This work reports on the preparation of a BaZrO3(BZO) nanopowder by the chemical decomposition of an oxalate precursor starting from barium acetate and zirconium oxychloride. The X-ray peak profile analyses and the scanning electron microscopy (SEM) have indicated that the mean powder size ranges from 30nm to 340 nm for the thermal treatment temperature varying from 700°C to 1200°C, respectivelly. The as prepared powder has been used to manufacture YBCO-5 mol. % BZO composite targets from which epitaxial YBCO thin films on (100)SrTiO3substrate were ablated. The X-ray analysis have revealed that the BZO nanoislands are epitaxially grown throughout the YBCO film, having the same epitaxial relationship as YBCO. Moreover, as revealed by SEM, the presence of BZO considerably improves the morphology of the YBCO film. The critical temperature (Tc) registered a slight decrease with the BZO concentration. Nevertheless, the BZO addition resulted in an improvement of the critical current density, Jc. The JcvsB curve exihibits a large plateau extended up to about 2.5 Tesla. The YBCO-BZO composite films showed pinning forces with a c-axis correlated character, as revealed by the angular behaviour of Jc. © 2008 IOP Publishing Ltd.
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