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Title: Properties of Mg-doped Nd-Ba-Cu-O generic seed crystals for the top seeded melt growth of (RE)-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductors
Authors: Shi, Y
Hari Babu, N
Iida, K
Cardwell, D
Keywords: Single grain;Bulk Superconductors
Issue Date: 2006
Citation: Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 2006, 43 (1), pp. 446 - 449
Abstract: We have recently developed a new generic seed crystal that has been used successfully to fabricate any oriented, single grain (RE)-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductor by a cold seeding technique. In this paper we report the chemical, structural and microstructural properties of these seed crystals, including the variation of melting point, crystallographic parameters and volume fraction of Mg-rich inclusions in the Nd1 + xBa 2-x(Cu1-yMgy)3Oz matrix as a function of externally added MgO content. The influence of Mg-doping on the superconducting transition temperatures of YBCO grains fabricated using these seeds is investigated. Finally, an optimum MgO content of the generic seed that effectively controls the orientation of the seeded grain without compromising its superconducting properties is suggested from the many seed crystals fabricated with a wide range of Mg-rich addition.
ISSN: 1742-6588
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