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See detailSpray drying: An alternative synthesis method for polycationic oxide compounds
Rivas-Murias, B.; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg et al

in Journal Of Physics And Chemistry Of Solids (2011), 72(3), 158-163

Synthesis of polycationic compounds by the spray-drying technique is an interesting alternative in the domain of aqueous precursor synthesis methods. Spray drying yields high quality samples with good ... [more ▼]

Synthesis of polycationic compounds by the spray-drying technique is an interesting alternative in the domain of aqueous precursor synthesis methods. Spray drying yields high quality samples with good reproducibility. The possibility of scaling up for production of large quantities with fast processing time is well established by the commercial availability of powders of various compositions. In this paper, we have discussed the advantages and limitations of this method and demonstrated its interest by synthesizing a few polycationic compounds selected for their attractive properties of thermoelectricity [Bi1.68Ca2Co1.69O8, La(0.95)A(0.05)CoO(3) (A = Ca, Sr, Ba)] or magnetoresistance [La(0.70)A(0.30)MnO(3) (A=Sr, Ba)]. We have confirmed the quality of these samples by reporting their structure, magnetic and transport properties. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailCzochralski crystal growth, thermal conductivity, and magnetic properties of Pr(x)La(1- x)AlO3, where x = 1, 0.75, 0.55, 0.40, 0
Turczynski, S.; Orlinski, K.; Pawlak, D. A. et al

in Crystal Growth & Design (2011), 11(4), 1091-1097

Crystals of Pr(x)La(1-x)AlO3 solid solution have been grown by the Czochralski method for the first time, to the best of our knowledge. Crystals with high praseodymium concentration tend to grow spirally ... [more ▼]

Crystals of Pr(x)La(1-x)AlO3 solid solution have been grown by the Czochralski method for the first time, to the best of our knowledge. Crystals with high praseodymium concentration tend to grow spirally. The color of the crystals changes with chemical composition. X-ray diffraction shows an increase of the lattice constants with an increase in lanthanum ion concentration. The thermal conductivity has been investigated in the temperature range from 5 to 300 K. Completely different behavior of thermal conductivity is observed at low temperatures for the investigated crystals, whereas it remains roughly constant at high temperatures. The values of magnetic susceptibility lie within the expected range that could be expected for a paramagnetic material. (Figure Presented) © 2011 American Chemical Society. [less ▲]

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See detailAC Magnetic Measurements on Superconductors: Design of a Device for Magneto-Thermal Measurements
Laurent, Philippe ULg; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg

in International Journal of Measurement Technologies and Instrumentation Engineering (2011), 1

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See detailMagnetic properties of drilled bulk high-temperature superconductors filled with a ferromagnetic powder
Lousberg, Grégory; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Chaud, Xavier et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (2011), 24

It is shown that filling the holes of a drilled bulk high-temperature superconductor (HTS) with a soft ferromagnetic powder enhances its trapping properties. The magnetic properties of the trapped field ... [more ▼]

It is shown that filling the holes of a drilled bulk high-temperature superconductor (HTS) with a soft ferromagnetic powder enhances its trapping properties. The magnetic properties of the trapped field magnet are characterized by Hall probe mapping and magnetization measurements. This analysis is completed by a numerical model based on a 3D finite-element method where the conductivity of the superconducting material is described by a power law while the permeability of the ferromagnetic material is fixed to a given value and is considered uniform. Numerical results support the experimental observations. In particular, they confirm the increase of trapped flux that is observed with Hall probe mapping after impregnation. [less ▲]

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See detailBulk melt-processed (RE)BCO superconductors subjected to AC fields in “parallel” and “crossed” direction, experiment and modelling
Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Babu, N. H. et al

Conference (2010, November)

When bulk melt-processed (RE)BCO samples are used as permanent magnets in various engineering applications (e.g. rotating machines, magnetic bearings), they may experience transient or periodic variations ... [more ▼]

