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Title: Connectivity and critical current density of in-situ processed MgB{sub 2} superconductors: Effect of excess Mg and non-carbon based additives

In a sequel to our previous paper (J. Appl. Phys. 113, 036908 (2013)), where we reported comprehensive analysis of inter-grain connectivity (A{sub F}), pinning, percolation threshold (P{sub c}), and anisotropy (γ) in a series of ex-situ processed MgB{sub 2}, we address the same issues in in-situ processed samples. MgB{sub 2} samples with stoichiometric composition, excess Mg (5 wt. %) and further 3 wt. % addition of various non-carbon based additives like nano-Ag, nano-Ni, and YBCO are synthesised by the in-situ route. Detailed investigations of X-ray diffraction, magnetization (M), and resistivity (ρ) as a function of temperature (T) and field (B) in the range 5–300 K and 0–8 T are carried out in all the samples. The resistive superconducting onset T{sub con} ∼ 38.6 ± 0.3 K and offset (where ρ goes to zero) T{sub c0} ∼ 38.1 ± 0.3 K of the samples stay nearly unchanged. The inter-grain connectivity (A{sub F}) of the samples varies between 11%–20%. All the additives result in a critical current density (J{sub c}) higher than the stoichiometric MgB{sub 2} sample, where the highest values (e.g., J{sub c}(1 T, 5 K) ∼ 1.2 × 10{sup 9} A/m{sup 2}) are observed for the sample with 5 wt. % excess Mg. The major findings based on quantitative analysis of ρ (T, B) and J{sub c} (B, T) data in all themore » samples are: (1) along with previously studied ex-situ samples, the J{sub c}(A{sub F}) shows a significant increase at A{sub F} ∼ 7%; (2) the irreversibility lines lie lower than the characteristic T{sub c0}(B) lines in the B-T phase diagram; (3) a universal core pinning (δl- and/or δT{sub c}- type) mechanism is revealed in the entire T range 5–30 K; and (4) typical values of P{sub c} ∼ 0.57 ± 0.04 is indicative of weak link networks.« less
Authors:
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  1. National Physical Laboratory (CSIR), Dr. K. S. Krishnan Road, New Delhi 110012 (India)
  2. UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, University Campus, Khandwa Road, Indore 452017, MP (India)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22275551
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 115; Journal Issue: 18; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; ANISOTROPY; BARIUM OXIDES; COPPER OXIDES; CRITICAL CURRENT; CUPRATES; CURRENT DENSITY; ELECTRIC CONDUCTIVITY; HIGH-TC SUPERCONDUCTORS; MAGNESIUM BORIDES; MAGNETIZATION; PHASE DIAGRAMS; TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE; X-RAY DIFFRACTION; YTTRIUM OXIDES