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  1. Possible Electric-Field-Induced Superconducting States in Doped Silicene

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    Zhang, Li-Da; Yang, Fan; Yao, Yugui

    2015-01-01

    Silicene has been synthesized recently, with experimental evidence showing possible superconductivity in the doped case. The noncoplanar low-buckled structure of this material inspires us to study the pairing symmetry of the doped system under a perpendicular external electric field. Our study reveals that the electric field induces an interesting quantum phase transition from the singlet chiral d + id′-wave superconducting phase to the triplet f-wave one. The emergence of the f-wave pairing results from the sublattice-symmetry-breaking caused by the electric field and the ferromagnetic-like intra-sublattice spin correlations at low dopings. Due to the enhanced density of states, the superconducting critical temperature of the system is enhanced by the electric field remarkably. Furthermore, we design a particular dc SQUID experiment to detect the quantum phase transition predicted here. Our results, if confirmed, will inject a new vitality to the familiar Si-based industry through adopting doped silicene as a tunable platform to study different types of exotic unconventional superconductivities. PMID:25644143

  2. Disorder-induced inhomogeneities of the superconducting state close to the superconductor-insulator transition.

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    Sacepe, B.; Chapelier, C.; Baturina, T. I.; Vinokur, V. M.; Baklanov, M. R.; Sanquer, M.; Materials Science Division; CEA, INAC; Inst. Semiconductor Physics; IMEC

    2008-01-01

    Scanning tunneling spectroscopy at very low temperatures on homogeneously disordered superconducting titanium nitride thin films reveals strong spatial inhomogeneities of the superconducting gap {Delta} in the density of states. Upon increasing disorder, we observe suppression of the superconducting critical temperature T{sub c} towards zero, enhancement of spatial fluctuations in {Delta}, and growth of the {Delta}/T{sub c} ratio. These findings suggest that local superconductivity survives across the disorder-driven superconductor-insulator transition.

  3. Induced superconductivity in graphene

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    Heersche, Hubert B.; Jarillo-Herrero, Pablo; Oostinga, Jeroen B.; Vandersypen, Lieven M. K.; Morpurgo, Alberto F.

    2007-07-01

    Graphene layers, prepared by mechanical exfoliation, were contacted by superconducting electrodes consisting of a titanium-aluminium bilayer. Quantum hall measurements in the normal state confirmed the single layer nature of the graphene samples. Proximity induced supercurrents were observed in all samples, below 1 K. Using a backgate, the Fermi energy could be swept from valence to conduction band via the Charge neutrality point, demonstrating supercurrents carried by holes and electrons, respectively. Interestingly, a finite supercurrent was also observed at the charge neutrality (or Dirac) point, where the density of carrier states vanishes. Our results demonstrate phase coherence in graphene.

  4. Superconductivity in magnetic multipole states

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    Sumita, Shuntaro; Yanase, Youichi

    2016-06-01

    Stimulated by recent studies of superconductivity and magnetism with local and global broken inversion symmetry, we investigate the superconductivity in magnetic multipole states in locally noncentrosymmetric metals. We consider a one-dimensional zigzag chain with sublattice-dependent antisymmetric spin-orbit coupling and suppose three magnetic multipole orders: monopole order, dipole order, and quadrupole order. It is demonstrated that the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer state, the pair-density wave (PDW) state, and the Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov (FFLO) state are stabilized by these multipole orders, respectively. We show that the PDW state is a topological superconducting state specified by the nontrivial Z2 number and winding number. The origin of the FFLO state without macroscopic magnetic moment is attributed to the asymmetric band structure induced by the magnetic quadrupole order and spin-orbit coupling.

  5. Effect of disorder on the pressure-induced superconducting state of CeAu 2Si 2

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    Ren, Z.; Giriat, G.; Scheerer, G. W.; Lapertot, G.; Jaccard, D.

    2015-03-01

    CeAu2Si2 is a newly discovered pressure-induced heavy fermion superconductor, which shows very unusual interplay between superconductivity and magnetism under pressure. Here we compare the results of high-pressure measurements on single-crystalline CeAu2Si2 samples with different levels of disorder. It is found that while the magnetic properties are essentially sample independent, superconductivity is rapidly suppressed when the residual resistivity of the sample increases. We show that the depression of bulk Tc can be well understood in terms of pair breaking by nonmagnetic disorder, which strongly suggests an unconventional pairing state in pressurized CeAu2Si2 . Furthermore, increasing the level of disorder leads to the emergence of another phase transition at T* within the magnetic phase, which might be in competition with superconductivity.

  6. Resonance-state-induced superconductivity at high Indium contents in In-doped SnTe

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    Haldolaarachchige, Neel; Gobson, Quinn; Xie, Weiwei; Nielsen, Morten; Kushwaha, Satya; Cava, Robert; Cava's Group Team

    We report a reinvestigation of superconducting Sn1-xInxTe at both low and high In doping levels. Analysis of the superconductivity reveals a fundamental change as a function of x: the system evolves from a weakly coupled to a strongly coupled superconductor with increasing indium content. Hall Effect measurements further show that the carrier density does not vary linearly with Indium content; indeed at high Indium content, the samples are overall n-type, which is contrary to expectations of the standard picture of In1+ replacing Sn2+ in this material. Density functional theory calculations probing the electronic state of In in SnTe show that it does not act as a trivial hole dopant, but instead forms a distinct, partly flled In 5s - Te 5p hybridized state centered around EF, very different from what is seen for other nominal hole dopants such as Na, Ag, and vacant Sn sites. We conclude that superconducting In-doped SnTe therefore cannot be considered as a simple hole doped semiconductor.

  7. Fulde-Ferrell state induced by the orbital effect in a superconducting nanowire

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    Wójcik, Paweł; Zegrodnik, Michał; Spałek, Józef

    2015-06-01

    We show that the Fulde-Ferrell (FF) phase may appear as a sole result of the orbital effect in a cylindrical metallic nanowire. Namely, in the external magnetic field the twofold degeneracy with respect to the orbital magnetic quantum number m is lifted, which leads to a Fermi wave vector mismatch between the subbands with opposite orbital momenta in the paired state. This mismatch can be compensated by the nonzero total momentum of the Cooper pairs created by electrons from the split subbands which results in the formation of the FF phase. In this manner, a transformation of the orbital motion into a linear supercurrent parallel to the applied field is taking place. With the increasing magnetic field a series of FF stability regions appear, in between which the standard BCS superconducting phase is stable. For the sake of completeness, we show, that the inclusion of the Zeeman term in the model does not change the picture qualitatively, particularly if larger m states contribute essentially to the Fermi-surface splitting. A brief but important note concerning the possibility of steering the supercurrent by an applied magnetic field parallel to it, is also provided.

  8. Capacitor energy needed to induce transitions from the superconducting to the normal state

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    Eberhard, P.H.; Ross, R.R.

    1985-08-01

    The purpose of this paper is to describe a technique to turn a long length of superconducting wire normal by dumping a charged capacitor into it and justify some formulae needed in the design. The physical phenomenon is described. A formula for the energy to be stored in the capacitor is given. There are circumstances where the dc in an electrical circuit containing superconducting elements has to be turned off quickly and where the most convenient way to switch the current off is to turn a large portion or all of the superconducting wire normal. Such was the case of the Time Projection Chamber (TPC) superconducting magnet as soon as a quench was detected. The technique used was the discharge of a capacitor into the coil center tap. It turned the magnet winding normal in ten milliseconds or so and provided an adequate quench protection. The technique of discharging a capacitor into a superconducting wire should have many other applications whenever a substantial resistance in a superconducting circuit has to be generated in that kind of time scale. The process involves generating a pulse of large currents in some part of the circuit and heating the wire up by ac losses until the value of the wire critical current is smaller than the dc current. Use of low inductance connections to the circuit is necessary. Then the dc gets turned off due to the resistance of the wire as in a magnet quench.

  9. Properties of the pressure-induced superconducting state in trihydrides ScH3 and LaH3

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    Durajski, A. P.; Szczȩśniak, R.

    2014-11-01

    The present paper discusses the thermodynamic properties of the superconducting state which gets induced in the following compounds due to the influence of the high pressure: ScH3 ( p = 18 GPa) and LaH3 (p = 11 GPa). Using the Eliashberg formalism, for the Coulomb pseudopotential equal to 0.1, the following quantities have been determined: the maximum critical temperature ({{[{{T}C}]}Sc{{H3}}}=19.3 K and {{[{{T}C}]}La{{H3}}}=22.5 K), the energy gap at the Fermi surface (G), the free energy (F), the thermodynamic critical field (HC), and the specific heat (both for the superconducting (CS) and the normal (CN) state). Then, the dimensionless parameters, namely, {{R}G}\\equiv G≤ft( 0 \\right)/{{k}B}{{T}C}, {{R}H}\\equiv {{T}C}{{C}N}≤ft( {{T}C} \\right)/HC2≤ft( 0 \\right), and {{R}C}\\equiv ≤ft( {{C}S}≤ft( {{T}C} \\right)-{{C}N}≤ft( {{T}C} \\right) \\right)/{{C}N}≤ft( {{T}C} \\right), have been obtained. Those ratios deviate from the predictions of the BCS theory in the case of the studied compounds: {{[{{R}G}]}Sc{{H3}}}=3.85, {{[{{R}G}]}La{{H3}}}=3.92, {{[{{R}H}]}Sc{{H3}}}=0.160, {{[{{R}H}]}La{{H3}}}=0.154, {{[{{R}C}]}Sc{{H3}}}=1.84, and {{[{{R}C}]}La{{H3}}}=2.09. In the last step, it has been proven that the ratio of the electron effective mass (me\\star ) to the electron band mass (me) takes relatively high values, which are weakly dependent on the temperature. For example, it has been shown that {{[me\\star /{{m}e}]}Sc{{H3}}}=1.833 and {{[me\\star /{{m}e}]}La{{H3}}}=1.845 for T={{T}C}.

  10. Scattering states of a vortex in the proximity-induced superconducting state at the interface of a topological insulator and an s -wave superconductor

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    Durst, Adam C.

    2016-02-01

    We consider an isolated vortex in the two-dimensional proximity-induced superconducting state formed at the interface of a three-dimensional strong topological insulator (TI) and an s -wave superconductor. Prior calculations of the bound states of this system famously revealed a zero-energy state that is its own conjugate, a Majorana fermion bound to the vortex core. We calculate, not the bound states, but the scattering states of this system, and ask how the spin-momentum-locked massless Dirac form of the single-particle Hamiltonian, inherited from the TI surface, affects the cross section for scattering Bogoliubov quasiparticles from the vortex. As in the case of an ordinary superconductor, this is a two-channel problem with the vortex mixing particlelike and holelike excitations. As in the ordinary case, the same-channel differential cross section diverges in the forward direction due to the Aharonov-Bohm effect, resulting in an infinite total cross section but finite transport and skew cross sections. We calculate the transport and skew cross sections numerically, via a partial wave analysis, as a function of both quasiparticle excitation energy and chemical potential. Novel effects emerge as particlelike or holelike excitations are tuned through the Dirac point.

  11. Induced gap in topological materials from the superconducting proximity effect

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    Chiu, Ching-Kai; Cole, William

    Topological superconductivity has been of considerable interest lately, with several proposed experimental realizations in solid state systems. A heterostructure of s-wave superconductor and 3D topological insulator is one of the more promising platforms, with topological superconductivity realized on the ''naked'' surface of the topological insulator through the superconducting proximity effect. We theoretically study the induced superconducting gap on the naked surface. Adjusting the Fermi level above the bulk gap (which is the case in experiments), our results for the induced superconducting gap are in agreement with that probed in thin topological insulators (<10nm) in the experiments (Nat. Phys. 10, 943-950 (2014) and Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 217001 (2014)). We further predict the gap in thick topological insulators (>10nm). This work is supported by LPS-MPO-CMTC, Microsoft Q, and JQI-NSF-PFC.

  12. Anomalous hysteresis as evidence for a magnetic-field-induced chiral superconducting state in LiFeAs

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    Li, G.; Urbano, R. R.; Goswami, P.; Tarantini, C.; Lv, B.; Kuhns, P.; Reyes, A. P.; Chu, C. W.; Balicas, L.

    2013-01-01

    Magnetometry measurements in high-quality LiFeAs single crystals reveal a change in the sign of the magnetic hysteresis in the vicinity of the upper critical field Hc2, from a clear diamagnetic response dominated by the pinning of vortices to a considerably smaller net hysteretic response of opposite sign, which disappears at Hc2. If the diamagnetic response at high fields results from pinned vortices and associated screening supercurrents, this sign change must result from currents circulating in the opposite sense, which give rise to a small field-dependent magnetic moment below Hc2. This behavior seems to be extremely sensitive to the sample quality or stoichiometry, as we have observed it only in a few fresh crystals, which also display the de Haas van Alphen effect. We provide arguments against the surface superconductivity, the flux compression, and the random π junction scenarios, which have been previously put forward to explain a paramagnetic Meissner effect, below the lower critical field Hc1. The observed anomalous hysteresis at high fields will be compatible with the existence of chiral gap wave functions, which possess a field-dependent magnetic moment. Within a Landau-Ginzburg framework, we demonstrate how a (dx2-y2+idxy) or a (px+ipy) chiral superconducting component can be stabilized in the mixed state of s± superconductor, due to the combined effects of the magnetic field and the presence of competing pairing channels. The realization of a particular chiral pairing depends on the microscopic details of the strengths of the competing pairing channels.

  13. Realization of insulating state and superconductivity in the Rashba semiconductor BiTeCl

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    Ying, Jian-Jun; Struzhkin, Viktor V.; Cao, Zi-Yu; Goncharov, Alexander F.; Mao, Ho-Kwang; Chen, Fei; Chen, Xian-Hui; Gavriliuk, Alexander G.; Chen, Xiao-Jia

    2016-03-01

    Measurements of the resistivity, Hall coefficient, and Raman spectroscopy are performed on a Rashba semiconductor BiTeCl single crystal at high pressures up to 50 GPa. We find that applying pressure first induces a theoretically predicted insulating state, followed by a superconducting phase with an insulating normal state. Upon heavy compression, another different superconducting phase is entered into with a metallic normal state. A domelike evolution of the superconducting transition temperature with pressure is obtained with a crossover from the electron to hole carriers across the boundary of the two superconducting phases. These findings imply the possible realization of a topological state of the insulating and superconducting phases in this material.

  14. Localization of Metal-Induced Gap States at the Metal-Insulator Interface: Origin of Flux Noise in SQUIDs and Superconducting Qubits

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    Choi, Sangkook; Lee, Dung-Hai; Louie, Steven G.; Clarke, John

    2010-03-01

    The origin of magnetic flux noise in dc Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs) with a power spectrum scaling as 1/f (f is frequency) has been a puzzle for over 25 years. This noise limits both the low frequency performance of SQUIDs and the decoherence time of flux-sensitive superconducting qubits, making scaling-up for quantum computing problematic. Recent calculations and experiments indicate that the noise is generated by electrons that randomly reverse their spin directions. Their areal density of ˜ 5 x 10^17 m-2 is relatively insensitive to the nature of the superconductor and substrate. Here, we propose that the local magnetic moments originate in metal-induced gap states (MIGSs) localized by potential disorder at the metal-insulator interface. MIGSs are particularly sensitive to such disorder, so that the localized states have a Coulomb repulsion sufficiently large to make them singly occupied. Our calculations demonstrate that a modest level of disorder generates the required areal density of localized moments. This result suggests that magnetic flux noise could be reduced by fabricating superconductor-insulator interfaces with less disorder. Support: NSF DMR07-05941, US DOE De-AC02-05CH11231, Samsung Foundation, Teragrid, NERSC.

  15. Strain-induced time-reversal odd superconductivity in graphene

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    Juricic, Vladimir; Roy, Bitan

    2014-03-01

    I will discuss the possibility of realizing a time-reversal-symmetry breaking superconducting state that exhibits an f + is pairing symmetry in strained graphene. Although the underlying attractive interactions need to be sufficiently strong and comparable in pristine graphene to support such pairing state, I will argue that strain can be conducive for its formation even for weak interactions. I will show that quantum-critical behavior near the transition is controlled by a fermionic multicritical point, characterized by various critical exponents computed in the framework of an ɛ-expansion near four spacetime dimensions. I will then discuss the scaling of the superconducting gap with the strain-induced axial pseudo-magnetic field. Furthermore, a vortex in this mixed superconducting state hosts a pair of Majorana fermions supporting a quartet of insulating and superconducting orders, among which quantum spin Hall topological insulator. Finally, I will mention some experimental signatures of this f + is time-reversal odd superconductor. These findings suggest that strained graphene could provide a platform for the realization of exotic superconducting states of Dirac fermions. VJ is supported by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).

  16. Superconducting state parameters of binary metallic glasses

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    Vora, Aditya

    2008-06-01

    Ashcroft's empty core (EMC) model potential is used to study the superconducting state parameters (SSPs) viz. electron-phonon coupling strength λ, Coulomb pseudopotential μ*, transition temperature T C, isotope effect exponent αand effective interaction strength N O V of some binary metallic glasses based on the superconducting (S), conditional superconducting (S') and non-superconducting (NS) elements of the periodic table. Five local field correction functions proposed by Hartree (H), Taylor (T), Ichimaru-Utsumi (IU), Farid et al. (F) and Sarkar et al. (S) are used for the first time with EMC potential in the present investigation to study the screening influence on the aforesaid properties. The T C obtained from the H-local field correction function are in excellent agreement with available theoretical or experimental data. In the present computation, the use of the pseudo-alloy-atom model (PAA) was proposed and found successful. Present work results are in qualitative agreement with such earlier reported experimental values which confirm the superconducting phase in all metallic glasses. A strong dependency of the SSPs of the metallic glasses on the valence `Z' is identified.

  17. Superconducting state parameters of binary metallic glasses

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    Vora, Aditya M.

    2008-06-01

    Ashcroft’s empty core (EMC) model potential is used to study the superconducting state parameters (SSPs) viz. electron-phonon coupling strength λ, Coulomb pseudopotential μ*, transition temperature T C , isotope effect exponent αand effective interaction strength N O V of some binary metallic glasses based on the superconducting (S), conditional superconducting (S’) and non-superconducting (NS) elements of the periodic table. Five local field correction functions proposed by Hartree (H), Taylor (T), Ichimaru-Utsumi (IU), Farid et al. (F) and Sarkar et al. (S) are used for the first time with EMC potential in the present investigation to study the screening influence on the aforesaid properties. The T C obtained from the H-local field correction function are in excellent agreement with available theoretical or experimental data. In the present computation, the use of the pseudo-alloy-atom model (PAA) was proposed and found successful. Present work results are in qualitative agreement with such earlier reported experimental values which confirm the superconducting phase in all metallic glasses. A strong dependency of the SSPs of the metallic glasses on the valence ‘Z’ is identified.

  18. Pressure-induced superconductivity in europium metal

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    Debessai, M.; Matsuoka, T.; Hamlin, J.J.; Bi, W.; Meng, Y.; Shimizu, K.; Schilling, J.S.

    2010-05-24

    Of the 52 known elemental superconductors among the 92 naturally occurring elements in the periodic table, fully 22 only become superconducting under sufficiently high pressure. In the rare-earth metals, the strong local magnetic moments originating from the 4f shell suppress superconductivity. For Eu, however, Johansson and Rosengren have suggested that sufficiently high pressures should promote one of its 4f electrons into the conduction band, changing Eu from a strongly magnetic (J=7/2) 4f{sup 7}-state into a weak Van Vleck paramagnetic (J=0) 4f{sup 6}-state, thus opening the door for superconductivity, as in Am (5f{sup 6}). We report that Eu becomes superconducting above 1.8 K for pressures exceeding 80 GPa, T{sub c} increasing linearly with pressure to 142 GPa at the rate +15 mK/GPa. Eu thus becomes the 53rd elemental superconductor in the periodic table. Synchrotron x-ray diffraction studies to 92 GPa at ambient temperature reveal four structural phase transitions.

  19. Qubit lattice coherence induced by electromagnetic pulses in superconducting metamaterials

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    Ivić, Z.; Lazarides, N.; Tsironis, G. P.

    2016-07-01

    Quantum bits (qubits) are at the heart of quantum information processing schemes. Currently, solid-state qubits, and in particular the superconducting ones, seem to satisfy the requirements for being the building blocks of viable quantum computers, since they exhibit relatively long coherence times, extremely low dissipation, and scalability. The possibility of achieving quantum coherence in macroscopic circuits comprising Josephson junctions, envisioned by Legett in the 1980’s, was demonstrated for the first time in a charge qubit; since then, the exploitation of macroscopic quantum effects in low-capacitance Josephson junction circuits allowed for the realization of several kinds of superconducting qubits. Furthermore, coupling between qubits has been successfully achieved that was followed by the construction of multiple-qubit logic gates and the implementation of several algorithms. Here it is demonstrated that induced qubit lattice coherence as well as two remarkable quantum coherent optical phenomena, i.e., self-induced transparency and Dicke-type superradiance, may occur during light-pulse propagation in quantum metamaterials comprising superconducting charge qubits. The generated qubit lattice pulse forms a compound ”quantum breather” that propagates in synchrony with the electromagnetic pulse. The experimental confirmation of such effects in superconducting quantum metamaterials may open a new pathway to potentially powerful quantum computing.

  20. Qubit lattice coherence induced by electromagnetic pulses in superconducting metamaterials

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    Ivić, Z.; Lazarides, N.; Tsironis, G. P.

    2016-01-01

    Quantum bits (qubits) are at the heart of quantum information processing schemes. Currently, solid-state qubits, and in particular the superconducting ones, seem to satisfy the requirements for being the building blocks of viable quantum computers, since they exhibit relatively long coherence times, extremely low dissipation, and scalability. The possibility of achieving quantum coherence in macroscopic circuits comprising Josephson junctions, envisioned by Legett in the 1980’s, was demonstrated for the first time in a charge qubit; since then, the exploitation of macroscopic quantum effects in low-capacitance Josephson junction circuits allowed for the realization of several kinds of superconducting qubits. Furthermore, coupling between qubits has been successfully achieved that was followed by the construction of multiple-qubit logic gates and the implementation of several algorithms. Here it is demonstrated that induced qubit lattice coherence as well as two remarkable quantum coherent optical phenomena, i.e., self-induced transparency and Dicke-type superradiance, may occur during light-pulse propagation in quantum metamaterials comprising superconducting charge qubits. The generated qubit lattice pulse forms a compound ”quantum breather” that propagates in synchrony with the electromagnetic pulse. The experimental confirmation of such effects in superconducting quantum metamaterials may open a new pathway to potentially powerful quantum computing. PMID:27403780

  1. Qubit lattice coherence induced by electromagnetic pulses in superconducting metamaterials.

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    Ivić, Z; Lazarides, N; Tsironis, G P

    2016-01-01

    Quantum bits (qubits) are at the heart of quantum information processing schemes. Currently, solid-state qubits, and in particular the superconducting ones, seem to satisfy the requirements for being the building blocks of viable quantum computers, since they exhibit relatively long coherence times, extremely low dissipation, and scalability. The possibility of achieving quantum coherence in macroscopic circuits comprising Josephson junctions, envisioned by Legett in the 1980's, was demonstrated for the first time in a charge qubit; since then, the exploitation of macroscopic quantum effects in low-capacitance Josephson junction circuits allowed for the realization of several kinds of superconducting qubits. Furthermore, coupling between qubits has been successfully achieved that was followed by the construction of multiple-qubit logic gates and the implementation of several algorithms. Here it is demonstrated that induced qubit lattice coherence as well as two remarkable quantum coherent optical phenomena, i.e., self-induced transparency and Dicke-type superradiance, may occur during light-pulse propagation in quantum metamaterials comprising superconducting charge qubits. The generated qubit lattice pulse forms a compound "quantum breather" that propagates in synchrony with the electromagnetic pulse. The experimental confirmation of such effects in superconducting quantum metamaterials may open a new pathway to potentially powerful quantum computing. PMID:27403780

  2. The superconducting state parameters of glassy superconductors

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    Vora, Aditya M.

    2011-11-01

    We present theoretical investigations of the superconducting state parameters (SSPs), i.e. the electron-phonon coupling strength, λ, Coulomb pseudopotential, μ*, transition temperature, Tc, isotope effect exponent, α, and effective interaction strength, N0V, of glassy superconductors by employing Ashcroft's well know empty core model potential for the first time using five screening functions proposed by Hartree (H), Taylor, Ichimaru-Utsumi (IU), Farid et al and Sarkar et al. The Tc obtained from the H and IU screening functions is found to be in excellent agreement with available experimental data. Also, the present results confirm the superconducting phase in bulk metallic glass superconductors. A strong dependency of the SSPs of the glassy superconductors on the 'Z' valence is found.

  3. Pressure-induced superconductivity in topological parent compound Bi2Te3

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    Zhang, J. L.; Zhang, S. J.; Weng, H. M.; Zhang, W.; Yang, L. X.; Liu, Q. Q.; Feng, S. M.; Wang, X. C.; Yu, R. C.; Cao, L. Z.; Wang, L.; Yang, W. G.; Liu, H. Z.; Zhao, W. Y.; Zhang, S. C.; Dai, X.; Fang, Z.; Jin, C. Q.

    2011-01-04

    We report a successful observation of pressure-induced superconductivity in a topological compound Bi₂Te₃ with Tc of ~3 K between 3 to 6 GPa. The combined high-pressure structure investigations with synchrotron radiation indicated that the superconductivity occurred at the ambient phase without crystal structure phase transition. The Hall effects measurements indicated the hole-type carrier in the pressure-induced superconducting Bi₂Te₃ single crystal. Consequently, the first-principles calculations based on the structural data obtained by the Rietveld refinement of X-ray diffraction patterns at high pressure showed that the electronic structure under pressure remained topologically nontrivial. The results suggested that topological superconductivity can be realized in Bi₂Te₃ due to the proximity effect between superconducting bulk states and Dirac-type surface states. We also discuss the possibility that the bulk state could be a topological superconductor.

  4. Superconductivity induced in iron telluride films by low-temperature oxygen incorporation

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    Nie, Y. F.; Telesca, D.; Budnick, J. I.; Sinkovic, B.; Wells, B. O.

    2010-07-01

    We report superconductivity induced in films of the nonsuperconducting, antiferromagnetic parent material FeTe by low-temperature oxygen incorporation in a reversible manner. X-ray absorption shows that oxygen incorporation changes the nominal Fe valence state from 2+ in the nonsuperconducting state to mainly 3+ in the superconducting state. Thus superconductivity in O-doped FeTe occurs in a quite different charge and strain state than the more common FeTe1-xSex . This work also suggests a convenient path for conducting doping experiments in situ with many measurement techniques.

  5. Superconductivity Induced by Surface Polishing in CeIrSi3

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    Iida, Hiroki; Sato, Masashi; Kimura, Noriaki

    2016-07-01

    We show that superconductivity observed in the antiferromagnetic state of CeIrSi3, a pressure-induced heavy fermion superconductor, is mainly due to a surface layer induced by mechanical polishing. The superconducting reduction of the electrical resistivity in the antiferromagnetic state strongly depends on the strength of the applied electrical current and dissipates after a heat treatment. These results indicate that mechanical polishing causes an inhomogeneous distortion on the surface of the sample and locally produces a high-pressure region in which the bulk superconductivity arises.

  6. Distinct superconducting states in the pressure-induced metallic structures of the nominal semimetal Bi[subscript 4]Te[subscript 3

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    Jeffries, J.R.; Sharma, A.L. Lima; Sharma, P.A.; Spataru, C.D.; McCall, S.K.; Sugar, J.D.; Weir, S.T.; Vohra, Y.K.

    2011-11-07

    The end members, Bi and Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3}, of the infinitely adaptive (Bi{sub 2})m(Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3}){sub n} series of compounds have not only been revealed to be topological insulators under the appropriate conditions, but have also been shown to be superconductors under pressure, suggesting the potential for bulk superconductor-topological-insulator interfaces and associated quantum computing applications. Herein, we report the pressure-dependent evolution of the structure and electrical transport of the nominal semimetal Bi4Te{sub 3}, a member of the (Bi{sub 2})m(Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3}){sub n} series. Under pressure, Bi4Te{sub 3} undergoes several structural phase transformations, ultimately yielding a metallic body-centered-cubic structure exhibiting superconductivity with a maximum T{sub c} = 8.4 K at 16.2 GPa. The occurrence of structure-dependent superconductivity in Bi{sub 4}Te{sub 3} is remarkably similar to the end members of the (Bi{sub 2})m(Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3}){sub n} series, intimating a convergence to high-pressure universal behavior that may expose the subtle variations that lead to the topological insulating and superconducting states in these systems.

  7. Metal-insulator transition near a superconducting state

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    Kaveh, M.; Mott, N. F.

    1992-03-01

    We show that when the metal-insulation transition occurs near a superconducting state it results in a different critical behavior from that of amorphous metals or uncompensated doped semiconductors. This difference results from the enhancement of the effective electron-electron interaction caused by fluctuations to the superconducting state. This explains the recent experiments of Micklitz and co-workers on amorphous superconducting mixtures Ga-Ar and Bi-Kr.

  8. Instability of superconducting windings induced by cracking of impregnating materials

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    Miyamoto, H.; Nishijima, S.; Okada, T.

    Short, superconducting specimens simulating the structure of windings have been examined in order to investigate the instabilities of superconducting windings induced by heat generation due to wire movement, cracking or debonding of the impregnating material. The cryogenic properties of the impregnating materials were also measured. The results revealed the properties of the bobbin and the impregnation materials that are needed for stable superconducting magnets. The training behaviour of impregnated magnets was also studied. It was confirmed that the structure of the winding and the properties of the impregnating material are important factors in superconducting magnet stability.

  9. Superconducting state parameters of ternary amorphous superconductors

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    Vora, Aditya M.

    2008-11-01

    The theoretical investigations of the superconducting state parameters (SSP) viz. electron-phonon coupling strength λ, Coulomb pseudopotential μ∗, transition temperature TC, isotope effect exponent α and effective interaction strength N0V of five Nb xTa yMo z ( x = 0.15, 0.30, 0.30, 0.40, 0.45; y = 0.15, 0.30, 0.30, 0.40, 0.45 and z = 0.10, 0.30, 0.30, 0.40, 0.70) ternary amorphous superconductors viz. Nb 0.45Ta 0.45Mo 0.10, Nb 0.30Ta 0.40Mo 0.30, Nb 0.40Ta 0.30Mo 0.30, Nb 0.30Ta 0.30Mo 0.40 and Nb 0.15Ta 0.15Mo 0.70 have been reported for the first time using Ashcroft’s empty core (EMC) model potential. Five local field correction functions proposed by Hartree (H), Taylor (T), Ichimaru-Utsumi (IU), Farid et al. (F) and Sarkar et al. (S) are used in the present investigation to study the screening influence on the aforesaid properties. The TC obtained from Hartree (H) local field correction function are found an excellent agreement with available theoretical data. Quadratic TC equation has been proposed, which provide successfully the TC values of ternary amorphous alloys under consideration. Also, the present results are found in qualitative agreement with other such earlier reported data, which confirms the superconducting phase in the superconductors.

  10. Magnetic-Field{endash}Induced Localization in the Normal State of Superconducting La{sub 2{minus}{ital x}}Sr{sub {ital x}}CuO{sub 4}

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    Malinowski, A.; Cieplak, M.Z.; Karpinska, K.; Berkowski, M.; Cieplak, M.Z.; Guha, S.; Lindenfeld, P.; van Steenbergen, A.S.; Perenboom, J.A.

    1997-07-01

    Magnetoresistance measurements of highly underdoped superconducting La{sub 2{minus}x}Sr {sub x}CuO{sub 4} films with x=0.051 and x=0.048 , performed in dc magnetic fields up to 20T and at temperatures down to 40mK, reveal a magnetic-field{endash}induced transition from weak to strong localization in the normal state. The normal-state conductances per CuO{sub 2} plane, measured at different fields in a single specimen, are found to collapse to one curve with the use of a single scaling parameter that is inversely proportional to the localization length. The scaling parameter extrapolates to zero near zero field and possibly at a finite field, suggesting that in the zero-field limit the electronic states may be extended. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  11. Tunable electromagnetically induced transparency in a composite superconducting system

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    Wang, Xin; Li, Hong-rong; Chen, Dong-xu; Liu, Wen-xiao; Li, Fu-li

    2016-05-01

    We theoretically propose an efficient method to realize electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) in the microwave regime through a coupled system consisting of a flux qubit and a superconducting LC resonator. Driven by two appropriate microwave fields, the system will be trapped in the dark states. In our proposal, the control field of EIT is played by a second-order transfer rather than by a direct strong-pump field. In particular, we obtained conditions for electromagnetically induced transparency and Autler-Townes splitting in this composite system. Both theoretical and numerical results show that this EIT system benefits from the relatively long coherent time of the resonator. Since this whole system is artificial and tunable, our scheme may have potential applications in various domains.

  12. Superconducting state parameters of amorphous metals

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    Vora, Aditya M.

    2007-07-01

    The theoretical computation of the superconducting state parameters (SSP) viz; electron-phonon coupling strength λ, Coulomb pseudopotential μ∗, transition temperature TC, isotope effect exponent α and effective interaction strength N0V of some monovalent (Li, Na, K, Rb and Cs), divalent (Mg, Zn, Be, Cd and Hg) and polyvalent (In, Tl, Ga, Al, La, Sn, Pb, Ti, Zr, Th, Bi, Nb and W) amorphous metals have been carried out by well known Ashcroft’s empty core (EMC) model pseudopotential. We have employed here five different types of local field correction functions proposed by Hartree (H), Taylor (T), Ichimaru-Utsumi (IU), Farid et al. (F) and Sarkar et al. (S) to study the exchange and correlation effects on the present investigations. The SSP for Be, Cd, Ga, Al, La, Ti, Zr, Th, Nb and W amorphous metals are reported first time in the present study. A very strong influence of all the exchange and correlation functions is found in the present study. Our results are in fair agreement with other available theoretical as well as experimental data. A strong dependency of the SSP of amorphous metals on the valency Z is found.

  13. Gate-induced superconductivity in atomically thin MoS2 crystals.

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    Costanzo, Davide; Jo, Sanghyun; Berger, Helmuth; Morpurgo, Alberto F

    2016-04-01

    When thinned down to the atomic scale, many layered van der Waals materials exhibit an interesting evolution of their electronic properties, whose main aspects can be accounted for by changes in the single-particle bandstructure. Phenomena driven by interactions are also observed, but identifying experimentally systematic trends in their thickness dependence is challenging. Here, we explore the evolution of gate-induced superconductivity in exfoliated MoS2 multilayers ranging from bulk-like to individual monolayers. We observe a clear transition for all thicknesses down to the ultimate atomic limit, providing the first demonstration of gate-induced superconductivity in atomically thin exfoliated crystals. Additionally, we characterize the superconducting state by measuring the critical temperature TC and magnetic field BC in a large number of multilayer devices while decreasing their thickness. We find that the superconducting properties exhibit a pronounced reduction in TC and BC when going from bilayers to monolayers, for which we discuss possible microscopic mechanisms. PMID:26751171

  14. Gate-induced superconductivity in atomically thin MoS2 crystals

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    Costanzo, Davide; Jo, Sanghyun; Berger, Helmuth; Morpurgo, Alberto F.

    2016-04-01

    When thinned down to the atomic scale, many layered van der Waals materials exhibit an interesting evolution of their electronic properties, whose main aspects can be accounted for by changes in the single-particle bandstructure. Phenomena driven by interactions are also observed, but identifying experimentally systematic trends in their thickness dependence is challenging. Here, we explore the evolution of gate-induced superconductivity in exfoliated MoS2 multilayers ranging from bulk-like to individual monolayers. We observe a clear transition for all thicknesses down to the ultimate atomic limit, providing the first demonstration of gate-induced superconductivity in atomically thin exfoliated crystals. Additionally, we characterize the superconducting state by measuring the critical temperature TC and magnetic field BC in a large number of multilayer devices while decreasing their thickness. We find that the superconducting properties exhibit a pronounced reduction in TC and BC when going from bilayers to monolayers, for which we discuss possible microscopic mechanisms.

  15. Pressure-induced electronic phase separation of magnetism and superconductivity in CrAs

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    Khasanov, Rustem; Guguchia, Zurab; Eremin, Ilya; Luetkens, Hubertus; Amato, Alex; Biswas, Pabitra K.; Ruegg, Christian; Susner, Michael A.; Sefat, Athena S.; Zhigadlo, Nikolai D.; Morenzoni, Elvezio

    2015-09-08

    We report that the recent discovery of pressure (p) induced superconductivity in the binary helimagnet CrAs has raised questions on how superconductivity emerges from the magnetic state and on the mechanism of the superconducting pairing. In the present work the suppression of magnetism and the occurrence of superconductivity in CrAs were studied by means of muon spin rotation. The magnetism remains bulk up to p ≃ 3.5 kbar while its volume fraction gradually decreases with increasing pressure until it vanishes at p ≃ 7 kbar. At 3.5 kbar superconductivity abruptly appears with its maximum Tc ≃ 1.2 K which decreases upon increasing the pressure. In the intermediate pressure region (3.5≲ p ≲ 7 kbar) the superconducting and the magnetic volume fractions are spatially phase separated and compete for phase volume. Our results indicate that the less conductive magnetic phase provides additional carriers (doping) to the superconducting parts of the CrAs sample thus leading to an increase of the transition temperature (Tc) and of the superfluid density (ρs). A scaling of ρs with Tc3.2 as well as the phase separation between magnetism and superconductivity point to a conventional mechanism of the Cooper-pairing in CrAs.

  16. Pressure-induced electronic phase separation of magnetism and superconductivity in CrAs.

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    Khasanov, Rustem; Guguchia, Zurab; Eremin, Ilya; Luetkens, Hubertus; Amato, Alex; Biswas, Pabitra K; Rüegg, Christian; Susner, Michael A; Sefat, Athena S; Zhigadlo, Nikolai D; Morenzoni, Elvezio

    2015-01-01

    The recent discovery of pressure (p) induced superconductivity in the binary helimagnet CrAs has raised questions on how superconductivity emerges from the magnetic state and on the mechanism of the superconducting pairing. In the present work the suppression of magnetism and the occurrence of superconductivity in CrAs were studied by means of muon spin rotation. The magnetism remains bulk up to p ≃ 3.5 kbar while its volume fraction gradually decreases with increasing pressure until it vanishes at p ≃ 7 kbar. At 3.5 kbar superconductivity abruptly appears with its maximum Tc ≃ 1.2 K which decreases upon increasing the pressure. In the intermediate pressure region (3.5 < or ~  p < or ~ 7 kbar) the superconducting and the magnetic volume fractions are spatially phase separated and compete for phase volume. Our results indicate that the less conductive magnetic phase provides additional carriers (doping) to the superconducting parts of the CrAs sample thus leading to an increase of the transition temperature (Tc) and of the superfluid density (ρs). A scaling of ρs with Tc(3.2) as well as the phase separation between magnetism and superconductivity point to a conventional mechanism of the Cooper-pairing in CrAs. PMID:26346548

  17. Pressure-induced electronic phase separation of magnetism and superconductivity in CrAs

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    Khasanov, Rustem; Guguchia, Zurab; Eremin, Ilya; Luetkens, Hubertus; Amato, Alex; Biswas, Pabitra K.; Rüegg, Christian; Susner, Michael A.; Sefat, Athena S.; Zhigadlo, Nikolai D.; Morenzoni, Elvezio

    2015-01-01

    The recent discovery of pressure (p) induced superconductivity in the binary helimagnet CrAs has raised questions on how superconductivity emerges from the magnetic state and on the mechanism of the superconducting pairing. In the present work the suppression of magnetism and the occurrence of superconductivity in CrAs were studied by means of muon spin rotation. The magnetism remains bulk up to p  3.5 kbar while its volume fraction gradually decreases with increasing pressure until it vanishes at p  7 kbar. At 3.5 kbar superconductivity abruptly appears with its maximum Tc  1.2 K which decreases upon increasing the pressure. In the intermediate pressure region (3.5  p  7 kbar) the superconducting and the magnetic volume fractions are spatially phase separated and compete for phase volume. Our results indicate that the less conductive magnetic phase provides additional carriers (doping) to the superconducting parts of the CrAs sample thus leading to an increase of the transition temperature (Tc) and of the superfluid density (ρs). A scaling of ρs with as well as the phase separation between magnetism and superconductivity point to a conventional mechanism of the Cooper-pairing in CrAs. PMID:26346548

  18. Pressure-induced electronic phase separation of magnetism and superconductivity in CrAs

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    Khasanov, Rustem; Guguchia, Zurab; Eremin, Ilya; Luetkens, Hubertus; Amato, Alex; Biswas, Pabitra K.; Ruegg, Christian; Susner, Michael A.; Sefat, Athena S.; Zhigadlo, Nikolai D.; et al

    2015-09-08

    We report that the recent discovery of pressure (p) induced superconductivity in the binary helimagnet CrAs has raised questions on how superconductivity emerges from the magnetic state and on the mechanism of the superconducting pairing. In the present work the suppression of magnetism and the occurrence of superconductivity in CrAs were studied by means of muon spin rotation. The magnetism remains bulk up to p ≃ 3.5 kbar while its volume fraction gradually decreases with increasing pressure until it vanishes at p ≃ 7 kbar. At 3.5 kbar superconductivity abruptly appears with its maximum Tc ≃ 1.2 K which decreasesmore » upon increasing the pressure. In the intermediate pressure region (3.5≲ p ≲ 7 kbar) the superconducting and the magnetic volume fractions are spatially phase separated and compete for phase volume. Our results indicate that the less conductive magnetic phase provides additional carriers (doping) to the superconducting parts of the CrAs sample thus leading to an increase of the transition temperature (Tc) and of the superfluid density (ρs). A scaling of ρs with Tc3.2 as well as the phase separation between magnetism and superconductivity point to a conventional mechanism of the Cooper-pairing in CrAs.« less

  19. Emergent phenomena: Light-induced superconductivity

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    Demsar, Jure

    2016-03-01

    Intense light pulses irradiating a sample of K3C60 result in dramatic changes of its high-frequency (terahertz) conductivity. Could these be signatures of fleeting superconductivity at 100 K and beyond?

  20. Scanning tunneling microscopy of superconducting topological surface states in Bi2Se3

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    Dayton, Ian M.; Sedlmayr, Nicholas; Ramirez, Victor; Chasapis, Thomas C.; Loloee, Reza; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.; Levchenko, Alex; Tessmer, Stuart H.

    2016-06-01

    In this Rapid Communication we present scanning tunneling microscopy of a large Bi2Se3 crystal with superconducting PbBi islands deposited on the surface. Local density of states measurements are consistent with induced superconductivity in the topological surface state with a coherence length of order 540 nm. At energies above the gap the density of states exhibits oscillations due to scattering caused by a nonuniform order parameter. Strikingly, the spectra taken on islands also display similar oscillations along with traces of the Dirac cone, suggesting an inverse topological proximity effect.

  1. Engineering entangled microwave photon states through multiphoton interactions between two cavity fields and a superconducting qubit

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    Zhao, Yan-Jun; Wang, Changqing; Zhu, Xiaobo; Liu, Yu-Xi

    2016-04-01

    It has been shown that there are not only transverse but also longitudinal couplings between microwave fields and a superconducting qubit with broken inversion symmetry of the potential energy. Using multiphoton processes induced by longitudinal coupling fields and frequency matching conditions, we design a universal algorithm to produce arbitrary superpositions of two-mode photon states of microwave fields in two separated transmission line resonators, which are coupled to a superconducting qubit. Based on our algorithm, we analyze the generation of evenly-populated states and NOON states. Compared to other proposals with only single-photon process, we provide an efficient way to produce entangled microwave photon states when the interactions between superconducting qubits and microwave fields are in the strong and ultrastrong regime.

  2. Engineering entangled microwave photon states through multiphoton interactions between two cavity fields and a superconducting qubit

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    Zhao, Yan-Jun; Wang, Changqing; Zhu, Xiaobo; Liu, Yu-xi

    2016-01-01

    It has been shown that there are not only transverse but also longitudinal couplings between microwave fields and a superconducting qubit with broken inversion symmetry of the potential energy. Using multiphoton processes induced by longitudinal coupling fields and frequency matching conditions, we design a universal algorithm to produce arbitrary superpositions of two-mode photon states of microwave fields in two separated transmission line resonators, which are coupled to a superconducting qubit. Based on our algorithm, we analyze the generation of evenly-populated states and NOON states. Compared to other proposals with only single-photon process, we provide an efficient way to produce entangled microwave photon states when the interactions between superconducting qubits and microwave fields are in the strong and ultrastrong regime. PMID:27033558

  3. Entangled Coherent States Generation in two Superconducting LC Circuits

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    Chen Meiyu; Zhang Weimin

    2008-11-07

    We proposed a novel pure electronic (solid state) device consisting of two superconducting LC circuits coupled to a superconducting flux qubit. The entangled coherent states of the two LC modes is generated through the measurement of the flux qubit states. The interaction of the flux qubit and two LC circuits is controlled by the external microwave control lines. The geometrical structure of the LC circuits is adjustable and makes a strong coupling between them achievable. This entangled coherent state generator can be realized by using the conventional microelectronic fabrication techniques which increases the feasibility of the experiment.

  4. Superconducting nanowires by electron-beam-induced deposition

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    Sengupta, Shamashis; Li, Chuan; Baumier, Cedric; Kasumov, Alik; Guéron, S.; Bouchiat, H.; Fortuna, F.

    2015-01-01

    Superconducting nanowires can be fabricated by decomposition of an organometallic gas using a focused beam of Ga ions. However, physical damage and unintentional doping often result from the exposure to the ion beam, motivating the search for a means to achieve similar structures with a beam of electrons instead of ions. This has so far remained an experimental challenge. We report the fabrication of superconducting tungsten nanowires by electron-beam-induced-deposition, with critical temperature of 2.0 K and critical magnetic field of 3.7 T, and compare them with superconducting wires made with ions. This work is an important development for the template-free realization of nanoscale superconducting devices, without the requirement of an ion beam column.

  5. Superconducting nanowires by electron-beam-induced deposition

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    Sengupta, Shamashis; Li, Chuan; Guéron, S.; Bouchiat, H.; Baumier, Cedric; Fortuna, F.; Kasumov, Alik

    2015-01-26

    Superconducting nanowires can be fabricated by decomposition of an organometallic gas using a focused beam of Ga ions. However, physical damage and unintentional doping often result from the exposure to the ion beam, motivating the search for a means to achieve similar structures with a beam of electrons instead of ions. This has so far remained an experimental challenge. We report the fabrication of superconducting tungsten nanowires by electron-beam-induced-deposition, with critical temperature of 2.0 K and critical magnetic field of 3.7 T, and compare them with superconducting wires made with ions. This work is an important development for the template-free realization of nanoscale superconducting devices, without the requirement of an ion beam column.

  6. Proximity induced Superconductivity in Epitaxial Graphene

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    Natterer, Fabian D.; Ha, Jeonghoon; Baek, Hongwoo; Zhang, Duming; Cullen, William; Zhitenev, Nikolai B.; Kuk, Young; Stroscio, Joseph A.

    The intimate electrical contact of a superconductor with a normal metal leads to an exchange of carriers through their boundary. Cooper pairs leak into the normal metal via Andreev reflection and enable the normal metal to acquire superconducting-like properties. The electron-hole conversion process in graphene is prominent due to relativistic quantum mechanics governing low energy chiral carriers in a multi-valley system. In the present experiment, we reveal spatial measurements of the proximity effect in graphene from a graphene-superconductor interface. Superconducting aluminum films were grown on epitaxial graphene on SiC. The aluminum films were discontinuous with networks of trenches in the film morphology reaching down to the substrate to exposed graphene terraces. Scanning tunneling spectra measured on the graphene terraces show a clear decay of the superconducting gap width with increasing separation from the graphene-aluminum edges. The decay length for the superconducting energy gap extends beyond 400 nm. Subtle deviations in the exponentially decaying energy gap were also observed on a much smaller length scale of tens of nanometers. Funding from SNSF (project 158468), NIST/CNST Grant 70NANB10H193, and KRF-2010-00349.

  7. Coherent manipulation of Andreev states in superconducting atomic contacts.

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    Janvier, C; Tosi, L; Bretheau, L; Girit, Ç Ö; Stern, M; Bertet, P; Joyez, P; Vion, D; Esteve, D; Goffman, M F; Pothier, H; Urbina, C

    2015-09-11

    Coherent control of quantum states has been demonstrated in a variety of superconducting devices. In all of these devices, the variables that are manipulated are collective electromagnetic degrees of freedom: charge, superconducting phase, or flux. Here we demonstrate the coherent manipulation of a quantum system based on Andreev bound states, which are microscopic quasi-particle states inherent to superconducting weak links. Using a circuit quantum electrodynamics setup, we performed single-shot readout of this Andreev qubit. We determined its excited-state lifetime and coherence time to be in the microsecond range. Quantum jumps and parity switchings were observed in continuous measurements. In addition to having possible quantum information applications, such Andreev qubits are a test-bed for the physics of single elementary excitations in superconductors. PMID:26359397

  8. Superconductivity. Light-induced superconductivity using a photoactive electric double layer.

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    Suda, Masayuki; Kato, Reizo; Yamamoto, Hiroshi M

    2015-02-13

    Electric double layers (EDLs) of ionic liquids have been used in superconducting field-effect transistors as nanogap capacitors. Because of the freezing of the ionic motion below ~200 kelvin, modulations of the carrier density have been limited to the high-temperature regime. Here we observe carrier-doping-induced superconductivity in an organic Mott insulator with a photoinduced EDL based on a photochromic spiropyran monolayer. Because the spiropyran can isomerize reversibly between nonionic and zwitterionic isomers through photochemical processes, two distinct built-in electric fields can modulate the carrier density even at cryogenic conditions. PMID:25678657

  9. Unconventional superconducting states on doped Shastry-Sutherland lattice

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    Huang, H. X.; Chen, Y.; Gao, Y.; Yang, G. H.

    2016-06-01

    By using a renormalized mean-field theory, we investigate the phase diagram of t-t‧-J-J‧ model on a two dimensional Shastry-Sutherland (SS) lattice which can be realized in a group of layered compounds such as SrCu2(BO3)2, Yb2Pt2Pb. We find that the symmetry of ground state depends on frustration parameter η =t‧ / t and doping concentration. For weak and intermediate |η|, dx2 -y2-wave superconducting state is robust in a wide region. While for larger |η| > 1 cases, the superconducting ground state has s-s-wave symmetry. Around the most frustrated η = ± 1 point, dx2 -y2-wave state, s-s-wave state as well as staggered-flux state appear, the energy favorable state is the ground state. The order of the phase transition between different states depends on the continuity of the mean field order parameters.

  10. Controlling the magnetic state of a carbon nanotube Josephson junction with the superconducting phase

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    Delagrange, Raphaelle; Weil, R.; Kasumov, A.; Bouchiat, H.; Deblock, R.; Luitz, D. J.; Meden, V.

    The Kondo effect is a many-body phenomenon that screens the magnetic moment of an impurity in a metal. The associated singlet state can be probed in a single impurity by electronic transport in a quantum dot (QD), here made of a carbon nanotube (CNT), which provides a localized electron between the two contacts. Using superconducting leads, one can investigate the competition between the Kondo effect and the superconductivity induced in the CNT. The superconductivity can destroy the Kondo singlet in favor of a magnetic doublet, leading to a sign reversal of the supercurrent in the S-CNT-S junction. This singlet-doublet transition depends on the Kondo temperature and the superconducting gap, as well as the position of the impurity level. We demonstrate experimentally that the superconducting phase difference across the QD can also control this magnetic transition. We use the measurement of the relation between the supercurrent and this superconducting phase as a tool to probe the transition. We show that it has a distinctly anharmonic behavior, that reveals the phase-mediated singlet to doublet transition, in good agreement with finite temperature quantum Monte Carlo calculations. We extract as well a phase diagram of the phase-controlled quantum transition at zero temperature.

  11. Induced superconductivity in high-mobility two-dimensional electron gas in gallium arsenide heterostructures.

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    Wan, Zhong; Kazakov, Aleksandr; Manfra, Michael J; Pfeiffer, Loren N; West, Ken W; Rokhinson, Leonid P

    2015-01-01

    Search for Majorana fermions renewed interest in semiconductor-superconductor interfaces, while a quest for higher-order non-Abelian excitations demands formation of superconducting contacts to materials with fractionalized excitations, such as a two-dimensional electron gas in a fractional quantum Hall regime. Here we report induced superconductivity in high-mobility two-dimensional electron gas in gallium arsenide heterostructures and development of highly transparent semiconductor-superconductor ohmic contacts. Supercurrent with characteristic temperature dependence of a ballistic junction has been observed across 0.6 μm, a regime previously achieved only in point contacts but essential to the formation of well separated non-Abelian states. High critical fields (>16 T) in NbN contacts enables investigation of an interplay between superconductivity and strongly correlated states in a two-dimensional electron gas at high magnetic fields. PMID:26067452

  12. Induced superconductivity in high-mobility two-dimensional electron gas in gallium arsenide heterostructures

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    Wan, Zhong; Kazakov, Aleksandr; Manfra, Michael J.; Pfeiffer, Loren N.; West, Ken W.; Rokhinson, Leonid P.

    2015-06-01

    Search for Majorana fermions renewed interest in semiconductor-superconductor interfaces, while a quest for higher-order non-Abelian excitations demands formation of superconducting contacts to materials with fractionalized excitations, such as a two-dimensional electron gas in a fractional quantum Hall regime. Here we report induced superconductivity in high-mobility two-dimensional electron gas in gallium arsenide heterostructures and development of highly transparent semiconductor-superconductor ohmic contacts. Supercurrent with characteristic temperature dependence of a ballistic junction has been observed across 0.6 μm, a regime previously achieved only in point contacts but essential to the formation of well separated non-Abelian states. High critical fields (>16 T) in NbN contacts enables investigation of an interplay between superconductivity and strongly correlated states in a two-dimensional electron gas at high magnetic fields.

  13. Induced superconductivity in high-mobility two-dimensional electron gas in gallium arsenide heterostructures

    PubMed Central

    Wan, Zhong; Kazakov, Aleksandr; Manfra, Michael J.; Pfeiffer, Loren N.; West, Ken W.; Rokhinson, Leonid P.

    2015-01-01

    Search for Majorana fermions renewed interest in semiconductor–superconductor interfaces, while a quest for higher-order non-Abelian excitations demands formation of superconducting contacts to materials with fractionalized excitations, such as a two-dimensional electron gas in a fractional quantum Hall regime. Here we report induced superconductivity in high-mobility two-dimensional electron gas in gallium arsenide heterostructures and development of highly transparent semiconductor–superconductor ohmic contacts. Supercurrent with characteristic temperature dependence of a ballistic junction has been observed across 0.6 μm, a regime previously achieved only in point contacts but essential to the formation of well separated non-Abelian states. High critical fields (>16 T) in NbN contacts enables investigation of an interplay between superconductivity and strongly correlated states in a two-dimensional electron gas at high magnetic fields. PMID:26067452

  14. Induced superconductivity in high mobility two dimensional electron gas in GaAs heterostructures

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    Rokhinson, Leonid P.

    Search for Majorana fermions renewed interest in semiconductor-superconductor interfaces, while a quest for higher order non-Abelian excitations demands formation of superconducting contacts to materials with fractionalized excitations, e.g. a two-dimensional electron gas in a fractional quantum Hall regime. Here we report induced superconductivity in high mobility two-dimensional electron gas in GaAs heterostructures and development of highly transparent semiconductor-superconductor ohmic contacts. Supercurrent with characteristic temperature dependence of a ballistic junction has been observed across 0.6 μm, a regime previously achieved only in point contacts but essential to the formation of well separated non-Abelian states. High critical fields (> 16 Tesla) in NbN contacts enables investigation of an interplay between superconductivity and strongly correlated states in a two dimensional electron gas at high magnetic fields.

  15. Observation of magnon number states in a superconducting qubit spectrum

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    Lachance-Quirion, Dany; Tabuchi, Yutaka; Ishino, Seiichiro; Noguchi, Atsushi; Ishikawa, Toyofumi; Yamazaki, Rekishu; Usami, Koji; Nakamura, Yasunobu

    A quantum transducer interfacing qubits in the microwave domain to optical light requires a quantum system interacting with photons of both frequency domains. Coherent interaction between collective excitations (magnons) in the ferrimagnetic insulator yttrium iron garnet (YIG) and a superconducting qubit through virtual microwave photons has recently been demonstrated. In this talk, we present results on the observation of magnon number states in a superconducting qubit spectrum when creating a coherent state in a magnetostatic mode of a YIG sphere interacting dispersively with the qubit. The dispersive interaction strength of 1.2 MHz measured in the straddling regime is in good agreement with numerical simulations. Furthermore the probability distribution of magnon number states, recovered from the qubit spectrum, is compared with the Poisson distribution expected for a coherent state. Resolving magnon number states constitutes a first step toward encoding quantum information into a quantum state of a magnetostatic mode.

  16. Proximity-induced superconductivity in crystalline Cu and Co nanowires and nanogranular Co structures

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    Kompaniiets, M. Begun, E.; Porrati, F.; Huth, M.; Dobrovolskiy, O. V.; Neetzel, C.; Ensinger, W.

    2014-08-21

    We report an experimental study of proximity effect-induced superconductivity in crystalline Cu and Co nanowires and a nanogranular Co nanowire structure in contact with a superconducting W-based floating electrode (inducer). For electrical resistance measurements up to three pairs of Pt-based voltage leads were attached at different distances beside the inner inducer electrode, thus allowing us to probe the proximity effect over a length of 2–12 μm. Up to 30% resistance drops with respect to the normal-state value have been observed for the crystalline Co and Cu nanowires when sweeping the temperature below T{sub c} of the inducer (5.2 K). By contrast, relative R(T) drops were found to be an order of magnitude smaller for the nanogranular Co nanowire structure. Our analysis of the resistance data shows that the superconducting proximity length in crystalline Cu and Co is about 1 μm at 2.4 K, attesting to a long-range proximity effect in the Co nanowire. Moreover, this long-range proximity effect is insusceptible to magnetic fields up to 11 T, which is indicative of spin-triplet pairing. At the same time, proximity-induced superconductivity in the nanogranular Co nanowire is strongly suppressed due to the dominating Cooper pair scattering caused by its intrinsic microstructure.

  17. Light-induced superconductivity using a photoactive electric double layer

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    Suda, Masayuki; Kato, Reizo; Yamamoto, Hiroshi M.

    2015-02-01

    Electric double layers (EDLs) of ionic liquids have been used in superconducting field-effect transistors as nanogap capacitors. Because of the freezing of the ionic motion below ~200 kelvin, modulations of the carrier density have been limited to the high-temperature regime. Here we observe carrier-doping-induced superconductivity in an organic Mott insulator with a photoinduced EDL based on a photochromic spiropyran monolayer. Because the spiropyran can isomerize reversibly between nonionic and zwitterionic isomers through photochemical processes, two distinct built-in electric fields can modulate the carrier density even at cryogenic conditions.

  18. Superconductivity

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    Langone, J.

    1989-01-01

    This book explains the theoretical background of superconductivity. Includes discussion of electricity, material fabrication, maglev trains, the superconducting supercollider, and Japanese-US competition. The authors reports the latest discoveries.

  19. Superconductivity with Topological Surface State in SrxBi₂Se₃.

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    Liu, Zhongheng; Yao, Xiong; Shao, Jifeng; Zuo, Ming; Pi, Li; Tan, Shun; Zhang, Changjin; Zhang, Yuheng

    2015-08-26

    By intercalation of alkaline earth metal Sr in Bi2Se3, superconductivity with large shielding volume fraction (∼91.5% at 0.5 K) has been achieved in Sr0.065Bi2Se3. Analysis of the Shubnikov-de Hass oscillations confirms the half-shift expected from a Dirac spectrum, giving transport evidence of the existence of surface states. Importantly, SrxBi2Se3 superconductor is stable under air, making SrxBi2Se3 an ideal material base for investigating topological superconductivity. PMID:26262431

  20. Evidence of superconductivity-induced phonon spectra renormalization in alkali-doped iron selenides.

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    Opačić, M; Lazarević, N; Šćepanović, M; Ryu, Hyejin; Lei, Hechang; Petrovic, C; Popović, Z V

    2015-12-01

    Polarized Raman scattering spectra of superconducting K(x)Fe(2-y)Se2 and non-superconducting K0.8Fe1.8Co0.2Se2 single crystals were measured in the temperature range from 10 K up to 300 K. Two Raman active modes from the I4/mmm phase and seven from the I4/m phase are observed in the frequency range from 150 to 325 cm(-1) in both compounds, suggesting that the K0.8Fe1.8Co0.2Se2 single crystal also has a two-phase nature. The temperature dependence of the Raman mode energy is analyzed in terms of lattice thermal expansion and phonon-phonon interaction. The temperature dependence of the Raman mode linewidth is dominated by temperature-induced anharmonic effects. It is shown that the change in Raman mode energy with temperature is dominantly driven by thermal expansion of the crystal lattice. An abrupt change of the A1g mode energy near T(C) was observed in K(x)Fe(2-y) Se2, whereas it is absent in non-superconducting K0.8Fe1.8Co0.2Se2. Phonon energy hardening at low temperatures in the superconducting sample is a consequence of superconductivity-induced redistribution of the electronic states below the critical temperature. PMID:26569081

  1. Reentrant superconducting behavior of the Josephson SFS junction. Evidence for the π-phase state

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    Ryazanov, V. V.; Veretennikov, A. V.; Oboznov, V. A.; Rusanov, A. Yu.; Larkin, V. A.; Golubov, A. A.; Aarts, J.

    2000-11-01

    Critical supercurrents, Ic in Nbsbnd Cu1- xNixsbnd Nb Josephson SFS junctions with F-layers prepared from ferromagnetic Cu1- xNix alloys have been studied. For value x=0.52 and particular F-layer thickness we have observed Ic( T) oscillations with Ic vanishing for some values of T. We associate this reentrant superconducting behavior with a crossover of the SFS junction from ‘0’- to ‘π’-state that is related to temperature dependence of spatial oscillation period of induced superconducting order parameter in the weak ferromagnet. We argue this is the first experimental evidence of the π-behavior of a Josephson junction, that is the special feature of superconducting pair flow through a ferromagnet predicted for SFS junctions by Bulaevskii, Buzdin et al [1].

  2. Odd-frequency superconducting states with different types of Meissner response: Problem of coexistence

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    Fominov, Ya. V.; Tanaka, Y.; Asano, Y.; Eschrig, M.

    2015-04-01

    We consider physical properties of a superconductor with a recently proposed type of odd-frequency pairing that exhibits diamagnetic Meissner response ("odd-dia state"). Such a state was suggested in order to address stability issues arising in an odd-frequency superconducting state with paramagnetic Meissner response ("odd-para state"). Assuming the existence of an odd-dia state (due to a proper retarded interaction), we study its coexistence with an odd-para state. The latter is known to be generated as an induced superconducting component in, e.g., singlet superconductor/ferromagnet proximity structures or triplet superconductor/normal metal systems. Calculating the superfluid density of the mixed odd-para/odd-dia state and the Josephson current between the odd-para and odd-dia states, we find that the expressions for the currents in both cases have nonvanishing imaginary contributions and are therefore unphysical. We show that a realization of the odd-dia state implies the absence of a Hamiltonian description of the system, and suggest that there exists no physically realizable perturbation that could give rise to the spontaneous symmetry breaking necessary for an actual realization of the odd-dia superconducting state.

  3. Theory of current states in narrow superconducting channels

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    Ivlev, B.I.; Kopnin, N.B.

    1984-03-01

    The properties of narrow superconducting channels carrying a direct current are reviewed. Among the topics covered are the stability of the normal state of the current-carrying channel and the mechanism for a transition from this normal state to the superconducting state. In a homogeneous channel, the transition occurs through the formation of a critical nucleus and is a first-order phase transition. In a channel with inhomogeneities, the transition is quite different. In this case the normal state can exist only down to a certain value of the current, below which the normal state is absolutely unstable. The review is devoted primarily to the theory of the resistive state of narrow channels, which exists at currents above the critical Ginzburg-Landau current. The description is based on the concept of phase-slippage centers. Phenomenological models are discussed, as is a model of a fluctuational excitation of phase-slippage centers. The results obtained from the microscopic dynamic theory of superconductivity are discussed at length. Among these results are the voltage-current characteristic of the resistive state, the abrupt change in the voltage on this characteristic, and the structure of the phase-slippage centers.

