Effect of Ag addition on cold-seeded melt-growth of Gd-Ba-Cu-O superconductor using Nd123 seed crystal

S. Nariki, N. Sakai, K. Inoue, M. Murakami

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We investigated the effect of Ag addition on cold-seeded melt-growth of Gd-Ba-Cu-O superconductors using Nd123 seed crystal. We found that a small addition of Ag enlarged the temperature window for stable single-grain growth, since the decomposition temperature of Gd123 decreased with Ag addition. However, Ag addition of more than 5 wt.% restricted the temperature window due to the melting of Nd123 seed crystal which reacted with Ag. The employment of a double layered precursor, which composed of two layers with and without Ag, solved the problem of the diffusion of Ag into the seed crystal. As a result, single grain Gd-Ba-Cu-O/Ag bulks could be obtained in a wide temperature window.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)468-472
Number of pages5
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its applications
Issue numberPART 1
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Oct 1
EventProceedings of the 15th International Symposium on Superconduc - Yokohama, Japan
Duration: 2002 Nov 112002 Nov 13



  • Ag
  • Bulk
  • Cold-seeding
  • Gd-Ba-Cu-O
  • Melt processing

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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