Observations and model of a new ac-loss valley in a YBCO superconductor

Ozturk A., Celebi S., LeBlanc M.

SUPERCONDUCTOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, vol.18, no.8, pp.1029-1034, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1088/0953-2048/18/8/001
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1029-1034
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


We report on measurements of the ac susceptibility of sintered YBCO pellets, with ZnO added, as a function of temperature T, for several different ac magnetic field amplitudes, Hac, in the presence of static bias magnetic field H-b directed along H-ac. For each choice of H-ac, the imaginary part of the ac susceptibility versus T traces a peak, denoted chi''(max), centred at a temperature denoted Tma, We find that chi"(max) versus both H-ac and T-max traces a valley. Calculations of hysteresis losses, exploiting the critical state model where the critical current density j(c) = alpha (T)/B-n, reproduce the experimental data quite well.