Characterization of grain boundaries in multi-seeded YBCO superconductors

K. Furusawa, N. Chikumoto, K. Ogasawara, T. Nagatomo, M. Murakami

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We have characterized grain boundaries (GBs) in YBCO bulk superconductors grown by the multi-seeded melt-growth (MSMG) process. Microstructural analyses revealed that GBs formed in the c-growth sectors were free from residual liquid phase. Strongly coupled GBs could be formed when the crystal growth directions of two grains were along 〈110〉 directions. We found that GBs in the c-growth sector with 〈110〉 growth direction exhibited superconducting properties comparable to the matrix.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-259
Number of pages5
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its applications
Issue numberPART 1
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Oct 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Grain boundaries
  • Magneto-optical technique
  • Misorientation angle
  • Multi-seeding
  • YBCO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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