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  1. 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.

  2. Macroscopic states induced in superconducting media by a transport current under flux creep

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    Romanovskii, V. R.

    2016-08-01

    The physical features of the formation of macroscopic states of superconducting composites consisting of a superconductor and a coating under flux creep are discussed. It is demonstrated that there exist characteristic electric field strengths depending on the properties of the superconductor, cooling conditions, and characteristics of the stabilizing coating, which affect the intensity of the E-I characteristics of the superconducting composites. Analysis shows that the measurements of the critical properties of superconductors can be accompanied by a nonuniform electric field distribution over the composite cross section and high stable superheating of the superconductor, which do not lead to superconductivity breaking.

  3. Surface Induced Anomalous Superconductivity

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    Fink, Herman J.; Haley, Stephen B.

    The Ginzburg Landau (GL) theory is recast using a Hamiltonian involving the complete kinetic energy density which requires that the surface energy must contain a term ∇∣ψ∣2 to support superconducting (SC) states. The GL equations contain two temperature t dependent parameters α(t) and β(t), which are respectively the coefficients of the SC pair density ∝∣ψ∣2, and the pair interaction term ∝∣ψ∣4 in the free energy density. The sign of these parameters, which defines distinct solution classes, and the ratio s(t)=√ {|α |/|β |} are governed by the characteristics of the surface energy density. In addition to the conventional bulk superconducting states with (α < 0, β > 0), anomalous superconducting states exist for all other sign combinations, including cases with β < 0 which may exist only when surface pair interactions are significant. All possible solutions of our generalized nonlinear, one-dimensional GL equations are found analytically and applied to a thin superconducting slab which manifests the possibility of states exhibiting enhanced, diminished, and pre-wetting superconductivity. Critical currents are determined as functions of s(t) and surface parameters. The results are applied to critical current experiments on SNS systems.

  4. 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.

  5. Raman scattering from a superconductivity-induced bound state in MgB2.

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    Zeyher, R

    2003-03-14

    It is shown that the sharp peak in the E(2g) Raman spectrum of superconducting MgB2 is due to a bound state caused by the electron-phonon coupling. Our theory explains why this peak appears only in the spectra with E(2g) symmetry and only in the sigma but not the pi bands. The properties of the bound state and the Raman spectrum are investigated, also in the presence of impurity scattering.

  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. 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

    2009-10-10

    The origin of magnetic flux noise in Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices with a power spectrum scaling as 1/f (f is frequency) has been a puzzle for over 20 years. This noise limits the decoherence time of superconducting qubits. A consensus has emerged that the noise arises from fluctuating spins of localized electrons with an areal density of 5 x 10(17)m(-2). We show that, in the presence of potential disorder at the metal-insulator interface, some of the metal-induced gap states become localized and produce local moments. A modest level of disorder yields the observed areal density.

  8. 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.

  9. Doubly ordered superconducting state in a doped antiferromagnet

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    Belyavskii, V. I. Kopaev, Yu. V.; Tuan, Nguyen Ngoc

    2007-10-15

    In a weakly doped quasi-two-dimensional antiferromagnet with a Fermi contour in the form of small pockets, the Coulomb repulsion gives rise to a doubly ordered superconducting state of coexisting condensates with a large pair momentum and a zero one. The pairing with the large momentum determines the superconducting transition temperature, below which the order with zero momentum coexists as an induced order until the temperature corresponding to the initiation of the phonon pairing mechanism is reached. The superconductivity-induced orbital current density wave eliminates the pairing-repulsion-caused zero points from the two-gap quasiparticle spectrum and leads to a deviation of the relative phase of the superconducting order parameter components from {pi}.

  10. 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.

  11. 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).

  12. Superconductivity of metal-induced surface reconstructions on silicon

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    Uchihashi, Takashi

    2016-11-01

    Recent progress in superconducting metal-induced surface reconstructions on silicon is reviewed, mainly focusing on the results of the author’s group. After a brief introduction of an ultrahigh-vacuum (UHV)-low-temperature (LT)-compatible electron transport measurement system, direct observation of the zero resistance state for the Si(111)-(\\sqrt{7} × \\sqrt{3} )-In surface is described, which demonstrates the existence of a superconducting transition in this class of two-dimensional (2D) materials. The measurement and analysis of the temperature dependence of the critical current density indicate that a surface atomic step works as a Josephson junction. This identification is further confirmed by LT-scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) observation of Josephson vortices trapped at atomic steps on the Si(111)-(\\sqrt{7} × \\sqrt{3} )-In surface. These experiments reveal unique features of metal-induced surface reconstructions on silicon that may be utilized to explore novel superconductivity.

