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Gaffney, R and Hucho, C and Feller, JR and McKenna, WJ and Sarma, BK and Levy, M;
Applied Physics Letters
Surface acoustic wave measurements of YBa2Cu3O7-delta thin films and single crystals
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Surface acoustic wave (SAW) velocity and attenuation measurements have been performed on high-temperature superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-delta (YBCO) thin films (deposited on nonpiezoelectric substrates), and YBCO single crystals, A `'bridge'' technique is employed in which piezoelectric substrates, patterned with interdigital transducers, are bonded to the sample under investigation. The temperature dependence of 168 MHz SAW attenuation in a single crystal near its superconducting transition has been measured in applied magnetic fields up to 1.6 T. Features are seen above the superconducting transition temperature which may be indicative of a transition in the electric polarization of the material. A. field-dependent attenuation peak, seen in the superconducting state, is discussed in terms of the theory of thermally activated vortex motion. (C) 1997 American Institute of Physics.
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