  4. Hard proximity induced superconducting gap in semiconductor - superconductor epitaxial hybrids

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    Jespersen, Thomas; Krogstrup, Peter; Ziino, Nino; Albrecht, Sven; Chang, Willy; Madsen, Morten; Johnson, Erik; Kuemmeth, Ferdinand; Nygård, Jesper; Marcus, Charles

    2015-03-01

    We present molecular beam epitaxy grown InAs semiconductor nanowires capped with a shell of aluminum (superconductor). The hybrid wires are grown without breaking vacuum, resulting in an epitaxial interface between the two materials as demonstrated by detailed transmission electron microscopy and simulations. The domain matching at the interface is discussed. Incorporating the epitaxial nanowire hybrids in electrical devices we performed detailed tunneling spectroscopy of the proximity induced superconducting gap in the InAs core at 20 mK. We find the sub-gap conductance being at least a factor 200 smaller than the normal state value (gap hardness). This is a significant improvement compared to devices fabricated by conventional lithographic methods and metal evaporation showing no more than a factor of ~ 5 . The epitaxial hybrids seem to solve the soft gap problem associated with the use of nanowire hybrids for future applications in topological quantum information based on Majorana zero modes. Research supported by Microsoft Station Q, Danish National Research Foundation, Villum Foundation, Lundbeck Foundation, and the European Commission.

  5. Gate-induced superconductivity in two-dimensional atomic crystals

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    Saito, Yu; Nojima, Tsutomu; Iwasa, Yoshihiro

    2016-09-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) crystals are attracting growing interest in condensed matter physics, since these systems exhibit not only rich electronic and photonic properties but also exotic electronic phase transitions including superconductivity and charge density wave. Moreover, owing to the recent development of transfer methods after exfoliation and electric-double-layer transistors, superconducting 2D atomic crystals, the thicknesses of which are below 1–2 nm, have been successfully obtained. Here, we present a topical review on the recent discoveries of 2D crystalline superconductors by ionic-liquid gating and a series of their novel properties. In particular, we highlight two topics; quantum metallic states (or possible metallic ground states) and superconductivity robust against in-plane magnetic fields. These phenomena can be discussed with the effects of weakened disorder and/or broken spacial inversion symmetry leading to valley-dependent spin-momentum locking (spin-valley locking). These examples suggest the superconducting 2D crystals are new platforms for investigating the intrinsic quantum phases as well as exotic nature in 2D superconductors.

  6. Thermal study of vortex states in mesoscopic superconducting disks

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    Ong, Florian; Bourgeois, Olivier; Skipetrov, Sergey; Chaussy, Jacques

    2007-03-01

    We present low temperature highly sensitive heat capacity C measurements [1,2] of aluminum disks with diameters close to ξ(T), the superconducting coherence length. C(T) scans under fixed perpendicular magnetic fields H reveal a quasiperiodic modulation of the height δC of the C jump at the superconducting to normal phase transition. This behavior is due to transitions between several arrangements of vortices in the disks. Indeed giant vortex states or multivortex states can be observed, with a vorticity (an integer equal to the number of vortices threading a single disk) depending on H, T, and on the size of the disks. Heat capacity measurements enable to study phase transitions between such states, without contacting or biasing them. Thus phase boudaries in the H-T plane can be drawn in all the superconducting region. [1] O. Bourgeois, F. Ong, S.E. Skipetrov, and J. Chaussy, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 057007 (2005) [2] F.R. Ong, O. Bourgeois, S.E. Skipetrov, and J. Chaussy, Phys. Rev. B 74, 140503(R) (2006)

  7. Tunneling through localized barrier states in superconducting heterostructures

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    Shaternik, V. E.; Shapovalov, A. P.; Suvorov, A. V.; Skoryk, N. A.; Belogolovskii, M. A.

    2016-05-01

    Thin film heterostructures composed of superconducting electrodes (molybdenum rhenium alloy) and a nanoscale silicon layer doped with tungsten, have been designed and experimentally studied. The current-voltage characteristics of junctions exhibiting local maxima of the current against the background of abrupt current increases for the first time, were measured in the voltage range of -800 to 800 mV, at temperatures of 4.2-8 K. The positions of these singularities, which are symmetrical with respect to zero voltage, varied from sample to sample within the range of 40-300 mV. With increasing temperature, they became blurred and completely vanished with the disappearance of superconductivity in the electrodes. The nature of the observed singularities is associated with the properties of electron tunneling through the impurity states localized in the semiconducting barrier. The use of a superconducting electrode enhances the interaction of the localized electron with the conduction electrons thanks to the root divergence in the density of electron states of a superconductor.

  8. Resistive state measurements of quasi-0-dimensional superconducting structrues

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    Arutyunov, K. Yu.; Krupenin, V. A.; Lotkhov, S. V.; Pavolotski, A. N.; Rinderer, L.

    1996-04-01

    High resolution e-beam lithographic process has been used to fabricate thin film aluminum nanostructures with the line width up to 40 nm. Single crystalline samples (tin whiskers with (sub)micron spaced probes) has been also prepared. In a wide temperature range below the superconducting transition such small objects could be considered as quasi-0-dimensional, as their physical dimensions are comparable to the characteristic value of the coherence length. Conventional 4-probes measurements were performed at helium temperatures. It was observed that at the top of the superconducting transition the resistance may significantly exceed its normal state value. The magnitude of this “resistance bump” depends upon the bias current and the external magnetic field. No anomaly has been observed for samples longer than several microns. The results are discussed within the models of the phase-slip centers activation (strong current limit) and the N/S boundary propagation (zero current limit).

  9. Fluctuation-induced noise in out-of-equilibrium disordered superconducting films

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    Petković, Aleksandra; Vinokur, Valerii M.

    2013-12-15

    We study out-of-equilibrium transport in disordered superconductors close to the superconducting transition. We consider a thin film connected by resistive tunnel interfaces to thermal reservoirs having different chemical potentials and temperatures. The nonequilibrium longitudinal current–current correlation function is calculated within the nonlinear sigma model description and nonlinear dependence on temperatures and chemical potentials is obtained. Different contributions are calculated, originating from the fluctuation-induced suppression of the quasiparticle density of states, Maki–Thompson and Aslamazov–Larkin processes. As a special case of our results, close-to-equilibrium we obtain the longitudinal ac conductivity using the fluctuation–dissipation theorem. -- Highlights: •Contributions to the current noise induced by superconducting fluctuations are calculated. •Nonequilibrium physics is studied. •Nonlinear dependence of the noise on temperatures and chemical potentials of the reservoirs is found.

  10. Superconductivity

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    Yeo, Yung K.

    Many potential high-temperature superconductivity (HTS) military applications have been demonstrated by low-temperature superconductivity systems; they encompass high efficiency electric drives for naval vessels, airborne electric generators, energy storage systems for directed-energy weapons, electromechanical launchers, magnetic and electromagnetic shields, and cavity resonators for microwave and mm-wave generation. Further HST applications in militarily relevant fields include EM sensors, IR focal plane arrays, SQUIDs, magnetic gradiometers, high-power sonar sources, and superconducting antennas and inertial navigation systems. The development of SQUID sensors will furnish novel magnetic anomaly detection methods for ASW.

  11. Shooting quasiparticles from Andreev bound states in a superconducting constriction

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    Riwar, R.-P.; Houzet, M.; Meyer, J. S.; Nazarov, Y. V.

    2014-12-15

    A few-channel superconducting constriction provides a set of discrete Andreev bound states that may be populated with quasiparticles. Motivated by recent experimental research, we study the processes in an a.c. driven constriction whereby a quasiparticle is promoted to the delocalized states outside the superconducting gap and flies away. We distinguish two processes of this kind. In the process of ionization, a quasiparticle present in the Andreev bound state is transferred to the delocalized states leaving the constriction. The refill process involves two quasiparticles: one flies away while another one appears in the Andreev bound state. We notice an interesting asymmetry of these processes. The electron-like quasiparticles are predominantly emitted to one side of the constriction while the hole-like ones are emitted to the other side. This produces a charge imbalance of accumulated quasiparticles, that is opposite on opposite sides of the junction. The imbalance may be detected with a tunnel contact to a normal metal lead.

  12. Shooting quasiparticles from Andreev bound states in a superconducting constriction

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    Riwar, R.-P.; Houzet, M.; Meyer, J. S.; Nazarov, Y. V.

    2014-12-01

    A few-channel superconducting constriction provides a set of discrete Andreev bound states that may be populated with quasiparticles. Motivated by recent experimental research, we study the processes in an a.c. driven constriction whereby a quasiparticle is promoted to the delocalized states outside the superconducting gap and flies away. We distinguish two processes of this kind. In the process of ionization, a quasiparticle present in the Andreev bound state is transferred to the delocalized states leaving the constriction. The refill process involves two quasiparticles: one flies away while another one appears in the Andreev bound state. We notice an interesting asymmetry of these processes. The electron-like quasiparticles are predominantly emitted to one side of the constriction while the hole-like ones are emitted to the other side. This produces a charge imbalance of accumulated quasiparticles, that is opposite on opposite sides of the junction. The imbalance may be detected with a tunnel contact to a normal metal lead.

  13. Superconducting State Parameters of NbxTayMoz Superconductors

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    Aditya, Vora M.

    2010-02-01

    We present screening dependence theoretical investigations of the superconducting state parameters, i.e. electronphonon coupling strength λ, Coulomb pseudopotential μ*, transition temperature TC, isotope effect exponent α, and effective interaction strength N0V, of some BMG superconductors, namely Nb0.45Ta0.45Mo0.10, Nb0.30Ta0.40Mo0.30, Nb0.40Ta0.30Mo0.30, Nb0.30Ta0.30Mo0.40 and Nb0.15Ta0.15Mo0.70 by employing the well-known empty core model potential of Ashcroft for the first time. Five local field correction functions proposed by Hartree, Taylor, Ichimaru-Utsumi, Farid et al. and Sarkar et al. are used in the present investigation to study the screening influence on the aforesaid superconducting properties. The transition temperature TC obtained from the H-local field correction function is found to be in an excellent agreement with the available theoretical data. Also, the present results are found to be in qualitative agreement with other such earlier reported data, which confirms the superconducting phase in the superconductors.

  14. Theory of spin-fluctuation induced superconductivity in iron-based superconductors

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    Zhang, Junhua

    2011-01-01

    In this dissertation we focus on the investigation of the pairing mechanism in the recently discovered high-temperature superconductor, iron pnictides. Due to the proximity to magnetic instability of the system, we considered short-range spin fluctuations as the major mediating source to induce superconductivity. Our calculation supports the magnetic fluctuations as a strong candidate that drives Cooper-pair formation in this material. We find the corresponding order parameter to be of the so-called ss-wave type and show its evolution with temperature as well as the capability of supporting high transition temperature up to several tens of Kelvin. On the other hand, our itinerant model calculation shows pronounced spin correlation at the observed antiferromagnetic ordering wave vector, indicating the underlying electronic structure in favor of antiferromagnetic state. Therefore, the electronic degrees of freedom could participate both in the magnetic and in the superconducting properties. Our work shows that the interplay between magnetism and superconductivity plays an important role to the understanding of the rich physics in this material. The magnetic-excitation spectrum carries important information on the nature of magnetism and the characteristics of superconductivity. We analyze the spin excitation spectrum in the normal and superconducting states of iron pnictides in the magnetic scenario. As a consequence of the sign-reversed gap structure obtained in the above, a spin resonance mode appears below the superconducting transition temperature. The calculated resonance energy, scaled with the gap magnitude and the magnetic correlation length, agrees well with the inelastic neutron scattering (INS) measurements. More interestingly, we find a common feature of those short-range spin fluctuations that are capable of inducing a fully gapped ss state is the momentum anisotropy with elongated span along the direction transverse to the antiferromagnetic momentum

  15. Proximity induced Shiba states in an organic radical molecular junction

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    Island, Joshua; Gaudenzi, Rocco; Burzuri, Enrique; van der Zant, Herre

    Superconductors containing magnetic impurities lead to interesting phenomena derived from the interaction between Cooper pairing and Kondo screening. Here, we present measurements on proximity induced superconducting break-junctions hosting a magnetic impurity in the form of a neutral and stable, all organic radical molecule. Transport measurements reveal sub-gap excitations which are characteristic of a spin-induced, Yu-Shiba-Rusniov (Shiba) bound state due to the interaction of the radical's unpaired spin with a strongly coupled, proximity-induced superconductor. We show that by applying an external magnetic field to suppress the proximity induced superconductivity, a zero bias peak emerges signaling Kondo screening of the radical's unpaired spin coupled to normal leads. Our results show that Shiba states are a robust feature of the interaction between a magnetic impurity and a proximity induced superconducting junction. This work is supported by the Dutch Organization for Fundamental Research on Matter (NWO/OCW).

  16. Pair density wave superconducting states and statistical mechanics of dimers

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    Soto Garrido, Rodrigo Andres

    The following thesis is divided in two main parts. Chapters 2, 3 and 4 are devoted to the study of the so called pair-density-wave (PDW) superconducting state and some of its connections to electronic liquid crystal (ELC) phases, its topological aspects in a one dimensional model and its appearance in a quasi-one dimensional system. On the other hand, chapter 5 is focused on the investigation of the classical statistical mechanics properties of dimers, in particular, the dimer model on the Aztec diamond graph and its relation with the octahedron equation. In chapter 2 we present a theory of superconducting states where the Cooper pairs have a nonzero center-of-mass momentum, inhomogeneous superconducting states known as a pair-density-waves (PDWs) states. We show that in a system of spin-1/2 fermions in two dimensions in an electronic nematic spin-triplet phase where rotational symmetry is broken in both real and spin space PDW phases arise naturally in a theory that can be analysed using controlled approximations. We show that several superfluid phases that may arise in this phase can be treated within a controlled BCS mean field theory, with the strength of the spin-triplet nematic order parameter playing the role of the small parameter of this theory. We find that in a spin-triplet nematic phase, in addition to a triplet p-wave and spin-singlet d-wave (or s depending on the nematic phase) uniform superconducting states, it is also possible to have a d-wave (or s) PDW superconductor. The PDW phases found here can be either unidirectional, bidirectional, or tridirectional depending on the spin-triplet nematic phase and which superconducting channel is dominant. In addition, a triple-helix state is found in a particular channel. We show that these PDW phases are present in the weak-coupling limit, in contrast to the usual Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov phases, which require strong coupling physics in addition to a large magnetic field (and often both). In chapter

  17. Superconductivity in the surface states of a Bi2X3 topological insulator: effects of a realistic model

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    Hao, Lei; Wang, Jun

    2015-06-01

    Superconductivity in the topological surface states is essential to both the surface spectrum of bulk superconducting state and the proximity-induced superconductivity of \\text{B}{{\\text{i}}2}{{\\text{X}}3} (X is Se or Te) topological insulators. While previous theories were mostly based on simplified models for the bulk topological insulator and the surface states, the accumulating experiments stimulate us to make an analysis using realistic model for the normal state electronic structures, incorporating terms responsible for particle-hole asymmetry and hexagonal warping. An effective low-energy model for the topological surface states is derived first. Then we identify all the bulk time-reversal-invariant superconducting pairings in the topological insulator that can open a gap in the topological surface states. Many more pairings are found to be able to gap the topological surface states as compared to conclusions based on simplified models. The number of proximity-induced pairing channels in the topological surface states increases by one as a result of the hexagonal warping term, but is not changed by the particle-hole asymmetry term.

  18. Emergence of nanoscale inhomogeneity in the superconducting state of a homogeneously disordered conventional superconductor

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    Kamlapure, Anand; Das, Tanmay; Ganguli, Somesh Chandra; Parmar, Jayesh B.; Bhattacharyya, Somnath; Raychaudhuri, Pratap

    2013-01-01

    The notion of spontaneous formation of an inhomogeneous superconducting state is at the heart of most theories attempting to understand the superconducting state in the presence of strong disorder. Using scanning tunneling spectroscopy and high resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy, we experimentally demonstrate that under the competing effects of strong homogeneous disorder and superconducting correlations, the superconducting state of a conventional superconductor, NbN, spontaneously segregates into domains. Tracking these domains as a function of temperature we observe that the superconducting domains persist across the bulk superconducting transition, Tc, and disappear close to the pseudogap temperature, T*, where signatures of superconducting correlations disappear from the tunneling spectrum and the superfluid response of the system. PMID:24132046

  19. Superconducting state parameters of monovalent and polyvalent amorphous

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    Sonvane, Y. A.; Patel, H. P. Thakor, P. B.

    2015-08-28

    In the present study deals, we have calculated superconducting state parameter (SSP) like electron-phonon coupling strength λ, coulomb pseudo potential, μ*, transition temperature Tc, isotope effect exponent α and effective interaction strength N{sub 0}V of monovalent (Li), divalent (Zn), trivalent (In) and tetravalent (Pb) amorphous. To carry out this work we have used our newly constructed model pseudo potential to describe electron ion interaction along with three different local field correction functions like Hartree, Taylor and Sarkar et al. The present results are found in good agreement with other available theoretical as well as experimental data.

  20. Nodal superconducting state in clean single crystals of FeSe

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    Kasahara, S.; Mikami, T.; Mizukami, Y.; Kawamoto, Y.; Kurata, S.; Watanabe, D.; Shibauchi, T.; Matsuda, Y.; Böhmer, A. E.; Wolf, T.; Meingast, C.; Löhneysen, H. V.

    2014-03-01

    Among iron-based superconductors, the binary ``11'' family offers the possibility to investigate systems consisting of just the iron arsenic/selenium layers without the intermediate layers which are present in the ``111'', ``122'' and ``1111'' families. This simplest iron based superconductor may therefore yield vital information about the origin of superconductivity in the iron pnictides/chalcogenides. Here we measured the penetration depth and thermal conductivity in very clean single crystals of FeSe with RRR > 200. Presence of line nodes is evident by the quasi T-linear dependence of the penetration depth. Moreover, a large residual thermal conductivity, which is much larger than that expected for d-wave symmetry, suggests that nodes are accidental and nearly vanishing. The field dependence of thermal conductivity suggests a possible field induced phase transition in the superconducting state.

  1. Testing beam-induced quench levels of LHC superconducting magnets

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    Auchmann, B.; Baer, T.; Bednarek, M.; Bellodi, G.; Bracco, C.; Bruce, R.; Cerutti, F.; Chetvertkova, V.; Dehning, B.; Granieri, P. P.; Hofle, W.; Holzer, E. B.; Lechner, A.; Nebot Del Busto, E.; Priebe, A.; Redaelli, S.; Salvachua, B.; Sapinski, M.; Schmidt, R.; Shetty, N.; Skordis, E.; Solfaroli, M.; Steckert, J.; Valuch, D.; Verweij, A.; Wenninger, J.; Wollmann, D.; Zerlauth, M.

    2015-06-01

    In the years 2009-2013 the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has been operated with the top beam energies of 3.5 and 4 TeV per proton (from 2012) instead of the nominal 7 TeV. The currents in the superconducting magnets were reduced accordingly. To date only seventeen beam-induced quenches have occurred; eight of them during specially designed quench tests, the others during injection. There has not been a single beam-induced quench during normal collider operation with stored beam. The conditions, however, are expected to become much more challenging after the long LHC shutdown. The magnets will be operating at near nominal currents, and in the presence of high energy and high intensity beams with a stored energy of up to 362 MJ per beam. In this paper we summarize our efforts to understand the quench levels of LHC superconducting magnets. We describe beam-loss events and dedicated experiments with beam, as well as the simulation methods used to reproduce the observable signals. The simulated energy deposition in the coils is compared to the quench levels predicted by electrothermal models, thus allowing one to validate and improve the models which are used to set beam-dump thresholds on beam-loss monitors for run 2.

  2. Defect-induced Superconductivity up to 49 K in (Ca1-x Rx)Fe2 As2

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    Deng, L. Z.; Lv, B.; Zhao, K.; Wei, F. Y.; Xue, Y. Y.; Wu, Z.; Chu, C. W.

    To explore the origin of the unusual non-bulk superconductivity with a Tc up to 49 K reported in the rare-earth-doped CaFe2As2 , the chemical composition, magnetization, specific heat, resistivity and low temperature annealing effect are systematically investigated on nominal (Ca1-xRx)Fe2As2 single crystals with different x's and R = La, Ce, Pr and Nd. All display a doping independent Tc once superconductivity is induced, a doping dependent low field superconducting volume fraction f, and a large magnetic anisotropy η in the superconducting state, suggesting a rather inhomogeneous superconducting state in an otherwise chemically ``homogeneous'' superconductor. The wavelength dispersive spectroscopy, specific heat and magnetization measurements show the presence of defects which form superparamagnetic clusters for R = Ce, Pr and Nd, but not for La and display both inter and intra-cluster interactions, implying that defects are locally self-organized. Low temperature annealing reduces only the residual strain in the samples without varying x and suppresses f profoundly; however, the Tc was unaffected. The above observations are consistent with the interface-enhanced superconductivity recently proposed and also demonstrates the crucial role of defects in the occurrence of the unusually high Tc ~49 K in (Ca1-xRx)Fe2As2. Currently at Physics Department, University of Texas at Dallas.

  3. Control of switching between metastable superconducting states in δ-MoN nanowires

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    Buh, Jože; Kabanov, Viktor; Baranov, Vladimir; Mrzel, Aleš; Kovič, Andrej; Mihailovic, Dragan

    2015-12-01

    The superconducting state in one-dimensional nanosystems is very delicate. While fluctuations of the phase of the superconducting wave function lead to the spontaneous decay of persistent supercurrents in thin superconducting wires and nanocircuits, discrete phase-slip fluctuations can also lead to more exotic phenomena, such as the appearance of metastable superconducting states in current-bearing wires. Here we show that switching between different metastable superconducting states in δ-MoN nanowires can be very effectively manipulated by introducing small amplitude electrical noise. Furthermore, we show that deterministic switching between metastable superconducting states with different numbers of phase-slip centres can be achieved in both directions with small electrical current pulse perturbations of appropriate polarity. The observed current-controlled bi-stability is in remarkable agreement with theoretically predicted trajectories of the system switching between different limit cycle solutions of a model one-dimensional superconductor.

  4. Control of switching between metastable superconducting states in δ-MoN nanowires

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    Buh, Jože; Kabanov, Viktor; Baranov, Vladimir; Mrzel, Aleš; Kovič, Andrej; Mihailovic, Dragan

    2015-01-01

    The superconducting state in one-dimensional nanosystems is very delicate. While fluctuations of the phase of the superconducting wave function lead to the spontaneous decay of persistent supercurrents in thin superconducting wires and nanocircuits, discrete phase-slip fluctuations can also lead to more exotic phenomena, such as the appearance of metastable superconducting states in current-bearing wires. Here we show that switching between different metastable superconducting states in δ-MoN nanowires can be very effectively manipulated by introducing small amplitude electrical noise. Furthermore, we show that deterministic switching between metastable superconducting states with different numbers of phase-slip centres can be achieved in both directions with small electrical current pulse perturbations of appropriate polarity. The observed current-controlled bi-stability is in remarkable agreement with theoretically predicted trajectories of the system switching between different limit cycle solutions of a model one-dimensional superconductor. PMID:26687762

  5. Superconductivity:

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    Sacchetti, N.

    In this paper a short historical account of the discovery of superconductivity and of its gradual development is given. The physical interpretation of its various aspects took about forty years (from 1911 to 1957) to reach a successful description of this phenomenon in terms of a microscopic theory At the very end it seemed that more or less everything could be reasonably interpreted even if modifications and refinements of the original theory were necessary. In 1986 the situation changed abruptly when a cautious but revolutionary paper appeared showing that superconductivity was found in certain ceramic oxides at temperatures above those up to then known. A rush of frantic experimental activity started world-wide and in less than one year it was shown that superconductivity is a much more widespread phenomenon than deemed before and can be found at temperatures well above the liquid air boiling point. The complexity and the number of the substances (mainly ceramic oxides) involved call for a sort of modern alchemy if compounds with the best superconducting properties are to be manufactured. We don't use the word alchemy in a deprecatory sense but just to emphasise that till now nobody can say why these compounds are what they are: superconductors.

  6. Evidence of superconductivity-induced phonon spectra renormalization in alkali-doped iron selenides

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    Opačić, M.; Lazarević, N.; Šćepanović, M.; Ryu, Hyejin; Lei, Hechang; Petrovic, C.; Popović, Z. V.

    2015-11-16

    Polarized Raman scattering spectra of superconducting KxFe2-ySe2 and nonsuperconducting K0.8Fe1.8Co0.2Se2 single crystals were measured in a temperature range from 10 K up to 300 K. Two Raman active modes from the I4/mmm phase and seven from the I4/m phase are observed in frequency range from 150 to 325 cm -1 in both compounds, suggesting that K0.8Fe1.8Co0.2Se2 single crystal also has two-phase nature. Temperature dependence of Raman mode energy is analyzed in terms of lattice thermal expansion and phonon-phonon interaction. Temperature dependence of Raman mode linewidth is considered as temperature-induced anharmonic effects. It is shown that change of Raman mode energymore » with temperature is dominantly driven by thermal expansion of the crystal lattice. Abrupt change of the A1g mode energy near TC was observed in KxFe2-ySe2 , whereas it is absent in K0.8Fe1.8Co0.2Se2. Phonon energy hardening at low temperatures in the superconducting sample is a consequence of superconductivity-induced redistribution of the electronic states below critical temperature.« less

  7. Status of the Kansas State University superconducting linac project

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    Gray, Tom J.

    1986-05-01

    Funding for the construction of the superconducting linac at Kansas State University was approved by the Department of Energy on May 15, 1985. The project is funded out of the Division of Chemical Sciences, USDOE. Initial design and staff technical training was initiated during 1984-85 with laboratory personnel working at both Florida State University and Argonne National Laboratory. The linac under construction is based upon the Nb split-ring resonator technology developed at Argonne National Laboratory for ATLAS. The linac at Kansas State University will have 14 superconducting resonators with nine low-β (β=0.06) and five high-β (β=0.105) units operating at 97 MHz. Work has progressed on both of the single-resonator cryostats for time bunching and energy rebunching, respectively, with the major cryostat components presently under construction by C. E. Raymond Enterprise Manufacturing, a division of Combustion Engineering, with scheduled delivery of the single resonator cryostat vacuum housings, LN2-cooled heat shields, and LHe Dewars on January 17, 1986. Orders for all Nb-clad Cu resonators have been placed with Argonne National Laboratory and two low-β units are currently under construction. Requests for quotations for a 300-W LHe refrigerator (expandable to 500 W) 1000-l storage Dewar and LHe distribution system have been issued. The building addition which includes a new accelerator/experimental hall (˜6000 ft2 basement structure) and ground-level laboratory support space including additional experimental setup space, additional machine shop space, and mechanical equipment space, is currently under construction with a completion date scheduled for May 1986. Additional personnel training on LHe refrigeration systems is scheduled for January 1986, at the Texas Accelerator Center and at Florida State University.

  8. Direct solid-state precipitation-processed A15 /Nb3Al/ superconducting material

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    Hong, M.; Morris, J. W., Jr.

    1980-12-01

    A 'solid-state precipitation' process was used to prepare superconducting tapes containing Nb3Al in a niobium matrix. Small ingots of Nb-(17-19 at. %)Al were prepared by arc melting, homogenizing, quenching, warm rolling into tape, and aging at 750-900 C to precipitate the A15 phase. Transmission electron microscopy studies revealed Nb3Al precipitation in fine particles which formed a semicontinuous network over subgrain boundaries formed by the recovery of deformation-induced dislocations. Promising high-field critical currents were obtained (current density approximately 10 thousand A/sq cm in a field of 14 T at 4.2 K).

  9. Superconducting State Parameters of Be-Zr Glassy Alloys

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    Vora, Aditya M.

    2008-07-01

    The theoretical investigation of the superconducting state parameters (SSP) viz. electron-phonon coupling strength l , Coulomb pseudopotential m*, transition temperature TC , isotope effect exponent a and effective interaction strength NO V of Bec Zr1-c (c= 0.30, 0.35, 0.40 and 0.45) metallic glasses have been reported using Ashcroft's empty core (EMC) model potential for the first time. Five local field correction functions proposed by Hartree (H), Taylor (T), Ichimaru-Utsumi (IU), Farid et al. (F) and Sarkar et al. (S) are used in the present investigation to study the screening influence on the aforesaid properties. It is observed that the electron-phonon coupling strength l and the transition temperature TC are quite sensitive to the selection of the local field correction functions, whereas the Coulomb pseudopotential m*, isotope effect exponent a and effective interaction strength NO V show weak dependences on the local field correction functions. The TC obtained from H-local field correction function are found an excellent agreement with available theoretical or experimental data. Also, the present results are found in qualitative agreement with other such earlier reported data, which confirms the superconducting phase in the metallic glasses.

  10. Superconducting state in (W, Ta)5SiB2

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    Fukuma, M.; Kawashima, K.; Akimitsu, J.

    We characterize the superconducting state in a boro-silicide (W, Ta)5SiB2, with Tc of 6.5 K by means of magnetization, electrical resistivity, and specific heat measurements. As x increased, the transition temperature Tc abruptly enhances from 5.8 to 6.5 K. The magnetization versus magnetic field (M-H) curve indicated that (W, Ta)5SiB2 was a conventional type-II superconductor. The estimated lower critical field Hc1(0) and upper critical field Hc2(T) are about 121 Oe and 14.7 kOe, respectively. The penetration depth λ(0) and coherence length ξ(0) are calculated to be approximately 369 and 14.9 nm, respectively, using Ginzburg-Landau (GL) equations. Specific heat data shows the superconductivity in W4.5Ta0.5SiB2 belongs to a week-coupling BCS superconductor. Finally, we discuss the increasing of Tc in of (W, Ta)5SiB2 system.

  11. Control and readout of current-induced magnetic flux quantization in a superconducting transformer

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    Kerner, C.; Hackens, B.; Golubović, D. S.; Poli, S.; Faniel, S.; Magnus, W.; Schoenmaker, W.; Bayot, V.; Maes, H.

    2009-02-01

    We demonstrate a simple and robust method for inducing and detecting changes of magnetic flux quantization in the absence of an externally applied magnetic field. In our device, an isolated ring is interconnected with two access loops via permalloy cores, forming a superconducting transformer. By applying and tuning a direct current at the first access loop, the number of flux quanta trapped in the isolated ring is modified without the aid of an external field. The flux state of the isolated ring is simply detected by recording the evolution of the critical current of the second access loop.

  12. Shock-induced synthesis of high temperature superconducting materials

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    Ginley, D.S.; Graham, R.A.; Morosin, B.; Venturini, E.L.

    1987-06-18

    It has now been determined that the unique features of the high pressure shock method, especially the shock-induced chemical synthesis technique, are fully applicable to high temperature superconducting materials. Extraordinarily high yields are achievable in accordance with this invention, e.g., generally in the range from about 20% to about 99%, often in the range from about 50% to about 90%, lower and higher yields, of course, also being possible. The method of this invention involves the application of a controlled high pressure shock compression pulse which can be produced in any conventional manner, e.g., by detonation of a high explosive material, the impact of a high speed projectile or the effect of intense pulsed radiation sources such as lasers or electron beams. Examples and a discussion are presented.

  13. Screening dependence of superconducting state parameters of metals

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    Vora, Aditya M.

    2007-08-01

    The screening dependence of the superconducting state parameters (SSP), viz. electron-phonon coupling strength λ, Coulomb pseudopotential μ*, transition temperature TC, isotope effect exponent α and effective interaction strength NOV of some monovalent (Li, Na, K, Rb and Cs), divalent (Mg and Zn) and polyvalent (In, Tl, Sn, Pb and Bi) metals have been carried out by a well-known Ashcroft's empty core (EMC) model pseudopotential. We have employed here five different forms of the local field correction functions proposed by Hartree (H), Taylor (T), Ichimaru-Utsumi (IU), Farid et al (F) and Sarkar et al (S) to study the exchange and correlation effects on the present investigations for the first time. A very strong influence of all the exchange and correlation functions is found in the present study. Our results are in fair agreement with other available theoretical as well as experimental data.A strong dependency of the SSP of metals on the valence Z is found.

  14. Superconducting and normal-state properties of novel materials

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    Crespi, V.H.

    1994-09-01

    Interest in solid state physics naturally gravitates towards novel systems such as the copper oxide superconductors or the alkali-doped fullerenes. This paper tackles high temperature superconductivity by extension of the BCS theory for ordinary superconductors, in particular, incorporation of anharmonicity in phonon dynamics and anisotropy in electron-phonon coupling. These refinements can account for many anomalous properties of the cuprates. Phonon anharmonicity is consistent with a small isotope effect at optimal doping and a larger isotope effect in suboptimal systems. Anisotropy in the interaction, a plausible consequence of certain anharmonic models, can circumvent objections to electron-phonon coupling based on transport measurements. Such anisotropy is consistent with gap anisotropy and strong temperature dependence of Hall coefficient. In contrast to cuprates, the doped fullerenes appear understandable within the standard model of single electron band theory and BCS theory. Microscopic parameters derivable from transport and critical field measurements yield a self-consistent picture of a disordered Type-2 BCS superconductor. Isotope effects imply that superconductivity is mediated by carbon phonons opposed to alkali atom vibrations. The novel properties of the fullerenes are generally traceable to their microscopic heterogeneity, being a collection of tightly bound but weakly overlapping molecules. Separation of electronic regimes into weak intermolecular overlap and strong carbon-carbon on-ball bonds yields a superconductor with both a large density of states and a high phonon frequency, properties consistent with a relatively high {Tc}. Disordered nature of intermolecular overlap produces a large residual resistivity and a universal dependence to the Hall coefficient. This disorder is also consistent with the anomalously large carbon isotope effect for heterogeneous isotopic substitution.

  15. Hedgehog Excitations and their Superconducting Cores in the Antiferromagnetic State of SO(5) Materials

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    Goldbart, Paul M.

    1998-03-01

    Zhang's SO(5) approach to the physics of high-temperature superconducting materials(S.-C. Zhang, Science 275), 1089 (1997). contains the possibility that the antiferromagnetic state should support novel excitations that resemble antiferromagnetic hedgehogs at large distances but are predominantly superconducting inside a core region(P. M. Goldbart, Antiferromagnetic hedgehogs with superconducting cores); cond- mat/9711088 (UIUC Preprint P-97-10-030-iii).. Neither singular nor topologically stable, in contrast with their hedgehog cousins in pure antiferromagnetism, these excitations are what hedgehogs become when antiferromagnetic order is permitted to `` escape'' toward superconductivity---a central element in Zhang's approach. We describe the structure of antiferromagnetic hedgehog excitations with superconducting cores within the context of Zhang's approach to high-temperature superconducting materials, and touch upon a number of the experimental implications that these excitations engender.

  16. The mechanism of alcoholic beverage induced superconductivity in Fe-chalcogenide compounds

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    Deguchi, Keita; Demura, Satoshi; Okazaki, Hiroyuki; Denholme, Saleem; Fujioka, Masaya; Ozaki, Toshinori; Yamaguchi, Takahide; Takeya, Hiroyuki; Takano, Yoshihiko

    2013-03-01

    We have clarified the mechanism of alcoholic beverage induced superconductivity in Fe-chalcogenide compounds. Previously we reported that the bulk superconductivity in Fe-based compounds Fe(Te, Se) and Fe(Te, S) is achieved by heating in alcoholic beverages. However, the exact mechanism of how they act to enhance the superconductivity in the compounds remains unsolved. To understand the effect of alcoholic beverage treatment, we investigated the mechanism using a technology of metabolomic analysis. We found that weak acid in alcoholic beverages has the ability to deintercalate the excess Fe, which is not in favor of superconductivity. In this presentation, we will discuss the systematic mechanism to induce superconductivity in Fe-chalcogenide compounds.

  17. Quantum valley Hall effect in proximity-induced superconducting graphene: An experimental window for deconfined quantum criticality

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    Ghaemi, Pouyan; Ryu, Shinsei; Lee, Dung-Hai

    2010-02-01

    We show that when superconductivity is induced in graphene through proximity effect, a superconducting vortex is dressed with an interesting pattern of textured order parameters. Furthermore, passing a supercurrent in a superconducting graphene sample induces accumulation of valley pseudospin quantum number at edges: the “quantum valley Hall effect” will be observable in superconducting graphene. These effects reveal a quantum duality between different order parameters that is at heart of the Wess-Zumino-Witten term.

  18. Superconducting-to-Normal State Switching Experiments using Graphene-based Josephson Junctions

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    Lambert, Joseph; Carabello, Steven; Ramos, Roberto

    2011-03-01

    We report results of ongoing superconductor-to-normal state switching experiments using graphene-based Josephson junctions. These devices consist of a single-layer graphene flake contacted by two superconducting parallel leads separated by a few hundred nanometers. Through the proximity effect, the superconducting state is induced in the graphene region below the leads and the Josephson supercurrent is mediated through the normal graphene region by multiple Andreev reflections. The Josephson effect has been firmly demonstrated in these devices, where supercurrents in the hysteretic current-voltage characteristic, Shapiro steps, the Fraunhofer-like diffraction pattern in the critical current versus external magnetic field, and the current-phase relationship have been observed. We report on work in progress, in measuring I-V characteristics, thermal activation and microwave resonant activation in graphene-based junctions, at various temperatures below 1 Kelvin. We modulate the density of charge carriers using a back-gate voltage, which tunes the critical current. This provides another knob for studying these state switching properties.

  19. Induced Superconductivity in the Quantum Spin Hall Edge

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    Ren, Hechen; Hart, Sean; Wagner, Timo; Leubner, Philipp; Muehlbauer, Mathias; Bruene, Christoph; Buhmann, Hartmut; Molenkamp, Laurens; Yacoby, Amir

    2014-03-01

    Two-dimensional topological insulators have a gapped bulk and helical edge states, making it a quantum spin Hall insulator. Combining such edge states with superconductivity can be an excellent platform for observing and manipulating localized Majorana fermions. In the context of condensed matter, these are emergent electronic states that obey non-Abelian statistics and hence support fault-tolerant quantum computing. To realize such theoretical constructions, an essential step is to show these edge channels are capable of carrying coherent supercurrent. In our experiment, we fabricate Josephson junctions with HgTe/HgCdTe quantum wells, a two-dimensional material that becomes a quantum spin Hall insulator when the quantum well is thicker than 6.3 nm and the bulk density is depleted. In this regime, we observe supercurrents whose densities are confined to the edges of the junctions, with edge widths ranging from 180 nm to 408 nm. To verify the topological nature of these edges, we measure identical junctions with HgTe/HgCdTe quantum wells thinner than 6.3 nm and observe only uniform supercurrent density across the junctions. This research is supported by Microsoft Corporation Project Q, the NSF DMR-1206016, the DOE SCGF Program, the German Research Foundation, and EU ERC-AG program.

  20. Superconducting state in bromium halide at high pressure

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    Szczȩśniak, R.; Zemła, T. P.; Szczȩśniak, D.

    2016-08-01

    The thermodynamic properties of the superconducting state in bromium halide (HBr) compound have been analyzed in the framework of the Eliashberg formalism. In particular, for the range of the pressure (p) from 140 GPa to 200 GPa, it has been shown that the critical temperature increases significantly: TC(p) ∈ < 28.8 , 55.1 > K, whereas the Coulomb pseudopotential (μ⋆) is equal to 0.1. Together with the increase of p, the values of the thermodynamic parameters such as: the ratio of the energy gap at the temperature of zero Kelvin to the critical temperature (RΔ ≡ 2 Δ (0) /kB TC), the ratio of the specific heat jump at the critical temperature to the electronic specific heat of the normal state (RC ≡ ΔC (TC) /CN (TC)), and the ratio related to the thermodynamic critical field (RH ≡TC CN (TC) / HC2 (0)) increasingly deviate from the predictions of the BCS model: RΔ(p) ∈ < 3.79 , 4.05 >, RC(p) ∈ < 1.94 , 2.27 >, and RH(p) ∈ < 0.157 , 0.147 >. It should be noted that the increase of μ⋆ visibly lowers TC and significantly reduces the difference between the results of the Eliashberg and BCS theory.

  1. Logarithmic equation of state for superconducting cosmic strings

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    Hartmann, Betti; Carter, Brandon

    2008-05-15

    This investigation follows up the suggestion that the equation of state for superconducting cosmic strings provided by Witten's prototype biscalar field model can be well represented by an effective Lagrangian of simple logarithmic form depending on only 3 independent parameters. The numerical work described here confirms the validity of this approximation and initiates the evaluation of the 3 required parameters, as functions of the masses and other parameters specifying the underlying U(1)xU(1) scalar field model in the limit for which the relevant gauge coupling constants are small. In this limit, subject to calibration of the relevant length and mass scales, the scalar field model is characterized by just 3 dimensionless ratios which (in order to provide conducting strings) must be subject to three inequalities (of which two have obvious analytic expressions). It is found here that when all three of these inequalities are satisfied by a reasonably large margin, there is a simple empirical formula that can be used to provide a fairly accurate prescription for the algebraic dependence on these 3 dimensionless ratios of the 3 parameters required for the logarithmic equation of state.

  2. Alcoholic beverages induce superconductivity in FeTe1 - xSx

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    Deguchi, K.; Mizuguchi, Y.; Kawasaki, Y.; Ozaki, T.; Tsuda, S.; Yamaguchi, T.; Takano, Y.

    2011-05-01

    We found that hot alcoholic beverages were effective in inducing superconductivity in FeTe0.8S0.2. Heating the FeTe0.8S0.2 compound in various alcoholic beverages enhances the superconducting properties compared to a pure water-ethanol mixture as a control. Heating with red wine for 24 h leads to the largest shielding volume fraction of 62.4% and the highest zero resistivity temperature of 7.8 K. Some components present in alcoholic beverages, other than water and ethanol, have the ability to induce superconductivity in the FeTe0.8S0.2 compound.

  3. Pressure induced Superconductivity in the Charge Density Wave Compound Tritelluride

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    Hamlin, J.J.; Zocco, D.A.; Sayles, T.A.; Maple, M.B.; Chu, J.-H.; Fisher, I.R.; /Stanford U., Geballe Lab.

    2010-02-15

    A series of high-pressure electrical resistivity measurements on single crystals of TbTe{sub 3} reveal a complex phase diagram involving the interplay of superconducting, antiferromagnetic and charge density wave order. The onset of superconductivity reaches a maximum of almost 4 K (onset) near {approx} 12.4 GPa.

  4. Evidence of superconductivity-induced phonon spectra renormalization in alkali-doped iron selenides

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    Opačić, M.; Lazarević, N.; Šćepanović, M.; Ryu, Hyejin; Lei, Hechang; Petrovic, C.; Popović, Z. V.

    2015-11-16

    Polarized Raman scattering spectra of superconducting KxFe2-ySe2 and nonsuperconducting K0.8Fe1.8Co0.2Se2 single crystals were measured in a temperature range from 10 K up to 300 K. Two Raman active modes from the I4/mmm phase and seven from the I4/m phase are observed in frequency range from 150 to 325 cm -1 in both compounds, suggesting that K0.8Fe1.8Co0.2Se2 single crystal also has two-phase nature. Temperature dependence of Raman mode energy is analyzed in terms of lattice thermal expansion and phonon-phonon interaction. Temperature dependence of Raman mode linewidth is considered as temperature-induced anharmonic effects. It is shown that change of Raman mode energy with temperature is dominantly driven by thermal expansion of the crystal lattice. Abrupt change of the A1g mode energy near TC was observed in KxFe2-ySe2 , whereas it is absent in K0.8Fe1.8Co0.2Se2. Phonon energy hardening at low temperatures in the superconducting sample is a consequence of superconductivity-induced redistribution of the electronic states below critical temperature.

  5. Atomistic origin of an ordered superstructure induced superconductivity in layered chalcogenides

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    Ang, R.; Wang, Z. C.; Chen, C. L.; Tang, J.; Liu, N.; Liu, Y.; Lu, W. J.; Sun, Y. P.; Mori, T.; Ikuhara, Y.

    2015-01-01

    Interplay among various collective electronic states such as charge density wave and superconductivity is of tremendous significance in low-dimensional electron systems. However, the atomistic and physical nature of the electronic structures underlying the interplay of exotic states, which is critical to clarifying its effect on remarkable properties of the electron systems, remains elusive, limiting our understanding of the superconducting mechanism. Here, we show evidence that an ordering of selenium and sulphur atoms surrounding tantalum within star-of-David clusters can boost superconductivity in a layered chalcogenide 1T-TaS2-xSex, which undergoes a superconducting transition in the nearly commensurate charge density wave phase. Advanced electron microscopy investigations reveal that such an ordered superstructure forms only in the x area, where the superconductivity manifests, and is destructible to the occurrence of the Mott metal-insulator transition. The present findings provide a novel dimension in understanding the relationship between lattice and electronic degrees of freedom.

  6. Electromagnetically induced transparency using a superconducting artificial atom with optimized level anharmonicity

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    Shao, Zhu-Lei; Feng, Zhi-Bo

    2016-04-01

    We propose a theoretical scheme to implement electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) using an artificial atom of superconducting circuit. Allowed by the selection rule, two kinds of interactions between the atom and driving fields can be obtained, in which we focus on the leakage effect. In terms of dark-state mechanism in generating EIT, the leakage could destroy the EIT considerably. By removing the leakage effect in an optimized three-level atom, we consider a realization of EIT through the technique of density matrix. Furthermore, another effective way to optimize the level anharmonicity is analyzed in a dressing-state method. The scheme could provide a promising approach for experimentally improving EIT with the artificial atoms.

  7. Fluctuation induced diamagnetism in the zero magnetic field limit in a low temperature superconducting alloy.

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    Mosqueira, J; Carballeira, C; Vidal, F

    2001-10-15

    By using a Pb-18 at. % In alloy, the fluctuation induced diamagnetism was measured in the zero magnetic field limit, never observed until now in a low-T(C) superconductor. This allows us to disentangle the dynamic and the nonlocal electrodynamic effects from the short-wavelength fluctuation effects. The latter may be explained on the grounds of the Gaussian-Ginzburg-Landau approach by introducing a total energy cutoff in the fluctuation spectrum, which strongly suggests the existence of a well-defined temperature in the normal state above which all fluctuating modes vanish. This conclusion may also have implications when describing the superconducting state formation of the high-T(C) cuprates. PMID:11690233

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  9. Characterizing and reducing microfabrication-induced loss in superconducting devices, Part I: Resonators

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    Dunsworth, Andrew; Megrant, A.; Chen, Z.; Quintana, C.; Burkett, B.; Kelly, J.; Barends, R.; Fowler, A.; Jeffrey, E.; White, T.; Sank, D.; Mutus, J.; Campbell, B.; Chen, Y.; Chiaro, B.; Neill, C.; O'Malley, P. J. J.; Roushan, P.; Vainsencher, A.; Wenner, J.; Martinis, J. M.

    Planar and 3D superconducting qubits have previously been shown to be limited by microfabrication induced loss. Using finite element simulations, we have identified a major source of this decoherence in superconducting qubits. Furthermore, we experimentally verified this dominant loss channel using a novel resonator based approach, which we call 'Hydra' resonators. We fully characterized and then substantially reduced this loss channel using these Hydra resonators. I will report on these measurements and their implications on improving the coherence of superconducting qubits. This work is supported by Google inc.

  10. Signatures of Induced Superconductivity in NbTi Contacted InAs Quantum Wells

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    McFadden, Anthony; Shabani, Javad; Shojaei, Borzoyeh; Lee, Joon Sue; Palmstrøm, Chris

    We have studied electrical transport through InAs quantum wells grown by MBE with unannealed superconducting NbTi contacts deposited ex-situ and patterned by optical photolithography. Characterization of the InAs 2DEG's without superconducting contacts yields typical mobilities greater than 100,000 cm2/Vs at a density of 4e11 cm-2. NbTi-InAs-NbTi (SNS) and NbTi-InAs (SN) devices with dimensions greater than 1 µm are fabricated using optical lithography. Although the dimensions of the fabricated SNS devices are too large to observe a supercurrent, signatures of superconductivity induced in the InAs are present. We observe two superconducting critical temperatures: one of the NbTi leads (Tc~8K), and a second (Tc <4.5K) attributed to superconductivity induced in the InAs channel. dI/dV vs V spectroscopy on SNS junctions below the second critical temperature shows a conductance maximum at zero applied voltage while conductance minima appear at finite bias voltage which is attributed to the presence of an induced superconducting gap in the InAs quantum well. This work has been supported by Microsoft research.

  11. Superconductivity in topological insulator Sb2Te3 induced by pressure.

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    Zhu, J; Zhang, J L; Kong, P P; Zhang, S J; Yu, X H; Zhu, J L; Liu, Q Q; Li, X; Yu, R C; Ahuja, R; Yang, W G; Shen, G Y; Mao, H K; Weng, H M; Dai, X; Fang, Z; Zhao, Y S; Jin, C Q

    2013-01-01

    Topological superconductivity is one of most fascinating properties of topological quantum matters that was theoretically proposed and can support Majorana Fermions at the edge state. Superconductivity was previously realized in a Cu-intercalated Bi2Se3 topological compound or a Bi2Te3 topological compound at high pressure. Here we report the discovery of superconductivity in the topological compound Sb2Te3 when pressure was applied. The crystal structure analysis results reveal that superconductivity at a low-pressure range occurs at the ambient phase. The Hall coefficient measurements indicate the change of p-type carriers at a low-pressure range within the ambient phase, into n-type at higher pressures, showing intimate relation to superconducting transition temperature. The first principle calculations based on experimental measurements of the crystal lattice show that Sb2Te3 retains its Dirac surface states within the low-pressure ambient phase where superconductivity was observed, which indicates a strong relationship between superconductivity and topology nature. PMID:23783511

  12. Superconductivity in Topological Insulator Sb2Te3 Induced by Pressure

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    Zhu, J.; Zhang, J. L.; Kong, P. P.; Zhang, S. J.; Yu, X. H.; Zhu, J. L.; Liu, Q. Q.; Li, X.; Yu, R. C.; Ahuja, R.; Yang, W. G.; Shen, G. Y.; Mao, H. K.; Weng, H. M.; Dai, X.; Fang, Z.; Zhao, Y. S.; Jin, C. Q.

    2013-01-01

    Topological superconductivity is one of most fascinating properties of topological quantum matters that was theoretically proposed and can support Majorana Fermions at the edge state. Superconductivity was previously realized in a Cu-intercalated Bi2Se3 topological compound or a Bi2Te3 topological compound at high pressure. Here we report the discovery of superconductivity in the topological compound Sb2Te3 when pressure was applied. The crystal structure analysis results reveal that superconductivity at a low-pressure range occurs at the ambient phase. The Hall coefficient measurements indicate the change of p-type carriers at a low-pressure range within the ambient phase, into n-type at higher pressures, showing intimate relation to superconducting transition temperature. The first principle calculations based on experimental measurements of the crystal lattice show that Sb2Te3 retains its Dirac surface states within the low-pressure ambient phase where superconductivity was observed, which indicates a strong relationship between superconductivity and topology nature. PMID:23783511

  13. Specific heat and electronic states of superconducting boron-doped silicon carbide

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    Kriener, M.; Maeno, Y.; Oguchi, T.; Ren, Z.-A.; Kato, J.; Muranaka, T.; Akimitsu, J.

    2008-07-01

    The discoveries of superconductivity in the heavily-boron doped semiconductors diamond (C:B) in 2004 [Ekimov , Nature (London)NATUAS10.1038/nature02449 428, 542 (2004)] and silicon (Si:B) in 2006 [Bustarret , Nature (London)NATUAS10.1038/nature05340 444, 465 (2006)] have renewed the interest in the physics of the superconducting state of doped semiconductors. Recently, we discovered superconductivity in the closely related “mixed” system heavily boron-doped silcon carbide (SiC:B) [Ren , J. Phys. Soc. Jpn.JUPSAU10.1143/JPSJ.76.103710 76, 103710 (2007)]. Interestingly, the latter compound is a type-I superconductor whereas the two aforementioned materials are type II. In this paper, we present an extensive analysis of our recent specific-heat study, as well as the band structure and expected Fermi surfaces. We observe an apparent quadratic temperature dependence of the electronic specific heat in the superconducting state. Possible reasons are a nodal gap structure or a residual density of states due to nonsuperconducting parts of the sample. The basic superconducting parameters are estimated in a Ginzburg-Landau framework. We compare and discuss our results with those reported for C:B and Si:B. Finally, we comment on possible origins of the difference in the superconductivity of SiC:B compared to the two “parent” materials C:B and Si:B.

  14. Polariton states in circuit QED for electromagnetically induced transparency

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    Gu, Xiu; Huai, Sai-Nan; Nori, Franco; Liu, Yu-xi

    2016-06-01

    Electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) has been extensively studied in various systems. However, it is not easy to observe in superconducting quantum circuits (SQCs) because the Rabi frequency of the strong-controlling field corresponding to EIT is limited by the decay rates of the SQCs. Here, we show that EIT can be achieved by engineering decay rates in a superconducting circuit QED system through a classical driving field on the qubit. Without such a driving field, the dressed states of the system, describing a superconducting qubit coupled to a cavity field, are approximately product states of the cavity and qubit states in the large-detuning regime. However, the driving field can strongly mix these dressed states. These doubly dressed states, here called polariton states, are formed by the driving field and dressed states, and are a mixture of light and matter. The weights of the qubit and cavity field in the polariton states can now be tuned by the driving field, and thus the decay rates of the polariton states can be changed. We choose the three lowest-energy polariton states with a Λ -type transition in such a driven circuit QED system, and demonstrate how EIT and Autler-Townes splitting can be realized in this compound system. We believe that this study will be helpful for EIT experiments using SQCs.

  15. Exporting superconductivity across the gap: Proximity effect for semiconductor valence-band states due to contact with a simple-metal superconductor

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    Moghaddam, A. G.; Kernreiter, T.; Governale, M.; Zülicke, U.

    2014-05-01

    The proximity effect refers to the phenomenon whereby superconducting properties are induced in a normal conductor that is in contact with an intrinsically superconducting material. In particular, the combination of nanostructured semiconductors with bulk superconductors is of interest because these systems can host unconventional electronic excitations such as Majorana fermions when the semiconductor's charge carriers are subject to a large spin-orbit coupling. The latter requirement generally favors the use of hole-doped semiconductors. On the other hand, basic symmetry considerations imply that states from typical simple-metal superconductors will predominantly couple to a semiconductor's conduction-band states and, therefore, in the first instance generate a proximity effect for band electrons rather than holes. In this article, we show how the superconducting correlations in the conduction band are transferred also to hole states in the valence band by virtue of interband coupling. A general theory of the superconducting proximity effect for bulk and low-dimensional hole systems is presented. The interplay of interband coupling and quantum confinement is found to result in unusual wave-vector dependencies of the induced superconducting gap parameters. One particularly appealing consequence is the density tunability of the proximity effect in hole quantum wells and nanowires, which creates new possibilities for manipulating the transition to nontrivial topological phases in these systems.

  16. Controllable Quantum States Mesoscopic Superconductivity and Spintronics (MS+S2006)

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    Takayanagi, Hideaki; Nitta, Junsaku; Nakano, Hayato

    2008-10-01

    Mesoscopic effects in superconductors. Tunneling measurements of charge imbalance of non-equilibrium superconductors / R. Yagi. Influence of magnetic impurities on Josephson current in SNS junctions / T. Yokoyama. Nonlinear response and observable signatures of equilibrium entanglement / A. M. Zagoskin. Stimulated Raman adiabatic passage with a Cooper pair box / Giuseppe Falci. Crossed Andreev reflection-induced giant negative magnetoresistance / Francesco Giazotto -- Quantum modulation of superconducting junctions. Adiabatic pumping through a Josephson weak link / Fabio Taddei. Squeezing of superconducting qubits / Kazutomu Shiokawa. Detection of Berrys phases in flux qubits with coherent pulses / D. N. Zheng. Probing entanglement in the system of coupled Josephson qubits / A. S. Kiyko. Josephson junction with tunable damping using quasi-particle injection / Ryuta Yagi. Macroscopic quantum coherence in rf-SQUIDs / Alexey V. Ustinov. Bloch oscillations in a Josephson circuit / D. Esteve. Manipulation of magnetization in nonequilibrium superconducting nanostructures / F. Giazotto -- Superconducting qubits. Decoherence and Rabi oscillations in a qubit coupled to a quantum two-level system / Sahel Ashhab. Phase-coupled flux qubits: CNOT operation, controllable coupling and entanglement / Mun Dae Kim. Characteristics of a switchable superconducting flux transformer with a DC-SQUID / Yoshihiro Shimazu. Characterization of adiabatic noise in charge-based coherent nanodevices / E. Paladino -- Unconventional superconductors. Threshold temperatures of zero-bias conductance peak and zero-bias conductance dip in diffusive normal metal/superconductor junctions / Iduru Shigeta. Tunneling conductance in 2DEG/S junctions in the presence of Rashba spin-orbit coupling / T. Yokoyama. Theory of charge transport in diffusive ferromagnet/p-wave superconductor junctions / T. Yokoyama. Theory of enhanced proximity effect by the exchange field in FS bilayers / T. Yokoyama. Theory of

  17. Superconductivity close to the Mott state: From condensed-matter systems to superfluidity in optical lattices

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    Le Hur, Karyn Maurice Rice, T.

    2009-07-15

    Since the discovery of high-temperature superconductivity in 1986 by Bednorz and Mueller, great efforts have been devoted to finding out how and why it works. From the d-wave symmetry of the order parameter, the importance of antiferromagnetic fluctuations, and the presence of a mysterious pseudogap phase close to the Mott state, one can conclude that high-T{sub c} superconductors are clearly distinguishable from the well-understood BCS superconductors. The d-wave superconducting state can be understood through a Gutzwiller-type projected BCS wavefunction. In this review article, we revisit the Hubbard model at half-filling and focus on the emergence of exotic superconductivity with d-wave symmetry in the vicinity of the Mott state, starting from ladder systems and then studying the dimensional crossovers to higher dimensions. This allows to confirm that short-range antiferromagnetic fluctuations can mediate superconductivity with d-wave symmetry. Ladders are also nice prototype systems allowing to demonstrate the truncation of the Fermi surface and the emergence of a Resonating Valence Bond (RVB) state with preformed pairs in the vicinity of the Mott state. In two dimensions, a similar scenario emerges from renormalization group arguments. We also discuss theoretical predictions for the d-wave superconducting phase as well as the pseudogap phase, and address the crossover to the overdoped regime. Finally, cold atomic systems with tunable parameters also provide a complementary insight into this outstanding problem.

  18. Phase diagram of the Kohn-Luttinger superconducting state for bilayer graphene

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    Kagan, Maxim Yu.; Mitskan, Vitaly A.; Korovushkin, Maxim M.

    2015-06-01

    The effect of Coulomb interaction between Dirac fermions on the formation of the Kohn-Luttinger superconducting state in bilayer doped graphene is studied disregarding of the effect of the van der Waals potential of the substrate and impurities. The phase diagram determining the boundaries of superconductive domains with different types of symmetry of the order parameter is built using the extended Hubbard model in the Born weak-coupling approximation with allowance for the intratomic, interatomic, and interlayer Coulomb interactions between electrons. It is shown that the Kohn-Luttinger polarization contributions up to the second order of perturbation theory in the Coulomb interaction inclusively and an account for the long-range intraplane Coulomb interactions significantly affect the competition between the superconducting phases with the f-, p + ip-, and d + id-wave symmetries of the order parameter. It is demonstrated that the account for the interlayer Coulomb interaction enhances the critical temperature of the transition to the superconducting phase.

  19. Antiferromagnetic superconducting state in the electron-doped cuprates?

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    Das, Tanmoy; Markiewicz, Robert S.; Bansil, Arun

    2006-03-01

    Recent angle-resolved photoemission (ARPES) studies of the electron-doped cuprate Nd2-xCexCuO4 (NCCO)[1] have been interpreted in terms of a uniform antiferromagnetic (AF) metal, with doping into the upper magnetic band and gap collapse close to optimal doping[2]. An open question is whether the system remains uniform in the simultaneous presence of AF and (d- wave) superconducting (SC) order. Here, we explore the properties of a uniform AF-SC model for NCCO, to ascertain to what extent we can explain anomalous features, such as the nonmonotonic angle dependence of the superconducting gap[3]. Work supported by the USDOE. [1] N.P. Armitage, et al., PRL 87, 147003 (2002). [2] C. Kusko, et al., PRB66, 140513 (2002); A.-M.S. Tremblay, et al., cond-mat/0511334. [3] H. Matsui, et al., PRL 95, 017003 (2005).

  20. Chain of Majorana states from superconducting Dirac fermions at a magnetic domain wall.

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    Neupert, Titus; Onoda, Shigeki; Furusaki, Akira

    2010-11-12

    We study theoretically a strongly type-II s-wave superconducting state of two-dimensional Dirac fermions in proximity to a ferromagnet having in-plane magnetization. It is shown that a magnetic domain wall can host a chain of equally spaced vortices in the superconducting order parameter, each of which binds a Majorana-fermion state. The overlap integral of neighboring Majorana states is sensitive to the position of the chemical potential of the Dirac fermions. Thermal transport and scanning tunneling microscopy experiments to probe the Majorana fermions are discussed. PMID:21231252

  1. Evidence for defect-induced superconductivity up to 49 K in (C a1 -xRx) F e2A s2

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    Deng, L. Z.; Lv, B.; Zhao, K.; Wei, F. Y.; Xue, Y. Y.; Wu, Z.; Chu, C. W.

    2016-02-01

    To explore the origin of the unusual nonbulk superconductivity with a Tc up to 49 K reported in the rare-earth-doped CaF e2A s2 , the chemical composition, magnetization, specific heat, resistivity, and annealing effect are systematically investigated on nominal (C a1 -xRx) F e2A s2 single crystals with different x and R =La , Ce, Pr, and Nd. All display a doping-independent Tc once superconductivity is induced, a doping-dependent low field superconducting volume fraction f , and a large magnetic anisotropy η in the superconducting state, suggesting a rather inhomogeneous superconducting state in an otherwise microscale homogenous superconductor. The wavelength dispersive spectroscopy and specific heat show the presence of defects that are closely related to f , regardless of the R involved. The magnetism further reveals that the defects are mainly superparamagnetic clusters for R =Ce , Pr, and Nd with strong intercluster interactions, implying that defects are locally self-organized. Annealing at 500 °C, without varying the doping level x , suppresses f profoundly but not the Tc. The above observations provide evidence for the crucial role of defects in the occurrence of the unusually high Tc˜49 K in (C a1 -xRx) F e2A s2 and are consistent with the interface-enhanced superconductivity recently proposed.

  2. Fabrication of Crystals and Devices for Studies of Field Induced Superconductivity

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    Kloc, Christian

    2002-03-01

    It was demonstrated that injection of electrons or holes into materials using field effect transistor can transform the surface layer into a metal or at low enough temperatures even into a superconductor. Which substances could exhibit electric field induced superconductivity is currently not well know. Superconductivity has been successfully induced in single crystals of arenes, (pentacene Tc = 2 K, tetracene Tc = 2.7K, anthracene Tc = 4 K) oligophenylenevinylenes (trimer Tc =4.2K , tetramer Tc=2.9 K and pentamer, Tc= 2 K) sexithiophene, polymer thin film (regioregular polythiophene, Tc = 2.35 K) and single crystals of pure and intercalated fullerenes (hole and electron doped C60 Tc = 52 and 11K, C70, Tc = 7K and substituted C60, Tc = up to 117 K). Additional, Schon et al. have reported the observation of field induced superconductivity in copper oxide compounds. Despite of relative simple device structures, they consist of semiconducting single crystals or well oriented thin films, metal source and drain electrodes, an aluminum oxide dielectric layer and a conducting gate electrode, the fabrication is onerous and the significance of particular technological steps to functionality of a whole device is not well explored. In this presentation I would like to discuss these technological procedures leading to superconducting devices and further developments in search for high temperature superconducting organics.