When bulk melt-processed (RE)BCO samples are used as permanent magnets in various engineering applications (e.g. rotating machines, magnetic bearings), they may experience transient or periodic variations of the applied magnetic field. In such a situation, the remnant magnetization of the sample is found to decrease in running operation, which is particularly inconvenient for the long-term reliability of the system. There are several possible causes for such a phenomenon. The first is the temperature increase resulting from the losses caused by the variable applied field, and may arise when the field is parallel to the main direction of the trapped flux. The second is caused by the component of the magnetic field perpendicular to the main direction of the trapped flux (“crossed field” configuration). In the present talk we review the relevant parameters which have a detrimental impact on the remnant magnetization in both cases. Modelling results are compared to experimental data obtained on bulk YBCO samples subjected to field oscillations of large amplitude. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical Study of the Shielding properties of Macroscopic Hybrid Ferromagnetic/Superconductor Hollow Cylinders
Lousberg, Grégory ULg; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg et al

in IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity (2010), 20(1), 33

We study the magnetic shielding properties of hybrid ferromagnetic/superconductor (F/S) structures consisting of two coaxial cylinders, with one of each material.We use an axisymmetric finite-element ... [more ▼]

We study the magnetic shielding properties of hybrid ferromagnetic/superconductor (F/S) structures consisting of two coaxial cylinders, with one of each material.We use an axisymmetric finite-element model in which the electrical properties of the superconducting tube are modeled by a nonlinear E-J power law with a magnetic-field-dependent critical current density whereas the magnetic properties of the ferromagnetic material take saturation into account. We study and compare the penetration of a uniform axial magnetic field in two cases: 1) a ferromagnetic tube placed inside a larger superconducting tube (Ferro-In configuration) and 2) a ferromagnetic tube placed outside the superconducting one (Ferro-Out configuration). In both cases, we assess how the ferromagnetic tube improves the shielding properties of the sole superconducting tube. The influence of the geometrical parameters of the ferromagnetic tube is also studied: It is shown that, upon an optimal choice of the geometrical parameters, the range of magnetic fields that are efficiently shielded by the hightemperature superconductor tube alone can be increased by a factor of up to 7 (2) in a Ferro-Out (Ferro-In) configuration. The optimal configuration uses a 1020 carbon steel with a thickness of 2 mm and a height that is half that of the superconducting cylinder (80 mm). [less ▲]

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See detailModification of the trapped field in bulk HTS as a result of the drilling of a pattern of artificial holes
Lousberg, G. P.; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg et al

in Journal of Physics: Conference Series (2010), 234

The trapped magnetic field is examined in bulk high-temperature superconductors that are artificially drilled along their c-axis. The influence of the hole pattern on the magnetization is studied and ... [more ▼]

The trapped magnetic field is examined in bulk high-temperature superconductors that are artificially drilled along their c-axis. The influence of the hole pattern on the magnetization is studied and compared by means of numerical models and Hall probe mapping techniques. To this aim, we consider two bulk YBCO samples with a rectangular cross-section that are drilled each by six holes arranged either on a rectangular lattice (sample I) or on a centered rectangular lattice (sample II). For the numerical analysis, three different models are considered for calculating the trapped flux: (i), a two-dimensional (2D) Bean model neglecting demagnetizing effects and flux creep, (ii), a 2D finite-element model neglecting demagnetizing effects but incorporating magnetic relaxation in the form of an E – J power law, and, (iii), a 3D finite element analysis that takes into account both the finite height of the sample and flux creep effects. For the experimental analysis, the trapped magnetic flux density is measured above the sample surface by Hall probe mapping performed before and after the drilling process. The maximum trapped flux density in the drilled samples is found to be smaller than that in the plain samples. The smallest magnetization drop is found for sample II, with the centered rectangular lattice. This result is confirmed by the numerical models. In each sample, the relative drops that are calculated independently with the three different models are in good agreement. As observed experimentally, the magnetization drop calculated in the sample II is the smallest one and its relative value is comparable to the measured one. By contrast, the measured magnetization drop in sample (1) is much larger than that predicted by the simulations, most likely because of a change of the microstructure during the drilling process. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of second generation coated conductors for efficient shielding of DC magnetic fields
Fagnard, Jean-Francois ULg; Dirickx, Michel; Levin, G. A. et al

in Journal of Applied Physics (2010), 108

This paper reports the results of an experimental investigation of the performance of two types of magnetic screens assembled from YBa2Cu3O7-d (YBCO) coated conductors. Since effective screening of the ... [more ▼]

