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Measurements of the surface critical current of YBa2Cu3O7-delta thin films: Probing the nonuniformity of their superconducting critical temperature along the c-axis

Abstract : The existence of nonsuperconducting zones in YBa2Cu3O7-delta (YBCO) films below the transition temperature to the nonresistive state can limit the performances of YBCO devices. In this work, we present detailed measurements of the temperature dependence of the critical surface current density of c-axis oriented epitaxial YBCO films, that suggest that their superconducting critical temperature, T-c, is modulated along the c-axis. This nonuniformity of T-c, that could be present in all YBCO films, seems also to be supported by measurements of both the field cooled in-plane magnetic moment and the oxygen content (by non-Rutherford elastic resonance scattering) of some samples. (C) 2010 American Institute of Physics. [doi:10.1063/1.3431383]
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P. Bernstein, J. Mosqueira, J. Siejka, F. Vidal, Y. Thimont, et al.. Measurements of the surface critical current of YBa2Cu3O7-delta thin films: Probing the nonuniformity of their superconducting critical temperature along the c-axis. Journal of Applied Physics, American Institute of Physics, 2010, 107 (12), pp.123901. ⟨10.1063/1.3431383⟩. ⟨hal-01237369⟩

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