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YBa2Cu3O7-δ thick films grown on textured metal substrates by liquid-phase epitaxy process

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13 Author(s)
Maeda, T. ; Supercond. Res. Lab., ISTEC, Nagoya, Japan ; Kim, S.-B. ; Suga, T. ; Kurosaki, H.
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Towards high-current wire application of high-temperature superconductors, YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) thick films are grown by means of a liquid-phase epitaxy (LPE) process on a (001) surface of NiO single crystal and laser-sputtered NiO buffer layer deposited on a (001) surface of SrTiO3 single crystal. NiO buffer layers can be rapidly formed on textured Ni tape by the recently developed “surface-oxidation-epitaxy” (SOE) technique which is expected to be a low-cost production method of long metal substrates with highly-textured oxide buffer layer. LPE growth on SOE-buffered textured Ni tapes are also attempted. Moreover, we successfully prepared ~0.1 m-long LPE-YBCO tapes on {120}<21¯0> Ag-0.1 wt.% Cu alloy tape by using a specially designed LPE furnace equipped with a “reel-to-reel” attachment. BaF2-added BaO-CuO flux is used in this work, in which the growth temperature of YBCO is drastically lowered from the usually used value of ~1000°C down to 900-930°C. While current transport performances of these LPE-YBCO films are still insufficient for high-current wire application, the present results show the high potential of this LPE process for long-length coated-conductor production

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Applied Superconductivity, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:11 ,  Issue: 1 )