δ (0){/k}{{B}}{T}{{C}} and Δ C≤ft({T}{{C}}\\right)/{C}{{N}}≤ft({T}{{C}}\\right), and the small values of {T}{{C}}{C}{{N}}≤ft({T}{{C}}\\right)/{H}{{C}}2(0) prove that the thermodynamic properties of Pb films cannot be correctly described using the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) theory of superconductivity due to the strong coupling and retardation effects.

  1. Quench-condensing superconducting thin films using the Fab on a Chip approach

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    Han, Han; Imboden, Matthias; Del Corro, Pablo; Stark, Thomas; Lally, Richard; Pardo, Flavio; Bolle, Cristian; Bishop, David

    Micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) being manufactured in a macroscopic fab inspires the idea of getting the process further down to fabricate even smaller structures, namely nano-structures, using MEMS. The Fab on a Chip concept was proposed based on such ideas. By implementing the final-step, additive fabrication approach, manufacturing, characterization and experiments of nano-structures are integrated in-situ. Due to the miniature size of MEMS, the thickness precision is significantly improved while the power consumption is significantly depressed, making the quench-condensation of very thin films well controlled and easily achievable. Among various types of nano-structures, quench-condensed superconducting thin films are of great interest for physicists. Here we present such experiments done on superconducting thin films quench-condensed using the Fab on a Chip. We show that we are able to fabricate very thin films with its thickness precisely controlled, and the base temperature kept under ~3K during the process. The resistivity data demonstrates the high purity and uniformity of the film, as well as the annealing effect when cycling to higher temperatures. Based on the tremendous results obtained from the superconducting thin films, more complex nano-circuits can be fabricated and investigated using the Fab on a Chip, enabling a new approach for novel condensed matter physics experiments. This research is funded by the NSF through their CMMI division. This research is funded by the NSF through their CMMI division.

  2. Buffer layers for REBCO films for use in superconducting devices

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    Goyal, Amit; Wee, Sung-Hun

    2014-06-10

    A superconducting article includes a substrate having a biaxially textured surface. A biaxially textured buffer layer, which can be a cap layer, is supported by the substrate. The buffer layer includes a double perovskite of the formula A.sub.2B'B''O.sub.6, where A is rare earth or alkaline earth metal and B' and B'' are different transition metal cations. A biaxially textured superconductor layer is deposited so as to be supported by the buffer layer. A method of making a superconducting article is also disclosed.

  3. Use of thin films in high-temperature superconducting bearings.

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    Hull, J. R.; Cansiz, A.

    1999-09-30

    In a PM/HTS bearing, locating a thin-film HTS above a bulk HTS was expected to maintain the large levitation force provided by the bulk with a lower rotational drag provided by the very high current density of the film. For low drag to be achieved, the thin film must shield the bulk from inhomogeneous magnetic fields. Measurement of rotational drag of a PM/HTS bearing that used a combination of bulk and film HTS showed that the thin film is not effective in reducing the rotational drag. Subsequent experiments, in which an AC coil was placed above the thin-film HTS and the magnetic field on the other side of the film was measured, showed that the thin film provides good shielding when the coil axis is perpendicular to the film surface but poor shielding when the coil axis is parallel to the surface. This is consistent with the lack of reduction in rotational drag being due to a horizontal magnetic moment of the permanent magnet. The poor shielding with the coil axis parallel to the film surface is attributed to the aspect ratio of the film and the three-dimensional nature of the current flow in the film for this coil orientation.

  4. Quasi-one-dimensional intermittent flux behavior in superconducting films

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    Qviller, A. J.; Yurchenko, V. V.; Galperin, Y. M.

    2012-01-01

    . The intermittent behavior shows no threshold value in the applied field, in contrast to conventional flux jumping. The results strongly suggest that the quasi-one-dimensional flux jumps are of a different nature than the thermomagnetic dendritic (branching) avalanches that are commonly found in superconducting...

  5. Fabrication of superconducting nanowires from ultrathin MgB2 films via focused ion beam milling

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    Chen Zhang

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available High quality superconducting nanowires were fabricated from ultrathin MgB2 films by a focused ion beam milling technique. The precursor MgB2 films in 10 nm thick were grown on MgO substrates by using a hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition method. The nanowires, in widths of about 300-600 nm and lengths of 1 or 10 μm, showed high superconducting critical temperatures (Tc’s above 34 K and narrow superconducting transition widths (ΔTc’s of 1-3 K. The superconducting critical current density Jc of the nanowires was above 5 × 107 A/cm2 at 20 K. The high Tc, narrow ΔTc, and high Jc of the nanowires offered the possibility of making MgB2-based nano-devices such as hot-electron bolometers and superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors with high operating temperatures at 15-20 K.

  6. Gate-induced superconductivity in a solution-processed organic polymer film.

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    Schön, J H; Dodabalapur, A; Bao, Z; Kloc, C; Schenker, O; Batlogg, B

    2001-03-08

    The electrical and optical properties of conjugated polymers have received considerable attention in the context of potentially low-cost replacements for conventional metals and inorganic semiconductors. Charge transport in these organic materials has been characterized in both the doped-metallic and the semiconducting state, but superconductivity has not hitherto been observed in these polymers. Here we report a distinct metal-insulator transition and metallic levels of conductivity in a polymer field-effect transistor. The active material is solution-cast regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene), which forms relatively well ordered films owing to self-organization, and which yields a high charge carrier mobility (0.05-0.1 cm2 V(-1) s(-1)) at room temperature. At temperatures below approximately 2.35 K with sheet carrier densities exceeding 2.5 x 10(14) cm(-2), the polythiophene film becomes superconducting. The appearance of superconductivity seems to be closely related to the self-assembly properties of the polymer, as the introduction of additional disorder is found to suppress superconductivity. Our findings therefore demonstrate the feasibility of tuning the electrical properties of conjugated polymers over the largest range possible-from insulating to superconducting.

  7. Growth of superconducting SmFeAs(O, F) epitaxial films by F diffusion

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    Takeda, S.; Ueda, S.; Takano, S.; Yamamoto, A.; Naito, M.

    2012-03-01

    We report on our growth of superconducting SmFeAs(O, F) films by F diffusion. In our process, F-free SmFeAsO films were grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) first, and subsequently F was introduced to the films via F diffusion from an overlayer of SmF3. We compared the growth conditions and also the properties of resultant films for CaF2 and LaAlO3 substrates. The best films on CaF2 exhibited a high transition temperature, {T}_{{c}}^{{on}}~({T}_{{c}}^{{end}})=57.8 K (56.4 K) at the highest, which may exceed the highest Tc ever reported for bulk samples. Furthermore, the films on CaF2 also showed high critical current density over 1 MA cm-2 in self-field at 5 K. On the other hand, the {T}_{{c}}^{{on}}~({T}_{{c}}^{{end}}) of the film on LaAlO3 was 50.3 K (49.3 K). The deteriorated superconducting properties on LaAlO3 appear to be due to oxygen diffusion from LaAlO3 to films.

  8. Superconductivity and mesoscopic physics in planar and cylindrical films of gold-indium alloy

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    Zadorozhny, Yuri Kostyantinovich

    Superconducting properties of planar and cylindrical thin films of Au 0.7In0.3 alloy have been investigated by electrical transport measurements at low temperature and in the presence of applied magnetic field. The films were grown on flat substrates and on insulating fibers of sub-micron diameter, respectively, by sequential deposition and interdiffusion of alternating gold and indium layers. The primary focus of the study was the effects of disorder, sample size, sample topology, and quantum interferences on the superconducting properties of these samples. Structural and compositional analysis and transport measurements were carried out, which showed that the films were granular, with varying local indium concentrations, apparently corresponding to several distinct alloy phases. This variation, in turn, led to the variation in the local amplitude of the superconducting order parameter, and in the local superconducting transition temperature (Tc). In planar films, the presence of disorder in the sample leads to a broad superconducting transition regime, typically with a gradual resistance drop at the onset of the transition, followed by a more abrupt one as the temperature is lowered. At the lowest temperatures in transition regime, deviations from the behavior expected in Kosterlitz-Thouless-Berezinskii (KTB) vortex-antivortex pair unbinding model were found in the I-V characteristics of the films. This deviation could originate from vortex-antivortex pair unbinding by quantum tunneling rather than thermal activation. Magnetoresistance oscillations in cylindrical Au0.7In 0.3 films at low temperatures were also studied. In the high-temperature part of the superconducting transition regime, the resistance oscillated with a period of h/2e in the unit of the enclosed magnetic flux, as expected for Little-Parks effect. Unlike the cylindrical samples discussed above, which were mechanically and thermally anchored, superconducting Au0.7In0.3 cylinders used in the early

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

    2017-02-07

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

  11. Molecular-Beam Epitaxially Grown MgB2 Thin Films and Superconducting Tunnel Junctions

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    Jean-Baptiste Laloë

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Since the discovery of its superconducting properties in 2001, magnesium diboride has generated terrific scientific and engineering research interest around the world. With a of 39 K and two superconducting gaps, MgB2 has great promise from the fundamental point of view, as well as immediate applications. Several techniques for thin film deposition and heterojunction formation have been established, each with its own advantages and drawbacks. Here, we will present a brief overview of research based on MgB2 thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy coevaporation of Mg and B. The films are smooth and highly crystalline, and the technique allows for virtually any heterostructure to be formed, including all-MgB2 tunnel junctions. Such devices have been characterized, with both quasiparticle and Josephson tunneling reported. MgB2 remains a material of great potential for a multitude of further characterization and exploration research projects and applications.

  12. 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.

  13. Study of dielectric films in superconducting resonators using pulse echo techniques

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    Ramanayaka, A. N.; Sarabi, B.; Stoutimore, M. J. A.; Osborn, K. D.

    2013-03-01

    Energy absorption by two-level systems (TLS) in amorphous dielectric films is a source of decoherence in superconducting qubits, but their microscopic nature is unknown in specific films. To reveal their nature it is helpful to study their dynamics, which we do by embedding them in the parallel-plate capacitor of a linear resonator that is coupled to probing fields through a coplanar waveguide. Measurements are performed at 4-8 GHz and 25-200 mK on amorphous silicon nitride films. We will report on progress to extract the coherence times, field coupling, and the corresponding distributions of these tunneling states.

  14. A novel electron beam evaporation technique for the deposition of superconducting thin films

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    Krishna, M. G.; Muralidhar, G. K.; Rao, K. N.; Rao, G. M.; Mohan, S.

    1991-05-01

    Superconducting thin films of BiSrCaCuO have been deposited using a novel electron beam evaporation technique. In this technique the crucible has a groove around its circumference and rotates continuously during deposition. The source material is loaded in the form of pellets of the composite. Both oxides as well as flourides have been used in the starting material and a comparison of the film properties has been made. The best film was obtained on a MgO(100) substrate with a Tc onset at 85 K and Tc zero at 77 K using calcium flouride in the source material.

  15. Finite-element simulations of field and current distributions in multifilamentary superconducting films

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    Lucarelli, Andrea [Laboratorium fuer Festkoerperphysik, ETH-Zuerich, CH-8093 Zuerich (Switzerland); Grilli, Francesco [Ecole Polytechnique Montreal, Montreal (Canada); Luepke, Gunter [Department of Applied Science, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795 (United States); Haugan, Timothy J; Barnes, Paul N [Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433-7919 (United States)

    2009-10-15

    We present a finite-element model for computing current and field distributions in multifilamentary superconducting thin films subjected to simultaneous effects of a transport ac current and a perpendicularly applied dc field. The model is implemented in the finite-element software package COMSOL Multiphysics and this solves Maxwell equations using a highly nonlinear resistivity to describe electrical superconducting characteristics. The time-dependent magnetic flux, current distributions, and ac losses are studied for different distances between filaments. We find that increasing the interfilamentary distance affects the transport and screening current distributions, reducing both the magnetic coupling and ac losses.

  16. Thin-film superconducting resonator tunable to the ground-state hyperfine splitting of $^{87}$Rb

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    Kim, Z; Hoffman, J E; Grover, J A; Voigt, K D; Cooper, B K; Ballard, C J; Palmer, B S; Hafezi, M; Taylor, J M; Anderson, J R; Dragt, A J; Lobb, C J; Orozco, L A; Rolston, S L; Wellstood, F C

    2011-01-01

    We describe a thin-film superconducting Nb microwave resonator, tunable to within 0.3 ppm of the hyperfine splitting of $^{87}$Rb at $f_{Rb}=6.834683$ GHz. We coarsely tuned the resonator using electron-beam lithography, decreasing the resonance frequency from 6.8637 GHz to 6.8278 GHz. For \\emph{in situ} fine tuning at 15 mK, the resonator inductance was varied using a piezoelectric stage to move a superconducting pin above the resonator. We found a maximum frequency shift of about 8.7 kHz per 60-nm piezoelectric step and a tuning range of 18 MHz.

  17. Frustrated magnetic response of a superconducting Nb film with a square lattice of columnar defects

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    Zadorosny, R; Ortiz, W A [Grupo de Supercondutividade e Magnetismo, Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos, Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil); Lepienski, C M [Universidade Federal do Parana, Departamento de Fisica, Curitiba, PR (Brazil); Patino, E; Blamire, M G [Department of Materials Science, University of Cambridge, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QZ (United Kingdom)], E-mail: rafazad@df.ufscar.br

    2008-02-01

    The magnetic response of a superconducting system presenting a frustrated state is investigated. The system is a superconducting film with mechanically pierced columns, cooled in a field which is then removed. Frustration originates from the competition between return flux of a dipole - created by flux trapped in the empty columns - and flux exclusion by the surrounding superconductor in the Meissner state. The system resolves the incompatibility among conflicting constraints, leading to frustration, by eliminating return flux, which is possibly assimilated by nearby columns, as manifested by a sudden reduction of the magnetic moment on the decreasing field branch of the hysteresis loop.

  18. Homogeneous lattice disorder and superconducting properties of YBa2Cu3O6.9 films.

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    Pavuna, Davor; Gauzzi, Andrea

    We discuss the striking changes of the superconducting properties of YBa2Cu3O6.9 films to the homogeneous lattice disorder, induced by varying growth temperatures: Tc decreases with increasing disorder, while the width of the resistive transition and the normal state resistivity increase. We estimate the length scale of such dis- order from the broadening DJ of the lt; 005 > X-ray diffraction rocking curves. The suppression of superconductivity and normal conductivity scales as DJ and appears for in-plane lattice coherence lengths rc ≫ 1/DJ smaller than about 10 nm.

  19. Dissipation in thin superconducting current biased films due to vortex motion

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    Bulaevskii, Lev N [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2009-01-01

    Recently, the problem of dissipation in thin superconducting films with thickness d on the order of the coherence length {zeta}, and width {omega} much narrower than the Pearl length, {Lambda} >> {omega} >> {zeta}, was discussed as the main cause for the behavior of I-V characteristics observed in thin high-temperature superconducting films. In thin and narrow films or strips with width w >> {zeta} the barrier for phase slips by creation of temporary normal regions across the entire film width is too big, thus phase slips become highly improbable. Instead, we consider a vortex crossing the strip from one edge to the other, perpendicular to the bias current, as the dominant mechanism for generalized phase slips resulting in detectable voltage pulses. We derive the rate of vortex crossings using the general theory of transition rates between metastable states. In mean field theory, the saddle point solution of the rate equation gives the vortex position inside the strip, where the kinetic energy of supercurrents is maximum. However, the free energy barrier derived in such an approach is strongly renormalized by superconducting fluctuations and this effect was not accounted for previously. They drastically reduce the rate of vortex crossings and, consequently, dissipation. We present results for the amplitude and duration of voltage pulses induced by vortex motion and their consequences on I-V characteristics, when heating due to vortex crossings is negligible. We found ohmic behavior at low bias currents, power law behavior at intermediate currents and exponential I-V characteristics at currents close to the critical one. The impact of vortex motion in superconducting strips on the observation of so-called dark counts (voltage pulses) in superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors is discussed.

  20. Electrodeposition and characterisation of lead tin superconducting films for application in heavy ion booster

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    Lobanov, Nikolai R., E-mail: Nikolai.Lobanov@anu.edu.au

    2015-12-15

    The ANU has developed experimental systems and procedures for lead–tin (PbSn) film deposition and characterisation. The 12 split loop resonators have been electroplated with 96%Pb4%Sn film to the final thickness of 1.5 micron using methanesulfonic acid (MSA) chemistry. As a result, an average acceleration field of 3.6 MV/m off-line at 6 W rf power was achieved at extremely low technological cost. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Heavy Ion Elastic Detection Analyses (HIERDA), Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy (RBS), Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (SIMS) and Electron Backscattering Diffraction (EBSD) revealed correlation between the substrate and film structure, morphology and the rf performance of the cavity. The PbSn plating, exercised on the existing split loop resonators (SLR), has been extended to the two stub quarter wave resonator (QWR) as a straightforward step to quickly explore the superconducting performance of the new geometry. The oxygen free copper (OHFC) substrate for two stub QWR was prepared by reverse pulse electropolishing. The ultimate superconducting properties and long-term stability of the coatings have been assessed by operation of the ANU superconducting linac over the last few years. - Highlights: • PbSn alloy is investigated as a material for superconducting low and medium velocity rf resonators. • It is easily electrodeposited with MSA chemistry at very low cost, has high T{sub c}, and good performance at high fields. • The optimum substrate preparation and coating conditions are established based on examination of the properties of substrate and superconducting films. • A long term stability of the electroplated resonators has been showing no evidence of degradation of the rf properties over the last decade. • The resonators high field performance limiting factors and their possible elimination have been evaluated.

  1. High-J{sub c} superconducting YBCO thin films for SQUIDs

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    Katsaros, A.; Savvides, N.; Foley, C. [CSIRO, Sydney, NSW (Australia). Applied Physics

    1996-12-31

    Full text: High critical current density, J{sub c}, and reproducibility of film quality are major issues in high-T{sub c} superconducting device technology. Because many factors such as substrate quality, deposition parameters and film stoichiometry impact on film quality the growth of high-J{sub c} YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} thin films suitable for devices is a demanding task. For optimum device performance c-axis epitaxial films are required with smooth surfaces, controlled microstructure and crystalline orientation, high T{sub c} (> 87 K) and high J{sub c} (> 1x10{sup 6} A cm{sup -2}). Consequently a stable platform in film quality is critical in developing and maintaining world class device technology. In previous Wagga meetings and elsewhere we presented details of our thin film deposition system, results of film growth studies, techniques of film characterisation and SQUID performance. In this paper we present transport properties and lattice parameters for a large number of films deposited over a period of ten months using a single target and under similar sputtering conditions. The data serve to illustrate the level of reproducibility of our deposition technology while closer examination of the data reveal some interesting `correlations` among properties. We have used these correlations to assist us to control both the deposition of films and subsequent processing into test structures and SQUIDs 5 refs.

  2. High temperature superconducting thin films for microwave filters

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    ZHAO; Xinjie(赵新杰); LI; Lin(李林); LEI; Chong(雷冲); TIAN; Ybngjun(田永军)

    2002-01-01

    YBa2Cu3O7-δ and Tl2Ba2CaCu2O8 thin films for microwave filters were synthesized by pulsed laser deposition and the two-step thalliation process. Substrate quality requirements and the relation of thin film morphology, microstructure with microwave surface resistance were discussed.

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

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

    2002-01-14

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

  4. Anomalous magnetism of superconducting Mg-doped InN film

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    P. H. Chang

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available We report on the Meissner effect of Mg-doped InN film with superconducting transition onset temperature Tc,onset of 5 K. Mg-doped InN is magnetically ordered and exhibits a simultaneous first-order magnetic and electric transition near 50 K. Its behavior is similar to that of iron-based superconductors. A strong correlation is proposed to exist between structural distortion and superconductivity when Mg is doped into InN. The suppression of magnetic ordering close to Tc by doping is further demonstrated by anisotropic magnetoresistance and M-H measurements. The findings suggest that the superconducting mechanism in the system may not be conventional BCS.

  5. Critical analysis of soft point contact Andreev reflection spectra between superconducting films and pressed In

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    Parab, Pradnya; Chauhan, Prashant; Muthurajan, H.; Bose, Sangita

    2017-04-01

    We present a critical analysis of an alternative technique of point contact Andreev reflection (PCAR) spectroscopy used to extract energy resolved information of superconductors which is based on making ‘soft-contacts’ between superconductors and indium. This technique is not sensitive to mechanical vibrations and hence can be used in a cryogen free platform increasing its accessibility to users having no access to cryogenic liquids. Through our experiments on large number of superconducting films we show that the PCAR spectra below the T c of In show sub-harmonic gap structures consistent with the theory of multiple Andreev reflection (MAR) and a zero bias conductance (ZBC) anomaly associated with the Josephson supercurrent. Furthermore, we demonstrate that large contact resistance with low transparency ballistic contacts in the PCAR regime are required to obtain reliable spectroscopic data. One limitation of the technique arises for low contact resistance junctions where the superconducting proximity effect (SPE) reduces the value of the superconducting energy gap.

  6. Highly-textured thallium-barium-calcium-copper-oxide polycrystalline superconducting films on silver substrates

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    Arendt, P.; Elliott, N.; Cooke, D.W.; Dye, R.; Gray, E.; Hubbard, K.; Martin, J.; Reeves, G.; Brown, D.; Klapetzky, A.

    1990-01-01

    Thick (8 to 10 {mu}m) Ba--Ca--Cu--O films have been rf magnetron sputtered onto Ag alloy (Consil 995) substrates. The films were given a post-deposition anneal in an over pressure of Tl in order to form the superconducting phases. Annealing protocols were done which result in predominantly the 1212 and 2212 phases. The substrate orientation was varied to determine its effect on film orientation. Material properties of the films were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), ion beam backscattering spectroscopy, energy dispersive x-ray analysis (EDAX), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Electrical characterization of the films was done using dynamic impedance (DI) at 10 kHz and rf surface resistance (R{sub s}) at 18 GHz in a TE{sub 011} fundamental mode cavity. 19 refs., 7 figs.

  7. Superconducting energy scales and anomalous dissipative conductivity in thin films of molybdenum nitride

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    Simmendinger, Julian; Pracht, Uwe S.; Daschke, Lena; Proslier, Thomas; Klug, Jeffrey A.; Dressel, Martin; Scheffler, Marc

    2016-08-01

    We report investigations of molybdenum nitride (MoN) thin films with different thickness and disorder and with superconducting transition temperature 9.89 K ≥Tc≥2.78 K . Using terahertz frequency-domain spectroscopy we explore the normal and superconducting charge carrier dynamics for frequencies covering the range from 3 to 38 cm-1 (0.1 to 1.1 THz). The superconducting energy scales, i.e., the critical temperature Tc, the pairing energy Δ , and the superfluid stiffness J , and the superfluid density ns can be well described within the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory for conventional superconductors. At the same time, we find an anomalously large dissipative conductivity, which cannot be explained by thermally excited quasiparticles, but rather by a temperature-dependent normal-conducting fraction, persisting deep into the superconducting state. Our results on this disordered system constrain the regime, where discernible effects stemming from the disorder-induced superconductor-insulator transition possibly become relevant, to MoN films with a transition temperature lower than at least 2.78 K.

  8. Broadband microwave response of superconducting NbN and TaN thin films

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    Felger, M. Maximilian; Pracht, Uwe S.; Dressel, Martin; Scheffler, Marc [1. Physikalisches Institut, Universitaet Stuttgart, D-70669 Stuttgart (Germany); Ilin, Konstantin; Siegel, Michael [Institut fuer Mikro- und Nanoelektronische Systeme, Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie, D-76187 Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2015-07-01

    Ultrathin NbN and TaN films with their peculiar superconducting behavior are of interest both for fundamental physics (e.g. concerning the superconductor-insulator transition) and novel applications (e.g. for single-photon detectors). Here microwave spectroscopy is a powerful tool to characterize essential superconducting properties and to investigate the charge dynamics (Cooper pairs and quasiparticles). We have prepared by sputtering thin films of NbN (thickness between 3 nm and 20 nm; T{sub c} between 5 K and 13 K) and TaN (thickness 5 nm; T{sub c} between 8.5 K and 9.5 K) on sapphire substrates. We performed broadband microwave spectroscopy on these samples using a Corbino spectrometer at temperatures down to 1.1 K and at frequencies up to 50 GHz. From these data we determine the superconducting penetration depth and we evaluate the frequency-dependent conductivity. While many of the observed features can be described within expectations of conventional BCS theory, we also find deviations that are caused by fluctuations near the superconducting transition.

  9. High-temperature superconductivity in one-unit-cell FeSe films

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    Wang, Ziqiao; Liu, Chaofei; Liu, Yi; Wang, Jian

    2017-04-01

    Since the dramatic enhancement of the superconducting transition temperature (T c) was reported in a one-unit-cell FeSe film grown on a SrTiO3 substrate (1-UC FeSe/STO) by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), related research on this system has become a new frontier in condensed matter physics. In this paper, we present a brief review on this rapidly developing field, mainly focusing on the superconducting properties of 1-UC FeSe/STO. Experimental evidence for high-temperature superconductivity in 1-UC FeSe/STO, including direct evidence revealed by transport and diamagnetic measurements, as well as other evidence from scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), are overviewed. The potential mechanisms of the enhanced superconductivity are also discussed. There are accumulating arguments to suggest that the strengthened Cooper pairing in 1-UC FeSe/STO originates from the interface effects, specifically the charge transfer and coupling to phonon modes in the TiO2 plane. The study of superconductivity in 1-UC FeSe/STO not only sheds new light on the mechanism of high-temperature superconductors with layered structures, but also provides an insight into the exploration of new superconductors by interface engineering.

  10. High quality YBCO superconductive thin films fabricated by laser molecular beam epitaxy

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    2001-01-01

    High quality YBa2Cu3O6+x (YBCO) superconductive thin films have been fabricated on the SrTiO3(100) substrate using laser molecular beam epitaxy (laser-MBE).The active oxygen source was used,which made the necessary ambient oxygen pressure be 2-3 orders lower than that in pulsed laser deposition (PLD).Tc0 is 85-87 K,and Jc~1.0×106 A/cm2.Atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements show that no obvious particulates can be observed and the root mean square roughness is 7.8 nm.High stability DC superconducting quantum interference devices (DC-SQUID) was fabricated using this YBCO thin film.

  11. Method for producing microstructured templates and their use in providing pinning enhancements in superconducting films deposited thereon

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    Aytug, Tolga; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Polat, Ozgur

    2013-07-16

    The present invention relates to a method for producing a phase-separated layer useful as a flux pinning substrate for a superconducting film, wherein the method includes subjecting at least a first and a second target material to a sputtering deposition technique in order that a phase-separated layer is deposited epitaxially on a primary substrate containing an ordered surface layer. The invention is also directed to a method for producing a superconducting tape containing pinning defects therein by depositing a superconducting film on a phase-separated layer produced by the method described above.

  12. Elimination of bubbles and improvement of the superconducting properties in MgB2 films annealed using electron beam

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    Xu, Zhuang; Kong, Xiangdong; Han, Li; Pang, Hua; Wu, Yue; Gao, Zhaoshun; Li, Xiaona

    2017-03-01

    MgB2 superconducting films can be readily obtained using the electron-beam annealing method. However, many bubbles existing in the film severely damage the surface morphology, which is known as the deleterious current-limiting mechanism. Based on morphology images and energy-dispersive spectroscopy spectra, we found that, during the annealing process, solid Mg-rich layers evaporate to form Mg vapour in the precursor film, resulting in bubbles in the film. By reducing the cycle thickness of the precursor film, we obtained MgB2 films with better properties. The root-mean-square surface roughness was 2.7 nm over a 10 × 10 μm area for a 100 nm-thick film, and the critical current density at 20 K was increased to 3.8 × 106 A cm‑2. These MgB2 films are suitable for fabricating MgB2 superconducting devices.

  13. Direct detection of the Josephson radiation emitted from superconducting thin-film microbridges

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

    1976-01-01

    We report direct measurements of the Josephson radiation emitted in X band from a superconducting thin-film microbridge coupled to a resonance cavity. Power is emitted if one of the harmonics of the Josephson frequency is in the bandwidth of the receiver. The maximum power emitted during our expe...... experiment was 10−13 W. The Josephson radiation could easily be detected at frequencies off resonance. Applied Physics Letters is copyrighted by The American Institute of Physics....

  14. Prototype Superconducting Planar Transformers Using High-Tc Thin and Thick Films

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    1992-01-01

    Japanese Journal of Applied Physics , vol...Diffraction Pattern of Superconductor Bi 2 (Sr,Ca) 3-.Cu 2Oy," Japanese Journal of Applied Physics , vol. 27, p. L833. Peterson, R.L., and J.W. Ekin. 1988...34Crystallinity and Morphology of Superconducting Thin Films Prepared by Sputtering," Japanese Journal of Applied Physics , vol. 28, p. L441. Tarascon,

  15. Vortex pinning in superconducting Nb thin films deposited on nanoporous alumina templates

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    Vinckx, W.; Vanacken, J.; Moshchalkov, V.V.

    2006-01-01

    We present a study of magnetization and transport properties of superconducting Nb thin films deposited on nanoporous aluminium oxide templates. Periodic oscillations in the critical temperature vs. field, matching effects in fields up to 700 mT and strongly enhanced critical currents were observ...... centers, which enhances vortex pinning in broad field and temperature ranges. © EDP Sciences/Società Italiana di Fisica/Springer-Verlag 2006....

  16. MgB{sub 2} superconducting thin films sequentially fabricated using DC magnetron sputtering and thermionic vacuum arc method

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    Okur, S. [Physics Department, Izmir Institute of Technology (Turkey)], E-mail: salihokur@iyte.edu.tr; Kalkanci, M. [Material Science Program, Izmir Institute of Technology (Turkey); Pat, S.; Ekem, N.; Akan, T. [Physics Department, Osmangazi University (Turkey); Balbag, Z. [Department of Science and Mathematics Education, Osmangazi University (Turkey); Musa, G. [Plasma and Radiation, National Institute for Physics of Laser (Romania); Tanoglu, M. [Mechanical Engineering Department, Izmir Institute of Technology (Turkey)

    2007-11-01

    In this work, we discuss fabrication and characterization of MgB{sub 2} thin films obtained by sequential deposition and annealing of sandwich like Mg/B/Mg thin films on glass substrates. Mg and B films were prepared using DC magnetron sputtering and thermionic vacuum arc techniques, respectively. The MgB{sub 2} thin films showed superconducting critical transition at 33 K after annealing at 650 deg. C.

  17. Superconducting MgB2 Thin Films with Tc ≈ 39 K Grown by Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    王淑芳; 戴守愚; 周岳亮; 陈正豪; 崔大复; 许佳迪; 何萌; 吕惠宾; 杨国桢

    2001-01-01

    Superconducting MgB2 thin films were fabricated on Al2 O3 (0001) substrates under ex situ processing conditions.Boron thin films were deposited by pulsed laser deposition followed by a post-annealing process. Resistance measurements of the deposited MgB2 films show Tc of ~39 K, while scanning electron microscopy and x-ray vdiffraction analysis indicate that the films consist of well-crystallized grains with a highly c-axis-oriented structure.

  18. Enhanced superconductivity and superconductor to insulator transition in nano-crystalline molybdenum thin films

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    Sharma, Shilpam; Amaladass, E.P. [Condensed Matter Physics Division, Materials Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India); Sharma, Neha [Surface & Nanoscience Division, Materials Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India); Harimohan, V. [Condensed Matter Physics Division, Materials Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India); Amirthapandian, S. [Materials Physics Division, Materials Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India); Mani, Awadhesh, E-mail: mani@igcar.gov.in [Condensed Matter Physics Division, Materials Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India)

    2017-06-01

    Disorder driven superconductor to insulator transition via intermediate metallic regime is reported in nano-crystalline thin films of molybdenum. The nano-structured thin films have been deposited at room temperature using DC magnetron sputtering at different argon pressures. The grain size has been tuned using deposition pressure as the sole control parameter. A variation of particle sizes, room temperature resistivity and superconducting transition has been studied as a function of deposition pressure. The nano-crystalline molybdenum thin films are found to have large carrier concentration but very low mobility and electronic mean free path. Hall and conductivity measurements have been used to understand the effect of disorder on the carrier density and mobilities. Ioffe-Regel parameter is shown to correlate with the continuous metal-insulator transition in our samples. - Highlights: • Thin films of molybdenum using DC sputtering have been deposited on glass. • Argon background pressure during sputtering was used to tune the crystallite sizes of films. • Correlation in deposition pressure, disorder and particle sizes has been observed. • Disorder tuned superconductor to insulator transition along with an intermediate metallic phase has been observed. • Enhancement of superconducting transition temperature and a dome shaped T{sub C} vs. deposition pressure phase diagram has been observed.

  19. Surface Impedance Measurements of Single Crystal MgB2 Films for Radiofrequency Superconductivity Applications

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    Binping Xiao, Xin Zhao, Joshua Spradlin, Charles Reece, Michael Kelley, Teng Tan, Xi Xiaoxing

    2012-07-01

    We report microstructure analyses and superconducting radiofrequency (SRF) measurements of large scale epitaxial MgB{sub 2} films. MgB{sub 2} films on 5 cm dia. sapphire disks were fabricated by a Hybrid Physical Chemical Vapor Deposition (HPCVD) technique. The electron-beam backscattering diffraction (EBSD) results suggest that the film is a single crystal complying with a MgB{sub 2}(0001) {parallel} Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) epitaxial relationship. The SRF properties of different film thicknesses (200 nm and 350 nm) were evaluated under different temperatures and applied fields at 7.4 GHz. A surface resistance of 9 {+-} 2 {mu}{Omega} has been observed at 2.2 K.

  20. A New Method for Preparing Superconducting MgB2 Films from Diborane

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    王殿生; 傅兴华; 张正平; 杨健

    2002-01-01

    We report on a new preparation method for magnesium diboride (MgB2) films by chemical vapour deposition(CVD) from diborane (B2H6). It is a two-step ex situ approach, with the precursor boron films grown by CVD from B2H6 at 460°C, followed by a post-annealing process in magnesium (Mg) vapour at 830°C. The prepared MgB2 thin films on Al2O3 polycrystalline substrates have an onset transition temperature of 35K and a zeroresistance temperature of about 24K. Well-crystallized MgB2 grains have clearly been observed in the SEM images and confirmed by x-ray diffraction analysis. The advantages of the proposed method are the feasibility to prepare large-area superconducting films and the compatibility with semiconductor technology.

  1. Strain and High Temperature Superconductivity: Unexpected Results from Direct Electronic Structure Measurements in Thin Films

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    Abrecht, M.; Ariosa, D.; Cloetta, D.; Mitrovic, S.; Onellion, M.; Xi, X.; Margaritondo, G.; Pavuna, D.

    2003-07-01

    Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy reveals very surprising strain-induced effects on the electronic band dispersion of epitaxial La2-xSrxCuO4-δ thin films. In strained films we measure a band that crosses the Fermi level (EF) well before the Brillouin zone boundary. This is in contrast to the flat band reported in unstrained single crystals and in our unstrained films, as well as in contrast to the band flattening predicted by band structure calculations for in-plane compressive strain. In spite of the density of states reduction near EF, the critical temperature increases in strained films with respect to unstrained samples. These results require a radical departure from commonly accepted notions about strain effects on high temperature superconductors, with possible general repercussions on superconductivity theory.

  2. Josephson soliton oscillators in a superconducting thin film resonator

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    Holm, J.; Mygind, Jesper; Pedersen, Niels Falsig

    1993-01-01

    . Different modes of half-wave resonances in the thin-film structure impose different magnetic field configurations at the boundaries of the junctions. The DC I-V characteristic shows zero-field steps with a number of resonator-induced steps. These structures are compared to RF-induced steps generated...

  3. Pulsed-laser deposition of vicinal and c-axis oriented high temperature superconducting thin films

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    Rössler, R

    2000-01-01

    respect to the temperature, oxygen pressure and laser fluence. (Re,Hg)Ba sub 2 Ca sub ( n-1)Cu sub n O sub x films are synthesized on (001) and vicinal SrTiO sub 3 substrates in a two step process employing pulsed-laser deposition of Hg-free precursor films and Hg-vapour annealing in a sealed quartz tube. The sealed quartz tube technique is described in detail and the thermodynamics and the phase formation are discussed. The influence of the Hg-vapour pressure and the annealing temperature on the film properties are investigated. The influence of Hg-vapour annealing on Bi sub 2 Sr sub 2 CaCu sub 2 O sub x films is described. YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub x films with thicknesses 20 to 480 nm are deposited on vicinal SrTiO sub 3 substrates (10 degrees tilt angle). Variation of the resistivities and changes in the film morphology depending on film thickness are described. The influence of post-annealing treatments on the film properties is discussed. Pulsed-laser deposition (PLD) of high temperature superconducting ...

  4. Method for detection and imaging over a broad spectral range

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    Yefremenko, Volodymyr; Gordiyenko, Eduard; Pishko, legal representative, Olga; Novosad, Valentyn; Pishko, deceased; Vitalii

    2007-09-25

    A method of controlling the coordinate sensitivity in a superconducting microbolometer employs localized light, heating or magnetic field effects to form normal or mixed state regions on a superconducting film and to control the spatial location. Electron beam lithography and wet chemical etching were applied as pattern transfer processes in epitaxial Y--Ba--Cu--O films. Two different sensor designs were tested: (i) a 3 millimeter long and 40 micrometer wide stripe and (ii) a 1.25 millimeters long, and 50 micron wide meandering-like structure. Scanning the laser beam along the stripe leads to physical displacement of the sensitive area, and, therefore, may be used as a basis for imaging over a broad spectral range. Forming the superconducting film as a meandering structure provides the equivalent of a two-dimensional detector array. Advantages of this approach are simplicity of detector fabrication, and simplicity of the read-out process requiring only two electrical terminals.

  5. Influences of non-uniformities and anisotropies on the flux avalanche behaviors of type-II superconducting films

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    Jing, Ze; Yong, Huadong; Zhou, Youhe

    2016-10-01

    In this paper, the anisotropic flux avalanche processes in thin square-shaped type-II superconducting films are numerically investigated by solving the coupled nonlinear Maxwell’s equations and the thermal diffusion equations. Influences of the non-uniformities and intrinsic critical current density anisotropies originate from the manufacturing process are considered in the simulation. In addition, we also studied the effect of the extrinsic anisotropy induced by the in-plane magnetic field. The results demonstrate that the non-uniformities and anisotropies of the critical current density play significant roles in the flux avalanche process of the thin film superconductors. Slight anisotropy (either intrinsic or extrinsic) can dramatically change the propagation direction of avalanches in the superconducting film, which is consistent with the experimental results. Simulations on the thin square-shaped isotropic superconducting films show that the threshold magnetic field for the flux avalanches increases with the angle between the applied field and the superconducting film-plane. In addition, the flux avalanche patterns change with the angular variation of the in-plane component of external magnetic field. When the in-plane magnetic field component is along the diagonal lines of the superconducting square, symmetric flux avalanche penetration patterns occur to the film.