This paper reports the results of an experimental investigation of the performance of two types of magnetic screens assembled from YBa2Cu3O7-d (YBCO) coated conductors. Since effective screening of the axial DC magnetic field requires the unimpeded flow of an azimuthal persistent current, we demonstrate a configuration of a screening shell made out of standard YBCO coated conductor capable to accomplish that. The screen allows the persistent current to flow in the predominantly azimuthal direction at a temperature of 77 K. The persistent screen, incorporating a single layer of superconducting film, can attenuate an external magnetic field of up to 5 mT by more than an order of magnitude. For comparison purposes, another type of screen which incorporates low critical temperature quasi-persistent joints was also built. The shielding technique we describe here appears to be especially promising for the realization of large scale high-Tc superconducting screens. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetocaloric effect in La0.75Sr0.25MnO3 manganite
Pekala, M.; Pekala, K.; Drozd, V. et al

in Journal of Magnetism & Magnetic Materials (2010), 322(21), 3460-3463

The polycrystalline manganite La0.75Sr0.25MnO3 prepared by an alternative carbonate precipitation route reveals the rhombohedral perovskite structure. Magnetization isotherms measured up to 2 T are used ... [more ▼]

The polycrystalline manganite La0.75Sr0.25MnO3 prepared by an alternative carbonate precipitation route reveals the rhombohedral perovskite structure. Magnetization isotherms measured up to 2 T are used to determine Curie temperature of 332 K by means of Arrott plot. Maximum of magnetic entropy change is found at Curie temperature. The relative cooling power equal to 64 J/kg for 1.5 T magnetic field, is superior as compared to the manganite with the same chemical composition from the sol–gel method. [less ▲]

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See detailShielding efficiency and E(J) characteristics measured on large melt cast Bi-2212 hollow cylinders in axial magnetic fields
Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Elschner, Steffen; Bock, Joachim et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (2010), 23

We show that tubes of melt cast Bi-2212 used as current leads for LTS magnets can also act as efficient magnetic shields. The magnetic screening properties under an axial DC magnetic field are ... [more ▼]

We show that tubes of melt cast Bi-2212 used as current leads for LTS magnets can also act as efficient magnetic shields. The magnetic screening properties under an axial DC magnetic field are characterized at several temperatures below the liquid nitrogen temperature (77 K). Two main shielding properties are studied and compared with those of Bi-2223, a material that has been considered in the past for bulk magnetic shields. The first property is related to the maximum magnetic flux density that can be screened, Blim; it is defined as the applied magnetic flux density below which the field attenuation measured at the centre of the shield exceeds 1000. For a cylinder of Bi-2212 with a wall thickness of 5 mm and a large ratio of length over radius, Blim is evaluated to 1 T at T = 10 K. This value largely exceeds the Blim value measured at the same temperature on similar tubes of Bi-2223. The second shielding property that is characterized is the dependence of Blim with respect to variations of the sweep rate of the applied field, dBapp/dt. This dependence is interpreted in terms of the power law E = Ec(J/Jc)^n and allows us to determine the exponent n of this E(J) characteristics for Bi-2212. The characterization of the magnetic field relaxation involves very small values of the electric field. This gives us the opportunity to experimentally determine the E(J) law in an unexplored region of small electric fields. Combining these results with transport and AC shielding measurements, we construct a piecewise E(J) law that spans over 8 orders of magnitude of the electric field. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetocaloric effect in nano- and polycrystalline manganites La0.5Ca0.5MnO3
Pekala, Marek; Drozd, Vadym; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg et al

in Journal of Alloys & Compounds (2010), 507

Structure, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of poly- and nanocrystalline La0.5Ca0.5MnO3 manganites prepared by the citrate sol–gel method are studied in a broad temperature range. The Arrott plots ... [more ▼]

Structure, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of poly- and nanocrystalline La0.5Ca0.5MnO3 manganites prepared by the citrate sol–gel method are studied in a broad temperature range. The Arrott plots show that the phase transition is of the second order. The cooling efficiency of 93–97 J/kg is found for the poly- and nanocrystalline samples. The relatively weaker magnetocaloric effect in nanocrystalline La0.5Ca0.5MnO3 is spread over temperature range almost three times broader than for the polycrystalline one. Charge ordering effects decay in manganites with grain sizes below 150 nm. [less ▲]