  3. Vibration-induced field fluctuations in a superconducting magnet

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    Britton, J. W.; Bohnet, J. G.; Sawyer, B. C.; Uys, H.; Biercuk, M. J.; Bollinger, J. J.

    2016-06-01

    Superconducting magnets enable precise control of nuclear and electron spins, and are used in experiments that explore biological and condensed-matter systems, and fundamental atomic particles. In high-precision applications, a common view is that slow (<1 Hz ) drift of the homogeneous magnetic-field limits control and measurement precision. We report on previously undocumented higher-frequency field noise (10-200 Hz) that limits the coherence time of Be+9 electron-spin qubits in the 4.46 -T field of a superconducting magnet. We measure a spin-echo T2 coherence time of ˜6 ms for the Be+9 electron-spin resonance at 124 GHz , limited by part-per-billion fractional fluctuations in the magnet's homogeneous field. Vibration isolation of the magnet improved T2 to ˜50 ms.

  4. Microtraps for neutral atoms using superconducting structures in the critical state

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    Emmert, A.; Brune, M.; Raimond, J.-M.; Nogues, G.; Lupascu, A.; Haroche, S.

    2009-12-15

    Recently demonstrated superconducting atom chips provide a platform for trapping atoms and coupling them to solid-state quantum systems. Controlling these devices requires a full understanding of the supercurrent distribution in the trapping structures. For type-II superconductors, this distribution is hysteretic in the critical state due to the partial penetration of the magnetic field in the thin superconducting film through pinned vortices. We report here an experimental observation of this memory effect. Our results are in good agreement with the predictions of the Bean model of the critical state without adjustable parameters. The memory effect allows to write and store permanent currents in micron-sized superconducting structures and paves the way toward engineered trapping potentials.

  5. Induced Superconductivity and Engineered Josephson Tunneling Devices in Epitaxial (111)-Oriented Gold/Vanadium Heterostructures

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    Wei, Peng; Katmis, Ferhat; Chang, Cui-Zu; Moodera, Jagadeesh S.

    2016-04-01

    We report a unique experimental approach to create topological superconductors by inducing superconductivity into epitaxial metallic thin film with strong spin-orbit coupling. Utilizing molecular beam epitaxy technique under ultra-high vacuum condition, we are able to achieve (111) oriented single phase of gold (Au) thin film grown on a well-oriented vanadium (V) s-wave superconductor film with clean interface. We obtained atomically smooth Au thin films with thicknesses even down to below a nanometer showing near-ideal surface quality. The as-grown V/Au bilayer heterostructure exhibits superconducting transition at around 4 K. Clear Josephson tunneling and Andreev reflection are observed in S-I-S tunnel junctions fabricated from the epitaxial bi-layers. The barrier thickness dependent tunneling and the associated subharmonic gap structures (SGS) confirmed the induced superconductivity in Au (111), paving the way for engineering thin film heterostructure based p-wave superconductors and nano devices for Majorana fermion.

  6. Possible superconducting fluctuation and pseudogap state above Tc in CsFe2As2

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    Yang, Huan; Xing, Jie; Du, Zengyi; Yang, Xiong; Lin, Hai; Fang, Delong; Zhu, Xiyu; Wen, Hai-Hu

    2016-06-01

    Resistive, magnetization, torque, specific heat, and scanning tunneling microscopy measurements are carried out on heavily-hole-doped CsFe2As2 single crystals. A characteristic temperature T*˜13 K, which is several times higher than the superconducting transition temperature Tc=2.11 K, is observed and possibly related to the superconducting fluctuation or the pseudogap state. A diamagnetic signal detected by torque measurements starts from the superconducting state, remains finite, and vanishes gradually until a temperature near T*. Temperature-dependent resistivity and specific heat also show kinks near T*. An asymmetric gap-like feature with the energy of 8.4 meV and a symmetric superconductivity-related gap of 2.4 meV on the scanning tunneling spectra are detected, and the pseudogap-related features disappear at temperatures up to at least 9 K. These observations by different experimental tools suggest the possible existence of superconducting fluctuations or a pseudogap state in the temperature range up to four to six times Tc in CsFe2As2 .

  7. Superconductivity and metallic behavior in Pb{sub x}C{sub y}O{sub δ} structures prepared by focused electron beam induced deposition

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    Winhold, M. Weirich, P. M.; Schwalb, C. H.; Huth, M.

    2014-10-20

    Focused electron beam induced deposition as a direct-write approach possesses great potential to meet the demands for superconducting nanostructure fabrication especially regarding its 3D patterning capabilities combined with the high resolution in the nanometer regime. So far, however, it was not possible to fabricate superconducting structures with this technique. In this work, we present a lead-based superconductor prepared by focused electron beam induced deposition by dissociation of the precursor tetraethyllead. The as-grown structures exhibit metallic behavior and a minimum resistivity in the normal state of ρ = 16 μΩcm at T = 9 K followed by a superconducting transition at T{sub c} = 7.2 K.

  8. Phenomenological theory of the superconducting state inside the hidden-order phase of URu2Si2

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    Kang, Jian; Fernandes, Rafael M.

    2015-08-01

    Recent experiments have unveiled important properties of the ground state of the elusive heavy fermion URu2Si2 . While tetragonal symmetry-breaking was reported below the hidden-order (HO) transition at THO≈17.5 K , time-reversal symmetry breaking was observed below the superconducting transition temperature Tcsuperconducting state, such an order parameter is incompatible with broken tetragonal symmetry. Here, we employ a phenomenological model to investigate the properties of a chiral superconducting state that develops inside the hidden-order phase. In this case, there are actually two superconducting transition temperatures: while Tc marks a normal-state to superconducting transition, Tc*superconducting-to-superconducting transition in which time-reversal symmetry is broken. In the phase Tc*states ρ (ω ) is enhanced due to the crossing of two nodal lines, giving rise to an unusual ω ln(ω ) dependence of ρ (ω ) , which is manifested in several thermodynamic properties. We also investigate the emergence of a soft amplitude gap mode near Tc*. In contrast to the usual amplitude mode near a regular normal-state to superconducting transition, this mode becomes soft near a superconducting-to-superconducting transition, which in principle allows for its detection by Raman spectroscopy. Finally, we investigate the impact of twin domains on the anisotropic properties of the superconducting state, and propose experiments in mechanically strained samples to explore the interplay between hidden order and superconductivity in URu2Si2 .

  9. Current-induced SQUID behavior of superconducting Nb nano-rings

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    Sharon, Omri J.; Shaulov, Avner; Berger, Jorge; Sharoni, Amos; Yeshurun, Yosef

    2016-01-01

    The critical temperature in a superconducting ring changes periodically with the magnetic flux threading it, giving rise to the well-known Little-Parks magnetoresistance oscillations. Periodic changes of the critical current in a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID), consisting of two Josephson junctions in a ring, lead to a different type of magnetoresistance oscillations utilized in detecting extremely small changes in magnetic fields. Here we demonstrate current-induced switching between Little-Parks and SQUID magnetoresistance oscillations in a superconducting nano-ring without Josephson junctions. Our measurements in Nb nano-rings show that as the bias current increases, the parabolic Little-Parks magnetoresistance oscillations become sinusoidal and eventually transform into oscillations typical of a SQUID. We associate this phenomenon with the flux-induced non-uniformity of the order parameter along a superconducting nano-ring, arising from the superconducting leads (‘arms’) attached to it. Current enhanced phase slip rates at the points with minimal order parameter create effective Josephson junctions in the ring, switching it into a SQUID. PMID:27321733

  10. Current-induced SQUID behavior of superconducting Nb nano-rings.

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    Sharon, Omri J; Shaulov, Avner; Berger, Jorge; Sharoni, Amos; Yeshurun, Yosef

    2016-01-01

    The critical temperature in a superconducting ring changes periodically with the magnetic flux threading it, giving rise to the well-known Little-Parks magnetoresistance oscillations. Periodic changes of the critical current in a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID), consisting of two Josephson junctions in a ring, lead to a different type of magnetoresistance oscillations utilized in detecting extremely small changes in magnetic fields. Here we demonstrate current-induced switching between Little-Parks and SQUID magnetoresistance oscillations in a superconducting nano-ring without Josephson junctions. Our measurements in Nb nano-rings show that as the bias current increases, the parabolic Little-Parks magnetoresistance oscillations become sinusoidal and eventually transform into oscillations typical of a SQUID. We associate this phenomenon with the flux-induced non-uniformity of the order parameter along a superconducting nano-ring, arising from the superconducting leads ('arms') attached to it. Current enhanced phase slip rates at the points with minimal order parameter create effective Josephson junctions in the ring, switching it into a SQUID. PMID:27321733

  11. Current-induced SQUID behavior of superconducting Nb nano-rings

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    Sharon, Omri J.; Shaulov, Avner; Berger, Jorge; Sharoni, Amos; Yeshurun, Yosef

    2016-06-01

    The critical temperature in a superconducting ring changes periodically with the magnetic flux threading it, giving rise to the well-known Little-Parks magnetoresistance oscillations. Periodic changes of the critical current in a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID), consisting of two Josephson junctions in a ring, lead to a different type of magnetoresistance oscillations utilized in detecting extremely small changes in magnetic fields. Here we demonstrate current-induced switching between Little-Parks and SQUID magnetoresistance oscillations in a superconducting nano-ring without Josephson junctions. Our measurements in Nb nano-rings show that as the bias current increases, the parabolic Little-Parks magnetoresistance oscillations become sinusoidal and eventually transform into oscillations typical of a SQUID. We associate this phenomenon with the flux-induced non-uniformity of the order parameter along a superconducting nano-ring, arising from the superconducting leads (‘arms’) attached to it. Current enhanced phase slip rates at the points with minimal order parameter create effective Josephson junctions in the ring, switching it into a SQUID.

  12. Magnetism and superconductivity driven by identical 4f states in a heavy-fermion metal

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    Thompson, Joe E; Nair, S; Stockert, O; Witte, U; Nicklas, M; Schedler, R; Bianchi, A; Fisk, Z; Wirth, S; Steglich, K

    2009-01-01

    The apparently inimical relationship between magnetism and superconductivity has come under increasing scrutiny in a wide range of material classes, where the free energy landscape conspires to bring them in close proximity to each other. Particularly enigmatic is the case when these phases microscopically interpenetrate, though the manner in which this can be accomplished remains to be fully comprehended. Here, we present combined measurements of elastic neutron scattering, magnetotransport, and heat capacity on a prototypical heavy fermion system, in which antiferromagnetism and superconductivity are observed. Monitoring the response of these states to the presence of the other, as well as to external thermal and magnetic perturbations, points to the possibility that they emerge from different parts of the Fermi surface. Therefore, a single 4f state could be both localized and itinerant, thus accounting for the coexistence of magnetism and superconductivity.

  13. Meissner Effect of Dirac Electrons in Superconducting State Due to Inter-Band Effect

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    Mizoguchi, Tomonari; Ogata, Masao

    2015-08-01

    Dirac electrons in solids show characteristic physical properties due to their linear dispersion relation and two-band nature. Although the transport phenomena of Dirac electrons in a normal state have intensively been studied, the transport phenomena in a superconducting state have not been fully understood. In particular, it is not clear whether Dirac electrons in a superconducting state show Meissner effect (ME), since a diamagnetic term of a current operator is absent as a result of the linear dispersion. We investigate the ME of three dimensional massive Dirac electrons in a superconducting state on the basis of Kubo formula, and clarify that Meissner kernel becomes finite by use of the inter-band contribution. This mechanism of the ME for Dirac electrons is completely different from that for the electrons in usual metals. Our result shows that the Meissner kernel remains finite even when the superconducting gap vanishes. This is an unavoidable problem in the Dirac electron system as reported in the previous works. Thus, we use a prescription in which we subtract the normal state contribution. In order to justify this prescription, we develop a specific model where the Meissner kernel is obtained by the prescription. We also derive the result for the electron gas by taking the non-relativistic limit of Dirac Hamiltonian, and clarify that the diamagnetic term of the Meissner kernel can be regarded as the inter-band contribution between electrons and positrons in terms of the Dirac model.

  14. Oxidation induced superconductivity and Mo/Cu charge equilibrium in Mo0.3Cu0.7Sr2ErCu2Oy

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    Marik, Sourav; Santos-Garcia, A. J. D.; Labrugere, Christine; Morán, Emilio; Toulemonde, O.; Alario-Franco, M. A.

    2015-04-01

    A detailed study of the structure-composition-properties correlation is reported for the as-prepared (AP) and two oxygenated (oxygenation carried out at ambient pressure and under high pressure) Mo0.3Cu0.7Sr2ErCu2Oy samples. Their crystal structures were characterized by combining the x-ray/neutron powder diffraction (NPD) and electron diffraction techniques. All the samples show tetragonal symmetry, crystallizing in the P4/mmm space group. The influence of oxygenation in the electronic states for the Mo0.3Cu0.7Sr2ErCu2Oy system associated with an oxidation reaction leading from a non-superconducting to a superconducting state has also been investigated by means of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). XPS measurements show the predominance of the MoV oxidation state over the MoVI one in the AP sample; annealing under flowing oxygen enhances both the MoVI and CuII amounts. The AP sample shows the existence of ferromagnetic clusters originated from the short-range magnetic correlations of the paramagnetic MoV cations. On the other hand, all the oxygenated samples are not magnetic but superconducting. The high-pressure oxygenated sample shows the highest superconducting transition temperature of TC = 84 K. A partial oxygen ordering in the (Mo/Cu)O1+δ chain and a decrease in the charge transfer energy after oxygenation induces superconductivity in the oxygenated samples.

  15. Elimination of the induced current error in magnetometers using superconducting flux transformers

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    Dummer, D.; Weyhmann, W.

    1987-10-01

    The changing magnetization of a sample in a superconducting flux transformer coupled magnetometer induces a current in the transformer which in turn changes the field at the sample. This ''image'' field and the error caused by it can be eliminated by sensing the current in the loop and nulling it by feedback through a mutual inductance. We have tested the technique on the superconducting transition of indium in an applied magnetic field and shown that the observed width of the transition is greatly reduced by maintaining zero current in the flux transformer.

  16. Characterization and reduction of microfabrication-induced decoherence in superconducting quantum circuits

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    Quintana, C. M.; Megrant, A.; Chen, Z.; Dunsworth, A.; Chiaro, B.; Barends, R.; Campbell, B.; Chen, Yu; Hoi, I.-C.; Jeffrey, E.; Kelly, J.; Mutus, J. Y.; O'Malley, P. J. J.; Neill, C.; Roushan, P.; Sank, D.; Vainsencher, A.; Wenner, J.; White, T. C.; Cleland, A. N.; and others

    2014-08-11

    Many superconducting qubits are highly sensitive to dielectric loss, making the fabrication of coherent quantum circuits challenging. To elucidate this issue, we characterize the interfaces and surfaces of superconducting coplanar waveguide resonators and study the associated microwave loss. We show that contamination induced by traditional qubit lift-off processing is particularly detrimental to quality factors without proper substrate cleaning, while roughness plays at most a small role. Aggressive surface treatment is shown to damage the crystalline substrate and degrade resonator quality. We also introduce methods to characterize and remove ultra-thin resist residue, providing a way to quantify and minimize remnant sources of loss on device surfaces.

  17. Induced Superconductivity In Bi2 Se3 Nanostructures By Anneal Doping Of Palladium

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    Mlack, Jerome T.; Rahman, Atikur; Drichko, Natalia; Markovic, Nina

    Utilizing thermal annealing at temperatures in excess of 100 Celsius we induce superconductivity in Bi2Se3 by palladium doping. Changes in the material structure are analyzed using a combination of AFM, optical microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. The absorption of Pd results in superconductivity in the material with a transition temperature below 1K. The differential conductance as a function of temperature and magnetic field reveals multiple transitions in the material at several applied currents. This work was supported under the National Science Foundation Grant Nos. DGE-1232825 (J.T.M.) and DMR-1106167.

  18. Current-induced in-plane superconducting transition in intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    You, L. X.; Yurgens, A.; Winkler, D.; Torstensson, M.; Kajiki, K.; Tanaka, I.

    2006-05-01

    In stacks of intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) with lateral sizes of several microns, the current is non-uniform in many cases. In certain geometries a significant part of the current flows along the superconducting planes and can reach the critical value. The current-driven superconductivity breakdown within a single Cu2O4 plane can be seen as an extra branch structure of the c-axis current-voltage characteristics. This allows us to deduce the sheet critical current of a single Cu2O4 plane in different measurement configurations. The conditions for the observation of such a current-induced transition in different IJJ geometries are discussed.

  19. Atomistic origin of an ordered superstructure induced superconductivity in layered chalcogenides.

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    Ang, R; Wang, Z C; Chen, C L; Tang, J; Liu, N; Liu, Y; Lu, W J; Sun, Y P; Mori, T; Ikuhara, Y

    2015-01-01

    Interplay among various collective electronic states such as charge density wave and superconductivity is of tremendous significance in low-dimensional electron systems. However, the atomistic and physical nature of the electronic structures underlying the interplay of exotic states, which is critical to clarifying its effect on remarkable properties of the electron systems, remains elusive, limiting our understanding of the superconducting mechanism. Here, we show evidence that an ordering of selenium and sulphur atoms surrounding tantalum within star-of-David clusters can boost superconductivity in a layered chalcogenide 1T-TaS2-xSex, which undergoes a superconducting transition in the nearly commensurate charge density wave phase. Advanced electron microscopy investigations reveal that such an ordered superstructure forms only in the x area, where the superconductivity manifests, and is destructible to the occurrence of the Mott metal-insulator transition. The present findings provide a novel dimension in understanding the relationship between lattice and electronic degrees of freedom. PMID:25625438

  20. Pressure-induced phase transition and superconductivity in YBa2Cu4O8

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    Souliou, S. M.; Subedi, A.; Song, Y. T.; Lin, C. T.; Syassen, K.; Keimer, B.; Le Tacon, M.

    2014-10-01

    We investigate the pressure and temperature dependence of the lattice dynamics of the underdoped, stoichiometric, high-temperature superconductor YBa2Cu4O8 by means of Raman spectroscopy and ab initio calculations. This system undergoes a reversible pressure-induced structural phase transition around 10 GPa to a collapsed orthorhombic structure that is well reproduced by the calculation. The coupling of the B1g-like buckling phonon mode to the electronic continuum is used to probe superconductivity. In the low pressure phase, self-energy effects through the superconducting transition renormalize this phonon, and the amplitude of this renormalization strongly increases with pressure. Whereas our calculation indicates that this mode's coupling to the electronic system is only marginally affected by the structural phase transition, the aforementioned renormalization is completely suppressed in the high pressure phase, demonstrating that under hydrostatic pressures higher than 10 GPa, superconductivity in YBa2Cu4O8 is greatly weakened or obliterated.

  1. Topological Dirac surface states and superconducting pairing correlations in PbTaSe2

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    Chang, Tay-Rong; Chen, Peng-Jen; Bian, Guang; Huang, Shin-Ming; Zheng, Hao; Neupert, Titus; Sankar, Raman; Xu, Su-Yang; Belopolski, Ilya; Chang, Guoqing; Wang, BaoKai; Chou, Fangcheng; Bansil, Arun; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Lin, Hsin; Hasan, M. Zahid

    2016-06-01

    Superconductivity in topological band structures is a platform for realizing Majorana bound states and other exotic physical phenomena such as emergent supersymmetry. This potential nourishes the search for topological materials with intrinsic superconducting instabilities, in which Cooper pairing is introduced to electrons with helical spin texture such as the Dirac surface states of topological insulators, forming a time-reversal symmetric topological superconductor on the surface. We employ first-principles calculations and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy experiments to reveal that PbTaSe2, a noncentrosymmetric superconductor, possesses a nonzero Z2 topological invariant and fully spin-polarized Dirac surface states. Moreover, we analyze the phonon spectrum of PbTaSe2 to show how superconductivity emerges in this compound due to a stiffening of phonons by the Pb intercalation, which diminishes a competing charge-density-wave instability. By combining our findings on the topological band structure and the superconducting electron pairing, our work establishes PbTaSe2 as a stoichiometric superconductor with topological Dirac surface states. This type of intrinsic topological Dirac superconductors holds great promise for studying aspects of topological superconductors such as Majorana zero modes.

  2. Ground state, phonon spectrum, and superconducting properties of the cubic inverse perovskite CuNNi3

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    Tütüncü, H. M.; Srivastava, G. P.

    2014-12-01

    Using a first-principles approach, based on pseudopotentials and the density functional theory, we have investigated the origin of superconductivity in the cubic inverse perovskite CuNNi3. The electronic results reveal that the states around the Fermi level are mainly derived from Ni d orbitals. The average electron phonon coupling constant and the logarithmically averaged frequency are found to be 0.678 and 165.53 K, respectively. The superconducting transition temperature is estimated as 3.34 K, in good agreement with the experimentally reported value of 3.2 K. We thus conclude that this material is a conventional phonon-mediated superconductor.

  3. Field-induced superconducting phase of FeSe in the BCS-BEC cross-over.

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    Kasahara, Shigeru; Watashige, Tatsuya; Hanaguri, Tetsuo; Kohsaka, Yuhki; Yamashita, Takuya; Shimoyama, Yusuke; Mizukami, Yuta; Endo, Ryota; Ikeda, Hiroaki; Aoyama, Kazushi; Terashima, Taichi; Uji, Shinya; Wolf, Thomas; von Löhneysen, Hilbert; Shibauchi, Takasada; Matsuda, Yuji

    2014-11-18

    Fermi systems in the cross-over regime between weakly coupled Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) and strongly coupled Bose-Einstein-condensate (BEC) limits are among the most fascinating objects to study the behavior of an assembly of strongly interacting particles. The physics of this cross-over has been of considerable interest both in the fields of condensed matter and ultracold atoms. One of the most challenging issues in this regime is the effect of large spin imbalance on a Fermi system under magnetic fields. Although several exotic physical properties have been predicted theoretically, the experimental realization of such an unusual superconducting state has not been achieved so far. Here we show that pure single crystals of superconducting FeSe offer the possibility to enter the previously unexplored realm where the three energies, Fermi energy εF, superconducting gap Δ, and Zeeman energy, become comparable. Through the superfluid response, transport, thermoelectric response, and spectroscopic-imaging scanning tunneling microscopy, we demonstrate that εF of FeSe is extremely small, with the ratio Δ/εF ~ 1(~0.3) in the electron (hole) band. Moreover, thermal-conductivity measurements give evidence of a distinct phase line below the upper critical field, where the Zeeman energy becomes comparable to εF and Δ. The observation of this field-induced phase provides insights into previously poorly understood aspects of the highly spin-polarized Fermi liquid in the BCS-BEC cross-over regime. PMID:25378706

  4. Superconducting fluctuations in the normal state of the two-dimensional Hubbard model.

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    Chen, Xi; LeBlanc, J P F; Gull, Emanuel

    2015-09-11

    We compute the two-particle quantities relevant for superconducting correlations in the two-dimensional Hubbard model within the dynamical cluster approximation. In the normal state we identify the parameter regime in density, interaction, and second-nearest-neighbor hopping strength that maximizes the d_{x^{2}-y^{2}} superconducting transition temperature. We find in all cases that the optimal transition temperature occurs at intermediate coupling strength, and is suppressed at strong and weak interaction strengths. Similarly, superconducting fluctuations are strongest at intermediate doping and suppressed towards large doping and half filling. We find a change in sign of the vertex contributions to d_{xy} superconductivity from repulsive near half filling to attractive at large doping. p-wave superconductivity is not found at the parameters we study, and s-wave contributions are always repulsive. For negative second-nearest-neighbor hopping the optimal transition temperature shifts towards the electron-doped side in opposition to the van Hove singularity, which moves towards hole doping. We surmise that an increase of the local interaction of the electron-doped compounds would increase T_{c}. PMID:26406843

  5. Probing the Unconventional Superconducting State of LiFeAs by Quasiparticle Interference

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    Hänke, Torben; Sykora, Steffen; Schlegel, Ronny; Baumann, Danny; Harnagea, Luminita; Wurmehl, Sabine; Daghofer, Maria; Büchner, Bernd; van den Brink, Jeroen; Hess, Christian

    2012-03-01

    A crucial step in revealing the nature of unconventional superconductivity is to investigate the symmetry of the superconducting order parameter. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy has proven a powerful technique to probe this symmetry by measuring the quasiparticle interference (QPI) which sensitively depends on the superconducting pairing mechanism. A particularly well-suited material to apply this technique is the stoichiometric superconductor LiFeAs as it features clean, charge neutral cleaved surfaces without surface states and a relatively high Tc˜18K. Our data reveal that in LiFeAs the quasiparticle scattering is governed by a van Hove singularity at the center of the Brillouin zone which is in stark contrast to other pnictide superconductors where nesting is crucial for both scattering and s± superconductivity. Indeed, within a minimal model and using the most elementary order parameters, calculations of the QPI suggest a dominating role of the holelike bands for the quasiparticle scattering. Our theoretical findings do not support the elementary singlet pairing symmetries s++, s±, and d wave. This brings to mind that the superconducting pairing mechanism in LiFeAs is based on an unusual pairing symmetry such as an elementary p wave (which provides optimal agreement between the experimental data and QPI simulations) or a more complex order parameter (e.g., s+id wave symmetry).

  6. Dissipation-induced continuous quantum error correction for superconducting circuits

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    Cohen, Joachim; Mirrahimi, Mazyar

    2014-12-01

    Quantum error correction (QEC) is a crucial step towards long coherence times required for efficient quantum information processing. One major challenge in this direction concerns the fast real-time analysis of error syndrome measurements and the associated feedback control. Recent proposals on autonomous QEC (AQEC) have opened new perspectives to overcome this difficulty. Here, we design an AQEC scheme based on quantum reservoir engineering adapted to superconducting qubits. We focus on a three-qubit bit-flip code, where three transmon qubits are dispersively coupled to a few low-Q resonator modes. By applying only continuous-wave drives of fixed but well-chosen frequencies and amplitudes, we engineer an effective interaction Hamiltonian to evacuate the entropy created by eventual bit-flip errors. We provide a full analytical and numerical study of the protocol while introducing the main limitations on the achievable error correction rates.

  7. Unconventional vortex dynamics in superconducting states with broken time-reversal symmetry

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    Dumont, Elisabeth; Mota, Ana Celia

    2002-04-01

    We report vortex dynamics in the unconventional superconductors Sr2RuO4, thoriated UBe13 and compare it with previous data on UPt3 [A. Amann, A. C. Mota, M. B. Maple, and H.v. Löhneysen, Phys. Rev. B 57, 3640 (1998)]. In all three systems, a pinning mechanism, which is very distinct from the standard pinning by defects, can be associated with the appearance of broken time-reversal symmetry in the superconducting state. The pinning mechanism is so strong that no vortex creep is observed in a time scale of several hours. Our observations could be explained by the presence of domain walls, separating different degenerate superconducting states, as proposed by Sigrist and Agterberg [Prog. Theor. Phys. 102, 965 (1999)]. A conventional vortex approaching such a domain wall can decay into vortices with fractional flux quanta. Domain walls occupied with strongly pinned fractional vortices, represent efficient barriers for vortex motion and thus prevent relaxation towards equilibrium. In the case of UPt3 and U0.9725Th0.0275Be13, two consecutive phase transitions are known to occur at H=0, of which the low temperature one leads to a superconducting phase with broken time-reversal symmetry. In both systems, one observes a sharp drop of initial creep rates by more than three orders of magnitude to undetectabely low levels at their second superconducting transition. In Sr2RuO4 time-reversal symmetry is reported to occur right below Tc. However, we do not observe unconventional pinning immediately below the superconducting transition, but zero creep sets in only much below Tc. While in U0.9725Th0.0275Be13 and UPt3, the drop in creep rates at the lower superconducting transition temperature is very sudden and strong, in Sr2RuO4 it looks more like a crossover.

  8. Phase separation and neighboring ground states of superconductivity in KxFe2---ySe 2

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    Ryu, Hyejin

    Iron-based superconductor KxFe2-ySe 2 has generated considerable attention having higher critical temperature (~31 K)* than previously reported FeSe series (~8 K) and showing a unique phase separation with Fe vacancy order. We investigate the effect of the chemical substitution to the ground state and report various ground states such as spin glass phase and superconductor-insulator transition (SIT) under high-magnetic field by substitution of Na, Te, and Ni on KxFe2-ySe 2 single crystal. The normal-state in-plane resistivity below Tc and the upper critical field for KxFe2-ySe1.85Te0.15 and K0.50Na0.24Fe2-ySe2 are measured by suppressing superconductivity in pulsed magnetic fields. The normal-state resistivity is found to increase logarithmically as T/T c goes to 0 with decreasing temperature similar to granular superconductors and Cu-based high-Tc superconductors. Our results suggest that SIT may be induced in high magnetic fields, which is related to the intrinsic real space phase separated states. We also present a ground state change of KxFe2-delta-yNiySe2 (0.06≤y≤1.44) single crystal alloys. Small amount of Ni (~ 4%) substitution suppresses superconductivity below 1.8 K and for higher Ni content insulating spin glass magnetic ground state is induced.

  9. Induced Superconductivity and Engineered Josephson Tunneling Devices in Epitaxial (111)-Oriented Gold/Vanadium Heterostructures.

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    Wei, Peng; Katmis, Ferhat; Chang, Cui-Zu; Moodera, Jagadeesh S

    2016-04-13

    We report a unique experimental approach to create topological superconductors by inducing superconductivity into epitaxial metallic thin film with strong spin-orbit coupling. Utilizing molecular beam epitaxy technique under ultrahigh vacuum conditions, we are able to achieve (111) oriented single phase of gold (Au) thin film grown on a well-oriented vanadium (V) s-wave superconductor film with clean interface. We obtained atomically smooth Au thin films with thicknesses even down to below a nanometer showing near-ideal surface quality. The as-grown V/Au bilayer heterostructure exhibits superconducting transition at around 3.9 K. Clear Josephson tunneling and Andreev reflection are observed in S-I-S tunnel junctions fabricated from the epitaxial bilayers. The barrier thickness dependent tunneling and the associated subharmonic gap structures (SGS) confirmed the induced superconductivity in Au (111), paving the way for engineering thin film heterostructures based on p-wave superconductivity and nano devices exploiting Majorana Fermions for quantum computing. PMID:26943807

  10. Possible light-induced superconductivity in K3C60 at high temperature.

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    Mitrano, M; Cantaluppi, A; Nicoletti, D; Kaiser, S; Perucchi, A; Lupi, S; Di Pietro, P; Pontiroli, D; Riccò, M; Clark, S R; Jaksch, D; Cavalleri, A

    2016-02-25

    The non-equilibrium control of emergent phenomena in solids is an important research frontier, encompassing effects such as the optical enhancement of superconductivity. Nonlinear excitation of certain phonons in bilayer copper oxides was recently shown to induce superconducting-like optical properties at temperatures far greater than the superconducting transition temperature, Tc (refs 4-6). This effect was accompanied by the disruption of competing charge-density-wave correlations, which explained some but not all of the experimental results. Here we report a similar phenomenon in a very different compound, K3C60. By exciting metallic K3C60 with mid-infrared optical pulses, we induce a large increase in carrier mobility, accompanied by the opening of a gap in the optical conductivity. These same signatures are observed at equilibrium when cooling metallic K3C60 below Tc (20 kelvin). Although optical techniques alone cannot unequivocally identify non-equilibrium high-temperature superconductivity, we propose this as a possible explanation of our results. PMID:26855424

  11. Coherent population transfer between uncoupled or weakly coupled states in ladder-type superconducting qutrits

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    Xu, H. K.; Song, C.; Liu, W. Y.; Xue, G. M.; Su, F. F.; Deng, H.; Tian, Ye; Zheng, D. N.; Han, Siyuan; Zhong, Y. P.; Wang, H.; Liu, Yu-Xi; Zhao, S. P.

    2016-03-01

    Stimulated Raman adiabatic passage offers significant advantages for coherent population transfer between uncoupled or weakly coupled states and has the potential of realizing efficient quantum gate, qubit entanglement and quantum information transfer. Here we report on the realization of the process in the superconducting Xmon and phase qutrits--two ladder-type three-level systems in which the ground state population is coherently transferred to the second excited state via the dark state subspace. We demonstrate that the population transfer efficiency is no less than 96% and 67% for the two devices, which agree well with the numerical simulation of the master equation. Population transfer via stimulated Raman adiabatic passage is significantly more robust against variations of the experimental parameters compared with that via the conventional resonant π pulse method. Our work opens up a new venue for exploring the process for quantum information processing using the superconducting artificial atoms.

  12. Coherent population transfer between uncoupled or weakly coupled states in ladder-type superconducting qutrits.

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    Xu, H K; Song, C; Liu, W Y; Xue, G M; Su, F F; Deng, H; Tian, Ye; Zheng, D N; Han, Siyuan; Zhong, Y P; Wang, H; Liu, Yu-xi; Zhao, S P

    2016-01-01

    Stimulated Raman adiabatic passage offers significant advantages for coherent population transfer between uncoupled or weakly coupled states and has the potential of realizing efficient quantum gate, qubit entanglement and quantum information transfer. Here we report on the realization of the process in the superconducting Xmon and phase qutrits--two ladder-type three-level systems in which the ground state population is coherently transferred to the second excited state via the dark state subspace. We demonstrate that the population transfer efficiency is no less than 96% and 67% for the two devices, which agree well with the numerical simulation of the master equation. Population transfer via stimulated Raman adiabatic passage is significantly more robust against variations of the experimental parameters compared with that via the conventional resonant π pulse method. Our work opens up a new venue for exploring the process for quantum information processing using the superconducting artificial atoms. PMID:27009972

  13. Coherent population transfer between uncoupled or weakly coupled states in ladder-type superconducting qutrits

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    Xu, H. K.; Song, C.; Liu, W. Y.; Xue, G. M.; Su, F. F.; Deng, H.; Tian, Ye; Zheng, D. N.; Han, Siyuan; Zhong, Y. P.; Wang, H.; Liu, Yu-xi; Zhao, S. P.

    2016-01-01

    Stimulated Raman adiabatic passage offers significant advantages for coherent population transfer between uncoupled or weakly coupled states and has the potential of realizing efficient quantum gate, qubit entanglement and quantum information transfer. Here we report on the realization of the process in the superconducting Xmon and phase qutrits—two ladder-type three-level systems in which the ground state population is coherently transferred to the second excited state via the dark state subspace. We demonstrate that the population transfer efficiency is no less than 96% and 67% for the two devices, which agree well with the numerical simulation of the master equation. Population transfer via stimulated Raman adiabatic passage is significantly more robust against variations of the experimental parameters compared with that via the conventional resonant π pulse method. Our work opens up a new venue for exploring the process for quantum information processing using the superconducting artificial atoms. PMID:27009972

  14. Evolution of superconducting gap and metallic ground state in cuprates from transport

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    Taillefer, Louis

    2006-03-01

    We report on fundamental characteristics of the ground state of cuprates in the limit of T=0, for both normal and superconducting states, obtained from transport measurements on high-quality single crystals of YBCO and Tl-2201, as a function of hole concentration. The superconducting gap is extracted from thermal conductivity; it is found to scale with the superconducting transition temperature throughout the overdoped regime, with a gap-to-Tc ratio of 5 [1]. The normal state is accessed by suppressing superconductivity with magnetic fields up to 60 T and is characterized by the limiting behavior of its electrical resistivity; while carrier localization is observed in YBCO at low temperature for carrier concentrations p below 0.1 hole/planar Cu, at p=0.1 and above the material remains highly metallic down to T=0 [2]. This shows that the non-superconducting state of underdoped cuprates, deep in the pseudogap phase, is remarkably similar to that of strongly overdoped cuprates, e.g. at p=0.3. We compare these results with similar measurements on other cuprates and discuss their implication for our understanding of the cuprate phase diagram. [1] In collaboration with: D.G. Hawthorn, S.Y. Li, M. Sutherland, E. Boaknin, R.W. Hill, C. Proust, F. Ronning, M. Tanatar, J. Paglione, D. Peets, R. Liang, D.A. Bonn, W.N. Hardy, and N.N. Kolesnikov. [2] In collaboration with: C. Proust, M. Sutherland, N. Doiron- Leyraud, S.Y. Li, R. Liang, D.A. Bonn, W.N. Hardy, N.E. Hussey, S. Adachi, S. Tajima, J. Levallois, and M. Narbone.

  15. Frequency dispersion of nonlinear response of thin superconducting films in the Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless state

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    Dietrich, Scott; Mayer, William; Byrnes, Sean; Vitkalov, Sergey; Sergeev, A.; Bollinger, Anthony T.; Božović, Ivan

    2015-02-20

    The effects of microwave radiation on transport properties of atomically thin La2-xSrxCuO₄ films were studied in the 0.1-20 GHz frequency range. Resistance changes induced by microwaves were investigated at different temperatures (8–15 K) near the superconducting transition. A strong decrease of the nonlinear response is observed within a few GHz of a cutoff frequency νcut ≈ 2GHz. The expected frequency dependence vastly underestimates the sharpness of this drop. Numerical simulations that assume ac response to follow dc V-I characteristics of the films reproduce well the low frequency behavior, but fail above νcut. Thus, high-frequency radiation is much less effective in inducing vortex-antivortex dissociation in the oscillating superconducting condensate.

  16. Frequency dispersion of nonlinear response of thin superconducting films in the Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless state

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    Dietrich, Scott; Mayer, William; Byrnes, Sean; Vitkalov, Sergey; Sergeev, A.; Bollinger, Anthony T.; Božović, Ivan

    2015-02-20

    The effects of microwave radiation on transport properties of atomically thin La2-xSrxCuO₄ films were studied in the 0.1-20 GHz frequency range. Resistance changes induced by microwaves were investigated at different temperatures (8–15 K) near the superconducting transition. A strong decrease of the nonlinear response is observed within a few GHz of a cutoff frequency νcut ≈ 2GHz. The expected frequency dependence vastly underestimates the sharpness of this drop. Numerical simulations that assume ac response to follow dc V-I characteristics of the films reproduce well the low frequency behavior, but fail above νcut. Thus, high-frequency radiation is much less effective inmore » inducing vortex-antivortex dissociation in the oscillating superconducting condensate.« less

  17. Anomalous superconducting state in LiFeAs implied by the 75As Knight shift measurement

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    Baek, S.-H.; Harnagea, L.; Wurmehl, S.; Büchner, B.; Grafe, H.-J.

    2013-04-01

    75As NMR investigation of a single crystal of superconducting LiFeAs is presented. The Knight shift and the in situ ac susceptibility measurements as a function of temperature and external field are indicative of two superconducting (SC) transition temperatures, each of which is associated with its own upper critical field. Strikingly, the Knight shift maintains its normal state value over a temperature range in the SC state before it drops abruptly, being consistent with spin-singlet pairing. Together with our previous NMR study, the anomalous SC state featuring the constant Knight shift is attributed to the extremely sensitive SC properties of LiFeAs, probably stemming from its proximity to a critical instability.

  18. Quantum Critical Quasiparticle Scattering within the Superconducting State of CeCoIn5

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    Paglione, Johnpierre; Tanatar, M. A.; Reid, J.-Ph.; Shakeripour, H.; Petrovic, C.; Taillefer, Louis

    2016-07-01

    The thermal conductivity κ of the heavy-fermion metal CeCoIn5 was measured in the normal and superconducting states as a function of temperature T and magnetic field H , for a current and field parallel to the [100] direction. Inside the superconducting state, when the field is lower than the upper critical field Hc 2, κ /T is found to increase as T →0 , just as in a metal and in contrast to the behavior of all known superconductors. This is due to unpaired electrons on part of the Fermi surface, which dominate the transport above a certain field. The evolution of κ /T with field reveals that the electron-electron scattering (or transport mass m⋆) of those unpaired electrons diverges as H →Hc 2 from below, in the same way that it does in the normal state as H →Hc 2 from above. This shows that the unpaired electrons sense the proximity of the field-tuned quantum critical point of CeCoIn5 at H⋆=Hc 2 even from inside the superconducting state. The fact that the quantum critical scattering of the unpaired electrons is much weaker than the average scattering of all electrons in the normal state reveals a k -space correlation between the strength of pairing and the strength of scattering, pointing to a common mechanism, presumably antiferromagnetic fluctuations.

  19. Quantum Critical Quasiparticle Scattering within the Superconducting State of CeCoIn_{5}.

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    Paglione, Johnpierre; Tanatar, M A; Reid, J-Ph; Shakeripour, H; Petrovic, C; Taillefer, Louis

    2016-07-01

    The thermal conductivity κ of the heavy-fermion metal CeCoIn_{5} was measured in the normal and superconducting states as a function of temperature T and magnetic field H, for a current and field parallel to the [100] direction. Inside the superconducting state, when the field is lower than the upper critical field H_{c2}, κ/T is found to increase as T→0, just as in a metal and in contrast to the behavior of all known superconductors. This is due to unpaired electrons on part of the Fermi surface, which dominate the transport above a certain field. The evolution of κ/T with field reveals that the electron-electron scattering (or transport mass m^{⋆}) of those unpaired electrons diverges as H→H_{c2} from below, in the same way that it does in the normal state as H→H_{c2} from above. This shows that the unpaired electrons sense the proximity of the field-tuned quantum critical point of CeCoIn_{5} at H^{⋆}=H_{c2} even from inside the superconducting state. The fact that the quantum critical scattering of the unpaired electrons is much weaker than the average scattering of all electrons in the normal state reveals a k-space correlation between the strength of pairing and the strength of scattering, pointing to a common mechanism, presumably antiferromagnetic fluctuations. PMID:27419578

  20. Fock-state stabilization in superconducting circuits using biased Josephson junctions

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    Souquet, Jean-Rene; Clerk, Aashish

    The ability to prepare and stabilize non-trivial states is a crucial ingredient for quantum information processing. Here, we analyze theoretically a simple scheme for stabilizing Fock states in a superconducting circuit using the nonlinearity inherent in a voltage-biased Josephson junction. Unlike a recent demonstration of Fock state stabilization, our protocol does not require any microwave driving. We also discuss how the same system can be used to generate propagating single-photon states with high fidelity, again without the use of microwave drives or pulses.

  1. Strain induced superconductivity in the parent compound BaFe2As2.

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    Engelmann, J; Grinenko, V; Chekhonin, P; Skrotzki, W; Efremov, D V; Oswald, S; Iida, K; Hühne, R; Hänisch, J; Hoffmann, M; Kurth, F; Schultz, L; Holzapfel, B

    2013-01-01

    The discovery of superconductivity with a transition temperature, Tc, up to 65 K in single-layer FeSe (bulk Tc=8 K) films grown on SrTiO3 substrates has attracted special attention to Fe-based thin films. The high Tc is a consequence of the combined effect of electron transfer from the oxygen-vacant substrate to the FeSe thin film and lattice tensile strain. Here we demonstrate the realization of superconductivity in the parent compound BaFe2As2 (no bulk Tc) just by tensile lattice strain without charge doping. We investigate the interplay between strain and superconductivity in epitaxial BaFe2As2 thin films on Fe-buffered MgAl2O4 single crystalline substrates. The strong interfacial bonding between Fe and the FeAs sublattice increases the Fe-Fe distance due to the lattice misfit, which leads to a suppression of the antiferromagnetic spin density wave and induces superconductivity with bulk Tc≈10 K. These results highlight the role of structural changes in controlling the phase diagram of Fe-based superconductors. PMID:24309386

  2. Measurement-induced long-distance entanglement of superconducting qubits using optomechanical transducers

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    Černotík, Ondřej; Hammerer, Klemens

    2016-07-01

    Although superconducting systems provide a promising platform for quantum computing, their networking poses a challenge because they cannot be interfaced to light, the medium used to send quantum signals through channels at room temperature. We show that mechanical oscillators can mediate such coupling and light can be used to measure the joint state of two distant qubits. The measurement provides information on the total spin of the two qubits such that entangled qubit states can be postselected. Entanglement generation is possible without ground-state cooling of the mechanical oscillators for systems with optomechanical cooperativity moderately larger than unity; in addition, our setup tolerates a substantial transmission loss. The approach is scalable to the generation of multipartite entanglement and represents a crucial step towards quantum networks with superconducting circuits.

  3. Two-dimensional normal-state quantum oscillations in a superconducting heterostructure.

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    Kozuka, Y; Kim, M; Bell, C; Kim, B G; Hikita, Y; Hwang, H Y

    2009-11-26

    Semiconductor heterostructures provide an ideal platform for studying high-mobility, low-density electrons in reduced dimensions. The realization of superconductivity in heavily doped diamond, silicon, silicon carbide and germanium suggests that Cooper pairs eventually may be directly incorporated in semiconductor heterostructures, but these newly discovered superconductors are currently limited by their extremely large electronic disorder. Similarly, the electron mean free path in low-dimensional superconducting thin films is usually limited by interface scattering, in single-crystal or polycrystalline samples, or atomic-scale disorder, in amorphous materials, confining these examples to the extreme 'dirty limit'. Here we report the fabrication of a high-quality superconducting layer within a thin-film heterostructure based on SrTiO(3) (the first known superconducting semiconductor). By selectively doping a narrow region of SrTiO(3) with the electron-donor niobium, we form a superconductor that is two-dimensional, as probed by the anisotropy of the upper critical magnetic field. Unlike in previous examples, however, the electron mobility is high enough that the normal-state resistance exhibits Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations that scale with the perpendicular field, indicating two-dimensional states. These results suggest that delta-doped SrTiO(3) provides a model system in which to explore the quantum transport and interplay of both superconducting and normal electrons. They also demonstrate that high-quality complex oxide heterostructures can maintain electron coherence on the macroscopic scales probed by transport, as well as on the microscopic scales demonstrated previously. PMID:19940921

  4. Superconductivity in the liquid-dimer valence-bond state

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    Ioffe, L.B.; Larkin, A.I. )

    1989-10-01

    Introducing an unambiguous prescription which converts singlet dimers into quasidipoles, we describe the low-energy excitations in the liquid-dimer state as fluctuations of the average dipole moment. The exchange of these fluctuations leads to a long-range interaction between holes in this state. This interaction favors the two-particle Bose condensate and destroys the order parameter of the one-particle Bose condensate even at zero temperature.

  5. Dirac surface states and nature of superconductivity in Noncentrosymmetric BiPd.

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    Sun, Zhixiang; Enayat, Mostafa; Maldonado, Ana; Lithgow, Calum; Yelland, Ed; Peets, Darren C; Yaresko, Alexander; Schnyder, Andreas P; Wahl, Peter

    2015-01-01

    In non-magnetic bulk materials, inversion symmetry protects the spin degeneracy. If the bulk crystal structure lacks a centre of inversion, however, spin-orbit interactions lift the spin degeneracy, leading to a Rashba metal whose Fermi surfaces exhibit an intricate spin texture. In superconducting Rashba metals a pairing wavefunction constructed from these complex spin structures will generally contain both singlet and triplet character. Here we examine the possible triplet components of the order parameter in noncentrosymmetric BiPd, combining for the first time in a noncentrosymmetric superconductor macroscopic characterization, atomic-scale ultra-low-temperature scanning tunnelling spectroscopy, and relativistic first-principles calculations. While the superconducting state of BiPd appears topologically trivial, consistent with Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory with an order parameter governed by a single isotropic s-wave gap, we show that the material exhibits Dirac-cone surface states with a helical spin polarization. PMID:25818338

  6. Dirac surface states and nature of superconductivity in Noncentrosymmetric BiPd

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    Sun, Zhixiang; Enayat, Mostafa; Maldonado, Ana; Lithgow, Calum; Yelland, Ed; Peets, Darren C.; Yaresko, Alexander; Schnyder, Andreas P.; Wahl, Peter

    2015-01-01

    In non-magnetic bulk materials, inversion symmetry protects the spin degeneracy. If the bulk crystal structure lacks a centre of inversion, however, spin–orbit interactions lift the spin degeneracy, leading to a Rashba metal whose Fermi surfaces exhibit an intricate spin texture. In superconducting Rashba metals a pairing wavefunction constructed from these complex spin structures will generally contain both singlet and triplet character. Here we examine the possible triplet components of the order parameter in noncentrosymmetric BiPd, combining for the first time in a noncentrosymmetric superconductor macroscopic characterization, atomic-scale ultra-low-temperature scanning tunnelling spectroscopy, and relativistic first-principles calculations. While the superconducting state of BiPd appears topologically trivial, consistent with Bardeen–Cooper–Schrieffer theory with an order parameter governed by a single isotropic s-wave gap, we show that the material exhibits Dirac-cone surface states with a helical spin polarization. PMID:25818338

  7. Dirac surface states and nature of superconductivity in Noncentrosymmetric BiPd

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    Sun, Zhixiang; Enayat, Mostafa; Maldonado, Ana; Lithgow, Calum; Yelland, Ed; Peets, Darren C.; Yaresko, Alexander; Schnyder, Andreas P.; Wahl, Peter

    2015-03-01

    In non-magnetic bulk materials, inversion symmetry protects the spin degeneracy. If the bulk crystal structure lacks a centre of inversion, however, spin-orbit interactions lift the spin degeneracy, leading to a Rashba metal whose Fermi surfaces exhibit an intricate spin texture. In superconducting Rashba metals a pairing wavefunction constructed from these complex spin structures will generally contain both singlet and triplet character. Here we examine the possible triplet components of the order parameter in noncentrosymmetric BiPd, combining for the first time in a noncentrosymmetric superconductor macroscopic characterization, atomic-scale ultra-low-temperature scanning tunnelling spectroscopy, and relativistic first-principles calculations. While the superconducting state of BiPd appears topologically trivial, consistent with Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory with an order parameter governed by a single isotropic s-wave gap, we show that the material exhibits Dirac-cone surface states with a helical spin polarization.

  8. A high gradient superconducting quadrupole for a low charge state ion linac

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    Kim, J.W.; Shepard, K.W.; Nolen, J.A.

    1995-07-01

    A superconducting quadrupole magnet has been designed for use as the focusing element in a low charge state linac proposed at Argonne. The expected field gradient is 350 T/m at an operating current of 53 A, and the bore diameter is 3 cm. The use of rare earth material holmium for pole tips provides about 10% more gradient then iron pole tips. The design and the status of construction of a prototype singlet magnet is described.

  9. High-temperature superconductivity in space-charge regions of lanthanum cuprate induced by two-dimensional doping

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    Baiutti, F.; Logvenov, G.; Gregori, G.; Cristiani, G.; Wang, Y.; Sigle, W.; van Aken, P. A.; Maier, J.

    2015-10-01

    The exploitation of interface effects turned out to be a powerful tool for generating exciting material properties. Such properties include magnetism, electronic and ionic transport and even superconductivity. Here, instead of using conventional homogeneous doping to enhance the hole concentration in lanthanum cuprate and achieve superconductivity, we replace single LaO planes with SrO dopant planes using atomic-layer-by-layer molecular beam epitaxy (two-dimensional doping). Electron spectroscopy and microscopy, conductivity measurements and zinc tomography reveal such negatively charged interfaces to induce layer-dependent superconductivity (Tc up to 35 K) in the space-charge zone at the side of the planes facing the substrate, where the strontium (Sr) profile is abrupt. Owing to the growth conditions, the other side exhibits instead a Sr redistribution resulting in superconductivity due to conventional doping. The present study represents a successful example of two-dimensional doping of superconducting oxide systems and demonstrates its power in this field.

  10. Remotely induced magnetism in a normal metal using a superconducting spin-valve

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    Flokstra, M. G.; Satchell, N.; Kim, J.; Burnell, G.; Curran, P. J.; Bending, S. J.; Cooper, J. F. K.; Kinane, C. J.; Langridge, S.; Isidori, A.; Pugach, N.; Eschrig, M.; Luetkens, H.; Suter, A.; Prokscha, T.; Lee, S. L.

    2016-01-01

    Superconducting spintronics has emerged in the past decade as a promising new field that seeks to open a new dimension for nanoelectronics by utilizing the internal spin structure of the superconducting Cooper pair as a new degree of freedom. Its basic building blocks are spin-triplet Cooper pairs with equally aligned spins, which are promoted by proximity of a conventional superconductor to a ferromagnetic material with inhomogeneous macroscopic magnetization. Using low-energy muon spin-rotation experiments we find an unanticipated effect, in contradiction with the existing theoretical models of superconductivity and ferromagnetism: the appearance of a magnetization in a thin layer of a non-magnetic metal (gold), separated from a ferromagnetic double layer by a 50-nm-thick superconducting layer of Nb. The effect can be controlled either by temperature or by using a magnetic field to control the state of the remote ferromagnetic elements, and may act as a basic building block for a new generation of quantum interference devices based on the spin of a Cooper pair.

  11. Emergence of superconductivity from the dynamically heterogeneous insulating state in La2-xSrxCuO4

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    Shi, Xiaoyan; Logvenov, G.; Bollinger, A. T.; Božović, I.; Panagopoulos, C.; Popović, Dragana

    2013-01-01

    A central issue for copper oxides is the nature of the insulating ground state at low carrier densities and the emergence of high-temperature superconductivity from that state with doping. Even though this superconductor-insulator transition (SIT) is a zero-temperature transition, measurements are not usually carried out at low temperatures. Here we use magnetoresistance to probe both the insulating state at very low temperatures and the presence of superconducting fluctuations in La2-xSrxCuO4 films, for doping levels that range from the insulator to the superconductor (x  =  0.03-0.08). We observe that the charge glass behaviour, characteristic of the insulating state, is suppressed with doping, but it coexists with superconducting fluctuations that emerge already on the insulating side of the SIT. The unexpected quenching of the superconducting fluctuations by the competing charge order at low temperatures provides a new perspective on the mechanism for the SIT.

  12. Emergence of superconductivity from the dynamically heterogeneous insulating state in La(2-x)Sr(x)CuO4.

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    Shi, Xiaoyan; Logvenov, G; Bollinger, A T; Božović, I; Panagopoulos, C; Popović, Dragana

    2013-01-01

    A central issue for copper oxides is the nature of the insulating ground state at low carrier densities and the emergence of high-temperature superconductivity from that state with doping. Even though this superconductor-insulator transition (SIT) is a zero-temperature transition, measurements are not usually carried out at low temperatures. Here we use magnetoresistance to probe both the insulating state at very low temperatures and the presence of superconducting fluctuations in La(2-x)Sr(x)CuO(4) films, for doping levels that range from the insulator to the superconductor (x  =  0.03-0.08). We observe that the charge glass behaviour, characteristic of the insulating state, is suppressed with doping, but it coexists with superconducting fluctuations that emerge already on the insulating side of the SIT. The unexpected quenching of the superconducting fluctuations by the competing charge order at low temperatures provides a new perspective on the mechanism for the SIT. PMID:23160270

  13. Observation of superconductivity induced by a point contact on 3D Dirac semimetal Cd3 As2 crystals

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    Wang, He; Wang, Huichao; Liu, Haiwen; Lu, Hong; Yang, Wuhao; Jia, Shuang; Liu, Xiongjun; Xie, Xincheng; Wei, Jian; Wang, Jian

    The 3D Dirac semimetal state is located at the topological phase boundary and can potentially be driven into other topological phases including topological insulator, topological metal and the long-pursuit topological superconductor states. Crystalline Cd3As2 has been proposed and proved to be one of 3D Dirac semimetals which can survive in atmosphere. By precisely controlled point contact (PC) measurements, we observe the exotic superconductivity in the vicinity of the point contact region on the surface of Cd3As2 crystal, which might be induced by the local pressure in the out-of-plane direction from the metallic tip for PC. The observation of zero bias conductance peak (ZBCP) and double conductance peaks (DCPs) symmetric to zero bias further reveals p-wave like unconventional superconductivity in Cd3As2. Considering the special topological property of the 3D Dirac semimetal, our findings may indicate that the Cd3As2 crystal under certain conditions is a candidate of topological superconductor, which is predicted to support Majorana zero modes or gapless Majorana edge/surface modes on the boundary depending on the dimensionality of the material. This work was financially supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Greanted Nos. 2012CB927400).

  14. Spatial modulation of unitary impurity-induced resonances in superconducting CeCoIn5

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    Zhang, Ge; Liu, Bin; Yang, Yi-Feng; Feng, Shiping

    2016-06-01

    Motivated by recent experimental progress in high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) techniques, we investigate the local quasiparticle density of states around a unitary impurity in the heavy-fermion superconductor CeCoIn5. Based on the T-matrix approach we obtain a sharp nearly zero-energy resonance state in the strong impurity potential scattering localized around the impurity and find qualitative differences in the spatial pattern of the tunneling conductance modulated by the nodal structure of the superconducting gap. These unique features may be used as a probe of the superconducting gap symmetry and, in combination with further STM measurements, may help to confirm the {d_{{x^2} - {y^2}}} pairing in CeCoIn5 at ambient pressure.

  15. Electronic Structure of Superconducting KC8 and Nonsuperconducting LiC6 Graphite Intercalation Compounds: Evidence for a Graphene-Sheet-Driven Superconducting State

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    Pan, Z.H.; Camacho, J.; Upton, M.H.; Fedorov, A.V.; Howard, C.A.; Ellerby, M.; Valla, T

    2011-05-06

    We have performed photoemission studies of the electronic structure in LiC{sub 6} and KC{sub 8}, a nonsuperconducting and a superconducting graphite intercalation compound, respectively. We have found that the charge transfer from the intercalant layers to graphene layers is larger in KC{sub 8} than in LiC{sub 6}, opposite of what might be expected from their chemical composition. We have also measured the strength of the electron-phonon interaction on the graphene-derived Fermi surface to carbon derived phonons in both materials and found that it follows a universal trend where the coupling strength and superconductivity monotonically increase with the filling of graphene {pi}* states. This correlation suggests that both graphene-derived electrons and graphene-derived phonons are crucial for superconductivity in graphite intercalation compounds.

  16. Theory of exotic superconductivity and normal states of heavy electron and high temperature superconductivity materials. Progress report, February 15, 1994--February 14, 1995

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    Cox, D.L.

    1995-02-01

    This is a progress report for the DOE project covering the period 2/15/94 to 2/14/95. The PI had a fruitful sabbatical during this period, and had some important new results, particularly in the area of new phenomenology for heavy fermion superconductivity. Significant new research accomplishments are in the area of odd-in-time-reversal pairing states/staggered superconductivity, the two-channel Kondo lattice, and a general model for Ce impurities which admits one-, two-, and three-channel Kondo effects. Papers submitted touch on these areas: staggered superconductivity - a new phenomenology for UPt{sub 3}; theory of the two-channel Kondo lattice in infinite dimensions; general model of a Ce{sup 3+} impurity. Other work was done in the areas: Knight shift in heavy fermion alloys and compounds; symmetry analysis of singular pairing correlations for the two-channel Kondo impurity model.

  17. Free energy surfaces in the superconducting mixed state

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    Finnemore, D. K.; Fang, M. M.; Bansal, N. P.; Farrell, D. E.

    1989-01-01

    The free energy surface for Tl2Ba2Ca2Cu3O1O has been measured as a function of temperature and magnetic field to determine the fundamental thermodynamic properties of the mixed state. The change in free energy, G(H)-G(O), is found to be linear in temperature over a wide range indicating that the specific heat is independent of field.

  18. Gate induced superconductivity in layered material based electronic double layer field effect transistors

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    Ye, J. T.; Inoue, S.; Kobayashi, K.; Kasahara, Y.; Yuan, H. T.; Shimotani, H.; Iwasa, Y.

    2010-12-01

    Applying the principle of field effect transistor to layered materials provides new opportunities to manipulate their electronic properties for interesting sciences and applications. Novel gate dielectrics like electronic double layer (EDL) formed by ionic liquids are demonstrated to achieve an electrostatic surface charge accumulation on the order of 1014 cm-2. To realize electric field-induced superconductivity, we chose a layered compound: ZrNCl, which is known to be superconducting by introducing electrons through intercalation of alkali metals into the van der Waals gaps. A ZrNCl-based EDL transistor was micro fabricated on a thin ZrNCl single crystal made by mechanical micro-cleavage. Accumulating charges using EDL gate dielectrics onto the channel surface of ZrNCl shows effective field effect modulation of its electronic properties. Sheet resistance of ZrNCl EDL transistor is reduced by applying a gate voltage from 0 to 4.5 V. Temperature dependence of sheet resistance showed clear evidence of metal-insulator transition upon gating, observed at a gate voltage higher than 3.5 V. Furthermore, gate-induced superconductivity took place after metal-insulator transition when the transistor is cooled down to about 15 K.

  19. Pressure Induced Enhancement of Superconductivity in LaRu2P2

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    Li, Baoxuan; Liu, Jianzhong; Sun, Jian; Li, Sheng; Zhu, Xiyu; Wen, Hai-Hu

    2016-01-01

    To explore new superconductors beyond the copper-based and iron-based systems is very important. The Ru element locates just below the Fe in the periodic table and behaves like the Fe in many ways. One of the common thread to induce high temperature superconductivity is to introduce moderate correlation into the system. In this paper, we report the significant enhancement of superconducting transition temperature from 3.8 K to 5.8 K by using a pressure only of 1.74 ± 0.05 GPa in LaRu2P2 which has an iso-structure of the iron-based 122 superconductors. The ab-initio calculation shows that the superconductivity in LaRu2P2 at ambient pressure can be explained by the McMillan’s theory with strong electron-phonon coupling. However, it is difficult to interpret the enhancement of Tc versus pressure within this picture. Detailed analysis of the pressure induced evolution of resistivity and upper critical field Hc2(T) reveals that the increase of Tc with pressure may be accompanied by the involvement of extra electron-boson interaction. This suggests that the Ru-based system has some commonality as the Fe-based superconductors. PMID:27086696

  20. Critical current densities estimated from AC susceptibilities in proximity-induced superconducting matrix of multifilamentary wire

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    Akune, Tadahiro; Sakamoto, Nobuyoshi

    2009-03-01

    In a multifilamentary wire proximity-currents between filaments show a close resemblance with the inter-grain current in a high-Tc superconductor. The critical current densities of the proximity-induced superconducting matrix Jcm can be estimated from measured twist-pitch dependence of magnetization and have been shown to follow the well-known scaling law of the pinning strength. The grained Bean model is applied on the multifilamentary wire to obtain Jcm, where the filaments are immersed in the proximity-induced superconducting matrix. Difference of the superconducting characteristics of the filament, the matrix and the filament content factor give a variety of deformation on the AC susceptibility curves. The computed AC susceptibility curves of multifilamentary wires using the grained Bean model are favorably compared with the experimental results. The values of Jcm estimated from the susceptibilities using the grained Bean model are comparable to those estimated from measured twist-pitch dependence of magnetization. The applicability of the grained Bean model on the multifilamentary wire is discussed in detail.

  1. Pressure Induced Enhancement of Superconductivity in LaRu2P2

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    Li, Baoxuan; Lu, Pengchao; Liu, Jianzhong; Sun, Jian; Li, Sheng; Zhu, Xiyu; Wen, Hai-Hu

    2016-04-01

    To explore new superconductors beyond the copper-based and iron-based systems is very important. The Ru element locates just below the Fe in the periodic table and behaves like the Fe in many ways. One of the common thread to induce high temperature superconductivity is to introduce moderate correlation into the system. In this paper, we report the significant enhancement of superconducting transition temperature from 3.8 K to 5.8 K by using a pressure only of 1.74 ± 0.05 GPa in LaRu2P2 which has an iso-structure of the iron-based 122 superconductors. The ab-initio calculation shows that the superconductivity in LaRu2P2 at ambient pressure can be explained by the McMillan’s theory with strong electron-phonon coupling. However, it is difficult to interpret the enhancement of Tc versus pressure within this picture. Detailed analysis of the pressure induced evolution of resistivity and upper critical field Hc2(T) reveals that the increase of Tc with pressure may be accompanied by the involvement of extra electron-boson interaction. This suggests that the Ru-based system has some commonality as the Fe-based superconductors.

