Study of MgO-based buffer layer architecture for the development of Ni-Cu-Based RABiTS YBCO coated conductor

A. Vannozzi, V. Galluzzi, A. Mancini, A. Rufolini, A. Augieri, A. Angrisani Armenio, L. Ciontea, G. Thalmaier, T. Petrisor, G. Celentano

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MgO films are widely used as the first buffer layer in IBAD-YBCO coated conductors, whereas there are only a few examples of its use in RABiTS YBCO coated conductors. Nevertheless MgO, though challenging in terms of lattice parameter and epitaxy, can effectively passivate the metal substrate thus enabling the use of Ni-Cu-based alloy tapes. Such substrates develop a very sharp cube texture and at the same time can be safely handled when their thickness is as low as 40 μm. Epitaxial MgO films were deposited by e-beam evaporation at 400 °C on biaxially textured metal substrates. A transient Pd layer as thin as 10 nm was used to alleviate the lattice mismatch between MgO and the substrate and to enhance film adhesion. Due to the reduced diffusion of oxygen in MgO, this template is effective against substrate oxidation even in the extreme conditions typical of the YBCO growth. On such a template, La066Sr033MnO3(LSMO) was epitaxially deposited by PLD. Moreover, BaZrO3(BZO) film was successfully deposited by CSD on MgO single crystal and is expected to epitaxially grow also on MgO film. © 2010 IEEE.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5643101
Pages (from-to)2908 - 2911
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
Issue number3 PART 3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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Vannozzi, A., Galluzzi, V., Mancini, A., Rufolini, A., Augieri, A., Armenio, A. A., ... Celentano, G. (2011). Study of MgO-based buffer layer architecture for the development of Ni-Cu-Based RABiTS YBCO coated conductor. IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, 21(3 PART 3), 2908 - 2911. [5643101].