Enhancing the superconducting properties of Y-Ba-Cu-O by CuO2 site doping

Yu X. Zhou, Wai Lo, Tong B. Tang, Kamel Salama

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The incorporation of certain cations such as Zn2+ onto the ab-planes of the YBa2Cu3O7-δ (123) lattice is known to have effects on the superconducting critical transition temperature. On manipulating the distance between the dopant sites, isolated weak superconducting regions with dimensions comparable to the coherence length of YBCO can be introduced into melt textured large YBCO grains. This paper presents a study using electron microprobe analysis, microscopy and transport property measurements on the processing and the distribution of Zn2+ in Zn-YBCO so as to understand as well as optimize the processing conditions, doping level, Tc, flux pinning behaviour and field trapping properties of these materials. These results were correlated with the solidification mechanisms of YBCO as well as the size of weak superconducting regions induced by Zn2+.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3700-3705
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
Issue number1 III
StatePublished - Mar 2001
Event2000 Applied Superconductivity Conference - Virginia Beach, VA, United States
Duration: Sep 17 2000Sep 22 2000


  • Melt texturing
  • Transport properties
  • YBCO
  • Zn-doping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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