High Jc and low anisotropy of hydrogen doped NdFeAsO superconducting thin film

Kazumasa Iida, Jens Hänisch, Keisuke Kondo, Mingyu Chen, Takafumi Hatano, Chao Wang, Hikaru Saito, Satoshi Hata, Hiroshi Ikuta

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Abstract

The recent realisations of hydrogen doped LnFeAsO (Ln = Nd and Sm) superconducting epitaxial thin films call for further investigation of their structural and electrical transport properties. Here, we report on the microstructure of a NdFeAs(O,H) epitaxial thin film and its temperature, field, and orientation dependencies of the resistivity and the critical current density Jc. The superconducting transition temperature Tc is comparable to NdFeAs(O,F). Transmission electron microscopy investigation supported that hydrogen is homogenously substituted for oxygen. A high self-field Jc of over 10 MA/cm2 was recorded at 5 K, which is likely to be caused by a short London penetration depth. The anisotropic Ginzburg-Landau scaling for the angle dependence of Jc yielded temperature-dependent scaling parameters γJ that decreased from 1.6 at 30 K to 1.3 at 5 K. This is opposite to the behaviour of NdFeAs(O,F). Additionally, γJ of NdFeAs(O,H) is smaller than that of NdFeAs(O,F). Our results indicate that heavily electron doping by means of hydrogen substitution for oxygen in LnFeAsO is highly beneficial for achieving high Jc with low anisotropy without compromising Tc, which is favourable for high-field magnet applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5636
JournalScientific reports
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 11 2021

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