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  1. Photolithographically patterened thin-film multilayer devices of YBa2Cu3O7-x

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    Kingston, J.J.; Wellstood, F.C.; Quan, D.; Clarke, J.

    1990-09-01

    We have fabricated thin-film YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x -SrTiO 3 -YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x multilayer interconnect structures in which each in situ laser-deposited film is independently patterned by photolithography. In particular, we have constructed the two key components necessary for a superconducting multilayer interconnect technology, crossovers and window contacts. As a further demonstration of the technology, we have fabricated a thin-film flux transformer, suitable for use with a Superconducting QUantum Interference Device (SQUID), that includes a ten-turn input coil with 6μm linewidth. Transport measurements showed that the critical temperature was 87K and the critical current was 135 μA at 82K. 7 refs., 6 figs

  2. Electrical transport in (103) YBa2Cu3O7-x thin films

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    Divin, Yu.Ya.; Poppe, U.; Faley, M.I.; Soltner, H.; Seo, J.W.; Kabius, B.; Urban, K.

    1993-01-01

    We have studied the electrical and structural properties of (103) YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x thin films to estimate the applicability of these films as base electrodes of planar-type Josephson junctions. (orig.)

  3. Detecting properties of thin film superconducting bridges made of YBa2Cu3O7-x

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    Kulikov, V.A.; Matveets, L.V.; Serebryakov, A.Yu.; Laptev, V.N.; Makhov, V.I.; Emel'yanenkov, D.G.; Inkin, Yu.N.

    1989-01-01

    Results of study of detecting properties of thin film YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x bridges, subjected to the effect of 8 mm SHF-radiation are presented. The transition temperatures of bridges were equal to 80-85 K. Current-voltage characteristics and response dependences of bridges with 67, 150 and 425 Ω resistances were measured. It is shown that thin film bridges of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x , representing the system of weak bonds, demonstrate nonstationary Josephson effect and synchronization of weak bonds in bridge volume

  4. YBa2Cu3O(7-x) based superconducting thin films by multitarget sputtering

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    Bouteloup, E.; Mercey, B.; Poullain, G.; Brousse, T.; Murray, H.; Raveau, B.

    1990-01-01

    This paper reports a new technique to prepare superconducting YBa 2 Cu 3 O (7-x) thin films. The multitarget sputtering apparatus described below allows the simultaneous and reproducible production of numerous films with a metallic composition close to Y 17% Ba 33% Cu 50% . Superconducting films (R = 0) at 80 K have been produced on polycrystalline zirconia substrates after a high temperature annealing [fr

  5. Preparation of YBa2Cu3O7-δ epitaxial thin films by pulsed ion-beam evaporation

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    Sorasit, S.; Yoshida, G.; Suzuki, T.; Suematsu, H.; Jiang, W.; Yatsui, K.

    2001-01-01

    Thin films of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ (Y-123) grown epitaxially have been successfully deposited by ion-beam evaporation (IBE). The c-axis oriented YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7thin films were successfully deposited on MgO and SrTiO 3 substrates. The Y-123 thin films which were prepared on the SrTiO 3 substrates were confirmed to be epitaxially grown, by X-ray diffraction analysis. The instantaneous deposition rate of the Y-123 thin films was estimated as high as 4 mm/s. (author)

  6. 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+.

  7. Patterned YBa2Cu3O7-x thin films from photopolymerizable precursors

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    Hung, Y.; Agostinelli, J.A.

    1990-01-01

    A technique which combines the fabrication and patterning of thin films of the high T c superconductor YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x has been developed. The technique possesses the essential features of the metalorganic decomposition method with the additional attribute that the metalorganic precursor is photopolymerizable. Patterns are generated directly in the precursor film using optical exposure through a mask followed by development in a solvent. A subsequent thermal treatment transforms the patterned precursor film to the oriented superconducting phase with c axis perpendicular to the substrate surface. Resistivity measurements for such a patterned film on a single crystal (100)MgO substrate show an onset to the superconducting state occurring at 85 K with zero resistivity below 67 K

  8. Superconducting thin films of YBa2Cu3O7-x

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    Hudner, J.

    1993-01-01

    Thin films of the high temperature superconductor YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x (YBCO) are of significance in fundamental studies of oxide superconductors and for prospected electronic applications based on superconductors operating at liquid nitrogen temperatures (T= 77 K). Synthesis of YBCO thin films is complex and a large part of this thesis has been devoted to the elaboration of various techniques in forming YBCO thin films. A general observation was that synthesis of YBCO films exhibiting high zero-resistivity temperatures temperatures (T c ) ≥ 88 K and elevated critical current densities (J c ) ≥ 10 6 A/cm 2 at 77 K was possible under widely different conditions of film growth. For the BaF 2 -based method, various substrate materials were investigated. Among perovskite related substrates with low losses in the high frequency regime, LaA10 3 was found to yield YBCO films exhibiting the highest quality electrical properties. A study of YBCO film interaction with sapphire substrates was performed. It was suggested that the YBCO film on sapphire consists of weakly coupled superconducting grains. Compositional effects of Y, BA and Cu for MOCVD-YBCO films were examined with respect to morphology, structure, resistivity, as susceptibility and J c (T). High T c :s and J c :s were observed for an anomalous large compositional range of Cu in off-compositional YBCO films. This was shown to be related to the formation of Cu-rich precipitates embedded within a c-Axis oriented stoichiometric YBCO film matrix. Thermal critical current behavior at zero field in thin films of YBCO fabricated by various methods has been studied by three techniques: transport measurements on patterned microbridges, dc magnetization hysteresis loops using the Bean model and non-linear ac susceptibility analysis. Absolute critical current values obtained form the two former techniques when measured on the same YBCO film were observed to differ about a factor of two. The feasibility of non-linear ac

  9. Magnetic study of superconductivity in YBa2Cu3O7-x thin films

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    McGuire, T.R.; Gupta, A.; Koren, G.; Laibowitz, R.B.; Dimos, D.

    1989-01-01

    Magnetic and transport measurements on 0.3 micron thick films of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 - x made by a laser ablation technique show critical current densities of up to 40X10 6 amps/cm 2 . At 77K the transport data gives J c ∼5x10 6 amps/cm 2 while magnetic data is 40 % lower. Comparison is made with evaporated films

  10. Physical and chemical properties of YBa2Cu3O7 thin films

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    El-Samahi, M.I.

    1991-12-01

    Investigations were carried out to determine the influence of different annealing processes on the superconducting properties of the YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 thin films. The samples were produced by means of coevaporation of Cu, Y and Ba on polycrystalline yttria stabilized (YSZ) ZrO 2 and single crystal SrTiO 3 (001) substrates. Subsequently, the as-deposited films were subjected to two different annealing methods to crystallize the superconducting phase YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 : (i) heating up, annealing and cooling in an oxygen atmosphere and (ii) heating up in an innert gas atmosphere up to the maximum annealing temperature (T max ) and then annealing and cooling under oxygen. (orig.)

  11. Electrical characterization of chemically modified YBa2Cu3O7-x surfaces

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    Hunt, B.D.; Foote, M.C.; Vasquez, R.P.

    1990-01-01

    Results on electrical characterization of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x thin-film surfaces treated with a Br/ethanol chemical etch are presented. Electrical measurements of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x /Au/Nb device structures fabricated using polycrystalline, post-annealed YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x films with Br-etched surfaces, show improvements of approximately one or two orders of magnitude in current densities and resistivities (resistance-area products) relative to unetched devices. The existence of supercurrents in these structures has been confirmed by observation of the ac Josephson effect, and by magnetic field and temperature studies of the critical currents. The Br-etch process has produced 10x10 μm 2 devices with critical current densities greater than 400 A/cm 2 and resistivities as low as 4x10 -7 Ω cm 2

  12. Heteroepitaxial growth of strained multilayer superconducting thin films of Nd1.83Ce0.17CuOx/YBa2Cu3O7

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    Gupta, A.; Gross, R.; Olsson, E.; Segmueller, A.; Koren, G.; Tsuei, C.C.

    1990-01-01

    Heteroepitaxial growth of strained multilayer thin films of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ /Nd 1.83 Ce 0.17 CuO x by pulsed-laser deposition is reported. The coherency strain results in biaxial compression of the tetragonal Nd 1.83 Ce 0.17 CuO x layers, whereas the biaxial tension in the YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ layers removes the orthorhombic distortion and makes the unit cell isotropic in the basal plane (a=b). Depending on their oxygen content, either the YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ or the Nd 1.83 Ce 0.17 CuO x layers are superconducting in these multilayers. The strain-induced structural modification has a significant influence on the superconducting transition temperature of the YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ layers

  13. Infrared refractive index of thin YBa2Cu3O7 superconducting films

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    Zhang, Z.M.; Choi, B.I.; Le, T.A.; Flik, M.I.; Siegal, M.P.; Phillips, J.M.

    1992-01-01

    This work investigates whether thin-film optics with a constant refractive index can be applied to high-T c superconducting thin films. The reflectance and transmittance of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 films on LaAlO 3 substrates are measured using a Fourier-transform infrared spectrometer at wavelengths from 1 to 100 μm at room temperature. The reflectance of these superconducting films at 10K in the wavelength region from 2.5 to 25 μm is measured using a cryogenic reflectance accessory. The film thickness varies from 10 to 200 nm. By modeling the frequency-dependent complex conductivity in the normal and superconducting states and applying electromagnetic-wave theory, the complex refractive index of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 films is obtained with a fitting technique. It is found that a thickness-independent refractive index can be applied even to a 25nm film, and average values of the spectral refractive index for film thicknesses between 25 and 200 nm are recommended for engineering applications

  14. Microwave-detected optical response of YBa2Cu3O7-x thin films

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    Kaplan, R.; Carlos, W.E.; Cukauskas, E.J.; Ryu, J.

    1990-01-01

    Microwave-detected optical response (MDOR) of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x and other oxide superconductor thin films is shown to yield information complementary to that provided by trasnport photoconductivity measurements. The MDOR technique yields a superposition of response from all illuminated portions of a sample, irrespective of the existence of a resistive macroscopic percolative current path. The response is found to be bolometric at temperatures for which resistance appears in transport measurements. At low temperatures MDOR results imply a nonbolometric response which in some respects is consistent with nonequilibrium quasiparticle concentration due to radiative pair breaking

  15. The growth of large-area superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-x thin films by pulsed laser ablation

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    Lai, H.C.; Chang, C.M.; Lin, R.J.; Liu, R.S.

    1996-01-01

    In-situ growth of 2-in. diameter superconducting YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x (YBCO) thin films using an excimer KrF pulsed laser has been studied. Films with critical transition temperature (T c,0 ) of 89±1 K and critical current density (J c,77K ) in excess of 1 x 10 6 A cm -2 have been prepared routinely. Uniformity in film thickness of below ±15% and film composition of ±5% have been measured. The effects of gas nozzle geometry and target evolution during ablation on the superconducting properties and surface morphology of YBCO thin films have also been investigated. (orig.)

  16. Smooth YBa2Cu3O7-x thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition in O2/Ar atmosphere

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    Kyhle, Anders; Skov, Johannes; Hjorth, Søren

    1994-01-01

    We report on pulsed laser deposition of YBa2Cu3O7-x in a diluted O2/Ar gas resulting in thin epitaxial films which are almost outgrowth-free. Films were deposited on SrTiO3 or MgO substrates around 800-degrees-C at a total chamber pressure of 1.0 mbar, varying the argon partial pressure from 0 to 0.......6 mbar. The density of boulders and outgrowths usual for laser deposited films varies strongly with Ar pressure: the outgrowth density is reduced from 1.4 x 10(7) to 4.5 x 10(5) cm-2 with increasing Ar partial pressure, maintaining a critical temperature T(c,zero) almost-equal-to 90 K and a transport...... critical current density J(c)(77 K) greater-than-or-equal-to 10(6) A/cm2 by extended oxygenation time during cool down....

  17. Critical current density of strained multilayer thin films of Nd1.83Ce0.17CuOx/YBa2Cu3O7

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    Gross, R.; Gupta, A.; Olsson, E.; Segmueller, A.; Koren, G.

    1990-01-01

    The superconducting transport properties of strained multilayer thin films of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ / Nd 1.83 Ce 0.17 CuO x , grown heteroepitaxially by laser ablation deposition, are reported. For individual layer thicknesses below a critical layer thickness of about 250 A, coherency strain removes the orthorhombic distortion in the YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ layers and makes them twin-free. Zero-field critical current densities as high as 1.1x10 7 A/cm 2 at 77 K have been measured for the YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ layers. Flux pinning energies at zero temperature and zero magnetic field in the range of 80--140 meV have been found

  18. Solution processing of YBa2Cu3O7-x thin films

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    Singhal, A.; Paranthaman, M.; Specht, E.D.; Hunt, R.D.; Beach, D.B.; Martin, P.M.; Lee, D.F.

    1997-12-01

    The aim of this work was to develop a non-vacuum chemical deposition technique for YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x (YBCO) coated conductors on rolling-assisted biaxially textured substrates (RABiTS). The authors have chosen the metal-organic decomposition (MOD) and sol-gel precursor routes to grow textured YBCO films. In the MOD process, yttrium 2-ethylhexonate, barium neodecanoate, copper 2-ethylhexonate and toluene were used as the starting reagents. YBCO films processed by the MOD method on SrTiO 3 (100) single crystal substrates were consisted of c and a-axis oriented materials. These films also contained some amount of the random phase. The c and a-axis oriented materials were epitaxial on SrTiO 3 substrates. Films have a T c,onset of 89K and the best superconducting transition temperature of 63K. Films pyrolyzed at 525 C and subsequently annealed at 780 C in a p(O 2 ) of 3.5 x 10 -4 atm contained YBCO phase predominantly in a-axis orientation. In the sol-gel route, yttrium-isopropoxide, barium metal, copper methoxide and 2-methoxyethanol were used as the starting reagents. Sol-gel YBCO films on SrTiO 3 substrates were epitaxial and c-axis oriented

  19. Interdiffusion studies on high-Tc superconducting YBa2Cu3O7thin 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...... of polycrystalline ZrO2. YBa2Cu3O7-delta films were prepared using laser ablation. The YBa2Cu3O7-delta films on the Si/NiSi2/ZrO2 substrates are of good quality; their critical temperatures T(c,zero) and T(c,onset) have typical values of 85 and 89 K, respectively. The critical current density j(c) at 77 K equaled 4...... 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...

  20. Wet chemical passivation of YBa2Cu3O(7-x)

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    Vasquez, R. P.; Hunt, B. D.; Foote, M. C.

    1990-01-01

    Wet chemical techniques are described for treatment of YBa2Cu3O(7-x) surfaces, which result in the formation of native compounds known to have little or no reactivity to water. Suitable native compounds include CuI, BaSO4, CuS, Cu2S, YF3, and the oxalates. Formation of surface layers in which these nonreactive native compounds are major constituents is verified with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements on YBa2Cu3O(7-x) films treated with dilute solutions of HI, H2SO4, Na2S, HF, or H2C2O4. No significant changes are observed in the XPS spectra when the sulfide, sulfate, or oxalate films are dipped in water, while the iodide and fluoride films show evidence of reaction with water. X-ray diffraction measurements show that the superconducting phase is absent in the sulfide film, but is unaffected by the oxalate and sulfate treatments.

  1. Femtosecond optical detection of quasiparticle dynamics in high-Tc YBa2Cu3O7-δ superconducting thin films

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    Han, S.G.; Vardeny, Z.V.; Wong, K.S.; Symko, O.G.; Koren, G.

    1990-01-01

    Femtosecond dynamics of photogenerated quasiparticles in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ superconducting thin films shows, at T≤T c , two main electronic processes: (i) quasiparticle avalanche production during hot-carrier thermalization, which takes about 300 fsec; (ii) recombination of quasiparticles to form Cooper pairs, which is completed within 5 psec. In contrastr, nonsuperconducting epitaxial films such as PrBa 2 Cu 2 O 7 and YBa 2 Cu 3 O 6 show regular picosecond electronic response

  2. Microstructure of epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7-x thin films grown on LaAlO3 (001)

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    Hsieh, Y.; Siegal, M.P.; Hull, R.; Phillips, J.M.

    1990-01-01

    We report a microstructural investigation of the epitaxial growth of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x (YBCO) thin films on LaAlO 3 (001) substrates using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Epitaxial films grow with two distinct modes: c epitaxy (YBCO) single crystal with the c (axis normal to the surface and a epitaxy (YBCO) single crystal with the c axis in the interfacial plane), where c epitaxy is the dominant mode grown in all samples 35--200 nm thick. In 35 nm YBCO films annealed at 850 degree C, 97±1% of the surface area is covered by c epitaxy with embedded anisotropic a-epitaxial grains. Quantitative analysis reveals the effect of film thickness and annealing temperature on the density, grain sizes, areal coverages, and anisotropic growth of a epitaxy

  3. Processing of La(1.8)Sr(0.2)CuO4 and YBa2Cu3O7 superconducting thin films by dual-ion-beam sputtering

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    Madakson, P.; Cuomo, J. J.; Yee, D. S.; Roy, R. A.; Scilla, G.

    1988-03-01

    High-quality La(1.8)Sr(0.2)CuO4 and YBa2Cu3O7 superconducting thin films, with zero resistance at 88 K, have been made by dual-ion-beam sputtering of metal and oxide targets at elevated temperatures. The films are about 1.0 micron thick and are single phase after annealing. The substrates investigated are Nd-YAP, MgO, SrF2, Si, CaF2, ZrO2-(9 pct)Y2O3, BaF2, Al2O3, and SrTiO3. Characterization of the films was carried out using Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, resistivity measurements, TEM, X-ray diffraction, and SIMS. Substrate/film interaction was observed in every case. This generally involves diffusion of the substrate into the film, which is accompanied by, for example, the replacement of Ba by Sr in the YBa2Cu2O7 structure, in the case of SrTiO3 substrate. The best substrates were those that did not significantly diffuse into the film and which did not react chemically with the film.

  4. Transport in reversibly laser-modified YBa2Cu3O/sub 7-//sub x/ superconducting thin films

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    Krchnavek, R.R.; Chan, S.; Rogers, C.T.; De Rosa, F.; Kelly, M.K.; Miceli, P.F.; Allen, S.J.

    1989-01-01

    A focused argon ion laser beam in a controlled ambient is used to modify the transport properties of superconducting YBa 2 Cu 3 O/sub 7-//sub x/ thin films. The laser-modified region shows a sharp transition temperature (T/sub c/≅76 K) that is reduced from the unmodified regions of the film (T/sub c/≅87 K). In situ monitoring of the room-temperature electrical resistance is used to control the laser processing and prevent formation of the semiconducting phase. The original properties of the superconducting film can be recovered by plasma oxidation indicating that the laser-induced phase is oxygen deficient

  5. MOCVD with gas phase composition control for the growth of high quality YBa2Cu3O7-x thin films for microwave applications

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    Musolf, J.

    1997-01-01

    The MOCVD growth technique has demonstrated YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x thin films with adequate transport properties (T c >90 K, J c > x 10 6 A cm -2 , R s p /C v ) and the species concentrations. After determining the correlation between gas phase and solid phase composition this technique enables the reproducible growth of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x thin films by MOCVD with composition very close to 123. Further refinement of growth temperature, total pressure, oxygen partial pressure and total flow rates has produced films with excellent properties. Smooth surface morphology with a low density of outgrowths ( 4 cm -2 ), narrow XRD rocking curve peaks FWHM c =92 K), low surface resistance (device R s <350 μΩ at 77 K, 10 GHz) have been demonstrated using this growth concept. Special focus was placed on optimization of the performance of a microwave test device which serves as a process control monitor of the suitability of these films for passive microwave applications. (orig.)

  6. Transport measurements on superconducting YBa2Cu3O7thin film lines

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    Moeckly, B.H.; Lathrop, D.K.; Redinbo, G.F.; Russek, S.E.; Buhrman, R.A.

    1990-01-01

    Critical current densities, magnetic field response, and microwave response have been measured for laser ablated YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7thin film lines on MgO and SrTiO 3 substrates. Films on SrTiO 3 have critical current densities > 1 x 10 6 A/cm 2 at 77 K and show uniform transport properties in lines of all sizes. Films on MgO have critical current densities which range between 10 2 and 10 6 A/cm 2 at 77 K and show considerable variation from device to device on the same chip. Narrow lines on MgO with low critical current densities show Josephson weak link structure which includes RSJ-like IV curves, microwave induced constant voltage steps, and a high sensitivity to magnetic field. The presence of the Josephson weak links if correlated with small amounts of misaligned grains in film on MgO

  7. Growth and transport properties of multilayer superconducting films of Nd1.83Co0.17CuOx/YBa2Cu3O7

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    Gupta, A.; Gross, R.; Olsson, E.; Segmuller, A.; Koren, G.

    1990-01-01

    This paper reports on strained multilayer thin films of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ /Nd 1.83 Ce 0.17 CuO x that have been prepared by laser ablation deposition. For individual layers below a critical layer thickness of about 250 Angstrom, coherency strain compresses the Nd 1.83 Ce 0.17 CuO x lattice and expands the YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ lattice. The orthorhombic distortion in the YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ layers is also removed. Depending on their oxygen content, either the YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ , or the Nd 1.83 Ce 0.17 CuO x layers are superconducting in these multilayers. The strain-induced structural modification has a significant influence on the superconducting transition temperature and critical current density of the YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ layers. Zero field critical current densities as high as 1.1 x 10 7 A/cm 2 at 77K have been measured for the YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ layers

  8. Epitaxial growth of YBa2Cu3O7thin films on LiNbO3 substrates

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    Lee, S.G.; Koren, G.; Gupta, A.; Segmuller, A.; Chi, C.C.

    1989-01-01

    In situ epitaxial growth of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7thin films on Y-cut LiNbO 3 substrates using a standard laser ablation technique is reported. Resistance of the films shows a normal metallic behavior and a very sharp ( c (R=0) of 92 K. High critical current density of J c (77 K)=2x10 5 A/cm 2 is observed, which is in accordance with epitaxial growth. Film orientation observed from x-ray diffraction spectra indicates that the c axis is normal to the substrate plane and the a axis is at 45 degree to the [11.0] direction of the hexagonal lattice of the substrate with two domains in mirror image to the (110) plane

  9. 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

  10. Microstructural comparison of Yba2Cu3O7-x thin films laser deposited in O2 and O2/Ar ambient

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    Verbist, K.; Kyhle, Anders; Vasiliev, A.L.

    1996-01-01

    The use of a diluted O-2/Ar atmosphere-for laser deposition of YBa2Cu3O7-x thin films results in a strong decrease of the surface outgrowth density as compared to deposition in pure O-2. The smoother films need a longer oxygenation period and show slightly lower critical current densities; though...... still in excess of 10(6) A cm(-2) at 77 K. Electron microscopy revealed that the outgrowths mainly consist of a large copper-oxide grain connected to Y2O3 grains. Y2O3 nano-scale inclusions are present irrespective of the deposition atmosphere, however at remarkably low densities compared to other...... literature data. We find that the twin plane density is lower and the twin structure more homogeneous in the case of films deposited in a mixture of O-2/Ar. This we ascribe to the absence of surface outgrowths which seem to block regular twin structure formation. Possibly the differences in necessary post...

  11. Synthesis of in-plane aligned a-axis YBa2Cu3O7thin films

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    Young, K.H.; Sun, J.Z.

    1991-01-01

    We report the successful synthesis of superconducting YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ (YBCO) (100) thin films with alignment of the in-plane c axis. These films were grown on single crystal NdGaO 3 (110) substrates. The twofold symmetry of the substrate surface is believed to lead to anisotropic alignment of the in-plane c axis of the epitaxial YBCO (100) film. X-ray diffraction studies indicate that over 80% of the film grew epitaxially with the YBCO [100] perpendicular to the substrate surface, and YBCO [001] aligned along one pseudo-cubic axis of the NdGaO 3 . The superconductivity onset of the film was measured to be 89 K by ac susceptibility

  12. Critical current density of strained multilayer thin films of Nd sub 1. 83 Ce sub 0. 17 CuO sub x /YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 minus. delta

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    Gross, R.; Gupta, A.; Olsson, E.; Segmueller, A.; Koren, G. (IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, P.O. Box 218, Yorktown Heights, New York 10598 (USA))

    1990-07-09

    The superconducting transport properties of strained multilayer thin films of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}}/ Nd{sub 1.83}Ce{sub 0.17}CuO{sub {ital x}}, grown heteroepitaxially by laser ablation deposition, are reported. For individual layer thicknesses below a critical layer thickness of about 250 A, coherency strain removes the orthorhombic distortion in the YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} layers and makes them twin-free. Zero-field critical current densities as high as 1.1{times}10{sup 7} A/cm{sup 2} at 77 K have been measured for the YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} layers. Flux pinning energies at zero temperature and zero magnetic field in the range of 80--140 meV have been found.

  13. Analysis of low-field isotropic vortex glass containing vortex groups in YBa2Cu3O7-x thin films visualized by scanning SQUID microscopy

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    Wells, Frederick S.; Pan, Alexey V.; Wang, X.; Fedoseev, Sergey A.; Hilgenkamp, Hans

    2015-01-01

    The glass-like vortex distribution in pulsed laser deposited YBa2Cu3O7-x thin films is observed by scanning superconducting quantum interference device microscopy and analysed for ordering after cooling in magnetic fields significantly smaller than the Earth's field. Autocorrelation calculations on

  14. Electron scattering rate in epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7 superconducting films

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    Flik, M. I.; Zhang, Z. M.; Goodson, K. E.; Siegal, M. P.; Phillips, Julia M.

    1992-09-01

    This work determines the electron scattering rate in the a-b plane of epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7 films using two techniques. Infrared spectroscopy yields the scattering rate at temperatures of 10, 78, and 300 K by fitting reflectance data using thin-film optics and a model for the free-carrier conductivity. The scattering rate is also obtained using kinetic theory and an extrapolation of normal-state electrical resistivity data to superconducting temperatures based on the Bloch theory for the phonon-limited electrical resistivity of metals. The scattering rates determined using both techniques are in agreement and show that the electron mean free path in the a-b plane of YBa2Cu3O7 superconducting films is three to four times the coherence length. Hence YBa2Cu3O7 is pure but not in the extreme pure limit. An average defect interaction range of 4 nm is obtained using the defect density resulting from flux-pinning considerations.

  15. Effect of Y2O3 Nanoparticles on Critical Current Density of YBa2Cu3O7-x Thin Films

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    Tran, H. D.; Reddy, Sreekantha; Wie, C. H.; Kang, B.; Oh, Sang Jun; Lee, Sung Ik

    2009-01-01

    Introduction of proper impurity into YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x (YBCO) thin films is an effective way to enhance its flux-pinning properties. We investigate effect of Y 2 O 3 nanoparticles on the critical current density J c of the YBCO thin films. The Y 2 O 3 nanoparticles were created perpendicular to the film surface (parallel with the c-axis) either between YBCO and substrate or on top of YBCO, YBCO/Y 2 O 3 /LAO or Y 2 O 3 /YBCO/STO, by pulsed laser deposition. The deposition temperature of the YBCO films were varied (780 degree C and 800 degree C) to modify surface morphology of the YBCO films. Surface morphology characterization revealed that the lower deposition temperature of 780 degree C created nano-sized holes on the YBCO film surface which may behave as intrinsic pinning centers, while the higher deposition temperature produced much denser and smoother surface. J-c values of the YBCO films with Y 2 O 3 particles were either remained nearly the same or decreased for the samples in which YBCO is grown at 780 degree C. On the other hand, J-c values were enhanced for the samples in which YBCO is grown at higher temperature of 800 degree C. The difference in the effect of Y 2 O 3 can be explained by the fact that the higher deposition temperature of 800 degree C reduces intrinsic pinning centers and J c is enhanced by introduction of artificial pinning centers in the form of Y 2 O 3 nanoparticles.

  16. Precipitates in YBa2Cu3O7thin films annealed at low oxygen partial pressure

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    Hou, S.Y.; Phillips, J.M.; Werder, D.J.; Tiefel, T.H.; Fleming, R.M.; Marshall, J.H.; Siegal, M.P.

    1993-01-01

    We have studied the precipitates in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ (YBCO) thin films grown by the BaF 2 process in p O 2 =4 Torr and 700 degree C. While stoichiometric films result in BaCuO 2 surface precipitates, we have found Y 2 Cu 2 O 5 precipitates embedded in the matrix of the same film. Off stoichiometric films with Ba/Y 2 Cu 2 O 5 in the film matrix. The estimated densities of the two precipitates favor a stoichiometric YBCO film matrix. This behavior is not explainable in terms of phase equilibria and is attributed to kinetic effects. The electrical properties of the films degrade as the Ba/Y ratio deviates from 2.00

  17. Anisotropic electrical properties of epitaxial Yba2Cu3O7-gd films on (110) SrTiO3

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    Gupta, A.; Koren, G.; Baseman, R.J.; Segmuller, A.; Holber, W.

    1989-01-01

    Epitaxial thin films of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 - δ were deposited on (110) SrTiO 3 at 600 degrees C in the presence of atomic oxygen using the laser ablation technique. X-ray diffraction patterns in the standard Bragg and grazing incidence modes show epitaxial growth of the films with their c-axis and axis parallel to the and directions in the plane of the substrate, respectively. Superconductivity with T c (R = ) = 82 K was found along the direction in the basal plane, whereas finite resistivity down to 5 k was observed along the c-axis direction. The authors maintain that these preliminary results suggest that YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 - δ behaves like a true two-dimensional superconductor

  18. Critical current density in (YBa2Cu3O7-δ)1-x-(PrBa2Cu3O7-δ)x melt-textured composites

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    Opata, Yuri Aparecido; Monteiro, João Frederico Haas Leandro; Jurelo, Alcione Roberto; Siqueira, Ezequiel Costa

    2018-06-01

    Melt textured (YBa2Cu3O7-δ)1-x-(PrBa2Cu3O7-δ)x composites (x = 0.00 and x = 0.05) were grown using the top seeding method. The effect of the PrBa2Cu3O7-δ phase on the growth process and the modification of the microstructure as well as on the physical properties was analyzed. X-ray analyses indicated that both pure and Pr-doped samples present an orthorhombic superconducting phase. From resistivity measurements for YBa2Cu3O7-δ and (YBa2Cu3O7-δ)0.95-(PrBa2Cu3O7-δ)0.05 samples, the Tcab did not change and was around 90.5 K. However, from magnetic measurements, the superconductivity was observed in critical temperatures TC = 92.9 K and 92.4 K for YBa2Cu3O7-δ and (YBa2Cu3O7-δ)0.95-(PrBa2Cu3O7-δ)0.05 samples, respectively. The YBa2Cu3O7-δ sample showed higher critical current densities than those shown by the (YBa2Cu3O7-δ)0.95-(PrBa2Cu3O7-δ)0.05 sample, with values of JC = 5.85 × 105 A/cm2 and 4.72 × 105 A/cm2, respectively. This paper also discusses the importance of Pr substitution on nano- and micro-meter scales to enhance JC(H).

  19. Off-axis sputter deposition of YBa2Cu3O7 thin films for microwave applications

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    Greene, L.H.; Bagley, B.G.; Feldmann, W.L.; Barner, J.B.; Shokoohi, F.; Miceli, P.; Wilkens, B.J.; Fathy, A.; Kalokitis, D.; Pendrick, V.

    1991-01-01

    Thin films of superconducting YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 were grown in situ by off-axis sputter deposition for microwave device fabrication. These ∼1 cm 2 films, which are reproducible, exhibit midpoint T c 's of 89--90.5 K as measured by ac susceptibility, ion channeling yields of 4.7%--6%, and c-axis rocking-curve half-widths of 0.5 degree, even with a rich microstructure as seen by scanning electron microscopy. Two films were photodefined into miniature X-band microwave bandpass filters. These narrow-band filters (0.5% bandwidth) exhibited 4.4-and 4.5-dB insertion losses at 77 K and 9.25 GHz, with little temperature dependence below 80 K

  20. Josephson edge junctions on YBa2Cu3O7 thin films prepared with Br-ethanol etching

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    Faley, M.I.; Poppe, U.; Daehne, U.; Goncharov, Yu.G.; Klein, N.; Urban, K.; Soltner, H.

    1993-01-01

    To produce damage-free edges is one of the main problems in the preparation of the Josephson edge-type junctions and interconnects in multilayer structures including high temperature superconductors. The commonly used ion beam etching has the disadvantages of the risk of contamination by redeposited material and structural damage to the surface of the edge. Vasquez et al and Gurvitch et al introduced a nonaqueous Br-ethanol etching for the preparation of clean surfaces of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 single crystals and thin films. We have developed a procedure of deep-UV-photolithography combined with nonaqueous Br-ethanol etching for the preparation of the Josephson edge-type junctions. Here we present the improvement of this method and report further results on the study of the electron transport properties of Josephson junctions with the edges of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 thin films produced by this technique. (orig.)

  1. Proximity-effect and tunneling in YBa2Cu3O7/metal layered structures

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    Greene, L.H.; Feldmann, W.L.; Barner, J.B.; Farrow, L.A.; Miceli, P.F.; Ramesh, R.; Wilkens, B.J.; Bagley, B.G.; Giroud, M.; Rowell, J.M.

    1990-01-01

    Superconducting thin films of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 are prepared in-situ by on-axis sputter deposition from a single, composite target. The planar magnetron target composition of YBa:Cu = 1.08:1.76:4.5 sputtered onto MgO at T ∼ 750 degrees C in a 600 mTorr Ar-O 2 atmosphere yields reproducible superconducting films having T c (R = 0) > 80 K and stoichiometry 1:2:3, that are shiny and of near epitaxial crystalline quality. In order to ensure clean interfaces, YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 /normal metal bilayers (to form SNS' Josephson junctions) and YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 /normal metal/insulating barrier trilayers (to form SNIS' proximity tunnel junctions) are grown completely in-situ. (The S' = Pb counter electrode is evaporated ex-situ.) A supercurrent and Shapiro steps are observed in microwave irradiated SNS' (N = Ag) small area (5 x 10 -5 cm 2 junctions. In SNIS' tunnel junctions, high-quality Pb tunnelling is observed

  2. Epitaxial growth of SrTiO3/YBa2Cu3O7 - x heterostructures by plasma-enhanced metalorganic chemical vapor deposition

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    Liang, S.; Chern, C. S.; Shi, Z. Q.; Lu, P.; Safari, A.; Lu, Y.; Kear, B. H.; Hou, S. Y.

    1994-06-01

    We report heteroepitaxial growth of SrTiO3 on YBa2Cu3O7-x/LaAlO3 substrates by plasma-enhanced metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. X-ray diffraction results indicated that SrTiO3 films were epitaxially grown on a (001) YBa2Cu3O7-x surface with [100] orientation perpendicular to the surface. The film composition, with Sr/Ti molar ratio in the range of 0.9 to 1.1, was determined by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and energy dispersive spectroscopy. The thickness of the SrTiO3 films is 0.1-0.2 μm. The epitaxial growth was further evidenced by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and selected area diffraction. Atomically abrupt SrTiO3/YBa2Cu3O7-x interface and epitaxial growth with [100]SrTiO3∥[001]YBa2Cu3O7-x were observed in this study. The superconducting transition temperature of the bottom YBa2Cu3O7-x layer, as measured by ac susceptometer, did not significantly degrade after the growth of overlayer SrTiO3. The capacitance-voltage measurements showed that the dielectric constant of the SrTiO3 films was as high as 315 at a signal frequency of 100 KHz. The leakage current density through the SrTiO3 films is about 1×10-6 A/cm2 at 2-V operation. Data analysis on the current-voltage characteristic indicated that the conduction process is related to bulk-limited Poole-Frenkel emission.

  3. Formation of high-Tc YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) films on Y2BaCuO5 substrate

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    Wang, W. N.; Lu, H. B.; Lin, W. J.; Yao, P. C.; Hsu, H. E.

    1988-07-01

    High-Tc superconducting YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) films have been successfully prepared on green Y2BaCuO5 (2115) ceramic substrate. The films have been formed by RF sputtering and screen printing with post annealing at 925 C. Regarding superconducting features, the sharp resistivity drop with Tc onset around 95 K (midpoint 84 K) and 99 K (midpoint 89 K) has been observed for RF sputtered and printed films respectively. Both films show the excellent adhesion towards the 2115 substrate. Powder X-ray diffraction profiles indicate a majority of 1237 phase with preferred orientation for RF sputtered thin film.

  4. Oxygen isotope effect in YBa2Cu3O7 prepared by burning YBa2Cu3 in 16O and 18O

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    Yvon, Pascal J.; Schwarz, R. B.; Pierce, C. B.; Bernardez, L.; Conners, A.; Meisenheimer, R.

    1989-04-01

    We prepared YBa2Cu3 powder by ball milling a 2:1 molar mixture of the intermetallics BaCu and CuY. We synthesized YBa2Cu3(16O)7-x and YBa2Cu3(18O)7-x by oxidizing the YBa2Cu3 powder in 16O and 18O. The 16O/18O ratios were determined by laser-ionization and sputtering-ionization mass spectroscopy. The YBa2Cu3(160)7-x sample had 99.8 at. %16O, and the YBa2Cu3(18O)7-x sample had 96.5 at. %18O. Susceptibility measurements of the superconducting transition temperature (Tc=91.7 K for 16O; half-point transition at 84 K show an isotope effect of 0.4+/-0.1 K.

  5. Processing of La/sub 1.8/Sr/sub 0.2/CuO4 and YBa2Cu3O7 superconducting thin films by dual-ion-beam sputtering

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    Madakson, P.; Cuomo, J.J.; Yee, D.S.; Roy, R.A.; Scilla, G.

    1988-01-01

    High quality La/sub 1.8/Sr/sub 0.2/CuO 4 and YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 superconducting thin films, with zero resistance at 88 K, have been made by dual-ion-beam sputtering of metal and oxide targets at elevated temperatures. The films are about 1.0 μm thick and are single phase after annealing. The substrates investigated are Nd-YAP, MgO, SrF 2 , Si, CaF 2 , ZrO 2 -9% Y 2 O 3 , BaF 2 , Al 2 O 3 , and SrTiO 3 . Characterization of the films was carried out using Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, resistivity measurements, transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and secondary ion mass spectroscopy. Substrate/film interaction was observed in every case. This generally involves diffusion of the substrate into the film, which is accompanied by, for example, the replacement of Ba by Sr in the YBa 2 Cu 2 O 7 structure, in the case of SrTiO 3 substrate. The best substrates were those that did not significantly diffuse into the film and which did not react chemically with the film. In general, the superconducting transition temperature is found to depend on substrate temperature and ion beam energy, film composition, annealing conditions, and the nature and the magnitude of the substrate/film interaction

  6. Subharmonic gap structure in the characteristics of YBa2Cu3O7-x microbridges

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    Pogrebnyakov, A.V.; Levinsen, M.T.; Sheng, Y.Q.; Freltoft, T.

    1996-01-01

    The subharmonic gap structures corresponding to large, 2Δ 1 =48 meV, and small, 2Δ 2 =10.3 meV, components of the energy gap were observed in the first derivatives of the current-voltage characteristics of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x epitaxial thin film microbridges. The appearance of the subharmonic gap structures is attributed to Andreev reflection. (orig.)

  7. Epataxial growth of the high-temperature superconductors YBa2Cu3O7-x on silicon single crystals with buffer layers

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    Lubig, A.

    1991-09-01

    In this work the growth of thin films of the high-temperature superconductor YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x on Si(001) substrates has been investigated by Rutherford backscattering, channeling, X-ray diffraction, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, and electrical measurements. Epitaxial buffer layers of electrically insulating, pure and yttria-stabilized ZrO 2 ([Y 2 O 3 ] 0.06 [ZrO 2 ] 0.94 = YSZ) as well as of metallic CoSi 2 were employed to largely prevent the interdiffusion and chemical reaction between the superconductor film and the substrate in spite of the high deposition temperatures of the YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x in the range of 600 to 800deg C. (orig.)

  8. Anomalous misfit strain relaxation in ultrathin YBa2Cu3O7-δ epitaxial films

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    Kamigaki, K.; Terauchi, H.; Terashima, T.; Bando, Y.; Iijima, K.; Yamamoto, K.; Hirata, K.; Hayashi, K.; Nakagawa, I.; Tomii, Y.

    1991-01-01

    Ultrathin YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ epitaxial films were successfully grown in situ on (001) SrTiO 3 and MgO substrates by means of ozone-incorporating activated reactive evaporation. The x-ray-diffraction study was carefully examined to determine the structural properties of the grown films. Excellent crystallinity with no interfacial disorders was revealed by the appearance of the Laue oscillations. It was found that in a well lattice-matched YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ /SrTiO 3 system, the crystallinity was deteriorated due to defect introduction at the critical layer thickness h c ( ∼ 130 A). Interestingly, also in a poorly lattice-matched YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ /MgO system, excellent crystallinity was revealed even at above h c ( 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ /MgO system. In such a system, no crystal imperfection of the MgO substrate caused by defect introduction was elucidated by the grazing incidence x-ray scattering, which indicated that the MgO substrate did not contribute to the anomalous misfit relaxation. The anomalous growth manner was also found in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ /MgO according to surface morphology investigations. Below 40 A( > h c ), island nucleation growth was found. Above 40 A, it was observed that an atomically smooth surface was obtained and the crystallinity was simultaneously improved. It is suggested that YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ possesses an anomalous misfit relaxation mechanism, and that especially in the growth on MgO, it couples with the characteristic growth behavior at the initial stage

  9. A study on the superconducting properties of YBa2Cu9-xNbxOy thin films

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    Srinivas, S.; Bhatnagar, A.K.; Pinto, R.

    1994-01-01

    Effect of niobium substitution at the copper site in YBa 2 Cu 9 O 7-x was studied in thin film form. The films were deposited by laser ablation technique using the targets of the YBa 2 Cu 3-x Nb x O 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 9 substrates. Films were characterized by XRD, resistivity, I-V and J 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 σ A/cm 2 and for 0.05 Nb concentration it was 3.2x10 σ A/cm 2 at 77K. However, degradation of the superconducting properties, with the increase of x ≥ 0.1 Nb concentration and drastic suppression and complete loss of superconductivity was noticed for x ≥ 0.4. The growth of impurity phase YBa 2 NbO 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. 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.

  11. Growth of ultrathin twin-free b-oriented YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} {sub –} {sub x} films

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    Stepantsov, E. A., E-mail: stepantsov@ns.crys.ras.ru [Russian Academy of Sciences, Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography, Federal Scientific Research Centre “Crystallography and Photonics,” (Russian Federation); Arpaia, R.; Lombardi, F. [Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience (Sweden)

    2017-01-15

    Twin-free b-oriented YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7x} films with a thickness less than 40 nm have been epitaxially grown on (100)SrLaGaO{sub 4} crystals. Based on the temperature dependence of resistance, the onset temperature of the transition to the superconducting state is found to be 90 K; the transition width is 4 K. The film growth has been performed in two stages. A (100)PrBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7x} buffer layer was previously grown on a (100)SrLaGaO{sub 4} substrate by rf magnetron sputtering in an Ar–O{sub 2} gas mixture at a continuous and monotonic increase in temperature from 660 to 830°C. The main YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7x} film was grown on the buffer layer surface by pulsed laser deposition in an oxygen medium at a fixed temperature (800°C). The above processes were implemented in different chambers, which were connected by a vacuum channel for transporting samples. Both films were grown in situ, without contacting atmosphere in all growth stages. An X-ray diffraction study has shown that the YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7x} films are single-crystal and free of precipitates of other phases and domains of other orientations.

  12. Rheology of YBa2Cu3O7-x precursors

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    Green, T.M.; Akinc, M.

    1992-01-01

    Nitrate and acetate precursors to YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x (123) are prepared using a molten salt technique. The viscosity and shear stress of the paste are controlled by evaporation of water from the paste. The pastes contain ∼ 20--80 vol % solids. Rheometry over strain rates of 0--200 sec -1 shows both systems are shear-thinning. Both systems are thixotropic. The nitrate system may be described by a two-stage Bingham Plastic model, the acetate by a Hershel-Bulkley model. The existence of more than one region of flow behavior suggests that there are at least two mechanisms which contribute to flow. In the low strain rate region, flow resistance is due to the existence of flocs in the colloidal assembly. At higher strain rates, flow is probably controlled by interlaminar drag interactions. Precursors produced by both methods have been used to form fibers of YBa 2 Cu 3 o 7-x , by ram extrusion

  13. Epitaxial growth and properties of YBa2Cu3O(x)-Pb(Zr(0.6)Ti(0.4))O3-YBa2Cu3O(x) trilayer structure by laser ablation

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    Boikov, Iu. A.; Esaian, S. K.; Ivanov, Z. G.; Brorsson, G.; Claeson, T.; Lee, J.; Safari, A.

    1992-08-01

    YBa2Cu3O(x)Pb(Zr(0.6)Ti(0.4))O3-YBa2Cu3O(x) multilayer structure has been grown on SrTiO3 and Al2O3 substrates using laser ablation. The deposition conditions for the growth of trilayers and their properties are studied in this investigation. Scanning electron microscope images and X-ray diffraction analyses indicate that all the constituent films in the trilayer grow epitaxially on SrTiO3 and were highly oriented on Al2O3. Transport measurements on these multilayers show that top YBa2Cu3O(x) films have good superconducting properties.

  14. Faceting of (001) CeO2 Films: The Road to High Quality TFA-YBa2Cu3O7 Multilayers

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    Coll, M; Gazquez, J; Sandiumenge, F; Pomar, A; Puig, T; Obradors, X; Espinos, J P; Gonzalez-Elipe, A R

    2006-01-01

    CeO 2 films are technologically important as a buffer layer for the integration of superconducting YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 films on biaxially textured Ni substrates. The growth of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 layers on the CeO 2 cap layers by the trifluoroacetate (TFA) route remains a critical issue. To improve the accommodation of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 on CeO 2 , surface conditioning or CeO 2 is required. In this work we have applied ex-situ post-processes at different atmospheres to the CeO 2 layers deposited on YSZ single crystals using rf sputtering. XPS analysis showed that post-annealing CeO 2 layer in Ar/H 2 /H 2 O catalyses in an unexpected way the growth of (001)- terraces. We also report on the growth conditions of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 -TFA on CeO 2 buffered YSZ single crystal grown by chemical solution deposition and we compare them with those leading to optimized YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 -TFA films on LaAlO 3 single crystals. Critical currents up to 1.6 MA/cm 2 at 77 K have been demonstrated in 300 nm thick YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 layers on CeO 2 /YSZ system. The optimized processing conditions have then been applied to grow YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 -TFA films on Ni substrates having vacuum deposited cap layers of CeO 2

  15. Surface studies of YBa2Cu3O7-x -matching oxide substrates and interfaces

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    Enevold Thaulov Andersen, J.

    1990-11-01

    Crystallographic changes as a result of heat-treatment at 700-900 deg. C are found for SrTiO 3 (100), MgO(100) and LaAlO 3 (100). The p(2x2) reconstruction of the SrTiO 3 (100) and the superstructures on MgO(100) and on LaAlO 3 (100) thus observed are suggested to be induced by segregation of impurities to the surface. The surface charge-effects which disturb electron- and photon-impact experiments with these insulators are removed by heat-treatments. Deposition of copper results in formation of copper islands on SrTiO 3 (100) and on LaAlO 3 (100). Yttrium forms islands on LaAlO 3 (100) and grows in a layer-by-layer mode on SrTiO 3 (100) and on MgO(100). An yttrium 1x1 epitaxy is observed on the MgO(100) surface, which is suggested to be an YO superstructure. Oxidation of the 1x1 Y/MgO(100) systems diminishes the charge-effects and improves all diffraction and spectroscopic measurements. This may be due to the formation of metallic states around the Fermi level when the film is oxidized. An in situ synthesized YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 thin film on SrTiO 3 (100) compared to a thick epitaxial YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x (001) film on MgO(100) reveals differences in surface electronic structures but not in surface stoichiometries. (au) 18 refs

  16. Femtosecond optical detection of quasiparticle dynamics in high- T sub c YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 minus. delta. superconducting thin films

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    Han, S.G.; Vardeny, Z.V.; Wong, K.S.; Symko, O.G. (Department of Physics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (USA)); Koren, G. (Department of Physics, Technion, 32000 Haifa (Israel))

    1990-11-19

    Femtosecond dynamics of photogenerated quasiparticles in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} superconducting thin films shows, at {ital T}{le}{ital T}{sub {ital c}}, two main electronic processes: (i) quasiparticle avalanche production during hot-carrier thermalization, which takes about 300 fsec; (ii) recombination of quasiparticles to form Cooper pairs, which is completed within 5 psec. In contrastr, nonsuperconducting epitaxial films such as PrBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 2}O{sub 7} and YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6} show regular picosecond electronic response.

  17. Heteroepitaxial growth of Ba1 - xSrxTiO3/YBa2Cu3O7 - x by plasma-enhanced metalorganic chemical vapor deposition

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    Chern, C. S.; Liang, S.; Shi, Z. Q.; Yoon, S.; Safari, A.; Lu, P.; Kear, B. H.; Goodreau, B. H.; Marks, T. J.; Hou, S. Y.

    1994-06-01

    Epitaxial Ba1-xSrxTiO3(BST)/YBa2Cu3O7-x heterostructures with superior electrical and dielectric properties have been fabricated by plasma-enhanced metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (PE-MOCVD). Data of x-ray diffraction and high resolution transmission electron microscopy showed that oriented Ba1-xSrxTiO3 layers were epitaxially deposited on epitaxial (001) YBa2Cu3O7-x layers. The leakage current density through the Ba1-xSrxTiO3 films was about 10-7 A/cm2 at 2 V (about 2×105 V/cm) operation. Moreover, the results of capacitance-temperature measurements showed that the PE-MOCVD Ba1-xSrxTiO3 films had Curie temperatures of about 30 °C and a peak dielectric constant of 600 at zero bias voltage. The Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and x-ray diffraction results showed that the BST film composition was controlled between Ba0.75Sr0.25TiO3 and Ba0.8Sr0.2TiO3. The structural and electrical properties of the Ba1-xSrxTiO3/YBa2Cu3O7-x heterostructure indicated that conductive oxide materials with close lattice to Ba1-xSrxTiO3 can be good candidates for the bottom electrode.

  18. Critical current density and microstructure of YBa2Cu3O7-x films as a function of film thickness

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    Mogro-Campero, A.; Turner, L.G.; Hall, E.L.; Lewis, N.

    1990-01-01

    Thin films of nominal composition YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x (YBCO) were produced on (100) SrTiO 3 substrates by coevaporation and furnace annealing. Film thicknesses in the range of 0.2 to 2.4 μm were analyzed. Microstructural investigations by cross sectional transmission electron microscopy (TEM) reveal a continuous layer of about 0.4 μm thickness adjacent to the substrate with c-axis normal to the substrate plane. In thicker films the remaining top portion has the c-axis in the film plane. The critical current density (J c ) at 77 K decreases with increasing thickness in the thickness range exceeding 0.4 μm, qualitatively consistent with the microstructural observation, but quantitatively inconsistent with a simple model based on the microstructural data

  19. Interface structure and electronic properties of SrTiO3 and YBa2Cu3O7-δ crystals and thin films

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    Thiess, S.

    2007-01-01

    Two new extensions of the X-ray standing wave (XSW) technique, made possible by the intense highly collimated X-ray beams from undulators at the ESRF, are described in this thesis. First, the XSW method was applied in a structural study to solve the nucleation mechanism of the high temperature superconductor YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ on the (001) surface of SrTiO 3 . Second, the valence electronic structures of SrTiO 3 and YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ were investigated. Finally, recent developments in the field of photoelectron spectroscopy in the hard X-ray region are described. The X-ray standing wave method is used in combination with fluorescence, Auger or photoelectron spectroscopy and lends very high spatial resolution power to these analytical techniques. Previously, the XSW method has been used for structure determination of surfaces and interfaces. The currently available X-ray intensities permit extensions to the XSW technique. Two recently established applications, described in this thesis, are XSW real space imaging and XSW valence electronic structure analysis. XSW real space imaging was employed to analyse the atomic structure of 0.5 and 1.0 layers of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ deposited on SrTiO 3 (001). Three-dimensional images of the atomic distributions were reconstructed for each of the elements from experimentally determined Fourier components of the atomic distribution functions. The images confirmed the formation of a perovskite precursor phase prior to the formation of the YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ phase during the growth of the first monolayer of the film. XSW valence electronic structure analysis applied to SrTiO 3 identified the valence band contributions arising from the strontium, titanium, and oxygen sites of the crystal lattice. Relations between the site-specific valence electronic structure and the lattice structure were established. The experimental results agree very well with predictions by state-of-the-art ab initio calculations. X-ray absorption cross sections for

  20. Quasi-homoepitaxial growth of a-axis oriented PrBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - subdelta thick film on (100) YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - subdelta single crystal

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    Sato, M; Morishita, T

    2003-01-01

    The structural characterizations of the quasi-homoepitaxial growth of a-axis oriented PrBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - subdelta thick film grown on (100) YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - subdelta single crystal were investigated in comparison with those of the film grown on (001) YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - subdelta single crystal. The a-axis oriented PrBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - subdelta films, expected to be a barrier layer, were prepared using a dc-95 MHz hybrid plasma sputtering on (100) and (001) YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - subdelta single crystals that are superconducting ground planes. The atomic force microscopy image revealed that the surfaces of 700-nm-thick a-axis PrBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - subdelta films on (100) YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - subdelta single crystals were smooth with a mean roughness of 2.8 nm. X-ray diffraction scans showed that a-axis PrBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - subdelta films deposited on (100) YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - subdelta single cry...

