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Interdiffusion and Growth of the Superconductor Nb3Sn in Nb/Cu(Sn) Diffusion Couples

Kumar, AK and Paul, A (2009) Interdiffusion and Growth of the Superconductor Nb3Sn in Nb/Cu(Sn) Diffusion Couples. In: Journal of Electronic Materials, 38 (5). pp. 700-705.

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The confusion over the growth rate of the Nb3Sn superconductor compound following the bronze technique is addressed. Furthermore, a possible explanation for the corrugated structure of the product phase in the multifilamentary structure is discussed. Kirkendall marker experiments are conducted to study the relative mobilities of the species, which also explains the reason for finding pores in the product phase layer. The movement of the markers after interdiffusion reflects that Sn is the faster diffusing species. Furthermore, different concentrations of Sn in the bronze alloy are considered to study the effect of Sn content on the growth rate. Based on the parabolic growth constant at different temperatures, the activation energy for the growth is determined.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of Electronic Materials
Publisher: Springer
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Springer.
Keywords: Nb3Sn;superconductor;bronze method; diffusion;Kirkendall effect.
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electronic Systems Engineering (Formerly Centre for Electronic Design & Technology)
Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2009 16:26
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:29
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/19675

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