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The Effect of Sm Addition on the Microstructure and Superconducting Properties of YBCO Bulk Superconductors

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The effect of Sm addition on the microstructure and superconducting properties of Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) bulk superconductors has been studied. Nominal composition: 1 mol YBa₂Cu₃O_{7-δ} + 0.25 mol Y₂O₃ + 1 wt% CeO₂ was enriched with different amounts of SmBa₂Cu₃O_y powder with the aim to increase critical current density, J_c, especially in higher magnetic fields by introducing additional pinning centers. Single grain YBCO bulk superconductors with SmBa₂Cu₃O_y (Y123-Sm) addition were prepared by the optimized top seeded melt growth process. Microstructure analysis, performed by polarized light microscope, revealed that SmBa₂Cu₃O_y addition leads to a higher amount of slightly coarser Y₂BaCuO₅ particles, which is related to lower critical current densities (J_c ≈ 6×10⁴ A/cm²) of the YBCO samples with SmBa₂Cu₃O_y addition in low magnetic fields. On the other hand, an enhancement of critical current density, J_c, in higher magnetic fields was observed for Y123-Sm samples. Moreover, a maximum trapped magnetic field, B_{tmax}, of 564 mT at 77 K in Y123-Sm, x=0.0025 sample (Ø 17.2 mm) was 43% higher than that for YBCO sample without any addition.
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  • Institute of Experimental Physics, SAS, Watsonova 47, 040 01 Košice, Slovakia
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  • Institute of Experimental Physics, SAS, Watsonova 47, 040 01 Košice, Slovakia
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  • Institute of Experimental Physics, SAS, Watsonova 47, 040 01 Košice, Slovakia
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  • Institute of Experimental Physics, SAS, Watsonova 47, 040 01 Košice, Slovakia
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  • Institute of Experimental Physics, SAS, Watsonova 47, 040 01 Košice, Slovakia
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  • Institute of Physics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Na Slovance 2, CZ-18221 Praha 8, Czech Republic
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