  1. Raman scattering studies of YBa2Cu3O7-x thin films grown by chemical vapor deposition and metal-organic deposition

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    Lee, E.; Yoon, S.; Um, Y.M.; Jo, W.; Seo, C.W.; Cheong, H.; Kim, B.J.; Lee, H.G.; Hong, G.W.

    2007-01-01

    We present results of Raman scattering studies of superconducting YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x (YBCO) films grown by chemical vapor deposition and metal-organic deposition methods. It is shown by X-ray diffraction that all the as-grown YBCO films have a highly c-axis oriented and in-plane aligned texture. Raman scattering measurements were used to investigate optical phonon modes, oxygen contents, structural properties, and second-phases of the YBCO coated conductors. Raman spectra of YBCO films with lower-transport qualities exhibit additional phonon modes at ∼300 cm -1 , ∼600 cm -1 , and ∼630 cm -1 , which are related to second-phases such as Ba 2 Cu 3 O 5.9 and BaCuO 2 . Our results strongly suggest that Raman scattering be useful for optimizing YBCO film growth conditions

  2. Characterization of Microstructure and Performance of YBa2Cu3O7x Films Synthesized Through Sol–Gel Aqueous Precursors with DEA/TEA Addition

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    Tang, Xiao; He, Dong; Zhao, Yichun

    2013-01-01

    YBa2Cu3O7x (YBCO) superconducting thin films are synthesized through non-fluorine sol–gel aqueous processes. Diethanolamine (DEA) and triethonalamine (TEA), which have similar molecular structures but different complexation abilities and molecular weights, are separately used as chelating agents...

  3. YBa2Cu3O7 films prepared by aerosol MOCVD

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    Weiss, F.; Froehlich, K.; Haase, R.; Labeau, M.; Selbmann, D.; Senateur, J.P.; Thomas, O.

    1993-01-01

    In the present study we report on properties of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 films prepared by aerosol MOCVD. We give a short description of the process and we focus on the superconducting and related properties of the films deposited on SrTiO 3 , LaAlO 3 and NdGaO 3 single crystalline substrates. (orig.)

  4. Microscopic measurement of penetration depth in YBa2Cu3O7thin films by scanning Hall probe microscopy

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    Oral, A.; Bending, S.J.; Humphreys, R.G.; Henini, M.

    1997-01-01

    We have used a low noise scanning Hall probe microscope to measure the penetration depth microscopically in a YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7thin film as a function of temperature. The instrument has high magnetic field (approx. 2.9x10 -8 T Hz -1/2 at 77 K) and spatial resolution (approx. 0.85 μm). Magnetic field profiles of single vortices in the superconducting film have been successfully measured and the microscopic penetration depth of the superconductor has been extracted. We find surprisingly large variations in values of λ for different vortices within the scanning field. (author)

  5. Transport properties of ultra-thin granular YBa2Cu3O7−δ nanobridges

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    Bar, E.; Levi, D.; Koren, G.; Shaulov, A.; Yeshurun, Y.

    2014-01-01

    Highlights: • Nano bridges were patterned on laser ablated ultra-thin YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 films. • Magneto-transport measurements reveal phenomena that are usually absent in the bulk. • Magnetoresistance (MR) oscillation point to effect of granularity. • Negative MR at low fields and negative MR slope at high fields were observed. • V-I curves exhibit voltage jumps at temperatures well below T c . - Abstract: Magneto-transport measurements in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 nanobridges, patterned on laser ablated ultra-thin films, reveal phenomena that are usually absent in the bulk of the material. These include broadening of the resistive transition, magnetoresistance oscillation, negative magnetoresistance at low fields, negative magnetoresistance slope at high fields, and V–I curves that exhibit voltage jumps at temperatures well below T c . These phenomena, attributed to the granular nature of the bridges, should be taken into account in any future attempts to utilize such bridges in technological applications

  6. Substrate decoration for improvement of current-carrying capabilities of YBa2Cu3Ox thin films

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    Khoryushin, Alexey; Mozhaev, Peter; Mozhaeva, Julia

    2013-01-01

    The effects of substrate decoration with yttria and Y:ZrO2 on the structural and electrical properties of the YBa2Cu3Ox (YBCO) thin films are studied. The films were deposited on (LaAlO3)3–(Sr2AlTaO8)7 substrates by pulsed laser deposition. Two different structures of decoration layer were applie...

  7. Bi-epitaxial YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} Thin Films on Tilted-axes NdGaO{sub 3} Substrates with CeO{sub 2} Seeding Layer

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    Mozhaev, P B [Institute of Physics and Technology RAS, 117218, Moscow (Russian Federation); Mozhaeva, J E [Institute of Physics and Technology RAS, 117218, Moscow (Russian Federation); Jacobsen, C S [Technical University of Denmark, Physics Department, Lyngby, DK-2800, Denmark (Denmark); Hansen, J Bindslev [Technical University of Denmark, Physics Department, Lyngby, DK-2800, Denmark (Denmark); Bdikin, I K [CICECO, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, 3810-193 (Portugal); Luzanov, V A [Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics, Moscow, 125009 (Russian Federation); Kotelyanskii, I M [Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics, Moscow, 125009 (Russian Federation); Zybtsev, S G [Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics, Moscow, 125009 (Russian Federation)

    2006-06-01

    Bi-epitaxial YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} (YBCO) thin films with out-of-plane tilt angle in the range 18 - 27{sup 0} were manufactured using pulsed laser deposition on NdGaO{sub 3} tilted-axes substrates with CeO{sub 2} seeding layers. The YBCO thin film orientation over the seeding layer depended on deposition conditions. Removal of the seeding layer from part of the substrate surface by ionbeam etching resulted in formation of a bi-epitaxial thin film with different c-axis orientation of two parts of the film. The bi-epitaxial film orientation and structure were studied using X-ray diffraction techniques, and surface morphology was observed with atomic force microscope (AFM). Photolithography and ion-beam etching techniques were used for patterning bi-epitaxial thin films. Electrical characterization of the obtained structures was performed.

  8. Scaling properties of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} films

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    Arushanov, E [Institute of Applied Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Moldova Republic, Academie street 5, Chisinau, MD 2028 (Moldova, Republic of); Levcenko, S [Institute of Applied Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Moldova Republic, Academie street 5, Chisinau, MD 2028 (Moldova, Republic of); Alami, H El [GPMD-Universite Paris 12, 61 avenue De Gaulle, 94010 CRETEIL Cedex (France); Cavellin, C Deville [GPMD-Universite Paris 12, 61 avenue De Gaulle, 94010 CRETEIL Cedex (France)

    2005-11-01

    An alternative simple method is proposed for analysing the scaling properties of the high-T{sub c} superconductor cuprates. The temperature is rescaled with a parameter T{sub R} determined from the precise analysis of R{sub H}(1/T), where R{sub H} is the Hall coefficient, in the high-temperature range. To illustrate this new method, the resistivity and Hall effect data obtained on underdoped YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} epitaxial thin films are analysed. It is shown that the temperature-dependent resistivity {rho}(T), Hall coefficient R{sub H}(T) and the cotangent of the Hall angle cot {theta}{sub H}(T) of underdoped YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} can be scaled into universal curves using this parameter T{sub R} to make a linear transformation of temperature and {rho}(T), R{sub H}(T) or cot{theta}{sub H}(T)

  9. Tc enhancement and superconducting properties of a YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[proportional to]6. 5 thin film after fluorine insertion

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    Pena, O.; Mokhtari, M.; Perrin, C.; Thivet, C.; Guilloux-Viry, M.; Perrin, A.; Sergent, M. (Lab. de Chimie du Solide et Inorganique Moleculaire, Univ. de Rennes 1, 35 (France))

    1993-02-10

    An oxygen-deficient YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub x] thin film (Tc=54 K, [Delta]Tc>8K) was treated under a diluted (3% in N[sub 2]) NF[sub 3] gas flow at temperatures not exceeding 280degC. AC induction measurements show a substantial increase of Tc up to about 86 K and a clear improvement of the [chi]''[sub AC] dissipation component (FWHM=1.2 K), as a function of the reaction time. The film was further studied at the end of the reaction by the AC-field dependence and by DC magnetization measurements, including ZFC/FC and magnetization cycles. It was found that granular effects are not important, meaning that the crystalline properties of the film are not degraded by the fluorination process, in good agreement with the X-ray diffraction data. The sharpness of the [chi]''[sub AC] peak, the low M[sub FC]/M[sub ZFC] ratio and the large hysteresis of the magnetization cycle indicate that the critical current densities are high (of the order of 10[sup 6] A/cm[sup 2] at 5 K) and comparable to reasonably good YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub 7] thin films. The usefulness of the fluorination method and a comparison with halogenated YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub x] ceramics are also presented. (orig.).

  10. Preparation and properties of Y{sub 1-x}Ho{sub x}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} thin films by TFA-MOD method

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    Jian Hongbin [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Li Qi; Shi Dongqi [Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials, University of Wollongong, Wollongong 2522 (Australia); Zhang Li [Department of Mathematic and Physics, Anhui University of Architecture, Hefei 230022 (China); Yang Zhaorong [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Dou Shixue [Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials, University of Wollongong, Wollongong 2522 (Australia); Zhu Xuebin, E-mail: xbzhu@issp.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Sun Yuping [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China)

    2011-12-15

    Y{sub 1-x}Ho{sub x}BCO thin films were prepared by TFA-MOD. The best performances were obtained for the Y{sub 0.6}Ho{sub 0.4}BCO thin film. The pinning mechanism was {delta}l-type for all derived thin films. Y{sub 1-x}Ho{sub x}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (x = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5) thin films were prepared on LaAlO{sub 3} (0 0 1) substrates by trifluoroacetate metal organic deposition (TFA-MOD) without change of the processing parameters. The highest J{sub c} was attributed to the sample of Y{sub 0.6}Ho{sub 0.4}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} thin film, whose critical current density is about 1.6 times as compared to that of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} thin film at 77 K and self field. The flux pinning type was not varied with Ho substitution and can be attributed to {delta}l pinning model, which is attributed to the close ionic radius between the Y{sup 3+} and Ho{sup 3+} ions. The improvement of J{sub c} by Ho substitution without change of the processing parameters will provide an effective route to enhance the J{sub c} of YBCO-based thin films using TFA-MOD method.

  11. Observation of distinct, temperature dependent flux noise near bicrystal grain boundaries in YBa2Cu3O7-x films

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    Bukh, K. R.; Jacobsen, Claus Schelde; Hansen, Jørn Bindslev

    2000-01-01

    The characteristics of the magnetic flux noise in high temperature superconducting thin-films of yttrium-barium-copper-oxide (YBa2Cu3O7) in the vicinity of artificial grain boundaries have been studied by means of a low critical temperature superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID...

  12. YBa2Cu3O7-δ/NdBa2(Cu1-xNix)3O7-δ double layers by liquid-phase epitaxial growth

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    Yao, X.; Izumi, Toru; Hobara, Natsuro; Nakamura, Yuichi; Izumi, Teruo; Shiohara, Yuh

    2001-01-01

    Our present investigation has answered questions pertaining to the REBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ (RE123, RE=rare-earth elements)-coated conductor application when NdBa 2 (Cu 1-x Ni x ) 3 O 7-δ (Ni-NdBCO) solid solution is used as a buffer layer by the liquid-phase epitaxy(LPE) process. The NiO/Ni substrate has no substantial reaction in the Ni-saturated Nd-Ba-Cu-O liquid. There is no essential Ni interdiffusion between YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ (YBCO) and Ni-NdBCO LPE thick films as evident from T c values of 90 K obtained from multilayer YBCO/Ni-NdBCO samples. (author)

  13. Anisotropy of the irreversibility field for Zr-doped $(Y,Gd)Ba_2Cu_3O_{7-x}$ thin films up to 45T

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    Tarantini, C.; Jaroszynski, J.; Kametani, F.; Zuev, Y. L.; Gurevich, A.; Chen, Y.; Selvamanickam, V.; Larbalestier, D. C.; Christen, D. K.

    2012-01-01

    The anisotropic irreversibility field B$_{Irr}$ of two $YBa_2Cu_3O_{7-x}$ thin films doped with additional rare earth (RE)=(Gd,Y) and Zr and containing strong correlated pins (splayed BaZrO$_{3}$ nanorods, and $RE_2O_3$ nanoprecipitates), has been measured over a very broad range up to 45T at temperatures 56 K

  14. Bi-epitaxial YBa2Cu3Ox Thin Films on Tilted-axes NdGaO3 Substrates with CeO2 Seeding Layer

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    Mozhaev, P B; Mozhaeva, J E; Jacobsen, C S; Hansen, J Bindslev; Bdikin, I K; Luzanov, V A; Kotelyanskii, I M; Zybtsev, S G

    2006-01-01

    Bi-epitaxial YBa 2 Cu 3 O x (YBCO) thin films with out-of-plane tilt angle in the range 18 - 27 0 were manufactured using pulsed laser deposition on NdGaO 3 tilted-axes substrates with CeO 2 seeding layers. The YBCO thin film orientation over the seeding layer depended on deposition conditions. Removal of the seeding layer from part of the substrate surface by ionbeam etching resulted in formation of a bi-epitaxial thin film with different c-axis orientation of two parts of the film. The bi-epitaxial film orientation and structure were studied using X-ray diffraction techniques, and surface morphology was observed with atomic force microscope (AFM). Photolithography and ion-beam etching techniques were used for patterning bi-epitaxial thin films. Electrical characterization of the obtained structures was performed

  15. Paramagnetic moments in YBa2Cu3O7−δ nanocomposite films

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    Dias, F.T.; Vieira, V.N.; Silva, D.L.; Albino Aguiar, J.; Valadão, D.R.B.; Obradors, X.; Puig, T.; Wolff-Fabris, F.; Kampert, E.

    2014-01-01

    Highlights: • The paramagnetic Meissner effect was observed in a nanocomposite YBaCuO thin film. • The paramagnetic moments in FC experiments were observed up to 10 T. • The paramagnetic Meissner effect increases when the magnetic field is increased. • Results may be explained based on the flux compression scenario and vortex pinning. • An apparent saturation tendency of the paramagnetic moments could be observed. - Abstract: We report on magnetization studies in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7−δ thin films with dispersed Ba 2 YTaO 6 nanoparticles. The magnetization measurements were made using a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) and a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Magnetic moments were measured as functions temperature using zero-field cooling (ZFC) and field-cooled (FC) prescriptions for magnetic fields up to 10 T applied parallel and perpendicular to the ab planes. A paramagnetic response related to the superconducting state was observed during the FC experiments. This effect, known as paramagnetic Meissner effect (PME), apparently increases when the magnetic field is increased. We discuss our PME results in terms of the strong pinning scenario modulated by Ba 2 YTaO 6 nanoparticles dispersed into the superconducting matrix

  16. Granularity effect on microwave surface resistance in high-Tc YBa2Cu3O7-x bulk and thin film superconductor

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    Swarup, Ram; Gupta, A.K.

    2001-01-01

    We report the effect of variation of Josephson coupling strength in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x (YBCO) superconductor due to grain enlargement, grain orientation and magnetic field on microwave surface resistance (R s ). The coupling strength in the bulk samples has been increased by increasing the sample density from 4.4 to 5.3 g/cm 3 , whereas in thin films, the same could be increased by increasing the c-axis orientation of the grains. The value of R s (10 GHz, 65 K) in bulk samples has been found to decrease from 52 to 4 mΩ with the increase of the coupling strength from 0.06 to 0.43 and in thin films from 930 to 600 μΩ with increase of the coupling strength from 0.92 to 2.43. The effect of grain decoupling on microwave surface resistance was studied under dc and microwave magnetic fields. The surface resistance increases gradually with the application of dc and microwave magnetic fields due to grain decoupling and finally gets saturated beyond a certain critical field. (author)

  17. Characterization and in situ fluorescence diagnostic of the deposition of YBa2Cu3O7-x thin films by pseudo-spark electron beam ablation

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    Jiang, Q.D.; Matacotta, F.C.; Masciarelli, G.; Fuso, F.; Arimondo, E.; Sandrin, G.

    1992-12-01

    The pseudo-spark electron beam ablation (PSA) technique is a comparatively simple and inexpensive method to deposit thin films of oxide materials. The effect of the electron beam power density on the efficiency of the PSA is studied. Results concerning the optimization of the deposition process of high quality superconducting YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x thin films on single crystal SrTiO 3 substrates are reported. Correlation between processing parameters and superconducting properties of the thin films are presented: in particular, the effects of the break-down voltage of the pseudo-spark and geometrical arrangement of the target-substrate-beam system on the T c of the resulting films. In situ spectral analysis of the radiative emission from the plasma plume has been performed at different distances from the surface of the target and at different break-down voltages of the pseudo-spark. The role of the oxygen pressure in the PSA process, which could be one order of magnitude less than that for a typical laser ablation system, is discussed. (author). 17 refs, 7 figs, 1 tab

  18. Spectroscopic study of the CuO chains in YBa2Cu3O7-x

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    Edwards, H.; Derro, D.J.; Barr, A.L.; Markert, J.T.; de Lozanne, A.L.

    1996-01-01

    We interpret our previously published results obtained using a technique called current-imaging tunneling spectroscopy (CITS) to study the detailed electronic structure of the CuO chains in the high-temperature superconductor YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x near the Fermi level. Our CITS data comprise sequences of 32 simultaneously obtained images taken at bias voltages ranging from -78 to 72 mV. Cross sections of the CITS data, normalized-conductance analysis, and logarithmic-derivative analysis allow us to examine in detail the behavior of electronic modulations along the CuO chains and the energy gap in the CuO chains of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x . This new analysis lends a strong foundation to our previous interpretation of the CITS data [H. L. Edwards et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 75, 1387 (1995)]. copyright 1996 American Vacuum Society

  19. Microwave properties of YBa2Cu3O7-δ/PrBa2Cu3O7-δ superlattices

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    Carlos, W.E.; Kaplan, R.; Lowndes, D.H.; Norton, D.P.

    1992-01-01

    We have used non-resonant microwave absorption to study c-axis YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ /PrBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ superlattices and compare the response to a film of similarly grown YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ (YBCO). Near the respective transition temperatures, the response of the superlattice samples and the YBCO film have similar amplitudes and orientation dependences. This is consistent with the microwave loss being related to magnetic flux penetration at (110) slip planes. At lower temperatures, the response of the superlattices is much stronger than that of the YBCO film and, while both responses are hysteretic at low temperatures, the widths of the hysteresis have opposite orientation dependences, which we attribute to the role of the PrBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ layers. (orig.)

  20. Particulates reduction in laser-ablated YBa2Cu3O7thin films by laser-induced plume heating

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    Koren, G.; Baseman, R.J.; Gupta, A.; Lutwyche, M.I.; Laibowitz, R.B.

    1990-01-01

    Experimental demonstration of reduction in the number and size of particulates formed in the laser ablation deposition of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7thin films is obtained by the use of a second laser which further heats and fragments the blowoff material in the plume formed by the first laser. This results in a smoother film with higher critical current density as compared to that obtained without the second laser irradiation of the plume

  1. YBa2Cu3O7-x thin films prepared by chemical solution deposition

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    Apetrii, Claudia

    2009-01-01

    The discovery of superconductivity in ceramic materials by Bednorz and Mueller in early 1987, immediately followed by Wu et al., who showed that YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x (YBCO) becomes superconducting (92 K) well above the boiling point of nitrogen (77 K) created a great excitement in superconductivity research. Potential applications of high T c -superconductors require large critical currents and high-applied magnetic fields. Effective ways to increase the critical current density at high magnetic fields in YBCO are the introduction of nanoparticles and chemical substitution of yttrium by other rare earth elements. Since low costs and environmental compatibility are essential conditions for the preparation of long length YBCO films, the cost effective chemical solution deposition (CSD) procedure was selected, given that no vacuum technology is required. To reveal the flexibility and the good optimization possibilities of the CSD approach two main processes were chosen for comparison: a fluorine-free method, namely the polymer-metal precursor technique, and a fluorine-based method, the metalorganic deposition (MOD) using the trifluoroacetates (TFA) technique. Sharp transition temperature widths ΔT c of 1.1 K for the polymer metal method, 0.8 K for TFA method and critical current densities J c of ∼3.5 MA/cm 2 shows that high quality YBCO thin films can be produced using both techniques. Especially interesting is the magnetic field dependence of the critical current density J c (B) of the Y(Dy)BCO (80 %) films showing that for the lower magnetic fields the critical current density J c (B) is higher for a standard YBCO film, but at fields higher than 4.5 T the critical current density J c (B) of Y(Dy)BCO is larger than that for the YBCO. Above 8 T, J c (B) of the Y(Dy)BCO film is more than one order of magnitude higher than in pure YBCO film. (orig.)

  2. Investigation of Optically Modified YBa2Cu3O7x Films by Means of X-ray Microanalysis Technique

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available This work reports on investigation of remnant oxygen content in optically-modified regions of 0.3-mm-thick YBa2Cu3O7x films, patterned by a laser-writing technique in an inert ambient gas atmosphere at room temperature. A laser-treated region of weak superconductivity with dimensions depending on the size of a laser spot, laser power, and initial content of oxygen is characterized by a lower oxygen content, weaker critical magnetic field, and suppressed both the superconducting critical temperature and the critical current density, as compared to the laser untreated regions. Optically induced (cw-laser, 532-nm-wavelength heating strongly affects a non-uniform distribution of remnant oxygen content in the film, depending both on the optical power and beam’s scanning velocity. A level of oxygen depletion and the size of the oxygen-deficient region have been directly estimated from scanning-electron-microscope spectra with the X-ray microanalysis technique. The results of our measurements were compared with results extracted from electric measurements, assuming a correlation between the remnant oxygen content and the electric transport properties of oxygen-deficient YBa2Cu3O7x films. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.20.2.6323

  3. Deposition, characterization, and electronic applications of YBa2Cu3O7 thin films

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    Kromann, R.

    1992-09-01

    YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 thin films were deposited by rf sputtering and laser ablation. In the case of rf sputtering the presence of negative oxygen ions was found to give rise to severe resputtering effects. In contrast, laser ablation is found to be a much simpler and more reliable depostion method. Structural characterization in the form of an X-ray diffraction study of the structure of laser ablated YBCO thin films is reported. Two films on MgO differing by 75% in the critical current density were examined. The difference was ascribed to the fact that about 5% of the grains in the low J c film grow 45 deg. misoriented with respect to the dominant orientation in the a-b plane. Two other films on SrTiO 3 differing by 70% in J c were examined. Various ways of achieving a 45 deg. grain boundary by a biepitaxial process on MgO substrates are described. The grain boundary junctions are used to fabricate DC SQUIDs. It is demonstrated that the SQUIDs exhibit critical current modulation in a magnetic field at temperatures up to 80 K. It is shown that the 1/f noise can be reduced by a factor of 3 by the double modulation technique, indicating that the dominant contribution to the 1/f noise comes from critical current fluctuations. The high level of 1/f noise from critical current fluctuations is ascribed to the nature of the 45 deg. grain boundary and it is argued that it is necessary to develop a bi-epitaxial process for grain boundaries with angles less than 45 deg.. Finally, it is demonstrated that a SQUID and a flux transformer can be fabricated on the same substrate to form an integrated magnetometer. (au) (8 tabs., 58 ills., 97 refs.)

  4. Theoretical investigation of the Fermi surfaces of La2-xSrxCuO4 and YBa2Cu3O7

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    Antonov, V.N.; Antonov, Vl.N.; Bar'yakhtar, V.G.; Baglyuk, A.I.; Maksimov, E.G.; Nemoshkalenko, V.V.; Perlov, A.Ya.; Savrasov, S.Yu.; Uspenskii, Yu.A.

    1989-01-01

    A theoretical investigation is made of the shape of the Fermi surface and of the constant-energy surfaces near the Fermi energy of the La 2-x Sr x CuO 4 and YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 oxides by a self-consistent linear muffin-tin orbital method in the atomic sphere approximation (OMTO-ASA). It is shown that the Fermi surfaces of these compounds are strongly two-dimensional. The Fermi surface of La 2-x Sr x CuO 4 is a corrugated rounded box centered at the point Λ. The Fermi surface of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 consists of four sheets: an electron cushion at the point Λ and three nested hole surfaces centered at the point S. The electron cushion and one of the hole surfaces are strongly corrugated along the z direction. The theoretically calculated Fermi surfaces of La 2 CuO 4 and YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 are compared with the experimental data on electron-positron annihilation

  5. Critical current density in (YBa2Cu3O7−δ)1−x–(PrBa2Cu3O7−δ)x melt-textured composites  

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    Opata, Yuri Aparecido; Monteiro, João Frederico Haas Leandro; Jurelo, Alcione Roberto

    2018-01-01

    Melt textured (YBa2Cu3O7−δ)1−x–(PrBa2Cu3O7−δ)x composites (x = 0.00 and x = 0.05) were grown using the top seeding method. The effect of the PrBa2Cu3O7−δ phase on the growth process and the modification of the microstructure as well as on the physical properties was analyzed. X-ray analyses...... indicated that both pure and Pr-doped samples present an orthorhombic superconducting phase. From resistivity measurements for YBa2Cu3O7−δ and (YBa2Cu3O7−δ)0.95–(PrBa2Cu3O7−δ)0.05 samples, the Tcab did not change and was around 90.5 K. However, from magnetic measurements, the superconductivity was observed...... in critical temperatures TC = 92.9 K and 92.4 K for YBa2Cu3O7−δ and (YBa2Cu3O7−δ)0.95–(PrBa2Cu3O7−δ)0.05 samples, respectively. The YBa2Cu3O7−δ sample showed higher critical current densities than those shown by the (YBa2Cu3O7−δ)0.95–(PrBa2Cu3O7−δ)0.05 sample, with values of JC = 5.85 × 105 A/cm2 and 4...

  6. Epitaxial growth of YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 minus. delta. thin films on LiNbO sub 3 substrates

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    Lee, S.G.; Koren, G.; Gupta, A.; Segmuller, A.; Chi, C.C. (IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, P.O. Box 218, Yorktown Heights, New York 10598 (US))

    1989-09-18

    {ital In} {ital situ} epitaxial growth of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} thin films on {ital Y}-cut LiNbO{sub 3} substrates using a standard laser ablation technique is reported. Resistance of the films shows a normal metallic behavior and a very sharp ({lt}1 K) superconducting transition with {ital T}{sub {ital c}}({ital R}=0) of 92 K. High critical current density of {ital J}{sub {ital c}}(77 K)=2{times}10{sup 5} A/cm{sup 2} is observed, which is in accordance with epitaxial growth. Film orientation observed from x-ray diffraction spectra indicates that the {ital c} axis is normal to the substrate plane and the {ital a} axis is at 45{degree} to the (11.0) direction of the hexagonal lattice of the substrate with two domains in mirror image to the (110) plane.

  7. Characterization and crystal defects of the new YBa2Cu3O7-x superconductor

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    Boulesteix, C.; Ben Salem, M.; Mokrani, R.

    1987-01-01

    YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x superconductors from different origins have been studied by electron microscopy and X ray emission. This material has an easy clevage plane parallel to (001) making its observation easy. It has been shown that the preparation reaction was not complete for some superconducting materials. YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x crystals can be twinned (mechanical twins, ferroelastic material) but they are generally not, or have few twins. Another oxide has been encountered in epitaxial growth on YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x . A superlattice perpendicular to the common c axis has been observed probably due to a regular stacking of the both oxides [fr

  8. On possibility of BaCeO3 production when depositing YBa2Cu3O7films on a cerium oxide surface

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    Mashtakov, A.D.; Kotelyanskij, I.M.; Luzanov, V.A.; Mozhaev, P.B.; Ovsyannikov, G.A.; Bdikin, I.D.

    1997-01-01

    Consideration is given to experimental results of investigation into crystallographic parameters of hetero-structural (1102)Al 2 O 3 /(001)CeO 2 (001)YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7films, prepared by the method of cathode sputtering at substrate temperature, equal to 600-800 deg C. It is shown that main limitation for precipitation temperature of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7film on CeO 2 surface is caused by chemical interaction of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-χ with CeO 2 with formation of polycrystalline BaCeO 3 layer

  9. Synthesis of high-oxidation Y-Ba-Cu-O phases in superoxygenated thin films

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    Zhang, H.; Gauquelin, N.; McMahon, C.; Hawthorn, D. G.; Botton, G. A.; Wei, J. Y. T.

    2018-03-01

    It is known that solid-state reaction in high-pressure oxygen can stabilize high-oxidation phases of Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors in powder form. We extend this superoxygenation concept of synthesis to thin films which, due to their large surface-to-volume ratio, are more reactive thermodynamically. Epitaxial thin films of YBa2Cu3O7 -δ grown by pulsed laser deposition are annealed at up to 700 atm O2 and 900 ∘C , in conjunction with Cu enrichment by solid-state diffusion. The films show the clear formation of Y2Ba4Cu7O15 -δ and Y2Ba4Cu8O16 as well as regions of YBa2Cu5O9 -δ and YBa2Cu6O10 -δ phases, according to scanning transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and x-ray absorption spectroscopy. Similarly annealed YBa2Cu3O7 -δ powders show no phase conversion. Our results demonstrate a route of synthesis towards discovering more complex phases of cuprates and other superconducting oxides.

  10. Theoretical investigation of the Fermi surface of La2-xSrxCuO4 and YBa2Cu3O7

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    Antonov, V.N.; Antonov, V.N.; Bar'yakhtar, V.G.

    1989-01-01

    The theoretical investigation of both the Fermi surface (FS) form and isoenergetic surfaces near the Fermi energy of La 2-x Sr x CuO 4 and YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 is carried out by selfconsistent LMTO/method in an atomic sphere approximation. The FS of these compounds is established to have an essential two-dimensional character. The FS La 2 CuO 4 is a corrugated rounded box centered in Γ point. The FS YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 consists of four plates: an electron ''cushion'' in Γ point and three embeded hole surfaces centered in S point. In this case the ''cushion'' and one of the hole surfaces are vigorously corrugated along the z-direction. A comparison between both the FS calculated theoretically of La 2 CuO 4 and YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 and experimental data on electron-positron annihilation is carried out. The electron-rate maps and numerical results of various characteristics, i.e., plate areas, mean rates, mean squares of the rates, partial densities of states for each plate of the FS YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 are given

  11. Melt-spin processing of YBa2Cu3O7-x

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    Folkerts, T.J.; Kramer, M.J.; McCallum, R.W.; Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology, Ames, IA

    1991-01-01

    We introduce a novel containerless melt-spin processing technique for YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x using prereacted oxide powders which are rapidly melted and subsequentially quenched in a controlled atmosphere. This results in flakes with typical dimensions of 3000x150x15 μm 3 . Powder XRD indicates that all samples contain Y 2 O 3 , but that the Ba--Cu--O phases present depend on the processing parameters. SEM and TEM studies show these phases are finely dispersed: the typical grain size for Y 2 O 3 is 1--2 μm, and for the Ba--Cu--O phases it is <0.5 μm

  12. Low resistivity contacts to YBa2Cu3O(7-x) superconductors

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    Hsi, Chi-Shiung; Haertling, Gene H.

    1991-01-01

    Silver, gold, platinum, and palladium metals were investigated as electroding materials for the YBa2Cu3O(7-x) superconductors. Painting, embedding, and melting techniques were used to apply the electrodes. Contact resistivities were determined by: (1) type of electrode; (2) firing conditions; and (3) application method. Electrodes fired for long times exhibited lower contact resistivities than those fired for short times. Low-resistivity contacts were found for silver and gold electrodes. Silver, which made good ohmic contact to the YBa2Cu3O(7-x) superconductor with low contact resistivities was found to be the best electroding material among the materials evaluated in this investigation.

  13. Epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7-δ/Sr2RuO4 heterostructures

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    Schlom, D.G.; Merritt, B.A.; Madhavan, S.

    1997-01-01

    The anisotropic oxide superconductors YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ and Sr 2 RuO 4 have been epitaxially combined in various ways (c-axis on c-axis, c-axis on a-axis, and a-axis on a-axis) though the use of appropriate substrates. Phase-pure a-axis oriented or c-axis oriented epitaxial Sr 2 RuO 4 films were grown by pulsed laser deposition. YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7films were then grown on both orientations of Sr 2 RuO 4 films and the resulting epitaxy was characterized

  14. Effect of the post-deposition processing ambient on the preparation of superconducting YBa2Cu3O/sub 7-//sub x/ coevaporated thin films using a BaF2 source

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    Chan, S.; Bagley, B.G.; Greene, L.H.; Giroud, M.; Feldmann, W.L.; Jenkin, K.R. II; Wilkins, B.J.

    1988-01-01

    We have investigated the effect of the post-deposition processing ambient on the preparation of YBa 2 Cu 3 O/sub 7-//sub x/ thin films from a BaF 2 source. The role of H 2 O vapor during the high-temperature anneal is understood through a thermodynamic analysis of the fluorine removal reaction. The role of a HF getter (e.g., SiO 2 ) is understood through the same type of analysis. We have demonstrated that a zero resistance transition temperature at 77 K can be obtained for an annealing temperature as low as 690 0 C for films deposited on SrTiO 3 substrates by increasing the P/sub H>2/O$ and decreasing P/sub HF/ during the high-temperature soak cycle

  15. Transport properties of YBa2Cu3O7/PrBa2Cu3O7 superlattices

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    Jakob, G.; Hahn, T.; Stoelzel, C.; Tome-Rosa, C.; Adrian, H.

    1992-01-01

    We investigated the transport properties of high-quality YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 /PrBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 superlattices. The exceptional structural order of the superlattices resulted in satellite peaks up to the ninth order in X-ray diffraction diagrams and high Tc values. We find high superconducting critical transport current densities j c even for ultrafine modulated superlattices which proves the existence of nearly continuous YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 layers. The activation energy U is found to be constant or to have a linear temperatures dependence over a wide temperature range. (orig.)

  16. Solid-state interaction between nickel and YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub x/

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    Champagne, B; Parent, L; Moreau, C

    1989-01-01

    As part of a search for suitable metals for use in composite cables made up of high-temperature superconductors in a metallic matrix, the solid-state reaction between nickel and YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub x/ was studied. Green compacts of YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub x/ were hot isostatically pressed (HIPed) in nickel. The microstructure, density and nature of phases present in HIPed parts were characterized. Resistivity measurements indicated that HIPed parts are not superconducting owing to the loss of oxygen and required an annealing step in oxygen for restoring superconductivity. The diffusion of nickel into YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub x/ as well as the diffusion of Ba, Cu and Y into nickel was very limited. However, a thin interaction zone consisting of a nickel-rich oxide compound was formed at the Ni-YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub x/ interface. The presence of such an interaction zone could have a detrimental effect on the thermal stabilization of Ni-YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub x/ composite wires. 7 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  17. Crystal growth of YBa2Cu3O(7-x) and reaction of gold crucible with Ba-Cu-rich flux

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    Tao, Y. K.; Chen, H. C.; Martini, L.; Bechtold, J.; Huang, Z. J.; Hor, P. H.

    1991-01-01

    YBa2Cu3O(7-x) crystals are grown in a gold crucible by a self-flux method. The flux moves along the gold surface due to surface wetting and leaves Y123 crystals behind. The obtained crystals are clean and have a size up to two millimeters and a Tc is greater than 90 K. In an effort to recycle the used crucibles, it is found that the used gold is contaminated by copper. A CuO thin film is easily formed on the surface of the crucible that is made of the used gold. This film provides good surface wetting and a buffer layer, which reduces the reaction between gold and the Y-Ba-Cu-oxide melt.

  18. Self-generated magnetic flux in YBa$_2$Cu$_3$O$_{7-x}$ grain boundaries

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    Mints, R. G.; Papiashvili, Ilya

    2000-01-01

    Grain boundaries in YBa$_2$Cu$_3$O$_{7-x}$ superconducting films are considered as Josephson junctions with a critical current density $j_c(x)$ alternating along the junction. A self-generated magnetic flux is treated both analytically and numerically for an almost periodic distribution of $j_c(x)$. We obtained a magnetic flux-pattern similar to the one which was recently observed experimentally.

  19. Characterization of defect modes in YBa2Cu3O7thin films probed by Raman scattering

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    Hong, Seongsik; Jo, Hyunchul; Cheong, Hyeonsik; Park, Gwangseo

    2005-01-01

    A Raman analysis is performed on a series of fully oxygenated YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7thin films, on MgO(1 0 0) substrates, deposited by the pulsed laser technique at temperatures between 680 deg C and 820 deg C. θ - 2θ scans of the films by the X-ray diffraction show that the YBCO films are oriented in the c-axis. There are no extra peaks appearing in the X-ray diffraction data. Besides the well-known active modes, however, Raman spectra reveal a number of defect modes. The defect mode at 594 cm -1 redshifts and merges toward the O(4)-A g mode at 502 cm -1 with decreasing deposition temperatures. This mode is significantly asymmetrical and broad, whereas the mode at 243 cm -1 is symmetrical, with a small full width at half maximum remaining unchanged at a value around its own frequency. The intensity of the mode at 243 cm -1 seems to depend on the intensity of the mode at 594 cm -1 . Quantitative calculations concerning the relative intensities show that the two modes are related to each other

  20. Thin film YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} junctions with La{sub 2/3}Ca{sub 1/3}MnO{sub 3} barrier

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    Hepting, Matthias; Stoehr, Andreas; Werner, Robert; Kleiner, Reinhold; Koelle, Dieter [Physikalisches Institut - Experimentalphysik II and Center for Collective Quantum Phenomena in LISAplus, Universitaet Tuebingen, Auf der Morgenstelle 14, 72076 Tuebingen (Germany)

    2012-07-01

    We report on the fabrication and electric transport properties of thin film YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} (YBCO) junctions with La{sub 2/3}Ca{sub 1/3}MnO{sub 3} (LCMO) barrier. Heteroepitaxial YBCO/LCMO/YBCO multilayers were grown in-situ by pulsed laser deposition and subsequently patterned by photolithography and Ar ion milling to form rectangular junctions with typical area 5 {mu}m x 30 {mu}m. A self-alignment process was used for electrical contact via an Au wiring layer to the upper YBCO electrode, similarly as described. Samples were characterized at temperature T=4.2 K either in magnetically shielded environment or in in-plane magnetic fields B up to the Tesla range. We present and discuss current-voltage-characteristics and measurements of critical current vs B.

  1. Fabrication of nanometer flat areas onto YBa2Cu3O7-x thin film surfaces by scanning tunneling microscope

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    Virtanen, J.A.; Suketu, P.; Huth, G.C.; Cho, Z.H.

    1991-01-01

    A scanning tunneling microscope was used to mechanically ''mill'' nanometer flat areas of up to 1600 μm 2 on high temperature superconducting (HTS) films of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x which were originally formed by laser ablation. Flatness to a standard deviation of 2 nm in height was found to be characteristic of milled areas. It was subsequently possible to mill trenches and ditches onto these flat areas. Scanning tunneling measurements of the exposed layered structure of the milled HTS surface are also reported. Surface modifications are also possible by the application of voltage pulse to the tunneling tip. The combination of electrical pulses and milling offer a possibility of mixed electromechanical patterning of the film

  2. Fractional Josephson vortices at YBa$_2$Cu$_3$O$_{7-x}$ grain boundaries

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    Mints, R. G.; Papiashvili, Ilya

    2001-01-01

    We report numerical simulations of magnetic flux patterns in asymmetric 45$^{\\circ}$ [001]-tilt grain boundaries in YBa$_2$Cu$_3$O$_{7-x}$ superconducting films. The grain boundaries are treated as Josephson junctions with the critical current density $j_c(x)$ alternating along the junctions. We demonstrate the existence of Josephson vortices with fractional flux quanta for both periodic and random $j_c(x)$. A method is proposed to extract fractional vortices from experimental flux patterns.

  3. Yttrium-enriched YBa2Cu3Ox thin films for coated conductors fabricated by pulsed laser deposition

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    Khoryushin, Alexey V.; Mozhaev, Peter B.; Mozhaeva, Julia E.

    2013-01-01

    The effects of excess yttria on the structural and electrical properties of the YBa2Cu3Ox (YBCO) thin films are studied. The films were deposited on (LaAlO3)0.3–(Sr2AlTaO8)0.7 substrates by pulsed laser ablation from targets with different elemental composition. An increase of yttrium content of ...

  4. The growth and characterisation of YBa2Cu3O7-δ superconducting thin films

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    McCurry, M.P.

    1999-02-01

    The normal state properties of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ (YBCO) are not completely understood. It is known that the oxygen doping play a large part in determining these properties. The optical conductivity of a series of c-axis YBCO thin films was investigated in this thesis. The films were grown on (100) MgO substrates using a pulsed laser deposition (PLD) system and characterised using X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy and resistance-temperature measurements. The optimum parameters for c-axis YBCO thin film growth were determined by systematically varying the main deposition parameters. The best quality films had a transition temperature T c ∼ 88K, with a transition width ∼ 1-2K. Critical current densities of J c ∼ 10 7 Acm -2 were obtained. Substrate and target morphology affected the quality of the films. a-axis YBCO films were grown using a PrBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 (PBCO) film as a template for growth. The choice of target and substrate were again important, with a smooth substrate essential for the multi-layering. T c ∼ 83K and J c ∼ 10 6 Acm -2 were the best values obtained. These values compare with data published on the 'best' YBCO films deposited by PLD. A series of c-axis films was controllably under-doped using an ex-situ annealing process. The as-grown films were assumed to be optimally doped with δ ∼ 0.05. Doping levels in the 'metallic' region, 0.05 -2 mbar. Another tetragonal film was obtained by cooling it after deposition in a nitrogen atmosphere. Neither had a superconducting transition; the c-axes of both films were elongated. The films could be successfully re-doped with oxygen, with a subsequent return to optimal values of T c and c-axis lattice parameter. The dielectric function of optimally doped and under-doped c-axis YBCO films was determined using the attenuated total reflection (ATR) technique. This data was obtained at a fixed frequency of 2984 cm -1 , (0.366eV), at temperatures ranging from 300K to 80K. The data was analysed in

  5. Raman spectroscopic investigation of superconducting YBa2Cu3O7/sub -//sub x/, semiconducting YBa2Cu3O6/sub +//sub x/, and possible impurity phases

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    Mascarenhas, A.; Geller, S.; Xu, L.C.; Katayama-Yoshida, H.; Pankove, J.I.; Deb, S.K.

    1988-01-01

    A Raman spectroscopic investigation of specimens of superconducting YBa 2 Cu 3 O/sub 7-//sub x/ and of the possible impurity phases YBa 2 Cu 3 O/sub 6+//sub x/ (semiconductor), Y 2 BaCuO 5 , Y 2 Cu 2 O 5 , BaCuO 2 , CuO, Y 2 O 3 , and BaCO 3 indicates that in the range 100--700 cm -1 , there are six characteristic lines belonging to the superconductor. At 13 K, these lines are at 150, 338, 441, 507, 590, and 644 cm -1 . Comparison of the Raman spectra of the superconductor and the semiconductor indicates a mode stiffening of the pair at 338 and 441 cm -1 , but a mode softening of the pair at 507 and 590 cm -1 . A factor group analysis leads to a tentative assignment of the Raman and infrared allowed modes

  6. Magnetic penetration depth of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thin films determined by the power transmission method

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    Heinen, Vernon O.; Miranda, Felix A.; Bhasin, Kul B.

    1992-01-01

    A power transmission measurement technique was used to determine the magnetic penetration depth (lambda) of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) superconducting thin films on LaAlO3 within the 26.5 to 40.0 GHz frequency range, and at temperatures from 20 to 300 K. Values of lambda ranging from 1100 to 2500 A were obtained at low temperatures. The anisotropy of lambda was determined from measurements of c-axis and a-axis oriented films. An estimate of the intrinsic value of lambda of 90 +/- 30 nm was obtained from the dependence of lambda on film thickness. The advantage of this technique is that it allows lambda to be determined nondestructively.

  7. Transformational dynamics of BZO and BHO nanorods imposed by Y2O3 nanoparticles for improved isotropic pinning in YBa2Cu3O7thin films

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    Gautam, Bibek; Sebastian, Mary Ann; Chen, Shihong; Shi, Jack; Haugan, Timothy; Xing, Zhongwen; Zhang, Wenrui; Huang, Jijie; Wang, Haiyan; Osofsky, Mike; Prestigiacomo, Joseph; Wu, Judy Z.

    2017-07-01

    An elastic strain model was applied to evaluate the rigidity of the c-axis aligned one-dimensional artificial pinning centers (1D-APCs) in YBa2Cu3O7-δ matrix films. Higher rigidity was predicted for BaZrO3 1D-APCs than that of the BaHfO3 1D-APCs. This suggests a secondary APC doping of Y2O3 in the 1D-APC/YBa2Cu3O7-δ nanocomposite films would generate a stronger perturbation to the c-axis alignment of the BaHfO3 1D-APCs and therefore a more isotropic magnetic vortex pinning landscape. In order to experimentally confirm this, we have made a comparative study of the critical current density Jc (H, θ, T) of 2 vol.% BaZrO3 + 3 vol.%Y2O3 and 2 vol.%BaHfO3 + 3 vol.%Y2O3 double-doped (DD) YBa2Cu3O7films deposited at their optimal growth conditions. A much enhanced isotropic pinning was observed in the BaHfO3 DD samples. For example, at 65 K and 9.0 T, the variation of the Jc across the entire θ range from θ=0 (H//c) to θ=90 degree (H//ab) is less than 18% for BaHfO3 DD films, in contrast to about 100% for the BaZrO3 DD counterpart. In addition, lower α values from the Jc(H) ˜ H-α fitting were observed in the BaHfO3 DD films in a large θ range away from the H//c-axis. Since the two samples have comparable Jc values at H//c-axis, the improved isotropic pinning in BaHfO3 DD films confirms the theoretically predicted higher tunability of the BaHfO3 1D-APCs in APC/YBa2Cu3O7-δ nanocomposite films.

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

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    Johnson, C.N.L.

    1996-06-01

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

  9. Origin of the irreversibility line in thin YBa2Cu3O7films with and without columnar defects

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    Prozorov, R.; Konczykowski, M.; Schmidt, B.; Yeshurun, Y.; Shaulov, A.; Villard, C.; Koren, G.

    1996-01-01

    We report on measurements of the angular dependence of the irreversibility temperature T irr (θ) in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7thin films, defined by the onset of a third-harmonic signal and measured by a miniature Hall probe. From the functional form of T irr (θ) we conclude that the origin of the irreversibility line in unirradiated films is a dynamic crossover from an unpinned to a pinned vortex liquid. In irradiated films the irreversibility temperature is determined by the trapping angle. copyright 1996 The American Physical Society

  10. Interface structure and electronic properties of SrTiO{sub 3} and YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} crystals and thin films

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    Thiess, S.

    2007-07-01

    Two new extensions of the X-ray standing wave (XSW) technique, made possible by the intense highly collimated X-ray beams from undulators at the ESRF, are described in this thesis. First, the XSW method was applied in a structural study to solve the nucleation mechanism of the high temperature superconductor YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} on the (001) surface of SrTiO{sub 3}. Second, the valence electronic structures of SrTiO{sub 3} and YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} were investigated. Finally, recent developments in the field of photoelectron spectroscopy in the hard X-ray region are described. The X-ray standing wave method is used in combination with fluorescence, Auger or photoelectron spectroscopy and lends very high spatial resolution power to these analytical techniques. Previously, the XSW method has been used for structure determination of surfaces and interfaces. The currently available X-ray intensities permit extensions to the XSW technique. Two recently established applications, described in this thesis, are XSW real space imaging and XSW valence electronic structure analysis. XSW real space imaging was employed to analyse the atomic structure of 0.5 and 1.0 layers of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} deposited on SrTiO{sub 3}(001). Three-dimensional images of the atomic distributions were reconstructed for each of the elements from experimentally determined Fourier components of the atomic distribution functions. The images confirmed the formation of a perovskite precursor phase prior to the formation of the YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} phase during the growth of the first monolayer of the film. XSW valence electronic structure analysis applied to SrTiO{sub 3} identified the valence band contributions arising from the strontium, titanium, and oxygen sites of the crystal lattice. Relations between the site-specific valence electronic structure and the lattice structure were established. The experimental results agree very well with

  11. Laser wavelength dependent properties of YBa2Cu3O7thin films deposited by laser ablation

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    Koren, G.; Gupta, A.; Baseman, R.J.; Lutwyche, M.I.; Laibowitz, R.B.

    1989-01-01

    YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7thin films were deposited onto (100) SrTiO 3 substrates using 1064, 532, 355, 248, and 193 nm laser ablation. Transport measurements show lower normal-state resistivities and higher critical currents in films deposited by the shorter wavelength lasers. The surface morphology of the films was rough with large particulates when the 1064 nm laser was used whereas much smoother surfaces with fewer and smaller particulates were obtained with the UV lasers. It is suggested that the better film quality obtained when the UV lasers are used is due to a small absorption depth of the UV photons in the ceramic target and to higher absorption by the ablated fragments. This leads to smaller ablated species and further fragmentation in the hotter plume and, therefore, to smoother and denser films

  12. Untangling surface oxygen exchange effects in YBa2Cu3O6+x thin films by electrical conductivity relaxation.

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    Cayado, P; Sánchez-Valdés, C F; Stangl, A; Coll, M; Roura, P; Palau, A; Puig, T; Obradors, X

    2017-05-31

    The kinetics of oxygen incorporation (in-diffusion process) and excorporation (out-diffusion process), in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 6+x (YBCO) epitaxial thin films prepared using the chemical solution deposition (CSD) methodology by the trifluoroacetate route, was investigated by electrical conductivity relaxation measurements. We show that the oxygenation kinetics of YBCO films is limited by the surface exchange process of oxygen molecules prior to bulk diffusion into the films. The analysis of the temperature and oxygen partial pressure influence on the oxygenation kinetics has drawn a consistent picture of the oxygen surface exchange process enabling us to define the most likely rate determining step. We have also established a strategy to accelerate the oxygenation kinetics at low temperatures based on the catalytic influence of Ag coatings thus allowing us to decrease the oxygenation temperature in the YBCO thin films.

  13. Angular dependence of the irreversible magnetization of YBa2Cu3O7 superconducting thin films

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    Thrane, B.P.; Schlenker, C.; Dumas, J.; Buder, R.

    1996-01-01

    YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 superconducting thin films have been studied by magnetization measurements in oblique fields up to 0.8 T both at low temperature and at temperatures close to T c . Both components of magnetization parallel and perpendicular to the applied field could be measured with two pairs of crossed detection coils. In all cases the magnetization is found to be perpendicular to the film plane. This is due to the self-field effects related to the thin-film geometry which force the critical currents to circulate along the film plane. At low temperature the properties are found to depend only on the component of the applied magnetic field perpendicular to this plane, as expected in the situation where demagnetizing field effects are dominant. However, at temperatures close to T c the critical currents and therefore the pinning are found to increase when the applied field approaches the film plane. This is attributed to the effect of intrinsic pinning which may be related to the kink structure of the vortices in oblique fields. copyright 1996 The American Physical Society

  14. Laser writing and rewriting on YBa2Cu3O7 films

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    Shen, Y.Q.; Freltoft, T.; Vase, P.

    1991-01-01

    High-resolution patterning (4 μm) has been achieved on epitaxial thin films of the high-temperature superconductor YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ using laser writing. A focused laser beam is applied to write semiconducting patterns on superconducting films in a vacuum or in a nitrogen atmosphere. The semiconducting patterns are shown to be formed by a reduction of the oxygen content due to local heating caused by the laser beam. The process does not cause any structural damage and does not change the surface morphology. When reapplying the same laser beam and rewriting the film in an oxygen atmosphere, it is possible to restore the superconductive properties. The application of this method for production of superconducting microelectronic circuits is discussed

  15. Effect of cooling rate on the structure and properties of thick films of YBa2Cu3O7-x

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    Li, S.R.; Oleinikov, N.N.; Gas'kov, A.M.

    1993-01-01

    A problem associated with the production of quality films is chemical interaction of the HTSC material with the substrate. This leads to a considerable worsening or complete loss of the superconducting properties of a functional material. A second problem is selection of a substrate whose thermal expansion coefficient (TCE) is as close as possible to the TCE of the superconducting material. Omission of this condition leads to production of a HTSC material which is subject to perturbing mechanical stresses (compressive or tensile stress), and this is a potential cause of the reduction of the functional parameters of the material. The authors note that other substrate requirements should be considered only during production of thin films. Unfortunately, the production of quality thick films is apparently not worked out with resolution of the latter two problems. It is very important in production of HTSC materials to consider the rate of cooling at the moment of formation of the orthorhombic phase (in the following, the tetragonal-orthorhombic transition). Undesirable relaxation can be avoided if the cooling rate is lowered below some critical value. According to the computations, this problem is solved most successfully in HTSC materials of the composition YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x if their ceramic structure consists of crystallites whose size does not exceed 1-2 μm. The goal of this work is to elucidate the effect of the cooling rate of thick films of composition YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x in the temperature range corresponding to transition of the tetragonal to the orthorhombic phase on their structure and properties

  16. Inducing self-assembly of Y2BaCuO5 nanoparticles via Ca-doping for improved pinning in YBa2Cu3O7-x

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    Barnes, P.N.; Haugan, T.J.; Baca, F.J.; Varanasi, C.V.; Wheeler, R.; Meisenkothen, F.; Sathiraju, S.

