Application of electron backscatter diffraction to bulk high-Tc superconductors

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We have successfully obtained electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) Kikuchi patterns on various bulk high-Tc superconductors (polycrystalline KClO3-doped and undoped YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO), single crystalline YBCO and NdBa2Cu3O7-y) and on YBCO and NdBCO thin films. We have established a sample polishing procedure to obtain intense Kikuchi patterns without an additional carbon coating of the ceramic superconductors. We present Kikuchi patterns, pole figures and orientation maps of the samples. On the polycrystalline KClO3-doped YBCO samples we find two major orientations (001) and (100) normal to the sample surface, while the undoped sample does not exhibit any orientation maxima, which is ascribed to the effect of a liquid phase due to the KClO3-additive during the preparation process. Furthermore, we discuss the future possibilities for the application of the EBSD technique for growing larger, bulk melt-textured samples for applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)796-802
Number of pages7
JournalSuperconductor Science and Technology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2002 May
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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