Air processing of ternary (Sm,Eu,Gd)Ba2Cu3O 7-δ superconductors with enhanced peak effects

A. Hu, Naomichi Sakai, H. Zhou, Kazuo Inoue, N. Chikumoto, Masato Murakami

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Abstract

High quality (Sm,Eu,Gd)Ba2Cu3O7-δ single domain superconductors were grown in air with BaCuO2-x addition. The flux pinning was investigated with varying temperatures of Ar post-annealing and the Eu/Gd ratio in the initial composition. The amplitude of the peak effect displayed a peak when annealed at 925 °C in Ar while the irreversible field Birr keeping unchanged. Eu enrichment dramatically enhanced Birr and the peak field for the samples annealed at 925 °C in Ar. At 77 K Birr was higher than 9 T in (Sm0.33Eu0.44Gd0.22)Ba2Cu 3O7-δ. Structural characterization showed that the average size of (Sm,Eu,Gd)2BaCuO5 inclusions slightly decreased with increasing the Gd concentration. The scaling analysis and field dependence of superconducting transition evidenced a predominant δT c style pinning induced by local compositional fluctuation. The evolution of flux pinning was thus attributed to variable compositional fluctuation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-135
Number of pages9
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its Applications
Volume402
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Feb 1
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • (Sm,Eu,Gd)BaCuO
  • Air processing
  • Compositional fluctuation
  • Peak effect

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  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Air processing of ternary (Sm,Eu,Gd)Ba2Cu3O 7-δ superconductors with enhanced peak effects. / Hu, A.; Sakai, Naomichi; Zhou, H.; Inoue, Kazuo; Chikumoto, N.; Murakami, Masato.

In: Physica C: Superconductivity and its Applications, Vol. 402, No. 1-2, 01.02.2004, p. 127-135.

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