EBSD analysis of MgB2 bulk superconductors

A. Koblischka-Veneva, M. R. Koblischka, J. Schmauch, K. Inoue, M. Muralidhar, K. Berger, J. Noudem

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Abstract

The grain orientation, the texture and the grain boundary misorientations are important parameters for the understanding of the magnetic properties of the bulk MgB2 samples intended for super-magnet applications. Such data can be provided by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analysis. However, as the grain size (GS) of the MgB2 bulks is preferably in the 100-200 nm range, the common EBSD technique working in reflection operates properly only on highly dense samples. In order to achieve a reasonably good Kikuchi pattern quality on all samples, we apply here the newly developed transmission EBSD (t-EBSD) technique to several bulk MgB2 samples. This method requires the preparation of TEM slices by means of focused ion-beam milling, which are then analyzed within the SEM, operating with a specific sample holder. We present several EBSD mappings of samples prepared with different techniques and at various reaction temperatures.

Original languageEnglish
Article number044007
JournalSuperconductor Science and Technology
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Mar 11

Keywords

  • EBSD
  • MgB
  • critical currents
  • microstructure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry

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