    2009-01-01

    Different mechanisms may exists as a means to provide additional or specialized enhancement of existing nanoparticulate pinning in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x (YBCO) thin films. In the particular case of Y 2 BaCuO 5 (Y211) nanoparticles, Ca-doping of these nanoparticles via addition to the Y211 target material provides an additional increase to the J c (H). YBCO + Y211 samples were created by pulsed laser deposition with alternating targets of YBCO with Y211 and Y211 doped with Ca. Initial indications suggest that this improvement in pinning results from some scattered short-ranged self-assembly of the nanoparticles into short nanocolumns.

  17. Josephson spectroscopy of terahertz losses in [100]-tilt YBa2Cu3O7-x bicrystal junctions

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    Divin, Y; Lyatti, M

    2008-01-01

    Terahertz losses in the [100]-tilt YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x grain-boundary junctions were studied using admittance Josephson spectroscopy. The I-Vcurves of the [100]-tilt YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x junctions, when annealed in atomic oxygen, were described by the resistively shunted junction model (RSJ) with an accuracy of better than 0.5% at the temperature range, where the characteristic voltage I c R n n -1 . At low temperatures, where I c R n >> kT/2e, the absorption of Josephson radiation by optical phonon modes in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x was found to be reflected in the I-V curve of the [100]-tilt junctions. The most prominent structure is situated at the voltages V ∼ 9.5 mV, which gives the corresponding Josephson frequency of 4.6 THz in good agreement with the frequency of the strongest IR active optical phonon mode in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x . Assignment of additional lines in the derived losses is discussed according to available data on lattice dynamic calculations and experimental data for a dynamic conduction Reσ 1 (f) of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x . Josephson spectroscopy might be useful for study of low-energy excitations in high-T c materials

  18. Substrate decoration for improvement of current-carrying capabilities of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} thin films

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    Khoryushin, Alexey V., E-mail: khoryushin@ya.ru [Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark, DTU Building 309, Kgs. Lyngby DK-2800 (Denmark); Mozhaev, Peter B.; Mozhaeva, Julia E. [Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark, DTU Building 309, Kgs. Lyngby DK-2800 (Denmark); Bdikin, Igor K. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Centre for Mechanical Technology and Automation, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Zhao, Yue [Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark, DK-4000 Roskilde (Denmark); Andersen, Niels H.; Jacobsen, Claus S.; Hansen, Jørn Bindslev [Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark, DTU Building 309, Kgs. Lyngby DK-2800 (Denmark)

    2013-03-15

    Highlights: ► Effects of substrate decoration on properties of YBCO thin films were studied. ► Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles, ultra-thin Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Y:ZrO{sub 2} layers were used as decoration layer. ► Decoration improves j{sub C} (5 T and 50 K) up to 0.97 MA/cm{sup 2} vs. 0.76 MA/cm{sup 2} for a reference film. ► Ultra-thin layer of yttria and yttria nanoparticles have a similar effect on YBCO. ► Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} decoration results in power law coefficient α = 0.3 vs. α = 0.4 for a reference film. -- Abstract: The effects of substrate decoration with yttria and Y:ZrO{sub 2} on the structural and electrical properties of the YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} (YBCO) thin films are studied. The films were deposited on (LaAlO{sub 3}){sub 3}–(Sr{sub 2}AlTaO{sub 8}){sub 7} substrates by pulsed laser deposition. Two different structures of decoration layer were applied, a template layer of nanoparticles and an uniform ultra-thin layer. Significant improvement of current-carrying capabilities was observed, especially at high external magnetic fields. Structural studies of these films reveal the presence of extended linear defects in the YBCO matrix. The formation of these structures is attributed to seeding of randomly oriented YBCO grains due to suppression of epitaxy in the very beginning of the deposition. The films of both kinds of decoration layers show nearly the same improvement of j{sub C} over the reference film at 77 and 50 K: j{sub C} (5T and 50 K) reaches 0.92 and 0.97 MA/cm{sup 2} for uniform and template decoration layers. At 5 and 20 K the effect of template decoration layers is more beneficial: j{sub C} (5T and 20 K) values are 3.5 and 4.1 MA/cm{sup 2}, j{sub C} (5T and 5 K) values are 6.4 and 7.9 MA/cm{sup 2}, for uniform and template decoration layers, respectively.

  19. Is LaAlO3 a viable substrate for the deposition of high quality thin films of YBa2Cu3O7-δ?

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    Koren, Gad; Polturak, Emil

    2002-01-01

    A systematic study of the surface morphology of epitaxial thin films of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ on (100) LaAlO 3 wafers is reported. The films were prepared by high pressure dc sputtering or laser ablation deposition, on wafers of 0.5-2.8 mm thickness and 2 or 3 inch diameter. Optical and atomic force microscopy (AFM) were used to characterize the surfaces, while transport was used to verify the high quality of the films. For films prepared under the same conditions, we found a systematic increase in size and number of extended defects in the films with wafer thickness. In some cases, a clear correlation was observed between the defect structure and the twin boundaries of the LaAlO 3 substrate. We specify the conditions for minimizing these defects. (author)

  20. Correlation of tunneling spectra with surface nano-morphology and doping in thin YBa2Cu3O7-delta films

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    Sharoni, A.; Koren, G.; Millo, O.

    2001-01-01

    Tunneling spectra measured on thin epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7-delta films are found to exhibit strong spatial variations, showing U and V-shaped gaps as well as zero bias conductance peaks typical of a d-wave superconductor. A full correspondence is found between the tunneling spectra and the surface morphology down to a level of a unit-cell step. Splitting of the zero bias conductance peak is seen in optimally-doped and overdoped films, but not in the underdoped ones, suggesting that there is no tr...

  1. Interactions in YBa2Cu3O7-x aqueous suspensions

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    Dusoulier, Laurent; Cloots, Rudi; Vertruyen, Benedicte; Garcia-Fierro, Jose L.; Moreno, Rodrigo; Ferrari, Begona

    2009-01-01

    Surface charging mechanism of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x (YBCO) particles in water has been investigated in order to understand their colloidal behaviour and stabilise concentrated suspensions. A broad study relating the suspension parameters (pH and zeta potential) vs. the conditions of the suspension performance (atmosphere and time) has been shown and discussed. The zeta potential values remain positive in all the pH range for the highest powder concentration studied (10 g l -1 ), evidencing a large influence of the solid content in the particle charge. The chemistry of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x in water has been studied through the chemical analysis of the supernatant by inductively coupled plasma (ICP), and the surface analysis of the particles by X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The presence of BaCO 3 , CuO, and the hydrolysed Ba species, such as Ba(OH) 2 and Ba(OH) + , at the particles surface has been evaluated as a function of the powder concentration. Based on these analyses, the dependence of the colloidal behaviour of YBCO on the presence of Ba soluble species has been determined. A stabilisation mechanism for YBCO particles in aqueous suspension focus on the powders deleterious minimization was proposed.

  2. Time-resolved X-ray diffraction study on superconducting YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} epitaxially grown on SrTiO{sub 3}

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    Luebcke, A.

    2007-07-01

    In this PhD thesis time-resolved X-ray diffraction in optical pump - X-ray probe scheme was applied for the first time to a High-Temperature Superconductor in the superconducting state. The aim was to study the possible lattice response to optical Cooper pair breaking. As sample a thin YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} film with a superconducting transition temperature of T{sub c}=90 K, epitaxially grown on a SrTiO{sub 3} single crystal was used. (orig.)

  3. Anisotropic strain in YBa2Cu3O7films analysed by deconvolution of two-dimensional intensity data

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    Broetz, J.; Fuess, H.

    2001-01-01

    The influence of the instrumental resolution on two-dimensional reflection profiles of epitaxic YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7films on SrTiO 3 (001) has been studied in order to investigate the strain in the superconducting films. The X-ray diffraction intensity data were obtained by two-dimensional scans in reciprocal space (q-scan). Since the reflection broadening caused by the apparatus differs for each position in reciprocal space, a highly crystalline substrate was used as a standard. Thus it was possible to measure a standard very close to the YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ reflections in reciprocal space. The two-dimensional deconvolution of reflections by a new computer program revealed an anisotropic strain of the two twinning systems of the film. (orig.)

  4. Effect of substituted rare earth element in (Yb1-xNd x)Ba2Cu3O y thin film on growth orientation and superconducting properties

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    Honda, R.; Ichino, Y.; Yoshida, Y.; Takai, Y.; Matsumoto, K.; Ichinose, A.; Kita, R.; Mukaida, M.; Horii, S.

    2005-01-01

    We studied the orientation and superconducting properties in (Yb 1-x Nd x )Ba 2 Cu 3 O y (Yb/Nd123) thin films as a function of Yb/Nd composition ratio x. As a results, we needed so high oxygen pressure as to increase x for obtaining the c-axis oriented films. J c -B curves in the Yb/Nd123 thin films were superior to that in YBa 2 Cu 3 O y thin film. Since a RE fluctuation in a composition in the Yb/Nd123 thin films was observed with TEM-EDX, we speculated the pinning centers in the Yb/Nd123 thin films were strongly affected by the RE fluctuation

  5. Studies on Ba(2)YNbO(6) Buffer Layers for Subsequent YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-x) Film Growth

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    Sathiraju, Srinivas; Barnes, Paul N; Varanasi, Chakrapani; Wheeler, Robert

    2004-01-01

    In this paper, we are reporting a dielectric oxide buffer Ba(2)YNbO(6) (BYNO) and its performance on various substrates for a potential buffer layer for the growth of YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-x) (YBCO) coated conductors. Ba(2)YNbO(6...

  6. Paraconductivity and excess Hall effect of YBa2Cu3Ox thin films

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    Gueffaf, A.

    2001-10-01

    Superconducting YBa 2 Cu 3 O x thin films were produced by in situ off-axis RF magnetron sputter deposition using a stoichiometric single target (T1). The effects of individual deposition parameters on the film properties are discussed. The transition temperatures for films deposited on MgO (100) are slightly lower than that for the SrTiO 3 and LaAlO 3 (100)-oriented substrates. The lower transition temperatures in the MgO substrates are most likely the result of the larger lattice mismatch with YBa 2 Cu 3 O x . All films grown on (100) substrates are c-axis oriented. The orientation of the sputtered YBCO films appears to depend only on the substrate orientation and not on the substrate material choice. Typical results for the c-axis lattice parameter c for various YBCO thin films sputtered onto SrTiO 3 , LaAIO 3 and MgO all (100)-oriented substrates with a range of T c values are presented. Three different targets were used in the course of this work: the first one (T1) was a 60 mm diameter, 3 mm thickness high density commercial YBCO disc; the second one (T2) was a 35 mm diameter, 4 mm thickness high density YBCO disc; and the third one (T3) was a 60 mm diameter, 3 mm thickness YBCO powder pressed then sintered on a copper plate substrate. The latter two were manufactured in house and are reported here for the first time. The best results were obtained using T1. The best films had T c (onset)= 89-93 K close to that of bulk YBCO and a transition width ΔT c =2-5 K. But some other films exhibited lower critical temperatures T c (onset)= 62-70 K and broader transitions ΔT c = 10.4-13.6 K. These reductions in T c and the broadening of the transition are due to oxygen deficiency. This is shown by the c-axis lattice parameter calculations. All films grown using T2 and T3 exhibited lower critical temperatures and broader transitions for the same reason. A novel heater element was manufactured and a previous heater design was modified for adaptation of the new element

  7. Epitaxial growth and properties of YBaCuO thin films

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    Geerk, J.; Linker, G.; Meyer, O.

    1989-08-01

    The growth quality of YBaCuO thin films deposited by sputtering on different substrates (Al 2 O 3 , MgO, SrTiO 3 , Zr(Y)O 2 ) has been studied by X-ray diffraction and channeling experiments as a function of the deposition temperature. Besides the substrate orientation, the substrate temperature is the parameter determining whether films grow in c-, a-, (110) or mixed directions. Epitaxial growth correlates with high critical current values in the films of up to 5.5x10 6 A/cm 2 at 77 K. Ultrathin films with thicknesses down to 2 nm were grown revealing three-dimensional superconducting behaviour. Films on (100) SrTiO 3 of 9 nm thickness and below are partially strained indicating commensurate growth. From the analysis of the surface disorder 1 displaced Ba atom per Ba 2 Y row was obtained indicating that the disordered layer thickness is about 0.6 nm. Tunnel junctions fabricated on these films reveal gap-like structures near ±16 mV and ±30 mV. (orig.) [de

  8. Epitaxial growth of textured YBa2Cu3O7films on silver

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    Liu Dan-Min; Liu Wei-Peng; Suo Hong-Li; Zhou Mei-Ling

    2005-01-01

    YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ (YBCO) films were deposited on (100), (110) and (111) oriented silver single crystals and {100} left angle 100 right angle, {110} left angle 211 right angle, {110} left angle 100 right angle +{110} left angle 011 right angle {110} left angle 011 right angle and {012} left angle 100 right angle textured Ag substrates using pulsed laser deposition. The relationship between the epitaxial growth YBCO film and silver substrate has been determined. It is shown that among polycrystalline Ag substrates, {110} left angle 011 right angle textured tape is suitable for the deposition of YBCO thin films having strong texture. (orig.)

  9. Buffer layers for growth of the YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - sub x films on silicon

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    Razumov, S V

    2001-01-01

    The results of the studies on the structural characteristics of the SrTiO sub 3 , NdGaO sub 3 and CeO sub 2 buffer layers, obtained through the ion-plasma spraying on the silicon substrates, are presented. It is shown that the phase composition and internal stresses in the films are strongly dependent on the deposition temperature. The technological conditions of growth of primarily oriented SrTiO sub 3 , NdGaO sub 3 and CeO sub 2 films are dortmund. The structural quality of the obtained buffer films is sufficient for further growth of the YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - sub x high-quality films on the silicon substrates

  10. Magnetization studies in ceramic YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7-x. Issledovanie namagnichennosti v keramicheskom YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7-x

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    Gamtsemlidze, G A; Bibiluri, D I; Gamkrelidze, K P; Mirzoeva, M I; Sharikadze, L A; Shoniya, G K [Tbilisskij Gosudarstvennyj Univ., Tbilisi (Georgia)

    1991-05-01

    The behaviour of ceramic YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} sample magnetization is studied as a function of the external field, prehistory and temperature using the ballistic method. The results obtained are interpreted is terms of the vortex model.

  11. Fractal formation of a Y-Ba-Cu-O thin film on SrTiO3

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    Chow, L.; Chen, J.; Desai, V.; Sundaram, K.; Arora, S.

    1989-01-01

    Fractal formation has been observed after thermal annealing of the rf-sputtered Y-Ba-Cu-O thin film on SrTiO 3 substrate. Through energy-dispersive x-ray analysis, it was found that the composition of the fractal was YBa 2 Cu 3 O x and the surrounding film composition wasY 2 Ba 2 Cu 3 O x . The fractal dimensions D ranging from 1.26 to 1.65 were obtained using the standard sandbox method with different thresholds

  12. Macro and micro Raman spectroscopy of YBa2Cu3O7 films and microbridges

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    Bock, A.

    1993-01-01

    In the present work Raman spectroscopy is used as a method to characterize the properties of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 -films. This is done in the usual (macro-)Raman set-up as well as in the micro-Raman set-up where the spatial resolution is about one micron. To obtain comparable results the Raman spectra have to be corrected for the spectral response of the spectrometer. Therefore a calibration of the set-up was performed. The calibration can be used to determine spot temperatures by comparing Stokes and Anti-Stokes spectra. Two different methods are developed to correct for the straylight which is additionally observed in Raman-spectra of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 -films. Macro- as well as micro-Raman measurements are used to characterize the film properties, where care has been taken to avoid damages by the laser itself. The macro-Raman set-up is used to identify the properties of the film, such as orientation, oxygen-content and morphology. Outgrowths and other particles on the surface are on the other hand investigated by micro-Raman spectroscopy. The surface morphology is additionally characterized by scanning-electron-microscopy. This is compared to the Raman data. Raman spectra of epitaxial YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 -films are taken as a function of the temperature and exciting wavelength. The influence on the phonons and on the electronic background is discussed separately. The obtained results are analyzed by comparison with single-crystal measurements. The investigation of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 -microbridges in the macro-Raman set-up allows a correlation between the local optical and electrical properties of the bridge. A method is presented which can account for the heating in the laser spot with high accuracy. This method allows to determine local critical current densities as well as local critical temperatures on the microbridge. It provides also the possibility to take Raman spectra at precise spot temperatures. (orig./WL)

  13. Tunable flux pinning landscapes achieved by functional ferromagnetic Fe2O3:CeO2 vertically aligned nanocomposites in YBa2Cu3O7−δ thin films

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    Tsai, Chen-Fong; Huang, Jijie; Lee, Joon-Hwan; Khatkhatay, Fauzia; Chen, Li; Chen, Aiping; Su, Qing; Wang, Haiyan

    2015-01-01

    Highlights: • Functional ferromagnetic (Fe 2 O 3 ) x :(CeO 2 ) 1−x vertically aligned nanocomposites (VAN). • An ordered arrangement of ferromagnetic Fe 2 O 3 nanoinclusions. • Significant in-field improvement of J c (H//c) in both VAN nanolayer capped and buffered samples. • T c above 90 K and the J c sf maximized at 3.07 MA/cm 2 (75 K) and 9.2 MA/cm 2 (65 K) for 30% Fe 2 O 3 sample. - Abstract: Functional ferromagnetic (Fe 2 O 3 ) x :(CeO 2 ) 1−x vertically aligned nanocomposite (VAN) layers were deposited as either buffer or cap layers for YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7−δ (YBCO) thin films. The composition of Fe 2 O 3 dopants in the VAN nanolayers is controlled at 10%, 30% and 50% in order to create different arrangements of Fe 2 O 3 and CeO 2 nanopillars and therefore to tune the flux pining landscapes. The composition variation provides tunable and ordered arrangements of magnetic nanodopants and interfacial defects as pinning centers in the YBCO thin films. The superconducting property measurements show that most doped samples obtain a T c above 90 K and the J c sf measured at 75 K and 65 K maximized at 3.07 MA/cm 2 and 9.2 MA/cm 2 for 30% Fe 2 O 3 VAN doped sample. As the temperature decreased to 5 K, the sample with 50% Fe 2 O 3 VAN doped sample show the best pinning effect due to pronounced magnetic pinning effects. This work demonstrates the tunable density of magnetic pinning centers can be achieved by VAN to meet the specific pinning requirement

  14. Paramagnetic moments in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} nanocomposite films

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    Dias, F.T.; Vieira, V.N.; Silva, D.L. [Instituto de Física e Matemática, Universidade Federal de Pelotas, C.P. 354, 96010-900 Pelotas, RS (Brazil); Albino Aguiar, J. [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 50670-901 Recife, PE (Brazil); Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciência de Materiais, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 50670-901 Recife, PE (Brazil); Valadão, D.R.B., E-mail: danielavaladao.ufpe@gmail.com [Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciência de Materiais, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 50670-901 Recife, PE (Brazil); Obradors, X.; Puig, T. [Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona, ICMAB-CSIC, Campus U.A. Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Wolff-Fabris, F.; Kampert, E. [Dresden High Magnetic Field Laboratory, HZ Dresden-Rossendorf , 01314 Dresden (Germany)

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    Highlights: • The paramagnetic Meissner effect was observed in a nanocomposite YBaCuO thin film. • The paramagnetic moments in FC experiments were observed up to 10 T. • The paramagnetic Meissner effect increases when the magnetic field is increased. • Results may be explained based on the flux compression scenario and vortex pinning. • An apparent saturation tendency of the paramagnetic moments could be observed. - Abstract: We report on magnetization studies in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} thin films with dispersed Ba{sub 2}YTaO{sub 6} nanoparticles. The magnetization measurements were made using a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) and a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Magnetic moments were measured as functions temperature using zero-field cooling (ZFC) and field-cooled (FC) prescriptions for magnetic fields up to 10 T applied parallel and perpendicular to the ab planes. A paramagnetic response related to the superconducting state was observed during the FC experiments. This effect, known as paramagnetic Meissner effect (PME), apparently increases when the magnetic field is increased. We discuss our PME results in terms of the strong pinning scenario modulated by Ba{sub 2}YTaO{sub 6} nanoparticles dispersed into the superconducting matrix.

  15. Positron annihilation in thermally quenched YBa2Cu3O7-x

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    Hong Zhang; Xiao-Gang Wang; Yao-Xian Fu

    1988-01-01

    Trapping effects related directly with the oxygen vacancy in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x are studied by the aid of positron lifetime and positron annihilation Doppler energy spectra of a thermally quenched sample. Results indicate that the trapping center is linearly related with the oxygen vacancy. Vacancies are ordered in the orthorhombic phase and disordered in the tetragonal phase on the Cu-O plane

  16. Structural and superconducting characteristics of YBa2Cu3O7 films grown by fluorine-free metal-organic deposition route

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    Zhao, Yue; Chu, Jingyuan; Qureishy, Thomas

    2018-01-01

    Microstructure and superconducting performance of YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) films deposited on LaAlO3 single crystal (LAO) substrates by a fluorine-free metal-organic deposition (FF-MOD) technique, have been studied by means of X-ray reciprocal space mapping (RSM), cross-sectional transmission electron mi...... external magnetic field at 77 K. This work offers an in-depth insight into the correlation between the microstructure and superconductivity in the MOD YBCO films.......Microstructure and superconducting performance of YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) films deposited on LaAlO3 single crystal (LAO) substrates by a fluorine-free metal-organic deposition (FF-MOD) technique, have been studied by means of X-ray reciprocal space mapping (RSM), cross-sectional transmission electron....... It is suggested that associated partial dislocations formed at the boundary between the stacking faults and YBCO matrix act as strong linear (or dot) pinning centers. These structural characteristics are well in line with the better superconducting performance of the low fluorine-MOD film, in particular under...

  17. Upper-critical fields of YBa2Cu3O7-δ epitaxial thin films with variable oxygen deficiency δ

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    Jones, E.C.; Christen, D.K.; Thompson, J.R.; Ossandon, J.G.; Feenstra, R.; Phillips, J.M.; Siegal, M.P.

    1994-01-01

    Fluctuation analysis in the limit of high magnetic fields was performed on three epitaxial thin films of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ for various oxygen deficiencies δ c2 (T) slope of -1.7 T/K for H parallel c, consistent with previous observations of transport and magnetic properties. Moreover, the 3D scaling showed better convergence than the 2D scaling, which gave relatively low values of H c2 . In contrast, the transitions were not adequately described by either scaling for T c off the 90-K plateau; it is speculated that this is due to an extrinsic broadening of the transitions, possibly due to the lack of a complete percolation path of the ortho-I phase (δ=0)

  18. YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} thin films prepared by chemical solution deposition

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    Apetrii, Claudia

    2009-11-25

    The discovery of superconductivity in ceramic materials by Bednorz and Mueller in early 1987, immediately followed by Wu et al., who showed that YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} (YBCO) becomes superconducting (92 K) well above the boiling point of nitrogen (77 K) created a great excitement in superconductivity research. Potential applications of high T{sub c}-superconductors require large critical currents and high-applied magnetic fields. Effective ways to increase the critical current density at high magnetic fields in YBCO are the introduction of nanoparticles and chemical substitution of yttrium by other rare earth elements. Since low costs and environmental compatibility are essential conditions for the preparation of long length YBCO films, the cost effective chemical solution deposition (CSD) procedure was selected, given that no vacuum technology is required. To reveal the flexibility and the good optimization possibilities of the CSD approach two main processes were chosen for comparison: a fluorine-free method, namely the polymer-metal precursor technique, and a fluorine-based method, the metalorganic deposition (MOD) using the trifluoroacetates (TFA) technique. Sharp transition temperature widths {delta}T{sub c} of 1.1 K for the polymer metal method, 0.8 K for TFA method and critical current densities J{sub c} of {approx}3.5 MA/cm{sup 2} shows that high quality YBCO thin films can be produced using both techniques. Especially interesting is the magnetic field dependence of the critical current density J{sub c}(B) of the Y(Dy)BCO (80 %) films showing that for the lower magnetic fields the critical current density J{sub c}(B) is higher for a standard YBCO film, but at fields higher than 4.5 T the critical current density J{sub c}(B) of Y(Dy)BCO is larger than that for the YBCO. Above 8 T, J{sub c}(B) of the Y(Dy)BCO film is more than one order of magnitude higher than in pure YBCO film. (orig.)

  19. Out-of-substrate plane orientation control of thin YBa2Cu3O x films on NdGaO3 tilted-axes substrates

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    Mozhaev, Peter B.; Mozhaeva, Julia E.; Bdikin, Igor K.; Kotelyanskii, Iosif M.; Lusanov, Valery A.; Hansen, Jorn Bindslev; Jacobsen, Claus S.; Kholkin, Andrey L.

    2006-01-01

    Epitaxial heterostructures YBa 2 Cu 3 O x (YBCO)/CeO 2 /NdGaO 3 were prepared on tilted-axes NdGaO 3 substrates using laser ablation technique. Morphology, crystal structure and electrical properties of the obtained films were characterized. The seeding mechanisms are affected by the tilt angle, resulting in superior YBCO films on NdGaO 3 substrates in an intermediate range of tilt angles of 6-14 o . The introduction of CeO 2 layer leads to change of the YBCO film orientation: at low deposition rate c-oriented films are formed, while at high deposition rates the film grows with c-axis tilted along the [1 1 0] NdGaO 3 direction. Bi-epitaxial films and structures were prepared by removal of part of the CeO 2 layer using ion-beam milling

  20. The effects of H+ implants on YBa2Cu3O7 superconducting materials

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    Luo Chenglin; Pan Guoqiang; Han Ming; Wang Guanghou

    1993-09-01

    The variations of microstructure and electrical properties of Y-Ba-Cu O with and without H + implantation have been studied by scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction and IR spectrum techniques. The results have shown that these variations are directly relative to the intrinsic quality of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 . Microstructural change is responsible for the variations of electrical properties of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 superconductor. The Cu H bond formed by H + implanted into YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 is not a key factor for these variations

  1. Artificial in-plane ordering of textured YBa2Cu3O(7-x) films deposited on polycrystalline yttria-stabilized zirconia substrates

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    Harshavardhan, K. S.; Rajeswari, M.; Hwang, D. M.; Chen, C. Y.; Sands, T. D.; Venkatesan, T.; Tkaczyk, J. E.; Lay, K. W.; Safari, A.; Johnson, L.

    1992-12-01

    Anisotropic surface texturing of the polycrystalline yttria-stabilized zirconia substrates, prior to YBa2Cu3O(7-x) film deposition, is shown to promote in-plane (basal plane) ordering of the film growth in addition to the c-axis texturing. The Jc's of the films in the weak-link-dominated low-field regime are enhanced considerably, and this result is attributed to the reduction of weak links resulting from a reduction in the number of in-plane large-angle grain boundaries.

  2. In-situ laser processing and microstructural characteristics of YBa2Cu3O7thin films on Si with TiN buffer layer

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    Tiwari, P.; Zheleva, T.; Narayan, J.

    1993-01-01

    The authors have prepared high-quality superconducting YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 -δ (YBCO) thin films on Si(100) with TiN as a buffer layer using in-situ multitarget deposition system. Both TiN and YBCO thin films were deposited sequentially by KrF excimer laser ( | = 248 nm ) at substrate temperature of 650 C . Thin films were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), four-point-probe ac resistivity, scanning electron microscopy (S E M), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Rutherford backscattering (RBS). The TiN buffer layer was epitaxial and the epitaxial relationship was found to be cube on cube with TiN parallel Si. YBCO thin films on Si with TiN buffer layer showed the transition temperature of 90-92K with T co (zero resistance temperature) of 84K. The authors have found that the quality of the buffer layer is very important in determining the superconducting transition temperature of the thin film. The effects of processing parameters and the correlation of microstructural features with superconducting properties are discussed in detail

  3. Yttrium-enriched YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} thin films for coated conductors fabricated by pulsed laser deposition

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    Khoryushin, Alexey V., E-mail: khoryushin@ya.ru [Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark); Mozhaev, Peter B.; Mozhaeva, Julia E.; Andersen, Niels H. [Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark); Grivel, Jean-Claude [Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark, DK-4000 Roskilde (Denmark); Hansen, Jørn Bindslev; Jacobsen, Claus S. [Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark)

    2013-02-14

    Highlights: ► YBCO films were fabricated by PLD from targets of various elemental compositions. ► The Y-enriched films contain yttria nanoparticles which provide efficient pinning. ► The best film has 5.5× higher j{sub c}(5 T,50 K) = 2.6MA/cm{sup 2} comparing with a reference film. ► The Y-enriched films remain c-oriented up to 500 nm. ► Films demonstrate no j{sub c} suppression with thickness and remarkable stability with time. -- Abstract: The effects of excess yttria on the structural and electrical properties of the YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} (YBCO) thin films are studied. The films were deposited on (LaAlO{sub 3}){sub 0.3}–(Sr{sub 2}AlTaO{sub 8}){sub 0.7} substrates by pulsed laser ablation from targets with different elemental composition. An increase of yttrium content of the target leads to formation of porous films with significantly improved current-carrying capabilities. Structural studies of these films reveal presence of yttria nanoparticles embedded into the YBCO matrix. The highest obtained critical current density in an external magnetic field of 5 T was 2.6 MA/cm{sup 2} at 50 K and 9.4 MA/cm{sup 2} at 20 K. The fabricated Y-enriched YBCO films remain c-oriented at least up to 600 nm thickness with no significant suppression of the critical current density.

  4. Acoustic study of YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub x thin films

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    Lee, S.; Chi, C.; Koren, G.; Gupta, A. (IBM Research Division, Thomas J. Watson Research Center, P. O. Box 218, Yorktown Heights, New York 10598 (US))

    1991-03-01

    The attenuation of surface acoustic waves by epitaxial YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub {ital x}} films has been studied for {ital x}{congruent}6 to 7. For fully oxygenated samples, the acoustic attenuation as a function of temperature shows two broad peaks at about 135 and 240 K, and decreases monotonically below the lower peak temperature. The cause of attenuation peaks is attributed to scattering by optical phonons. Our data do not show any gap structure at {ital T}{sub {ital c}} due to relatively weak electron-phonon interactions at the acoustic frequencies. As the oxygen deficiency increases, the temperature dependence of the dc resistance changes from metallic to semiconducting and finally to insulating behavior. Acoustic attenuation data correspondingly show a drastic change due to different attenuation mechanisms: from the phonon scattering loss in the metallic regime to the electric-field coupling loss in the semiconducting and insulating regimes. In the latter regimes, the temperature dependence of low-frequency resistance calculated from the attenuation data can be fitted to a three-dimensional Mott variable-range-hopping model.

  5. Structural and pinning properties of Y2Ba4CuMOy (M = Nb,Zr)/YBa2Cu3O7-δ quasi-multilayers fabricated by off-axis pulsed laser deposition

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    Reich, E; Thersleff, T; Huehne, R; Iida, K; Schultz, L; Holzapfel, B

    2009-01-01

    Power applications based on YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ coated conductors demand an enhancement of the critical current density J c in magnetic fields to be achieved using artificial pinning centres. A well-known approach to studying pinning by second phase nanoparticles is based on quasi-multilayer deposition of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ (Y123) and a dopant material. In this study we use the Y 2 Ba 4 CuMO y (M = Nb, Zr; M2411) phase as a dopant material, which proved to be very successful in increasing J c for bulk samples. Although stability of the M2411 phase in bulk Y123 has been reported, experimental evidence of its stability in thin films is still lacking. We found that during the quasi-multilayer deposition, yttrium doped Ba(M 1-x Y x )O 3 forms instead of the M2411 secondary phase, and this causes an increase of J c at high magnetic fields as well as an increase in the irreversibility field below 80 K as compared against pure Y123 thin films.

  6. Fluorination of an epitaxial YBaCuO thin film with controlled oxygen vacancies

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    Perrin, C. (Lab. de Chimie du Solide et Inorganique Moleculaire, Univ. de Rennes 1, 35 (France)); Pena, O. (Lab. de Chimie du Solide et Inorganique Moleculaire, Univ. de Rennes 1, 35 (France)); Mokhtari, M. (Lab. de Chimie du Solide et Inorganique Moleculaire, Univ. de Rennes 1, 35 (France)); Thivet, C. (Lab. de Chimie du Solide et Inorganique Moleculaire, Univ. de Rennes 1, 35 (France)); Guilloux-Viry, M. (Lab. de Chimie du Solide et Inorganique Moleculaire, Univ. de Rennes 1, 35 (France)); Perrin, A. (Lab. de Chimie du Solide et Inorganique Moleculaire, Univ. de Rennes 1, 35 (France)); Sergent, M. (Lab. de Chimie du Solide et Inorganique Moleculaire, Univ. de Rennes 1, 35 (France))

    1993-05-10

    An intentionally oxygen-deficient thin film, epitaxially grown in-situ on a (100) MgO substrate by laser ablation at 750 C under a low pressure oxygen atmosphere, has been treated under NF[sub 3] diluted in N[sub 2] at temperatures not exceeding 280 C. During the fluorination process the epitaxy of the thin film is maintained; its Tc onset progressively increases from 54 K up to 85.6 K and the width of the inductive transition is narrow at the end of treatment (1.2 K). These results are discussed and compared to those obtained during the fluorination of oxygen-deficient YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub x] ceramics. (orig.)

  7. Directly coupled direct current superconducting quantum interference device magnetometers based on ramp-edge Ag:YBa2Cu3O7-x/PrBa2Cu3O7-x/Ag:YBa2Cu3O7-x junctions

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    Jia, Q.X.; Yan, F.; Mombourquette, C.; Reagor, D.

    1998-01-01

    Directly coupled dc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometers on LaAlO 3 substrates were fabricated using ramp-edge superconductor/normal-metal/superconductor junctions, where Ag-doped YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x was used for the electrode and PrBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x for the normal-metal barrier. A flux noise of 8x10 -6 Φ 0 Hz -1/2 at 10 kHz measured with a dc bias current was achieved at 75 K, which corresponded to a field sensitivity of 400fTHz -1/2 for a magnetometer with a pick-up loop area of 8.5mmx7.5mm. Most significantly, the noise floor increased at lower frequencies with a frequency dependence slightly less than 1/f. The field noise of the SQUID magnetometers increased by only 25% after cycling the devices from zero field to 500 mG. In a static earth close-quote s magnetic field background, the field noise of the SQUID magnetometers increased by less than a factor of 2. copyright 1998 American Institute of Physics

  8. Epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7 films on rolled-textured metals for high temperature superconducting applications

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    Norton, D.P.; Park, C.; Prouteau, C.

    1998-04-01

    The epitaxial growth of high temperature superconducting (HTS) films on rolled-textured metal represents a viable approach for long-length superconducting tapes. Epitaxial, 0.5 microm thick YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 (YBCO) films with critical current densities, J c , greater than 1 MA/cm 2 have been realized on rolled-textured (001) Ni tapes with yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ)/CeO 2 oxide buffer layers. This paper describes the synthesis using pulsed-laser deposition (PLD) of epitaxial oxide buffer layers on biaxially-textured metal that comprise the so-called rolling-assisted biaxially-textured substrates (RABiTs trademark). The properties of the buffer and YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 films on rolled-textured Ni are discussed, with emphasis given to the crystallographic and microstructural properties that determine the superconducting properties of these multilayer structures

  9. Densification of YBa2Cu3O7-x

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    Zhou, J.P.; Sorrell, C.C.; Dou, S.X.; Liu, H.K.; Bourdillon, A.J.

    1991-01-01

    YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x is normally densified by solid-state reaction at 935deg-980deg C for 2-4 h in air or at 940deg-1000deg C for 5-10 h in flowing oxygen. Typical densities achieved these ways are 70-80% of theoretical. Rahaman et al. obtained 95% density by rapidly inserting samples in a furnace at 800deg C. Densities of 94-100% can be achieved by sinter-forging, hot pressing, and hot isostatic pressing. The present work reports a rapid sintering technique whereby 100% density can be achieved without the use of specialised equipment

  10. Relaxation of the electronic states at a thin-layer YBa2Cu 3O7/PrBa2Cu3O7 interface

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    Gó mez, Javier Alexandra M; Larkin, Ivan A.; Schwingenschlö gl, Udo

    2010-01-01

    We discuss in detail spin-polarized electronic structure calculations for the 1 × 1 YBa2Cu3O7/PrBa 2Cu3O7 superlattice. Our results are based on the full-potential linear augmented plane wave method and the generalized gradient approximation for the exchange-correlation functional. The on-site Coulomb interaction affecting the correlated Cu 3d and Pr 4f electrons is taken into consideration. At first glance the YBa2Cu3O 7/PrBa2Cu3O7 interface appears to be inert, i.e., the electronic states do not show a clear sign of interaction between the two component materials. Nonetheless, a total energy analysis points to a significant modification of the magnetic coupling in the vicinity of the interface due to the relaxation of the electronic structure. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Relaxation of the electronic states at a thin-layer YBa2Cu 3O7/PrBa2Cu3O7 interface

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    Gómez, Javier Alexandra M

    2010-11-01

    We discuss in detail spin-polarized electronic structure calculations for the 1 × 1 YBa2Cu3O7/PrBa 2Cu3O7 superlattice. Our results are based on the full-potential linear augmented plane wave method and the generalized gradient approximation for the exchange-correlation functional. The on-site Coulomb interaction affecting the correlated Cu 3d and Pr 4f electrons is taken into consideration. At first glance the YBa2Cu3O 7/PrBa2Cu3O7 interface appears to be inert, i.e., the electronic states do not show a clear sign of interaction between the two component materials. Nonetheless, a total energy analysis points to a significant modification of the magnetic coupling in the vicinity of the interface due to the relaxation of the electronic structure. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Harmonic and static susceptibilities of YBa2Cu3O7

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    Ishida, T.; Goldfarb, R.B.; Okayasu, S.; Kazumata, Y.; Franz, J.; Arndt, T.; Schauer, W.

    1993-01-01

    Intergranular properties of the sintered superconductor YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 have been studied in terms of complex harmonic magnetic susceptibility χ n χ n ' - iχ n '' (n integer) as well as DC susceptibility χ dc . As functions of temperature T, χ 1 ' and χ 1 '' depend on both the AC magnetic-field amplitude H ac and the magnitude of a superimposed DC field H dc . Only odd-harmonic susceptibilities are observed below the critical temperature, T c , for zero H dc while both odd and even harmonics are observed for nonzero H dc . With T constant, odd-harmonic susceptibilities are even functions of H dc , whereas even-harmonic susceptibilities are odd functions of H dc . Experimental intergranular characteristics of χ n ' and χ n '' are in good agreement with theoretical predictions from a simplified Kim model of magnetization. In contrast, even-harmonic susceptibilities measured for a GdBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 thin film and an YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 single crystal are not prominent due to missing weak links, whereas odd-harmonic susceptibilities are remarkable. A survey of several models for the harmonic response of superconductors is presented. The DC susceptibility curve for the zero-field-cooled YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 sample, χ ZFC (T), has a two-step structure arising from intra- and inter-granular components, similar to χ 1 '. DC susceptibility measured upon warming, χ FCW (T), shows a negative peak near T c for the sample cooled rapidly in small DC fields. DC susceptibility measured upon cooling, χ FCC (T), does not show a peak. A negative peak is not seen in measurements on a powdered sample. The negative peak can be explained by intergranular flux depinning upon warming. (orig.)

  13. Correlations between the Hall coefficient and the superconducting transport properties of oxygen-deficient YBa2Cu3O7-δ epitaxial thin films

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    Jones, E.C.; Christen, D.K.; Thompson, J.R.; Feenstra, R.; Zhu, S.; Lowndes, D.H.; Phillips, J.M.; Siegal, M.P.; Budai, J.D.

    1993-01-01

    Strong correlations between the Hall coefficient R H , the transition temperature T c , and the critical current density J c were established in a series of epitaxial YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7thin films as a function of oxygen deficiency δ. Steady increases in R H with δ suggest that deoxygenation reduces the density of states which, according to BCS theory, should lead to corresponding decreases in T c . In contrast, two well-known plateaus occurring at 90 K and 60 K were observed in T c vs δ. Others have ascribed these plateaus to either electronic phenomena or phase separations. We find that in the 90-K plateau, the critical current density J c (δ,H=0) decreases with δ and extrapolates toward zero at the edge of the plateau, while the relative-field dependence of J c (δ,H) and the flux-creep pinning energies are independent of δ. These observations suggest that the phase-separation scenario occurs on the 90-K plateau. However, electronic origins cannot be ruled out at present due to difficulties in determining the equilibrium superconducting properties of oxygen-deficient YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7films

  14. The effect of YBa2Cu3O7-x powder characteristics on thick coatings prepared by atmospheric plasma spraying

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    Georgiopoulos, E.; Tsetsekou, A.

    2000-01-01

    The development of superconducting YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x plasma sprayed coatings on metal substrates can be very useful for applications such as targets for thin-film deposition techniques (sputtering, laser ablation, ion assisted deposition) or magnetic shielding, due to the brittle nature of bulk superconductors. The plasma spraying technique is very flexible and can be used for manufacturing components with a large variety of geometries. This technique requires the use of powders with good rheological characteristics. In this study, YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x powders were produced by using the conventional solid-state reaction route and also by spray drying a solution of nitrate precursors. Both powders, as well as mixtures of them, were plasma sprayed to develop coatings on stainless-steel substrates, with the aim of studying the effect of the feedstock powder characteristics on the coating properties. It was found that by optimizing the plasma spraying conditions, good quality coatings could be obtained. However, the powder morphology and homogeneity significantly affect the coating quality. More homogeneous powders lead to better results, the spray-dried powder being the best because of its enhanced rheological properties and good morphology. (author)

  15. Positron implantation studies of YBa2Cu3O7-x

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    Anwand, W.; Brauer, G.; Coleman, P.G.; Knights, A.P.; Teske, K.; Schuster, G.; Rudolph, K.

    1995-01-01

    Slow positron implantation spectroscopy has been applied to the study of a set of samples of superconducting YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x . The depth-sensitive positron response to oxygen content and preparation history is presented. An outline is given of the experimental method - solid electrolyte coulometry in carrier-gas mode - used to measure oxygen exchange for the same set of samples. (orig.)

  16. Surface resistance of YBa2Cu3O7 films deposited on LaGaO3 substrates

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    Cooke, D.W.; Gray, E.R.; Houlton, R.J.; Javadi, H.H.S.; Maez, M.A.; Bennett, B.L.; Rusnak, B.; Meyer, E.A.; Arendt, P.N.; Beery, J.G.; Brown, D.R.; Garzon, F.H.; Raistriek, I.D.; Bolmaro, B.; Elliott, N.E.; Rollett, A.D.; Klein, N.; Muller, G.; Orbach, S.; Piel, H.; Josefowicz, J.Y.; Rensch, O.B.; Drabeck, L.; Gruner, G.

    1989-01-01

    Superconducting films of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 deposited onto LaGaO 3 substrates were prepared by e-beam and magnetron sputtering techniques. Surface resistance measurements made at 22 GHz, 86 GHz, and 148 GHz show that these films are superior to those deposited by similar techniques onto SrTiO 3 . Typical surface resistance values measured at 22 GHz and 12 K are ∼2 m(cgom) with the lowest value being 0.2 m(cgom), which is only 2 to 4 times higher than Nb. The surface resistance is proportional to the square of the measuring frequency

  17. On the Fermi surface of YBa2Cu3O7

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    Peter, M.; Manuel, A.A.; Hoffmann, L.; Sadowski, W.

    1992-01-01

    We show that the signature of a Fermi surface sheet of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ may be obtained unambiguously from twinned crystals. Comparison of electron-positron momentum density from YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ measured both in insulating and (superconducting) twinned phases leads to a decisive further proof of the existence of the Fermi surface in the metallic YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ . In addition, measurements on untwinned YBA 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ single crystals reveal also a ridge Fermi surface sheet attributed by band structure calculations to CuO chains. 14 refs., 3 figs

  18. Properties of all YBa2Cu3O7 Josephson edge junctions prepared by in situ laser ablation deposition

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    Koren, G.; Aharoni, E.; Polturak, E.; Cohen, D.

    1991-01-01

    Thin-film YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 -YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 edge junctions of 0.4x10 μm 2 cross section were prepared in situ by a multistep laser ablation deposition process. The fabrication time was about 3 h and the yield of good devices was 50%. Typical junctions reached zero resistance at 72 K and had a critical current density J c of 300 A/cm 2 at 70 K. Their J c as a function of temperature increased slowly with decreasing temperature down to 65 K and much faster below it. In the region of low J c we observed suppression of the critical current by a magnetic field. Under microwave radiation clear Shapiro steps were observed whose magnitude versus the microwave field agreed qualitatively with the resistively shunted junction model of a current biased junction

  19. Temperature and depth dependence of positron annihilation parameters in YBa2Cu3O/sub 7-x/ and La/sub 1.85/Sr/sub 0.15/CuO4

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    Lynn, K.G.; Usmar, S.G.; Nielsen, B.; van der Kolk, G.; Kanazawa, I.; Sferlazzo, P.; Moodenbaugh, A.R.

    1988-01-01

    The temperature dependence of the positron annihilation parameters for YBa 2 Cu 3 O/sub 7-//sub x/ x = 0.7, 0.4 and 0.0 and La/sub 1.85/Sr/sub 0.15/CuO 4 were measured. The depth dependence of the YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 was studied using a variable-energy positron beam showing a strong depth dependence in the Doppler line-shape extending up to an average depth of ∼5.0 μm. It was found that a transition in the Doppler line-shape parameter, ''S'', was associated with the superconducting transition temperature (T/sub c/) in YBa 2 Cu 3 O/sub 7-x/ x = 0.4 and 0.0 while no transition was observed in the nonsuperconducting YBa 2 Cu 3 O/sub 6.3/. Positron lifetime parameters in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 were found to be consistent with positrons localized at open volume regions (probably unoccupied crystallographic sites) in this material with a lifetime of 210 psec at 300 K. These results indicate that the electron density at these unoccupied sites increases, using a free electron model, approximately 9% between 100 and 12 K

  20. Depth profiling of transport properties of in-situ grown YBa_2Cu_3O_7-x films for coated conductor applications

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    Jo, William; Huh, J.-U.; Hammond, R. H.; Beasley, M. R.

    2003-03-01

    We report depth profiling of the local critical current density and resistivity of YBa_2Cu_3O_7-x (YBCO) films grown by in-situ electron beam evaporation. The method provides important information on the uniformity of the films, and therefore on the commonly observed property that the critical currents of coated conductor high temperature superconductor films do not scale linearly with thickness. Using a methodology of layer-by-layer etching, depth profiling of critical currents and resistivity of the films has been achieved. We use a Bromine methanol mixture to etch down YBCO films with an etch rate of 60 nm/min. At each step, we also observe surface morphology using high resolution scanning electron microscopy. In this talk, we report further study of the results found earlier that YBCO films deposited at high rates are composed of an upper layer of defected YBCO with a local Jc of 5 - 7 MA/cm^2 and a lower more perfect layer with no critical current capacity. The information derived may be useful in the characterization and optimization of superconducting thin films for electrical power and other applications.

  1. Femosecond dynamics of quasi-particles in YBa2Cu3O7-δ superconductor films

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    Han, S.G.; Vardeny, Z.V.; Symko, O.G.; Koren, G.

    1991-01-01

    This paper reports on the transient electronic response of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ epitaxially grown HT c superconductor thin films in the femtosecond time domain, using transient photoinduced reflectivity (ΔR) with 60 fsec time resolution. For temperatures T > T c only a bolometric signal was observed with ΔR > O. For T c ΔR < O with a temperature dependent rise time of order 300 fsec followed by a relaxation (of order 3 psec) into a state with Δ are explained in terms of quasi-particle (QP) electronic response giving ΔR < O. Thus the femtosecond rise time is interpreted as avalanche multiplication of QP across the gap 2Δ and the subsequent picosecond relaxation as QP recombination. The QP optical response is explained within the two fluid model

  2. Insulating nanoparticles on YBa2Cu3O7thin films revealed by comparison of atomic force and scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Thomson, R.E.; Moreland, J.; Missert, N.; Rudman, D.A.; Sanders, S.C.; Cole, B.F.

    1993-01-01

    The surface topography of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7thin films has been studied with both atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The AFM images reveal a high density of small distinct nanoparticles, 10--50 nm across and 5--20 nm high, which do not appear in STM images of the same samples. In addition, we have shown that scanning the STM tip across the surface breaks off these particles and moves them to the edge of the scanned area, where they can later be imaged with the AFM

  3. On a possibility of cold fusion in deuterium-saturated YBa2Cu3O7-x ceramics in superconducting state

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    Lipson, A.G.; Sakov, D.M.; Toporov, Yu.P.; Gromov, V.V.; Deryagin, B.V.

    1991-01-01

    A possibility to generate neutrons by deuterated YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x ceramics in superconducting (T c ) and normal (T>T c ) states is studied. The presented data points to a relationship between the processes of cold nuclear fusion and high-temperature superconductivity in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x pellets deuterated at T c (77< T<90 K)

  4. High Tc screen-printed YBa2Cu3O(7-x) films - Effect of the substrate material

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    Bansal, Narottam P.; Simons, Rainee N.; Farrell, D. E.

    1988-08-01

    Thick films of YBa2Cu3O(7-x) have been deposited on highly polished alumina, magnesia spinel, nickel aluminum titanate (Ni-Al-Ti), and barium tetratitanate (Ba-Ti) substrates by the screen printing technique. Properties of the films were found to be highly sensitive to the choice of the substrate material. The film on Ba-Ti turned green after firing, due to a reaction with the substrate and were insulating. A film on Ni-Al-Ti had a Tc (onset) of about 95 K and lost 90 percent of its resistance by about 75 K. However, even at 4 K it was not fully superconducting, possibly due to a reaction between the film and the substrate and interdiffusion of the reaction products. The film on alumina had Tc (onset) of about 96 K, Tc (zero) of about 66 K, and Delta Tc of about 10 K. The best film was obtained on spinel and had Tc (onset) of about 94 K, zero resistance at 81 K, and a transition width of about 7 K.

  5. Preparation of YBa2Cu3O7-x precursors from a fused eutectic of sodium and potassium hydroxides

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    Coppa, N.; Nichols, D.H.; Schwegler, J.W.; Crow, J.E.; Myer, G.H.; Salamon, R.E.

    1989-01-01

    A method for preparing YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x from the simultaneous thermal decomposition of the nitrates of yttrium, barium, and copper in an anhydrous fused eutectic of sodium and potassium hydroxide is described. This method eliminates the need for any mechanical grinding or the introduction of carbon containing anions. Products formed are fine powders (∼1 μm) having mole ratios 1.00 Y:2.00 Ba:3.06 Cu. X-ray diffraction analysis reveal that the initial products are Y(OH) 3 , BaO 2 , and CuO, which when air calcinated/ oxygen annealed at 900--950 degree C form the superconducting YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x . A mechanism is postulated for product formation as a function of reaction conditions

  6. Noise measurements of YBa2Cu3O7 thin film high-temperature superconductors

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    Hall, J.J.

    1992-01-01

    The characteristics of thin-film YBa2Cu3O7 superconductors were studied from the superconducting region through the transition region and into the normal region. The properties studied included the resistance-temperature, current-voltage, and electrical noise with concentration of measurements in the transition region. The resistance vs. temperature measurements show a zero resistance followed by a small rise in magnitude at the onset of resistance followed by a sharp increase until the resistance tapers off in the fully normal region. The a-axis films had a larger normal resistivity, a lower critical temperature, and a broader transition than the similar c-axis films. The current(I) - voltage(V) measurements were concentrated in the transition region. A power relation between I and V was found to be V varies as I a(T) where a(T) is temperature dependent starting high the onset of vortex formation, approaches 3 at the vortex unbinding temperature, and goes to 1 when fully normal. This behavior was predicted by the Kosterlitz-Thouless theory and was found experimentally in all four films measured. The current-induced electrical noise characteristics were measured for four samples varying in thickness and axis orientation. Each film exhibited a widely varying magnitude of the noise voltage spectral density (S V ) in the transition region with a leveling off when fully normal. The normalized noise (S V /V squared) showed a sharp decrease in magnitude from the onset of measurable noise continually decreasing until flattening out when fully normal. The a-axis films exhibited S V /V squared over 3 order of magnitude larger than the c-axis films in the transition and normal regions. The normalized temperature coefficient of resistance (beta) was plotted against S V /V squared on a log-log scale to see if the noise generated was due to temperature fluctuations (slope = 2)

  7. Morphology, structure, and electrical properties of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} thin films on tilted NdGaO{sub 3} substrates, deposited by DC-sputtering

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    Mozhaev, Peter B. [Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics RAS, Moscow 125009 (Russian Federation)]. E-mail: pbmozh@nm.ru; Kotelyanskii, Iosif M. [Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics RAS, Moscow 125009 (Russian Federation); Luzanov, Valery A. [Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics RAS, Moscow 125009 (Russian Federation); Mozhaeva, Julia E. [Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics RAS, Moscow 125009 (Russian Federation); Donchev, Todor [Institute of Electronics BAS, Sofia (Bulgaria); Mateev, Emil [Institute of Electronics BAS, Sofia (Bulgaria); Nurgaliev, Timur [Institute of Electronics BAS, Sofia (Bulgaria); Bdikin, Igor K. [Institute of Solid State Physics RAS, Chernogolovka, Moscow 142432 (Russian Federation); Department of Ceramic and Glass Engineering, CICECO, University of Aveiro, Aveiro 3810-193 (Portugal); Narymbetov, Bakhyt Zh. [Complex Institute of Natural Sciences UzAS, Nukus (Uzbekistan)

    2005-02-15

    Thin YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} (YBCO) films were deposited using DC-sputtering technique on NdGaO{sub 3} substrates, tilted from (1 1 0) orientation by 0-26 deg . The structure and surface quality of the substrates were carefully characterized to obtain reliable results of thin films deposition. Structural, morphological and electrical properties of the YBCO thin films show three different ranges of inclination angle: vicinal, intermediate and high. In the vicinal range the properties of the film are generally the same as of the standard films deposited on (1 1 0) NdGaO{sub 3} substrate. An increase of the inclination angle to the intermediate range results in a significant improvement of morphology and structural quality of the film. Best electrical parameters are measured for the films of the intermediate range also. Probable reason for such behavior is simultaneous and regular seeding of the film in the joints of facets on the substrate surface. Further increase of inclination angle leads to step bunching and oxygen out-diffusion, destroying both structural and electrical perfection of the tilted-axes YBCO film.

