Ac susceptibility and critical-current densities in sintered YBa <inf>2</inf>Cu<inf>3</inf>O<inf>7-δ</inf> superconductors

D. X. Chen, E. Pardo, A. Sanchez, E. Bartolomé

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The field-amplitude and frequency dependent complex ac susceptibility of a well sintered YBa2Cu3O7-δ disk has been measured at 77 K, which shows that its intra- and intergranular critical-current densities are determined by the collective flux creep inside the grains and the maximum Josephson currents across the grain boundaries, respectively. While the former is widely recognized, the latter contrasts to a popular belief of a mechanism of Josephson-vortex pinning and creep. © 2006 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish
Article number072501
JournalApplied physics letters
Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2006


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