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See detailSynthesis of CMR manganate compounds: the consequences of the choice of a precursor method
Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Rulmont, André ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg et al

in Materials Letters (2002), 57(3), 598-603

We have studied the electrical transport properties of manganate samples synthesized by different precursor methods. Differences in the synthesis process of the materials can result in samples with ... [more ▼]

We have studied the electrical transport properties of manganate samples synthesized by different precursor methods. Differences in the synthesis process of the materials can result in samples with similar grain size but very different physical properties, contrary to what happens in samples prepared by the same method. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnon-polaron and spin-polaron signatures in the specific heat and electrical resistivity of La0.6Y0.1Ca0.3MnO3 in zero magnetic field and the effect of Mn - O - Mn bond environment
Ausloos, Marcel ULg; Hubert, L.; Dorbolo, Stéphane ULg et al

in Physical Review B (2002), 66(17),

La0.6Y0.1Ca0.3MnO3, an ABO(3) perovskite manganite oxide, exhibits a nontrivial behavior in the vicinity of the sharp peak found in the resistivity rho as a function of temperature T in zero magnetic ... [more ▼]

La0.6Y0.1Ca0.3MnO3, an ABO(3) perovskite manganite oxide, exhibits a nontrivial behavior in the vicinity of the sharp peak found in the resistivity rho as a function of temperature T in zero magnetic field. The various features seen on drho/dT are discussed in terms of competing phase transitions. They are related to the Mn-O-Mn bond environment depending on the content of the A crystallographic site. A Ginzburg-Landau type theory is presented for incorporating concurrent phase transitions. The specific heat C of such a compound is also examined from 50 to 200 K. A log-log analysis indicates different regimes. In the low temperature conducting ferromagnetic phase, a collective magnon signature (Csimilar or equal toT(3/2)) is found as for what are called magnon-polaron excitations. A Csimilar or equal toT(2/3) law is found at high temperature and discussed in terms of the fractal dimension of the conducting network of the weakly conducting (so-called insulating) phase and an Orbach estimate of the excitation spectral behaviors. The need of considering both independent spin scattering and collective spin scattering is thus emphasized. The report indicates a remarkable agreement for the Fisher-Langer formula, i.e., Csimilar todrho/dT at second order phase transitions. Within the Attfield model, we find an inverse square root relationship between the critical temperature(s) and the total local Mn-O-Mn strain. [less ▲]

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Grandfils, Christian ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Maquet, V

Conference (2002, March 07)

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See detailCu doping as a tool for understanding CMR
Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Rulmont, André ULg et al

in Key Engineering Materials [=KEM] (2002), 206-2

Doping at the Mn-site in CMR manganate-based perovskites has been shown to affect strongly the physical properties of those compounds. We study here the effect of copper substitution in the low doping ... [more ▼]

Doping at the Mn-site in CMR manganate-based perovskites has been shown to affect strongly the physical properties of those compounds. We study here the effect of copper substitution in the low doping range on the electrical transport properties of La0.7Ca0.3MnO3. It turns out that the transition temperature decrease observed in doped samples can be drastically reduced by addition of silicon dioxide SiO2. It is shown that copper is trapped in a secondary phase composed of La,Ca,Si,Cu and O. The resultant Mn-site vacancies appear to be less detrimental to the electronic conduction than the likely antiferromagnetic clusters induced by the copper ions in the Mn-O network. [less ▲]

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See detailIntragranular and intergranular behaviour of multifilamentary Bi-2223/Ag tapes
Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg; Crate, David et al

in Physica C: Superconductivity (2002), 372(Part 2), 970-973

This communication aims at reporting the superconducting properties of Bi-2223/Ag tapes determined by using various measuring techniques. First. the original samples have been characterized by electrical ... [more ▼]

This communication aims at reporting the superconducting properties of Bi-2223/Ag tapes determined by using various measuring techniques. First. the original samples have been characterized by electrical resistance, AC susceptibility. and DC magnetization. The transport (intergranular) critical Current vs. magnetic field was also determined at T = 77 K using pulsed currents up to 40 A. Next. the same combination of experiments as performed oil bent tapes in order to bring out relevant information concerning the strength of the intergranular coupling. The results show that intergranular and intragranular currents differ by at least one order of magnitude, Finally, additional magnetic measurements were carried out in order to determine the anisotropy ratio Jc(ab)/Jc(c), which was found to lie around 30. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailYBa2Cu3O7 tapes prepared by sol-gel deposition techniques: microstructure and structural characterizations
Marguillier, David ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Rulmont, André ULg et al

in Physica C: Superconductivity (2002), 372(Part 2), 715-718

We report on the preparation conditions of YBa2Cu3O7 polycrystalline superconducting tapes by a sol-gel deposition technique. We present some discussion on the compatibility between the nature of the ... [more ▼]