  6. 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.

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

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

    2001-05-31

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

  8. Interplay of spin-orbit coupling and superconducting correlations in germanium telluride thin films

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    Narayan, Vijay; Nguyen, Thuy-Anh; Mansell, Rhodri; Ritchie, David [Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, J. J. Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0HE (United Kingdom); Mussler, Gregor [Peter Gruenberg Institute (PGI-9), Forschungszentrum Juelich, 52425, Juelich (Germany)

    2016-03-15

    There is much current interest in combining superconductivity and spin-orbit coupling in order to induce the topological superconductor phase and associated Majorana-like quasiparticles which hold great promise towards fault-tolerant quantum computing. Experimentally these effects have been combined by the proximity-coupling of super-conducting leads and high spin-orbit materials such as InSb and InAs, or by controlled Cu-doping of topological insu-lators such as Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3}. However, for practical purposes, a single-phase material which intrinsically displays both these effects is highly desirable. Here we demonstrate coexisting superconducting correlations and spin-orbit coupling in molecular-beam-epitaxy-grown thin films of GeTe. The former is evidenced by a precipitous low-temperature drop in the electrical resistivity which is quelled by a magnetic field, and the latter manifests as a weak antilocalisation (WAL) cusp in the magnetotransport. Our studies reveal several other intriguing features such as the presence of two-dimensional rather than bulk transport channels below 2 K, possible signatures of topological superconductivity, and unexpected hysteresis in the magnetotransport. Our work demonstrates GeTe to be a potential host of topological SC and Majorana-like excitations, and to be a versatile platform to develop quantum information device architectures. (copyright 2016 The Authors. Phys. Status Solidi RRL published by WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  9. Irradiation performance of rare earth and nanoparticle enhanced high temperature superconducting films based on YBCO

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    K.J. Leonard

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The new series of commercially produced high temperature superconducting (HTS tapes based on the YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO structure have attracted renewed attention for their performance under applied magnetic fields without significant loss in supercurrent compared to the earlier generation of conductors. This adaptability is achieved through rare earth substitution and dopants resulting in the formation of nanoparticles and extended defects within the superconducting film matrix. The electrical performance of Zr-(Gdx,Y1−xBa2Cu3O7 and (Y1−x,DyxBa2Cu3O7 coated conductor tapes were tested prior to and after neutron exposures between 6.54×1017 and 7.00×1018 n/cm2 (E > 0.1MeV. Results showed a decrease in superconducting current with neutron irradiation for the range of fluences tested, with losses in the Zr-(Gdx,Y1−xBa2Cu3O7 conductor being more rapid. Post-irradiation testing was limited to evaluation at 77K and applied fields of up to 0.5Tesla, and therefore testing at lower temperatures and higher applied fields may result in improved superconducting properties as shown in previous ion irradiation work. Under the conditions tested, the doped conductors showed a loss in critical current at fluences lower than that of undoped YBa2Cu3O7 tapes reported on in literature.

  10. Structural and superconducting properties of ion beam sputtered Nb thin films and Nb/Cu bilayers

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    Nath, S. K.; Dhawan, R.; Rai, S.; Lodha, G. S.; Sokhey, K. J. S.

    2012-01-01

    We present the results of a study of structural and superconducting properties of polycrystalline Nb thin films (200 Å, 300 Å, 400 Å, 700 Å and 1000 Å) and Nb/Cu bilayers (300 Å/300 Å and 400 Å/300 Å) prepared on Si substrates by ion beam sputtering at room temperature. The thicknesses, roughnesses at the surfaces and interfaces were determined by X-ray reflectivity whereas the grain sizes were determined from grazing incidence X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopic studies. The superconducting transition temperature ( T C) of Nb thin films are smaller than T C of bulk Nb. The Nb-200 Å sample does not show T C down to 2.3 K. The average size of the grains varies from 42 Å for Nb-200 Å sample to 69 Å for Nb-1000 Å sample. Our results show that the T C in these polycrystalline films is not only limited by its thickness but also by the size of the grains. The Nb films deposited in situ on the Cu layer (Nb/Cu) show a marginal increase in average sizes of the grains as compare to their respective values in Nb films of same thicknesses. As a result a marginal increase in T C of these films is also observed. The maximum decrease in T C due to oxygen intake during deposition should be about 0.5 K from its bulk value (9.28 K). We have attributed the large decrease in T C in our case on the basis of decrease in the Debye temperature and density of states at the Fermi level for Nb thin films as compared to their respective values for bulk Nb.

  11. High quality superconducting NbN thin films on GaAs

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    Marsili, Francesco; Fiore, Andrea [COBRA Research Institute, Eindhoven University of Technology, PO Box 513, NL-5600MB Eindhoven (Netherlands); Gaggero, Alessandro; Leoni, Roberto [Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie (IFN), CNR, via Cineto Romano 42, I-00156 Roma (Italy); Li, Lianhe H; Surrente, Alessandro [Institute of Photonics and Quantum Electronics (IPEQ), Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Station 3, CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland); Levy, Francis, E-mail: francesco.marsili@epfl.c [Institute of Condensed Matter Physics (IPMC), Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Station 3, CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)

    2009-09-15

    A very promising way to increase the detection efficiency of nanowire superconducting single-photon detectors (SSPDs) consists in integrating them with advanced optical structures such as distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs) and optical waveguides. This requires transferring the challenging SSPD technology from the usual substrates, i.e. sapphire and MgO, to an optical substrate like GaAs, on which DBRs and waveguides can be easily obtained. Therefore, we optimized the deposition process of few-nm thick superconducting NbN films on GaAs and AlAs/GaAs-based DBRs at low temperatures (substrate temperature T{sub S} = 400 {sup 0}C), in order to prevent As evaporation. NbN films ranging from 150 to 3 nm in thickness were then deposited on single-crystal MgO, GaAs, MgO-buffered GaAs and DBRs by current-controlled DC magnetron sputtering (planar, circular, balanced configuration) of Nb in an Ar+N{sub 2} plasma. 5.5 nm thick NbN films on GaAs exhibit T{sub C} = 10.7 K, {Delta}T{sub C} = 1.1 K and RRR = 0.7. The growth of such high quality thin NbN films on GaAs and DBRs has never been reported before.

  12. Granular superconductivity in metallic and insulating nanocrystalline boron-doped diamond thin films

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    Willems, B L; Zhang, G; Vanacken, J; Moshchalkov, V V [INPAC-Institute for Nanoscale Physics and Chemistry, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200-D, 3000-Leuven (Belgium); Janssens, S D; Haenen, K; Wagner, P, E-mail: bramleo@hotmail.co [Institute for Materials Research (IMO), Hasselt University, BE-3590 Diepenbeek (Belgium)

    2010-09-22

    The low-temperature electrical transport properties of nanocrystalline boron-doped diamond (b-NCD) thin films have been found to be strongly affected by the system's granularity. The important differences between the high and low-temperature behaviour are caused by the inhomogeneous nucleation of superconductivity in the samples. In this paper we will discuss the experimental data obtained on several b-NCD thin films, which were studied by either varying their thickness or boron concentration. It will be shown that the low-temperature properties are influenced by the b-NCD grain boundaries as well as by the appearance of an intrinsic granularity inside these granules. Moreover, superconducting effects have been found to be present even in insulating b-NCD films and are responsible for the negative magnetoresistance regime observed at low temperatures. On the other hand, the low-temperature electrical transport properties of b-NCD films show important similarities with those observed for granular superconductors.

  13. Quasiparticle state density on the surface of superconducting thin films of MgB{sub 2}

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    Bobba, F [Groupe de Physique des Solides, UMR75-88 au CNRS, Universities Paris 6 et 7, Paris (France); Roditchev, D [Groupe de Physique des Solides, UMR75-88 au CNRS, Universities Paris 6 et 7, Paris (France); Lamy, R [Groupe de Physique des Solides, UMR75-88 au CNRS, Universities Paris 6 et 7, Paris (France); Choi, E-M [NCRICS, Department of Physics, Pohang University, Pohang (Korea, Republic of); Kim, H-J [NCRICS, Department of Physics, Pohang University, Pohang (Korea, Republic of); Kang, W N [NCRICS, Department of Physics, Pohang University, Pohang (Korea, Republic of); Ferrando, V [Department of Physics, University of Genoa, Genoa (Italy); Ferdeghini, C [Department of Physics, University of Genoa, Genoa (Italy); Giubileo, F [Department of Physics, University of Salerno, Salerno (Italy); Sacks, W [Groupe de Physique des Solides, UMR75-88 au CNRS, Universities Paris 6 et 7, Paris (France); Lee, S-I [NCRICS, Department of Physics, Pohang University, Pohang (Korea, Republic of); Klein, J [Groupe de Physique des Solides, UMR75-88 au CNRS, Universities Paris 6 et 7, Paris (France); Cucolo, A M [Department of Physics, University of Salerno, Salerno (Italy)

    2003-02-01

    High-speed scanning tunnelling spectroscopy (STS) was used at low temperature to study the quasiparticle excitation spectrum on the surface of c-axis-oriented superconducting thin films of MgB{sub 2}. The tunnelling spectra measured on as-grown films were compared with those acquired on chemically etched samples. In most cases the STS reveals only one small superconducting gap to be present in the tunnelling spectra, consistent with c-axis tunnelling and the particular electronic band structure of MgB{sub 2}. We found that the etching leads to the enhancement of the gap energy by 25% from 2.2 {+-} 0.3 meV to 2.8 {+-} 0.3 meV, and to the modification of the temperature dependence of the superconducting gap which, in both cases, has clearly a non-BCS shape. We argue that the modification of the electronic structure at the surface of the material due to the etching is responsible for these changes and discuss the possible origins of the effect.

  14. Superconductivity in transparent zinc-doped In2O3 films having low carrier density

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    Kazumasa Makise, Nobuhito Kokubo, Satoshi Takada, Takashi Yamaguti, Syunsuke Ogura, Kazumasa Yamada, Bunjyu Shinozaki, Koki Yano, Kazuyoshi Inoue and Hiroaki Nakamura

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Thin polycrystalline zinc-doped indium oxide (In2O3–ZnO films were prepared by post-annealing amorphous films with various weight concentrations x of ZnO in the range 0≤x ≤0.06. We have studied the dependences of the resistivity ρ and Hall coefficient on temperature T and magnetic field H in the range 0.5≤T ≤300 K, H≤6 Tfor 350 nm films annealed in air. Films with 0≤x≤0.03 show the superconducting resistive transition. The transition temperature Tc is below 3.3 K and the carrier density n is about 1025–1026 m−3. The annealed In2O3–ZnO films were examined by transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction analysis revealing that the crystallinity of the films depends on the annealing time. We studied the upper critical magnetic field Hc2 (T for the film with x = 0.01. From the slope of dHc2 /dT, we obtain the coherence length ξ (0 ≈ 10 nm at T = 0 K and a coefficient of electronic heat capacity that is small compared with those of other oxide materials.

  15. Superconducting MgB{sub 2} films as radiation detectors

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    Ishida, Takekazu; Fujiwara, Daisuke; Nishikawa, Masatoshi; Kato, Masaru [Osaka Prefecture University, Osaka (Japan); Miki, Shigehito; Shimakage, Hisashi; Wang, Zhen [National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Hyogo (Japan); Satoh, Kazuo; Yotsuya, Tsutomu [Technology Research Institute of Osaka Prefecture, Osaka (Japan); Machida, Masahiko [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokyo (Japan)

    2006-05-15

    The thermal response of a membrane-structured MgB{sub 2} film can be used to detect various sorts of radiations. High-quality MgB{sub 2} films were prepared by a sputtering technique. The MgB{sub 2} radiation detector consisted of an MgB{sub 2} thin-film meander line on a 0.5-{mu}m-thick SiN membrane. The detector devices were placed in a 4 K refrigerator, and the operating temperature was controlled at a certain temperature below T{sub c}. Light from a 20-ps pulsed laser directly irradiated the MgB{sub 2} device; the end of the optical fiber was fixed in front of the device. An erbium-doped fiber amplifier (EDFA) and a GP-IB attenuator were used to control the laser power, and the output voltage was observed through a low-noise amplifier by using a digital oscilloscope. The output signals caused by thermal response were clearly observed. Systematic studies of the output signals were conducted, and effects of device design, dc bias conditions, bias temperature, and input laser power were considered. We report the out-of-equilibrium thermodynamics, which was investigated by means of extensive computer simulations based on the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau equations, thermodynamics, and electrodynamics. Large-scale calculations were carried out under the realistic conditions of actual devices by using an Earth Simulator (ES). One attractive application is to use the device as a novel neutron detector by employing the {sup 10}B(n,{alpha}){sup 7}Li nuclear reaction with a local energy release of 2.3 MeV.

  16. Narrow dip around zero magnetic field in magnetization hysteresis loops of thin YBCO superconducting films

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    Delimova, L [Wihuri Physical Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Turku, FIN-20014 Turku (Finland); Liniichuk, I [A F Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute, St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Laehderanta, E [Wihuri Physical Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Turku, FIN-20014 Turku (Finland); Safonchik, M [Wihuri Physical Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Turku, FIN-20014 Turku (Finland); Traito, K B [Wihuri Physical Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Turku, FIN-20014 Turku (Finland)

    2003-01-01

    A narrow dip is observed around zero magnetic field in magnetization curves M(B) of superconducting YBCO films with about 10 nm thickness. This anomaly occurs in the same field range with an anomaly of ac surface impedance Z(B) found recently in thin YBCO films. Because the thickness of our films is considerably less than the London penetration depth, two-dimensional limit of the critical state model is applied. In the framework of this model the magnetic field dependence of the critical current density j{sub c}(B) is found. The obtained j{sub c}(B) function agrees well with that found in the ac surface impedance investigation.

  17. Enhanced superconductivity and superconductor to insulator transition in nano-crystalline molybdenum thin films

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    Sharma, Shilpam; Amaladass, E. P.; Sharma, Neha; Harimohan, V.; Amirthapandian, S.; Mani, Awadhesh

    2017-06-01

    Disorder driven superconductor to insulator transition via intermediate metallic regime is reported in nano-crystalline thin films of molybdenum. The nano-structured thin films have been deposited at room temperature using DC magnetron sputtering at different argon pressures. The grain size has been tuned using deposition pressure as the sole control parameter. A variation of particle sizes, room temperature resistivity and superconducting transition has been studied as a function of deposition pressure. The nano-crystalline molybdenum thin films are found to have large carrier concentration but very low mobility and electronic mean free path. Hall and conductivity measurements have been used to understand the effect of disorder on the carrier density and mobilities. Ioffe-Regel parameter is shown to correlate with the continuous metal-insulator transition in our samples.

  18. Bibliography of high-T/sub c/ superconducting films

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    Talvacchio, J.

    1989-01-01

    This document represents an effort to make bibliographic information on high-T/sub c/ superconductor films available to those who cannot access the on-line database at the Westinghouse R and D Center. The database contains a growing list of references -- approaching 5000 -- each of which is identified by a set of two-letter keywords. The database is used the same way as as INSPEC's, but its fixed set of standard keywords enables the user to obtain a complete list of references on keyworded topics. Since a single keyword (or search term) such as ''sputtering'' creates a bibliography that is too long for practical use, the database is used most effectively by combining a series of keywords using Boolean algebra to identify a handful of relevant references. The structure of this document is intended to present the subset of papers concerning high-T/sub c/ films (725 papers) in a compact format as a substitute for on-line searches. Rather than listing separate bibliographies for each of the 185 keywords, a single list of all the references is contained in Section 6, and indices based on the keywords are contained in Sections 3--5. This report is a true bibliography and does not contain any informative text. 725 refs.

  19. Superconductivity in films of Pb/PbSe core/shell nanocrystals.

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    Zolotavin, Pavlo; Guyot-Sionnest, Philippe

    2012-09-25

    Superconductivity in films of electronically coupled colloidal lead nanocrystals is reported. The coupling between particles is in situ controlled through the conversion of the oxides present on the surface of the nanoparticles to chalcogenides. This transformation allows for a 10(9)-fold increase in the conductivity. The temperature of the onset of the superconductivity was found to depend upon the degree of coupling of the nanoparticles in the vicinity of the insulator-superconductor transition. The critical current density of the best sample of Pb/PbSe nanocrystals at zero magnetic field was determined to be 4 × 10(3) A/cm(2). In turn, the critical field of the sample shows 50-fold enhancement compared to bulk Pb.

  20. 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.

  1. Superconducting transitions in amorphous molybdenum-germanium ultrathin films and multilayers

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    Missert, N.

    1989-01-01

    The primary goal of this work was to clarify the role of enhanced Coulomb interactions in the destruction of superconductivity in disordered systems of reduced dimensions. Through a systematic study of the critical temperatures in single film sandwich and multilayer structures, the author has examined the role of dimensionality in the reduction of {Tc} in disordered superconductors. The author has observed a continuous crossover from two to three dimensional behavior as electron diffusion between individual superconducting layers in the multilayer becomes possible. This demonstrates unambiguously that the reduction in {Tc} is an artistic 2D effect and is not simply due to interface or proximity effects, as has often been assumed in the past. Multilayers were fabricated by sequential cosputtering of alternate layers of superconducting and nonsuperconducting amorphous Mo-Ge alloys. The effects of screening at short length scales in these films are probed via a systematic variation of both the distance between superconducting layers and the conductivity of the nonsuperconducting layers in a multilayer structure. As the conductivity of the nonsuperconducting layer increases, electron diffusion becomes more three dimensional. However this increased conductivity also introduces a reduction in {Tc} due to the proximity effect. This has been accounted for by comparing the T, of the multilayers with a corresponding NISIN single layer sandwich structure, designed to have an identical proximity effect reduction of {Tc}, in addition to compensating for any effect of the SIN interface itself. X-ray diffraction measurements and cross-sectional TEM micrographs confirm that the layers are structurally well defined, uniform, and continuous.

  2. Continued improvment of large area, in situ sputter deposition of superconducting YBCO thin films

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    Truman, J. K.; White, W. R.; Ballentine, P. H.; Mallory, D. S.; Kadin, A. M.

    1993-01-01

    The deposition of thin films of superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-x onto substrates of up to 3-in diameter by an integrated off-axis sputtering is reported. The substrate is located above the center of an 8-in-diameter YBCO planar target, and, in conjunction with a negative ion shield, negative ion effects are avoided. A large radiant heater provides backside, noncontact heating of the bare substrates. YBCO films have been grown on polished 1-cm2 MgO and LaAlO3 substrates with Tc = 90 K or greater, Jc = 2.5 x 10 exp 6 A/sq cm or greater at 77 K, and microwave surface resistance Rs less than 0.4 micro-ohm at 77 K and 10 GHz. The films have a very smooth surface morphology. Uniformity data for LaAlO3 substrates are less than +/-5 percent in Rs. Thickness uniformity results for 3-in substrates indicate less than 10 percent variation. The growth of epitaxial insulating films for use with YBCO films and application of the YBCO films in microwave devices are briefly discussed.

  3. Reactive magnetron sputter deposition of superconducting niobium titanium nitride thin films with different target sizes

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    Bos, B G C; Haalebos, E A F; Gimbel, P M L; Klapwijk, T M; Baselmans, J J A; Endo, A

    2016-01-01

    The superconducting critical temperature (Tc>15 K) of niobium titanium nitride (NbTiN) thin films allows for low-loss circuits up to 1.1 THz, enabling on-chip spectroscopy and multi-pixel imaging with advanced detectors. The drive for large scale detector microchips is demanding NbTiN films with uniform properties over an increasingly larger area. This article provides an experimental comparison between two reactive d.c. sputter systems with different target sizes: a small target (100 mm diameter) system and a large target (127 mm x 444.5 mm) one, with the aim of improving the film uniformity using the large target system. We focus on the Tc of the films and I-V characteristics of the sputter plasma, and we find that both systems are capable of depositing films with Tc>15 K. We find that these films are deposited within the transition from metallic to compound sputtering, at the point where target nitridation most strongly depends on nitrogen flow. Key in the deposition optimization is to increase the system'...

  4. Resistive current states in wide superconducting films in zero magnetic field

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    Dmitriev, V M [B Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 61103 Kharkiv (Ukraine); Zolochevskii, I V [B Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 61103 Kharkiv (Ukraine)

    2006-04-15

    The temperature dependence of the current-voltage characteristics of high-quality thin films of tin from 7 to 50 {mu}m thick are investigated in the absence of an external magnetic field. For the first time, we have experimentally observed phase slip centres (PSCs) and phase slip lines (PSLs) on the same superconducting tin film with known parameters in the temperature intervals corresponding to the mechanisms of their formation and existence. We have shown that the states of a wide film with increasing transport current appear in the following order: the superconducting state for current less than critical; the resistive vortex state for current more than critical, but less than maximum current for the uniform flux flow (instability current); the critical state due to the onset of instability of the steady pattern of viscous motion of the vortices; a vortex-free resistive state with PSLs for current more than instability current, but less than the upper critical current; and the normal state at a current higher than the upper critical current.

  5. Fracture behaviors of thin superconducting films with field-dependent critical current density

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    He, An; Xue, Cun; Yong, Huadong; Zhou, Youhe, E-mail: zhouyh@lzu.edu.cn

    2013-09-15

    Highlights: • The fracture behaviors of superconducting films for the Kim model are studied. • The profile of stress intensity factor is generally the same as magnetostriction. • The crack problem of two collinear cracks is also researched for the Kim model. -- Abstract: The fracture behaviors under electromagnetic force with field-dependent critical current density in thin superconducting film are investigated. Applying finite element method, the energy release rates and stress intensity factors of one central crack versus applied field and crack length are obtained for the Bean model and Kim model. It is interesting that the profile of the stress intensity factor is generally the same as the magnetostrictive behavior during one full cycle applied field. Furthermore, the crack problem of two collinear cracks with respect to crack length and distance is also researched for the Kim model. The results show that the energy release rates and stress intensity factors of the two collinear cracks at left tip and right tip are remarkably different for relatively small crack distance and long crack length. This work can offer good estimations and provide a basis for interpretation of cracking and mechanical failure of HTS thin films in numerous real situations.

  6. Aspects of passive magnetic levitation based on high-T(sub c) superconducting YBCO thin films

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    Schoenhuber, P.; Moon, F. C.

    1995-01-01

    Passive magnetic levitation systems reported in the past were mostly confined to bulk superconducting materials. Here we present fundamental studies on magnetic levitation employing cylindrical permanent magnets floating above high-T(sub c) superconducting YBCO thin films (thickness about 0.3 mu m). Experiments included free floating rotating magnets as well as well-established flexible beam methods. By means of the latter, we investigated levitation and drag force hysteresis as well as magnetic stiffness properties of the superconductor-magnet arrangement. In the case of vertical motion of the magnet, characteristic high symmetry of repulsive (approaching) and attractive (withdrawing) branches of the pronounced force-displacement hysteresis could be detected. Achievable force levels were low as expected but sufficient for levitation of permanent magnets. With regard to magnetic stiffness, thin films proved to show stiffness-force ratios about one order of magnitude higher than bulk materials. Phenomenological models support the measurements. Regarding the magnetic hysteresis of the superconductor, the Irie-Yamafuji model was used for solving the equation of force balance in cylindrical coordinates allowing for a macroscopic description of the superconductor magnetization. This procedure provided good agreement with experimental levitation force and stiffness data during vertical motion. For the case of (lateral) drag force basic qualitative characteristics could be recovered, too. It is shown that models, based on simple asymmetric magnetization of the superconductor, describe well asymptotic transition of drag forces after the change of the magnet motion direction. Virgin curves (starting from equilibrium, i.e. symmetric magnetization) are approximated by a linear approach already reported in literature only. This paper shows that basic properties of superconducting thin films allow for their application to magnetic levitation or - without need of levitation

  7. Aspects of passive magnetic levitation based on high-T(sub c) superconducting YBCO thin films

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    Schoenhuber, P.; Moon, F. C.

    1995-04-01

    Passive magnetic levitation systems reported in the past were mostly confined to bulk superconducting materials. Here we present fundamental studies on magnetic levitation employing cylindrical permanent magnets floating above high-T(sub c) superconducting YBCO thin films (thickness about 0.3 mu m). Experiments included free floating rotating magnets as well as well-established flexible beam methods. By means of the latter, we investigated levitation and drag force hysteresis as well as magnetic stiffness properties of the superconductor-magnet arrangement. In the case of vertical motion of the magnet, characteristic high symmetry of repulsive (approaching) and attractive (withdrawing) branches of the pronounced force-displacement hysteresis could be detected. Achievable force levels were low as expected but sufficient for levitation of permanent magnets. With regard to magnetic stiffness, thin films proved to show stiffness-force ratios about one order of magnitude higher than bulk materials. Phenomenological models support the measurements. Regarding the magnetic hysteresis of the superconductor, the Irie-Yamafuji model was used for solving the equation of force balance in cylindrical coordinates allowing for a macroscopic description of the superconductor magnetization. This procedure provided good agreement with experimental levitation force and stiffness data during vertical motion. For the case of (lateral) drag force basic qualitative characteristics could be recovered, too. It is shown that models, based on simple asymmetric magnetization of the superconductor, describe well asymptotic transition of drag forces after the change of the magnet motion direction. Virgin curves (starting from equilibrium, i.e. symmetric magnetization) are approximated by a linear approach already reported in literature only. This paper shows that basic properties of superconducting thin films allow for their application to magnetic levitation or - without need of levitation

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

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    Nuria Del-Valle

    2012-06-01

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

  9. Effect of boron doping on first-order Raman scattering in superconducting boron doped diamond films

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    Kumar, Dinesh; Chandran, Maneesh; Ramachandra Rao, M. S.

    2017-05-01

    Aggregation of impurity levels into an impurity band in heavily boron doped diamond results in a background continuum and discrete zone centre phonon interference during the inelastic light scattering process. In order to understand the Raman scattering effect in granular BDD films, systematically heavily doped samples in the semiconducting and superconducting regimes have been studied using the excitation wavelengths in the UV and visible regions. A comprehensive analysis of the Fano resonance effect as a function of the impurity concentrations and the excitation frequencies is presented. Various Raman modes available in BDD including signals from the grain boundaries are discussed.

  10. Characterization of 3-dimensional superconductive thin film components for gravitational experiments in space

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    Hechler, S.; Nawrodt, R.; Nietzsche, S.; Vodel, W.; Seidel, P. [Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. Jena (Germany). Inst. fuer Festkoerperphysik; Dittus, H. [ZARM, Univ. Bremen (Germany); Loeffler, F. [Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig (Germany)

    2007-07-01

    Superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) are used for high precise gravitational experiments. One of the most impressive experiments is the satellite test of the equivalence principle (STEP) of NASA/ESA. The STEP mission aims to prove a possible violation of Einstein's equivalence principle at an extreme level of accuracy of 1 part in 10{sup 18} in space. In this contribution we present an automatically working measurement equipment to characterize 3-dimensional superconducting thin film components like i.e. pick-up coils and test masses for STEP. The characterization is done by measurements of the transition temperature between the normal and the superconducting state using a special built anti-cryostat. Above all the setup was designed for use in normal LHe transport Dewars. The sample chamber has a volume of 150 cm{sup 3} and can be fully temperature controlled over a range from 4.2 K to 300 K with a resolution of better then 100 mK. (orig.)

  11. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy on Superconducting Tl2CaBa2Cu2O8 Thin Film

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    Zeng, Wensheng; Qiu, Ping; Yan, Shaolin; Li, Zengfa; Zhang, Guangyin

    1991-06-01

    We have prepared single-phase superconducting Tl2CaBa2Cu2O8 thin film by dc magnetron sputtering process and measured x-ray photoelectron spectra of the film at room and liquid nitrogen temperatures. From the relative intensities of the Ba3d, Tl4f. O1s and Cu2p spectra taken at different take-off angles, we have concluded that there is an adventitious contamination (nonsuperconducting phase) surface layer. After excluding contributions from these spurious phases, we have tentatively assigned which core-level shifts should be caused by the superconducting phase transition.

  12. Superconducting thin films of BiSrCaCuO made by sequential electron beam evaporation

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    Steinbeck, J.; Anderson, A.C.; Tsauer, B.Y.; Strauss, A.J.

    1989-03-01

    Superconducting thin films of Bi/sub 2/Sr/sub 2/Ca/sub 1/Cu/sub 2/O/sub x/ have been made by sequential electron-beam evaporation of multiple layers of Bi and Cu metals and (Sr,Ca)F/sub 2/ on MgO substrates. The films were annealed at high temperature, first in wet O/sub 2/ and then in dry O/sub 2/, and cooled to room temperature in dry O/sub 2/. The resulting films which are -- 1 ..mu..m thick, have transition temperatures of -- 85 K. X-ray diffraction shows that the films are preferentially oriented with their c-axis perpendicular to the MgO substrate. The authors' best film has a zero-resistance temperature of 90 K and critical current densities of 8 x 10/sup 4/ A/cm/sup 2/ at 77 K and 2.5 x 10/sup 5/ A/cm/sup 2/ at 4.2 K.

  13. Construction of sputtering system and preparation of high temperature superconducting thin films

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    Kaynak, E

    2000-01-01

    The preparation of high T sub c superconducting thin film is important both for the understanding of fundamental behaviours of these materials and for the investigations on the usefulness of technological applications. High quality thin films can be prepared by various kinds of techniques being used today. Among these, sputtering is the most preferred one. The primary aim of this work is the construction of a r. f. and c. magnetron sputtering system. For this goal, a magnetron sputtering system was designed and constructed having powers up to 500W (r.f.) and 1KW (d.c.) that enables to deposit thin films of various kinds of materials: metals, ceramics and magnetic materials. The temperature dependence of the electrical resistance of the films was investigated by using four-point probe method. The zero resistance and the transition with of the films were measured as 80-85 K, and 2-9 K, respectively. The A.C. susceptibility experiments were done by utilising the system that was designed and constructed. The appl...

  14. Preparation of YBCO-BYTO and YBCO-BZO nanostructured superconducting films by chemical method

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    Garcés, P.; Coll, M.; Castro, H.; Puig, T.; Obradors, X.

    2017-01-01

    YBCO-BYTO6% and YBCO-BZO10% YBa2Cu3O7-d-Ba2YTaO6 6% (YBCO-BYTO6%) and YBa2Cu3O7--BaZrO3 10% (YBCO-BZO 10%) nanostructured films were grown by the Chemical Solution Deposition method, and compared with YBCO pure films. Films were deposited on YSZ substrates, with Ce0.9Zr0.1O2 and Ce0.6Zr0.4O2 buffer layers. They were characterized by GADDS X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and inductive (SQUID) measurements of the critical temperature (Tc) and critical current density (Jc). It was found that YBCO-BZO10% films presented better superconducting properties (Tc=89.2K and Jc=1.3MA/cm2), probably due to an enhanced pinning force, originated by BZO nanoparticles. Additionally, it was found that these films have lower reactivity with the buffer layer.

  15. Imaging of current distributions in superconducting thin film structures; Abbildung von Stromverteilungen in supraleitenden Duennfilmstrukturen

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    Doenitz, D.

    2006-10-31

    Local analysis plays an important role in many fields of scientific research. However, imaging methods are not very common in the investigation of superconductors. For more than 20 years, Low Temperature Scanning Electron Microscopy (LTSEM) has been successfully used at the University of Tuebingen for studying of condensed matter phenomena, especially of superconductivity. In this thesis LTSEM was used for imaging current distributions in different superconducting thin film structures: - Imaging of current distributions in Josephson junctions with ferromagnetic interlayer, also known as SIFS junctions, showed inhomogeneous current transport over the junctions which directly led to an improvement in the fabrication process. An investigation of improved samples showed a very homogeneous current distribution without any trace of magnetic domains. Either such domains were not present or too small for imaging with the LTSEM. - An investigation of Nb/YBCO zigzag Josephson junctions yielded important information on signal formation in the LTSEM both for Josephson junctions in the short and in the long limit. Using a reference junction our signal formation model could be verified, thus confirming earlier results on short zigzag junctions. These results, which could be reproduced in this work, support the theory of d-wave symmetry in the superconducting order parameter of YBCO. Furthermore, investigations of the quasiparticle tunneling in the zigzag junctions showed the existence of Andreev bound states, which is another indication of the d-wave symmetry in YBCO. - The LTSEM study of Hot Electron Bolometers (HEB) allowed the first successful imaging of a stable 'Hot Spot', a self-heating region in HEB structures. Moreover, the electron beam was used to induce an - otherwise unstable - hot spot. Both investigations yielded information on the homogeneity of the samples. - An entirely new method of imaging the current distribution in superconducting interference

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

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

    2001-12-31

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

  17. Fracture behaviors of thin superconducting films with field-dependent critical current density

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

    2013-09-01

    The fracture behaviors under electromagnetic force with field-dependent critical current density in thin superconducting film are investigated. Applying finite element method, the energy release rates and stress intensity factors of one central crack versus applied field and crack length are obtained for the Bean model and Kim model. It is interesting that the profile of the stress intensity factor is generally the same as the magnetostrictive behavior during one full cycle applied field. Furthermore, the crack problem of two collinear cracks with respect to crack length and distance is also researched for the Kim model. The results show that the energy release rates and stress intensity factors of the two collinear cracks at left tip and right tip are remarkably different for relatively small crack distance and long crack length. This work can offer good estimations and provide a basis for interpretation of cracking and mechanical failure of HTS thin films in numerous real situations.

  18. Growth and superconductivity characteristics of MgB sub 2 thin films

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    Chen, K; Nie Rui Juan; Yang, T; Xie, F X; Liu, L Y; Wang, S Z; Dai, Y D; Wang, F

    2002-01-01

    We attempt to make MgB sub 2 thin films by using a pulsed-laser-deposition (PLD) and a magnetron sputtering method. We have deposited metal magnesium and boron on various substrates under different vacuum conditions. The PLD method has been employed to fabricate layers of magnesium and boron sandwiches under room temperature and the multi-layer system was then annealed in-situ under different temperatures. We also attempted to co-deposit magnesium and boron under high vacuum (5 x 10 sup - sup 5 Pa) on heated substrates with PLD. We have successfully grown superconducting MgB sub 2 thin films on an STO (100) substrate by magnetron sputtering. The onset transition temperature was 37 K and zero resistance temperature was 34 K.

  19. Influence of preparation conditions on superconducting properties of Bi-2223 thin films

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    N T Mua; A Sundaresan; N K Man; D D Dung

    2014-02-01

    We report electrical transport properties of Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3O10+ (Bi-2223) superconducting thin films fabricated by pulsed-laser deposition on SrTiO3 substrate. The aim of the study was to investigate the influence of preparation conditions such as deposition temperature (S), annealing time (A) and deposition rate (). A critical temperature (c) as high as 110 K and critical current density (c) of 6.2 × 106 A/cm2 at 20 K were obtained for S = 760° C, A = 4h and = 1.5 Å/s. We also investigated the effect of Li doping on Bi-2223 thin films. Li intercalation results in high resistive onset transition temperature and the resistivity shows broadening in magnetic field that increases with field. The large broadening of resistivity curve in magnetic field suggests that this phenomenon is directly related to the intrinsic superconducting properties of the copper oxide superconductors. The sudden drop in c at relatively low magnetic field ( < 0.5 tesla) is due to the effect of Josephson weak-links at the grain boundaries.

  20. Pinning effects on hot-electron vortex flow instability in superconducting films

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    Shklovskij, Valerij A.

    2017-07-01

    The hot-electron vortex flow instability in superconducting films in magnetic field B at substrate temperature T0 ≪ Tc is theoretically considered in the presence of pinning. The magnetic field dependences of the instability critical parameters (electric field E*, current density j*, resistivity ρ*, power density P* and vortex velocity v*) are derived for a cosine and a saw-tooth washboard pinning potential and compared with the results obtained earlier by M. Kunchur [Phys. Rev. Lett. 89 (2002) 137005] in absence of pinning. It is shown that the B-behavior of E*, j* and ρ* is monotonic, whereas the B-dependence of v* is quite different, namely dv*/dB may change its sign twice, as sometimes observed in experiments. The simplest heat balance equation for electrons in low-Tc superconducting films is considered within the framework of the two-fluid model. A theoretical analysis reveals that the instability critical temperature T* ≈ 5Tc/6 at T0 < T*/2 with T* being independent of B.

  1. Proximity effect of iron-based superconductor in conventional s-wave superconducting thin films

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    Groll, Nick; Proslier, Thomas; Koshelev, Alex; Stantev, Valentin; Chung, Duck-Young

    2012-02-01

    The proximity effect has been proposed as a mechanism to unambiguously identify the possible s±-state in iron-based superconductors.ootnotetextA. E. Koshelev, V. Stanev, Europhysics Letters, Vol. 96, 27014 (2011) With a thin s-wave superconductor atop a s±-superconductor it is suggested that the s-wave order parameter will couple to the s±-gaps differently, inducing a correction to the s-wave density of states that can be probed using electron tunneling spectroscopy. In this talk, we will present recent results of the superconducting proximity effect in s-wave MoGe thin films sputtered on top of bulk superconducting Ba0.6K0.4Fe2As2 (Tc=35K) pnictide. Electron tunneling spectroscopy measurements were performed for several MoGe film thicknesses using a homemade point contact setup. Finally, results will also be presented for similar measurements using two conventional s-wave superconductors.

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

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

    1991-01-01

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

  3. In Situ deposition of YBCO high-T(sub c) superconducting thin films by MOCVD and PE-MOCVD

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

    1990-01-01

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

  4. Influence of Fe Buffer Layer on Co-Doped BaFe2As2 Superconducting Thin Films

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A systematic characterization of Co-doped BaFe2As2 (Ba-122 thin films has been carried out. Two samples were available, one grown on CaF2 substrate and the other on MgO with an Fe buffer layer. The goal was to investigate films’ magnetic and superconducting properties, their reciprocal interplay, and the role played by the Fe buffer layer in modifying them. Morphological characterization and Energy Dispersive X-ray analyses on the Fe-buffered sample demonstrate the presence of diffused Fe close to the Co-doped Ba-122 outer surface as well as irregular holes in the overlying superconducting film. These results account for hysteresis loops obtained with magneto-optic Kerr effect measurements and observed at both room and low temperatures. The magnetic pattern was visualized by magneto-optical imaging with an indicator film. Moreover, we investigated the onset of superconductivity through a measure of the superconducting energy gap. The latter is strictly related to the decay time of the excitation produced by an ultrashort laser pulse and has been determined in a pump-probe transient reflectivity experiment. A comparison of results relative to Co-doped Ba-122 thin films with and without Fe buffer layer is finally reported.

