Fabrication, characterization and study of MOD multi-layer YBCO films

Sameer V. Ghalsasi, Y. X. Zhou, J. Chen, I. Rusakova, B. Lv, Kamel Salama

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Fabrication of thick YBa2Cu3Oy (YBCO) films with high critical current densities (Jc) has remained one of the major challenges in the coated conductor development process. In this work, we report successful fabrication of several multi-layer YBCO films with thicknesses ranging from 0.1 micrometers to 1.2 micrometers. The films were deposited on a single crystal substrate by using a multi-layer TFA-MOD technique. The effect of variation in the thickness of an individual layer in a multi-layer film on the overall properties of the film was studied by processing multi-layer films with individual layers of 0.1 micrometers, 0.2 micrometers and 0.5 micrometers. The Jc value for the 0.1 micrometers thick single-layer film was as high as 7 MA/cm", and the Jc for 6-layerl.2 micrometers thick film was 1 MA/cm" at 77 K and self field. XRD, SEM and TEM were used to study the dependence of on the orientation, texture and microstructure of the film. It was found that the texture, connections between the two successive layers, porosity, and the crack formation affect the Jc of the film. In addition, we report a multi layer fabrication route with a shorter duration of the pyrolysis reaction according to the number of coats.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5061484
Pages (from-to)3379-3382
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2009


  • MOD
  • Multi-layer
  • Thick films

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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