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Unexpected Effect of Field Angle in Magnetoresistance Measurements of High-Purity Nb

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Author(s)

Loren F. Goodrich, Theodore C. Stauffer, Jolene Splett, Dominic F. Vecchia

Abstract

We report on unexpected field-angle dependence of the magnetoresistance measurements of commercial, high-purity Nb discovered during our study of residual resistivity ratio (RRR) measurements. The (RRR) value indicates the purity and the low-temperature thermal conductivity of the Nb and is used as a specification for superconducting radio-frequency cavities. The (RRR) is typically defined as the ratio of the electrical resistivities measured at 273 K and 4.2 K. One way to obtain the normal-state resistivity at 4.2 K is to measure the resistivity versus magnetic field at 4.2 K and extrapolate to zero field. The field-angle dependence was measured when a specimen was rotated while the field was transverse to the specimen current. The resistance changed by about 10 % as the angle varied at 8 T and the local maxima and minima of the resistance were separated by about 30'. This was observed on three polycrystalline Nb bar specimens with nominal dimensions of 64 mm × 6.7 mm × 3.3 mm and voltage taps separated by 30 mm. A similar field-angle dependence was obtained on a polycrystalline Cu wire specimen. This phenomenon has implications for Nb (RRR) measurements and interlaboratory comparisons.
Citation
IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
Volume
15
Issue
2

Keywords

Angular dependence, cryogenics, niobium, residual resistivity ratio, resistance measurement, superconductor

Citation

Goodrich, L. , Stauffer, T. , Splett, J. and Vecchia, D. (2005), Unexpected Effect of Field Angle in Magnetoresistance Measurements of High-Purity Nb, IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=31807 (Accessed November 26, 2022)
Created May 31, 2005, Updated October 12, 2021