  5. Y1Ba2Cu3O(7-delta) thin film dc SQUIDs (superconducting quantum interference device)

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    Racah, Daniel

    1991-03-01

    Direct current superconducting quantum interferometers (SQUIDs) based on HTSC thin films have been measured and characterized. The thin films used were of different quality: (1) Granular films on Sapphire substrates, prepared either by e-gun evaporation, by laser ablation or by MOCVD (metal oxide chemical vapor deposition), (2) Epitaxial films on MgO substrates. Modulations of the voltage on the SQUIDs as a function of the applied flux have been observed in a wide range of temperatures. The nature of the modulation was found to be strongly dependent on the morphology of the film and on its critical current. The SQUIDs based on granular films were relatively noisy, hysteretic and with a complicated V-phi shape. Those devices based on low quality (lowIc) granular films could be measured only at low temperatures (much lower than 77 K). While those of higher quality (granular films with high Ic) could be measured near to the superconductive transition. The SQUID based on high quality epitaxial film was measured near Tc and showed an anomalous, time dependent behavior.

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

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

    2010-01-01

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

  7. Study of the surface resistance of superconducting niobium films at 1.5 GHz

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    Benvenuti, Cristoforo; Campisi, I E; Darriulat, Pierre; Peck, M A; Russo, R; Valente, A M

    1999-01-01

    A systematic study of superconducting properties of niobium films sputtered on the inner wall of radiofrequency cavities is presented. The measured quantities include in particular the response to 1.5 GHz microwaves, the critical temperature, the penetration depth and the magnetic penetration field. In addition to films grown in different gas discharges (Xe, Kr, Ar and Ar/Ne mixtures) and to films grown on substrates prepared under different conditions, the study also includes bulk niobium cavities. The surface resistance is analysed in terms of its dependence on temperature, on RF field and, when relevant, on the density of trapped fluxons. A simple parameterisation is found to give a good fit to the data. Once allowance for the presence of impurities and defects is made by means of a single parameter, the electron mean free path, good agreement with BCS theory is observed. The fluxon-induced losses are studied in detail and their dependence on RF field, on temperature and on the density of trapped fluxons i...

  8. Analysis of the proximity function in electron-beam lithography on high-? superconducting thin-films

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    Gueorguiev, Y. M.; Vutova, K. G.; Mladenov, G. M.

    1996-07-01

    In this paper we approximate by the combination of double Gaussian and exponential functions the radial distributions of the absorbed electron energy density in a 125 nm PMMA resist layer on 0953-2048/9/7/009/img2 thin-film/substrate targets obtained by means of Monte Carlo simulation for a zero-width 0953-2048/9/7/009/img3-function and the following variables (i) the substrate material (0953-2048/9/7/009/img4 and MgO), (ii) the electron beam energy 0953-2048/9/7/009/img5 (25, 50 and 75 keV) and (iii) the 0953-2048/9/7/009/img2 film thickness d (0, 100, 200 and 300 nm). The values of the parameters of the analytical function are calculated using an original Monte Carlo technique. These values are presented in the form of 3D diagrams which show their dependences on beam energy and on high-temperature superconducting film thickness and can also be used for approximate determination of the parameters at different initial conditions.

  9. Interface-Induced High-Temperature Superconductivity in Single Unit-Cell FeSe Films on SrTiO3

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    WANG Qing-Yan; CHANG Kai; WEN Jing; SONG Can-Li; HE Ke; JIA Jin-Feng; JI Shuai-Hua; WANG Ya-Yu; WANG Li-Li; CHEN Xi; MA Xu-Cun; LI Zhi; XUE Qi-Kun; ZHANG Wen-Hao; ZHANG Zuo-Cheng; ZHANG Jin-Song; LI Wei; DING Hao; OU Yun-Bo; DENG Peng

    2012-01-01

    We report high transition temperature superconductivity in one unit-cell (UC) thick FeSe films grown on a Seetched SrTiO3 (001) substrate by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE).A superconducting gap as large as 20 meV and the magnetic field induced vortex state revealed by in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) suggest that the superconductivity of the 1 UC FeSe films could occur around 77K.The control transport measurement shows that the onset superconductivity temperature is well above 50K.Our work not only demonstrates a powerful way for finding new superconductors and for raising Tc,but also provides a well-defined platform for systematic studies of the mechanism of unconventional superconductivity by using different superconducting materials and substrates.

  10. Kinetic Inductance Photodetectors Based on Nonequilibrium Response in Superconducting Thin-Film Structures

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    Sergeev, A. V.; Karasik, B. S.; Gogidze, I. G.; Mitin, V. V.

    2001-01-01

    While experimental studies of kinetic-inductance sensors have been limited so far by the temperature range near the superconducting transition, these detectors can be very sensitivity at temperatures well below the transition, where the number of equilibrium quasiparticles is exponentially small. In this regime, a shift of the quasiparticle chemical potential under radiation results in the change of the kinetic inductance, which can be measured by a sensitive SQUID readout. We modeled the kinetic inductance response of detectors made from disordered superconducting Nb, NbC, and MoRe films. Low phonon transparency of the interface between the superconductor and the substrate causes substantial re-trapping of phonons providing high quantum efficiency and the operating time of approximately 1 ms at 1 K. Due to the small number of quasiparticles, the noise equivalent power of the detector determined by the quasiparticle generation-recombination noise can be as small as approximately 10(exp -19) W/Hz(exp 1/2) at He4 temperatures.

  11. Dual-Double Slot Antennas Fabricated with Single Superconducting Film for Millimeter Wave Camera

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    Naruse, Masato; Nitta, Tom; Karatsu, Kenichi; Sekine, Msakazu; Sekiguchi, Shigeyuki; Sekimoto, Yutaro; Noguchi, Takashi; Taino, Tohru; Myoren, Hiroaki

    2016-02-01

    We propose an entirely plane-structure camera for millimeter wave astronomy, in order to reduce production cost and time. The camera is composed of a silicon lens-let, antennas, feed lines, and detectors made from the same superconducting aluminum film on a silicon substrate. A couple of double-slot antennas are located the same focal plane of a small substrate lens to enhance the packing density of detectors and observation efficiency. To achieve high sensitivity, we adapted a microwave kinetic inductance detector as a photon sensor, which consists of a superconducting microresonator. We examined the optical performance of the camera attached to a silicon lens array at 220 GHz in a 0.3 K cryostat. The measured beams were in good agreement with the calculations within the dynamic range of the setup (20 dB). Polarization misalignments between the dual-double slot antenna were less than 2∘, and cross-polarization level was around -7 dB. The relatively high cross-polarization would be explained by an antenna crosstalk mediated by quasiparticle diffusion.

  12. Electric field-induced superconducting transition of insulating FeSe thin film at 35 K.

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    Hanzawa, Kota; Sato, Hikaru; Hiramatsu, Hidenori; Kamiya, Toshio; Hosono, Hideo

    2016-04-12

    It is thought that strong electron correlation in an insulating parent phase would enhance a critical temperature (Tc) of superconductivity in a doped phase via enhancement of the binding energy of a Cooper pair as known in high-Tc cuprates. To induce a superconductor transition in an insulating phase, injection of a high density of carriers is needed (e.g., by impurity doping). An electric double-layer transistor (EDLT) with an ionic liquid gate insulator enables such a field-induced transition to be investigated and is expected to result in a high Tc because it is free from deterioration in structure and carrier transport that are in general caused by conventional carrier doping (e.g., chemical substitution). Here, for insulating epitaxial thin films (∼10 nm thick) of FeSe, we report a high Tc of 35 K, which is 4× higher than that of bulk FeSe, using an EDLT under application of a gate bias of +5.5 V. Hall effect measurements under the gate bias suggest that highly accumulated electron carrier in the channel, whose area density is estimated to be 1.4 × 10(15) cm(-2) (the average volume density of 1.7 × 10(21) cm(-3)), is the origin of the high-Tc superconductivity. This result demonstrates that EDLTs are useful tools to explore the ultimate Tc for insulating parent materials.

  13. Cationic Redistribution at Epitaxial Interfaces in Superconducting Two-Dimensionally Doped Lanthanum Cuprate Films.

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    Baiutti, Federico; Gregori, Giuliano; Wang, Yi; Suyolcu, Y Eren; Cristiani, Georg; van Aken, Peter A; Maier, Joachim; Logvenov, Gennady

    2016-10-12

    The exploration of interface effects in complex oxide heterostructures has led to the discovery of novel intriguing phenomena in recent years and has opened the path toward the precise tuning of material properties at the nanoscale. One recent example is space-charge superconductivity. Among the complex range of effects which may arise from phase interaction, a crucial role is played by cationic intermixing, which defines the final chemical composition of the interface. In this work, we performed a systematic study on the local cationic redistribution of two-dimensionally doped lanthanum cuprate films grown by oxide molecular beam epitaxy, in which single LaO layers in the epitaxial crystal structure were substituted by layers of differently sized and charged dopants (Ca, Sr, Ba, and Dy). In such a model system, in which the dopant undergoes an asymmetric redistribution across the interface, the evolution of the cationic concentration profile can be effectively tracked by means of atomically resolved imaging and spectroscopic methods. This allowed for the investigation of the impact of the dopant chemistry (ionic size and charge) and of the growth conditions (temperature) on the final superconducting and structural properties. A qualitative model for interface cationic intermixing, based on thermodynamic considerations, is proposed. This work highlights the key role which cationic redistribution may have in the definition of the final interface properties and represents a further step forward the realization of heterostructures with improved quality.

  14. Superconductivity above 100 K in single-layer FeSe films on doped SrTiO3.

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    Ge, Jian-Feng; Liu, Zhi-Long; Liu, Canhua; Gao, Chun-Lei; Qian, Dong; Xue, Qi-Kun; Liu, Ying; Jia, Jin-Feng

    2015-03-01

    Recent experiments on FeSe films grown on SrTiO3 (STO) suggest that interface effects can be used as a means to reach superconducting critical temperatures (Tc) of up to 80 K (ref. ). This is nearly ten times the Tc of bulk FeSe and higher than the record value of 56 K for known bulk Fe-based superconductors. Together with recent studies of superconductivity at oxide heterostructure interfaces, these results rekindle the long-standing idea that electron pairing at interfaces between two different materials can be tailored to achieve high-temperature superconductivity. Subsequent angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy measurements of the FeSe/STO system revealed an electronic structure distinct from bulk FeSe (refs , ), with an energy gap vanishing at around 65 K. However, ex situ electrical transport measurements have so far detected zero resistance-the key experimental signature of superconductivity-only below 30 K. Here, we report the observation of superconductivity with Tc above 100 K in the FeSe/STO system by means of in situ four-point probe electrical transport measurements. This finding confirms FeSe/STO as an ideal material for studying high-Tc superconductivity.

  15. Superconducting NbTiN Thin Films with Highly Uniform Properties over a 100 mm diameter Wafer

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    Thoen, D J; Haalebos, E A F; Klapwijk, T M; Baselmans, J J A; Endo, A

    2016-01-01

    Uniformity in thickness and electronic properties of superconducting niobium titanium nitride (NbTiN) thin films is a critical issue for upscaling superconducting electronics, such as microwave kinetic inductance detectors for submillimeter wave astronomy. In this article we make an experimental comparison between the uniformity of NbTiN thin films produced by two DC magnetron sputtering systems with vastly different target sizes: the Nordiko 2000 equipped with a circular 100mm diameter target, and the Evatec LLS801 with a rectangular target of 127 mm x 444.5 mm. In addition to the films deposited staticly in both systems, we have also deposited films in the LLS801 while shuttling the substrate in front of the target, with the aim of further enhancing the uniformity. Among these three setups, the LLS801 system with substrate shuttling has yielded the highest uniformity in film thickness (+/-2%), effective resistivity (decreasing by 5% from center to edge), and superconducting critical temperature (T_c = 15.0 ...

  16. Superconducting properties of very high quality NbN thin films grown by high temperature chemical vapor deposition

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    Hazra, D.; Tsavdaris, N.; Jebari, S.; Grimm, A.; Blanchet, F.; Mercier, F.; Blanquet, E.; Chapelier, C.; Hofheinz, M.

    2016-10-01

    Niobium nitride (NbN) is widely used in high-frequency superconducting electronics circuits because it has one of the highest superconducting transition temperatures ({T}{{c}}˜ 16.5 {{K}}) and largest gap among conventional superconductors. In its thin-film form, the T c of NbN is very sensitive to growth conditions and it still remains a challenge to grow NbN thin films (below 50 nm) with high T c. Here, we report on the superconducting properties of NbN thin films grown by high-temperature chemical vapor deposition (HTCVD). Transport measurements reveal significantly lower disorder than previously reported, characterized by a Ioffe-Regel parameter ({k}{{F}}{\\ell }) ˜ 12. Accordingly we observe {T}{{c}}˜ 17.06 {{K}} (point of 50% of normal state resistance), the highest value reported so far for films of thickness 50 nm or less, indicating that HTCVD could be particularly useful for growing high quality NbN thin films.

  17. Prediction of IV curves for a superconducting thin film using artificial neural networks

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    Kamran, M.; Haider, S. A.; Akram, T.; Naqvi, S. R.; He, S. K.

    2016-07-01

    We propose a framework using artificial neural networks that predicts the IV characteristics of a superconducting thin film with square array of nano-engineered periodic antidots, called holes. We adopt the conventionally used commercial physical properties measurement system to obtain a dataset comprising transport measurements, and use this dataset to train our artificial neural network. Once trained, the model is capable of predicting the curve for varying temperature and magnetic flux values, which are cross validated by the physical properties measurement system. Consistent with the works in literature, our framework suggests Josephson Junctions like behavior near transition temperature and at stronger magnetic fields. Our study is important since repeated measurements using the conventional method are time consuming and costly; we demonstrate that the proposed method may be effectively used to classify the IV characteristics over a wide range of temperature and magnetic field values.

  18. THz investigations of the Higgs amplitude mode in superconducting thin films

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    Dressel, Martin; Pracht, Uwe S. [1. Phys. Inst., Universtaet Stuttgart (Germany); Sherman, Daniel; Frydman, Aviad [Phys. Dept., Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan (Israel); Gorshunov, Boris [1. Phys. Inst., Universtaet Stuttgart (Germany); General Physics Inst, RUS, Moscow (Russian Federation); Moscow Inst. Phys. and Techn., Dolgoprudny (Russian Federation); Raychaudhuri, Pratap [Tata Inst. Fund. Res., Mumbai (India); Trivedi, Nandini [Phys. Dept., Ohio State University, Columbus (United States); Auerbach, Assa [Phys. Dept., Technion, Haifa (Israel)

    2015-07-01

    We have measured thin superconducting films of various degrees of disorder by THz spectroscopy in order to investigate the optical conductivity at low temperatures. While the properties of weakly disordered superconductors, such as NbN or InO, can be well described by the BCS theory, significant deviations are observed as disorder increases towards the superconductor-insulator transition. On both sides of the transition, tunneling spectroscopy determines a finite pairing gap 2Δ. In contrast, the threshold frequency for the dynamical conductivity, which in BCS theory is associated with the gap, vanishes critically toward the superconductor insulator transition. Here we can identify an excess optical spectral weight below 2Δ as the first unambiguous evidence of a well-defined Higgs amplitude mode observed in a superconductor.

  19. Levitation force from high-Tc superconducting thin-film disks

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    Riise, Anjali B.; Johansen, T. H.; Bratsberg, H.; Koblischka, M. R.; Shen, Y. Q.

    1999-10-01

    Experimental studies and theoretical modeling of the levitation force between a permanent magnet and superconducting thin film are reported. Measurements of the force Fz and magnetic stiffness κz=\\|δFz/δz\\| as functions of the magnet-superconductor separation z, show several features contrasting all previous levitation force data for bulk superconductors. In particular, the Fz(z) curves measured for decreasing and increasing separation form hysteresis loops of nearly symmetrical shape, also displaying a peak in the repulsive force branch. Recent theories for flux penetration in thin type-II superconductors in transverse magnetic fields are invoked to explain the results, which were obtained using a cylindrical Nd-Fe-B magnet and a YBa2Cu3O7-δ circular disk made by laser ablation. We derive explicit formulas for both Fz and κz, reproducing quantitatively all the features seen experimentally.

  20. Quasi-optical THz spectroscopy on ultra-thin superconducting films of NbN and TaN

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    Pracht, Uwe Santiago; Heintze, Eric; Scheffler, Marc; Dressel, Martin [1. Physikalisches Institut, University of Stuttgart (Germany); Il' in, Konstantin; Henrich, Dagmar; Guo, Qiao; Siegel, Michael [Institut fuer Mikro- und Nanoelektronische Systeme (IMS), Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie (KIT) (Germany)

    2013-07-01

    Ultra-thin films of the conventional superconductors niobium nitride (NbN) and tantalum nitride (TaN) have recently attracted attention for devices such as single-photon detectors. Quasi-optical THz spectroscopy is a particularly suited tool with direct access to superconducting properties, such as the superconducting energy gap, which are necessary for a proper understanding of device performance and for future improvements. With our THz-spectroscopy approach we measure amplitude and phaseshift of coherent radiation (0.09-1.2 THz) passing through thin-film systems. We present the performance and possibilities of our experimental set-up, and we apply it to ultra-thin superconducting films of NbN and TaN. We fit the experimental data to weak-coupling BCS theory, and we obtain frequency- and temperature-dependent superconducting properties such as the complex optical conductivity, the complex dielectric function, the energy gap, the penetration depth, and the superfluid density.

  1. Monitoring of Spectral Map Changes from Normal State to Superconducting State in High-TC Superconductor Films Using Raman Imaging

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    J. L. González-Solís

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We have explored the chemical structure of TlBa2Ca2Cu3O9 high-TC superconductor films with Tl-1223 phase to monitor spectral map changes from normal state to superconducting state using the technique of Raman imaging. Raman images were performed for 12 different temperatures in the 77–293 K range. At room temperature, the Raman images were characterized by a single color but as the temperature dropped a new color appeared and when the temperature of 77 K is reached and the superconducting state is assured, the Raman images were characterized by the red, green, and blue colors. Our study could suggest that the superconducting state emerged around 133 K, in full agreement with those reported in the literature. A cross-checking was done applying principal component analysis (PCA to other sets of Raman spectra of our films measured at different temperatures. PCA result showed that the spectra can be grouped into two temperature ranges, one in the 293–153 K range and the other in the 133–77 K range suggesting that transition to the superconducting state occurred at some temperature around 133 K. This is the first report of preliminary results evaluating the usefulness of Raman imaging in determination of transition temperature of superconductor films.

  2. Scaling between superconducting critical temperature and structural coherence length in YBa2Cu3O6.9 films

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    Gauzzi, A.; Jönsson-Åkerman, B. Johan; Clerc-Dubois, A.; Pavuna, D.

    2000-09-01

    Measurements of critical temperature Tc in superconducting YBa2Cu3O6.9 films with reduced long-range structural order show the validity of the empirical scaling relation ΔTc propto rc-2 between disorder-induced reduction of Tc and structural coherence length rc in the ab-plane. This result is quantitatively explained by the disorder-induced confinement of the charge carriers within each ordered domain of size rc. Our analysis of the data based on this picture enables us to precisely determine the Ginzburg-Landau superconducting coherence length in the ab-plane, ξab = 1.41 ± 0.04 nm.

  3. Quantum and superconducting fluctuations effects in disordered Nb 1- xTa x thin films above Tc

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    Giannouri, M.; Papastaikoudis, C.

    1999-05-01

    Disordered Nb 1- xTa x thin films are prepared with e-gun coevaporation. The influence of the β-phase of tantalum in the critical temperature Tc is observed as a function of the substrate temperature. The measurements of transverse magnetoresistance at various isothermals are interpreted in terms of weak-localization and superconducting fluctuations. From the fitting procedure, the phase breaking rate τφ-1 and the Larkin parameter βL are estimated as a function of temperature. Conclusions about the dominant inelastic scattering mechanisms at various temperature regions as well as for the dominant mechanism of superconducting fluctuations near the transition temperature are extracted.

  4. Effect of different uranium compounds on the properties of U-Pt-Y-Ba-O double-perovskite pinning centres in textured Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductor

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    Sawh, Ravi-Persad; Weinstein, Roy; Parks, Drew; Gandini, Alberto [Beam Particle Dynamics Laboratories, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-5005 (United States); Department of Physics, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-5005 (United States); Texas Center for Superconductivity and Advanced Materials, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-5005 (United States)

    2005-02-01

    An experiment was performed to test the effect of different uranium compounds on the properties of chemical pinning centres. UO{sub 2}, UO{sub 3}, and UO{sub 4}{center_dot}2H{sub 2}O wereadmixed to Y 123+Pt, and textured. Tests of J{sub c} via measurements of trapped field (B{sub trap}) indicate a clear dependence of B{sub trap} on the U compound admixed to create the pinning centres. In all three cases there is a monotonic increase in B{sub trap} as the mass (M{sub U}) of U is increased. However, the magnitude of the increase in B{sub trap} depends on the admixed U compound. The highest increase in B{sub trap} is measured in samples doped with UO{sub 4}{center_dot}2H{sub 2}O, and the lowest is obtained in samples doped with UO{sub 2}. Microstructure studies indicate that the composition of the U-rich pinning deposits is the same in all three cases, i.e. all are the previously identified (U{sub 0.6}Pt{sub 0.4})Y Ba{sub 2}O{sub 6} compound. The primary difference among the three types of samples is that the size of the U-Pt-Y-Ba-O pinning deposits depends on the admixed U compound. While all are in the nanometre domain, the diameter of these deposits was markedly larger in UO{sub 2} doped samples than in UO{sub 3} doped samples, and smallest in UO{sub 4}{center_dot}2H{sub 2}O doped samples. Because some form of poisoning limits the amount of U that can be added to create pinning centres, to M{sub U} {approx}1 wt%, smaller deposits result in a greater number of pinning centres. We conclude that UO{sub 4}{center_dot}2H{sub 2}O is more effective than either UO{sub 3} or UO{sub 2} in the formation of U-Pt-Y-Ba-O pinning centres because of diminished pinning centre size, and consequent increase in pinning centre density.

  5. Microstructure change during oxygen annealing and the effect on the levitation force of melt-textured Y-Ba-Cu -O superconductors

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    Chan-Joong Kim; Ki-Baik Kim; Il-Hyun Kuk; Gye-Won Hong [Superconductivity Research Laboratory, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Yusung, Taejon (Korea, Republic of); Yi-Sung Lee; Hyun-Soon Park [Department of Metallurgical Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Soowon, Kyounggi-do (Korea, Republic of)

    1997-12-01

    The influence of oxygen annealing on the levitation force was studied for melt-textured multidomain YBCO samples cooled with and without magnetic field (field cooled (FC) and zero-field cooled (ZFC)). For both the FC and ZFC samples the repulsive force rapidly increased with increasing oxygen annealing time, reaching a maximum value at a certain annealing time and then slightly decreasing when the sampleswere further annealed. The attractive force of the FC samples followed a similar pattern to that of the repulsive force while the attractive force of the ZFC samples was small and nearly constant regardless of annealing time. The variation of the levitation force with oxygen annealing time is explained in terms of the microstructure developed during oxygen annealing. (author)

  6. Microstructure change during oxygen annealing and the effect on the levitation force of melt-textured Y - Ba - Cu - O superconductors

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    Kim, Chan-Joong; Kim, Ki-Baik; Kuk, Il-Hyun; Hong, Gye-Won; Lee, Yi-Sung; Park, Hyun-Soon

    1997-12-01

    The influence of oxygen annealing on the levitation force was studied for melt-textured multidomain YBCO samples cooled with and without magnetic field (field cooled (FC) and zero-field cooled (ZFC)). For both the FC and ZFC samples the repulsive force rapidly increased with increasing oxygen annealing time, reaching a maximum value at a certain annealing time and then slightly decreasing when the samples were further annealed. The attractive force of the FC samples followed a similar pattern to that of the repulsive force while the attractive force of the ZFC samples was small and nearly constant regardless of annealing time. The variation of the levitation force with oxygen annealing time is explained in terms of the microstructure developed during oxygen annealing.

  7. Evaluation of uncertainty in the inductive measurement of critical current densities of superconducting films using third-harmonic voltages

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    Yamasaki, H.; Mawatari, Y.; Nakagawa, Y.; Yamada, H.

    2012-10-01

    Several techniques can be used for inductive measurement of the critical current density Jc of large-area superconducting thin films used in microwave devices and fault-current limiters. The most popular of these methods employs the third-harmonic voltages V3. We have proposed a standard method using V3 for determining Jc under a criterion of electric field E. Here, the uncertainty in the standard method is evaluated. Since the measured Jc is directly proportional to the magnetic field at the upper surface of the superconducting film, the most significant systematic effect is the deviation of the coil-to-film distance Z1 from the prescribed value. The principal origins of this deviation of Z1 are (1) inadequate pressing of the coil onto the film and (2) ice layers occasionally forming between the coil and the protective polyimide film. If these effects are eliminated, uncertainty of Jc originates mainly from (a) uncertainty of the experimental coil coefficient k', which is dominated by uncertainty of the transport Jc, and (b) underestimation of the induced electric field E when using a simple Bean model. For a typical DyBa2Cu3O7 film specimen, the relative combined standard uncertainty in the standard method was evaluated as ˜5%. The effect of the film edge on Jc measurements is also described.

  8. Microwave properties of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) high-transition-temperature superconducting thin films measured by the power transmission method

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    Miranda, F. A.; Gordon, W. L.; Bhasin, K. B.; Heinen, V. O.; Warner, J. D.

    1991-01-01

    The microwave response of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) superconducting thin films deposited on LaAlO3, MgO, YSZ, and LaGaO3 substrates are studied. It is found that the microwave transmission properties are very weakly dependent on temperature in the normal state but change drastically upon transition to the superconducting state. In particular, the transmission decreases and there is a negative phase shift with respect to the phase at room temperature when the sample is cooled through its transition temperature. The magnetic penetration depth for all the films was determined from the surface reactance of the films. The microwave complex conductivity is determined in both the normal and the superconducting state. It is observed that both sigma1 and sigma2 increase in transition to the superconducting state. The surface resistivity is calculated for all the films.

  9. Critical field of two-dimensional superconducting Sn1-x/Six bimetallic composite cluster assembled films with energetic cluster impact deposition

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    Kurokawa, Yuichiro; Hihara, Takehiko; Ichinose, Ikuo

    2013-05-01

    Sn1-x/Six cluster assembled films have been prepared by an energetic cluster impact deposition using a plasma-gas-condensation cluster beam deposition apparatus. Transmission electron microscope images indicated that individual clusters have composite morphologies, where Sn and Si were separated from each other. The superconducting critical magnetic fields, Hc, of Sn1-x/Six cluster assembled films were measured and found to be much higher than the critical magnetic field of the bulk Sn. We estimated the Hc values by using a theory of the superconducting thin film. The estimated values are in good agreement with the experiments, indicating that the Sn1-x/Six cluster assembled films can be regarded as a two-dimensional system although thickness, t, of Sn1-x/Six cluster assembled films (t ≈ 1000 nm) is thicker than conventional superconducting thin film (t < 100 nm).

  10. Superconducting YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thin films on GaAs with conducting indium-tin-oxide buffer layers

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    Kellett, B. J.; Gauzzi, A.; James, J. H.; Dwir, B.; Pavuna, D.

    1990-12-01

    Superconducting YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (YBCO) thin films have been grown in situ on GaAs with conducting indium-tin-oxide (ITO) buffer layers. Superconducting onset is about 92 K with zero resistance at 60 K. ITO buffer layers usually form Schottky-like barriers on GaAs. The YBCO film and ITO buffer layer, grown by ion beam sputter codeposition, are textured and polycrystalline with a combined room-temperature resistivity of about 1 milliohm cm.

  11. Protection of high temperature superconducting thin-films in a semiconductor processing environment

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    Xu, Yizi; Fiske, R.; Sanders, S.C.; Ekin, J.W. [National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, CO (United States)

    1996-12-31

    Annealing studies have been carried out for high temperature superconductor YBaCuO{sub 7{minus}{delta}} in a reducing ambient, in order to identify insulator layer(s) that will effectively protect the superconducting film in the hostile environment. While a layer of magnesium oxide (MgO) sputter deposited directly on YBaCuO{sub 7{minus}{delta}} film provides some degree of protection, the authors found that a composite structure of YBCO/SrTiO{sub 3}/MgO, where the SrTiO{sub 3} was grown by laser ablation immediately following YBCO deposition (in-situ process), was much more effective. They also address the need for a buffer layer between YBCO and aluminum (Al) during annealing. Al is most commenly used for semiconductor metalization, but is known to react readily with YBCO at elevated temperatures. The authors found that the most effective buffer layers are platinum (Pt) and gold/platinum (Au/Pt).

  12. High quality YBCO superconductive thin films fabricated by laser molecular beam epitaxy

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    CHEN; Fan

    2001-01-01

    [1]Hirata,K.,Yamamoto,K.,Iijinma,J.et al.,Tunneling measurements on superconductor/insulator/superconductor junctions using single-crystal YBa2Cu3O7-x thin films,Appl.Phys.Lett.,1990,56(7):683-685.[2]Kingston,J.J.,Wellstood,F.C.,Lerch,P.et al.,Multilayer YBa2Cu3Ox-SrTiO3-YBa2Cu3Ox films for insulating crossovers,Appl.Phys.Lett.,1990,56(2):189-191.[3]Grundler,D.,Krumme,J.P.,David,B.et al.,YBa2Cu3O7 ramp-type junctions and superconducting quantum interference devices with an ultra thin barrier of NdGaO3,Appl.Phys.Lett.,1994,65(14):1841-1843.[4]Yang Guozhen,Lu Huibin,Chen Zhenghao et al.,Laser molecular beam epitaxy system and its key technologies,Science in China (in Chinese),Ser.A,1998,28(3):260-265.[5]Wang Ning,Lu Huibin,Chen,W.Z.et al.,Morphology and microstructure of BaTiO3/SrTiO3 superlattices grown on SrTiO3 by laser molecular-beam epitaxy,Appl.Phys.Lett.,1999,75(22):3464-3466.[6]Chen Li-Chyng,Particulates generated by pulsed laser ablation,in Pulsed Laser Deposition of Thin Films (eds.Chrisey,D.B.,Hulber,G.K.),New York:John Wiley & Sons,Inc.,1994,167-198.[7]Wang,H.S.,Dietsche,W.,Eissler,D.et al.,Molecular beam epitaxial growth and structure properties of DyBa2Cu3O7-y,J.Crys.Growth,1993,126:565-577.[8]Kita,R.,Hase,T.,Itti,R.et al.,Synthesis of CuO films using mass-separated,low-energy O+ ion beams,Appl.Phys.Lett.,1992,60(21):2684-2685.[9]Lu Huibin,Zhou Yueliang,Yang Guozhen et al.,Active gas source for thin film preparation,Chinese Patent (in Chinese),1996,No.ZL 96219046.2.[10]Wang Jing,Chen Fan,Zhao Tong et al.,Fabrication of high stable DC-SQUIDS with L-MBE YBCO thin films,Chinese Journal of Low Temperature Physics (in Chinese),1999,21(1):13-16.

  13. Interface enhanced superconductivity in single unit-cell FeSe films on SrTiO3(110)

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    Wang, Lili

    The advent of enhanced superconductivity in FeSe/STO(001) has instigated great interests in other interfacial systems both experimentally and theoretically. To figure out the key role of substrate, STO(110) substrate is of great interest because it resembles STO(001) in high density subsurface oxygen vacancies but distinguishes itself by anisotropic in-plane lattice constants and dielectric constant. Here, we investigated molecular beam epitaxy growth of 1-UC FeSe films on STO(110) substrates and studied the superconducting properties by combined in-situ scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) and ex-situ transport measurement. By STS we observed a superconducting gap as large as 17 meV. Transport measurements on 1-UC FeSe/STO(110) capped with FeTe layers reveal superconductivity with an onset transition temperature (TC) of 31.6 K and an upper critical magnetic field of 30.2 T. We also find that TC can be further increased by an external electric field, but the effect is weaker than that on STO(001) substrate. Our study highlights the important roles of interface related charge transfer and electron-phonon coupling in the high temperature superconductivity of FeSe/STO. References: [1] Q. Y. Wang, et al., Chin. Phys. Lett., 29, 037402 (2012). [2] J. J. Lee, Nature 515, 245 (2014).

  14. Superconductivity in FeSe Thin Films Driven by the Interplay between Nematic Fluctuations and Spin-Orbit Coupling

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    Kang, Jian; Fernandes, Rafael M.

    2016-11-01

    The origin of the high-temperature superconducting state observed in FeSe thin films, whose phase diagram displays no sign of magnetic order, remains a hotly debated topic. Here we investigate whether fluctuations arising due to the proximity to a nematic phase, which is observed in the phase diagram of this material, can promote superconductivity. We find that nematic fluctuations alone promote a highly degenerate pairing state, in which both s -wave and d -wave symmetries are equally favored, and Tc is consequently suppressed. However, the presence of a sizable spin-orbit coupling or inversion symmetry breaking at the film interface lifts this harmful degeneracy and selects the s -wave state, in agreement with recent experimental proposals. The resulting gap function displays a weak anisotropy, which agrees with experiments in monolayer FeSe and intercalated Li1 -x(OH )xFeSe .

  15. Common electronic origin of superconductivity in (Li,Fe)OHFeSe bulk superconductor and single-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 films.

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    Zhao, Lin; Liang, Aiji; Yuan, Dongna; Hu, Yong; Liu, Defa; Huang, Jianwei; He, Shaolong; Shen, Bing; Xu, Yu; Liu, Xu; Yu, Li; Liu, Guodong; Zhou, Huaxue; Huang, Yulong; Dong, Xiaoli; Zhou, Fang; Liu, Kai; Lu, Zhongyi; Zhao, Zhongxian; Chen, Chuangtian; Xu, Zuyan; Zhou, X J

    2016-02-08

    The mechanism of high-temperature superconductivity in the iron-based superconductors remains an outstanding issue in condensed matter physics. The electronic structure plays an essential role in dictating superconductivity. Recent revelation of distinct electronic structure and high-temperature superconductivity in the single-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 films provides key information on the role of Fermi surface topology and interface in inducing or enhancing superconductivity. Here we report high-resolution angle-resolved photoemission measurements on the electronic structure and superconducting gap of an FeSe-based superconductor, (Li0.84Fe0.16)OHFe0.98Se, with a Tc at 41 K. We find that this single-phase bulk superconductor shows remarkably similar electronic behaviours to that of the superconducting single-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 films in terms of Fermi surface topology, band structure and the gap symmetry. These observations provide new insights in understanding high-temperature superconductivity in the single-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 films and the mechanism of superconductivity in the bulk iron-based superconductors.

  16. Subharmonic energy gap structure in the Josephson radiation at 35 GHz from a superconducting thin-film microbridge

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    Hansen, Jørn Bindslev; Levinsen, M. T.; Lindelof, Poul Erik;

    1979-01-01

    Nonresonant detection of the Josephson radiation 35 GHz from a superconducting thin-film microbridge is reported. The high frequency and the accuracy of these measurements lead to a new important observation: subharmonic energy gap structure in the detected integral power. The maximum integral po...... power measured was as large as 8×10−11 W. Applied Physics Letters is copyrighted by The American Institute of Physics....

  17. Molecular beam epitaxy and superconductivity of stoichiometric FeSe and KxFe2-ySe2 crystalline films

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    Wang Li-Li; Ma Xu-Cun; Chen Xi; Xue Qi-Kun

    2013-01-01

    Our recent progress in the fabrication of FeSe and KxFe2-ySe2 ultra thin films and the understanding of their superconductivity properties is reviewed.The growth of high-quality FeSe and KxFe2-ySe2 films is achieved in a well controlled manner by molecular beam epitaxy.The high-quality stoichiometric and superconducting crystalline thin films allow us to investigate the intrinsic superconductivity properties and the interplay between the superconductivity and the film thickness,the local structure,the substrate,and magnetism.In situ low-temperature scanning tunneling spectra reveal the nodes and the twofold symmetry in FeSe,high-temperature superconductivity at the FeSe/SrTiO3 interface,phase separation and magnetic order in KxFe2-ySe2,and the suppression of superconductivity by twin boundaries and Fe vacancies.Our findings not only provide fundamental information for understanding the mechanism of unconventional superconductivity,but also demonstrate a powerful way of engineering superconductors and raising the transition temperature.

  18. A study of two-level system defects in dielectric films using superconducting resonators

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    Khalil, Moe Shwan

    In this dissertation I describe measurements of dielectric loss at microwave frequencies due to two level systems (TLS) using superconducting resonators. Most measurements were performed in a dilution refrigerator at temperatures between 30 and 200 mK and all resonators discussed were fabricated with thin-film superconducting aluminum. I derive the transmission through a non-ideal (mismatched) resonant circuit and find that in general the resonance line-shape is asymmetric. I describe an analysis method for extracting the internal quality factor (Q i), the diameter correction method (DCM), and compare it to a commonly used phenomenological method, the phi rotation method (phiRM). I analytically find that the phiRM deterministically overestimates Qi when the asymmetry of the resonance line-shape is high. Four coplanar resonator geometries were studied, with frequencies spanning 5-7 GHz. They were all superconducting aluminum fabricated on sapphire and silicon substrates. These include a quasi-lumped element resonator, a coplanar strip transmission line resonator, and two hybrid designs that contain both a coplanar strip and a quasi-lumped element. Measured Qi's were as high as 2 x 105 for single photon excitations and there was no systematic variation in loss between quasi-lumped and coplanar strip resonance modes. I also measured the microwave loss tangent of several atomic layer deposition (ALD) grown dielectrics and obtained secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) measurements of the same films. I found that hydrogen defect concentrations were correlated with low temperature microwave loss. In amorphous films that showed excess hydrogen defects on the surface, two independent TLS distributions were required to fit the loss tangent, one for the surface and one for the bulk. In crystalline dielectrics where hydrogen contamination was uniform throughout the bulk, a single bulk TLS distribution was sufficient. Finally, I measured the TLS loss in 250 nm thick HD

  19. Large-scale modulation in the superconducting properties of thin films due to domains in the SrTi O3 substrate

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    Wissberg, Shai; Kalisky, Beena

    2017-04-01

    Scanning superconducting quantum interference device measurements reveal large-scale modulations of the superfluid density and the critical temperature in superconducting Nb, NbN, and underdoped YB a2C u3O7 -δ films deposited on SrTi O3 (STO). We show that these modulations are a result of the STO domains and domain walls, forming below the 105 K structural phase transition of STO. We found that the flow of normal current, measured above the superconducting transition, is also modulated over the same domain structure, suggesting a modified carrier density. In clean STO, domain walls remain mobile down to low temperatures. Modulated superconductivity over mobile channels offers the opportunity to locally control superconducting properties and better understand the relations between superconductivity and the local structure.