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See detailSelf-heating of bulk high temperature superconductors of finite height subjected to a large alternating magnetic field
Laurent, Philippe; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Hari Babu, N. et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (2010), 23

In this work we study, both experimentally and numerically, the self-heating of a bulk, large YBCO pellet of aspect ratio (thickness / diameter) ~ 0.4 subjected to a large AC magnetic field. To ensure ... [more ▼]

In this work we study, both experimentally and numerically, the self-heating of a bulk, large YBCO pellet of aspect ratio (thickness / diameter) ~ 0.4 subjected to a large AC magnetic field. To ensure accurate temperature measurements, the sample was placed in an experimental vacuum chamber to achieve a small and reproducible heat transfer coefficient between the superconductor and the cryogenic fluid. The temperature was measured at several locations on the sample surface during the self-heating process. The experimentally determined temperature gradients are found to be very small in this arrangement (< 0.2 K across the radius of the superconductor). The time-dependence of the average temperature T(t) is found to agree well with a theoretical prediction based on the one-dimensional (1-D) Bean model, assuming a uniform temperature in the sample. A 2-D magneto-thermal model was also used to determine the space and time-dependent temperature distribution T(r, z, t) during the application of the AC field. The losses in the bulk pellet were determined using an algorithm based on the numerical method of Brandt, which was combined with a heat diffusion algorithm implemented using a finite-difference method. The model is shown to be able to reproduce the main trends of the observed temperature evolution of the bulk sample during a self-heating process. Finally, the 2-D model is used to study the effect of a non-uniform distribution of critical current density Jc(r, z) on the losses within the bulk superconductor. [less ▲]

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See detailMagneto-thermal phenomena in bulk high temperature superconductors subjected to applied AC magnetic fields
Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg; Laurent, Philippe ULg; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (2010), 23

In the present work we study, both theoretically and experimentally, the temperature increase in a bulk high temperature superconductor subjected to applied AC magnetic fields of large amplitude. We ... [more ▼]

In the present work we study, both theoretically and experimentally, the temperature increase in a bulk high temperature superconductor subjected to applied AC magnetic fields of large amplitude. We calculate analytically the equilibrium temperatures of the bulk sample as a function of the experimental parameters using a simple critical state model for an infinitely long type-II superconducting slab or cylinder. The results show the existence of a limit heat transfer coefficient (AUlim) separating two thermal regimes with different characteristics. The theoretical analysis predicts a ‘forbidden’ temperature window within which the temperature of the superconductor can never stabilize when the heat transfer coefficient is small. In addition, we determine analytical expressions for two threshold fields Htr1 and Htr2 characterizing the importance of magneto-thermal effects and show that a thermal runaway always occurs when the field amplitude is larger than Htr2. The theoretical predictions of the temperature evolution of the bulk sample during a self-heating process agree well with the experimental data. The simple analytical study presented in this paper enables order of magnitude thermal effects to be estimated for simple superconductor geometries under applied AC magnetic fields and can be used to predict the influence of experimental parameters on the self-heating characteristics of bulk type-II superconductors. [less ▲]

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See detailLocal Structure of Mn in (La1-xHox)2/3Ca1/3MnO3 Studied by X-ray Absorption Fine Structure
Pietnoczka, A.; Pekala, M.; Bacewicz, R. et al

in Acta Physica Polonica A (2010), 117(2), 257-261

Results of X-ray absorption fine structure measurements in manganites (La1-xHox)2/3Ca1/3MnO3 with 0.15 < x < 0.50 are presented. When LaMnO3 is doped with a divalent element such as Ca2+, substituting ... [more ▼]

