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Single-domain HTC superconducting materials synthesis: BaZrO3 substrates as a tool for optimized systems
Author(s): Benedicte Robertz; Frederic Boschini; Andre Rulmont; Marcel Ausloos; Rudi Cloots
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Paper Abstract

Large Dy-123 single-domains have been grown y the top- seeding melt-textured growth technique on yttrium oxide substrates. The main obstacles in fabricating such 'single grain' 123 superconducting samples are discussed, i.e. (I) the dissolution of the seed during the melting and the peritectic cooling stages, (ii) the nucleation of subsidiary 123 grains at the compact/substrate interface. Such secondary nucleation process prevents the single grain from going further. Solutions are suggested as for example by considering the use of a modified coating. BaZrO3 displays a strong inertia in barium cuprate fluxes which suggests to use it as a very promising candidate for buffer layer in between the 123 compact and the furnace 'environment'. In order to provide such 'high quality' sufficiently dense BaZrO3 coatings, soft solution routes have been investigated. Advantages of these are a low calcination temperature and the production of very homogeneous and fine monodisperse powders. The influence of the synthesis conditions on the properties of BaZrO3 and on the sintering process is thus reported.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 August 2001
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4412, International Conference on Solid State Crystals 2000: Growth, Characterization, and Applications of Single Crystals, (10 August 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.435843
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Benedicte Robertz, Univ. of Liege (Belgium)
Frederic Boschini, Univ. of Liege (Belgium)
Andre Rulmont, Univ. of Liege (Belgium)
Marcel Ausloos, Univ. of Liege (Belgium)
Rudi Cloots, Univ. of Liege (Belgium)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4412:
International Conference on Solid State Crystals 2000: Growth, Characterization, and Applications of Single Crystals

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