  20. Synthesis of novel strontium-based cuprate superconducting thin films, and the relationship between their crystal structures and electrical properties

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    Chang, Kuo-Wei

    2000-12-01

    Novel Sr-based cuprate thin films were investigated to explore their potential as next generation superconducting materials. Thin films of infinite-layer compound (Sr,Ca)CuO2 (no blocking layer), cuprate oxycarbonate Sr2CuO2(CO3) (carbonate blocking layer), and Tl(Sr,Ba)2Can-1CunOy (n = 2 and 3) (thin blocking layer) were synthesized using metal-organic chemical vapor deposition. The structure and defect chemistry of the blocking layers of these cuprate compounds were found to have profound effects on the transport properties both in the normal state and the superconducting state. Phase pure, epitaxial infinite-layer compound (Sr1-xCa x)CuO2 thin films were deposited on SrTiO3(100) substrates. However, these films were always semiconducting with resistivities of the order of 1 ohm- cm and with carrier concentrations of 1017~10 19cm-3, which is two to four orders of magnitude lower than the typical superconducting cuprates. The low carrier concentration was attributed to the absence of blocking layers containing a sufficient concentration of charged defects. Transport was via variable range hopping conduction. By annealing in air, the infinite-layer compound SrCuO2 thin films reacted with the CO2 in air to generate Sr 2CuO2(CO3) thin films. Upon formation of carbonate blocking layers, charger carriers were introduced into the Sr2CuO 2(CO3) thin films through the partial substitution of carbon by copper or boron in the SrCO3 blocking layers. After oxygen annealing or upon boron substitution, the carrier concentration increased up to 10 21 cm-3. A superconducting onset temperature of 34K and a zero resistivity temperature of 20K have been observed for Sr 2CuO2(C1-xBx)O3 thin films. A critical carrier density of 0.10~0.12 holes/Cu was required to render superconductivity. The effect of crystal structure on the critical current density was investigated by measuring the vortex pinning energies of Tl2Ba2CaCu 2Oy (Tl-2212) and Tl(Sr,Ba)2Ca Cu2O y (Tl- (Sr,Ba)1212) thin

  1. Synthesis of as-grown superconducting MgB_2 thin films by molecular beam epitaxy in UHV conditions

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    Harada, Y.; Udsuka, M.; Nakanishi, Y.; Yoshizawa, M.

    2004-01-01

    As-grown superconducting MgB_2 thin films have been grown on SrTiO_3(001), MgO(001), and Al_2O_3(0001) substrates by a molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) method with novel co-evaporation conditions of low deposition rate in ultra-high vacuum. The structural and physical properties of the films were studied by RHEED, XRD, electrical resistivity measurements, and SQUID magnetometer. The RHEED patterns indicate three-dimensional growth for MgB_2. The highest T_c determined by resistivity measurement w...

  2. 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.

  3. Observations of flux motion in niobium films. [study of magnetic field trapped in superconducting coatings of gyroscope rotor

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    Xiao, Y. M.; Keiser, G. M.

    1991-01-01

    A magnetic field trapped in a superconducting sphere was examined at temperatures from 4.6 K to 5.5 K. The sphere was the rotor of a precision gyroscope and was made of fused quartz and coated with a sputtered niobium film. The rotor diameter was 3.8 cm. The film thickness was 2.5 microns. The tests were carried out at an ambient magnetic field of about 1 mG. Unexpected instability of the trapped field was observed. The experimental results and possible explanations are presented.

  4. Fabricating superconducting interfaces between artificially grown LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 thin films

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    Danfeng Li

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Realization of a fully metallic two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG at the interface between artificially grown LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 thin films has been an exciting challenge. Here we present for the first time the successful realization of a superconducting 2DEG at interfaces between artificially grown LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 thin films. Our results highlight the importance of two factors—the growth temperature and the SrTiO3 termination. We use local friction force microscopy and transport measurements to determine that in normal growth conditions the absence of a robust metallic state at low temperature in the artificially grown LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface is due to the nanoscale SrO segregation occurring on the SrTiO3 film surface during the growth and the associated defects in the SrTiO3 film. By adopting an extremely high SrTiO3 growth temperature, we demonstrate a way to realize metallic, down to the lowest temperature, and superconducting 2DEG at interfaces between LaAlO3 layers and artificially grown SrTiO3 thin films. This study paves the way to the realization of functional LaAlO3/SrTiO3 superlattices and/or artificial LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces on other substrates.

  5. Microstructure and superconducting properties of MgB{sub 2} films prepared by solid state reaction of multilayer precursors of the elements

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    Kugler, B. [Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Heisenbergstr, 3, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Aalen University, Beethovenstr, 1, D-73430 Aalen (Germany); Stahl, C.; Treiber, S. [Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Heisenbergstr, 3, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Soltan, S. [Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Heisenbergstr, 1, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Helwan University,11792-Cairo (Egypt); Haug, S.; Schuetz, G. [Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Heisenbergstr, 3, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Albrecht, J., E-mail: ja@mf.mpg.de [Aalen University, Beethovenstr, 1, D-73430 Aalen (Germany)

    2012-09-30

    Surface morphology and superconducting properties of MgB{sub 2} superconducting thin films prepared by ex-situ annealing of multilayer Mg/B precursors in Mg vapor are studied. Depending on the precursor structure different physical and microstructural properties of the superconductor evolve. Structure and composition of the films are analyzed by scanning electron microscopy and wavelength dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. It is found that certain precursor structures can lead to high quality superconducting films, however, in specific precursor structures mechanical stress leads to the formation of wrinkles strongly affecting the superconducting homogeneity of the films. A correlation between microstructure and superconducting properties, such as pinning or critical current density, can be provided via magneto-optical Faraday microscopy. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Correlation of microstructure and properties of MgB2 films Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electron and ion based analysis of microstructure Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Superconducting properties by magneto-optical imaging Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Enhanced magnetic field stability by a particular microstructure.

  6. Microwave Response of MgB2/Al2O3 Superconducting Thin Films by Microstrip Resonator Technique

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    SHI Li-Bin; ZHENG Yan; REN Jun-Yuan; LI Ming-Biao; ZHANG Feng-Yun; LI Bo-Xin; DONG Hai-Kuan

    2007-01-01

    Double-sided superconducting MgB2 thin films are deposited onto c-Al2O3 substrates by the hybrid physical chemical vapour deposition method. The microwave response of MgBz/Al2O3 is investigated by microstrip resonator technique. A grain-size model is introduced to the theory of microstrip resonators to analyse microwave properties of the films. We obtain effective penetration depth of the films at 0K (λe0 = 463 nm) and surface resistance (R3 = 1.52mΩ at 11 K and 8.73 GHz) by analysing the resonant frequency and unload quality factor of the microstrip resonator, which suggests that the impurities and disorders of grain boundaries of MgB2/Al2O3 result in increasing penetration depth and surface resistance of the films.

  7. Magnetic shielding performance of superconducting YBCO thin film in a multilayer device structure

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    Uzun, Y., E-mail: uzunyigitcan@gmail.com; Avci, I.

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • A multilayer structure was fabricated in the form of YBCO/STO/YBCO. • Bottom layer was used as a magnetic shield. • The top layer was patterned as a microbridge. • Magnetic shielding performance of the bottom layer onto the microbridge was tested. • I{sub c} of the microbridge was kept constant under the various magnetic fields. - Abstract: Magnetic shielding performance of superconducting YBaCu{sub 2}O{sub 7−x} (YBCO) thin film on an YBCO microbridge was analyzed in a multilayer structure. A sandwich type multilayer structure was fabricated onto a single crystal (1 0 0) SrTiO{sub 3} (STO) substrate in the form of YBCO/STO/YBCO by depositing a thin STO interlayer in between two YBCO layers. The top YBCO was patterned as 20 μm width meander-type microbridges and the bottom layer YBCO was used as magnetic shield. YBCO and STO thin films were deposited by dc and rf magnetron sputtering respectively, and the patterning was performed by using standard photolithography and wet etching. In order to enhance long-term stability of the final device, an additional STO thin film was deposited onto the device as an encapsulation layer. Electrical and magnetic characterizations of the YBCO thin film layers were carried out by means of ac magnetic susceptibility (χ–T) and resistance vs. temperature (R–T) measurements. The current–voltage (I–V) measurements were performed on the microbridges at 77 K by observing the shielding performance of the bottom YBCO layer under various applied magnetic fields. The results were compared with that of a same-type single layer YBCO device without a shielding layer. The zero field critical current value of the single layer 20 μm wide YBCO device was measured as 30 mA and decreased down to 20 mA as the field increased up to 100 mT. The same measurements on the multilayer device showed that the critical current values remained almost constant around 27 mA as the applied field increased.

  8. Localization and pair breaking parameter in superconducting molybdenum nitride thin films

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    Tsuneoka, Takuya; Makise, Kazumasa; Maeda, Sho; Shinozaki, Bunju; Ichikawa, Fusao

    2017-01-01

    We have investigated the superconductor-insulator transition in molybdenum nitride films prepared by deposition onto MgO substrates. It is indicated that the T c depression from ≈ 6.6 \\text{K} for thick films with increase of the normal state sheet resistance R\\text{sq}\\text{N} was well explained by the Finkel’stein formula from the localization theory. Present analysis suggests that the superconducting-insulator transition occurs at a critical sheet resistance {{R}\\text{c}}≈ 2 \\text{k} Ω . It is found that the {{R}\\text{sq}}(T) above {{R}\\text{c}} shows different characteristics of {{R}\\text{sq}}(T)={{R}\\text{sq,0}}-A\\ln T and {{R}\\text{sq}}(T)\\propto \\exp ≤ft[{≤ft({{T}0}/T\\right)}1/2}\\right] in the regions {{R}\\text{c}}\\text{sq}\\text{N}{{R}\\text{Q}} , respectively, where {{R}\\text{sq,0}} is the classical residual resistance and A is a constant. The excess conductance {{σ\\prime}{}(T) due to thermal fluctuation has been analyzed by the sum of the Aslamazov-Larkin and Maki-Thompson correction terms with use of the pair breaking parameter δ in the latter term. The sum agrees well with the data, although the experimental results of the R\\text{sq}\\text{N} dependence of δ , that is, δ \\propto {{≤ft(R\\text{sq}\\text{N}\\right)}≈ 1.7} shows the disagreement with a linear relation δ \\propto ≤ft(R\\text{sq}\\text{N}\\right) derived from the localization theory.

  9. Superconducting 500 MHz accelerating copper cavities sputter-coated with niobium films

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    Benvenuti, C.; Circelli, N.; Hauer, M.; Weingarten, W.

    1985-03-01

    Thermal breakdown induced either by electron loading or by local defects of enhanced RF losses limits the accelerating field of superconducting niobium cavities. Replacing niobium with a material of higher thermal conductivity would be highly desirable to increase the maximum field. Therefore, cavities made of OFHC copper were coated by D.C. bias sputtering with a thin niobium film (1.5 to 5 ..mu..). Accelerating fields up to 8.6 MVm/sup -1/ were obtained without observing any field breakdown, the limitation being due to the available rf power. The Q values achieved at 4.2 K and low field were similar to those of niobium sheet cavities (i.e. about 2 x 10/sup 9/), but a fast initial decrease of Q to about 10/sup 9/ was reproducibly experienced. Subsequent inspection of regions of enhanced rf losses revealed defects the origin of which is under study. The apparatus used for coating the cavities and the results obtained are presented and discussed.

  10. High temperature superconducting thin films and quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) for gradiometers

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    Graf zu Eulenburg, A

    1999-01-01

    the best balance and gradient sensitivity at 1kHz were 3x10 sup - sup 3 and 222fT/(cm sq root Hz))) respectively. The measured spatial response to a current carrying wire was in good agreement with a theoretical model. A significant performance improvement was obtained with the development of a single layer gradiometer with 13mm baseline, fabricated on 30x10mm sup 2 bicrystals. For such a device, the gradient sensitivity at 1kHz was 50fT/(cm sq root Hz)) and the gradiometer was used successfully for unshielded magnetocardiography. A parasitic effective area compensation scheme was employed with two neighbouring SQUIDs coupled in an opposite sense to the same gradiometer loop. This improved the balance from the intrinsic value of 10 sup - sup 3 to 3x10 sup - sup 5. This thesis describes several aspects of the development of gradiometers using high temperature Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUID). The pulsed laser deposition of thin films of YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - subdelta (YBCO) on Sr...

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

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

    2003-11-01

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

  12. Probing the density of states of two-level tunneling systems in silicon oxide films using superconducting lumped element resonators

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    Skacel, S. T. [Physikalisches Institut, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Wolfgang-Gaede-Straße 1, D-76131 Karlsruhe (Germany); Institut für Mikro- und Nanoelektronische Systeme, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Hertzstraße 16, D-76187 Karlsruhe (Germany); Kaiser, Ch.; Wuensch, S.; Siegel, M. [Institut für Mikro- und Nanoelektronische Systeme, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Hertzstraße 16, D-76187 Karlsruhe (Germany); Rotzinger, H.; Lukashenko, A.; Jerger, M.; Weiss, G. [Physikalisches Institut, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Wolfgang-Gaede-Straße 1, D-76131 Karlsruhe (Germany); Ustinov, A. V. [Physikalisches Institut, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Wolfgang-Gaede-Straße 1, D-76131 Karlsruhe (Germany); Russian Quantum Center, 100 Novaya St., Skolkovo, Moscow Region 143025 (Russian Federation)

    2015-01-12

    We have investigated dielectric losses in amorphous silicon oxide (a-SiO) thin films under operating conditions of superconducting qubits (mK temperatures and low microwave powers). For this purpose, we have developed a broadband measurement setup employing multiplexed lumped element resonators using a broadband power combiner and a low-noise amplifier. The measured temperature and power dependences of the dielectric losses are in good agreement with those predicted for atomic two-level tunneling systems (TLS). By measuring the losses at different frequencies, we found that the TLS density of states is energy dependent. This had not been seen previously in loss measurements. These results contribute to a better understanding of decoherence effects in superconducting qubits and suggest a possibility to minimize TLS-related decoherence by reducing the qubit operation frequency.

  13. Dopant rearrangement and superconductivity in Bi(2)Sr(2-x)La(x)CuO(6) thin films under annealing.

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    Cancellieri, C; Lin, P H; Ariosa, D; Pavuna, D

    2007-06-20

    By combining x-ray diffraction (XRD), x-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) and AC susceptibility measurements we investigate the evolution of structural and superconducting properties of La-doped Bi-2201 thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) under different annealing conditions. We find that the main effect of oxygen annealing is to improve the crystal coherence by enabling La cation migration to the Sr sites. This activates the desired hole doping. Short-time Ar annealing removes the interstitial oxygen between the BiO layers, fine adjusting the effective hole doping. The superconducting critical temperature is consequently enhanced. However, longer annealings result in phase separation and segregation of the homologous compound Bi-1201. We attribute this effect to the loss of Bi during the annealing.

  14. Dopant rearrangement and superconductivity in Bi2Sr2-xLaxCuO6 thin films under annealing

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    Cancellieri, C.; Lin, P. H.; Ariosa, D.; Pavuna, D.

    2007-06-01

    By combining x-ray diffraction (XRD), x-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) and AC susceptibility measurements we investigate the evolution of structural and superconducting properties of La-doped Bi-2201 thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) under different annealing conditions. We find that the main effect of oxygen annealing is to improve the crystal coherence by enabling La cation migration to the Sr sites. This activates the desired hole doping. Short-time Ar annealing removes the interstitial oxygen between the BiO layers, fine adjusting the effective hole doping. The superconducting critical temperature is consequently enhanced. However, longer annealings result in phase separation and segregation of the homologous compound Bi-1201. We attribute this effect to the loss of Bi during the annealing.

  15. Superconducting fluctuations: paraconductivity, excess Hall effect and magnetoconductivity in 2223-BiSrCaCuO thin films

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    Lang, W. (Ludwig Boltzmann Inst. fuer Festkoerperphysik, Wien (Austria) Inst. fuer Festkoerperphysik, Univ. Wien (Austria)); Kula, W. (Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Lab. for Laser Energetics, Univ. of Rochester, NY (United States) Inst. of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa (Poland)); Sobolewski, R. (Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Lab. for Laser Energetics, Univ. of Rochester, NY (United States) Inst. of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa (Poland))

    1994-02-01

    We report a detailed study of the influence of thermodynamic fluctuations of the superconducting order parameter on various normal-state transport properties in 2223-(Bi,Pb)SrCaCuO thin films at temperatures near the superconducting transition. Measurements of the electrical resistivity, the magnetoresistance and the Hall effect were analyzed with regard to fluctuation contributions, using theories for 2-dimensional, layered superconductors. We obtained a consistent set of parameters, which fit all magneto-transport measurements above 118 K, but observed a remarkable enhancement of both excess Hall effect and negative magnetoconductivity closer to T[sub c], whereas the zero-field fluctuation conductivity follows the theoretical predictions down to 110 K. No significant contributions from the indirect (Maki-Thompson) fluctuations process were found. (orig.)

  16. Soft X-ray angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy of heavily boron-doped superconducting diamond films

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    T. Yokoya, T. Nakamura, T. Matushita, T. Muro, H. Okazaki, M. Arita, K. Shimada, H. Namatame, M. Taniguchi, Y. Takano, M. Nagao, T. Takenouchi, H. Kawarada and T. Oguchi

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available We have performed soft X-ray angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (SXARPES of microwave plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition diamond films with different B concentrations in order to study the origin of the metallic behavior of superconducting diamond. SXARPES results clearly show valence band dispersions with a bandwidth of ~23 eV and with a top of the valence band at gamma point in the Brillouin zone, which are consistent with the calculated valence band dispersions of pure diamond. Boron concentration-dependent band dispersions near the Fermi level (EF exhibit a systematic shift of EF, indicating depopulation of electrons due to hole doping. These SXARPES results indicate that diamond bands retain for heavy boron doping and holes in the diamond band are responsible for the metallic states leading to superconductivity at low temperature. A high-resolution photoemission spectroscopy spectrum near EF of a heavily boron-doped diamond superconductor is also presented.

  17. High-Temperature Superconductivity in Single-Unit-Cell FeSe Films on Anatase TiO_{2}(001).

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    Ding, Hao; Lv, Yan-Feng; Zhao, Kun; Wang, Wen-Lin; Wang, Lili; Song, Can-Li; Chen, Xi; Ma, Xu-Cun; Xue, Qi-Kun

    2016-08-05

    We report on the observation of high-temperature (T_{c}) superconductivity and magnetic vortices in single-unit-cell FeSe films on anatase TiO_{2}(001) substrate by using scanning tunneling microscopy. A systematic study and engineering of interfacial properties has clarified the essential roles of substrate in realizing the high-T_{c} superconductivity, probably via interface-induced electron-phonon coupling enhancement and charge transfer. By visualizing and tuning the oxygen vacancies at the interface, we find their very limited effect on the superconductivity, which excludes interfacial oxygen vacancies as the primary source for charge transfer between the substrate and FeSe films. Our findings have placed severe constraints on any microscopic model for the high-T_{c} superconductivity in FeSe-related heterostructures.

  18. High-temperature superconductivity in single-unit-cell FeSe films on anatase TiO2(001)

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    Ding, Hao; Lv, Yan-Feng; Zhao, Kun; Wang, Wen-Lin; Wang, Lili; Song, Can-Li; Chen, Xi; Ma, Xu-Cun; Xue, Qi-Kun

    2016-01-01

    We report on the observation of high-temperature ($T_\\textrm{c}$) superconductivity and magnetic vortices in single-unit-cell FeSe films on anatase TiO$_2$(001) substrate by using scanning tunneling microscopy. A systematic study and engineering of interfacial properties has clarified the essential roles of substrate in realizing the high-$T_\\textrm{c}$ superconductivity, probably via interface-induced electron-phonon coupling enhancement and charge transfer. By visualizing and tuning the oxy...

  19. 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+.

  20. Preparation of superconducting Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O thin films by sequential electron beam evaporation and oxygen annealing

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    Steinbeck, J.; Tsaur, B.; Anderson, A.C.; Strauss, A.J.

    1989-01-30

    Superconducting films with nominal composition Bi/sub 2/Sr/sub 2/Ca/sub 1/Cu/sub 2/O/sub x/ have been prepared on <100> MgO substrates by sequential electron beam evaporation of Cu, Bi, and Sr/sub 2/3/ Ca/sub 1/3/ F/sub 2/, followed by annealing in flowing wet, then dry, O/sub 2/. X-ray diffraction data show that the films contain the two Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O phases that have been identified in the literature as a superconducting phase with capprox.31 A and a semiconducting phase with capprox.24 A. Both phases are strongly textured with the c axis perpendicular to the substrate. For the best film, which was annealed at 870 /sup 0/C for 30 min, zero resistance was observed at 90 K, and the critical current density increased from 0.8 x 10/sup 5/ A/cm/sup 2/ at 77 K to 2.3 x 10/sup 5/ A/cm/sup 2/ at 4.2 K.

  1. Enhanced superconductivity, Kondo behavior, and negative-curvature resistivity of oxygen-irradiated thin films of aluminium

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    Sinnecker, E. H. C. P.; Sant'Anna, M. M.; ElMassalami, M.

    2017-02-01

    We followed the evolution of the normal and superconducting properties of Al thin films after each session of various successive oxygen irradiations at ambient temperature. Such irradiated films, similar to the granular ones, exhibit enhanced superconductivity, Kondo behavior, and negative-curvature resistivity. Two distinct roles of oxygen are identified: as a damage-causing projectile and as an implanted oxidizing agent. The former gives rise to the processes involved in the conventional recovery stages. The latter, considered within the context of the Cabrera-Mott model, gives rise to a multistep process which involves charges transfer and creation of stabilized vacancies and charged defects. Based on the outcome of this multistep process, we consider (i) the negative-curvature resistivity as a manifestation of a thermally assisted liberation of trapped electric charges, (ii) the Kondo contribution as a spin-flip scattering from paramagnetic, color-center-type defects, and (iii) the enhancement of Tc as being due to a lattice softening facilitated by the stabilized defects and vacancies. The similarity in the phase diagrams of granular and irradiated films as well as the aging effects are discussed along the same line of reasoning.

  2. X-ray-absorption fine-structure studies of superconducting Tl2CaBa2Cu2Ox thin films

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    Dimarzio, D.; Wiesmann, H.; Chen, D. H.; Heald, S. M.

    1990-07-01

    Superconducting Tl-Ca-Ba-Cu-O thin films have been prepared by the technique of reactive magnetron sputtering using targets of Tl, Ca-Ba, and Cu. Three films with different quality superconducting transitions were fabricated and analyzed. X-ray-absorption fine-structure measurements were performed on the Cu K edge in order to determine orientation, bond lengths, number of nearest neighbors, and relative disorder as a function of the quality of their superconducting transition. Magnetically oriented powder samples of the appropriate superconducting phase were used for comparison. X-ray-absorption near-edge results reveal increasing CuO2 plane orientation parallel to the substrate as the quality of the superconducting transition improved, consistent with x-ray-diffraction data. Extended x-ray-absorption fine-structure (EXAFS) measurements also show this trend. EXAFS gives a Cu-O(1) bond length of 1.92+/-0.01 Å for all three films, and all three samples exhibit an increasing Debye-Waller disorder factor consistent with the deterioration in the quality of their superconducting transitions.

  3. Properties of Superconducting Mo, Mo2n and Trilayer Mo2n-Mo-Mo2n Thin Films

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    Barrentine, E. M.; Stevenson, T. R.; Brown, A. D.; Lowitz, A. E.; Noroozian, O.; U-Yen, K.; Eshan, N.; Hsieh, W. T.; Moseley, S. H.; Wollack, E. J.

    2014-01-01

    We present measurements of the properties of thin film superconducting Mo, Mo2N and Mo2N/Mo/Mo2N trilayers of interest for microwave kinetic inductance detector (MKID) applications. Using microwave resonator devices, we investigate the transition temperature, energy gaps, kinetic inductance, and internal quality factors of these materials. We present an Usadel-based interpretation of the trilayer transition temperature as a function of trilayer thicknesses, and a 2-gap interpretation to understand the change in kinetic inductance and internal resonance quality factor (Q) as a function of temperature.

  4. Effects of lattice disorder on the superconducting properties of YBa 2Cu 3O 6.9 films

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    Gauzzi, Andrea; Pavuna, Davor

    1994-12-01

    We report on striking sensitivity of the superconducting properties of ion-beam sputtered YBa 2Cu 3O 6.9 films to the lattice disorder (induced by varying growth temperatures). Tc decreases with increasing disorder, while the width of the resistive transition and the normal state resistivity increase. We give a quantitative significance to this trend by expressing the degree of the disorder in terms of the lattice coherence length rc is extracted from the width of X-ray diffraction rocking curves. We find that Tc saturates to the maximum of ∼ 92 K for rc > 10 nm.

  5. Magnetic field dependence of the superconducting proximity effect in a two atomic layer thin metallic film

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    Caminale, Michael; Leon Vanegas, Augusto A.; Stepniak, Agnieszka; Oka, Hirofumi; Fischer, Jeison A.; Sander, Dirk; Kirschner, Juergen [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Mikrostrukturphysik, Halle (Germany)

    2015-07-01

    The intriguing possibility to induce superconductivity in a metal, in direct contact with a superconductor, is under renewed interest for applications and for fundamental aspects. The underlying phenomenon is commonly known as proximity effect. In this work we exploit the high spatial resolution of scanning tunneling spectroscopy at sub-K temperatures and in magnetic fields. We probe the differential conductance along a line from a superconducting 9 ML high Pb nanoisland into the surrounding two layer thin Pb/Ag wetting layer on a Si(111) substrate. A gap in the differential conductance indicates superconductivity of the Pb island. We observe an induced gap in the wetting layer, which decays with increasing distance from the Pb island. This proximity length is 21 nm at 0.38 K and 0 T. We find a non-trivial dependence of the proximity length on magnetic field. Surprisingly, we find that the magnetic field does not affect the induced superconductivity up to 0.3 T. However, larger fields of 0.6 T suppress superconductivity in the wetting layer, where the Pb island still remains superconducting. We discuss the unexpected robustness of induced superconductivity in view of the high electronic diffusivity in the metallic wetting layer.

  6. Superconducting YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 thin films grown in-situ by ion beam CO-deposition

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    Kellett, B.K.; James, J.H.; Gauzzi, A.; Dwir, B.; Pavuna, D. (Inst. of Micro and Optoelectronics, Dept. of Physics, Federal Inst. of Tech., Lausanne (Switzerland))

    1989-12-01

    Superconducting YBCO thin films have been grown in-situ by three ion beam co-deposition sputtering. Both metal and oxide targets of Cu and Y and BaF{sub 2} and BaCO{sub 3} targets have been investigated. Film composition was determined by RBS and AES analysis. Films grown using BaF{sub 2} show fluorine contamination, whereas the carbon concentration in films grown using BaCO{sub 3} is beneath the Auger detection limit. Superconducting films have been grown on SrTiO{sub 3} (T{sub co}=78K) and on Si with SiO{sub 2} or Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} buffer layers (T{sub co}=35K). (orig.).

  7. Enhanced flux pinning properties in superconducting YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−z} films by a novel chemical doping approach

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    Wang, W.T., E-mail: wtwang@swjtu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Levitation and Maglev Trains (Ministry of Education of China), Superconductivity R and D Center (SRDC), Southwest Jiaotong University, Mail Stop 165, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China); Pu, M.H.; Lei, M.; Zhang, H.; Wang, Z. [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Levitation and Maglev Trains (Ministry of Education of China), Superconductivity R and D Center (SRDC), Southwest Jiaotong University, Mail Stop 165, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China); Zhang, H. [Department of Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Cheng, C.H. [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Levitation and Maglev Trains (Ministry of Education of China), Superconductivity R and D Center (SRDC), Southwest Jiaotong University, Mail Stop 165, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China); Superconductivity Research Group, School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wale, Sydney, 2052 NSW (Australia); Zhao, Y., E-mail: yzhao@swjtu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Levitation and Maglev Trains (Ministry of Education of China), Superconductivity R and D Center (SRDC), Southwest Jiaotong University, Mail Stop 165, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China); Superconductivity Research Group, School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wale, Sydney, 2052 NSW (Australia)

    2013-10-15

    Highlights: • Pure and Co-doped YBCO films were prepared by newly-developed chemical method. • The doped films have much denser and smoother surface microstructures. • Significantly enhanced fux-pinning properties have been obtained for dilute Co-doped flm. -- Abstract: Pure and cobalt-doped superconducting YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−z} (YBCO) films were prepared on (0 0 l) LaAlO{sub 3} substrate by a newly developed polymer-assisted metal organic deposition method. The cobalt-doped YBCO films display much denser and smoother surface microstructures and the superconducting transition temperature T{sub c} spans a small range of 1.7 K with the doping levels. Significantly enhanced flux-pinning properties have been obtained for dilute cobalt-doped film. This may be attributed to the good grain connections and the effective flux pinning centers introduced by cobalt doping.

  8. Dichotomy of the electronic structure and superconductivity between single-layer and double-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 films.

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    Liu, Xu; Liu, Defa; Zhang, Wenhao; He, Junfeng; Zhao, Lin; He, Shaolong; Mou, Daixiang; Li, Fangsen; Tang, Chenjia; 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

    2014-09-23

    The latest discovery of possible high-temperature superconductivity in the single-layer FeSe film grown on a SrTiO3 substrate has generated much attention. Initial work found that, while the single-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 film exhibits a clear signature of superconductivity, the double-layer film shows an insulating behaviour. Such a marked layer-dependent difference is surprising and the underlying origin remains unclear. Here we report a comparative angle-resolved photoemission study between the single-layer and double-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 films annealed in vacuum. We find that, different from the single-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 film, the double-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 film is hard to get doped and remains in the semiconducting/insulating state under an extensive annealing condition. Such a behaviour originates from the much reduced doping efficiency in the bottom FeSe layer of the double-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 film from the FeSe-SrTiO3 interface. These observations provide key insights in understanding the doping mechanism and the origin of superconductivity in the FeSe/SrTiO3 films.

  9. Unusual dc electric fields induced by a high frequency alternating current in superconducting Nb films under a perpendicular magnetic field

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    Aliev, F. G.; Levanyuk, A. P.; Villar, R.; Sierra, J. F.; Pryadun, V. V.; Awad, A.; Moshchalkov, V. V.

    2009-06-01

    We report a systematic study of dc electric fields produced by sinusoidal high frequency ac currents in Nb superconducting films subject to a constant magnetic field perpendicular to the film plane. At frequencies in the 100 kHz to MHz range appears a new rectification effect which has not been previously observed at lower frequencies. We have observed the dc electric field generated in this regime in films without intentionally created anisotropic pinning centres, i.e. plain films, both in strip geometry as in cross-shape geometry, and also in films with symmetric periodic pinning centres. The electric field appears in both directions along and transverse to the alternating current and is essentially different at opposite film sides. It depends strongly on the intensity of the magnetic field and may exceed by nearly an order of magnitude the rectified electric fields recently reported at lower frequencies (few kHz) in systems with artificially induced anisotropic vortex pinning. The effect has a non-monotonic dependence on the drive current frequency, being maximum around a few 100 kHz to MHz, and shows a complicated temperature dependence. It is found to be different in long strips and cross shape samples. In the case of films with symmetric periodic pinning centres the rectified voltage shows a lower magnitude than in plain films, and shows an interesting structure when the applied magnetic field crosses the matching fields. We are only able to put forward tentative ideas to explain this phenomenon, which irrespective of its explanation should be taken into account in experimental studies of rectification effects in superconductors.

  10. Far-infrared conductivity measurements of pair breaking in superconducting Nb 0.5 Ti 0.5 N thin films induced by an external magnetic field.

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    Xi, Xiaoxiang; Hwang, J; Martin, C; Tanner, D B; Carr, G L

    2010-12-17

    We report the complex optical conductivity of a superconducting thin film of Nb 0.5 Ti 0.5 N in an external magnetic field. The field was applied parallel to the film surface and the conductivity extracted from far-infrared transmission and reflection measurements. The real part shows the superconducting gap, which we observe to be suppressed by the applied magnetic field. We compare our results with the pair-breaking theory of Abrikosov and Gor'kov and confirm directly the theory's validity for the optical conductivity.

  11. In situ growth of superconducting YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 minus. delta. thin films on Si with conducting indium-tin-oxide buffer layers

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    Kellett, B.J.; James, J.H.; Gauzzi, A.; Dwir, B.; Pavuna, D.; Reinhart, F.K. (Institute of Micro and Optoelectronics, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, CH-1015, Lausanne (Switzerland))

    1990-09-10

    Superconducting YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} (YBCO) thin films have been grown {ital in} {ital situ} on Si with conducting indium-tin-oxide (ITO) buffer layers. ITO allows YBCO to be electrically connected to the underlying Si substrate. Both the YBCO film and ITO buffer layer, grown by ion beam sputtering, are textured and polycrystalline with a combined room- temperature resistivity of about 2 m{Omega} cm. Superconducting onsets are 92 K with zero resistance at 68 K.

  12. Superconducting YBa2Cu3O7– thick film (c (0)$ = 92 K) on a newly developed perovskite ceramic substrate

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    S U K Nair; P R S Warriar; J Koshy

    2002-04-01

    A complex perovskite oxide, YbBa2NbO6, as a non-reacting substrate for YBa2Cu3O7– superconducting film has been developed. The dielectric constant and loss factor values of the material are in the range suitable for its use as substrate for microwave application. A YBa2Cu3O7– superconducting thick film dip coated on YbBa2NbO6 substrate gave a c (0) of 92 K and current density of ∼ 1.3 × 104 A cm-2.

  13. Superconducting YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 minus. delta. thin films on GaAs with conducting indium-tin-oxide buffer layers

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    Kellett, B.J.; Gauzzi, A.; James, J.H.; Dwir, B.; Pavuna, D.; Reinhart, F.K. (Institut de Micro et Optoelectronique, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, CH-1015, Lausanne (CH))

    1990-12-10

    Superconducting YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} (YBCO) thin films have been grown {ital in} {ital situ} on GaAs with conducting indium-tin-oxide (ITO) buffer layers. Superconducting onset is about 92 K with zero resistance at 60 K. ITO buffer layers usually form Schottky-like barriers on GaAs. The YBCO film and ITO buffer layer, grown by ion beam sputter codeposition, are textured and polycrystalline with a combined room-temperature resistivity of about 1 m{Omega} cm.

  14. Structural properties of strained YBa2Cu3O6+x superconducting films grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Ariosa, Daniel; Abrecht, M.; Pavuna, Davor; Onellion, Marshall

    2000-09-01

    In YBa2Cu3O6+x compound the tetragonal to orthorhombic transition occurs around x equals 0.3, followed by a continuum variation of lattice parameters. Hence both, the structural and superconducting properties, depend upon the oxygen content in CuO chains. Conversely, the epitaxial stress, exerted by the substrate on YBCO films, modified the lattice parameters influencing the oxygen stability in the chains. The understanding of this mechanism is essential when growing epitaxial films for in- situ photoemission studies as well as for tunneling experiments, since the oxygen stability up to the top surface unit-cell is a central issue. We have studied this effect on c-axis oriented YBCO films grown by laser ablation on (001) STO single crystals. Accurate x-ray diffraction analysis of thick films (t GRT 500 angstrom) indicates the presence of two distinct layers, one strained and the other relaxed. Detailed analysis shows that the relaxed layer is as well oxidized as bulk samples, while the strained one is oxygen deficient. Furthermore, despite an oxygen content of about x equals 0.65, the strained layer is in the tetragonal phase (in bulk, the tetragonal phase exists for x < 0.3). We discuss these results in terms of competition between the chemical pressure induced by oxygen inclusion in the chains, and the uniaxial stress within the film.

  15. Synthesis of as-grown superconducting MgB{sub 2} thin films by molecular beam epitaxy in UHV conditions

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    Harada, Y.; Uduka, M.; Nakanishi, Y.; Yoshimoto, N.; Yoshizawa, M

    2004-10-01

    As-grown superconducting MgB{sub 2} thin films have been grown on SrTiO{sub 3}(0 0 1), MgO(0 0 1), and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0 0 0 1) substrates by a molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) method with novel co-evaporation conditions of low deposition rate in ultra-high vacuum. The structural and physical properties of the films were studied by RHEED, XRD, electrical resistivity measurements, and SQUID magnetometer. The RHEED patterns indicate three-dimensional growth for MgB{sub 2}. The highest T{sub c} determined by resistivity measurement was about 36 K in these samples. And a clear Meissner effect below T{sub c} was observed using magnetic susceptibility measurement. We will discuss the influence of B buffer layer on the structural and physical properties.

  16. Interpretation of transmission through type II superconducting thin film on dielectric substrate as observed by laser thermal spectroscopy

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    Šindler, M.; Tesař, R.; Koláček, J.; Skrbek, L.

    2012-12-01

    We provide a thorough analysis of THz properties of BCS-like superconducting thin films. Temperature and frequency dependence of complex conductivity in zero magnetic field is discussed by utilizing the Zimmerman et al. explicit BCS based formula [Physica C 183 (1991) 99]. We extend this approach by employing the effective medium theory and develop a phenomenological model capable of accounting for the influence of external magnetic field. Using Yeh powerful formalism [Surface Sci. 96 (1980) 41] we calculate optical transmission of linearly polarized laser beam normally incident to a multilayered sample consisting of a thin NbN film grown on birefringent sapphire substrate, entirely covering ranges of interest in temperature and frequency. A proposal to exploit linear polarization of the incident beam parallel with principal axes of conductivity tensor is explained and theoretical predictions for a realistic NbN sample are computed and discussed.

