Direct imaging of current sharing in (BiPb)2Sr2Ca2Cu3Ox composite conductors

T. B. Peterson, U. Welp, G. W. Crabtree, N. Vasanthamohan, J. P. Singh, M. T. Lanagan, V. K. Vlasko-Vlasov, V. I. Nikitenko

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Using a high-resolution magneto-optical imaging technique, we study the flow of transport currents around cracks in monofilament (BiPb)2Sr2Ca2Cu2Ox composite conductors. Shunting through the Ag clad is directly observed. The current in the silver decays exponentially with distance from the crack as expected in a one dimensional distributed resistance model. At 77 K, the transfer length, λ is approximately 0.56 mm, implying an interface resistivity of 7.5×10-8 Ω cm2. This transfer length is found to increase slightly with increasing temperature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-136
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 7 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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