The effects of surface contamination on the biaxially textured substrate for ybco thick film deposition

M.L. Apicella

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The epitaxial growth of YBa2Cu3O7-x(YBCO) films on biaxially textured substrates is one of the most promising technique for the fabrication of high current superconducting tapes operating at high temperature. Ni is very attractive as substrate because it easily develops a (100)[001] cubic texture. The low oxidation resistance represents the main drawback of the Ni substrate. In order to better assess the role of oxygen on the Ni substrates, a surface physics technique as Auger spectroscopy has been used. It has allowed to evaluate the amount of impurities for different Ni processing and exposure to the air. The results demonstrate that the surface contamination can be efficiently removed by RF sputtering before buffer layer deposition. This procedure allows to obtain CeO2/Pd/Ni architecture by laser ablation with a good epitaxy both of Pd and CeO2films. On the contrary, when CeO2is directly deposited on Ni a low epitaxy is obtained. The Auger analysis confirms that the formation of (111) NiO at the Ni-CeO2interface hampers the epitaxial growth of the ceria film. © World Scientific Publishing Company.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)997 - 1004
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics B
Issue number9-10
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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