  17. Effects of α-particle beam irradiation on superconducting properties of thin film MgB2 superconductors

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    Kim, Sang Bum; Duong, Pham van; Ha, Dong Hyup; Oh, Young Hoon; Kang, Won Nam; Chai, Jong Seo [Sungkunkwan Univeversity, Suwon (Korea, Republic of); Hong, Seung Pyo; Kim, Ran Young [Kore Institute of Radiological and Medical Science, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-06-15

    Superconducting properties of thin film MgB2 superconductors irradiated with 45 MeV α-particle beam were studied. After the irradiation, enhancement of the critical current density and pinning force was observed, scaling close to strong pinning formula. Double logarithmic plots of the maximum pinning force density with irreversible magnetic field show a power law behavior close to carbon-doped MgB2 film or polycrystals. Variation of normalized pinning force density in the reduced magnetic field suggests scaling formulas for strong pinning mechanism like planar defects. We also observed a rapid decay of critical current density as the vortex lattice constant decreases, due to the strong interaction between vortices and increasing magnetic field.

  18. Tunability of resonance frequencies in a superconducting microwave resonator by using SrTiO sub 3 ferroelectric films

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    Sok, J; Lee, E H

    1998-01-01

    An applied dc voltage varies the dielectric constant of ferroelectric SrTiO sub 3 films. A tuning mechanism for superconducting microwave resonators was realized by using the variation in the dielectric constant of SrTiO sub 3 films. In order to estimate the values of the capacitance, C, and the loss tangent, tan delta, of SrTiO sub 3 ferroelectric capacitors, we used high-temperature superconducting microwave resonators which were composed of two ports, two poles, and dc bias circuits at the zero-field points. SrTiO sub 3 ferroelectric capacitors successfully controlled the resonant frequency of the resonator. Resonant frequencies of 3.98 GHz and 4.20 GHz were measured at bias voltages of 0 V and 50 V which correspond to capacitance values of 0.94 pF and 0.7pF, respectively. The values of the loss tangent, tan delta sub e sub f sub f , obtained in this measurements, were about 0.01.

  19. Flexible superconducting Nb transmission lines on thin film polyimide for quantum computing applications

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    Tuckerman, David B.; Hamilton, Michael C.; Reilly, David J.; Bai, Rujun; Hernandez, George A.; Hornibrook, John M.; Sellers, John A.; Ellis, Charles D.

    2016-08-01

    We describe progress and initial results achieved towards the goal of developing integrated multi-conductor arrays of shielded controlled-impedance flexible superconducting transmission lines with ultra-miniature cross sections and wide bandwidths (dc to >10 GHz) over meter-scale lengths. Intended primarily for use in future scaled-up quantum computing systems, such flexible thin-film niobium/polyimide ribbon cables could provide a physically compact and ultra-low thermal conductance alternative to the rapidly increasing number of discrete coaxial cables that are currently used by quantum computing experimentalists to transmit signals between the several low-temperature stages (from ˜4 K down to ˜20 mK) of a dilution refrigerator. We have concluded that these structures are technically feasible to fabricate, and so far they have exhibited acceptable thermo-mechanical reliability. S-parameter results are presented for individual 2-metal layer Nb microstrip structures having 50 Ω characteristic impedance; lengths ranging from 50 to 550 mm were successfully fabricated. Solderable pads at the end terminations allowed testing using conventional rf connectors. Weakly coupled open-circuit microstrip resonators provided a sensitive measure of the overall transmission line loss as a function of frequency, temperature, and power. Two common microelectronic-grade polyimide dielectrics, one conventional and the other photo-definable (PI-2611 and HD-4100, respectively) were compared. Our most striking result, not previously reported to our knowledge, was that the dielectric loss tangents of both polyimides, over frequencies from 1 to 20 GHz, are remarkably low at deep cryogenic temperatures, typically 100× smaller than corresponding room temperature values. This enables fairly long-distance (meter-scale) transmission of microwave signals without excessive attenuation, and also permits usefully high rf power levels to be transmitted without creating excessive dielectric

  20. Vortex dynamics in a thin superconducting film with a non-uniform magnetic field applied at its center with a small coil

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    Lemberger, Thomas R.; Loh, Yen Lee

    2016-10-01

    This paper models the dynamics of vortices that are generated in the middle of a thin, large-area, superconducting film by a low-frequency magnetic field from a small coil, motivated by a desire to better understand measurements of the superconducting coherence length made with a two-coil apparatus. When the applied field exceeds a critical value, vortices and antivortices originate near the middle of the film at the radius where the Lorentz force of the screening supercurrent is largest. The Lorentz force from the screening supercurrent pushes vortices toward the center of the film and antivortices outward. In an experiment, vortices are detected as an increase in mutual inductance between the drive coil and a coaxial "pickup" coil on the opposite side of the film. The model shows that the essential features of measurements are well described when vortex pinning and the attendant hysteresis are included.

  1. Melt processing of bulk high Tc superconductors and their application

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    Murakami, M.; Oyama, T.; Fujimoto, H.; Gotoh, S.; Yamaguchi, K.

    1991-03-01

    The authors report a melt-powder-melt-growth (MPMG) process which results in high Jc for bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors. The Y-Ba-Cu-O pellets or powders are melt quenched. The quenched plates are crushed into powder and mixed well. The powder is then compacted into desired shapes, remelted, and slowly cooled in a thermal gradient. When the starting composition is changed from the 1:2:3 stoichiometry toward the Y2BaCuO5(211) rich region, the 211 inclusions can be dispersed in the YBa2Cu3O(x) matrix, which contributes to increases in both flux pinning force and fracture toughness. A Jc value exceeding 3 x 108 A/sq m has been achieved at 77 K and 1 T. Another attractive feature of the MPMG process is that other components such as fine Ag powders can be added during solid-state mixing. Fine dispersion of Ag particles can effectively reduce the amount of cracking. MPMG-processed Y-Ba-Cu-O with Ag doping can levitate a mass of 3-kg at 1-mm height using a repulsive force against a 0.4-T magnet. A noncontacting rotation device such as a magnetic bearing can be made utilizing bulk high-Jc materials. A superconducting permanent magnet is also a promising candidate for future application. MPMG-processed Y-Ba-Cu-O can generate 0.25 T at 77 K.

  2. Thick REBaCuO superconducting films through single-coating of low-fluorine metallorganic solution

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    Boubeche, M.; Cai, C. B.; Jian, H. B.; Li, M. J.; Yang, W. T.; Liu, Z. Y.; Bai, C. Y.

    2016-10-01

    A high critical current Ic is crucial for the application of high temperature superconductors YBa2Cu3O7-δ in energy efficient power devices and wires. In this paper we report the fabrication of thick (YGd)1.3Ba2Cu3O7-x films on a metal substrate using low-fluorine metal organic deposition method. The effects of the film thickness on the microstructure, texture and superconductivity properties of the films were evaluated. In order to increase the film thicknesses by single coating, the influence of withdrawal speed during the dip coating on resulting thickness are investigated with the other processing parameters fixed. It is revealed that there is a maximum thickness for a certain starting solution. Here we used 3 different solutions, Conventional Low Fluorine solutions with 2 M and 2.5 M, and super low-fluorine solution with 2.5 M. The maximum thicknesses of about 710 nm, 1280 nm and 1460 nm were obtained, respectively.

  3. Superconducting optical modulator

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    Bunt, Patricia S.; Ference, Thomas G.; Puzey, Kenneth A.; Tanner, David B.; Tache, Nacira; Varhue, Walter J.

    2000-12-01

    An optical modulator based on the physical properties of high temperature superconductors has been fabricated and tested. The modulator was constructed form a film of Yttrium Barium Copper Oxide (YBCO) grown on undoped silicon with a buffer layer of Yttria Stabilized Zirconia. Standard lithographic procedures were used to pattern the superconducting film into a micro bridge. Optical modulation was achieved by passing IR light through the composite structure normal to the micro bridge and switching the superconducting film in the bridge region between the superconducting and non-superconducting states. In the superconducting state, IR light reflects from the superconducting film surface. When a critical current is passed through the micro bridge, it causes the film in this region to switch to the non-superconducting state allowing IR light to pass through it. Superconducting materials have the potential to switch between these two states at speeds up to 1 picosecond using electrical current. Presently, fiber optic transmission capacity is limited by the rate at which optical data can be modulated. The superconducting modulator, when combined with other components, may have the potential to increase the transmission capacity of fiber optic lines.

  4. Observation of nonuniform current transport in epitaxial YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} film near the superconducting transition temperature

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    Wang, L.B.; Price, M.B.; Young, J.L.; Kwon, C.; Haugan, Timothy J.; Barnes, Paul N

    2004-06-15

    We have studied the local transport properties in an epitaxial YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} (YBCO) film on LaAlO{sub 3} (LAO) using variable temperature scanning laser microscope (VTSLM) near the superconducting transition. A map of the superconducting transition temperature (T{sub c}{sup *}) is generated from a series of VTSLM images. The map of T{sub c}{sup *} indicates there are inhomogeneities in the film large enough to create nonuniform current flow near the superconducting transition. The evaluated T{sub c}{sup *} varies between 90.3 and 91.0 K in the film. Even though such change in T{sub c}{sup *} is not large enough to be detected by other localized compositional and structural characterization techniques, this along with an area of lower T{sub c}{sup *} and/or higher resistance affects current flow near the superconducting transition temperature as shown in VTSLM images. This inhomogeneity may be caused by slight variations of the stoichiometry and/or oxidation of the YBCO film.

  5. High Critical Current Density of YBa2Cu3O7-x Superconducting Films Prepared through a DUV-assisted Solution Deposition Process.

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    Chen, Yuanqing; Bian, Weibai; Huang, Wenhuan; Tang, Xinni; Zhao, Gaoyang; Li, Lingwei; Li, Na; Huo, Wen; Jia, Jiqiang; You, Caiyin

    2016-12-01

    Although the solution deposition of YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) superconducting films is cost effective and capable of large-scale production, further improvements in their superconductivity are necessary. In this study, a deep UV (DUV) irradiation technique combined with a low-fluorine solution process was developed to prepare YBCO films. An acrylic acidic group as the chelating agent was used in the precursor solution. The acrylic acidic group was highly sensitive to DUV light at 254 nm and significantly absorbed UV light. The coated gel films exposed to DUV light decomposed at 150 °C and copper aggregation was prevented. The UV irradiation promoted the removal of the carbon residue and other by-products in the films, increased the density and enhanced the crystallinity and superconductivity of the YBCO films. Using a solution with F/Ba = 2, YBCO films with thicknesses of 260 nm and enhanced critical current densities of nearly 8 MA/cm(2) were produced on the LaAlO3 (LAO) substrates.

  6. High Critical Current Density of YBa2Cu3O7‑x Superconducting Films Prepared through a DUV-assisted Solution Deposition Process

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    Chen, Yuanqing; Bian, Weibai; Huang, Wenhuan; Tang, Xinni; Zhao, Gaoyang; Li, Lingwei; Li, Na; Huo, Wen; Jia, Jiqiang; You, Caiyin

    2016-12-01

    Although the solution deposition of YBa2Cu3O7‑x (YBCO) superconducting films is cost effective and capable of large-scale production, further improvements in their superconductivity are necessary. In this study, a deep UV (DUV) irradiation technique combined with a low-fluorine solution process was developed to prepare YBCO films. An acrylic acidic group as the chelating agent was used in the precursor solution. The acrylic acidic group was highly sensitive to DUV light at 254 nm and significantly absorbed UV light. The coated gel films exposed to DUV light decomposed at 150 °C and copper aggregation was prevented. The UV irradiation promoted the removal of the carbon residue and other by-products in the films, increased the density and enhanced the crystallinity and superconductivity of the YBCO films. Using a solution with F/Ba = 2, YBCO films with thicknesses of 260 nm and enhanced critical current densities of nearly 8 MA/cm2 were produced on the LaAlO3 (LAO) substrates.

  7. Large critical current densities and pinning forces in CSD-grown superconducting GdBa2Cu3O7-x -BaHfO3 nanocomposite films

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    Cayado, Pablo; Erbe, Manuela; Kauffmann-Weiss, Sandra; Bühler, Carl; Jung, Alexandra; Hänisch, Jens; Holzapfel, Bernhard

    2017-09-01

    GdBa2Cu3O7-x -BaHfO3 (GdBCO-BHO) nanocomposite (NC) films containing 12 mol% BHO nanoparticles were prepared by chemical solution deposition (CSD) following the TFA route on SrTiO3 (STO) single crystals and buffered metallic tapes supplied by two different companies: Deutsche Nanoschicht GmbH and SuperOx. We optimized the preparation of our GdBCO-BHO solutions with acetylacetone making the film synthesis very robust and reproducible, and obtained 220 nm films with excellent superconducting properties. We show the structural, morphological and superconducting properties of the films after a careful optimization of the processing parameters (growth temperature, oxygen partial pressure and heating ramp). The films reach critical temperatures (T c) of ˜94 K, self-field critical current densities (J c) of >7 MA cm- 2 and maximum pinning force densities (F p) of ˜16 GN m- 3 at 77 K on STO and T c of ˜94.5 K and J c > 1.5 MA cm- 2 on buffered metallic tapes. The transport properties under applied magnetic fields are significantly improved with respect to the pristine GdBCO films. The GdBCO-BHO NC films on STO present epitaxial c-axis orientation with excellent out-of-plane and in-plane texture. The films are, in general, very dense with a low amount of pores and only superficial indentations. On the other hand, we present, for the first time, a systematic study of CSD-grown GdBCO-BHO NC films on buffered metallic tapes. We have used the optimized growth conditions for STO as a reference and identified some limitations on the film synthesis that should be overcome for further improvement of the films’ superconducting properties.

  8. Preparation of superconducting films by dipping-pyrolysis process; Tofu netsubunkaiho ni yru chodendo maku no gosei

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    Mizuta, S.; Kumagai, T.; Manabe, T. [National Inst. of Materials and Chemical Research, Tsukuba (Japan)

    1997-01-10

    Copper oxides high temperature superconductors such as yttrium system, bismuth system and so forth having critical temperature exceeding liquid nitrogen temperature (77K) were developed one after another since 1986 to 1988. Practical use of these superconductors has been delayed greatly as compared to the expectation of that time., however, the development of thin film making and wire rod making technology has been continued from the beginning. In 1987, the authors succeed first time in the world during superconductors favor by Yba2Cu3O7{endash}{delta}(YBCO) using coating pyrolysis process, a pure chemical synthetic method that does not require high vacuum, high voltage and so forth. The coating pyrolysis method is extremely simple synthetic method for oxides film where metal-organic compounds are dissolved in the solvent and this basic liquid is coated applied to the substrate and sintered. It is proved that epitaxial growth is possible irrespective to the simplicity of the synthetic process, and superconducting characteristic of YBCO film over SrTiO3 single crystal substrate reached to critical current density of 10{sup 6}A/cm{sup 2} at liquid nitrogen temperature. 43 refs., 21 figs.

  9. Superconducting fluctuations in Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3Ox thin films: Paraconductivity, excess Hall effect, and magnetoconductivity

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    Lang, W.; Heine, G.; Kula, W.; Sobolewski, Roman

    1995-04-01

    A detailed study of normal-state magnetotransport properties in (Bi,Pb)2Sr2Ca2Cu3Ox thin films with a zero-resistance critical temperature Tc0=105 K prepared by dc-magnetron sputtering on MgO substrates is reported. Measurements of the electrical resistivity, the magnetoresistance, and the Hall effect are analyzed with regard to contributions of the superconducting order-parameter thermodynamic fluctuations, using theories for two-dimensional, layered superconductors. We have obtained a consistent set of parameters, i.e., the in-plane coherence length ξab(0)=1.6 nm, the out-of-plane coherence length ξc(0)=0.14 nm, and the electron-hole asymmetry parameter β=-0.38. At temperatures below 118 K, we observe a remarkable enhancement (above theoretical predictions) of both the excess Hall effect and magnetoconductivity, whereas no such effect is detected for the zero-field paraconductivity. The above anomalies are attributed to a nonuniform critical temperature distribution inside our samples and can be well explained assuming a Gaussian distribution of Tc's with a standard deviation δTc=2.3 K. The excess Hall effect caused by superconducting fluctuations is negative in the entire accessible temperature range, which indicates, together with the paraconductivity and magnetoconductivity results that the indirect (Maki-Thompson) fluctuation process for (Bi,Pb)2Sr2Ca2Cu3Ox is vanishingly small at temperatures from Tc to 130 K.

  10. 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.

  11. Probing the TLS density of states in thin a-SiO films using superconducting lumped element resonators

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    Skacel, Sebastian T. [Physikalisches Institut, Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie, Wolfgang-Gaede-Strasse 1, D-76131 Karlsruhe (Germany); Institut fuer Mikro- und Nanoelektronische Systeme, Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie, Hertzstrasse 16, D-76187 Karlsruhe (Germany); Kaiser, Christoph [Institut fuer Mikro- und Nanoelektronische Systeme, Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie, Hertzstrasse 16, D-76187 Karlsruhe (Germany); Wuensch, Stefan; Siegel, Michael [Institut fuer Mikro- und Nanoelektronische Systeme, Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie, Hertzstrasse 16, D-76187 Karlsruhe (Germany); Center for Functional Nanostructures, Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie, Wolfgang-Gaede-Strasse 1a, D-76128 Karlsruhe (Germany); Rotzinger, Hannes; Lukashenko, Oleksandr; Jerger, Markus [Physikalisches Institut, Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie, Wolfgang-Gaede-Strasse 1, D-76131 Karlsruhe (Germany); Weiss, Georg; Ustinov, Alexey V. [Physikalisches Institut, Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie, Wolfgang-Gaede-Strasse 1, D-76131 Karlsruhe (Germany); Center for Functional Nanostructures, Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie, Wolfgang-Gaede-Strasse 1a, D-76128 Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2013-07-01

    In the context of low-loss materials needed for superconducting qubits, we investigated the dielectric loss in the volume of a-SiO thin films at mK temperatures and single photon power levels. Our broadband measurement setup employs multiplexed lumped element resonators as well as suitable power combiner and low noise amplifier. This enables measurements on all resonators to be carried out in one cool down cycle. The results are in good agreement with the temperature and power dependence of the dielectric losses predicted for atomic two-level tunneling systems (TLSs). We find indication that the TLS density of states increases with frequency, which had not been seen in previous loss measurements.

  12. High-efficiency superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors fabricated from MoSi thin-films

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    Verma, V B; Bussières, F; Horansky, R D; Dyer, S D; Lita, A E; Vayshenker, I; Marsili, F; Shaw, M D; Zbinden, H; Mirin, R P; Nam, S W

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate high-efficiency superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SNSPDs) fabricated from MoSi thin-films. We measure a maximum system detection efficiency (SDE) of 87 +- 0.5 % at 1542 nm at a temperature of 0.7 K, with a jitter of 76 ps, maximum count rate approaching 10 MHz, and polarization dependence as low as 3.4 +- 0.7 % The SDE curves show saturation of the internal efficiency similar to WSi-based SNSPDs at temperatures as high as 2.3 K. We show that at similar cryogenic temperatures, MoSi SNSPDs achieve efficiencies comparable to WSi-based SNSPDs with nearly a factor of two reduction in jitter.

  13. Co-Rich ZnCoO Nanoparticles Embedded in Wurtzite Zn1-xCoxO Thin Films: Possible Origin of Superconductivity.

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    Zeng, Yu-Jia; Gauquelin, Nicolas; Li, Dan-Ying; Ruan, Shuang-Chen; He, Hai-Ping; Egoavil, Ricardo; Ye, Zhi-Zhen; Verbeeck, Johan; Hadermann, Joke; Van Bael, Margriet J; Van Haesendonck, Chris

    2015-10-14

    Co-rich ZnCoO nanoparticles embedded in wurtzite Zn0.7Co0.3O thin films are grown by pulsed laser deposition on a Si substrate. Local superconductivity with an onset Tc at 5.9 K is demonstrated in the hybrid system. The unexpected superconductivity probably results from Co3+ in the Co-rich ZnCoO nanoparticles or from the interface between the Co-rich nanoparticles and the Zn0.7Co0.3O matrix.

  14. Investigation of the bulk pinning force in YBCO superconducting films with nano-engineered pinning centres

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    Crisan, A.; Dang, V. S.; Yearwood, G.; Mikheenko, P.; Huhtinen, H.; Paturi, P.

    2014-08-01

    For practical applications of superconducting materials in applied magnetic fields, artificial pinning centres in addition to natural ones are required to oppose the Lorentz force. These pinning centres are actually various types of defects in the superconductor matrix. The pinning centres can be categorised on their dimension (volume, surface, or point) and on their character (normal cores or Δκ cores). We have used the Dew Hughes approach to determine the types of pinning centres present in various samples, with various thicknesses, temperatures and nanostructured additions to the superconducting matrix. Results show that normal surface pinning centres are present throughout almost all the samples, as dominant pinning mechanism. Such 2D extended pinning centres are mainly due to dislocations, grain boundaries, nanorods. Strong normal point pinning centres were found to be common in BZO doped YBCO samples. Other types of pinning centres, in various (minor) concentrations were also found in some of the samples.

  15. Full spin switch effect for the superconducting current in a superconductor/ferromagnet thin film heterostructure

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    Leksin, P. V.; Garif'yanov, N. N.; Garifullin, I. A.; Schumann, J.; Vinzelberg, H.; Kataev, V.; Klingeler, R.; Schmidt, O. G.; Büchner, B.

    2010-09-01

    Using the spin switch design F1/F2/S theoretically proposed by Oh et al., [Appl. Phys. Lett. 71, 2376 (1997)], that comprises a ferromagnetic bilayer as a ferromagnetic component, and an ordinary superconductor as the second interface component, we have realized a full spin switch effect for the superconducting current. An experimental realization of this spin switch construction was achieved for the CoOx/Fe1/Cu/Fe2/In multilayer.

  16. Superconductivity in CVD Diamond Thin Film Well-Above Liquid Helium Temperature

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    Takano, Y.; Nagao, M.; Kobayashi, K; Umezawa, H.; Sakaguchi, I.; Tachiki, M.; Hatano, T.; Kawarada, H.

    2004-01-01

    Diamond has always been adored as a jewel. Even more fascinating is its outstanding physical properties; it is the hardest material known in the world with the highest thermal conductivity. Meanwhile, when we turn to its electrical properties, diamond is a rather featureless electrical insulator. However, with boron doping, it becomes a p-type semiconductor, with boron acting as a charge acceptor. Therefore the recent news of superconductivity in heavily boron-doped diamond synthesized by hig...

  17. 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.

  18. Magnetic and superconducting properties of a heavy-fermion CeCoIn5 epitaxial film probed by nuclear quadrupole resonance

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    Yamanaka, Takayoshi; Shimozawa, Masaaki; Shishido, Hiroaki; Kitagawa, Shunsaku; Ikeda, Hiroaki; Shibauchi, Takasada; Terashima, Takahito; Matsuda, Yuji; Ishida, Kenji

    2017-08-01

    Since the progress in the fabrication techniques of thin films of exotic materials such as strongly correlated heavy-fermion compounds, microscopic studies of the magnetic and electronic properties inside the films have been needed. Herein, we report the observation of 115In nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) in an epitaxial film of the heavy-fermion superconductor CeCoIn5, for which the microscopic field gradient within the unit cell as well as magnetic and superconducting properties at zero field are evaluated. We find that the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate in the film is in excellent agreement with that of bulk crystals, whereas the NQR spectra show noticeable shifts and significant broadening indicating a change in the electric-field distribution inside the film. The analysis implies a displacement of In layers in the film, which, however, does not affect the magnetic fluctuations and superconducting pairing. This implies that inhomogeneity of the electronic field gradient in the film sample causes no pair-breaking effect.

  19. Molecular Beam Epitaxy Growth of Superconducting Ba1-xKxFe2As2 and SmFeAs(O,F) Films

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    Ueda, Shinya; Takeda, Soichiro; Takano, Shiro; Mitsuda, Akihiro; Naito, Michio

    2012-01-01

    We report the molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) growth of the iron-based superconductors, Ba1-xKxFe2As2 and SmFeAs(O,F). In the growth of Ba1-xKxFe2As2 films, the key to incorporating volatile K in films is low-temperature (≤350 °C) growth in reduced As flux. The highest Tc thus far obtained is Tcon (Tcend) = 38.0 K (35.8 K). In the growth of superconducting SmFeAs(O,F), we adopted two methods. In the first method, we first grew pristine SmFeAsO films, and subsequently introduced F into the films by diffusion from an overlayer of SmF3. In the second method, we grew as-grown superconducting SmFeAs(O,F) films by coevaporating Sm, SmF3, Fe, and As. Thus far, better results have been obtained by the first F diffusion method. The films prepared by F diffusion showed Tcon (Tcend) = 56.5 K (55.3 K), whereas the as-grown films showed Tcon (Tcend) = 51.5 K (48.0 K).

  20. Superconducting YBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ thin film grown on metallic film evaporated on MgO

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    Verdyan, A.; Azoulay, J.; Lapsker, I.

    2001-03-01

    At present it is commonly accepted that thin film formation of YBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ (YBCO) on conducting substrate is one of the keys to further development of advanced devices in the microelectronic and other applications. We have grown YBCO thin films by resistive evaporation technique on MgO coated with metallic layers (Ni or Ag). A simple inexpensive vacuum system equipped with resistively heated boats for metal and precursor mixture of yttrium, copper and barium fluoride powders was used. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy techniques were used for texture, morphology and surface analyses respectively. Electrical and magnetical properties were determined by a standard dc four-probe method. The way of heating process is shown to be critical parameter in the film quality. The physical and electrical properties of the YBCO films are discussed in light of the fact that XRD measurements done on the metallic buffer layers have revealed a multicrystalline structure.

  1. The development of Tl-2212 based superconducting thin films for microwave applications

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    Hyland, D M C

    2001-01-01

    This thesis attempts to develop the understanding of the two-stage ex-situ processing of Tl sub 2 Ba sub 2 CaCu sub 2 O (Tl-2212) thin films on LaAlO sub 3 substrates. Initially a thallium-free precursor film is deposited by sputtering, this is then annealed in a sealed crucible containing a thallium source to produce the final crystalline film. An investigation into the correlation of physical characteristics of the films with their microwave properties is presented. High reproducibility of processing was achieved for 1cm sup 2 size films with measured R sub s < 0.5m OMEGA. Strong dependence of the microwave properties was found with film thickness and growth morphology of the crystalline film. A good correlation of R sub s was seen with defect density, greater numbers of defects giving higher R sub s values. Problems were encountered in scaling up the process to fabricate 2-inch diameter films, initially limited by the increased defect density associated with a larger surface area. Additionally when usin...

  2. Measurement setup for the magnetic penetration depth and superfluid stiffness in thin superconducting films

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    Fuchs, Lorenz; Brunner, Markus Christopher Paul; Schneider, Ina; Kronfeldner, Klaus; Strunk, Christoph [Institute for exp. and appl. Physics, University of Regensburg (Germany); Bousquet, Jessica; Bustarret, Etienne [Institut NEEL, Grenoble (France)

    2015-07-01

    A mutual inductance measurement setup has been established in order to determine the magnetic penetration depths of thin film superconductors. By measuring the variation of the mutual inductance M, the temperature dependent penetration depth can be evaluated. The setup has been characterized using thin aluminum and niobium films as a reference. Temperature dependence of λ of B-doped diamond films is determined down to 0.3 K and compared with theoretical expectations. The impact of the doping ratio B/C and film thickness on λ and T{sub c} is investigated. Correlation between the film impedance σ = σ{sub 1} - i σ{sub 2} and λ is examined.

  3. Determination of surface resistance and magnetic penetration depth of superconducting YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thin films by microwave power transmission measurements

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    Bhasin, K. B.; Warner, J. D.; Miranda, F. A.; Gordon, W. L.; Newman, H. S.

    1991-01-01

    A novel waveguide power transmission measurement technique was developed to extract the complex conductivity of superconducting thin films at microwave frequencies. The microwave conductivity was taken of two laser ablated YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thin films on LaAlO3 with transition temperatures of approximately 86.3 and 82 K, respectively, in the temperature range 25 to 300 K. From the conductivity values, the penetration depth was found to be approximately 0.54 and 0.43 micron, and the surface resistance (R sub s) to be approximately 24 and 36 micro-Ohms at 36 GHz and 76 K for the two films under consideration. The R sub s values were compared with those obtained from the change in the Q-factor of a 36 GHz Te sub 011-mode (OFHC) copper cavity by replacing one of its end walls with the superconducting sample. This technique allows noninvasive characterization of high transition superconducting thin films at microwave frequencies.

  4. Determination of surface resistance and magnetic penetration depth of superconducting YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thin films by microwave power transmission measurements

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    Bhasin, K. B.; Warner, J. D.; Miranda, F. A.; Gordon, W. L.; Newman, H. S.

    1991-01-01

    A novel waveguide power transmission measurement technique was developed to extract the complex conductivity of superconducting thin films at microwave frequencies. The microwave conductivity was taken of two laser ablated YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thin films on LaAlO3 with transition temperatures of approximately 86.3 and 82 K, respectively, in the temperature range 25 to 300 K. From the conductivity values, the penetration depth was found to be approximately 0.54 and 0.43 micron, and the surface resistance (R sub s) to be approximately 24 and 36 micro-Ohms at 36 GHz and 76 K for the two films under consideration. The R sub s values were compared with those obtained from the change in the Q-factor of a 36 GHz Te sub 011-mode (OFHC) copper cavity by replacing one of its end walls with the superconducting sample. This technique allows noninvasive characterization of high transition superconducting thin films at microwave frequencies.

  5. Superconducting YBa2Cu3O7 films on Si and GaAs with conducting indium tin oxide buffer layers

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    James, J. H.; Kellett, B. J.; Gauzzi, A.; Dwir, B.; Pavuna, D.

    1991-03-01

    Superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-delta (YBCO) thin films have been grown in situ by ion beam sputtering on Si and GaAs substrates with intermediate, conducting Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) buffer layers. Uniform, textured YBCO films on ITO exhibit Tc onset at 92K and Tc0 at 68K and 60K on Si and GaAs substrates respectively, the latter value is the highest Tc reported on GaAs. YBCO/ITO films exhibit metallic resistivity behavior. In situ YBCO films on SrTiO3 show Tc onset = 92K and Tc0 = 90.5K, transition widths are less than 1K. A simple optical bolometer has been constructed from YBCO films on SrTiO3. Tunnelling measurements have also been carried out using the first YBCO-Pb window-type tunnel junctions.

  6. Interface high-temperature superconductivity

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    Wang, Lili; Ma, Xucun; Xue, Qi-Kun

    2016-12-01

    Cuprate high-temperature superconductors consist of two quasi-two-dimensional (2D) substructures: CuO2 superconducting layers and charge reservoir layers. The superconductivity is realized by charge transfer from the charge reservoir layers into the superconducting layers without chemical dopants and defects being introduced into the latter, similar to modulation-doping in the semiconductor superlattices of AlGaAs/GaAs. Inspired by this scheme, we have been searching for high-temperature superconductivity in ultra-thin films of superconductors epitaxially grown on semiconductor/oxide substrates since 2008. We have observed interface-enhanced superconductivity in both conventional and unconventional superconducting films, including single atomic layer films of Pb and In on Si substrates and single unit cell (UC) films of FeSe on SrTiO3 (STO) substrates. The discovery of high-temperature superconductivity with a superconducting gap of ∼20 meV in 1UC-FeSe/STO has stimulated tremendous interest in the superconductivity community, for it opens a new avenue for both raising superconducting transition temperature and understanding the pairing mechanism of unconventional high-temperature superconductivity. Here, we review mainly the experimental progress on interface-enhanced superconductivity in the three systems mentioned above with emphasis on 1UC-FeSe/STO, studied by scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy, angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and transport experiments. We discuss the roles of interfaces and a possible pairing mechanism inferred from these studies.

  7. Thin-film superconducting rings in the critical state: the mixed boundary value approach

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    Brambilla, Roberto; Grilli, Francesco

    2015-02-01

    In this paper, we describe the critical state of a thin superconducting ring (and of a perfectly conducting ring as a limiting case) as a mixed boundary value problem. The disc is characterized by a three-part boundary division of the positive real axis, so this work is an extension of the procedure used in a previous work of ours for describing superconducting discs and strips, which are characterized by a two-part boundary division of the real axis. Here, we present the mathematical tools to solve this kind of problems—the Erdélyi-Kober operators—in a frame that can be immediately used. Contrary to the two-part problems considered in our previous work, three-part problems do not generally have analytical solutions and the numerical work takes on a significant heaviness. Nevertheless, this work is remunerated by three clear advantages: firstly, all the cases are afforded in the same way, without the necessity of any brilliant invention or ability; secondly, in the case of superconducting rings, the penetration of the magnetic field in the internal/external rims is a result of the method itself and does not have to be imposed, as it is commonly done with other methods presented in the literature; thirdly, the method can be extended to investigate even more complex cases (four-part problems). In this paper, we consider the cases of rings in uniform field and with transport current, with or without flux trapping in the hole and the case without net current, corresponding to a cut ring (washer), as used in some SQUID applications.

  8. Characterization Of Superconducting Samples With SIC System For Thin Film Developments: Status And Recent Results

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    Phillips, H. Lawrence [Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Newport News, VA (United States); Reece, Charles E. [Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Newport News, VA (United States); Valente-Feliciano, Anne-Marie [Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Newport News, VA (United States); Xiao, Binping [Brookhaven National Lab, Upton, NY (United States); Eremeev, Grigory V. [Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Newport News, VA (United States)

    2014-02-01

    Within any thin film development program directed towards SRF accelerating structures, there is a need for an RF characterization device that can provide information about RF properties of small samples. The current installation of the RF characterization device at Jefferson Lab is Surface Impedance Characterization (SIC) system. The data acquisition environment for the system has recently been improved to allow for automated measurement, and the system has been routinely used for characterization of bulk Nb, films of Nb on Cu, MgB{sub 2}, NbTiN, Nb{sub 3}Sn films, etc. We present some of the recent results that illustrate present capabilities and limitations of the system.

  9. Andreev reflections at interfaces between delta-doped GaAs and superconducting Al films

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    Taboryski, Rafael Jozef; Clausen, Thomas; Hansen, Jørn Bindslev;

    1996-01-01

    By placing several Si delta-doped layers close to the surface of a GaAs molecular beam epitaxy-grown crystal, we achieve a compensation of the Schottky barrier and obtain a good Ohmic contact between an in situ deposited (without breaking the vacuum) Al metallization layer and a highly modulation...... in a planar geometry where the Al has been removed in a thin stripe. We find a manifestation of the superconducting energy gap and a rich fine structure at injection energies both below and above the gap. (C) 1996 American Institute of Physics....

  10. Magnetic field and temperature dependence of the critical vortex velocity in type-II superconducting films.

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    Grimaldi, G; Leo, A; Cirillo, C; Attanasio, C; Nigro, A; Pace, S

    2009-06-24

    We study the vortex dynamics in the instability regime induced by high dissipative states well above the critical current in Nb superconducting strips. The magnetic field and temperature behavior of the critical vortex velocity corresponding to the observed dynamic instability is ascribed to intrinsic non-equilibrium phenomena. The Larkin-Ovchinnikov (LO) theory of electronic instability in high velocity vortex motion has been applied to interpret the temperature dependence of the critical vortex velocity. The magnetic field dependence of the vortex critical velocity shows new features in the low-field regime not predicted by LO.

  11. Magnetic field and temperature dependence of the critical vortex velocity in type-II superconducting films

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    Grimaldi, G; Leo, A; Cirillo, C; Attanasio, C; Nigro, A; Pace, S [CNR-INFM Laboratorio Regionale SuperMat, Via Salvador Allende, I-84081 Baronissi (Italy)], E-mail: grimaldi@sa.infn.it

    2009-06-24

    We study the vortex dynamics in the instability regime induced by high dissipative states well above the critical current in Nb superconducting strips. The magnetic field and temperature behavior of the critical vortex velocity corresponding to the observed dynamic instability is ascribed to intrinsic non-equilibrium phenomena. The Larkin-Ovchinnikov (LO) theory of electronic instability in high velocity vortex motion has been applied to interpret the temperature dependence of the critical vortex velocity. The magnetic field dependence of the vortex critical velocity shows new features in the low-field regime not predicted by LO.

  12. Structure and Superconducting Properties of TlCan-1Ba2CunO2n+3 Thin Films with Zero Resistance at Temperatures above 100 K

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    Huang, T. C.; Lee, W. Y.; Lee, V. Y.; Karimi, R.

    1988-08-01

    New superconducting TlCan-1Ba2CunO2n+3 thin films have been analyzed by the X-ray diffraction and four-point probe techniques. The films consist mainly of a single TlCa2Ba2Cu3O9 phase or a mixture of the TlCa2Ba2O9 and TlCaBa2Cu2O7 phases with the c-axis preferentially oriented perpendicular to the film surface. The TlCa2Ba2Cu3O9 film grown on an asymmetrically cut yttrium-stabilized ZrO2 (YSZ) substrate has the highest superconducting transition with on-set Tc near 120 K and zero resistance at 116 K. The TlCa2Ba2Cu3O9 film deposited on a SrTiO3 (100) substrate has a slightly lower transition with zero resistance at 104 K probably because of stacking faults. The film composed of both the TlCa2Ba2Cu3O9 and TlCaBa2Cu2O7 phases and grown on YSZ has a double transition with on-set Tc near 118 K and 107 K, and zero resistance at 102 K.

  13. Advanced photon detectors using superconducting MgB2 films Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The goals of the proposed work are to Investigate the film thickness (10–50 nm), substrate material (c-plane sapphire, MgO), and temperature (20-35 K)...

