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Kiloampere, Variable-Temperature, Critical-Current Measurements of High-Field Superconductors.

Goodrich LF, Cheggour N, Stauffer TC, Filla BJ, Lu XF - J Res Natl Inst Stand Technol (2013)

Bottom Line: Therefore, a significant portion of this review is focused on the reduction of temperature errors to less than ±0.05 K in such measurements.We also calibrated the magnetoresistance effect of resistive thermometers for temperatures from 4 K to 35 K and magnetic fields from 0 T to 16 T.This calibration reduces systematic errors in the variable-temperature data, but it does not affect the liquid/gas comparison since the same thermometers are used in both cases.

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Affiliation: Department of Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309 ; National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, CO 80305.

ABSTRACT
We review variable-temperature, transport critical-current (I c) measurements made on commercial superconductors over a range of critical currents from less than 0.1 A to about 1 kA. We have developed and used a number of systems to make these measurements over the last 15 years. Two exemplary variable-temperature systems with coil sample geometries will be described: a probe that is only variable-temperature and a probe that is variable-temperature and variable-strain. The most significant challenge for these measurements is temperature stability, since large amounts of heat can be generated by the flow of high current through the resistive sample fixture. Therefore, a significant portion of this review is focused on the reduction of temperature errors to less than ±0.05 K in such measurements. A key feature of our system is a pre-regulator that converts a flow of liquid helium to gas and heats the gas to a temperature close to the target sample temperature. The pre-regulator is not in close proximity to the sample and it is controlled independently of the sample temperature. This allows us to independently control the total cooling power, and thereby fine tune the sample cooling power at any sample temperature. The same general temperature-control philosophy is used in all of our variable-temperature systems, but the addition of another variable, such as strain, forces compromises in design and results in some differences in operation and protocol. These aspects are analyzed to assess the extent to which the protocols for our systems might be generalized to other systems at other laboratories. Our approach to variable-temperature measurements is also placed in the general context of measurement-system design, and the perceived advantages and disadvantages of design choices are presented. To verify the accuracy of the variable-temperature measurements, we compared critical-current values obtained on a specimen immersed in liquid helium ("liquid" or I c liq) at 5 K to those measured on the same specimen in flowing helium gas ("gas" or I c gas) at the same temperature. These comparisons indicate the temperature control is effective over the superconducting wire length between the voltage taps, and this condition is valid for all types of sample investigated, including Nb-Ti, Nb3Sn, and MgB2 wires. The liquid/gas comparisons are used to study the variable-temperature measurement protocol that was necessary to obtain the "correct" critical current, which was assumed to be the I c liq. We also calibrated the magnetoresistance effect of resistive thermometers for temperatures from 4 K to 35 K and magnetic fields from 0 T to 16 T. This calibration reduces systematic errors in the variable-temperature data, but it does not affect the liquid/gas comparison since the same thermometers are used in both cases.

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Critical current versus temperature at various magnetic fields for 0.70 mm diameter Nb3Sn sample #2.
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f3-jres.118.015: Critical current versus temperature at various magnetic fields for 0.70 mm diameter Nb3Sn sample #2.

Mentions: Most of the data presented in this paper were measured on two samples: one Nb-Ti wire and one Nb3Sn wire (Nb3Sn #1). Table 1 shows some of the parameters of each wire. All of the wires were commercially produced, multifilamentary wire. The Nb-Ti wire had a diameter of 0.76 mm and a non-Cu fraction of 0.435 (Cu/Nb-Ti ratio of 1.3). It had an Ic of 507 A and an n-value of 54 at 5 T and 4.0 K. Nb3Sn #1 had a diameter of 0.82 mm and a non-Cu fraction of 0.476 (Cu/non-Cu ratio of 1.1). It had an Ic of 279 A and an n-value of 61 at 12 T and 4.0 K. Nb3Sn #1 was made for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) fusion energy project. Ic(T) at various magnetic fields for these samples and two additional samples are shown in Figs. 1 (Nb-Ti), 2 (Nb3Sn #1), 3 (Nb3Sn #2), and 4 (MgB2). Ic(T) is fairly linear at a given magnetic field, except where the Ic approaches zero. Some Ic data points below a few amperes were removed to reduce overlap of the lines at each field. These plots cover most of the useful range of temperature and magnetic field for the respective samples, which are limited by the transition temperature and upper critical magnetic field. The limited thermal stability of two samples, identified as Nb3Sn #2 and MgB2 in Table 1, limited the higher current measurements for these samples even though they were soldered to the Cu-Be spring of the VTS probe.


