Insertion of nanoparticulate artificial pinning centres in YBa 2Cu3O7-x films by laser ablation of a Y 2O3-surface modified target

P. Mele, K. Matsumoto, T. Horide, A. Ichinose, M. Mukaida, Y. Yoshida, S. Horii

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YBa2Cu3O7-x+Y2O3 (YBCO+Y2O3) mixed films were prepared on SrTiO 3/MgO substrates by pulsed-laser deposition from a YBCO target with a thin Y2O3 sector on the top. The pinning properties for the mixed YBCO+Y2O3 thin film were strongly enhanced, especially at the temperatures lower than 77K: the maximum global pinning forces FP for the Y2O3 doped sample are 7.8GNm -3 near 2T at 77K, 54.5GNm-3 near 4T at 65K, and 189GNm-3 near 9T at 40K. In the Y2O3-added samples, except for the plane configuration, the angular dependence of J c showed a plateau, due to the flux pinning by isotropic pinning centres. Y2O3 nanoparticles randomly dispersed inside the YBCO matrix were consistently observed in the cross-sectional TEM images.

Original languageEnglish
Article number006
Pages (from-to)616-620
Number of pages5
JournalSuperconductor Science and Technology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jul 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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