High Temperature (tc Greater Than 30 K) Devices, Systems, Apparatus, Com- Ponents, Or Stock, Or Processes Of Using Patents (Class 505/150)
  • Patent number: 9608191
    Abstract: A superconducting thin film having excellent critical current characteristics is provided. A substrate for a superconducting thin film includes a substrate body (10A) having a main surface (10B) in which the root mean square slope R?q of a roughness curve is 0.4 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaru Higuchi, Hisaki Sakamoto, Yoshinori Nagasu
  • Patent number: 9014768
    Abstract: A method for producing a superconductive conductor includes: a base material preparation process of preparing a base material having a groove formed on at least one face thereof; a superconducting layer formation process of forming a superconducting layer on a surface of the base material at a side at which the groove is formed; and a cutting process of cutting completely through the base material along the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Nagasu, Hisaki Sakamoto, Masaru Higuchi
  • Publication number: 20150072863
    Abstract: Known processes for the production of nanoparticles of compounds of the transition metals Zr, Ti, Ta, rare earths (RE), Mn, and Fe via microemulsions lead to products that contain impurities from the reactants, particularly water, which make the further use of said nanoparticles difficult, for instance in high-temperature super conductors (HTSC). It is proposed that the nanoparticles be produced via anhydrous microemulsions having an outer phase composed of a nonpolar solvent and inner phase composed of a polar anhydrous solvent. The nanoparticles thus obtained exhibit good monodispersity and can be used in the production of REBa2Cu3O7 super conductors by incorporation into the precursor coating solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: BASF SE
    Inventors: Thomas Freudenberg, Bernhard Holzapfel, Oliver Brunkahl, Michael Baecker
  • Publication number: 20150051080
    Abstract: The films of this invention are high temperature superconducting (HTS) thin films specifically optimized for microwave and RF applications. In particular, this invention focuses on compositions with a significant deviation from the 1:2:3 stoichiometry in order to create the films optimized for microwave/RF applications. The RF/microwave HTS applications require the HTS thin films to have superior microwave properties, specifically low surface resistance, Rs, and highly linear surface reactance, Xs, i.e. high JIMD. As such, the invention is characterized in terms of its physical composition, surface morphology, superconducting properties, and performance characteristics of microwave circuits made from these films.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: BRIAN MOECKLY, VIKTOR GLIANTSEV, SHING-JEN PENG, BALAM WILLEMSEN
  • Publication number: 20150018220
    Abstract: A superconducting magnet and method for making a superconducting magnet, are presented. The superconducting magnet is made by forming a coil from windings of a first wire comprising a reacted MgB2 monofilament, filling a cavity of a stainless steel billet with a Mg+B powder. Monofilament ends of the first wire and a similar second wire are sheared at an acute angle and inserted into the billet. A copper plug configured to partially fill the billet cavity is inserted into the billet cavity. A portion of the billet adjacent to the plug and the wires is sealed with a ceramic paste.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Seungyong Hahn, Yukikazu lwasa, Juan Bascunan, John Peter Voccio, Jiayin Ling, Jungbin Song, YoungJae Kim
  • Patent number: 8934951
    Abstract: An arrangement with at least one superconductive cable (4) and a first cryostat (K1) surrounding the cable. A second cryostat (K2) is formed around the first cryostat (K1) coaxially with and at a distance from the first cryostat (K1) for conducting a second cooling agent therethrough. The second cryostat (K2) is composed of two pipes (12, 13) which are arranged coaxially and at a distance from each other and, where a thermal insulation (14) is enclosed between the pipes, and where during operation of the arrangement a liquefied gas, having a temperature of 112K or less, is conducted through the cryostat (K2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Nexans
    Inventors: Frank Schmidt, Mark Stemmle
  • Patent number: 8929962
    Abstract: A super-conductive tube used for a discharge device is formed integrally by a super-conductive material. The super-conductive tube is a hollow tube formed by a front end surface, a rear end surface, an inner tube wall and an outer tube wall. An interior of the super-conductive tube is formed with a hollow space and an interior of the hollow space is in a vacuum state. The inner tube wall and the outer tube wall are formed by extending the front end surface toward the rear end surface and an end of the outer tube wall is extended with a guide portion toward the discharge device. Accordingly, when the super-conductive tube is applied to a discharge device, electrical energy will be generated by the super-conductive tube through a magnetic field that results from an operation of electric current, after the discharge device has released electric energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Chao-Yuan Liang
  • Patent number: 8926868
    Abstract: A superconducting article comprises a substrate, a buffer layer overlying the substrate, and a high-temperature superconducting (HTS) layer overlying the buffer layer. The HTS layer includes a plurality of nanorods. A method of forming a superconducting article comprises providing a substrate, depositing a buffer layer overlying the substrate; forming a nanodot array overlying the buffer layer; depositing an array of nanorods nucleated on the nanodot array; and depositing a high-temperature superconducting (HTS) layer around the array of nanorods and overlying the buffer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignees: University of Houston System, Superpower, Inc.
