Deuterium ion irradiation impact on the current-carrying capacity of DI-BSCCO superconducting tape

M. Rajput, H. L. Swami, R. Kumar, A. Bano, S. Vala, M. Abhangi, Upendra Prasad, Rajesh Kumar, R. Srinivasan

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In the present work, we have irradiated the DI-BSCCO superconducting tapes with the 100 keV deuterium ions to investigate the effect of ion irradiation on their critical current (Ic). The damage simulations are carried out using the binary collision approximation method to get the spatial distribution and depth profile of the damage events in the high temperature superconducting (HTS) tape. The point defects are formed near the surface of the HTS tape. These point defects change the vortex profile in the superconducting tape. Due to the long-range interaction of vortices with each other, the Ic of the tape degrades at the 77 K and self magnetic field. The radiation dose of 2.90 MGy degrades the 44% critical current of the tape. The results of the displacement per atom (dpa) and dose deposited by the deuterium ions are used to fit an empirical relation for predicting the degradation of the Ic of the tape. We include the dpa, dose and columnar defect terms produced by the incident particles in the empirical relation. The fitted empirical relation predicts that light ion irradiation degrades the Ic in the DI-BSCCO tape at the self field. This empirical relation can also be used in neutron irradiation to predict the lifetime of the DI-BSCCO tape. The change in the Ic of the DI-BSCCO tape due to deuterium irradiation is compared with the other second-generation HTS tape irradiated with energetic radiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2586-2591
Number of pages6
JournalNuclear Engineering and Technology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2022
Externally publishedYes

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  • High-temperature superconductors
  • Ion and neutron irradiation
  • Ion transport simulations


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