  13. Electronic properties of metal-induced gap states at insulator/metal interfaces: Dependence on the alkali halide and the possibility of excitonic mechanism of superconductivity

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    Arita, Ryotaro; Tanida, Yoshiaki; Kuroki, Kazuhiko; Aoki, Hideo

    2004-03-01

    Motivated from the experimental observation of metal-induced gap states (MIGS) at insulator/metal interfaces by Kiguchi et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 196803 (2003)], we have theoretically investigated the electronic properties of MIGS at interfaces between various alkali halides and a metal represented by a jellium with the first-principles density-functional method. We have found that, on top of the usual evanescent state, MIGS generally have appreciable amplitudes on halogen sites with a pz-like character, whose penetration depth (λ) is as large as half the lattice constant of bulk alkali halides. This implies that λ, while little dependent on the carrier density in the jellium, is dominated by the energy gap of the alkali halide, and is scaled by the lattice constant, where λLiF<λLiCl<λLiI. We also propose a possibility of the MIGS working favorably for the exciton-mediated superconductivity, especially in a system where ˜10 Å of metal is sandwiched by alkali halide substrates.

  14. 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.

  15. High-pressure superconducting state in hydrogen

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    Duda, A. M.; Szczȩśniak, R.; Sowińska, M. A.; Kosiacka, A. H.

    2016-10-01

    The paper determines the thermodynamic parameters of the superconducting state in the metallic atomic hydrogen under the pressure at 1 TPa, 1.5 TPa, and 2.5 TPa. The calculations were conducted in the framework of the Eliashberg formalism. It has been shown that the critical temperature is very high (in the range from 301.2 K to 437.3 K), as well as high are the values of the electron effective mass (from 3.43me to 6.88me), where me denotes the electron band mass. The ratio of the low-temperature energy gap to the critical temperature explicitly violates the predictions of the BCS theory: 2 Δ (0) /kB TC ∈ < 4.84 , 5.85 > . Additionally, the free energy difference between the superconducting and normal state, the thermodynamic critical field, and the specific heat of the superconducting state have been determined. Due to the significant strong-coupling and retardation effects those quantities cannot be correctly described in the framework of the BCS theory.

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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.

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

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

    2016-07-12

    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. Induced axial oscillations in superconducting dipole windings

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    Sampson, W.B.; Ghosh, A.K.

    1994-12-31

    When superconducting accelerator magnets wound from multi-stranded conductor are energized a periodic variation appears in the magnetic field along the axis. This oscillation is present in al components of the field and has a period that is equal to the transposition pitch of the superconducting cable. Such axial variations have been observed even in windings which are not carrying any transport current. A magnetic field was applied to a portion of a dipole winding using a second magnet. Axial oscillations were induced along the total length of the windings including the portion not in the applied field. The amplitude of these oscillations varied with the amount of inert winding inside the energizing magnet and with t;he angle of the applied field. These field variations could be completely applied field. These field variations could be completely eliminated in the external portion of the coil by heating a small section of the winding above the transition temperature.

  1. Topological superconducting state and Majorana fermions in carbon nanotubes

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    Sau, Jay D.; Tewari, Sumanta

    2013-08-01

    We show that carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are good candidates for one-dimensional topological superconductivity with Majorana fermions (MFs) localized at the tube ends. Such states can potentially be useful for topological quantum computation using a nanotube network. The physics behind topological superconductivity in CNTs is novel and mediated by a recently reported curvature-induced spin-orbit coupling which itself has a topological origin. In addition to the spin-orbit coupling, an important new requirement for a robust topological state is broken chirality symmetry. We use topological arguments, calculations of the topological gap, and explicit numerical solutions of the Bogoliubov-de Gennes equations to show that, for recently reported strengths of spin-orbit coupling and broken chirality symmetry, MFs and a robust topological gap ˜500 mK are achievable in chiral carbon nanotubes.

  2. 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.

