A method is disclosed for fabricating YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.7 superconductor layers with the capability of carrying large superconducting currents on a metallic tape (substrate) supplied with a biaxially textured oxide buffer layer. The method represents a simplification of previously established techniques and provides processing requirements compatible with scale-up to long wire (tape) lengths and high processing speeds. This simplification has been realized by employing the BaF.sub.2 method to grow a YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.7 film on a metallic substrate having a biaxially textured oxide buffer layer.
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The U.S. Government has rights in this invention pursuant to contract number DE-AC O5-96OR22464 between the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation. The invention was funded by the Superconductivity Program for Electric Power Systems, DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and the DOE Office of Energy Research.