Magnetic flux trapping in porous high-Tc superconductors

Gokhfeld, D.// Physica C//

Porosity affects the properties of high-Tc superconductors and can improve their performance by enhancing oxygenation, cryocooling, etc. Among other factors, the presence of pores plays a significant role in the process of magnetic flux trapping. Relationships with the porosity manifest in the irreversibility field, the full penetration field, and the remnant magnetization of the samples. To account for the effect of porosity on the trapped magnetic flux into type-II superconductors, a simple toy model is suggested. Generally, as the porosity increases, the trapped flux and related parameters tend to diminish. However, in the case of microscopic samples, porosity can enhance magnetic flux trapping.