Results of X-ray absorption fine structure measurements in manganites (La1-xHox)2/3Ca1/3MnO3 with 0.15 < x < 0.50 are presented. When LaMnO3 is doped with a divalent element such as Ca2+, substituting forLa3+, holes are induced in the filled Mn d orbitals. This leads to a strong ferromagnetic coupling between Mn sites. Ca ions in La1-xCaxMnO3 introduce a distortion of the crystal lattice and mixed valence Mn ions (Mn3+ and Mn4+). On the other hand, in manganites (La1-xHox)2/3Ca1/3MnO3 the substitution of La for Ho causes a lattice distortion and induces a disorder, which reduces a magnetic interaction. The ferromagnetic transition temperature and conductivity decrease very quickly with increasing x. The magnetic and transport properties of compounds depend on the local atomic structure around Mn ions. The information on the bond lengths and Debye–Waller factor are obtained from the extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) data analysis. The charge state of Mn is determined from the position of the absorption edge in X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) data. XAFS results are in good agreement with magnetic characteristics of the studied materials. [less ▲]

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See detailPulsed-field magnetization of drilled bulk high-temperature superconductors: flux front propagation in the volume and on the surface
Lousberg, Grégory ULg; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Haanappel, Evert et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (2009), (22), 125026

We present a method for characterizing the propagation of the magnetic flux in an artificially drilled bulk high-temperature superconductor (HTS) during pulsed-field magnetization. As the magnetic pulse ... [more ▼]

We present a method for characterizing the propagation of the magnetic flux in an artificially drilled bulk high-temperature superconductor (HTS) during pulsed-field magnetization. As the magnetic pulse penetrates the cylindrical sample, the magnetic flux density is measured simultaneously in 16 holes by means of microcoils that are placed across the median plane, i.e. at an equal distance from the top and bottom surfaces, and close to the surface of the sample. We discuss the time evolution of the magnetic flux density in the holes during a pulse and measure the time taken by the external magnetic flux to reach each hole. Our data show that the flux front moves faster in the median plane than on the surface when penetrating the sample edge; it then proceeds faster along the surface than in the bulk as it penetrates the sample further. Once the pulse is over, the trapped flux density inside the central hole is found to be about twice as large in the median plane as on the surface. This ratio is confirmed by modelling. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic shielding properties of high- Tc superconducting hollow cylinders: model combining experimental data for axial and transverse magnetic field configurations
Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Dirickx, Michel; Ausloos, Marcel ULg et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (2009), 22(10), 10500210

Magnetic shielding efficiency was measured on high- Tc superconducting hollow cylinders subjected to either an axial or a transverse magnetic field in a large range of field sweep rates, dBapp/dt. The ... [more ▼]

Magnetic shielding efficiency was measured on high- Tc superconducting hollow cylinders subjected to either an axial or a transverse magnetic field in a large range of field sweep rates, dBapp/dt. The behaviour of the superconductor was modelled in order to reproduce the main features of the field penetration curves by using a minimum number of free parameters suitable for both magnetic field orientations. The field penetration measurements were carried out on Pb-doped Bi-2223 tubes at 77 K by applying linearly increasing magnetic fields with a constant sweep rate ranging between 10 uT s[?]1 and 10 mT s[?]1 for both directions of the applied magnetic field. The experimental curves of the internal field versus the applied field, Bin(Bapp), show that, at a given sweep rate, the magnetic field for which the penetration occurs, Blim, is lower for the transverse configuration than for the axial configuration. A power law dependence with large exponent, n', is found between Blim and dBapp/dt. The values of n' are nearly the same for both configurations. We show that the main features of the curves Bin(Bapp) can be reproduced using a simple 2D model, based on the method of Brandt, involving a E(J) power law with an n-exponent and a field-dependent critical current density, Jc(B), (following the Kim model: Jc = Jc0(1+B/B1)[?]1). In particular, a linear relationship between the measured n'-exponents and the n-exponent of the E(J) power law is suggested by taking into account the field dependence of the critical current density. Differences between the axial and the transverse shielding properties can be simply attributed to demagnetizing fields. [less ▲]

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See detailDC and AC Shielding Properties of Bulk High-Tc Superconducting Tubes
Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Denis, Samuel; Lousberg, Grégory ULg et al

in IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity (2009), 19(3), 2905-2908

We have studied numerically and experimentally the magnetic flux penetration in high-Tc superconducting tube subjected to a uniform magnetic field parallel to its long axis. This study is carried in view ... [more ▼]