Kiloampere, Variable-Temperature, Critical-Current Measurements of High-Field Superconductors.

Goodrich LF, Cheggour N, Stauffer TC, Filla BJ, Lu XF - J Res Natl Inst Stand Technol (2013)

Critical current versus temperature at various magnetic fields for 0.70 mm diameter Nb3Sn sample #2.
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f3-jres.118.015: Critical current versus temperature at various magnetic fields for 0.70 mm diameter Nb3Sn sample #2.
Mentions: Most of the data presented in this paper were measured on two samples: one Nb-Ti wire and one Nb3Sn wire (Nb3Sn #1). Table 1 shows some of the parameters of each wire. All of the wires were commercially produced, multifilamentary wire. The Nb-Ti wire had a diameter of 0.76 mm and a non-Cu fraction of 0.435 (Cu/Nb-Ti ratio of 1.3). It had an Ic of 507 A and an n-value of 54 at 5 T and 4.0 K. Nb3Sn #1 had a diameter of 0.82 mm and a non-Cu fraction of 0.476 (Cu/non-Cu ratio of 1.1). It had an Ic of 279 A and an n-value of 61 at 12 T and 4.0 K. Nb3Sn #1 was made for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) fusion energy project. Ic(T) at various magnetic fields for these samples and two additional samples are shown in Figs. 1 (Nb-Ti), 2 (Nb3Sn #1), 3 (Nb3Sn #2), and 4 (MgB2). Ic(T) is fairly linear at a given magnetic field, except where the Ic approaches zero. Some Ic data points below a few amperes were removed to reduce overlap of the lines at each field. These plots cover most of the useful range of temperature and magnetic field for the respective samples, which are limited by the transition temperature and upper critical magnetic field. The limited thermal stability of two samples, identified as Nb3Sn #2 and MgB2 in Table 1, limited the higher current measurements for these samples even though they were soldered to the Cu-Be spring of the VTS probe.

Bottom Line: Therefore, a significant portion of this review is focused on the reduction of temperature errors to less than ±0.05 K in such measurements.We also calibrated the magnetoresistance effect of resistive thermometers for temperatures from 4 K to 35 K and magnetic fields from 0 T to 16 T.This calibration reduces systematic errors in the variable-temperature data, but it does not affect the liquid/gas comparison since the same thermometers are used in both cases.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309 ; National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, CO 80305.

ABSTRACT
We review variable-temperature, transport critical-current (I c) measurements made on commercial superconductors over a range of critical currents from less than 0.1 A to about 1 kA. We have developed and used a number of systems to make these measurements over the last 15 years. Two exemplary variable-temperature systems with coil sample geometries will be described: a probe that is only variable-temperature and a probe that is variable-temperature and variable-strain. The most significant challenge for these measurements is temperature stability, since large amounts of heat can be generated by the flow of high current through the resistive sample fixture. Therefore, a significant portion of this review is focused on the reduction of temperature errors to less than ±0.05 K in such measurements. A key feature of our system is a pre-regulator that converts a flow of liquid helium to gas and heats the gas to a temperature close to the target sample temperature. The pre-regulator is not in close proximity to the sample and it is controlled independently of the sample temperature. This allows us to independently control the total cooling power, and thereby fine tune the sample cooling power at any sample temperature. The same general temperature-control philosophy is used in all of our variable-temperature systems, but the addition of another variable, such as strain, forces compromises in design and results in some differences in operation and protocol. These aspects are analyzed to assess the extent to which the protocols for our systems might be generalized to other systems at other laboratories. Our approach to variable-temperature measurements is also placed in the general context of measurement-system design, and the perceived advantages and disadvantages of design choices are presented. To verify the accuracy of the variable-temperature measurements, we compared critical-current values obtained on a specimen immersed in liquid helium ("liquid" or I c liq) at 5 K to those measured on the same specimen in flowing helium gas ("gas" or I c gas) at the same temperature. These comparisons indicate the temperature control is effective over the superconducting wire length between the voltage taps, and this condition is valid for all types of sample investigated, including Nb-Ti, Nb3Sn, and MgB2 wires. The liquid/gas comparisons are used to study the variable-temperature measurement protocol that was necessary to obtain the "correct" critical current, which was assumed to be the I c liq. We also calibrated the magnetoresistance effect of resistive thermometers for temperatures from 4 K to 35 K and magnetic fields from 0 T to 16 T. This calibration reduces systematic errors in the variable-temperature data, but it does not affect the liquid/gas comparison since the same thermometers are used in both cases.

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