  8. Substrate decoration for improvement of current-carrying capabilities of YBa2Cu3Ox thin films

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    Khoryushin, Alexey V.; Mozhaev, Peter B.; Mozhaeva, Julia E.; Bdikin, Igor K.; Zhao, Yue; Andersen, Niels H.; Jacobsen, Claus S.; Hansen, Jørn Bindslev

    2013-01-01

    Highlights: ► Effects of substrate decoration on properties of YBCO thin films were studied. ► Y 2 O 3 nanoparticles, ultra-thin Y 2 O 3 and Y:ZrO 2 layers were used as decoration layer. ► Decoration improves j C (5 T and 50 K) up to 0.97 MA/cm 2 vs. 0.76 MA/cm 2 for a reference film. ► Ultra-thin layer of yttria and yttria nanoparticles have a similar effect on YBCO. ► Y 2 O 3 decoration results in power law coefficient α = 0.3 vs. α = 0.4 for a reference film. -- Abstract: The effects of substrate decoration with yttria and Y:ZrO 2 on the structural and electrical properties of the YBa 2 Cu 3 O x (YBCO) thin films are studied. The films were deposited on (LaAlO 3 ) 3 –(Sr 2 AlTaO 8 ) 7 substrates by pulsed laser deposition. Two different structures of decoration layer were applied, a template layer of nanoparticles and an uniform ultra-thin layer. Significant improvement of current-carrying capabilities was observed, especially at high external magnetic fields. Structural studies of these films reveal the presence of extended linear defects in the YBCO matrix. The formation of these structures is attributed to seeding of randomly oriented YBCO grains due to suppression of epitaxy in the very beginning of the deposition. The films of both kinds of decoration layers show nearly the same improvement of j C over the reference film at 77 and 50 K: j C (5T and 50 K) reaches 0.92 and 0.97 MA/cm 2 for uniform and template decoration layers. At 5 and 20 K the effect of template decoration layers is more beneficial: j C (5T and 20 K) values are 3.5 and 4.1 MA/cm 2 , j C (5T and 5 K) values are 6.4 and 7.9 MA/cm 2 , for uniform and template decoration layers, respectively

  9. Correlation of tunneling spectra with surface nanomorphology and doping in thin YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} films

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    Sharoni, A.; Millo, O. [Hebrew Univ., Jerusalem (Israel). Racah Inst. of Physics; Koren, G. [Technion-Israel Inst. of Tech., Haifa (Israel). Dept. of Physics

    2001-06-01

    Tunneling spectra measured on thin epitaxial YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} films are found to exhibit strong spatial variations, showing U- and V-shaped gaps as well as zero-bias conductance peaks typical of a d-wave superconductor. A full correspondence is found between the tunneling spectra and the surface morphology down to a level of a unit-cell step. Splitting of the zero-bias conductance peak is seen in optimally-doped and overdoped films, but not in the underdoped ones, suggesting that there is no transition to a state of broken time-reversal symmetry in the underdoped regime. (orig.)

  10. Studies of metallic species incorporation during growth of SrBi2Ta2O9 films on YBa2Cu3O7-x substrates using mass spectroscopy of recoiled ions

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    Dhote, A. M.

    1999-01-01

    The incorporation of metallic species (Bi, Sr and Ta) during the growth of layered perovskite SrBi 2 Ta 2 O 9 (SBT) on a-axis oriented YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x (YBCO) conducting oxide substrates has been investigated using in situ low energy mass spectroscopy of recoiled ions (MSRI). This technique is capable of providing monolayer-specific surface information relevant to the growth of single and multi-component thin films and layered heterostructures. The data show a temperature dependence of metallic species incorporation during co-deposition of Sr, Bi and Ta on YBCO surfaces. At high temperatures (400 400 C. SBT films grown at temperatures ≤ 400 C and annealed in oxygen or air at 800 C exhibit a polycrystalline structure with partial a-axis orientation

  11. Epitaxial growth of high temperature superconductors by cathodic sputtering I: thin films of YBaCuO

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    Navacerrada, M.A.; Sefrioui, Z.; Arias, D.; Varela, M.; Loos, G.; Leon, C.; Lucia, M.L.; Santamaria, J.; Sanchez-Quesada, F.

    1998-01-01

    High quality c-oriented YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 -x thin films have been grown on SrTiO 3 (100)substrates by high pressure sputtering in pure oxygen atmosphere. Low angle X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy were performed on films less than 250 angstrom thick showing a plenitude better than one unit cell. Moreover, the structural characterization by means of X ray φ scans showed that growth is epitaxial. The critical temperature has been measured by different ways and was always in the range 89.5-90.5K. the resistance transition is sharper than 1K and the mutual inductance response always shows magnetic losses peaks narrower than 0.3K. Critical current densities are in excess of 10''''6 angstrom/cm''''2 at 77K. (Author) 8 refs

  12. Stability studies of Hg implanted YBa$_{2}$Cu$_{3}$O$_{6+x}$

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    Araújo, J P; Wahl, U; Marques, J G; Alves, E; Amaral, V S; Lourenço, A A; Galindo, V; Von Papen, T; Senateur, J P; Weiss, F; Vantomme, A; Langouche, G; Melo, A A; Da Silva, M F A; Soares, J C; Sousa, J B

    1999-01-01

    High quality YBa$_{2}$Cu$_{3}$O$_{6+x}$ (YBCO) superconducting thin films were implanted with the radioactive $^{197m}$Hg (T$_{1/2}$ = 24 h) isotope to low fluences of 10$^{13}$ atoms/cm$^{2}$ and 60 keV energy. The lattice location and stability of the implanted Hg were studied combining the Perturbed Angular Correlation (PAC) and Emission Channeling (EC) techniques. We show that Hg can be introduced into the YBCO lattice by ion implantation into unique regular sites. The EC data show that Hg is located on a highly symmetric site on the YBCO lattice, while the PAC data suggests that Hg occupies the Cu(1) site. Annealing studies were performed under vacuum and O$_{2}$ atmosphere and show that Hg starts to diffuse only above 653 K.

  13. The influence of growth temperature on the structural characteristics of YBa2Cu3O7films: a Raman scattering study

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    Belousov, M.V.; Davydov, V.Yu.; Sherman, A.B.

    1993-01-01

    Orientation of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7films at the surface and at the film-(100) MgO substrate interface for various growth temperatures T s have been studied using Raman scattering. On the film-substrate interface the films were c-oriented for T s >670 degrees C and a-oriented for lower growth temperatures. Films grown at T s approximately=670 degrees C to a thickness >0.2 mu m contained a transition from the c- to the a-orientation near the surface. A possible mechanism for the influence of growth temperature on the YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7film orientation is discussed. (author)

  14. Electron beam induced oxygen in YBa2Cu3O7-x superconductors

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    Basu, S.N.; Roy, T.; Mitchell, T.E.; Nastasi, M.

    1989-01-01

    Thin foils of bulk YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x (YBCO) superconductors were subjected to electron irradiation in a Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM). The resulting disordering of the oxygen atoms and vacancies in the Cu-O planes was monitored by measuring the splitting of the (110) diffraction spots in the [001] diffraction pattern. Samples were irradiated at 83K with 100, 150, 200 and 300kV electrons. The 100kV electrons did not cause any disordering, even after prolonged irradiation. The results of the higher energy irradiations showed an excellent fit to a disordering model, indicating a lack of radiation assisted ordering at 83K. This was further confirmed by the insensitivity of the disordering to the dose rate of 300kV electrons at 83K. However, at 300K, an increase in the dose rate of 300kV electrons increased the disordering rate, indicating that radiation assisted reordering was occurring at that temperature. 7 refs., 4 figs

  15. Dominant pinning mechanisms in YBa2Cu3O7-x films on single and polycrystalline yttria stabilized zirconia substrates

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    Harshavardhan, K. S.; Rajeswari, M.; Hwang, D. M.; Chen, C. Y.; Sands, T.; Venkatesan, T.; Tkaczyk, J. E.; Lay, K. W.; Safari, A.

    1992-04-01

    Critical-current densities have been measured in YBa2Cu3O7-x films deposited on (100) yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) and polycrystalline YSZ substrates as a function of temperature (4.5-88 K), magnetic field (0-1 T) and orientation relative to the applied field. The results indicate that in films on polycrystalline substrates, surface and interface pinning play a dominant role at high temperatures. In films on (100) YSZ, pinning is mainly due to intrinsic layer pinning as well as extrinsic pinning associated with the interaction of the fluxoids with point defects and low energy planar (2D) boundaries. The differences are attributed to the intrinsic rigidity of single fluxoids which is reduced in films on polycrystalline substrates thereby weakening the intrinsic layer pinning.

  16. Epitaxial films of YBa2Cu3O/sub 7-//sub δ/ on NdGaO3, LaGaO3, and SrTiO3 substrates deposited by laser ablation

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    Koren, G.; Gupta, A.; Giess, E.A.; Segmueller, A.; Laibowitz, R.B.

    1989-01-01

    Frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser (532 nm) pulses of 1.7 J/cm 2 and 10 ns duration were used to deposit thin films of YBa 2 Cu 3 O/sub 7-//sub δ/ by laser ablation on NdGaO 3 , LaGaO 3 , and SrTiO 3 substrates held at 725 +- 5 0 C in 0.2 Torr of O 2 ambient. Electrical resistivities versus temperature of all films show normal metallic behavior and sharp superconducting transitions with T/sub c/ (R = 0) at 92--93 K. Critical current densities in 0.3--0.6 μm thick, 200 μm long, and 10--30 μm wide strips were measured to be 10 6 A/cm 2 at 60, 77, and 80 K in the films on LaGaO 3 , NdGaO 3 , and SrTiO 3 , respectively. X-ray diffraction patterns show that all films grew epitaxially, with domains of only two crystalline orientations rotated 90 0 with respect to each other in the a-b plane (consistent with twins), and the c axis perpendicular to the substrates. The closely matched lattice constants of the film and substrates (0.8--2.1%) result in epitaxial growth of the films

  17. Raman measurements of epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7films

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    Burns, G.; Dacol, F.H.; Gield, C.A.; Gupta, A.; Holtzberg, F.; Koren, G.; Laibowitz, R.; McGuire, T.R.; Segmuller, A.P.; Worthington, T.K.

    1990-01-01

    The authors report Raman measurements on good (high J c ) epitaxial YBa 2 Cu 3 O -δ (Y123) films (δ ∼ 0). The results are compared to those from oriented Y123 single crystals. The comparisons are made for superconducting δ ∼ 0 and semiconducting δ ∼ 1 materials

  18. Epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7-x nanocomposite films and coated conductors from BaMO3 (M = Zr, Hf) colloidal solutions

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    Obradors, X.; Puig, T.; Li, Z.; Pop, C.; Mundet, B.; Chamorro, N.; Vallés, F.; Coll, M.; Ricart, S.; Vallejo, B.; Pino, F.; Palau, A.; Gázquez, J.; Ros, J.; Usoskin, A.

    2018-04-01

    Superconducting nanocomposites are the best material choice to address the performance required in power applications and magnets working under high magnetic fields. However, it is still challenging to sort out how to achieve the highest superconducting performance using attractive and competitive manufacturing processes. Colloidal solutions have been recently developed as a novel and very promising low cost route to manufacture nanocomposite coated conductors. Well dispersed and stabilized preformance nanoparticle solutions are first prepared with high concentrations and then mixed with the YBa2Cu3O7 metalorganic precursor solutions to generate colloidal solutions to grow the nanocomposite films. Here we demonstrate, for the first time, that non-reactive BaZrO3 and BaHfO3 perovskite preformed nanoparticles are suitable for growing high quality thin and thick films, and coated conductors with a homogeneous distribution and controlled particle size using this fabrication method. Additionally, we extend the nanoparticle content of the nanocomposites up to 20%-25% mol without any degradation of the superconducting properties. Thick nanocomposite films, up to 0.8 μm, have been prepared with a single deposition of low-fluorine solutions using an ink jet printing dispenser and we demonstrate that the preformed nanoparticles display only a very limited coarsening during the growth process and so high critical current densities J c (B) under high magnetic fields. These films show the highest critical currents achieved so far based on the colloidal solution approach, I c = 220 A/cm-w at 77 K and self-field, and they still have a high potential for further increase in the film thickness. Finally, we also show that nanocomposite YBa2Cu3O7-BaZrO3 coated conductors based on an alternating beam assisted deposited YSZ buffer layer on stainless steel metallic substrates can be developed based on these novel colloidal solutions. Non-reactive preformed oxide perovskite

  19. Preparation of YBa2Cu3O7 films by low pressure MOCVD using liquid solution sources

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    Weiss, F.; Froehlich, K.; Haase, R.; Labeau, M.; Selbmann, D.; Senateur, J.P.; Thomas, O.

    1993-01-01

    A hybrid low pressure MOCVD process is described for reproducible preparation of superconducting thin films of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 . The process uses a single solution source of Y, Ba, and Cu β-diketonates dissolved in suitable organic solvents. This liquid precursor is atomized using an ultrasonic aerosol generator and transported as small droplets (∼1μm) into a CVD reactor where solvent and precursor are first evaporated before deposition takes place at low pressure on heated substrates in a cold wall geometry. This process allows, with stable evaporation rates for all three precursors, to grow in-situ superconducting films with constant composition from film to film. Thin and thick films with high critical temperatures and critical currents have been obtained (Tc>80K, Jc>10 4 A/cm 2 at 77K in self field) which are highly c-axis oriented. Experimental details of this new process are described and the effects of different process parameters are studied in order to improve the quality of the deposited layers. (orig.)

  20. Annihilation of positrons with localized electrons in oxides and YBa2Cu3O7-x ceramics

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    Nishchenko, M.M.; Likhtorovich, S.P.

    1997-01-01

    The angular correlation of annihilation photons (ACAP) has been studied in CuO, Cu 2 O,BaO,Y 2 O 3 and YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x oxides. Localization radius of the electron wave function is found to be about 0,8 A. It is also shown that with the more localization of the electron its probability of annihilation with positrons is less

  1. Microstructure and transport current characterization of YBa2Cu3O7-x thick films prepared by modified solid-liquid melt growth and powder melt process routes

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    Langhorn, J.; McGinn, P.J.

    1999-01-01

    From the characterization of superconducting YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x (YBCO) thick films processed by melt texturing on yttria-stabilized zirconia substrates from YBCO precursors it is clear that the properties are highly dependent on the precursor powder. Increased YBCO grain sizes have been induced in thick films processed from by modified solid-liquid melt growth (SLMG) and powder melt (PMP) processes with respect to those processed from pre-reacted YBCO materials. The SLMG and PMP routes utilize precursors consisting of BaCuO 2 -CuO flux material mixed with Y 2 O 3 and Y 2 BaCuO 5 respectively. Cross-sectional analysis of films textured by these routes shows a decreased Y 2 BaCuO 5 size and an increased homogeneity within the matrix with respect to films processed from YBCO powder. Such microstructural improvements lead to an improvement of both the flux pinning and current-carrying characteristics of the processed YBCO films. (author)

  2. Rapid processing method for solution deposited YBa2Cu3O7thin films

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    Dawley, J.T.; Clem, P.G.; Boyle, T.J.; Ottley, L.M.; Overmyer, D.L.; Siegal, M.P.

    2004-01-01

    YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ (YBCO) films, deposited on buffered metal substrates, are the primary candidate for second-generation superconducting (SC) wires, with applications including expanded power grid transmission capability, compact motors, and enhanced sensitivity magnetic resonance imaging. Feasibility of manufacturing such superconducting wires is dependent on high processing speed, often a limitation of vapor and solution-based YBCO deposition processes. In this work, YBCO films were fabricated via a new diethanolamine-modified trifluoroacetic film solution deposition method. Modifying the copper chemistry of the YBCO precursor solution with diethanolamine enables a hundredfold decrease in the organic pyrolysis time required for MA/cm 2 current density (J c ) YBCO films, from multiple hours to ∼20 s in atmospheric pressure air. High quality, ∼0.2 μm thick YBCO films with J c (77 K) values ≥2 MA/cm 2 at 77 K are routinely crystallized from these rapidly pyrolyzed films deposited on LaAlO 3 . This process has also enabled J c (77 K)=1.1 MA/cm 2 YBCO films via 90 m/h dip-coating on Oak Ridge National Laboratory RABiTS textured metal tape substrates. This new YBCO solution deposition method suggests a route toward inexpensive and commercializable ∼$10/kA m solution deposited YBCO coated conductor wires

  3. Strongly suppressed proximity effect and ferromagnetism in topological insulator/ferromagnet/superconductor thin film trilayers of Bi2Se3/SrRuO3/underdoped YBa2Cu3O x : a possible new platform for Majorana nano-electronics

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    Koren, Gad

    2018-07-01

    We report properties of a topological insulator–ferromagnet–superconductor trilayers comprised of thin films of 20 nm thick {Bi}}2{Se}}3 on 10 nm SrRuO3 on 30 nm {YBa}}2{Cu}}3{{{O}}}x. As deposited trilayers are underdoped and have a superconductive transition with {{T}}{{c}} onset at 75 K, zero resistance at 65 K, {{T}}Cueri} at 150 K and {{T}}* of about 200 K. Further reannealing under vacuum yields the 60 K phase of {YBa}}2{Cu}}3{{{O}}}x which still has zero resistance below about 40 K. Only when 10 × 100 microbridges were patterned in the trilayer, some of the bridges showed resistive behavior all the way down to low temperatures. Magnetoresistance versus temperature of the superconductive ones showed the typical peak due to flux flow against pinning below {{T}}{{c}}, while the resistive ones showed only the broad leading edge of such a peak. All this indicates clearly weak-link superconductivity in the resistive bridges between superconductive {YBa}}2{Cu}}3{{{O}}}x grains via the topological and ferromagnetic cap layers. Comparing our results to those of a reference trilayer (RTL) with the topological {Bi}}2{Se}}3 layer substituted by a non-superconducting highly overdoped {La}}1.65{Sr}}0.35{CuO}}4, indicates that the superconductive proximity effect as well as ferromagnetism in the topological trilayer are actually strongly suppressed compared to the non-topological RTL. This strong suppression could originate in lattice and Fermi levels mismatch as well as in short coherence length and unfavorable effects of strong spin–orbit coupling in {Bi}}2{Se}}3 on the d-wave pairing of {YBa}}2{Cu}}3{{{O}}}x. Proximity induced edge currents in the SRO/YBCO layer could lead to Majorana bound states, a possible signature of which is observed in the present study as zero bias conductance peaks.

  4. Morphology, structure, and electrical properties of YBa2Cu3Ox thin films on tilted NdGaO3 substrates, deposited by DC-sputtering

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    Mozhaev, Peter B.; Kotelyanskii, Iosif M.; Luzanov, Valery A.; Mozhaeva, Julia E.; Donchev, Todor; Mateev, Emil; Nurgaliev, Timur; Bdikin, Igor K.; Narymbetov, Bakhyt Zh.

    2005-01-01

    Thin YBa 2 Cu 3 O x (YBCO) films were deposited using DC-sputtering technique on NdGaO 3 substrates, tilted from (1 1 0) orientation by 0-26 deg . The structure and surface quality of the substrates were carefully characterized to obtain reliable results of thin films deposition. Structural, morphological and electrical properties of the YBCO thin films show three different ranges of inclination angle: vicinal, intermediate and high. In the vicinal range the properties of the film are generally the same as of the standard films deposited on (1 1 0) NdGaO 3 substrate. An increase of the inclination angle to the intermediate range results in a significant improvement of morphology and structural quality of the film. Best electrical parameters are measured for the films of the intermediate range also. Probable reason for such behavior is simultaneous and regular seeding of the film in the joints of facets on the substrate surface. Further increase of inclination angle leads to step bunching and oxygen out-diffusion, destroying both structural and electrical perfection of the tilted-axes YBCO film

  5. Phase Evolution of YBa2Cu3O7-x films by all-chemical solution deposition route for coated conductors

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    Yue, Zhao; Tang, Xiao; Wu, Wei

    2014-01-01

    In order to understand the all-chemical-solution-deposition (CSD) processes for manufacturing coated conductors, we investigated the phase evolution of YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) films deposited by a low-fluorine metal-organic solution deposition (LF-MOD) method on CSD derived Ce0.9La0.1O2/Gd2Zr2O7/Ni......W. It is shown that the phase transition from the pyrolyzed film to fully converted YBCO film in the LF-MOD process is similar to that in typical trifluoroacetates-metal organic deposition (TFA-MOD) processes even though the amount of TFA in the solution is reduced by almost one half compared with typical TFA...

  6. 2D-3D crossover effects on the vortex-glass phase transition in thin YBa2Cu3O7films

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    Woeltgens, P.J.M.; Dekker, C.; Koch, R.H.; Hussey, B.W.; Gupta, A.

    1994-01-01

    Nonlinear current-voltage characteristics have been measured for ultrathin (16-400 A) YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7films in high magnetic fields. A scaling analysis of these data reveals deviations from the universal vortex-glass critical scaling behavior observed for thick films. This is argued to be a dimensionality effect: At large currents, one probes length scales smaller than the film thickness, i.e., the three-dimensional (3d) vortex-glass behavior, whereas at low currents the vortex excitations involve typical length scales which exceed the film thickness, hence the 2d behavior is exhibited. Further evidence for this picture is found from the 3d vortex-glass correlation length, which appears to be cut off by the film thickness. (orig.)

  7. Mechanical properties of partially meltable superconducting YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7-x/

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    Selvamanickam, V.; Salama, K.

    1988-01-01

    Partial melting has been suggested as a method for the processing of the high temperatures superconducting YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7-x/ to improve the current carrying capacity in this material. The authors have investigated the possibility of using this method for the improvement of bulk mechanical properties in addition to those related to superconductivity. Four parameters, namely, oxygen annealing temperature, melting temperature, melting time and cooling rate are identified and studied. Each parameter is varied individually and its effects on microstructure and mechanical and superconducting properties are examined. The results indicate that the properties of superconducting YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7-x/ can be improved significantly using the proper melting temperature, melting time, cooling rate and oxygen annealing temperature

  8. Momentum Dependence of Charge Excitations in YBa2Cu3O7-δ and Nd2-xCexCuO4

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    Ishii, Kenji

    2006-03-01

    Resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) studies at Cu K-edge on high-Tc superconducting cuprates, YBa2Cu3O7-δ and Nd2-xCexCuO4 are presented. The superconductivity occurs in the vicinity of the Mott insulating state and it is important to clarify the nature of the Mott gap and its doping dependence. Because RIXS has an advantage that we can measure charge excitation in a wide energy-momentum space, it gives a unique opportunity to study the electronic structure of materials. We apply this technique to high-Tc superconducting cuprates. In particular the electronic structure of strongly correlated metals is in the focus of our RIXS study. The experiments were performed at BL11XU of SPring-8, Japan, where a specially designed spectrometer for inelastic x-ray scattering is installed. In optimally doped YBa2Cu3O7-δ, anisotropic spectra are observed in the ab plane of a twin-free crystal. The Mott gap excitation from the one-dimensional CuO chain is enhanced at 2 eV near the zone boundary of the chain direction, while the excitation from the CuO2 plane is broad at 1.5-4 eV and almost independent of momentum. Theoretical calculation based on the one-dimensional and two-dimensional Hubbard model reproduces the observed features in the RIXS spectra when smaller values of the on-site Coulomb energy of the chain than that of the plane are assumed. This means that the charge transfer gap of the chain is smaller than that of the plane. On the other hand, both interband excitation across the Mott gap and intraband excitation in the upper Hubbard band are observed in the electron-doped Nd2-xCexCuO4. The intensity of the interband excitation is concentrated at ˜ 2 eV near the zone boundary while a dispersion relation with a momentum-dependent width emerges in the intraband excitation. The author would like to acknowledge to his collaborators, K. Tsutsui, Y. Endoh, T. Tohyama, K. Kuzushita, T. Inami, K. Ohwada, M. Hoesch, M. Tsubota, Y. Murakami, J. Mizuki, S. Maekawa, T

  9. ab-Plane Anisotropy of Transport Properties in Unidirectionally Twinned YBa2Cu3O7Films

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    Villard, C.; Chateignier, D.; Thrane, B.; Koren, G.; Cohen, D.; Polturak, E.

    1996-01-01

    A unidirectionally twinned, c oriented YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7film was prepared on a (001) NdGaO 3 substrate. In the normal state between 100 and 300K, the unidirectional twin plane lattice induces a strong anisotropy of ρ ab , leading to a temperature independent ratio of 6 between the resisitivities across and along the twin boundaries. At 77K, the self-field critical current parallel to twin planes is 1.2x10 6 A/cm 2 , a value which is 25 times higher than along the perpendicular direction. This shows that, at this temperature, twin boundaries control the critical current values in YBCO films by either channeling or pinning effects. copyright 1996 The American Physical Society

  10. Superconducting properties and microstructure of YBa2Cu3O7-δ/PrBa2Cu3O7-δ superlattices

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    Lowndes, D.H.; Norton, D.P.; Zheng, X.Y.; Zhu, Shen

    1991-10-01

    Epitaxial YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ /PrBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ (YBCO/PBCO) superlattices are tools for systematic, fundamental studies of high-temperature superconductivity. The variation of T c in YBCO/PBCO superlattices can be understood as arising from changes in the interlayer phase coupling between YBCO layers that are highly two-dimensional when they are very thin (∼1--2 c-axis unit cells) and completely isolated from each other. Single-cell-thick YBCO layers, containing isolated pairs of CuO 2 planes, are found to be superconducting at T c ∼ 20 K, in a PBCO matrix. The resistance in the superconducting transition region scales with temperature as expected for the (flux flow) resistance produced by thermally generated 2D vortices, or for a 2D array of superconducting weak links. Relative to both thin-film and single-crystal HTSc specimens, the thin superconducting layers in YBCO/PBCO superlattices exhibit a greatly expanded temperature range over which characteristic 2D dissipation can be observed, as a consequence of the enhanced anisotropy and reduced dimensionality of the YBCO layers. Scanning tunneling microscope studies reveal that YBCO films and YBCO/PBCO superlattices grow unit cell-by-unit cell by a terraced-island growth mechanism. On miscut, near-(001) substrates the terraces are epitaxially aligned with the substrate crystal lattice and spiral growth structures (screw dislocation-mediated growth) are not seen. These observations explain the steps or ''kinks'' that are seen in cross-section Z-contrast TEM images of YBCO/PBCO superlattices. The kinks may correspond physically to regions where the supercurrent must tunnel along the c- axis, and thus may be weak-link barriers. 31 refs., 7 figs

  11. Systematic trends of YBa2Cu3O7thin films post annealed in low oxygen partial pressures

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    Hou, S.Y.; Phillips, J.M.; Werder, D.J.; Tiefel, T.H.; Marshall, J.H.; Siegal, M.P.

    1994-01-01

    Systematic studies have been performed on 1000 A YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7films produced by the BaF 2 process and annealed in an oxygen partial pressure (p O 2 ) range from 740 Torr to 10 mTorr as well as a temperature range from 600 to 1050 degree C. The results show that while high quality films can be annealed in a wide range of oxygen partial pressure, they have different characteristics. In general, crystalline quality and T c are optimized at high p O 2 and high annealing temperature, while strong flux pinning and low normal state resistivity are achieved at lower values of both variables. Under optimized low p O 2 conditions, an ion channeling χ min of 6% is obtained on films as thick as 5000 A. This study will serve as a useful guide to tailoring film properties to the application at hand

  12. Out-of-substrate plane orientation control of thin YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O {sub x} films on NdGaO{sub 3} tilted-axes substrates

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    2006-02-01

    Epitaxial heterostructures YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O {sub x}(YBCO)/CeO{sub 2}/NdGaO{sub 3} were prepared on tilted-axes NdGaO{sub 3} substrates using laser ablation technique. Morphology, crystal structure and electrical properties of the obtained films were characterized. The seeding mechanisms are affected by the tilt angle, resulting in superior YBCO films on NdGaO{sub 3} substrates in an intermediate range of tilt angles of 6-14{sup o}. The introduction of CeO{sub 2} layer leads to change of the YBCO film orientation: at low deposition rate c-oriented films are formed, while at high deposition rates the film grows with c-axis tilted along the [1 1 0] NdGaO{sub 3} direction. Bi-epitaxial films and structures were prepared by removal of part of the CeO{sub 2} layer using ion-beam milling.

  13. Growth of Highly Epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7Films from a Simple Propionate-Based Solution

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    Yue, Zhao; Torres, Pol; Tang, Xiao

    2015-01-01

    Intensive investigations have been conducted to develop epitaxial oxide thin films with superior electromagnetic performance by low-cost chemical solution deposition routes. In this paper, a novel propionate-based precursor solution without involving any other additive was proposed and employed...... to grow superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) films on LaAlO3 (LAO) single crystals. The precursor solutions are stable with a long shelf life of up to several months. Since the primary compositions are propionates after evaporating the solvent, the toxic reagents and evolved gases during solution synthesis...... and heat treatment can be eliminated completely. In this process, rapid pyrolysis and high conversation rate can also be achieved during growth of YBCO films in comparison with the conventional trifluoroacetate metal organic deposition routes. Remarkably, a 210 nm YBCO film exhibits high superconducting...

  14. Enhancement of critical current density of YBa2Cu3O7thin films by nanoscale CeO2 pretreatment of substrate surfaces

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    Cui, X.M.; Liu, G.Q.; Wang, J.; Huang, Z.C.; Zhao, Y.T.; Tao, B.W.; Li, Y.R.

    2007-01-01

    YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ (YBCO) films were prepared on single-crystal SrTiO 3 substrates with metal-organic deposition using trifluoroacetates (TFA-MOD). Positive results have been acquired in controlled study to investigate the effects of substrate surface modification on the growth-induced flux-pinning nanostructures in YBCO films. Nanoscale CeO 2 particles were applied to single-crystal SrTiO 3 substrate surfaces using pulsed laser deposition before YBCO precursors coating. Superconducting properties of the YBCO films grown on the controlled CeO 2 -modified substrates have shown substantial improvement in the critical current densities (J c ) at 77 K over those grown on untreated substrates in almost all the field (78% increment at 1 T, 77 K). We think the reason is that the CeO 2 nanoparticles act as pinning centers

  15. Raman scattering studies on superconducting YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7-x/, semiconducting YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 6+x/, and possible impurity phases

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    Mascarenhas, A.; Katayama-Yoshida, H.; Geller, S.; Pankove, J.I.; Deb, S.K.

    1988-01-01

    A Raman spectroscopic investigation of specimens of superconducting YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7-x/ and semiconducting YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 6+x/ indicates that in the range 100 to 700 cm/sup -1/, the characteristic lines of the superconductor at 13 K, are at 150, 338, 441, 507, 590, and 644 cm/sup -1/. Comparison of the Raman spectra of the superconductor and the semiconductor indicates a mode stiffening of the pair at 338 and 441 cm/sup -1/, but a mode softening of the pair at 507 and 590 cm/sup -1/. A factor group analysis leads to a tentative assignment of the Raman and infrared allowed modes. At temperatures 12K ≤ T ≤ 180K the Raman spectra of the superconductor indicate that the phonon mode at 338 cm/sup -1/ has an anomaloys temperature dependence below the superconducting critical temperature (T/sub c/)

  16. Junction structures based on the high-Tc superconductor YBa2Cu3O7

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    Gijs, M.A.M.

    1993-01-01

    An overview is given of the investigations of the Josephson effect in junction structures based on the high-T c superconductor YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ , which were carried out at the Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven in the 1988-1990 period. The reported results are presented in their international scientific context, without attempting a complete review of the subject. However, the various junction types studied give a good idea of the scientific pursuits of high-T c junction researchers in this period. The following junctions are considered: in the category of 'weak link'-type junctions we have investigated YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ -Ag-Nb point contact junctions, YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ Dayem bridges and YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ -Ag(-Al)-Pb proximity junctions. In these structures we combine a high-T c with a low-T c superconductor. We also fabricated planar 'all high-T c ' YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ -Ag-YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ junctions using a submicron structuring process. Next we have made tunnel junctions to study density of states effects of the high-T c superconductor : YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ -Pb junctions using the degraded YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ -Pb interface as a tunnel barrier, and YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ -Ag-Al/Al 2 O 3 /Pb tunnel junctions based on the superconducting proximity effect. Our junction structures are electrically characterized and mostly studied in microwave and magnetic fields. Results are compared with current theoretical models. (orig.)

  17. Role of atomic oxygen in the low-temperature growth of YBa2Cu3O/sub 7-//sub δ/ thin films by laser ablation deposition

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    Koren, G.; Gupta, A.; Baseman, R.J.

    1989-01-01

    Thin films of YBa 2 Cu 3 O/sub 7-//sub δ/ were deposited on (100) SrTiO 3 substrates held at 600 and 700 0 C in N 2 O and O 2 ambients using 355 nm Nd-YAG laser pulses for ablation of the target. The experiments were done either in the presence or absence of 193 nm excimer laser irradiation of the ambient gas between the target and the substrate. Results without the excimer irradiation show that in 0.2 Torr of both N 2 O and O 2 , at 700 0 C substrate surface temperature, excellent smooth films with T/sub c/ (R = 0) of 93 K and J/sub c/ (88 K) of 1.3 x 10 6 A/cm 2 were obtained. At 600 0 C, semiconducting films with no superconducting transition were obtained in O 2 ambient, whereas in N 2 O, semiconducting normal state behavior with broad superconducting transition was found. With the 193 nm irradiation, no change was observed in the electrical properties of the films deposited in O 2 at 600 0 C, whereas in N 2 O reasonably good superconducting films with normal metallic behavior and T/sub c/ (R = 0) of 84 K were found. Since the 193 nm photons hardly dissociate O 2 molecules, but very efficiently photodissociate the N 2 O molecules to form N 2 and O( 1 D), it is concluded that the atomic oxygen produced by photodissociation of N 2 O is responsible for the superconducting film deposition at 600 0 C

  18. High resolution electron microscopy and electron diffraction of YBa2Cu3O(7-x)

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    Krakow, W.; Shaw, T.M.

    1988-01-01

    Experimental high resolution electron micrographs and computer simulation experiments have been used to evaluate the visibility of the atomic constituents of YBa 2 Cu 3 O(7-x). In practice, the detection of oxygen has not been possible in contradiction to that predicted by modelling of perfect crystalline material. Preliminary computer experiments of the electron diffraction patterns when oxygen vacancies are introduced on the Cu-O sheets separating Ba layers show the diffuse streaks characteristic of short range ordering. 7 references

  19. Current transport and electronic states in a,b-axis-oriented YBa2Cu3O7/PrBa2Cu3O7/YBa2Cu3O7 sandwich-type junctions

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    Yoshida, J.; Nagano, T.; Hashimoto, T.

    1996-01-01

    Precise measurement of the temperature and voltage dependence of junction conductance has been carried out for a,b-axis-oriented YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 /PrBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 /YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 sandwich-type junctions to investigate the possible origin of Josephson coupling in these junctions. Regardless of the presence or absence of the Josephson effect, most of the junctions exhibited a dip in conductance around zero voltage in their dI/dV profiles at low temperatures. This dI/dV anomaly was attributed to the existence of a minimum in the density of states due to electron-electron interaction in disordered metals in the vicinity of a tunneling barrier within the junctions. The complex temperature dependence of junction conductance was reproduced well by a theoretical model in which both tunneling conduction paths and variable range hopping paths were assumed to exist within the PrBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 barrier layer. No definite evidence of current transport through a small number of localized levels or a metallic conduction path in PrBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 has been confirmed, even for junctions with a 20-nm-thick barrier layer. copyright 1996 The American Physical Society

  20. LaNiO3 buffer layers for high critical current density YBa2Cu3O7-δ and Tl2Ba2CaCu2O8-δ films

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    Carlson, C.M.; Parilla, P.A.; Siegal, M.P.; Ginley, D.S.; Wang, Y.; Blaugher, R.D.; Price, J.C.; Overmyer, D.L.; Venturini, E.L.

    1999-01-01

    We demonstrate high critical current density superconducting films of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ (YBCO) and Tl 2 Ba 2 CaCu 2 O 8-δ (Tl-2212) using LaNiO 3 (LNO) buffer layers. YBCO films grown on an LNO buffer layer have only a slightly lower J c (5 K, H=0) than films grown directly on a bare LaAlO 3 substrate. YBCO films grown on LNO buffer layers exhibit minor microstructural disorder and enhanced flux pinning. LNO-buffered Tl-2212 samples show large reductions in J c at all temperatures and fields compared to those grown on bare LaAlO 3 , correlating to both a-axis grain and nonsuperconducting phase formation. LNO could be a promising buffer layer for both YBCO and Tl-based superconducting films in coated conductor applications. copyright 1999 American Institute of Physics

  1. LaNiO3 Buffer Layers for High Critical Current Density YBa2Cu3O7δ and Tl2Ba2CaCu2OFilms

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    Carlson, C.M.; Parilla, P.A.; Siegal, M.P.; Ginley, D.S.; Wang, Y.-T.; Blaugher, R.D.; Price, J.C.; Overmyer, D.L.; Venturini, E.L.

    1999-01-01

    We demonstrate high critical current density superconducting films of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ (YBCO) and Tl 2 Ba 2 CaCu 2 O 8-δ (Tl-2212) using LaNiO 3 (LNO) buffer layers. YBCO films grown on an LNO buffer layer have only a slightly lower J c (5K, H=0) than films grown directly on a bare LaAlO 3 substrate. It is noteworthy that YBCO films grown on LNO buffer layers exhibit minor microstructural disorder and enhanced flux pinning. LNO-buffered Tl-2212 samples show large reductions in J c at all temperatures and fields compared to those grown on bare LaAlO 3 , correlating to both a-axis grain and nonsuperconducting phase formation. With additional optimization, LNO could be a promising buffer layer for both YBCO and Tl-based superconducting films, perhaps ideally suited for coated conductor applications

  2. Complex microwave conductivity of YBa2Cu3O7 in magnetic fields up to 500 T

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    Bykov, A.I.; Dolotenko, M.I.; Fowler, C.M.; Freeman, B.L.; Goettee, J.D.; King, J.C.; Kolokolchikov, N.P.; Kudasov, Yu.B.; Lewis, W.; Marshall, B.R.; Papatheofanis, B.J.; Platonov, V.V.; Rodriguez, P.J.; Tatsenko, O.M.; Veeser, L.R.; Zerwekh, W.D.

    1995-01-01

    The complex microwave conductivity of thin, oriented YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 films was measured at 94 GHz in pulsed, ultrahigh-magnetic fields up to 500 T. The c-axis of the film was perpendicular to the magnetic field. We estimate the upper critical field of the film at absolute zero as B c2 (0)=340±40 T. Dynamics of the transition into a normal state and connection with previous measurements of the reversibility line are discussed. (orig.)

  3. Out-of-plane tilted Josephson junctions of bi-epitaxial YBa2Cu3O x thin films on tilted-axes NdGaO3 substrates with CeO2 seeding layer

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    Mozhaev, Peter B.; Mozhaeva, Julia E.; Bdikin, Igor K.; Kotelyanskii, Iosif M.; Luzanov, Valery A.; Zybtsev, Sergey G.; Hansen, Jorn Bindslev; Jacobsen, Claus S.

    2006-01-01

    Bi-epitaxial heterostructures YBa 2 Cu 3 O x (YBCO)/CeO 2 /NdGaO 3 were prepared on tilted-axes NdGaO 3 substrates using laser ablation technique. The heterostructures were patterned for electrical measurements using photolithography and ion-beam milling. Electrical anisotropy of the YBCO film was tested on the ion-beam etched surface. Bi-epitaxial junctions with four different orientations of the bi-epitaxial border were fabricated and studied. The measured I V curves showed flux-flow behavior with critical current density 2.5 x 10 4 A/cm 2 for the twist-type junctions and 1.5 x 10 3 A/cm 2 for [1 0 0]-tilt type junctions

  4. Current-limiting mechanisms in YBa2Cu3O7thin layers and quasi-multilayers

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    Haenisch, J.

    2004-01-01

    In this work, electrical transport properties and the maximum current carrying capability of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 -[δ] thin films and so called quasi-multilayers are investigated. These samples are prepared with pulsed laser deposition on single-crystalline substrates (SrTiO 3 ) as well as on biaxially textured Ni tapes. The critical current density of coated conductors is limited by small-angle grain boundaries in low magnetic fields, but by the intra-grain pinning properties in higher magnetic fields. Accordingly, these investigations are divided into two parts: In the first part, the limitation of the critical current density by grain-boundaries and grain boundary networks is investigated with the main focus on the influence of geometrical factors such as the conductor width or the grain aspect ratio. In the second part, a possible enhancement of the critical current density due to different doping types (atomar doping using Zn and precipitate doping using BaMO 3 where M is a transition metal) will be discussed. Here, not only the irreversibility field but also the pinning behaviour in very low magnetic fields is of interest to better understand the pinning mechanism of thin films. (Orig.)

  5. Penetration depth of YBa2Cu3O7 measured by polarised neutron reflectometry

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    Reynolds, J.M.; Nunez, V.; Boothroyd, A.T.; Bucknall, D.G.; Penfold, J.

    1998-01-01

    We have applied the technique of polarised neutron reflectometry (PNR) to investigate the magnetic field profile near the surface of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 films at 4.3 K. The samples comprised 700-1400 nm of c-axis oriented, single crystal YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 deposited by laser ablation on SrTiO 3 substrates. The measurements were carried out on the CRISP reflectometer at the ISIS facility. The PNR technique measures the magnetic induction profile perpendicular to the surface, and so in our case the decay of flux in the c-direction was measured with a field applied parallel to the ab plane. We present preliminary data for the polarised and unpolarised reflectivity (orig.)

  6. Electron beam induced oxygen disordering in YBa2Cu3O7-x superconductors

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    Basu, S.N.; Roy, T.; Mitchell, T.E.; Nastasi, M.

    1990-01-01

    Thin foils of bulk YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x (YBCO) superconductors were subjected to electron irradiation in a transmission electron microscope (TEM). The resulting disordering of the oxygen atoms and vacancies in the Cu-O planes was monitored by measuring the splitting of the (110) diffraction spots in the [001] diffraction pattern. Samples were irradiated at 83 K with 100, 150, 200 and 300 kV electrons. The 100 kV electrons did not cause any disordering, even after prolonged irradiation. The results of the higher energy irradiations showed an excellent fit to a disordering model, indicating a lack of radiation assisted reordering at 83 K. This was further confirmed by the insensitivity of the disordering to the dose rate of 300 kV electrons at 83 K. However, at 300 K, an increase in the dose rate of 300 kV electrons increased the disordering rate, indicating that radiation assisted reordering was occurring at that temperature

  7. YBa2Cu3O7 nanobridges fabricated by direct-write electron beam lithography

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    Wendt, J.R.; Martens, J.S.; Ashby, C.I.H.; Plut, T.A.; Hietala, V.M.; Tigges, C.P.; Ginley, D.S.; Siegal, M.P.; Phillips, J.M.; Hohenwarter, G.K.G.

    1992-01-01

    A direct method for nondamaging, nanometer-scale patterning of high T c superconductor thin films is presented. We have fabricated superconducting nanobridges in high-quality, epitaxial thin-film YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 (YBCO) by combining direct-write electron beam lithography and an improved aqueous etchant. Weak links with both length and width dimensions less than 20 nm have exhibited critical currents at 77 K of 4--20 μA and I cRn products of 10--100 μV which compare favorably with results for other YBCO junction technologies. We have used this technique in the fabrication of a shock-wave pulse former as an initial demonstration of its applicability to monolithic superconductive electronics

  8. Oxygen desorption from YBa2Cu3O(7-x) and Bi2CaSr2Cu2O(8 + delta) superconductors

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    Mesarwi, A.; Levenson, L. L.; Ignatiev, A.

    1991-01-01

    Oxygen desorption experiments from YBa2Cu3O(7-x) (YBCO) and Bi2CaSr2Cu2O(8 + delta) (BSCCO) superconductors were carried out using a quadrupole mass spectrometer for monitoring the desorbing species and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy for surface characterization. Molecular oxygen was found to desorb from both superconductors following photoirradiation with ultraviolet/optical radiation and subsequent heating at over 150 C. Both YBCO and BSCCO were found to have similar oxygen desorption rates and similar activation energies. The desorption data as well as the X-ray photoemission data indicate that the oxygen desorption is not intrinsic to the superconductors but rather due to molecular oxygen entrapped in the material.

  9. Análisis de la textura fuera-del-plano en capas superconductoras de YBa2Cu3O7-X

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    Sanchez, H.; Bustamante, A.; Osorio, A.; De los Santos, L.; González, J.C.; Barnes, C.H.W.

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    En el presente trabajo estudiamos la textura de capas superconductoras de YBa2Cu3O7-da través de la difracción de rayos-X. Las capas fueron crecidas sobre el sustrato monocristalino SrTiO3 (100) mediante la deposición de solución química. Posteriormente se sometió la muestra a tratamientos térmicos en una atmósfera oxidante. Una caracterización mediante difracción de rayos-X revela la presencia de reflexiones (00l) para la fase de YBa2Cu3O7-d con una fracción de granos superconductores orient...

  10. Yttrium-enriched YBa2Cu3Ox thin films for coated conductors fabricated by pulsed laser deposition

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    Khoryushin, Alexey V.; Mozhaev, Peter B.; Mozhaeva, Julia E.; Andersen, Niels H.; Grivel, Jean-Claude; Hansen, Jørn Bindslev; Jacobsen, Claus S.

    2013-01-01

    Highlights: ► YBCO films were fabricated by PLD from targets of various elemental compositions. ► The Y-enriched films contain yttria nanoparticles which provide efficient pinning. ► The best film has 5.5× higher j c (5 T,50 K) = 2.6MA/cm 2 comparing with a reference film. ► The Y-enriched films remain c-oriented up to 500 nm. ► Films demonstrate no j c suppression with thickness and remarkable stability with time. -- Abstract: The effects of excess yttria on the structural and electrical properties of the YBa 2 Cu 3 O x (YBCO) thin films are studied. The films were deposited on (LaAlO 3 ) 0.3 –(Sr 2 AlTaO 8 ) 0.7 substrates by pulsed laser ablation from targets with different elemental composition. An increase of yttrium content of the target leads to formation of porous films with significantly improved current-carrying capabilities. Structural studies of these films reveal presence of yttria nanoparticles embedded into the YBCO matrix. The highest obtained critical current density in an external magnetic field of 5 T was 2.6 MA/cm 2 at 50 K and 9.4 MA/cm 2 at 20 K. The fabricated Y-enriched YBCO films remain c-oriented at least up to 600 nm thickness with no significant suppression of the critical current density

  11. Barium contributions to the valence electronic structure of YBa2Cu3O7-δ, PrBa2Cu3O7-δ, and other barium-containing compounds

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    Mueller, D.R.; Wallace, J.S.; Jia, J.J.; O'Brien, W.L.; Dong, Q.; Callcott, T.A.; Miyano, K.E.; Ederer, D.L.

    1995-01-01

    Monochromatic photon beams were used to excite barium N IV,V soft x-ray emission spectra from YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ , PrBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ , BaF 2 , and BaTiO 3 . Near threshold excitation was used to demonstrate that small contributions to the barium N V and N IV emission spectra in the energy region above the 5p→4d core-core transitions do not arise as satellite emission from transitions in multiply excited atoms but rather occur as a result of transitions from the valence states. The emission spectrum of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ and PrBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ reveals a contribution to the electronic density of states at the barium site in the region near the Fermi level. The YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ compound is a superconductor and PrBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ is an insulator. It has been proposed that the difference between them is due to mixing of praseodymium and barium among the sites occupied by yttrium and barium, with an accompanying change in electronic structure. However, our measurements indicate that the barium partial density of states for the two compounds are essentially identical

  12. High Ic, YBa2Cu3O7-x films grown at very high rates by liquid assisted growth incorporating lightly Au-doped SrTiO3 buffers

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    Kursumovic, A; Durrell, J H; Harrington, S; Wimbush, S; MacManus-Driscoll, J L; Maiorov, B; Zhou, H; Stan, L; Holesinger, T G; Wang, H

    2009-01-01

    YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x (YBCO) thick films were grown by hybrid liquid phase epitaxy (HLPE) on (001) SrTiO 3 (STO) substrates. In the presence of a 100 nm thick, 5 mol% Au-doped STO buffer, self-field critical current densities, J c sf , at 77 K of ∼2.4 MA cm -2 and critical currents, I c sf , up to 700 A (cm-width) -1 were achieved. The J c value is virtually independent of thickness and the growth rates are very high (∼1 μm min -1 ). From transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Y 2 O 3 nanocloud extended defects (∼100 nm in size) were identified as the pinning defects in the films. Enhanced random pinning was induced by the presence of Au in the buffer.

  13. Fabrication and characterization of Ba sub x Sr sub 1 sub - sub x TiO sub 3 /YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub x /SrTiO sub 3 structure

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    Choi, J; Park, S Y; Lee Jae Sik; No, K; Sung, T H; Park, Y

    2002-01-01

    Ba sub x Sr sub 1 sub - sub x TiO sub 3 (BST)/YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub x (YBCO)/SrTiO sub 3 (STO) structures were deposited, and the microstructure, orientation and electrical characteristics were investigated. (00l) oriented YBCO thin films were deposited on STO substrates using pulsed laser deposition, and (h00) oriented BST thin films were deposited on YBCO/STO substrates using electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) plasma assisted metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). A new phase was formed at the interface between YBCO and BST films and was speculated to be (Ba sub x Y sub 1 sub - sub x)(Ti sub y Y sub 1 sub - sub y)O sub 3. Ba-rich BST films showed a higher dielectric loss than Sr-rich BST films did, which indicates that Sr-rich BST films are more suited for application to microwave devices. The dielectric loss of the films was reduced as temperature decreased, which may be due to the conductivity change of YBCO film and the formation of a conduction path rather than a dielectric property change ...

  14. LaNiO(3) Buffer Layers for High Critical Current Density YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-delta) and Tl(2)Ba(2)CaCu(2)O(8-delta) Films

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    Carlson, C.M.; Parilla, P.A.; Siegal, M.P.; Ginley, D.S.; Wang, Y.-T.; Blaugher, R.D.; Price, J.C.; Overmyer, D.L.; Venturini, E.L.

    1999-08-24

    We demonstrate high critical current density superconducting films of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} (YBCO) and Tl{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8{minus}{delta}} (Tl-2212) using LaNiO{sub 3} (LNO) buffer layers. YBCO films grown on an LNO buffer layer have only a slightly lower J{sub c} (5K, H=0) than films grown directly on a bare LaAlO{sub 3} substrate. It is noteworthy that YBCO films grown on LNO buffer layers exhibit minor microstructural disorder and enhanced flux pinning. LNO-buffered Tl-2212 samples show large reductions in J{sub c} at all temperatures and fields compared to those grown on bare LaAlO{sub 3}, correlating to both a-axis grain and nonsuperconducting phase formation. With additional optimization, LNO could be a promising buffer layer for both YBCO and Tl-based superconducting films, perhaps ideally suited for coated conductor applications.

  15. Investigation of the magnetoresistance behavior in high pulsed magnetic fields up to 351 in thick films YBa2Cu3Ox and YBa2Cu3Ox (5% Ag-doped) near by superconductivity transition

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    Broide, E.; Yakunin, M.

    1998-01-01

    The influence of pulsed magnetic fields up to 35T on samples YBa 2 Cu 3 O x and YBa 2 Cu 3 O x (5% Ag-doped ) thick films produced after electromagnetic separation HTSC1-2-3 powders was investigated. The field was generated in the multiturned copper wire coil with a semisinusoidal pulse duration of about 10 ms.To measure the magneto resistivity the sample voltage under the constant current regime was made to an accuracy of 0.5*10 -6 V and minimal time interval of 100 ns. To extract the true signal from the spurious background voltage generated by the pulsed magnetic field ,the previously recorded signals for zero current were subtracted with high precision from the nonzero current signals. After a series of pulses the zero field resistivities as a function of temperature were compared with the initial date to reveal the irreversible changes in samples. We discovered a non linear behavior in the magnetoresistance of YBa 2 Cu 3 O x after measurements with current greater than 1A/cm 2 at the temperature 67.4K. However in the specimens with 5% Ag+YBa 2 Cu 3 O x we observed a linear plot of magneto resistivity and magnetic field at currents less than 20 A/cm 2 at the 77K. In our view the difference in behavior of the two types of samples is a function of the resistivity of granular contacts in polycrystal thick films YBa 2 Cu 3 O x and YBa 2 Cu 3 O x (5% Ag doped)

  16. Tunneling spectroscopy study of YBa2Cu3O7 thin films using a cryogenic scanning tunneling microscope

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    Wilkins, R.; Amman, M.; Soltis, R.E.; Ben-Jacob, E.; Jaklevic, R.C.

