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From meandering to straight grain boundaries: Improving the structures of artificially induced grain boundaries in superconducting YBa2Cu3Oy bicrystals

  • Xiao-Feng Zhang (a1), Volk R. Todt (a1) and Dean J. Miller (a1)

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This paper presents several key aspects of our approach to preparing artificially induced [001] tilt grain boundaries (GB's) with uniform, well-defined structures in YBa2Cu3Oy (YBCO) superconductors. GB structures formed in thin film and bulk bicrystals, respectively, will be compared. In YBCO thin film bicrystals, meandering rather than planar GB's are formed. Using a low film deposition rate has been demonstrated to reduce the magnitude of meander significantly, but complete elimination of the meander has not yet been accomplished. Thus, we have developed a dual-seeded-melt-texture process to produce uniform, planar GB's with controllable misorientation angles in YBCO bulk bicrystals. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) studies reveal a remarkably planar and simple configuration on different length scales. Such a simple structure allows for an insightful interpretation of transport behavior across individual GB's.

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From meandering to straight grain boundaries: Improving the structures of artificially induced grain boundaries in superconducting YBa2Cu3Oy bicrystals

  • Xiao-Feng Zhang (a1), Volk R. Todt (a1) and Dean J. Miller (a1)

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