Fabrication of YBCO thick films on Nd2CuO4 buffered Ni tapes by liquid phase epitaxy

Xiaoding Qi, Masood Soorie, Zainovia Lockman, Judith L. MacManus-Driscoll

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REBa2Cu3O7-δ (RE = rare earth, REBCO) thick films with Tcs of 91 K and Jcs over 1 MA/cm2 have successfully been grown on single crystal substrates by liquid phase epitaxy (LPE), with a fast growth rate of 1 μm/min. However, the growth of REBCO thick films on metallic substrate is much more difficult. There is an urgent need to find a suitable metallic substrate and its buffer layers, which can meet the special conditions of the LPE growth. We have developed a new buffer, Nd2CuO4, on surface oxidised Ni tape by a number of liquid-phase processing methods. The Nd2CuO4 buffer layers grown from liquid phase had excellent biaxial texture and a good surface smoothness suitable for subsequent REBCO growth. LPE growth of YBCO on such Nd2CuO4/NiO/Ni substrates showed that dense nucleation of YBCO on Nd2CuO4 was possible without any REBCO seed layer and there was little reaction between the Nd2CuO4 buffer and the high-temperature CuO:BaO solution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)742-746
Number of pages5
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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