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Improving the superconducting properties of single grain Sm-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductors fabricated in air by increased control of Sm/Ba substitution effects

Shi, Y and Desmedt, M and Durrell, J and Dennis, AR and Cardwell, DA (2013) Improving the superconducting properties of single grain Sm-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductors fabricated in air by increased control of Sm/Ba substitution effects. Superconductor Science and Technology, 26. ISSN 0953-2048

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Abstract

The extreme sensitivity of Sm/Ba at high temperature in air becomes an obstacle to the fabrication of SmBCO single grains that exhibit stable and reliable superconducting properties. In this research, the superconducting properties of SmBCO single grains fabricated by top seeded melt growth (TSMG) from different batches of commercial SmBa2Cu3O 7-d (Sm-123) precursor powder using different processing atmospheres (air and 0.1% O2 in Ar), different processing methods (isothermal growth and continuous cooling) and different amounts of BaO2 content to suppress Sm/Ba substitution in air have been investigated in an attempt to understand fully the TSMG process for this system. As a result, based on extensive data, a novel and simple, low temperature post-annealing approach is proposed specifically to overcome the sensitivity of Tc to Sm/Ba substitution in order to simplify the fabrication of SmBCO and to increase its reliability with a view to the practical processing of these materials. Initial processing trials have been performed successfully to demonstrate the viability of the novel post-annealing process. © 2013 IOP Publishing Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div C > Materials Engineering
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 11:46
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2014 02:17
DOI: 10.1088/0953-2048/26/9/095012