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Disentangling vortex pinning landscape in chemical solution deposition superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-x films and nanocomposites


Anna PalauFerran VallesVictor RoucoMariona Coll BauZiliang LiCornelia PopBernat MundetJaume GazquezRoger GuzmanJoffre GutierrezXavier Obradors andvTeresa Puig

Superconductor Science and Technology in press

In-field angular pinning performances at different temperatures have been analysed on chemical solution deposited (CSD) YBa<sub>2</sub>Cu<sub>3</sub>O<sub>7-x</sub> (YBCO) pristine films and nanocomposites. We show that with this analysis we are able to quantify the vortex pinning strength and energies, associated to different kind of natural and artificial pinning defects, acting as efficient pinning centres at different regions of the H-T phase diagram. A good quantification of the variety of pinning defects active at different temperatures and magnetic fields provide a unique tool to design the best vortex pinning landscape at different operating conditions. We have found that by artificially introducing a unique defect in the YBCO matrix, the stacking faults, we are able to modify three different contributions to vortex pinning (isotropic-strong, anisotropic- strong, and isotropic-weak). The isotropic-strong contribution, widely studied in CSD YBCO nanocomposites, is associated to nanostrained regions induced at the partial dislocations surrounding the stacking faults. Moreover, the stacking fault itself act as a planar defect which provides a very effective anisotropic-strong pinning at H//ab. Finally, the large presence of Cu-O cluster vacancies found in the stacking faults have been revealed as a source of isotropic-weak pinning sites, very active at low temperatures and high fields.



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