Epitaxial BaxSr1 - xTiO3/YBa2Cu3O7 bilayers for tunable microwave applications

S. D. Harkness IV, R. K. Singh, C. Mueller, F. A. Miranda, C. Cubbage

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The feasibility of epitaxial BaxSr1 - xTiO3/YBa2Cu3O7 bilayers was studied for tunable microwave antennae applications. Ferroelectric BaxSr1 - xTiO3 (BST) was epitaxially coupled to YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) thin films via the pulsed laser deposition technique. Congruent processing parameters were used for the growth of both layers and it was found that the superconducting phase of the YBCO could still be maintained with sufficient post-deposition anneal in oxygen. X-ray diffraction and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy results indicate that a mosaic structure was formed in the BST layer. Electrical measurements demonstrate the viability of Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3 thin films as tuning media for YBCO microwave antennae as the relative dielectric constant was measured to be 360 at 77 K, and 50% modulations were achieved with applied fields as small as 4.5 V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-382
Number of pages4
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering B
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Atomic force microscopy
  • Microwave antennae
  • Pulsed laser deposition
  • Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy
  • Superconduction
  • X-ray diffraction


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