Top-seeded infiltration growth processing of single grain (Gd, Dy)BaCuO superconductors: Nano Nb2O5 doping, enhancement of trapped field and superconducting performance

S. Pavan Kumar Naik, Paweł Pęczkowski, H. Ogino, M. Muralidhar, N. Sakai, T. Oka, T. Nishio, Masato Murakami

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Optimal doping of effective nano-inclusions improve the flux pinning ability of high-temperature superconductors. In continuation of optimization of single grain (Gd, Dy)Ba2Cu3O7‒δ ((Gd, Dy)BCO/123) bulk growth conditions via top-seeded infiltration growth process, present work aims further improvement of the flux pinning abilities via addition of ~ 100 nm sized Nb2O5 particles (0 – 0.4 wt%). Structural analysis through Rietveld refinement and elemental analysis elucidated different phases evolved in view of Nb partial doping with Gd-Dy-Ba-Cu-O system. Microstructural analysis combined with the elemental analysis indicated the fine sized mixed (Gd, Dy)2BaCuO5 particles distribution with no Nb substitution. While, the substitution of Nb in the 123-matrix phase was increased with doping amount. The superconducting transition temperature determined magnetically, and electrical resistivity are ~ 93 K and ~ 94.3 K respectively, not affected seriously by the Nb2O5 doping due to slightly over doping of holes. The (Gd, Dy)BCO superconductor doped by 0.3 wt% of Nb2O5 was observed to be best relation which supported superior superconducting critical current density (increased more than 40%) up to high applied magnetic fields and trapped field performance at 77 K. Scaling of the flux pinning force indicated the presence of mixed pinning mechanisms originated in (Gd, Dy)BCO due to doping of Nb.

Original languageEnglish
Article number124954
JournalMaterials Chemistry and Physics
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Nov 1


  • Flux pinning
  • High-T superconductors
  • Magnetic properties
  • Microstructure
  • Nanoparticle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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