A simple model based on distributions of twin boundaries, dislocations, and BaZrO3 nanorods is presented to describe the Jc properties of undoped and BaZrO3 (BZO)-doped YBa2Cu3Ox thin films. The model accurately describes the shape of Jc(B,T) curves of the films, when the pinning site distributions are taken from distributions of twin spacings and BZO nanorods from transmission electron microscope images. Thus, assuming that the model can be used for prediction of the Jc properties, we conclude that for enhancement of undoped films more crystalline defects are needed and for doped films a dopant that would create slightly larger rods would be optimal. ©2009 American Institute of Physics
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