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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Engineering (ME)

Department / School

Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Oren Quist


Superconductors are ceramic compounds that exhibit the rare phenomena of zero resistance. They also have the capability of expelling nearly all magnetic fields to their perimeter. However, these phenomena do not appear until the superconductor is cooled to below at least 100 degrees Kelvin. The following thesis will explain how to build and test such a superconductor and implement it into a thick film circuit. A thick film circuit was chosen because so many circuits that would benefit from a superconductor must also be small in physical size. Thick film circuits are circuits with printed conducting lines, resistors and sometimes capacitors. These circuits are much smaller than wire wrapped circuits. Surface mount devices are used in the thick film circuits. These devices were tested for temperature characteristics along with the superconductor. The superconductor was built and put into the circuit in place of a normal printed conducting line. The circuit was then tested for significant characteristics, such as quality of signal.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Thick-film circuits
Electric lines -- Superconducting



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