Single domain YBa2Cu3O7-Y2BaCuO5 melt textured ceramic composites have revealed a very rich microstructure, which has usually impeded, by using standard measurements, to evaluate the contribution of each defect to the enhancement of the critical current. We have measured the inplane magnetoresistance anisotropy and the anisotropic in-plane inductive critical currents and we show that together with the microstructural TEM analysis, the contribution of the different extended pinning centers can be separated. These results have allowed us to infer the kind of microstructure modifications required to improve the critical current. In particular, we present an isostatic pressing deformation technique as a very promising post-processing treatment to strongly increase the critical currents of these composites.
CitationPuig, T; Obradors, X; Martinez, B; Sandiumenge, F; O'Callaghan, J; Rabier, J. Direct identification of extended defects as vortex pinning centers in melt textured YBa2Cu3O7-Y2BaCuO5 composites. IEEE Transactions on applied superconductivity, 1999, vol. 9, núm. 2, p. 2663-2666
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