  2. Pressure Induced Enhancement of Superconductivity in LaRu2P2.

    PubMed

    Li, Baoxuan; Lu, Pengchao; Liu, Jianzhong; Sun, Jian; Li, Sheng; Zhu, Xiyu; Wen, Hai-Hu

    2016-01-01

    To explore new superconductors beyond the copper-based and iron-based systems is very important. The Ru element locates just below the Fe in the periodic table and behaves like the Fe in many ways. One of the common thread to induce high temperature superconductivity is to introduce moderate correlation into the system. In this paper, we report the significant enhancement of superconducting transition temperature from 3.8 K to 5.8 K by using a pressure only of 1.74 ± 0.05 GPa in LaRu2P2 which has an iso-structure of the iron-based 122 superconductors. The ab-initio calculation shows that the superconductivity in LaRu2P2 at ambient pressure can be explained by the McMillan's theory with strong electron-phonon coupling. However, it is difficult to interpret the enhancement of Tc versus pressure within this picture. Detailed analysis of the pressure induced evolution of resistivity and upper critical field Hc2(T) reveals that the increase of Tc with pressure may be accompanied by the involvement of extra electron-boson interaction. This suggests that the Ru-based system has some commonality as the Fe-based superconductors. PMID:27086696

  3. Attenuation of superconductivity in manganite/cuprate heterostructures by epitaxially-induced CuO intergrowths

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    Zhang, H.; Gauquelin, N.; Botton, G. A.; Wei, J. Y. T.

    2013-07-01

    We examine the effect of CuO intergrowths on the superconductivity in epitaxial La2/3Ca1/3MnO3/YBa2Cu3O7-δ (LCMO/YBCO) thin-film heterostructures. Scanning transmission electron microscopy on bilayer LCMO/YBCO thin films revealed double CuO-chain intergrowths which form regions with the 247 lattice structure in the YBCO layer. These nanoscale 247 regions do not appear in x-ray diffraction, but can physically account for the reduced critical temperature (Tc) of bilayer thin films relative to unilayer films with the same YBCO thickness, at least down to ˜25 nm. We attribute the CuO intergrowths to the bilayer heteroepitaxial mismatch and the Tc reduction to the generally lower Tc seen in bulk 247 samples. These epitaxially-induced CuO intergrowths provide a microstructural mechanism for the attenuation of superconductivity in LCMO/YBCO heterostructures.

  4. Superconductive quantum interference magnetometer with high sensitivity achieved by an induced resonance

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    Vettoliere, A.; Granata, C.

    2014-08-15

    A fully integrated low noise superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) in a magnetometer configuration is presented. An intrinsic high voltage responsivity as high as 500 μV/Φ{sub 0} has been obtained by introducing a resonance in the voltage – magnetic flux characteristic. This resonance is induced by an integrated superconducting coil surrounding the pick-up coil and connected to one end of the SQUID output. The SQUID magnetometer exhibits a spectral density of magnetic field noise as low as 3 fT/Hz{sup 1/2}. In order to verify the suitability of the magnetometer, measurements of bandwidth and slew rate have been performed and compared with those of the same device without the resonance and with additional positive feedback. Due to their good characteristics such devices can be employed in a large number of applications including biomagnetism.

  5. Proximity-induced superconductivity effect in a double-stranded DNA

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    Simchi, Hamidreza; Esmaeilzadeh, Mahdi Mazidabadi, Hossein

    2014-02-07

    We study the proximity-induced superconductivity effect in a double-stranded DNA by solving the Bogoliubov-de Gennes equations and taking into account the effect of thermal fluctuations of the twist angle between neighboring base pairs. We show that the electron conductance is spin-dependent and the conductance of spin up (down) increases (decreases) due to the spin-orbit coupling (SOC). It is found that, for T < 100 K, the band gap energy is temperature-independent and it decreases due to the SOC. In addition, by solving the Bogoliubov-de Gennes equations and local gap parameter equation self-consistently, we find the critical temperature at which transition to superconductivity can take place.

  6. Unconventional superconductivity and interaction induced Fermi surface reconstruction in the two-dimensional Edwards model

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    Cho, Dai-Ning; Brink, Jeroen van den; Fehske, Holger; Becker, Klaus W.; Sykora, Steffen

    2016-01-01

    We study the competition between unconventional superconducting pairing and charge density wave (CDW) formation for the two-dimensional Edwards Hamiltonian at half filling, a very general two-dimensional transport model in which fermionic charge carriers couple to a correlated background medium. Using the projective renormalization method we find that a strong renormalization of the original fermionic band causes a new hole-like Fermi surface to emerge near the center of the Brillouin zone, before it eventually gives rise to the formation of a charge density wave. On the new, disconnected parts of the Fermi surface superconductivity is induced with a sign-changing order parameter. We discuss these findings in the light of recent experiments on iron-based oxypnictide superconductors. PMID:26935887

  7. Unconventional superconductivity and interaction induced Fermi surface reconstruction in the two-dimensional Edwards model

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    Cho, Dai-Ning; Brink, Jeroen Van Den; Fehske, Holger; Becker, Klaus W.; Sykora, Steffen

    2016-03-01

    We study the competition between unconventional superconducting pairing and charge density wave (CDW) formation for the two-dimensional Edwards Hamiltonian at half filling, a very general two-dimensional transport model in which fermionic charge carriers couple to a correlated background medium. Using the projective renormalization method we find that a strong renormalization of the original fermionic band causes a new hole-like Fermi surface to emerge near the center of the Brillouin zone, before it eventually gives rise to the formation of a charge density wave. On the new, disconnected parts of the Fermi surface superconductivity is induced with a sign-changing order parameter. We discuss these findings in the light of recent experiments on iron-based oxypnictide superconductors.

  8. Unconventional superconductivity and interaction induced Fermi surface reconstruction in the two-dimensional Edwards model.

    PubMed

    Cho, Dai-Ning; Brink, Jeroen van den; Fehske, Holger; Becker, Klaus W; Sykora, Steffen

    2016-01-01

    We study the competition between unconventional superconducting pairing and charge density wave (CDW) formation for the two-dimensional Edwards Hamiltonian at half filling, a very general two-dimensional transport model in which fermionic charge carriers couple to a correlated background medium. Using the projective renormalization method we find that a strong renormalization of the original fermionic band causes a new hole-like Fermi surface to emerge near the center of the Brillouin zone, before it eventually gives rise to the formation of a charge density wave. On the new, disconnected parts of the Fermi surface superconductivity is induced with a sign-changing order parameter. We discuss these findings in the light of recent experiments on iron-based oxypnictide superconductors. PMID:26935887

  9. Improved superconducting qubit readout by qubit-induced nonlinearities.

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    Boissonneault, Maxime; Gambetta, J M; Blais, Alexandre

    2010-09-01

    In dispersive readout schemes, qubit-induced nonlinearity typically limits the measurement fidelity by reducing the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) when the measurement power is increased. Contrary to seeing the nonlinearity as a problem, here we propose to use it to our advantage in a regime where it can increase the SNR. We show analytically that such a regime exists if the qubit has a many-level structure. We also show how this physics can account for the high-fidelity avalanchelike measurement recently reported by Reed et al. [arXiv:1004.4323v1]. PMID:20867500

  10. Precision measurements with the single electron transistor: Noise and backaction in the normal and superconducting state

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    Turek, Benjamin Anthony

    This thesis presents measurements of noise effects introduced by the Single Electron Transistor (SET) as it measures a nanoelectronic system, the single electron box/Cooper pair box. We consider the SET as a nanoscale charge amplifier, and show that the input noise of this amplifier---its "backaction"---can have a marked or even dominant effect on the system the SET measures. We report theoretical motivation and experimental results in both the normal and superconducting states. The SET is a nanoelectronic, three-terminal, tunnel junction device, where a capacitively coupled input voltage modulates a drain-source current serving as the amplifier output. As a charge amplifier, it has been able to produce some of the fastest and most precise charge measurements currently possible. We use the SET to measure the single electron box/Cooper pair box, a nanoscale circuit where a capacitively coupled voltage modulates the tunneling of single electrons or Cooper pairs on to and off of an isolated metallic island. Two different theoretical treatments of backaction effects motivate our experiments in the normal and superconducting states. In the normal state, backaction is modeled using a master equation for the coupled box-SET system. In the superconducting state, a density matrix treatment of the SET coupled to a qubit produces predictions about superconducting SET backaction on the Cooper pair box that are understood as quantum noise acting on a coherent two-level system. Samples were measured in an RF-SET configuration in a dilution refrigerator. A charge-noise vetoing algorithm was implemented to permit extremely precise measurements of time-averaged box behavior. Detailed measurements of the SET/box system as the we vary the operating parameters of the SET confirm our understanding of SET backaction. Fast time-domain measurements in the superconducting state are discussed as an additional tool to measure the SET's effects on the Cooper pair box. Additional experiments

  11. Superconducting/magnetic Three-state Nanodevice for Memory and Reading Applications

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    Del Valle, J.; Gomez, A.; Gonzalez, E. M.; Osorio, M. R.; Granados, D.; Vicent, J. L.

    2015-10-01

    We present a simple nanodevice that can operate in two modes: i) non-volatile three-state memory and ii) reading device. The nanodevice can retain three well defined states -1, 0 and +1 and can operate in a second mode as a sensor for external magnetic fields. The nanodevice is fabricated with an array of ordered triangular-shaped nanomagnets embedded in a superconducting thin film gown on Si substrates. The device runs based on the combination of superconducting vortex ratchet effect (superconducting film) with the out of plane magnetization (nanomagnets). The input signals are ac currents and the output signal are dc voltages. The memory mode is realized without applying a magnetic field and the nanomagnet stray magnetic fields govern the effect. In the sensor mode an external magnetic field is applied. The main characteristic of this mode is that the output signal is null for a precise value of the external magnetic field that only depends on the fabrication characteristics of the nanodevice.

  12. Superconducting/magnetic Three-state Nanodevice for Memory and Reading Applications.

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    del Valle, J; Gomez, A; Gonzalez, E M; Osorio, M R; Granados, D; Vicent, J L

    2015-01-01

    We present a simple nanodevice that can operate in two modes: i) non-volatile three-state memory and ii) reading device. The nanodevice can retain three well defined states -1, 0 and +1 and can operate in a second mode as a sensor for external magnetic fields. The nanodevice is fabricated with an array of ordered triangular-shaped nanomagnets embedded in a superconducting thin film gown on Si substrates. The device runs based on the combination of superconducting vortex ratchet effect (superconducting film) with the out of plane magnetization (nanomagnets). The input signals are ac currents and the output signal are dc voltages. The memory mode is realized without applying a magnetic field and the nanomagnet stray magnetic fields govern the effect. In the sensor mode an external magnetic field is applied. The main characteristic of this mode is that the output signal is null for a precise value of the external magnetic field that only depends on the fabrication characteristics of the nanodevice. PMID:26469373

  13. Relaxation of the resistive superconducting state in boron-doped diamond films

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    Kardakova, A.; Shishkin, A.; Semenov, A.; Goltsman, G. N.; Ryabchun, S.; Klapwijk, T. M.; Bousquet, J.; Eon, D.; Sacépé, B.; Klein, Th.; Bustarret, E.

    2016-02-01

    We report a study of the relaxation time of the restoration of the resistive superconducting state in single crystalline boron-doped diamond using amplitude-modulated absorption of (sub-)THz radiation (AMAR). The films grown on an insulating diamond substrate have a low carrier density of about 2.5 ×1021cm-3 and a critical temperature of about 2 K . By changing the modulation frequency we find a high-frequency rolloff which we associate with the characteristic time of energy relaxation between the electron and the phonon systems or the relaxation time for nonequilibrium superconductivity. Our main result is that the electron-phonon scattering time varies clearly as T-2, over the accessible temperature range of 1.7 to 2.2 K. In addition, we find, upon approaching the critical temperature Tc, evidence for an increasing relaxation time on both sides of Tc.

  14. Evolution of the Superconducting State of Fe-Based Compounds with Doping

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    Maier, Thomas A

    2011-01-01

    We introduce an effective low-energy pairing model for Fe-based superconductors with s- and d-wave interaction components and a small number of input parameters and use it to study the doping evolution of the symmetry and the structure of the superconducting gap. We argue that the model describes the entire variety of pairing states found so far in the Fe-based superconductors and allows one to understand the mechanism of the attraction in s{sup {+-}} and d{sub x{sup 2}-y{sup 2}} channels, the competition between s- and d-wave solutions, and the origin of superconductivity in heavily doped systems, when only electron or only hole pockets are present.

  15. Al Knight-shift measurement in the superconducting state of UNi 2Al 3

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    Ishida, K.; Tou, H.; Tateiwa, N.; Kitaoka, Y.; Sato, K. N.; Aso, N.; Geibel, C.; Steglich, F.

    2003-05-01

    We report 27Al Knight-shift (27K) measurement on a single-crystal UNi2Al3 that reveals a coexistence of superconductivity and a spin-density-wave (SDW) type of magnetic ordering (TSDW=4.5 K). The spin part of 27K, 27Ks does not change down to 50 mK across the superconducting (SC) transition temperature Tc∼0.9 K. In contrast with the isostructural compound UPd2Al3 (Tc∼2 K), which was identified to be a spin-singlet d-wave superconductor, the behavior of 27K strongly supports that UNi2Al3 belongs to a class of spin-triplet SC pairing state superconductor.

  16. Superconducting-state enhancement of thermal conductivity in the cuprates: Correlation with the pair density

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    Cohn, J.L.

    1996-02-01

    The systematics of the superconducting-state enhancements of in-plane thermal conductivity for YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6+{ital x}} (Y-123), Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8}, Tl{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}CuO{sub 6}, and La{sub 2{minus}{ital x}}Sr{sub {ital x}}CuO{sub 4} single crystals are examined. For Y-123 the enhancements are shown to correlate with specific-heat jumps, a measure of the superconducting pair density. The substantially larger enhancements observed for Y-123 are attributed to the condensate arising from oxygen-filled CuO chains. We discuss the constraints imposed by measurements of microwave conductivity on the electronic contribution to this phenomenon.

  17. Electronic disorder and magnetic-field-induced superconductivity enhancement in Fe1+y(Te1-xSex)

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    Hu, Jin; Liu, Tijiang; Qian, Bin; Mao, Zhiqiang

    2012-02-01

    The iron chalcogenide Fe1+y(Te1-xSex) superconductor system exhibits a unique electronic and magnetic phase diagram distinct from those seen in iron pnictides: bulk superconductivity does not appear immediately following the suppression of long-range (π,0) AFM order. Instead, an intermediate phase with weak charge carrier localization appears between AFM order and bulk superconductivity (Liu et al., Nat. Mater. 9, 719 (2010)). In this talk, we report our recent studies on the relationship between the normal state and superconducting properties in Fe1+y(Te1-xSex). We show that the superconducting volume fraction VSC and normal state metallicity significantly increase while the normal state Sommerfeld coefficient γ and Hall coefficient RH drop drastically with increasing Se content in the underdoped superconducting region. Additionally, VSC is surprisingly enhanced by magnetic field in heavily underdoped superconducting samples. The implications of these results will be discussed. Our analyses suggest that the suppression of superconductivity in the underdoped region is associated with electronic disorder caused by incoherent magnetic scattering arising from (π,0) magnetic fluctuations.

  18. Coherent-state-induced transparency

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    Gogyan, A.; Malakyan, Yu.

    2016-04-01

    We examine electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) in an ensemble of cold Λ -type atoms induced by a quantum control field in multimode coherent states and compare it with the transparency created by the classical light of the same intensity. We show that the perfect coincidence is achieved only in the case of a single-mode coherent state, whereas the transparency sharply decreases, when the number of the modes exceeds the mean number of control photons in the medium. The origin of the effect is the modification of photon statistics in the control field with increasing the number of the modes that weakens its interaction with atoms resulting in a strong probe absorption. For the same reason, the probe pulse transforms from EIT-based slow light into superluminal propagation caused by the absorption.

  19. Critical state stability in type-II superconductors and superconducting--normal-metal composites

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    Mints, R.G.; Rakhmanov, A.L.

    1981-07-01

    This review is devoted to the problem of critical state stability in hard superconductors and superconducting normal composites. An introduction is given to the properties of hard and composite superconductors, and to the qualitative nature of the physical processes that occur in these materials in the critical state. The dynamics of the development of instabilities of various kinds are treated in detail. Stability criteria are obtained and discussed, and theory is compared with experiment. The interaction between flux jumps and plastic strain jerks and the training phenomenon in superconductors are also covered.

  20. A note on quantum teleportation without the Bell-state measurement in superconducting qubits

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    Gomes, R. M.; Cardoso, W. B.; Avelar, A. T.; Baseia, B.

    2014-02-01

    In this paper, we offer a simple scheme to teleport a quantum state from a superconducting qubit to another spatially separated qubit, both coupled to coplanar waveguide microwave resonator. In this scheme the Bell-state measurement is not necessary, which simplifies the experimental observation. We revisit the effective model that describes such a coupled system and present the teleportation scheme with 98.7% of fidelity and 25% of success probability. We also verify the feasibility of this protocol for the transmon qubit parameters.

  1. Electrodynamic field equations for composite superconducting structures in the mixed state

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    Coffey, M.W.

    1997-08-01

    Governing vector partial differential equations for the linear electrodynamic response of an isotropic type-II superconductor in the mixed state are derived. A continuum theory of vortex motion is used, and two-fluid effects are also accounted for. The governing equation is sufficiently general to reduce to either normal metal or dielectric material results in special limits. The complex-valued conductivity tensor of the mixed state is made explicit, and is also discussed for an anisotropic superconductor. The theory is illustrated with a planar superconducting waveguide problem, wherein the complex propagation constant, phase velocity, and surface impedance are obtained.

  2. Critical temperature oscillations and reentrant superconductivity due to the FFLO like state in F/S/F trilayers

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    Kehrle, J.; Zdravkov, V. I.; Obermeier, G.; Garcia-Garcia, J.; Ullrich, A.; Müller, C.; Morari, R.; Sidorenko, A. S.; Horn, S.; Tagirov, L. R.; Tidecks, R.

    2012-01-01

    Ferromagnet/Superconductor/Ferromagnet (F/S/F) trilayers, in which the establishing of a Fulde-Ferrell Larkin-Ovchinnikov (FFLO) like state leads to interference effects of the superconducting pairing wave function, form the core of the superconducting spin valve. The realization of strong critical temperature oscillations in such trilayers, as a function of the ferromagnetic layer thicknesses or, even more efficient, reentrant superconductivity, are the key condition to obtain a large spin valve effect, i.e. a large shift in the critical temperature. Both phenomena have been realized experimentally in the Cu 41 Ni 59 /Nb/Cu 41 Ni 59 trilayers investigated in the present work.

  3. Pressure-induced zigzag phosphorus chain and superconductivity in boron monophosphide

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    Zhang, Xinyu; Qin, Jiaqian; Liu, Hanyu; Zhang, Shiliang; Ma, Mingzhen; Luo, Wei; Liu, Riping; Ahuja, Rajeev

    2015-01-01

    We report on the prediction of the zinc-blende structure BP into a novel C2/m phase from 113 to 208 GPa which possesses zigzag phosphorus chain structure, followed by another P42/mnm structure above 208 GPa above using the particle-swarm search method. Strong electron-phonon coupling λ in compressed BP is found, in particular for C2/m phase with the zigzag phosphorus chain, which has the highest λ (0.56–0.61) value among them, leading to its high superconducting critical temperature Tc (9.4 K–11.5 K), which is comparable with the 4.5 K to 13 K value of black phosphorus phase I (orthorhombic, Cmca). This is the first system in the boron phosphides which shows superconductivity from the present theoretical calculations. Our results show that pressure-induced zigzag phosphorus chain in BP exhibit higher superconducting temperature TC, opening a new route to search and design new superconductor materials with zigzag phosphorus chains. PMID:25737341

  4. Observation of measurement-induced entanglement and quantum trajectories of remote superconducting qubits.

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    Roch, N; Schwartz, M E; Motzoi, F; Macklin, C; Vijay, R; Eddins, A W; Korotkov, A N; Whaley, K B; Sarovar, M; Siddiqi, I

    2014-05-01

    The creation of a quantum network requires the distribution of coherent information across macroscopic distances. We demonstrate the entanglement of two superconducting qubits, separated by more than a meter of coaxial cable, by designing a joint measurement that probabilistically projects onto an entangled state. By using a continuous measurement scheme, we are further able to observe single quantum trajectories of the joint two-qubit state, confirming the validity of the quantum Bayesian formalism for a cascaded system. Our results allow us to resolve the dynamics of continuous projection onto the entangled manifold, in quantitative agreement with theory. PMID:24836225

  5. Superconducting- and Insulating-Ground States in La2CuO4 Structural Isomers

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    Krockenberger, Yoshiharu; Eleazer, Bennett; Irie, Hiroshi; Yamamoto, Hideki

    2014-11-01

    La2CuO4, with the K2NiF4-structure, is known as the parent compound of hole-doped cuprate superconductors where the Cu ions are octahedrally coordinated and subject to the Jahn-Teller effect. While an octahedral coordination is known for stabilizing an antiferromagnetic and insulating state, we synthesized additional coordination geometries of copper in La2CuO4 where Cu is either square-planar or pyramidal coordinated by a state-of-the-art thin-film growth method. The degeneracy of the Jahn-Teller effect together with rearrangements of the crystal field are expected to have an influence on the electronic states. Indeed, we observed a metallic and superconducting state for La2CuO4 having the Nd2CuO4-structure with square-planar coordinated copper while octahedral and pyramidal coordinations are in favor of the insulating state.

  6. Ground-state properties of a triangular triple quantum dot connected to superconducting leads

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    Oguri, Akira; Sato, Izumi; Shimamoto, Masashi; Tanaka, Yoichi

    2015-03-01

    We study ground-state properties of a triangular triple quantum dot connected to two superconducting (SC) leads. In this system orbital motion along the triangular configuration causes various types of quantum phases, such as the SU(4) Kondo state and the Nagaoka ferromagnetic mechanism, depending on the electron filling. The ground state also evolves as the Cooper pairs penetrate from the SC leads. We describe the phase diagram in a wide range of the parameter space, varying the gate voltage, the couplings between the dots and leads, and also the Josephson phase between the SC gaps. The results are obtained in the limit of large SC gap, carrying out exact diagonalization of an effective Hamiltonian. We also discuss in detail a classification of the quantum states according to the fixed point of the Wilson numerical renormalization group (NRG). Furthermore, we show that the Bogoliubov zero-energy excitation determines the ground state of a π Josephson junction at small electron fillings.

  7. Steady-state heat transfer in He II through porous superconducting cable insulation

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    Baudouy, B.J.P.; Juster, F.P.; Meuris, C.; Vieillard, L.

    1996-12-31

    The LHC program includes the study of thermal behavior of the superconducting cables wound in the dipole magnet cooled by superfluid helium (He II). Insulation of these superconducting cables forms the major thermal shield hindering the He II cooling. This is particularly a problem in magnets which are subjected to thermal loads. To investigate He II heat transfer processes an experimental model has been realized which creates a one-dimensional heat transfer in such media. Insulation is generally realized by wrapping around the superconducting cable a combination of different kind of Kapton{reg_sign} tapes, fiber-glass impregnated by epoxy resin or Kevlar{reg_sign} fiber tapes. Steady-state heat transfer in He II through these multi-layer porous slabs has been analyzed. Experimental results for a range of heat flux show the existence of different thermal regimes related to He II. It is shown that the parameters of importance are a global geometrical factor which could be considered as an equivalent {open_quotes}permeability{close_quotes} related to He II heat transfer, the transfer function f(T) of He II and the thermal conductivity of the slab. The authors present and analyze results for different insulations as a function of the temperature.

  8. Superconducting proximity effect in graphene: Injecting Cooper pairs in quantum Hall edge states

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    Komatsu, Katsuyoshi; Li, Chuan; Autier-Laurent, Sandrine; Kasumov, Alik; Bouchiat, Helene; Gueron, Sophie

    2012-02-01

    A superconductor-graphene(SG) hybrid system, such as an SGS junction or an SG interface, provides an ideal platform to investigate the relativistic nature of Dirac fermions combined with superconductivity. Instead of the retro-reflection of carriers in an ordinary superconductor-normal metal interface, an SG interface is theoretically predicted to show the specular reflection of quasiparticle carriers. We show that a supercurrent flows through a SGS junction with Nb electrodes even through a very long graphene distance of 1.2μm, more than 3 times the length previously reported. This supercurrent disappears in the vicinity of the Dirac point, indicating a strong sensitivity of the transmission of Andreev pairs to the formation of charge puddles with size greater than the superconducting coherence length. We also present data on similar size graphene samples with superconducting electrodes with a high critical field (more than 7Tesla) for which the properties of the normal state are dominated by quantum Hall physics. Whereas the behavior of the supercurrent is similar to the Nb/Graphene/Nb system in zero field, new features are observed in the high field quantum Hall regime.

  9. Role of chalcogen vapor annealing in inducing bulk superconductivity in Fe1+yTe1-xSex [How does annealing in chalcogen vapor induce superconductivity in Fe1+yTe-xSex?

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    Lin, Wenzhi; Ganesh, P.; Gianfrancesco, Anthony; Wang, Jun; Berlijn, Tom; Maier, Thomas A.; Kalinin, Sergei V.; Sales, Brian C.; Pan, Minghu

    2015-02-01

    Recent investigations have shown that Fe1+yTe1-xSex can be made superconducting by annealing it in Se and O vapors. The current lore is that these chalcogen vapors induce superconductivity by removing the magnetic excess Fe atoms. To investigate this phenomenon we performed a combination of magnetic susceptibility, specific heat and transport measurements together with scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations on Fe1+yTe1-xSex treated with Te vapor. We conclude that the main role of the Te vapor is to quench the magnetic moments of the excess Fe atoms by forming FeTem (m ≥ 1) complexes. We show thatmore » the remaining FeTem complexes are still damaging to the superconductivity and therefore that their removal potentially could further improve superconductive properties in these compounds.« less

  10. Radiation-induced electrical breakdown of helium in fusion reactor superconducting magnet systems

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    Perkins, L.J.

    1983-12-02

    A comprehensive theoretical study has been performed on the reduction of the electrical breakdown potential of liquid and gaseous helium under neutron and gamma radiation. Extension of the conventional Townsend breakdown theory indicates that radiation fields at the superconducting magnets of a typical fusion reactor are potentially capable of significantly reducing currently established (i.e., unirradiated) helium breakdown voltages. Emphasis is given to the implications of these results including future deployment choices of magnet cryogenic methods (e.g., pool-boiling versus forced-flow), the possible impact on magnet shielding requirements and the analogous situation for radiation-induced electrical breakdown in fusion RF transmission systems.

  11. Electromagnetic superconductivity of vacuum induced by strong magnetic field: Numerical evidence in lattice gauge theory

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    Braguta, V. V.; Buividovich, P. V.; Chernodub, M. N.; Kotov, A. Yu.; Polikarpov, M. I.

    2012-12-01

    Using numerical simulations of quenched SU (2) gauge theory we demonstrate that an external magnetic field leads to spontaneous generation of quark condensates with quantum numbers of electrically charged ρ mesons if the strength of the magnetic field exceeds the critical value eBc = 0.927 (77) GeV2 or Bc = (1.56 ± 0.13) ṡ1016 Tesla. The condensation of the charged ρ mesons in strong magnetic field is a key feature of the magnetic-field-induced electromagnetic superconductivity of the vacuum.

  12. Tracking errors of a logical qubit comprised of superpositions of cat states in a superconducting resonator

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    Petrenko, A.; Ofek, N.; Heeres, R.; Reinhold, P.; Liu, Y.; Leghtas, Z.; Vlastakis, B.; Frunzio, L.; Jiang, Liang; Mirrahimi, M.; Devoret, M. H.; Schoelkopf, R. J.

    QEC schemes involve redundantly encoding a qubit into a larger space of states that has symmetry properties that allow one to measure error syndromes. Traditional approaches involve encodings that employ large numbers of physical qubits, enhancing decay rates significantly and requiring considerable hardware overhead to realize. A hardware-efficient proposal, which we term the cat code, sheds much of this complexity by encoding a qubit in superpositions of cat states in a superconducting resonator, which has one dominant error syndrome: single photon loss. As these cat states are eigenstates of photon number parity, the loss of a photon changes the parity without corrupting the encoded information. In a superconducting cQED architecture, we demonstrate that we track these errors in real-time with repeated single shot parity measurements and map their occurrence onto applications of a unitary rotation of an arbitrary encoded state in the logical space. Our results illustrate the utility of long-lived resonators in the context of a full QEC system by highlighting the advantages of employing the cat code to suppress decoherence.

  13. Collapse of superconductivity in Graphene decorated by diluted triangular arrays of superconducting dots

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    Han, Zheng; Allain, Adrien; Arjmandi-Tash, Hadi; Tikhonov, Konstantin; Feigel'Man, Mikhail; Sacepe, Benjamin; Marty, Laetitia; Bouchiat, Vincent

    2014-03-01

    The easily accessible 2D electron gas offered by graphene provides interesting phenomena when the network of adsorbates can induce electronic order within the underlying graphene substrate, such as magnetic or superconducting correlations. We have experimentally studied the case of macroscopic graphene decorated with an array of superconducting tin clusters, which induce via percolation of proximity effect a global but tunable 2D superconducting state. We will show that by adjusting the graphene disorder and its charge carrier density on one side , the geometry and size of the superconducting dot network on the other side, the superconducting state can exhibit very different behaviors, allowing to test different regimes and quantum phase transition from a granular superconductor to either metallic or insulating states. We thank fundations from ANR-BLANC projects SuperGraph, TRICO and Cleangraph DEFI Nano ERC Advanced Grant MolNanoSpin, Cible program of Région Rhone-Alpes, and Nanosciences foundation.

  14. Normal-state conductance used to probe superconducting tunnel junctions for quantum computing

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    Chaparro, Carlos; Bavier, Richard; Kim, Yong-Seung; Kim, Eunyoung; Kline, Jeffrey S.; Pappas, David P.; Oh, Seongshik

    2010-04-01

    Here we report normal-state conductance measurements of three different types of superconducting tunnel junctions that are being used or proposed for quantum computing applications: p-Al/a-AlO/p-Al, e-Re/e-AlO/p-Al, and e-V/e-MgO/p-V, where p stands for polycrystalline, e for epitaxial, and a for amorphous. All three junctions exhibited significant deviations from the parabolic behavior predicted by the WKB approximation models. In the p-Al/a-AlO/p-Al junction, we observed enhancement of tunneling conductances at voltages matching harmonics of Al-O stretching modes. On the other hand, such Al-O vibration modes were missing in the epitaxial e-Re/e-AlO/p-Al junction. This suggests that absence or existence of the Al-O stretching mode might be related to the crystallinity of the AlO tunnel barrier and the interface between the electrode and the barrier. In the e-V/e-MgO/p-V junction, which is one of the candidate systems for future superconducting qubits, we observed suppression of the density of states at zero bias. This implies that the interface is electronically disordered, presumably due to oxidation of the vanadium surface underneath the MgO barrier, even if the interface was structurally well ordered, suggesting that the e-V/e-MgO/p-V junction will not be suitable for qubit applications in its present form. This also demonstrates that the normal-state conductance measurement can be effectively used to screen out low quality samples in the search for better superconducting tunnel junctions.

  15. Role of chalcogen vapor annealing in inducing bulk superconductivity in Fe1 +yTe1 -xSex

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    Lin, Wenzhi; Ganesh, P.; Gianfrancesco, Anthony; Wang, Jun; Berlijn, Tom; Maier, Thomas A.; Kalinin, Sergei V.; Sales, Brian C.; Pan, Minghu

    2015-02-01

    Recent investigations have shown that Fe1 +yTe1 -xSex can be made superconducting by annealing it in Se and O vapors. The current lore is that these chalcogen vapors induce superconductivity by removing the magnetic excess Fe atoms. To investigate this phenomenon, we performed a combination of magnetic susceptibility, specific heat, and transport measurements together with scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations on Fe1 +yTe1 -xSex treated with Te vapor. We conclude that the main role of the Te vapor is to quench the magnetic moments of the excess Fe atoms by forming FeTem (m ≥1 ) complexes. We show that the remaining FeTem complexes are still damaging to the superconductivity and therefore that their removal potentially could further improve superconductive properties in these compounds.

  16. Surface superconductivity in thin cylindrical Bi nanowire.

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    Tian, Mingliang; Wang, Jian; Ning, Wei; Mallouk, Thomas E; Chan, Moses H W

    2015-03-11

    The physical origin and the nature of superconductivity in nanostructured Bi remains puzzling. Here, we report transport measurements of individual cylindrical single-crystal Bi nanowires, 20 and 32 nm in diameter. In contrast to nonsuperconducting Bi nanoribbons with two flat surfaces, cylindrical Bi nanowires show superconductivity below 1.3 K. However, their superconducting critical magnetic fields decrease with their diameter, which is the opposite of the expected behavior for thin superconducting wires. Quasiperiodic oscillations of magnetoresistance were observed in perpendicular fields but were not seen in the parallel orientation. These results can be understood by a model of surface superconductivity with an enhanced surface-to-bulk volume in small diameter wires, where the superconductivity originates from the strained surface states of the nanowires due to the surface curvature-induced stress. PMID:25658139

  17. Effective theory of the T- and P-breaking superconducting state

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    Wen, X. G.; Zee, A.

    1989-01-01

    An effective theory of superconductivity based on a microscopic theory of the T- and P-breaking spin-liquid state is proposed. There are two independent gauge invariances broken by two separate condensates. The theory may be useful for phenomenological calculations. In particular, it is found that the H(c1) are different for magnetic fields with opposite orientations. It is also found that the polarization of an electromagnetic wave is rotated after reflection from these T- and P-breaking superconductors.

  18. The Use of a Solid State Analog Television Transmitter as a Superconducting Electron Gun Power Amplifier

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    J.G. Kulpin, K.J. Kleman, R.A. Legg

    2012-07-01

    A solid state analog television transmitter designed for 200 MHz operation is being commissioned as a radio frequency power amplifier on the Wisconsin superconducting electron gun cavity. The amplifier consists of three separate radio frequency power combiner cabinets and one monitor and control cabinet. The transmitter employs rugged field effect transistors built into one kilowatt drawers that are individually hot swappable at maximum continuous power output. The total combined power of the transmitter system is 33 kW at 200 MHz, output through a standard coaxial transmission line. A low level radio frequency system is employed to digitally synthesize the 200 MHz signal and precisely control amplitude and phase.

  19. Paramagnetic supercurrent and transition points between different vortex states in mesoscopic superconducting disks

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    Kanda, Akinobu; Ootuka, Youiti

    2004-05-01

    We investigated the paramagnetic supercurrent and the transition points between different vortex states in mesoscopic superconducting disks. We observed paramagnetic supercurrent in four disks: two 33 nm thick and two 50 nm thick, all 1.50 μm in diameter. Analyses of the supercurrent symmetry and the intervals between transition points showed that defects did not play a crucial role in our samples or in the samples first reported to show the paramagnetic Meissner effect (PME) [Nature 396 (1998) 144]. This supports our previous conclusion that the origin of the PME is the paramagnetic supercurrent.

  20. Electric field-induced superconducting transition of insulating FeSe thin film at 35 K

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    Hanzawa, Kota; Sato, Hikaru; Hiramatsu, Hidenori; Kamiya, Toshio; Hosono, Hideo

    2016-04-01

    It is thought that strong electron correlation in an insulating parent phase would enhance a critical temperature (Tc) of superconductivity in a doped phase via enhancement of the binding energy of a Cooper pair as known in high-Tc cuprates. To induce a superconductor transition in an insulating phase, injection of a high density of carriers is needed (e.g., by impurity doping). An electric double-layer transistor (EDLT) with an ionic liquid gate insulator enables such a field-induced transition to be investigated and is expected to result in a high Tc because it is free from deterioration in structure and carrier transport that are in general caused by conventional carrier doping (e.g., chemical substitution). Here, for insulating epitaxial thin films (∼10 nm thick) of FeSe, we report a high Tc of 35 K, which is 4× higher than that of bulk FeSe, using an EDLT under application of a gate bias of +5.5 V. Hall effect measurements under the gate bias suggest that highly accumulated electron carrier in the channel, whose area density is estimated to be 1.4 × 1015 cm-2 (the average volume density of 1.7 × 1021 cm-3), is the origin of the high-Tc superconductivity. This result demonstrates that EDLTs are useful tools to explore the ultimate Tc for insulating parent materials.

  1. Electric field-induced superconducting transition of insulating FeSe thin film at 35 K.

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    Hanzawa, Kota; Sato, Hikaru; Hiramatsu, Hidenori; Kamiya, Toshio; Hosono, Hideo

    2016-04-12

    It is thought that strong electron correlation in an insulating parent phase would enhance a critical temperature (Tc) of superconductivity in a doped phase via enhancement of the binding energy of a Cooper pair as known in high-Tc cuprates. To induce a superconductor transition in an insulating phase, injection of a high density of carriers is needed (e.g., by impurity doping). An electric double-layer transistor (EDLT) with an ionic liquid gate insulator enables such a field-induced transition to be investigated and is expected to result in a high Tc because it is free from deterioration in structure and carrier transport that are in general caused by conventional carrier doping (e.g., chemical substitution). Here, for insulating epitaxial thin films (∼10 nm thick) of FeSe, we report a high Tc of 35 K, which is 4× higher than that of bulk FeSe, using an EDLT under application of a gate bias of +5.5 V. Hall effect measurements under the gate bias suggest that highly accumulated electron carrier in the channel, whose area density is estimated to be 1.4 × 10(15) cm(-2) (the average volume density of 1.7 × 10(21) cm(-3)), is the origin of the high-Tc superconductivity. This result demonstrates that EDLTs are useful tools to explore the ultimate Tc for insulating parent materials. PMID:27035956

  2. Vibrational excitation induced by electron beam and cosmic rays in superconductive aluminum bars

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    Ronga, Francesco; Nautilus and RAP Collaborations

    2012-07-01

    We report new measurements of the acoustic excitation of an Al5056 superconductive bar when hit by an electron beam, in a previously unexplored temperature range, down to 0.35 K. These data, analyzed together with previous results obtained for T > 0.54 K, show a vibrational response enhanced by a factor ~ 4.9 with respect to that measured in the normal state. This enhancement explains the anomalous large signals due to cosmic rays previously detected in the NAUTILUS gravitational wave detector.

  3. Origin of Pressure-induced Superconducting Phase in KxFe2−ySe2 studied by Synchrotron X-ray Diffraction and Spectroscopy

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    Yamamoto, Yoshiya; Yamaoka, Hitoshi; Tanaka, Masashi; Okazaki, Hiroyuki; Ozaki, Toshinori; Takano, Yoshihiko; Lin, Jung-Fu; Fujita, Hidenori; Kagayama, Tomoko; Shimizu, Katsuya; Hiraoka, Nozomu; Ishii, Hirofumi; Liao, Yen-Fa; Tsuei, Ku-Ding; Mizuki, Jun’ichiro

    2016-01-01

    Pressure dependence of the electronic and crystal structures of KxFe2−ySe2, which has pressure-induced two superconducting domes of SC I and SC II, was investigated by x-ray emission spectroscopy and diffraction. X-ray diffraction data show that compressibility along the c-axis changes around 12 GPa, where a new superconducting phase of SC II appears. This suggests a possible tetragonal to collapsed tetragonal phase transition. X-ray emission spectroscopy data also shows the change in the electronic structure around 12 GPa. These results can be explained by the scenario that the two SC domes under pressure originate from the change of Fermi surface topology. Our results here show the pronounced increase of the density of states near the Fermi surface under pressure with a structural phase transition, which can help address our fundamental understanding for the appearance of the SC II phase. PMID:27499373

  4. Origin of Pressure-induced Superconducting Phase in KxFe2-ySe2 studied by Synchrotron X-ray Diffraction and Spectroscopy.

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    Yamamoto, Yoshiya; Yamaoka, Hitoshi; Tanaka, Masashi; Okazaki, Hiroyuki; Ozaki, Toshinori; Takano, Yoshihiko; Lin, Jung-Fu; Fujita, Hidenori; Kagayama, Tomoko; Shimizu, Katsuya; Hiraoka, Nozomu; Ishii, Hirofumi; Liao, Yen-Fa; Tsuei, Ku-Ding; Mizuki, Jun'ichiro

    2016-01-01

    Pressure dependence of the electronic and crystal structures of KxFe2-ySe2, which has pressure-induced two superconducting domes of SC I and SC II, was investigated by x-ray emission spectroscopy and diffraction. X-ray diffraction data show that compressibility along the c-axis changes around 12 GPa, where a new superconducting phase of SC II appears. This suggests a possible tetragonal to collapsed tetragonal phase transition. X-ray emission spectroscopy data also shows the change in the electronic structure around 12 GPa. These results can be explained by the scenario that the two SC domes under pressure originate from the change of Fermi surface topology. Our results here show the pronounced increase of the density of states near the Fermi surface under pressure with a structural phase transition, which can help address our fundamental understanding for the appearance of the SC II phase. PMID:27499373

  5. Origin of Pressure-induced Superconducting Phase in KxFe2‑ySe2 studied by Synchrotron X-ray Diffraction and Spectroscopy

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    Yamamoto, Yoshiya; Yamaoka, Hitoshi; Tanaka, Masashi; Okazaki, Hiroyuki; Ozaki, Toshinori; Takano, Yoshihiko; Lin, Jung-Fu; Fujita, Hidenori; Kagayama, Tomoko; Shimizu, Katsuya; Hiraoka, Nozomu; Ishii, Hirofumi; Liao, Yen-Fa; Tsuei, Ku-Ding; Mizuki, Jun’Ichiro

    2016-08-01

    Pressure dependence of the electronic and crystal structures of KxFe2‑ySe2, which has pressure-induced two superconducting domes of SC I and SC II, was investigated by x-ray emission spectroscopy and diffraction. X-ray diffraction data show that compressibility along the c-axis changes around 12 GPa, where a new superconducting phase of SC II appears. This suggests a possible tetragonal to collapsed tetragonal phase transition. X-ray emission spectroscopy data also shows the change in the electronic structure around 12 GPa. These results can be explained by the scenario that the two SC domes under pressure originate from the change of Fermi surface topology. Our results here show the pronounced increase of the density of states near the Fermi surface under pressure with a structural phase transition, which can help address our fundamental understanding for the appearance of the SC II phase.

  6. Multilevel superconducting circuits as two-qubit systems: Operations, state preparation, and entropic inequalities

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    Kiktenko, E. O.; Fedorov, A. K.; Man'ko, O. V.; Man'ko, V. I.

    2015-04-01

    We theoretically study operations with a four-level superconducting circuit as a two-qubit system. Using a mapping on a two-qubit system, we show how to implement iswap gates and Hadamard gates through pulses on transitions between particular pairs of energy levels. Our approach allows one to prepare pure two-qubit entangled states with desired form of reduced density matrices of the same purity and, in particular, arbitrary identical reduced states of qubits. We propose using schemes for the Hadamard gate and two-qubit entangled states with identical reduced density matrices in order to verify logN inequalities for Shannon and Rényi entropies for the considered noncomposite quantum system.

  7. Computational Study on the Steady-state Impedance of Saturated-core Superconducting Fault Current Limiter

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    Zhang, C.; Tang, Y.; Liang, S.; Ren, L.; Wang, Z.; Xu, Y.

    This paper presents the electromagnetic analysis of a high voltage saturated-core superconducting fault current limiter (SCSFCL). The numerical analyses of a three-dimensional (3D) model is shown, and the specific parameters are given. The model focus on the steady-state impedance of the limiter when connected to the power grid. It analyzed the dependence of steady-state impedance on the AC coil current, and the relationship between oil gap and coil inductance. The results suggest that, adding oil gap between slice of silicon steel can reduce the core cross-section, restrain the ultraharmonic and decrease the steady-state impedance. As the core cross-section of AC limb decreased from 4344 cm2 to 3983 cm2, the total harmonic distortion for voltage decreased from 2.4% to 1.8%, and the impedance decreased from 1.082 Ω to 1.069 Ω(Idc=400A,Iac=1296A).

  8. Characterizing p -wave superconductivity using the spin structure of Shiba states

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    Kaladzhyan, V.; Bena, C.; Simon, P.

    2016-06-01

    Cooper pairs in two-dimensional unconventional superconductors with broken inversion symmetry are in a mixture of an even-parity spin-singlet pairing state with an odd-parity spin-triplet pairing state. We study the magnetic properties of the impurity bound states in such superconductors and find striking signatures in their spin polarization which allow one to unambiguously discriminate a nontopological superconducting phase from a topological one. Moreover, we show how these properties, which could be measured using spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), also enable one to determine the direction of the spin-triplet pairing vector of the host material and thus to distinguish between different types of unconventional pairing.

  9. Shubnikov--de Haas effect in the superconducting state of an organic superconductor

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    Wosnitza, J.; Wanka, S.; Hagel, J.; Ha''ussler, R.; Lo''hneysen, H. v.; Schlueter, J. A.; Geiser, U.; Nixon, P. G.; Winter, R. W.; Gard, G. L.

    2000-11-01

    We report the observation of Shubnikov--de Haas (SdH) oscillations in the mixed state of the organic superconductor {beta}''-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}SF{sub 5}CH{sub 2}CF{sub 2}SO{sub 3} (T{sub c}{approx}4.4K). At low temperatures the SdH oscillations persist clearly below the upper critical field B{sub c2}(0){approx}3.6T almost down to the field where the resistivity vanishes. Rather unusually, no additional damping of the SdH-signal amplitude -- as well as of the de Haas--van Alphen amplitude -- is observed in the superconducting state. This indicates that the damping in the vortex state of this quasi-two-dimensional superconductor is different in character to that observed for most three-dimensional materials.

  10. Ab initio theory of magnetic-field-induced odd-frequency two-band superconductivity in MgB2

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    Aperis, Alex; Maldonado, Pablo; Oppeneer, Peter M.

    2015-08-01

    We develop the anisotropic Eliashberg framework for superconductivity in the presence of an applied magnetic field. Using as input the ab initio calculated electron and phonon band structures and electron-phonon coupling, we solve self-consistently the anisotropic Eliashberg equations for the archetypal superconductor MgB2. We find two self-consistent solutions, time-even two-band superconductivity, as well as unconventional time-odd s -wave spin triplet two-band superconductivity emerging with applied field. We provide the full momentum, frequency, and spin-resolved dependence and magnetic field-temperature phase diagrams of the time-even and time-odd superconducting pair amplitudes and predict fingerprints of this novel odd-frequency state in tunneling experiments.

  11. Evolution of the local superconducting density of states in ErRh{sub 4}B{sub 4} close to the ferromagnetic transition.

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    Crespo, V.; Rodrigo, J. G.; Suderow, H.; Vieira, S.; Hinks, D.; Schuller, I. K.; Materials Science Division; Univ. Autonoma de Madrid; Univ. of California at San Diego

    2009-01-01

    We present local tunneling spectroscopy experiments in the superconducting and ferromagnetic phases of the reentrant superconductor ErRh4B4. The tunneling conductance curves jump from showing normal to superconducting features within a few mK close to the ferromagnetic transition temperature, with a clear hysteretic behavior. Within the ferromagnetic phase, we do not detect any superconducting correlations. Within the superconducting phase we find a peculiar V-shaped density of states at low energies, which is produced by the magnetically modulated phase that coexists with superconductivity just before ferromagnetism sets in.

  12. Static-field-induced states

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    Gets, Artem V.; Tolstikhin, Oleg I.

    2013-01-01

    Considering an electron interacting with an atomic or molecular potential and an external static electric field, one usually focuses on narrow resonances at negative energies originating from the bound states in the absence of the field; we call them tunneling states (TSs). Meanwhile, there also exist relatively broad resonances at positive energies having no counterparts in the absence of the field; we call them static-field-induced states (SFISs). In this paper, the recently developed weak-field asymptotic theory of TSs [O. I. Tolstikhin , Phys. Rev. APLRAAN1050-294710.1103/PhysRevA.84.053423 84, 053423 (2011)] is extended to SFISs. An asymptotic quantization condition defining the energies of SFISs in an arbitrary potential in the three-dimensional case is derived. The parabolic scattering amplitudes appearing in this quantization condition are defined. The theory is illustrated by calculations for the zero-range and Coulomb potentials. The SFISs in these potentials are found and their energies are shown to be in good agreement with the asymptotic results over a wide interval of the values of the field.

  13. Emulating quantum state transfer through a spin-1 chain on a one-dimensional lattice of superconducting qutrits

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    Ghosh, Joydip

    2014-12-01

    Spin-1 systems, in comparison to spin-1/2 systems, offer a better security for encoding and transferring quantum information, primarily due to their larger Hilbert spaces. Superconducting artificial atoms possess multiple energy levels, thereby being capable of emulating higher-spin systems. Here I consider a one-dimensional lattice of nearest-neighbor-coupled superconducting transmon systems, and devise a scheme to transfer an arbitrary qutrit state (a state encoded in a three-level quantum system) across the chain. I assume adjustable couplings between adjacent transmons, derive an analytic constraint for the control pulse, and show how to satisfy the constraint to achieve a high-fidelity state transfer under current experimental conditions. My protocol thus enables enhanced quantum communication and information processing with promising superconducting qutrits.

  14. The Kohn-Luttinger mechanism and phase diagram of the superconducting state in the Shubin-Vonsovsky model

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    Kagan, M. Yu.; Val'kov, V. V.; Mitskan, V. A.; Korovuskin, M. M.

    2013-10-15

    Using the Shubin-Vonsovsky model in the weak-coupling regime W > U > V (W is the bandwidth, U is the Hubbard onsite repulsion, and V is the Coulomb interaction at neighboring sites) based on the Kohn-Luttinger mechanism, we determined the regions of the existence of the superconducting phases with the d{sub xy}, p, s, and d{sub x{sup 2}-y{sup 2}} symmetry types of the order parameter. It is shown that the effective interaction in the Cooper channel considerably depends not only on single-site but also on intersite Coulomb correlations. This is demonstrated by the example of the qualitative change and complication of the phase diagram of the superconducting state. The superconducting (SC) phase induction mechanism is determined taking into account polarization contributions in the second-order perturbation theory in the Coulomb interaction. The results obtained for the angular dependence of the superconducting gap in different channels are compared with angule-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) results. The influence of long-range hops in the phase diagram and critical superconducting transition temperature in different channels is analyzed. The conditions for the appearance of the Kohn-Luttinger superconductivity with the d{sub x{sup 2}-y{sup 2}} symmetry and high critical temperatures T{sub c} {approx} 100 K near the half-filling are determined.

  15. Superconductivity from Emerging Magnetic Moments.

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    Hoshino, Shintaro; Werner, Philipp

    2015-12-11

    Multiorbital Hubbard models are shown to exhibit a spatially isotropic spin-triplet superconducting phase, where equal-spin electrons in different local orbitals are paired. This superconducting state is stabilized in the spin-freezing crossover regime, where local moments emerge in the metal phase, and the pairing is substantially assisted by spin anisotropy. The phase diagram features a superconducting dome below a non-Fermi-liquid metallic region and next to a magnetically ordered phase. We suggest that this type of fluctuating-moment-induced superconductivity, which is not originating from fluctuations near a quantum critical point, may be realized in spin-triplet superconductors such as strontium ruthenates and uranium compounds. PMID:26705649

  16. Superconductivity from Emerging Magnetic Moments

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    Hoshino, Shintaro; Werner, Philipp

    2015-12-01

    Multiorbital Hubbard models are shown to exhibit a spatially isotropic spin-triplet superconducting phase, where equal-spin electrons in different local orbitals are paired. This superconducting state is stabilized in the spin-freezing crossover regime, where local moments emerge in the metal phase, and the pairing is substantially assisted by spin anisotropy. The phase diagram features a superconducting dome below a non-Fermi-liquid metallic region and next to a magnetically ordered phase. We suggest that this type of fluctuating-moment-induced superconductivity, which is not originating from fluctuations near a quantum critical point, may be realized in spin-triplet superconductors such as strontium ruthenates and uranium compounds.

  17. Influence of spatial disorder on the superconducting state of a 3D superconductor

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    Parra, Carolina; Niestemski, Francis; Giraldo-Gallo, Paula; Contryman, Alex W.; Geballe, Theodore H.; Fisher, Ian R.; Manoharan, Hari C.

    2014-03-01

    We present the first measurements of the local tunneling density of states on the three-dimensional superconductor BaPb1 - x BixO3 as a function of Bi doping. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy measurements are performed on a sequence of samples which exhibit a field-tuned superconductor-to-insulator (SIT) transition. Our study shows that gap variations in the superconducting (SC) state (as a sign of SC disorder level) increase when the system moves towards the SIT phase boundary, with spatial inhomogeneity comparable in size to the material's coherence length. We demonstrate that this highly inhomogeneous local gap size is always finite at every location, even for Bi concentration closest to the SIT, where local insulating behavior is expected and globally confirmed in transport experiments. Our results also suggest a method for increasing the critical temperature for this material by reducing its spatial disorder in the appropriate part of the phase diagram.

  18. Ambient-Pressure Bulk Superconductivity Deep in the Magnetic State of CeRhIn5

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    Paglione,J.; Ho, P.; Maple, M.; Tanatar, M.; Taillefer, L.; Lee, Y.; Petrovic, C.

    2008-01-01

    Specific heat, magnetic susceptibility and electrical transport measurements were performed at ambient pressure on high-quality single crystal specimens of CeRhIn5 down to ultra-low temperatures. We report signatures of an anomaly observed in all measured quantities consistent with a bulk phase transition to a superconducting state at T{sub c}=110 mK. Occurring far below the onset of antiferromagnetism at T{sub N}=3.8 K, this transition appears to involve a significant portion of the available low-temperature density of electronic states, exhibiting an entropy change in line with that found in other members of the 115 family of superconductors tuned away from quantum criticality.

  19. Stabilizing a Bell state of two superconducting qubits by dissipation engineering

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    Leghtas, Z.; Vool, U.; Shankar, S.; Hatridge, M.; Girvin, S. M.; Devoret, M. H.; Mirrahimi, M.

    2013-08-01

    We propose a dissipation-engineering scheme that prepares and protects a maximally entangled state of a pair of superconducting qubits. This is done by off-resonantly coupling the two qubits to a low-Q cavity mode playing the role of a dissipative reservoir. We engineer this coupling by applying six continuous-wave microwave drives with appropriate frequencies. The two qubits need not be identical. We show that our approach does not require any fine-tuning of the parameters and requires only that certain ratios between them be large. With currently achievable coherence times, simulations indicate that a Bell state can be maintained over arbitrary long times with fidelities above 94%. Such performance leads to a significant violation of Bell's inequality (Clauser-Horne-Shimony-Holt correlation larger than 2.6) for arbitrary long times.

  20. A method of studying the Bogoliubov-de Gennes equations for the superconducting vortex lattice state.

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    Han, Qiang

    2010-01-27

    In this paper, we present a method to construct the eigenspace of the tight-binding electrons moving on a 2D square lattice with nearest-neighbor hopping in the presence of a perpendicular uniform magnetic field which imposes (quasi-)periodic boundary conditions for the wavefunctions in the magnetic unit cell. Exact unitary transformations are put forward to correlate the discrete eigenvectors of the 2D electrons with those of the Harper equation. The cyclic tridiagonal matrix associated with the Harper equation is then tridiagonalized by another unitary transformation. The obtained truncated eigenbasis is utilized to expand the Bogoliubov-de Gennes equations for the superconducting vortex lattice state, which shows the merit of our method in studying large-sized systems. To test our method, we have applied our results to study the vortex lattice state of an s-wave superconductor. PMID:21386295

  1. A low loss superconducting filter with four states based on symmetrical interdigital-loaded structure

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    Gao, Tianqi; Wei, Bin; Cao, Bisong; Wang, Dan; Guo, Xubo

    2016-06-01

    This paper presents a new symmetrical interdigital-loaded microstrip structure. The symmetrical structure can be applied to design a filter that can work at different frequencies. The filter has similar in-band response at each working frequency with low insertion loss. Based on the proposed structures, a low-loss six-pole high temperature superconducting (HTS) filter with four different working states is designed and fabricated. The center frequency of the filter can be tuned discretely from 1.382 GHz to 1.193 GHz. All four states have similar in-band characters, whereas the insertion losses are less than 0.3 dB. The measured results are consistent with the simulations.

  2. Probing the dynamics of Andreev states in a coherent Normal/Superconducting ring

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    Chiodi, F.; Ferrier, M.; Tikhonov, K.; Virtanen, P.; Heikkilä, T. T.; Feigelman, M.; Guéron, S.; Bouchiat, H.

    2011-01-01

    The supercurrent that establishes between two superconductors connected through a normal N mesoscopic link is carried by quasiparticule states localized within the link, the “Andreev bound states (ABS)”. Whereas the dc properties of this supercurrent in SNS junctions are now well understood, its dynamical properties are still an unresolved issue. In this letter we probe this dynamics by inductively coupling an NS ring to a multimode superconducting resonator, thereby implementing both a phase bias and current detection at high frequency. Whereas at very low temperatures we essentially measure the phase derivative of the supercurrent, at higher temperature we find a surprisingly strong frequency dependence in the current response of the ring: the ABS do not follow adiabatically the phase modulation. This experiment also illustrates a new tool to probe the fundamental time scales of phase coherent systems that are decoupled from macroscopic normal contacts and thermal baths. PMID:22355522

  3. RF power upgrade at the superconducting 1.3 GHz CW LINAC "ELBE" with solid state amplifiers

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    Büttig, Hartmut; Arnold, A.; Büchner, A.; Justus, M.; Kuntsch, M.; Lehnert, U.; Michel, P.; Schurig, R.; Staats, G.; Teichert, J.

    2013-03-01

    The RF power for the superconducting 1.3 GHz CW LINAC "ELBE" has been doubled from less than 10 kW to 20 kW per cavity. In January 2012 the four 10 kW klystrons used to drive the four superconducting cavities of the LINAC have been replaced by pairs of 10 kW solid state power amplifiers (SSPA). ELBE is now worldwide the first 1.3 GHz CW LINAC equipped with solid state RF power amplifiers. This technical note details on this project.

  4. Hybrid superconducting neutron detectors

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    Merlo, V.; Lucci, M.; Ottaviani, I.; Salvato, M.; Cirillo, M.; Scherillo, A.; Celentano, G.; Pietropaolo, A.

    2015-03-16

    A neutron detection concept is presented that is based on superconductive niobium (Nb) strips coated by a boron (B) layer. The working principle of the detector relies on the nuclear reaction, {sup 10}B + n → α + {sup 7}Li, with α and Li ions generating a hot spot on the current-biased Nb strip which in turn induces a superconducting-normal state transition. The latter is recognized as a voltage signal which is the evidence of the incident neutron. The above described detection principle has been experimentally assessed and verified by irradiating the samples with a pulsed neutron beam at the ISIS spallation neutron source (UK). It is found that the boron coated superconducting strips, kept at a temperature T = 8 K and current-biased below the critical current I{sub c}, are driven into the normal state upon thermal neutron irradiation. As a result of the transition, voltage pulses in excess of 40 mV are measured while the bias current can be properly modulated to bring the strip back to the superconducting state, thus resetting the detector. Measurements on the counting rate of the device are presented and the basic physical features of the detector are discussed.

  5. Hybrid superconducting neutron detectors

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    Merlo, V.; Salvato, M.; Cirillo, M.; Lucci, M.; Ottaviani, I.; Scherillo, A.; Celentano, G.; Pietropaolo, A.

    2015-03-01

    A neutron detection concept is presented that is based on superconductive niobium (Nb) strips coated by a boron (B) layer. The working principle of the detector relies on the nuclear reaction, 10B + n → α + 7Li, with α and Li ions generating a hot spot on the current-biased Nb strip which in turn induces a superconducting-normal state transition. The latter is recognized as a voltage signal which is the evidence of the incident neutron. The above described detection principle has been experimentally assessed and verified by irradiating the samples with a pulsed neutron beam at the ISIS spallation neutron source (UK). It is found that the boron coated superconducting strips, kept at a temperature T = 8 K and current-biased below the critical current Ic, are driven into the normal state upon thermal neutron irradiation. As a result of the transition, voltage pulses in excess of 40 mV are measured while the bias current can be properly modulated to bring the strip back to the superconducting state, thus resetting the detector. Measurements on the counting rate of the device are presented and the basic physical features of the detector are discussed.

  6. Superconducting state parameters of La100- C Ga C binary metallic glasses

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    Vora, Aditya M.

    2008-06-01

    The theoretical investigations of the superconducting state parameters (SSP) viz. electron-phonon coupling strength λ, Coulomb pseudopotential μ*, transition temperature T C , isotope effect exponent α and effective interaction strength N O V of six binary La100- C Ga C ( C = 16, 20, 22, 24, 26 and 28 at. %) metallic glasses have been reported using Ashcroft’s empty core (EMC) model potential for the first time. Five local field correction functions proposed by Hartree (H), Taylor (T), Ichimaru-Utsumi (IU), Farid et al. (F) and Sarkar et al. (S) are used in the present investigation to study the screening influence on the aforesaid properties. It is observed that the electron-phonon coupling strength λ and the transition temperature T C are quite sensitive to the selection of the local field correction functions, whereas the Coulomb pseudopotential μ*, isotope effect exponent α and effective interaction strength N O V show weak dependences on the local field correction functions. The T C obtained from H-local field correction function are found in qualitative agreement with available experimental data and show almost linear nature with the concentration ( C) of ‘Ga’ element. A linear T C equation is proposed by fitting the present outcomes for H-local field correction function, which is in conformity with other results for the experimental data. Also, the present results are found to be in qualitative agreement with other such earlier reported data, which confirms the superconducting phase in the metallic glasses.

  7. Study of superconducting state parameters of alkali alkali binary alloys by a pseudopotential

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    Vora, Aditya M.

    2006-12-01

    A detailed study of the superconducting state parameters (SSP) viz. electron-phonon coupling strength λ, Coulomb pseudopotential μ∗, transition temperature TC, isotope effect exponent α and effective interaction strength N OV of ten alkali-alkali binary alloys i.e. Li 1- xNa x, Li 1- xK x, Li 1- xRb x, Li 1- xCs x, Na 1- xK x, Na 1- xRb x, Na 1- xCs x, K 1- xRb x, K 1- xCs x and Rb 1- xCs x are made within the framework of the model potential formalism and employing the pseudo-alloy-atom (PAA) model for the first time. We use the Ashcroft’s empty core (EMC) model potential for evaluating the superconducting properties of alkali alloys. Five different forms of local field correction functions viz. Hartree (H), Taylor (T), Ichimaru-Utsumi (IU), Farid et al. (F) and Sarkar et al. (S) are used to incorporate the exchange and correlation effects. A considerable influence of various exchange and correlation functions on λ and μ∗ is found from the present study. Reasonable agreement with the theoretical values of the SSP of pure components is found (corresponding to the concentration x = 0 or 1). It is also concluded that nature of the SSP strongly depends on the value of the atomic volume Ω0 of alkali-alkali binary alloys.

  8. Theoretical study of superconducting state parameters of binary metallic glasses by a pseudopotential method

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    Vora, Aditya M.

    2009-03-01

    The theoretical investigations of the superconducting state parameters (SSP) viz. electron-phonon coupling strength λ, Coulomb pseudopotential μ∗, transition temperature T C, isotope effect exponent α and effective interaction strength N0V of binary metallic glasses have been reported using Ashcroft’s empty core (EMC) model potential for the first time. Five local field correction functions proposed by Hartree (H), Taylor (T), Ichimaru-Utsumi (IU), Farid et al. (F) and Sarkar et al. (S) are used in the present investigation to study the screening influence on the aforesaid properties. It is observed that λ and T C are quite sensitive to the selection of the local field correction functions in comparisons with μ∗, α and N0V. The T C obtained from H-local field correction function is found in qualitative agreement with available experimental data and show linear nature with the concentration ( C). A linear T C equation is proposed by fitting the present outcomes for H-local field correction function, which is in conformity with other results for the experimental data. Also, the present results are found in qualitative agreement with other such earlier reported data, which confirms the superconducting phase in the metallic glasses.