    Inventors: Venkat Selvamanickam, Goran Majkic, Maxim Martchevskii
  • Publication number: 20140357490
    Abstract: A fault current limiter system including a fault current limiter and a variable shunt current splitting device. The current splitting device includes first and second conductive windings, wherein the first conductive winding is connected in parallel with the fault current limiter and is configured to carry current in a first direction. The second conductive winding is electrically connected in series with the fault current limiter and is configured to carry current in a second direction opposite to the first direction so that the reactance of the first winding is negated by the reactance of the second winding during steady state operation of the fault current limiter system. Thus, a first portion of a steady state current is conveyed through the fault current limiter and a second portion of the current is conveyed through the current splitting device. The steady state current load on the fault current limiter is thereby reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Kasegn D. Takletsadik
  • Publication number: 20140336054
    Abstract: Operational characteristics of an high temperature superconducting (“HTS”) film comprised of an HTS material may be improved by depositing a modifying material onto appropriate surfaces of the HTS film to create a modified HTS film. In some implementations of the invention, the HTS film may be in the form of a “c-film.” In some implementations of the invention, the HTS film may be in the form of an “a-b film,” an “a-film” or a “b-film.” The modified HTS film has improved operational characteristics over the HTS film alone or without the modifying material. Such operational characteristics may include operating in a superconducting state at increased temperatures, carrying additional electrical charge, operating with improved magnetic properties, operating with improved mechanic properties or other improved operational characteristics. In some implementations of the invention, the HTS material is a mixed-valence copper-oxide perovskite, such as, but not limited to YBCO.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Ambature, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas J. Gilbert, Timothy S. Cale
  • Publication number: 20140336053
    Abstract: Operational characteristics of an extremely low resistance (“ELR”) film comprised of an ELR material may be improved by depositing a modifying material onto appropriate surfaces of the ELR film to create a modified ELR film. In some implementations of the invention, the ELR film may be in the form of a “c-film.” In some implementations of the invention, the ELR film may be in the form of an “a-b film,” an “a-film” or a “b-film.” The modified ELR film has improved operational characteristics over the ELR film alone or without the modifying material. Such operational characteristics may include operating in an ELR state at increased temperatures, carrying additional electrical charge, operating with improved magnetic properties, operating with improved mechanic properties or other improved operational characteristics. In some implementations of the invention, the ELR material is a mixed-valence copper-oxide perovskite, such as, but not limited to YBCO.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Ambature, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas J. Gilbert, Timothy S. Cale
  • Publication number: 20140287926
    Abstract: Disclosed is a magnetic annealing apparatus including a carrier conveyance region and a workpiece conveyance region. The carrier conveyance region includes: a first mounting table where a carrier is disposed; second mounting tables where carriers are disposed to convey workpieces from the carrier conveyance region to the workpiece conveyance region; a storage unit that stores carriers; and a carrier conveyance mechanism that performs carrying-out/carrying-in of the carriers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Yuji Ono, Toru Ishii, Makoto Saito, Mitsuru Obara, Yasushi Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 8838192
    Abstract: This invention is a high voltage superconductor switch comprising: a length of superconductor having a switching portion located within an air gap; a magnetic circuit including at least one flux guide having ferrite pole pieces defining an air gap in which a switching portion of a superconductor can reside in use and at least one primary magnetic flux source located within the circuit so as to provide a quenching magnetic field across the air gap via the ferrite pole pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventor: Christopher G. Bright
  • Patent number: 8804288
    Abstract: New techniques for limiting transmission of fault current are disclosed. In one particular exemplary embodiment, the technique may be realized with a new type of apparatus for limiting transmission of fault current. The apparatus may comprise: a first enclosure electrically decoupled from ground, such that the first enclosure is electrically isolated from ground potential; first and second terminals, at least one of which is electrically connected to first one or more current carrying lines; and a first superconducting circuit contained in the first enclosure, the first superconducting circuit electrically connected to the first and second terminals, wherein the first enclosure is maintained at same electrical potential as the first one or more current carrying lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Kasegn D. Tekletsadik, Roger B. Fish, Paul J. Murphy
