MSA  Vol.6 No.9 , September 2015
Ion Beam Analysis and Electric Properties of GdBa2Cu3O7-δ Added with Nanosized Ferrites ZnFe2O4 and CoFe2O4
ABSTRACT
In this study, superconducting samples of type GdBa2Cu3O7-δ added with x wt% (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.4) nanoferrites ZnFe2O4 and CoFe2O4 were prepared by the conventional solid-state reaction technique. The prepared samples were characterized using X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) in order to determine the volume fraction and lattice parameters. The elemental contents of the prepared samples were determined using particle induced X-ray emission (PIXE). In addition, the oxygen-content of these samples was obtained using non-Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS) at 3 MeV proton beam. It is found that the Oxygen-content of GdBa2Cu3O7-δ phase remains practically constant for low additions of both nanoferrites but it increases with high additions. The electrical resistivity of the prepared samples was measured by the conventional four-probe technique from room temperature down to the zero superconducting transition temperature (T0). An increase in the superconducting transition temperature Tc and the critical current density Jc is observed as x varies from 0.0 to 0.06 wt% of (ZnFe2O4)xGdBa2Cu3O7-δ, followed by a systematic decrease with increasing x. On the other hand, the Tc values for (CoFe2O4)xGdBa2Cu3O7-δ show a systematic decrease with x for both high and low additions while Jc is enhanced up to x = 0.01 wt% and decrease with further increase in x.

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Basma, H. , Roumié, M. , Awad, R. , Marhaba, S. , Albast, M. and Abualy, A. (2015) Ion Beam Analysis and Electric Properties of GdBa2Cu3O7-δ Added with Nanosized Ferrites ZnFe2O4 and CoFe2O4. Materials Sciences and Applications, 6, 828-840. doi: 10.4236/msa.2015.69085.
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