Effect of calcination conditions on microstructures and Jc of YBCO films fabricated by TFA-MOD method

J. Yoshida, K. Tada, T. Tanaka, N. Mori, K. Yamada, R. Teranishi, M. Mukaida, T. Kiss, M. Inoue, Y. Shiohara, T. Izumi, K. Nakaoka, J. Matsuda

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YBCO films were grown on LaAlO3 substrates by a metal organic deposition using trifluoroacetates (TFA-MOD). In the TFA-MOD method, a starting solution is coated on a substrate firstly, and then the coated film is calcined to form precursor and finally the precursor film is crystallized to form superconducting YBCO film. In this study, the effects of calcination conditions such as temperature on the microstructures and Jc properties of the YBCO films were studied. In the calcination step, spin coating and calcination were repeated three times for obtaining thick film under the maximum temperatures of 400-500 °C. The prepared precursor films were crystallized at a constant condition. The Jc values of the films calcined at 500 °C after at 400 °C × 2 times, 400 °C × 3 times and 500 °C × 3 times were about 1.49 MA/cm2, 2.52 MA/cm2 and 1.47 MA/cm2, respectively. Jc depended strongly on the calcination temperature. The cross-sectional TEM images showed that the YBCO film calcined at 400 °C × 3 times had less pores than the others. Optimization of the calcination temperature was important to suppress the formation of large precipitates in precursor film, resulting in the suppression of the large pores in the YBCO film.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1550-1553
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its applications
Issue number15-20
Publication statusPublished - Sept 15 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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