• Sangeeta Chaudhry

      Articles written in Bulletin of Materials Science

    • Characterization of ferroelectric and superconducting ceramics prepared from precursor carbonates

      D Pandey V S Tiwari A K Singh Sangeeta Chaudhry

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      The advantages of a new semi-wet method for the synthesis of (Ba, Ca)TiO3 and YBa2Cu3O7 − y powders from precursor carbonates are described. The precursor carbonates are prepared using chemical coprecipitation technique under controlled pH conditions to ensure uniform distribution of Ba+2/Ca+2 and Y+3/Ba+2 ions. It is shown that the powders synthesized by this route possess better chemical homogeneity as compared to those obtained by the conventional ceramic technique involving calcination of a mixture of BaCO3, CaCO3, TiO2 and Y2O3, BaCO3, CuO powders. The behaviour of the ferroelectric (Ba, Ca)TiO3 and the superconducting YBa2Cu3O7 − y ceramics prepared from powders obtained by our method are found to be markedly different from those known for the conventionally prepared ceramics.

    • Growth of highTc Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O thick films

      Sangeeta Chaudhry Neeraj Khare A K Gupta K C Nagpal V N Ojha G S N Reddy V S Tomar

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      Thick films of Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O were deposited on (100) MgO substrates by screen-printing technique with the starting composition 1112. To attain the superconducting state, the films were subjected to two-step heat-treatment. R-T and XRD have been studied for films annealed at different durations of the second step. InitiallyTc (R=0) increased from 77 to 103 K as the annealing duration was increased after whichTc decreased. Kinetics of the growth of highTc phase is discussed in the light of our results.

    • Study of galvanomagnetic effects in Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O films

      Ramesh Chandra Neeraj Khare A K Gupta D K Walia Sangeeta Chaudhry V N Ojha V S Tomar

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      Galvanomagnetic effect has been studied at 77 K on Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O films as a function of d.c. bias current. These films were prepared by spray pyrolysis and screen-printing techniques, withTc (R=0) 80 K and 100 K respectively. Magnetic field dependence ofIc of sprayed-film showed very small hysteresis whereas screen-printed film showed greater hysteresis. Application of small magnetic field on these films destroyed the zero-resistance state and a finite resistance was developed. The slope of the resistance vs magnetic field curveΔR/ΔH depended on the current flowing through the sample. To increaseΔR/ΔH, meander-shape pattern was prepared on the sprayed film. In generalΔR/ΔH increased by a factor of 103 after sample patterning. The possibility of using these films as a sensitive magnetic field sensor is discussed.

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