  • Patent number: 8796181
    Abstract: The invention pertains to creating new extremely low resistance (“ELR”) materials, which may include high temperature superconducting (“HTS”) materials. In some implementations of the invention, an ELR material may be modified by depositing a layer of modifying material unto the ELR material to form a modified ELR material. The modified ELR material has improved operational characteristics over the ELR material alone. Such operational characteristics may include operating at increased temperatures or carrying additional electrical charge or other operational characteristics. In some implementations of the invention, the ELR material is a cuprate-perovskite, such as, but not limited to YBCO. In some implementations of the invention, the modifying material is a conductive material that bonds easily to oxygen, such as, but not limited to, chromium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Digital Signal Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas J. Gilbert, Timothy S. Cale
  • Patent number: 8772201
    Abstract: An oxide superconducting conductor of the invention is configured to include an oxide superconducting layer including a substrate and an oxide superconductor formed on the substrate. The oxide superconductor being expressed by a composition formula of RE1Ba2Cu3Oy where RE represents a rare earth element and an expression of 6.5<y<7.1 is satisfied. A normal conduction phase including Ba and a different phase including an alkaline earth metal having an ionic radius smaller than that of Ba are dispersed in the oxide superconducting layer. The normal conduction phase is an oxide including Ba and one selected from a group consisting of Zr, Sn, Hf, Ce, and Ti.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Fujikura Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsunori Igarashi
  • Patent number: 8736085
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for direct energy conversion that combines the properties of Type II superconductor thin films, including the Meissner effect to create vortices to control and modulate static flux coupled in a magnetic circuit, where the laws of induction are used to produce an electrical signal without the use of moving armatures. The dynamics of magnetic flux modulation results from suppression of superconductivity and the Meissner effect by external photon irradiation. The apparatus employs a vortex channel based on the Meissner Effect, a laser, a permanent magnet, fiber optics for carrying the laser beam to the vortex channel, and a transformer composed of two separate windings. The transformer windings are arranged in a circuit having a first path through the permanent magnet and a first coil of the transformer windings; and a second path through the permanent magnet, the vortex channel, and the second coil of the transfer windings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Eddie Sines
  • Publication number: 20140120456
    Abstract: A sealable volume has a wall forming at least a portion of a boundary limiting the volume. The wall includes a hydrogen permeation barrier including a layer system (LS) having at least one layer. The layer system includes at least one hydrogen barrier layer (HPBL) of an at least ternary oxide. Preferably, the oxide is substantially composed of Al, Cr and O and the hydrogen barrier layer (HPBL) is deposited using physical vapor deposition, in particular cathodic arc evaporation. Preferably, the layer system includes at least one of: an adhesion layer (AdhL), a hydrogen storage layer (HStL), a protective layer (ProtL), in particular a thermal barrier layer (ThBL), a diffusion barrier layer (DBL), an oxidation barrier layer (OxBL), a chemical barrier layer (ChBL), a wear resistance layer (WRL). Excellent hydrogen permeation barrier properties can be achieved, and the layer system can be tailored as required by an envisaged application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Oerlikon Trading AG, Truebbach
    Inventor: Jurgen Ramm
  • Publication number: 20140100112
    Abstract: Methods of producing one or more biaxially textured layer on a substrate, and articles produced by the methods, are disclosed. As exemplary method may comprise electrodepositing on the substrate a precursor material selected from the group consisting of rare earths, transition metals, actinides, lanthanides, and oxides thereof. An exemplary article may comprise a biaxially textured base material, and at least one biaxially textured layer selected from the group consisting of rare earths, transition metals, actinides, lanthanides, and oxides thereof. The at least one biaxially textured layer is formed by electrodeposition on the biaxially textured base material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Raghu N. BHATTACHARYA, Sovannary PHOK, Priscila SPAGNOL, Tapas CHAUDHURI
  • Patent number: 8688181
