Modification of flux pinning properties of RE-Ba-Cu-O superconductor by fast-neutron and heavy-ion irradiation

Noriko Chikumoto, Marcin Konczykowski, Takayuki Terai, Masato Murakami

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RE-Ba-Cu-O bulk samples and single crystals were exposed to fast-neutron and heavy-ion irradiation (HII). The fast-neutron irradiation introduces spherical cascade defects, whereas the HII creates the columnar defects that extend the entire sample. Dc magnetization measurements and magnetic relaxation experiments were performed with a SQUID magnetometer to study the effect of radiation-induced defects on flux pinning properties. In both cases, we observed an enhancement of critical current and a decrease of magnetic relaxation. However, there was a large difference in the observed Jc-B and Fp-B relations, which can be explained in terms of the difference in the defect structure and density.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)663-665
Number of pages3
JournalSuperconductor Science and Technology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Sep 1


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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