  9. Superconducting state parameters of La100-C GaC binary metallic glasses

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    Vora, Aditya

    2008-06-01

    The theoretical investigations of the superconducting state parameters (SSP) viz. electron-phonon coupling strength λ, Coulomb pseudopotential μ*, transition temperature T C, isotope effect exponent α and effective interaction strength N O V of six binary La100-C GaC (C = 16, 20, 22, 24, 26 and 28 at. %) metallic glasses have been reported using Ashcroft's empty core (EMC) model potential for the first time. Five local field correction functions proposed by Hartree (H), Taylor (T), Ichimaru-Utsumi (IU), Farid et al. (F) and Sarkar et al. (S) are used in the present investigation to study the screening influence on the aforesaid properties. It is observed that the electron-phonon coupling strength λ and the transition temperature T C are quite sensitive to the selection of the local field correction functions, whereas the Coulomb pseudopotential μ*, isotope effect exponent α and effective interaction strength N O V show weak dependences on the local field correction functions. The T C obtained from H-local field correction function are found in qualitative agreement with available experimental data and show almost linear nature with the concentration (C) of `Ga' element. A linear T C equation is proposed by fitting the present outcomes for H-local field correction function, which is in conformity with other results for the experimental data. Also, the present results are found to be in qualitative agreement with other such earlier reported data, which confirms the superconducting phase in the metallic glasses.

  10. Theoretical Investigation of Superconducting State Parameters of Binary Metallic Glasses Cu1-cSnc

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    Vora, Aditya M.

    2008-07-01

    Superconducting state parameters (SSP) viz. electron-phonon coupling strength l, Coulomb pseudopotential m*, transition temperature TC, isotope effect exponent a and effective interaction strength NO V of seven Cu1-c Snc binary metallic glasses have been reported using Ashcroft's empty core (EMC) model potential for the first time. Five local field correction functions proposed by Hartree (H), Taylor (T), Ichimaru-Utsumi (IU), Farid et al. (F) and Sarkar et al. (S) are used in the present investigation to study the screening influence on the aforesaid properties. The TC obtained from H-local field correction function are found in qualitative agreement with available experimental data and show linear nature with the concentration c of element Sn. A linear TC equation is proposed by fitting the present outcomes for H-local field correction function, which is in conformity with other results for the experimental data. Also, the present results are found in qualitative agreement with other such earlier reported data, which confirms the superconducting phase in the metallic glasses.

  11. Superconducting High-Resolution X-Ray Spectrometers for Chemical State Analysis of Dilute Samples

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    Friedrich, S; Drury, O B; Funk, T; Sherrell, D; Yachandra, V K; Labov, S E; Cramer, S P

    2003-09-02

    Cryogenic X-ray spectrometers operating at temperatures below 1 K combine high energy resolution with broadband efficiency for X-ray energies up to 10 keV. They offer advantages for chemical state analysis of dilute samples by fluorescence-detected X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) in cases where conventional Ge or Si(Li) detectors lack energy resolution and grating spectrometers lack detection efficiency. We are developing soft X-ray spectrometers based on superconducting Nb-Al-AlOx-Al-Nb tunnel junction (STJ) technology. X-rays absorbed in one of the superconducting electrodes generate excess charge carriers in proportion to their energy, thereby producing a measurable temporary increase in tunneling current. For STJ operation at the synchrotron, we have designed a two-stage adiabatic demagnetization refrigerator (ADR) with a cold finger that holds a 3 x 3 array of STJs inside the UHV sample chamber at a temperature of {approx}0.1 K within {approx}15 mm of a room temperature sample. Our STJ spectrometer can have an energy resolution below 10 eV FWHM for X-ray energies up to 1 keV, and has total count rate capabilities above 100,000 counts/s. We will describe detector performance in synchrotron-based X-ray fluorescence experiments and demonstrate its use for XAS on a dilute metal site in a metalloprotein.

  12. Coherent-state storage and retrieval between superconducting cavities using parametric frequency conversion

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    Sirois, A. J.; Castellanos-Beltran, M. A.; DeFeo, M. P.; Ranzani, L.; Lecocq, F.; Simmonds, R. W.; Teufel, J. D.; Aumentado, J.

    2015-04-01

    In superconducting quantum information, machined aluminum superconducting cavities have proven to be a well-controlled, low-dissipation electromagnetic environment for quantum circuits such as qubits. They can possess large internal quality factors, Qint > 108, and present the possibility of storing quantum information for times far exceeding those of microfabricated circuits. However, in order to be useful as a storage element, these cavities require a fast "read/write" mechanism—in other words, they require tunable coupling between other systems of interest such as other cavity modes and qubits, as well as any associated readout hardware. In this work, we demonstrate these qualities in a simple dual cavity architecture in which a low-Q "readout" mode is parametrically coupled to a high-Q "storage" mode, allowing us to store and retrieve classical information. Specifically, we employ a flux-driven Josephson junction-based coupling scheme to controllably swap coherent states between two cavities, demonstrating full, sequenced control over the coupling rates between modes.

  13. Coherent-state storage and retrieval between superconducting cavities using parametric frequency conversion

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    Sirois, A. J.; Castellanos-Beltran, M. A.; DeFeo, M. P.; Ranzani, L.; Lecocq, F.; Simmonds, R. W.; Teufel, J. D.; Aumentado, J.

    2015-04-27

    In superconducting quantum information, machined aluminum superconducting cavities have proven to be a well-controlled, low-dissipation electromagnetic environment for quantum circuits such as qubits. They can possess large internal quality factors, Q{sub int} > 10{sup 8}, and present the possibility of storing quantum information for times far exceeding those of microfabricated circuits. However, in order to be useful as a storage element, these cavities require a fast “read/write” mechanism—in other words, they require tunable coupling between other systems of interest such as other cavity modes and qubits, as well as any associated readout hardware. In this work, we demonstrate these qualities in a simple dual cavity architecture in which a low-Q “readout” mode is parametrically coupled to a high-Q “storage” mode, allowing us to store and retrieve classical information. Specifically, we employ a flux-driven Josephson junction-based coupling scheme to controllably swap coherent states between two cavities, demonstrating full, sequenced control over the coupling rates between modes.

  14. High pressure studies of superconductivity

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    Hillier, Narelle Jayne

    Superconductivity has been studied extensively since it was first discovered over 100 years ago. High pressure studies, in particular, have been vital in furthering our understanding of the superconducting state. Pressure allows researchers to enhance the properties of existing superconductors, to find new superconductors, and to test the validity of theoretical models. This thesis presents a series of high pressure measurements performed in both He-gas and diamond anvil cell systems on various superconductors and on materials in which pressure-induced superconductivity has been predicted. Under pressure the alkali metals undergo a radical departure from the nearly-free electron model. In Li this leads to a superconducting transition temperature that is among the highest of the elements. All alkali metals have been predicted to become superconducting under pressure. Pursuant to this, a search for superconductivity has been conducted in the alkali metals Na and K. In addition, the effect of increasing electron concentration on Li1-xMgx alloys has been studied. Metallic hydrogen and hydrogen-rich compounds are believed to be good candidates for high temperature superconductivity. High pressure optical studies of benzene (C6H6) have been performed to 2 Mbar to search for pressure-induced metallization. Finally, cuprate and iron-based materials are considered high-Tc superconductors. These layered compounds exhibit anisotropic behavior under pressure. Precise hydrostatic measurements of dTc/dP on HgBa2CuO 4+delta have been carried out in conjunction with uniaxial pressure experiments by another group. The results obtained provide insight into the effect of each of the lattice parameters on Tc. Finally, a series of hydrostatic and non-hydrostatic measurements on LnFePO (Ln = La, Pr, Nd) reveal startling evidence that the superconducting state in the iron-based superconductors is highly sensitive to lattice strain.

  15. Large Dispersive Shift of Cavity Resonance Induced by a Superconducting Flux Qubit in the Straddling Regime

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    Inomata, Kunihiro; Yamamoto, Tsuyoshi; Billangeon, Pierre-M.; Lin, Zhirong; Nakamura, Yasunobu; Tsai, Jaw-Shen; Koshino, Kazuki

    2013-03-01

    We demonstrate enhancement of the dispersive frequency shift in a coplanar waveguide resonator induced by a capacitively coupled superconducting flux qubit in the straddling regime. The magnitude of the observed shift, 80 MHz for the qubit-resonator detuning of 5 GHz, is quantitatively explained by the generalized Rabi model which takes into account the contribution of the qubit higher energy levels. By applying the enhanced dispersive shift to the qubit readout, we achieved 90 % contrast of the Rabi oscillations which is mainly limited by the energy relaxation of the qubit. We also discuss the qubit readout using a Josephson parametric amplifier. This work was supported by the MEXT Kakenhi ``Quantum Cybernetics'', the JSPS through its FIRST Program, and the NICT Commissioned Research.

  16. Shock wave induced changes in superconductivity in YBa2Cu3O(7-delta)

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    Murr, L. E.; Niou, C. S.; Jin, S.; Tiefel, T. H.; James, A. C. W. P.

    1989-10-01

    Shock wave loading produced significant changes in superconductivity in sintered YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) causing a broad transition with Tc (R = 0) around 40 K. The normal-state resistivity increased by 20-50 times with the rho-T curve exhibiting a semiconducting behavior. Comparative thermogravimetric analysis, however, indicated no loss of oxygen in the shock-loaded sample, and X-ray powder diffraction analysis showed no major changes except for slight line broadening. The observed semiconductive behavior and degradation in superconductivity is thus attributed to a rather subtle disturbance in crystal structure, the nature of which is not clearly understood at present. The lack of sufficient recovery in Tc by post-shock oxygen processing at temperatures as high as 750 C and subsequent cooling implies that the atomic-scale disturbance may not necessarily be related to a simple oxygen disorder. Such defects, if controlled properly, may be advantagenously turned into desirable flux-pinning sites for improved critical currents.

  17. Study of vortex states and dynamics in mesoscopic superconducting samples with MFM

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    Polshyn, Gregory; Naibert, Tyler; Chua, Victor; Budakian, Raffi

    Vortex states in superconducting (SC) structures, their dynamics and ways to manipulate them are topics of great interest. We report a new method of magnetic force microscopy (MFM) that allows the study of vortex states in mesoscopic SC samples. For the case of a SC ring, which is biased to a half-integer flux quantum, the flux modulation through the ring caused by the motion of the magnetic tip drives the ring between two consecutive fluxoid states. The corresponding current switching in the ring produces strong position-dependent forces on the cantilever. In the regime where the frequency of the thermally activated jumps between fluxoid states is close to the frequency of the cantilever, large changes in the cantilever frequency and dissipation are observed. This effect may be understood as a stochastic resonance (SR) process. These changes in the cantilever's mechanical properties are used to ``image'' the barrier energies between fluxoid states. Additionally, SR imaging of the barrier energies are used to study the effect of the locally applied magnetic field from the MFM tip on the barrier heights. We report the results of measurements for Al rings. Further, the same imaging technique can be applied to more sophisticated SC structures such as arrays of Josephson junctions.

  18. Normal-state and superconducting properties of Sr{sub 2}RuO{sub 4}

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    Maeno, Y.; Nishizaki, S.; Yoshida, K.

    1996-12-01

    The authors discuss some of the current issues on the copper-free layered perovskite superconductor Sr{sub 2}RuO{sub 4}, for which a sharp transition at T{sub c} = 1.2 K has been reproducibly obtained. The normal state is characterized as an essentially two-dimensional Fermi liquid, and the coherent interlayer transport is established only at low temperatures. The cylindrical Fermi surface observed by de Haas-van Alphen experiments is consistent with other thermodynamic and transport properties. Although the specific heat jump across T{sub c} confirms the bulk superconductivity, the large residual T-linear term which correlates with the variation in T{sub c} is unusual and suggestive of unconventional pairing.

  19. Study of Superconducting State Parameters of Transition Metals Binary Alloys by a Pseudopotential Approach

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    Vora, Aditya M.

    In the present article, we have reported the theoretical study of the superconducting state parameters (SSP) viz. electron-phonon coupling strength λ, Coulomb pseudopotential μ*, transition temperature TC, isotope effect exponent α and effective interaction strength N0V of a 3d-transition metal-based binary alloys using Ashcroft's empty core (EMC) model potential. Five local field correction functions proposed by Hartree (H), Taylor (T), Ichimaru-Utsumi (IU), Farid et al. (F) and Sarkar et al. (S) are used in the present investigation to study the screening influence on the aforesaid properties. A considerable influence of various exchange and correlation functions on λ and μ* is found from the present study. The present results of the SSP are found in qualitative agreement with the available experimental data wherever they exist.

  20. Photoemission line-shapes and dispersion relations in the superconducting state of BISCO

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    Fedorov, A. V.; Chuang, Y.-D.; Gromko, A. D.; Sun, Z.; Douglas, J.; Koralek, J. D.; Dessau, D. S.; Aiura, Y.; Yamaguchi, Y.; Oka, K.; Ando, Yoichi

    2003-03-01

    Using high-resolution angle-resolved photoemission on BISCO we have studied the dispersion relations and photoemission line-shapes close to the Fermi level. Results taken near (p,0) points of the Brilloin zone indicate that traditional peak-dip-hump structure is largely due to the presence of bonding and anti-bonding bands. However, a separate much weaker peak and hump structure can be detected if the bilayer splitting is resolved properly. This true peak-dip hump lineshape develops in the superconducting state. At the same time, the dispersion relations show the kink" or mass enhancement with the true quasiparticles occurring within the kink energy. We will argue that "kinks" detected in the vicinity of (p,0) points and along the nodal direction are distinctly different in nature.

  1. 59Co NMR Study of the Co States in Superconducting and Anhydrous Cobaltates

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    Mukhamedshin, I. R.; Alloul, H.; Collin, G.; Blanchard, N.

    2005-06-01

    59Co NMR spectra in oriented powders of Na0.35CoO2 and in its hydrated superconducting (HSC) phase Na0.35CoO2,1.3H2O reveal a single electronic Co state with identical T independent NMR shift tensor. These phases differ markedly from Na0.7CoO2, in which we resolve three types of Co sites. The large T variation of their spin susceptibilities χs and the anisotropy of the orbital susceptibility χorb allow us to conclude that charge disproportionation occurs in a nonmagnetic Co3+ and two magnetic sites with about 0.3 and 0.7 holes in the t2g multiplet. The data are consistent with those for the single Co site in the anhydrous and HSC phase assuming the expected Co3.65+ charge.

  2. High-temperature superconductivity in space-charge regions of lanthanum cuprate induced by two-dimensional doping

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    Baiutti, F.; Logvenov, G.; Gregori, G.; Cristiani, G.; Wang, Y.; Sigle, W.; van Aken, P. A.; Maier, J.

    2015-01-01

    The exploitation of interface effects turned out to be a powerful tool for generating exciting material properties. Such properties include magnetism, electronic and ionic transport and even superconductivity. Here, instead of using conventional homogeneous doping to enhance the hole concentration in lanthanum cuprate and achieve superconductivity, we replace single LaO planes with SrO dopant planes using atomic-layer-by-layer molecular beam epitaxy (two-dimensional doping). Electron spectroscopy and microscopy, conductivity measurements and zinc tomography reveal such negatively charged interfaces to induce layer-dependent superconductivity (Tc up to 35 K) in the space-charge zone at the side of the planes facing the substrate, where the strontium (Sr) profile is abrupt. Owing to the growth conditions, the other side exhibits instead a Sr redistribution resulting in superconductivity due to conventional doping. The present study represents a successful example of two-dimensional doping of superconducting oxide systems and demonstrates its power in this field. PMID:26481902

  3. SEE induced in SRAM operating in a superconducting electron linear accelerator environment

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    Makowski, D.; Mukherjee, Bhaskar; Grecki, M.; Simrock, Stefan

    2005-02-01

    Strong fields of bremsstrahlung photons and photoneutrons are produced during the operation of high-energy electron linacs. Therefore, a mixed gamma and neutron radiation field dominates the accelerators environment. The gamma radiation induced Total Ionizing Dose (TID) effect manifests the long-term deterioration of the electronic devices operating in accelerator environment. On the other hand, the neutron radiation is responsible for Single Event Effects (SEE) and may cause a temporal loss of functionality of electronic systems. This phenomenon is known as Single Event Upset (SEU). The neutron dose (KERMA) was used to scale the neutron induced SEU in the SRAM chips. Hence, in order to estimate the neutron KERMA conversion factor for Silicon (Si), dedicated calibration experiments using an Americium-Beryllium (241Am/Be) neutron standard source was carried out. Single Event Upset (SEU) influences the short-term operation of SRAM compared to the gamma induced TID effect. We are at present investigating the feasibility of an SRAM based real-time beam-loss monitor for high-energy accelerators utilizing the SEU caused by fast neutrons. This paper highlights the effects of gamma and neutron radiations on Static Random Access Memory (SRAM), placed at selected locations near the Superconducting Linear Accelerator driving the Vacuum UV Free Electron Laser (VUVFEL) of DESY.

  4. Clarification as to why alcoholic beverages have the ability to induce superconductivity in Fe1+dTe1-xSx

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    Deguchi, K.; Sato, D.; Sugimoto, M.; Hara, H.; Kawasaki, Y.; Demura, S.; Watanabe, T.; Denholme, S. J.; Okazaki, H.; Ozaki, T.; Yamaguchi, T.; Takeya, H.; Soga, T.; Tomita, M.; Takano, Y.

    2012-08-01

    To elucidate the mechanism as to why alcoholic beverages can induce superconductivity in Fe1+dTe1-xSx samples, we performed component analysis and found that a weak acid such as an organic acid has the ability to induce superconductivity. Inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy was performed on weak acid solutions post-annealing. We found that the mechanism of inducement of superconductivity in Fe1+dTe1-xSx is the deintercalation of excess Fe from the interlayer sites.

  5. Superconductive microstrip exhibiting negative differential resistivity

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    Huebener, R.P.; Gallus, D.E.

    1975-10-28

    A device capable of exhibiting negative differential electrical resistivity over a range of values of current and voltage is formed by vapor- depositing a thin layer of a material capable of exhibiting superconductivity on an insulating substrate, establishing electrical connections at opposite ends of the deposited strip, and cooling the alloy into its superconducting range. The device will exhibit negative differential resistivity when biased in the current- induced resistive state.

  6. Theory of Topological Superconductivity in Ferromagnetic Metal Chains on Superconducting Substrates

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    Chen, Hua

    2015-03-01

    Recent experiments have provided evidence that one-dimensional (1D) topological superconductivity based on transition metal atom chains formed on a superconducting substrate can be realized experimentally when the chain behaves like a ferromagnetic macrospin. In this talk I will address the structural and bonding considerations which determine whether or not a particular atom chain will have magnetic and electronic properties favorable for topological superconductivity. By using a Slater-Koster tight-binding model to account for important features of transition metal electronic structure, I conclude that topological states are common for ferromagnetic chains on superconductors and that they are nearly universal when ferromagnetic transition metal chains form straight lines on superconducting substrates. The proximity induced superconducting gap on the chain is ~ ΔEso / J where Δ is the s-wave pair-potential on the chain, Eso is the spin-orbit splitting energy induced in the normal chain state bands by hybridization with the superconducting substrate, and J is the exchange-splitting of the ferromagnetic chain d-bands. Because of the topological character of the 1D superconducting state, Majorana end modes appear within the gaps of finite length chains. I will specifically discuss the spatial decay length of the Majorana end modes which can be much shorter than the coherence length from the induced p-wave gap on the chain due to its strong coupling to the three-dimensional superconducting substrate, in agreement with experimental results. Pb is a particularly favorable substrate material for ferromagnetic chain topological superconductivity because it provides both strong s - wave pairing and strong Rashba spin-orbit coupling, but there seems to be considerable scope to optimize the 1D topological superconductivity by varying the atomic composition and structure of the chain. The authors acknowledge support from the Office of Naval Research under Grant ONR-N00014-14-1-0330.

  7. Study of superconducting state parameters of ternary metallic glasses through pseudopotential approach

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    Vora, Aditya M.

    2008-04-01

    A theoretical investigation on the screening dependence of the superconducting state parameters (SSPs) viz. the electron-phonon coupling strength λ, the Coulomb pseudopotential μ*, the transition temperature TC, the isotope effect exponent α and the effective interaction strength N0V of some ternary metallic glasses such as Ti50Be34Zr10, (Mo0.6Ru0.4)78B22, (Mo0.6Ru0.4)80B20, (Mo0.4Ru0.6)80P20, (Mo0.6Ru0.4)70Si30, (Mo0.6Ru0.4)84B16, (Mo0.6Ru0.4)72Si28, (Mo0.6Ru0.4)86B14, (Mo0.6Ru0.4)76Si24, (Mo0.6Ru0.4)78Si22, (Mo0.6Ru0.4)80Si20, (Mo0.6Ru0.4)82Si18 and (Mo0.6Ru0.4)80P20 is reported for the first time using Ashcroft's empty core (EMC) model potential. Five local field correction functions proposed by Hartree (H), Taylor (T), Ichimaru-Utsumi (IU), Farid et al (F) and Sarkar et al (S) are used in the present investigation to study the effect of screening on the aforesaid properties. It is observed that λ and TC are reasonably sensitive to the selection of the local field correction functions, whereas μ*, α and N0V show weak dependences on the local field correction functions. The transition temperature TC obtained from the H-local field correction function is found to be in excellent agreement with available experimental data. Also, the present results are found to be in qualitative agreement with other earlier reported data, which confirms the existence of the superconducting phase in the above ternary metallic glasses.

  8. Screening dependence of superconducting state parameters of Cu Zr binary metallic glasses

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    Vora, Aditya M.

    2007-06-01

    Screening dependence investigations of the superconducting state parameters (SSP), namely the electron-phonon coupling strength λ, Coulomb pseudopotential μ*, transition temperature TC, isotope effect exponent α and effective interaction strength NOV of ten binary CuCZr100-C (C = 0.25,0.30,0.33,0.35,0.40,0.45,0.50,0.55,0.57 and 0.60) metallic glasses have been reported using Ashcroft's empty core (EMC) model potential. Five local field correction functions proposed by Hartree (H), Taylor (T), Ichimaru-Utsumi (IU), Farid et al (F) and Sarkar et al (S) are used in the present investigation to study the screening influence on the aforesaid properties. It is observed that the electron-phonon coupling strength λ and the transition temperature TC are quite sensitive to the selection of the local field correction functions, whereas the Coulomb pseudopotential μ*, isotope effect exponent α and effective interaction strength NOV show weak dependences on the local field correction functions. The TC obtained from the H-local field correction function is found to be in qualitative agreement with available theoretical or experimental data and shows an almost linear nature with the concentration C of the element Cu. A linear TC equation is proposed by fitting the present outcomes for the H-local field correction function, which is in conformity with other results for the experimental data. Also, the present results are found to be in qualitative agreement with other such data earlier reported, which confirms the superconducting phase in the metallic glasses.

  9. Superconducting state parameters of Cu xZr 100- x binary metallic glasses

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    Vora, Aditya M.

    2007-07-01

    The screening dependence investigations of the superconducting state parameters (SSP) viz., electron-phonon coupling strength λ, Coulomb pseudopotential μ∗, transition temperature TC, isotope effect exponent α and effective interaction strength NOV of 10 binary Cu xZr 100- x ( x = 0.25, 0.30, 0.33, 0.35, 0.40, 0.45, 0.50, 0.55, 0.57 and 0.60) metallic glasses have been reported using Ashcroft’s empty core (EMC) model potential. Five local field correction functions proposed by Hartree (H), Taylor (T), Ichimaru-Utsumi (IU), Farid et al. (F) and Sarkar et al. (S) are used in the present investigation to study the screening influence on the aforesaid properties. It is observed that the electron-phonon coupling strength λ and the transition temperature TC are quite sensitive to the selection of the local field correction functions, whereas, the Coulomb pseudopotential μ∗, isotope effect exponent α and effective interaction strength NOV show weak dependences on the local field correction functions. The TC obtained from IU-local field correction function are found an excellent agreement with available theoretical or experimental data and show almost linear nature with the concentration ‘ x’ of Cu element. A linear TC equation is proposed by fitting the present outcomes for IU-local field correction function, which is in conformity with other results for the experimental data. Also, the present results are found in qualitative agreement with other such earlier reported data, which confirms the superconducting phase in the metallic glasses.

  10. Quantum ground state effect on fluctuation rates in nano-patterned superconducting structures

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    Eftekharian, Amin; Jafari Salim, Amir; University of Waterloo, 200 University Ave West, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 ; Atikian, Haig; Akhlaghi, Mohsen K.; Hamed Majedi, A.

    2013-12-09

    In this Letter, we present a theoretical model with experimental verifications to describe the abnormal behaviors of the measured fluctuation rates occurring in nano-patterned superconducting structures below the critical temperature. In the majority of previous works, it is common to describe the fluctuation rate by defining a fixed ground state or initial state level for the singularities (vortex or vortex-antivortex pairs), and then employing the well-known rate equations to calculate the liberation rates. Although this approach gives an acceptable qualitative picture, without utilizing free parameters, all the models have been inadequate in describing the temperature dependence of the rate for a fixed width or the width dependence of the rate for a fixed temperature. Here, we will show that by defining a current-controlled ground state level for both the vortex and vortex-antivortex liberation mechanisms, the dynamics of these singularities are described for a wide range of temperatures and widths. According to this study, for a typical strip width, not only is the vortex-antivortex liberation higher than the predicted rate, but also quantum tunneling is significant in certain conditions and can not be neglected.

  11. New steady-state quiescent high-confinement plasma in an experimental advanced superconducting tokamak.

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    Hu, J S; Sun, Z; Guo, H Y; Li, J G; Wan, B N; Wang, H Q; Ding, S Y; Xu, G S; Liang, Y F; Mansfield, D K; Maingi, R; Zou, X L; Wang, L; Ren, J; Zuo, G Z; Zhang, L; Duan, Y M; Shi, T H; Hu, L Q

    2015-02-01

    A critical challenge facing the basic long-pulse high-confinement operation scenario (H mode) for ITER is to control a magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) instability, known as the edge localized mode (ELM), which leads to cyclical high peak heat and particle fluxes at the plasma facing components. A breakthrough is made in the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak in achieving a new steady-state H mode without the presence of ELMs for a duration exceeding hundreds of energy confinement times, by using a novel technique of continuous real-time injection of a lithium (Li) aerosol into the edge plasma. The steady-state ELM-free H mode is accompanied by a strong edge coherent MHD mode (ECM) at a frequency of 35-40 kHz with a poloidal wavelength of 10.2 cm in the ion diamagnetic drift direction, providing continuous heat and particle exhaust, thus preventing the transient heat deposition on plasma facing components and impurity accumulation in the confined plasma. It is truly remarkable that Li injection appears to promote the growth of the ECM, owing to the increase in Li concentration and hence collisionality at the edge, as predicted by GYRO simulations. This new steady-state ELM-free H-mode regime, enabled by real-time Li injection, may open a new avenue for next-step fusion development. PMID:25699449

  12. Entangled microwaves as a resource for entangling spatially separate solid-state qubits: Superconducting qubits, nitrogen-vacancy centers, and magnetic molecules

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    Gómez, Angela Viviana; Rodríguez, Ferney Javier; Quiroga, Luis; García-Ripoll, Juan José

    2016-06-01

    Quantum correlations present in a broadband two-line squeezed microwave state can induce entanglement in a spatially separated bipartite system consisting of either two single qubits or two-qubit ensembles. By using an appropriate master equation for a bipartite quantum system in contact with two separate but entangled baths, the generating entanglement process in spatially separated quantum systems is thoroughly characterized. Decoherence thermal effects on the entanglement transfer are also discussed. Our results provide evidence that this entanglement transfer by dissipation is feasible, yielding to a steady-state amount of entanglement in the bipartite quantum system which can be optimized for a wide range of realistic physical systems that include state-of-the-art experiments with nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond, superconducting qubits, or even magnetic molecules embedded in a crystalline matrix.

  13. Collective modes, ac response, and magnetic properties of the three-dimensional Dirac semimetal in the triplet superconducting state

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    Rosenstein, B.; Shapiro, B. Ya.; Shapiro, I.

    2015-08-01

    It was recently shown that conventional phonon-electron interactions may induce a triplet pairing state in time-reversal invariant three-dimensional Dirac semimetals. Starting from the microscopic model of the isotropic Dirac semimetal, the Ginzburg-Landau equations for the vector order parameter is derived using the Gor'kov technique. The collective modes including gapless Goldstone modes and gapped Higgs modes of various polarizations are identified. They are somewhat analogous to the modes in the B phase of He3, although in the present case quantitatively there is a pronounced difference between longitudinal and transverse components. The difference is caused by the vector nature of the order parameter leading to two different coherence lengths or penetration depths. The system is predicted to be highly dissipative due to the Goldstone modes. The time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau model in the presence of external fields is used to investigate some optical and magnetic properties of such superconductors. The ac conductivity of a clean sample depends on the orientation of the order parameter. It is demonstrated that the difference between the penetration depths results in rotation of the polarization vector of microwave passing a slab made of this material. The upper critical magnetic field Hc 2 was found. It turns out that at fields close to Hc 2 the order parameter orients itself perpendicular to the field direction. In certain range of parameters the triplet superconducting phase persists at arbitrarily high magnetic field like in some p -wave superconductors.

  14. Conversion of microwave signals by superconducting films in the resistive state

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    Yeru, I. I.; Peskovatskiy, S. A.; Sulima, V. S.

    1984-01-01

    The main characteristics of a superconducting thin film microwave mixer, i.e., conversion efficiency and bandwidth are analyzed. The optimum operating regime of the nonlinear element is determined. Results of calculations are compared with the experimental ones. Experimental data on the noise in the superconducting films in a wide frequency range are presented.

  15. THORIUM-DOPING INDUCED HIGH-Tc SUPERCONDUCTIVITY IN Dy1-xThxFeAsO

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    Luo, Yongkang; Lin, Xiao; Li, Yuke; Tao, Qian; Li, Linjun; Zhu, Zengwei; Cao, Guanghan; Xu, Zhu'an

    2012-12-01

    Parent compound of DyFeAsO was successfully synthesized by solid-state reaction under ambient pressure and superconductivity was induced by partial substitution of trivalent Dy3+ ions with tetravalent Th4+ in Dy1-xThx FeAsO. In the undoped parent compound, an anomaly in the resistivity appears around 140 K which corresponds to the structural phase transition and/or antiferromagnetic (AFM) order of the magnetic moments of Fe2+ ions. At low temperature, another AFM order associated with the magnetic moments of Dy3+ ions occurs at TN of 9.55 K. The AFM order around 140 K has significant influence on the transport properties, which can be interpreted by opening of partial gap on Fermi surface. Th doping suppresses the AFM order related to the Fe2+ ions and the midpoint transition temperature Tc mid of 49.3 K is observed for x = 0.3. Our results also indicate that the [Ln2O2]2+ layer has influence on the magnetism of [Fe2As2]2- layer.

  16. Polymorph selectivity of superconducting CuSe₂ through kinetic control of solid-state metathesis.

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    Martinolich, Andrew J; Kurzman, Joshua A; Neilson, James R

    2015-03-25

    Rational preparation of materials by design is a major goal of inorganic, solid-state, and materials chemists alike. Oftentimes, the use of nonmetallurgical reactions (e.g., chalcogenide fluxes, hydrothermal syntheses, and in this case solid-state metathesis) alters the thermodynamic driving force of the reaction and allows new, refractory, or otherwise energetically unfavorable materials to form under softer conditions. Taking this a step further, alteration of a metathesis reaction pathway can result in either the formation of the equilibrium marcasite polymorph (by stringent exclusion of air) or the kinetically controlled formation of the high-pressure pyrite polymorph of CuSe2 (by exposure to air). From analysis of the reaction coordinate with in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction and pair distribution function analysis as well as differential scanning calorimetry, it is clear that the air-exposed reaction proceeds via slight, endothermic rearrangements of crystalline intermediates to form pyrite, which is attributed to partial solvation of the reaction from atmospheric humidity. In contrast, the air-free reaction proceeds via a significant exothermic process to form marcasite. Decoupling the formation of NaCl from the formation of CuSe2 enables kinetic control to be exercised over the resulting polymorph of these superconducting metal dichalcogenides. PMID:25746853

  17. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in the Superconducting States of Two Heavy Fermion Superconductors, Cerium Dicopper - and URANIUM-BERYLLIUM(13)

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    Tien, Cheng

    Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiments have been carried out in two heavy fermion superconductors, CeCu(,2)Si(,2) and U(,1-x)Th(,x)Be(,13) (x = 0, 0.0331). The unusual normal-state and superconducting state behavior of CeCu(,2)SDi(,2) and UBe(,13) has recently been discovered. Both compounds exhibit enormous values of the normal-state low -temperature magnetic susceptibility (chi) and the linear specific heat coefficient (gamma). Standard analyses of (chi) and (gamma) result in a two order of magnitude enhancement of the conduction-electron mass, but the ratio (chi)/(gamma) retains a value appropriate to a free-electron gas. It is of interest to obtain as much microscopic information as possible. In one of our CeCu(,2)Si(,2) superconducting specimens, the observed temperature dependence of the spin-lattice relaxation rate 1/T(,1) (T) is consistent with a conventional quasiparticle excitation spectrum below the superconducting transition temperature T(,c). In the other superconducting CeCu(,2)Si(,2) sample, the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate decreases drastically just below T(,c) without the apparent enhancement observed in the first sample. This lack of enhancement in 1/T(,1) (T) suggests that the superconductivity in CeCu(,2)Si(,2) is not due to a conventional mechanism. Some unusual features in 1/T(,1) (T) between T(,c) and 1.2 K appear to signal a phase transition, possibly structural in nature. NQR measurements of the nonsuperconducting CeCu(,2)Si(,2) sample are consistent with extensive disorder in the Cu site occupation. The spin-lattice relaxation rate in UBe(,13) varies approximately as T('3) well below the transition temperature T(,c). This behavior is consistent with a class of anisotropic pairing models for which the superconducting gap vanishes along lines on the Fermi surface. Two phase transitions have been observed in the specific heat measurements of U(,0.9669)Th(,0.0331)Be(,13) at T(,c1) and T(,c2). For T(,c2) < T < T(,c1), 1/T(,1

  18. Tartaric acid in red wine as one of the key factors to induce superconductivity in FeTe0.8S0.2

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    Deguchi, Keita; Okuda, Tohru; Hara, Hiroshi; Demura, Satoshi; Watanabe, Tohru; Okazaki, Hiroyuki; Fujioka, Masaya; Denholme, Saleem James; Ozaki, Toshinori; Yamaguchi, Takahide; Takeya, Hiroyuki; Saito, Fumie; Hisamoto, Masashi; Takano, Yoshihiko

    2013-04-01

    We investigated the key factor of superconductivity in FeTe1-xSx induced by alcoholic beverages. To understand the reason why red wine shows larger shielding volume fraction than the other alcoholic beverages, the red wine dependence of superconductivity was performed. All the samples heated in red wine made from different grapes shows large shielding volume fraction compared with the samples heated in water and other alcoholic beverages. The shielding volume fraction of the red wine samples is proportional to the concentration of tartaric acid. We found that tartaric acid is one of the key factors to induce superconductivity in FeTe1-xSx.

  19. Pressure-induced superconducting phase in the charge-density-wave compound terbium tritelluride.

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    Hamlin, J J; Zocco, D A; Sayles, T A; Maple, M B; Chu, J-H; Fisher, I R

    2009-05-01

    A series of high-pressure electrical resistivity measurements on single crystals of TbTe3 reveal a complex phase diagram involving the interplay of superconducting, antiferromagnetic and charge-density-wave order. The onset of superconductivity reaches a maximum of almost 4 K (onset) near approximately 12.4 GPa. PMID:19518815

  20. Investigation of superconducting and normal-state properties of the filled-skutterudite system PrPt4Ge12-xSbx

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    Jeon, I.; Huang, K.; Yazici, D.; Kanchanavatee, N.; White, B. D.; Ho, P.-C.; Jang, S.; Pouse, N.; Maple, M. B.

    2016-03-01

    We report a study of the superconducting and normal-state properties of the filled-skutterudite system PrPt4Ge12 -xSbx . Polycrystalline samples with Sb concentrations up to x =5 were synthesized and investigated by means of x-ray diffraction, electrical resistivity, magnetic susceptibility, and specific heat measurements. We observed a suppression of superconductivity with increasing Sb substitution up to x =4 , above which no signature of superconductivity was observed down to 140 mK. The Sommerfeld coefficient, γ , of superconducting specimens decreases with increasing x up to x =3 , suggesting that superconductivity may depend on the density of electronic states in this system. The specific heat for x =0.5 exhibits an exponential temperature dependence in the superconducting state, reminiscent of a nodeless superconducting energy gap. We observed evidence for a weak "rattling" mode associated with the Pr ions, characterized by an Einstein temperature ΘE˜60 K for 0 ≤x ≤5 ; however, the rattling mode may not play any role in suppressing superconductivity.

  1. Higgs instability in gapless superfluidity/superconductivity

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    Giannakis, Ioannis; Hou Defu; Huang Mei; Ren Haicang

    2007-01-01

    In this letter we explore the Higgs instability in the gapless superfluid/superconducting phase. This is in addition to the (chromo)magnetic instability that is related to the fluctuations of the Nambu-Goldstone bosonic fields. While the latter may induce a single-plane-wave Larkin-Ovchinnikov-Fulde-Ferrel state, the Higgs instability favors spatial inhomogeneity. In the case of the 2-flavor color superconductivity state the Higgs instability can only be partially removed by the electric Coulomb energy. But this does not exclude the possibility that it can be completely removed in other exotic states such as the gapless color-flavor locked state.

  2. Local density of states and its mesoscopic fluctuations near the transition to a superconducting state in disordered systems

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    Burmistrov, I. S.; Gornyi, I. V.; Mirlin, A. D.

    2016-05-01

    We develop a theory of the local density of states (LDOS) of disordered superconductors, employing the nonlinear sigma-model formalism and the renormalization-group framework. The theory takes into account the interplay of disorder and interaction couplings in all channels, treating the systems with short-range and Coulomb interactions on equal footing. We explore two-dimensional systems that would be Anderson insulators in the absence of interaction and two- or three-dimensional systems that undergo an Anderson transition in the absence of interaction. We evaluate both the average tunneling density of states and its mesoscopic fluctuations which are related to the LDOS multifractality in normal disordered systems. The obtained average LDOS shows a pronounced depletion around the Fermi energy, both in the metallic phase (i.e., above the superconducting critical temperature Tc) and in the insulating phase near the superconductor-insulator transition (SIT). The fluctuations of the LDOS are found to be particularly strong for the case of short-range interactions, especially, in the regime when Tc is enhanced by Anderson localization. On the other hand, the long-range Coulomb repulsion reduces the mesoscopic LDOS fluctuations. However, also in a model with Coulomb interaction, the fluctuations become strong when the systems approach the SIT.

  3. Electromotive force and current in a superconducting solenoid with limited length induced by a bar magnet and a monopole

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    Ma, Lianxi

    The magnetic flux ΦB, electromotive force, EMF, and current Iin, induced by a moving magnetic bar and an imaginary magnetic monopole in a superconducting solenoid of multiple turns and length L, are numerically calculated. The magnetic field of the bar magnet is approximated with the magnetic field along z axis of a solenoid with length l and radius a and current I, while the magnetic field of the monopole is supposed to be inversely proportional to r2. Calculations show that, for a bar magnet, ΦB and Iin essentially saturate when the bar moves inside superconducting solenoid, so EMF is zero while Iin is constant. EMF is only induced when the bar enters and exits the solenoid and Iin is zero after the bar leaves the solenoid. For a magnetic monopole, ΦB is discontinuous (from positive maximum to negative maximum) when the it moves through each turn of the superconducting solenoid, but EMF caused by dΦB /dt is continuous while the EMF induced by the a moving monopole is a delta function (moving monopole produces a ring-shaped E field). The total EMFTot in solenoid is the superposition of EMF of each turn of coil and the plateau appears. The current Iin continues to grow while the monopole leaves the solenoid. Thanks to Dr. Liancun Zheng and Mr. Lin Liu for verifying my calculation.

  4. Microwave-Induced Cooling of a Superconducting Persistent-Current Qubit

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    Valenzuela, Sergio; Oliver, William; Berns, David; Berggren, Karl; Levitov, Leonid; Orlando, Terry

    2007-03-01

    We present the experimental demonstration of microwave-induced cooling of a persistent-current qubit. Our qubit is a multi-level artificial atom. Thermal population of the first-excited qubit state is driven to a higher-excited state, from which it preferentially relaxes to the qubit ground state. Cooling is realized, because the driving-induced population transfer to the ground state is faster than the thermal repopulation of the excited state. We achieve effective qubit temperatures < 3 mK, a factor 10x-100x lower than the dilution refrigerator ambient temperature. This talk will present and discuss these experimental results. [1] S.O. Valenzuela, W.D. Oliver, D.M. Berns, et al., Science (2006).

  5. Enhanced critical current density in the pressure-induced magnetic state of the high-temperature superconductor FeSe.

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    Jung, Soon-Gil; Kang, Ji-Hoon; Park, Eunsung; Lee, Sangyun; Lin, Jiunn-Yuan; Chareev, Dmitriy A; Vasiliev, Alexander N; Park, Tuson

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the relation of the critical current density (Jc) and the remarkably increased superconducting transition temperature (Tc) for the FeSe single crystals under pressures up to 2.43 GPa, where the Tc is increased by ~8 K/GPa. The critical current density corresponding to the free flux flow is monotonically enhanced by pressure which is due to the increase in Tc, whereas the depinning critical current density at which the vortex starts to move is more influenced by the pressure-induced magnetic state compared to the increase of Tc. Unlike other high-Tc superconductors, FeSe is not magnetic, but superconducting at ambient pressure. Above a critical pressure where magnetic state is induced and coexists with superconductivity, the depinning Jc abruptly increases even though the increase of the zero-resistivity Tc is negligible, directly indicating that the flux pinning property compared to the Tc enhancement is a more crucial factor for an achievement of a large Jc. In addition, the sharp increase in Jc in the coexisting superconducting phase of FeSe demonstrates that vortices can be effectively trapped by the competing antiferromagnetic order, even though its antagonistic nature against superconductivity is well documented. These results provide new guidance toward technological applications of high-temperature superconductors. PMID:26548444

  6. Enhanced critical current density in the pressure-induced magnetic state of the high-temperature superconductor FeSe

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    Jung, Soon-Gil; Kang, Ji-Hoon; Park, Eunsung; Lee, Sangyun; Lin, Jiunn-Yuan; Chareev, Dmitriy A.; Vasiliev, Alexander N.; Park, Tuson

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the relation of the critical current density (Jc) and the remarkably increased superconducting transition temperature (Tc) for the FeSe single crystals under pressures up to 2.43 GPa, where the Tc is increased by ~8 K/GPa. The critical current density corresponding to the free flux flow is monotonically enhanced by pressure which is due to the increase in Tc, whereas the depinning critical current density at which the vortex starts to move is more influenced by the pressure-induced magnetic state compared to the increase of Tc. Unlike other high-Tc superconductors, FeSe is not magnetic, but superconducting at ambient pressure. Above a critical pressure where magnetic state is induced and coexists with superconductivity, the depinning Jc abruptly increases even though the increase of the zero-resistivity Tc is negligible, directly indicating that the flux pinning property compared to the Tc enhancement is a more crucial factor for an achievement of a large Jc. In addition, the sharp increase in Jc in the coexisting superconducting phase of FeSe demonstrates that vortices can be effectively trapped by the competing antiferromagnetic order, even though its antagonistic nature against superconductivity is well documented. These results provide new guidance toward technological applications of high-temperature superconductors. PMID:26548444

  7. Study of superconducting state parameters of amorphous metals by a pseudopotential theory

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    Vora, Aditya

    2008-06-01

    The theoretical computation of the superconducting state parameters (SSP) viz; electron-phonon coupling strength λ, Coulomb pseudopotential μ *, transition temperature T c, isotope effect exponent α and effective interaction strength N O V of some monovalent (Cu and Au), divalent (Ca, Sr, Ba, αHg, βHg and Ra) and polyvalent (Lu, Rh, Sc, Y, La, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Ac, Th, Hf, Ru, Os, Ir, V, Ta, Pa, Cr, Mo, U, Re, Np and Pu) amorphous metals based on the different groups of the periodic table have been carried out for the first time using the well known Ashcroft's empty core (EMC) model pseudopotential. Herein, we have employed five different types of local field correction functions proposed by Hartree (H), Taylor (T), Ichimaru-Utsumi (IU), Farid et al. (F) and Sarkar et al. (S) to study the exchange and correlation effects on the present investigations. A very strong influence of all the exchange and correlation functions have been observed in the present study. Our results are in fair agreement with documented theoretical as well as experimental data. A strong dependency of the SSP of amorphous metals on the valency Z was found.

  8. Study of superconducting state parameters of amorphous metals by a pseudopotential theory

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    Vora, Aditya M.

    2008-06-01

    The theoretical computation of the superconducting state parameters (SSP) viz; electron-phonon coupling strength λ, Coulomb pseudopotential μ *, transition temperature T c , isotope effect exponent α and effective interaction strength N O V of some monovalent (Cu and Au), divalent (Ca, Sr, Ba, αHg, βHg and Ra) and polyvalent (Lu, Rh, Sc, Y, La, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Ac, Th, Hf, Ru, Os, Ir, V, Ta, Pa, Cr, Mo, U, Re, Np and Pu) amorphous metals based on the different groups of the periodic table have been carried out for the first time using the well known Ashcroft’s empty core (EMC) model pseudopotential. Herein, we have employed five different types of local field correction functions proposed by Hartree (H), Taylor (T), Ichimaru-Utsumi (IU), Farid et al. (F) and Sarkar et al. (S) to study the exchange and correlation effects on the present investigations. A very strong influence of all the exchange and correlation functions have been observed in the present study. Our results are in fair agreement with documented theoretical as well as experimental data. A strong dependency of the SSP of amorphous metals on the valency Z was found.

  9. Pressure-induced exotic states in rare earth hexaborides.

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    Sun, Liling; Wu, Qi

    2016-08-01

    Finding the exotic phenomena in strongly correlated electron systems (SCESs) and understanding the corresponding microphysics have long been the research frontiers of condensed matter physics. The remarkable examples for the intriguing phenomena discovered in past years include unconventional superconductivity, heavy Fermion behaviors, giant magneto-resistance and so on. A fascinating type of rare earth hexaboride RB6 (R  =  Sm, Yb, Eu and Ce) belongs to a strongly correlated electron system (SCES), but shows unusual ambient-pressure and high-pressure behaviors beyond the phenomena mentioned above. Particularly, the recent discovery of the coexistence of an unusual metallic surface state and an insulating bulk state in SmB6, known to be a Kondo insulator decades ago, by theoretical calculations and many experimental measurements creates new interest for the investigation of the RB6. This significant progress encourages people to revisit the RB6 with an attempt to establish a new physics that links the SCES and the unusual metallic surface state which is a common feature of a topological insulator (TI). It is well known that pressure has the capability of tuning the electronic structure and modifying the ground state of solids, or even inducing a quantum phase transition which is one of the kernel issues in studies of SCESs. In this brief review, we will describe the progress in high pressure studies on the RB6 based on our knowledge and research interests, mainly focusing on the pressure-induced phenomena in YbB6 and SmB6, especially on the quantum phase transitions and their connections with the valence state of the rare earth ions. Moreover, some related high-pressure results obtained from CeB6 and EuB6 are also included. Finally, a summary is given in the conclusions and perspectives section. PMID:27376406

  10. Pressure-induced exotic states in rare earth hexaborides

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    Sun, Liling; Wu, Qi

    2016-08-01

    Finding the exotic phenomena in strongly correlated electron systems (SCESs) and understanding the corresponding microphysics have long been the research frontiers of condensed matter physics. The remarkable examples for the intriguing phenomena discovered in past years include unconventional superconductivity, heavy Fermion behaviors, giant magneto-resistance and so on. A fascinating type of rare earth hexaboride RB6 (R  =  Sm, Yb, Eu and Ce) belongs to a strongly correlated electron system (SCES), but shows unusual ambient-pressure and high-pressure behaviors beyond the phenomena mentioned above. Particularly, the recent discovery of the coexistence of an unusual metallic surface state and an insulating bulk state in SmB6, known to be a Kondo insulator decades ago, by theoretical calculations and many experimental measurements creates new interest for the investigation of the RB6. This significant progress encourages people to revisit the RB6 with an attempt to establish a new physics that links the SCES and the unusual metallic surface state which is a common feature of a topological insulator (TI). It is well known that pressure has the capability of tuning the electronic structure and modifying the ground state of solids, or even inducing a quantum phase transition which is one of the kernel issues in studies of SCESs. In this brief review, we will describe the progress in high pressure studies on the RB6 based on our knowledge and research interests, mainly focusing on the pressure-induced phenomena in YbB6 and SmB6, especially on the quantum phase transitions and their connections with the valence state of the rare earth ions. Moreover, some related high-pressure results obtained from CeB6 and EuB6 are also included. Finally, a summary is given in the conclusions and perspectives section.

  11. General Conditions for Proximity-Induced Odd-Frequency Superconductivity in Two-Dimensional Electronic Systems.

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    Triola, Christopher; Badiane, Driss M; Balatsky, Alexander V; Rossi, E

    2016-06-24

    We obtain the general conditions for the emergence of odd-frequency superconducting pairing in a two-dimensional (2D) electronic system proximity coupled to a superconductor, making minimal assumptions about both the 2D system and the superconductor. Using our general results we show that a simple heterostructure formed by a monolayer of a group VI transition metal dichalcogenide, such as molybdenum disulfide, and an s-wave superconductor with Rashba spin-orbit coupling exhibits odd-frequency superconducting pairing. Our results allow the identification of a new class of systems among van der Waals heterostructures in which odd-frequency superconductivity should be present. PMID:27391743

  12. Tunneling into thin superconducting films: Interface-induced quasiparticle lifetime reduction

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    Löptien, P.; Zhou, L.; Khajetoorians, A. A.; Wiebe, J.; Wiesendanger, R.

    2016-01-01

    Scanning tunneling spectroscopy measurements of superconducting thin lanthanum films grown on a normal metal tungsten substrate reveal an extraordinarily large broadening of the coherence peaks. The observed broadening corresponds to very short electron-like quasiparticle lifetimes in the tunneling process. A thorough analysis considering the different relaxation processes reveals that the dominant mechanism is an efficient quasiparticle relaxation at the interface between the superconducting film and the underlying substrate. This process is of general relevance to scanning tunneling spectroscopy studies on thin superconducting films and enables measurements of film thicknesses via a spectroscopic method.

  13. General Conditions for Proximity-Induced Odd-Frequency Superconductivity in Two-Dimensional Electronic Systems

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    Triola, Christopher; Badiane, Driss M.; Balatsky, Alexander V.; Rossi, E.

    2016-06-01

    We obtain the general conditions for the emergence of odd-frequency superconducting pairing in a two-dimensional (2D) electronic system proximity coupled to a superconductor, making minimal assumptions about both the 2D system and the superconductor. Using our general results we show that a simple heterostructure formed by a monolayer of a group VI transition metal dichalcogenide, such as molybdenum disulfide, and an s -wave superconductor with Rashba spin-orbit coupling exhibits odd-frequency superconducting pairing. Our results allow the identification of a new class of systems among van der Waals heterostructures in which odd-frequency superconductivity should be present.

  14. Light-induced enhancement of superconductivity via melting of competing bond-density wave order in underdoped cuprates

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    Patel, Aavishkar A.; Eberlein, Andreas

    2016-05-01

    We develop a theory for light-induced superconductivity in underdoped cuprates in which the competing bond-density wave order is suppressed by driving phonons with light. Close to a bond-density wave instability in a system with a small Fermi surface, such as a fractionalized Fermi liquid, we show that the coupling of electrons to phonons is strongly enhanced at the bond-density wave ordering wave vectors, leading to a strong softening of phonons at these wave vectors. For a model of classical phonons with anharmonic couplings, we show that the combination of strong softening and driving can lead to large phonon oscillations. When coupled to a phenomenological model describing the competition between bond-density wave order and superconductivity, these phonon oscillations melt bond-density wave order, thereby enhancing pairing correlations.

  15. Magnetic-field induced crossover of superconducting percolation regimes in the layered organic Mott system {kappa}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu[N(CN){sub 2}]Cl.

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    Mueller, J.; Brandenberg, J.; Schlueter, J. A.; Materials Science Division; Max Planck Inst. for Chemical Physics of Solids

    2009-01-01

    Fluctuation spectroscopy is used to investigate the organic bandwidth-controlled Mott system {kappa}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu[N(CN){sub 2}]Cl. We find evidence for percolative-type superconductivity in the spatially inhomogeneous coexistence region of antiferromagnetic insulating and superconducting states. When the superconducting transition is driven by a magnetic field, percolation seems to be dominated by instable superconducting clusters upon approaching T{sub c}(B) from above, before a 'classical' type of percolation is resumed at low fields, dominated by the fractional change of superconducting clusters. The 1/f noise is resolved into Lorentzian spectra in the crossover region, where the action of an individual fluctuator is enhanced, pointing to a mesoscopic phase separation.

  16. Field-dependent critical state of high-Tc superconducting strip simultaneously exposed to transport current and perpendicular magnetic field

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    Xue, Cun; He, An; Yong, Huadong; Zhou, Youhe

    2013-12-01

    We present an exact analytical approach for arbitrary field-dependent critical state of high-Tc superconducting strip with transport current. The sheet current and flux-density profiles are derived by solving the integral equations, which agree with experiments quite well. For small transport current, the approximate explicit expressions of sheet current, flux-density and penetration depth for the Kim model are derived based on the mean value theorem for integration. We also extend the results to the field-dependent critical state of superconducting strip in the simultaneous presence of applied field and transport current. The sheet current distributions calculated by the Kim model agree with experiments better than that by the Bean model. Moreover, the lines in the Ia-Ba plane for the Kim model are not monotonic, which is quite different from that the Bean model. The results reveal that the maximum transport current in thin superconducting strip will decrease with increasing applied field which vanishes for the Bean model. The results of this paper are useful to calculate ac susceptibility and ac loss.

  17. Field-dependent critical state of high-Tc superconducting strip simultaneously exposed to transport current and perpendicular magnetic field

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    Xue, Cun; He, An; Yong, Huadong; Zhou, Youhe

    2013-12-15

    We present an exact analytical approach for arbitrary field-dependent critical state of high-T{sub c} superconducting strip with transport current. The sheet current and flux-density profiles are derived by solving the integral equations, which agree with experiments quite well. For small transport current, the approximate explicit expressions of sheet current, flux-density and penetration depth for the Kim model are derived based on the mean value theorem for integration. We also extend the results to the field-dependent critical state of superconducting strip in the simultaneous presence of applied field and transport current. The sheet current distributions calculated by the Kim model agree with experiments better than that by the Bean model. Moreover, the lines in the I{sub a}-B{sub a} plane for the Kim model are not monotonic, which is quite different from that the Bean model. The results reveal that the maximum transport current in thin superconducting strip will decrease with increasing applied field which vanishes for the Bean model. The results of this paper are useful to calculate ac susceptibility and ac loss.

  18. Control of magnetic, nonmagnetic, and superconducting states in annealed Ca(Fe1–xCox)₂As₂

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    Ran, S.; Bud'ko, S. L.; Straszheim, W. E.; Soh, J.; Kim, M. G.; Kreyssig, A.; Goldman, A. I.; Canfield, P. C.

    2012-06-22

    We have grown single-crystal samples of Co substituted CaFe₂As₂ using an FeAs flux and systematically studied the effects of annealing/quenching temperature on the physical properties of these samples. Whereas the as-grown samples (quenched from 960°C) all enter the collapsed tetragonal phase upon cooling, annealing/quenching temperatures between 350 and 800°C can be used to tune the system to low-temperature antiferromagnetic/orthorhomic or superconducting states as well. The progression of the transition temperature versus annealing/quenching temperature (T-Tanneal) phase diagrams with increasing Co concentration shows that, by substituting Co, the antiferromagnetic/orthorhombic and the collapsed tetragonal phase lines are separated and bulk superconductivity is revealed.more » We established a 3D phase diagram with Co concentration and annealing/quenching temperature as two independent control parameters. At ambient pressure, for modest x and Tanneal values, the Ca(Fe₁₋xCox)₂As₂ system offers ready access to the salient low-temperature states associated with Fe-based superconductors: antiferromagnetic/orthorhombic, superconducting, and nonmagnetic/collapsed tetragonal.« less

  19. Chiral classical states in a rhombus and a rhombi chain of Josephson junctions with two-band superconducting elements

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    Dias, R. G.; Marques, A. M.; Coutinho, B. C.; Martins, L. P.

    2014-04-01

    We present a study of Josephson junctions arrays with two-band superconducting elements in the high-capacitance limit. We consider two particular geometries for these arrays: a single rhombus and a rhombi chain with two-band superconducting elements at the spinal positions. We show that the rhombus shaped JJ circuit and the rhombi chain can be mapped onto a triangular JJ circuit and a JJ two-leg ladder, respectively, with zero effective magnetic flux, but with Josephson couplings that are magnetic flux dependent. If the two-band superconductors are in a sign-reversed pairing state, one observes transitions to or from chiral phase configurations in the mapped superconducting arrays when magnetic flux or temperature are varied. The phase diagram for these chiral configurations is discussed. When half-flux quantum threads each rhombus plaquette, new phase configurations of the rhombi chain appear that are characterized by the doubling of the periodicity of the energy density along the chain, with every other two-band superconductor locked in a sign-reversed state. In the case of identical Josephson couplings, the energy of these phase configurations becomes independent of the inner flux in the rhombi chain and the supercurrent along the rhombi chain is zero.

  20. PREFACE: Superconducting materials Superconducting materials

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    Charfi Kaddour, Samia; Singleton, John; Haddad, Sonia

    2011-11-01

    and by invited authors selected by the editor. We are grateful to IUPAP, ICTP and the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, United States Air Force Laboratory. We would like to acknowledge the authors for their careful work, and finally we thank Dr L Smith the publisher of Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter for her patience and help. Superconducting materials contents Raman spectrum in the pseudogap phase of the underdoped cuprates: effect of phase coherence and the signature of the KT-type superconducting transitionTao Li and Haijun Liao Pressure effects on Dirac fermions in α-(BEDT-TTF)2I3Takahiro Himura, Takao Morinari and Takami Tohyama Effect of Zn doping in hole-type 1111 phase (Pr, Sr)FeAsOXiao Lin, Chenyi Shen, Chen Lv, Jianjian Miao, Hao Tan, Guanghan Cao and Zhu-An Xu Superconductivity and ferromagnetism in EuFe2(As1 - xPx)2*Guanghan Cao, Shenggao Xu, Zhi Ren, Shuai Jiang, Chunmu Feng and Zhu'an Xu OInhomogeneous superconductivity in organic conductors: the role of disorder and magnetic fieldS Haddad, S Charfi-Kaddour and J-P Pouget

  1. Quantum state transfer and controlled-phase gate on one-dimensional superconducting resonators assisted by a quantum bus

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    Hua, Ming; Tao, Ming-Jie; Deng, Fu-Guo

    2016-02-01

    We propose a quantum processor for the scalable quantum computation on microwave photons in distant one-dimensional superconducting resonators. It is composed of a common resonator R acting as a quantum bus and some distant resonators rj coupled to the bus in different positions assisted by superconducting quantum interferometer devices (SQUID), different from previous processors. R is coupled to one transmon qutrit, and the coupling strengths between rj and R can be fully tuned by the external flux through the SQUID. To show the processor can be used to achieve universal quantum computation effectively, we present a scheme to complete the high-fidelity quantum state transfer between two distant microwave-photon resonators and another one for the high-fidelity controlled-phase gate on them. By using the technique for catching and releasing the microwave photons from resonators, our processor may play an important role in quantum communication as well.

  2. Probing the density of states of two-level tunneling systems in silicon oxide films using superconducting lumped element resonators

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    Skacel, S. T.; Kaiser, Ch.; Wuensch, S.; Siegel, M.; Rotzinger, H.; Lukashenko, A.; Jerger, M.; Weiss, G.; Ustinov, A. V.

    2015-01-12

    We have investigated dielectric losses in amorphous silicon oxide (a-SiO) thin films under operating conditions of superconducting qubits (mK temperatures and low microwave powers). For this purpose, we have developed a broadband measurement setup employing multiplexed lumped element resonators using a broadband power combiner and a low-noise amplifier. The measured temperature and power dependences of the dielectric losses are in good agreement with those predicted for atomic two-level tunneling systems (TLS). By measuring the losses at different frequencies, we found that the TLS density of states is energy dependent. This had not been seen previously in loss measurements. These results contribute to a better understanding of decoherence effects in superconducting qubits and suggest a possibility to minimize TLS-related decoherence by reducing the qubit operation frequency.

  3. Quantum state transfer and controlled-phase gate on one-dimensional superconducting resonators assisted by a quantum bus.

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    Hua, Ming; Tao, Ming-Jie; Deng, Fu-Guo

    2016-01-01

    We propose a quantum processor for the scalable quantum computation on microwave photons in distant one-dimensional superconducting resonators. It is composed of a common resonator R acting as a quantum bus and some distant resonators rj coupled to the bus in different positions assisted by superconducting quantum interferometer devices (SQUID), different from previous processors. R is coupled to one transmon qutrit, and the coupling strengths between rj and R can be fully tuned by the external flux through the SQUID. To show the processor can be used to achieve universal quantum computation effectively, we present a scheme to complete the high-fidelity quantum state transfer between two distant microwave-photon resonators and another one for the high-fidelity controlled-phase gate on them. By using the technique for catching and releasing the microwave photons from resonators, our processor may play an important role in quantum communication as well. PMID:26907366

  4. No Detectable Change in In-Plane 29Si Knight Shift in the Superconducting State of URu2Si2

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    Hattori, Taisuke; Sakai, Hironori; Tokunaga, Yo; Kambe, Shinsaku; Matsuda, Tatsuma D.; Haga, Yoshinori

    2016-07-01

    Using a high-quality single crystal of URu2Si2, we performed 29Si Knight shift measurements with an applied magnetic field Ha along the crystalline a-axis, i.e., along the magnetic hard axis, for temperatures down to 50 mK. The narrow, single-peak 29Si NMR spectrum obtained from this crystal allowed us to examine the temperature variation of the Knight shift K(T), and hence, that of the variation of the spin susceptibility with sensitivity on the order of 0.001%. At this precision, no observable change in K(T) was detected from 50 mK up to the superconducting transition at TSC(Ha) ˜ 1 K. Our results correspond to either an extremely small spin susceptibility in the hidden-order state along the magnetic hard axis or to possible spin-triplet superconductivity in this system.

  5. Quantum state transfer and controlled-phase gate on one-dimensional superconducting resonators assisted by a quantum bus

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    Hua, Ming; Tao, Ming-Jie; Deng, Fu-Guo

    2016-01-01

    We propose a quantum processor for the scalable quantum computation on microwave photons in distant one-dimensional superconducting resonators. It is composed of a common resonator R acting as a quantum bus and some distant resonators rj coupled to the bus in different positions assisted by superconducting quantum interferometer devices (SQUID), different from previous processors. R is coupled to one transmon qutrit, and the coupling strengths between rj and R can be fully tuned by the external flux through the SQUID. To show the processor can be used to achieve universal quantum computation effectively, we present a scheme to complete the high-fidelity quantum state transfer between two distant microwave-photon resonators and another one for the high-fidelity controlled-phase gate on them. By using the technique for catching and releasing the microwave photons from resonators, our processor may play an important role in quantum communication as well. PMID:26907366

  6. Momentum dependence of the superconducting gap and in-gap states in MgB2 multiband superconductor

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    Mou, Daixiang; Jiang, Rui; Taufour, Valentin; Bud'ko, S. L.; Canfield, P. C.; Kaminski, Adam

    2015-06-29

    We use tunable laser-based angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy to study the electronic structure of the multiband superconductor MgB2. These results form the baseline for detailed studies of superconductivity in multiband systems. We find that the magnitude of the superconducting gap on both σ bands follows a BCS-like variation with temperature with Δ0 ~ 7meV. Furthermore, the value of the gap is isotropic within experimental uncertainty and in agreement with a pure s-wave pairing symmetry. We observe in-gap states confined to kF of the σ band that occur at some locations of the sample surface. As a result, the energy of thismore » excitation, ~ 3 meV, was found to be somewhat larger than the previously reported gap on π Fermi sheet and therefore we cannot exclude the possibility of interband scattering as its origin.« less

  7. Phenomenological theory of the normal and superconductive states of Cu-O and Bi-O metals

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    Varma, C. M.