  3. Induced Superconductivity in Nanowires and Nanotubes

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    Kouwenhoven, Leo

    2007-03-01

    We study experimentally electron transport in 1 dimensional semiconductor nanowires (consisting of InAs and InP combinations) and carbon nanotubes. The wires are connected to superconducting source-drain contacts with gate electrodes in the substrate or on the surface. In the regime of weak coupling to the contacts we observe Coulomb blockade effects. We present level spectroscopy including a determination of the spin states. In the regime of strong coupling to the contacts interference effects are observed. In this regime and using superconducting contacts, we find supercurrents flowing through InAs-nanowires over micrometer length scales. The critical current is tunable by gate voltage, thus realizing so-called JOFETs (Josephson FETs) [1]. When we define quantum dots in between superconducting contacts the direction of the supercurrent is determined by the single electron spin state in the quantum dot [2,3]. 1. Yong-Joo Doh, Jorden A. van Dam, Aarnoud L. Roest, Erik P. A. M. Bakkers, Leo P. Kouwenhoven, and Silvano De Franceschi, Tunable supercurrent through semiconductor nanowires, Science 309, 272-275 (2005) 2. P. Jarillo-Herrero, J.A. van Dam and L.P. Kouwenhoven, Quantum supercurrent transistors in carbon nanotubes, Nature 439, 953-956 (2006) 3. Jorden A. Van Dam, Yuli V. Nazarov, Erik P.A.M. Bakkers, Silvano De Franceschi and Leo P. Kouwenhoven, Supercurrent reversal in quantum dots, Nature 442, 667-670 (2006)

  4. Proximity induced ferromagnetism, superconductivity, and finite-size effects on the surface states of topological insulator nanostructures

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    Sengupta, Parijat; Kubis, Tillmann; Tan, Yaohua; Klimeck, Gerhard

    2015-01-01

    Bi2Te3 and Bi2Se3 are well known 3D-topological insulators (TI). Films made of these materials exhibit metal-like surface states with a Dirac dispersion and possess high mobility. The high mobility metal-like surface states can serve as building blocks for a variety of applications that involve tuning their dispersion relationship and opening a band gap. A band gap can be opened either by breaking time reversal symmetry, the proximity effect of a superconductor or ferromagnet or adjusting the dimensionality of the TI material. In this work, methods that can be employed to easily open a band gap for the TI surface states are assessed. Two approaches are described: (1) Coating the surface states with a ferromagnet which has a controllable magnetization axis. The magnetization strength of the ferromagnet is incorporated as an exchange interaction term in the Hamiltonian. (2) An s-wave superconductor, because of the proximity effect, when coupled to a 3D-TI opens a band gap on the surface. Finally, the hybridization of the surface Dirac cones can be controlled by reducing the thickness of the topological insulator film. It is shown that this alters the band gap significantly.

  5. 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.

  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. Breakdown of the field-induced superconductivity by dynamical spin reversal

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    Oshima, Yugo; Nojiri, Hiroyuki; Uji, Shinya; Brooks, James S.; Tokumoto, Takahisa; Cui, Heng-Bo; Kato, Reizo; Kobayashi, Akiko; Kobayashi, Hayao

    2012-07-01

    The quasi-two-dimensional molecular conductor λ-(BETS)2FeCl4, where BETS is bis(ethylenedithio)tetraselenafulvalene, shows a superconductivity in the high magnetic field environment. This is due to the compensation effect between the external field and the internal field created by the Fe3+ magnetic moment. Here, we report the simultaneous transport and electron spin resonance (ESR) measurements in the field-induced superconducting state down to 1.65 K. We find that the field-induced superconductivity is partially destroyed by ESR transitions, namely, by dynamical spin reversals of Fe3+. Moreover, it is found from our ESR results that the field-induced superconducting state is inhomogeneous, coexisting with the residual paramagnetic metal state.

  8. Superconducting Analogue of the Parafermion Fractional Quantum Hall States

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    Vaezi, Abolhassan

    2014-07-01

    Read-Rezayi Zk parafermion wave functions describe ν =2+(k/kM+2) fractional quantum Hall (FQH) states. These states support non-Abelian excitations from which protected quantum gates can be designed. However, there is no experimental evidence for these non-Abelian anyons to date. In this paper, we study the ν=2/k FQH-superconductor heterostructure and find the superconducting analogue of the Zk parafermion FQH state. Our main tool is the mapping of the FQH into coupled one-dimensional chains, each with a pair of counterpropagating modes. We show that by inducing intrachain pairing and charge preserving backscattering with identical couplings, the one-dimensional chains flow into gapless Zk parafermions when k<4. By studying the effect of interchain coupling, we show that every parafermion mode becomes massive except for the two outermost ones. Thus, we achieve a fractional topological superconductor whose chiral edge state is described by a Zk parafermion conformal field theory. For instance, we find that a ν=2/3 FQH in proximity to a superconductor produces a Z3 parafermion superconducting state. This state is topologically indistinguishable from the non-Abelian part of the ν=12/5 Read-Rezayi state. Both of these systems can host Fibonacci anyons capable of performing universal quantum computation through braiding operations.