    1990-01-01

    We have measured reproducible tunneling spectra on YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 (T c ∼85 K) thin films (thickness ∼2 μm) with a cryogenic scanning tunneling microscope. We find that the I-V curves are generally of three types. The most common type, featured in a large majority of the data, shows a region of high conductance at zero bias. The amplitude of this region is inversely proportional to the tunneling resistance between the tip and sample. It is possible that this can be explained in terms of Josephson effects within the films, although an alternative is given based on electronic self-energy corrections. Data showing capacitive charging steps are analyzed in terms of two ultrasmall tunnel junctions in series.. Theoretical fits to the data give specific values of the junction parameters that are consistent with the assumed geometry of the tip probing an individual grain of the film. The third type of I-V curves exhibits negative differential resistance. We conclude that this phenomenon is probably due to tunneling to localized states in the surface oxide. We also present and discuss data with energy-gap-like behavior; the best example gives Δ to be about 27 mV

  17. Improvement in the properties of Ag-doped YBa2Cu3O7-x grain boundary Josephson junctions

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    Bolanos, G.; Baca, E.; Osorio, J.; Prieto, P.

    2000-01-01

    Ag-doped YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x (YBCO) thin films using 5 to 20 wt% Ag-doped YBCO targets have been grown by a DC sputtering technique on SrTiO 3 bicrystals. Critical currents of 4 to 5 x 10 6 A/cm 2 at 77 K were measured in YBCO films doped with 5 wt% Ag which has been found to be higher than the value of 1 x 10 6 A/cm 2 measured in undoped samples. The normal resistivity decreases by a doping of 5 wt% Ag and increases for higher Ag concentrations. The critical temperature, T c , of the Ag-YBCO films remained unchanged at 92 K as in the undoped YBCO samples. An I c R n product of 170 μV at 77 K was found in grain boundary Josephson junctions (GBJJs) with 5 wt% Ag, compared with the value of 100 μV measured in undoped samples at the same temperature. Current-voltage characteristics were measured in GBJJs, showing Shapiro steps under microwave radiation and Fraunhofer patterns with an external magnetic field. The improvement in the normal and superconducting properties of Ag-doped YBCO films has been interpreted using the De Genes model to establish that YBCO containing metallic Ag addition shows a superconductor-normal metal-superconductor (S-N-S) behavior, thereby the Ag-doping enhances the weak link behavior and is, therefore, appropriate for electronic applications. (orig.)

  18. Theoretical calculations of oxygen relaxation in YBa2Cu3O6+x ceramics

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    Mi, Y.; Schaller, R.; Sathish, S.; Benoit, W.

    1991-12-01

    A two-dimensional theoretical model of stress-induced point-defect relaxation in a layered structure is presented, with a detailed discussion of the special case of YBa2Cu3O6+x. The experimental results of oxygen relaxation in YBa2Cu3O6+x can be explained qualitatively by this model.

  19. A rapid process of Yba2Cu3O7thin film fabrication using trifluoroacetate metal-organic deposition with polyethylene glycol additive

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    Wu, Wei; Feng, Feng; Shi, Kai

    2013-01-01

    Trifluoroacetate metal-organic deposition (TFA-MOD) is a promising technique to fabricate YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) superconducting films. However, its slow pyrolysis process, which usually takes more than 10 h, constitutes a barrier for industrial production. In this study, polyethylene glycol (PEG......) was utilized to reduce the stress generation inside the coated films when the strong pyrolysis reactions happen. With the addition of 30 wt% PEG2000 to the precursor solution, a smooth film surface could be obtained through a rapid pyrolysis process of 15 min. After the optimizations of the crystallization...... and oxygenation processes, mass percentage and molecular weight of PEG additive, YBCO thin films with Jc of about 4.5 MA cm-2 (77 K, self-field) could be routinely fabricated using (20-30) wt% PEG(1000-2000) additive with a total treatment time of about 2 h including the 15 min pyrolysis process time. The effects...

  20. Ca doping of TSMTG-YBa2Cu3O7-δ/Y2BaCuO5 composites

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    Delorme, F.; Harnois, C.; Monot-Laffez, I.; Marinel, S.

    2002-01-01

    Calcium doped YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ /Y 2 BaCuO 5 bulk samples have been synthesised by the top-seeding-melt-texture growth (TSMTG) process up to 1 wt.% of CaCO 3 . Calcium additions up to 0.25 wt.% of CaCO 3 do not change the decomposition temperature whereas additions of 1 wt.% of CaCO 3 lead to an increase of the decomposition temperature of about 10 deg. C. This difference is not important enough to change the thermal cycle used to process YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ undoped bulk samples. Microstructure studies show that no precursor or secondary phases containing calcium are present in the samples. Energy dispersive spectroscopy analyses have shown that Ca is present both in the YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ matrix and the Y 2 BaCuO 5 particles. The position of the calcium atoms in the superconducting matrix is discussed. The calcium doped samples present slightly depressed critical temperatures but drastically depressed critical current densities

  1. Ultrasonic determination of the elastic moduli and their pressure dependences in very dense YBa2Cu3O7-x

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    Cankurtaran, M.; Saunders, G.A.; Goretta, K.C.; Poeppel, R.B.

    1991-12-01

    The effects of hydrostatic pressure and temperature have been measured on the velocities of longitudinal and shear ultrasonic waves propagated in a very dense (96% of theoretical density) ceramic specimen of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x . In YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x ceramics with such a high density the effects of porosity on the elastic properties should be much reduced. Nevertheless the bulk modulus of this dense material has the same small magnitude (∼ 55GPa) as that measured ultrasonically in much less dense YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x ceramics. The temperature dependences of the velocities of longitudinal and shear ultrasonic waves, which have been measured between 10 K and 300 K, show the step-like increase at 200 K on cooling and a similar decrease at 225 K during warming with hysteresis in the range 190 K to 235 K that has previously been observed in less dense ceramics and tentatively attributed to a phase transformation. The pressure dependences of both mode velocities for dense YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x ceramic show a pronounced change of slope at a pressure P c . For pressures below and above P c the pressure dependence of ultrasonic velocity is essentially linear. Above the knee, the enormous pressure dependences of the longitudinal mode velocity and hence of the bulk modulus persist. The temperature dependences of pressure derivatives of elastic stiffnesses and bulk modulus have been measured between 250 K and 295 K. The pressure P c at which the kink occurs decreases almost linearly with decreasing temperature and extrapolates to atmospheric pressure at about 220 K

  2. Probing the phase diagram of cuprates with YBa2Cu3O7thin films and nanowires

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    Arpaia, Riccardo; Andersson, Eric; Trabaldo, Edoardo; Bauch, Thilo; Lombardi, Floriana

    2018-02-01

    We have grown and characterized 30-nm-thick YBa2Cu3O7 -δ (YBCO) films, deposited by pulsed laser deposition on both MgO (110) and SrTiO3 (001) substrates, which induce opposite strain to the superconducting layer. By carefully tuning the in situ post-annealing oxygen pressure, we achieved, in a reproducible way, films at different oxygen doping, spanning from the slightly overdoped down to the strongly underdoped region of the phase diagram. The transport properties of the films, investigated through resistance versus temperature measurements, are in perfect qualitative agreement with single crystals. Starting from these films, we have also successfully fabricated nanowires with widths down to 65 nm, at different oxygen doping. The nanostructures exhibit characteristic temperatures (as the critical temperature Tc and the pseudogap temperature T*) similar to those of the as-grown films and carry critical current densities Jc close to the critical depairing value, limited by vortex entry. This implies that the superconducting and the normal state properties of underdoped YBCO are preserved in our films, and they can be studied as a function of the dimensionality of the system, down to the nanoscale.

  3. Synthesis, properties and space applications of chemically precipitated YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7-x/ superconducting powders

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    Trivedi, A.; Sundahl, R.C.; Olson, W.L.; Welsh, L.B.; Polak, A.J.; Dolgin, B.P.; Barder, T.J.; Karasek, K.R.; Parker, C.A.

    1988-01-01

    Processing properties of and chemically precipitated YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7-x/ powders were evaluated. The authors have successfully developed a method for precipitating stoichiometric oxalate precursors for YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7-x/ powders. Precipitation and calcination conditions were found to dramatically impact upon key powder characteristics such as particle size, morphology, phase composition and microscopic homogeneity. Four space applications were identified: a superconducting motor/generator, a magnetic bearing, an electromagnetic coupling, and a motor commutator. The primary device, a motor, would make use of superconducting windings and a superconducting flux bottle to improve efficiency

  4. Preparation, microwave and magnetic field response of YBaCuO thin film microbridges

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    Hauser, B.; Klopman, B.B.G.; Rogalla, Horst

    1989-01-01

    On YBaCuO thin films, which were deposited at ambient temperature and were superconducting after post-deposition annealing in oxygen, microbridges and d.c. superconducting quantium interference devices (SQUIDs) were constructed by lift-off. Over a temperature range from 4.2 to > 70 K the devices

  5. Pair Distribution Function Analysis of ZrO2 Nanocrystals and Insights in the Formation of ZrO2-YBa2Cu3O7 Nanocomposites

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    Hannes Rijckaert

    2018-06-01

    Full Text Available The formation of superconducting nanocomposites from preformed nanocrystals is still not well understood. Here, we examine the case of ZrO2 nanocrystals in a YBa2Cu3O7x matrix. First we analyzed the preformed ZrO2 nanocrystals via atomic pair distribution function analysis and found that the nanocrystals have a distorted tetragonal crystal structure. Second, we investigated the influence of various surface ligands attached to the ZrO2 nanocrystals on the distribution of metal ions in the pyrolyzed matrix via secondary ion mass spectroscopy technique. The choice of stabilizing ligand is crucial in order to obtain good superconducting nanocomposite films with vortex pinning. Short, carboxylate based ligands lead to poor superconducting properties due to the inhomogeneity of metal content in the pyrolyzed matrix. Counter-intuitively, a phosphonate ligand with long chains does not disturb the growth of YBa2Cu3O7x. Even more surprisingly, bisphosphonate polymeric ligands provide good colloidal stability in solution but do not prevent coagulation in the final film, resulting in poor pinning. These results thus shed light on the various stages of the superconducting nanocomposite formation.

  6. Determination of oxygen content and carbonate impurity in YBa2Cu3O7-x by diffuse reflectance infrared spectroscopy

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    Merzbacher, C.I.; Bonner, B.P.

    1991-01-01

    Samples of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x with x ranging from ∼0 to 0.65 have been analyzed by diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS) in the midinfrared region (400--6000 cm -1 ). Spectral line shapes vary gradually as a function of oxygen stoichiometry, and the reflectance at 400 and 1000 cm -1 decreases linearly with decreasing oxygen content. Spectra of samples that were incompletely synthesized or exposed to a 4% CO 2 atmosphere at 650 degree C clearly indicated the presence of carbonate. DRIFTS is therefore a quick, nondestructive method for determining oxygen content in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x powders, and for detecting carbonate species due to synthesis error or reaction with CO 2 -bearing atmosphere

  7. Scanning micro-Hall probe mapping of magnetic flux distributions and current densities in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}

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    Xing, W.; Heinrich, B. [Simon Fraser Univ., British Columbia (Canada); Zhou, H. [CTF Systems, Inc., British Columbia (Canada)] [and others

    1994-12-31

    Mapping of the magnetic flux density B{sub z} (perpendicular to the film plane) for a YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} thin-film sample was carried out using a scanning micro-Hall probe. The sheet magnetization and sheet current densities were calculated from the B{sub z} distributions. From the known sheet magnetization, the tangential (B{sub x,y}) and normal components of the flux density B were calculated in the vicinity of the film. It was found that the sheet current density was mostly determined by 2B{sub x,y}/d, where d is the film thickness. The evolution of flux penetration as a function of applied field will be shown.

  8. Enhanced vortex pinning and critical current density in proton-irradiated YBa2Cu3O7thin films

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    Venturini, E.L.; Siegal, M.P.; White, A.E.; Hou, S.Y.; Phillips, J.M.

    1992-01-01

    The appropriate fluence of 2.0 MeV H + ions has been shown previously to enhance the critical current density J c by a factor of two at a magnetic field of 0.9 tesla in 1000 Angstrom thick epitaxial films of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ grown by the ex situ BaF 2 process. The as-grown films exhibit single crystal-like behavior in both atomic ordering and J c versus temperature and magnetic field. TRIM simulations suggest that H + irradiation generates mainly point defects throughout the crystal structure. We show here that such defects produce both a large enhancement of J c for fields above 1 tesla and a significant increase in the apparent vortex pinning potential deduced from magnetization relaxation data

  9. Residual losses in epitaxial thin films of YBa2Cu3O7 from microwave to submillimeter wave frequencies

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    Miller, D.; Richards, P.L.; Etemad, S.; Inam, A.; Venkatesan, T.; Dutta, B.; Wu, X.D.; Eom, C.B.; Geballe, T.H.; Newman, N.; Cole, B.F.

    1991-01-01

    We have measured the residual loss in five epitaxial a-b plane films of the high-T c superconductor YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 . Microwave measurements near 10 GHz were made by resonance techniques at 4 K. Submillimeter measurements from ∼1.5 to 21 THz were made at 2 K by a direct absorption technique. We use a model of weakly coupled superconducting grains and a homogeneous two-fluid model to fit the data for each film below the well-known absorption edge at 13.5 THz. When the penetration depth determined from muon spin rotation measurements is used to constrain each model, the weakly coupled grain model is able to fit the measured absorptivities for all films, but the two-fluid model is less successful

  10. Acoustic study of YBa2Cu3Ox thin films

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    Lee, S.; Chi, C.; Koren, G.; Gupta, A.

    1991-01-01

    The attenuation of surface acoustic waves by epitaxial YBa 2 Cu 3 O x films has been studied for x congruent 6 to 7. For fully oxygenated samples, the acoustic attenuation as a function of temperature shows two broad peaks at about 135 and 240 K, and decreases monotonically below the lower peak temperature. The cause of attenuation peaks is attributed to scattering by optical phonons. Our data do not show any gap structure at T c due to relatively weak electron-phonon interactions at the acoustic frequencies. As the oxygen deficiency increases, the temperature dependence of the dc resistance changes from metallic to semiconducting and finally to insulating behavior. Acoustic attenuation data correspondingly show a drastic change due to different attenuation mechanisms: from the phonon scattering loss in the metallic regime to the electric-field coupling loss in the semiconducting and insulating regimes. In the latter regimes, the temperature dependence of low-frequency resistance calculated from the attenuation data can be fitted to a three-dimensional Mott variable-range-hopping model

  11. Optical characterization of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} thin film modified gold nanoparticles

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    Naujok, P.; Katzer, C. [Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Institute of Solid State Physics, Helmholtzweg 5, 07743 Jena (Germany); Schmidl, G., E-mail: gabriele.schmidl@ipht-jena.de [Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT), Albert-Einstein-Straße 9, 07745 Jena (Germany); Jatschka, J.; Fritzsche, W. [Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT), Albert-Einstein-Straße 9, 07745 Jena (Germany); Schmidl, F. [Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Institute of Solid State Physics, Helmholtzweg 5, 07743 Jena (Germany)

    2015-12-01

    Highlights: • Different thick YBCO layers allow an active control of particle sizes and density distributions on film surfaces. • The gold volume on the YBCO film surface decreases with increasing YBCO layer thickness. • Combining SEM and dark-field microscopy via image processing. • Clear correlation of scattering spectrum and addressed particles supporting by a new Ti-marker technology. - Abstract: We report on the influence of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} (YBCO) thin films on the self-organized formation of gold nanoparticles. A thickness variation of the YBCO film allows one to actively control the size of the particles and their density distribution. In this context, the particle forming process is discussed. The YBCO matrix can be removed in order to reduce the particle density on the substrate. The remaining modified particles can be used in plasmonic applications. Combining scanning electron microscopy and dark-field microscopy permits one to identify a correlation of the measured scattering spectra with the physical properties of each studied particle. A clear assignment of spectrum and particle is supported by a new Ti-marker technology and image processing. Growth parameters allow the scientist to tune the spectral peak position of the plasmon resonance and the spectral bandwidth.

  12. Dependences of microstructure and critical current density on the thickness of YBa2Cu3O7-x film prepared by pulsed laser deposition on buffered Ni–W tape

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    Xu, Da; Wang, Ying; Liu, Linfei; Li, Yijie

    2013-01-01

    YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7x (YBCO) films with different thicknesses were fabricated on buffered Ni–W tapes by pulsed laser deposition. The thickness dependences of microstructure and critical current density (J c ) of YBCO film were systematically investigated. The microstructure and surface morphology of YBCO film were characterized by X-ray diffraction, optical microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. And the critical current (I c ) of YBCO film was measured by the conventional four-probe method. We found that the full width at half maximum values of both omega and phi scan rocking curves, the content of a-axis oriented grain, and surface roughness of YBCO film all increased with augmenting the thickness of YBCO film. It was also found that with increasing the thickness of YBCO film from 0.3 μm to 1.5 μm, the I c of YBCO film increased from 72 A/cm to 248 A/cm and yet J c of YBCO film decreased from 2.1 × 10 6 A/cm 2 to 1.6 × 10 6 A/cm 2 . Our results indicated that the microstructure and J c of YBCO film were largely dependent on the thickness of YBCO film under the optimized deposition condition of substrate temperature. - Highlights: ► YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7x (YBCO) films with different thicknesses were grown on metallic tapes. ► The texture and critical current were dependent on the thickness of YBCO film. ► Thickness effect was weakened by fabricating YBCO film layer by layer

  13. Plastic deformation of YBa2Cu3O7-x superconductor compound

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    Torres V, G.; Moreno, J.E.

    1988-01-01

    The high temperature superconductor YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x shown a brittle behavior when deformed under ambient conditions. If a hydrostatic state of stress is imposed with a metal matrix, it is possible to induce exttended plastic deformations as a great as 200% were achieved using this method without loosing the superconductivity in the ceramic. The observed deformations mechanisms are similar to those observed in the superplastic metals and the boundary ceramic metal matrix was found to be highly coherent. This method opens a new technique that can be apllied in the manufacture of superconductor wire. (author) [pt

  14. Interfacial effects revealed by ultrafast relaxation dynamics in BiFeO 3 / YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 bilayers

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    2016-02-12

    The temperature dependence of the relaxation dynamics in the bilayer thin film heterostructure composed of multiferroic BiFeO3 (BFO) and superconducting YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) grown on a (001) SrTiO3 substrate is studied by a time-resolved pump-probe technique, and compared with that of pure YBCO thin film grown under the same growth conditions. The superconductivity of YBCO is found to be retained in the heterostructure. We observe a speeding up of the YBCO recombination dynamics in the superconducting state of the heterostructure, and attribute it to the presence of weak ferromagnetism at the BFO/YBCO interface as observed in magnetization data. An extension of the Rothwarf-Taylor model is used to fit the ultrafast dynamics of BFO/YBCO, that models an increased quasiparticle occupation of the ferromagnetic interfacial layer in the superconducting state of YBCO.

  15. Interfacial effects revealed by ultrafast relaxation dynamics in BiFeO 3 / YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 bilayers

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    Springer, D.; Nair, Saritha K.; He, Mi; Lu, C. L.; Cheong, S. A.; Wu, Tao; Panagopoulos, C.; Chia, Elbert E. M.; Zhu, Jian-Xin

    2016-01-01

    The temperature dependence of the relaxation dynamics in the bilayer thin film heterostructure composed of multiferroic BiFeO3 (BFO) and superconducting YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) grown on a (001) SrTiO3 substrate is studied by a time-resolved pump-probe technique, and compared with that of pure YBCO thin film grown under the same growth conditions. The superconductivity of YBCO is found to be retained in the heterostructure. We observe a speeding up of the YBCO recombination dynamics in the superconducting state of the heterostructure, and attribute it to the presence of weak ferromagnetism at the BFO/YBCO interface as observed in magnetization data. An extension of the Rothwarf-Taylor model is used to fit the ultrafast dynamics of BFO/YBCO, that models an increased quasiparticle occupation of the ferromagnetic interfacial layer in the superconducting state of YBCO.

  16. Superconducting films of YBaCuO

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    Coelho, A.L.

    1991-01-01

    Thick films of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 - x have been prepared on alumina and YSZ (Yttria-stabilized zirconia) substrates by the screen printing technique. Several experimental conditions have been studied, for instance: sintering time, temperature, thickness and atmosphere annealed. The resulting films have been characterized by X-ray diffraction, AC electrical resistance, AC susceptibility and scanning electron microscopy. The surface and cross-section have been observed with an optical microscope. The X-ray diffraction patterns have been compared with a typical pattern and that has indicated the good quality of the samples. AC resistance and its temperature dependence have been measured in the standard four-probe configuration. Films thickness has been estimated in the scanning electron microscope. This technique has been suitable for production of high T c superconducting films being a simple and inexpensive method. (author)

  17. Analysis of process parameters in the laser deposition of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} superconducting films by using SVR

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    Cai, C.Z., E-mail: caiczh@gmail.com [Department of Applied Physics, Chongqing University, Chongqing 401331 (China); Xiao, T.T. [Department of Applied Physics, Chongqing University, Chongqing 401331 (China); Science and Technology on Plasma Physics Laboratory, Research Center of Laser Fusion, CAEP, P.O. Box 919-988, Mianyang 621900 (China); Tang, J.L.; Huang, S.J. [Department of Applied Physics, Chongqing University, Chongqing 401331 (China)

    2013-10-15

    Highlights: • Proposed new ideas and strategies to improve energy storage density for SMES system. • One is to increase the effective current density in the superconducting coils. • Another is to optimize the configuration of the SMES coil. • A new conceive of energy compression is also proposed. -- Abstract: There are several process parameters in the growth of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} superconducting films by using pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The relationship between the response and process parameters is highly nonlinear and quite complicated. It is very valuable to quantitatively estimate the response under different deposition parameters. In this study, according to an experimental data set on the superconducting transition temperature (T{sub c}) and relative resistance ratio (r{sub R}) of 17 samples of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} films deposited under various parameters, the support vector regression (SVR) combined with particle swarm optimization (PSO), was proposed to predict the T{sub c} and r{sub R} for YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} films. The prediction performance of SVR was compared with that of multiple regression analysis (MRA) models. The results strongly support that the generalization ability of SVR model consistently surpasses that of MRA via leave-one-out cross validation (LOOCV). The mean absolute percentage errors for T{sub c} and r{sub R} are 0.37% and 1.51% respectively via LOOCV test of SVR. Sensitivity analysis discovered the most sensitive parameters affecting the T{sub c} and r{sub R}. This study suggests that the established SVR model can be used to accurately foresee the T{sub c} and r{sub R}. And it can be used to optimizing the deposition parameters in the development of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} films via PLD.

  18. Substitution of yttrium for boron in the structure of YBa2Cu3O7

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    Dwelk, H.; Herrmann, R.; Pruss, N.; Freude, D.; Pfeifer, H.

    1989-01-01

    The influence of boron on superconducting properties of Y 1-x B x Ba 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ with x = 0 to 0.4 is studied. The analysis of 11 B NMR spectra and measurements of electric conductivity as a function of temperature show that boron is not incorporated into the YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ framework on yttrium positions. (author)

  19. Stability and diffusion of Hg implanted YBa2Cu3O6+x

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    Araujo, J.P.; Correia, J.G.; Wahl, U.; Marques, J.G.; Alves, E.; Amaral, V.S.; Lourenco, A.A.; Galindo, V.; Papen, T. von; Senateur, J.P.; Weiss, F.; Vantomme, A.; Langouche, G.; Melo, A.A.; Silva, M.F. da; Soares, J.C.; Sousa, J.B.

    1999-01-01

    The radioactive isotope 197m Hg was implanted at 60 keV with low fluences (10 13 ions/cm 2 ) into YBa 2 Cu 3 O 6+x (YBCO) superconducting thin films at ISOLDE/CERN. We report on the Hg dynamics and stability inside the YBCO lattice as a function of annealing temperature up to 890 K in a vacuum or O 2 atmosphere. The perturbed angular correlation (PAC) technique was used for probing the Hg behavior at the atomic scale, while by monitoring the sample's activity in situ the Hg outdiffusion was studied. We found that Hg ions occupy unique lattice sites and that Hg should be bound to two apical oxygens. Hg diffusion occurs only for annealing temperatures above 653 K, in vacuum. The Hg migration energy was estimated to be E M =1.58±0.15 eV

  20. Finite-size effects on the vortex-glass transition in thin YBa2Cu3O7films

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    Woeltgens, P.J.M.; Dekker, C.; Koch, R.H.; Hussey, B.W.; Gupta, A.

    1995-01-01

    Nonlinear current-voltage characteristics have been measured at high magnetic fields in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7films of a thickness t ranging from 3000 down to 16 A. Critical-scaling analyses of the data for the thinner films (t≤400 A) reveal deviations from the vortex-glass critical scaling appropriate for three-dimensional (3D) systems. This is argued to be a finite-size effect. At large current densities J, the vortices are probed at length scales smaller than the film thickness, i.e., 3D vortex-glass behavior is observed. At low J by contrast, the vortex excitations involve typical length scales exceeding the film thickness, resulting in 2D behavior. Further evidence for this picture is found directly from the 3D vortex-glass correlation length, which, upon approach of the glass transition temperature, appears to level off at the film thickness. The results indicate that a vortex-glass phase transition does occur at finite temperature in 3D systems, but not in 2D systems. In the latter an onset of 2D correlations occurs towards zero temperature. This is demonstrated in our thinnest film (16 A), which, in a magnetic field, displays a 2D vortex-glass correlation length which critically diverges at zero temperature

  1. Complex microwave conductivity of YBa2Cu3O7 in magnetic fields up to 500T

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    Goettee, J.D.; Zerwekh, W.D.; Kudasov, Y.B.

    1994-01-01

    We have measured the complex conductivity of thin films of YBa 2 cu 3 O 7 (YBCO) superconductor down to temperatures of 4K and magnetic fields up to 500T. The highly oriented films were probed by 94 GHz radiation, with the external magnetic field applied perpendicular to the c-axis. These measurements allowed us to assign a value of 340 ± 40 for the upper critical field at T=O. The measurements were recently carried out at the pulsed field facility of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Los Alamos using both Russian and American magnetic flux compression generators

  2. Rapid processing method for solution deposited YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} thin films

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    Dawley, J.T.; Clem, P.G.; Boyle, T.J.; Ottley, L.M.; Overmyer, D.L.; Siegal, M.P

    2004-02-01

    YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO) films, deposited on buffered metal substrates, are the primary candidate for second-generation superconducting (SC) wires, with applications including expanded power grid transmission capability, compact motors, and enhanced sensitivity magnetic resonance imaging. Feasibility of manufacturing such superconducting wires is dependent on high processing speed, often a limitation of vapor and solution-based YBCO deposition processes. In this work, YBCO films were fabricated via a new diethanolamine-modified trifluoroacetic film solution deposition method. Modifying the copper chemistry of the YBCO precursor solution with diethanolamine enables a hundredfold decrease in the organic pyrolysis time required for MA/cm{sup 2} current density (J{sub c}) YBCO films, from multiple hours to {approx}20 s in atmospheric pressure air. High quality, {approx}0.2 {mu}m thick YBCO films with J{sub c} (77 K) values {>=}2 MA/cm{sup 2} at 77 K are routinely crystallized from these rapidly pyrolyzed films deposited on LaAlO{sub 3}. This process has also enabled J{sub c} (77 K)=1.1 MA/cm{sup 2} YBCO films via 90 m/h dip-coating on Oak Ridge National Laboratory RABiTS textured metal tape substrates. This new YBCO solution deposition method suggests a route toward inexpensive and commercializable {approx}$10/kA m solution deposited YBCO coated conductor wires.

  3. Method for preparation of textured YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.x superconductor

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    Selvamanickam, Venkat; Goyal, Amit; Kroeger, Donald M.

    1998-01-01

    The present invention relate to textured YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.x (Y-123) superconductors and a process of preparing them by directional recrystallization of compacts fabricated from quenched YBCO powders at temperatures about 100.degree. C. below the peritectic temperature to provide a superconductor where more than 75% of the YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.x phase is obtained without any Y.sub.2 BaCuO.sub.5 .

  4. Laser writing of superconducting patterns on YBa2Cu3Ox films

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    Dye, R.C.; Muenchausen, R.E.; Nogar, N.S.; Mukherjee, A.; Brueck, S.R.J.

    1990-01-01

    A novel process for the direct laser writing of thin-film high T c patterns is demonstrated. The process consists of deposition of a high quality film (308 nm laser ablation from a YBa 2 Cu 3 O x target with a 750 degree C substrate temperature and a 150 mTorr O 2 ambient), annealing in an inert atmosphere (Ar at 400 degree C for 5--20 min) to reduce the oxygen content and depress or eliminate the superconducting transition temperature, and direct-write laser heating (1.06 μm at ∼0.5 kW/cm 2 for ∼5 min) in an oxygen atmosphere at ∼590 Torr to selectively regenerate the high T c material. rf eddy current and four-point resistivity probe results confirm this process for both SrTiO 3 and LaAlO 3 substrates. Scanning electron micrographs indicate that this is a very mild processing sequence with no observable changes in film morphology

  5. Enhanced vortex pinning and critical current density in proton-irradiated YBa2Cu3O7thin films

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    Venturini, E.L.; Siegal, M.P.; White, A.E.; Hou, S.Y.; Phillips, J.M.

    1993-01-01

    The appropriate fluence of 2.0 MeV H + ions has been shown previously to enhance the critical current density J c by a factor of two at a magnetic field of 0.9 tesla in 1,000 angstrom thick epitaxial films of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ grown by the ex situ BaF 2 process. The as-grown films exhibit single crystal-like behavior in both atomic ordering and J c versus temperature and magnetic field. TRIM simulations suggest that H + irradiation generates mainly point defects throughout the crystal structure. The authors show here that such defects result in an even greater enhancement of J c for fields above 1 tesla plus a significant increase in the apparent vortex pinning potential deduced from magnetization relaxation data

  6. Enhanced vortex pinning and critical current density in proton-irradiated YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thin films

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    Venturini, E. L.; Siegal, M. P.; White, A. E.; Hou, S. Y.; Phillips, J. M.

    1992-11-01

    The appropriate fluence of 2.0 MeV H(sup +) ions has been shown previously to enhance the critical current density J(sub c) by a factor of two at a magnetic field of 0.9 tesla in 1000 (Angstrom) thick epitaxial films of YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-delta) grown by the ex situ BaF2 process. The as-grown films exhibit single crystal-like behavior in both atomic ordering and J(sub c) versus temperature and magnetic field. TRIM simulations suggest that H(sup +) irradiation generates mainly point defects throughout the crystal structure. We show here that such defects produce both a large enhancement of J(sub c) for fields above 1 tesla and a significant increase in the apparent vortex pinning potential deduced from magnetization relaxation data.

  7. Two-magnon Raman scattering in dielectric and superconducting YBa2Cu3O6+x crystals

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    Zaitsev, S. V.; Maksimov, A. A.; Tartakovskii, I. I.

    2010-01-01

    Two-magnon Raman scattering in dielectric, as well as superconducting, YBa 2 Cu 3 O 6+x single crystals with mobile oxygen content x = 0.2-0.7 and superconducting transition temperature T c = 0-74 K is studied in detail. Doping with oxygen in the range of x = 0.2-0.5 leads to two-magnon scattering peak broadening and a shift in the spectral position of the peak towards lower energies. The most significant qualitative changes in two-magnon scattering in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 6+x crystals are observed in a narrow oxygen concentration range near x = 0.7. This is explained by a considerable decrease in the correlation length ξ AF of antiferromagnetic (AF) correlations upon an increase in the concentration of free carriers. For instance, doping is accompanied with a reduction of ξ AF to values of several lattice constants a for x ∼ 0.7, a transition to the regime of short-range AF order, and local scattering of light from a small AF cluster with a size of 3 x 4 lattice constants. An increase in the free charge carrier concentration destroys the short-range AF order in a narrow range of the stoichiometry index near x = 0.7. Experimental data also indicate heterogeneity of cuprate planes at microscopic level, which leads to coexistence of superconducting and AF regions in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 6+x super-conducting crystals.

  8. Fabrication of High Current YBa2Cu3O7-y Coated Conductors Using Rolling-Assisted Biaxially Textured Substrates

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    Christen, D.K.; Feenstra, R.; Kroeger, D.M.; Lee, D.F.; List, F.A.; Martin, P.M.; Norton, D.P.; Paranthaman, M.; Park, C.; Royal, A.; Specht, E.D.; Verebelyi, D.T.

    1999-01-01

    High critical current YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-y (referred to as YBCO) coated conductors were fabricated with a layer sequence of YBCO/YSZ/CeO 2 /Ni. The cube (100) texture in the starting Ni substrates was obtained by cold rolling followed by recrystallization. A thin CeO 2 (Cerium Oxide) layer with a thickness of 100-200 was grown epitaxially on the biaxially textured-Ni substrates using an e-beam evaporation technique. This was followed by the growth of a thick ( 2 film had a dense microstructure. The microstructure of the e-beam YSZ film was porous whereas the sputtered YSZ film was dense. The YBCO films were grown by pulsed laser deposition on both e-beam and sputtered YSZ layers. A transport critical current density of 1 x l0 6 A/cm 2 at 77 K was obtained for 0.8 m thick YBCO Rims on both YSZ surfaces in zero field. To demonstrate the quality and compatibility of the e-beam CeO 2 layers; YBCO films were also grown on CeO 2 -buffered YSZ (100) single crystal substrates using e-beam co-evaporated Y-BaF 2 -Cu precursors followed by a post-annealing process. A transport critical current density of over 1 x lO 6 A/cm 2 at 77 K was obtained on a 0.3 m thick YBCO film in zero field

  9. Investigation of Pb doping on electrical, structural and superconducting properties of YBa2-xPbxCu3O7-δ superconductors

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    Ezzatpour, S.; Sharifzadegan, L.; Sarvari, F.; Sedghi, H.

    2018-06-01

    In this study the high temperature superconductor YBa2-xPbxCu3O7-δ with doping x = ,0.05,0.1,0.15 were prepared by the standard solid-state reaction method. The effect of Pb substitution on Ba site of YBCO superconducting system, structural, electrical and superconducting properties of Y-based superconductor has been investigated. The measurements of dc resisitivity were performed on all samples with four-probe method using low frequency/lowAC current (4 mA) . The superconducting temperature, Tc, were determined from the resistivity versus temperature (R-T) curves. Results show that Pb doping reduced the cirtical temperature(Tc) and superconductivity properties of our samples. The maximum and the minimum Tc were observed for the samples with x = 0.15 and x = 0.1 respectively. The structure and phase purity of samples were examined by the X-ray powder diffraction technique (XRD) performed by means of D8 Advance Bruker diffractometer with Cu kα radiation. The grain morphology of surface of the samples was analyzed by sacanning electron microscopy (SEM). XRD patterns of polycrystalline materials of composition YBa2-xPbxCu3O7-δ revealed that all prepared samples are orthorhombic. All of the peaks of YBCO and YBa2-xPbxCu3O7-δ have been used for the estimation of volume fractions of the phases and ignored the void peaks.

  10. Synthesis and characterization of YBaCu2O5-δ compound

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    Ehsandoust, A.; Sandoghchi, M.; Mokhtari, P.; Akhavan, M.

    2018-05-01

    YBaCu2O5 compound as one of the possible microstructures of Y3Ba5Cu8O19 has been synthesized. The X-ray diffraction analysis of this compound indicates that its formation is accompanied with the formation of YBa2Cu3O7-δ. The observed superconductivity around ∼92 K supports this. So, it seems that YBa2Cu3O7-δ is responsible for the observed superconductivity in YBaCu2O5, and this phase is not an independent superconducting phase. Consequently, the overall effect of the YBaCu2O5 formation during the Y3Ba5Cu8O19 fabrication process could be a reduction in Tc.

  11. Self-injection length in La0.7Ca0.3MnO3YBa2Cu3 O7−δ ...

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    Critical current, Ic, was measured at 77 K on both the control side as well as the LCMO side for different YBCO film thickness. It was observed that while the control ... devices which are essentially a heterostructure consisting of a layer of YBa2Cu3O7−δ (YBCO), grown over La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 (LCMO). The critical current of.

  12. Influence of oxygen disordering on static magnetic susceptibility of YBa2Cu3O7-x ceramics

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    Sokolov, B.Yu.; Vil'danov, R.R.

    2008-01-01

    Influence of disordering of the populated oxygen positions in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x ceramic's structure on its static magnetic susceptibility in the range of temperatures T>Tc is investigated. For occurrence of disordering the initial ceramics YBa 2 Cu 3 O 6,9 was annealed at T=520 C with the subsequent quenching in liquid nitrogen. Evolutions of a magnetic susceptibility and resistance of annealed ceramics during its air storage at a room temperature were studied. It is revealed that, unlike the initial optimum doped ceramics, annealed samples have appreciable temperature dependence of a magnetic susceptibility. Interpretation of results is executed on the basis of model of electronic phase separation and occurrence of a pseudo gap in a energy spectrum of free carriers of a superconductor. (authors)

  13. Epitaxial growth and superconducting properties of YBa23Cu3O7 thin films and YBa2Cu3O7/Dy(Pr)Ba2Cu3O7 superlattices

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    Triscone, J.M.; Brunner, O.; Antognazza, L.; Kent, A.D.; Fischer, O.; Karkut, M.G.

    1990-01-01

    The authors have prepared in situ REBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 (REBCO) (RE = Y, Pr, Dy) thin films and YBCO/Dy(Pr)BCO superlattices by single target dc planar magnetron sputtering. YBCO/DyBCO superlattices have been realized with modulation wavelength as short as 24 Angstrom, i.e., a unit cell of YBCO alternates with a unit cell of DyBCO, on average. The superconducting properties of such superlattices are indistinguishable from those of single layers. T co 's (zero resistance) are between 85 and 89K, and the residual resistivity ratios are between 2.5 and 3. In contrast to these results, when YBCO is layered with PrBCO, which is insulating, a dramatic change in the superconducting properties is observed. The authors have been able to artificially vary the coupling between single 12 Angstrom unit cell of YBCO by interposing insulating planes of PrBCO. As the YBCO layer separation increases, T c is reduced and the transition broadens showing evidence of 2-D superconducting fluctuations

  14. Structural and magnetic properties of pure and Cu doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films

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    Krishna, N. Sai; Kaleemulla, S., E-mail: skaleemulla@gmail.com; Rao, N. Madhusudhana; Krishnamoorthi, C.; Begam, M. Rigana [Thin Films Laboratory, School of Advanced Sciences, VIT University, Vellore – 632014 (India); Amarendra, G. [Materials Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam –603102 (India); UGC-DAE-CSR, Kalpakkam Node, Kokilamedu-603104 (India)

    2015-06-24

    Pure and Cu (7 at.%) doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films were prepared using an electron beam evaporation technique. A systematic study was carried out on the structural, chemical and magnetic properties of the thin films. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that all the films were cubic in structure. The pure and Cu doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films showed ferromagnetism at room temperature. The Cu doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films showed the saturation magnetization, coercivity and retentivity of 38.71 emu/cm{sup 3}, 245 G and 5.54 emu/cm{sup 3}, respectively.

  15. Atomic and electronic structures of BaHfO3-doped TFA-MOD-derived YBa2Cu3O7−δ thin films

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    Molina-Luna, Leopoldo; Duerrschnabel, Michael; Turner, Stuart; Martinez, Gerardo T; Van Aert, Sandra; Van Tendeloo, Gustaaf; Erbe, Manuela; Holzapfel, Bernhard

    2015-01-01

    Tailoring the properties of oxide-based nanocomposites is of great importance for a wide range of materials relevant for energy technology. YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7−δ (YBCO) superconducting thin films containing nanosized BaHfO 3 (BHO) particles yield a significant improvement of the magnetic flux pinning properties and a reduced anisotropy of the critical current density. These films were prepared by chemical solution deposition (CSD) on (100) SrTiO 3 (STO) substrates yielding critical current densities up to 3.6 MA cm −2 at 77 K and self-field. Transport in-field J c measurements demonstrated a high pinning force maximum of around 6 GN/m 3 for a sample annealed at T = 760 °C that has a doping of 12 mol% of BHO. This sample was investigated by scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) in combination with electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) yielding strain and spectral maps. Spherical BHO nanoparticles of 15 nm in size were found in the matrix, whereas the particles at the interface were flat. A 2 nm diffusion layer containing Ti was found at the YBCO (BHO)/STO interface. Local lattice deformation mapping at the atomic scale revealed crystal defects induced by the presence of both sorts of BHO nanoparticles, which can act as pinning centers for magnetic flux lines. Two types of local lattice defects were identified and imaged: (i) misfit edge dislocations and (ii) Ba-Cu-Cu-Ba stacking faults (Y-248 intergrowths). The local electronic structure and charge transfer were probed by high energy resolution monochromated electron energy-loss spectroscopy. This technique made it possible to distinguish superconducting from non-superconducting areas in nanocomposite samples with atomic resolution in real space, allowing the identification of local pinning sites on the order of the coherence length of YBCO (∼1.5 nm) and the determination of 0.25 nm dislocation cores. (paper)

  16. Dynamic electrical response of YBaCuO thin films as a function of microstructure in view of applications to agile electronics

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    Abbott, F.; Degardin, A.F.; Luca, A. de; Schneegans, O.; Caristan, E.; Kreisler, A.J. [Paris-6 Univ. (France). LGEP

    2001-12-01

    The electrical characteristics of YBaCuO thin films sputtered on LaAlO{sub 3} and MgO single-crystal substrates have been measured using a pulsed current technique, to avoid ohmic heating effects. The results are discussed in relation with deposition temperature (for films deposited on LaAlO{sub 3}) and substrate preparation (for films deposited on MgO). In the latter case, results are also discussed in the framework of a statistical model, which provides an empirical approach for the pinning phenomena in YBaCuO films, when a static magnetic field is applied. (orig.)

  17. Geometric and compositional factors on critical current density in YBa2Cu3O7‑δ films containing nanorods

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    Horide, Tomoya; Nagao, Sho; Izutsu, Ryosuke; Ishimaru, Manabu; Kita, Ryusuke; Matsumoto, Kaname

    2018-06-01

    Critical current density (J c) was investigated in YBa2Cu3O7‑δ films containing nanorods prepared with various nanorod materials, with variation of nanorod content, substrate temperature, and oxidization condition. Three types of compositional situation were realized: films containing strain induced oxygen vacancies; fully oxidized films containing cation compositional deviation; and oxygen deficient films. Normalized J c‑B behavior was determined via the matching field, which is a geometric factor, regardless of the compositional details. A J c‑critical temperature (T c) relation depending on distribution and fraction of compositional deviation (cation compositional deviation and strain induced oxygen vacancies) was found: the J c values decreased with decreasing T c due to the effect of T c on nanorod pinning strength in the fully oxidized films; J c decreased with decreasing oxygen pressure in the film cooling process after film deposition in spite of T c remaining almost the same, due to reduction of the effective area for current flow in the oxygen deficient films. Thus, a J c landscape based on geometric and compositional factors was obtained. The study highlights the importance of the J c‑T c analysis in the understanding of J c in YBa2Cu3O7‑δ films containing nanorods.

  18. Nucléation et croissance de films YBa_{2Cu3O_{7 - δ}} déposés par ablation laser sur substrat de MgO(001)

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    Keller, D.; Gervais, A.; Chambonnet, D.; Belouet, C.; Audry, C.

    1995-02-01

    In the field of superconducting devices devoted to microwave applications, the crystalline texture of high quality thin films based on YBa{2}Cu{3}O{7 - δ} is of primary importance. This study presents the formation of this texture on MgO substrates with the nucleation and growth steps up to a film thickness of 300 nm as observed by means of AFM, HRTEM and XRD. The influence of deposition temperature on the growth mode is shown and a nucleation/growth model is discussed. The minimum roughness of c_{bot 0}{(^1)} textured films, 300 nm thick and 20 × 20 mm2 in size is as slow as 2 nm. Dans le cadre de la réalisation de composants supraconducteurs de haute qualité à base du composé YBa{2}Cu{3}O{7 - δ} destinés aux applications en hyperfréquences, le contrôle de la texture cristalline des films est de première importance. La formation de celle-ci sur substrat MgO est étudiée depuis la nucléation jusqu'à une épaisseur de 300 nm au moyen de la microscopie à force atomique, de la microscopie électronique en transmission à haute résolution et de la diffraction des rayons X. L'influence de la température de dépôt sur le mode de croissance est abordée et un modèle de nucléation/croissance est discuté. La rugosité minimale des films d'épaisseur 300 nm et de dimensions 20 × 20 mm2 de texture c_{bot 0}{(^1)} est voisine de 2 nm.

  19. High temperature superconductivity of YBa2Cu3O7-σ compounds

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    Takriti, Salaheddin; Harara, Wafik

    1991-04-01

    A new preparation of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 -σ gave the orthorombic structure with critical temperature Tc=85 k. The space group was found to be Pmmm with lattice parameters (A o) : a=3.823, b=3.887 and c=11.678. The effects of γ-ray irradiation were noticed in the powder x-ray diffraction spectrums and in the changes of Tc which decrease as a function of γ-ray dose rate. The Cu 3+ /Cu 2+ ratio was changed at differents γ-ray dose rates, and these changes reduces the Tc sample also. (author). 28 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab

  20. Anharmonic Oxygen Displacements in La2-x (Sr, Ba)xCuO4 Planes and in YBa2Cu3O7 Chains

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    Pickett, W. E.

    1995-01-01

    An earlier calculation of the energy surface for X-point tilts if the CuO6 octahedra in La 2-x (Sr, Ba) x CuO 4 revealed an eight well potential surface. This surface indicated an extremely anharmonic situation and seemed to provide an explanation of a number of observed phenomena in this system, especially the coincidence of a drop in Tc with the occurrence of the low temperature tetragonal phase. We review experimental developments since that time, which indicate new complications. We also reconsider the zone boundary chain-buckling mode of the chain oxygen atoms in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 , for which our earlier calculation indicated a very flat (slightly double well) energy surface that would provide very little restoring force to this motion. We have studied the coupling of the chain buckling motion to the carriers by evaluating the shifts of bands near the Fermi energy. These deformation potentials themselves are not large (∼ 0.1-0.2 eV/A) and non-linear coupling is minor out to displacements of 0.25 A. (author)

  1. Femosecond dynamics of quasi-particles in YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 minus. delta. superconductor films

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    Han, S.G.; Vardeny, Z.V.; Symko, O.G. (Utah Univ., Salt Lake City, UT (United States). Dept. of Physics); Koren, G. (Technion-Israel Inst. of Tech., Haifa (Israel). Dept. of Physics)

    1991-03-01

    This paper reports on the transient electronic response of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} epitaxially grown HT{sub c} superconductor thin films in the femtosecond time domain, using transient photoinduced reflectivity ({Delta}R) with 60 fsec time resolution. For temperatures T {gt} T{sub c} only a bolometric signal was observed with {Delta}R {gt} O. For T {lt} T{sub c} {Delta}R {lt} O with a temperature dependent rise time of order 300 fsec followed by a relaxation (of order 3 psec) into a state with {Delta} are explained in terms of quasi-particle (QP) electronic response giving {Delta}R {lt} O. Thus the femtosecond rise time is interpreted as avalanche multiplication of QP across the gap 2{Delta} and the subsequent picosecond relaxation as QP recombination. The QP optical response is explained within the two fluid model.

  2. Resintering - a novel approach for preparing massive YBa2Cu3O7-δ-ceramics

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    Vuong, N.V.; Raspopina, E.V.

    1996-01-01

    The resintering procedure of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ -ceramics in 3BaCuO 2 + 2CuO eutectic melt for preparing massive samples is presented. The resintered ceramics is of the single orthorhombic phase YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ and has the volume fraction of the intergrain region reduced from 50 to 5%. The average grain size is twofold increased, the connection between grains is appreciably strengthened. (author). 12 refs., 10 figs., 1 tab

  3. RBS and ion channeling studies of Ag-doped YBa2Cu3O7-δ targets and films

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    Li Yupu; Liu, J.R.; Cui, X.T.; Chu, W.K.

    1998-01-01

    The location of Ag in Ag-doped YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ (YBCO) films and other high-T c materials (such as Ag-doped BiSrCaCuO films and Ag-sheathed textured BiSrCaCuO wires) is a very important issue for improving high-T c materials. In this work, laser ablated and DC magnetron sputtered YBCO films on (100) LaAlO 3 and (100) SrTiO 3 were prepared from sintered Ag-YBCO composite targets (nominally containing 5 wt% Ag) and studied by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) and ion channeling techniques using 2.0 MeV 4 He + and 7 Li + beams. We have found that the Ag-YBCO targets contain about 3 wt% Ag and most of the retained Ag atoms form some small size Ag precipitates with a typical size smaller than a few microns. We have demonstrated that in very good single crystalline YBCO films, the percentage of retained Ag in substitutional sites can be estimated by ion channeling technique. For example, we have found that about 1.2 wt% Ag atoms remain in the laser ablated Ag-doped films prepared from the Ag-YBCO target and about two-thirds of the retained Ag atoms occupy substitutional sites. The sputtered films contain less retained Ag atoms since the deposition temperature is higher and deposition time is longer than those for laser ablated films. (orig.)

  4. UHV-cluster-tool for fabrication of thin film structures and transport- and noise properties of YBa2Cu3O7-δ grain boundary-SQUIDs

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    Back, Christoph

    2007-01-01

    A UHV-thin-film-deposition system for the fabrication of thin film structures of metals and oxides was designed and optimized. For oxide materials, Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) was implemented. Epitaxial thin film growth can be analyzed during the PLD process by high-pressure RHEED (Reflection High-Energy Electron Diffraction). Furthermore layer-by-layer growth can be triggered by Pulsed Laser Intervall Deposition (PLiD). Heteroepitaxial multilayers can be fabricated automatically. Metal thin films can be grown by planar magnetron sputtering and by electron beam evaporation. Furthermore the system contains an rf-plasma source for surface cleaning and Ion Beam Etching (IBE). The three different deposition techniques are located in separate vacuum chambers which are connected by a central handling chamber allowing to combine all these processes in-situ. Furthermore superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) were fabricated out of epitaxially grown high-temperature superconducting YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 -films on bicrystals. The SQUIDs were structured using a combined process of ion milling and chemical wet etching. By this combined etching process, edge signals that appear during imaging of flux quanta by low temperature scanning microscopy can be avoided. The transport- and noise properties of the SQUIDs were investigated. (orig.)

  5. Preparation of epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7-y films on CeO2-buffered yttria-stabilized zirconia substrates by fluorine-free metalorganic deposition

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    Tsukada, Kenichi; Yamaguchi, Iwao; Sohma, Mitsugu; Kondo, Wakichi; Kamiya, Kunio; Kumagai, Toshiya; Manabe, Takaaki

    2007-01-01

    Epitaxial YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-y (YBCO) films of 120-550 nm thickness have been prepared by fluorine-free metalorganic deposition using a metal acetylacetonate-based coating solution on yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) substrates with an evaporated CeO 2 buffer layer. The YBCO films were highly (0 0 1)-oriented by X-ray diffraction θ-2θ scanning and φ scanning. The YBCO films 120-400 nm in thickness demonstrated high critical current densities (J c ) with an average in excess of 3 MA/cm 2 at 77 K using an inductive method. In particular, a 210-nm-thick film showed a J c of 4.5 MA/cm 2 . These excellent properties are attributed to the high crystallinity, small in-plane fluctuation due to high epitaxy and to the microstructure free from grain boundaries in the YBCO films. Further increase of film thickness increased the fraction of irregularities, i.e., precipitates and micropores, in the film surfaces, resulting in lower J c values

  6. Fabrication of 2-3 YBa2Cu3O7-x/polymer composite with Tc above liquid nitrogen temperature

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    Wilson, C.M.; Safari, A.

    1990-01-01

    This paper reports on high T c superconducting oxide woven networks fabricated and used to form YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x /polymer composites showing a superconducting resistive transition above liquid nitrogen temperature. The ceramic network was produced by soaking biaxially woven carbon fabric in a solution containing the stoichiometric proportions of Y, Ba, and Cu. Decomposition of the infiltrated carbon fabric and reaction of the remaining oxides resulted in a ceramic replica of the original fabric. The fired networks had a strand diameter ∼100 μm and were embedded in a polymer matrix to produce 2--3 superconducting/polymer composites with a superconducting transition of ∼89 K. Linear shrinkage of the networks was constrained during firing, although the radial shrinkage of the superconducting strands occurred freely. XRD of the networks indicated the presence of BaCO 3 , CuO, and BaCuO 2 as impurity phases

  7. Shear at Twin Domain Boundaries in YBa2Cu3O7-x

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    Caldwell, W. A.; Tamura, N.; Celestre, R. S.; MacDowell, A. A.; Padmore, H. A.; Geballe, T. H.; Koster, G.; Batterman, B. W.; Patel, J. R.

    2004-05-01

    The microstructure and strain state of twin domains in YBa2Cu3O7-x are discussed based upon synchrotron white-beam x-ray microdiffraction measurements. Intensity variations of the fourfold twin splitting of Laue diffraction peaks are used to determine the twin domain structure. Strain analysis shows that interfaces between neighboring twin domains are strained in shear, whereas the interior of these domains are regions of low strain. These measurements are consistent with the orientation relationships of twin boundaries within and across domains and show that basal plane shear stresses can exceed 100MPa where twin domains meet. Our results support stress field pinning of magnetic flux vortices by twin domain boundaries.

