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See detailMagnetic hybrid materials for triggered drug delivery and optical properties of intraocular lens
Liu, Ji ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

Conference (2013, March 20)

Mesoporous silica nanoparticles have great potential for drug delivery system (DDS) due to their large volume for encapsulation of guest molecules in the porous channels. Due to the specific magnetic ... [more ▼]

Mesoporous silica nanoparticles have great potential for drug delivery system (DDS) due to their large volume for encapsulation of guest molecules in the porous channels. Due to the specific magnetic responsiveness, magnetic nanoparticles can penetrate body tissues under a magnetic guidance, providing a potential platform for magnetic-directed DDS. Furthermore, a sharp local heating can be obtained for superparamagnetic nanoparticles when exposed to an alternating magnetic field (AMF). This specific property opens up the possibility of the application in tumor treatments. Here, we fabricated maghemite/SiO2 mesoporous nanohybrids DDS with phase-changed molecules as gate-keepers. The channels were envisaged to be closed in the biological systems during the delivery; however, opened when exposed to external heating or internal heating from hyperthermia generated by the maghemite cores. Thus the uploaded drug can diffuse into the surrounding medium. MTS assay showed a good cytocompatibility of the vehicles in both mouse L929 cells and cancer MEL-5 cells, and also internalization into MEL-5 cells was confirmed by Fluoresce microscopy, fluoresce-activated cell sorting (FACS) and TEM techniques. The release of drugs can be controlled by varying the concentration of the nanohybrids vehicles, the period of AMF treatment, or both. In-vivo triggered-release of doxorubicin into MEL-5 cells was confirmed by the sharp decrease in cell viability. This DDS can be designed for controlled release to an urgent physiological need via chemotherapy, hyperthermia therapy, or both. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic hybrid materials for triggered drug delivery and optical properties of intraocular lens
Liu, Ji ULg; Hurtgen, Marie ULg; Mornet, Stephan et al

Poster (2012, March 30)

Stimuli-responsive nano-materials have been playing increasingly important roles in the biomedical field due to their ability to alter the physico-chemical properties in response to external stimuli, such ... [more ▼]

Stimuli-responsive nano-materials have been playing increasingly important roles in the biomedical field due to their ability to alter the physico-chemical properties in response to external stimuli, such as temperature, pH, ionic strength, magnetic field, etc. Nanohybrids bearing an inorganic core and thermo-responsive polymer shell are particularly applicable in target delivery and controlled drug release. Poly (N-vinylcaprolactam) (PNVCL) and its copolymers, exhibiting lower critical solution temperature (LCST) where the transition between hydrophilic and hydrophobic state happens, is one of the optimal choices for this core/shell structure. Here we present the in-situ fabrication of thermo-responsive gold nanohybrids coated with a novel poly (vinyl alcohol)-b-poly (N-vinylcaprolactam) (PVOH-b-PNVCL) block copolymers, which were prepared by the cobalt-mediated radical polymerization (CMRP). The interaction between both PVOH and PNVCL segments and gold nanoparticles was confirmed by FT-IR spectra. A sharp thermo-induced phase transition with a good reversibility upon change in temperature was detected by DLS and UV/vis spectrometer. Furthermore, the presence of hydrophilic PVOH moieties endows the gold nanohybrids with improved colloidal stability above LCST without any flocculation detected. This kind of gold nanohybrids can be envisaged as a new drug delivery vehicle. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic hysteresis cycle and remnant field distribution of bulk high temperature superconductor / ferromagnet hybrids
Philippe, Matthieu ULg; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Wera, Laurent ULg et al

Poster (2013, September)

Bulk (RE)BCO materials can be used potentially as powerful permanent magnets. The magnetic flux distribution above a bulk HTS magnet, however, is strongly non-uniform (conic profile predicted by the Bean ... [more ▼]