  9. Topological superconducting phase and Majorana bound states in Shiba chains

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    Pientka, Falko; Peng, Yang; Glazman, Leonid; von Oppen, Felix

    2015-12-01

    Chains of magnetic adatoms on a conventional superconducting substrate constitute a promising venue for realizing topological superconductivity and Majorana end states. Here, we give a brief overview over recent attempts to describe these systems theoretically, emphasizing how the topological phase emerges from the physics of individual magnetic impurities and their associated Shiba states.

  10. Electromagnetically superconducting phase of QCD vacuum induced by strong magnetic field

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    Chernodub, M. N.

    2011-05-23

    In this talk we discuss our recent suggestion that the QCD vacuum in a sufficiently strong magnetic field (stronger than 10{sup 16} Tesla) may undergo a spontaneous transition to an electromagnetically superconducting state. The possible superconducting state is anisotropic (the vacuum exhibits superconductivity only along the axis of the uniform magnetic field) and inhomogeneous (in the transverse directions the vacuum structure shares similarity with the Abrikosov lattice of an ordinary type-II superconductor). The electromagnetic superconductivity of the QCD vacuum is suggested to occur due to emergence of specific quark-antiquark condensates which carry quantum numbers of electrically charged rho mesons. A Lorentz-covariant generalization of the London transport equations for the magnetic-field-induced superconductivity is given.

  11. Electrostatically induced superconductivity at the surface of WS₂.

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

    2015-02-11

    We investigate transport through ionic liquid gated field effect transistors (FETs) based on exfoliated crystals of semiconducting WS2. Upon electron accumulation, at surface densities close to, or just larger than, 10(14) cm(-2), transport exhibits metallic behavior with the surface resistivity decreasing pronouncedly upon cooling. A detailed characterization as a function of temperature and magnetic field clearly shows the occurrence of a gate-induced superconducting transition below a critical temperature Tc ≈ 4 K, a finding that represents the first demonstration of superconductivity in tungsten-based semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides. We investigate the nature of superconductivity and find significant inhomogeneity, originating from the local detaching of the frozen ionic liquid from the WS2 surface. Despite the inhomogeneity, we find that in all cases where a fully developed zero resistance state is observed, different properties of the devices exhibit a behavior characteristic of a Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless transition, as it could be expected in view of the two-dimensional nature of the electrostatically accumulated electron system.

  12. Induced spectral gap and pairing correlations from superconducting proximity effect

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    Chiu, Ching-Kai; Cole, William S.; Das Sarma, S.

    2016-09-01

    We theoretically consider superconducting proximity effect, using the Bogoliubov-de Gennes (BdG) theory, in heterostructure sandwich-type geometries involving a normal s -wave superconductor and a nonsuperconducting material with the proximity effect being driven by Cooper pairs tunneling from the superconducting slab to the nonsuperconducting slab. Applications of the superconducting proximity effect may rely on an induced spectral gap or induced pairing correlations without any spectral gap. We clarify that in a nonsuperconducting material the induced spectral gap and pairing correlations are independent physical quantities arising from the proximity effect. This is a crucial issue in proposals to create topological superconductivity through the proximity effect. Heterostructures of three-dimensional topological insulator (TI) slabs on conventional s -wave superconductor (SC) substrates provide a platform, with proximity-induced topological superconductivity expected to be observed on the "naked" top surface of a thin TI slab. We theoretically study the induced superconducting gap on this naked surface. In addition, we compare against the induced spectral gap in heterostructures of SC with a normal metal or a semiconductor with strong spin-orbit coupling and a Zeeman splitting potential (another promising platform for topological superconductivity). We find that for any model for the non-SC metal (including metallic TI) the induced spectral gap on the naked surface decays as L-3 as the thickness (L ) of the non-SC slab is increased in contrast to the slower 1 /L decay of the pairing correlations. Our distinction between proximity-induced spectral gap (with its faster spatial decay) and pairing correlation (with its slower spatial decay) has important implications for the currently active search for topological superconductivity and Majorana fermions in various superconducting heterostructures.