    1991-01-01

    The universal normal state anomalies in the CuO metals follow from a marginal Fermi liquid hypothesis: there exists a contribution to the polarizability over most of momentum space proportional to omega/T for omega/T much less than 1 and constant thereafter up to a cutoff omega(sub c). Using the same excitation spectrum, the properties of the superconductive state were calculated. The right order of T(sub c) can be obtained, the zero temperature gap, 2 delta (0)/T(sub c) and the nuclear relaxation rate near T(sub c). The possible microscopic physics leading to the marginal Fermi liquid hypothesis is discussed.

  8. Superconducting Bi2Te: Pressure-induced universality in the (Bi2)m(Bi2Te3)n series

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    Stillwell, Ryan L.; Jeffries, Jason R.; Jenei, Zsolt; Weir, Samuel T.; Vohra, Yogesh K.

    2016-03-09

    Using high-pressure magnetotransport techniques we have discovered superconductivity in Bi2Te, a member of the infinitely adaptive (Bi2)m(Bi2Te3)n series, whose end members, Bi and Bi2Te3, can be tuned to display topological surface states or superconductivity. Bi2Te has a maximum Tc = 8.6 K at P = 14.5 GPa and goes through multiple high pressure phase transitions, ultimately collapsing into a bcc structure that suggests a universal behavior across the series. High-pressure magnetoresistance and Hall measurements suggest a semi-metal to metal transition near 5.4 GPa, which accompanies the hexagonal to intermediate phase transition seen via x-ray diffraction measurements. In addition, the linearitymore » of Hc2 (T) exceeds the Werthamer-Helfand-Hohenberg limit, even in the extreme spin-orbit scattering limit, yet is consistent with other strong spin-orbit materials. Furthermore, considering these results in combination with similar reports on strong spin-orbit scattering materials seen in the literature, we suggest the need for a new theory that can address the unconventional nature of their superconducting states.« less

  9. The Mott State and Superconductivity in Face-Centred Cubic Structured Cs3C60: A 133Cs-Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Study under Pressure

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    Kawasaki, Shinji; Fukui, Junji; Motoyama, Takeshi; Suzuki, Yuta; Shibasaki, Seiji; Zheng, Guo-qing

    2013-01-01

    Over the past 20 years, fullerides have been studied as the source of high-transition-temperature (Tc) superconductivity except for copper oxides. The recent finding of the Mott insulating state right beside superconductivity in Cs3C60 has suggested that magnetism helps raise Tc even in fullerides as in heavy-fermion compounds, high-Tc copper oxides, two-dimensional organic conductors, and iron pnictides. Namely, one tends to think that the link between Mott insulator and superconductivity takes place in fullerides, which can give rise to the mechanism beyond the Bardeen--Cooper--Schrieffer framework. However, the relationship between the Mott state and the superconductivity in Cs3C60 is still under debate. By nuclear magnetic resonance measurements under pressure, we find that the magnetism and superconductivity in Cs3C60 are competing orders. Different from previous reports, the phase separation of Cs3C60 crystals into the Mott and metallic states allows us to systematically study the evolution of the ground state under pressure. Our careful experiments have found that the prevention of a magnetic order is rather essential for the superconductivity in face-centred cubic Cs3C60, which presents a basic strategy for finding still higher Tc in this system.

  10. Three energy scales in the superconducting state of hole-doped cuprates detected by electronic Raman scattering

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    Benhabib, S.; Gu, G. D.; Gallais, Y.; Cazayous, M.; Measson, M. -A.; Zhong, R. D.; Schneeloch, J.; Forget, A.; Colson, D.; Sacuto, A.

    2015-10-06

    We explore by electronic Raman scattering the superconducting state of the Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ (Bi-2212) crystal by performing a fine-tuned doping study. We find three distinct energy scales in A1g, B1g, and B2g symmetries which show three distinct doping dependencies. Above p=0.22, the three energies merge; below p=0.12, the A1g scale is no longer detectable, while the B1g and B2g scales become constant in energy. In between, the A1g and B1g scales increase monotonically with underdoping, while the B2g one exhibits a maximum at p=0.16. The three superconducting energy scales appear to be a universal feature of hole-doped cuprates. Furthermore, we propose that the nontrivial doping dependencies of the three scales originate from the Fermi-surface changes and reveal competing orders inside the superconducting dome.

  11. Three energy scales in the superconducting state of hole-doped cuprates detected by electronic Raman scattering

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    Benhabib, S.; Gu, G. D.; Gallais, Y.; Cazayous, M.; Measson, M. -A.; Zhong, R. D.; Schneeloch, J.; Forget, A.; Colson, D.; Sacuto, A.

    2015-10-06

    We explore by electronic Raman scattering the superconducting state of the Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ (Bi-2212) crystal by performing a fine-tuned doping study. We find three distinct energy scales in A1g, B1g, and B2g symmetries which show three distinct doping dependencies. Above p=0.22, the three energies merge; below p=0.12, the A1g scale is no longer detectable, while the B1g and B2g scales become constant in energy. In between, the A1g and B1g scales increase monotonically with underdoping, while the B2g one exhibits a maximum at p=0.16. The three superconducting energy scales appear to be a universal feature of hole-doped cuprates. Furthermore, we proposemore » that the nontrivial doping dependencies of the three scales originate from the Fermi-surface changes and reveal competing orders inside the superconducting dome.« less

  12. Interstitial doping induced superconductivity at 15.3 K in Nb5Ge3 compound

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    Bortolozo, A. D.; dos Santos, C. A. M.; Jardim, R. F.; Ritter, C.; Devishvili, A.; Rotter, M.; Gandra, F. G.; Machado, A. J. S.

    2012-06-01

    It is reported superconductivity in Nb5Ge3C0.3, an interstitial carbide compound. The temperature dependence of the electrical resistivity, ac-susceptibility, and heat capacity (HC) indicate that a bulk type-II superconductivity appears at TC = 15.3 K. Magneto-resistance measurements suggest an upper critical field of BC2 ˜ 10.6 T and a coherence length of ξ ˜ 55 Å at zero temperature. Neutron diffraction analyzes locate the carbon atoms at the interstitial 2b site of the Mn5Si3 type-structure. Heat capacity data below TC are well described by BCS theory. The size of the jump at TC is in good agreement with the superconducting volume fraction observed in susceptibility measurements. A Debye temperature and Sommerfeld constant were also extracted from heat capacity data as 343 K and 34 mJ/mol K2, respectively.

  13. Interface-induced superconductivity in Pd films on SrS

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    Suergers, C.; Cosceev, A.; Boyen, H.-G.; Loehneysen, H. V.

    2012-06-25

    Thin Pd films have been deposited by electron-beam evaporation on insulating SrS grown on Si(111) substrates. The films have been characterized with respect to structure, composition, and electronic transport properties. Pd films with thickness d{sub Pd}= 7 nm are superconducting below a transition temperature T{sub c}= 0.85 K. The origin of superconductivity is possibly due to the formation of an interfacial Pd-S alloy as suggested by Auger and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Films with d{sub Pd}{>=} 10 nm are not superconducting due to the proximity effect of the unreacted S-free upper part of the Pd film.

  14. Search for pressure-induced superconductivity in CeFeAsO and CeFePO iron pnictides

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    Zocco, D. A.; Baumbach, R. E.; Hamlin, J. J.; Janoschek, M.; Lum, I. K.; McGuire, Michael A; Safa-Sefat, Athena; Sales, Brian C; Jin, Rongying; Mandrus, David; Jeffries, J. R.; Weir, S. T.; Vohra, Y. K.; Maple, M. B.

    2011-01-01

    The CeFeAsO and CeFePO iron pnictide compounds were studied via electrical transport measurements under high pressure. In CeFeAsO polycrystals, the magnetic phases involving the Fe and Ce ions coexist for hydrostatically applied pressures up to 15 GPa, and with no signs of pressure-induced superconductivity up to 50 GPa for the less hydrostatic pressure techniques. For the CeFePO single crystals, pressure further stabilizes the Kondo screening of the Ce 4f-electron magnetic moments.

  15. Plasmon-induced transparency in metamaterials: Active near field coupling between bright superconducting and dark metallic mode resonators

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    Cao, Wei; Singh, Ranjan; Zhang, Caihong; Han, Jiaguang; Tonouchi, Masayoshi; Zhang, Weili

    2013-09-01

    Structured plasmonic metamaterial devices offer the design flexibility to be size scaled for operation across the electromagnetic spectrum and are extremely attractive for generating electromagnetically induced transparency and slow-light behaviors via coupling of bright and dark subwavelength resonators. Here, we experimentally demonstrate a thermally active superconductor-metal coupled resonator based hybrid terahertz metamaterial on a sapphire substrate that shows tunable transparency and slow light behavior as the metamaterial chip is cooled below the high-temperature superconducting phase transition temperature. This hybrid metamaterial opens up the avenues for designing micro-sized active circuitry with switching, modulation, and "slowing down terahertz light" capabilities.

  16. Diamagnetic susceptibility near the surface or twinning plane at the transition to the superconducting state

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    Burmistrov, S. N.; Dubovskii, L. B.

    1983-10-01

    Besides the well-known bulk fluctuation contribution to the diamagnetic susceptibility there is an additional surface contribution with the singularity at TSH exceeding the superconducting bulk transition temperature Tc( H). The results obtained allow to explain the anomalous behavior of the diamagnetic susceptibility found by Khaikin and Khlyustikov.

  17. High-Temperature Superconductivity

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    Tanaka, Shoji

    2006-12-01

    A general review on high-temperature superconductivity was made. After prehistoric view and the process of discovery were stated, the special features of high-temperature superconductors were explained from the materials side and the physical properties side. The present status on applications of high-temperature superconductors were explained on superconducting tapes, electric power cables, magnets for maglev trains, electric motors, superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) and single flux quantum (SFQ) devices and circuits.

  18. Superconducting levitating bearing

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    Moon, Francis C. (Inventor)

    1996-01-01

    A superconducting bearing assembly includes a coil field source that may be superconducting and a superconducting structure. The coil field source assembly and superconducting structure are positioned so as to enable relative rotary movement therebetween. The structure and coil field source are brought to a supercooled temperature before a power supply induces a current in the coil field source. A Meissner-like effect is thereby obtained and little or no penetration of the field lines is seen in the superconducting structure. Also, the field that can be obtained from the superconducting coil is 2-8 times higher than that of permanent magnets. Since the magnetic pressure is proportioned to the square of the field, magnetic pressures from 4 to 64 times higher are achieved.

  19. Pressure-induced superconductivity in a three-dimensional topological material ZrTe5.

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    Zhou, Yonghui; Wu, Juefei; Ning, Wei; Li, Nana; Du, Yongping; Chen, Xuliang; Zhang, Ranran; Chi, Zhenhua; Wang, Xuefei; Zhu, Xiangde; Lu, Pengchao; Ji, Cheng; Wan, Xiangang; Yang, Zhaorong; Sun, Jian; Yang, Wenge; Tian, Mingliang; Zhang, Yuheng; Mao, Ho-Kwang

    2016-03-15

    As a new type of topological materials, ZrTe5 shows many exotic properties under extreme conditions. Using resistance and ac magnetic susceptibility measurements under high pressure, while the resistance anomaly near 128 K is completely suppressed at 6.2 GPa, a fully superconducting transition emerges. The superconducting transition temperature Tc increases with applied pressure, and reaches a maximum of 4.0 K at 14.6 GPa, followed by a slight drop but remaining almost constant value up to 68.5 GPa. At pressures above 21.2 GPa, a second superconducting phase with the maximum Tc of about 6.0 K appears and coexists with the original one to the maximum pressure studied in this work. In situ high-pressure synchrotron X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy combined with theoretical calculations indicate the observed two-stage superconducting behavior is correlated to the structural phase transition from ambient Cmcm phase to high-pressure C2/m phase around 6 GPa, and to a mixture of two high-pressure phases of C2/m and P-1 above 20 GPa. The combination of structure, transport measurement, and theoretical calculations enable a complete understanding of the emerging exotic properties in 3D topological materials under extreme environments. PMID:26929327

  20. Pressure-induced superconductivity in a three-dimensional topological material ZrTe5

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    Zhou, Yonghui; Wu, Juefei; Ning, Wei; Li, Nana; Du, Yongping; Chen, Xuliang; Zhang, Ranran; Chi, Zhenhua; Wang, Xuefei; Zhu, Xiangde; Lu, Pengchao; Ji, Cheng; Wan, Xiangang; Yang, Zhaorong; Sun, Jian; Yang, Wenge; Tian, Mingliang; Zhang, Yuheng; Mao, Ho-kwang

    2016-03-01

    As a new type of topological materials, ZrTe5 shows many exotic properties under extreme conditions. Using resistance and ac magnetic susceptibility measurements under high pressure, while the resistance anomaly near 128 K is completely suppressed at 6.2 GPa, a fully superconducting transition emerges. The superconducting transition temperature Tc increases with applied pressure, and reaches a maximum of 4.0 K at 14.6 GPa, followed by a slight drop but remaining almost constant value up to 68.5 GPa. At pressures above 21.2 GPa, a second superconducting phase with the maximum Tc of about 6.0 K appears and coexists with the original one to the maximum pressure studied in this work. In situ high-pressure synchrotron X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy combined with theoretical calculations indicate the observed two-stage superconducting behavior is correlated to the structural phase transition from ambient Cmcm phase to high-pressure C2/m phase around 6 GPa, and to a mixture of two high-pressure phases of C2/m and P-1 above 20 GPa. The combination of structure, transport measurement, and theoretical calculations enable a complete understanding of the emerging exotic properties in 3D topological materials under extreme environments.

  1. Paramagnetic and Glass States in Superconductive YBa2Cu4O8 Ceramics of Sub-Micron Scale Grains

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    Deguchi, Hiroyuki; Oniki, Ryo; Mito, Masaki; Takagi, Seishi; Hagiwara, Makoto

    2005-08-01

    The YBa2Cu4O8 ceramic superconductor shows successive superconducting transitions and is considered as a random Josephson-coupled networks of 0- and π-junctions. We have investigated the magnetic properties in order to clarify the inter-grain glass and Paramagnetic Meissner behavior at low field. A thermodynamically stable chiral-glass state in the field cooled-cooling and a metastable paramagnetic one in the field cooled-warming are observed below the inter-grain transition temperature. The results agree well the so-called d-wave mechanism leading to Paramagnetic Meissner effects in ceramic high-Tc superconductors.

  2. Competing magnetic ground states in non-superconducting Ba(Fe1-xCrx)2As2

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    Marty, Karol J; Christianson, Andrew D; Wang, Cuihuan; Matsuda, Masaaki; Cao, Huibo; VanBebber, L. H.; Zaretsky, Jerel L.; Singh, David J; Sefat, A. S.; Lumsden, Mark D

    2011-01-01

    We present neutron diffraction measurements on single-crystal samples of nonsuperconducting Ba(Fe{sub 1-x}Cr{sub x}){sub 2}As{sub 2} as a function of Cr doping for 0 x 0.47. The average spin-density-wave moment is independent of concentration for x 0.2 and decreases rapidly for x 0.3. For concentrations in excess of 30% chromium, we find a new competing magnetic phase consistent with G-type antiferromagnetism which rapidly becomes the dominant magnetic ground state. Strong magnetism is observed for all concentrations measured, naturally explaining the absence of superconductivity in the Cr-doped materials.

  3. Model Evidence of a Superconducting State with a Full Energy Gap in Small Cuprate Islands

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    Black-Schaffer, Annica M.; Golubev, Dmitri S.; Bauch, Thilo; Lombardi, Floriana; Fogelström, Mikael

    2013-05-01

    We investigate subdominant order parameters stabilizing at low temperatures in nanoscale high-Tc cuprate islands, motivated by the recent observation of a fully gapped state in nanosized YBa2Cu3O7-δ [D. Gustafsson et al., Nature Nanotech. 8, 25 (2013)]. Using complementary quasiclassical and tight-binding Bogoliubov-de Gennes methods, we show on distinctly different properties dependent on the symmetry being dx2-y2+is or dx2-y2+idxy. We find that a surface-induced dx2-y2+is phase creates a global spectroscopic gap which increases with an applied magnetic field, consistent with experimental observation.

  4. Superconducting transmission line particle detector

    DOEpatents

    Gray, Kenneth E.

    1989-01-01

    A microvertex particle detector for use in a high energy physic collider including a plurality of parallel superconducting thin film strips separated from a superconducting ground plane by an insulating layer to form a plurality of superconducting waveguides. The microvertex particle detector indicates passage of a charged subatomic particle by measuring a voltage pulse measured across a superconducting waveguide caused by the transition of the superconducting thin film strip from a superconducting to a non-superconducting state in response to the passage of a charged particle. A plurality of superconducting thin film strips in two orthogonal planes plus the slow electromagnetic wave propogating in a superconducting transmission line are used to resolve N.sup.2 ambiguity of charged particle events.

  5. Superconducting transmission line particle detector

    DOEpatents

    Gray, K.E.

    1988-07-28

    A microvertex particle detector for use in a high energy physic collider including a plurality of parallel superconducting thin film strips separated from a superconducting ground plane by an insulating layer to form a plurality of superconducting waveguides. The microvertex particle detector indicates passage of a charged subatomic particle by measuring a voltage pulse measured across a superconducting waveguide caused by the transition of the superconducting thin film strip from a superconducting to a non- superconducting state in response to the passage of a charged particle. A plurality of superconducting thin film strips in two orthogonal planes plus the slow electromagnetic wave propagating in a superconducting transmission line are used to resolve N/sup 2/ ambiguity of charged particle events. 6 figs.

  6. Emerging superconductivity hidden beneath charge-transfer insulators

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    Krockenberger, Yoshiharu; Irie, Hiroshi; Matsumoto, Osamu; Yamagami, Keitaro; Mitsuhashi, Masaya; Tsukada, Akio; Naito, Michio; Yamamoto, Hideki

    2013-01-01

    In many of today's most interesting materials, strong interactions prevail upon the magnetic moments, the electrons, and the crystal lattice, forming strong links between these different aspects of the system. Particularly, in two-dimensional cuprates, where copper is either five- or six-fold coordinated, superconductivity is commonly induced by chemical doping which is deemed to be mandatory by destruction of long-range antiferromagnetic order of 3d9 Cu2+ moments. Here we show that superconductivity can be induced in Pr2CuO4, where copper is four-fold coordinated. We induced this novel quantum state of Pr2CuO4 by realizing pristine square-planar coordinated copper in the copper-oxygen planes, thus, resulting in critical superconducting temperatures even higher than by chemical doping. Our results demonstrate new degrees of freedom, i.e., coordination of copper, for the manipulation of magnetic and superconducting order parameters in quantum materials. PMID:23887134

  7. Mestastable State Population in Laser Induced Plasmas

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    Kwong, V. H. S.; Kyriakides, C.; Ward, W. K.

    2006-01-01

    Laser induced plasma has been used as a source of neutrals and ions in the study of astrophysical plasmas. The purity of state of this source is essential in the determination of collision parameters such as the charge transfer rate coefficients between ions and neutrals. We will show that the temperature of the laser induced plasma is a rapidly decreasing function of time. The temperature is initially high but cools off rapidly through collisions with the expanding plasma electrons as the plasma recombines and streams into the vacuum. This rapid expansion of the plasma, similar to a supersonic jet, drastically lowers the internal energy of the neutrals and ions.

  8. Development of a ferromagnetic component in the superconducting state of Fe-excess Fe1.12Te1-xSex by electronic charge redistribution

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    Li, Wen-Hsien; Karna, Sunil K.; Hsu, Han; Li, Chi-Yen; Lee, Chi-Hung; Sankar, Raman; Cheng Chou, Fang

    2015-06-01

    The general picture established so far for the links between superconductivity and magnetic ordering in iron chalcogenide Fe1+y(Te1-xSex) is that the substitution of Se for Te directly drives the system from the antiferromagnetic end into the superconducting regime. Here, we report on the observation of a ferromagnetic component that developed together with the superconducting transition in Fe-excess Fe1.12Te1-xSex crystals using neutron and x-ray diffractions, resistivity, magnetic susceptibility and magnetization measurements. The superconducting transition is accompanied by a negative thermal expansion of the crystalline unit cell and an electronic charge redistribution, where a small portion of the electronic charge flows from around the Fe sites toward the Te/Se sites. First-principles calculations show consistent results, revealing that the excess Fe ions play a more significant role in affecting the magnetic property in the superconducting state than in the normal state and the occurrence of an electronic charge redistribution through the superconducting transition.

  9. Superconductivity emerging from a suppressed large magnetoresistant state in tungsten ditelluride

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    Kang, Defen; Zhou, Yazhou; Yi, Wei; Yang, Chongli; Guo, Jing; Shi, Youguo; Zhang, Shan; Wang, Zhe; Zhang, Chao; Jiang, Sheng; Li, Aiguo; Yang, Ke; Wu, Qi; Zhang, Guangming; Sun, Liling; Zhao, Zhongxian

    2015-07-01

    The recent discovery of large magnetoresistance in tungsten ditelluride provides a unique playground to find new phenomena and significant perspective for potential applications. The large magnetoresistance effect originates from a perfect balance of hole and electron carriers, which is sensitive to external pressure. Here we report the suppression of the large magnetoresistance and emergence of superconductivity in pressurized tungsten ditelluride via high-pressure synchrotron X-ray diffraction, electrical resistance, magnetoresistance and alternating current magnetic susceptibility measurements. Upon increasing pressure, the positive large magnetoresistance effect is gradually suppressed and turned off at a critical pressure of 10.5 GPa, where superconductivity accordingly emerges. No structural phase transition is observed under the pressure investigated. In situ high-pressure Hall coefficient measurements at low temperatures demonstrate that elevating pressure decreases the population of hole carriers but increases that of the electron ones. Significantly, at the critical pressure, a sign change of the Hall coefficient is observed.

  10. Superconductivity emerging from a suppressed large magnetoresistant state in tungsten ditelluride

    PubMed Central

    Kang, Defen; Zhou, Yazhou; Yi, Wei; Yang, Chongli; Guo, Jing; Shi, Youguo; Zhang, Shan; Wang, Zhe; Zhang, Chao; Jiang, Sheng; Li, Aiguo; Yang, Ke; Wu, Qi; Zhang, Guangming; Sun, Liling; Zhao, Zhongxian

    2015-01-01

    The recent discovery of large magnetoresistance in tungsten ditelluride provides a unique playground to find new phenomena and significant perspective for potential applications. The large magnetoresistance effect originates from a perfect balance of hole and electron carriers, which is sensitive to external pressure. Here we report the suppression of the large magnetoresistance and emergence of superconductivity in pressurized tungsten ditelluride via high-pressure synchrotron X-ray diffraction, electrical resistance, magnetoresistance and alternating current magnetic susceptibility measurements. Upon increasing pressure, the positive large magnetoresistance effect is gradually suppressed and turned off at a critical pressure of 10.5 GPa, where superconductivity accordingly emerges. No structural phase transition is observed under the pressure investigated. In situ high-pressure Hall coefficient measurements at low temperatures demonstrate that elevating pressure decreases the population of hole carriers but increases that of the electron ones. Significantly, at the critical pressure, a sign change of the Hall coefficient is observed. PMID:26203807

  11. Using a Superconducting Resonator with Frequency-Compensated Tunable Coupling to Transfer a Quantum State Deterministically and Directly

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    Wenner, James; Neill, C.; Quintana, C.; Campbell, B.; Chen, Z.; Chiaro, B.; Dunsworth, A.; O'Malley, P.; Vainsencher, A.; White, T.; Barends, R.; Chen, Y.; Fowler, A.; Jeffrey, E.; Kelly, J.; Lucero, E.; Megrant, A.; Mutus, J.; Neeley, M.; Roushan, P.; Sank, D.; Martinis, John M.

    Deterministic direct quantum state transfer between devices on different chips requires the ability to transfer quantum states between traveling qubits and fixed logic qubits. Reflections must be minimized to avoid energy loss and phase interference; this requires tunable coupling to an inter-chip line while the two devices are at equal frequencies. To achieve this, we use a 6GHz superconducting coplanar resonator with tunable coupling to a 50 Ohm transmission line. We compensate for the resulting shift in resonator frequency by simultaneously tuning a second SQUID. We measure the device coherence and demonstrate the ability to release a single-frequency shaped pulse into the transmission line, efficiently capture a shaped pulse, and deterministically and directly transfer a quantum state.

  12. Gate-controlled superconducting proximity effect in ultrathin graphite films

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    Sato, T.; Moriki, T.; Tanaka, S.; Kanda, A.; Goto, H.; Miyazaki, H.; Odaka, S.; Ootuka, Y.; Tsukagoshi, K.; Aoyagi, Y.

    2008-03-01

    We experimentally investigated electrical transport in thin graphite films about 10 nm thick connected to superconducting leads. Proximity-induced superconductivity was observed and the critical supercurrent strongly depends on the gate voltage. From the maximum-to-minimum ratios of the critical supercurrent and the normal state resistance, we conclude that the major part of the supercurrent flows in a few graphene layers close to the gate electrode.

  13. Superconductivity in the system Mo{sub x}C{sub y}Ga{sub z}O{sub δ} prepared by focused ion beam induced deposition

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    Weirich, P. M. Schwalb, C. H.; Winhold, M.; Huth, M.

    2014-05-07

    We have prepared the new amorphous superconductor Mo{sub x}C{sub y}Ga{sub z}O{sub δ} with a maximum critical temperature T{sub c} of 3.8 K by the direct-write nano-patterning technique of focused (gallium) ion beam induced deposition (FIBID) using Mo(CO){sub 6} as precursor gas. From a detailed analysis of the temperature-dependent resistivity and the upper critical field, we found clear evidence for proximity of the samples to a disorder-induced metal-insulator transition. We observed a strong dependence of T{sub c} on the deposition parameters and identified clear correlations between T{sub c}, the localization tendency visible in the resistance data and the sample composition. By an in-situ feedback-controlled optimization process in the FIB-induced growth, we were able to identify the beam parameters which lead to samples with the largest T{sub c}-value and sharpest transition into the superconducting state.

  14. Modulation of superconducting critical temperature in niobium film by using all-solid-state electric-double-layer transistor

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    Tsuchiya, Takashi E-mail: TERABE.Kazuya@nims.go.jp; Moriyama, Satoshi; Terabe, Kazuya E-mail: TERABE.Kazuya@nims.go.jp; Aono, Masakazu

    2015-07-06

    An all-solid-state electric-double-layer transistor (EDLT) was fabricated for electrical modulation of the superconducting critical temperature (T{sub c}) of Nb film epitaxially grown on α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (0001) single crystal. In an experiment, T{sub c} was modulated from 8.33 to 8.39 K while the gate voltage (V{sub G}) was varied from 2.5 to −2.5 V. The specific difference of T{sub c} for the applied V{sub G} was 12 mK/V, which is larger than that of an EDLT composed of ionic liquid. A T{sub c} enhancement of 300 mK was found at the Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4}/Nb film interface and is attributed to an increase in density of states near the Fermi level due to lattice constant modulation. This solid electrolyte gating method should enable development of practical superconducting devices highly compatible with other electronic devices.

  15. Adiabatic passage for one-step generation of n-qubit Greenberger-Horne-Zeilinger states of superconducting qubits via quantum Zeno dynamics

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    Wu, Jin-Lei; Song, Chong; Xu, Jing; Yu, Lin; Ji, Xin; Zhang, Shou

    2016-06-01

    An efficient scheme is proposed for generating n-qubit Greenberger-Horne-Zeilinger states of n superconducting qubits separated by (n-1 ) coplanar waveguide resonators capacitively via adiabatic passage with the help of quantum Zeno dynamics in one step. In the scheme, it is not necessary to precisely control the time of the whole operation and the Rabi frequencies of classical fields because of the introduction of adiabatic passage. The numerical simulations for three-qubit Greenberger-Horne-Zeilinger state show that the scheme is insensitive to the dissipation of the resonators and the energy relaxation of the superconducting qubits. The three-qubit Greenberger-Horne-Zeilinger state can be deterministically generated with comparatively high fidelity in the current experimental conditions, though the scheme is somewhat sensitive to the dephasing of superconducting qubits.

  16. Strong Single-Photon Coupling in Superconducting Quantum Magnetomechanics

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    Via, Guillem; Kirchmair, Gerhard; Romero-Isart, Oriol

    2015-04-01

    We show that the inductive coupling between the quantum mechanical motion of a superconducting microcantilever and a flux-dependent microwave quantum circuit can attain the strong single-photon nanomechanical coupling regime with feasible experimental parameters. We propose to use a superconducting strip, which is in the Meissner state, at the tip of a cantilever. A pickup coil collects the flux generated by the sheet currents induced by an external quadrupole magnetic field centered at the strip location. The position-dependent magnetic response of the superconducting strip, enhanced by both diamagnetism and demagnetizing effects, leads to a strong magnetomechanical coupling to quantum circuits.

  17. Signature of Cooper pairs in the non-superconducting phases of amorphous superconducting tantalum films

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    Li, Yize Stephanie

    2015-02-01

    We have studied the magnetic field or disorder induced insulating and metallic phases in amorphous Ta superconducting thin films. The evolution of the nonlinear transport in the insulating phase exhibits a non-monotonic behavior as the magnetic field is increased. We suggest that this observation could be evidence of the presence of localized Cooper pairs in the insulating phase. As the metallic phase intervenes the superconducting and insulating states in Ta films, this result further reveals that Cooper pairs also exist in the metallic ground state.

  18. Quasiparticles in the Superconducting State of Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}}

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    Kaminski, A.; Mesot, J.; Fretwell, H.; Campuzano, J. C.; Randeria, M.; Ding, H.; Sato, T.; Takahashi, T.; Mochiku, T.

    2000-02-21

    Recent improvements in momentum resolution lead to qualitatively new angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy results on the spectra of Bi{sub 2}Sr {sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} (Bi2212) along the ({pi}, {pi}) direction, where there is a node in the superconducting gap. We now see the intrinsic line shape, which indicates the presence of true quasiparticles at all Fermi momenta in the superconducting state, and lack thereof in the normal state. The region of momentum space probed here is relevant for charge transport, motivating a comparison of our results to conductivity measurements by infrared reflectivity. (c) 2000 The American Physical Society.

  19. Transition between different quantum states in a mesoscopic system: The superconducting ring

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    Horane, E.M.; Castro, J.I.; Buscaglia, G.C.; Lopez, A.

    1996-04-01

    We investigate the thermodynamic properties of a superconducting ring, both analytically and numerically, relying upon the Ginzburg-Landau theory. We find that modulated solutions for the order parameter play a role in describing the thermodynamic transitions between consecutive modes of uniform order parameter, associated with different quantum numbers. Exact expressions for these solutions are given in terms of elliptic functions. We identify the family of energy extrema which, being saddle points of the energy in the functional space of the distributions of the order parameter, represent the energy barrier to be overcome for transitions between different solutions. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  20. Solid-state circuit breaker with current limiting characteristic using a superconducting coil

    DOEpatents

    Boenig, Heinrich J.

    1984-01-01

    A thyristor bridge interposes an ac source and a load. A series connected DC source and superconducting coil within the bridge biases the thyristors thereof so as to permit bidirectional ac current flow therethrough under normal operating conditions. Upon a fault condition a control circuit triggers the thyristors so as to reduce ac current flow therethrough to zero in less than two cycles and to open the bridge thereafter. Upon a temporary overload condition the control circuit triggers the thyristors so as to limit ac current flow therethrough to an acceptable level.

  1. Solid-state circuit breaker with current-limiting characteristic using a superconducting coil

    DOEpatents

    Boenig, H.J.

    1982-08-16

    A thyristor bridge interposes an ac source and a load. A series connected DC source and superconducting coil within the bridge biases the thyristors thereof so as to permit bidirectional ac current flow therethrough under normal operating conditions. Upon a fault condition a control circuit triggers the thyristors so as to reduce ac current flow therethrough to zero in less than two eyeles and to open the bridge thereafter. Upon a temporary overload condition the control circuit triggers the thyristors so as to limit ac current flow therethrough to an acceptable level.

  2. Pressure-induced superconductivity in H2-containing hydride PbH4(H2)2

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    Cheng, Ya; Zhang, Chao; Wang, Tingting; Zhong, Guohua; Yang, Chunlei; Chen, Xiao-Jia; Lin, Hai-Qing

    2015-01-01

    High pressure structure, stability, metallization, and superconductivity of PbH4(H2)2, a H2-containing compound combining one of the heaviest elements with the lightest element, are investigated by the first-principles calculations. The metallic character is found over the whole studied pressure range, although PbH4(H2)2 is metastable and easily decompose at low pressure. The decomposition pressure point of 133 GPa is predicted above which PbH4(H2)2 is stable both thermodynamically and dynamically with the C2/m symmetry. Interestedly, all hydrogen atoms pairwise couple into H2 quasi-molecules and remain this style up to 400 GPa in the C2/m structure. At high-pressure, PbH4(H2)2 tends to form the Pb-H2 alloy. The superconductivity of Tc firstly rising and then falling is observed in the C2/m PbH4(H2)2. The maximum of Tc is about 107 K at 230 GPa. The softening of intermediate-frequency phonon induced by more inserted H2 molecules is the main origin of the high Tc. The results obtained represent a significant step toward the understanding of the high pressure behavior of metallic hydrogen and hydrogen-rich materials, which is helpful for obtaining the higher Tc. PMID:26559369

  3. Ground states of multi-band type-I and type-1.5 superconductors and interlaced type-I/type-II layered superconducting structures in external magnetic field

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    Garaud, Julien; Carlstrom, Johan; Babaev, Egor

    2011-03-01

    We report a numerical study of magnetic field-induced structures in multiband/multi-component superconductors and type-I/type-II multilayers. The magnetic ground state in these different regimes shows very rich structure formation. In particular we report vortex cluster formation in the cases of strong interband Josephson coupling. The results in particular can be applied to layered structures manufactured from interlaced layers of type-I and type-II superconductors yielding effectively the type-1.5 superconducting behavior with tunable intercomponent couplings. Supported by NSF CAREER Award DMR-0955902, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation through the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Swedish Research Council.

  4. Interface density of states in d-wave superconducting proximity effect through Andreev reflections

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    Tanuma, Y.; Tanaka, Y.; Kashiwaya, S.

    2006-01-01

    Tunneling spectra via Andreev bound states between a normal metal (N)/d-wave superconductor (S) (in the presence of a subdominant s-wave pair potential) junction are investigated. In the present work, we employ quasiclassical Green's function methods in order to study the role of the proximity effect in detail. In the case of a high transparent contact to the (100) interface of the d-wave superconductor, the pair potential penetrates into the inside of the N due to the proximity effect, where the is-wave is not indeed at all. Then, the tunneling spectra has a very sharp zero-energy peak (ZEP). This ZEP originates from the fact that quasiparticles feel different sign of the pair potentials between normal metals and d-wave superconductors through Andreev reflections. On the other hand, in the N/S junction with the (110) interface, the induction of is-wave component in the S side leads to an induced is-wavepair potential also in the N side due to the proximity effect. In this case, the interface density of states has a dip structure. We show that the spatial dependence of pair potentials is significantly sensitive to the transparency of the junction.

  5. Pressure-Induced Mott Transition Followed by a 24-K Superconducting Phase in BaFe2S3

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    Yamauchi, Touru; Hirata, Yasuyuki; Ueda, Yutaka; Ohgushi, Kenya

    2015-12-01

    We performed high-pressure study for a Mott insulator BaFe2S3 , by measuring dc resistivity and ac susceptibility up to 15 GPa. We found that the antiferromagnetic insulating state at the ambient pressure is transformed into a metallic state at the critical pressure, Pc=10 GPa , and the superconductivity with the optimum Tc=24 K emerges above Pc. Furthermore, we found that the metal-insulator transition (Mott transition) boundary terminates at a critical point around 10 GPa and 75 K. The obtained pressure-temperature (P -T ) phase diagram is similar to those of the organic and fullerene compounds; namely, BaFe2S3 is the first inorganic superconductor in the vicinity of bandwidth control type Mott transition.

  6. Superconducting Graphene Nanoelectronic Devices

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    Wang, Joel; Zaffalon, Michele; Jarillo-Herrero, Pablo

    2010-03-01

    Graphene, a single atom-thick sheet of graphite discovered in recent years, has attracted tremendous attention due to its exotic electronic properties. At low energy, its gapless linear band structure results in transport properties described by the Dirac equation, making it an ideal system for the study of exotic quantum phenomena and other new physics. Graphene may also exhibit many novel transport characteristics in the superconducting regime. New phenomena, such as pseudo-diffusive dynamics of ballistic electrons, the relativistic Josephson effect, and specular Andreev reflection are predicted by theoretical models combining relativistic quantum mechanics and superconductivity. We study these phenomena experimentally with superconductor-graphene-superconductor junctions. The supercurrent in graphene is induced by the superconducting contacts through proximity effect. Various superconducting materials are considered for different explorations. Preliminary tests indicate clean electrical contact with graphene and superconducting properties as expected.

  7. Superconducting dome and crossover to an insulating state in [Tl{sub 4}]Tl{sub 1−x}Sn{sub x}Te{sub 3}

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    Arpino, K. E.; Wasser, B. D.; McQueen, T. M.

    2015-04-01

    The structural, superconducting, and electronic phase diagram of [Tl{sub 4}]Tl{sub 1−x}Sn{sub x}Te{sub 3} is reported. Magnetization and specific heat measurements show bulk superconductivity exists for 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.4. Resistivity measurements indicate a crossover from a metallic state at x = 0 to a doped insulator at x = 1. Universally, there is a large non-Debye specific heat contribution, characterized by an Einstein temperature of θ{sub E} ≈ 35 K. Density functional theory calculations predict x = 0 to be a topological metal, while x = 1 is a topological crystalline insulator. The disappearance of superconductivity correlates with the transition between these distinct topological states.

  8. Specular Andreev reflection in graphene-based superconducting junction with substate-induced spin orbit interaction

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    Bai, Chunxu; Yang, Yanling

    2016-08-01

    Based on the Dirac-Bogoliubov-de Gennes equation, the chirality-resolved transport properties through a ballistic graphene-based superconducting heterojunction with both the Rashba and the Dresselhaus spin orbit interaction have been investigated. Our results show that, in contrast to the retro-Andreev reflection suppressed by the spin orbit interaction (SOI), the specular Andreev reflection (SAR) can be enhanced largely by the SOI. Moreover, the Fabry-Perot interferences in the barrier region lead to the oscillating feature of the tunneling conductance. It is anticipated to apply the qualitative different results to diagnose the SAR in single layer graphene in the presence of both kinds of the SOI.

  9. Majorana Fermion Induced Non-local Current Correlations in Spin-orbit Coupled Superconducting Wires

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    Liu, Jie; Zhang, Fu-Chun; Law, K. T.

    2014-03-01

    The observation of zero bias conductance peaks in semiconductor wire-superconductor heterostructures has generated great interest, and there is a hot debate on whether the observation is associated with Majorana Fermions (MFs) or other effects which enhance local Andreev reflections. In this work, we study the transport of a normal lead/semiconductor wire-superconductor heterostructure /normal lead junction. We show that when MF end states from the two ends of the wire are strongly coupled, the MF end states can suppress local Andreev reflections and strongly enhance crossed Andreev reflections (CARs), in which an electron from one lead is reflected as a hole in a different lead. In the CAR dominated regime, the current-current correlations between the two leads are strongly enhanced. Moreover, the Fano factor of a normal lead, which is the ratio of the shot noise to the average current, is reduced from 2e to e. Since the CAR associated effects are non-local effects and they cannot be induced by processes which enhance local Andreev reflections, therefore, the measurement of Fano factors and current-current correlations of the normal leads can be used to identify MFs.

  10. Superconductivity in carbon nanomaterials

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    Dlugon, Katarzyna

    The purpose of this thesis is to explain the phenomenon of superconductivity in carbon nanomaterials such as graphene, fullerenes and carbon nanotubes. In the introductory chapter, there is a description of superconductivity and how it occurs at critical temperature (Tc) that is characteristic and different to every superconducting material. The discovery of superconductivity in mercury in 1911 by Dutch physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes is also mentioned. Different types of superconductors, type I and type II, low and high temperatures superconductors, as well as the BCS theory that was developed in 1957 by Bardeen, Cooper, and Schrieffer, are also described in detail. The BCS theory explains how Cooper's pairs are formed and how they are responsible for the superconducting properties of many materials. The following chapters explain superconductivity in doped fullerenes, graphene and carbon nanotubes, respectively. There is a thorough explanation followed by many examples of different types of carbon nanomaterials in which small changes in chemical structure cause significant changes in superconducting properties. The goal of this research was not only to take into consideration well known carbon based superconductors but also to search for the newest available materials such as the fullerene nanowhiskers discovered quite recently. There is also a presentation of fairly new ideas about inducing superconductivity in a monolayer of graphene which is more challenging than inducing superconductivity in graphite by simply intercalating metal atoms between its graphene sheets. An effort has been taken to look for any available information about carbon nanomaterials that have the potential to superconduct at room temperature, mainly because discovery of such materials would be a real revolution in the modern world, although no such materials have been discovered yet.

  11. Superconductivity-induced magnetization depletion in a ferromagnet through an insulator in a ferromagnet-insulator-superconductor hybrid oxide heterostructure.

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    Prajapat, C L; Singh, Surendra; Paul, Amitesh; Bhattacharya, D; Singh, M R; Mattauch, S; Ravikumar, G; Basu, S

    2016-05-21

    Coupling between superconducting and ferromagnetic states in hybrid oxide heterostructures is presently a topic of intense research. Such a coupling is due to the leakage of the Cooper pairs into the ferromagnet. However, tunneling of the Cooper pairs though an insulator was never considered plausible. Using depth sensitive polarized neutron reflectivity we demonstrate the coupling between superconductor and magnetic layers in epitaxial La2/3Ca1/3MnO3 (LCMO)/SrTiO3/YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) hybrid heterostructures, with SrTiO3 as an intervening oxide insulator layer between the ferromagnet and the superconductor. Measurements above and below the superconducting transition temperature (TSC) of YBCO demonstrate a large modulation of magnetization in the ferromagnetic layer below the TSC of YBCO in these heterostructures. This work highlights a unique tunneling phenomenon between the epitaxial layers of an oxide superconductor (YBCO) and a magnetic layer (LCMO) through an insulating layer. Our work would inspire further investigations on the fundamental aspect of a long range order of the triplet spin-pairing in hybrid structures. PMID:27124772

  12. Superconductivity-induced magnetization depletion in a ferromagnet through an insulator in a ferromagnet-insulator-superconductor hybrid oxide heterostructure

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    Prajapat, C. L.; Singh, Surendra; Paul, Amitesh; Bhattacharya, D.; Singh, M. R.; Mattauch, S.; Ravikumar, G.; Basu, S.

    2016-05-01

    Coupling between superconducting and ferromagnetic states in hybrid oxide heterostructures is presently a topic of intense research. Such a coupling is due to the leakage of the Cooper pairs into the ferromagnet. However, tunneling of the Cooper pairs though an insulator was never considered plausible. Using depth sensitive polarized neutron reflectivity we demonstrate the coupling between superconductor and magnetic layers in epitaxial La2/3Ca1/3MnO3 (LCMO)/SrTiO3/YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) hybrid heterostructures, with SrTiO3 as an intervening oxide insulator layer between the ferromagnet and the superconductor. Measurements above and below the superconducting transition temperature (TSC) of YBCO demonstrate a large modulation of magnetization in the ferromagnetic layer below the TSC of YBCO in these heterostructures. This work highlights a unique tunneling phenomenon between the epitaxial layers of an oxide superconductor (YBCO) and a magnetic layer (LCMO) through an insulating layer. Our work would inspire further investigations on the fundamental aspect of a long range order of the triplet spin-pairing in hybrid structures.

  13. Persistent Fe moments in the normal-state collapsed-tetragonal phase of the pressure-induced superconductor Ca0.67Sr0.33Fe2As2

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    Jeffries, J. R.; Butch, N. P.; Lipp, M. J.; Bradley, J. A.; Kirshenbaum, K.; Saha, S. R.; Paglione, J.; Kenney-Benson, C.; Xiao, Y.; Chow, P.; Evans, W. J.

    2014-10-01

    Using nonresonant Fe Kβ x-ray emission spectroscopy, we reveal that Sr substitution into CaFe2As2 decouples the Fe moment from the volume collapse transition, yielding a collapsed-tetragonal, paramagnetic normal state out of which superconductivity develops. X-ray diffraction measurements implicate the c-axis lattice parameter as the controlling criterion for the Fe moment, promoting a generic description for the appearance of pressure-induced superconductivity in the alkaline-earth-based 122 ferropnictides (AFe2As2). The evolution of Tc with pressure lends support to theories for superconductivity involving unconventional pairing mediated by magnetic fluctuations.

  14. Break the electron- hole balance and pressure induced superconductivity in Tungsten Ditelluride

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    Song, Fengqi; Pan, Xing-Chen

    Tungsten ditelluride has garnered immense interest due to the recent discovery of titanic unsaturated magnetoresistance up to 60 Tesla and its possible topological metal nature. The titanic unsaturated magnetoresistance is attributed to the perfect compensation between the opposite carriers in this material. Motivated by the small and sensitive Fermi surface of 5d electronic orbitals, we break the electron-hole balance by the application of high pressure. Superconductivity sharply appears at the pressure of 2.5 GPa, quickly reaching a maximum critical temperature of 7 K at around 16.8 GPa, and followed by a monotonic decrease in Tc with increasing pressure exhibiting the typical dome-shaped superconducting phase. What's more, linear magnetoresistance dominates the transport behavior under high pressure instead of semi-classical parabolic magnetoresistance, like in other topological metals. Refence: Nature Commun. 6, 7805 (2015), arXiv 1505, 07968. The authors would like to thank the National Key Projects for Basic Research in China, the National Natural Science Foundation of China , the NSF of Jiangsu Province, the PAPD project, and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities.

  15. Harmonics suppression of vacuum chamber eddy current-induced fields with application to the Superconducting Super Collider Low Energy Booster Magnets

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    Schlueter, R.; Halbach, K.

    1992-01-01

    This report presents the formulation of an expression for eddy currents induced in a thin-walled conductor due to a time-dependent electromagnet field excitation. Then follows an analytical development for prediction of vacuum chamber eddy current-induced field harmonics in iron-core electromagnets. A passive technique for harmonics suppression is presented with specific application to the design of the Superconducting Super Collider Low Energy Booster Magnets.

  16. Harmonics suppression of vacuum chamber eddy current induced fields with application to the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) Low Energy Booster (LEB) Magnets

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    Schlueter, R.D.; Halbach, K.

    1991-12-04

    This memo presents the formulation of an expression for eddy currents induced in a thin-walled conductor due to a time-dependent electromagnet field excitation. Then follows an analytical development for prediction of vacuum chamber eddy current induced field harmonics in iron-core electromagnets. A passive technique for harmonics suppression is presented with specific application to the design of the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) Low Energy B (LEB) Magnets.

  17. Dependence of the laser-induced voltages on the oxygen content in normal state YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ films

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    Xiong, X. M.; Peng, Z. Q.; Zhou, Y. L.; Cheng, Z. H.; Lu, H. B.; Wang, H. S.; Cui, D. F.; Li, L.; Yang, G. Z.

    1997-02-01

    Our investigation on the relation between oxygen content and the laser-induced voltages of the YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ films in normal-state shows that deoxygenation of the superconducting films reduces the laser-induced voltages greatly, even reverses the sign of the signals at large oxygen deficiency. The absolute value of the negative signal at large oxygen deficiency can be greater than that of the positive signal.

  18. Phenomenological study of the normal state angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopy line shapes of high temperature superconducting cuprates

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    Matsuyama, Kazue; Dilip, Rohit; Gweon, G.-H.

    2015-03-01

    Understanding the normal state properties of high temperature (high-Tc) superconducting cuprates remains a central mystery in the high-Tc problem. Standing out among those mysterious properties are the anomalous angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES) line shapes. The extremely correlated Fermi liquid (ECFL) theory recently introduced by Shastry has renewed interest in quantitatively understanding ARPES line shapes. In this talk, we combine certain phenomenological considerations with the ECFL framework in order to describe the ARPES data. Our phenomenological models have the property of preserving the universal property of the original ECFL theory, while introducing phenomenological changes in a non-universal property. Our models describe, with unprecedented fidelity, the key aspects of the dichotomy between momentum distribution curves (MDCs) and energy distribution curves (EDCs) of high-Tc ARPES data. Therefore, our study goes well beyond the prevailing studies that discuss only MDCs and EDCs.

  19. Anisotropic superconducting gap and elongated vortices with Caroli-De Gennes-Matricon states in the new superconductor Ta4Pd3Te16.

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    Du, Zengyi; Fang, Delong; Wang, Zhenyu; Li, Yufeng; Du, Guan; Yang, Huan; Zhu, Xiyu; Wen, Hai-Hu

    2015-01-01

    The superconducting state is formed by the condensation of a large number of Cooper pairs. The normal state electronic properties can give significant influence on the superconducting state. For usual type-II superconductors, the vortices are cylinder like with a round cross-section. For many two dimensional superconductors, such as Cuprates, albeit the in-plane anisotropy, the vortices generally have a round shape. In this paper we report results based on the scanning tunnelling microscopy/spectroscopy measurements on a newly discovered superconductor Ta4Pd3Te16. The chain-like conducting channels of PdTe2 in Ta4Pd3Te16 make a significant anisotropy of the in-plane Fermi velocity. We suggest at least one anisotropic superconducting gap with gap minima or possible node exists in this multiband system. In addition, elongated vortices are observed with an anisotropy of ξ||b/ξ&bottom⊥b ≈ 2.5. Clear Caroli-de Gennes-Matricon states are also observed within the vortex cores. Our results will initiate the study on the elongated vortices and superconducting mechanism in the new superconductor Ta4Pd3Te16. PMID:25797138

  20. Anisotropic Superconducting Gap and Elongated Vortices with Caroli-De Gennes-Matricon States in the New Superconductor Ta4Pd3Te16

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    Du, Zengyi; Fang, Delong; Wang, Zhenyu; Li, Yufeng; Du, Guan; Yang, Huan; Zhu, Xiyu; Wen, Hai-Hu

    2015-01-01

    The superconducting state is formed by the condensation of a large number of Cooper pairs. The normal state electronic properties can give significant influence on the superconducting state. For usual type-II superconductors, the vortices are cylinder like with a round cross-section. For many two dimensional superconductors, such as Cuprates, albeit the in-plane anisotropy, the vortices generally have a round shape. In this paper we report results based on the scanning tunnelling microscopy/spectroscopy measurements on a newly discovered superconductor Ta4Pd3Te16. The chain-like conducting channels of PdTe2 in Ta4Pd3Te16 make a significant anisotropy of the in-plane Fermi velocity. We suggest at least one anisotropic superconducting gap with gap minima or possible node exists in this multiband system. In addition, elongated vortices are observed with an anisotropy of ξ||b/ξ&bottom⊥b ≈ 2.5. Clear Caroli-de Gennes-Matricon states are also observed within the vortex cores. Our results will initiate the study on the elongated vortices and superconducting mechanism in the new superconductor Ta4Pd3Te16. PMID:25797138

  1. Zeeman-driven phase transition within the superconducting state of {kappa}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu(NCS){sub 2}.

    SciTech Connect

    Wright, J. A.; Green, E.; kuhns, P.; Reyes, A.; Brooks, J.; Schlueter, J.; Kato, R.; Yamamoto, H.; Kobayashi, M.; Brown , S. E.

    2011-08-16

    {sup 13}C nuclear magnetic resonance measurements were performed on {kappa}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu(NCS){sub 2}, with the external field placed parallel to the quasi-2D conducting layers. The absorption spectrum is used to determine the electronic spin polarization M{sub s} as a function of external field H at a temperature T = 0.35 K. A discontinuity in the derivative dM{sub s}/dH at an applied field of H{sub s} = 213 {+-} 3 kOe is taken as evidence for a Zeeman-driven transition within the superconducting state and stabilization of inhomogeneous superconductivity.

  2. Metal optics and superconductivity

    SciTech Connect

    Golovashkin, A.L.

    1989-01-01

    The articles contained in this collection are dedicated to the study of the electron structure of transition metals and superconducting alloys and compounds based on them. The study of the electron structure of materials is one of the central problems of solid-state physics and defines the solution of a number of problems. One of them is the problem of high-temperature superconductivity which has attracted exceptional attention from physicists in connection with the discovery of new classes of ceramic oxides which are superconducting at liquid-nitrogen temperature. The electron structure is one of the three whales on which all of superconductivity rests. It is frequently our ignorance of the electronic properties of a metal, alloy or compound in its normal state which makes it impossible to predict superconductivity in the material, preventing use from calculating the parameters of the superconducting state. There are now a number of effective methods for investigation of the electron structure of the metals and allows. This collection discusses metal optics, tunneling and magnetic measurements in superconductors. These methods are quite informative and allow us to obtain many important electron characteristics and temperature relations. Various characteristics of the superconducting compounds Nb{sub 3}Ge, Nb{sub 3}Al, nb{sub 3}Sn and Nb{sub 3}Ga with A15 structure and NbN with B1 structure, having rather high critical temperatures, are experimentally studied.

  3. Intrinsic Paramagnetic Meissner Effect Due to s -Wave Odd-Frequency Superconductivity

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    Di Bernardo, A.; Salman, Z.; Wang, X. L.; Amado, M.; Egilmez, M.; Flokstra, M. G.; Suter, A.; Lee, S. L.; Zhao, J. H.; Prokscha, T.; Morenzoni, E.; Blamire, M. G.; Linder, J.; Robinson, J. W. A.

    2015-10-01

    In 1933, Meissner and Ochsenfeld reported the expulsion of magnetic flux—the diamagnetic Meissner effect—from the interior of superconducting lead. This discovery was crucial in formulating the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) theory of superconductivity. In exotic superconducting systems BCS theory does not strictly apply. A classical example is a superconductor-magnet hybrid system where magnetic ordering breaks time-reversal symmetry of the superconducting condensate and results in the stabilization of an odd-frequency superconducting state. It has been predicted that under appropriate conditions, odd-frequency superconductivity should manifest in the Meissner state as fluctuations in the sign of the magnetic susceptibility, meaning that the superconductivity can either repel (diamagnetic) or attract (paramagnetic) external magnetic flux. Here, we report local probe measurements of faint magnetic fields in a Au /Ho /Nb trilayer system using low-energy muons, where antiferromagnetic Ho (4.5 nm) breaks time-reversal symmetry of the proximity-induced pair correlations in Au. From depth-resolved measurements below the superconducting transition of Nb, we observe a local enhancement of the magnetic field in Au that exceeds the externally applied field, thus proving the existence of an intrinsic paramagnetic Meissner effect arising from an odd-frequency superconducting state.

  4. Magnetic Precursor of the Pressure-Induced Superconductivity in Fe-Ladder Compounds

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    Chi, Songxue; Uwatoko, Yoshiya; Cao, Huibo; Hirata, Yasuyuki; Hashizume, Kazuki; Aoyama, Takuya; Ohgushi, Kenya

    2016-07-01

    The pressure effects on the antiferromagentic orders in iron-based ladder compounds CsFe2Se3 and BaFe2S3 have been studied using neutron diffraction. With identical crystal structure and similar magnetic structures, the two compounds exhibit highly contrasting magnetic behaviors under moderate external pressures. In CsFe2Se3 the ladders are brought much closer to each other by pressure, but the stripe-type magnetic order shows no observable change. In contrast, the stripe order in BaFe2S3 undergoes a quantum phase transition where an abrupt increase of Néel temperature by more than 50% occurs at about 1 GPa, accompanied by a jump in the ordered moment. With its spin structure unchanged, BaFe2S3 enters an enhanced magnetic phase that bears the characteristics of an orbital selective Mott phase, which is the true neighbor of superconductivity emerging at higher pressures.

  5. Giant superconducting fluctuation and anomalous semiconducting normal state in NdO1-xFxBi1-yS2 single crystals

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    Liu, Jianzhong; Fang, Delong; Wang, Zhenyu; Xing, Jie; Du, Zengyi; Li, Sheng; Zhu, Xiyu; Yang, Huan; Wen, Hai-Hu

    2014-06-01

    We report the successful growth of the \\text{NdO}_{1-x}\\text{F}_x\\text{Bi}_{1-y}\\text{S}_2 single crystals and prove the intrinsic superconductivity. Resistive and magnetic measurements reveal that the bulk superconducting transition occurs at T_c = 4.83\\ \\text{K} . Measurements of excess conductivity and the in-plane angle-dependent resistance reveal a giant superconducting fluctuation far above Tc (extending to 2T_c\\text{-}4T_c ). This is supported by the Nernst and the scanning tunneling measurements. Analysis based on the anisotropic Ginzburg-Landau theory gives a very large anisotropy \\gamma=\\sqrt{m_c/m_{ab}}\\approx30\\text{-}50 . Two gap features with magnitudes of about 3.5 +/- 0.3\\ \\text{meV} and 7.5 +/- 1\\ \\text{meV} were observed by scanning tunneling spectroscopy. The smaller gap is associated with the bulk superconducting transition yielding a huge ratio 2\\Delta^{1}_s/k_BT_c=16.8 , and the gapped feature remains up to 20-30 K. Another fascinating phenomenon is that the normal state recovered by applying a high magnetic field along the c-axis shows an anomalous semiconducting behavior. All these suggest that the superconductivity in this newly discovered superconductor may have an exotic reason which is beyond the BCS picture.

  6. Superconducting Nanotube Dots

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    Schönenberger, Christian

    2007-03-01

    In this talk, I will focus on charge transport in carbon nanotube devices with superconducting source and drain contacts in the finite-bias non-equilibrium transport regime. As contact material, bi-layers of Au and Al were used and transport has been studied at temperatures in the 0.1 K range. Because carbon nanotubes are quantum dots (qdots), we in fact explore the physics of qdots with superconducting contacts, something which only recently became possible thanks to carbon nanotubes and most recently to semiconducting nanowires. In my talk, I will first summarize our pioneering work on multiwalled carbon nanotubes in which we could demonstrate proximity induced effects both in the weak and the strong coupling regime. In the latter an intriguing interplay between superconductivity and Kondo physics appears. Then, I will discuss the physics of multiple Andreev reflection in a situation when only one resonant state is present and compare this with experimental results. Finally, I will compare our early results with our recent measurements on single-wall carbon nanotubes. This work has been supported by the Swiss Institute on Nanoscience, the Swiss National Science Foundation, EU projects DIENOW and HYSWITCH. I gratefully acknowledge contribution of the following persons to this work (in alphabetic order): B. Babic, W. Belzig, C. Bruder, M. R. Buitelaar, J.-C. Cuevas, A. Eichler, L. Forro, J. Gobrecht, M. Gr"aber, M. Iqbal, T. Kontos, A. Levy Yeyati, A. Martin-Rodero, T. Nussbaumer, S. Oberholzer, C. Strunk, H. Scharf, J. Trbovic, E. Vecino, M. Weiss

  7. Superconductive wire

    DOEpatents

    Korzekwa, David A.; Bingert, John F.; Peterson, Dean E.; Sheinberg, Haskell

    1995-01-01

    A superconductive article is made by inserting a rigid mandrel into an internal cavity of a first metallic tube, said tube having an interior surface and an exterior surface, said interior surface defining the interior cavity, forming a layer of a superconductive material or superconductive precursor upon the exterior surface of said first metallic tube, machining the layer of superconductive material or superconductive precursor to a predetermined diameter to form an intermediate article configured for insertion into a second metallic tube having an interior diameter corresponding to the predetermined diameter, inserting the machined intermediate article into a second metallic tube having an internal diameter corresponding to the predetermined diameter of the intermediate article to form a composite intermediate article, reducing or ironing the composite intermediate article to a predetermined cross-sectional diameter, and sintering the reduced or ironed composite intermediate article at temperatures and for time sufficient for the superconductive material or superconductive precursor to exhibit superconductivity.

  8. Superconductive wire

    DOEpatents

    Korzekwa, D.A.; Bingert, J.F.; Peterson, D.E.; Sheinberg, H.

    1995-07-18

    A superconductive article is made by inserting a rigid mandrel into an internal cavity of a first metallic tube, said tube having an interior surface and an exterior surface, said interior surface defining the interior cavity, forming a layer of a superconductive material or superconductive precursor upon the exterior surface of said first metallic tube, machining the layer of superconductive material or superconductive precursor to a predetermined diameter to form an intermediate article configured for insertion into a second metallic tube having an interior diameter corresponding to the predetermined diameter, inserting the machined intermediate article into a second metallic tube having an internal diameter corresponding to the predetermined diameter of the intermediate article to form a composite intermediate article, reducing or ironing the composite intermediate article to a predetermined cross-sectional diameter, and sintering the reduced or ironed composite intermediate article at temperatures and for time sufficient for the superconductive material or superconductive precursor to exhibit superconductivity. 2 figs.

  9. Suppression of superconductivity in LuxZr1 -xB12: Evidence of static magnetic moments induced by nonmagnetic impurities

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    Sluchanko, N. E.; Azarevich, A. N.; Anisimov, M. A.; Bogach, A. V.; Gavrilkin, S. Yu.; Gilmanov, M. I.; Glushkov, V. V.; Demishev, S. V.; Khoroshilov, A. L.; Dukhnenko, A. V.; Mitsen, K. V.; Shitsevalova, N. Yu.; Filippov, V. B.; Voronov, V. V.; Flachbart, K.

    2016-02-01

    Based on low-temperature resistivity, heat capacity, and magnetization investigations, we show that the unusually strong suppression of superconductivity in LuxZr1 -xB12 (x <8 % ) BCS-type superconductors is caused by the emergence of static spin polarization in the vicinity of nonmagnetic lutetium impurities. The analysis of the obtained results points to a formation of static magnetic moments with μeff≈6 μB per Lu3 + ion (1S0 ground state, 4 f14 configuration) incorporated in the superconducting ZrB12 matrix. The size of these spin-polarized nanodomains was estimated to be about 5 Å.

  10. Superconducting transistor

    DOEpatents

    Gray, Kenneth E.

    1979-01-01

    A superconducting transistor is formed by disposing three thin films of superconducting material in a planar parallel arrangement and insulating the films from each other by layers of insulating oxides to form two tunnel junctions. One junction is biased above twice the superconducting energy gap and the other is biased at less than twice the superconducting energy gap. Injection of quasiparticles into the center film by one junction provides a current gain in the second junction.

  11. Superconductivity-induced re-entrance of the orthorhombic distortion in Ba1-xKxFe2As2

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    Böhmer, A. E.; Hardy, F.; Wang, L.; Wolf, T.; Schweiss, P.; Meingast, C.

    2015-07-01

    Detailed knowledge of the phase diagram and the nature of the competing magnetic and superconducting phases is imperative for a deeper understanding of the physics of iron-based superconductivity. Magnetism in the iron-based superconductors is usually a stripe-type spin-density-wave, which breaks the tetragonal symmetry of the lattice, and is known to compete strongly with superconductivity. Recently, it was found that in some systems an additional spin-density-wave transition occurs, which restores this tetragonal symmetry, however, its interaction with superconductivity remains unclear. Here, using thermodynamic measurements on Ba1-xKxFe2As2 single crystals, we show that the spin-density-wave phase of tetragonal symmetry competes much stronger with superconductivity than the stripe-type spin-density-wave phase, which results in a novel re-entrance of the latter at or slightly below the superconducting transition.

  12. Superconductivity-induced re-entrance of the orthorhombic distortion in Ba1-xKxFe2As2.

    PubMed

    Böhmer, A E; Hardy, F; Wang, L; Wolf, T; Schweiss, P; Meingast, C

    2015-01-01

    Detailed knowledge of the phase diagram and the nature of the competing magnetic and superconducting phases is imperative for a deeper understanding of the physics of iron-based superconductivity. Magnetism in the iron-based superconductors is usually a stripe-type spin-density-wave, which breaks the tetragonal symmetry of the lattice, and is known to compete strongly with superconductivity. Recently, it was found that in some systems an additional spin-density-wave transition occurs, which restores this tetragonal symmetry, however, its interaction with superconductivity remains unclear. Here, using thermodynamic measurements on Ba1-xKxFe2As2 single crystals, we show that the spin-density-wave phase of tetragonal symmetry competes much stronger with superconductivity than the stripe-type spin-density-wave phase, which results in a novel re-entrance of the latter at or slightly below the superconducting transition. PMID:26227915

  13. STM investigation of the superconducting state of BSCCO 2212 and borocarbide materials

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    Iavarone, M. |; Guptasarma, P.; Hinks, D.G.

