Critical current of superconducting YBa2Cu3O 7-δ films with different in-plane orientations

P. A. Lin*, C. C. Chi, Baruch Rosenstein

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By using a pulsed-laser deposition (PLD) technique, we grow high quality YBa2 Cu3 O7-δ films on YSZ (Yt-stabilized Zr) substrates with 0-degree and 45-degree in-plane orientations at 810°C and 690°C respectively. Surprisingly, despite the large difference in growth temperature the qualities of the films are almost the same. To study the subtle differences between these two types of films, we measured both the temperature and magnetic field dependencies of the critical current. Although there is very little difference in their magnetic field dependence, there is a distinct temperature dependence, i. e. Jc(1 - T/Tc) proportional to (1 - T/Tc)5/4 for 0 degree in-plane orientation and proportional to (1 - T/Tc)3/2 for 45 degree in-plane orientation at temperatures near Tc. We also studied the critical current densities with different fractions of mixed orientations, and found an empirical formula Jc ∝ e5a where α is the fraction of the majority domain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3564-3568
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2007


  • In-plane orientations
  • Low angle grain boundaries
  • Vortex

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