  14. Superconducting spin valves based on epitaxial Fe/V-hybrid thin film heterostructures

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    Nowak, Gregor

    2010-12-10

    This study presents a systematic investigation of the SSV effect in FM/SC/FM and FM/N/FM/SC heterostructures. Before investigating the actual SSV effect, we first pre-analyzed structural, magnetic and superconducting properties of the Fe/V system. In these preliminary studies we demonstrated, that epitaxial Fe/V heterostructures of superior crystalline quality can be grown by DC sputter deposition. With a Fe/V interface thickness of only one monolayer, the chemical separation of the Fe and V layers is extremely sharp. Moreover, the magnetic investigation showed that from thicknesses of two Fe(001) monolayers on the Fe layers in the superlattice possess a magnetic moment. Furthermore, we demonstrated the interlayer exchange coupling as oscillatory function of the V interlayer thickness. The investigations of the superconducting parameters of the Fe/V system revealed a non-monotonic T{sub S} vs. d{sub Fe} dependence in sample series (1). This observation proves the presence of the FM/SC proximity effect. The studies of various heterostructures of the design AFM/FM/SC/FM revealed a strong counteracting influence on the SSV effect, the stray field effect. The sample containing Fe{sub 25}V{sub 75} alloy layers, has the highest ratio of Cooper pair coherence length and superconductor thickness (ξ{sub S})/(d{sub S}), and its superconducting transition temperature is comparable to the sample with Fe{sub 35}V{sub 65} alloy layers. Nevertheless, the SSV effect in sample Fe{sub 25}V{sub 75} with alloy layers is much smaller than in sample with Fe{sub 35}V{sub 65} alloy layers. For a high-performance superconducting spin valve based on a FM1/SC/FM2 heterostructure at least four parameters have to be optimized simultaneously. 1. The magnetic domain size in FM1 and FM2 has to be as large as possible in order to reduce the stray field effect resulting from magnetization components in the FM domain walls perpendicular to the SC layer. 2. When using ferromagnetic alloys as

  15. The relationship between open volume defects and deposition conditions of superconducting thin-film YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - sub x

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    Zhou, X Y; Jiang, H; Bauer-Kugelmann, W; Duffy, J A; Koegel, G; Triftshaeuser, W

    1997-01-01

    The relationship between the open volume defects and the deposition conditions of superconducting thin-film YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - sub x was studied by the position lifetime technique. Using a low-energy pulsed positron system, positron lifetime as a function of implantation energy was measured on epitaxial superconducting thin-film YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - sub x deposited on yttrium stabilized cubic zirconia substrates (YSZ) with pulsed laser deposition in a partial pressure of air under different conditions. The results show that the type of open volume defect is independent of deposition conditions such as the substrate temperature, T sub s , and the air pressure, P sub a. The defect concentration increases with decreasing T sub s and increasing P sub a. (author). Letter-to-the-editor

  16. Localized superconductivity in the quantum-critical region of the disorder-driven superconductor-insulator transition in TiN thin films.

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    Baturina, T I; Mironov, A Yu; Vinokur, V M; Baklanov, M R; Strunk, C

    2007-12-21

    We investigate low-temperature transport properties of thin TiN superconducting films in the vicinity of the disorder-driven superconductor-insulator transition. In a zero magnetic field, we find an extremely sharp separation between superconducting and insulating phases, evidencing a direct superconductor-insulator transition without an intermediate metallic phase. At moderate temperatures, in the insulating films we reveal thermally activated conductivity with the magnetic field-dependent activation energy. At very low temperatures, we observe a zero-conductivity state, which is destroyed at some depinning threshold voltage V{T}. These findings indicate the formation of a distinct collective state of the localized Cooper pairs in the critical region at both sides of the transition.

  17. Superconducting YBa2Cu3O7 films for novel (opto)electronic device structures

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    Pavuna, D.; Dwir, B.; Gauzzi, A.; James, J. H.; Kellett, B. J.

    1991-02-01

    This short overview briefly summarizes the most important parameters for successful preparation and associated properties of thin films of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (YBCO) superconductors. The principles are illustrated by using the example of monotarget ion beam sputtering technique: YBCO films grown in situ on SrTiO3 show Tc(onset) = 92 K and Tco = 91 K. Magnetron sputtering, E-beam evaporation, laser ablation and molecular beam epitaxy are discussed. In situ ion beam sputtering of YBCO on Si and GaAs substrates with intermediate, conducting Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) buffer layers is also presented. Uniform, textured YBCO films on ITO exhibit Tc(onset) at 92 K and Tco at 68 K and 60 K on Si and GaAs substrates, respectively; the latter is the highest Tc reported on GaAs. YBCO/ITO films exhibit metallic resistivity behavior. Finally, the performance of a simple optical bolometer demonstrated on YBCO films and the results of tunneling measurements on the window-type YBCO-Pb tunnel junctions are discussed.

  18. Percolation effect in thick film superconductors: Using a Bi(Pb)SrCaCuO based paste to prepare a superconducting planar transformer

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    Sali, Robert; Harsanyi, Gabor

    1995-01-01

    A thick film superconductor paste has been developed to study the properties of granulated superconductor materials, to observe the percolation effect and to confirm the theory of the conducting mechanism in the superconducting thick films. This paste was also applied to make a superconducting planar transformer. Due to the T(sub c) and advantageous current density properties the base of the past was chosen to be of Bi(Pb)SrCaCu) system. For contacts a conventional Ag/Pt paste was used. The critical temperature of the samples were between 110 K and 115 K depending on the printed layer thickness. The critical current density -at the boiling temperature of the liquid He- was between 200 - 300 A/sq cm. The R(T) and V(I) functions were measured with different parameters. The results of the measurements have confirmed the theory of conducting mechanism in the material. The percolation structure model has been built and described. As an application, a superconducting planar thick film transformer was planned and produced. Ten windings of the transformer were printed on one side of the alumina substrate and one winding was printed on the other side. The coupling between the two sides was possible through the substrate. The samples did not need special drying and firing parameters. After the preparation, the properties of the transformer were measured. The efficiency ans the losses were determined. Finally, some fundamental advantages and problems of the process were discussed.

  19. Inflight resistance measurement on high-T(sub c) superconducting thin films exposed to orbital atomic oxygen on CONCAP-2 (STS-46)

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    Gregory, J. C.; Raiker, G. N.; Bijvoet, J. A.; Nerren, P. D.; Sutherland, W. T.; Mogro-Camperso, A.; Turner, L. G.; Kwok, Hoi; Raistrick, I. D.; Cross, J. B.

    1995-01-01

    In 1992, UAH (University of Alabama in Huntsville) conducted a unique experiment on STS-46 in which YBa2Cu3O7 (commonly known as '1-2-3' superconductor) high-T(c) superconducting thin film samples prepared at three different laboratories were exposed to 5 eV atomic oxygen in low Earth orbit on the ambient and 320 C hot plate during the first flight of the CONCAP-2 (Complex Autonomous Payload) experiment carrier. The resistance of the thin films was measured in flight during the atomic oxygen exposure and heating cycle. Superconducting properties were measured in the laboratory before and after the flight by the individual experimenters. Films with good superconducting properties, and which were exposed to the oxygen flux, survived the flight including those heated to 320 C (600 K) with properties essentially unchanged, while other samples which were heated but not exposed to oxygen were degraded. The properties of other flight controls held at ambient temperature appear unchanged and indistinguishable from those of ground controls, whether exposed to oxygen or not.

  20. Quantitive analysis of lattice disorder and superconducting transition in exptaxial YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6.9} films

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    Gauzzi, A.; Pavuna, D. [Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland)

    1996-02-01

    The authors show that the average lattice disorder in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6.9} films grown by ion-beam sputtering is homogeneous and can be quantified by introducing the lattice coherence length r{sub c} that is extracted from the width of X-ray diffraction rocking curves. The superconducting properties of the films are correlated with r{sub c}: T{sub c} decreases with increasing disorder for r{sub c}{approx_lt}10 nm, while the width of the resistive transition and the normal-state resistivity increase.

  1. Pinning effects on the vortex critical velocity in type-II superconducting thin films

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    Leo, A., E-mail: antoleo@sa.infn.i [CNR-SPIN-Salerno and Dipartimento di Fisica ' E R Caianiello' , Universita di Salerno, via Ponte Don Melillo, 84084 Fisciano (Italy); Grimaldi, G.; Nigro, A.; Pace, S. [CNR-SPIN-Salerno and Dipartimento di Fisica ' E R Caianiello' , Universita di Salerno, via Ponte Don Melillo, 84084 Fisciano (Italy); Verellen, N.; Silhanek, A.V.; Gillijns, W.; Moshchalkov, V.V. [INPAC-Institute for Nanoscale Physics and Chemistry, KU Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200D, Leuven B-3001 (Belgium); Metlushko, V. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60607 (United States); Ilic, B. [Cornell Nanofabrication Facility, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 (United States)

    2010-10-01

    We study the influence of artificial pinning centers on the vortex critical velocity in Al thin films deposited on top of a periodic array of Permalloy (FeNi) square rings. We demonstrate that the field dependence of the flux flow velocity strongly depends on the particular magnetic state of the rings. In particular, we find that, even when the rings are in a flux closure state, i.e. with little stray field, the vortex critical velocity shows a non-monotonic magnetic field dependence. This behaviour is in sharp contrast with the results obtained in a reference plain film, with no rings underneath. A comparison with the intrinsic strong pinning Nb films previously studied, suggests an interpretation in terms of a channel-like motion of vortices, here induced by the artificial pinning structure.

  2. Giant flux jumps through a thin superconducting Nb film in a vortex free region

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    Tsindlekht, M.I., E-mail: mtsindl@vms.huji.ac.il [The Racah Institute of Physics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem 91904 (Israel); Genkin, V.M.; Felner, I.; Zeides, F.; Katz, N. [The Racah Institute of Physics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem 91904 (Israel); Gazi, Š.; Chromik, Š. [The Institute of Electrical Engineering SAS, Dúbravská cesta 9, 84104 Bratislava (Slovakia)

    2016-10-15

    Highlights: Giant magnetic flux jumps into thin-walled cylinder were measured using peak up coil method in a swept magnetic field. Magnetic moment jumps were observed in magnetic fields lower and above Hc1. - Abstract: We measure the dynamics of magnetic field penetration into thin-walled superconducting niobium cylinders. It is shown that magnetic field penetrates through the wall of a cylinder in a series of giant jumps with amplitude 1 - 2 mT and duration of less than a microsecond in a wide range of magnetic fields, including the vortex free region. Surprisingly, the jumps take place when the total current in the wall, not the current density, exceeds a critical value. In addition, there are small jumps and/or smooth penetration, but their contribution reaches only ≃ 20 % of the total penetrating flux. The number of jumps decreases with increased temperature. Thermomagnetic instabilities cannot explain the experimental observations.

  3. Coexistence of Replica Bands and Superconductivity in FeSe Monolayer Films

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    Rebec, S. N.; Jia, T.; Zhang, C.; Hashimoto, M.; Lu, D.-H.; Moore, R. G.; Shen, Z.-X.

    2017-02-01

    To elucidate the mechanisms behind the enhanced Tc in monolayer (1 ML) FeSe on SrTiO3 (STO), we grew highly strained 1 ML FeSe on the rectangular (100) face of rutile TiO2 , and observed the coexistence of replica bands and superconductivity with a Tc of 63 K. From the similar Tc between this system and 1ML FeSe on STO (001), we conclude that strain and dielectric constant are likely unimportant to the enhanced Tc in these systems. A systematic comparison of 1 ML FeSe on TiO2 with other systems in the FeSe family shows that while charge transfer alone can enhance Tc, it is only with the addition of interfacial electron-phonon coupling that Tc can be increased to the level seen in 1 ML FeSe on STO.

  4. Electronic properties of high-temperature superconducting thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Abrecht, M.; Ariosa, Daniel; Cloetta, D.; Margaritondo, Giorgio; Pavuna, Davor

    2002-11-01

    We use a pulsed laser deposition (PLD) setup to grow ultra-thin films of high temperature superconductors (HTSC) and transfer them in-situ into a photoemission chamber. Photoemission measurements on such films allow us to study non-cleavable materials, but can also give insights into aspects never measured before, like the influence of strain on the low energy electronic structure. Systematic studies of many different materials grown as films showed that Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+x, Bi2Sr2Cu1O6+x, Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3O10+x and La2-xSrxCuO4 films exhibit a conductor-like Fermi edge, but materials containing chains (such as YBa2Cu3O7-x) are prone to very rapid surface degradation, possibly related to critical oxygen loss at the surface. Among HTSC materials, La2-xSrxCuO4 is extremely interesting because of its rather simple structure and the fact that its critical temperature Tc can be enhanced by epitaxial strain. Here we present our first high resolution angular resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) results on 8 unit-cell thin La2-xSrxCuO4 films on SrLaAlO4 [001] substrates. Due to the lattice mismatch, such films are compressed in the copper oxygen planes and expanded in the c-axis direction. Results show a surprisingly modified Fermi surface compared to the one of non-strained samples.

  5. Magnetic and superconductivity studies on (In{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}){sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films

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    Sai Krishna, N. [Thin Films Laboratory, School of Advanced Sciences, VIT University, Vellore 632 014, Tamil Nadu (India); Kaleemulla, S., E-mail: skaleemulla@gmail.com [Thin Films Laboratory, School of Advanced Sciences, VIT University, Vellore 632 014, Tamil Nadu (India); Amarendra, G. [Materials Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102, Tamil Nadu (India); UGC-DAE-CSR, Kalpakkam Node, Kokilamedu 603 104, Tamil Nadu (India); Madhusudhana Rao, N.; Krishnamoorthi, C.; Rigana Begam, M. [Thin Films Laboratory, School of Advanced Sciences, VIT University, Vellore 632 014, Tamil Nadu (India); Omkaram, I. [Department of Electronics and Radio Engineering, Kyung Hee University, Yongin-si Gyeonggi-do 446-701 (Korea, Republic of); Sreekantha Reddy, D. [Department of Physics and Sungkyunkwan Advanced Institute of Nanotechnology (SAINT), Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • Fe doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films deposited using electron beam evaporation technique. • Characterization of the samples using XRD, SEM, EDAX, AES, Raman spectroscopy, FT-IR, VSM and magnetoresistance. • All Fe doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films exhibited the cubic structure of In{sub 2}O{sub 3}. • Pure and Fe doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} samples exhibited room temperature ferromagnetism and superconductivity at 2 K. - Abstract: Magnetic, magnetoresistivity and superconductivity studies were carried out on (In{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}){sub 2}O{sub 3} (x = 0.00, 0.03, 0.05 and 0.07) thin films (2D structures) grown on glass substrate by electron beam evaporation technique at 350 °C. The films have an average size of 120 nm particles. All the samples shown soft ferromagnetic hysteresis loops at room temperature and saturation magnetization increased with iron dopant concentration. Observed magnetization could be best interpreted by F-center mediated magnetic exchange interaction in the samples. Temperature dependent resistivity of the sample (x = 0.00 and 0.07) showed metallic behavior down to very low temperatures and superconductivity at 2 K for undoped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} whereas the In{sub 1.86}Fe{sub 0.14}O{sub 3} sample shows superconductivity below 2 K in the absence of magnetic fields. The reduction in transition temperature was attributed to increase electrical disorder with iron doping. Both samples showed positive magnetoresistivity (MR) in superconducting state due to increase of resistivity resulting from breaking of superconducting Cooper pairs upon application of magnetic field. In addition, both the samples show feeble negative MR in normal electrical state. The observed MR in normal state is not due to spin polarized tunneling instead it is due to suppression of scattering of charge carrier by single occupied localized states.

  6. Force measurements of a superconducting-film actuator for a cryogenic interferometric gravitational-wave detector

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    Sato, N; Kanda, N; Kuroda, K; Miyoki, S; Ohashi, M; Saitô, Y; Shintomi, T; Suzuki, T; Tatsumi, D; Taylor, C; Tomaru, T; Uchiyama, T; Yamamoto, A

    2002-01-01

    We measured forces applied by an actuator with a YBCO film at near 77 K for the Large-scale Cryogenic Gravitational-wave Telescope (LCGT) project. An actuator consisting of both a YBCO film of 1.6 micrometers thickness and 0.81 square centimeters area and a solenoid coil exerted a force of up to 0.2 mN on a test mass. The presented actuator system can be used to displace the mirror of LCGT for fringe lock of the interferometer.

  7. Electrical dissipation and material properties of in-plane anisotropic superconducting YBCO films

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    Czerwinka, P S

    2001-01-01

    vortex liquid-to-glass phase transition model (VG). In all cases, the data can be successfully collapsed when scaled under the VG algorithm forming the expected master curves for temperatures above and below the vortex-glass 'transition' temperature T sub V sub G (B). However, between film systems we observe wide variations of the critical exponent z(theta,B) and T sub V sub G (B) as a function of field strength (B) and field orientation (theta). This lack of 'universality' does not allow interpretation of the scaling as evidence for a vortex liquid-to-glass phase transition. We find quantitative evidence in support of alternative scaling models which are based upon conventional flux-flow/creep theories and distributions of vortex-pinning strength. We investigate the growth, material and electrical properties of a wide variety of YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - subdelta films (40-480nm). The films range from c-axis normal to c-axis parallel to the film plane and were grown upon SrTiO sub 3 (STO) and LaSrGaO ...

  8. Surface properties of metal-nitride and metal-carbide films deposited on Nb for radio-frequency superconductivity

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    Garwin, E. L.; King, F. K.; Kirby, R. E.; Aita, O.

    1987-02-01

    Various effects occur which can prevent attainment of the high Q's and/or the high gradient fields necessary for the operation of radio-frequency (rf) superconducting cavities. One of these effects, multipactor, both causes the cavity to detune during filling due to resonant secondary electron emission at the cavity walls, and lowers the quality factor (Q) by dissipative processes. TiN deposited onto the high-field regions of room-temperature Al cavities has been used at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center to successfully reduce multipactor in the past. We have therefore studied TiN and its companion materials, NbN, NbC, and TiC, all on Nb substrates under several realistic conditions: (1) as-deposited, (2) exposed to air, and (3) electron bombarded. The studied films (up to 14-nm thickness) were sputter deposited onto sputter-cleaned Nb substrates. Results indicate that all the materials tested gave substantially the same results. The maximum secondary electron yields for as-deposited films were reduced to nearly the preoxidized values after electron bombardment (2-3×1017 electrons cm-2 in the case of NbN and NbC). X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis showed that the oxides (e.g., TiO2 in the case of TiN films) formed during air exposure were slightly reduced (converted to lower oxides) by the electron-beam exposure. Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) showed a slight reduction in the surface O concentration following beam exposure. These results suggest that the chemical nature of top surface layers is responsible for the substantial changes in secondary electron yield observed upon electron-beam exposures and that AES does not reflect this change strongly because of the difficulty in extracting chemical (versus elemental) information from AES. The results indicate that any of these films would be poor choices if simply deposited and exposed to air, but, in fact, the in situ electron bombardment which occurs during cavity operation serves to reduce the

  9. A study on the superconducting properties of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 9-x}Nb{sub x}O{sup y} thin films

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    Srinivas, S.; Bhatnagar, A.K. [Univ. of Hyderabad (India); Pinto, R. [Solid State Electronics Group, Bombay (India)] [and others

    1994-12-31

    Effect of niobium substitution at the copper site in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 9}O{sub 7-x} was studied in thin film form. The films were deposited by laser ablation technique using the targets of the YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3-x}Nb{sub x}O{sub y} where x = 0.0, 0.025, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.4, 0.8 and 1.0 under identical deposition conditions on SrTiO{sub 9} <100> substrates. Films were characterized by XRD, resistivity, I-V and J{sub c} measurements. Films made from x = 0.025 and 0.05 concentrations of Nb substituted targets showed relatively improved superconducting properties compared to that of undoped films. The best 7 realized for x = 0.025 Nb concentration was 1.8 x 10{sup {sigma}} A/cm{sup 2} and for 0.05 Nb concentration it was 3.2x10{sup {sigma}} A/cm{sup 2} at 77K. However, degradation of the superconducting properties, with the increase of x {ge} 0.1 Nb concentration and drastic suppression and complete loss of superconductivity was noticed for x {ge} 0.4. The growth of impurity phase YBa{sub 2}NbO{sub 6} for x = 0.1 and above of Nb concentration was noticed from XRD patterns. However, the site occupancy of Nb could not be confirmed from these studies.

  10. Superconductivity of oxide film electrolytically deposited on surface of B(1-x)Sb(x) single crystal

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    Alfeyev, V. N.; Aminov, B. A.; Brandt, N. B.; Vasina, S. Ya.; Damaskin, B. B.; Zigel, M.; Kuznetsov, V. P.; Petriy, O. A.; Ponomarev, Ya. G.; Sudakova, M. V.

    1990-10-01

    An experimental study was made of thin oxide films electrolytically deposited on the surface of Bi(1-x)Sb(x) single crystals (x from 0.1 to 0.3) at room temperature, the electrolyte consisting of acetonitrile as solvent with salicylic acid as conductive additive and containing copper ions. The current-voltage characteristics of point junctions produced by mechanical pressure on oxidized surfaces were measured at temperatures ranging from 1.7 K to above 20 K. They were found in most cases to be characteristic of Josephson junctions, with a critical current in the milliampere range at 4.2 K, with Mersero constant-period oscillations of the differential electrical conductance dI/dV near zero voltage in a magnetic field, and with Shapiro plateaus in a microwave field. The critical temperature of superconducting transition corresponding to maximum differential electrical conductance near zero voltage was found to be within 6 to 8 K in most cases and 20 K or higher in some cases.

  11. Oscillations of critical superconducting current in thin doubly-connected Sn films in an external perpendicular magnetic field

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    Sivakov, A. G.; Pokhila, A. S.; Glukhov, A. M.; Kuplevakhsky, S. V.; Omelyanchouk, A. N.

    2014-05-01

    We report the results of experimental and theoretical studies of critical current oscillations in thin doubly-connected Sn films in an external perpendicular magnetic field. The experiments were performed on samples that consisted of two wide electrodes joined together by two narrow channels. The length of the channels l satisfied the condition l ≫ ξ (ξ is the Ginzburg-Landau coherence length). At temperatures close to the critical temperature Tc, the dependence of the critical current Ic on average external magnetic flux Φ¯e has the form of a piecewise linear function, periodic with respect to the flux quantum Φ0. The amplitude of the Ic oscillation at a given temperature is proportional to the factor ξ/l. Moreover, the dependence Ic=Ic(Φ ¯e) is found to be multivalued, hence indicating the presence of metastable states. Based on the Ginzburg-Landau approximation, a theory was constructed that explains the above features of the oscillation phenomenon taking a perfectly symmetric system as an example. Further, the experiments displayed the effects related to the critical currents imbalance between the superconducting channels, i.e., shift of the maxima of the dependence Ic=Ic(Φ ¯e) accompanied by an asymmetry with respect to the transport current direction.

  12. Deposition of superconducting YBaCuO thin films by pseudospark ablation

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    Hoebel, M.; Geerk, J.; Linker, G.; Schultheiss, C. (Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Institut fuer Nukleare Festkoerperphysik (INFP), P.O. Box 3640, D-7500 Karlsruhe, Federal Republic of Germany (DE))

    1990-03-05

    Thin YBaCuO films have been deposited on ZrO{sub 2}(Y) and SrTiO{sub 3} substrates by a novel ablation method, using a pulsed intense electron beam generated by a pseudospark source. Films with zero resistance around 85 K were grown at substrate temperatures of 820 {degree}C with high reproducibility. X-ray analysis indicates highly textured growth on both substrates. {ital J}{sub {ital c}} values were 6{times}10{sup 6} A/cm{sup 2} at 4.2 K and 1.1{times}10{sup 5} A/cm{sup 2} at 77 K. Because of the high simplicity of the deposition system and the variety of changeable parameters it represents an interesting alternative to existing laser ablation methods.

  13. Superconductivity and x-ray photoemission study of MgB2 thin films

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    王淑芳; 周岳亮; 朱亚彬; 张芹; 谢侃; 陈正豪; 吕惠宾; 杨国桢

    2002-01-01

    Highly c-axis oriented MgB2 thin films with Tconset of 39.6K were fabricated by magnesium diffusing into pulsed-laser-deposited boron precursors. The estimation of critical current density Jc, using hysteresis loops and the Bean model, has given the value of 107A/cm2 (15K, 0T), which is one of the highest values ever reported. The x-ray photoemission study of the MgB2 thin films has revealed that the binding energies of Mg 2p and B 1s are at 49.4eV and 186.9eV, which are close to those of metallic Mg and transition-metal diborides, respectively.

  14. Direct angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy and superconductivity of strained high-c films

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    Davor Pavuna; Daniel Ariosa; Dominique Cloetta; Claudia Cancellieri; Mike Abrecht

    2008-02-01

    Since 1997 we systematically perform direct angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) on in-situ grown thin (< 30 nm) cuprate films. Specifically, we probe low-energy electronic structure and properties of high-c superconductors (HTSC) under different degrees of epitaxial (compressive vs. tensile) strain. In overdoped and underdoped in-plane compressed (the strain is induced by the choice of substrate) ≃ 15 nm thin La2-SrCuO4 (LSCO) films we almost double c to 40 K, from 20 K and 24 K, respectively. Yet the Fermi surface (FS) remains essentially two-dimensional. In contrast, ARPES data under tensile strain exhibit the dispersion that is three-dimensional, yet c drastically decreases. It seems that the in-plane compressive strain tends to push the apical oxygen far away from the CuO2 plane, enhances the two-dimensional character of the dispersion and increases c, while the tensile strain acts in the opposite direction and the resulting dispersion is three-dimensional. We have established the shape of the FS for both cases, and all our data are consistent with other ongoing studies, like EXAFS. As the actual lattice of cuprates is like a `Napoleon-cake', i.e. rigid CuO2 planes alternating with softer `reservoir', that distort differently under strain, our data rule out all oversimplified two-dimensional (rigid lattice) mean field models. The work is still in progress on optimized La-doped Bi-2201 films with enhanced c.

  15. Microwave spectroscopy evidence of superconducting pairing in the magnetic-field-induced metallic state of InO(x) films at zero temperature.

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    Liu, Wei; Pan, LiDong; Wen, Jiajia; Kim, Minsoo; Sambandamurthy, G; Armitage, N P

    2013-08-09

    We investigate the field-tuned quantum phase transition in a 2D low-disorder amorphous InO(x) film in the frequency range of 0.05 to 16 GHz employing microwave spectroscopy. In the zero-temperature limit, the ac data are consistent with a scenario where this transition is from a superconductor to a metal instead of a direct transition to an insulator. The intervening metallic phase is unusual with a small but finite resistance that is much smaller than the normal state sheet resistance at the lowest measured temperatures. Moreover, it exhibits a superconducting response on short length and time scales while global superconductivity is destroyed. We present evidence that the true quantum critical point of this 2D superconductor metal transition is located at a field B(sm) far below the conventionally defined critical field B(cross) where different isotherms of magnetoresistance cross each other. The superfluid stiffness in the low-frequency limit and the superconducting fluctuation frequency from opposite sides of the transition both vanish at B≈B(sm). The lack of evidence for finite-frequency superfluid stiffness surviving B(cross) signifies that B(cross) is a crossover above which superconducting fluctuations make a vanishing contribution to dc and ac measurements.

  16. Microwave Spectroscopy Evidence of Superconducting Pairing in the Magnetic-Field-Induced Metallic State of InOx Films at Zero Temperature

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    Liu, Wei; Pan, LiDong; Wen, Jiajia; Kim, Minsoo; Sambandamurthy, G.; Armitage, N. P.

    2013-08-01

    We investigate the field-tuned quantum phase transition in a 2D low-disorder amorphous InOx film in the frequency range of 0.05 to 16 GHz employing microwave spectroscopy. In the zero-temperature limit, the ac data are consistent with a scenario where this transition is from a superconductor to a metal instead of a direct transition to an insulator. The intervening metallic phase is unusual with a small but finite resistance that is much smaller than the normal state sheet resistance at the lowest measured temperatures. Moreover, it exhibits a superconducting response on short length and time scales while global superconductivity is destroyed. We present evidence that the true quantum critical point of this 2D superconductor metal transition is located at a field Bsm far below the conventionally defined critical field Bcross where different isotherms of magnetoresistance cross each other. The superfluid stiffness in the low-frequency limit and the superconducting fluctuation frequency from opposite sides of the transition both vanish at B≈Bsm. The lack of evidence for finite-frequency superfluid stiffness surviving Bcross signifies that Bcross is a crossover above which superconducting fluctuations make a vanishing contribution to dc and ac measurements.

  17. Smooth surfaces in very thin GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} films for application in superconducting tunnel junctions

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    Navarro, H., E-mail: henrynavarro@cab.cnea.gov.ar [Instituto Balseiro, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo & CNEA, 8400 Bariloche (Argentina); Centro Atómico Bariloche, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica. Av. Bustillo 9500, 8400 San Carlos de Bariloche (Argentina); Sirena, M. [Instituto Balseiro, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo & CNEA, 8400 Bariloche (Argentina); Centro Atómico Bariloche, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica. Av. Bustillo 9500, 8400 San Carlos de Bariloche (Argentina); Kim, Jeehoon [Department of Physics, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang (Korea, Republic of); CALDES, Institute for Basic Science, Pohang (Korea, Republic of); Haberkorn, N. [Instituto Balseiro, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo & CNEA, 8400 Bariloche (Argentina); Centro Atómico Bariloche, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica. Av. Bustillo 9500, 8400 San Carlos de Bariloche (Argentina)

    2015-03-15

    Highlights: • A detailed study of the morphological properties of GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} thin films was realized. • The inclusion of a very thin SrTiO{sub 3} buffer layer modifies the surface of the SrTiO{sub 3} substrates. • The inclusion of the buffer layer suppress the three dimensional nucleation in the GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} film. • GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} films with large areas free of topological defects and T{sub c} close to liquid nitrogen can be obtained. - Abstract: This paper provides a systematic analysis of the morphology and the superconducting critical temperature obtained in very thin GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} films grown on (0 0 1) SrTiO{sub 3} substrates by DC sputtering. We find that the use of a very thin SrTiO{sub 3} buffer layer (≈2 nm) modify the nucleation of GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} on the surface of the substrate reducing the formation of 3 dimensional clusters. Our results demonstrate that 16 nm thick GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} films with an average root-mean-square (RMS) smaller than 1 nm and large surface areas (up 10 μm{sup 2}) free of 3 dimensional topological defects can be obtained. In films thinner than 24 nm the onset (zero resistance) of superconducting transition of the films is reduced, being close to liquid nitrogen. This fact can be associated with stress reducing the orthorhombicity and slightly drop in oxygen stoichiometry.

  18. Deposition by plasma-assisted laser ablation and maskless patterning of YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub 7-x] superconducting thin films

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    Tejedor, P. (Centro Nacional de Microelectronica, CSIC, Madrid (Spain)); Cagigal, M. (Dept. de Fisica de Materiales, Univ. Complutense, Madrid (Spain)); Vicent, J.L. (Dept. de Fisica de Materiales, Univ. Complutense, Madrid (Spain)); Briones, F. (Centro Nacional de Microelectronica, CSIC, Madrid (Spain))

    1994-04-01

    YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub 7-x] superconducting thin films were deposited in situ by plasma-assisted laser ablation onto polycrystalline yttria-stabilized-zirconia (YSZ) substrates at 700 C in a low pressure (200-400 mTorr) O[sub 2] discharge (-300 V). The laser operated at 5-50 Hz repetition rate and was focused onto a superconducting target with a typical energy density of 2.5-4 J cm[sup -2]. An in situ annealing step in 1 Torr O[sub 2] atmosphere at 425 C for 1-2 h was followed by slow cooling of the films to room temperature. The YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub 7-x] films grew preferentially oriented with the c-axis normal to the substrate surface. They exhibited metallic behaviour in the normal state and superconducting transitions with typical onset of 91 K and zero resistance between 82 and 87 K. The transport critical current densities J[sub c] were 10[sup 2] A cm[sup -2] for 1 [mu]m thick films and two orders of magnitude higher, J[sub c] = 3 x 10[sup 4] A cm[sup -2], for 0.08 [mu]m thick films. Maskless patterning was achieved by utilizing the ArF laser beam to induce etching selectivity of the superconducting thin films. For this purpose, the central part of the beam was apertured by a slit and focused onto the sample by means of a 15 x Schwarzschild microscope objective to give an irradiated area on the sample of approximately 10 x 150 [mu]m[sup 2]. The laser energy density on the sample was typically 10[sup 3] J cm[sup -2], while the repetition rate was varied between 10 and 20 Hz. Microbridges of different geometries with a maximum resolution of 10 [mu]m and high edge definition were obtained at 20 [mu]m s[sup -1] scan rate using this technique. (orig.)

  19. Development of Energy-Efficient Cryogenic Leads with High Temperature Superconducting Films on Ceramic Substrates

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    Pan, A. V.; Fedoseev, S. A.; Shcherbakova, O. V.; Golovchanskiy, I. A.; Zhou, S.; Dou, S. X.; Webber, R. J.; Mukhanov, O. A.; Yamashita, T.; Taylor, R.

    High temperature superconductor (HTS) material can be used for the implementation of high-speed low-heat conduction data links to transport digital data from 4 K superconductor integrated circuits to higher-temperature parts of computing systems. In this work, we present a conceptual design of energy efficient interface and results in fabricating such HTS leads. Initial calculations have shown that the microstrip line cable geometry for typical materials employed in production of HTS thin films can be a two-layered film for which the two layers of about 10 cm long are separated by an insulation layer with as low permittivity as possible. With this architecture in mind, the pulsed laser deposition process has been designed in a 45 cm diameter vacuum chamber to incorporate an oscillating sample holder with homogeneous substrate heating up to 900°C, while the laser plume is fixed. This design has allowed us to produce 200 nm to 500 nm thick, 7 cm to 10 cm long YBa2Cu3O7 thin films with the homogeneous critical temperature (Tc) of about 90 K. The critical current density (Jc) of the short samples obtained from the long sample is of (2 ± 1) × 1010 A/m2. Lines of 3-100 μm wide have been successfully patterned along the length of the samples in order to directly measure the Tc and Jc values over the entire length of the samples, as well as to attempt the structuring of multichannel data lead prototype.

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

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    Pavuna, Davor; Ariosa, Daniel; Cloetta, Dominique; Cancellieri, Claudia; Abrecht, Mike

    2008-02-01

    Since 1997 we systematically perform direct angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) on in-situ grown thin (<30 nm) cuprate films. Specifically, we probe low-energy electronic structure and properties of high-T_{c} superconductors (HTSC) under different degrees of epitaxial ({compressive vs. tensile}) strain. In overdoped and underdoped in-plane compressed (the strain is induced by the choice of substrate) ≈15 nm thin La_{2-x}Sr_{x}CuO_{4} (LSCO) films we almost double T_{c} to 40 K, from 20 K and 24 K, respectively. Yet the Fermi surface (FS) remains essentially two-dimensional. In contrast, ARPES data under {tensile} strain exhibit the dispersion that is three-dimensional, yet T_{c} drastically decreases. It seems that the in-plane compressive strain tends to push the apical oxygen far away from the CuO_{2} plane, enhances the two-dimensional character of the dispersion and increases T_{c}, while the tensile strain acts in the opposite direction and the resulting dispersion is three-dimensional. We have established the shape of the FS for both cases, and all our data are consistent with other ongoing studies, like EXAFS. As the actual lattice of cuprates is like a `Napoleon-cake', i.e. rigid CuO_{2 } planes alternating with softer `reservoir', that distort differently under strain, our data rule out all oversimplified two-dimensional (rigid lattice) mean field models. The work is still in progress on optimized La-doped Bi-2201 films with enhanced T_{c}.

  1. Plasma processing of niobium for the production of thin-film superconducting devices

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    Tugwell, A.J.; Hutson, D.; Pegrum, C.M.; Donaldson, G.B.

    1987-01-01

    Josephson junctions, which are regions of weak electrical connection between two superconductors, are the active elements of very sensitive thin-film magnetometers. Junctions are fabricated by growing barriers of native oxide on thin Nb films and depositing a layer of PbIn alloy on top. High sensitivity magnetometers require junctions of small area, and to achieve this, edge junctions are fabricated in which one dimension is defined by the thickness of the Nb and the other is set by the limit of optical lithography. An edge with a suitable angle is produced by reactive ion etching using 5 vol % O/sub 2/ in CF/sub 4/ in a parallel plate rf plasma etcher. Details of etch rates and edge profiles are given. The barrier is formed by a cleaning and oxidation process in an rf plasma at a pressure of 10/sup -6/ bar. Details of the design of a purpose built rf cathode and the run-to-run reproducibility of junction characteristics are given. Different oxidation times and bias voltages are necessary to produce a given oxide thickness on a sloping edge of Nb, as compared to a planar surface, and an explanation for this is proposed. Examples are described of magnetometers made using the above processes.

  2. Dopant rearrangement and superconductivity in Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2-x}La{sub x}CuO{sub 6} thin films under annealing

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    Cancellieri, C [EPFL, Institute of Physics of Complex Matter, LPRX, Lausanne (Switzerland); Lin, P H [EPFL, Institute of Physics of Complex Matter, LPRX, Lausanne (Switzerland); Ariosa, D [EPFL, Institute of Physics of Complex Matter, LPRX, Lausanne (Switzerland); Pavuna, D [EPFL, Institute of Physics of Complex Matter, LPRX, Lausanne (Switzerland)

    2007-06-20

    By combining x-ray diffraction (XRD), x-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) and AC susceptibility measurements we investigate the evolution of structural and superconducting properties of La-doped Bi-2201 thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) under different annealing conditions. We find that the main effect of oxygen annealing is to improve the crystal coherence by enabling La cation migration to the Sr sites. This activates the desired hole doping. Short-time Ar annealing removes the interstitial oxygen between the BiO layers, fine adjusting the effective hole doping. The superconducting critical temperature is consequently enhanced. However, longer annealings result in phase separation and segregation of the homologous compound Bi-1201. We attribute this effect to the loss of Bi during the annealing.

  3. Scaling between superconducting critical temperature and structural coherence length in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6.9} films

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    Gauzzi, A. [Ecole Polytechnique Federale, Lausanne (Switzerland). Dept. de Physique; Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Parma (Italy). Lab. MASPEC; Joensson-Aakerman, B.J.; Clerc-Dubois, A.; Pavuna, D. [Ecole Polytechnique Federale, Lausanne (Switzerland). Dept. de Physique

    2000-09-15

    Measurements of critical temperature T{sub c} in superconducting YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6.9} films with reduced long-range structural order show the validity of the empirical scaling relation {delta}T{sub c}{proportional_to}r{sub c}{sup -2} between disorder-induced reduction of T{sub c} and structural coherence length r{sub c} in the ab-plane. This result is quantitatively explained by the disorder-induced confinement of the charge carriers within each ordered domain of size r{sub c}. Our analysis of the data based on this picture enables us to precisely determine the Ginzburg-Landau superconducting coherence length in the ab-plane, {xi}{sub ab} = 1.41 {+-} 0.04 nm. (orig.)

