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Enhancement of Current Carrying Capability in MOD-Processed YBCO Films Using Chemical Doping

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5 Author(s)
S. V. Ghalsasi ; Dept. of Mech. Eng., Univ. of Houston, Houston, TX ; Y. X. Zhou ; I. Rusakova ; Y. Y. Sun
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Many efforts have been made to improve the current carrying capability of Y1Ba2Cu3O7 (YBCO) films by introducing pinning centers using a variety of techniques. In this study, we have succeeded in producing Y2O3, BaZrO3 and Sm doped YBCO films for the development of coated conductors by a metal-organic deposition method using trifluoroacetates (TFA-MOD). Jc exceeding 5 MA /cm2 at 77 K and self field was obtained in Y2O3 doped YBCO film. Also it was found that YBCO films with Sm substituting for Y have shown an improved critical current density characteristic over a wide range of magnetic fields. A Jc of 0.25 MA/cm2 at 3 T and 77 K was obtained which is more than 10% of the zero-field Jc. Similar results were obtained in BaZrO3 doped YBCO films. Additionally, TEM analysis was performed to study the microstructures and the pinning mechanisms. The results indicate that significant enhancement of self-field and in-field Jc of Y2O3, BaZrO3 and Sm doped YBCO films may be due to introducing nano-scaled Y2O3 particles, nano-scaled 90deg rotated Y1/3Sm2/3Ba2Cu3O7 domains and BaZrO3 nanodots by different chemical doping, respectively. This indicates that chemical doping is a promising approach for enhancement of current carrying capability of YBCO coated conductors.

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IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity  (Volume:17 ,  Issue: 2 )