Evaluation of metallic nanoparticles in REBa2Cu3O7-δ (RE = Y, Gd) thin films by small angle X-ray scattering

T. Horide, K. Matsumoto, H. Adachi, D. Takahara, K. Osamura, A. Ichinose, M. Mukaida, Y. Yoshida, S. Horii

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Nanoparticles should be strong artificial pinning centers in high-temperature superconducting films. We successfully used pulse laser deposition to introduce gold nanoparticles in REBa2Cu3O7-δ (RE = Y, Gd) films. We used small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) to obtain macroscopic information for the nanoparticles. SAXS showed that the average spacing and radius of the nanoparticles were 110-160 nm and 14-18 nm, respectively, which were consistent with the results from transmission electron microscopy. SAXS also suggested that the interface between the REBa2Cu3O7-δ matrix and the nanoparticles is sharp. This indicated that gold nanoparticles could work as strong artificial pinning centers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)652-655
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its applications
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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