  4. Bulk YBa2Cu3O(x) superconductors through pressurized partial melt growth processing

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    Hu, S.; Hojaji, H.; Barkatt, A.; Boroomand, M.; Hung, M.; Buechele, A. C.; Thorpe, A. N.; Davis, D. D.; Alterescu, S.

    1992-01-01

    A novel pressurized partial melt growth process has been developed for producing large pieces of bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors. During long-time partial melt growth stage, an additional driving force for solidification is obtained by using pressurized oxygen gas. The microstructure and superconducting properties of the resulting samples were investigated. It was found that this new technique can eliminate porosity and inhomogeneity, promote large-scale grain-texturing, and improve interdomain coupling as well.

  5. Magnetic flux penetration in Nb superconducting films with lithographically defined microindentations

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    Brisbois, J.; Adami, O.-A.; Avila, J. I.; Motta, M.; Ortiz, W. A.; Nguyen, N. D.; Vanderbemden, P.; Vanderheyden, B.; Kramer, R. B. G.; Silhanek, A. V.

    2016-02-01

    We present a thorough investigation by magneto-optical imaging of the magnetic flux penetration in Nb thin films with lithographically defined border indentations. We demonstrate that discontinuity lines (d lines), caused by the abrupt bending of current streamlines around the indentations, depart from the expected parabolic trend close to the defect and depend on the shape and size of the indentation as well as on the temperature. These findings are backed up and compared with theoretical results obtained by numerical simulations and analytical calculations highlighting the key role played by demagnetization effects and the creep exponent n . In addition, we show that the presence of nearby indentations and submicrometer random roughness of the sample border can severely modify the flux front topology and dynamics. Strikingly, in contrast to what has been repeatedly predicted in the literature, we do not observe that indentations act as nucleation spots for flux avalanches, but they instead help to release the flux pressure and avoid thermomagnetic instabilities.

  6. Electron tunneling into superconducting indium and lead films containing the magnetic impurity manganese

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    Tsang, Juine-Kai [Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL (United States). Dept. of Physics

    1980-01-01

    Tunneling measurements of quench-condensed In-Mn and Pb-Mn alloy films were made. The results were compared with Shiba's theory of superconductors containing magnetic impurities. The localized excited impurity states predicted by Shiba's theory were observed in both alloys. In addition to s-wave scattering, it was necessary to include p- and d-wave scattering of the conduction electrons in the theory in order to explain the experimental data. Partial agreement between the theory and the experimental data was obtained using phase shifts from band calculations by A.B. Kunz. The results on In-Mn also agree with thermal conductivity data.

  7. High field transport properties of MBE processed Fe-based superconducting thin films

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    Iida, Kazumasa [Nagoya University (Japan); IFW Dresden (Germany)

    2015-07-01

    It has been reported that Fe-based superconductors show high upper critical fields with low anisotropies at low temperatures. Hence these materials may offer a unique possibility for high field magnet applications. However, only a few reports on high-field transport properties of Co-doped Ba-122 and Fe(Se,Te) have been published and the only one for SmFeAs(O,F) thin films to date. In order to use this material class for applications, the knowledge of in-field and its orientation dependence of transport properties in a wide range of external fields need to be clarified. In this talk, I will report on high-field (up to dc 45 T) transport properties of P-doped Ba-122, SmFeAs(O,F) and NdFeAs(O,F) thin films prepared by MBE. Although P-doped Ba-122 has the lowest T{sub c}, self-field J{sub c} of over 6 MA/cm{sup 2} at 4.2 K is recorded, which is the highest value ever reported in Fe-based superconductors. Additionally, in-field performance of P-doped Ba-122 shows comparable to those of NdFeAs(O,F) and SmFeAs(O,F) for Hc. On the other hand, both NdFeAs(O,F) and SmFeAs(O,F) exhibited higher J{sub c} for H parallel ab due to the intrinsic pinning. These results indicate that P-doped Ba-122 is the most promising candidates for high-field magnet applications.

  8. Athermal Energy Loss from X-rays Deposited in Thin Superconducting Films on Solid Substrates

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    Kozorezov, Alexander G.; Lambert, Colin J.; Bandler, Simon R.; Balvin, Manuel A.; Busch, Sarah E.; Sagler, Peter N.; Porst, Jan-Patrick; Smith, Stephen J.; Stevenson, Thomas R.; Sadleir, John E.

    2013-01-01

    When energy is deposited in a thin-film cryogenic detector, such as from the absorption of an X-ray, an important feature that determines the energy resolution is the amount of athermal energy that can be lost to the heat bath prior to the elementary excitation systems coming into thermal equilibrium. This form of energy loss will be position-dependent and therefore can limit the detector energy resolution. An understanding of the physical processes that occur when elementary excitations are generated in metal films on dielectric substrates is important for the design and optimization of a number of different types of low temperature detector. We have measured the total energy loss in one relatively simple geometry that allows us to study these processes and compare measurements with calculation based upon a model for the various di.erent processes. We have modeled the athermal phonon energy loss in this device by finding an evolving phonon distribution function that solves the system of kinetic equations for the interacting system of electrons and phonons. Using measurements of device parameters such as the Debye energy and the thermal di.usivity we have calculated the expected energy loss from this detector geometry, and also the position-dependent variation of this loss. We have also calculated the predicted impact on measured spectral line-shapes, and shown that they agree well with measurements. In addition, we have tested this model by using it to predict the performance of a number of other types of detector with di.erent geometries, where good agreement is also found.

  9. Superconducting thin films of Tl 2Ca 2Ba 2Cu 3O y and Tl 2CaBa 2Cu 2O y

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    Ginley, D. S.; Kwak, J. F.; Hellmer, R. P.; Baughman, R. J.; Venturini, E. L.; Mitchell, M. A.; Morosin, B.

    1988-11-01

    We present techniques for preparing unoriented polycrystalline and epitaxial superconducting thin films of the Tl 2CaBa 2Cu 2O y and Tl 2Ca 2Ba 2Cu 3O y phases on a wide variety of substrates. The crucial steps determining the properties of the films are shown to be the air sintering and oxygen annealing following the initial metal deposition by electron beam evaporation under a slight oxygen overpressure. A sintered Tl-Ca-Ba-Cu-O pellet is employed as a source of excess Tl during sintering and annealing of the thin film. The Tl concentration in the final films controls the nature of the intergrain connections. The films are characterized by their structural, chemical, magnetic and transport properties. Zero resistance typically occurs at 97 K for Tl 2CaBa 2Cu 2O and at 106 K for Tl 2Ca 2Ba 2Cu 3O y. Transport critical currents of up to 110 000 A/cm 2 have been obtained at 77 K for unoriented Tl 2CaBa 2Cu 2O y, up to 160 000 A/cm 2 for epitaxial Tl 2Ca 2Ba 2Cu 3O y and up to 240 000 A/cm 2 for unoriented Tl 2Ca 2Cu 3O y films with little field dependence of the critical current observed.

  10. 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.

  11. Delayed thermalization of X-rays absorbed in tin films far below the superconducting transition temperature

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    Stahle, C. K.; Kelley, R. L.; Moseley, S. H.; Szymkowiak, A. E.; Juda, M.; McCammon, D.; Zhang, J.

    1994-02-01

    As part of a program for developing high resolution X-ray detectors, we have deposited 4 μm thick Sn films on silicon calorimeters to serve as X ray absorbers. Thermistors in the silicon measured the temperature increase resulting from the thermalization of an X-ray photon. Silver-filled epoxy was placed on the Sn to establish a complete thermalization reference. The devices were operated near 0.1 K and below. Signal pulses resulting from the absorption of 6 keV photons in the Ag epoxy rose faster, peaked higher, and decayed to baseline more quickly than those resulting from absorption in the Sn. Taking the Ag pulse shape to be the impulse response of the detector, we deconvolved it from the average Sn pulse shape to obtain the thermalization function in the Sn. The result contained a slow component with a thermalization rate on the scale of several milliseconds. We consider this an indication of the quasiparticle recombination time in the Sn during the non-equilibrium condition following X-ray absorption. We were able to manipulate the thermalization by heating the device above the Sn transition temperature and varying the amount of magnetic field present upon cooling.

  12. Photoemission, Correlation and Superconductivity:

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    Abrecht, M.; Ariosa, D.; Cloëtta, D.; Pavuna, D.; Perfetti, L.; Grioni, M.; Margaritondo, G.

    We review some of the problems still affecting photoemission as a probe of high-temperature superconductivity, as well as important recent results concerning their solution. We show, in particular, some of the first important results on thin epitaxial films grown by laser ablation, which break the monopoly of cleaved BCSCO in this type of experiments. Such results, obtained on thin LSCO, may have general implications on the theory of high-temperature superconductivity.

  13. Superconductivity of an oxide film on the surface of Bi(1-x)Sb(x) alloy single crystals produced by electrochemical oxidation

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    Alfeev, V.N.; Aminov, B.A.; Brandt, N.B.; Vasina, S.IA.; Damaskin, B.B. (Moskovskii Gosudarstvennyi Universitet, Moscow (USSR))

    1989-10-01

    A study is made of the volt-ampere characteristics of point contacts produced by the mechanical compression of the electrochemically oxidized Bi(1-x)Sb(x) single crystals. Volt-ampere characteristics of the Josephson type have been observed at temperatures below Tc=6-8 K, indicating that the oxide films have superconducting properties at these temperatures. In a magnetic field, Mersereau oscillations, typical of a Josephson transition net, are observed in the contact region. In an external microwave field, the volt-ampere characteristics exhibit a structure related to the occurrence of Shapiro steps.

  14. 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

  15. Silicon superconducting quantum interference device

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    Duvauchelle, J. E.; Francheteau, A.; Marcenat, C.; Lefloch, F., E-mail: francois.lefloch@cea.fr [Université Grenoble Alpes, CEA - INAC - SPSMS, F-38000 Grenoble (France); Chiodi, F.; Débarre, D. [Université Paris-sud, CNRS - IEF, F-91405 Orsay - France (France); Hasselbach, K. [Université Grenoble Alpes, CNRS - Inst. Néel, F-38000 Grenoble (France); Kirtley, J. R. [Center for probing at nanoscale, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California 94305-4045 (United States)

    2015-08-17

    We have studied a Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) made from a single layer thin film of superconducting silicon. The superconducting layer is obtained by heavily doping a silicon wafer with boron atoms using the gas immersion laser doping technique. The SQUID is composed of two nano-bridges (Dayem bridges) in a loop and shows magnetic flux modulation at low temperature and low magnetic field. The overall behavior shows very good agreement with numerical simulations based on the Ginzburg-Landau equations.

  16. Method for producing edge geometry superconducting tunnel junctions utilizing an NbN/MgO/NbN thin film structure

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    Hunt, Brian D. (Inventor); Leduc, Henry G. (Inventor)

    1992-01-01

    A method for fabricating an edge geometry superconducting tunnel junction device is discussed. The device is comprised of two niobium nitride superconducting electrodes and a magnesium oxide tunnel barrier sandwiched between the two electrodes. The NbN electrodes are preferably sputter-deposited, with the first NbN electrode deposited on an insulating substrate maintained at about 250 C to 500 C for improved quality of the electrode.

  17. Spin-orbit-coupled superconductivity.

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    Lo, Shun-Tsung; Lin, Shih-Wei; Wang, Yi-Ting; Lin, Sheng-Di; Liang, C-T

    2014-06-25

    Superconductivity and spin-orbit (SO) interaction have been two separate emerging fields until very recently that the correlation between them seemed to be observed. However, previous experiments concerning SO coupling are performed far beyond the superconducting state and thus a direct demonstration of how SO coupling affects superconductivity remains elusive. Here we investigate the SO coupling in the critical region of superconducting transition on Al nanofilms, in which the strength of disorder and spin relaxation by SO coupling are changed by varying the film thickness. At temperatures T sufficiently above the superconducting critical temperature T(c), clear signature of SO coupling reveals itself in showing a magneto-resistivity peak. When T superconductivity. By studying such magneto-resistivity peaks under different strength of spin relaxation, we highlight the important effects of SO interaction on superconductivity.

  18. Laser stimulated kinetics effects on the phase transition of the ferromagnetic/superconducting MgB{sub 2}/(CrO{sub 2}) bilayer thin films

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    AlZayed, N.S. [Physics and Astronomy Department, College of Science, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2455, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia); Kityk, I.V., E-mail: ikityk@el.pcz.czest.pl [Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czestochowa University Technology, Armii Krajowej 17, PL-42201 Czestochowa (Poland); Soltan, S. [Max Planck Institute, Solid State Research, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Helwan University, 11798 Helwan, Cairo (Egypt); Wojciechowski, A. [Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czestochowa University Technology, Armii Krajowej 17, PL-42201 Czestochowa (Poland); Fedorchuk, A.O. [Department of Inorganic and Organic Chemistry, Lviv National University of Veterinary Medicine and Biotechnologies, Pekarska St., 50, 79010 Lviv (Ukraine); Lakshminarayana, G. [Materials Science and Technology Division (MST-7), Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Shahabuddin, M. [Physics and Astronomy Department, College of Science, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2455, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia)

    2014-05-01

    Graphical abstract: Dependence of resistance versus temperature for different power densities. The nonzero value is generated from the bottom CrO{sub 2} resistive layer. The onset transition temperature is our reference for the enhancement value. - Highlights: • Photoinduced enhancement of critical temperature in MgB{sub 2}–Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} films was found. • Crucail role of electron–phonon interacton was shown. • Optimal ratio fundamental/SHG intensities was varied within 4:1 and 6:1. - Abstract: Using bicolor laser treatment by Nd:YAG 20 ns laser (1064–532 nm) and 180 ns CO{sub 2} laser beams (10.6–5.3 μm) it was shown a possibility of critical temperature enhancement in ferromagnetic superconducting MgB{sub 2}/CrO{sub 2} bilayer films. The role of the phonon sub-system effectively interacting with 3d Cr originating localized trapping levels is discussed. The pump–probe laser kinetics for the probing second harmonic generation at 1064 nm is explored in details to show principal role of the localized trapping levels. The relaxation of the processes after the switching off the photo inducing beams show the disappearance of the enhanced superconductivity after the 20–30 s. The temperature dependence of the resistance show nonlinear dependence versus the pumping power and different optimal fundamental to writing power density beams ratio.

  19. Improvement of the critical temperature of superconducting NbTiN and NbN thin films using the AlN buffer layer

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    Shiino, Tatsuya; Shiba, Shoichi; Sakai, Nami; Yamamoto, Satoshi [Department of Physics, The University of Tokyo, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan); Yamakura, Tetsuya [Institute of Physics, Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Ten-nodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8577 (Japan); Jiang, Ling [College of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing 210037, Jiangsu (China); Uzawa, Yoshinori [National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-8588 (Japan); Maezawa, Hiroyuki, E-mail: shiino@taurus.phys.s.u-tokyo.ac.j [Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chigusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8602 (Japan)

    2010-04-15

    Thin superconducting NbTiN and NbN films with a few nm thickness are used in various device applications including in hot electron bolometer mixers. Such thin films have lower critical temperature (T{sub c}) and higher resistivity than corresponding bulk materials. In an effort to improve them, we have investigated an effect of the AlN buffer layer between the film and the substrate (quartz or soda lime glass). The AlN film is deposited by DC magnetron sputtering, and the process condition is optimized so that the x-ray diffraction intensity from the 002 surface of wurtzite AlN becomes the highest. By use of this well-characterized buffer layer, T{sub c} and the resistivity of the NbTiN film with a few nm thickness are remarkably increased and decreased, respectively, in comparison with those without the buffer layer. More importantly, the AlN buffer layer is found to be effective for NbN. With the AlN buffer layer, T{sub c} is increased from 7.3 to 10.5 K for the 8 nm NbN film. The improvement of T{sub c} and the resistivity originates from the good lattice matching between the 002 surface of AlN and the 111 surface of NbTiN or NbN, which results in better crystallization of the NbTiN or NbN film. This is further confirmed by the x-ray diffraction measurement.

  20. Effect of the laser sputtering parameters on the orientation of a cerium oxide buffer layer on sapphire and the properties of a YBa2Cu3Ox superconducting film

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    Mozhaev, P. B.; Ovsyannikov, G. A.; Skov, Johannes

    1999-01-01

    The effect of the laser sputtering parameters on the crystal properties of CeO2 buffer layers grown on a (1 (1) under bar 02) sapphire substrate and on the properties of superconducting YBa2Cu3Ox thin films are investigated. It is shown that (100) and (111) CeO2 growth is observed, depending...

  1. Superconducting Electronic Film Structures.

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    1988-01-24

    Research Society Extended Abstracts, Japanese Journal of Applied Physics (Pccecd-*: f LT-18) "d Applied PLslac Lett~ar. A summary of all the work on...77K in vacuum. Very high gap voltages were observed corresponding to 2A/kBTc - 11. The results were published in the Japanese Journal of Applied Physics (Proceedings

  2. Nonlinearities in Microwave Superconductivity

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    Ledenyov, Dimitri O.; Ledenyov, Viktor O.

    2012-01-01

    The research is focused on the modeling of nonlinear properties of High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) thin films, using Bardeen, Cooper, Schrieffer and Lumped Element Circuit theories, with purpose to enhance microwave power handling capabilities of microwave filters and optimize design of microwave circuits in micro- and nano- electronics.

  3. Superconducting nanowire single photon detectors fabricated from an amorphous Mo{sub 0.75}Ge{sub 0.25} thin film

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    Verma, V. B.; Lita, A. E.; Vissers, M. R.; Marsili, F.; Pappas, D. P.; Mirin, R. P.; Nam, S. W. [National Institute of Standards and Technology, 325 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80305 (United States)

    2014-07-14

    We present the characteristics of superconducting nanowire single photon detectors (SNSPDs) fabricated from amorphous Mo{sub 0.75}Ge{sub 0.25} thin-films. Fabricated devices show a saturation of the internal detection efficiency at temperatures below 1 K, with system dark count rates below 500 cps. Operation in a closed-cycle cryocooler at 2.5 K is possible with system detection efficiencies exceeding 20% for SNSPDs which have not been optimized for high detection efficiency. Jitter is observed to vary between 69 ps at 250 mK and 187 ps at 2.5 K using room temperature amplifiers.

  4. Measurements and analysis of Hall effect of a two dimensional electron gas in the close proximity of a superconducting YBa2Cu3O(7 - x) film

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    Tseng, M. Z.; Jiang, W. N.; Hu, E. L.

    1994-09-01

    A direct integration of YBa2Cu3O(7 - x) and a two dimensional electron gas Hall probe was made possible through the use of a MgO buffer layer. We demonstrate the use of this structure for the measurements of the magnetization hysteresis of a superconducting YBa2Cu3O(7 - x) thin film, and we make an estimate of the sensitivity and resolution that can be achieved with this probe structure. The close proximity of the YBa2Cu3O(7 - x) to the two dimensional electron gas (approximately 1700 A) allows sensitive measurements of interactions between the two; more importantly, closer superconductor-semiconductor spacing can be achieved without severe compromise of the component material quality.

  5. Preparation of 3 Inch Double-Sided YBa2Cu3O7-X High Temperature Superconducting Thin Films

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    TAO Bo-wan

    2005-01-01

    @@ Owing to its excellent electrical property,YBCO thin film is much better than metal in the application for microwave devices. It makes the devices smaller, lighter, and with higher quality factor and lower insertion loss. YBCO thin film has attracted attentions for many years. Aiming at the uniformity and property of 3-inch double-sided YBCO thin film, the following aspects is considered in this dissertation:

  6. I. Low frequency noise in metal films at the superconducting transition. II. Resistance of superconductor - normal metal- superconductor sandwiches and the quasiparticle relaxation time

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    Hsiang, T.Y.

    1977-07-01

    Measurements of the noise power spectra of tin and lead films at the superconducting transition in the frequency range of 0.1 Hz to 5k Hz are reported. Two types of samples were made. Type A were evaporated directly onto glass substrate, while Type B were evaporated onto glass or sapphire substrate with a 50A aluminum underlay. The results were consistent with a thermal diffusion model which attributes the noise to the intrinsic temperature fluctuation in the metal film driven with a random energy flux source. In both types of metal films, the noise power was found to be proportional to (V-bar)/sup 2/ ..beta../sup 2//..cap omega.., where V-bar was the mean voltage across the sample, ..beta.. was the temperature coefficient of resistance and ..cap omega.. was the volume of the sample. Correlation of noises in two regions of the metal film a distance d apart was detected at frequencies less than or = D/..pi..d/sup 2/. A possible explanation of the noises using quantitative boundary conditions and implications of this work for device applications are discussed. Theoretical and experimental investigation are reported on the resistance of superconductor-normal metal-superconductor sandwiches near T/sub c/. The increase in SNS resistance is attributed to the penetration of normal electric current in the superconductor. It is proved from first principles that an electric field can exist inside the superconductor when quasiparticles are not equally populated on the two branches of the excitation spectrum, and such is the case in a current biased SNS junction. The electric field inside S decays according to a diffusion law. The diffusion length is determined by the quasiparticle ''branch-crossing'' relaxation time. The branch-crossing relaxation times were measured. Impurity-doping of tin was found to decrease this relaxation time.

  7. Sign change of the vortex Hall effect in superconducting YBCO thin films with a square pattern of ion-irradiated defect columns

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    Zechner, G.; Haag, L. T.; Lang, W.; Dosmailov, M.; Bodea, M. A.; Pedarnig, J. D.

    2017-02-01

    The Hall effect in the mixed state of thin films of the high-temperature superconductor YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) that were patterned with a square array of regions with suppressed superconducting order parameter is investigated. Cylindrical defect columns penetrating the entire thin YBCO film along its crystallographic c - axis have been created by irradiation with He+ ions through a silicon stencil mask. Distinct peaks of the critical current at commensurate arrangements of magnetic flux quanta with the artificial defect lattice confirm enhanced vortex pinning. Vortex motion not only leads to a dissipative voltage along the current direction but also to a transverse voltage, termed vortex Hall effect. We report on the observation of a novel commensurability effect in the transverse Hall signal. A sign change and a positive peak of the Hall coefficient appear in a narrow magnetic field range around the matching field. The feature appears in the temperature range below the critical temperature, where the Hall effect usually is negative in underdoped and optimally-doped cuprate superconductors. The results indicate that the Hall matching effect originates from enhanced pinning of the vortices along the regular defect columns.

  8. Pinning enhancement in MgB2 superconducting thin films by magnetic nanoparticles of Fe2O3

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    E Taylan Koparan; A Surdu; K Kizilkaya; A Sidorenko; E Yanmaz

    2013-11-01

    MgB2 thin films were fabricated on -plane Al2O3 (1$\\bar{1}$02) substrates. First, deposition of boron was performed by rf magnetron sputtering on Al2O3 substrates and followed by a post-deposition annealing at 850 °C in magnesium vapour. In order to investigate the effect of Fe2O3 nanoparticles on the structural and magnetic properties of films, MgB2 films were coated with different concentrations of Fe2O3 nanoparticles by spin coating process. The magnetic field dependence of the critical current density c was calculated from the M–H loops and magnetic field dependence of the pinning force density, p(), was investigated for the films containing different concentrations of Fe2O3 nanoparticles. The critical current densities, c, in 3Tmagnetic field at 5 K were found to be around 2.7 × 104 A/cm2, 4.3 × 104 A/cm2, 1.3 × 105 A/cm2 and 5.2 × 104 A/cm2 for films with concentrations of 0, 25, 50 and 100% Fe2O3, respectively. It was found that the films coated with Fe2O3 nanoparticles have significantly enhanced the critical current density. It can be noted that especially the films coated by Fe2O3 became stronger in the magnetic field and at higher temperatures. It was believed that coated films indicated the presence of artificial pinning centres created by Fe2O3 nanoparticles. The results of AFM indicate that surface roughness of the films significantly decreased with increase in concentration of coating material.

  9. Edge geometry superconducting tunnel junctions utilizing an NbN/MgO/NbN thin film structure

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    Hunt, Brian D. (Inventor); Leduc, Henry G. (Inventor)

    1992-01-01

    An edge defined geometry is used to produce very small area tunnel junctions in a structure with niobium nitride superconducting electrodes and a magnesium oxide tunnel barrier. The incorporation of an MgO tunnel barrier with two NbN electrodes results in improved current-voltage characteristics, and may lead to better junction noise characteristics. The NbN electrodes are preferably sputter-deposited, with the first NbN electrode deposited on an insulating substrate maintained at about 250 C to 500 C for improved quality of the electrode.

  10. Unshielded use of thin-film Nb dc superconducting quantum interference devices and integrated asymmetric gradiometers for nondestructive evaluation

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    Walker, M.E.; Nakane, H.; Cochran, A.; Weston, R.G.; Klein, U.; Pegrum, C.M.; Donaldson, G.B. [Department of Physics and Applied Physics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G4 0NG (United Kingdom)

    1997-07-01

    Novel nondestructive evaluation measurements made using niobium dc superconducting quantum interference devices with integrated asymmetric first-order gradiometers are described. Comparative theoretical and experimental studies of their spatial response have been described, and it is shown that the gradiometric response makes operation possible in an unshielded and electromagnetically noisy environment. As a demonstration of their capabilities, subsurface defects in a multilayer aluminum structure have been located and mapped using induced eddy currents at 70 Hz, with no magnetic shielding around the specimen or cryostat. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  11. Vortex core deformation and stepper-motor ratchet behavior in a superconducting aluminum film containing an array of holes.

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    Van de Vondel, J; Gladilin, V N; Silhanek, A V; Gillijns, W; Tempere, J; Devreese, J T; Moshchalkov, V V

    2011-04-01

    We investigated experimentally the frequency dependence of a superconducting vortex ratchet effect by means of electrical transport measurements and modeled it theoretically using the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau formalism. We demonstrate that the high frequency vortex behavior can be described as a discrete motion of a particle in a periodic potential, i.e., the so-called stepper-motor behavior. Strikingly, in the more conventional low frequency response a transition takes place from an Abrikosov vortex rectifier to a phase slip line rectifier. This transition is characterized by a strong increase in the rectified voltage and the appearance of a pronounced hysteretic behavior.

  12. Electrochemical cell for in situ electrodeposition of magnetic thin films in a superconducting quantum interference device magnetometer.

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    Topolovec, Stefan; Krenn, Heinz; Würschum, Roland

    2015-06-01

    An electrochemical cell is designed and applied for in situ electrodeposition of magnetic thin films in a commercial SQUID magnetometer system. The cell is constructed in such a way that any parasitic contribution of the cell and of the substrate for electrodeposition to the magnetic moment of the deposited film is reduced to a minimum. A remanent minor contribution is readily taken into account by a proper analysis of the detected signal. Thus, a precise determination of the absolute magnetic moment of the electrodeposited magnetic film during its growth and dissolution is achieved. The feasibility of the cell design is demonstrated by performing Co electrodeposition using cyclic voltammetry. For an average Co film thickness of (35.6 ± 3.0) atomic layers, a magnetic moment per Co atom of (1.75 ± 0.11) μ(B) was estimated, in good agreement with the literature bulk value.

  13. Two Patterning Techniques for Superconducting MgB2 Films by Wet Etching%两种二硼化镁超导薄膜布图布线的湿法刻蚀技术

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    周章渝; 杨发顺; 杨健; 王松; 邓朝勇; 傅兴华

    2012-01-01

    Effectively patterning of MgB2 thin film is a very critical step to the application of superconducting films in superconducting electronics.Two patterning techniques for superconductive MgB2 films by wet etching were presented.In the first technique the precursor boron films were patterned by using H2O2 as etchant.Then the samples were annealed in magnesium vapor in a tantalum crucible,and the patterned boron films were transformed to superconducting MgB2 films.In the second technique the MgB2 films were patterned directly by a mixture of hydrofluoric acid (HF) and nitric acid (HNO3) solutions.The patterned MgB2 films with rather high resolution were fabricated successfully by using above techniques.The transition temperature (Tc) of the patterned MgB2 films is around 38K and critical current density (Ic) is about 1 × 106 A/cm2.%超导薄膜实现布图布线工艺是制备超导电子元件的必要步骤.报道了两种二硼化镁超导薄膜布图布线的湿法刻蚀技术:一种是先利用双氧水( H2O2)刻蚀前驱体硼薄膜,然后将刻蚀的样品放入钽坩埚中在镁蒸气下高温退火,实现了对超导薄膜二硼化镁(MgB2)布图布线的刻蚀;另一种是选用氢氟酸(HF)和硝酸(HNO3)的混合溶液直接在二硼化镁超导薄膜上进行图形刻蚀.通过上述两种方法刻蚀出的MgB2薄膜图形精确度高,超导转变温度Tc都在38K以上,临界电流Ic约为1×106 A/cm2.

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

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

    2008-03-01

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

  15. Study of superconducting a-axis oriented YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ thin films deposited on Y 2O 3/YSZ/Si with PrBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ seed layer

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    Rosova, Alica; Chromik, Stefan; Benacka, Stefan; Wuyts, Bart

    1995-02-01

    Epitaxial a-axis oriented YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ (YBCO) superconducting thin films have been grown by off-axis magnetron sputtering on Y 2O 3/YSZ/Si substrates with PrBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ (PBCO) seed layer. The YBCO thin films were deposited immediately after the on-axis magnetron sputtering of PBCO. XRD analyses show that the a-axis volume fraction for 120 nm thick YBCO films varies with substrate temperature during PBCO deposition and its maximum value is higher than 98%. The TEM study shows the clear dependence between the character of the R- T dependence and the microstructure of our YBCO thin films, which varies with the change of the volume ratio of a-axis to c-maxis oriented YBCO.

  16. Interaction of vortices with different types of pinning centers in MgB{sub 2} superconducting films

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    Zadorosny, R; Ortiz, W A [Grupo de Supercondutividade e Magnetismo, Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos, 13.565-905, CP 676, Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil); Seong, W K; Kang, W N, E-mail: rafazad@df.ufscar.b [BK21 Division and Department of Physics, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-03-01

    This contribution reports on the magnetic response of two MgB{sub 2} films with 600 nm of thickness. These films were grown using the hybrid physical chemical vapor deposition (HPCVD) method under different temperatures. One of the films, grown at 580 deg. C, has a micro structure with columnar grains, a rough surface and small grain size. The other, grown at 650 deg. C, has a smooth surface and larger grains. A double transition is present in the columnar sample. The lower transition temperature is due to currents tunneling through the intergrain material and the higher one is associated with the transition of the grains to the normal state. Magnetic phase diagrams in tilted geometries, with the applied fields (AC and DC) forming angles in the range (0 deg., 90 deg.) with the plane of the film, were determined to verify the influence of the perpendicular component of the AC field on pinned vortices. Hysteresis loops of magnetization versus applied field were also measured for both samples. The columnar sample exhibits jumps in the decreasing field branch of the magnetization, indicating that vortices pinned by the columnar microstructures leave the sample in bundles.

  17. Direct angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (DARPES) on high-T{sub c} films: doping, strains, Fermi surface topology and superconductivity

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    Pavuna, D; Ariosa, D; Cancellieri, C; Cloetta, D; Abrecht, M [Institute of Physics of Complex Matter, FSB, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)], E-mail: davor.pavuna@epfl.ch

    2008-03-15

    Since 1997 we systematically perform Direct ARPES ( = DARPES) on in-situ grown, non-cleaved, ultra-thin (<25nm) cuprate films. Specifically, we probe low energy electronic structure and properties of high-T{sub c} films under different degree of epitaxial (compressive vs tensile) strain. In overdoped in-plane compressed La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} (LSCO) thin films we double T{sub c} from 20K to 40K, yet the Fermi surface (FS) remains essentially 2-dimensional (2D). In contrast, tensile strained films show 3-dimensional (3D) dispersion, while T{sub c} is drastically reduced. It seems that the in-plane compressive strain tends to push the apical oxygen far away from the CuO{sub 2} plane, enhances the 2D character of the dispersion and increases T{sub c}, while the tensile strain seems to act exactly in the opposite direction and the resulting dispersion is 3D. We have the FS topology for both cases. As the actual lattice of cuprates is 'Napoleon-cake' -like i.e. rigid CuO{sub 2} planes alternate with softer 'reservoir' (that strains distort differently) our results tend to rule out 2D rigid lattice mean field models. Finally, we briefly discuss recent successful determination of the FS topology from the observed wavevector quantization by DARPES in cuprate films thinner than 18 units cells (<24nm). Such an approach is of broader interest as it can be extended to other similar confined (ultra-thin) functional oxide systems.

  18. 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

  19. Large area superconducting YBa 2Cu 3O 7-x films grown by single target ion beam sputtering

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    Gauzzi, Andrea; Lucía, Maria L.; Kellett, Bruce J.; James, Jonathan H.; Pavuna, Davor

    1991-10-01

    We have demonstrated, by using a simple single YBa 2Cu 3O 7- x target ion beam system that, with a sufficiently low power ion beam, preferential sputtering is avoided and high-quality YBa 2Cu 3O 7- x films are deposited over areas larger than ≈ 30 cm 2 in a reproducible way. As-deposited films on SrTiO 3 are 50-100 nmthick, c-oriented and show the following reproducible electrical properties (within the given variations): Tc0 =90±0.5 K, transitions widths less than 1 K, j inc(77 K)=1.0-1.2× 10 6 A cm -2, ϱ(300 K)=300±50μΩ cm, ϱ(300 K)/ ϱ(100 K)=2.9±0.1. The extrapolated residual resistivity ϱ res(O K) is between 0 and 5% of ϱ(300 K).

  20. Meissner effect in superconducting microtraps

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    Cano, Daniel

    2009-04-30

    This thesis investigates the impact of the Meissner effect on magnetic microtraps for ultracold atoms near superconducting microstructures. This task has been accomplished both theoretically and experimentally. The Meissner effect distorts the magnetic fields near superconducting surfaces, thus altering the parameters of magnetic microtraps. Both computer simulations and experimental measurements demonstrate that the Meissner effect shortens the distance between the magnetic microtrap and the superconducting surface, reduces the magnetic-field gradients and dramatically lowers the trap depth. A novel numerical method for calculating magnetic fields in atom chips with superconducting microstructures has been developed. This numerical method overcomes the geometrical limitations of other calculation techniques and can solve superconducting microstructures of arbitrary geometry. The numerical method has been used to calculate the parameters of magnetic microtraps in computer-simulated chips containing thin-film wires. Simulations were carried out for both the superconducting and the normal-conducting state, and the differences between the two cases were analyzed. Computer simulations have been contrasted with experimental measurements. The experimental apparatus generates a magnetic microtrap for ultracold Rubidium atoms near a superconducting Niobium wire of circular cross section. The design and construction of the apparatus has met the challenge of integrating the techniques for producing atomic quantum gases with the techniques for cooling solid bodies to cryogenic temperatures. By monitoring the position of the atom cloud, one can observe how the Meissner effect influences the magnetic microtrap. (orig.)

  1. 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.

  2. Low rotational drag in high-temperature superconducting bearings

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

    1994-10-01

    Bearings consisting of permanent magnets stably levitated over high-temperature superconductors exhibit low rotational drag and have the potential to enable high-efficiency flywheel energy storage. The coefficient of friction mu for such storage systems is derived as a function of bearing parameters and is shown to be an appropriate figure of merit to describe bearing losses. Analysis shows that values of mu 10(exp -6) enable flywheel standby losses less than 0.1 %/hr for high-speed flywheels. A vacuum-chamber experimental apparatus has been constructed to measure values of (mu) for various experimental bearing designs. Experimental values for mu at low velocity have been as low as 3 x 10(exp-7) for a 89-mm-diameter ring permanent magnet stably levitated over an array of melt-textured Y-Ba-Cu-O. An important loss mechanism occurs from eddy currents induced in the rotating magnet due to the discrete nature of the superconductor array.

  3. Free-standing oxide superconducting articles

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    Wu, Xin D.; Muenchausen, Ross E.

    1993-01-01

    A substrate-free, free-standing epitaxially oriented superconductive film including a layer of a template material and a layer of a ceramic superconducting material is provided together with a method of making such a substrate-free ceramic superconductive film by coating an etchable material with a template layer, coating the template layer with a layer of a ceramic superconductive material, coating the layer of ceramic superconductive material with a protective material, removing the etchable material by an appropriate means so that the etchable material is separated from a composite structure including the template lay This invention is the result of a contract with the Department of Energy (Contract No. W-7405-ENG-36).

  4. Field Dependence of π-Band Superconducting Gap in MgB2 Thin Films from Point-Contact Spectroscopy

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    HUANG Yan; XI Xiao-Xing; WANG Yong-Lei; SHAN Lei; JIA Ying; YANG Huan; WEN Hai-Hu; ZHUANG Cheng-Gang; LI Qi; CUI Yi

    2008-01-01

    We present the results of point-contact spectroscopy measurements on high-quality epitaxial MgB2 thin films with injected current along the c-axis. The temperature and field dependences of л-band properties with the field parallel to (H‖) or perpendicular to (H┴ ) the c-axis are investigated in detail. When a magnetic field is applied, either parallel or perpendicular to the c-axis, the density of the quasiparticle state (DOS) of the л-band proliferates quickly with increasing field, while the gap amplitude of the л-band decreases slowly, which is different from the recent theoretical calculations, showing a field dependent competition between the interband scattering and the pair-breaking effects.

  5. Anisotropic superconducting properties and fabrication of submicrometre bridges in misaligned Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O (2212) films

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    Moriya, M; Usami, K; Goto, T; Kobayashi, T

    2002-01-01

    In this paper, we report on misaligned Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O (2212) films that have been deposited on vicinal strontium titanate substrates using a dc sputtering system. We measured the temperature dependences of resistivity across and along the terrace, and only the resistivity across the terrace slightly decreased with the increase of the temperature in the normal state region. The estimated anisotropy parameter gamma was smaller than that of single crystal, but a significant anisotropy was observed. Submicrometre bridges were fabricated, and the temperature dependence of the critical current density was investigated. The value of the critical current density across the terrace is smaller than the value of that along the terrace. This suggests that the current partially flows along the c-axis. However, a multi-branch structure was not observed even after post annealing in oxygen atmosphere at low pressure.