  8. Improved flux-pinning properties of REBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-z} films by low-level Co doping

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    Wang, Wentao; Pu, Minghua; Wang, Weiwei; Lei, Ming [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Levitation and Maglev Trains, Ministry of Education of China, Superconductivity R and D Centre (SRDC), Southwest Jiaotong University, Erhuanlu Beiyiduan 111, 610031 Chengdu (China); Cheng, Cuihua [Superconductivity Research Group, School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, 2052 NSW, Sydney (Australia); Zhao, Yong [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Levitation and Maglev Trains, Ministry of Education of China, Superconductivity R and D Centre (SRDC), Southwest Jiaotong University, Erhuanlu Beiyiduan 111, 610031 Chengdu (China); Superconductivity Research Group, School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, 2052 NSW, Sydney (Australia)

    2011-09-15

    Biaxially textured REBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3-x}Co{sub x}O{sub 7-z} (RE = Gd,Y) films were prepared on (00l) LaAlO{sub 3} substrate using self-developed fluorine-free chemical solution deposition (CSD) approach. The in-field J{sub c} values are significantly improved for REBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3-x}Co{sub x}O{sub 7-z} films through low-level Co doping. Co-doped GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-z} film shows the highest J{sub c} values at higher temperatures and fields, whereas the J{sub c} values of Co-doped YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-z} film surpass that of other films at lower temperatures and fields. In addition, the volume pinning force densities of films with Co doping have been distinctly enhanced in the applied fields, indicating improved flux-pinning properties. The possible reasons are discussed in detail. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  9. Superconducting properties of modified YBa2Cu3O7-δ ceramics

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    Kaleva, G.M.; Politova, E.D.; Kudinova, M.V.; Prutchenko, S.G.; Venevtsev, Yu.N.

    1993-01-01

    In connection with the promising practical applications of high temperature superconductors (HTSC) particular attention has been paid to studying the influence of dopant elements on the properties of HTSC ceramics. According to earlier work, replacement of the yttrium in the compound YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-8 (1-2-3) by rare earth elements, excluding Ce, Pr, Tb, and Pm, has almost no influence on the superconducting transition temperature (T c ∼ 90 K). Of the alkaline metals, only Sr will displace Ba over a wide range of concentrations (up to 50 at %), but in this case T c is reduced to 86 K. The strongest influence on the superconducting properties results from replacement of copper by 3d transition metals. Introduction of 10 at.% Zn, Co, Fe, Ni, Ti, Mn, or Cr in place of the copper leads to a drastic lowering of T c . At the same time it has been reported that microadditions of individual elements (replacement of Cu by Pd, Ti, and Fe, at a level of 0.1-0.5 at.%,) may elevate conducting phase and improve the contacts between grains, so that, in particular, there is an increase in the critical current density. In view of the possible positive influence which introduction of small quantities of individual elements may have 1-2-3 compounds, in the present work, the authors have studied the action of dopant additions, including complex ones, on this phase, with the goal of improving its superconducting properties. Structural and superconducting properties were studied for samples of YBa 2 (Cu 1- x M x ) 3 O 7-δ , with M = Sb (I), Mn (II), and Sb 1/2 Mn 1/2 (III), and (1-x)Y 1/3 Ba 2/3 CuO 3-δ ·xSr(Sb 1/2 Mn 1/2 )O 3 (IV), using x-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, Mossbauer spectroscopy, as well as changes in the temperature dependence of the resistivity ρ(T)

  10. Antiferromagnetism in reduced YBa2Cu3O6+x

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    Casalta, H.; Schleger, P.; Montfrooij, W.; Andersen, N.H.; Lebech, B.; Liang Ruixing; Hardy, W.N.

    1995-01-01

    Magnetic ordering was investigated by neutron scattering in an YBa 2 Cu 3 O 6+x single crystal. We observed antiferromagnetic ordering (AFI) (T N =410 K for x=0.1 and T N =368 K for x=0.18), but found no evidence for a reordering down to 2 K (AFII). The magnetic structure factors are presented to emphasize the anisotropic character of the form factor. ((orig.))

  11. Hole filling and interlayer coupling in YBa2Cu3O7/PrBa2Cu3O7 superlattices

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    Biagini, M.; Calandra, C.; Ossicini, S.

    1995-01-01

    Charge transfer effects in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 /PrBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 superlattices have been proposed by many authors as the origin of the experimentally observed strong depression of the critical temperature. We performed self-consistent LMTO-ASA calculations and found that no remarkable change in the electronic structure of the superconducting CuO 2 planes occurs in the studied structures, when the PBCO layer thickness is varied. The observed depression of the critical temperature does not seem to be originated intrinsically by a severe modification of the electronic structure or by the hole-filling mechanism. (orig.)

  12. Direct observation of Fermi surface in YBa2Cu3O7

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    Haghighi, H.; Kaiser, J.H.; Rayner, S.; West, R.N.; Liu, J.Z.; Shelton, R.; Howell, R.H.; Solal, F.; Fluss, M.J.

    1991-01-01

    We have performed a high-precision measurement (5x10 8 coincidence counts) of the basal-plane electron-positron momentum density in well oxygenated, twin-free, single crystals of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ . The raw, processed, and K-space reduced spectra unambiguously show a clear image of a major Fermi surface sheet. The form and profile of that image are in substantial quantitative agreement with theoretical predictions of a Γ-X electron ridge section associated with states in the CuO chains

  13. Simulation of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}/MgO surface growth

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    Mohammadizadeh, M.R. [Superconductivity Research Laboratory (SRL), Department of Physics, University of Tehran, North Karegar Ave., P.O. Box 14395-547, Tehran (Iran); Computational Physical Sciences Research Laboratory, Department of Nano-Science, Institute for Studies in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics (IPM), P.O. Box 19395-5531, Tehran (Iran); Safari, N.; Kia, M.; Savaloni, H. [Superconductivity Research Laboratory (SRL), Department of Physics, University of Tehran, North Karegar Ave., P.O. Box 14395-547, Tehran (Iran)

    2006-09-15

    For surface growth simulation of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} on MgO substrate, binding energies between each two different Y, Ba, Cu, O, and Mg atoms were calculated by ab initio pseudopotential density functional theory approach. Then, simulation of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} growth was performed by a simple two dimensional model based on the ballistic aggregation of hard discs. By increasing the substrate temperature, the atomic layers distribution is more condensed and the nanometric surface roughness decreases. (copyright 2006 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  14. Effect of cobalt doping on thermal conductivity of YBa2Cu3O7-δ superconductor

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    Suleiman, B.M.; Boerjesson, L.; Berastegui, P.

    1996-01-01

    The thermal conductivity of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ and YBa 2 Cu 3-x Co x O 7-δ (x=0.1) sintered compounds has been measured to investigate the effect of Co doping on the thermal conduction processes. The measurements were performed using the transient-plane-source technique. The thermal conductivity of the doped sample qualitatively resembles that of the corresponding undoped sample, but with values a factor of 2 lower. This decrease in thermal conductivity is attributed to scattering mechanisms due to enhancement of the microstructural imperfections and the decoupling between the conducting Cu-O planes as a result of Co-doping in the chain sites. An attempt was made to interpret the peak of the thermal conductivity below T c in terms of a theoretical model based on weakly damped collective electron excitations of the Bose type, with an acoustic dispersion relation (acoustic plasmons), inside the superconducting gap 2Δ(T). copyright 1996 The American Physical Society

  15. High T/sub c/ screen-printed YBa2Cu3O/sub 7-//sub x/ films: Effect of the substrate material

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    Bansal, N.P.; Simons, R.N.; Farrell, D.E.

    1988-01-01

    Thick films of YBa 2 Cu 3 O/sub 7-//sub x/ have been deposited on highly polished alumina, magnesia spinel, nickel aluminum titanate (Ni-Al-Ti), and barium tetratitanate (Ba-Ti) substrates by the screen printing technique. They were baked at 1000 0 C for 15 min, oxygen annealed at a lower temperature, and characterized by electrical resistivity measurements, x-ray diffraction, and optical and scanning electron microscopy. Properties of the films were found to be highly sensitive to the choice of the substrate material. The film on Ba-Ti turned green after firing, due to a reaction with the substrate and were insulating. A film on Ni-Al-Ti had a T/sub c/ (onset) ∼95 K and lost 90% of its resistance by ∼75 K. However, even at 4 K it was not fully superconducting, possibly due to a reaction between the film and the substrate and interdiffusion of the reaction products. The film on alumina had T/sub c/ (onset) ∼96 K, T/sub c/ (zero) ∼66 K, and ΔT/sub c/ (10--90%) ∼10 K. Our best film was obtained on spinel and had T/sub c/ (onset) ∼94 K, zero resistance at 81 K, and a transition width (10--90%) of ∼7 K

  16. Improving chemical solution deposited YBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ film properties via high heating rates

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    Siegal, M. P.; Dawley, J. T.; Clem, P. G.; Overmyer, D. L.

    2003-12-01

    The superconducting and structural properties of YBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ (YBCO) films grown from chemical solution deposited (CSD) metallofluoride-based precursors improve by using high heating rates to the desired growth temperature. This is due to avoiding the nucleation of undesirable a-axis grains at lower temperatures, from 650 to 800 °C in p(O 2)=0.1%. Minimizing time spent in this range during the temperature ramp of the ex situ growth process depresses a-axis grain growth in favor of the desired c-axis orientation. Using optimized conditions, this results in high-quality YBCO films on LaAlO 3(1 0 0) with Jc(77 K) ∼ 3 MA/cm 2 for films thicknesses ranging from 60 to 140 nm. In particular, there is a dramatic decrease in a-axis grains in coated-conductors grown on CSD Nb-doped SrTiO 3(1 0 0) buffered Ni(1 0 0) tapes.

  17. Pure and Y-substituted BaZrO3 ceramics. A possible support material for fabrication of YBa2Cu3O7-x high-Tc superconductors

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    Wang Xiandong.

    1993-01-01

    This thesis concerns the preparation and characterization of cuprate based high-T c superconductors (Y-123 and Bi-2223) and especially development and testing of BaZrO 3 based materials. The formation of YBa 2 Cu 3 O y (Y-123) by a CO 2 -free route involving reaction sintering of stoichiometric mixtures of chemically prepared fine powders of Y 2 BaCuO 5 , BaCuO 2 and CuO have been studied by thermal and XRD analysis. The synthesis and sintering of BaZrO 3 powders prepared by the hydroxide-alkoxide-methanol sol-gel route have been studied. The phase relations in the system BaO-Y 2 O 3 -ZrO 2 have been studied to determine the solid solubility limits for the perovskite phase Ba X Y Y Zr Z O N (X+X+Z=3) at 1500 deg. C. In the binary system Y 2 O 3 -BaZrO 3 the solubility limit was found to be ≅19 mol% Y 2 O 3 , i.e. Ba 0.81 Y 0. 4 2 Zr 0.81 O 3 . along the joint BaYO 2.5 -Ba the boundary was determined to be at BaY 0.21 Zr 0 . 79 O 2.895 . evidence for a new solid solution series between Ba 3 Y 4 O 9 and ZrO 2 are given, and a partial 1500 deg. C phase diagram for the ternary system BaO-Y 2 O 3 -ZrO 2 is presented. The growth of BaZrO 3 single crystals have been attempted both by a laser zone floating technique and flux methods. The compatibility between YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 -X and BaZrO 3 , Ba X Y Y Zr Z O 3-δ as well as BaHfO 3 have been studied at 950 deg. and 1050 deg. C. The results show the four most promising candidates as support materials for fabrication of YBa 2 Cu 3 O y to be BaHfO 3 , BaY 0.05 Zr 0.95 O 2.975 , , BaZrO 3 and BaY 0.1 Zr 0.9 O 2.95 . (EG)

  18. Strategic Research on Performance Optimization of YBa2Cu3O7 Coated Conductors

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    Aytug, Tolga; Christen, David K.; Kim, Kyunghoon; Lupini, Andrew R.; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Polat, Ozgur; Thompson, James R.; Xiong, X.; Selvamanickam, V.; Meyer, Harry M. III; Qiu, Xiaofeng

    2008-01-01

    Practical applications of second generation (2G) high temperature superconductor (HTS) wires require high critical current density, Jc, at high temperatures and magnetic fields. It has been well established that Jc can be increased via nanostructural engineering of artificial pinning centers within the HTS matrix. In the present work, composite LaMnO3:MgO (LMO:MgO) cap buffer layers with varying MgO contents 5 vol% up to 75 vol% have been grown on homo-epi MgO/IBAD(MgO) substrates to enhance the performance of YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) films. Results showed formation of phase separated MgO nanocolumns within the LMO matrix. The impact of these nanocolumns on the superconducting properties of YBCO films deposited on the nanostructured layer was investigated by electrical transport measurements. Such YBCO films showed better in-field performance compared to that of YBCO films on standard LMO cap films. In particular, measurements of the field-angle dependence revealed c-axis correlated pinning for YBCO films on these composite cap layers. The present results demonstrate a practical approach to obtain high performance superconducting wires.

  19. High sensitivity of positrons to oxygen vacancies and to copper-oxygen chain disorder in YBa2Cu3O7√/sub x/

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    von Stetten, E.C.; Berko, S.; Li, X.S.; Lee, R.R.; Brynestad, J.; Singh, D.; Krakauer, H.; Pickett, W.E.; Cohen, R.E.

    1988-01-01

    Temperature-dependent positron-electron momentum densities have been studied by two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation from 10 to 320 K in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 √/sub x/ samples. The positron ground-state charge density, computed by the linearized augmented plane-wave method, indicates that in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 delocalized positrons sample preferentially the linear copper-oxygen chains. Positron localization due to disorder in these chains is invoked to explain the striking differences observed between superconducting (x≅0.02) and nonsuperconducting (x≅0.70) samples

  20. Influence of vortex-vortex interaction on critical currents across low-angle grain boundaries in YBa2Cu3O7thin films

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    Albrecht, J.; Leonhardt, S.; Kronmüller, H.

    2001-01-01

    Low-angle grain boundaries with misorientation angles θ<5° in optimally doped thin films of YBa2Cu3O7-δ are investigated by magneto-optical imaging. By using a numerical inversion scheme of Biot-Savart's law, the critical current density across the grain boundary can be determined with a spatial resolution of about 5μm. Detailed investigation of the spatially resolved flux density and current density data shows that the current density across the boundary varies with varying local flux density. Combining the corresponding flux and current pattern, it is found that there exists a universal dependency of the grain boundary current on the local flux density. Considering the magnetic vortex-vortex interaction in and in the vicinity of the grain boundary, a model is developed that is able to describe the experimental data.

  1. Q factor of megahertz LC circuits based on thin films of YBaCuO high-temperature superconductor

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    Masterov, D. V.; Pavlov, S. A.; Parafin, A. E.

    2008-05-01

    High-frequency properties of resonant structures based on thin films of YBa2Cu3O7 δ high-temperature superconductor are studied experimentally in the frequency range 30 100 MHz. The structures planar induction coils with a self-capacitance fabricated on neodymium gallate and lanthanum aluminate substrates. The unloaded Q factor of the circuits exceeds 2 × 105 at 77 K and 40 MHz. Possible loss mechanisms that determine the Q factor of the superconducting resonant structures in the megahertz range are considered.

  2. Study of epitaxial YBa2Cu3Ox films

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    Lee, S.G.; Chi, C.C.; Koren, G.; Gupta, A.; Segmuller, A.

    1990-01-01

    In this paper, the authors present a systematic study of epitaxial YBa 2 Cu 3 O x films laser ablated on Y-cut LiNbO 3 substrates. X-ray diffraction pattern indicates that the c-axis is perpendicular to the substrate plane and the (110) direction of the film is parallel to the (110) of the substrate with two domains with the (110) as a mirror plane. Resistivity of the film shows a typical metallic behavior in the normal state with a sharp transition at 92K. The effects of oxygen deficiency on the resistivity are also studied. Oxygen content is controlled by annealing the sample either in low oxygen pressure or in vacuum and estimated from the c-axis lattice parameter determined by X-ray diffraction. As oxygen is depleted gradually, the film resistivity shows metallic, semiconducting, and eventually insulating behaviors. Superconducting percolation phenomenon is observed for the semiconducting sample at low temperatures

  3. Linewidth of Josephson oscillations in YBa2Cu3O7-x grain-boundary junctions

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    Divin, Yu. Ya.; Mygind, Jesper; Pedersen, Niels Falsig

    1993-01-01

    The AC Josephson effect in YBa2Cu3O7-x grain-boundary junctions (GBJs) was studied in the temperature range from 4 K to 90 K. The temperature dependence of the linewidth of millimeter-wave Josephson oscillations was measured, and it is shown that the derived effective noise temperature of GBJ mig...... Josephson oscillations observed at 77 K was equal to 380 MHz, which demonstrates the applicability of GBJ, particularly in the field of radiation spectroscopy, even at liquid nitrogen temperatures...

  4. High J{sub c} YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} Films via Rapid, Low pO{sub 2} Pyrolysis

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    DAWLEY,JEFFREY T.; CLEM,PAUL G.; SIEGAL,MICHAEL P.; OVERMYER,DONALD L.

    2000-09-21

    In this investigation, YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} (YBCO) films were fabricated via a metal acetate, trifluoroacetic acid based sol-gel route, and spin-coat deposited on (100) LaAlO{sub 3} with a focus on maximizing J{sub c}, while minimizing processing time. We demonstrate that the use of a low pO{sub 2} atmosphere during the pyrolysis stage can lead to at least a tetiold reduction in pyrolysis time, compared to a 1 atm. O{sub 2} ambient. High-quality YBCO films on LaAlO{sub 3}, with J{sub c} values up to 3 MA/cm{sup 2} at 77 K, can be routinely crystallized from these rapidly pyrolyzed films.

  5. Superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-x fibers from the thermoplastic gel method

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    Uchikawa, F.; Mackenzie, J.D.

    1989-01-01

    The successful fabrication of ceramic superconducting YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x fibers has been investigated. A new method was proposed for synthesis of the fibers through a solution route. The thermoplastic gels were synthesized using Y, Ba, Cu, ethoxides, and diethylenetriamine. The fibers were drawn from the reheated gels. The fibers were characterized by x-ray diffraction, SEM, and shrinkage ratio measurements. The fired and then annealed fiber is shown to have a superconducting transition temperature of 91 K (onset) and zero resistance temperature of 84 K. With regard to the fired fibers, it is found that the surface area increased and superconducting transition temperature decreased with increasing organic content in the initial gel. The usefulness of this method is shown and the structure of the synthesized gel is discussed

  6. TiO2 and Cu/TiO2 Thin Films Prepared by SPT

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    Full Text Available Titanium oxide (TiO2 and copper (Cu doped titanium oxide (Cu/TiO2 thin films have been prepared by spray pyrolysis technique. Titanium chloride (TiCl4 and copper acetate (Cu(CH3COO2.H2O were used as source of Ti and Cu. The doping concentration of Cu was varied from 1-10 wt. %. The X-ray diffraction studies show that TiO2 thin films are tetragonal structure and Cu/TiO2 thin films implies CuO has present with monoclinic structure. The optical properties of the TiO2 thin films have been investigated as a function of Cu-doping level. The optical transmission of the thin films was found to increase from 88 % to 94 % with the addition of Cu up to 8 % and then decreases for higher percentage of Cu doping. The optical band gap (Eg for pure TiO2 thin film is found to be 3.40 eV. Due to Cu doping, the band gap is shifted to lower energies and then increases further with increasing the concentration of Cu. The refractive index of the TiO2 thin films is found to be 2.58 and the variation of refractive index is observed due to Cu doped. The room temperature resistivity of the films decreases with increasing Cu doping and is found to be 27.50 - 23.76 W·cm. It is evident from the present study that the Cu doping promoted the thin film morphology and thereby it is aspect for various applications.

  7. Out-of-plane tilted Josephson junctions of bi-epitaxial YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O {sub x} thin films on tilted-axes NdGaO{sub 3} substrates with CeO{sub 2} seeding layer

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    Mozhaev, Peter B. [Institute of Physics and Technology RAS, Moscow 117218 (Russian Federation) and Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby DK-2800 (Denmark)]. E-mail: pbmozh@nm.ru; Mozhaeva, Julia E. [Institute of Physics and Technology RAS, Moscow 117218 (Russian Federation); Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby DK-2800 (Denmark); Bdikin, Igor K. [CICECO, University of Aveiro, Aveiro 3810-193 (Portugal); Kotelyanskii, Iosif M. [Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics RAS, Moscow 125009 (Russian Federation); Luzanov, Valery A. [Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics RAS, Moscow 125009 (Russian Federation); Zybtsev, Sergey G. [Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics RAS, Moscow 125009 (Russian Federation); Hansen, Jorn Bindslev [Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby DK-2800 (Denmark); Jacobsen, Claus S. [Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby DK-2800 (Denmark)

    2006-03-15

    Bi-epitaxial heterostructures YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O {sub x}(YBCO)/CeO{sub 2}/NdGaO{sub 3} were prepared on tilted-axes NdGaO{sub 3} substrates using laser ablation technique. The heterostructures were patterned for electrical measurements using photolithography and ion-beam milling. Electrical anisotropy of the YBCO film was tested on the ion-beam etched surface. Bi-epitaxial junctions with four different orientations of the bi-epitaxial border were fabricated and studied. The measured I V curves showed flux-flow behavior with critical current density 2.5 x 10{sup 4} A/cm{sup 2} for the twist-type junctions and 1.5 x 10{sup 3} A/cm{sup 2} for [1 0 0]-tilt type junctions.

  8. c-Axis projected electron-positron momentum density in YBa2Cu3O7

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    Bansil, A.; Smedskjaer, L.C.

    1990-11-01

    The authors present the theoretical c-axis projected electron-positron momentum density N 2γ (P x ,p y ) in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 based on the local density approximation (LDA) framework along various lines in momentum space. The calculations use the Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker (KKR) band structure formalism. The anisotropic distribution defined by taking cuts through the calculated spectra along different lines in the (p x ,p y ) plane possesses complex structures which arise from both Fermi surface effects and the anisotropy of the smoothly varying underlying background from filled bands; the maximum size of the anisotropy is about 10% of N 2γ (0,0). The theoretically predicted N 2γ (p x , y ) distribution is compared with the measured 2D-ACAR spectrum. The considerations suggest that in interpreting the 2D-ACAR data on YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 in terms of a band theory LDA picture, a substantial, largely isotropic, background should be subtracted from both the 2D-ACAR's and the associated LCW-folded spectra

  9. Optimization of Nd1+xBa2-xCu3O7 thin-film growth conditions using micro-Raman spectroscopy

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    Bae, J S; Yang, In-Sang; Jo, W; Wee, S H; Yoo, S I

    2006-01-01

    We explore optimal growth conditions for superconducting Nd 1+x Ba 2-x Cu 3 O 7 (NdBCO) thin films deposited under various oxygen pressures in the range of 100-800 mTorr. In this study we address spatial inhomogeneity, growth orientation, impurity phases, cation disorder, and oxygen deficiency of NdBCO thin films by using micro-Raman scattering. The films grown in the low oxygen pressure range of 100-200 mTorr show predominantly a-axis orientation and degraded superconducting properties with a critical temperature (T c ) of ∼80 K. The degradation of the transition temperature of the films deposited at lower oxygen pressure is attributed to the cation disorder, on the basis of analysis of the apical oxygen Raman mode. On the other hand, the samples grown in the higher oxygen pressure range of 400-800 mTorr show strong c-axis orientation and much less cation disorder. These features correlate with their high values of T c and J c

  10. High resolution electron microscopy and electron diffraction of YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7-x/

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    Krakow, W.; Shaw, T.M.

    1988-01-01

    Experimental high resolution electron micrographs and computer simulation experiments have been used to evaluate the visibility of the atomic constituents of YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7-x/. In practice, the detection of oxygen has not been possible in contradiction to that predicted by modelling of perfect crystalline material. Preliminary computer experiments of the electron diffraction patterns when oxygen vacancies are introduced on the Cu-O sheets separating Ba layers show the diffuse streaks characteristic of short range ordering

  11. Novel method for fabrication of integrated resistors on bilayer Ag/YBa2Cu3O7 films using Ni implantation

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    LaGraff, J.R.; Chan, H.; Murduck, J.M.; Hong, S.H.; Ma, Q.Y.

    1997-01-01

    A novel ion implantation method is described for fabricating low inductance integrated resistors on Ag/YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 (YBCO) bilayer thin films. Parallel high and low value resistors were simultaneously formed by patterning bilayer films into 10-μm-wide lines, then masking and implanting with Ni to selectively inhibit superconductivity in YBCO. Low value resistors (<1Ω/sq) were formed at 77 K as the supercurrent bypassed the Ni-doped nonsuperconducting YBCO and was shunted through the overlying low resistivity Ag metal. High value resistors (20 - 140 Ω/sq) were formed by removing Ag from above the implanted YBCO forcing the current through the implanted YBCO region. The sheet resistance of both types of resistors was found to increase systematically with increasing Ni implant energy. copyright 1997 American Institute of Physics

  12. Galvanomagnetic properties of atomically disordered compounds YBa2Cu3O7

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    Kar'kin, A.E.; Goshchitskij, B.N.

    2001-01-01

    To clarify the peculiarities of the metal-dielectric transition (MDT) in the HTSC type compounds one investigated into the galvanomagnetic properties of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 polycrystalline specimens irradiated by fast neutrons under 80 K temperature with F = 2x10 19 cm -2 fluence and subsequent to their exposure to the isochronal annealings within 150-390 K temperature range. It was determined that temperature dependences of R H Hall coefficient and of MR magnetic resistances of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 polycrystalline compounds disordered by fast neutrons retained the anomalous properties peculiar to the HTSC type disordered compounds in spite of the fact that conductivity was not a metallic one. This behavior is explained by the fact that in the disordered compounds there are two co-existing electron phases with conductivity as to the localized and the metallic states. Concentration of metallic phase is lower than threshold of passing, that is why, conductivity of this system is of dielectric type while R H and MR have temperature dependences similar to metallic phase that are renormalized by magnitude [ru

  13. Atomic-level studies of superconducting YBa2Cu3O/sub 7-x/

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    Kellogg, G.L.; Brenner, S.S.

    1987-01-01

    The transmission electron microscope, field ion microscope, and imaging atom-probe mass spectrometer have been used to examine the structure and composition of field-emitter ''tips'' prepared from hot-pressed samples of YBa 2 Cu 3 O/sub 7-x/. Transmission electron microscope images of the tip apex clearly show periodic defect structures which are interpreted as twins boundaries. Field ion microscope images reveal the structure of the samples in atomic resolution and indicate that the material can be field evaporated in a uniform, layer-by-layer fashion. Imaging atom-probe mass spectra contain signals corresponding to all of the constituent elements with intensities fairly consistent with the 1-2-3 ratio of the metals, but highly deficient in oxygen

  14. Influence of ion-rradiated SrTiO sub 3 on the properties of thin film oxide superconductors. [YBaCuO

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    Bordes, N; Cohen, M; Nastasi, M; Rollett, A D; Maggiore, C J [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (USA)

    1989-12-10

    The quality of high-temperature superconducting thin films is dependent on the structure of the substrate used. The present work examines the effects of radiation-damaged SrTiO{sub 3} substrates on the properties of Y{sub 1}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} thin film superconductors. Prior to film deposition, single-crystal SrTiO{sub 3} substrates were cooled to 77 K and irradiated with 400 keV neon ions to doses of 1x10{sup 15} and 1x10{sup 16} ions cm{sup -2}. Following deposition the film/substrate couples were annealed in ''wet'' oxygen at either 850 or 900deg C. Films on substrates irradiated at high doses showed an increase in transition width from 2deg to 8deg and lowered transition temperature from 92 to 65 K relative to films on low dose and unirradiated substrates. These differences are discussed in terms of results obtained from high-energy and Rutherford backscattering and channeling experiments, scanning electron microscopy observations and X-ray diffraction data. (orig.).

  15. The ab-anisotropy of twinfree YBa2Cu3O7-delta above and below Tc

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    Dam, B.; Rector, J.; Surdeanu, R.; Wijngaarden, R.J.; Koster, Gertjan; Peerdeman, F.; van Berkum, J.; de Groot, D.G.; Griessen, R.

    1998-01-01

    High quality twin-free c-axis oriented YBa2Cu3O7 films were grown by pulsed laser deposition on NdGaO3. We find resistive anisotropies between 1 < a/b < 1.6. The resistive anisotropy above Tc appears to be correlated to the anisotropy in the critical current below Tc. The normal state properties of

  16. Critical Josephson current in a model Pb/YBa2Cu3O7-δ junction

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    Atkinson, W.A.; Carbotte, J.P.

    1995-01-01

    We consider a simple model for a c-axis Pb/YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ Josephson junction. The observation of a nonzero current in such a junction by Sun et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 72, 2267 (1994)] has been taken as evidence against d-wave superconductivity in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ . We suggest, however, that the pairing interaction in the CuO 2 planes may well be d wave but that the CuO chains destroy the tetragonal symmetry of the system. We examine two ways in which this happens. In a simple model of an incoherent junction, the chains distort the superconducting condensate away from d x 2 -y 2 symmetry. In a specular junction the chains destroy the tetragonal symmetry of the tunneling matrix element. In either case, the loss of tetragonal symmetry results in a finite Josephson current. Our calculated values of the critical current for specular junctions are in good agreement with the results of Sun and co-workers

  17. Structure/Property Relationships for Sol-gel Derived YBa2Cu3O7-d and SrTiO3 Films

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    Dawley, Jeff; Clem, Paul; Siegal, Michael; Overmyer, Don

    2001-03-01

    Solution deposition of c-axis oriented YBa2Cu3O7-d (YBCO) films on buffered RABiT substrates is a potential method for rapid, low cost production of superconducting tapes for power transmission and other applications. For this work, 100-250 nm thick YBCO and SrTiO3 (STO) films have been prepared by spin-coating and dip-coating sol-gel solutions onto LaAlO3 (100) and RABiT Ni (200) substrates. Biaxially textured STO coatings have been deposited on LaAlO3 and RABiT Ni by using a "templating" technique and controlling growth temperature and pO2. YBCO films grown on STO coated LaAlO3 possess comparable superconducting properties to YBCO films grown directly on LaAlO3 ( 1 MA/cm2 at 77K), indicating that a high quality STO layer does not degrade the crystalline quality of the YBCO. The effects of processing parameters on the STO buffer layer and novel processing techniques for decreasing the processing time and simplifying the integration of sol-gel YBCO with Ni substrates will be discussed. Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corp., a Lockheed Martin Company, for the US Dept. Of Energy under contract DE-AC04-94A185000.

  18. Neutron scattering study of the magnetic phase diagram of underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x

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    Haug, Daniel; Hinkov, Vladimir; Sidis, Yvan

    2010-01-01

    We present a neutron triple-axis and resonant spin-echo spectroscopy study of the spin correlations in untwinned YBa2Cu3O6+x single crystals with x=0.3, 0.35 and 0.45 as a function of temperature and magnetic field. As the temperature T→0, all samples exhibit static incommensurate magnetic order...... with propagation vector along the a-direction in the CuO2 planes. The incommensurability δ increases monotonically with hole concentration, as it does in La2xSrxCuO4 (LSCO). However, δ is generally smaller than in LSCO at the same doping level, and there is no sign of a reorientation of the magnetic propagation...... vector at the lowest doping levels. The intensity of the incommensurate Bragg reflections increases linearly with magnetic field for YBa2Cu3O6.45 (superconducting Tc=35 K), whereas it is field independent for YBa2Cu3O6.35 (Tc=10 K). These results fit well into a picture in which superconducting and spin...

  19. Neutron diffraction study of Fe-substituted YBa2Cu3O7

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    Balagurov, A.M.; Mironova, G.M.; Pajaczkowska, A.; Piechota, J.; Shimchak, Kh.

    1989-01-01

    Neutron diffraction spectra of YBa 2 (Cu 1-x Fe x )O 7-δ (0 2 planes were determined. It is significant that the doped iron atoms occupy both of the copper site. The substitution of Fe for Cu in (2q) site is proportional to the concentration of iron in the sample. For small x there are a considerable amount of vacancies (10%) in the Cu1 site, which disappear quickly if x increases. Therefore, a joint effect of Cu substitution and the filling in vacancies by Fe occures for the Cu1 site. The amount of oxygen in samples increases with x up to 7.06 for x=0.12. Any visible effect of location of Fe at the Ba site is absent, but we can not exclude it completely. 20 refs.; 4 figs.; 1 tab

  20. Structural characterization of epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7 thin films on step-edge substrates by means of high-resolution electron microscopy

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    Jia, C.L.; Kabius, B.; Urban, K.

    1993-01-01

    The microstructure of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 films epitaxially grown on step-edge (0 0 1) SrTiO 3 and LaAlO 3 substrates has been characterized by means of high-resolution electron microscopy. The results indicate a relationship between the microstructure of the film across a step and the angle the step makes with the substrate plane. On a steep, high-angle step, the film grows with its c-axis perpendicular to that of the film on substrate surface so that two grain boundaries are formed. In the upper grain boundary, on the average, a (0 1 3) habit plane alternates with a (1 0 3) habit plane. This alternating structure is caused by twinning in the orthorhombic structure. The lower boundaries consist of a chain of (0 1 3)(0 1 3) and (0 1 0)(0 0 1) type segments exhibiting a tendency to tilt the whole habit plane toward the a-b plane of the flank film. Dislocations, stacking faults and misfit strains were also observed in or close to the boundaries. (orig.)

  1. Preparation of YBa2Cu3O7-x superconducting solutions and films from alkoxide-based precursors using sol-gel method and investigation of their chemical reaction mechanisms

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    Mutlu, Ibrahim Halil; Acun, Hediye; Celik, Erdal; Turkmen, Hasan

    2007-01-01

    In the development of coated superconductors sol-gel technique has been widely used as an effective processing method, especially in making long-length wires and tapes. However, one drawback associated with the deposition of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x and Gd 2 O 3 buffer layer on Ni tape is the adhesion characteristic at interfaces YBCO-Gd 2 O 3 and Gd 2 O 3 -NiO and NiO-Ni substrate. In this paper, two strategies for adhesion enhancement of multilayered ceramic oxide coatings on Ni substrate were proposed: (1) formation of chemical bonds through surface condensation reactions, and development of ceramic networks through diffusion of alkoxide precursors. The current research has focused on the fabrication and adhesion of YBCO coatings on buffered Ni substrate using nine solutions prepared from Y, Ba and Cu alkoxides, solvent and chelating agent. Only two of YBCO solutions were successfully obtained while the rest of them were unsuccessful. Among these solutions we scrutinized chemical reaction mechanisms of a successful and an unsuccessful solution for comparison. How the chemical bonds and solubility were affected by the acids, base and solvents used in the solutions was demonstrated. It was shown that pH of the solution, homogeneity of the solution and gelation, steric affect of the chemicals in sol-gel solutions are significant issues to obtain high quality superconducting YBCO thin films. In addition, X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used to analyze phase structure of YBCO and compare results of chemical reactions obtained by a chemdraw programme. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) studies was carried out to examine microstructures of YBCO films produced from alkoxide precursors, solvent, chelating agent and modifying liquid chemical materials such as triethanolamine or ammonium hydroxide. It was found to be YBCO, Gd 2 O 3 , NiO and Ni phases in YBCO/Gd 2 O 3 /Ni sample from XRD analysis. That the solution prepared by using triethanolamine provided the best film quality and

  2. Sputtering yields of YBa2Cu3O7 and Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3O10 by 100 keV Ar+ impact at normal incidence

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    Matsunami, N.

    1998-01-01

    The thickness change of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ (YBCO) and Bi 2 Sr 2 Ca 2 Cu 3 O 10-δ (Bi-2223) films by 100 keV Ar + impact at normal incidence has been measured using 1.8 MeV He Rutherford backscattering method. The sputtering yields of YBCO and Bi-2223 films are determined as 2.5 and 1.7 atoms per ion, respectively. A considerable segregation of Y is observed for YBCO by ion impact. Comparing the experimental sputtering yields with those of a computer simulation, the effective surface binding energies for the films of non-superconducting phase are obtained as 3.0 and 4.5 eV for YBCO and Bi-2223, respectively. These surface binding energies are compared with those of thermodynamics. (orig.)

  3. K-XANES study of YBa2Cu3O6.96 system

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    Mishra, A.; Varshney, D.; Shivkumar, K.M.; Pandey, D.

    1998-01-01

    The copper K-edge x-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) has been recorded in both CuO and YBaCuO samples on Cauchois type spectrograph with 0.4 m radius of curvature and a laboratory source of x-rays. The sample of YBa 2 Cu 3 ) 6.96 (T c =91K) were prepared by solid state route. The Cu K-XANES measurements were made on the powdered sample. The x-ray parameters, e.g., K-edge shift (ΔE k ), shift of principal absorption maximum (δE K ) and edge-width (δE A ) with reference to metal K-edge have been reported. The value of edge-shift of YBaCuO is larger than parent CuO. Also the smaller value of edge-width in YBaCuO is indicative of its ionic character. (author)

  4. Transport current anisotropy in oriented grained bulk YBa2Cu3O(x) superconductor

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    Selvamanickam, V.; Salama, K.

    1990-01-01

    The anisotropy in transport current density has been studied on bulk YBa2Cu3O(x) superconductor. The transport current density measurements were performed on oriented grained YBa2Cu3O(x) superconductor with the current aligned at different angles to the a-b plane. The angular dependence of Jc shows a rapid drop when the transport current is misaligned from the a-b plane at small angles and then a slow decrease at higher angles. An anisotropy ratio of about 25 is observed at 77 K and zero field between the Jc along a-b plane and that perpendicular to the plane. 15 refs

  5. Anisotropic electrical properties of superconducting single crystals YBa2 Cu3 O7-x

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    Konczykowski, M.; Rullier-Albenque, F.

    1988-01-01

    The effect of the hydrostatic pressure (up to 18 kbar) on the transport properties of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 single crystals was investigated. A decrease of the resistivity and of its anisotropy was observed under pressure whereas an increase of the critical temperature, of the upper critical field and of its slope vs temperature variation was found

  6. Observation of out-of-phase bilayer plasmons in $YBa_{2}Cu_{3}O_{7-delta}$

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    Grüninger, M.; Marel, D. van der; Tsvetkov, A. A.; Erb, A.

    1999-01-01

    Published in: Phys. Rev. Lett. 84 (2000) 1575 Citing articles (CrossRef) citations recorded in [Science Citation Index] Abstract: The temperature dependence of the c-axis optical conductivity sigma(ømega) of optimally and overdoped YBa_2Cu_3O_x (x=6.93 and 7) is reported in the far- (FIR) and

  7. Growth and properties of La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}/YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ}/La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} epitaxial trilayer films

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    Sharma, Minaxi, E-mail: meenanith@gmail.com; Kumar, Arvind; Sharma, K. K. [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur -177005 (India); Kumar, Ravi [Centre for Materials Science and Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur -177005 (India); Beant College of Engineering and Technology, Gurdaspur Punjab-143521 (India); Choudhary, R. J. [UGC-DAE-Consortium for Scientific Research, Khandwa Road, Indore-452001 (India)

    2015-08-28

    We report the growth and properties of La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}/YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ}/La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} LSMO/YBCO/LSMO epitaxial trilayer films, fabricated on SrTiO{sub 3} substrate using pulsed laser deposition technique. From x-ray diffraction and high resolution x-ray diffraction measurements, it is confirmed that the grown trilayered films are single phase and epitaxial in nature. Magneto-transport and magnetic properties are found to be dependent on the thickness of YBCO spacer layer. We infer that for fixed thickness of top and bottom LSMO layers, superconductivity is completely suppressed. At 100 K, the hysteresis loops reveal the ferromagnetic signature of trilayered film. At room temperature, we obtain a butterfly type scenario, signifies the co-existence of ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic interaction. In addition, at room temperature, the YBCO spacer layer allowing the top and bottom LSMO layers to interact antiferromagnetically.

  8. Effect of BSO addition on Cu-O bond of GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} films with varying thickness probed by extended x-ray absorption fine structure

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    Jeon, H. K.; Lee, J. K.; Yang, D. S.; Kang, B. [Chungbuk National University, Cheongju (Korea, Republic of); Kang, W. N. [Dept. of Physics, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-12-15

    We investigated the relation between the Cu-O bond length and the superconducting properties of BaSnO{sub 3} (BSO)-added GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} (GdBCO) thin films by using extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy. 4 wt.% BaSnO{sub 3} (BSO) added GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} (GdBCO) thin films with varying thickness from 0.2 μm to 1.0 μm were fabricated by using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method. The transition temperature (T{sub c}) and the residual resistance ratio (RRR) of the GdBCO films increased with increasing thickness up to 0.8 μm, where the crystalline BSO has the highest peak intensity, and then decreased. This uncommon behaviors of T{sub c} and RRR are likely to be created by the addition of BSO, which may change the ordering of GdBCO atomic bonds. Analysis from the Cu K-edge EXAFS spectroscopy showed an interesting thickness dependence of ordering behavior of BSO-added GdBCO films. It is noticeable that the ordering of Cu-O bond and the transition temperature are found to show opposite behaviors in the thickness dependence. Based on these results, the growth of BSO seemingly have evident effect on the alteration of the local structure of GdBCO film.

  9. Microstructure within domains of melt-processed YBa2Cu3O7-x superconductors

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    Alexander, K.B.; Goyal, A.; Kroeger, D.M.; Selvamanickam, V.; Salama, K.

    1992-01-01

    The microstructure within single domains of melt-processed YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x (1:2:3) material has been examined. Rather than composing a ''brick-wall'' structure, the stacked, parallel platelets within the domains are actually portions of a single crystal. A growth mechanism is proposed that is consistent with the observed microstructural features. The anisotropic nature of the growth of 1:2:3 results in gaps separating the platelets. The gaps, however, terminate within domains, resulting in interconnected single-crystalline material. The absence of weak-link behavior for current flow along the c axis and the high critical-current densities observed within domains of melt-processed 1:2:3 material are readily explained by the fact that current flow is solely through single-crystalline material

  10. Magnetic and electronic properties of YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub x (6. 5<x<7. 0) studies by muon spin rotation. [Y-Ba-Cu-O

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    Puempin, B.; Keller, H.; Kuendig, W.; Savic, I.M.; Schneider, J.W.; Simmler, H.; Zimmermann, P. (Physik-Inst., Univ. Zurich (Switzerland)); Kaldis, E.; Rusiecki, S. (Lab. fuer Festkoerperphysik, ETH Zurich (Switzerland)); Rossel, C. (IBM Research Div., Zurich Research Lab., Rueschlikon (Switzerland)); Forgan, E.M. (School of Physics and Space Research, Univ. of Birmingham (UK))

    1990-10-15

    A systematic study of the local magnetic field distribution p(B) in the perovskite-type superconductor YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} is presented. Special attention is given to the second moment <{Delta}B{sup 2}> of p(B) which is closely related to the superconducting carrier density n{sub s} and the effective mass m{sup *} of the superconducting carriers. The influence of temperature, anisotropy and hole doping are investigated in detail. It is found that the temperature dependence of the magnetic penetration depth in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} is in agreement with conventional s-wave pairing and suggests strong coupling. The anisotropic behavior of p(B) is well described by a theory for uniaxial type II superconductors, with an anisotropy ratio {gamma}{approx equal}5(1). Moreover, the zero-temperature values {lambda}{sub ab}(0)=130(10) nm and {lambda}{sub c}(0){approx equal}500-800 nm (penetration depth for screening currents flowing in the ab-planes and along the c-axis, respectively) were extracted from our data. {mu}SR experiments performed on oxygen deficient samples indicate that the structural and electronic properties of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} are strongly correlated via the oxygen content x. (orig.).

  11. Smooth surfaces in very thin GdBa2Cu3O7−δ films for application in superconducting tunnel junctions

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    Navarro, H.; Sirena, M.; Kim, Jeehoon; Haberkorn, N.

    2015-01-01

    Highlights: • A detailed study of the morphological properties of GdBa 2 Cu 3 O 7−δ thin films was realized. • The inclusion of a very thin SrTiO 3 buffer layer modifies the surface of the SrTiO 3 substrates. • The inclusion of the buffer layer suppress the three dimensional nucleation in the GdBa 2 Cu 3 O 7−δ film. • GdBa 2 Cu 3 O 7−δ films with large areas free of topological defects and T 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 2 Cu 3 O 7−δ films grown on (0 0 1) SrTiO 3 substrates by DC sputtering. We find that the use of a very thin SrTiO 3 buffer layer (≈2 nm) modify the nucleation of GdBa 2 Cu 3 O 7−δ on the surface of the substrate reducing the formation of 3 dimensional clusters. Our results demonstrate that 16 nm thick GdBa 2 Cu 3 O 7−δ films with an average root-mean-square (RMS) smaller than 1 nm and large surface areas (up 10 μm 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

  12. Oxygen potentials and phase equilibria of the quaternary Y-Ba-Cu-O system in the region involving the YBa2Cu3O7-x phase

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    Fitzner, K.; Musbah, O.; Hsieh Kerchang; Zhang Minxian; Chang, Y.A.

    1993-01-01

    The equilibrium oxygen potentials of four-phase equilibria (counting only the condensed phases) in the CuO-Cu 2 O-BaCuO 2 -Y 2 BaCuO 5 (211)-YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x (123) phase region were determined using the following solid-oxide electrolyte e.m.f. cell: Pt10Rh, air (psub(O 2 )=0.21 atm) vertical stroke ZrO 2 +Y 2 O 3 vertical stroke mixtures of oxides, Pt. The oxide mixtures whose oxygen potentials were measured were CuO-Cu 2 O-211-123, CuO-Cu 2 O-BaCuO 2 -123, Cu 2 O-BaCuO 2 -211-123 and CuO-BaCuO 2 -211-123. The phase in some of the mixtures were identified by X-ray diffraction. These data were analyzed and are presented using stability diagrams, i.e., oxygen potential as a function of the reciprocal of the temperature. Extrapolation of these data for the four four-phase equilibra to high temperatures yields a metastable five-phase equilibrium, i.e., 123=CuO+Cu 2 O+BaCuO 2 +211, at ∼1243 K (970 ) and log psub(O 2 ) ∼ -1.21 (psub(O 2 )∼0.062 atm). (orig.)

  13. Effect of ageing on optical and thermal properties of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}-{delta}

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    Nikolic, P.M.; Vujatovic, S.S.; Savic, S.M.; Ristic, M.M. [Institute of Technical Sciences of SASA, Belgrade (Czechoslovakia); Paraskevopoulos, K.M.; Zorbas, K.T. [Aristotle Univ., Thessaloniki (Greece). Solid State Section; Nikolic, M.V.; Aleksic, O.S. [Belgrade Univ. (Czechoslovakia). Center for Multidisciplinary Studies

    2007-07-15

    Photoacoustic phase and amplitude spectra of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}-{delta} samples synthesised 18 years ago were measured and numerically analysed. The value of thermal diffusivity obtained on the aged samples was lower than the values obtained for fresh samples. Far infrared spectra of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}-{delta} samples synthesised 18 years ago were recorded and analysed enabling determination of reflectivity peak phonon frequencies present at room temperature. X-ray diffraction analysis and far infrared reflectivity measurements enabled determination of a slight change of the oxygen content with time. The YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}-{delta} samples synthesised 18 years ago still remained superconducting, which was confirmed by resistivity measurements of the samples between 50 K and room temperature where the critical temperature was reduced from 93 to 73 K. Atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray microanalytical measurements were also performed confirming the composition of the sample. (orig.)

  14. YBa2Cu3O7thin films deposited by MOCVD vertical reactor with a flow guide

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    Sujiono, E.H.; Negeri Makassar; Sani, R.A.; Saragi, T.; Arifin, P.; Barmawi, M.

    2001-01-01

    The effect of a flow guide in a vertical MOCVD reactor on the deposition uniformity and growth rate of thin YBCO films has been studied. Without the flow guide the growth rates are low, have a poor uniformity and the film composition is not stoichiometric. The growth rate of the films grown using a reactor with the flow guide was approximately twice that without the flow guide. Using this flow guide the growth rates were 0.4-0.7 μm/h for growth temperatures varying between 600 and 750 C, and the crystalline quality as well as the surface morphology of YBCO films on MgO substrates is improved. For films grown at temperatures above 650 C the composition of Y:Ba:Cu is 1:2:3, as confirmed by EDAX spectra. Films deposited without and with the flow guide at 700 C have critical temperatures around 85 and 88 K, respectively. The reduction in ΔT c (T c,zero -T c,onset ) also shows an improvement of the superconducting properties of YBCO thin films deposited with a flow guide. (orig.)

  15. Synthesis of Cu2O from CuO thin films: Optical and electrical properties

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    Dhanya S. Murali

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Hole conducting, optically transparent Cu2O thin films on glass substrates have been synthesized by vacuum annealing (5×10−6 mbar at 700 K for 1 hour of magnetron sputtered (at 300 K CuO thin films. The Cu2O thin films are p-type and show enhanced properties: grain size (54.7 nm, optical transmission 72% (at 600 nm and Hall mobility 51 cm2/Vs. The bulk and surface Valence band spectra of Cu2O and CuO thin films are studied by temperature dependent Hall effect and Ultra violet photo electron Spectroscopy (UPS. CuO thin films show a significant band bending downwards (due to higher hole concentration than Cu2O thin films.

  16. Fluctuation-induced conductivity in melt-textured Pr-doped YBa2Cu3O7-δ composite superconductor

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    Opata, Yuri Aparecido; Monteiro, João Frederico Haas Leandro; Siqueira, Ezequiel Costa

    2018-01-01

    In this study, the effects of thermal fluctuations on the electrical conductivity in melt-textured YBa2Cu3O7-δ, Y0.95Pr0.05Ba2Cu3O7-δ and (YBa2Cu3O7-δ)0.95–(PrBa2Cu3O7-δ)0.05 composite superconductor were considered. The composite superconductor samples were prepared through the top seeding method...... using melt-textured NdBa2Cu3O7-d seeds. The resistivity measurements were performed with a low-frequency, low-current AC technique in order to extract the temperature derivative and analyze the influence of the praseodymium ion on the normal superconductor transition and consequently on the fluctuation...

  17. Potassium substitution effects in YBa2Cu3O7- & delta superconductor

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    M Farbod

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available   YBa2-xKxCu3O7-δ compound with x = 0, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2, 0.3, 0.5, 0.8, 1 was prepared. The samples were characterized by XRD, Tc, oxygen content and room temperature thermopower measurements. The results shows that by increasing the potassium, the samples go to the underdoped regime. This is due to the depletion of oxygen from the samples. By post annealing of the sample with x = 0.2 and Tc = 78 K in oxygen, the Tc increased up to 93 K which means it is possible to put back the oxygens into the structure.

  18. Potassium substitution effects in YBa2Cu3O7- & delta superconductor

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    M Farbod; M Zargar Shoushtari

    2006-01-01

      YBa2-xKxCu3O7-δ compound with x = 0, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2, 0.3, 0.5, 0.8, 1 was prepared. The samples were characterized by XRD, Tc, oxygen content and room temperature thermopower measurements. The results shows that by increasing the potassium, the samples go to the underdoped regime. This is due to the depletion of oxygen from the samples. By post annealing of the sample with x = 0.2 and Tc = 78 K in oxygen, the Tc increased up to 93 K which means it is possible to put back the oxygens into th...

  19. Positron annihilation studies in the high-temperature superconductors YBa2Cu3Osub(7-x) and HoBa2Cu3Osub(7-x)

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    Mandal, P.; Poddar, A.; Nambissan, P.M.G.; Choudhury, P.; Ghosh, B.; Sen, P.; Majumdar, C.K.

    1988-01-01

    In the high-Tsub(c) superconductors YBa 2 Cu 3 Osub(7-x) and HoBa 2 Cu 3 Osub(7-x) the Doppler-broadened positron annihilation lineshape parameter is studied as a function of temperature. Anomalies are detected around the transition temperature found by resistance measurements, giving indirect support for an electronic mechanism for superconductivity. The positron lifetimes in these compounds are measured at room temperature and are found to be similar. The origins of the several lifetimes found and their intensities are discussed. (author)

  20. Preparation of YBa2Cu3O7-δ powders by the thermal decomposition of a heteronuclear complex, CuY1/3Ba2/3(dhbaen)(NO3)1/3(H2O)3

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    Hasegawa, E.; Aono, H.; Sadaoka, Y.; Traversa, E.

    1999-01-01

    YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ powders were prepared by the thermal decomposition of a heteronuclear complex, CuY 1/3 Ba 2/3 (dhbaen)(NO 3 ) 1/3 (H 2 O) 3 . The products of the complex thermal decomposition were analyzed by TG-DTA, XRD, SEM-Auger and XPS. The decomposition of the CuY 1/3 Ba 2/3 -complex was obtained at about 500 C and the product was a mixture of oxides and carbonates. The formation of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ proceeded at 800 C, with a gradual decomposition of the carbonates. A homogeneous distribution of each element, Y, Ba, and Cu, was observed for the decomposed CuY 1/3 Ba 2/3 -complex by SEM-Auger analysis. The binding energy values of Ba3d 5/2 and O1s photolines from Ba and O in the superconductive lattice did not shift during the sputtering period. Furthermore, the formation of Ba rich regions on the surface was depressed by using the complex as a starting material for homogeneous 123-oxide, YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ . (orig.)

  1. Neutron scattering studies of spin correlations in metallic YBa2Cu3O6+x

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    Tranquada, J.M.