Bulk (RE)BCO materials can be used potentially as powerful permanent magnets. The magnetic flux distribution above a bulk HTS magnet, however, is strongly non-uniform (conic profile predicted by the Bean model) compared to the rather flat distribution above a ferromagnet. In the present work, we study how FeNi soft ferromagnetic alloys of different shapes can be combined with a bulk, large grain (RE)BCO superconductor (RE denotes a rare-earth element) to improve the distribution of trapped field at the surface or its average value through the volume of the sample. A FeNi ferromagnetic alloy was machined into pieces of various shapes (cylinders and rings) and attached to (i) the top surface of the bulk HTS cylinder to form bulk ferromagnet / superconductor (F/S) hybrids and (ii) to the top and bottom surfaces to form bulk F/S/F hybrids. The magnetic properties of each hybrid structure were measured under axial magnetic field at 77 K. Pick-up coils wound around the superconductor were used to measure the average magnetic induction inside the superconductor while the remnant induction distribution near the top and bottom surfaces was determined by miniature Hall probe mapping. The modifications of the hysteresis curves and flux distributions were analyzed by taking into account the ferromagnet intrinsic properties (intrinsic permeability, saturation) and geometrical properties (shape, size and volume). The results show that the effect of the ferromagnet increases with its volume. In presence of a ferromagnet, the superconductor hysteresis curve shows a combination of a diamagnetic and a ferromagnetic behaviour on which it is worth noting that (i) the bulk remnant magnetization increases and (ii) in the magnetic saturation regime of the ferromagnet, the magnetic effects of the superconductor and the ferromagnet are superimposed. The results also give evidence that flux lines curve through the ferromagnetic component, which produces a decrease of the self-demagnetizing field inside the superconductor. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic kinetic growth-models
Ausloos, Marcel ULg; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg

in Journal of Magnetism & Magnetic Materials (1995), 140(Part 3), 2185-2186

Magnetic kinetic growth models are kinetic growth model(s), like the Eden or the DLA models, but allow for the growth to have an extra degree of freedom (a 'spin') which can be coupled to an external ... [more ▼]

Magnetic kinetic growth models are kinetic growth model(s), like the Eden or the DLA models, but allow for the growth to have an extra degree of freedom (a 'spin') which can be coupled to an external field. Two-dimensional simulations show interesting morphologies and parameter dependences. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic Massive Stars
Townsend, Rich; Cohen, David H; Dessart, Luc et al

in IAU Symposium (2008, June 01)

Magnetic fields are unexpected in massive stars, due to the absence of a sub-surface convective dynamo. However, advances in instrumentation over the past three decades have led to their detection in a ... [more ▼]

Magnetic fields are unexpected in massive stars, due to the absence of a sub-surface convective dynamo. However, advances in instrumentation over the past three decades have led to their detection in a small but growing subset of these stars. Moreover, complementary theoretical developments have highlighted their potentially significant influence over the structure, evolution and circumstellar environments of massive stars. Here, we summarize a special session convened prior to the main conference, focused on presenting recent developments in the study of massive-star magnetic fields. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic model refinement via a coupling of finite element subproblems
Dular, Patrick ULg; V Sabariego, Ruth ULg; Krähenbühl, Laurent et al

in Proceedings of Scientific Computing in Electrical Engineering (SCEE 2010) (2010)

Model refinements of magnetic circuits are performed via a subdomain finite element method. A complete problem is split into subproblems with overlap- ping meshes, to allow a progression from source to ... [more ▼]

Model refinements of magnetic circuits are performed via a subdomain finite element method. A complete problem is split into subproblems with overlap- ping meshes, to allow a progression from source to reaction fields, ideal to real flux tubes, 1-D to 3-D models, perfect to real materials, statics to dynamics, with any coupling of these changes. Its solution is then the sum of the subproblem solutions. The procedure simplifies both meshing and solving processes, and quantifies the gain given by each refinement on both local fields and global quantities. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic model refinement via a perturbation finite element method – from 1D to 3D
Dular, Patrick ULg; V Sabariego, Ruth ULg; Krähenbühl, Laurent

in COMPEL (2009), 28(4), 974-988

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to develop a sub-domain perturbation technique for refining magnetic circuit models with finite element (FE) models of different dimensions. Design/methodology ... [more ▼]

