Applied Computational Intelligence and Soft Computing

Volume 2016, Article ID 1709827, 7 pages

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/1709827

## Computational Intelligence Approach for Estimating Superconducting Transition Temperature of Disordered MgB_{2} Superconductors Using Room Temperature Resistivity

^{1}Physics Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia^{2}Physics and Electronics Department, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State 342111, Nigeria^{3}Institute for Digital Communications, School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh, UK^{4}Computer Information Systems Department, University of Dammam, Dammam 31451, Saudi Arabia

Received 22 November 2015; Revised 15 April 2016; Accepted 24 April 2016

Academic Editor: Sebastian Ventura

Copyright © 2016 Taoreed O. Owolabi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

#### Abstract

Doping and fabrication conditions bring about disorder in MgB_{2} superconductor and further influence its room temperature resistivity as well as its superconducting transition temperature (). Existence of a model that directly estimates of any doped MgB_{2} superconductor from the room temperature resistivity would have immense significance since room temperature resistivity is easily measured using conventional resistivity measuring instrument and the experimental measurement of wastes valuable resources and is confined to low temperature regime. This work develops a model, superconducting transition temperature estimator (STTE), that directly estimates of disordered MgB_{2} superconductors using room temperature resistivity as input to the model. STTE was developed through training and testing support vector regression (SVR) with ten experimental values of room temperature resistivity and their corresponding using the best performance parameters obtained through test-set cross validation optimization technique. The developed STTE was used to estimate of different disordered MgB_{2} superconductors and the obtained results show excellent agreement with the reported experimental data. STTE can therefore be incorporated into resistivity measuring instruments for quick and direct estimation of of disordered MgB_{2} superconductors with high degree of accuracy.

#### 1. Introduction

Superconductor is a material that allows perpetual flow of current as a result of disappearance of its electrical resistivity when it is cooled below a particular temperature called superconducting transition temperature (). Several practical applications of superconductors such as magnetic resonance imaging in hospitals, magnetic levitation train, particle accelerators, superconducting quantum interference devices, magnetoencephalography, and filters for mobile communication and their future applications (which include transmission of electricity, fast computing, and high temperature superconducting generator) depend mainly on the value of . Phenomenon of superconductivity was first observed in mercury in 1911 when electrical resistance of pure mercury went to zero around 4 K [1]. Understanding of this behavior was not clearly known until 1957 when three physicists propounded BCS theory which governs the emergence of superconductivity [2]. This theory attributes the emergence of superconductivity in materials to the ability of electrons to pair (formation of cooper pairs) which pave ways for the free movement of electrons in a coordinated manner. Collision of electrons with lattice, other electrons, and defects among others bring about resistivity in materials and this is circumvented in superconductors due to the formation of cooper pairs. Efforts have been made to realize room temperature superconductor and to raise the values of of known superconductors. However, MgB_{2} holds a promising future since its can be altered through doping and fabrication conditions [3–5].

The awareness of superconductivity in magnesium di-boride (MgB_{2}) in 2001 marked a new advancement that diversifies the applications of superconductors [6]. MgB_{2} is a two-band superconductor with several practical applications as a result of its unique properties such as transparency of the grain boundaries which permits flow of current, lower anisotropy, and large coherence length. Its economic affordability as well as its unique properties offers it a special place in practical applications despite its low as compared with high temperature superconductors. The techniques that are usually employed for improving the superconducting properties of MgB_{2} include introduction of disorder through chemical doping and several thermomechanical processing techniques which alter its room temperature resistivity [3, 5, 7–24]. In order to improve the superconducting properties of this material (in particular ), we develop STTE for accurate, quick, and direct estimation of of disordered MgB_{2} superconductors as an alternative to conventional method which is experimentally intensive. This developed model allows the potential of several dopants to be assessed within short period of time so as to ascertain the specific dopant that improves the superconducting property of MgB_{2} superconductor.

