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Influence of filament diameter on superconducting properties of MgB2 multi-core wires

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Magnetic behaviour of a series of MgB2 wires, in each case with 19 filaments of superconductor, surrounded by Ti as barrier and reinforced by stainless steel, prepared in the same way but mechanically deformed to different filament diameters ϕ between 58.5 and 17.7 µm, was investigated. Whereas no influence of ϕ on superconducting transition temperature is found, the width of the transition increases with ϕ. Critical current density, irreversibility line and mean effective activation energy U decrease systematically with decreasing ϕ. From a comparison of the field dependence of the pinning force and the temperature dependence of U, it is concluded, that pinning is dominated at low fields by grain boundary pinning and at higher fields by point defect pinning, with a rather broad distribution of pinning energies.

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Reissner, M., Bulla, L., Husek, I. et al. Influence of filament diameter on superconducting properties of MgB2 multi-core wires. Journal of the Korean Physical Society 62, 2139–2142 (2013).

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