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to develop a sub-domain perturbation technique for refining magnetic circuit models with finite element (FE) models of different dimensions. Design/methodology/approach – A simplified problem considering ideal flux tubes is first solved, as either a 1D magnetic circuit or a simplified FE problem. Its solution is then corrected via FE perturbation problems considering the actual flux tube geometry and the exterior regions, that allow first 2D and then 3D leakage fluxes. Each of these sub-problems requires an appropriate proper volume mesh, with no need of interconnection. The solutions are transferred from one problem to the other through projections of source fields between meshes. Findings – The developed perturbation FE method allows to split magnetic circuit analyses into subproblems of lower complexity with regard to meshing operations and computational aspects. A natural progression from simple to more elaborate models, from 1D to 3D geometries, is thus possible, while quantifying the gain given by each model refinement and justifying its utility. Originality/value – Approximate problems with ideal flux tubes are accurately corrected when accounting for leakage fluxes via surface sources of perturbations. The constraints involved in the subproblems are carefully defined in the resulting FE formulations, respecting their inherent strong and weak nature. As a result, an efficient and accurate computation of local fields and global quantities, i.e. flux, MMF, reluctance, is obtained. The method is naturally adapted to parameterized analyses on geometrical and material data. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic nanoparticles coated by temperature responsive copolymers for hyperthermia
Aqil, Abdelhafid ULg; Vasseur, Sébastien; Duguet, Etienne et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry (2008), 18(28), 3352-3360

Various temperature-responsive N-isopropylacrylamide-based functional copolymers were prepared and used for the stabilization of iron oxide nanoparticles. The copolymers investigated are poly(acrylic acid ... [more ▼]

Various temperature-responsive N-isopropylacrylamide-based functional copolymers were prepared and used for the stabilization of iron oxide nanoparticles. The copolymers investigated are poly(acrylic acid)-b-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PAA-PNIPAM) and poly(acrylic acid)-b-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-b-poly(acrylate methoxy poly(ethylene oxide)) (PAA-PNIPAM-PAMPEO), with different molecular weights. The coated nanoparticles were characterized in terms of size by a combination of dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). A sharp temperature transition was confirmed by particle size measurements vs. temperature. In addition, the stealthiness of the coated nanoparticles has been assessed in vitro by the haemolytic CH50 test. These measurements evidenced the crucial role of the PEO segments on the stealthiness of the nanoparticles and thus that such copolymers are particularly suitable for biomedical applications. Preliminary experiments of alternating magnetic field induced heating were performed and specific absorption rates of the various samples were recorded. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic Ordering in Nitrides with the η-Carbide Structure: (Ni,Co,Fe)2(Ga,Ge)Mo3N
Sviridov, A; Battle, Peter D.; Grandjean, Fernande ULg et al

in Inorganic Chemistry (2010), 491

Compositions in the series Ni2-xCoxGeMo3N (0 ex e2),Co2Ge1-xGaxMo3N (0<x e0.7),Co2-xFexGeMo3N (0 e x e 2), and Co2-xFexGe0.5Ga0.5Mo3N (0 e x e 0.8) have been synthesized by the reductive nitridation of ... [more ▼]