    Abstract: A new class of superconducting compositions, and methods for making and using them are described. These compositions exhibit superconductivity at temperatures in excess of 26° K. and are comprised of transition metal oxides having at least one additional element therein which may create a multivalent state of the transition metal oxide. The composition can be a ceramic-like material having a layer-like crystalline structure, where the structure is distorted having either an oxygen excess or deficiency. An example is RE-AE-TM-O, where RE is a rare earth or rare earth-like element, AE is an alkaline earth element, TM is a transition metal element (such as Cu) and O is oxygen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Johannes Georg Bednorz, Carl Alexander Mueller
  • Publication number: 20140066311
    Abstract: Provided is a method for manufacturing an oxide superconductor, including preparing a coating solution containing alcohols including methanol as a solvent, the coating solution dissolving fluorocarboxylic acid salts including trifluoroacetates, the trifluoroacetates including a metal, barium and copper, the metal being selected from yttrium and lanthanoid metals (provided that cerium, praseodymium, promethium, and ruthenium are excluded); adding a substance of formula: CF2H—(CF2)n—COOH or HOCO—(CF2)m—COOH (wherein n and m represent positive integers) as a crack preventing chemical to the coating solution; forming a gel film on a substrate using the coating solution having the crack preventing chemical added thereto; forming a calcined film by calcining the gel film at an oxygen partial pressure of 3% or less in a process that is maintained at 200° C. or higher for a total time of 7 hours or less; and forming an oxide superconductor film by firing and oxygen anneal of the calcined film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Takeshi ARAKI, Mariko Hayashi, Hiroyuki Fuke
  • Publication number: 20140031236
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an oxide superconductor includes an oriented superconductor layer and an oxide layer. The oriented superconductor layer contains fluorine at 2.0×1016-5.0×1019 atoms/cc and carbon at 1.0×1018-5.0×1020 atoms/cc. The superconductor layer contains in 90% or more a portion oriented along c-axis with an in-plane orientation degree (??) of 10 degrees or less, and contains a LnBa2Cu3O7-x superconductor material (Ln being yttrium or a lanthanoid except cerium, praseodymium, promethium, and lutetium). The oxide layer is provided in contact with a lower surface of the superconductor layer and oriented with an in-plane orientation degree (??) of 10 degrees or less with respect to one crystal axis of the superconductor layer. Area of a portion of the lower surface of the superconductor layer in contact with the oxide layer is 0.3 or less of area of a region directly below the superconductor layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventor: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
  • Patent number: 8630687
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method is disclosed of making a material, the method including synthesizing a composition Sr2RuO4-ySy where y is in the range of, e.g., 0.1-1.2. In some embodiments y is in the range of 0.1-0.6. In some such embodiments, the material may exhibit a strong diamagnetic signal, e.g. of up to 5% of absolute diamagnetism (?=?¼?) or more (e.g., at temperatures ranging from 4K-300K). In some embodiments, the material may exhibit high temperature superconductivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: AVD Conduction
    Inventors: Armen Gulian, Vahan Nikoghosyan, Dennis Winegarner
  • Publication number: 20140011683
    Abstract: A composition of matter for a layered ionic superconductor comprising a plurality of layers of ions and electronic interaction charges, and having a substantially improved superconducting transition temperature is described. An aspect of the composition includes a first layer comprising a plurality of alkali ions and cesium ions in particular that is adjacent to a second layer comprising a plurality of halogen ions and fluorine ions in particular. The first and second layers contain electronic interaction charges and are separated by a predetermined perpendicular distance. Crystalline structure, ionic properties, superconducting transition temperature, and superfluid density for several embodiments including companion ionic species are described and illustrated. Methods for preparing the several embodiments are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Dale Richard Harshman, Anthony Thomas Fiory
  • Patent number: 8611056
    Abstract: A superconducting fault current limiter (SCFCL) includes a cryogenic tank defining an interior volume, a superconductor disposed in the interior volume, and a refrigeration system configured to adjust a temperature of the superconductor in response to a condition during a steady state operation of the SCFCL. A method of operating a SCFCL includes cooling a superconductor disposed within an interior volume of a cryogenic tank to a temperature less than a critical temperature of the superconductor, and adjusting the temperature of the superconductor in response to a condition during a steady state operation of the SCFCL.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates Inc.
