Growth of Highly Epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7-δ Films from a Simple Propionate-Based Solution

Zhao Yue, Pol Torres, Xiao Tang, Poul Norby, Jean-Claude Grivel

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Intensive investigations have been conducted to develop epitaxial oxide thin films with superior electromagnetic performance by low-cost chemical solution deposition routes. In this paper, a novel propionate-based precursor solution without involving any other additive was proposed and employed to grow superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) films on LaAlO3 (LAO) single crystals. The precursor solutions are stable with a long shelf life of up to several months. Since the primary compositions are propionates after evaporating the solvent, the toxic reagents and evolved gases during solution synthesis and heat treatment can be eliminated completely. In this process, rapid pyrolysis and high conversation rate can also be achieved during growth of YBCO films in comparison with the conventional trifluoroacetate metal organic deposition routes. Remarkably, a 210 nm YBCO film exhibits high superconducting performance with a Jc value of 3.7 MA/cm(2) at 77 K, self-field. Nucleation and growth behaviors in the chemical solution process have also been studied. It is revealed that the amount of liquid phase (Ba-Cu-O) is sufficient through the entire thickness within a very short time at high growth temperatures, which results in pronounced densification and fast conversion of the YBCO phase.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number21
Pages (from-to)10232−10238
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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