High critical current density YBa2Cu3O7-δ tapes prepared by the surface-oxidation epitaxy method

Kaname Matsumoto, Seokbeom Kim, Izumi Hirabayashi, Tomonori Watanabe, Naoki Uno, Masaru Ikeda

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YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) films with high critical current density (Jc) were successfully fabricated on nickel tapes buffered with epitaxial NiO. NiO was prepared on the textured nickel tape by the surface-oxidation epitaxy (SOE) method. We have reported so far a critical temperature (Tc) of 87 K and Jc = 4-6×104 A/cm2 (77 K, 0 T) for the YBCO films on NiO/Ni tapes. To enhance the superconducting properties of the YBCO films on the SOE-grown NiO, depositions of thin oxide cap layers such as YSZ, CeO2, and MgO on NiO were investigation. These oxide cap layers were epitaxially grown on NiO and provided the template for the epitaxial growth of YBCO films. Substantially improved data of Tc = 88 K and Jc = 3×105 A/cm2 (77 K, 0 T) and 1×104 A/cm2 (77 K, H∥c, 4 T) were obtained for YBCO film on NiO, by using a MgO cap layer with a thickness of 50 nm. The method described in this paper is a simple way to produce long YBCO tape conductors with high-Jc values.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-154
Number of pages5
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its applications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 15 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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