The normal state strong electron-phonon scattering which gives rise to the large room temperature resistivity in intermetallic superconductors is associated with the observed high [25]. Low resistivity of MgB_{2} at room temperature and temperature just above its could be attributed to its two-band nature characterized with different strength of electron-phonon coupling [25]. Its superconductivity comes from the large coupling in 2D band and MgB_{2} demonstrates anisotropy in the normal state resistivity. The proposed SVR based model has been reported as a novel tool of estimating superconducting properties of doped MgB_{2} superconductor using few descriptive features [26]. The choice of SVR in building STTE is due to its many unique features which include sound mathematical foundation, nonconvergence to local minima, accurate generalization, and predictive ability when trained with few descriptive features [27].

SVR tackles real life problems using the principles of artificial intelligence in the field of machine learning. It acquires pattern or relation that exists between the target () and descriptor (room temperature resistivity) and adopts the acquired pattern for future estimation of the unknown target with the aid of the descriptors. Its excellent predictive ability is made which is used in tackling several problems in medical field [28], material science [26, 29–32], and oil and gas industries [33, 34], to name but a few. The excellent predictive and generalization ability of SVR in solving numerous problems coupled with the need to have accurate, direct, and effective way of estimating the effects of disorder on of MgB_{2} superconductor serves as motivation for carrying out this research work.

#### 2. Description of the Proposed Model

SVR follows a learning algorithm formulated from support vector machines which was originally proposed by Vapnik for classification purposes [35]. It uses loss function that controls the smoothness of the response of SVR and the number of support vectors which ultimately affect the generalization capacity as well as the complexity of the model. The loss function represents the maximum error (deviation of the target vectors tolerated by the model). Equation (1) represents a linear decision function in which indicates a dot product in space :where (input space) and .

Minimization of Euclidean norm is necessary since flatness of the defined decision equation is desired. The optimization problem for the regression is presented inThe assumption entailed in the optimization problem presented in (2) is the existence of a function that controls the error in all training pairs in such a way that the error is less than . In order to build up a robust system that caters for external constraints, slack variables ( and ) are introduced in the optimization problem and presented in [27]The regularization factor introduced in (3) trades off the frequency of error and the complexity of decision rule by altering the size of slack variables.

The optimization problem is solved by using Lagrangian multipliers (, , , and ) to transform the problem to dual space representation. The constraint equations are multiplied by the multipliers and the result is taken away from (objective function). The resulting Lagrangian is illustrated inIn order to obtain the solution of the optimization problem, the saddle points of the Lagrangian function are obtained by equating the partial derivative of Lagrangian with respect to , , , and to zero which gives rise to (5) as described in [29]:By putting (5) in (4), we have The estimation problem presented in (1) is finally represented by (8) after incorporating and obtained from (6):Kernel function represents a nonlinear mapping function that maps nonlinear regression problem to high dimensional feature space where linear regression is performed. The choice of kernel function depends on the nature of the problem and could be linear, polynomial, Gaussian, or sigmoid kernel function.

During the course of optimizing the SVR model, SVR variables such as the regularization factor (), epsilon (), hyperparameter (), and kernel option were defined and adjusted until the model attained optimum performance.

The training stage of the proposed model entails acquisition of pattern that exists between the descriptor and the target which could further be generalized by the model so as to accurately estimate unknown target with the aid of the descriptor. High correlation coefficient, low root mean square error, and low mean absolute error signify the accuracy and efficiency of the model. In the case of STTE developed in this research work, the SVR model was taken through training and testing stages and then used to estimate of several MgB_{2} superconductors.

##### 2.1. Evaluation of the Performance of the Developed Model

The performance of the developed model was evaluated on the basis of the correlation coefficient (CC) between the experimental and the estimated , root mean square error (RMSE), and mean absolute error (MAE). The generalization performance was evaluated using where and represent error (difference between the experimental and estimated ) and number of data points, respectively. and , respectively, represent the experimental and the estimated , while and represent their mean value, respectively.

In the case of the developed model, high correlation coefficient of 100%, low root mean square error of 1.29, and low absolute error of 0.279 were obtained during the testing phase of the model.

#### 3. Empirical Study

##### 3.1. Description of the Dataset

The dataset that was employed in modeling STTE comprises a total number of ten experimental values of room temperature resistivity and the corresponding of disordered MgB_{2} superconductors. The adopted dataset was drawn from the literatures [36–38] and presented in Table 1.