  6. On the magnetization relaxation of ring-shaped Tl 2Ba 2CaCu 2O 8 thin films as determined by superconducting quantum interference device measurements

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    Wen, Hai-hu; Ziemann, Paul; Radovan, Henri A.; Herzog, Thomas

    1998-09-01

    By using a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID), the temporal relaxation of the magnetization was determined for ring-shaped Tl 2Ba 2CaCu 2O 8 thin films at various temperatures between 10 K and 80 K in magnetic fields ranging from 2 mT to 0.3 T. Based on these data, a detailed analysis has been performed related to the following methods or models: (1) Fitting the data to the thermally activated flux motion and collective pinning model; (2) Applying the Generalized Inversion Scheme to extract the temperature dependence of the unrelaxed critical current density jc( T) and pinning potential Uc( T); (3) Testing a modified Maley's method to obtain the current dependent activation energy for flux motion; (4) 2D vortex glass scaling. It is found that, for low fields (2 mT, 10 mT, 40 mT) the experimental data can be described by an elastic flux motion, most probably due to 3D single vortex creep. At higher fields (0.1 T, 0.2 T, 0.3 T), the observed behavior can be interpreted in terms of plastic flux motion which is probably governed by dislocation mediated flux creep. These high field data can also be consistently described by the 2D vortex glass scaling with scaling parameters ν2D, T0 and p being consistent with those derived from corresponding transport measurement. Also, results are presented demonstrating the importance of optimizing the scan length of the sample in a moving sample SQUID magnetometer to avoid artifacts.

  7. Comparison of superconducting properties between FeSe0.5Te0.5/CeO2/SrTiO3 and FeSe0.5Te0.5/SrTiO3 thin films

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    Chen, S. H.; Han, Y. Y.; Liu, J. Z.; Wang, T.; Tian, M. L.; Wen, H. H.; Xing, Z. W.

    2016-09-01

    The electrical resistance behaviors under angle-dependent magnetic fields up to 16 T are investigated in superconducting FeSe0.5Te0.5 (FST) thin films grown on SrTiO3 (STO) substrates without or with a CeO2 buffer layer. It is found that the FST/CeO2/STO films have an enhanced superconducting transition temperature Tc and slightly increased superconducting anisotropy in comparison with the FST/STO films. The enhancement of Tc in the presence of the CeO2 buffer is closely related to the changes in both the out-of-plane lattice constant and Se-Fe-Se (Te-Fe-Te) bond angle.

  8. Growth and superconducting properties of Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} {sub +} {sub δ} thin films incorporated with iridate nanoparticles

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    De Vero, Jeffrey C.; Hwang, Inwoong; Shin, Hyeonseop; Song, Jong Hyun [Department of Physics, Chungnam National University, Daejeon, 305-764 (Korea, Republic of); Santiago, Alvin Carl; Sarmago, Roland V. [National Institute of Physics, University of the Philippines, Diliman, 1101 (Philippines); Lee, Doopyo [Department of Physics, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Chang, Jungwon [Department of Display and Semiconductor Physics, Korea University, Sejong Campus, Sejong, 339-700 (Korea, Republic of); Korea Research Institute of Science and Standards, Daejeon, 305-340 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jinhee [Korea Research Institute of Science and Standards, Daejeon, 305-340 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-08-15

    Iridate nanoparticle AIrO{sub 3} (A = Sr, Ba) incorporated Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} {sub +} {sub δ} (Bi-2212) thin films were successfully grown using pulsed laser deposition with post-growth ex situ heat treatment. Nanosized particles of SrIrO{sub 3} (Sr-iridate) and BaIrO{sub 3} (Ba-iridate) were deposited on top of MgO (100) substrate, followed by Bi-2212 layers to investigate their effects on the physical and superconducting properties of Bi-2212 thin films. The number of laser pulses was changed from 450 to 1800 to control the density of iridates in the Bi-2212 matrix. The composite film is then partial-melted at 890 C for 15 min and annealed at 850 C for 5 h in ambient air. Scanning electron microscopy shows that the surfaces of thin films with iridates are more compact with minimal voids and porosity than those of pure Bi-2212 thin films. Both types of iridate incorporation suppress T{sub c-zero} of Bi-2212 thin films. Incorporating Sr-iridate in the Bi-2212 strongly affects T{sub c-zero} than those with Ba-iridate at low density. However, both iridate incorporations result in the expansion of the c-axis lattice constant and variation of Bi/Sr ratio of Bi-2212 films. On the other hand, we observed improvement of the activation energy, U{sub 0}, as well as the self-field critical current density, J{sub c}(0), of Bi-2212 films with incorporated iridates even with suppressed T{sub c-zero}. (copyright 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  9. Superconductivity in the Tungsten Bronzes

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    Wu, Phillip; Ishii, Satoshi; Tanabe, Kenji; Munakata, Ko; Hammond, Robert H.; Tokiwa, Kazuyasu; Geballe, Theodore H.; Beasley, Malcolm R.

    2015-03-01

    Via pulsed laser deposition and post-annealing, high quality K-doped WO3-y films with reproducible transport properties are obtained. A home built two-coil mutual inductance setup is used to probe the behavior of the films in the superconducting and normal state. The inverse penetration depths and dissipation peaks are measured as a function of temperature and field. Separately, via thin film deposition techniques, we report for the first time stable crystalline hexagonal WO3 on substrates. In order to tune the physical properties of the undoped material, we utilized an ionic liquid gating technique. We observe an insulator-to-metal transition, showing the ionic liquid gate to be a viable technique to alter the electrical transport properties of this material. By comparing the alkali and ionic liquid gated WO3, we conclude with some remarks regarding how superconductivity arises in this system.

  10. A DEVICE FOR MEASURING SUPERCONDUCTING TRANSITION TEMPERATURE BY AC SUSCEPTIBILITY MEASUREMENT OF SUPERCONDUCTING FILM IN SMALL ^* CRYOCOOLER%在小型制冷机中测量薄片交流磁化率以决定超导转变温度的装置

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    褚向华; 王三胜; 杨慧; 陈笃行

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, a device for measuring superconducting transition temperature in small cryocooler, based on principles of electromagnetic induction and superconducting magnetic effect, is introduced. This device consists of a vacuum chamber, a small cryocooler, a vacuum pump, a vacuum gauge, a lock-in amplifier, a temperature controller, a computer and a coil pancake and so on. The coil pancake, which is fixed in the vacuum claamoer, contains a primary coil and secondary coil, the primary coil and secondary coil are respectively wound onto two coil formers. The measured superconducting thin film is put between the primary coil and the secondary coil. The small cryocooler is used to cool superconducting thin film, the vacuum pump is used to pump gas in the vacuum chamber, and the temperature controller is used to measure and control the temperature of superconducting thin filro. The internal oscillator of the lock-in amplifier is connected to the primary coil to provide an excitation field exerted to the superconducting film. At the same time, the lock-in amplifier is used to measure the response of the secondary coil. In our system, the sample temperature datum and the voltage output of the secondary coil are transmitted and saved in the computer; then these datum can be drawn into V--T lines displayed on the computer screen at real time. Experiments show that this device can be used to obtain superconducting transition temperature automatically by measuring ac susceptibility with a lower cost.%本文介绍了一种利用电磁感应原理和超导磁效应,在小型制冷机中测量超导体转变温度的装置.本装置包括密闭的真空室、压缩制冷机、真空泵、真空计、锁相放大器、温控仪、计算机、线圈绕组.其中,线圈绕组置于真空室内,由初级线圈和次级线圈组成,初级线圈和次级线圈分别绕制在两个线圈骨架上;被测超导薄片材料放置于初级线圈和次级线圈之间

  11. Anisotropic magnetoresistance in the normal state of oxygen-deficient YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} thin films induced by superconducting fluctuations

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    Lang, W. [Ludwig-Boltzmann-Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, Vienna (Austria); Goeb, W. [Ludwig-Boltzmann-Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, Vienna (Austria); Kula, W. [Rochester Univ., NY (United States). Dept. of Electrical Engineering; Sobolewski, R. [Rochester Univ., NY (United States). Dept. of Electrical Engineering

    1995-10-01

    We have investigated both the transverse and the longitudinal magnetoresistance of oxygen-deficient YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} thin films above their critical temperature T{sub c} = 55 K. The magnetoresistance is solely caused by the magnetic-field suppression of superconducting order-parameter fluctuations, existing in the films up to 143 K, i.e. 2.6 T{sub c}. The fluctuation effect provides a reliable determination of the Ginzburg-Landau coherence lengths, {xi}{sub ab} = 2.5 nm and {xi}{sub c} = 0.09 nm, with the anisotropy enhanced by oxygen depletion. No signature of the Maki-Thompson fluctuation process or a magnetoresistance resulting from the cyclotron motion of the normal-state quasiparticles was found. (orig.)

  12. Structure degradation and conducting properties of the perovskite phase of yttrium ceramics

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    Kalanov, M U

    2002-01-01

    It is shown, that under normal conditions the perovskite phase of the yttrium ceramics of the [(Y,Ba)CuO sub 3 sub - subDELTA sub / sub 3] sub 3 is metastable and degrades in time. The degradation results in the YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - subdelta orthorhombic phase with transition into the superconducting state at T sub c = 91 K. The conductivity type changes thereby from the mixed metal-semiconductor character to the metallic one within the temperature interval of 100-300 K

  13. Interdiffusion studies on high-Tc superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-δ thin films on Si(111) with a NiSi2/ZrO2 buffer layer

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    Aarnink, W.A.M.; Blank, D.H.A.; Adelerhof, D.J.

    1991-01-01

    Interdiffusion studies on high-T(c) superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-delta thin films with thickness in the range of 2000-3000 angstrom, on a Si(111) substrate with a buffer layer have been performed. The buffer layer consists of a 400 angstrom thick epitaxial NiSi2 layer covered with 1200 angstrom...... x 10(4) A/cm2. With X-ray analysis (XRD), only c-axis orientation has been observed. The interdiffusion studies, using Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) and scanning Auger microscopy (SAM) show that the ZrO2 buffer layer prevents severe Si diffusion to the YBa2Cu3O7-delta layer, the Si...... substrate and Ni segregation to the surface of the ZrO2 layer may be expected. From the results we may conclude that, when using laser ablation, it is well possible to grow polycrystalline, c-axis-oriented high-T(c) superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-delta thin films on a Si(111) substrate with a NiSi2/ZrO2 buffer...

  14. High temperature superconducting compounds

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    Goldman, Allen M.

    1992-11-01

    The major accomplishment of this grant has been to develop techniques for the in situ preparation of high-Tc superconducting films involving the use of ozone-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. The techniques are generalizable to the growth of trilayer and multilayer structures. Films of both the DyBa2Cu3O(7-x) and YBa2Cu3O(7-x) compounds as well as the La(2-x)Sr(x)CuO4 compound have been grown on the usual substrates, SrTiO3, YSZ, MgO, and LaAlO3, as well as on Si substrates without any buffer layer. A bolometer has been fabricated on a thermally isolated SiN substrate coated with YSZ, an effort carried out in collaboration with Honeywell Inc. The deposition process facilitates the fabrication of very thin and transparent films creating new opportunities for the study of superconductor-insulator transitions and the investigation of photo-doping with carriers of high temperature superconductors. In addition to a thin film technology, a patterning technology has been developed. Trilayer structures have been developed for FET devices and tunneling junctions. Other work includes the measurement of the magnetic properties of bulk single crystal high temperature superconductors, and in collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory, measurement of electric transport properties of T1-based high-Tc films.

  15. Low Loss and Magnetic Field-tuned Superconducting THz Metamaterial

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    Jin, Biaobing; Engelbrecht, Sebastian; Pimenov, Andrei; Wu, Jingbo; Xu, Qinyin; Cao, Chunhai; Chen, Jian; Xu, Weiwei; Kang, Lin; Wu, Peiheng

    2010-01-01

    Superconducting terahertz (THz) metamaterial (MM) made from superconducting Nb film has been investigated using a continuous-wave THz spectroscopy with a superconducting split-coil magnet. The obtained quality factors of the resonant modes at 132 GHz and 450 GHz are about three times as large as those calculated for a metal THz MM operating at 1 K, which indicates that superconducting THz MM is a very nice candidate to achieve low loss performance. In addition, the magnetic field-tuning on superconducting THz MM is also demonstrated, which offer an alternative tuning method apart from the existed electric, optical and thermal tuning on THz MM.

  16. 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…

  17. Around the laboratories: Rutherford: Successful tests on bubble chamber target technique; Stanford (SLAC): New storage rings proposal; Berkeley: The HAPPE project to examine cosmic rays with superconducting magnets; The 60th birthday of Professor N.N. Bogolyubov; Argonne: Performance of the automatic film measuring system POLLY II

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    1969-01-01

    Around the laboratories: Rutherford: Successful tests on bubble chamber target technique; Stanford (SLAC): New storage rings proposal; Berkeley: The HAPPE project to examine cosmic rays with superconducting magnets; The 60th birthday of Professor N.N. Bogolyubov; Argonne: Performance of the automatic film measuring system POLLY II

  18. CERN News: Selection of the type of superconducting coil for the Omega project; New intensity records at the proton synchrotron; Progress with the Spiral Reader film measuring equipment; New technique at transition energy on the proton synchrotron; CERN Courier 10th anniversary; Equipment travelling from and to Serpukhov

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    1969-01-01

    CERN News: Selection of the type of superconducting coil for the Omega project; New intensity records at the proton synchrotron; Progress with the Spiral Reader film measuring equipment; New technique at transition energy on the proton synchrotron; CERN Courier 10th anniversary; Equipment travelling from and to Serpukhov

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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...

  2. Flexible Microstrip Circuits for Superconducting Electronics

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    Chervenak, James; Mateo, Jennette

    2013-01-01

    Flexible circuits with superconducting wiring atop polyimide thin films are being studied to connect large numbers of wires between stages in cryogenic apparatus with low heat load. The feasibility of a full microstrip process, consisting of two layers of superconducting material separated by a thin dielectric layer on 5 mil (approximately 0.13 mm) Kapton sheets, where manageable residual stress remains in the polyimide film after processing, has been demonstrated. The goal is a 2-mil (approximately 0.051-mm) process using spin-on polyimide to take advantage of the smoother polyimide surface for achieving highquality metal films. Integration of microstrip wiring with this polyimide film may require high-temperature bakes to relax the stress in the polyimide film between metallization steps.

  3. Ba{sub 2}NdZrO{sub 5.5} as a potential substrate material for YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} superconducting films

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    Tovar, H. [Universidad de la Amazonia, Florencia, Caqueta (Colombia); Grupo de Fisica de Nuevos Materiales, Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, AA 14490, Bogota DC (Colombia); Ortiz Diaz, O.; Landinez Tellez, D.A.; Roa-Rojas, J. [Grupo de Fisica de Nuevos Materiales, Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, AA 14490, Bogota DC (Colombia)

    2007-07-01

    The new oxide Ba{sub 2}NdZrO{sub 5.5} (BNZO) has been produced by the standard solid state reaction method. X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) revealed that this synthesized material has an ordered complex cubic perovskite structure characteristic of A{sub 2}BB'O{sub 6} crystalline structure with a lattice parameter of a = 8.40 Aa. It was established through EDX analysis that there is no trace of impurities. Chemical stability of BNZO with YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO) has been studied by means of Rietveld analysis of experimental XRD data on several samples of BNZO-YBCO composites. Quantitative analysis of phases on XRD patterns show that all peaks have been indexed for both BNZO and YBCO, and no extra peak is detectable. YBCO and BNZO remain as two different separate phases in the composites with no chemical reaction. Electrical measurements also revealed that superconducting transition temperature of pure YBCO and BNZO-YBCO composites is 90 K. These favorable characteristics of BNZO show that it can be used as a potential substrate material for deposition of YBCO superconducting films. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  4. Low cost, formable, high T(sub c) superconducting wire

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    Smialek, James L. (Inventor)

    1991-01-01

    A ceramic superconductivity part such as a wire is produced through the partial oxidation of a specially formulated copper alloy in the core. The alloys contain low level quantities of rare earth and alkaline earth dopant elements. Upon oxidation at high temperature, superconducting oxide phases are formed as a thin film.

  5. C-axis Josephson plasma resonance observed in Tl(2)Ba(2)CaCu(2)O(8) superconducting thin films by use of terahertz time-domain spectroscopy.

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    Thorsmølle, V K; Averitt, R D; Maley, M P; Bulaevskii, L N; Helm, C; Taylor, A J

    2001-08-15

    We have unambiguously observed the c -axis Josephson plasma resonance (JPR) in high-critical-temperature (T(c)) cuprate (Tl(2)Ba(2)CaCu(2)O(8)) superconducting thin films, employing terahertz time-domain spectroscopy in transmission as a function of temperature in zero magnetic field. These are believed to be the first measurements of the JPR temperature dependence of a high-T(c) material in transmission. With increasing temperature, the JPR shifts from 705 GHz at 10 K to ~170 GHz at 98 K, corresponding to an increase in c-axis penetration depth from 22.4+/-0.6mum to 94+/-9mum . The linewidth of the JPR peak increases with temperature, which indicates an increase in the quasi-particle scattering rate. We have probed the onset of the c -axis phase coherence to ~0.95T(c) . The JPR vanishes above T(c) as expected.

  6. Nano-fabricated superconducting radio-frequency composites, method for producing nano-fabricated superconducting rf composites

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    Norem, James H.; Pellin, Michael J.

    2013-06-11

    Superconducting rf is limited by a wide range of failure mechanisms inherent in the typical manufacture methods. This invention provides a method for fabricating superconducting rf structures comprising coating the structures with single atomic-layer thick films of alternating chemical composition. Also provided is a cavity defining the invented laminate structure.

  7. Investigating the Materials Limits on Coherence in Superconducting Charge Qubits

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    2014-12-04

    mesoscopic effects in superconductors on the coherence of qubits and on losses in superconducting films , and comparing these to experiment. This...on the superconducting films themselves, or at the metal-substrate interfaces) was the main limitation on qubit lifetimes, which were then in the...quality. We also developed and tested the “vertical transmon” design, where the transmon capacitors are formed through the bulk thickness of the

  8. 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...

  9. 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

  10. Disorder-induced inhomogeneities of the superconducting state close to the superconductor-insulator transition.

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    Sacépé, B; Chapelier, C; Baturina, T I; Vinokur, V M; Baklanov, M R; Sanquer, M

    2008-10-10

    Scanning tunneling spectroscopy at very low temperatures on homogeneously disordered superconducting titanium nitride thin films reveals strong spatial inhomogeneities of the superconducting gap Delta in the density of states. Upon increasing disorder, we observe suppression of the superconducting critical temperature Tc towards zero, enhancement of spatial fluctuations in Delta, and growth of the Delta/Tc ratio. These findings suggest that local superconductivity survives across the disorder-driven superconductor-insulator transition.

  11. Visualizing domain wall and reverse domain superconductivity.

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    Iavarone, M; Moore, S A; Fedor, J; Ciocys, S T; Karapetrov, G; Pearson, J; Novosad, V; Bader, S D

    2014-08-28

    In magnetically coupled, planar ferromagnet-superconductor (F/S) hybrid structures, magnetic domain walls can be used to spatially confine the superconductivity. In contrast to a superconductor in a uniform applied magnetic field, the nucleation of the superconducting order parameter in F/S structures is governed by the inhomogeneous magnetic field distribution. The interplay between the superconductivity localized at the domain walls and far from the walls leads to effects such as re-entrant superconductivity and reverse domain superconductivity with the critical temperature depending upon the location. Here we use scanning tunnelling spectroscopy to directly image the nucleation of superconductivity at the domain wall in F/S structures realized with Co-Pd multilayers and Pb thin films. Our results demonstrate that such F/S structures are attractive model systems that offer the possibility to control the strength and the location of the superconducting nucleus by applying an external magnetic field, potentially useful to guide vortices for computing application.

  12. 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.

  13. Improved structural properties and crystal coherence of superconducting NdBa2Cu3O7-δ films grown by pulsed laser ablation

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    Abrecht, M.; Ariosa, D.; Schmauder, T.; Saleh, S. A.; Rast, S.; Pavuna, D.

    2000-11-01

    We report on improved structural, crystallographic and electrical properties of epitaxial NdBa2Cu3O7-δ (NBCO) films grown on SrTiO3 by `off-axis' pulsed laser deposition (PLD). Transport and XRD studies show that the c-axis-oriented epitaxial films, with critical temperatures of 90-92 K, are mono phase and single-crystalline. Furthermore, very smooth, almost outgrowth-free surfaces and crystal coherences of up to 0.8 µm (to our knowledge the best value ever reported for high-Tc films) were obtained.

  14. Dynamic Stimulation of Superconductivity With Resonant Terahertz Ultrasonic Waves

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    Kadin, Alan M

    2016-01-01

    An experiment is proposed to stimulate a superconducting thin film with terahertz (THz) acoustic waves, which is a regime not previously tested. For a thin film on a piezoelectric substrate, this can be achieved by coupling the substrate to a tunable coherent THz electromagnetic source. Suggested materials for initial tests are a niobium film on a quartz substrate, with a BSCCO intrinsic Josephson junction (IJJ) stack. This will create acoustic standing waves on the nm scale in the thin film. A properly tuned standing wave will enable electron diffraction across the Fermi surface, leading to electron localization perpendicular to the substrate. This is expected to reduce the effective dimensionality, and enhance the tendency for superconducting order parallel to the substrate, even well above the superconducting critical temperature. This enhancement can be observed by measuring the in-plane critical current and the perpendicular tunneling gap. A similar experiment may be carried out for a cuprate thin film, ...

  15. Superconducting Josephson vortex flow transistors

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    Tavares, P A C

    2002-01-01

    The work reported in this thesis focuses on the development of high-temperature superconducting Josephson vortex-flow transistors (JVFTs). The JVFT is a particular type of superconducting transistor, i.e. an electromagnetic device capable of delivering gain while keeping the control and output circuits electrically isolated. Devices were fabricated from (100) YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - subdelta thin films grown by Pulsed Laser Deposition on 24 deg magnesium oxide and strontium titanate bicrystals. The design of the JVFTs was guided by numerical simulations and the devices were optimised for current gain. Improvements were made to the fabrication process in order to accurately pattern the small structures required. The devices exhibited current gains higher than 60 in liquid nitrogen. Gains measured at lower temperatures were significantly higher. As part of the work a data acquisition suite was developed for the characterisation of three-terminal devices and, in particular, of JVFTs.

  16. 电子束退火制备二硼化镁超导薄膜的可行性研究%Feasibility Study on Growth of Superconducting Magnesium Diboride Films by Electron Beam Annealing

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    孔祥东; 戴倩; 韩立; 冯庆荣; 初明璋; 薛虹; 李建国

    2012-01-01

    提出了电子束退火制备MgB2超导薄膜新工艺.在对电子束退火制备MgB2超导薄膜可行性进行理论研究的基础上,使用EBW-6型电子束热处理设备,在真空度5.0×10-3 Pa、加速电压40kV、束流2mA、束斑14.2 mm、退火时间1.5s的条件下对[B(10 nm)/Mg(15 nm)]4/SiC夹层结构前驱膜进行了退火实验,得到了零电阻温度为30.3 K、转变宽度△Tc为0.4K、临界电流密度(SK、0 T)为5.0×106 A/cm2、表面平整的MgB2超导薄膜.证明了电子束退火制备MgB2薄膜是切实可行的.该工艺可以推广到大面积MgB2超导薄膜和MgB2线带材的制备.%Here, we addressed the feasibility of depositing the superconducting MgB2 thin films by electron beam annealing. Based on the theoretical simulation, the MgB2 thin films were grown. In the newly-developed technique,the precursor films,with a multilayered structure of [B(10 nm)/Mg(15 nm)]4/SiC were annealed by ex situ electron beam an- nealing,in the lab-built, electron-beam heating set-up, under the following conditions: a pressure of 5.0 × 10" Pa, an electron beam accelerating voltage of 40 × 103 V, a beam current of 2×103A,a beam diameter of 14.2 mm, and an annealing time for 1.5 s. The microstructures and phase structures of the electron beam annealed films were characterized with X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy . The results show that the fairly smooth and compact MgR2 films display good superconducting properties, including a zero-resistance temperature ~ 30.3 K, a transition width △Tc ~ 0.4 K,and a critical current density of Jc(5 K,0 T) ~ 5.0 × 106 A/cm2. We suggest that it be feasibly to fabricate large-area MgB2 films,as well as MgB2 wires and MgB2 tapes,by electron beam annealing.

  17. 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

  18. Deteriorated superconductivity of MgB{sub 2} films due to Al diffusion from Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrates: Thermodynamic perspective

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    Yamazaki, Keisuke; Naito, Michio, E-mail: minaito@cc.tuat.ac.jp

    2013-12-15

    Highlights: •The intrinsic problem of interdiffusion between MgB2 films and Al2O3 substrates was pointed out. •Mg is a stronger reductant than Al and takes out oxygen from Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. •Thermodynamics predicts appropriate choice of substrate and barrier materials for MgB2 films. -- Abstract: Recently we reported the growth of MgB{sub 2} films by pyrolysis of decaborane (B{sub 10}H{sub 14}) in Mg vapor. In this article, we discuss the intrinsic problem at the MgB{sub 2}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} interface, which was encountered during our optimization of the growth temperature. Mg is a stronger reductant than Al, and takes out oxygen from Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Increasing the growth temperature, this reaction becomes noticeable and leads to the formation of MgO and Mg{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}B{sub 2}, which deteriorates the properties of resultant MgB{sub 2} films. Our observations present a general issue in the choice of substrate and barrier materials in thin film growth and/or junction fabrication of compounds containing reactive cations such as Mg.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Ba2ErNbO6: A new perovskite ceramic substrate for Bi(2223) superconducting thick films (c(0) = 110 K)

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    S U K Nair; P R S Warriar; J Koshy

    2005-02-01

    Barium erbium niobate (Ba2ErNbO6) has been developed as a new substrate for (Bi,Pb)2Sr2Ca2Cu3O [Bi(2223)] superconductor film. Ba2ErNbO6 (BENO) has a cubic perovskite structure with lattice constant, = 8.318 Å. The Bi(2223) superconductor does not show any detectable chemical reaction with BENO even under extreme processing conditions. Dip coated Bi (2223) thick film, Ba2ErNbO6 substrate, gave a c (0) of 110 K and current density of ∼ 4 × 103 A cm-2 at 77 K and zero magnetic field.

  2. Inhomogeneous critical current in nanowire superconducting single-photon detectors

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    Gaudio, R., E-mail: r.gaudio@tue.nl; Hoog, K. P. M. op ' t; Zhou, Z.; Sahin, D.; Fiore, A. [COBRA Research Institute, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, NL-5600MB Eindhoven (Netherlands)

    2014-12-01

    A superconducting thin film with uniform properties is the key to realize nanowire superconducting single-photon detectors (SSPDs) with high performance and high yield. To investigate the uniformity of NbN films, we introduce and characterize simple detectors consisting of short nanowires with length ranging from 100 nm to 15 μm. Our nanowires, contrary to meander SSPDs, allow probing the homogeneity of NbN at the nanoscale. Experimental results, endorsed by a microscopic model, show the strongly inhomogeneous nature of NbN films on the sub-100 nm scale.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Superconducting thin films of As-free pnictide LaPd{sub 1-x}Sb{sub 2} grown by reactive molecular beam epitaxy

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    Retzlaff, Reiner; Buckow, Alexander; Kurian, Jose; Alff, Lambert [Institute of Materials Science, Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Petersenstr. 23, 64287 Darmstadt (Germany)

    2013-07-01

    We use reactive molecular beam epitaxy as synthesis technique for the search of arsenic free pnictide superconductors. Epitaxial thin films of LaPd{sub 1-x}Sb{sub 2} were grown on (100) MgO substrates from elemental sources by simultaneous evaporation of high purity La, Pd and Sb metals by e-gun. LaPd{sub 1-x}Sb{sub 2} belongs to a novel class of pnictide superconductors with a peculiar pnictide square net layer. Previously, we have reported epitaxial growth of isostructural Bi based compounds. The substitution of Bi by Sb leads to thin films with metallic behavior and room temperature resistivity of about 85 μΩ cm. The highest observed transition temperature T{sub c} inLaPd{sub 1-x}Sb{sub 2} is 3.1 K and does not depend on x. We discuss strategies to increase T{sub c} in this pnictide subfamily.

  10. Microstructural and superconducting properties of (Y{sub 1-x}Eu{sub x})Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} thin films: x = 0-1

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    Haugan, T J; Campbell, T A; Pierce, N A; Locke, M F; Maartense, I; Barnes, P N [Air Force Research Laboratory, AFRL/RZPG, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433-7251 (United States)

    2008-02-15

    Thin films of (Y{sub 1-x}Eu{sub x})Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} with x = 0-1 were grown by pulsed laser deposition on single crystal substrates, to determine the effect of Y and Eu substitution on the microstructural and superconducting properties. The film critical transition temperature (T{sub c}), critical current density (J{sub c}) and surface roughness were found to be strongly dependent on the substrate choice, with the best properties achieved on CeO{sub 2}-YSZ substrates. Substrates with varying lattice mismatch from -2% to +1% were studied, including LaAlO{sub 3}, SrTiO{sub 3}, CeO{sub 2}-buffer-coated Zr{sub 0.905}Y{sub 0.095}O{sub 2} (YSZ), and (LaAlO{sub 3}){sub 0.3}(Sr{sub 2}AlTaO{sub 6}){sub 0.7} (LSAT). With increasing Eu substitution from x = 0 to 1, the T{sub c} on CeO{sub 2}-YSZ substrates increased steadily from 89 to 93 K. The value of J{sub c} was measured by magnetic methods at 65 and 77 K, and by transport methods at 77 K for selected samples and different angles of orientation H{sub appl}({theta}) = 0 deg. -90 deg. As Eu substitution was increased from x = 0 to {>=} 0.2, J{sub c} at 77 K increased strongly more than two-fold for H parallel ab > 0.2 T and for H<0.5 T for all orientations 0 deg. {<=}{theta}{<=}90 deg.; but, it decreased more than two-fold for H parallel c > 1{sub T}. The J{sub c}(H) properties at both low and high fields correlated well with microstructural features observed by scanning electron microscopy. The low-field J{sub c} (H parallel c) was enhanced when the grain size was reduced to {approx}100 nm size, and the self-field and high-field J{sub c}(H) appeared to be strongly affected by the film density and porosity. A controlled dense-island structure was noted for x = 0.75, on CeO{sub 2}-YSZ substrate.

  11. Electronic structure and superconductivity of FeSe-related superconductors.

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    Liu, Xu; Zhao, Lin; He, Shaolong; He, Junfeng; Liu, Defa; Mou, Daixiang; Shen, Bing; Hu, Yong; Huang, Jianwei; Zhou, X J

    2015-05-13

    FeSe superconductors and their related systems have attracted much attention in the study of iron-based superconductors owing to their simple crystal structure and peculiar electronic and physical properties. The bulk FeSe superconductor has a superconducting transition temperature (Tc) of ~8 K and it can be dramatically enhanced to 37 K at high pressure. On the other hand, its cousin system, FeTe, possesses a unique antiferromagnetic ground state but is non-superconducting. Substitution of Se with Te in the FeSe superconductor results in an enhancement of Tc up to 14.5 K and superconductivity can persist over a large composition range in the Fe(Se,Te) system. Intercalation of the FeSe superconductor leads to the discovery of the AxFe2-ySe2 (A = K, Cs and Tl) system that exhibits a Tc higher than 30 K and a unique electronic structure of the superconducting phase. A recent report of possible high temperature superconductivity in single-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 films with a Tc above 65 K has generated much excitement in the community. This pioneering work opens a door for interface superconductivity to explore for high Tc superconductors. The distinct electronic structure and superconducting gap, layer-dependent behavior and insulator-superconductor transition of the FeSe/SrTiO3 films provide critical information in understanding the superconductivity mechanism of iron-based superconductors. In this paper, we present a brief review of the investigation of the electronic structure and superconductivity of the FeSe superconductor and related systems, with a particular focus on the FeSe films.

  12. Onset of Vortices in Thin Superconducting Strips and Wires

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    Aranson, I S; Shapiro, B Y

    1994-01-01

    Spontaneous nucleation and the consequent penetration of vortices into thin superconducting films and wires, subjected to a magnetic field, can be considered as a nonlinear stage of primary instability of the current-carrying superconducting state. The development of the instability leads to the formation of a chain of vortices in strips and helicoidal vortex lines in wires. The boundary of instability was obtained analytically. The nonlinear stage was investigated by simulations of the time-dependent generalized Ginzburg-Landau equation.

  13. Superconducting vortex pinning with artificial magnetic nanostructures.

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    Velez, M.; Martin, J. I.; Villegas, J. E.; Hoffmann, A.; Gonzalez, E. M.; Vicent, J. L.; Schuller, I. K.; Univ. de Oviedo-CINN; Unite Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thales; Univ. Paris-Sud; Univ.Complutense de Madrid; Univ. California at San Diego

    2008-11-01

    This review is dedicated to summarizing the recent research on vortex dynamics and pinning effects in superconducting films with artificial magnetic structures. The fabrication of hybrid superconducting/magnetic systems is presented together with the wide variety of properties that arise from the interaction between the superconducting vortex lattice and the artificial magnetic nanostructures. Specifically, we review the role that the most important parameters in the vortex dynamics of films with regular array of dots play. In particular, we discuss the phenomena that appear when the symmetry of a regular dot array is distorted from regularity towards complete disorder including rectangular, asymmetric, and aperiodic arrays. The interesting phenomena that appear include vortex-lattice reconfigurations, anisotropic dynamics, channeling, and guided motion as well as ratchet effects. The different regimes are summarized in a phase diagram indicating the transitions that take place as the characteristic distances of the array are modified respect to the superconducting coherence length. Future directions are sketched out indicating the vast open area of research in this field.

  14. 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....

  15. Overview of Superconductivity and Challenges in Applications

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    Flükiger, Rene

    2012-01-01

    Considerable progress has been achieved during the last few decades in the various fields of applied superconductivity, while the related low temperature technology has reached a high level. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) are so far the most successful applications, with tens of thousands of units worldwide, but high potential can also be recognized in the energy sector, with high energy cables, transformers, motors, generators for wind turbines, fault current limiters and devices for magnetic energy storage. A large number of magnet and cable prototypes have been constructed, showing in all cases high reliability. Large projects involving the construction of magnets, solenoids as well as dipoles and quadrupoles are described in the present book. A very large project, the LHC, is currently in operation, demonstrating that superconductivity is a reliable technology, even in a device of unprecedented high complexity. A project of similar complexity is ITER, a fusion device that is presently under construction. This article starts with a brief historical introduction to superconductivity as a phenomenon, and some fundamental properties necessary for the understanding of the technical behavior of superconductors are described. The introduction of superconductivity in the industrial cycle faces many challenges, first for the properties of the base elements, e.g. the wires, tapes and thin films, then for the various applied devices, where a number of new difficulties had to be resolved. A variety of industrial applications in energy, medicine and communications are briefly presented, showing how superconductivity is now entering the market.

  16. Large area superconducting YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7-x films grown by single target ion beam sputtering

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    Gauzzi, A.; Lucia, M.L.; Kellett, B.J.; James, J.H.; Pavuna, D. (Inst. of Micro- and Optoelectronics, Swiss Federal Inst. of Tech., Lausanne (Switzerland))

    1991-10-20

    We have demonstrated, by using a simple single YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} target ion beam system that, with a sufficiently low power ion beam, preferential sputtering is avoided and high-quality YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} films are deposited over areas larger than {approx equal}30 cm{sup 2} in a reproducible way. As-deposited films on <100>SrTiO{sub 3} are 50-100 nm thick, c-oriented and show the following reproducible electrical properties (within the given variations): Tc{sub 0}=90{+-}0.5 K, transitions widths less than 1 K, j{sub c}(77K)=1.0-1.2x10{sup 6} A cm{sup -2}, {rho}(300K)=300{+-}50 {mu}{Omega} cm, {rho}(300 K)/{rho}(100 K)=2.9{+-}0.1. The extrapolated residual resistivity {rho}{sub res}(0 K) is between 0 and 5% of {rho}(300 K). (orig.).

  17. Engineering of superconductors and superconducting devices using artificial pinning sites

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    Wördenweber, Roger

    2017-08-01

    Vortex matter in superconducting films and devices is not only an interesting topic for basic research but plays a substantial role in the applications of superconductivity in general. We demonstrate, that in most electronic applications, magnetic flux penetrates the superconductor and affects the performance of superconducting devices. Therefore, vortex manipulation turns out to be a useful tool to avoid degradation of superconducting device properties. Moreover, it can also be used to analyze and understand novel and interesting physical properties and develop new concepts for superconductor applications. In this review, various concepts for vortex manipulation are sketched. For example, the use of micro- and nanopatterns (especially, antidots) for guiding and trapping of vortices in superconducting films and thin film devices is discussed and experimental evidence of their vortex guidance and vortex trapping by various arrangements of antidots is given. We demonstrate, that the vortex state of matter is very important in applications of superconductivity. A better understanding does not only lead to an improvement of the performance of superconductor components, such as reduced noise, better power handling capability, or improved reliability, it also promises deeper insight into the basic physics of vortices and vortex matter.

  18. Frontiers in Superconducting Materials

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    Narlikar, Anant V

    2005-01-01

    Frontiers in Superconducting Materials gives a state-of-the-art report of the most important topics of the current research in superconductive materials and related phenomena. It comprises 30 chapters written by renowned international experts in the field. It is of central interest to researchers and specialists in Physics and Materials Science, both in academic and industrial research, as well as advanced students. It also addresses electronic and electrical engineers. Even non-specialists interested in superconductivity might find some useful answers.

  19. Superconducting energy recovery linacs

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    Ben-Zvi, Ilan

    2016-10-01

    High-average-power and high-brightness electron beams from a combination of laser photocathode electron guns and a superconducting energy recovery linac (ERL) is an emerging accelerator science with applications in ERL light sources, high repetition rate free electron lasers , electron cooling, electron ion colliders and more. This paper reviews the accelerator physics issues of superconducting ERLs, discusses major subsystems and provides a few examples of superconducting ERLs.

  20. High-Temperature Superconductivity

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    Tanaka, Shoji

    2006-12-01

    A general review on high-temperature superconductivity was made. After prehistoric view and the process of discovery were stated, the special features of high-temperature superconductors were explained from the materials side and the physical properties side. The present status on applications of high-temperature superconductors were explained on superconducting tapes, electric power cables, magnets for maglev trains, electric motors, superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) and single flux quantum (SFQ) devices and circuits.