Ca doping of YBCO grain boundaries

A. Berenov, C. Farvacque, X. Qi, J. L. MacManus-Driscoll, D. MacPhail, S. Foltyn

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Ca-gels were applied to highly dense YBCO pellets and PLD thin films followed by high temperature post-annealing. Parameters of Ca diffusion in YBCO (diffusion coefficients, activation energy, etc.) as a function of temperature and oxygen partial pressure were determined by depth profiling SIMS. Fast Ca diffusion along the grain boundaries was observed by FIB and SIMS. The effect of Ca doping on Tc and Jc was studied by VSM. Ca distribution in the samples, induced by preferential diffusion along the grain boundaries, did not appear to change superconducting properties within the grains but showed increased Jc across the grain boundaries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1059-1062
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its applications
Issue numberPART 2
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Aug

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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