Improvement of the superconducting properties in (Nd, Sm, Eu)-Ba-Cu-O using melt-quenched precursors

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We have studied the effect of precursor preparation methods on the superconducting properties of (Nd, Sm, Eu)-Ba-Cu-O melt-textured in 1% O2-Ar. X-ray diffraction analyses confirmed that melt-quenching was effective in suppressing the formation of RE rich RE1+xBa2-xCu3Oy precursor powders compared to a sintering method, and thus resulted in a sharp superconducting transition with an onset Tc exceeding 94.5 K. A clear secondary peak effect was observed in the magnetization curves, which shows that the field induced pinning is active like the other RE-Ba-Cu-O (RE; Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd). One can conclude that poor superconducting properties of (Nd, Sm, Eu)-Ba-Cu-O obtained in the previous reports are not intrinsic to the system but to an unoptimized precursor preparation method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-42
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its applications
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Dec 1



  • (Nd, Sm, Eu)-Ba-Cu-O
  • Critical current density
  • Critical temperature
  • Melt process
  • Melt quenching
  • Peak effect

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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