We have studied numerically and experimentally the magnetic flux penetration in high-Tc superconducting tube subjected to a uniform magnetic field parallel to its long axis. This study is carried in view of designing low-frequency magnetic shields by exploiting the diamagnetic properties of high-Tc superconducting ceramics. We have measured the field attenuation for applied magnetic fields in the frequency range 5 mHz-0.1 Hz by Hall probe measurements and at audio frequencies using a sensing coil. A simple 1D analysis using the Kim critical state model was found to be able to reproduce the experimental data satisfactorily. We have also determined the phase shift between the internal and the applied field both experimentally and numerically. Finally, we have studied the sweep rate dependence of the magnetic shielding properties, using data recorded either at several constant sweep rates dB/dt or at several AC fields of various amplitudes and frequencies. Both methods agree with each other and lead to a n -value of the E ~ J n law equal to ~ 40 at 77 K. [less ▲]

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See detailMeasurement of the magnetic field inside the holes of a drilled bulk high-Tc superconductor
Lousberg, Grégory ULg; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Noudem, Jacques G et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (2009), 22

We use macroscopic holes drilled in a bulk YBCO superconductor to probe its magnetic properties in the volume of the sample. The sample is subjected to an AC magnetic flux with a density ranging from 30 ... [more ▼]

We use macroscopic holes drilled in a bulk YBCO superconductor to probe its magnetic properties in the volume of the sample. The sample is subjected to an AC magnetic flux with a density ranging from 30 to 130 mT and the flux in the superconductor is probed by miniature coils inserted in the holes. In a given hole, three different penetration regimes can be observed: (i) the shielded regime, where no magnetic flux threads the hole; (ii) the gradual penetration regime, where the waveform of the magnetic field has a clipped sine shape whose fundamental component scales with the applied field; and (iii) the flux concentration regime, where the waveform of the magnetic field is nearly a sine wave, with an amplitude exceeding that of the applied field by up to a factor of two. The distribution of the penetration regimes in the holes is compared with that of the magnetic flux density at the top and bottom surfaces of the sample, and is interpreted with the help of optical polarized light micrographs of these surfaces. We show that the measurement of the magnetic field inside the holes can be used as a local characterization of the bulk magnetic properties of the sample. [less ▲]

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See detailMagneto transport characterization of the Sn-doped TbMnO3 manganites
Pekala, Marek; Drozd, V.; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg et al

in Journal of Alloys & Compounds (2009), 467(1-2), 35-40

The structural, magnetic and electrical transport properties of the Sn-doped TbMnO3 manganites are studied by X-ray diffraction, ac susceptibility, dc magnetization and electrical resistivity measurements ... [more ▼]

The structural, magnetic and electrical transport properties of the Sn-doped TbMnO3 manganites are studied by X-ray diffraction, ac susceptibility, dc magnetization and electrical resistivity measurements. The Sn doping into the Tb and Mn sites of TbMnO3 compresses the unit cell and changes parameters of the antiferromagnetic phase whereas the magnetic moment of Mn are only weakly affected. The electrical resistivity of doped manganites is reduced and the activation energy EA is determined for the thermally activated conduction. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetotransport of La0.5Ba0.5MnO3
Pekala, Marek; Drozd, V.; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg et al

in Journal of Applied Physics (2009), 105(1), 013923-013923-8

Physical properties of polycrystalline La0.5Ba0.5MnO3 are reported from low temperature (10 K) up to above room temperature. An aim has been to obtain microscopic parameters and to search for the ... [more ▼]

Physical properties of polycrystalline La0.5Ba0.5MnO3 are reported from low temperature (10 K) up to above room temperature. An aim has been to obtain microscopic parameters and to search for the characteristic lengths in terms of which one can discuss the interplay between magnetic, electric, and phonon excitations. The structural and magnetotransport measurements reveal a set of relatively high transition temperatures (near 300 K) between ferromagnetic/metallic and paramagnetic/semiconducting phases. It is found, in particular, that the so-called localization length increases from 0.085 to 0.24 nm when the magnetic field varies from 0 to 8 T. Moreover a “special field value” ~0.03 T is observed in the description of the electrical resistance. It cannot be presently distinguished whether it is the signature of a spin reorientation transition in the canted phase or a mere saturation field for aligning magnetic domains. The relatively high magnetoresistance effect (~=55% at 8 T and 10 K) makes the La0.5Ba0.5MnO3 a very interesting material for among others sensor applications. [less ▲]

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