    Inventors: Mark R. Amato, Paul J. Murphy, James D. Strassner
  • Publication number: 20130324415
    Abstract: The invention provides an oxide superconducting thin film, including: a base material; a superconducting layer containing a plurality of RE-based superconductor units including a rare earth element, CuO chains, and CuO2 planes; and an edge dislocation adjacent to the long CuO chain with respect to the layering direction. The CuO chains include long CuO chains that are present in the RE-based superconductor units in the vicinity of an interface between the superconducting layer and a layer adjacent to the base material side of the superconducting layer. The invention further provides an oxide superconducting thin film including a base material and an RE-based superconductor which includes CuO2 planes, CuO single chains and CuO double chains, and further includes a heterologous chain portion and a homologous chain portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.
  • Patent number: 8600463
    Abstract: A conductor arrangement for a resistive switching element, has at least first and second conductor connections disposed in a mutual plane adjacent to each other and insulated against each other. The composite conductors each have two conductor parts extending parallel, and forming a bifilar construction. The conductor parts are constructed from at least one superconducting conductor band. The composite conductors are formed into a coil winding, wherein the windings thereof substantially extend in the manner of a spiral, and are insulated against each other by a spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Hans-Peter Krämer
  • Patent number: 8588875
    Abstract: A superconducting fault current-limiter is provided, including a superconducting element configured to resistively or inductively limit a fault current, and one or more variable-impedance shunts electrically coupled in parallel with the superconducting element. The variable-impedance shunt(s) is configured to present a first impedance during a superconducting state of the superconducting element and a second impedance during a normal resistive state of the superconducting element. The superconducting element transitions from the superconducting state to the normal resistive state responsive to the fault current, and responsive thereto, the variable-impedance shunt(s) transitions from the first to the second impedance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Superpower, Inc.
    Inventors: Juan Carlos H. Llambes, Xuming Xiong
  • Patent number: 8558485
    Abstract: A compact, cold, superconducting isochronous cyclotron can include at least two superconducting coils on opposite sides of a median acceleration plane. A magnetic yoke surrounds the coils and a portion of a beam chamber in which ions are accelerated. A cryogenic refrigerator is thermally coupled both with the superconducting coils and with the magnetic yoke. The superconducting isochronous cyclotron also includes sector pole tips that provide strong focusing; the sector pole tips can have a spiral configuration and can be formed of a rare earth magnet. The sector pole tips can also be separated from the rest of the yoke by a non-magnetic material. In other embodiments, the sector pole tips can include a superconducting material. The spiral pole tips can also include cut-outs on a back side of the sector pole tips remote from the median acceleration plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Ionetix Corporation
    Inventor: Timothy A. Antaya
  • Publication number: 20130261000
    Abstract: A rotating machine includes a stator and a rotor configured to rotate within the stator. Rotor windings are supported in the rotor and are formed of a laminated electrical conductor in a single-layer saddle coil configuration. The conductor includes a first support lamina, a second support lamina, an insert including a high temperature superconductor disposed between the first and second support lamina, and a filler material surrounding the insert that bonds the insert to each of the first and second support lamina. At the location between the first support lamina and second support lamina corresponding to the location of the insert, the width dimension of the filler material on each side of the insert is at least 10 percent of a width of the conductor. The conductor is configured to carry at least 600 Amperes per turn and have a C-axis tensile strength of at least 21 MPa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: American Superconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Tanner, Gregory L. Snitchler, William L. Carter, Eric R. Podtburg
  • Patent number: 8543177
