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Strong pinning in thick layers mediated by catalysis of a new long-period metastable cuprate phase
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Enhancement of the critical current density of a film due to high activity of small-grain CeO-20 substrate at 77 K. (a) Open symbols correspond to the film grown on the large grain ceria buffer, CeO-100, while closed symbols represent film on a small-grain buffer, CeO-20. The oxygen partial pressure values, optimized for each sample, are 100 mTorr for the CeO-100 sample and 65 mTorr for the CeO-20 sample. The measurements were performed at 77 K, the external magnetic field, is normal to the film -axis . (b) Development of a long-period phase after oxygen annealing at (closed symbols) of as-grown CeO-20 film sample (open symbols). The diffraction spectrum of the annealed sample (closed symbols) shows two additional superstructure peaks, labeled SSa(002) and SSa(004), corresponding to d-spacing of 1.748(1) nm and 0.879(2) nm, respectively. The formation of the new phase is related to the high performance of CeO-20 samples. The solid lines are Pearson7 approximations used in the line profile analysis. The spectrum was acquired using 10 kV synchrotron radiation with values converted to their equivalent.

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Phase formation in CeO-20 films processed at various levels. Peaks of the SSa phase are labeled by “o” symbol and those corresponding to Y248 are labeled by “.” (a) spectra of as-grown CeO-20 samples, the numbers correspond to the level. After the level is reduced from 220 to 160 mTorr, a phase identified as Y248 completely displaces superconducting YBCO. Reduction in to 110 mTorr results in the formation of re-entrant YBCO, which appears to have a structural signature identical to that of standard YBCO. (b), Effect of 30 min annealing in oxygen at , the numbers correspond to . Re-entrant YBCO transforms into the SSa phase, and subsequently the sample becomes superconducting at 90 K. Notably, the sample processed at 160 mTorr remains nonsuperconducting upon oxygen annealing.

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Effect of decomposition of the SSa phase after the high-temperature annealing of CeO-20 samples. (a) Evolution of scans showing transformation of long-period SSa (reflections marked by “x” symbol) into shorter period SSb (reflections marked by “o” symbol) after annealing at . Note the development of multiple satellites around the YBCO (003) peak at . One of the satellites transforms into a strong superstructure peak at . Solid lines are approximations of the disordered crystal model (Refs. 5 and 26) used to determine the SF frequency presented on the right of each plot along with the annealing temperatures. (b) Change of the in-field critical current density of CeO-20 sample after high-temperature annealing. We relate the reduction in the performance to the relaxation of A-type superstructure and formation of B-type structure, (c) reciprocal space maps in the vicinity of the YBCO (001) reflection, showing collapse of the long-period superstructure after annealing at . This event correlates with the threefold reduction in , panel b). The horizontal line marks the position of the YBCO (001) reflection. The maps were recorded using 10 kV synchrotron radiation.

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TEM analysis and structure model of SSa phase, (a) TEM cross-section of the SSa precipitate embedded in the matrix viewed along the [110] direction. The white rectangle outlines the SSa inclusion. [(b)–(d)] Structure models of (b) , , (c) , , and (d) a model of SSa phase, . The SSa model cell is formed by insertion of two -CuO double layers into a Y248 cell.


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Scitation: Strong pinning in thick YBa2Cu3O7 layers mediated by catalysis of a new long-period metastable cuprate phase