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Title: Decoupling and tuning competing effects of different types of defects on flux creep in irradiated YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ coated conductors

YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ coated conductors (CCs) have achieved high critical current densities (J c) that can be further increased through the introduction of additional defects using particle irradiation. However, these gains are accompanied by increases in the flux creep rate, a manifestation of competition between the different types of defects. In this paper, we study this competition to better understand how to design pinning landscapes that simultaneously increase J c and reduce creep. CCs grown by metal organic deposition show non-monotonic changes in the temperature-dependent creep rate, S(T). Notably, in low fields, there is a conspicuous dip to low S as the temperature (T) increases from ~20 to ~65 K. Oxygen-, proton-, and Au-irradiation substantially increase S in this temperature range. Focusing on an oxygen-irradiated CC, we investigate the contribution of different types of irradiation-induced defects to the flux creep rate. Specifically, we study S(T) as we tune the relative density of point defects to larger defects by annealing both an as-grown and an irradiated CC in O 2 at temperatures T A = 250 °C–600 °C. Finally, we observe a steady decrease in S(T > 20 K) with increasing T A, unveiling the role of pre-existing nanoparticle precipitatesmore » in creating the dip in S(T) and point defects and clusters in increasing S at intermediate temperatures.« less
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States). Materials Science Division
  3. American Superconductor Corporation, Devens, MA (United States)
  4. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States). Center for Nanoscale Materials
  5. Western Michigan Univ., Kalamazoo, MI (United States). Dept. of Physics
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0953-2048
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396; AC02-06CH11357
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Superconductor Science and Technology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 30; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 0953-2048
IOP Publishing
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
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Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1332139