Compositions in the series Ni2-xCoxGeMo3N (0 ex e2),Co2Ge1-xGaxMo3N (0<x e0.7),Co2-xFexGeMo3N (0 e x e 2), and Co2-xFexGe0.5Ga0.5Mo3N (0 e x e 0.8) have been synthesized by the reductive nitridation of binary oxides and studied by appropriate combinations of magnetometry, transport measurements, neutron diffraction, and M€ossbauer spectroscopy. All of these compositions adopt the cubic η-carbide structure (a ∼ 11.11 A ̊ ) and show a resistivity of ∼10 -3 Ω cm. No long-range magnetic order was observed in Ni 2-xCoxGeMo3N, although evidence of spin freezing was observed in Co2GeMo3N. The introduction of gallium into this composition leads to the onset of antiferromagnetic ordering at 90 K in Co2Ge0.3Ga0.7Mo3N. The magnetic structure consists of an antiferromagnetic arrangement of ferromagnetic Co4 groups, with an ordered magnetic moment of 0.48(9) μB per cobalt atom. The same magnetic structure is found in Co0.5Fe1.5GeMo3N and Co1.2Fe0.8Ge0.5Ga0.5Mo3N. The former orders above room temperature with an average moment of 1.08(3) μB per transition-metal site, and the latter at 228 K with an average moment of 1.17(4) μB per site. The magnetic behavior of these compounds is discussed in terms of the electron count within each series. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic ordering in U2Pd2In and U2Pd2Sn
Purwanto, A.; Robinson, R. A.; Havela, Ladislav et al

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (1994), 50(10), 6792-6801

The tetragonal intermetallic compounds U2Pd2In and U2Pd2Sn have been studied by means of magnetic susceptibility, magnetization, specific heat, electrical resistivity, and x-ray- and neutron-diffraction ... [more ▼]

The tetragonal intermetallic compounds U2Pd2In and U2Pd2Sn have been studied by means of magnetic susceptibility, magnetization, specific heat, electrical resistivity, and x-ray- and neutron-diffraction techniques. The compounds order antiferromagnetically at 36 and 41 K, respectively, and have enhanced electronic specific-heat coefficients γ of 393 and 203 mJ/mol f.u. K**2, respectively. At low temperature, the nearest-neighbor U-U spacing is along the c axis in both compounds, though in U2Pd2Sn the in-plane U-U distance is shorter at room temperature. This crossover is due to motion of the U atoms within the cell rather than anisotropy of the thermal contraction. It is now well established in several classes of (1:1:1) uranium ternary intermetallic compounds that the strong magnetic anisotropy is correlated with the direction of nearest-neighbor U-U links; the moments are almost invariably oriented perpendicular to such links. This is also the case for U2Pd2In and U2Pd2Sn, where the moments lie in the tetragonal basal plane in a canted arrangement along [110] and [1¯10] directions. Of four such Shubnikov subgroups of P4/mbm, one is clearly preferred by the data. At 10 K, the magnetic moments extracted are (1.6±0.2) Bohr magneton and (2.0±0.1) Bohr magneton per U atom in U2Pd2In and U2Pd2Sn, respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic ordering in U2Pd2Sn and U2Pd2In
Ladislav, Havela; Svoboda, P.; Purwanto, A. et al

Conference (1994, April)

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See detailMagnetic properties and anisotropy of orthorhombic DyMnO3 single crystal
Pękała, M.; Wolff-Fabris, F.; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg et al

in Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (2013), 335(0), 46-52

An orthorhombic DyMnO3 single crystal has been studied in magnetic fields up to 14 T and between 3 K and room temperature. The field dependent ordering temperature of Dy moments is deduced. The ... [more ▼]

An orthorhombic DyMnO3 single crystal has been studied in magnetic fields up to 14 T and between 3 K and room temperature. The field dependent ordering temperature of Dy moments is deduced. The paramagnetic Curie Weiss behavior is related mainly to the Dy3+sublattice whereas the Mn sublattice contribution plays a secondary role. DC magnetization measurements show marked anisotropic features, related to the anisotropic structure of a cubic system stretched along a body diagonal, with a magnetic easy axis parallel to the crystallographic b axis. A temperature and field dependent spin flop transition is observed below 9 K, when relatively weak magnetocrystalline anisotropy is overcome by magnetic fields up to 1.6 T. [less ▲]

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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 detailMagnetic Properties of Fe2GeMo3N; an Experimental and Computational Study
Battle, Peter; Sviridov, L.A.; Woolley, R. J. et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry (2012), 22

