Microstructures and Structural Defects in High-temperature Superconductors

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World Scientific, 1998 - Technology & Engineering - 507 pages
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This book provides an extensive introduction to the microstructures and structural defects in high-temperature superconductors. It illustrates the application of modern experimental techniques as well as theoretical modeling tools in the study of these complex materials.The readers are given an overview of the structure-sensitive properties, such as transport properties, and the effort to develop large-scale (high-current, high-field) applications for these materials. The effects of defects on the superconducting properties of these materials are described when feasible to put the study of microstructures in proper perspective.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Defects and Superconductivity
7
Tools Used to Study the Defects
27
The Structure Characteristics
41
Types of Defects
55
Oxygen Ordering Re1ated Defects in YBa2Cu3O7
75
The Twin Boundary Structure in YBa2Cu3O7_i
147
Structural Modulation in La2rBarCuO4
203
Kinetics of the Alignment and the Formation
237
Charge Distribution
289
Experimenta1 Techniques for Grain Boundary Studies
313
The Structure of Grain Boundaries
345
Artificially Created Defects
419
Conclusions
477
Index
505
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