We report on the preparation conditions of YBa2Cu3O7 polycrystalline superconducting tapes by a sol-gel deposition technique. We present some discussion on the compatibility between the nature of the substrate, the use of a buffer layer, and the conditions used to prepare appropriate superconducting YBa2Cu3O7,, materials. We report also on the microstructural characterizations performed in order to evaluate the crystallites size, degree of orientation and connectivity. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic and transport measurements on melt-textured DyBCO single domains
Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg; Misson, Vincent; Ausloos, Marcel ULg et al

in Physica C: Superconductivity (2002), 372(Part 2), 1225-1228

In this communication we report critical current measurements of melt processed DyBa2Cu3O7-x samples determined by several measuring techniques. First the material was characterized by AC susceptibility ... [more ▼]

In this communication we report critical current measurements of melt processed DyBa2Cu3O7-x samples determined by several measuring techniques. First the material was characterized by AC susceptibility and DC magnetization. The results are characteristic of good quality melt-processed (RE)BCO material with T-c = 89 K and Jc(77 K, 1 T) = 10^4 A/cm^2. Next, pulsed currents were used in order to determine both I-V curves and transport critical currents. The origin of the discrepancy between transport and magnetic data has been discussed. The results point out significant local variations of the critical current density throughout the single domain. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailImportance of soft solution processing for advanced BaZrO3 materials
Robertz, B.; Boschini, Frédéric ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg et al

in International Journal of Inorganic Materials (2001), 3(8), 1185-1187

Barium zirconate is an interesting material for refractory applications as well as a good substrate for the manufacturing of high temperature superconductors. However, its solid state synthesis requires ... [more ▼]

Barium zirconate is an interesting material for refractory applications as well as a good substrate for the manufacturing of high temperature superconductors. However, its solid state synthesis requires high temperature and provides inhomogeneous powder with a broad particle size distribution. In order to avoid these disadvantages, soft solution routes are of growing importance in the ceramic powder synthesis. Precipitation. decomposition of precursors, combustion techniques offer alternative ways to the solid state method. Advantages of these are a lower calcination temperature, production of homogeneous and fine monodisperse powders. The obtained powders have been characterised by XRD, IR, SEM and DTA/TG analysis. The influence of the synthesis conditions on the properties of BaZrO3 has been studied. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailPreparation and properties of layered silicate nanocomposites based on ethylene vinyl acetate copolymers
Alexandre, Michaël ULg; Beyer, Günter; Henrist, Catherine ULg et al

in Macromolecular Rapid Communications (2001), 22(8), 643-646

(Nano)composites based on ethylene vinyl acetate copolymers (EVA) and montmorillonite modified by various alkylammonium cations were processed by mechanical kneading. Polymer intercalation and filler ... [more ▼]

(Nano)composites based on ethylene vinyl acetate copolymers (EVA) and montmorillonite modified by various alkylammonium cations were processed by mechanical kneading. Polymer intercalation and filler exfoliation were evidenced by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy, respectively. Nano-composites tensile properties showed that Young's modulus increases significantly even at very low content of the organo-modified filler while preserving high ultimate elongation and tensile stress. The matrix thermal stability in air was increased by 40°C and, interestingly, the obtained nanocomposites present flame retardant properties. TEM micrograph of the nanocomposite based on EVA3 filled with 5 wt.-% of Mont-2CN2C18. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic properties of melt-textured DyBCO single domains
Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg

in Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings (2001), 659

This communication aims at reporting the superconducting properties of several bulk melt-processed DyBa2Cu3O7-x samples determined by using various measuring techniques. The original single domain ... [more ▼]

This communication aims at reporting the superconducting properties of several bulk melt-processed DyBa2Cu3O7-x samples determined by using various measuring techniques. The original single domain material was first cut into 9 similar cubic samples which have been characterized by AC susceptibility, flux profiles and DC magnetization. The results indicate good quality melt-processed (RE)BCO materials with Tc = 89 K. Next, the effect of post oxygen annealing treatments on these samples was studied. The influence of the non-uniformity of the oxygen content on the magnetic property anisotropy is discussed. Finally, additional magnetic measurements were carried out by using a couple of parallel pick-up coils wound on the same sample. From the results we conclude that geometric effects have to be taken into account in order to extract the critical current density from the magnetic properties. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetotransport properties of a single grain boundary in a bulk La-Ca-Mn-O material
Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Rulmont, André ULg et al

in Journal of Applied Physics (2001), 90(11), 5692-5697

Besides the "intrinsic" colossal magnetoresistance effect observed in single crystals, the polycrystalline manganate compounds also exhibit an "extrinsic" magnetoresistance related to the presence of ... [more ▼]