  13. STM imaging of vortex cores states in superconducting graphene

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    Ji, Yu; Ovadia, Maoz; Hoffman, Jennifer; Lee, Gil-Ho; Philip Kim Collaboration; Wenjing Fang Collaboration

    Graphene becomes superconducting via the proximity effect when it comes in good contact with a superconductor. In the presence of a magnetic field, superconducting vortices will form and will each contain Andreev bound states. If the normal electrons in the vortices have a Dirac dispersion and they are surface bound states, the zero modes of the Dirac dispersion are then Majorana fermions. We investigate the electronic properties of graphene on superconducting NbN and search for these vortex bound states using our home built low temperature scanning tunneling microscope. Harvard University.

  14. 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}

  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.; 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

  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.; 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.

  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.; 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

  19. 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

    2015-09-08

    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.

  20. 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

    2015-09-01

    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.

  1. Yu-Shiba-Rusinov states and topological superconductivity in Ising paired superconductors

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    Sharma, Girish; Tewari, Sumanta

    2016-09-01

    An unusual form of superconductivity, called Ising superconductivity, has recently been uncovered in mono- and few-layered transition metal dichalcogenides. This 2D superconducting state is characterized by the so-called Ising spin-orbit coupling (SOC), which produces strong oppositely oriented effective Zeeman fields perpendicular to the 2D layer in opposite momentum space valleys. We examine the Yu-Shiba-Rusinov (YSR) bound states localized at magnetic impurities in Ising superconductors and show that the unusual SOC manifests itself in unusually strong anisotropy in magnetic field response observable in STM experiments. For a chain of magnetic impurities with moments parallel to the plane of Ising superconductors we show that the low energy YSR band hosts topological superconductivity and Majorana excitations as a direct manifestation of topological effects induced by Ising spin-orbit coupling.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. Conductance Fluctuation and Superconducting-to-Normal State Switching Measurements of Superconducting Graphene Devices

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    Lambert, Joseph; Carabello, Steven; Ramos, Roberto

    2013-03-01

    We report on gate voltage dependent conductance fluctuations (CF) in superconducting graphene devices and compare measurements in the superconducting versus normal state at temperatures down to 20 mK. The CF arise from the averaged interference of charge carrier wave functions caused by scattering in the graphene. An enhancement in the magnitude of the average CF is expected when in the superconducting state due to Andreev reflections. We fabricate devices by contacting graphene with two parallel superconducting leads that are spaced a few hundred nanometers apart. The leads are a Pd/Al or Ti/Al bilayer with the thin Pd or Ti layer providing high transparency contact to graphene. Additionally, we report on our ongoing superconducting-to-normal state switching measurements in graphene Josephson junctions. The distribution of the stochastic switching current gives insight into the dynamics of the junction such as the phase particle escape mechanisms and dissipation processes. The use of graphene as the weak link allows novel control of the critical current, and thus the dynamics of the junction. By gathering switching data, we can study the modified Josephson washboard potential in these devices (J. G. Lambert, et al., IEEE Trans. in Appl. Supercond. 21, 734 (2011)). We gratefully acknowledge Prof. Fred Wellstood, University of Maryland, for access to fabrication facilities.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. Stability of Majorana vortex bound states on the surface of superconducting topological insulators

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    Zhang, Junyi; Cano, Jennifer; Neupert, Titus

    Fu and Kane showed that superconductivity induced on the surface of a 3D topological insulator results in isolated Majorana bound states that appear in the cores of vortices. Many efforts to realize this idea are based on proximity-induced superconducting order in a heterostructure. Recently, superconductivity has been observed in PbTaSe2, which has the band topology of a topological insulator with Dirac cone surface states. Hence, it nourishes the vision of realizing the Fu and Kane proposal in a stoichiometric material without the need for doping or fabricating heterostructures. Motivated by this possibility, we give a comprehensive analysis of stability and localization properties of the vortex Majorana modes in such a topological superconducting material. In particular, we address the experimentally relevant questions regarding (i) the energy separation between the vortex bound and excited states, (ii) the dependence of the hybridization between Majorana modes from opposite surfaces on the thickness of a thin-film sample, (iii) the influence of the bulk superconducting pockets on the Majorana states.

  10. 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.

  11. Possibility of Non Fermi Liquid Like States Co-exists With Superconductivity in Doubly Filled Skutterudites

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    Venkateshwarlu, D.; Shanmukhrao, S.; Pandya, Swati; Chandra, L. S. Sharath; Vishwakarma, P. N.; Jain, Deepti; Gangrade, Mohan; Ganesan, V.

