Applied Physics A

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Comparative study of electrical transport and magnetic measurements of Y3Ba5Cu8O18±δ and YBa2Cu3O7−δ compounds: intragranular and intergranular superconducting properties

  • Y. SlimaniEmail author
  • E. Hannachi
  • M. K. Ben Salem
  • F. Ben Azzouz
  • M. Ben Salem


We compare the superconducting properties and flux pinning characteristics between YBa2Cu3O7−δ (called Y-123) and Y3Ba5Cu8O18±δ (called Y-358) compounds. Both samples were synthesized through the solid-state reaction. The samples were examined by X-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscope coupled with energy dispersive spectrometry. The critical current densities of the prepared samples were investigated using current–voltage, magnetization measurements and ac-susceptibility. It is demonstrated that the Y-358 exhibits better superconducting and pinning properties than the Y-123 one. This may be ascribed to the layered structure and the occurrence of a greater number of insulating layers between the CuO2 planes that act as effective pinning sites and consequently conduce to a better fundamental pinning capacity in Y-358.



Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University is acknowledged for their financial support through the Project Number 2017-529-IRMC.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biophysics, Institute for Research and Medical Consultations (IRMC)Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal UniversityDammamSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.Laboratory of Physics of Materials–Structures and Properties, Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences of BizerteUniversity of CarthageZarzounaTunisia
  3. 3.Department of Physics, College of SciencesImam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal UniversityDammamSaudi Arabia

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