A method of forming a superconducting article includes providing a substrate tape, forming a superconducting layer overlying the substrate tape, and depositing a capping layer overlying the superconducting layer. The capping layer includes a noble metal and has a thickness not greater than about 1.0 micron. The method further includes electrodepositing a stabilizer layer overlying the capping layer using a solution that is non-reactive to the superconducting layer. The superconducting layer has an as-formed critical current I.sub.C(AF) and a post-stabilized critical current I.sub.C(PS). The I.sub.C(PS) is at least about 95% of the I.sub.C(AF).
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This invention was made under Cooperative Research and Development Agreement No. CRD-04-150 between SuperPower, Inc. and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory operated by Midwest Research Institute for the U.S. Department of Energy under U.S. Department of Energy Contract No. DE-AC36-99GO10337. The government has certain rights in the invention.