A polycrystalline sample of Fe2GeMo3N has been synthesized by the reductive nitridation of a mixture of binary oxides in a flow of 10% dihydrogen in dinitrogen. The reaction product has been studied by ... [more ▼]

A polycrystalline sample of Fe2GeMo3N has been synthesized by the reductive nitridation of a mixture of binary oxides in a flow of 10% dihydrogen in dinitrogen. The reaction product has been studied by magnetometry, neutron diffraction and M€ossbauer spectroscopy over the temperature range 1.8 # T/K # 700. The electronic properties have been modelled by DFT and Monte Carlo methods. Fe2GeMo3N adopts the cubic h-carbide structure with a ¼ 11.1630(1) at 300 K. The electrical conductivity was found to be 0.9 mU cm over the temperature range 80 # T/K # 300. On cooling below 455 K the compound undergoes a transition to an antiferromagnetic state. The magnetic unit cell contains an antiferromagnetic arrangement of eight ferromagnetic Fe4 tetrahedra; the ordered atomic magnetic moments, 1.90(4) mB per Fe atom at 1.8 K, align along a <111> direction. DFT predicts an ordered moment of 1.831 mB per Fe, albeit with a N eel temperature of >549 K. Monte Carlo calculations confirm that the experimentally determined magnetic structure is the lowest-energy antiferromagnetic structure. These results emphasise the potential of these computational methods in the search for new magnetic materials. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic properties of Ga-doped lanthanum manganite with controlled oxygen stoichometry
Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Hebert, Sylvie; Maignan, Antoine et al

in Crystal Engineering (2002), 5

Stoichiometric LaMnO3 is an insulator whose A-type antiferromagnetic structure at low temperature is mainly connected to the Jahn-Teller distortion of the MnO6 octahedra. The substitution of non magnetic ... [more ▼]

Stoichiometric LaMnO3 is an insulator whose A-type antiferromagnetic structure at low temperature is mainly connected to the Jahn-Teller distortion of the MnO6 octahedra. The substitution of non magnetic d(10) Ga3+ ions on the manganese site disrupts the orbital and spin orderings of the manganese ions and has a strong influence on the physical properties. The antiferromagnetic order is progressively destroyed while the ferromagnetic component increases. At the same time, the distortion of the orthorhombic cell decreases and the high temperature structural Jahn-Teller transition disappears. Such studies on manganese site substitutions give insight into the physics of the Mn-O three-dimensional network, which is supposed to be the key feature in the CMR manganites. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic properties of iron nitride-alumina nanocomposite materials prepared by high-energy ball milling
Mishra, S. R.; Long, G. J.; Grandjean, Fernande ULg et al

in European Physical Journal D -- Atoms, Molecules, Clusters & Optical Physics (2003), 24(1-3), 93-96

The structural and magnetic properties of the granular iron nitride-alumina composite materials: (FexN)(0.2)(Al2O3)(0.8) and (FexN)(0.6)(Al2O3)(0.4), fabricated using high-energy ball milling have been ... [more ▼]

The structural and magnetic properties of the granular iron nitride-alumina composite materials: (FexN)(0.2)(Al2O3)(0.8) and (FexN)(0.6)(Al2O3)(0.4), fabricated using high-energy ball milling have been determined by using X-ray diffraction, Mossbauer spectroscopy, and magnetization measurements. The Mossbauer spectra, fit with a distribution of hyperfine fields between zero and 40 T. indicate that the weighted average field decreases with increasing milling time. The isomer shift increases with milling time because of a reduced iron 4s-electron density at the grain boundaries. Coercive fields as high as 325 and 110 Oe are obtained for (FexN)(0.2)(Al2O3)(0.8) at 5 and 300 K, respectively; the increase in the coercive field upon cooling indicates the presence of superparamagnetic particles. The coercive field increases with milling time because of the reduced particle size. The decrease in the magnetization results from the increase in both the superparamagnetic fraction and the concentration of surface defects with increased milling time. [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 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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