    Abstract: We describe a superconducting magnet system for generating a uniform magnetic field. The system has at least three magnets in two sets, a first of the sets comprising an oppositely disposed pair of superconducting magnets, a second of the sets comprising at least one further magnet. The further magnet is disposed such that there exists a 3D region in which a magnet field produced by the further magnet is substantially parallel to a magnetic field produced by the pair of superconducting magnets. One of the sets of magnets is configured to produce first, bulk component of the magnetic field in the 3D region and a second of the sets of magnets is configured to produce a correction to the bulk component of the magnetic field in the 3D region to reduce a non-uniformity of the bulk component of the magnetic field in the 3D region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Mignifye Limited
    Inventors: Zhiyong Hong, Timothy Arthur Coombs
  • Publication number: 20130231250
    Abstract: An oxide superconducting conductor of the invention is configured to include a substrate; and an oxide superconducting layer formed on the substrate. The oxide superconducting layer is an oxide superconductor being expressed by a composition formula of RE1Ba2Cu3Oy where RE represents a rare earth element and an expression of 6.5<y<7.1 is satisfied. The oxide superconducting layer has a different phase including Tb. The different phase is dispersed in the oxide superconducting layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: FUJIKURA LTD.
    Inventor: Mitsunori IGARASHI
  • Publication number: 20130196856
    Abstract: In some embodiments of the invention, superconducting structures are described. In certain embodiments the superconducting structures described are thin films of iron-based superconductors on textured substrates; in some aspects a method for producing thin films of iron-based superconductors on textured substrates is disclosed. In some embodiments applications of thin films of iron-based superconductors on textured substrates are described. Also contemplated is the formation of a film of iron-based superconductor having a thickness and an in-plane lattice constant formed on a textured substrate having a thickness and an in-plane lattice constant similar to the in-plane lattice constant of the iron-based superconductor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: BROOKHAVENSCIENCE ASSOICATES, LLC
    Inventors: Qiang Li, Weidong Si
  • Publication number: 20130190182
    Abstract: A super-conductive tube used for a discharge device is formed integrally by a super-conductive material. The super-conductive tube is a hollow tube formed by a front end surface, a rear end surface, an inner tube wall and an outer tube wall. An interior of the super-conductive tube is formed with a hollow space and an interior of the hollow space is in a vacuum state. The inner tube wall and the outer tube wall are formed by extending the front end surface toward the rear end surface and an end of the outer tube wall is extended with a guide portion toward the discharge device. Accordingly, when the super-conductive tube is applied to a discharge device, electrical energy will be generated by the super-conductive tube through a magnetic field that results from an operation of electric current, after the discharge device has released electric energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventor: Chao-Yuan LIANG
  • Publication number: 20130180912
    Abstract: A gel film or an isolated gel film comprising sheets of graphene or chemically converted graphene at least partially separated by a dispersion medium, such as water, and arranged in a substantially planar manner to form an electrically conductive matrix.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: MONASH UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Dan Li
  • Publication number: 20130157864
    Abstract: A integrated circuit and methods for fabricating the circuit are provided. The circuit integrates at least one circuit element formed from a material that is superconducting at temperatures less than one hundred milliKelvin and at least one resistor connected to the circuit element. The resistor is formed from an alloy of transition metals that is resistive at temperatures less than one hundred milliKelvin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventors: John J. Talvacchio, Erica C. Folk, Sean R. McLaughlin, David J. Phillips
  • Patent number: 8467841