    1997-10-01

    We present spectroscopic Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM) measurements performed at 4.2 K on BSCCO 2212 single crystals and Y, Lu and Er based borocarbide compounds. The conductance versus voltage spectra on BSCCO 2212 reveal a reproducible dip feature near e{vert_bar}V{vert_bar} = 2{Delta}, for both voltage polarities pointing to a strong coupling origin of the feature. The conductance spectra obtained on YNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C thin films and LuNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C single crystals are similar and correspond to a BCS ratio of 3.2 indicating weak coupling superconductivity in these compounds. On Er Ni{sub 2}B{sub 2}C single crystals, the conductance spectra show a pronounced broadening compared to the spectra obtained on LuNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C and YNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C, which is attributed to the pair-breaking effect due to the Er magnetic ions.

  14. Tunable superconductivity in decorated graphene

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    Han, Zheng; Allain, Adrien; Marty, Laetitia; Bendiab, Nedjma; Toulemonde, Pierre; Strobel, Pierre; Coraux, Johann; Bouchiat, Vincent

    2013-03-01

    Graphene offers an exposed bidimensional gas of high mobility charge carriers with gate tunable density. Its chemical inertness offers an outstanding platform to explore exotic 2D superconductivity. Superconductivity can be induced in graphene by means of proximity effect (by depositing a set of superconducting metal clusters such as lead or tin nanoparticles). The influence of decoration material, density or particles and disorder of graphene will be discussed. In the case of disordered graphene, Tin decoration leads to a gate-tunable superconducting-to-insulator quantum phase transition. Superconductivity in graphene is also expected to occur under strong charge doping (induced either by gating or under chemical decoration, in analogy with graphite intercalated compounds). I will also show preliminary results showing the influence of Calcium intercalation of few layer graphene and progress toward the demonstration of intrinsic superconductivity in such systems. Work supported by EU GRANT FP7-NMP GRENADA.

  15. Large superconducting double-gap, a pronounced pseudogap and evidence for proximity-induced topological superconductivity in the Bi2Te3/Fe1+yTe interfacial superconductor

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    Shen, J. Y.; He, M. Q.; He, Q. L.; Law, K. T.; Sou, I. K.; Lortz, R.; Petrovic, A. P.

    We investigate directional point-contact spectroscopy on a Bi2Te3/ Fe1+yTe heterostructure, fabricated via van der Waals epitaxy, which is interfacial superconducting with an onset TC at 12K and zero resistance below 8K. A large superconducting twin-gap structure is seen down to 0.27K, together with a zero bias conductance peak. The anisotropic smaller gap (Δ1) is around 5 meV at 0.27K and closes at 8K, while the other one (Δ2), as large as 12 meV, is isotropic and eventually evolves into a pseudogap closing at 40K. Both, the two-gap BTK and Dynes models can well reproduce our data, demonstrating Δ1 should be associated with the proximity-induced superconductivity in the topological Bi2Te3 layer, while Δ2 may be attributed to an intrinsically-doped FeTe thin film at the interface. This work was supported by grants from the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (603010, SEGHKUST03).

  16. Spin-orbit-coupled superconductivity

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    Lo, Shun-Tsung; Lin, Shih-Wei; Wang, Yi-Ting; Lin, Sheng-Di; Liang, C.-T.

    2014-01-01

    Superconductivity and spin-orbit (SO) interaction have been two separate emerging fields until very recently that the correlation between them seemed to be observed. However, previous experiments concerning SO coupling are performed far beyond the superconducting state and thus a direct demonstration of how SO coupling affects superconductivity remains elusive. Here we investigate the SO coupling in the critical region of superconducting transition on Al nanofilms, in which the strength of disorder and spin relaxation by SO coupling are changed by varying the film thickness. At temperatures T sufficiently above the superconducting critical temperature Tc, clear signature of SO coupling reveals itself in showing a magneto-resistivity peak. When T < Tc, the resistivity peak can still be observed; however, its line-shape is now affected by the onset of the quasi two-dimensional superconductivity. By studying such magneto-resistivity peaks under different strength of spin relaxation, we highlight the important effects of SO interaction on superconductivity. PMID:24961726

  17. Magnetic Precursor of the Pressure-Induced Superconductivity in Fe-Ladder Compounds.

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    Chi, Songxue; Uwatoko, Yoshiya; Cao, Huibo; Hirata, Yasuyuki; Hashizume, Kazuki; Aoyama, Takuya; Ohgushi, Kenya

    2016-07-22

    The pressure effects on the antiferromagentic orders in iron-based ladder compounds CsFe_{2}Se_{3} and BaFe_{2}S_{3} have been studied using neutron diffraction. With identical crystal structure and similar magnetic structures, the two compounds exhibit highly contrasting magnetic behaviors under moderate external pressures. In CsFe_{2}Se_{3} the ladders are brought much closer to each other by pressure, but the stripe-type magnetic order shows no observable change. In contrast, the stripe order in BaFe_{2}S_{3} undergoes a quantum phase transition where an abrupt increase of Néel temperature by more than 50% occurs at about 1 GPa, accompanied by a jump in the ordered moment. With its spin structure unchanged, BaFe_{2}S_{3} enters an enhanced magnetic phase that bears the characteristics of an orbital selective Mott phase, which is the true neighbor of superconductivity emerging at higher pressures. PMID:27494496

  18. Microwave induced plasma discharge in multi-cell superconducting radio-frequency cavity

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    Ahmed, Shahid; Mammosser, John D.

    2015-07-15

    A R&D effort for in situ cleaning of 1.5 GHz Superconducting Radio Frequency (SRF) cavities at room temperature using the plasma processing technique has been initiated at Jefferson Lab. This is a step toward the cleaning of cryomodules installed in the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF). For this purpose, we have developed an understanding of plasma discharge in a 5-cell CEBAF-type SRF cavity having configurations similar to those in the main accelerator. The focus of this study involves the detailed investigations of developing a plasma discharge inside the cavity volume and avoids the breakdown condition in the vicinity of the ceramic RF window. A plasma discharge of the gas mixture Ar–O{sub 2} (90%:10%) can be established inside the cavity volume by the excitation of a resonant 4π/5 TM{sub 010}-mode driven by a klystron. The absence of any external magnetic field for generating the plasma is suitable for cleaning cavities installed in a complex cryomodule assembly. The procedures developed in these experimental investigations can be applied to any complex cavity structure. Details of these experimental measurements and the observations are discussed in the paper.

  19. Microwave induced plasma discharge in multi-cell superconducting radio-frequency cavity

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    Ahmed, Shahid; Mammosser, John D.

    2015-07-01

    A R&D effort for in situ cleaning of 1.5 GHz Superconducting Radio Frequency (SRF) cavities at room temperature using the plasma processing technique has been initiated at Jefferson Lab. This is a step toward the cleaning of cryomodules installed in the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF). For this purpose, we have developed an understanding of plasma discharge in a 5-cell CEBAF-type SRF cavity having configurations similar to those in the main accelerator. The focus of this study involves the detailed investigations of developing a plasma discharge inside the cavity volume and avoids the breakdown condition in the vicinity of the ceramic RF window. A plasma discharge of the gas mixture Ar-O2 (90%:10%) can be established inside the cavity volume by the excitation of a resonant 4π/5 TM010-mode driven by a klystron. The absence of any external magnetic field for generating the plasma is suitable for cleaning cavities installed in a complex cryomodule assembly. The procedures developed in these experimental investigations can be applied to any complex cavity structure. Details of these experimental measurements and the observations are discussed in the paper.

  20. Microwave induced plasma discharge in multi-cell superconducting radio-frequency cavity.

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    Ahmed, Shahid; Mammosser, John D

    2015-07-01

    A R&D effort for in situ cleaning of 1.5 GHz Superconducting Radio Frequency (SRF) cavities at room temperature using the plasma processing technique has been initiated at Jefferson Lab. This is a step toward the cleaning of cryomodules installed in the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF). For this purpose, we have developed an understanding of plasma discharge in a 5-cell CEBAF-type SRF cavity having configurations similar to those in the main accelerator. The focus of this study involves the detailed investigations of developing a plasma discharge inside the cavity volume and avoids the breakdown condition in the vicinity of the ceramic RF window. A plasma discharge of the gas mixture Ar-O2 (90%:10%) can be established inside the cavity volume by the excitation of a resonant 4π/5 TM010-mode driven by a klystron. The absence of any external magnetic field for generating the plasma is suitable for cleaning cavities installed in a complex cryomodule assembly. The procedures developed in these experimental investigations can be applied to any complex cavity structure. Details of these experimental measurements and the observations are discussed in the paper. PMID:26233368

  1. Quench-Induced Degradation of the Quality Factor in Superconducting Resonators

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    Checchin, M.; Martinello, M.; Romanenko, A.; Grassellino, A.; Sergatskov, D. A.; Posen, S.; Melnychuk, O.; Zasadzinski, J. F.

    2016-04-01

    Quench of superconducting radio-frequency cavities frequently leads to the lowered quality factor Q0 , which had been attributed to the additional trapped magnetic flux. Here we demonstrate that the origin of this magnetic flux is purely extrinsic to the cavity by showing no extra dissipation (unchanged Q0) after quenching in zero magnetic field, which allows us to rule out intrinsic mechanisms of flux trapping such as generation of thermal currents or trapping of the rf field. We also show the clear relation of dissipation introduced by quenching to the orientation of the applied magnetic field and the possibility to fully recover the quality factor by requenching in the compensated field. We discover that for larger values of the ambient field, the Q -factor degradation may become irreversible by this technique, likely due to the outward flux migration beyond the normal zone opening during quench. Our findings are of special practical importance for accelerators based on low- and medium-β accelerating structures residing close to focusing magnets, as well as for all high-Q cavity-based accelerators.

  2. Superconducting states study in electron-overdoped BaFe1.8Co0.2As2 using terahertz and far-infrared spectroscopy

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    Ahmad, D.; Min, B. H.; Seo, Y. I.; Choi, W. J.; Kimura, Shin-Ichi; Seo, Jungpil; Kwon, Yong Seung

    2015-07-01

    Terahertz and far-infrared spectroscopy in the temperature range, 4-300 K were used to study the normal and superconducting states of superconductor BaFe1.8Co0.2As2 with Tc = 22.5 K. At T < Tc, the vanishing of optical conductivity caused by the unity approach and flat behavior in reflectivity were observed below 45 cm-1. This feature indicates the formation of a superconducting energy gap due to the formation of Cooper pairs. The introduction of the two Drudes model well reproduced the normal state optical conductivity, indicating the multiband nature of this superconductor. Two superconducting energy gaps were estimated as {{Δ }1} = 2.90 meV and {{Δ }2} = 6.75 meV by the BCS model. Using the sum rule and dielectric function, the superconducting plasma frequency ({{ω }p,s}) can be estimated as 5170 ± 270 cm-1, yielding that the magnetic penetration depth (λ) is 3090 ± 160 Å. This material was observed to fall on the universal scaling line, Nc ˜ 4.4 {{σ }dc}{{T}c}.

  3. Heat Capacity and Thermal Conductance Measurements of a Superconducting-Normal Mixed State by Detection of Single 3 eV Photons in a Magnetic Penetration Thermometer

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    Stevenson, T. R.; Balvin, M. A.; Bandler, S. R.; Denis, K. L.; Lee, S.-J.; Nagler, P. C.; Smith, S. J.

    2015-01-01

    We report on measurements of the detected signal pulses in a molybdenum-gold Magnetic Penetration Thermometer (MPT) in response to absorption of one or more 3 eV photons. We designed and used this MPT sensor for x-ray microcalorimetry. In this device, the diamagnetic response of a superconducting MoAu bilayer is used to sense temperature changes in response to absorbed photons, and responsivity is enhanced by a Meissner transition in which the magnetic flux penetrating the sensor changes rapidly to minimize free energy in a mixed superconducting normal state. We have previously reported on use of our MPT to study a thermal phonon energy loss to the substrate when absorbing x-rays. We now describe results of extracting heat capacity C and thermal conductance G values from pulse height and decay time of MPT pulses generated by 3 eV photons. The variation in C and G at temperatures near the Meissner transition temperature (set by an internal magnetic bias field) allow us to probe the behavior in superconducting normal mixed state of the condensation energy and the electron cooling power resulting from quasi-particle recombination and phonon emission. The information gained on electron cooling power is also relevant to the operation of other superconducting detectors, such as Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors.

  4. Ferromagnetic/Superconducting Multilayers

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    Bader, S. D.

    1998-03-01

    Although it is well known that magnetism influences superconductivity, the converse issue has been less well explored. Recent theoretical predictions for ferromagnetic/ superconducting/ ferromagnetic trilayers exhibiting interlayer magnetic coupling in the normal state indicate that the coupling should be suppressed below the superconducting transition temperature.(C.A. R. Sá de Melo, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79), 1933 (1997); O. Sipr, B.L. Györffy, J. Phys. Cond. Matt. 7, 5239 (1995). To realize such a situation, a requirement (when the magnetic layers are thick) is that the superconducting layer thickness must simultaneously be less than the range over which the magnetic interlayer coupling decays, but greater than the superconducting coherence length. This introduces serious materials constraints. The present work describes initial explorations of three sputtered multilayer systems in an attempt to observe coupling of the ferromagnetic layers across a superconducting spacer:((a) J.E. Mattson, R.M. Osgood III, C.D. Potter, C.H. Sowers, and S.D. Bader, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 15), 1774 (1997); (b) J.E. Mattson, C.D. Potter, M.J. Conover, C.H. Sowers, and S.D. Bader, Phys. Rev. B 55, 70 (1997), and (c) R.M. Osgood III, J.E. Pearson, C.H. Sowers, and S.D. Bader, submitted (1997). (a) Ni/Nb, (b) Fe_4N/NbN, and (c) GdN/NbN. In these systems we have retained thinner superconducting layers than had been achieved previously, but interlayer magnetic coupling is not observed even in the normal state. For Ni/Nb the interfacial Ni loses its moment, which also reduces the superconducting pair-breaking. GdN is an insulating ferromagnet, so itinerancy is sacrificed, and, probably as a result of this, no coupling is observed. Each system gives rise to interesting and anisotropic superconducting properties. Thus, although the goal remains elusive, our search highlights the challenges and opportunities.

  5. Investigation of superconducting properties of nanowires prepared by template synthesis

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    Michotte, S.; Mátéfi-Tempfli, S.; Piraux, L.

    2003-05-01

    We report on the transport properties of single superconducting lead nanowires grown by an electrodeposition technique, embedded in a nanoporous track-etched polymer membrane. The nanowires are granular, have a uniform diameter of ~40 nm and a very large aspect ratio (~500). The diameter of the nanowires is small enough to ensure a one-dimensional superconducting regime in a wide temperature range below Tc. The non-zero resistance in the superconducting state and its variation caused by fluctuations of the superconducting order parameter were measured versus temperature, magnetic field, and applied dc current (or voltage). The current-induced breakdowns in the voltage-current characteristics may be explained by the formation of phase slip centres. Moreover, dc voltage driven measurements reveal the existence of a new S-shape behaviour near the formation of these phase slip centres.

  6. Mycoplasma-induced minimally conscious state.

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    Horvath, Thomas; Fischer, Urs; Müller, Lionel; Ott, Sebastian; Bassetti, Claudio L; Wiest, Roland; Sendi, Parham; Schefold, Joerg C

    2016-01-01

    Mycoplasma pneumoniae (M. pneumoniae) frequently causes community-acquired respiratory tract infection and often presents as atypical pneumonia. Following airborne infection and a long incubation period, affected patients mostly suffer from mild or even asymptomatic and self-limiting disease. In particular in school-aged children, M. pneumoniae is associated with a wide range of extrapulmonary manifestations including central nervous system (CNS) disease. In contrast to children, severe CNS manifestations are rarely observed in adults. We report a case of a 37 year-old previously healthy immunocompetent adult with fulminant M. pneumoniae-induced progressive encephalomyelitis who was initially able to walk to the emergency department. A few hours later, she required controlled mechanical ventilation for ascending transverse spinal cord syndrome, including complete lower extremity paraplegia. Severe M. pneumoniae-induced encephalomyelitis was postulated, and antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive therapy was applied on the intensive care unit. Despite early and targeted therapy using four different immunosuppressive strategies, clinical success was limited. In our patient, locked-in syndrome developed followed by persistent minimally conscious state. The neurological status was unchanged until day 230 of follow-up. Our case underlines that severe M. pneumoniae- related encephalomyelitis must not only be considered in children, but also in adults. Moreover, it can be fulminant and fatal in adults. Our case enhances the debate for an optimal antimicrobial agent with activity beyond the blood-brain barrier. Furthermore, it may underline the difficulty in clinical decision making regarding early antimicrobial treatment in M. pneumoniae disease, which is commonly self-limited. PMID:27026840

  7. Thermodynamics of the magnetic-field-induced "normal" state in an underdoped high Tc superconductor

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    Riggs, Scott Chandler

    High magnetic fields are used to kill superconductivity and probe what happens to system when it cannot reach the ideal ground state, i.e. what is the normal-state ground state? Early work in High-Tc, where the application of magnetic field destroyed the zero resistance state and recovered a resistivity value that connected continuously with the zero field curve, lead people to believe this magnetic-field-induced-state had fully driven the system normal, revealing the true underlying ground state, without any vestige of superconductivity. Many experiments done in this region of phase space have results interpreted as coming from the low energy ground state excitations. With the emergence of ultra-clean crystals in a unique family of hole doped high-Tc superconductors, YBa2Cu3O 7-delta, YBCO, a new and highly unexpected phenomena of quantum oscillations were discovered, and they followed the standard Liftshitz-Kosevich (LK) theory for a normal metal. The results suddenly made the problem of high-T c appear to be analogous to superconductivity in the organics, which is brought about by a wave-vector nesting and Fermi surface reconstruction. The only problem, it appeared, that needed to be reconciled was with Angle Resolved Photo-Emission Spectroscopy (ARPES) and Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) data that claimed to see no such Fermi surface, instead only "arcs", a set of disconnected segments in the Brillouin zone which quasiparticle peaks are observed at the Fermi energy, which in a mean field description does not allow for a continuous Fermi surface contour. These two discrepancies led to the "arc vs pocket" debate, which is still unresolved. The other kink in the quantum oscillation armor is that, to this date, quantum oscillations in the hole-doped cuprates have only been seen in YBCO, the only cuprate structure to have CuO chains, which conduct and are located in between two CuO2 superconducting planes in the unit cell. In an attempt to reconcile the "arc vs

  8. A study of strange and strangeonium states produced in LASS (Large Aperture Superconducting Solenoid)

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    Aston, D.; Awaji, N.; Bienz, T.; Bird, F.; D'Amore, J.; Dunwoodie, W.; Endorf, R.; Fujii, K.; Hayashii, H.; Iwata, S.

    1986-01-01

    Results are presented from the analysis of several final states from a high-sensitivity (4 ev/nb) study of inelastic K/sup -/p interactions at 11 GeV/c carried out in the LASS Spectrometer at SLAC. New information is reported on leading and underlying K* states, and the strangeonium states produced by hypercharge exchange exchange are compared and contrasted with those observed in radiative decays of the J/psi. 8 refs., 15 figs.

  9. Electronic structure of multiquantum giant vortex states in mesoscopic superconducting disks

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    Tanaka, Kaori; Robel, István; Jankó, Boldizsár

    2002-01-01

    We report self-consistent calculations of the microscopic electronic structure of the so-called giant vortex states. These multiquantum vortex states, detected by recent magnetization measurements on submicron disks, are qualitatively different from the Abrikosov vortices in the bulk. We find that, in addition to multiple branches of bound states in the core region, the local tunneling density of states exhibits Tomasch oscillations caused by the single-particle interference arising from quantum confinement. These features should be directly observable by scanning tunneling spectroscopy. PMID:16578872

  10. Superconductivity on a Crossover Phenomenon of Spin-Ladder System SrCa13Cu24O41 Single Crystals

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    Hisada, Akihiko; Matsubayashi, Kazuyuki; Uwatoko, Yoshiya; Fujiwara, Naoki; Deng, Guochu; Pomjakushina, Ekaterina; Conder, Kazimierz; Mohan Radheep, Dinadhayalane; Thiyagarajan, Raman; Esakkimuthu, Sankaran; Arumugam, Sonachalam

    2014-07-01

    Electrical resistivity and alternating current susceptibility measurements were performed for the spin-ladder compound SrCa13Cu24O41 under hydrostatic pressure up to 8 GPa. The superconducting transition was observed below TC = 14.7 K at pressures above 2 GPa. By using high-quality single crystals, the bulk superconductivity with a volume fraction of 50% and temperature quadratic behavior of the normal state resistivity were observed above 3.7 GPa. They suggest that a strong interladder interaction induces the bulk superconductivity and transforms the system into a Fermi-liquid-like state. The optimal pressure was in a crossover region and the highest TC was observed without going through the bulk superconducting state. Our results suggest that the superconducting state on the crossover phenomenon presents the feature of the doped two-leg spin-ladder system because the spin gap was observed in this compound.

  11. Superconductivity in graphite intercalation compounds

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    Smith, Robert P.; Weller, Thomas E.; Howard, Christopher A.; Dean, Mark P. M.; Rahnejat, Kaveh C.; Saxena, Siddharth S.; Ellerby, Mark

    2015-02-26

    This study examines the field of superconductivity in the class of materials known as graphite intercalation compounds which has a history dating back to the 1960s. This paper recontextualizes the field in light of the discovery of superconductivity in CaC₆ and YbC₆ in 2005. In what follows, we outline the crystal structure and electronic structure of these and related compounds. We go on to experiments addressing the superconducting energy gap, lattice dynamics, pressure dependence, and how this relates to theoretical studies. The bulk of the evidence strongly supports a BCS superconducting state. However, important questions remain regarding which electronic states and phonon modes are most important for superconductivity and whether current theoretical techniques can fully describe the dependence of the superconducting transition temperature on pressure and chemical composition.

  12. Ballistic superconductivity in high mobility two dimensional electron gas in GaAs heterostructures

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    Wan, Zhong; Kazakov, Aleksandr; Manfra, Michael; Pfeiffer, Loren; West, Ken; Rokhinson, Leonid

    2015-03-01

    Introduction of a Josephson field effect transistor (JoFET) concept sparked active research on proximity effects in semiconductors. Induced superconductivity and electrostatic control of critical current has been demonstrated in two-dimensional gases in InAs, graphene and topological insulators, and in one-dimensional systems including quantum spin Hall edges. Recently, interest in superconductor-semiconductor interfaces was renewed by the search for non-Abelian states when fractional quantum Hall edge states interface with superconductivity. However, the highest mobility 2D gases in GaAs, where variety of strongly correlated states including fractional quantum Hall effect can be observed, are notoriously absent from the list of materials where superconductivity have been induced. We report formation of transparent superconducting contacts to the high mobility 2DEG in GaAs and demonstrate induced superconductivity across several microns. Ballistic supercurrent has been observed across 0.6 μm of 2DEG, a regime essential to the formation of well separated non-Abelian states. High critical fields (> 16 Tesla) in NbN contacts enables investigation of a regime of an interplay between superconductivity and strongly correlated states in a 2DEG at high magnetic fields.

  13. Critical current density and magnetization of proximity-effect-induced superconducting Cu in multifilamentary NbTi/Cu composite conductors

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    Kubota, Y.; Moriya, T.; Yasohama, K.

    2001-05-01

    The magnetization Mp of proximity-effect-induced superconducting Cu (PEISC) in multifilamentary NbTi/Cu composite conductors has been measured in transverse fields Be smaller than Bc1 of the NbTi filament at 4.2 K. The conductors were designed specifically to subtract out the magnetization of the NbTi filaments from magnetization of the conductors. The filament spacing is 1.38 μm and the width of the regular hexagonal filament is 7.60 μm. Twist pitches are 6.9, 13, 20, 94 and 189 mm. Mp was investigated as a function of the twist pitch lp and the field amplitude Bm. The first penetration field Bc1p of the magnetic flux, the decoupling field Bdp of the filament coupling, and the width of the Mp at a given field are directly proportional to the twist pitch. Mp magnetization loops intersect each other for Bc1p⩽ Bm⩽ Bdp and decrease suddenly at Bdp. The critical current density Jcp of PEISC is proportional to Be-2 and its value is 10 kA/m 2 at 7 mT.

  14. Coupled k-space structure of d -wave superconducting and magnetic orders induced by paramagnetic pair-breaking effect

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    Hatakeyama, Yuhki; Ikeda, Ryusuke

    2016-03-01

    We theoretically investigate k-space structures of dx2-y2-wave superconducting (SC) and spin-density-wave (SDW) orders in their coexistent phase induced by a paramagnetic pair-breaking (PPB) effect in relation to the high-field and low-temperature SC phase in CeCoIn5. It is shown that, in k space, the SDW order develops near the gap nodes where the SC order is suppressed by PPB, and the nesting condition for the SDW ordering is satisfied. By comparing the results in the dx2-y2-wave SC model and those in an artificial model with no sign change of the gap function in k space with each other, it is shown that the dx2-y2-wave SC and SDW orders are enhanced altogether in k space due to the sign change of the dx2-y2-wave gap function there, and that this mutual enhancement largely stabilizes the coexistence of these orders in real space. It is also discussed that the field dependence of a SDW moment can be affected by the k-space structure of these orders, which is dependent on the curvature of the Fermi surface.

  15. A Model Approach to Flux-Pinning Properties of YBa2Cu 3O7-delta Thin Film Vortex States via Non-Superconducting Impurities

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    Gamble, Ronald S., Jr.

    Thin film YBa2Cu3O7--delta (YBCO) samples with added non-superconducting nanodot defects of CeO 2 and BaSnO2 are the focus of recent high-temperature superconductor studies. These nanodots allow magnetic flux to penetrate at these sites of the superconducting lattice thus creating a magnetic flux vortex state. Examining the structure shows that these quantized magnetic flux vortices arrange themselves in a self-assembled lattice. The nanodots, with non-superconducting properties, serve to present structural properties to restrict motion of these vorticies under a pinning-force and to enhance the critical current density. A formulation of a new model for the system by a variation in the electron pair velocity via the virtual work from the nanodot defects in accordance to the well-known Superconductivity theories is tested. A solution to the expression for the magnetic flux, zero net force and pair velocity will generate a setting for the optimal deposition parameters of number density, growth geometry and mass density of these nanodot structures. With a calculation of pair velocities from a similar work, a comparison is made between experimental and theoretical velocity calculations using growth geometry and chemical potential. This will yield insight into how the current density for a doped high-temperature superconductor will be modified and tuned based on the dynamics and density of the nanodots themselves.

  16. Superconducting Cable

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    Hughey, Raburn L.; Sinha, Uday K.; Reece, David S.; Muller, Albert C.

    2005-03-08

    In order to provide a flexible oxide superconducting cable which is reduced in AC loss, tape-shaped superconducting wires covered with a stabilizing metal are wound on a flexible former. The superconducting wires are preferably laid on the former at a bending strain of not more than 0.2%. In laying on the former, a number of tape-shaped superconducting wires are laid on a core member in a side-by-side manner, to form a first layer. A prescribed number of tape-shaped superconducting wires are laid on top of the first layer in a side-by-side manner, to form a second layer. The former may be made of a metal, plastic, reinforced plastic, polymer, or a composite and provides flexibility to the superconducting wires and the cable formed therewith.

  17. Superconducting Cable

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    Hughey, Raburn L.; Sinha, Uday K.; Reece, David S.; Muller, Albert C.

    2005-07-22

    In order to provide a flexible oxide superconducting cable which is reduced in AC loss, tape-shaped superconducting wires covered with a stabilizing metal are wound on a flexible former. The superconducting wires are preferably laid on the former at a bending strain of not more than 0.2%. In laying on the former, a number of tape-shaped superconducting wires are laid on a core member in a side-by-side manner, to form a first layer. A prescribed number of tape-shaped superconducting wires are laid on top of the first layer in a side-by-side manner, to form a second layer. The former may be made of a metal, plastic, reinforced plastic, polymer, or a composite and provides flexibility to the superconducting wires and the cable formed therewith.

  18. Electron pairing without superconductivity.

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    Cheng, Guanglei; Tomczyk, Michelle; Lu, Shicheng; Veazey, Joshua P; Huang, Mengchen; Irvin, Patrick; Ryu, Sangwoo; Lee, Hyungwoo; Eom, Chang-Beom; Hellberg, C Stephen; Levy, Jeremy

    2015-05-14

    Strontium titanate (SrTiO3) is the first and best known superconducting semiconductor. It exhibits an extremely low carrier density threshold for superconductivity, and possesses a phase diagram similar to that of high-temperature superconductors--two factors that suggest an unconventional pairing mechanism. Despite sustained interest for 50 years, direct experimental insight into the nature of electron pairing in SrTiO3 has remained elusive. Here we perform transport experiments with nanowire-based single-electron transistors at the interface between SrTiO3 and a thin layer of lanthanum aluminate, LaAlO3. Electrostatic gating reveals a series of two-electron conductance resonances-paired electron states--that bifurcate above a critical pairing field Bp of about 1-4 tesla, an order of magnitude larger than the superconducting critical magnetic field. For magnetic fields below Bp, these resonances are insensitive to the applied magnetic field; for fields in excess of Bp, the resonances exhibit a linear Zeeman-like energy splitting. Electron pairing is stable at temperatures as high as 900 millikelvin, well above the superconducting transition temperature (about 300 millikelvin). These experiments demonstrate the existence of a robust electronic phase in which electrons pair without forming a superconducting state. Key experimental signatures are captured by a model involving an attractive Hubbard interaction that describes real-space electron pairing as a precursor to superconductivity. PMID:25971511

  19. Electron pairing without superconductivity

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    Cheng, Guanglei; Tomczyk, Michelle; Lu, Shicheng; Veazey, Joshua P.; Huang, Mengchen; Irvin, Patrick; Ryu, Sangwoo; Lee, Hyungwoo; Eom, Chang-Beom; Hellberg, C. Stephen; Levy, Jeremy

    2015-05-01

    Strontium titanate (SrTiO3) is the first and best known superconducting semiconductor. It exhibits an extremely low carrier density threshold for superconductivity, and possesses a phase diagram similar to that of high-temperature superconductors--two factors that suggest an unconventional pairing mechanism. Despite sustained interest for 50 years, direct experimental insight into the nature of electron pairing in SrTiO3 has remained elusive. Here we perform transport experiments with nanowire-based single-electron transistors at the interface between SrTiO3 and a thin layer of lanthanum aluminate, LaAlO3. Electrostatic gating reveals a series of two-electron conductance resonances--paired electron states--that bifurcate above a critical pairing field Bp of about 1-4 tesla, an order of magnitude larger than the superconducting critical magnetic field. For magnetic fields below Bp, these resonances are insensitive to the applied magnetic field; for fields in excess of Bp, the resonances exhibit a linear Zeeman-like energy splitting. Electron pairing is stable at temperatures as high as 900 millikelvin, well above the superconducting transition temperature (about 300 millikelvin). These experiments demonstrate the existence of a robust electronic phase in which electrons pair without forming a superconducting state. Key experimental signatures are captured by a model involving an attractive Hubbard interaction that describes real-space electron pairing as a precursor to superconductivity.

  20. Electron pairing without superconductivity

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    Levy, Jeremy

    Strontium titanate (SrTiO3) is the first and best known superconducting semiconductor. It exhibits an extremely low carrier density threshold for superconductivity, and possesses a phase diagram similar to that of high-temperature superconductors--two factors that suggest an unconventional pairing mechanism. Despite sustained interest for 50 years, direct experimental insight into the nature of electron pairing in SrTiO3 has remained elusive. Here we perform transport experiments with nanowire-based single-electron transistors at the interface between SrTiO3 and a thin layer of lanthanum aluminate, LaAlO3. Electrostatic gating reveals a series of two-electron conductance resonances--paired electron states--that bifurcate above a critical pairing field Bp of about 1-4 tesla, an order of magnitude larger than the superconducting critical magnetic field. For magnetic fields below Bp, these resonances are insensitive to the applied magnetic field; for fields in excess of Bp, the resonances exhibit a linear Zeeman-like energy splitting. Electron pairing is stable at temperatures as high as 900 millikelvin, well above the superconducting transition temperature (about 300 millikelvin). These experiments demonstrate the existence of a robust electronic phase in which electrons pair without forming a superconducting state. Key experimental signatures are captured by a model involving an attractive Hubbard interaction that describes real-space electron pairing as a precursor to superconductivity. Support from AFOSR, ONR, ARO, NSF, DOE and NSSEFF is gratefully acknowledged.

  1. Thermodynamic signature of a magnetic-field-driven phase transition within the superconducting state of an underdoped cuprate

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    Kemper, J. B.; Vafek, O.; Betts, J. B.; Balakirev, F. F.; Hardy, W. N.; Liang, Ruixing; Bonn, D. A.; Boebinger, G. S.

    2016-01-01

    More than a quarter century after the discovery of the high-temperature superconductor (HTS) YBa2Cu3O6+δ (YBCO; ref. ), studies continue to uncover complexity in its phase diagram. In addition to HTS and the pseudogap, there is growing evidence for multiple phases with boundaries which are functions of temperature (T), doping (p) and magnetic field. Here we report the low-temperature electronic specific heat (Celec) of YBa2Cu3O6.43 and YBa2Cu3O6.47 (p = 0.076 and 0.084) up to a magnetic field (H) of 34.5 T, a poorly understood region of the underdoped H-T-p phase space. We observe two regimes in the low-temperature limit: below a characteristic magnetic field H' ~ 12-15 T, Celec/T obeys an expected H1/2 behaviour; however, near H' there is a sharp inflection followed by a linear-in-H behaviour. H' rests deep within the superconducting phase and, thus, the linear-in-H behaviour is observed in the zero-resistance regime. In the limit of zero temperature, Celec/T is proportional to the zero-energy electronic density of states. At one of our dopings, the inflection is sharp only at lowest temperatures, and we thus conclude that this inflection is evidence of a magnetic-field-driven quantum phase transition.

  2. Pressure-induced change of the electronic state in the tetragonal phase of CaFe2As2

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    Sakaguchi, Yui; Ikeda, Shugo; Kuse, Tetsuji; Kobayashi, Hisao

    2014-07-01

    We have investigated the electronic states of single-crystal CaFe2As2 under hydrostatic pressure using 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy and magnetization measurements. The center shift and the quadrupole splitting were refined from observed 57Fe Mössbauer spectra using the single-crystalline sample under pressure at room temperature. A discontinuous decrease in the pressure dependence of the refined center shift was observed at 0.33 GPa without any anomaly in the pressure dependence of the refined quadrupole splitting, indicating a purely electronic state change in CaFe2As2 with a tetragonal structure. Such a change is shown to be reflected in the peak-like anomalies observed in the pressure dependences of the magnetic susceptibility at 0.26 GPa above 150 K. Our results reveal that this pressure-induced electronic state change suppresses the tetragonal-to-orthorhombic structural phase transition accompanied by an antiferromagnetic ordering. We further observed superconductivity in CaFe2As2 below ˜8 K around 0.33 GPa although our sample was not in a single phase at this pressure. These findings suggest that the electronic state change observed in CaFe2As2 with the tetragonal structure is relevant to the appearance of the pressure-induced superconductivity in AFe2As2.

  3. Direct evidence for a pressure-induced nodal superconducting gap in the Ba0.65Rb0.35Fe2As2 superconductor

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    Guguchia, Z.; Amato, A.; Kang, J.; Luetkens, H.; Biswas, P. K.; Prando, G.; von Rohr, F.; Bukowski, Z.; Shengelaya, A.; Keller, H.; et al

    2015-11-09

    The superconducting gap structure in iron-based high-temperature superconductors (Fe-HTSs) is non-universal. Contrasting with other unconventional superconductors, in the Fe-HTSs both d-wave and extended s-wave pairing symmetries are close in energy. Probing the proximity between these very different superconducting states and identifying experimental parameters that can tune them is of central interest. Here we report high-pressure muon spin rotation experiments on the temperature-dependent magnetic penetration depth in the optimally doped nodeless s-wave Fe-HTS Ba0.65Rb0.35Fe2As2. Upon pressure, a strong decrease of the penetration depth in the zero-temperature limit is observed, while the superconducting transition temperature remains nearly constant. More importantly, the low-temperaturemore » behaviour of the inverse-squared magnetic penetration depth, which is a direct measure of the superfluid density, changes qualitatively from an exponential saturation at zero pressure to a linear-in-temperature behaviour at higher pressures, indicating that hydrostatic pressure promotes the appearance of nodes in the superconducting gap.« less

  4. Direct evidence for a pressure-induced nodal superconducting gap in the Ba0.65Rb0.35Fe2As2 superconductor.

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    Guguchia, Z; Amato, A; Kang, J; Luetkens, H; Biswas, P K; Prando, G; von Rohr, F; Bukowski, Z; Shengelaya, A; Keller, H; Morenzoni, E; Fernandes, Rafael M; Khasanov, R

    2015-01-01

    The superconducting gap structure in iron-based high-temperature superconductors (Fe-HTSs) is non-universal. In contrast to other unconventional superconductors, in the Fe-HTSs both d-wave and extended s-wave pairing symmetries are close in energy. Probing the proximity between these very different superconducting states and identifying experimental parameters that can tune them is of central interest. Here we report high-pressure muon spin rotation experiments on the temperature-dependent magnetic penetration depth in the optimally doped nodeless s-wave Fe-HTS Ba0.65Rb0.35Fe2As2. Upon pressure, a strong decrease of the penetration depth in the zero-temperature limit is observed, while the superconducting transition temperature remains nearly constant. More importantly, the low-temperature behaviour of the inverse-squared magnetic penetration depth, which is a direct measure of the superfluid density, changes qualitatively from an exponential saturation at zero pressure to a linear-in-temperature behaviour at higher pressures, indicating that hydrostatic pressure promotes the appearance of nodes in the superconducting gap. PMID:26548650

  5. Direct evidence for a pressure-induced nodal superconducting gap in the Ba0.65Rb0.35Fe2As2 superconductor

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    Guguchia, Z.; Amato, A.; Kang, J.; Luetkens, H.; Biswas, P. K.; Prando, G.; von Rohr, F.; Bukowski, Z.; Shengelaya, A.; Keller, H.; Morenzoni, E.; Fernandes, Rafael M.; Khasanov, R.

    2015-01-01

    The superconducting gap structure in iron-based high-temperature superconductors (Fe-HTSs) is non-universal. In contrast to other unconventional superconductors, in the Fe-HTSs both d-wave and extended s-wave pairing symmetries are close in energy. Probing the proximity between these very different superconducting states and identifying experimental parameters that can tune them is of central interest. Here we report high-pressure muon spin rotation experiments on the temperature-dependent magnetic penetration depth in the optimally doped nodeless s-wave Fe-HTS Ba0.65Rb0.35Fe2As2. Upon pressure, a strong decrease of the penetration depth in the zero-temperature limit is observed, while the superconducting transition temperature remains nearly constant. More importantly, the low-temperature behaviour of the inverse-squared magnetic penetration depth, which is a direct measure of the superfluid density, changes qualitatively from an exponential saturation at zero pressure to a linear-in-temperature behaviour at higher pressures, indicating that hydrostatic pressure promotes the appearance of nodes in the superconducting gap. PMID:26548650

  6. Real-time study of light-enhanced superconductivity

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    Sentef, Michael; Kemper, Alexander; Georges, Antoine; Kollath, Corinna

    Resonant pumping of IR-active phonons with lasers enables the ultrafast control of the crystal lattice in solids. It has been shown that transient states with significantly modified electronic properties can be created on picosecond time scales, such as a light-induced state at elevated temperatures with optical properties in close resemblance to those of a superconductor. In our work, we investigate theoretically a situation in which a change of the electronic hopping leads to a modified density of states in real time. This modification, together with electron-phonon coupling, enhances superconductivity if the system is at thermal equilibrium. Our study monitors the out-of-equilibrium time evolution of the electronic momentum distribution and the superconducting order parameter. We show that the condensate dynamics dominates the initial enhancement of superconducting order, and that energy dissipation through electron-phonon scattering helps this enhancement.

  7. Emergence of a Superconducting State from an Antiferromagnetic Phase in Single Crystals of the Heavy Fermion Compound Ce2PdIn8

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    Kaczorowski, D.; Pikul, A. P.; Gnida, D.; Tran, V. H.

    2009-07-01

    Single crystals of Ce2PdIn8 were studied by means of magnetic susceptibility, electrical resistivity, and specific heat measurements. The compound was found to be a heavy fermion clean-limit superconductor with Tc=0.68K. Most remarkably, the superconductivity in this system emerges out of the antiferromagnetic state that sets in at TN=10K, and both cooperative phenomena coexist in a bulk at ambient pressure conditions.

  8. Emergence of a superconducting state from an antiferromagnetic phase in single crystals of the heavy fermion compound Ce2PdIn8.

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    Kaczorowski, D; Pikul, A P; Gnida, D; Tran, V H

    2009-07-10

    Single crystals of Ce2PdIn8 were studied by means of magnetic susceptibility, electrical resistivity, and specific heat measurements. The compound was found to be a heavy fermion clean-limit superconductor with Tc=0.68 K. Most remarkably, the superconductivity in this system emerges out of the antiferromagnetic state that sets in at TN=10 K, and both cooperative phenomena coexist in a bulk at ambient pressure conditions. PMID:19659236

  9. Two Dimensional Ising Superconductivity in Gated MoS2

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    Yuan, Noah; Lu, Jianming; Law, Kam Tuen; Zheliuk, Oleksandr; Leermakers, Inge; Zeitler, Ulrich; Ye, Jianting

    The Zeeman effect, which is usually considered to be detrimental to superconductivity, can surprisingly protect the superconducting states created by gating a layered transition metal dichalcogenide. This effective Zeeman field, which is originated from intrinsic spin orbit coupling induced by breaking in-plane inversion symmetry, can reach nearly a hundred Tesla in magnitude. It strongly pins the spin orientation of the electrons to the out-of-plane directions and protects the superconductivity from being destroyed by an in-plane external magnetic field. In magnetotransport experiments of ionic-gate MoS2 transistors, where gating prepares individual superconducting state with different carrier doping, we indeed observe a spin-protected superconductivity by measuring an in-plane critical field Bc 2 far beyond the Pauli paramagnetic limit. The gating-enhanced Bc 2 is more than an order of magnitude larger compared to the bulk superconducting phases where the effective Zeeman field is weakened by interlayer coupling. Our study gives the first experimental evidence of an Ising superconductor, in which spins of the pairing electrons are strongly pinned by an effective Zeeman field.

  10. Equilibrium intermediate-state patterns in a type-I superconducting slab in an arbitrarily oriented applied magnetic field

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    Clem, John; Prozorov, Ruslan; Wijngaarden, Rinke J.

    2013-09-04

    The equilibrium topology of superconducting and normal domains in flat type-I superconductors is investigated. Important improvements with respect to previous work are that (1) the energy of the external magnetic field, as deformed by the presence of superconducting domains, is calculated in the same way for three different topologies and (2) calculations are made for arbitrary orientation of the applied field. A phase diagram is presented for the minimum-energy topology as a function of applied field magnitude and angle. For small (large) applied fields, normal (superconducting) tubes are found, while for intermediate fields, parallel domains have a lower energy. The range of field magnitudes for which the superconducting-tubes structure is favored shrinks when the field is more in-plane oriented.

  11. Equilibrium intermediate-state patterns in a type-I superconducting slab in an arbitrarily oriented applied magnetic field

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    Clem, John; Prozorov, Ruslan; Wijngaarden, Rinke J.

    2013-09-04

    The equilibrium topology of superconducting and normal domains in flat type-I superconductors is investigated. Important improvements with respect to previous work are that (1) the energy of the external magnetic field, as deformed by the presence of superconducting domains, is calculated in the same way for three different topologies and (2) calculations are made for arbitrary orientation of the applied field. A phase diagram is presented for the minimum-energy topology as a function of applied field magnitude and angle. For small (large) applied fields, normal (superconducting) tubes are found, while for intermediate fields, parallel domains have a lower energy. Themore » range of field magnitudes for which the superconducting-tubes structure is favored shrinks when the field is more in-plane oriented.« less

  12. Phase-slip states in the normal-superconducting relaxation of current-biased microstrips

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    Butler, D.P.; Hsiang, T.Y.

    1987-03-01

    The authors have solved the generalized time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau (TDGL) equations of Kramer and Watts-Tobin numerically. The solutions are used to predict the relaxation behavior of a microstrip biased below its dc critical current and excited into the resistive state by the application of a supercritical current pulse of a fixed duration. They have studied the relaxation behavior of the gap parameter and voltage along the microstrip as a function of the current pulse amplitude and bias magnitude. The relaxation is found to occur through a succession of phase-slip oscillations. The relaxation behavior is determined by the initial phase-slip state created by the current pulse. The maximum resistance attained increases rapidly, then saturates at a value less than the normal state resistance. The numerical solutions exhibit a region in which a relaxation time anomaly occurs with respect to the current pulse amplitude. In this region, the more highly excited states were found to relax faster. These features of the resistive relaxation behavior are found to be in qualitative agreement with their previous experimental measurements.

  13. ELECTROMAGNETISM, OPTICS, ACOUSTICS, HEAT TRANSFER, CLASSICAL MECHANICS, AND FLUID DYNAMICS: Generation of W States with Many Superconducting-Quantum-Interference-Devices in Cavity QED

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    Zhang, Zhi-Ming

    2010-08-01

    We propose a scheme to generate the W states with many SQUIDs (superconducting-quantum-interference-devices) in cavity QED via Raman transition. In this scheme, the transfer of quantum information between the SQUIDs and cavity is not required. And the cavity field is only virtually excited, thus the cavity decay is suppressed during the W states generation. The SQUIDs are always populated in the two ground states. Therefore, the scheme is insensitive to the spontaneous emission of the excited level of the SQUID and cavity decay.

  14. Effect of local field correction in screening dependence of superconducting state parameters for Be90Al10 and Be70Al30 metallic glasses

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    Sharma, Renuka; Gupta, Manish; Khan, Haniph

    2005-08-01

    The superconducting state parameters (SSP) viz. electron-phonon coupling strength (), Coulomb pseudopotential (*), transition temperature (Tc), isotope effect exponent () and interaction strength (N0V) for two metallic glasses, i.e. Be90Al10 and Be70Al30, have been investigated by extending the BCS-Eliasberg-McMillan formalism for the metallic glass superconductors incorporating the effect of local field correction in dielectric screening functions which in turn become prominent in determining superconducting state parameters of the metallic glasses under consideration. We have employed eleven forms of dielectric screening functions - viz. Hartree, RPA, Modified Hubbard, Overhauser, Geldart-Vosko, Animalu, King-Cutler, SCS, Vashistha-Singwi, Ichimaru-Utsumi, and Farid et al. - in conjunction with Ashcroft's potential to predict superconducting state parameters. It is observed that the values of SSP are quite sensitive to the form of dielectric screening functions. In conclusion the present computed values of SSP for the RPA form of dielectric screening are in good agreement with the experimental values and other theoretical results for both glassy materials, which confirms the validity of the proposed formalism.

  15. Large enhancement of superconducting transition temperature of SrBi3 induced by Na substitution for Sr

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    Iyo, Akira; Yanagi, Yousuke; Kinjo, Tatsuya; Nishio, Taichiro; Hase, Izumi; Yanagisawa, Takashi; Ishida, Shigeyuki; Kito, Hijiri; Takeshita, Nao; Oka, Kunihiko; Yoshida, Yoshiyuki; Eisaki, Hiroshi

    2015-01-01

    The Matthias rule, which is an empirical correlation between the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) and the average number of valence electrons per atom (n) in alloys and intermetallic compounds, has been used in the past as a guiding principle to search for new superconductors with higher Tc. The intermetallic compound SrBi3 (AuCu3 structure) exhibits a Tc of 5.6 K. An ab-initio electronic band structure calculation for SrBi3 predicted that Tc increases on decreasing the Fermi energy, i.e., on decreasing n, because of a steep increase in the density of states. In this study, we demonstrated that high-pressure (~ 3 GPa) and low-temperature ( < 350 °C) synthesis conditions enables the substitution of Na for about 40 at.% of Sr. With a consequent decrease in n, the Tc of (Sr,Na)Bi3 increases to 9.0 K. A new high-Tc peak is observed in the oscillatory dependence of Tc on n in compounds with the AuCu3 structure. We have shown that the oscillatory dependence of Tc is in good agreement with the band structure calculation. Our experiments reaffirm the importance of controlling the number of electrons in intermetallic compounds. PMID:25965162

  16. Pressure-induced metallization of dense (H2S)2H2 with high-Tc superconductivity

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    Duan, Defang; Liu, Yunxian; Tian, Fubo; Li, Da; Huang, Xiaoli; Zhao, Zhonglong; Yu, Hongyu; Liu, Bingbing; Tian, Wenjing; Cui, Tian

    2014-01-01

    The high pressure structures, metallization, and superconductivity of recently synthesized H2-containing compounds (H2S)2H2 are elucidated by ab initio calculations. The ordered crystal structure with P1 symmetry is determined, supported by the good agreement between theoretical and experimental X-ray diffraction data, equation of states, and Raman spectra. The Cccm structure is favorable with partial hydrogen bond symmetrization above 37 GPa. Upon further compression, H2 molecules disappear and two intriguing metallic structures with R3m and Im-3m symmetries are reconstructive above 111 and 180 GPa, respectively. The predicted metallization pressure is 111 GPa, which is approximately one-third of the currently suggested metallization pressure of bulk molecular hydrogen. Application of the Allen-Dynes-modified McMillan equation for the Im-3m structure yields high Tc values of 191 K to 204 K at 200 GPa, which is among the highest values reported for H2-rich van der Waals compounds and MH3 type hydride thus far. PMID:25382349

  17. Pressure-induced reemergence of superconductivity in topological insulator Sr0.065Bi2Se3

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    Zhou, Yonghui; Chen, Xuliang; Zhang, Ranran; Shao, Jifeng; Wang, Xuefei; An, Chao; Zhou, Ying; Park, Changyong; Tong, Wei; Pi, Li; Yang, Zhaorong; Zhang, Changjin; Zhang, Yuheng

    2016-04-01

    The recently discovered SrxBi2Se3 superconductor provides an alternative and ideal material base for investigating possible topological superconductivity. Here, we report that in Sr0.065Bi2Se3 , the ambient superconducting phase is gradually depressed upon the application of external pressure. At high pressure, a second superconducting phase emerges at above 6 GPa, with a maximum Tc value of ˜8.3 K. The joint investigations of the high-pressure synchrotron x-ray diffraction and electrical transport properties reveal that the reemergence of superconductivity in Sr0.065Bi2Se3 is closely related to the structural phase transition from an ambient rhombohedral phase to a high-pressure monoclinic phase around 6 GPa, and further to another high-pressure tetragonal phase above 25 GPa.

  18. Steady-state entanglement of harmonic oscillators via dissipation in a single superconducting artificial atom

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    Wang, Fei; Nie, Wei; Feng, Xunli; Oh, C. H.

    2016-07-01

    The correlated emission lasing (CEL) is experimentally demonstrated in harmonic oscillators coupled via a single three-level artificial atom [Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 223603 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.223603] in which two-mode entanglement only exists in a certain time period when the harmonic oscillators are resonant with the atomic transitions. Here we examine this system and show that it is possible to obtain the steady-state entanglement when the two harmonic oscillators are resonant with Rabi sidebands. Applying dressed atomic states and Bogoliubov-mode transformation, we obtain the analytical results of the variance sum of a pair of Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR)-like operators. The stable entanglement originates from the dissipation process of the Bogoliubov modes because the atomic system can act as a reservoir in dressed state representation. We also show that the entanglement is robust against the dephasing rates of the superconducing atom, which is expected to have important applications in quantum information processing.

  19. Superconductivity in graphite intercalation compounds

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    Smith, Robert P.; Weller, Thomas E.; Howard, Christopher A.; Dean, Mark P. M.; Rahnejat, Kaveh C.; Saxena, Siddharth S.; Ellerby, Mark

    2015-02-26

    This study examines the field of superconductivity in the class of materials known as graphite intercalation compounds which has a history dating back to the 1960s. This paper recontextualizes the field in light of the discovery of superconductivity in CaC₆ and YbC₆ in 2005. In what follows, we outline the crystal structure and electronic structure of these and related compounds. We go on to experiments addressing the superconducting energy gap, lattice dynamics, pressure dependence, and how this relates to theoretical studies. The bulk of the evidence strongly supports a BCS superconducting state. However, important questions remain regarding which electronic statesmore » and phonon modes are most important for superconductivity and whether current theoretical techniques can fully describe the dependence of the superconducting transition temperature on pressure and chemical composition.« less

  20. Levitation force on a permanent magnet over a superconducting plane: Modified critical-state model

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    Yang, Z.J.

    1997-08-01

    The authors consider a model system of a permanent magnet above a semi-infinite superconductor. They introduce a modified critical-state model, and carry out derivations of the levitation force acting on the magnet. A key feature of the modification allows the current density to be less than the critical value. The theoretical results show an exponential relationship between the force and the distance. Analytical expressions are developed for permanent magnets in the form of a point dipole, a tip of a magnetic force microscope, and a cylindrical magnet. In the latter case, the exponential relationship has been observed in numerous experiments but without previous interpretation.

  1. Texture in the superconducting order parameter of CeCoIn5; FFLO state as evidenced by ultrasound and NMR

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    Matsuda, Yuji

    2005-03-01

    A myriad of fascinating properties have been proposed for unconventional superconductors in the presence of a strong magnetic field. Among the possible exotic superconducting (SC) phases, a spatially nonuniform SC state originating from the paramagnetism of conduction electrons has become a subject of particular interest after the pioneering work by Fulde and Ferrel and Larkin and Ovchinnikov (FFLO) in the mid-1960's. We present here ultrasound and NMR studies of the quasi-2D heavy-fermion superconductor CeCoIn5 with extremely large Pauli paramagnetic susceptibility, which is believed to host a FFLO state. Ultrasound velocity measurements reveal an unusual structural transformation of the flux line lattice (FLL) in the vicinity of the upper critical field and with a magnetic field applied parallel to the ab plane. The transition field coincides with that at which heat capacity measurements reveal a second order phase transition. The lowering of the sound velocity at the transition is consistent with the collapse of the FLL tilt modulus and a crossover to quasi two-dimensional FLL pinning. In the vicinity of the upper critical field , the ^115In NMR spectrum also exhibits a dramatic change below T^*(H) which well coincides with the position of reported anomalies in specific heat and ultrasound velocity. Below T^*(H) a new resonance line appears at higher frequency, which can be attributed to the normal quasiparticle sheets formed in the SC regime. The NMR spectrum also indicate that the vortex core structure of CeCoIn5 appears to be markedly different from that of ordinary superconductors. On the basis of these results, we were able to establish a clear evidence of the spatially inhomogeneous SC state at high field and low temperatures, precisely as expected in a FFLO state. In collaboration with T.Watanabe, Y.Kasahara, K.Izawa (Univ. of Tokyo), C.J. van der Beek(Ecole Polytechnique),K.Kakuyanagi, K.Kumagai (Hokkaido Univ.), M.Nohara, T.Hanaguri, H.Takagi,(Univ. of

  2. Nucleation at the fluctuation induced first order phase transition to superconductivity

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    Filippov, A. E.; Radievsky, A. V.; Zeltser, A. S.

    1994-08-01

    The kinetics of fluctuations arising from vortex pairs in a superconductor at the phase transition from the paraphase to the ordered state is studied. It is shown by numerical simulations that these pairs are generated by typical configurations of the two-component order parameter due to its interaction with a (gauge) electromagnetic field. The role of these excitations in the first order phase transition is discussed.

  3. Field-induced confined states in graphene

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    Moriyama, Satoshi; Morita, Yoshifumi; Watanabe, Eiichiro; Tsuya, Daiju

    2014-02-03

    We report an approach to confine the carriers in single-layer graphene, which leads to quantum devices with field-induced quantum confinement. We demonstrated that the Coulomb-blockade effect evolves under a uniform magnetic field perpendicular to the graphene device. Our experimental results show that field-induced quantum dots are realized in graphene, and a quantum confinement-deconfinement transition is switched by the magnetic field.

  4. Superconducting Structure

    DOEpatents

    Kwon, Chuhee; Jia, Quanxi; Foltyn, Stephen R.

    2005-09-13

    A superconductive structure including a dielectric oxide substrate, a thin buffer layer of a superconducting material thereon; and, a layer of a rare earth-barium-copper oxide superconducting film thereon the thin layer of yttrium-barium-copper oxide, the rare earth selected from the group consisting of samarium, gadolinium, ytterbium, erbium, neodymium, dysprosium, holmium, lutetium, a combination of more than one element from the rare earth group and a combination of one or more elements from the rare earth group with yttrium, the buffer layer of superconducting material characterized as having chemical and structural compatibility with the dielectric oxide substrate and the rare earth-barium-copper oxide superconducting film is provided.

  5. Superconducting structure

    DOEpatents

    Kwon, Chuhee; Jia, Quanxi; Foltyn, Stephen R.

    2003-04-01

    A superconductive structure including a dielectric oxide substrate, a thin buffer layer of a superconducting material thereon; and, a layer of a rare earth-barium-copper oxide superconducting film thereon the thin layer of yttrium-barium-copper oxide, the rare earth selected from the group consisting of samarium, gadolinium, ytterbium, erbium, neodymium, dysprosium, holmium, lutetium, a combination of more than one element from the rare earth group and a combination of one or more elements from the rare earth group with yttrium, the buffer layer of superconducting material characterized as having chemical and structural compatibility with the dielectric oxide substrate and the rare earth-barium-copper oxide superconducting film is provided.

  6. Proximity-induced interface bound states in superconductor-graphene junctions

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    Burset, P.; Herrera, W.; Levy Yeyati, A.

    2009-07-01

    We show that interface bound states are formed at isolated graphene-superconductor junctions. These states arise due to the interplay of virtual Andreev and normal reflections taking place at these interfaces. Simple analytical expressions for their dispersion are obtained considering interfaces formed along armchair or zig-zag edges. It is shown that the states are sensitive to a supercurrent flowing on the superconducting electrode. The states provide long-range superconducting correlations on the graphene layer, which may be exploited for the detection of crossed Andreev processes.

  7. Control of magnetic, nonmagnetic, and superconducting states in annealed Ca(Fe1–xCox)₂As₂

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    Ran, S.; Bud'ko, S. L.; Straszheim, W. E.; Soh, J.; Kim, M. G.; Kreyssig, A.; Goldman, A. I.; Canfield, P. C.

    2012-06-22

    We have grown single-crystal samples of Co substituted CaFe₂As₂ using an FeAs flux and systematically studied the effects of annealing/quenching temperature on the physical properties of these samples. Whereas the as-grown samples (quenched from 960°C) all enter the collapsed tetragonal phase upon cooling, annealing/quenching temperatures between 350 and 800°C can be used to tune the system to low-temperature antiferromagnetic/orthorhomic or superconducting states as well. The progression of the transition temperature versus annealing/quenching temperature (T-Tanneal) phase diagrams with increasing Co concentration shows that, by substituting Co, the antiferromagnetic/orthorhombic and the collapsed tetragonal phase lines are separated and bulk superconductivity is revealed. We established a 3D phase diagram with Co concentration and annealing/quenching temperature as two independent control parameters. At ambient pressure, for modest x and Tanneal values, the Ca(Fe₁₋xCox)₂As₂ system offers ready access to the salient low-temperature states associated with Fe-based superconductors: antiferromagnetic/orthorhombic, superconducting, and nonmagnetic/collapsed tetragonal.

  8. Superconducting State of the Organic Conductor (TMTSF)2ClO4

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    Shinagawa, J.; Kurosaki, Y.; Zhang, F.; Parker, C.; Brown, S. E.; Jérome, D.; Christensen, J. B.; Bechgaard, K.

    2007-04-01

    (TMTSF)2ClO4 is a quasi-one-dimensional organic conductor and superconductor with Tc=1.4K, and one of at least two Bechgaard salts observed to have upper critical fields far exceeding the paramagnetic limit. Nevertheless, the Se77 NMR Knight shift at low fields reveals a decrease in spin susceptibility χs consistent with singlet spin pairing. The field dependence of the spin-lattice relaxation rate at 100 mK exhibits a sharp crossover (or phase transition) at a field Hs˜15kOe, to a regime where χs is close to the normal state value, even though Hc2≫Hs.

  9. Anisotropic superconducting and normal state magnetic properties of single crystals of RNi*2*B*2*C compounds (R = Y, Gd, Dy, Ho, Er, and Tm)

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    Cho, B.

    1995-11-01

    The interaction of superconductivity with magnetism has been one of the most interesting and important phenomena in solid state physics since the 1950`s when small amounts of magnetic impurities were incorporated in superconductors. The discovery of the magnetic superconductors RNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C (R = rare earth, Y) offers a new system to study this interaction. The wide ranges of superconducting transition (T{sub c}) and antiferromagnetic (AF) ordering temperatures (T{sub N}) (0 K {le} T{sub c} {le} 16 K, 0 K {le} T{sub N} {le} 20 K) give a good opportunity to observe a variety of interesting phenomena. Single crystals of high quality with appropriate size and mass are crucial in examining the anisotropic intrinsic properties. Single crystals have been grown successfully by an unusual high temperature flux method and characterized thoroughly by X-ray, electrical transport, magnetization, neutron scattering, scanning electron microscopy, and other measurements.

  10. Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov states in a superconducting ring with magnetic fields: Phase diagram and the first-order phase transitions

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    Yoshii, Ryosuke; Takada, Satoshi; Tsuchiya, Shunji; Marmorini, Giacomo; Hayakawa, Hisao; Nitta, Muneto

    2015-12-01

    We find the angular Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov (FFLO) states (or the twisted kink crystals) in which a phase and an amplitude of a pair potential modulate simultaneously in a quasi-one-dimensional superconducting ring with a static Zeeman magnetic field applied on the ring and static Aharonov-Bohm magnetic flux penetrating the ring. The superconducting ring with magnetic flux produces a persistent current, whereas the Zeeman split of Fermi energy results in the spatial modulation of the pair potential. We show that these two magnetic fields stabilize the FFLO phase in a large parameter region of the magnetic fields. We further draw the phase diagram with the two kinds of first-order phase transitions; one corresponds to phase slips separating the Aharonov-Bohm magnetic flux, and the other separates the number of peaks of the pair amplitude for the Zeeman magnetic field.

  11. Gambling with Superconducting Fluctuations

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    Foltyn, Marek; Zgirski, Maciej

    2015-08-01

    Josephson junctions and superconducting nanowires, when biased close to superconducting critical current, can switch to a nonzero voltage state by thermal or quantum fluctuations. The process is understood as an escape of a Brownian particle from a metastable state. Since this effect is fully stochastic, we propose to use it for generating random numbers. We present protocol for obtaining random numbers and test the experimentally harvested data for their fidelity. Our work is prerequisite for using the Josephson junction as a tool for stochastic (probabilistic) determination of physical parameters such as magnetic flux, temperature, and current.

  12. Effect of Ni, Fe intercalation on the superconducting properties of ZrTe3

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    Yadav, C. S.; Paulose, P. L.

    2012-06-01

    We report the superconductivity at enhanced temperature of 5.2 K in the polycrystalline sample of ZrTe3 and Ni intercalated ZrTe3. ZrTe3 is a Charge Density Wave (T = 63K) compound, which is known to superconduct only below 2K in single crystalline form. We discuss that the intergrain strains in the polycrystalline samples induces an intrinsic pressure and thus enhances the transition temperature. Fe intercalation of ZrTe3 kills both the charge density wave and superconducting states, gives rise to the magnetic ordering in the compound.

