Influence of the size of Gd211 starting powder on the critical current density of Gd-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductor

S. Nariki, S. J. Seo, N. Sakai, M. Murakami

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The relationship between the particle size of Gd211 powder in the precursor and the particle size of Gd211 inclusions in Gd-Ba-Cu-O bulk has been investigated. Gd211 starting powders with various diameters were prepared by the calcination of Gd2O3, BaO2 and CuO powders at different temperatures between 800 and 1000°C. The particle size of Gd211 in the melt-grown bulk was proportional to the particle size of the initial Gd211 powder. In conclusion, the employment of fine Gd211 powder led to a size reduction of 211 particles in the bulk, while largely enhancing the Jc values in low magnetic fields. A large Gd-Ba-Cu-O/Ag bulk sample, 32 mm in diameter, could also be fabricated by the hot-seeding method. The maximum trapped field value revealed 1.5 T at 77 K.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)778-784
Number of pages7
JournalSuperconductor Science and Technology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Jun 1
EventThe 2nd International Workshop on the Processing and Applications of Superconducting (RE)CBO Large Grain Materials - Morioka, Jpn
Duration: 1999 Oct 191999 Oct 22


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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