    Abstract: A superconducting high-field magnet coil system comprising several radially nested main coil sections (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) which are connected to each other in series in such a fashion that currents of the same direction flow through them during operation, wherein a first main coil section (EHS) is disposed radially further inward than a second main coil section (ZHS) and at least one intermediate main coil section (ZW) is disposed radially between the first and the second main coil section (EHS, ZHS), and with a superconducting switch (11) via which all main coil sections (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) can be superconductingly short-circuited in series, is characterized in that the first main coil section (EHS) and the second main coil section (ZHS) are directly successively series-connected and the first main coil section (EHS) and the second main coil section (ZHS) are bridged by a common quench protection element, which does not bridge the at least one intermediate main coil section (ZW).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Bruker BioSpin GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Frantz, Gerald Neuberth, Gerhard Roth
  • Publication number: 20130137579
    Abstract: A method for producing a superconductive conductor includes: a base material preparation process of preparing a base material having a groove formed on at least one face thereof; a superconducting layer formation process of forming a superconducting layer on a surface of the base material at a side at which the groove is formed; and a cutting process of cutting completely through the base material along the groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Nagasu, Hisaki Sakamoto, Masaru Higuchi
  • Publication number: 20130137581
    Abstract: A superconducting thin film having excellent critical current characteristics is provided. A substrate for a superconducting thin film includes a substrate body (10A) having a main surface (10B) in which the root mean square slope R?q of a roughness curve is 0.4 or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaru Higuchi, Hisaki Sakamoto, Yoshinori Nagasu
  • Publication number: 20130130913
    Abstract: Techniques for protecting a superconducting (SC) article are disclosed. The techniques may be realized as an apparatus for protecting a superconducting (SC) article. The apparatus may comprise a porous sleeve configured to fit around the superconducting (SC) article. The porous sleeve may be made of non-conductive, dielectric material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Citver, Semaan Fersan, Kasegn D. Tekletsadik, Scott Nickerson, Charles L. Stanley, Eric D. Hermanson
  • Publication number: 20130090242
    Abstract: Techniques for sub-cooling in a superconducting (SC) system is disclosed. The techniques may be realized as a method and superconducting (SC) system comprising at least one insulated enclosure configured to enclose at least a first fluid or gas and a second fluid or gas, and at least one superconducting circuit within the at least one insulated enclosure. The superconducting (SC) system may be sub-cooled using at least the first fluid or gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Strassner, Gregory Citver, Frank Sinclair
  • Publication number: 20130085070
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method is disclosed of making a material, the method including synthesizing a composition Sr2RuO4-ySy where y is in the range of, e.g., 0.1-1.2. In some embodiments y is in the range of 0.1-0.6. In some such embodiments, the material may exhibit a strong diamagnetic signal, e.g. of up to 5% of absolute diamagnetism (?=?¼?) or more (e.g., at temperatures ranging from 4K-300K). In some embodiments, the material may exhibit high temperature superconductivity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: ADV CONDUCTION
    Inventor: ADV Conduction
  • Publication number: 20130085069
    Abstract: This invention is a high voltage superconductor switch comprising: a length of superconductor having a switching portion located within an air gap; a magnetic circuit including at least one flux guide having ferrite pole pieces defining an air gap in which a switching portion of a superconductor can reside in use and at least one primary magnetic flux source located within the circuit so as to provide a quenching magnetic field across the air gap via the ferrite pole pieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventor: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
  • Patent number: 8391936
    Abstract: A magnetic levitation device includes at least two superconductor molded bodies with stored magnetic field configurations above a magnetic guide track. The at least two superconductor molded bodies have at least one of a stored magnetic field configuration with different vertical spacing from the guide track and a stored magnetic field configuration with different horizontal position with respect to the guide track. The at least two superconductor molded bodies are mechanically held in a position deviating from their stored position above the guide track and connected to one another. This abstract is not intended to define the invention disclosed in the specification, nor intended to limit the scope of the invention in any way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Leibniz-Institut Fuer Festkoerper-und Werkstoffforschung Dresden E.V.
