High Temperature Superconductors

High Temperature Superconductors : Processing and Science

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After six years of one of the most concentrated worldwide research efforts devoted to a single material, high-temperature superconductors are now entering the market as useful products. This book provides an introduction to superconductivity, with an emphasis on the state-of-the-art methods used to process these complex materials. The coverage is complete, with chapters on characterization and applications - both achievable and realized. Through a concise and unified distillation of disparate journal articles and reviews, this book provides a useful handbook for students and researchers alike. "High Temperature Superconductors: Processing and Science" may be used as a textbook in advanced ceramics and materials science courses; it will also appeal to physicists and chemists who are involved in the synthesis of compounds and specimens, as well as to engineers and applied scientists looking for ways to utilize these remarkable materials.
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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 159 x 236 x 25mm | 681g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • index, tables, figures
  • 0121176800
  • 9780121176808

Table of contents

The Superconducting State: History. Phenomena. Critical Temperature, Critical Current, and Critical Field. The Meissner-Ochsenfeld Effect. Penetration Depth and Coherence Length. Thermal Properties. Flux Pinning. Tunnelling. Theoretical Outline: Ginzburg-Landau Theory. BCS Theory. Compounds and Crystal Chemistry: Materials Classification: Alkaline Earth Doped La2CuO4. Y-Ba-Cu-0 System, A2B2CanCun+ I 02n+6 Systems. Other Systems. Summary of Processing Parameters. Defects and Crystal Chemistry: Oxygen Vacancies and Hole Creation. Lattice Defects. Flux Pinning Sites. Metallic States. Energy Levels and Bands. Measurements of Carrier Densities. Phase Equilibria: Phase Equilibria. Phase Diagrams in LBCO. Phase Diagrams in Y 123. Phase Diagrams in Bi2223 And T12223. Powder Processing, Bulk Formation, and Densification: Chemical Reaction: Calcination. Sintering. Powder Processing: Milling Media. Co-Precipitation. Aerosol Techniques. Sol-Gel. Precursor Routes. Formation and Densification: Pelletization. Wire Formation. Tape Formation. Coils. Liquid Phase Sintering. Hot Uniaxial Pressing. Cold and Hot Isostatic Pressing. Joining. Other Methods. Thin Films: Fabrication Principles: In Situ and Ex Situ Growth. Oxygen Pressure. Stoichiometry. Co-Deposition from Multiple Sources. Substrates. A-axis Films. Heterostructures. Film Quality. Deposition Techniques: Evaporation. Sputtering. Laser Ablation. Chemical Vapour Deposition. Metalorganic Solution Deposition. Weak Links and Transport Current. Alignment in Bulk Material: Partial Melting. Directional Solidification: Partial Melt Method with a Narrow Hot Zone. Float Zone Grown Single Crystal Fibers. Growth of Single Crystals. Other Methods for Growing Fibers. Deformation Alignment. Magnetic Alignment. Diffusion Texture through Precursors. Second Phase Inclusions. Impurities and Chemical Stability: Dopants. Alkali Metals. Alkaline Earths. Transition Metals. Noble Metals. Pb Doping in Bi2223. Halides. Other Dopants. Contamination in Materials Preparation: Purity of Starting Powders. Carbon Nitrates. Contaminants from Milling Media. Corrosion: Aqueous Environments. Electrochemistry. Acid Solutions. Basic Solutions. Organic Solutions. Protection. Characterization: Electricity and Magnetism: The 4-Probe Technique. Electrical Contacts. Magnetic Susceptibility. Crystal Structures: Neutron Diffraction. X-Ray Diffraction. Electron Diffraction. Characterization of Texture. Microstructures: Electron Microscopy. Optical Microscopy. Grain Boundaries. Scanning Tunnelling Necroscopy. Rutherford Backscattering. Wet Chemistry: Volumetric Measurement. lodometric Titration. Applications: Bulk Material: Cables. Magnets. Magnetic Bearings. Magnetic Shields. Requisite Critical Current Densities. Thin Films: SQUID. Microwave Devices. Bolometers. Interconnects. Digital Electronics.
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