Formation of MgB2 at low temperatures by reaction of Mg with B6Si
Abstract:Formation of MgB2 by reactions of Mg with B6Si and Mg with B were compared, the former also producing Mg2Si as a major product. Compared to the binary system, the ternary reactions for identical time and temperature were more complete at 750 °C and below, as indicated by higher diamagnetic shielding and larger x-ray diffraction peak intensities relative to those of Mg. MgB2 could be produced at temperatures as low as 450 °C by the ternary reaction. Analyses by electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction and of the upper critical field show that Si does not enter the MgB2 phase.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: July 1, 2004