Besides the "intrinsic" colossal magnetoresistance effect observed in single crystals, the polycrystalline manganate compounds also exhibit an "extrinsic" magnetoresistance related to the presence of grain boundaries. We report electrical transport and magnetic measurements carried out on a bigrain sample extracted from a floating zone method-grown rod of calcium doped lanthanum manganate. Electrical resistance was measured both within a grain and across the grain boundary, between 20 and 300 K and from 0 to 8 T. Magnetoresistance values up to 99% are reached within the grain. The temperature dependence of the resistance across the grain boundary displays a "foot-like" feature towards the bottom of the transition. Low field and high field magnetoresistance effects are examined. We compare our results for a "bulk" grain boundary to those obtained by other authors for bicrystal thin films and bulk polycrystalline materials. (C) 2001 American Institute of Physics. [less ▲]

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See detailPoly(e-caprolactone) layered silicate nanocomposites: effect of clay surface modifiers on the melt intercalation process
Pantoustier, Nadège; Alexandre, Michaël ULg; Degée, Philippe et al

in e-Polymers (2001), (9), 1-9

Nanocomposites based on biodegradable poly(e-caprolactone) (PCL) and layered silicates (montmorillonite) modified by various alkylammonium cations were prepared by melt intercalation. Depending on whether ... [more ▼]

Nanocomposites based on biodegradable poly(e-caprolactone) (PCL) and layered silicates (montmorillonite) modified by various alkylammonium cations were prepared by melt intercalation. Depending on whether the ammonium cations contain non-functional alkyl chains or chains terminated by carboxylic acid or hydroxyl functions, microcomposites or nanocomposites were recovered as shown by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Mechanical and thermal properties were examined by tensile testing and thermogravimetric analysis. The layered silicate PCL nanocomposites exhibited some improvement of the mechanical properties (higher Young's modulus) and increased thermal stability as well as enhanced flame retardant characteristics as result of a charring effect. This communication aims at reporting that the formation of PCL-based nanocomposites strictly depends on the nature of the ammonium cation and its functionality, but also on the selected synthetic route, i.e. melt intercalation vs. in situ intercalative polymerization. Typically, protonated w-aminododecanoic acid exchanged montmorillonite allowed to intercalate e-caprolactone monomer and yielded nanocomposites upon in situ polymerization, whereas they exclusively formed microcomposites when blended with preformed PCL chains. In other words, it is shown that the formation of polymer layered silicate nanocomposites is not straightforward and cannot be predicted since it strongly depends on parameters such as ammonium cation type and functionality together with the production procedure, i.e., melt intercalation, solvent evaporation or in situ polymerization [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic properties of magnetically textured Bi-2212 ceramics
Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg; Bougrine, Hassan ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg et al

in Physica C: Superconductivity (2001), 351(1), 67-70

This paper aims at reporting magnetic properties of bulk polycrystalline Bi2Sr2Ca0.8Dy0.2Cu2O8-y samples textured under a magnetic field. The microstructure of these materials is highly anisotropic and ... [more ▼]

This paper aims at reporting magnetic properties of bulk polycrystalline Bi2Sr2Ca0.8Dy0.2Cu2O8-y samples textured under a magnetic field. The microstructure of these materials is highly anisotropic and exhibits particular features needed to be taken into account in order to interpret their magnetic and electrical properties. First the AC magnetic susceptibility has been measured for several magnetic fields (H parallel to ab and H parallel to c) and compared to the electrical resistivity data. The structure of the chi'' peak is shown to be related to the chemical content distribution of the superconducting grains. Next, the magnetic flux profiles have been extracted from the magnetic measurements using the Campbell-Rollins procedure. The anisotropy of the flux profiles and their peculiar curvature behaviour for H parallel toc point out the role of both grain platelet structure and the presence of secondary phases. From these results, we conclude that the magnetic properties of such magnetically textured materials do not allow for a reliable extraction of the critical current density J(c) but essentially probe geometric effects. Such effects have to be taken into account for improving the manufacture of attractive high-T-c materials. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailSimultaneous measurements of thermal diffusivity, thermal conductivity and thermopower with application to copper and ceramic superconductors
Bougrine, Hassan ULg; Geys, J. F.; Dorbolo, Stéphane ULg et al

in European Physical Journal B -- Condensed Matter (2000), 13(3), 437-443

A home made experimental set-up allows us to measure the thermal conductivity, the thermopower and the thermal diffusivity simultaneously in the temperature range (20-300 K). Therefore the specific heat ... [more ▼]