    1991-01-01

    Electron-electron correlations appear to play an important role in determining many properties of the copper oxide superconductors. One significant consequence of the electronic coulomb interactions are spin correlations. In the insulating phases of the layered cuprates, where the antibonding band due to Cu 3d x 2 - y 2 -O 2p σ hybridization in the CuO 2 planes is half filled, long-range antiferromagnetic order is observed. As the layers are doped with holes, the Neel order is rapidly destroyed, but dynamical antiferromagnetic correlations survive. In this paper, I will review some inelastic neutron scattering studies of the spin fluctuations in metallic YBa 2 Cu 3 O 6+x . The paper is organized as follows. In the first section I briefly discuss some background information concerning the phase diagram and spin waves in the insulating phase. Experimental results on metallic YBa 2 Cu 3 O 6+x samples are presented in the second section. The interpretation of these results and their relationship to nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) studies and to theory are discussed in the final section

  2. Positron-annihilation study of oxygen-deficient YBa2Cu3Ox (6.3<x<6.9)

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    Tang, C.Q.; Li, B.R.; Chen, A.

    1990-01-01

    We have measured the positron-lifetime spectra of oxygen-deficient YBa 2 Cu 3 O x for 6.3 m , τ 1 , τ 2 , and I 2 have a significant oxygen-content dependence. It is suggested that there are many kinds of positron states in polycrystalline YBa 2 Cu 3 O x , the disordering of O(1) vacancies strongly affects positron lifetime, and with gradually decreasing x the average electronic density decreases and the configuration and/or the charge states of the oxygen vacancies change in the region containing Cu(1)-O(1) chains

  3. Anisotropy of the Irreversibility Field for Zr-doped (Y,Gd)Ba2<\\sub>Cu3<\\sub>O<7-x<\\sub> Thin Films up to 45 T

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    Tarantini, C. [Florida State University; Jaroszynski, J. [Florida State University; Kametani, F. [Florida State University; Zuev, Yuri L [ORNL; Gurevich, A. [Florida State University; Chen, Y [SuperPower Incorporated, Schenectady, New York; Selvamanickam, V. [SuperPower Incorporated, Schenectady, New York; Larbalestier, D. C. [Florida State University; Christen, David K [ORNL

    2011-01-01

    The anisotropic irreversibility fieldBIrr of twoYBa2Cu3O7 x thin films dopedwith additional rare earth (RE)= (Gd, Y) and Zr and containing strong correlated pins (splayed BaZrO3 nanorods and RE2O3 anoprecipitates) has been measured over a very broad range up to 45 T at temperatures 56 K < T < Tc. We found that the experimental angular dependence of BIrr ( ) does not follow the mass anisotropy scaling BIrr ( ) = BIrr (0)(cos2 + 2 sin2 ) 1/2, where = (mc/mab)1/2 = 5 6 for the RE-doped Ba2Cu3O7 x (REBCO) crystals, mab and mc are the effective masses along the ab plane and the c-axis, respectively, and is the angle between B and the c-axis. For B parallel to the ab planes and to the c-axis correlated pinning strongly enhances BIrr , while at intermediate angles, BIrr ( ) follows the scaling behavior BIrr ( ) (cos2 + 2 RP sin2 ) 1/2 with the effective anisotropy factor RP 3 significantly smaller than the ass anisotropy would suggest. In spite of the strong effects of c-axis BaZrO3 nanorods, we found even greater enhancements of BIrr for fields along the ab planes than for fields parallel to the c-axis, as well as different temperature dependences of the correlated pinning contributions to BIrr for B//ab and B//c. Our results show that the dense and strong pins, which can now be incorporated into REBCO thin films in a controlled way, exert major and diverse effects on the measured vortex pinning anisotropy and the irreversibility field over wide ranges of B and T . In particular, we show that the relative contribution of correlated pinning to BIrr for B//c increases as the temperature increases due to the suppression of thermal fluctuations of vortices by splayed distribution of BaZrO3 nanorods.

  4. Grain boundary transport properties in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} coated conductors.

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    Berghuis, P.; Miller, D. J.; Kim, D. H.; Gray, K. E.; Feenstra, R.; Christen, D. K.

    2000-11-02

    Critical current data obtained as a function of magnetic field on an isolated grain boundary (GB) of a coated conductor and two other types of bicrystal GBs of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} show a peak in the critical current and an unusual hysteresis. These results provide support for a new mechanism for enhanced GB critical currents, arising from interactions of GB vortices with pinned Abrikosov vortices in the banks of a GB, as suggested by Gurevich and Cooley. A substantial fraction of this enhancement, which can exceed a factor of ten, also occurs upon surpassing the critical current of the grains after zero field cooling. A bulk GB and thin film GBs show qualitatively identical results.

  5. The role of interfacial defects in enhancing the critical current density of YBa2Cu3O7-delta coatings

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    Foltyn, Stephen R [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Wang, Haiyan [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Civale, Leonardo [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Maiorov, Boris A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Jia, Quanxi [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2009-01-01

    The critical current density (J{sub c}) of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}0{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO) films can approach 10 MA/cm{sup 2} at 77 K in self field , but only for very thin films. We have shown previously that strong thickness dependence results if J{sub c} is enhanced near the film-substrate interface. In the present work we investigate interfacial enhancement using laser-deposited YBCO films on NdGaO{sub 3} substrates, and find that we can adjust deposition conditions to switch the enhancement on and off. Interestingly, we find that the 'on' state is accompanied by interfacial misfit dislocations, establishing an unambiguous correlation between enhanced J{sub c} and dislocations at the film-substrate interface.

  6. Growth and characterization of high-Tc Y1Ba2Cu3O7-x superconducting thin films by chemical vapor deposition

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    Feng, A.

    1992-01-01

    In chapter I, the current status of high-Tc superconductors (especially Y 1 Ba 2 Cu 3 O 7-x ), their microstructures and their unique physical properties are reviewed. An introduction to the potential and importance of those high-Tc superconductors in practical applications, especially for the application of YBCO thin films in microelectronics, is given. A general description of the common YBCO thin film fabrication and characterization techniques is also presented in this first chapter. Chapter II describes a new CVD process, temperature-controlled chemical vapor deposition (TC-CVD) for the growth of YBCO superconducting thin films on substrates of practical importance, such as sapphire (Al 2 O 3 ) and on substrates of lattice matched perovskite-type single crystals, such as LaAlO 3 . In order to verify the viability of this new CVD process the qualities of YBCO superconducting thin films were examined by various characterization methods, such as resistivity vs. temperature (R vs. T), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and magnetic susceptibility (x) measurements. Chapter III deals with the effect of substrate temperature on the properties of YBCO thin films made by TC-CVD. The principle objective of this study is to raise the transition temperature and critical current densities of CVD YBCO superconducting thin films. Understanding the relations between YBCO film growth process and varying substrate temperatures proved to be crucial in reaching this goal. The authors present the characterization results of YBCO thin films produced by different temperature schemes, to illustrate the importance of varying substrate temperature during the film growth. In chapter IV, the Rutherford backscattering (RBS) channeling technique is described. They have used RBS channeling to characterize the epitaxial YBCO thin film's crystallinity and lattice alignment. Transmission electron microscopy studies are also included

  7. Flux motion and anisotropy in melt-processed YBa2Cu3O7

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    Koblischka, M.R.; Schuster, Th.; Kuhn, H.; Gluecker, M.; Dalen, A.J.J. van; Griessen, R.; Kronmueller, H.

    1993-01-01

    The melt-processing of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ - and Bi 2 Sr 2 CaCu 2 O 8+δ -samples offers a promising way to achieve high critical current densities also in bulk materials. This is of main interest for strong current applications of high-T c superconductors. Interesting basic features can also be studied using melt-processed samples, from which good quality crystals can be cut out. For example, such samples make it possible to do measurements in various angular positions without drastically changing the demagnetizing factors along the main crystallographic axes. Usually, most measurements studying the influence of intrinsic pinning have been carried out on thin films (1). To observe flux distributions in superconductors, we use the High Resolution Faraday (HRF) technique. This enables one to local observations of flux distributions, combining a high spatial resolution (∼0.8 μm) with the unique possibility to observe dynamic processes in the flux distribution such as flux motion due to flux creep (2,3). Additionally, torque measurements up to 7 T in the temperature range 10 - 77 K have been carried out on the identical sample for a comparison of the local HRF data with integral critcal current torque data. (orig.)

  8. Compositional analysis of YBaCuO superconducting films with ion beam analysis techniques

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    Jones, S.; Timmers, H.; Ophel, T.R.; Elliman, R.G.

    1999-01-01

    High-T c YBa x Cu y O 7-δ superconducting films are being developed for applications such as superconducting quantum interference devices. The carrier concentration, critical current density J c and critical temperature T c of these films depend sensitively on the oxygen content . Stoichiometry, uniformity with depth, homogeneity across the sample and film thickness are also important quantities for their characterisation. It has been shown, for example, that the stoichiometry of the metallic elements affects the growth characteristics and surface morphology of the films. With the deposit ion techniques used, reproducibility of film properties is difficult. The characterisation of YBa x Cu y O 7films with ion beam analysis techniques is complex. Whereas the three metallic elements can be detected with helium beams and Rutherford Backscattering (RBS), the oxygen signal is generally obscured by that from substrate elements. It can be better detected using resonant backscattering with 3.04MeV 4 He ions or nuclear reaction analysis. Elastic Recoil Detection (ERD) with high-energetic (1MeV/amu), heavy beams (Z > 120), enables all elements to be detected and separated in a single experiment. It is well established that ion bombardment induces vacancies in the oxygen sub-lattice, driving the material to change from crystalline to amorphous, the latter phase having a reduced oxygen content. In previous heavy ion ERD measurements of YBa x Cu yO z films with 200MeV 127 I beams, the opaque films became transparent in the beam spot area, indicative of the amorphous phase. The accuracy of the oxygen measurement is therefore questionable. Indeed, using Raman spectroscopy, distortions of the crystalline structure above a fluence of 5 x 10 11 ion/cm 2 and for higher doses some signatures of a reduction in oxygen content have been observed for such beams. It appears therefore that a correct determination of the oxygen content requires either a drastic reduction in fluence or a

  9. LaNiO{sub 3} buffer layers for high critical current density YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} and Tl{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8{minus}{delta}} films

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    Carlson, C.M.; Parilla, P.A.; Siegal, M.P.; Ginley, D.S.; Wang, Y.; Blaugher, R.D.; Price, J.C.; Overmyer, D.L.; Venturini, E.L.

    1999-10-01

    We demonstrate high critical current density superconducting films of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} (YBCO) and Tl{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8{minus}{delta}} (Tl-2212) using LaNiO{sub 3} (LNO) buffer layers. YBCO films grown on an LNO buffer layer have only a slightly lower J{sub c} (5 K, H=0) than films grown directly on a bare LaAlO{sub 3} substrate. YBCO films grown on LNO buffer layers exhibit minor microstructural disorder and enhanced flux pinning. LNO-buffered Tl-2212 samples show large reductions in J{sub c} at all temperatures and fields compared to those grown on bare LaAlO{sub 3}, correlating to both {ital a}-axis grain and nonsuperconducting phase formation. LNO could be a promising buffer layer for both YBCO and Tl-based superconducting films in coated conductor applications. {copyright} {ital 1999 American Institute of Physics.}

  10. Topotactic reductive synthesis of A-site cation-ordered perovskite YBaCo2O x (x = 4.5-5.5) epitaxial thin films

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    Katayama, Tsukasa; Chikamatsu, Akira; Fukumura, Tomoteru; Hasegawa, Tetsuya

    2016-04-01

    A-site cation-ordered perovskite YBaCo2O x epitaxial films were synthesized by combining pulsed-laser deposition and topotactic reduction using CaH2. The oxygen contents (x) of the films could be controlled in a range of 4.5-5.5 by adjusting the reaction temperature. The c-axis length of the YBaCo2O x films decreased with decreasing x when x ≥ 5.3 but drastically increased when x ˜ 4.5. In contrast, the in-plane lattice constants remained locked-in by the substrate after the reaction. The metal insulator transition observed in bulk YBaCo2O5.5 was substantially suppressed in the present film, likely because of the epitaxial strain effect. The resistivity of the films was significantly enhanced by changing the x value from ˜5.5 to ˜4.5, reflecting the distortion of the CoO x layers.

  11. Josephson oscillations and noise temperatures in YBa2Cu3O7-x grain-boundary junctions

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    Yu, Ya. Divin; Mygind, Jesper; Pedersen, Niels Falsig

    1992-01-01

    The ac Josephson effect was studied in YBa2Cu3O7x grain-boundary junctions (GBJ) in the temperature range from 4 to 90 K. The temperature dependence of the linewidth of millimeter-wave Josephson oscillations was measured and it is shown that the derived effective noise temperatures may be as low...... as the physical temperature in the temperature range investigated. In the millimeter-wave range, linewidths as low as 380 MHz were found at liquid-nitrogen temperatures. Applied Physics Letters is copyrighted by The American Institute of Physics....

  12. Measurements of the electric field gradient at cadmium in YBa2Cu3Ox, Y2BaCuO5 and Y2Cu2O5

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    Saitovitch, H.; Silva, P.R.J.

    1990-01-01

    The electric Field Gradient (EFG) at diluted Cd sup(111) in YBa sub(2)Cu sub(3)O sub(x) was measured by Angular Correlation (AC). In order to determine the atom-probe localization, AC measurements were also, performed on Y sub(2)BaCuO sub(5). A nuclear electric quadrupole interaction frequency (NQIF) was associated with Cd sup(111) in YBa sub(2)Cu sub(3) O sub(x) Cu(1) site. (author)

  13. Processing-property relations in YBa2Cu3O(6+x) superconductors

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    Safari, A.; Wachtman, J. B., Jr.; Parkhe, V.; Caracciolo, R.; Jeter, D.

    Processing of YBa2Cu3O(6+x) superconducting samples by employing different precursor powder preparation techniques such as ball milling, attrition milling, and narrow particle size distribution powder preparation through coprecipitation by spraying will be discussed. CuO coated with oxalates shows the lowest resistance above Tc up to room temperature. The extent of corrosion by water has been studied by employing magnetic susceptibility, XPS, and X-ray diffraction. Superconducting samples are affected to a considerable extent when treated in water at 60 C and the severity of the attack increases with time.

  14. Growth orientation and superconducting properties of YBa2Cu3O7films prepared by the low-fluorine sol-gel process

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    Lei Li; Zhao Gaoyang; Xu Hui; Zhao Juanjuan

    2010-01-01

    YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ (YBCO) films were deposited on (100)-oriented LaAlO 3 (LAO) single crystal substrates by the dip-coating process using low-fluorine solution. Their microstructures were characterized with the aid of X-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Their superconducting properties were measured by the standard four-probe method. The experiment results show that the film obtained under high enough humidity conditions exhibits better c-axis texture and superconducting properties than the film under a relatively low humidity conditions. Based on the classical nucleation and chemical reaction thermodynamics theory, the underlying crystalline and growth mechanisms of YBCO films under certain humidity conditions are explained in combination with our experimental results. It is suggested that the unreacted intermediate phases such as BaF 2 and CuO aggregated in the YBCO grain boundary will cause lattice distortion in the YBCO matrix and further induce the formation of a-axis oriented YBCO grains as crystallization proceeds. Therefore, it is believed that the relative content of water vapor within the heat-treatment atmosphere plays quite an important role in the preparation of c-axis oriented YBCO film with good superconducting properties. (semiconductor materials)

  15. Josephson effectss in bicrystalline Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ thin films

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    Amrein, T.

    1994-08-01

    A pulsed laser deposition process is developed for preparing high quality thin films of Bi 2 Sr 2 CaCu 2 O x on different substrates. Both microstructural and electrical properties of the superconducting films are well characterized, e.g. by SEM, TEM and AFM. The high reproducability of the thin film quality facilitated a detailed study of Josephson effects in bicrystalline grain boundary junctions (GBJs). Thin films are deposited on commercially available (001) SrTiO 3 bicrystalls and patterned by standard photolithography using wet-etching or Ar + -ion milling. The width of the micobridges ranges from 2 to 111 μm. The critical current densities across grain boundaries of thin film bicrystals have been measured as a function of the tilt angle Θ. For Θ=0 to 45 , the ratio of the grain boundary critical current density to the bulk critical current density decreases exponentially with increasing tilt angle. Microstructure investigations show a rough grain boundary of the superconductor (roughness 100 nm-1 μm) which is not determined by the roughness of the substrate grain boundary (1-3 nm) but by the island-plus-layer growth of the twin domains. The electrical properties are well described by the resistively shunted junction (RSJ) model. The I c R n -product reaches values of 2.2 mV at 4.2 K and 60 μV at 77 K. An optimized design for dc SQUIDs (Θ=24 ) is developed relating to the results of single GBJs. The values of the transfer function (∂V/∂Φ) run up to 74 μV/Φ o . The equivalent flux noise which is measured in a flux-locked loop mode amounts 4.5 to 25 μPhi o Hz in the white noise region for Φ≥25-50 Hz and 13 to 150 μΦ o Hz at 1 Hz. In conclusion, microstructural as well as electrical properties of bicrystalline Bi 2 Sr 2 CaCu 2 O x and YBa 2 Cu 3 O y GBJs are more or less equal. (orig.)

  16. Comparison in the electronic structure of YBa{sub 2}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 8} insulator with YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} and SmFeAsO{sub 0.8}F{sub 0.2} superconductors

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    Zhang, Y.; Guan, X.Y. [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Suspension Technology and Maglev Vehicle, Ministry of Education, Superconductivity R and D Center, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031 (China); Cheng, C.H. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2052 NSW (Australia); Pan, M. [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Suspension Technology and Maglev Vehicle, Ministry of Education, Superconductivity R and D Center, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031 (China); Zhang, H. [Department of Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Zhao, Y., E-mail: yzhao@home.swjtu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Suspension Technology and Maglev Vehicle, Ministry of Education, Superconductivity R and D Center, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2052 NSW (Australia)

    2013-10-15

    Highlights: • The electronic structure of YBa{sub 2}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 8}, YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} and SmFeAsO{sub 0.8}F{sub 0.2} were investigated by XPS. • The core-level and valence-band structures of these systems are different. • The density of states at Fermi level is related to the superconductivity. -- Abstract: The electronic structure and chemical states of relevant elements of YBa{sub 2}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 8} are investigated using X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS), compared with those of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} and SmFeAsO{sub 0.8}F{sub 0.2} superconductors. The typical differences and similarities in core-level and valence-band structures of these systems have been detected, strongly suggesting that the superconductivity have the finite density of states around Fermi level. Several features of O1s, Y3d, Ba3d, and Fe2p core lines in XPS spectra are also carefully compared and analyzed.

  17. X-ray diffractometry of 10 nm thick YBa2Cu3O7-x films

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    Drozdov, Yu.N.; Moldavskaya, L.D.; Parafin, A.E.

    1998-01-01

    We report on some specific features of the X-ray diffraction spectra for ultrathin c-axis-oriented YBCO films. The films were prepared by laser deposition on LaAlO 3 substrates. A DRON-4 powder diffractometer was used to analyze a structure and to measure thickness of the films. We find that this conventional technique can detect the YBCO films as thin as 5 nm. The X-ray interference fringes in the vicinity of the (005) YBCO reflections for the films from 10 to 20 nm thick were clearly visible. The oscillation period of the fringes depends on the thickness of the film and the intensity modulation yields some structural information. The I(-1)/I(+1) fringes intensity ratio was found to be sensitive to the type of atomic layer at the top and bottom of YBCO film [ru

  18. Critical parameters in the sputter-deposition of NdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} thin films

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    Hakuraku, Y.; Yokoyama, N.; Doi, T.; Inoue, T. [Faculty of Engineering, Kagoshima University, Koorimoto, Kagoshima 890, (Japan); Mori, Z.; Koba, S. [Yatsushiro National College of Technology, Yatsushiro 866 (Japan)

    1999-08-01

    A superconducting thin film of NdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (NBCO) was prepared on an MgO(100) substrate by dc magnetron sputtering. Superconducting properties as well as features such as resistivity at room temperature and surface morphology were improved by optimizing the composition of sputtering target and critical parameters such as substrate temperature and oxidation gas pressure. A highly c-axis oriented thin film with T{sub c} (zero resistance temperature) = 95.2 K was obtained reproducibly with NdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3.2}O{sub 7-{delta}} off-stoichiometric target sputtering. T{sub c} = 95.2 K was 8 K higher than that deposited by stoichiometric target sputtering. Critical current density was 1x10{sup 6} A cm{sup -2} at 77 K, and surface roughness was 35 nm. (author)

  19. Growth and characterization of textured YBaCo2O5+δ thin films grown on (001)-SrTiO3 via DC magnetron sputtering

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    Galeano, V.; Arnache, O.; Supelano, I.; Vargas, C.A. Parra; Morán, O.

    2016-01-01

    Thin films of the layered cobaltite YBaCo 2 O 5+δ were successfully grown on (001)-oriented SrTiO 3 single-crystal substrates by means of DC magnetron sputtering. The 112 phase of the compound was stabilized by choosing an adequate Co reactant and through careful thermal treatment of the target. The results demonstrate the strong influence of these variables on the final phase of the compound. A substrate temperature of 1053 K and an oxygen pressure of 300 Pa seemed to be appropriate growing conditions for depositing (00ℓ)-textured YBaCo 2 O 5+δ thin films onto the chosen substrate. In like fashion to the polycrystalline YBaCo 2 O 5+δ , the films showed a clear sequence of antiferromagnetic–ferromagnetic–paramagnetic transitions within a narrow temperature range. Well-defined hysteresis loops were observed at temperatures as high as 270 K, which supports the existence of a FM order in the films. In turn, the dependence of the resistivity on the temperature shows a semiconductor-like behavior, without any distinguishable structure, within the temperature range measured (50–350 K). The analysis of the experimental data showed that the transport mechanism in the films is well described by using the Mott variable range hopping (VRH) conduction model. - Highlights: • YBaCo 2 O 5+δ thin films are grown on SrTiO 3 substrates. • Strong (00ℓ) reflections are observed in the X-ray diffraction pattern. • A clear sequence of magnetic transitions is observed. • Semiconducting-like behavior is verified.

  20. YBa2Cu3O7-x 45 degree [001] tilt grain boundaries induced by controlled low-energy sputtering of MgO substrates: Transport properties and atomic-scale structure

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    Vuchic, B.V.; Merkle, K.L.; Funkhouser, J.W.; Bucholz, D.B.; Dean, K.A.; Chang, R.P.H.; Marks, L.D.

    1994-10-01

    Grain boundaries can act as weak links in the high T c materials. If properly controlled, these grain boundaries can be used in various device applications. We have been able to reproducibly form 45 degree [001] tilt grain boundary junctions in YBa 2 Cu 3 0 7-x thin films. The films were grown on MgO substrates using a pre-growth substrate treatment. A low energy broad beam Argon ion source was used to irradiate a select region of (100) MgO substrates. The film on the milled portion of the substrate grows predominantly with a grain orientation rotated 45 degree about the c-axis with respect to the grain on the unmilled portion. Backscattered electron Kikuchi patterns have been used to confirm that the rotation occurs across the entire milled portion of the substrate. Transport properties of these films are discussed and related to high resolution electron microstructural and microchemical analyses of the grain boundaries. This technique has potential use in device applications as a method for controlled grain boundary engineering

  1. The effect of ageing on YBa2Cu3O7-x obtained by the photoacoustic method

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    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Thermal diffusivity and electric transport properties of fourteen years old superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-x pellets were obtained using the photoacoustic transmission technique and then compared with freshly made superconducting samples. The theoretical model for photoacoustic (PA detection configuration is given. The measured amplitude and phase PA signals, as a function of the modulation frequency, were numerically analyzed. The thermal diffusivity, the coefficient of the carrier diffusion, optical absorption coefficient and the excess carrier lifetime were calculated. The thermal diffusivity of freshly produced samples decreased, after ageing, from about 1.3·10-6 to about 6.1·10-7 m2/s.

  2. High-temperature deformation of YBa2Cu3O7-δ with Ag additions

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    Routbort, J.L.; Goretta, K.C.; Singh, J.P.

    1990-01-01

    The steady-state flow stress of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ containing 15 to 30 vol.% Ag has been measured in air at nearly constant compressive strain rates between 5 x 10 -6 and 1 x 10 -4 s -1 from 830 to 900 degrees C. Addition of Ag dramatically decreases the flow stress compared to that of the pure superconductor, but the stress exponents and the activation energy for deformation remain unchanged

  3. Microstructure and properties of in-situ rf sputtered YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} thin films for microwave applications

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    Reagor, D.W.; Houlton, R.J.; Garzon, F.H.; Hawley, M.; Raistrick, I.D. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States); Piza, M.E. [Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, MA (United States). Dept. of Materials Science

    1992-06-01

    The residual surface resistance of a number of films of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}, prepared by off-axis sputtering onto MgO substrates, has been measured using parallel-plate resonator technique. Deposition conditions were kept constant, apart from the substrate temperature. There is no correlation between surface resistance and other important microscopic parameters, such as T{sub c} and c-axis lattice parameter. There is, however, a trend to higher R{sub s} with increasing volume fraction of in-plane misoriented material, although the correlation is not perfect. Furthermore, we have found that most of the misoriented material is localized at the film substrate interface and therefore is probably not responsible for most of the RF losses. The data suggest that at higher deposition temperatures, there is an increasing tendency for 45{degrees}-misoriented material to appear in the films, and it may be that a significant fraction of this material is present closer to the free film surface. STM qualitatively supports this conclusion.

  4. Microstructure and properties of in-situ rf sputtered YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 thin films for microwave applications

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    Reagor, D.W.; Houlton, R.J.; Garzon, F.H.; Hawley, M.; Raistrick, I.D. (Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)); Piza, M.E. (Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, MA (United States). Dept. of Materials Science)

    1992-01-01

    The residual surface resistance of a number of films of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}, prepared by off-axis sputtering onto MgO substrates, has been measured using parallel-plate resonator technique. Deposition conditions were kept constant, apart from the substrate temperature. There is no correlation between surface resistance and other important microscopic parameters, such as T{sub c} and c-axis lattice parameter. There is, however, a trend to higher R{sub s} with increasing volume fraction of in-plane misoriented material, although the correlation is not perfect. Furthermore, we have found that most of the misoriented material is localized at the film substrate interface and therefore is probably not responsible for most of the RF losses. The data suggest that at higher deposition temperatures, there is an increasing tendency for 45{degrees}-misoriented material to appear in the films, and it may be that a significant fraction of this material is present closer to the free film surface. STM qualitatively supports this conclusion.

  5. On hole spectra at YBa2Cu3O7 surfaces

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    Calandra, C.; Manghi, F.; Minerva, T.

    1989-01-01

    The author present a theoretical study of the modification of the one-hole spectra induced by the surface in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 . Basal plane surface terminated either with Ba or CuO planes are considered. Correlation effects are included by using a Hubbard model Hamiltonian and by calculating the self-energy in the low density approximation. The results indicate that both the main bands and the satellites are sensitive to the choice of the surface

  6. On the substitution of Sr ions at Y sites in YBa2Cu3O7-d

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    Siddiqi, S.A.; Sreedhar, K.; Drobac, D.; Infante, C.; Matacotta, F.C.; Ganguly, P.

    1989-10-01

    The effect of Sr substitution at the Ba sites in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-d has been studied, attempts to substitute Sr exclusively at Y sites have not been successful. We have been able to substitute Sr at Y sites only when the Ba ions are simultaneously substituted by Sr to give solid solutions of the type Y 1-x Sr x Ba 2-2x Sr 2x Cu 3 O 7- x /2-d . These examples show superconducting transitions higher than 78K without significant deterioration in the magnitude of the ac susceptibility. The substitutions are best understood in terms of site constraints on the ions occupying the Y and Ba sites. 4 refs, 2 figs, 2 tabs

  7. Normal-state transport parameters of epitaxial thin films of YBa2Cu3O/sub 7-//sub δ/

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    Stormer, H.L.; Levi, A.F.J.; Baldwin, K.W.; Anzlowar, M.; Boebinger, G.S.

    1988-01-01

    We report on a striking correlation in the electrical transport behavior of very high-quality (j/sub c/∼3.4 x 10 6 A/cm 2 at T = 77 K) epitaxial thin films of high-T/sub c/ Y-Ba-Cu-O in the normal state. With increasing superconducting performance, as characterized by the transition temperature, transition-temperature width, and critical current density, the resistivity rho, and the Hall coefficient R/sub H/, both assume remarkably simple temperature dependences rho = αT and R/sub H//sup -1/ = βT leading to a Hall mobility μ/sub H/proportionalT/sup -2/. The magnetoresistance at 10 T is less than Δrho/rho<10/sup -3/. We discuss an extreme two-carrier model to assess the T dependence of R/sub H/. .AE

  8. Comparative study of electronic structure and charge transport in isostructural cuprates YBa2Cu3O7 and PrBa2Cu3O7

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    Kormilets, V.I.

    1997-01-01

    The self-consistent calculations of electronic structure and charge distribution in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 and PrBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 crystals were performed by the method of linear muffin-tin orbitals with full potentials (FP-LMTO). It is revealed that the substitution of Pr for Y results in the charge transfer from a CuO chain to a CuO 2 plane. In its turn, this results in partial innihilation of holes responsible for superconductivity. The effect is analogous to that arisen from the removal of oxygen atoms from CuO chains. It is shown that the degree of covalence of 1-2-3 compounds being considered constitutes and essential value and decreases with pr substitution for Y

  9. Thermal transport in layered structure of YBa2Cu3O7-δ superconductors

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    Sharma, Rakhi; Indu, B. D.

    2017-12-01

    The heat transfer study in YBa2Cu3O7-δ superconductors structures is focused on the influence of the effect of scattering events in cross-plane and in-plane references. Understanding the mechanism of controlling the thermal conductivity of layered superconductors is an area of interest for nano microelectronics and thermo-electronic technological applications. The model of the thermal conduction, and phonon transport perpendicular and parallel to the layers of YBa2Cu3O7-δ are developed. It has been justified via numerical estimation and found substantial diminution in thermal conductivities in both in-plane and cross-plane directions of layered cuprate superconductors.

  10. Flux pinning properties of YBa2Cu3O7thin films containing a high density of nanoprecipitates: A comparative study to reveal size effects

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    Yamasaki, Hirofumi; Yamada, Hiroshi

    2017-11-01

    Temperature dependence of critical current density Jc(H, T) was measured in moderate magnetic fields (H ⊥ film) in two thermally co-evaporated YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) thin films (A, B) and two YBCO films (C, D) deposited using a pulsed-laser deposition method. All sample films were grown epitaxially with the c-axis perpendicular to the surface of a single-crystalline substrate. Transmission electron microscopy observation revealed that these four films contained a high density of nanoprecipitates with typical sizes of 3.6 - 5.0 nm (A), 5.0 - 7.1 nm (B), 7.0 - 10.1 nm (C) and 8.7 - 14.3 nm (D). Films A and B contained very fine nanoprecipitates, whose typical diameters Dtyp are smaller than double the estimated Ginzburg-Landau coherence length 2ξab at T = 77 K, and exhibited a steep increase of Jc with decreasing temperature. Whereas, film D, which contained relatively large nanoprecipitates (Dtyp > 2ξab at T ≤ 70 K), exhibited a gradual increase in Jc. This led to a remarkable crossing of the Jc(T) curves. The temperature dependence of Jc(H//c) under a fixed magnetic field is approximated by Jc ∼ (1 - T/Tc)m(1 + T/Tc)2 where the index m is larger for films containing finer precipitates; that is, m(A) > m(B) > m(C) > m(D). This means that finer nanoprecipitates generally cause steeper Jc increase at low temperatures, which is the origin of the observed crossing phenomenon. The experimental results are reasonably explained by several theoretical models based on the direct summation of elementary pinning forces fp calculated by core pinning interactions.

  11. State-of-the-art flux pinning in YBa2Cu3O7-δ by the creation of highly linear, segmented nanorods of Ba2(Y /Gd)(Nb/Ta)O6 together with nanoparticles of (Y /Gd)2O3 and (Y /Gd)Ba2Cu4O8

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    Ercolano, G; Bianchetti, M; Wimbush, S C; Harrington, S A; MacManus-Driscoll, J L; Wang, H; Lee, J H

    2011-01-01

    Self-assembled, segmented nanorods of c-axis-aligned Ba 2 (Y /Gd)(Nb/Ta)O 6 as well as randomly distributed nanoparticles of (Y /Gd) 2 O 3 and (Y /Gd)Ba 2 Cu 4 O 8 were grown into YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ (YBCO) thin films by pulsed-laser deposition. The complex pinning landscape proves to be extremely effective, particularly at higher fields where the segmented vortices yield a plateau in critical current density (J c ) with field angle around 60 0 . In 0.3 μm thick films, the J c values are higher than 1 MA cm -2 at 2.5 T (H||c axis). Owing to the combined interactions of the vortices with the different pinning centres, interesting new features are observed at high fields in the angular dependence of J c .

  12. Interaction of RBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub x (R = Y or Nd) coatings with alumina and zirconia substrates. [YBaCuO; NdBaCuO

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    Moreau, C; Parent, L; Champagne, B; Dallaire, S [National Research Council of Canada, Industrial Materials Research Inst., Boucherville, PQ (Canada)

    1989-12-10

    As-deposited YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} coatings by plasma spraying are not superconducting because of their inadequate crystalline structure and low oxygen content. A post-deposition heat treatment in oxygen is required to restore the appropriate superconducting YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} structure. During heat treatment, deterimental reactions between coatings and substrates may occur and lead to the degradation or destruction of the coating superconducting properties. In the present paper, interactions of RBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} (R = Y, Nd) coatings with alumina and zirconia substrates are examined. The modifications of the coating electrical properties and microstructure are studied using X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray analysis and resistivity measurements. Coating degradation is shown to occur by diffusion of the barium atoms out of the coating leading to the formation of Y{sub 2}BaCuO{sub 5} and CuO in yttrium-based coatings, and to the formation of nonstoichiometric Nd{sub 1+y}Ba{sub 2-y}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} and CuO in neodymium-based coatings. The coating degradation is more important on alumina substrates that on zirconia substrates for both yttrium- and neodymium-based coatings. (orig.).

  13. Role of thermal analysis in the study of superconductor YBa2Cu3O7

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    Virkar, A.N.

    1993-01-01

    The interstitial oxygen atoms along the b-axis of the orthorhombic unit cell of superconducting phase of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 form a chain of Cu-O-Cu-O located in the perovskite basal plane and these chains are interpreted to be responsible for superconductivity. Superconductivity can be strongly suppressed by introducing oxygen defects into the chain sites. The characteristic chain structure disappears in the non-superconducting tetragonal phase. Thus orthorhombic to tetragonal transformation takes place by an order-disorder transition between filled and vacant oxygen sites in the basal plane which results in the loss of superconductivity in oxygen deficient YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ phase. (author). 12 refs., 8 figs

  14. Transport properties of YBa2Cu3O7/PrBa2Cu3O7-superlattices

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    El Tahan, Ayman Mohamed Moussa

    2010-01-01

    The understanding of the coupling between superconducting YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 (YBCO) layers decoupled by non superconducting PrBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 (PBCO) layers in c-axis oriented superlattices was the aim of this thesis. For this purpose two conceptually different kind of transport experiments have been performed. In the first type of transport experiments the current is flowing parallel to the layers. Here the coupling is probed indirectly using magnetic vortex lines, which are penetrating the superlattice. Movement of the vortex segments in neighbouring YBCO layers is more or less coherent depending on the thickness of both the superconducting and non superconducting layers. This in-plane transport was measured either by sending an external current through bridges patterned in the superlattice or by an induced internal current. The vortex-creep activation energy U was determined by analysis of the in-plane resistive transition in an external magnetic field B oriented along the c-axis. The activation energies for two series of superlattices were investigated. In one series the thickness of the YBCO layers was constant (n Y =4 unit cells) and the number of the PBCO unit cells was varied, while in the other the number of PBCO layers was constant (n P =4) and n Y varied. The correlation length of the vortex system was determined to be 80 nm along the c-axis direction. It was found that even a single PBCO unit cell in a superlattice effectively cuts the flux lines into shorter weakly coupled segments, and the coupling of the vortex systems in neighbouring layers is negligible already for a thickness of four unit cells of the PBCO layers. A characteristic variation of the activation energy for the two series of superlattices was found, where U 0 is proportional to the YBCO thickness. A change in the variation of U 0 with the current I in the specimen was observed. The analysis of standard dc magnetization relaxation data obtained for a series superlattices revealed the

  15. Enhanced flux pinning properties in superconducting YBa2Cu3O7−z films by a novel chemical doping approach

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    Wang, W.T.; Pu, M.H.; Lei, M.; Zhang, H.; Wang, Z.; Zhang, H.; Cheng, C.H.; Zhao, Y.

    2013-01-01

    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 2 Cu 3 O 7−z (YBCO) films were prepared on (0 0 l) LaAlO 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 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

  16. High-frequency properties of superconducting Y-Ba-Cu-oxide thin films

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    Ramakrishnan, E.S.; Su, M.; Howng, W.

    1992-01-01

    rf and microwave properties of superconducting YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x thin films were measured and analyzed using a coplanar resonator structure. The films were developed by sequential electron-beam evaporation of the metals followed by postanneal processing. dc properties of the films were obtained from resistance-temperature and current-voltage measurements to evaluate the transition temperature and current densities. High-frequency properties were measured from 70 to 10 K and in the frequency range 1--3 GHz to determine the film characteristics as compared to pure copper films on the same substrates

  17. Optical characterization of surface and interface oxygen content in YBa2Cu3O/sub x/

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    Kelly, M.K.; Chan, S.; Jenkin, K. II; Aspnes, D.E.; Barboux, P.; Tarascon, J.

    1988-01-01

    Because YBa 2 Cu 3 O/sub x/ exists over a range of oxygen content and low oxygen material is nonsuperconducting, it is important to be able to measure and control this parameter for application purposes. We present an optical technique for determining oxygen loss at surfaces and interfaces, where processing and contacts with other materials may affect composition and where usual techniques are insensitive. Using a strong absorption feature at 4.1 eV which appears at low oxygen composition, we find that overlayers of Al and In remove oxygen from YBa 2 Cu 3 O/sub x/, but Ag, Au, and room-temperature exposure to moderate vacuum do not

  18. Geometric distribution of CuO chains in YBa2Cu3O6+x

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    Matic, V.M.; Lazarov, N.Dj.

    2006-01-01

    Statistics of CuO chains in basal planes of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 6+x high-T c superconductor has been studied in terms of two dimensional asymmetric next-to-nearest-neighbor Ising (ASYNNNI) model, with accentuation on distribution of CuO chains per different chain lengths. It has been shown that the fraction p(l) of CuO chains containing l oxygen ions (i.e., having the length equal to l), satisfies so-called ''law of geometric distribution''p(l)=ω(1-ω) l-1 , where the quantity ω is equal to the inverse of average chain length l av in the system, for given values of oxygen content x and temperature T. In the case of ortho-II (OII) structural phase, the geometric chain probability distribution is shown to hold separately for each of two different sublattices of oxygen sites, commonly known as α 1 and α 2 , with respectively defined l av α 1 (x,T) and l av α 2 (x,T). The theoretically derived result of the chain probability distribution p(l) is shown to be in a remarkable agreement with the results obtained out of extensive Monte Carlo calculations that were made within region of stability of orthorhombic structural phases in (x,T) space. The relevance of chain length distribution for accurate count of the number of transferred electronic holes to superconducting CuO 2 layers has been pointed out and expression for hole concentration has been derived. The concept of critical chain length for charge transfer mechanism was briefly discussed

  19. Synthesis of Y{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-δ} via combustion route: Effects of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles on superconducting properties

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    Mohd Suan, Mohd Shahadan, E-mail: mohdshahadan@utem.edu.my [Department of Engineering Materials, Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, 76100 Durian Tunggal, Melaka (Malaysia); Johan, Mohd Rafie [Nanomaterial Engineering Research Group, Advanced Materials Research Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    2017-02-01

    Combustion reaction was used to synthesis Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles embedded Y{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-δ} simultaneously. The effects of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles with nominal molar mass (x{sub mol}) of 0.02, 0.04, 0.06, 0.08 and 0.10 towards the critical current density J{sub C} of Y{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-δ} were verified by magnetic measurement. Resulted XRD patterns revealed that the calcined samples consist of pure Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Y{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-δ} phases which had been confirmed by EDX results. The SEM images showed that Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles (~10 nm) were distributed in polycrystalline YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-δ} grains and grain boundaries. The presence of higher concentration of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles has developed Al{sup 3+} rich spots which diffused within the YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-δ} superconducting matrix to form Y{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-δ} and was confirmed by EDX analysis. The samples were electrically superconducting at temperature above 85 K as measured by using standard four-probe technique. The magnetic field (H) dependent magnetization (M), M-H hysteresis loops measured at 77 K for x{sub mol}≤0.06 samples are significantly improved attributed to the increase of trapped fluxes in the samples. Remarkable increase of magnetic J{sub C} (H) in Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles added samples compared to the as prepared polycrystalline YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-δ} sample indicating strong pinning effect. It is suggested that well-distributed Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles in the polycrystalline YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-δ} matrix achieved via auto-combustion reaction has efficiently pin the magnetic vortex. The magnetic J{sub C} was optimized to ~6 kAcm{sup -2} in x{sub mol}=0.06 sample. On the other hand, insignificant magnetic J{sub C} improvement in x{sub mol}≥0.08 samples is probably resulted from the

  20. Exponential temperature dependence of the critical transport current in Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films

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    Yom, S.S.; Hahn, T.S.; Kim, Y.H.; Chu, H.; Choi, S.S.

    1989-01-01

    We have measured the critical currents in rf-sputtered YBa 2 Cu 3 O/sub 7-x/ thin films deposited on polycrystalline yttria-stabilized zirconia substrates as a function of temperature down to 10 K. The dependence of the granular films at low temperature indicated exponential behavior which is similar to the superconductor-normal metal-superconductor (S-N-S) type tunneling junctions. For the films with a grain size of approximately 1 μm, we observed two exponential decay constants, which suggest that Josephson junctions limiting the transport critical current are possible both at the grain boundaries and at twin boundaries

  1. Charge transfer and bond lengths in YBa2Cu3-xMxO6+y

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    Jorgensen, J.D.; Rhyne, J.J.; Neumann, D.A.; Miceli, P.F.; Tarascon, J.M.; Greene, L.H.; Barboux, P.

    1989-01-01

    We discuss the effects of doping on the Cu chain sites in YBa 2 Cu 3-x M x O 6+y . The relationship between bond lengths obtained from neutron scattering and charge transfer is evaluated in terms of bond valence. In particular, it is concluded that removing an oxygen from the chains transfers one electron to the planes. 24 refs., 3 figs

  2. Microwave surface resistance of YBa2Cu3O/sub 6.9/ superconducting films

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    Martens, J.S.; Beyer, J.B.; Ginley, D.S.

    1988-01-01

    The microwave surface resistance of an YBa 2 Cu 3 O/sub 6.9/ superconducting thick film was measured over the range 7.0--16.7 GHz at 77 K. This was done by placing a sample in a TE 01 /sub n/ wavemeter cavity and observing the change in selectivity of the cavity. The material's surface resistance is of the same order of magnitude as that of silver at 77 K from 8 to 12 GHz and improves about another order at 4.2 K. The power-law behavior of surface resistance with frequency is probably close to quadratic. This is similar to the behavior of low critical temperature superconductors

  3. Uncovering a new quasi-2D CuO2 plane between the YBa2Cu3O7 and CeO2 buffer layer of coated conductors

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    Li, Zhi-Xin; Cao, Jin-Jin; Gou, Xiao-Fan; Wang, Tian-Ge; Xue, Feng

    2018-01-01

    We report a discovery of the quasi-two-dimensional (quasi-2D) CuO2 plane between the superconductor YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) and CeO2 buffer layer (mostly used in the fabrication) of coated conductors through the atomistic computer simulations with the molecular dynamics (MD) and first-principle calculations. For an YBCO coated conductor with multilayer structures, the buffer layers deposited onto a substrate are mainly considered to transfer a strong biaxial texture from the substrate to the YBCO layer. To deeply understand the tuning mechanism of the texture transfer, exploring the complete atomic-level picture of the structure between the YBa2Cu3O7/CeO2 interfaces is firstly required. However, the related observation data have not been available due to some big challenges of experimental techniques. With the MD simulations, having tested the accuracy of the potential functions for the YBa2Cu3O7/CeO2 interface, we constructed a total of 54 possible atom stacking models of the interface and identified its most appropriate and stable structure according to the criterion of the interface adhesion energy and the coherent characterization. To further verify the stability of the identified structure, we performed the first-principle calculations to obtain the adhesion energy and developed the general knowledge of the interface structure. Finally, a coherent interface formed with a new built quasi-2D CuO2 plane that is structurally similar to the CuO2 plane inside bulk YBCO was determined.

  4. Integration of atomic layer deposition CeO2 thin films with functional complex oxides and 3D patterns

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    Coll, M.; Palau, A.; Gonzalez-Rosillo, J.C.; Gazquez, J.; Obradors, X.; Puig, T.

    2014-01-01

    We present a low-temperature, < 300 °C, ex-situ integration of atomic layer deposition (ALD) ultrathin CeO 2 layers (3 to 5 unit cells) with chemical solution deposited La 0.7 Sr 0.3 MnO 3 (LSMO) functional complex oxides for multilayer growth without jeopardizing the morphology, microstructure and physical properties of the functional oxide layer. We have also extended this procedure to pulsed laser deposited YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 (YBCO) thin films. Scanning force microscopy, X-ray diffraction, aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy and macroscopic magnetic measurements were used to evaluate the quality of the perovskite films before and after the ALD process. By means of microcontact printing and ALD we have prepared CeO 2 patterns using an ozone-robust photoresist that will avoid the use of hazardous lithography processes directly on the device components. These bilayers, CeO 2 /LSMO and CeO 2 /YBCO, are foreseen to have special interest for resistive switching phenomena in resistive random-access memory. - Highlights: • Integration of atomic layer deposition (ALD) CeO 2 layers on functional complex oxides • Resistive switching is identified in CeO 2 /La 0.7 Sr 0.3 MnO 3 and CeO 2 /YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 bilayers. • Study of the robustness of organic polymers for area-selective ALD • Combination of ALD and micro-contact printing to obtain 3D patterns of CeO 2

  5. Controlling BaZrO3 nanostructure orientation in YBa2Cu3O{}_{7-\\delta } films for a three-dimensional pinning landscape

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    Wu, J. Z.; Shi, J. J.; Baca, F. J.; Emergo, R.; Wilt, J.; Haugan, T. J.

    2015-12-01

    The orientation phase diagram of self-assembled BaZrO3 (BZO) nanostructures in c-oriented YBa2Cu3O{}7-δ (YBCO) films on flat and vicinal SrTiO3 substrates was studied experimentally with different dopant concentrations and vicinal angles and theoretically using a micromechanical model based on the theory of elasticity. The organized BZO nanostructure configuration was found to be tunable, between c-axis to ab-plane alignment, by the dopant concentration in the YBCO film matrix strained via lattice mismatched substrates. The correlation between the local strain caused by the BZO doping and the global strain on the matrix provides a unique approach for controllable growth of dopant nanostructure landscapes. In particular, a mixed phase of the c-axis-aligned nanorods and the ab-plane-aligned planar nanostructures can be obtained, leading to a three-dimensional pinning landscape with single impurity doping and much improved J c in almost all directions of applied magnetic field.

  6. Defect structures in YBa2Cu3O/sub 7-x/ produced by electron irradiation

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    Kirk, M.A.; Baker, M.C.; Liu, J.Z.; Lam, D.J.; Weber, H.W.

    1987-12-01

    Defect structures in YBa 2 Cu 3 O/sub 7-x/ produced by electron irradiation at 300 0 K were investigated by transmission electron microscopy. Threshold energies for the production of visible defects were determined to be 152 keV and 131 keV (+- 7 keV) in directions near the a and b (b > a) axes (both perpendicular to c, the long axis in the orthorhombic structure), respectively. During above threshold irradiations in an electron flux of 3 x 10 18 cm -2 s -1 , extended defects were observed to form and grow to sizes of 10 to 50 nm over 1000 s in material thicknesses 20 to 200 nm. Such low electron threshold energies suggest oxygen atom displacements with recoil energies near 20 eV. The observation of movement of twin boundaries during irradiation just above threshold suggests movement of the basal plane oxygen atoms by direct displacement or defect migration processes. Crystals irradiated above threshold were observed after about 24 hours to have transformed to a structure heavily faulted on planes perpendicular to the c axis. 3 refs., 3 figs

  7. Surface structure of YBa2Cu3O7-x probed by reversed-bias scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Edwards, H.L.; Markert, J.T.; Lozanne, A.L.d.

    1994-01-01

    We report the results of scanning tunneling microscopy studies on high-quality single crystals of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x (YBCO) which were cleaved along a basal plane in situ at 20 K prior to measurement. The initial results of a systematic study of the YBCO surface are presented. Reversed-bias images of the CuO chain layer reveal modulations 3.3±0.3|b|=1.3±0.1 nm in wavelength which change phase by 180 degree under bias polarity reversal along solid chains, and are invariant under bias polarity reversal at a point defect. Regions of sharp unit-cell-sized square corrugations with disordered islands are also observed. We interpret these new results in terms of our previous model [H. L. Edwards, J. T. Markert, and A. L. de Lozanne, Phys. Rev. Lett. 69, 2967 (1992)] of the cleaved YBCO surface

  8. Why the compound Yba sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 6 is not a superconductor. Pourquoi le compose YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 6 n'est-il pas un supraconducteur

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    Gupta, M [Paris-11, Univ., 91 - Orsay (FR); Gupta, R P [CEA Centre d' Etudes Nucleaire de Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (FR). Dept. de Technologie

    1989-01-01

    A comparative study of the electronic structure of superconducting YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} and non superconducting YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6} is presented. Our calculation shows that the densities of states at the Cu sites with pyramidal coordination and at its four oxygen neighboring sites in the horizontal planes are very similar in the superconducting and non-superconducting phases. Thus, the bidimensional character is unaltered in the two compounds. However, unlike for YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}, we find that in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6}, the Cu atoms of the linear chain sites and the oxygen atoms with which it interacts along the c axis are respectively in the charged state Cu{sup +} and O{sup 2-}; these sites are insulating since the densities of states at the Fermi energy is almost nil. These results suggest the importance of the linear Cu-O chains in the superconducting properties.

  9. Conductivity fluctuation and superconducting parameters of the YBa2Cu3-x (PO4) x O7-δ material

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    Rojas Sarmiento, M.P.; Uribe Laverde, M.A.; Vera Lopez, E.; Landinez Tellez, D.A.; Roa-Rojas, J.

    2007-01-01

    Synthesis of the YBa 2 Cu 3- x (PO 4 ) x O 7- δ superconducting material by the standard solid-state reaction is reported. DC resistivity measurements reveal the improvement of the critical temperature (T C ) when substitution of phosphate in the Cu sites is performed. A bulk T C =97 K was determined by the criterion of the maximum in the temperature derivative of electrical resistivity. Structure characterization by means the X-ray diffraction technique shows the crystalline appropriated distribution of PO 4 into the CuO 2 superconducting planes. In order to examine the effect of phosphates on the pairing mechanism close to T C , conductivity fluctuation analysis was performed by the method of logarithmic temperature derivative of the conductivity excess. We found the occurrence of Gaussian-like fluctuations. The correlations of the critical exponents with the dimensionality of the fluctuation system for each Gaussian regime were performed by using the Aslamazov-Larkin theory. The Ginzburg number for this superconducting material is predicted and the critical magnetic fields, critical current density and the jump in the specific heat at the critical temperature are theoretically determined

  10. Importance of low-angle grain boundaries in YBa2Cu3O7-δ coated conductors

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    Durrell, J H; Rutter, N A

    2009-01-01

    Over the past ten years the perception of grain boundaries in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ conductors has changed greatly. They are now not a problem to be eliminated, but an inevitable and potentially favourable part of the material. This change has arisen as a consequence of new manufacturing techniques which result in excellent grain alignment, reducing the spread of grain boundary misorientation angles. At the same time there is considerable recent evidence which indicates that the variation of properties of grain boundaries with mismatch angle is more complex than a simple exponential decrease in critical current. This is due to the fact that low-angle grain boundaries represent a qualitatively different system to high-angle boundaries. The time is therefore right for a targeted review of research into low-angle YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ grain boundaries. This article does not purport to be a comprehensive review of the physics of grain boundaries as found in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ in general; for a broader overview we would recommend that the reader consult the comprehensive review of Hilgenkamp and Mannhart (2002 Rev. Mod. Phys. 74 485). The purpose of this article is to review the origin and properties of the low-angle grain boundaries found in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ coated conductors both individually and as a collective system. (topical review)

  11. Surface morphology and in-plane-epitaxy of SmBa2Cu3O7films on SrTiO3 (001) substrates studied by STM and grazing incidence x-ray diffraction

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    Jiang, Q.D.; Smilgies, D.M.; Feidenhans'l, R.

    1996-01-01

    The surface morphology and in-plane epitaxy of thin films of SmBa(2)Cu3O(7-delta) (Sm-BCO) grown on SrTiO3 (001) substrates with various thicknesses have been investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and grazing incidence x-ray diffraction (GIXRD). As revealed by GIXRD, SmBCO films as ...... films above h(c2), introduction of screw dislocations leads to spiral growth.......The surface morphology and in-plane epitaxy of thin films of SmBa(2)Cu3O(7-delta) (Sm-BCO) grown on SrTiO3 (001) substrates with various thicknesses have been investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and grazing incidence x-ray diffraction (GIXRD). As revealed by GIXRD, SmBCO films...... substrate. Three different types of surface morphology were observed by STM with increasing film thickness h: a) 2D growth for hh(c2). With GIXRD, a density modulation is observed in the films with a thickness below h(c2). For thicker...

