Degradation behavior of MgB2 superconductor

Aswal, D. K. ; Muthe, K. P. ; Singh, Ajay ; Sen, Shahswati ; Shah, Kunjal ; Gupta, L. C. ; Gupta, S. K. ; Sahni, V. C. (2001) Degradation behavior of MgB2 superconductor Physica C: Superconductivity, 363 (3). pp. 208-214. ISSN 0921-4534

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The degradation behavior of polycrystalline MgB2 superconductor, exposed to water and ambient atmosphere, has been studied. We have found that prolonged exposure to water completely destroys superconductivity. Optical microscopic and X-ray diffraction analyses indicate that, on exposure to water, the material becomes amorphous like. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic measurements reveal the strongly hygroscopic character of MgB2 and we have found that, even at room temperature, water and air change it into Mg(OH)2, MgCO3 and B2O3.

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Keywords:MgB; X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy; Degradation Behavior
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