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High Temperature Superconductor Bulk Materials: Fundamentals, Processing, Properties Control, Application Aspects

ISBN: 978-3-527-60741-9
311 pages
May 2006
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With its comprehensive review of the current knowledge and the future requirements in the field, this book presents all the features of bulk high temperature superconducting materials. Starting from physical and chemical fundamentals, the authors move on to portray methods and problems of materials processing, thoroughly working out the characteristic properties of bulk superconductors in contrast to long conductors and films. They provide a wide range of specific materials characteristics with respect to the latest developments and future applications guiding from fundamentals to practical engineering examples.
The authors are all leading international specialists involved in the field of high TC superconductor bulk materials since the beginning. Of utmost interest to engineers, scientists, and PhD students working in this field.
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Table of Contents

1. Fundamentals
2. Growth and melt processing of YBCO
3. Pinning-relevant defects in bulk YBCO
4. Properties of bulk YBCO
5. Trapped fields
6. Improved YBCO based bulk superconductors and functional elements
7. Alternative systems
8. Peak effect
9. Very high trapped fields in YBCO permanent magnets
10. Engineering fundamentals
11. Inherently stable superconducting magnetic bearings
12. Application for electromagnetic energy converters
13. Further applications with HTSC-bulk materials
14. Calculation models for the interaction between magnetic fields and HTSC-bulks
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Author Information

Professor Krabbes leads the Bulk Materials Development Group in the Institute of Solid State Research (IFF) as a part of IFW Dresden. He has authored more than 150 technical publications and 20 patents and was awarded the J H van t'Hoff Medal in Physical Chemistry in 1984 and the PASREG Award of Excellence in 1999. His colleague Guenter Fuchs received the PASREG Award for his outstanding scientific achievements in the field of bulk cuprate superconductors in high magnetic fields in 2003. Wolf-Ruediger Canders heads the Institute for Electrical Machines, Traction and Drives (IMAB) at the University of Braunschweig. Both Hardo May and Ryszard Palka are leading scientists at the IMAB.
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"This book appears at a time when the field has reached maturity. It differs clearly from textbooks on superconductivity, as it emphasizes the interdisciplinary aspects of the fundamentals and the applications, although it does not treat the phenomenon of superconductivity by reference to quantum mechanics or the Ginzburg-Landau theory. Because of the broad coverage it is suitable for advanced and postgraduate students of physics, chemistry, materials science, and electronics, especially for those who want to get an overview of selected areas by using the literature references in the relevant chapters. For scientists and engineers working in the field of superconducting materials, this is a useful reference source, and will stimulate ideas for new applications of superconductivity." Angewandte Chemie
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