We analyzed Nd1+xBa2-xCu3O7 (NdBCO) coated conductors grown at various substrate temperatures by using Raman spectroscopy. Epitaxial NdBCO films were deposited on ion beam assisted deposition yttrium stabilized zirconia (IBAD-YSZ) templates by pulsed laser deposition. Raman scattering spectroscopy shows that the NdBCO film grown at a relatively low substrate temperature of 750 °C contains some a-axis oriented grains as well as c-axis oriented grains and an excess cation disorder between Nd3+ ions and Ba2+ sites, which result in degradation of superconducting properties with critical temperature (Tc) of ∼83K and critical current density (Jc) of less than 1MAcm-2 at 77K and self-field. The samples grown at higher temperatures ranging from 775 to 800 °C are found to have strong c-axis orientation with little cation disorder, and subsequently excellent superconducting properties with T c of 88-90K and Jc of 1.2-1.8MAcm-2 at 77K and self-field.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Superconductor Science and Technology|
|State||Published - 1 Oct 2007|