A home made experimental set-up allows us to measure the thermal conductivity, the thermopower and the thermal diffusivity simultaneously in the temperature range (20-300 K). Therefore the specific heat can be deduced. The role of a radiation shield is shown to be relevant. Tests of the system are made on a 99.9% pure Cu sample and two polycrystalline cuprate ceramics for illustration. Without any complicated optimisation, the technique indicates much promise already due to its efficiency and rapidity. [less ▲]

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See detailTwo peak effect in GMR : a chemical effect ?
Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Rulmont, André ULg; Dorbolo, Stéphane ULg et al

in Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings (2000), 602

We show that the synthesis conditions have a dramatic influence on the resistivity behavior of calcium and sodium doped LaMnO3. Several samples prepared by lowtemperature techniques exhibit a double ... [more ▼]

We show that the synthesis conditions have a dramatic influence on the resistivity behavior of calcium and sodium doped LaMnO3. Several samples prepared by lowtemperature techniques exhibit a double-peaked curve of resistance versus temperature. The model of spin-polarized intergranular tunneling provides a good approach to discuss our experimental results. Grain size and crystallinity are proved to be essential parameters, which are strongly influenced by the preparation process (e.g. the precursors nature and the thermal treatment). [less ▲]

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See detailDyBa2Cu3O7-x growth on different polycrystalline Dy2O3 interacting layers
Auguste, F.; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg et al

in Materials Letters (1999), 40(2), 71-77

We have considered two types of interacting substrates for testing the melt-textured growth of DyBa2Cu3O7-x, i.e., a sintered Dy2O3 or a compacted Dy2O3 powder. Resulting microstructures are compared ... [more ▼]

We have considered two types of interacting substrates for testing the melt-textured growth of DyBa2Cu3O7-x, i.e., a sintered Dy2O3 or a compacted Dy2O3 powder. Resulting microstructures are compared. Compacted powders are found to provide the most developed 123 grains. Physical and chemical arguments are given for such findings. [less ▲]

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See detailKronig-Penney-Ising picture of colossal magnetoresistance
Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (1999), 59(18), 11909-11913

From general arguments, it is shown that a magnetic Kronig-Penney model based on the thermodynamics of an Ising model can be used for describing the colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) phenomenon. The model ... [more ▼]

From general arguments, it is shown that a magnetic Kronig-Penney model based on the thermodynamics of an Ising model can be used for describing the colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) phenomenon. The model considers a tunneling like transmission process of hopping electrons through a dynamic lattice characterized by evolving magnetic clusters. In this model, correlations between the magnetic states are considered to be more relevant than the lattice strain effects for obtaining the CMR features. Physical arguments lead to the theoretical description of the intrinsic temperature and field dependences of the CMR observed in typical manganite materials. [less ▲]

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See detailCollective effects during crystal growth in the presence of mobile nonreactive impurities: experiments and simulations
Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg

in Journal of Crystal Growth (1999), 197(1-2), 317-324

The growth of a solid phase in a liquid medium containing randomly dispersed mesoscopic impurities is discussed. Particles represent hindrances for the growth front. They can remain static or can be ... [more ▼]

The growth of a solid phase in a liquid medium containing randomly dispersed mesoscopic impurities is discussed. Particles represent hindrances for the growth front. They can remain static or can be pushed by the advancing interface. The physics of the collective particle motion is outlined. Experiments with A12O3-SiO2 impurities in KC1 crystal serve as illustrative examples. The collective effects due to the particle concentration are investigated through a kinetic growth model. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of synthesis process and substrate on electrical and thermal transport properties of Bi-2212
Dorbolo, Stéphane ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg; Bougrine, Hassan ULg et al

in Journal of Superconductivity (1999), 12(5), 623-629

Resistivity, thermoelectric power, and thermal conductivity have been measured for a Bi-2212 system synthesized from a glassy precursor, either with a commercially Al2O3 substrate or with a homemade ... [more ▼]

Resistivity, thermoelectric power, and thermal conductivity have been measured for a Bi-2212 system synthesized from a glassy precursor, either with a commercially Al2O3 substrate or with a homemade BaZrO3 substrate. Those measurements show that the BaZrO3 substrate gives better superconducting properties to the Bi-2212 than the Al2O3 substrate. The effect of (1.0 T) weak magnetic field has been searched for. The thermal magnetoconductivity and the contributions of the magnetic field to the thermoelectrical power are studied and compared through fine measurements. An electronic contribution seems to appear already well above the critical temperature and to exist up to 200 degrees K. The onset temperature is thus deduced. [less ▲]

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