  13. Interface-induced high-temperature superconductivity in FeSe/TiO2(001) heterostructure

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    Ding, Hao

    2015-03-01

    The recently discovered high transition temperature (Tc) superconductivity at the interface of single unit-cell (UC) FeSe films on SrTiO3(001) has generated considerable excitement, which may eventually lead to the discovery of a new family of high-Tc superconductors at many different interfaces. In this talk, we will present our recent work on a new interfacial system with high-Tc superconductivity, 1 UC FeSe films on anatase TiO2(001). By using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) techniques, we have successfully prepared high-quality 1 UC FeSe films on anatase TiO2(001) formed on SrTiO3. In situ scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) reveals large superconducting gap (Δ) ranging from 17 meV to 22 meV, which is nearly one order of magnitude larger than Δ = 2.2 meV of bulk FeSe with Tc = 9.4 K, indicating the signature of high-Tc superconductivity. The superconductivity of this heterostructure system is further verified by imaging vortex lattice under external magnetic field. By examining the distinct properties of anatase TiO2 from SrTiO3, as well as their influences on superconductivity, we will also discuss about the possible pairing mechanism of this system. Together with our previous work of 1 UC FeSe/SrTiO3, this work demonstrates that interface engineering is a powerful way to fabricate new high-Tc superconductors and investigate the mechanism of high-Tc superconductivity.

  14. Identification of Plasma Parameters and Optimization of Magnetic Sensors in the Superconducting Steady-State Tokamak-1 Using Neural Networks

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    Sengupta, A.; Ranjan, P

    2001-01-15

    In this paper, we examine the possibility of using a multilayered feedforward neural network to extract tokamak plasma parameters from magnetic measurements as an improvement over the traditional methodology of function parametrization. It is also used to optimize the number and locations of the magnetic diagnostics designed for the tokamak. This work has been undertaken with the specific purpose of application of the neural network technique to the newly designed (and currently under fabrication) Superconducting Steady-State Tokamak-1 (SST-1). The magnetic measurements will be utilized to achieve real-time control of plasma shape, position, and some global profiles. A trained neural network is tested, and the results of parameter identification are compared with function parametrization. Both techniques appear well suited for the purpose, but a definite improvement with neural networks is observed. Although simulated measurements are used in this work, confidence regarding the network performance with actual experimental data is ensured by testing the network's noise tolerance with Gaussian noise of up to 10%. Finally, three possible methods of ranking the diagnostics in decreasing order of importance are suggested, and the neural network is used to optimize the number and locations of the magnetic sensors designed for SST-1. The results from the three methods are compared with one another and also with function parametrization. Magnetic probes within the plasma-facing side of the outboard limiter have been ranked high. Function parametrization and one of the neural network methods show a distinct tendency to favor the probes in the remote regions of the vacuum vessel, proving the importance of redundancy. Fault tolerance of the optimized network is tested. The results obtained should, in the long run, help in the decision regarding the final effective set of magnetic diagnostics to be used in SST-1 for reconstruction of the control parameters.

  15. Superconducting B i2Te : Pressure-induced universality in the (Bi2) m(Bi2Te3 ) n series

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    Stillwell, Ryan L.; Jenei, Zsolt; Weir, Samuel T.; Vohra, Yogesh K.; Jeffries, Jason R.

    2016-03-01

    Using high-pressure magnetotransport techniques we have discovered superconductivity in B i2Te , a member of the infinitely adaptive (Bi2) m(Bi2Te3 ) n series, whose end members, Bi and B i2T e3 , can be tuned to display topological surface states or superconductivity. B i2Te has a maximum Tc=8.6 K at P =14.5 GPa and goes through multiple high-pressure phase transitions, ultimately collapsing into a bcc structure that suggests a universal behavior across the series. High-pressure magnetoresistance and Hall measurements suggest a semimetal to metal transition near 5.4 GPa, which accompanies the hexagonal to intermediate phase transition seen via x-ray diffraction measurements. In addition, the linearity of Hc 2(T ) exceeds the Werthamer-Helfand-Hohenberg limit, even in the extreme spin-orbit scattering limit, yet is consistent with other strong spin-orbit materials. Considering these results in combination with similar reports on strong spin-orbit scattering materials seen in the literature, we suggest the need for a new theory that can address the unconventional nature of their superconducting states.

  16. High Resolution Polar Kerr Effect Measurements of Sr2RuO4: Evidence for Broken Time Reversal Symmetry in the Superconducting State

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    Xia, Jing

    2010-04-05

    Polar Kerr effect in the spin-triplet superconductor Sr{sub 2}RuO{sub 4} was measured with high precision using a Sagnac interferometer with a zero-area Sagnac loop. We observed non-zero Kerr rotations as big as 65 nanorad appearing below T{sub c} in large domains. Our results imply a broken time reversal symmetry state in the superconducting state of Sr{sub 2}RuO{sub 4}, similar to {sup 3}He-A.

  17. Superconductivity in doped Dirac semimetals

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    Hashimoto, Tatsuki; Kobayashi, Shingo; Tanaka, Yukio; Sato, Masatoshi

    2016-07-01

    We theoretically study intrinsic superconductivity in doped Dirac semimetals. Dirac semimetals host bulk Dirac points, which are formed by doubly degenerate bands, so the Hamiltonian is described by a 4 ×4 matrix and six types of k -independent pair potentials are allowed by the Fermi-Dirac statistics. We show that the unique spin-orbit coupling leads to characteristic superconducting gap structures and d vectors on the Fermi surface and the electron-electron interaction between intra and interorbitals gives a novel phase diagram of superconductivity. It is found that when the interorbital attraction is dominant, an unconventional superconducting state with point nodes appears. To verify the experimental signature of possible superconducting states, we calculate the temperature dependence of bulk physical properties such as electronic specific heat and spin susceptibility and surface state. In the unconventional superconducting phase, either dispersive or flat Andreev bound states appear between point nodes, which leads to double peaks or a single peak in the surface density of states, respectively. As a result, possible superconducting states can be distinguished by combining bulk and surface measurements.

  18. Macroscopic Models of Superconductivity

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    Chapman, S. J.

    Available from UMI in association with The British Library. Requires signed TDF. After giving a description of the basic physical phenomena to be modelled, we begin by formulating a sharp -interface free-boundary model for the destruction of superconductivity by an applied magnetic field, under isothermal and anisothermal conditions, which takes the form of a vectorial Stefan model similar to the classical scalar Stefan model of solid/liquid phase transitions and identical in certain two-dimensional situations. This model is found sometimes to have instabilities similar to those of the classical Stefan model. We then describe the Ginzburg-Landau theory of superconductivity, in which the sharp interface is 'smoothed out' by the introduction of an order parameter, representing the number density of superconducting electrons. By performing a formal asymptotic analysis of this model as various parameters in it tend to zero we find that the leading order solution does indeed satisfy the vectorial Stefan model. However, at the next order we find the emergence of terms analogous to those of 'surface tension' and 'kinetic undercooling' in the scalar Stefan model. Moreover, the 'surface energy' of a normal/superconducting interface is found to take both positive and negative values, defining Type I and Type II superconductors respectively. We discuss the response of superconductors to external influences by considering the nucleation of superconductivity with decreasing magnetic field and with decreasing temperature respectively, and find there to be a pitchfork bifurcation to a superconducting state which is subcritical for Type I superconductors and supercritical for Type II superconductors. We also examine the effects of boundaries on the nucleation field, and describe in more detail the nature of the superconducting solution in Type II superconductors--the so-called 'mixed state'. Finally, we present some open questions concerning both the modelling and analysis of

  19. Superconductivity in anti-post-perovskite vanadium compounds

    PubMed Central

    Wang, Bosen; Ohgushi, Kenya

    2013-01-01

    Superconductivity, which is a quantum state induced by spontaneous gauge symmetry breaking, frequently emerges in low-dimensional materials. Hence, low dimensionality has long been considered as necessary to achieve high superconducting transition temperatures (TC). The recently discovered post-perovskite (ppv) MgSiO3, which constitutes the Earth's lowermost mantle (D" layer), has attracted significant research interest due to its importance in geoscience. The ppv structure has a peculiar two-dimensional character and is expected to be a good platform for superconductivity. However, hereunto, no superconductivity has been observed in isostructural materials, despite extensive investigation. Here, we report the discovery of superconductivity with a maximum TC of 5.6 K in V3PnNx (Pn = P, As) phases with the anti-ppv structure, where the anion and cation positions are reversed with respect to the ppv structure. This discovery stimulates further explorations of new superconducting materials with ppv and anti-ppv structures. PMID:24287614

  20. Magnetically levitated superconducting bearing

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    Weinberger, B.R.; Lynds, L. Jr.

    1993-10-26

    A magnetically levitated superconducting bearing includes a magnet mounted on a shaft that is rotatable around an axis of rotation and a Type II superconductor supported on a stator in proximity to the magnet. The superconductor is positioned so that when it is cooled to its superconducting state in the presence of a magnetic field, it interacts with the magnet to produce an attractive force that levitates the magnet and supports a load on the shaft. The interaction between the superconductor and magnet also produces surface screening currents that generate a repulsive force perpendicular to the load. The bearing also has means for maintaining the superconductor at a temperature below its critical temperature. The bearing could also be constructed so the magnet is supported on the stator and the superconductor is mounted on the shaft. The bearing can be operated by cooling the superconductor to its superconducting state in the presence of a magnetic field. 6 figures.

  1. Electron Pairing Without Superconductivity

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    Levy, Jeremy; Cheng, G.; Tomczyk, M.; Lu, S.; Veazey, J. P.; Huang, M.; Irvin, P.; Ryu, S.; Lee, H.; Eom, C.-B.; Hellberg, C. S.

    2015-03-01

    Strontium titanate (SrTiO3) exhibits an extremely low carrier density threshold for superconductivity, and possesses a phase diagram similar to high-temperature superconductors--two factors that suggest an unconventional pairing mechanism. We describe transport experiments with nanowire-based quantum dots localized at the interface between SrTiO3 and LaAlO3. Electrostatic gating of the quantum dot reveals a series of two-electron conductance resonances--paired electron states--that bifurcate above a critical magnetic field Bp 1-4 Tesla, an order of magnitude larger than the superconducting critical magnetic field. For B Bp, the resonances exhibit a linear Zeeman-like energy splitting. Electron pairing is stable at temperatures as high as T = 900 mK, far above the superconducting transition temperature (Tc 300 mK). These experiments demonstrate the existence of a robust electronic phase in which electrons pair without forming a superconducting state. Key experimental signatures are captured by an attractive-U Hubbard model that describes real-space electron pairing as a precursor to superconductivity. This work was supported by ARO MURI W911NF-08-1-0317 (J.L.), AFOSR MURI FA9550-10-1-0524 (C.-B.E., J.L.) and FA9550-12-1-0342 (C.-B.E.), and grants from the National Science Foundation DMR-1104191 (J.L.), DMR.

  2. Composition-induced structural instability and strong-coupling superconductivity in Au1 -xPdxTe2

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    Kudo, Kazutaka; Ishii, Hiroyuki; Nohara, Minoru

    2016-04-01

    The physical properties and structural evolution of the M X2 -type solid solution Au1 -xPdxTe2 are reported. The end member AuTe2 is a normal metal with a monoclinic distorted CdI2-type structure with preformed Te-Te dimers. A monoclinic-trigonal structural phase transition at a finite temperature occurs upon Pd substitution and is suppressed to zero temperature near x =0.55 , and a superconducting phase with a maximum Tc=4.65 K emerges. A clear indication of strong-coupling superconductivity is observed near the composition of the structural instability. The competitive relationship between Te-Te dimers and superconductivity is proposed.

  3. Superconducting and Ferromagnetic Phases Induced by Lattice Distortions in Stoichiometric SrFe2As2 Single Crystals

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    Saha, S. R.; Butch, N. P.; Kirshenbaum, K.; Paglione, Johnpierre; Zavalij, P. Y.

    2009-07-01

    Single crystals of SrFe2As2 grown using a self-flux solution method were characterized via x-ray, transport, and magnetization studies, revealing a superconducting phase below Tc=21K characterized by a full electrical resistivity transition and partial diamagnetic screening. The reversible destruction and reinstatement of this phase by heat treatment and mechanical deformation studies, along with single-crystal x-ray diffraction measurements, indicate that internal crystallographic strain originating from c-axis-oriented planar defects plays a central role in promoting the appearance of superconductivity under ambient-pressure conditions in ˜90% of as-grown crystals. The appearance of a ferromagnetic moment with magnitude proportional to the tunable superconducting volume fraction suggests that these phenomena are both stabilized by lattice distortion.

  4. Pressure dependence of the charge-density-wave and superconducting states in GdTe3, TbTe3, and DyTe3

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    Zocco, D. A.; Hamlin, J. J.; Grube, K.; Chu, J. -H.; Kuo, H. -H.; Fisher, I. R.; Maple, M. B.

    2015-05-14

    Here, we present electrical resistivity and ac-susceptibility measurements of GdTe3, TbTe3 and DyTe3 performed under pressure. An upper charge-density-wave (CDW) is suppressed at a rate of dTCW,1/dP~ –85K/GPa. For TbTe3 and DyTe3, a second CDW below TCDW,2 increases with pressure until it reaches the TCDW,1(P) line. For GdTe3, the lower CDW emerges as pressure is increased above ~1GPa. As these two CDW states are suppressed with pressure, superconductivity (SC) appears in the three compounds at lower temperatures. Ac-susceptibility experiments performed on TbTe3 provide compelling evidence for bulk SC in the low-pressure region of the phase diagram. We provide measurements ofmore » superconducting critical fields and discuss the origin of a high-pressure superconducting phase occurring above 5 GPa.« less

  5. Reassessment of the electronic state, magnetism, and superconductivity in high-Tc cuprates with the Nd2CuO4 structure

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    Naito, Michio; Krockenberger, Yoshiharu; Ikeda, Ai; Yamamoto, Hideki

    2016-04-01

    The electronic phase diagram of the cuprates remains enigmatic and is still a key ingredient to understand the mechanism of high-Tc superconductivity. It has been believed for a long time that parent compounds of cuprates were universally antiferromagnetic Mott insulators (charge-transfer insulators) and that high-Tc superconductivity would develop upon doping holes or electrons in a Mott-Hubbard insulator ("doped Mott-insulator scenario"). However, our recent discovery of superconductivity in the parent compounds of square-planar cuprates with the Nd2CuO4 (T') structure and the revised electronic phase diagram in T' cuprates urged a serious reassessment to the above scenario. In this review, we present the main results derived from our synthesis and experiments on T' cuprates in the undoped or heavily underdoped regime over 20 years, including material issues and basic physics. The key material issue is how to remove excess oxygen ions at the apical site without introducing oxygen vacancies in the CuO2 planes. In order to put this into practice, the basic knowledge of complex solid-state chemistry in T' cuprates is required, which is also included in this review.

  6. Unconventional superconductivity in heavy-fermion compounds

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    White, B. D.; Thompson, J. D.; Maple, M. B.

    2015-02-27

    Over the past 35 years, research on unconventional superconductivity in heavy-fermion systems has evolved from the surprising observations of unprecedented superconducting properties in compounds that convention dictated should not superconduct at all to performing explorations of rich phase spaces in which the delicate interplay between competing ground states appears to support emergent superconducting states. In this article, we review the current understanding of superconductivity in heavy-fermion com- pounds and identify a set of characteristics that is common to their unconventional superconducting states. These core properties are compared with those of other classes of unconventional superconductors such as the cuprates andmore » iron-based superconductors. Lastly, we conclude by speculating on the prospects for future research in this field and how new advances might contribute towards resolving the long-standing mystery of how unconventional superconductivity works.« less

  7. Unconventional superconductivity in heavy-fermion compounds

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    White, B. D.; Thompson, J. D.; Maple, M. B.

    2015-02-27

    Over the past 35 years, research on unconventional superconductivity in heavy-fermion systems has evolved from the surprising observations of unprecedented superconducting properties in compounds that convention dictated should not superconduct at all to performing explorations of rich phase spaces in which the delicate interplay between competing ground states appears to support emergent superconducting states. In this article, we review the current understanding of superconductivity in heavy-fermion com- pounds and identify a set of characteristics that is common to their unconventional superconducting states. These core properties are compared with those of other classes of unconventional superconductors such as the cuprates and iron-based superconductors. Lastly, we conclude by speculating on the prospects for future research in this field and how new advances might contribute towards resolving the long-standing mystery of how unconventional superconductivity works.

  8. Animal magnetocardiography using superconducting quantum interference device gradiometers assisted with magnetic nanoparticle injection: A sensitive method for early detecting electromagnetic changes induced by hypercholesterolemia

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    Wu, C. C.; Hong, B. F.; Wu, B. H.; Yang, S. Y.; Horng, H. E.; Yang, H. C.; Tseng, W. Y. Isaac; Tseng, W. K.; Liu, Y. B.; Lin, L. C.; Lu, L. S.; Lee, Y. H.

    2007-01-01

    In this work, the authors used a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetocardiography (MCG) system consisted of 64-channel low-transition-temperature SQUID gradiometers to detect the MCG signals of hepercholesterolemic rabbits. In addition, the MCG signals were recorded before and after the injection of magnetic nanoparticles into the rabbits' ear veins to investigate the effects of magnetic nanoparticles on the MCG signals. These MCG data were compared to those of normal rabbits to reveal the feasibility for early detection of the electromagnetic changes induced by hypercholesterolemia using MCG with the assistance of magnetic nanoparticle injection.

  9. Role of chalcogen vapor annealing in inducing bulk superconductivity in Fe1+yTe1-xSex [How does annealing in chalcogen vapor induce superconductivity in Fe1+yTe-xSex?

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    Lin, Wenzhi; Ganesh, P.; Gianfrancesco, Anthony; Berlijn, Tom; Maier, Thomas A.; Kalinin, Sergei V.; Sales, Brian C.; Pan, Minghu

    2015-02-01

    Recent investigations have shown that Fe1+yTe1-xSex can be made superconducting by annealing it in Se and O vapors. The current lore is that these chalcogen vapors induce superconductivity by removing the magnetic excess Fe atoms. To investigate this phenomenon we performed a combination of magnetic susceptibility, specific heat and transport measurements together with scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations on Fe1+yTe1-xSex treated with Te vapor. We conclude that the main role of the Te vapor is to quench the magnetic moments of the excess Fe atoms by forming FeTem (m ≥ 1) complexes. We show that the remaining FeTem complexes are still damaging to the superconductivity and therefore that their removal potentially could further improve superconductive properties in these compounds.

  10. High-temperature superconductivity in perspective

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    1990-04-01

    The technology of superconductivity and its potential applications are discussed; it is warned that U.S companies are investing less than their main foreign competitors in both low- and high-temperature superconductivity R and D. This is by far the most critical issue affecting the future U.S. competitive position in superconductivity, and in many other emerging technologies. The major areas covered include: Executive summary; High-temperature superconductivity - A progress report; Applications of superconductivity; The U.S. response to high-temperature superconductivity; High-temperature superconductivity programs in other countries; Comparison of industrial superconductivity R and D efforts in the United States and Japan - An OTA survey; Policy issues and options.

  11. Constructive influence of the induced electron pairing on the Kondo state

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    Domański, T.; Weymann, I.; Barańska, M.; Górski, G.

    2016-03-01

    Superconducting order and magnetic impurities are usually detrimental to each other. We show, however, that in nanoscopic objects the induced electron pairing can have constructive influence on the Kondo effect originating from the effective screening interactions. Such situation is possible at low temperatures in the quantum dots placed between the conducting and superconducting reservoirs, where the proximity induced electron pairing cooperates with the correlations amplifying the spin-exchange potential. The emerging Abrikosov-Suhl resonance, which is observable in the Andreev conductance, can be significantly enhanced by increasing the coupling to superconducting lead. We explain this intriguing tendency within the Anderson impurity model using: the generalized Schrieffer-Wolff canonical transformation, the second order perturbative treatment of the Coulomb repulsion, and the nonperturbative numerical renormalization group calculations. We also provide hints for experimental observability of this phenomenon.

  12. Constructive influence of the induced electron pairing on the Kondo state.

    PubMed

    Domański, T; Weymann, I; Barańska, M; Górski, G

    2016-01-01

    Superconducting order and magnetic impurities are usually detrimental to each other. We show, however, that in nanoscopic objects the induced electron pairing can have constructive influence on the Kondo effect originating from the effective screening interactions. Such situation is possible at low temperatures in the quantum dots placed between the conducting and superconducting reservoirs, where the proximity induced electron pairing cooperates with the correlations amplifying the spin-exchange potential. The emerging Abrikosov-Suhl resonance, which is observable in the Andreev conductance, can be significantly enhanced by increasing the coupling to superconducting lead. We explain this intriguing tendency within the Anderson impurity model using: the generalized Schrieffer-Wolff canonical transformation, the second order perturbative treatment of the Coulomb repulsion, and the nonperturbative numerical renormalization group calculations. We also provide hints for experimental observability of this phenomenon. PMID:27009681

  13. Constructive influence of the induced electron pairing on the Kondo state

    PubMed Central

    Domański, T.; Weymann, I.; Barańska, M.; Górski, G.

    2016-01-01

    Superconducting order and magnetic impurities are usually detrimental to each other. We show, however, that in nanoscopic objects the induced electron pairing can have constructive influence on the Kondo effect originating from the effective screening interactions. Such situation is possible at low temperatures in the quantum dots placed between the conducting and superconducting reservoirs, where the proximity induced electron pairing cooperates with the correlations amplifying the spin-exchange potential. The emerging Abrikosov-Suhl resonance, which is observable in the Andreev conductance, can be significantly enhanced by increasing the coupling to superconducting lead. We explain this intriguing tendency within the Anderson impurity model using: the generalized Schrieffer-Wolff canonical transformation, the second order perturbative treatment of the Coulomb repulsion, and the nonperturbative numerical renormalization group calculations. We also provide hints for experimental observability of this phenomenon. PMID:27009681

  14. Stress state in turbopump bearing induced by shrink fitting

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Sims, P.; Zee, R.

    1991-01-01

    The stress generated by shrink fitting in bearing-like geometries is studied. The feasibility of using strain gages to determine the strain induced by shrink fitting process is demonstrated. Results from a ring with a uniform cross section reveal the validity of simple stress mechanics calculations for determining the stress state induced in this geometry by shrink fitting.

  15. Proximity fingerprint of s{plus_minus} superconductivity.

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    Koshelev, A. E.; Stanev, V.

    2011-01-01

    We suggest a straightforward and unambiguous test to identify possible opposite signs of the superconducting order parameter in different bands proposed for iron-based superconductors (s{sub {+-}}-state). We consider the proximity effect in a weakly coupled sandwich composed of a s{sub {+-}}-superconductor and a thin layer of the s-wave superconductor. In such system the s-wave order parameter is coupled differently with different s{sub {+-}}-gaps and it typically aligns with one of these gaps. This forces the other s{sub {+-}}-gap to be anti-aligned with the s-wave gap. In such situation the aligned band induces a peak in the s-wave density of states (DoS), while the anti-aligned band induces a dip. Observation of such contact-induced negative feature in the s-wave DoS would provide a definite proof for s{sub {+-}}-superconductivity.

  16. SUPERCONDUCTING VANADIUM BASE ALLOY

    DOEpatents

    Cleary, H.J.

    1958-10-21

    A new vanadium-base alloy which possesses remarkable superconducting properties is presented. The alloy consists of approximately one atomic percent of palladium, the balance being vanadium. The alloy is stated to be useful in a cryotron in digital computer circuits.

  17. Superconducting thermometer for cryogenics

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    White, F. A.

    1977-01-01

    Digital electronic device uses superconducting filaments as sensors. Simple solid-state circuitry combined with filaments comprise highly-reliable temperature monitor. Device has ability to track very fast thermal transients and "on/off" output is adaptable to remote sensing and telemetry.

  18. 2D superconductivity by ionic gating

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    Iwasa, Yoshi

    2D superconductivity is attracting a renewed interest due to the discoveries of new highly crystalline 2D superconductors in the past decade. Superconductivity at the oxide interfaces triggered by LaAlO3/SrTiO3 has become one of the promising routes for creation of new 2D superconductors. Also, the MBE grown metallic monolayers including FeSe are also offering a new platform of 2D superconductors. In the last two years, there appear a variety of monolayer/bilayer superconductors fabricated by CVD or mechanical exfoliation. Among these, electric field induced superconductivity by electric double layer transistor (EDLT) is a unique platform of 2D superconductivity, because of its ability of high density charge accumulation, and also because of the versatility in terms of materials, stemming from oxides to organics and layered chalcogenides. In this presentation, the following issues of electric filed induced superconductivity will be addressed; (1) Tunable carrier density, (2) Weak pinning, (3) Absence of inversion symmetry. (1) Since the sheet carrier density is quasi-continuously tunable from 0 to the order of 1014 cm-2, one is able to establish an electronic phase diagram of superconductivity, which will be compared with that of bulk superconductors. (2) The thickness of superconductivity can be estimated as 2 - 10 nm, dependent on materials, and is much smaller than the in-plane coherence length. Such a thin but low resistance at normal state results in extremely weak pinning beyond the dirty Boson model in the amorphous metallic films. (3) Due to the electric filed, the inversion symmetry is inherently broken in EDLT. This feature appears in the enhancement of Pauli limit of the upper critical field for the in-plane magnetic fields. In transition metal dichalcogenide with a substantial spin-orbit interactions, we were able to confirm the stabilization of Cooper pair due to its spin-valley locking. This work has been supported by Grant-in-Aid for Specially

  19. Superconductivity in doped semiconductors

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    Bustarret, E.

    2015-07-01

    A historical survey of the main normal and superconducting state properties of several semiconductors doped into superconductivity is proposed. This class of materials includes selenides, tellurides, oxides and column-IV semiconductors. Most of the experimental data point to a weak coupling pairing mechanism, probably phonon-mediated in the case of diamond, but probably not in the case of strontium titanate, these being the most intensively studied materials over the last decade. Despite promising theoretical predictions based on a conventional mechanism, the occurrence of critical temperatures significantly higher than 10 K has not been yet verified. However, the class provides an enticing playground for testing theories and devices alike.

  20. Magnetic Field Reentrant Superconductivity in Aluminum Nanowires

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bretz-Sullivan, Terence; Goldman, Allen

    Reentrance to the superconducting state through the application of a magnetic field to quasi-one dimensional superconductors driven resistive by current, is counter to the expected properties of superconductors. It was not until recently that a microscopic mechanism explaining the phenomenon was proposed in which superconductivity and phase slip driven dissipation coexist in a non-equilibrium state. Here we present additional results of magnetic field induced reentrance into the superconducting state in quasi-one-dimensional aluminum nanowires with an in-plane magnetic field both transverse to, and along the wire axis. The reentrant behavior is seen in the magnetic field dependence of the I-V characteristic and resistance vs. temperature, and in the wire's magnetoresistance at 450mK. This work was supported by DOE Basic Energy Sciences Grant DE-FG02-02ER46004. Samples were fabricated at the Minnesota Nanofabrication Center. Parts of this work were carried out in the University of Minnesota Characterization Facility, a member of the Materials Research Facilities Network (www.mrfn.org) funded via the NSF MRSEC program.

  1. Josephson π state induced by valley polarization

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, Jun; Yang, Y. H.; Chan, K. S.

    2014-02-01

    We theoretically explore possible π-state Josephson junctions made from graphene-like two-dimensional materials (G) with the honeycomb lattice structure. It is shown that the valley polarization in the G sheet could lead to a 0-π state transition of the Josephson junction because of the valley-singlet Cooper pairs acquiring a nonzero momentum. When the valley-mixing scattering exists in the interfaces of the junction due to lattice mismatch, an odd-frequency valley-triplet supercurrent flows in the system even though the G sheet is fully valley polarized, and the supercurrent is characterized by a rapid atomic-scale oscillation with a periodicity of three lattice constants.

  2. Superconducting tensor gravity gradiometer

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Paik, H. J.

    1981-01-01

    The employment of superconductivity and other material properties at cryogenic temperatures to fabricate sensitive, low-drift, gravity gradiometer is described. The device yields a reduction of noise of four orders of magnitude over room temperature gradiometers, and direct summation and subtraction of signals from accelerometers in varying orientations are possible with superconducting circuitry. Additional circuits permit determination of the linear and angular acceleration vectors independent of the measurement of the gravity gradient tensor. A dewar flask capable of maintaining helium in a liquid state for a year's duration is under development by NASA, and a superconducting tensor gravity gradiometer for the NASA Geodynamics Program is intended for a LEO polar trajectory to measure the harmonic expansion coefficients of the earth's gravity field up to order 300.

  3. Cavity-Free Photon Blockade Induced by Many-Body Bound States

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    Zheng, Huaixiu; Gauthier, Daniel; Baranger, Harold

    2012-02-01

    We show theoretically that a variety of strong quantum nonlinear phenomena occur in a completely open one-dimensional waveguide coupled to an N-type four-level system. This system could be realized, for example, in experiments using superconducting circuits. We focus on photon blockade, photon-induced tunneling, bunching or anti-bunching, and the creation of single-photon states, all in the absence of a cavity. Many-body bound states appear due to the strong photon-photon correlation mediated by the four-level system. These bound states cause photon blockade, generating a sub-Poissonian single-photon source [1]. Such a source is crucial for quantum cryptography and distributed quantum networking; our work thus supports the notion that open quantum systems can play a critical role in the manipulation of individual, mobile quanta, a key goal of quantum communication. [1] H. Zheng, D. J. Gauthier, and H. U. Baranger, Phys. Rev. Lett. in press (2011), arXiv:1107.0309.

  4. New research in Superconductivity

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    Khorrami, Mona

    2013-03-01

    Superconductors are materials that have no resistance to electricity's flow; they are one of the last great frontiers of scientific discovery. The theories that explain superconductor behavior seem to be constantly under review. In 1911 superconductivity was first observed in mercury by Dutch physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes When he cooled it to the temperature of liquid helium, 4 degrees Kelvin (-452F, -269C), its resistance suddenly disappeared. It was necessary for Onnes to come within 4 degrees of the coldest temperature that is theoretically attainable to witness the phenomenon of superconductivity. In 1933 German researchers Walther Meissner and Robert Ochsenfeld discovered that a superconducting material will repel a magnetic field. A magnet moving by a conductor induces currents in the conductor, but, in a superconductor the induced currents exactly mirror the field that would have otherwise penetrated the superconducting material - causing the magnet to be repulsed. This phenomenon is known as strong diamagnetism and is today often referred to as the ``Meissner effect'' (an eponym). Later on the theory developed by American physicists John Bardeen, Leon Cooper, and John Schrieffer together with extensions and refinements of the theory, which followed in the years after 1957, succeeded in explaining in considerable detail the properties of superconductors.

  5. Charge 2e/3 Superconductivity and Topological Degeneracies without Localized Zero Modes in Bilayer Fractional Quantum Hall States.

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    Barkeshli, Maissam

    2016-08-26

    It has been recently shown that non-Abelian defects with localized parafermion zero modes can arise in conventional Abelian fractional quantum Hall (FQH) states. Here we propose an alternate route to creating, manipulating, and measuring topologically protected degeneracies in bilayer FQH states coupled to superconductors, without the creation of localized parafermion zero modes. We focus mainly on electron-hole bilayers, with a ±1/3 Laughlin FQH state in each layer, with boundaries that are proximity coupled to a superconductor. We show that the superconductor induces charge 2e/3 quasiparticle-pair condensation at each boundary of the FQH state, and that this leads to (i) topologically protected degeneracies that can be measured through charge sensing experiments and (ii) a fractional charge 2e/3 ac Josephson effect. We demonstrate that an analog of non-Abelian braiding is possible, despite the absence of a localized zero mode. We discuss several practical advantages of this proposal over previous work, and also several generalizations. PMID:27610873

  6. Theoretical Description of the Superconducting State of Nanostructures at Intermediate Temperatures: A Combined Treatment of Collective Modes and Fluctuations

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    Ribeiro, Pedro; García-García, Antonio M.

    2012-03-01

    A rigorous treatment of the combined effect of thermal and quantum fluctuations in a zero-dimensional superconductor is considered one of the most relevant and still-unsolved problems in the theory of nanoscale superconductors. In this Letter, we notice that the divergences that plagued previous calculations are avoided by identifying and treating nonperturbatively a low-energy collective mode. In this way, we obtain for the first time closed expressions for the partition function and the superconducting order parameter which include both types of fluctuation and are valid at any temperature and to leading order in δ/Δ0, where δ is the mean level spacing and Δ0 is the bulk energy gap. Our results pave the way for a quantitative description of superconductivity in nanostructures at finite temperature and pairing in hot nuclei.

  7. Superconducting and normal state magnetic properties of RNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C single crystals

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    Johnston, D.C.; Borsa, F.; Cho, B.K. |

    1995-10-01

    The authors` studies of the magnetic properties of RNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C single crystals (R = Y, Gd-Tm, Lu) are reviewed. Of particular interest are the ordered magnetic structures when R is a magnetic rare earth atom, the interaction between magnetism and superconductivity, the influence of crystalline electric fields of the magnetic rare earth ions on these behaviors, and the magnetic character of the Ni sublattice.

  8. Heterogeneous magneto-superconducting systems

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    Erdin, Serkan

    2002-09-01

    We first present a new method to calculate the vortex and magnetization arrangement for a system of interacting superconductors and ferromagnets separated in space. The method is based on the static London-Maxwell equations and the corresponding energy. The possibility of superconducting (SC) vortices is included in this system. Using this method we analyze screening currents in a SC film induced by magnetic textures in a thin magnetic film. We assume that the two films are parallel and positioned close to each other, but interact exclusively via magnetic fields. We also consider the possibility of vortices within this SC film, and their interactions with the magnetic texture. As an example of such a magnetic texture we consider a single magnetic dot with magnetization perpendicular to the film. We derive the condition for which spontaneous formation of one, two or more vortices and antivortices is energetically favorable. We prove that, for a circular magnetic dot with perpendicular magnetization, when the vortex emerges in the SC film, the normal component of the magnetic field near the SC film changes sign outside of the dot range. Secondly, a square array of magnetic dots grown on a SC film in the presence of the antivortices is studied. We show that the symmetry of the array is spontaneously violated. The positions of the vortices and the antivortices are calculated, depending on the magnetization and the size of the dots. Next, ferromagnet-superconductor bilayers (FSB) are considered. The homogeneous state of a FSB with magnetization perpendicular to the layer can be unstable with respect to the formation of vortices in the superconducting layer. The developing topological instability in the FSB leads to formation of domains in which the direction of the magnetization in the magnetic film and the direction of vorticity in the superconducting film both alternate. These domain structures are studied both in the continuum and the discrete regimes.

  9. Superconducting Memristors

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    Peotta, Sebastiano; Di Ventra, Massimiliano

    2014-09-01

    In his original work, Josephson predicted that a phase-dependent conductance should be present in superconducting tunnel junctions, an effect difficult to detect, mainly because it is hard to single it out from the usual nondissipative Josephson current. We propose a solution for this problem that consists of using different superconducting materials to realize the two junctions of a superconducting interferometer. According to the Ambegaokar-Baratoff relation the two junctions have different conductances if the critical currents are equal, thus the Josephson current can be suppressed by fixing the magnetic flux in the loop at half of a flux quantum without canceling the phase-dependent conductance. Our proposal can be used to study the phase-dependent conductance, an effect present in principle in all superconducting weak links. From the standpoint of nonlinear circuit theory, such a device is in fact an ideal memristor with possible applications to memories and neuromorphic computing in the framework of ultrafast and low-energy-consumption superconducting digital circuits.

  10. Disbursement of $65 million to the State of Texas for construction of a Regional Medical Technology Center at the former Superconducting Super Collider Site, Waxahachie, Texas

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    1995-05-01

    As part of a settlement agreement between the US DOE and the State of Texas, DOE proposes to transfer $65 million of federal funds to the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (TNLRC) for construction of the Regional Medical Technology Center (RMTC) to be located in Ellis County, Texas. The RMTC would be a state-of-the-art medical facility for proton cancer therapy, operated by the State of Texas in conjunction with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. The RMTC would use the linear accelerator assets of the recently terminated DOE Superconducting Super Collider Project to accelerate protons to high energies for the treatment of cancer patients. The current design provides for treatment areas, examination rooms, support laboratories, diagnostic imaging equipment, and office space as well as the accelerators (linac and synchrotron) and beam steering and shaping components. The potential environmental consequences of the proposed action are expected to be minor.

  11. Effect of carrier density and valence states on superconductivity of oxygen annealed Fe1.06Te0.6Se0.4 single crystals

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    Su, T. S.; Yin, Y. W.; Teng, M. L.; Gong, Z. Z.; Zhang, M. J.; Li, X. G.

    2013-11-01

    The variations of carrier density and valence states in oxygen annealed Fe1.06Te0.6Se0.4 single crystals were studied systematically. It was found that the carrier density nH increases after oxygen annealing by Hall coefficient measurements. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy experiments reveal that the oxygen annealing changes Fe0 and Te0 states to Fe2+/3+ and Te4+, respectively, while the valence variation of Se is negligible. Our results indicate that the improvement of superconductivity, such as the zero resistance transition temperature Tczero, shielding and Meissner fraction value 4πχ and upper critical field Hc2, could be closely related to the proper manipulation of nH and the valence states by oxygen annealing in the system.

  12. Making Superconducting Welds between Superconducting Wires

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    Penanen, Konstantin I.; Eom, Byeong Ho

    2008-01-01

    A technique for making superconducting joints between wires made of dissimilar superconducting metals has been devised. The technique is especially suitable for fabrication of superconducting circuits needed to support persistent electric currents in electromagnets in diverse cryogenic applications. Examples of such electromagnets include those in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems and in superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs). Sometimes, it is desirable to fabricate different parts of a persistent-current-supporting superconducting loop from different metals. For example, a sensory coil in a SQUID might be made of Pb, a Pb/Sn alloy, or a Cu wire plated with Pb/Sn, while the connections to the sensory coil might be made via Nb or Nb/Ti wires. Conventional wire-bonding techniques, including resistance spot welding and pressed contact, are not workable because of large differences between the hardnesses and melting temperatures of the different metals. The present technique is not subject to this limitation. The present technique involves the use (1) of a cheap, miniature, easy-to-operate, capacitor-discharging welding apparatus that has an Nb or Nb/Ti tip and operates with a continuous local flow of gaseous helium and (2) preparation of a joint in a special spark-discharge welding geometry. In a typical application, a piece of Nb foil about 25 m thick is rolled to form a tube, into which is inserted a wire that one seeks to weld to the tube (see figure). The tube can be slightly crimped for mechanical stability. Then a spark weld is made by use of the aforementioned apparatus with energy and time settings chosen to melt a small section of the niobium foil. The energy setting corresponds to the setting of a voltage to which the capacitor is charged. In an experiment, the technique was used to weld an Nb foil to a copper wire coated with a Pb/Sn soft solder, which is superconducting. The joint was evaluated as

  13. Earthquake Induced Water Waves in Washington State

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    Barberopoulou, A.; Qamar, A.; Pratt, T. L.

    2003-12-01

    The Mw 7.9 Denali earthquake of 3 November 2002 caused minor damage to at least 20 houseboats by initiating water waves in Lake Union, Seattle, Washington. Damage caused by unusual water activity is not uncommon in Washington State. Newspaper reports show that damage also has been caused by water waves in the Seattle area during local or distant earthquakes in 1899 (Yakutat Bay Alaska earthquake), 1949 (Olympia earthquake) and 1965 (Seattle-Tacoma earthquake). Analysis of Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) recordings of the Denali earthquake demonstrates that large water waves are due in part to local amplification of seismic waves by the underlying Seattle sedimentary basin. Simple formulae predict water wave amplitudes only half or smaller than those reported for swimming pools and lakes. Resonance initiated by multiple cycles of surface waves, focusing, and near-shore effects could further amplify the water waves. To understand the type and origins of these water waves, we are examining the response of a water body of rectangular shape and rectangular cross-section subjected to hypothetical forcing functions, and to forcing functions derived from seismograph records of major earthquakes. The results provide estimates of the potential wave heights during future large earthquakes on the nearby subduction zone or on local faults.

  14. Superconductivity in 1111-type CaFeAsF1-xHx induced by selective hydrogen elimination

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    Hanna, Taku; Muraba, Yoshinori; Matsuishi, Satoru; Hosono, Hideo

    2013-09-01

    The difference in thermal stability of F- and H- in 1111-type iron based superconductors allows selective hydrogen elimination from non-superconductive CaFeAsF0.8H0.2 by thermal annealing. The analyzed chemical composition of the resulting samples indicates that incorporated hydrogen was selectively eliminated by thermal annealing at 553 K for 72 h. The resulting hydrogen-eliminated sample shows bulk superconductivity with Tc = 29 K. This technique may be used for indirect electron doping for AeFeAeF (Ae, alkali-earth metal) iron based superconductor described by CaFeAsF1-xHx → CaFeAsF1-x + xe- + 1/2xH2↑.

  15. Superconductivity induced by In substitution into the topological crystalline insulator Pb0.5Sn0.5Te

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    Zhong, R. D.; Schneeloch, J. A.; Liu, T. S.; Camino, F. E.; Tranquada, J. M.; Gu, G. D.

    2014-07-01

    Indium substitution turns the topological crystalline insulator (TCI) Pb0.5Sn0.5Te into a possible topological superconductor. To investigate the effect of the indium concentration on the crystal structure and superconducting properties of (Pb0.5Sn0.5)1-xInxTe, we have grown high-quality single crystals using a modified floating-zone method and have performed systematic studies for indium content in the range 0≤x≤0.35. We find that the single crystals retain the rocksalt structure up to the solubility limit of indium (x ˜0.30). Experimental dependencies of the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) and the upper critical magnetic field (Hc2) on the indium content x have been measured. The maximum Tc is determined to be 4.7 K at x =0.30, with μ0Hc2(T =0)≈5 T.

  16. Competing magnetic double-Q phases and superconductivity-induced reentrance of C2 magnetic stripe order in iron pnictides

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    Gastiasoro, Maria N.; Andersen, Brian M.

    2015-10-01

    We perform a microscopic theoretical study of the generic properties of competing magnetic phases in iron pnictides. As a function of electron filling and temperature, the magnetic stripe (single-Q ) order forms a dome, but competing noncollinear and nonuniform double-Q phases exist at the foot of the dome, in agreement with recent experiments. We compute and compare the electronic properties of the different magnetic phases, investigate the role of competing superconductivity, and show how disorder may stabilize double-Q order. Superconductivity is shown to compete more strongly with double-Q magnetic phases, which can lead to reentrance of the C2 (single-Q ) order, in agreement with recent thermal expansion measurements on K-doped Ba-122 crystals.

  17. Observation of superconductivity induced by a point contact on 3D Dirac semimetal Cd3As2 crystals.

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    Wang, He; Wang, Huichao; Liu, Haiwen; Lu, Hong; Yang, Wuhao; Jia, Shuang; Liu, Xiong-Jun; Xie, X C; Wei, Jian; Wang, Jian

    2016-01-01

    Three-dimensional (3D) Dirac semimetals, which possess 3D linear dispersion in the electronic structure as a bulk analogue of graphene, have lately generated widespread interest in both materials science and condensed matter physics. Recently, crystalline Cd3As2 has been proposed and proved to be a 3D Dirac semimetal that can survive in the atmosphere. Here, by using point contact spectroscopy measurements, we observe exotic superconductivity around the point contact region on the surface of Cd3As2 crystals. The zero-bias conductance peak (ZBCP) and double conductance peaks (DCPs) symmetric around zero bias suggest p-wave-like unconventional superconductivity. Considering the topological properties of 3D Dirac semimetals, our findings may indicate that Cd3As2 crystals under certain conditions could be topological superconductors, which are predicted to support Majorana zero modes or gapless Majorana edge/surface modes in the boundary depending on the dimensionality of the material. PMID:26524129

  18. Superconductive articles

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    Wu, X.D.; Muenchausen, R.E.

    1991-12-31

    An article of manufacture including a substrate, a patterned interlayer of magnesium oxide, barium-titanium oxide or barium-zirconium oxide, the patterned interlayer material overcoated with a secondary interlayer material of yttria-stabilized zirconia or magnesium-aluminum oxide, upon the surface of the substrate whereby an intermediate article with an exposed surface of both the overcoated patterned interlayer and the substrate is formed, a coating of a buffer layer selected from the group consisting of oxides of Ce, Y, Cm, Dy, Er, Eu, Fe, Gd, Ho, In, La, Mn, Lu, Nd, Pr, Pu, Sm, Tb, Tl, Tm, Y, and Yb over the entire exposed surface of the intermediate article, and, a ceramic superconductive material layer as an overcoat upon the buffer layer whereby the ceramic superconductive material situated directly above the substrate has a crystal structure substantially different than the ceramic superconductive material situated above the overcoated patterned interlayer.

  19. Superconducting magnets

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    Willen, E.; Dahl, P.; Herrera, J.

    1985-01-01

    This report provides a self-consistent description of a magnetic field in the aperture of a superconducting magnet and details how this field can be calculated in a magnet with cos theta current distribution in the coils. A description of an apparatus that can be used to measure the field uniformity in the aperture has been given. Finally, a detailed description of the magnet being developed for use in the Superconducting Super Collider is given. When this machine is built, it will be by far the largest application of superconductivity to date and promises to make possible the experimental discoveries needed to understand the basic laws of nature governing the world in which we live.

  20. Electronic state and superconductivity of YBa2Cu3-xO7-y (M=Al,Zn and Sn) systems

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    Zhao, Y.; Zhang, Q. R.; Zhang, H.

    1990-01-01

    A series of YBa2Cu(3-x)MxO(7-y) (M=Al,Zn and Sn) single phase samples were prepared, and the measurements of the crystal structure, oxygen content, electric resistivity, thermoelectric power, Mossbauer spectrum, XPS and superconductivity were performed. The experimental results of X ray powder diffraction, Mossbauer spectrum and oxygen content show that the Zn(2+) and the Al(3+) occupy the Cu(2) site in Cu-O planes and the Cu(1) site in Cu-O chains respectively, but the Sn(4+) occupies both the Cu(1) sites. As regards the properties in superconducting state, both the Zn(2+) and the Al(3+) depress T(sub c) strongly, but the Sn(4+) does not. As for the electronic transport properties in normal state, the system doped by Al(3+) displays a rapid increase of resistivity and some electron localization-like effects, and the thermoelectric power enhances obviously; the series contained Zn(2+) almost shows no changes of electric resistivity but the sign of the thermoelectric power is reversed. Other results are given and briefly discussed.

  1. Antiferromagnetic hedgehogs with superconducting cores

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    Goldbart, Paul M.; Sheehy, Daniel E.

    1998-09-01

    Excitations of the antiferromagnetic state that resemble antiferromagnetic hedgehogs at large distances but are predominantly superconducting inside a core region are discussed within the context of Zhang's SO(5)-symmetry-based approach to the physics of high-temperature superconducting materials. Nonsingular, in contrast with their hedgehog cousins in pure antiferromagnetism, these texture excitations are what hedgehogs become when the antiferromagnetic order parameter is permitted to ``escape'' into superconducting directions. The structure of such excitations is determined in a simple setting, and a number of their experimental implications are examined.

  2. Antiferromagnetic hedgehogs with superconducting cores

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    Goldbart, P.M.; Sheehy, D.E.

    1998-09-01

    Excitations of the antiferromagnetic state that resemble antiferromagnetic hedgehogs at large distances but are predominantly superconducting inside a core region are discussed within the context of Zhang{close_quote}s SO(5)-symmetry-based approach to the physics of high-temperature superconducting materials. Nonsingular, in contrast with their hedgehog cousins in pure antiferromagnetism, these texture excitations are what hedgehogs become when the antiferromagnetic order parameter is permitted to {open_quotes}escape{close_quotes} into superconducting directions. The structure of such excitations is determined in a simple setting, and a number of their experimental implications are examined. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}

  3. Superconductivity in highly disordered dense carbon disulfide

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    Dias, Ranga P.; Yoo, Choong-Shik; Struzhkin, Viktor V.; Kim, Minseob; Muramatsu, Takaki; Matsuoka, Takahiro; Ohishi, Yasuo; Sinogeikin, Stanislav

    2013-01-01

    High pressure plays an increasingly important role in both understanding superconductivity and the development of new superconducting materials. New superconductors were found in metallic and metal oxide systems at high pressure. However, because of the filled close-shell configuration, the superconductivity in molecular systems has been limited to charge-transferred salts and metal-doped carbon species with relatively low superconducting transition temperatures. Here, we report the low-temperature superconducting phase observed in diamagnetic carbon disulfide under high pressure. The superconductivity arises from a highly disordered extended state (CS4 phase or phase III[CS4]) at ∼6.2 K over a broad pressure range from 50 to 172 GPa. Based on the X-ray scattering data, we suggest that the local structural change from a tetrahedral to an octahedral configuration is responsible for the observed superconductivity. PMID:23818624

  4. Superconducting Quantum Interference Single-Electron Transistor

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    Enrico, Emanuele; Giazotto, Francesco

    2016-06-01

    We propose the concept of a quantized single-electron source based on the interplay between Coulomb blockade and magnetic flux-controllable superconducting proximity effect. We show that flux dependence of the induced energy gap in the density of states of a nanosized metallic wire can be exploited as an efficient tunable energy barrier which enables charge-pumping configurations with enhanced functionalities. This control parameter strongly affects the charging landscape of a normal metal island with non-negligible Coulombic energy. Under a suitable evolution of a time-dependent magnetic flux the structure behaves like a turnstile for single electrons in a fully electrostatic regime.

  5. Cavity-induced chiral states of fermionic quantum gases

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    Sheikhan, Ameneh; Brennecke, Ferdinand; Kollath, Corinna

    2016-04-01

    We investigate ultracold fermions placed into an optical cavity and subjected to optical lattices which confine the atoms to ladder structures. A transverse running-wave laser beam induces together with the dynamical cavity field a two-photon Raman-assisted tunneling process with spatially dependent phase imprint along the rungs of the ladders. We identify the steady states which can occur by the feedback mechanism between the cavity field and the atoms. We find the spontaneous emergence of a finite cavity field amplitude which leads to an artificial magnetic field felt by the fermionic atoms. These form a chiral insulating or chiral liquid state carrying a chiral current. We explore the rich state diagram as a function of the power of the transverse laser beam, the atomic filling, and the phase imprint during the cavity-induced tunneling. Both a sudden onset or a slow exponential activation with the transverse laser power of the self-organized chiral states can occur.

  6. Compressibility and pressure-induced disorder in superconducting phase-separated Cs0.72Fe1.57Se2

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    Svitlyk, V.; Chernyshov, D.; Bosak, A.; Pomjakushina, E.; Krzton-Maziopa, A.; Conder, K.; Pomjakushin, V.; Dmitriev, V.; Garbarino, G.; Mezouar, M.

    2014-04-01

    The pressure-dependent diffraction response of the superconducting phase-separated Cs0.72Fe1.57Se2(Tc = 28.5 K) has been studied at room temperature using synchrotron radiation up to the pressure of 19 GPa. The main and secondary phases of Cs0.72Fe1.57Se2 have been observed in the whole pressure range. The main ordered phase has been found to undergo an order-disorder transition in the Fe sublattice at P = 11 GPa with the corresponding kinetics on the order of hours. Contrary to the analogous temperature-induced transition, the secondary phase has not been suppressed suggesting that its stability pressure range is higher than 19 GPa or the corresponding transformation kinetics is too slow at room temperature. Together with the previously reported pressure-dependent resistivity and magnetic susceptibility measurements, this work indicates that superconductivity in the AxFe2-ySe2 (A: alkali metals) phases could be related to the Fe-vacancy ordering in the main phase.

  7. Evidence for Topologically Protected Surface States and a Superconducting Phase in [Tl4](Tl1-xSnx)Te3Using Photoemission, Specific Heat, and Magnetization Measurements, and Density Functional Theory

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    Arpino, K. E.; Wallace, D. C.; Nie, Y. F.; Birol, T.; King, P. D. C.; Chatterjee, S.; Uchida, M.; Koohpayeh, S. M.; Wen, J.-J.; Page, K.; Fennie, C. J.; Shen, K. M.; McQueen, T. M.

    2014-01-01

    We report the discovery of surface states in the perovskite superconductor [Tl4]TlTe3 (Tl5Te3) and its nonsuperconducting tin-doped derivative [Tl4](Tl0.4Sn0.6)Te3 as observed by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. Density functional theory calculations predict that the surface states are protected by a Z2 topology of the bulk band structure. Specific heat and magnetization measurements show that Tl5Te3 has a superconducting volume fraction in excess of 95%. Thus Tl5Te3 is an ideal material in which to study the interplay of bulk band topology and superconductivity.

  8. Superconducting Microelectronics.

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    Henry, Richard W.

    1984-01-01

    Discusses superconducting microelectronics based on the Josephson effect and its advantages over conventional integrated circuits in speed and sensitivity. Considers present uses in standards laboratories (voltage) and in measuring weak magnetic fields. Also considers future applications in superfast computer circuitry using Superconducting…

  9. State dependence of Rydberg interaction-induced collisional loss

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    Feng, Zhigang; Zhao, Kejia; Miao, Jingyuan; Li, Difei; Yang, Zhijun; Wu, Zhaochun; He, Zhao; Zhao, Jianming; Jia, Suotang

    2016-09-01

    We present a simple analytical formula from an existing theoretical model and theoretically investigate in detail the state dependence of interaction-induced collisional loss rate coefficients, and the various parameter effects on collisional loss rate. We also investigate the different mechanisms and corresponding effects on collisional loss by analyzing our previous experimental results using the present formula, and even investigate the time evolution of Rydberg atom number for different Rydberg states.

  10. Fractal superconductivity near localization threshold

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    Feigel'man, M.V.; Ioffe, L.B.; Kravtsov, V.E.; Cuevas, E.

    2010-07-15

    We develop a semi-quantitative theory of electron pairing and resulting superconductivity in bulk 'poor conductors' in which Fermi energy E{sub F} is located in the region of localized states not so far from the Anderson mobility edge E{sub c}. We assume attractive interaction between electrons near the Fermi surface. We review the existing theories and experimental data and argue that a large class of disordered films is described by this model. Our theoretical analysis is based on analytical treatment of pairing correlations, described in the basis of the exact single-particle eigenstates of the 3D Anderson model, which we combine with numerical data on eigenfunction correlations. Fractal nature of critical wavefunction's correlations is shown to be crucial for the physics of these systems. We identify three distinct phases: 'critical' superconductive state formed at E{sub F} = E{sub c}, superconducting state with a strong pseudo-gap, realized due to pairing of weakly localized electrons and insulating state realized at E{sub F} still deeper inside a localized band. The 'critical' superconducting phase is characterized by the enhancement of the transition temperature with respect to BCS result, by the inhomogeneous spatial distribution of superconductive order parameter and local density of states. The major new feature of the pseudo-gapped state is the presence of two independent energy scales: superconducting gap {Delta}, that is due to many-body correlations and a new 'pseudo-gap' energy scale {Delta}{sub P} which characterizes typical binding energy of localized electron pairs and leads to the insulating behavior of the resistivity as a function of temperature above superconductive T{sub c}. Two gap nature of the pseudo-gapped superconductor is shown to lead to specific features seen in scanning tunneling spectroscopy and point-contact Andreev spectroscopy. We predict that pseudo-gapped superconducting state demonstrates anomalous behavior of the optical

  11. RKKY interaction on surfaces of topological insulators with superconducting proximity effect

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    Zyuzin, Alexander A.; Loss, Daniel

    2014-09-01

    We consider the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) interaction between magnetic impurities on the surface of a three-dimensional topological insulator with proximity induced superconductivity. A superconductor placed on the top of the topological insulator induces a gap in the surface electron states and gives rise to a long-range in-plane antiferromagnetic RKKY interaction. This interaction is frustrated due to strong spin-orbit coupling, inversely proportional to the distance between magnetic impurities if the distance between magnetic impurities is smaller than the superconducting coherence length, and dominates over the ferromagnetic and Dzialoshinskii-Moriya type interactions if the distance between magnetic impurities is larger than the superconducting coherence length. The condition for the subgap states that are bound to the magnetic impurities is found.

  12. Investigation of the superconducting and normal state properties of the filled-skutterudite system PrPt4Ge12 via chemical substitution

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    Jeon, Inho; Huang, Kevin; Yazici, Duygu; Kanchanavatee, Noravee; White, Benjamin D.; Jang, Sooyoung; Pouse, Naveen; Maple, M. Brian; Ho, Pei-Chun

    We report a systematic chemical substitution study on the unconventional superconductor system PrPt4Ge12, which Sb ions are substituted for Ge. Polycrystalline samples of PrPt4Ge12-x Sbx up to x = 5 were synthesized and investigated by means of x-ray diffraction, electrical resistivity, magnetic susceptibility, and specific heat measurements. We observed a suppression of superconductivity with increasing Sb substitutions and evidence for a weak ``rattling'' mode associated with the Pr ions, characterized by a value of ΘE ~ 60 K. As part of a systematic study of the effect of various elemental substitutions on the properties of PrPt4Ge12, measurements of the superconducting and normal state properties of the Pr1-xEuxPt4Ge12 system are currently being performed. This work was supported by the U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering under Grant No. DE-FG02-04-ER46105 (characterization and physical properties measurements), and the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DMR 1206553 (low-temperature measurements).

  13. Superconducting thermoelectric generator

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    Metzger, J.D.; El-Genk, M.S.

    1994-01-01

    Thermoelectricity is produced by applying a temperature differential to dissimilar electrically conducting or semiconducting materials, thereby producing a voltage that is proportional to the temperature difference. Thermoelectric generators use this effect to directly convert heat into electricity; however, presently-known generators have low efficiencies due to the production of high currents which in turn cause large resistive heating losses. Some thermoelectric generators operate at efficiencies between 4% and 7% in the 800{degrees} to 1200{degrees}C range. According to its major aspects and bradly stated, the present invention is an apparatus and method for producing electricity from heat. In particular, the invention is a thermoelectric generator that juxtaposes a superconducting material and a semiconducting material - so that the superconducting and the semiconducting materials touch - to convert heat energy into electrical energy without resistive losses in the temperature range below the critical temperature of the superconducting material. Preferably, an array of superconducting material is encased in one of several possible configurations within a second material having a high thermal conductivity, preferably a semiconductor, to form a thermoelectric generator.

  14. Task-Induced Deactivation and the “Resting” State

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    Binder, Jeffrey R.

    2011-01-01

    Task-induced decreases in blood flow and the widespread use of “resting” baselines produced unexpected and discrepant results in early cognitive imaging studies, especially in language comprehension experiments. Here I describe from a personal perspective some of the events and thought processes leading to the first hypothesis-driven fMRI study of the “resting” state. PMID:21979380

  15. Role of impurities on diffusion-induced defective states

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    Castaldini, A.; Cavallini, A.; Fraboni, B.; Giannotte, E.

    1992-12-01

    The defective states induced in floating zone Si by the heavy diffusion of dopants have been investigated by means of the electron beam-induced current method. By measuring the minority carrier diffusion length with the first order moment method, and by directly imaging the defects, their electrical activity has been analyzed. The diffused samples have subsequently been dry oxidized, so that the evolution of the electrical and morphological properties of the induced defects could be followed. Two sets of samples, one diffused with B and the other with B and Al, have been investigated in order to study the effects of the presence of Al. Significant improvements in the diffusion length have been observed in samples where Al had been codiffused, thus providing indication for the role played by Al on the electrical activity of bulk defective states.

  16. State reversals of optically induced tilt and torsional eye movements

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    Finke, R. A.; Held, R.

    1978-01-01

    Alternations of the state of apparent self-motion during observation of a large visual display rotating about the line of sight are associated with alternations in the magnitude of induced tilt and torsional eye rotation. In one experiment, shifts in visually induced tilt during these state alternations are found to be in the opposite direction to corresponding shifts in induced ocular torsion. In a second experiment, the reversals of self-motion perception are shown to be an intravisual phenomenon, independent of competing inputs provided by the vestibular system. These results emphasize the importance of distinguishing between visual and vestibular processes in tilt perception and ocular rotation during human orientation to gravitational vertical.

  17. Chalcogen (O2, S, Se, Te) atmosphere annealing induced bulk superconductivity in Fe1+yTe1-xSex single crystal

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    Sun, Y.; Tsuchiya, Y.; Yamada, T.; Taen, T.; Pyon, S.; Shi, Z. X.; Tamegai, T.

    2014-09-01

    We reported a detailed study of Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4 single crystals annealed in the atmosphere of chalcogens (O2, S, Se, Te). After annealing with appropriate amount of chalcogens, Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4 single crystals show Tc higher than 14 K with a sharp transition width ∼1 K. Critical current density Jc for the annealed crystals reach a very high value ∼2-4 × 105 A/cm2 under zero field, and is also robust under applied field at low temperatures. Magneto-optical imaging reveal that the Jc is homogeneously distributed in the annealed crystals and isotropic in the ab-plane. Our results show that annealing in the atmosphere of chalcogens can successfully induce bulk superconductivity in Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4.

  18. Superconductivity in BiS2-based compounds

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    Yazici, Duygu

    2014-03-01

    Polycrystalline samples of Ln O0.5F0.5BiS2 (Ln = La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Yb) were synthesized by solid-state reaction. These compounds form in a tetragonal structure with space group P 4 / nmm conforming to the CeOBiS2 crystal structure. Electrical resistivity, magnetic susceptibility and specific heat measurements were performed on all of the samples. All of the compounds exhibit superconductivity in the range 1.9 K - 5.4 K, and the YbO0.5F0.5BiS2 sample was also found to exhibit magnetic order (probably antiferromagnetic order) at ~2.7 K that appears to coexist with superconductivity below 5.4 K. Electron-doping appears to induce superconductivity in the BiS2-based superconductors as partial substitution of F for O is necessary to observe superconductivity. This was further demonstrated in a study where trivalent La+3 was partially substituted with tetravalent Th+4, Hf+4, Zr+4, and Ti+4, all of which induced superconductivity. We also observed that substitution of divalent Sr+2 for La+3 (hole doping) does not induce superconductivity. Electrical resistivity measurements were also performed under applied pressure on Ln O0.5F0.5BiS2 (Ln = La, Ce, Pr, Nd) up to ~3 GPa and down to 1 K. These studies revealed a universal behavior where the systems are tuned away from semi-conducting behavior towards metallic behavior. The superconducting states were stabilized by applied pressure, so that Tc increased in all of the rare earth members listed. At a critical pressure Pc, Tc increases rapidly from a low Tc phase to a distinct high Tc phase, after which additional pressure no longer suppressed the semiconducting behavior in the normal state [3,4]. In addition, the metallization of NdO0.5F0.5BiS2 also occurs at Pc. Research was supported by the US AFOSR MURI FA9550-09-1-0603, US DOE DE-FG02-04-ER46105 and NNSA DE-NA0001841.

  19. Type-I superconductivity in KBi2 single crystals

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    Sun, Shanshan; Liu, Kai; Lei, Hechang

    2016-03-01

    We report on the detailed transport, magnetic, thermodynamic properties and theoretical calculation of KBi2 single crystals in superconducting and normal states. KBi2 exhibits metallic behavior at a normal state and enters the superconducting state below {{T}\\text{c}}=3.573 K. Moreover, KBi2 exhibits low critical fields in all measurements, field-induced crossover from second- to first-order phase transition in specific heat measurements, the typical magnetization isotherms of type-I superconductors, and a small Ginzburg-Landau parameter {κ\\text{GL}}=0.611 . These results clearly indicate that KBi2 is a type-I superconductor with a thermodynamic critical field {{H}\\text{c}}=234.3(3) Oe.

  20. Type-I superconductivity in KBi₂ single crystals.

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    Sun, Shanshan; Liu, Kai; Lei, Hechang

    2016-03-01

    We report on the detailed transport, magnetic, thermodynamic properties and theoretical calculation of KBi2 single crystals in superconducting and normal states. KBi2 exhibits metallic behavior at a normal state and enters the superconducting state below T(c) = 3.573 K. Moreover, KBi2 exhibits low critical fields in all measurements, field-induced crossover from second- to first-order phase transition in specific heat measurements, the typical magnetization isotherms of type-I superconductors, and a small Ginzburg-Landau parameter κ(GL) = 0.611. These results clearly indicate that KBi2 is a type-I superconductor with a thermodynamic critical field H(c) = 234.3(3) Oe. PMID:26836956