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THERMAL PHENOMENA IN HIGH-Tc THIN-FILM SUPERCONDUCTORS

DOI: 10.1615/AnnualRevHeatTransfer.v3.60
pages 115-144

Markus I. Flik
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139

Chang-Lin Tien
NEC Distinguished Professor of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, California

Abstract

The discovery of superconductivity at liquid-nitrogen temperatures offers very promising prospects for the development of powerful hybrid electronic semiconductor-superconductor devices. The basic elements in these devices are thin films of high-Tc superconductors on crystalline substrates. This work discusses significant thermodynamic and heat and mass transfer problems arising from the application of thin-film superconductors and reviews the relevant literature. It covers processing techniques, characterization methods, thermal stability criteria, and microscale heat transfer phenomena.