Growth and Characterization of Bulk Superconductor Material

  • Dapeng Chen
  • Chengtian Lin
  • Andrey Maljuk
  • Fang Zhou

Part of the Springer Series in Materials Science book series (SSMATERIALS, volume 243)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Dapeng Chen, Chengtian Lin
    Pages 23-45
  3. Andrey Maljuk, Chengtian Lin
    Pages 47-113
  4. Dapeng Chen, Chengtian Lin
    Pages 115-142
  5. Dapeng Chen, Chengtian Lin, Andrey Maljuk, Fang Zhou
    Pages 143-191
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 193-196

About this book


This book focuses on recently developed crystal growth techniques to grow large and high quality superconducting single crystals. The techniques applied are traveling solvent floating zone (TSFZ) with infrared image furnace, Bridgeman, solution/flux and top seeded solution growth (TSSG) methods. The materials range from cuprates, cobaltates to pnictides including La2CuO4-based (LCO), YBa2Cu3O7-d (YBCO), Bi2Sr2Can−1CunO2n+4+δ (n=1,2,3) (BSCCO) to NaxCoO2. The modified Bridgman “cold finger” method is devoted to the pnictide system with the best quality (transition width DTc~0.5 K) with highest Tc~38.5 K of Ba0.68K0.32Fe2A2. The book presents various iron-based superconductors with different structures, such as 1111, 122, 111, 11 and 42622,10-3-8. Detailed single crystal growth methods (fluxes, Bridgman, floating zone), the associated procedures and their impact to crystal size and quality are presented. The book also describes the influence of doping on the structure and the electric, magnetic, and superconducting properties of these compounds in a comparative study of different growth methods. It describes particularly under-, optimal and over-doped with oxygen cuprates (LCO, YBCO and BSCCO) and hole/electron/isovalently doped parent compounds AFe2As2 (A = Ba, Sr, Ca) (122), chalcogenides AxFe2-ySe2(A = K, Rb, Cs) (122), and Fe1-dTe1-xSex (11). A review of the current growth technologies and future growth efforts handling volatile and poisonous components are also presented.


Bridgeman Single Crystal Growth Cuprate Superconductors Doping of Superconductors Growth Techniques for Superconductors Iron-Based Superconductors Rare-Earth Cuprates Single Crystal Superconductors Superconducting Single Crystals Top Seeded Solution Growth Method Traveling Solvent Floating Zone

Authors and affiliations

  • Dapeng Chen
    • 1
  • Chengtian Lin
    • 2
  • Andrey Maljuk
    • 3
  • Fang Zhou
    • 4
  1. 1.ResearchMax Planck Institute for Solid StatStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.ResearchMax Planck Institute for Solid StatStuttgartGermany
  3. 3.and Materials ResearchLeibniz Institute for Solid StateDresdenGermany
  4. 4.Institute of PhysicsUniv. of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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