Superconducting Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O (2212) films were prepared by spraying stoichiometric aqueous solutions of nitrates of bismuth, strontium, calcium and copper on heated MgO (100) substrates and subsequent annealing in air. TheR-T curves of the films show metallic behaviour above the superconducting transition temperature.Tc (R=0) is observed between 80 and 85 K. Annealing temperature has a profound effect onTc (R=0) and on the orientation of the film. Annealing in air in near-melting region yields highly oriented films withc-axis perpendicular to the substrate. These films show a sharp superconducting transition with zero resistance at 85 K. Microbridges of the dimensions of 50 µm × 50 µm have been patterned photolithographically followed with chemical etching. The 1 V characteristics of the microbridges show Josephson effects due to the presence of grain boundary weaklinks. The temperature dependence of the critical current for these microbridges suggest formation of superconductor-normal-superconductor type weaklinks.
Volume 42 | Issue 3