By using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) at ambient conditions, we have investigated the topographies of various surfaces of bulk samples of YBa2Cu3Ox (YBCO), SmBa2Cu3Ox- (SmBCO), and (Sm,Eu,Gd)Ba 2Cu3Ox (SEG) oxidic high-Tc superconductors. We find that the last two systems exhibit microstructures on the nanometer scale which are remarkably different from those obtained in the YBCO system. The stripe-like growth structures observed in our topography measurements may be the key for the considerable improvements concerning the critical current densities especially at high magnetic fields and elevated operating temperature (77 K). The properties of the microstructures are discussed in detail.
|ジャーナル||Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers and Short Notes and Review Papers|
|出版ステータス||Published - 2006 3 27|
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