Visualizing transport properties in IBAD based YBCO coated conductors by multiple analysis techniques

T. Kiss, M. Inoue, T. Shoyama, S. Koyanagi, D. Mitsui, T. Nakamura, K. Imamura, A. Ibi, Y. Yamada, T. Kato, T. Hirayama, Y. Shiohara

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Current transport properties in Y1Ba2Cu 3O7-δ (YBCO) coated conductors obtained by pulsed laser deposition process on a CeO2 capped Gd2Zr 2O7-IBAD template have been studied by spatially resolved measurements. We utilized low temperature scanning laser microscopy along with laser induced Seebeck effect imaging and scanning SQUID microscopy that allow us to visualize 1) distributed flux flow dissipation, 2) current blocking obstacles and 3) local current flow, respectively. Combination of those measurements leads deep insights into current limiting mechanism in the coated conductor. Our results show that non-uniform current flow due to spatially distributed obstacles is responsible for the dissipation, whereas grain connectivity in each YBCO grains is not the limiting factor. Typical period of those obstacles is several tens μm to hundreds μm. Detailed correlation between local current flow and dissipation has been observed. Present methods have great potential as tools for basic understanding of current limiting mechanisms in the coated conductors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3211-3214
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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