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MgB2 monofilamentary nickel-sheathed tapes and wires were fabricated by means of the ex-situ powder-in-tube method using either high-energy ball milled and low temperature synthesized powders. In the first part of the paper it will be shown the effect of milling on tapes realized with powders synthesized at 900degC. The milling time and the milling revolution speed were tuned in order to maximize the critical current density (Jc) in field: the maximum Jc value of 6times104 A/cm2 at 5 K and 4 T was obtained for the tape prepared with powders milled for 144 h at 180 rpm. In the second part of the paper we study the effect of the powders synthesis temperature in a wire configuration. Various synthesis temperature were investigated (730degC-900degC) finding a best Jc value for the wire prepared with powders synthesized at 745degC. We speculate that this optimal temperature is due to the fluidifying effect of unreacted magnesium content before the sintering process which could better connect the grains.
Date of Publication: June 2009