    Inventors: Christoph Beyer, Oliver De Haas, Torsten Riederich, Ludwig Schultz
  • Publication number: 20130053251
    Abstract: An oxide superconducting conductor of the invention is configured to include an oxide superconducting layer including a substrate and an oxide superconductor formed on the substrate. The oxide superconductor being expressed by a composition formula of RE1Ba2Cu3Oy where RE represents a rare earth element and an expression of 6.5<y<7.1 is satisfied. A normal conduction phase including Ba and a different phase including an alkaline earth metal having an ionic radius smaller than that of Ba are dispersed in the oxide superconducting layer. The normal conduction phase is an oxide including Ba and one selected from a group consisting of Zr, Sn, Hf, Ce, and Ti.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: FUJIKURA LTD.
    Inventor: Mitsunori IGARASHI
  • Patent number: 8383552
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of making a high temperature superconductor having a doped, nanoparticulate pinning structure. The method includes providing a nanoparticulate pinning material, providing a cuprate material, doping the nanoparticulate pinning material with a dopant to form a doped nanoparticulate material, depositing a layer of the cuprate material on a substrate, and depositing a layer of the doped nanoparticulate material on the layer of cuprate material. The invention also provides a high temperature superconductor (HTS) having a doped, nanoparticulate pinning structure including a plurality of layers of a cuprate material and a plurality of layers of a doped nanoparticulate pinning material. At least one layer of the doped nanoparticulate pinning material is stacked between two layers of the cuprate material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Paul N. Barnes, Timothy J. Haugan
  • Patent number: 8374662
    Abstract: A particle trap and an associated method of trapping particles are provided. The particle trap includes a body formed of a high temperature superconductor (HTS). The body defines a cavity therethrough. The particle trap also includes first and second HTS end plates or first and second electrodes positioned at opposite ends of the cavity. At least one of the end plates or at least one of the electrodes defines at least one opening into the cavity to permit charged particles to enter and exit the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: John Ralph Hull
  • Publication number: 20130029848
    Abstract: Low-loss superconducting devices and methods for fabricating low loss superconducting devices. For example, superconducting devices, such as superconducting resonator devices, are formed with a (200)-oriented texture titanium nitride (TiN) layer to provide high Q, low loss resonator structures particularly suitable for application to radio-frequency (RF) and/or microwave superconducting resonators, such as coplanar waveguide superconducting resonators. In one aspect, a method of forming a superconducting device includes foaming a silicon nitride (SiN) seed layer on a substrate, and forming a (200)-oriented texture titanium nitride (TiN) layer on the SiN seed layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Antonio D. Corcoles Gonzalez, Jiansong Gao, Dustin A. Hite, George A. Keefe, David P. Pappas, Mary E. Rothwell, Matthias Steffen, Chang C. Tsuei, Michael R. Vissers, David S. Wisbey
  • Publication number: 20130009571
    Abstract: A compact, cold, superconducting isochronous cyclotron can include at least two superconducting coils on opposite sides of a median acceleration plane. A magnetic yoke surrounds the coils and a portion of a beam chamber in which ions are accelerated. A cryogenic refrigerator is thermally coupled both with the superconducting coils and with the magnetic yoke. The superconducting isochronous cyclotron also includes sector pole tips that provide strong focusing; the sector pole tips can have a spiral configuration and can be formed of a rare earth magnet. The sector pole tips can also be separated from the rest of the yoke by a non-magnetic material. In other embodiments, the sector pole tips can include a superconducting material. The spiral pole tips can also include cut-outs on a back side of the sector pole tips remote from the median acceleration plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: IONETIX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Timothy A. Antaya
  • Publication number: 20120329657
    Abstract: Devices and methods are described for converting a carbon source and a hydrogen source into hydrocarbons, such as alcohols, for alternative energy sources. The influents may comprise carbon dioxide gas and hydrogen gas or water, obtainable from the atmosphere for through methods described herein, such as plasma generation or electrolysis. One method to produce hydrocarbons comprises the use of an electrolytic device, comprising an anode, a cathode and an electrolyte. Another method comprises the use of ultrasonic energy to drive the reaction. The devices and methods and related devices and methods are useful, for example, to provide a fossil fuel alternative energy source, store renewable energy, sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, counteract global warming, and store carbon dioxide in a liquid fuel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: PRINCIPLE ENERGY SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Craig D. Eastman, Douglas R. Hole