Grain growth and seeding of thick films of YBa2Cu3O7-δ on yttria stabilised zirconia

D. N. Matthews, N. Sakai, M. Murakami, G. J. Russell

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The crystallographic features of thick YBCO films fabricated on YSZ substrates have been studied using optical and magneto-optical microscopies and the areas with the largest Jc have been identified as the dendritic arms growing along the corners of the crystallites formed in the films. A dendritic growth mechanism has been proposed by which these crystallographic features grow. By seeding the thick films with Nd (123) and Gd (123) single crystals extensive grain growth was nucleated in the vicinity of the crystals at firing temperatures of 1030°C and 1050°C.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-352
Number of pages11
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its applications
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1995 Mar 1
Externally publishedYes

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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