High-Temperature Superconductors: Materials, Properties, and Applications

  • Rainer Wesche

Part of the Electronic Materials: Science & Technology book series (EMST, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 401-437

About this book


The discovery by J. G. Bednorz and K. A. Mtllier in 1986 that the superconducting state can exist in oxides at temperatures above 30 K stimulated research in the field of superconductivity and opened up a new field of research. Within a few years a large number of cuprate superconductors with transition temperatures well above the boiling point of liquid nitrogen have been found. The possibility of using liquid nitrogen as coolant re-stimulated interest in power applications of supercon­ ductivity. In this book an overview of the known high-Te superconductors and their physical properties is presented. Aspects related to conductor fabrication and high-current applications are emphasised. The material should be suitable for use in graduate­ level courses on superconductivity. Researchers in the field may profit from the large number of tables and references describing its status at the end of 1997. An introduction to high-To superconductivity must be based on the fundamental physical principles of normal-state electrical conductivity and the well-known characteristics of conventional superconductors. In Chapter 2 this background is provided. Crystal structures, anisotropic properties and general trends of the critical temperatures of the cuprate superconductors are described in Chapters 3 and 4. The processing of superconductor powders addressed in Chapter 5 affects considerably the current-carrying capacity of high-T. wires. In Chapter 6 several fabrication techniques for superconducting wires are described. In addition, the factors limiting the transport critical currents ofhigh-Te wires are discussed.


crystal crystal structure liquid material superconductivity

Authors and affiliations

  • Rainer Wesche
    • 1
  1. 1.École Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-8386-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-5075-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1386-3290
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