  12. Flux pinning enhancement in thin films of Y3 Ba5 Cu8O18.5 + d

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    Aghabagheri, S.; Mohammadizadeh, M. R.; Kameli, P.; Salamati, H.

    2018-06-01

    YBa2Cu3O7 (Y123) and Y3Ba5Cu8O18 (Y358) thin films were deposited by pulsed laser deposition method. XRD analysis shows both films grow in c axis orientation. Resistivity versus temperature analysis shows superconducting transition temperature was about 91.2 K and 91.5 K and transition width for Y358 and Y123 films was about 0.6 K and 1.6 K, respectively. Analysis of the temperature dependence of the AC susceptibility near the transition temperature, employing Bean's critical state model, indicates that intergranular critical current density for Y358 films is more than twice of intergranular critical current density of Y123 films. Thus, flux pining is stronger in Y358 films. Weak links in the both samples is of superconductor-normal-superconductor (SNS) type irrespective of stoichiometry.

  13. Microstructural and compositional analysis of YBa2Cu3O7films grown by MOCVD before and after GCIB smoothing

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    Hatzistergos, M.S.; Efstathiadis, H.; Reeves, J.L.; Selvamanickam, V.; Allen, L.P.; Lifshin, E.; Haldar, P.

    2004-01-01

    The microstructural and compositional evolution of thick (>1 μm) high temperature superconducting YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x (YBCO) films grown on single crystal SrTiO 3 substrates by the metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) process was investigated by focused ion beam microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and atomic force microscopy. This study showed that as the MOCVD YBCO film thickness increased above 0.5 μm, defects such as second phase particles, pores, and misaligned grains preferentially nucleated and grew at the YBCO surface. A portion of this defective top layer was eliminated from all the samples using a gas cluster ion beam (GCIB) process that first removed material with a focused argon cluster beam. Next, an oxygen cluster beam was used to smooth the surface and re-oxygenate the YBCO. Comparing the critical current (I c ) measured before and after GCIB processing showed that the I c remained the same, and even improved, when part of the defective top layer was removed. This microstructural and electromagnetic 'dead layer' is believed to be responsible for the overall I c decrease of MOCVD YBCO films thicker than 0.5 μm

  14. Magnetic pinning-effect in Nd0.7Ca0.3MnO3/YBa2Cu3O7 bilayer

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    Hsu, Daniel; Lin, J.G.; Wu, W.F.

    2007-01-01

    The vortex lines of superconductor can be driven by electrical currents, which are often coupled with a reliable control of flux quanta movement by defects or magnetic domains. In this work, the magnetic pinning-effect in Nd 0.7 Ca 0.3 MnO 3 /YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 (NCMO/YBCO) bilayers is investigated. It is found that by increasing the field from 0 to 5 Tesla, the critical current I c of pure YBCO film at 50 K is suppressed by three orders of magnitude. However, in the NCMO/YBCO bilayer I c is less sensitive to the field and maintains at the level of 100 mA at high field. This result indicates that the magnetic pinning effect of NCMO is much more efficient than the conventional routes, which maybe related to the fine domain structure of NCMO film. (copyright 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  15. Vibrational spectra and lattice instabilities in the high-T/sub c/ superconductors YBa2Cu3O7 and GdBa2Cu3O7

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    Bozovic, I.; Mitzi, D.; Beasley, M.

    1987-01-01

    The exceptionally high T/sub c/ of layered cuprates was proposed recently as originating from electronically driven structural instabilities. We have studied the infrared and Raman spectra of YBa 2 Cu 3 O/sub 7-//sub δ/ and GdBa 2 Cu 3 O/sub 7-//sub δ/ over a broad range of temperatures, from 10 to 300 K. We observed neither mode softening nor any other spectroscopic signature of lattice instabilities

  16. Antiferromagnetism at the YBa2Cu3O7/La2/3Ca1/3MnO3 interface

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    Haberkorn, N.; Guimpel, J.; Sirena, M.; Steren, L.B.; Saldarriaga, W.; Baca, E.; Gomez, M.E.

    2004-01-01

    The magnetic properties of a series of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x /La 2/3 Ca 1/3 MnO 3 (YBCO/LC 1/3 MO) superlattices grown by dc sputtering at high oxygen pressures (3.5 mbar) show the expected ferromagnetic behavior. However, field-cooled hysteresis loops at a low temperatures show the unexpected existence of exchange bias effect associated with the existence of ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic (AF) interfaces. The blocking temperature (T B ) is found to be thickness dependent and the exchange bias field (H EB ) is found to be inversely proportional to the ferromagnetic layer thickness, as expected. The presence of an AF material is probably associated with interface disorder and Mn valence shift toward Mn 4+

  17. Preparation of high critical temperature YBa2Cu3O7 superconducting coatings by thermal spray

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    Lacombe, Jacques

    1991-01-01

    The objective of this research thesis is the elaboration of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 superconducting coatings by thermal spray. These coatings must have a high adherence, a high cohesion, and the best possible electrical characteristics. The author first briefly presents physical-chemical characteristics of this ceramic, and proposes a bibliographical synthesis on thick coatings prepared by thermal spray. In the next parts, he studies and describes conditions of elaboration of poly-granular coatings of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 , and their structural and electric characteristics [fr

  18. Fabrication of full high-T sub c superconducting YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - sub x trilayer junctions using a polishing technique

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    Kuroda, K; Takami, T; Ozeki, T

    2003-01-01

    We have successfully fabricated full high-T sub c superconducting YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - sub x (YBCO)/PrBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - sub x (PBCO)/YBCO trilayer junctions, which have a simple device structure, such as a Pb-alloy-based Josephson tunneling junction. It has been demonstrated that a polishing technique is extremely useful in the fabrication process: it is effective in smoothing a coarse surface and gentling the slopes of the edges, or decreasing the slope angles. Owing to the polishing technique, the PBCO barrier layer and the upper YBCO layer have been notably thinned: the thicknesses of these layers are 10 nm and 250 nm, respectively. Junctions with the dimensions of 5 mu m x 5 mu m showed resistively shunted junction-like current-voltage curves with a typical critical current density of 110 A/cm sup 2 at 4.2 K. Furthermore, the operation of superconducting quantum interference devices has been demonstrated. (author)

  19. Improving chemical solution deposited YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} film properties via high heating rates

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    Siegal, M.P.; Dawley, J.T.; Clem, P.G.; Overmyer, D.L

    2003-12-01

    The superconducting and structural properties of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO) films grown from chemical solution deposited (CSD) metallofluoride-based precursors improve by using high heating rates to the desired growth temperature. This is due to avoiding the nucleation of undesirable a-axis grains at lower temperatures, from 650 to 800 deg. C in p(O{sub 2})=0.1%. Minimizing time spent in this range during the temperature ramp of the ex situ growth process depresses a-axis grain growth in favor of the desired c-axis orientation. Using optimized conditions, this results in high-quality YBCO films on LaAlO{sub 3}(1 0 0) with J{sub c}(77 K) {approx} 3 MA/cm{sup 2} for films thicknesses ranging from 60 to 140 nm. In particular, there is a dramatic decrease in a-axis grains in coated-conductors grown on CSD Nb-doped SrTiO{sub 3}(1 0 0) buffered Ni(1 0 0) tapes.

  20. Flux pinning enhancements in YBa2Cu3O7-8 superconductors through phase separated, self-assembled LaMnO3-MgO nanocomposite films.

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    Polat, Ozgur [ORNL; Aytug, Tolga [ORNL; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans [ORNL; Leonard, Keith J [ORNL; Pennycook, Stephen J [ORNL; Kim, Kyunghoon [ORNL; Cook, Sylvester W [ORNL; Thompson, James R [ORNL; Christen, David K [ORNL; Goyal, Amit [ORNL; Selvamanickam, V. [SuperPower Incorporated, Schenectady, New York; Lupini, Andrew R [ORNL; Meyer, Hendrik [ORNL; Qiu, Xiaofeng [ORNL; Xiong, X. [SuperPower Incorporated, Schenectady, New York

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    Technological applications of high temperature superconductors (HTS) require high critical current density, Jc, under operation at high magnetic field strengths. This requires effective flux pinning by introducing artificial defects through creative processing. In this work, we generated correlated disorder for strong vortex pinning in the YBa2Cu3O7- (YBCO) films by replacing the standard LaMnO3 (LMO) cap buffer layers in ion beam assisted deposited MgO templates with LMO:MgO composite films. Such films revealed formation of two phase-separated, but at the same time vertically aligned, self-assembled composite nanostructures that extend throughout the entire thickness of the film. Measurements of magnetic-field orientation-dependent Jc of YBCO coatings deposited on these nanostructured cap layers showed correlated c-axis pinning and improved in-field Jc performance compared to those of YBCO films deposited on standard LMO buffers. The present results demonstrate feasibility of novel and potentially practical approaches in the pursuit of more efficient, economical, and high performance superconducting devices.

  1. Study of the movement of oxygen vacancies in the orthorhombic phase of YBa2Cu3O7-x by positron Doppler broadening spectroscopy

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    Hong Zhang; Xiao-Gan Wang; Yao-Xian Fu

    1988-01-01

    The positron annihilation Doppler spectroscopy is used to monitor the movement of oxygen vacancy of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x and an activation energy of (0.80 ± 0.10) eV for migration of oxygen vacancy in orthorhombic phase is obtained. (author)

  2. Sr2YSbO6 como potencial sustrato para la deposición de películas supercnductoras de YBa2Cu3O7

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    Omar Ortiz

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Se sinteitzó un nuevo material y por medio de la técnica de difracción de rayos X se encontró que su ordenamiento estructual corresponde al de una perovskita compleja de tipo A2BB'O6 con valor de parámetro de red 8,2561 A. Este estudio junto con un análisis EDX permitieron asignar a este compuesto la fórmula Sr2YSbO6. Se elaboraron mezclas homogéneas de este material con YBa2Cu3O7-δ, compactando luego las muestras en forma de pastilla para someterlas a un tratamiento térmico a 900 ºC durante diez horas. Los estudios de difracción de rayos X y magnetización para temperaturas entre 5 y 300 K sobre estas mezclas permitieron determinar que Sr2YSbO6 no reaccionó químicamente con el YBa2Cu3O7-δ y no altero el valor de la temperatura de transiión del superconductor a pesar del tratamiento térmico. Estos estudios permitieron determinar que el nuevo material Sr2YSbO6 podría ser utilizado como sustrato para el crecimiento epitaxial de películas superconductoras de YBa2Cu3O7-δ.

  3. Preparation of high critical temperature YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} superconducting coatings by thermal spray; Elaboration par projection a chaud de revetements supraconducteurs a haute temperature critique de type YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}

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    Lacombe, Jacques

    1991-09-20

    The objective of this research thesis is the elaboration of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} superconducting coatings by thermal spray. These coatings must have a high adherence, a high cohesion, and the best possible electrical characteristics. The author first briefly presents physical-chemical characteristics of this ceramic, and proposes a bibliographical synthesis on thick coatings prepared by thermal spray. In the next parts, he studies and describes conditions of elaboration of poly-granular coatings of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}, and their structural and electric characteristics [French] Des revetements epais de YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} ont ete elabores par projection a chaud sur des substrats d'acier inoxydable revetus d'une sous-couche de Ni-Cr-Al-Y. Les principales etapes du processus de fabrication sont les suivantes: - preparation de la poudre par voie humide selon un procede mis au point au C.E.R.E.M., - realisation des revetements epais par projection a chaud de cette poudre selon trois differentes techniques: projection plasma atmospherique, projection plasma sous pression reduite, projection flamme oxyacetylenique. - traitement thermique en deux etapes des revetements pour recristalliser la phase YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} et la reoxygener (traitement thermique dans un four sous oxygene). Les depots elabores selon cette voie sont adherents et homogenes a la fois en composition et en morphologie. La phase supraconductrice YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} determinee par diffraction de rayons X est bien cristallisee; elle se presente sous forme de plaquettes d'environ 10 μm de long et 1 μm d'epaisseur sans orientation preferentielle. Les revetements realises par projection plasma atmospherique presentent les meilleures caracteristiques electriques: Tc(R=0) = 90.5K; ΔTc = 1K; ρ (300 K) = 0.7 - 0.8 mΩ.cm; Jc(77 K,0 T) = 1000 A/cm{sup 2}. Les proprietes d'ecrantage magnetique ont ete comparees a celles de materiaux utilises pour le blindage magnetique

  4. 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.

  5. Influence of laser sputtering parameters on orientation of cerium oxide buffer layer on sapphire and properties of YBa2Cu3Ox superconducting film

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    Mozhaev, P.B.; Ovsyannikov, G.A.; Skov, J.L.

    1999-01-01

    Effect of laser sputtering parameters on crystalline properties of CeO 2 buffer layers grown on (1102) orientation sapphire substrate and on properties of YBa 2 Cu 3 O x superconducting thin films was studied. It was shown that depending on the sputtering conditions one might observe growth of CeO 2 (100) and (111) orientations. Varying heater temperature, chamber pressure and density of laser ray energy on the target one managed to obtain mono-oriented buffer layer of the desired orientation [ru

  6. Self-assembled, rare earth tantalate pyrochlore nanoparticles for superior flux pinning in YBa2Cu3O7films

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    Harrington, S A; Durrell, J H; Wimbush, S C; Kursumovic, A; MacManus-Driscoll, J L; Maiorov, B; Wang, H; Lee, J H

    2009-01-01

    Addition of pyrochlore rare earth tantalate phases, RE 3 TaO 7 (RTO, where RE = rare earth, Er, Gd and Yb) to YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ (YBCO) is shown to vastly improve pinning, without being detrimental to the superconducting transition temperature. The closely lattice matched to RTO phase provides a lower interfacial energy with YBCO than BaZrO 3 (BZO) and produces very fine (∼5 nm) particles with high linearity in their self-assembly along c. Critical current densities of 0.86, 0.38 MA cm -2 at 1 and 3 T (for fields) parallel to the c axis were recorded at 77 K in 0.5-1.0 μm thick films and a transition temperature of 92 K was observed even in the highest level doped sample (8 mol%). (rapid communication)

  7. Characteristics of YBa2Cu3O7 high-Tc superconductor with KCl

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    Yoon, Ki Hyun; Chang, Sung Sik

    1990-03-01

    The lattice parameters, microstructural change, transition temperature, and electrical properties of the YBa2-xKxCu3O7 high-Tc superconductor in the range from x=0 to x=0.25 have been investigated. The high-Tc orthorhombic phase increases with increasing KCl up to x=0.20, above which it decreases. The lattice parameters decrease with increasing KCl up to x=0.10, and then become nearly uniform. The grain size increases with increasing KCl up to x=0.20 due to its role as sintering agent. The specimens with x=0.2 have transition temperatures of 96 K and high magnetic susceptibility due to the contraction of lattice parameters a and b and the increase of orthorhombic distortion.

  8. Improved current transport properties of post annealed Y1Ba2Cu3O7-x thin films using Ag doping

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    Clausen, Thomas; Skov, Johannes; Jacobsen, Claus Schelde

    1996-01-01

    The influence of Ag doping on the transport properties of Y1Ba2Cu3O7x thin films prepared by Y, BaF2, and Cu co-evaporation and optimized ex situ post annealing has been investigated. Both undoped and Ag doped films have values of Tc above 90 K, but Jc (77 K) is highly dependent on the nominal...... thickness (tnom) of the as-deposited film. For undoped films with tnom>106 A/cm2) decreases monotonically with increasing film thickness. Above 300 nm Jc (77 K) decreases rapidly to values below 5×105 A/cm2. Ag doped films with tnom>=200 nm have higher Jc (77 K) values than those of undoped films. Ag doped...... films have a maximum in Jc (77 K) around 250 nm. As for the undoped films, there is a large decrease in Jc (77 K) for Ag doped films with tnom>=300 nm. It was found that the higher values of Jc (77 K) for the Ag doped films were due to a better epitaxial growth of the YBCO compound. The low values of Jc...

  9. Raman scattering diagnostics of YBa2Cu3Ox high temperature superconducting films

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    Bagratashvili, V.N.; Burimov, V.N.; Denisov, V.N.

    1988-01-01

    Superconducting YBa 2 Cu 3 O x films produced by laser spraying of ceramic material are investigated by light Raman scattering (LCS). It is shown that using LCS it is possible to obtain data on phase composition and prevailing film orientation and to find optical conditions for their synthesis. The LCS method feature consists in a possibility of non-destructive remote control and high space resolution (several microns). Experimental results have shown that the best parameters (the highest T c and the narrowest Δ T c interval) are typical of films with prevailing orientation of 0 xy crystallite plane parallel to the surface

  10. The structure of the non-superconducting phase La3Ba3Cu6Osub(14+ x) and its relation to the high - Tc superconductor YBa2Cu3Osub(7 -delta)

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    David, W.I.F.; Harrison, W.T.A.; Ibberson, R.M.; Grasmeder, J.R.; Lanchester, P.

    1987-01-01

    The authors report time-of-flight neutron powder diffraction results, which confirm that the structure of La 3 Ba 3 Cu 6 Osub(14+x) is isomorphous with the tetragonal variant of YBa 2 Cu 3 Osub(7-delta); in particular, the copper coordination and calculated valencies of both compounds agree closely. The apparent contradiction of stoichiometries between these two phases is resolved by ordering of the large cations consistent with a formulation La(Lasub(0.25)Basub(0.75)) 2 Cu 3 Osub(7+1/2x). The present results indicate that there is a remarkable structural stability from RA 2 Cu 3 O 6 to RA 2 Cu 3 Osub(7.2), although superconductivity appears to be confined to the range RA 2 Cu 3 Osub(6.5) to Ra 2 Cu 3 O 7 . (author)

  11. Effects of oxygen stoichiometry on the scaling behaviors of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} grain boundary weak-links

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    Wu, K.H.; Fu, C.M.; Jeng, W.J. [National Chiao-Tung Univ., Taiwan (China)] [and others

    1994-12-31

    The effects of oxygen stoichiometry on the transport properties of the pulsed laser deposited YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} bicrystalline grain boundary weak-link junctions were studied. It is found that not only the cross boundary resistive transition foot structure can be manipulated repeatedly with oxygen annealling processes but the junction behaviors are also altered in accordance. In the fully oxygenated state i.e. with x=7.0 in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} stoichiometry, the junction critical current exhibits a power of 2 scaling behavior with temperature. In contrast, when annealed in the conditions of oxygen-deficient state (e.g. with x=6.9 in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} stoichiometry) the junction critical current switches to a linear temperature dependence behavior. The results are tentatively attributed to the modification of the structure in the boundary area upon oxygen annealing, which, in turn, will affect the effective dimension of the geometrically constrained weak-link bridges. The detailed discussion on the responsible physical mechanisms as well as the implications of the present results on device applications will be given.

  12. Thickness characteristics of YBaCuO system thin films prepared by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Furuhashi, Hideo; Jinno, Makoto; Takashima, Osamu; Uchida, Yoshiyuki; Maeda, Akinori; Kojima, Kenzo; Ochiai, Shizuyasu; Ohashi, Asao

    1994-01-01

    The practical use of oxide high temperature superconductors for electronics field has been advanced. The oxide high temperature superconductor thin films is very sensitive to the production conditions, and their making with good reproducibility is difficult. In this study, the method of producing the thin films having good quality with good reproducibility by RF magnetron sputtering, and the relation of the film thickness with the superconductivity characteristics of YBaCuO system thin films in the different methods of substrate washing were examined. The sputtering conditions are shown. For the purpose of preventing the worsening of the film quality due to the reverse sputtering of oxygen negative ions to the thin film surface, sputtering gas pressure was set up high at 30 Pa. The film thickness and the temperature-resistance characteristics were measured. The experimental method and the experimental results are reported. By keeping the temperature on substrate surfaces constant, the reproducibility in the production of the thin films was improved remarkably. The effect of substrate washing was large. (K.I.)

  13. Ba2NdZrO5.5 as a potential substrate material for YBa2Cu3O7-δ superconducting films

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    Tovar, H.; Ortiz Diaz, O.; Landinez Tellez, D.A.; Roa-Rojas, J.

    2007-01-01

    The new oxide Ba 2 NdZrO 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 2 BB'O 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 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ (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.)

  14. Evidence for Crossed Andreev Reflections in (100)YBa2Cu3O7+δ-SrRuO3 superconductor-ferromagnet bilayers

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    Asulin, I.; Yuli, O.; Millo, O.; Koren, G.

    2005-01-01

    Full Text:Since the ferromagnetic side of a superconductor-ferromagnet junction is spin polarized, Andreev reflections are suppressed. Consequently, the proximity induced superconductor order parameter in the ferromagnet is expected to decay rapidly, on the order of a nm, the typical coherence length in a ferromagnet. Our scanning tunneling spectroscopy measurements on thin epitaxial (100)YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7+ δ-SrRuO 3 (YBaCuO-SrO) bilayers, where SrO is a ferromagnet, indeed show that on most of the junction area the superconductor order parameter vanishes in the SrO layers thicker than 8 nm. However, we find localized regions, arranged along narrow (< 10 nm) stripes, where the order parameter (superconductor-like gap structure) penetrates the ferromagnet over more than 20 nm. This is attributed to 'Crossed Andreev Reflections,' taking place at domain boundaries, where an electron from one magnetic domain is retro reflected as a hole with opposite spin in an adjacent domain. Our observation may account for the (not abundant) cases where a long-range proximity effect was found in superconductor-ferromagnet proximity systems

  15. DC Magnetron sputtering of Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films

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    Larsson, Gunnar.

    1990-01-01

    I have been studying dc magnetron sputtering of thin film YBa 2 Cu 3 O 6+x , one of the recently discovered high- temperatures superconductors. In the introduction a brief review of the subjects sputtering and superconductivity is given. Since partial pressure measurements, especially for oxygen, have been important in the work I include a short description of the operating principles of mass spectroscopy. Experimental results in addition to what is given in the papers concerning plasma are presented in an appendix at the end of the introduction. (au)

  16. Influence of γ-Irradiation on the Optical Properties of the Polyimide-YBa2Cu3O6.7 System

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    Muradov, A. D.; Korobova, N. E.; Kyrykbaeva, A. A.; Yar-Mukhamedova, G. Sh.; Mukashev, K. M.

    2018-05-01

    Influence of γ-irradiation on the optical properties of a polyimide film and its polymer compositions with fillers of a dispersed powder of a high-temperature superconductor ҮBa2Cu3O6.7 (YBaCuO) with concentrations of 0.05, 0.10, and 0.50 wt.% was studied. It was established that γ-irradiation with a dose up to 600 kGy does not affect the transparency of polyimide films in the visible region of the spectrum. However, at irradiation doses of 250 and 600 kGy, a weakly expressed fine structure appears in the spectra of polyimide films in the range of 220-300 nm due to the contribution of the resulting diene structures to the optical transmission and the increased content of oxygen atoms. The YBaCuO filler and γ-irradiation cause the polyimide transition from the amorphous state to the crystalline state, which is manifested in a sharp change in the spectrum in the range of 2.3-3.9 eV. A significant increase in the extinction coefficient was found in the composite containing 0.50 wt.% of the filler that is associated with an increase in the radius of action of structurally active fillers on the macromolecules of the matrix.

  17. Influence of iodine insertion on the YBaCuO superconducting properties

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    Mokhtari, M.; Perrin, C.; Pena, O.; Sergent, M. (Lab. de Chimie du Solide et Inorganique Moleculaire, Univ. de Rennes 1, 35 (France))

    1992-11-01

    YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub x] (x=6, 6.7 and 7) have been treated under iodine vapours, in evacuated silica tubes. After iodination, YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub 6] exhibits a tetragonal/orthorhombic structural transition and becomes superconducting with T[sub c] increasing up to 70 K; the T[sub c] of YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub 6.7] increases progressively from 63 K up to 80 K while the inductive amplitude decreases correlatively; for YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub 7] only a slight quantity of iodine is inserted in the sample, which does not change the T[sub c] of 91 K, but provokes an important decrease of the inductive amplitude. EDS and SEM observations are used to test the homogeneity of the bromine insertion in the pellets and in the microcrystals. (orig.).

  18. Fabrication And Characterization of YBa2Cu3O7-x Ring For The Laboratory Scale Fault Current Limiter

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    Adi, Wisnu Ari; Sukirman, Engkir; Winatapura, Didin S.; Handayani, Ari

    2004-01-01

    Two rings of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x superconductor have been made by using the pressing method, that has been modified. The inner diameter, outer diameter, and thickness of ring 1 are 23.46 mm, 40.66 mm, and 6.84 mm, while for ring 2 are 23.65 mm, 40.73 mm, and 8.28 mm, respectively. The XRD data show that both samples have the same 123-phase. The critical temperature, Tc of both samples is 91 K. The estimate values of induction magnetic field at the center of ring 1 and ring 2 are 1.27 x 10 -4 T (I c = 3.48 A) and 1.65 x 10 -4 T (I c = 3.52 A), respectively

  19. Growth orientation and superconducting properties of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} films prepared by the low-fluorine sol-gel process

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    Lei Li; Zhao Gaoyang; Xu Hui; Zhao Juanjuan, E-mail: leili813@gmail.co [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Xi' an University of Technology, Xi' an 710048 (China)

    2010-08-15

    YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO) films were deposited on (100)-oriented LaAlO{sub 3} (LAO) single crystal substrates by the dip-coating process using low-fluorine solution. Their microstructures were characterized with the aid of X-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Their superconducting properties were measured by the standard four-probe method. The experiment results show that the film obtained under high enough humidity conditions exhibits better c-axis texture and superconducting properties than the film under a relatively low humidity conditions. Based on the classical nucleation and chemical reaction thermodynamics theory, the underlying crystalline and growth mechanisms of YBCO films under certain humidity conditions are explained in combination with our experimental results. It is suggested that the unreacted intermediate phases such as BaF{sub 2} and CuO aggregated in the YBCO grain boundary will cause lattice distortion in the YBCO matrix and further induce the formation of a-axis oriented YBCO grains as crystallization proceeds. Therefore, it is believed that the relative content of water vapor within the heat-treatment atmosphere plays quite an important role in the preparation of c-axis oriented YBCO film with good superconducting properties. (semiconductor materials)

  20. Defect cascades produced by neutron irradiation in YBa2Cu3O7-δ superconductors

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    Frischherz, M.C.; Kirk, M.A.; Farmer, J.

    1994-02-01

    The defect cascades produced by fast neutron irradiation of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ single crystals were studied by transmission electron microscopy. The visible defects were found to have sizes between 1 and 5 rim. Defect densities were obtained as a function of neutron fluence between 2 and 8x 10 21 m -2 (E>0.1 MeV). The measured defect density scales linearly with fluence and amounts to 1x10 22 m -3 at a neutron fluence of 2x10 2l m -2 . The defect stability was studied at room temperature and through annealing to 400 degrees C

  1. Growth and characterisation of potentiostatically electrodeposited Cu2O and Cu thin films

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    Wijesundera, R.P.; Hidaka, M.; Koga, K.; Sakai, M.; Siripala, W.

    2006-01-01

    Cuprous oxide and copper thin films were potentiostatically electrodeposited in an acetate bath. Voltammetric curves were used to investigate the growth parameters; deposition potential, pH and temperature of the bath. Deposition potential dependency on the structural, morphological, optical and electronic properties of the films were investigated by the X-ray diffraction measurements, scanning electron micrographs, absorption measurements and dark and light current-voltage characterisations. It was observed that single phase polycrystalline Cu 2 O can be deposited from 0 to - 300 mV Vs saturated calomel electrode (SCE) and co-deposition of Cu and Cu 2 O starts at - 400 mV Vs SCE. Further increase in deposition potential from - 700 mV Vs SCE produces single phase Cu thin films. Single phase polycrystalline Cu 2 O thin films with cubic grains of 1-2 μm can be possible within the very narrow potential domain around - 200 mV Vs SCE. Enhanced photoresponse in a photoelectrochemical cell is produced by the Cu 2 O thin film prepared at - 400 mV Vs SCE, where Cu is co-deposited with Cu 2 O with random distribution of Cu spheres on the Cu 2 O surface. This study reveals that a single deposition bath can be used to deposit both Cu and Cu 2 O separately and an admixture of Cu-Cu 2 O by controlling the deposition parameters

  2. Peak effect in untwinned YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ single crystals

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    D'Anna, G.; André, M.-O.; Indenbom, M. V.; Benoit, W.

    1994-12-01

    We report on the observation of a weak effect of the critical current density in untwinned YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ single crystals of different purity, using a low frequency torsion pendulum. We construct the peak effect line and the irreversibility line.

  3. Cyclotron He++ implantations effect in superconductors YBa2Cu3O7

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    Santos, G.R. dos; Santos, J.C.R. dos; Morales, R.K.

    2001-01-01

    Full text: Introduction In our radiation damage research using cyclotron simulations, we are accomplishing a study of high T c superconductor under '' particles' implantation at lEN's CV-28 cyclotron. Using a special system for energy degrading, it was possible homogeneous He implantation with fluency of 7.2 to 6.0x10 16 ''.cm 2 . The preliminary results showed decreasing values for T c(onset) and T (offset) with increasing fluency. The magnetic permeability curves showed bump structures with relative position to T c(onset) varying with the fluency, suggesting phase transition as consequence of He implanted. The samples annealing in oxygen atmosphere showed evidence of restoring the superconductivity property. Some results available in the literature are conflicting to some high T c superconducting ceramics: Voronova, irradiated Nb 3 Sn with '' particles getting monotonically decreasing of T c(onset) with increasing fluency; Chrisey, irradiated films of YBaCuO with 65 MeV '' particles and fluency lower than 10 14 ''.cm - 2, and showed no changes on T c(onset) ; Maish, irradiated YBaCuO with 10 14 p.cm - 2 protons, and observed no evidence for phase transition, despite of contradicting Voronova's results. Some results of this study also differ from some authors above mentioned. However, some of them are in agreement with others authors such: Bourgault, which investigating samples of YBaCuO, using 3.5 GeV Xe ions, fluency of 10 12 ''.cm -2 , verified decreasing of the T c(onset) with fluency, and a more strong decreasing of T (offset) , also in agreement with present work. As a next step, is scheduled to perform positron lifetime measurements as function of temperature, to study the behavior of T c and its changes as consequence of Cyclotron He ++ implantation in this ceramic. Sample Preparation and Characterization - The samples were prepared from Y 2 O 3 , Ba(NO 3 ) 2 e CuO, following the conventional procedure. The mixture, in parts of 1:2:3 in Y, Ba, and Cu was

  4. Intrinsic Channeling of Vortices along the ab Plane in Vicinal YBa2Cu3O7Films

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    Berghuis, P.; Di Bartolomeo, E.; Wagner, G.A.; Evetts, J.E.

    1997-01-01

    We have measured the critical current density j c as a function of the orientation of a magnetic field in vicinal YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7films. When both field and Lorentz force lie within the ab plane, we observe a minimum in j c . At high temperatures, as the c -axis coherence length approaches the ab -plane distance, the minimum in j c could not be observed, indicating that this effect is related to the breakdown of the rectilinear vortex state for fields at a small angle to the ab planes. Our results are the first demonstration of intrinsic channeling of vortex strings along the ab planes. copyright 1997 The American Physical Society

  5. Superconducting phase of YBa2Cu3O7films in high magnetic fields: Vortex glass or Bose glass

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    Woeltgens, P.J.M.; Dekker, C.; Swueste, J.; de Wijn, H.W.

    1993-01-01

    Nonlinear current-voltage (I-V) curves are measured in laser-ablated YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7films deposited onto SrTiO 3 . The measurements are performed near the glass phase transition in a magnetic field of 5 T at various angles from the c axis. From a critical scaling analysis, the angular dependencies of the glass transition temperature and the critical glass exponents are extracted. At small angles, these results distinguish between a vortex glass, caused by random pointlike disorder, and a Bose glass, caused by linelike disorder. The results can be understood in terms of the vortex-glass model only. No evidence is found for the existence of a Bose-glass phase

  6. Phase compatibilities of YBa2Cu3O(9-delta) type structure in quintenary systems Y-Ba-Cu-O-X (impurity)

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    Karen, P.; Fjellvag, H.; Kjekshus, A.

    1990-01-01

    Electrical transport properties of the oxidic high T(sub c) superconductors are significantly affected by the presence of minor amounts of various elements adventing as impurities, e.g., from the chemical environment during manufacturing. YBa2Cu3O(9-delta) is prone to an extinction of the superconductivity on (partial) substitution of all four elemental components. E.g., Pr (for Y), La (for Ba), Zn (for Cu) or peroxygroup (for O) substituents will alter some of the superconductivity preconditions, like mixed valence state in Cu3O7/O(9-delta) network or structural distortion of the network. Although various pseudoternary chemical equilibrium phase diagrams of the Y(O)-Ba(O)-Cu(O) system now are available, no consensus is generally shown, however, this is partly due to lack of compatible definitions of the equilibrium conditions. Less information is available about the phase compatibilities in the appropriate quaternary phase diagram (including oxygen) and virtually no information exists about any pentenary phase diagrams (including one impurity). Unfortunately, complexity of such systems, stemming both from number of quaternary or pentenary compounds and from visualizing the five-component phase system, limits this presentation to more or less close surroundings of the YBa2Cu3O(9-delta) type phase in appropriate pseudoquaternary or pseudopseudoternary diagrams, involving Y-Ba-Cu and O, O-CO2, alkaline metals, Mg and alkaline earths, and Sc and most of the 3-d and 4-f elements. The systems were investigated by means of x ray diffraction, neutron diffraction and chemical analytical methods on samples prepared by sol-gel technique from citrates. The superconductivity was characterized by measuring the diamagnetic susceptibility by SQUID.

  7. X-ray photo-emission studies of Cu1-xTlxBa2Ca3Cu4O12-y superconductor thin films

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    Khan, Nawazish A.; Mumtaz, M.; Ahadian, M.M.; Iraji-zad, Azam

    2006-01-01

    X-ray photo-emission spectroscopy (XPS) studies of Cu 1-x Tl x Ba 2 Ca 3 Cu 4 O 12-y superconductor thin films have been carried out for understanding the mechanism of superconductivity and to find out the reasons for the increase of zero resistivity critical temperature T c (R = 0) with post-annealing in a nitrogen atmosphere. It is observed from these studies that reduction of charge state of thallium is a source of doping of carriers to the CuO 2 planes. The reduced charge state of thallium (i.e. Tl 1+ ) promotes lower oxygen concentration in the charge reservoir layer, which possibly results in movement of electrons to the conducting CuO 2 planes. The higher density of electrons in the CuO 2 planes optimizes the hole concentration 'n p ' in these planes. The reduced charge state of thallium in the Cu 1-x Tl x Ba 2 O 4-δ charge reservoir layer is also supported by a shift of the Ba 3d 5/2 and Ba 3d 3/2 XPS lines to lower binding energies with post-annealing in nitrogen atmosphere. Moreover, the movement of the valance band spectrum to lower binding energies suggested that the electronic density of states changes in the valance band with the post-annealing in nitrogen, which possibly becomes a source of doping of carriers to the CuO 2 planes. The increased doping of electrons to the CuO 2 planes optimizes the Fermi-vector K F and Fermi-velocity V F of the carriers and increases the T c (R = 0) of final compound

  8. Magnetic and structural study of Cu-doped TiO2 thin films

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    Torres, C.E. Rodriguez; Golmar, F.; Cabrera, A.F.; Errico, L.; Navarro, A.M. Mudarra; Renteria, M.; Sanchez, F.H.; Duhalde, S.

    2007-01-01

    Transparent pure and Cu-doped (2.5, 5 and 10 at.%) anatase TiO 2 thin films were grown by pulsed laser deposition technique on LaAlO 3 substrates. The samples were structurally characterized by X-ray absorption spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The magnetic properties were measured using a SQUID. All films have a FM-like behaviour. In the case of the Cu-doped samples, the magnetic cycles are almost independent of the Cu concentration. Cu atoms are forming CuO and/or substituting Ti in TiO 2 . The thermal treatment in air promotes the CuO segregation. Since CuO is antiferromagnetic, the magnetic signals present in the films could be assigned to Cu substitutionally replacing cations in TiO 2

  9. YBa_2Cu_3O_{7-δ} : in pursuit of the ideal microstructure

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    Smith, D. S.; Suasmoro, S.; Lejeune, M.; Rabier, J.; Denanot, M. F.; Heintz, J. M.; Magro, C.; Bonnet, J. P.

    1992-02-01

    This paper examines the role of different factors in the microstructure of ceramic YBa2Cu3O{7-δ} with emphasis on its electrical response. In particular we discuss : 1. the effect of microstructural variations on j_c and ρ_{300}, 2. measurement of j_c, 3. the presence of minor phases and carbonates, 4. oxygen uptake and microcracks, 5. plastic deformation and related structural defects. Dans cet article, nous examinons d'une part la réponse électrique de céramiques supraconductrices massives de type YBa2Cu3O{7-δ} et d'autre part sa relation avec la microstructure. Nous présenterons successivement : 1. L'incidence de modifications microstructurales sur les valeurs de j_c et ρ_{300}, 2. les mesures expérimentales de j_c, 3. la présence de phases minoritaires et de carbonates, 4. la reprise d'oxygène et la microfissuration, 5. la déformation plastique et les défauts structuraux associés.

  10. Positron-annihilation studies of the superconductivity transition in YBa2Cu3O/sub 7-//sub x/

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    Smedskjaer, L.C.; Veal, B.W.; Legnini, D.G.; Paulikas, A.P.; Nowicki, L.J.

    1988-01-01

    Positron-annihilation studies, by Doppler broadening, of the superconducting transition in YBa 2 Cu 3 O/sub 7-//sub x/(x≅0.1) have been made. Below T/sub c/ a large positive temperature dependence of the lineshape parameter is observed, while at (or near) T/sub c/ an almost discontinuous increase in the lineshape parameter takes place. The behavior below T/sub c/ may be consistent with a Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer-like theory if an energy band with a small dispersion crosses the Fermi level. The discontinuity is not clearly understood, but may be due to a major change in the electronic structure taking place with the onset of superconductivity

  11. Microstructure of Co/X (X=Cu,Ag,Au) epitaxial thin films grown on Al2O3(0001) substrates

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    Ohtake, Mitsuru; Akita, Yuta; Futamoto, Masaaki; Kirino, Fumiyoshi

    2007-01-01

    Epitaxial thin films of Co/X (X=Cu,Ag,Au) were prepared on Al 2 O 3 (0001) substrates at substrate temperatures of 100 and 300 degree sign C by UHV molecular beam epitaxy. A complicated microstructure was realized for the epitaxial thin films. In-situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction observation has shown that X atoms of the buffer layer segregated to the surface during Co layer deposition, and it yielded a unique epitaxial granular structure. The structure consists of small Co grains buried in the X buffer layer, where both the magnetic small Co grains and the nonmagnetic X layer are epitaxially grown on the single crystal substrate. The structure varied depending on the X element and the substrate temperature. The crystal structure of Co grains is influenced by the buffer layer material and determined to be hcp and fcc structures for the buffer layer materials of Au and Cu, respectively

  12. Growth and characterization of textured YBaCo{sub 2}O{sub 5+δ} thin films grown on (001)-SrTiO{sub 3} via DC magnetron sputtering

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    Galeano, V. [Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Campus Medellín, Facultad de Ciencias, Departamento de Física, Laboratorio de Cerámicos y Vítreos, A.A. 568, Medellín (Colombia); Arnache, O. [Grupo de Estado Sólido, Departamento de Física, Universidad de Antioquia, A.A. 1226, Medellín (Colombia); Supelano, I.; Vargas, C.A. Parra [Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia, Departamento de Física, Avenida Central del Norte 39-115, Tunja (Colombia); Morán, O., E-mail: omoranc@unal.edu.co [Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Campus Medellín, Facultad de Ciencias, Departamento de Física, Laboratorio de Cerámicos y Vítreos, A.A. 568, Medellín (Colombia)

    2016-06-30

    Thin films of the layered cobaltite YBaCo{sub 2}O{sub 5+δ} were successfully grown on (001)-oriented SrTiO{sub 3} single-crystal substrates by means of DC magnetron sputtering. The 112 phase of the compound was stabilized by choosing an adequate Co reactant and through careful thermal treatment of the target. The results demonstrate the strong influence of these variables on the final phase of the compound. A substrate temperature of 1053 K and an oxygen pressure of 300 Pa seemed to be appropriate growing conditions for depositing (00ℓ)-textured YBaCo{sub 2}O{sub 5+δ} thin films onto the chosen substrate. In like fashion to the polycrystalline YBaCo{sub 2}O{sub 5+δ}, the films showed a clear sequence of antiferromagnetic–ferromagnetic–paramagnetic transitions within a narrow temperature range. Well-defined hysteresis loops were observed at temperatures as high as 270 K, which supports the existence of a FM order in the films. In turn, the dependence of the resistivity on the temperature shows a semiconductor-like behavior, without any distinguishable structure, within the temperature range measured (50–350 K). The analysis of the experimental data showed that the transport mechanism in the films is well described by using the Mott variable range hopping (VRH) conduction model. - Highlights: • YBaCo{sub 2}O{sub 5+δ} thin films are grown on SrTiO{sub 3} substrates. • Strong (00ℓ) reflections are observed in the X-ray diffraction pattern. • A clear sequence of magnetic transitions is observed. • Semiconducting-like behavior is verified.

  13. Defect cascades produced by neutron irradiation in YBa2Cu3O7

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    Frischherz, M.C.; Kirk, M.A.; Farmer, J.; Greenwood, L.R.; Weber, H.W.

    1992-12-01

    The defect cascades produced by fast neutron irradiation of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ single crystals were studied by transmission electron microscopy. The visible defects were found to have sizes between 1 and 5 nm. Defect densities were obtained as a function of neutron fluence between 2 and 8 x 10 21 m -2 (E>0.1 MeV) and compared to damage calculations. The measured defect density was found to scale linearly with fluence and to be 1 x 10 22 m -3 at 2 x 10 21 m -2 . The defect stability was studied at room temperature and through annealing to 400 degrees C. The high fluence regime (∼10 22 m -2 ) was investigated as well

  14. Atmospheric deterioration of clean surface of epitaxial (001)-YBaCuO films studied by low-energy electron diffraction

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    Ohara, Tomoyuki; Sakuta, Ken; Kamishiro, Makio; Kobayashi, Takeshi

    1991-01-01

    The effects of gas exposure on the clean surface of the epitaxial YBaCuO thin films were closely investigated using the low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) method. The clean surface was obtained by in-vacuum annealing at 500degC. Once the clean surface was exposed to air, even at room temperature, the LEED spots disappeared or sometimes became faint. To ensure the degradation mechanism of the YBaCuO clean surface, the specimens were exposed to pure O 2 and N 2 gases separately and measured by LEED. As a result, it was found that O 2 is very safe but N 2 serves as a poisonous gas for the YBaCuO clean surface. (author)

  15. Atomic oxygen effect on the in situ growth of stoichiometric YBa2Cu3O7 - delta epitaxial films by facing targets 90° off-axis radiofrequency magnetron sputtering

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    Oya, Gin-ichiro; Diao, Chien Chen; Imai, Syozo; Uzawa, Takaaki; Sawada, Yasuji; Sugai, Tokuko; Nakajima, Kensuke; Yamashita, Tsutomu

    1995-06-01

    (110)- and (103)-oriented almost stoichiometric YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) films have been grown epitaxially on hot SrTiO3 (110) substrates using a 90° off-axis rf magnetron sputtering technique, for fabrication of vertical sandwich-type YBCO/insulator/YBCO or YBCO/normal metal/YBCO Josephson junctions utilizing the high-quality YBCO films. The YBCO epitaxial films with high transition temperatures Tc of ˜90 K have been deposited in situ only under the conditions of substrate temperatures Ts of ˜650-˜700 °C and oxygen partial pressure PO2 of ˜5×10-3-˜10×10-3 Torr, which are in close proximity to the critical stability/decomposition line for YBa2Cu3O6 in the ordinary Y-Ba-Cu-O phase diagram. Using a quadrupole mass spectrometer, a high density of atomic oxygen has directly been observed to be efficiently produced in the sputter glow discharge under the above optimum conditions of PO2. This atomic oxygen has played a key role in promoting the formation of the perovskite structure and the epitaxial growth of the YBCO films. Furthermore, Shapiro steps have successfully been observed for a Nb-YBCO point-contact junction, which is made by pressing a Nb needle on a surface-etched YBCO epitaxial film, under 525.4 GHz submillimeter-wave irradiation.

  16. Electrical and percolative behavior of Sr2YSbO6-YBa2Cu3O7-δ composites

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    Ortiz-Diaz, O.; Landinez Tellez, D.A.; Perez, F.; Tovar, H.; Roa-Rojas, J.

    2007-01-01

    We found that a mixture of materials Sr 2 YSbO 6 insulator with YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ superconductor is a system where the particles of superconductor and insulator materials are found coexisting in a composite with two well-defined separate phases. Electrical transport properties and percolation behavior have been studied by electrical resistivity measurements at room temperature on several samples of composites with different vol.% of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ . Resistivity measurements agree with the equation which describes the conductivity in percolation theory. However, critical exponent t=6.65 is greater than universal value t∼2. Furthermore, there is a non-negligible conductivity below percolation threshold while it is expected to be zero in ideal percolative systems. Nevertheless, percolative behavior in this region was found and, critical exponent value s was determined to be s=0.75 in agreement with universal value

  17. Growth and applications of superconducting Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films

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    Pinto, R.

    1991-01-01

    This paper attempt to highlight the important PVD techniques such as evaporation, sputtering, ion beam deposition and excimer laser ablation for the preparation of superconducting YBaCuO thin films. Since enormous amount of work has been published over the last few years, this review is not comprehensive even in PVD techniques. In the area of applications for electronics, thin film appear to be much more promising than bulk high T c superconductors. Already high J c values in the region of 4 x 10 6 A cm -2 have been realized in thin films. Resonators and transmission lines have been fabricated using 123 films showing a transmission loss significantly lower than that of copper at 77 degrees K at X-band frequencies. This review will discuss some of the important electronic applications feasible with 123 films

  18. Influence of calcium on transport properties, band spectrum and superconductivity of YBa2Cu3O(y) and YBa(1.5)La(0.5)Cu3O(y)

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    Gasumyants, V. E.; Vladimirskaya, E. V.; Patrina, I. B.

    1995-01-01

    The comparative investigation of transport phenomena in Y(1-x)Ca(x)Ba2Cu3O(y) (0 is less than x is less than 0.25; 6.96 is greater than y is greater than 6.87 and 6.73 is less than x is less than 6.53); Y(1-x)Ca(x)Ba(1.5)La(0.5)Cu3O(y) (0 is less than x is less than 0.5; 7.12 is greater than y is greater than 6.96) and YBa(2-x)La(x)Cu3O(y) (0 is less than x is less than 0.5; 6.95 is less than y is less than 7.21) systems have been carried out. The temperature dependencies of resistivity and thermopower have been measured. It was found that the S(T) dependencies take some additional features with Ca content increase. The results obtained have been analyzed on the basis of the phenomenological theory of electron transport in the case of the narrow conductive band. The main parameters of the band spectrum (the band filling with electrons degree and the total effective band width) have been determined. The dependencies of these from contents of substituting elements are discussed. Analyzing the results obtained simultaneously with the tendencies in oxygen content and critical temperature change we have confirmed the conclusion that the oxygen sublattice disordering has a determinant effect on band structure parameters and superconductive properties of YBa2Cu3O(y). The results obtained suggest that Ca gives rise to some peculiarities in band spectrum of this compound.

  19. Penetration depth λ(T) of YBa2Cu3O7films determined from the kinetic inductance

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    Lee, J.; Lemberger, T.R.

    1993-01-01

    We examine the temperature dependence of the magnetic penetration depth λ(T) of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ , determined from the kinetic inductance of a film patterned into a long meander line. This technique has sufficient sensitivity to study λ(T) to lower temperatures than have been examined previously. A numerical model which includes both the magnetic and kinetic inductances of the samples extracts λ(T) from the measured voltage. In reasonable agreement with other measurements, λ(0)∼2100 A is deduced from fitting λ(0) 2 /λ(T) 2 to the function 1-(T/T c ) 2 for T/T c ≥0.4. We find λ(T)/λ(0)-1 is proportional to (T/T c ) 2 for 0.06 ≤T/T c ≤0.4

  20. Spontaneous strain and microstructures of YBa2(Cu1-xCox)3O7

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    Schmahl, W.W.; Putnis, A.; Salje, E.; Blunt, J.; Zhang, D.N.; Freeman, P.; Graeme-Barber, A.

    1991-01-01

    Substitution of Co or Fe on the Cu(1) site in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ is known to decrease the ferroelastic spontaneous strain (orthorhombic) ε=2(b-a)/(a+b) and thus induce a macroscopic ferroelastic-paraelastic phase change from orthorhombic to tetragonal symmetry. Other substituents such as Zn and Ni preferentially occupy the Cu(2) sites, and do not show a pronounced effect on the orthorhombicity. Twinning on {110} occurs as a consequence of the ferroelastic spontaneous strain ε in the orthorhombic phase, and ε also controls the equilibrium spacing between the {110} twin planes. Hence chemical doping provides an excellent tool to control the number of twin planes per unit volume and to study potential flux-pinning properties of the twin microstructure. (orig.)

  1. Anomalies of the photo-response and thermal boundary resistance of a YBaCuO/YSZ structure

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    Bonch-Osmolovskii, M.M.; Galkina, T.I.; Golovashkin, A.I.; Dovydenko, K.Yu.; Klokov, A.Yu.; Krasnosvobodtsev, S.I.; Oktyabrskii, S.R.; Romanov, E.G.

    1993-01-01

    The photoresponse of a YBaCuO/ZrO 2 bolometric structure was measured under modulated (λ = 630 nm) and pulsed (τ ∼ 7-8 ns; λ = 337 nm) laser excitation. The shape of the measured photoresponse was interpreted by a thermal model; nevertheless, the pulse amplitude for vanishing YBaCuO film resistance was 5-6 times greater than predicted; the thermal boundary resistance R Bd between YBaCuO and YSZ was evaluated ≅ 10 -2 K x cm 2 /Watt, which is considerably larger than estimated theoretically for the similar situation of YBaCuO/MgO. (orig.)

  2. Microstructure, Magnetic, and Magnetoresistance Properties of La0.7Sr0.3MnO3:CuO Nanocomposite Thin Films.

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    Fan, Meng; Wang, Han; Misra, Shikhar; Zhang, Bruce; Qi, Zhimin; Sun, Xing; Huang, Jijie; Wang, Haiyan

    2018-02-14

    (La 0.7 Sr 0.3 MnO 3 ) 0.67 :(CuO) 0.33 (LSMO:CuO) nanocomposite thin films were deposited on SrTiO 3 (001), LaAlO 3 (001), and MgO (001) substrates by pulsed laser deposition, and their microstructure as well as magnetic and magnetoresistance properties were investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results show that LSMO:CuO films grow as highly textured self-assembled vertically aligned nanocomposite (VAN), with a systematic domain structure and strain tuning effect based on the substrate type and laser deposition frequency. A record high low-field magnetoresistance (LFMR) value of ∼80% has been achieved in LSMO:CuO grown on LaAlO 3 (001) substrate under high frequency. Detailed analysis indicates that both the strain state and the phase boundary effect play a significant role in governing the overall LFMR behavior.

  3. Influence of Y2BaCuO5 precipitates on the current density of melt processed YBa2Cu3Ox superconductor

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    Salama, K.; Selvamanickam, V.

    1992-01-01

    YBa 2 Cu 3 O x superconductors fabricated by melt processing methods have been shown to exhibit current density around 10 5 A/cm 2 at 77 K. Since YBa 2 Cu 3 O x decomposes peritectically above 1000 C, more than 50 vol. % of Y 2 BaCuO 5 (211) precipitates are formed during the incongruent melting. Even under stringent slow cooling conditions, a significant amount of these precipitates remain unreacted with the liquid and are left embedded in the long 123 grains. The potential of these precipitates as flux pinning sites has been investigated extensively, but remains controversial. In this study, we have performed transport current density measurements on melt processed YBa 2 Cu 3 O x superconductor prepared with varying amount of 211 precipitates. The current density measurements were performed in magnetic fields up to 1.5 T at 77 K with the field aligned at different angles to the a-b plane. The results provided in this paper show that Jc decreases monotonically with increasing amount of 211, irrespective of the angle between the field and the a-b plane indicating the absence of significant pinning by 211 precipitates in melt processed YBa 2 Cu 3 O x superconductor

  4. Zn and Ni substitutional effects on spin fluctuations in YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 by sup 6 sup 3 sup , sup 6 sup 5 Cu NQR

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    Han, K S; Mean, B J; Lee, K H; Seo, S W; Lee, M H; Lee, W C

    2000-01-01

    We have prepared Zn- and Ni-substituted YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 (YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 sub - sub x M sub x O sub 7 , M=Zn or Ni, x=0.00 approx 0.09) and performed sup 6 sup 3 sup , sup 6 sup 5 Cu nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) measurements for the plane site at 300 and 100 K. Substitutional effects on the relaxation rates are markedly different. Both the spin-lattice and the spin-spin relaxation rates decrease for Zn-doped YBCO. However, those increase for Ni-doped YBCO. This contrast in local electronic dynamics provides clear microscopic evidence that Zn forms no local moment while Ni develops a local moment. Consequently, the antiferromagnetic spin fluctuation is suppressed by Zn doping whereas it is preserved by Ni doping. This is also confirmed by the ratio of the sup 6 sup 3 sup , sup 6 sup 5 Cu spin-lattice relaxation rates for the plane coppers.

  5. Study Of Hysteresis Curve Characteristic On The YBa2Cu