    2011-07-01

    Skutterudites is known to have fascinating ground states depending upon the void filling. Heat capacity of partially filled Pr0.8Pt4Ge12 and doubly filled Pr0.8Nd0.2Pt4Ge12 skutterudites has been investigated. Superconducting gaps have been quantified through heat capacity in the presence of magnetic fields. C/T versus T2 plot of Pr0.8Nd0.2Pt4Ge12 shows an upturn at low temperatures and this tendency increases with magnetic field, suggesting the possibility of a field induced NFL like states due to magnetic correlations co-existing with superconductivity.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Superconducting cyclotrons at Michigan State University

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    Blosser, H. G.

    1987-04-01

    This paper describes the status of the three superconducting cyclotrons which are in operation or under construction at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. The oldest of these, the K500, has been in operation since September 1982 supporting a national user program in heavy ion nuclear physics. A second large research cyclotron, the K800, is now nearing completion. This cyclotron will accelerate lighter heavy ions to 200 MeV/nuc and heavier particles up to energies given by 1200 Q2/ A MeV/nucleon. The magnet for this cyclotron came into operation in May 1984 and has performed smoothly and reliably in three extended operating periods. At present, K800 construction activity centers on fabrication and installation of the rf system, the extraction system, and the ECR injection line. The third NSCL superconducting cyclotron is a smaller 50 MeV deuteron cyclotron to be used for neutron therapy in the radiation oncology center of a major Detroit hospital (Harper Hospital). Design features of this small, application oriented, cyclotron are described in some detail.

  16. Spiral magnetic order and pressure-induced superconductivity in transition metal compounds

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    Wang, Yishu; Feng, Yejun; Cheng, J.-G.; Wu, W.; Luo, J. L.; Rosenbaum, T. F.

    2016-01-01

    Magnetic and superconducting ground states can compete, cooperate and coexist. MnP provides a compelling and potentially generalizable example of a material where superconductivity and magnetism may be intertwined. Using a synchrotron-based non-resonant X-ray magnetic diffraction technique, we reveal a spiral spin order in MnP and trace its pressure evolution towards superconducting order via measurements in a diamond anvil cell. Judging from the magnetostriction, ordered moments vanish at the quantum phase transition as pressure increases the electron kinetic energy. Spins remain local in the disordered phase, and the promotion of superconductivity is likely to emerge from an enhanced coupling to residual spiral spin fluctuations and their concomitant suppression of phonon-mediated superconductivity. As the pitch of the spiral order varies across the 3d transition metal compounds in the MnP family, the magnetic ground state switches between antiferromagnet and ferromagnet, providing an additional tuning parameter in probing spin-fluctuation-induced superconductivity. PMID:27708255

  17. Spiral magnetic order and pressure-induced superconductivity in transition metal compounds

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    Wang, Yishu; Feng, Yejun; Cheng, J.-G.; Wu, W.; Luo, J. L.; Rosenbaum, T. F.

    2016-10-01

    Magnetic and superconducting ground states can compete, cooperate and coexist. MnP provides a compelling and potentially generalizable example of a material where superconductivity and magnetism may be intertwined. Using a synchrotron-based non-resonant X-ray magnetic diffraction technique, we reveal a spiral spin order in MnP and trace its pressure evolution towards superconducting order via measurements in a diamond anvil cell. Judging from the magnetostriction, ordered moments vanish at the quantum phase transition as pressure increases the electron kinetic energy. Spins remain local in the disordered phase, and the promotion of superconductivity is likely to emerge from an enhanced coupling to residual spiral spin fluctuations and their concomitant suppression of phonon-mediated superconductivity. As the pitch of the spiral order varies across the 3d transition metal compounds in the MnP family, the magnetic ground state switches between antiferromagnet and ferromagnet, providing an additional tuning parameter in probing spin-fluctuation-induced superconductivity.

  18. Superconducting analogue of the parafermion fractional quantum Hall states

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    Vaezi, Abolhassan

    2014-03-01

    Read and Rezayi Zk parafermion wavefunctions describe ν = 2 + k /(kM + 2) fractional quantum Hall (FQH) states. These states support non-Abelian excitations from which protected quantum gates can be designed. However, there is no experimental evidence for these non-Abelian anyons to date. In this talk, we discuss the ν = 2 / k FQH-superconductor heterostructure and through analytical and numerical calculations we argue that it can yield the superconducting analogue of the Zk parafermion FQH state. The resulting topological state has a gapless chiral edge state with Zk parafermion conformal field theory description. For instance, we find that a ν = 2 / 3 FQH in proximity to a superconductor produces a Z3 parafermion superconducting state. This state can host Fibonacci anyons capable of performing universal quantum computation through braiding operations. We finally discuss our experimental proposal for realizing parafermion superconductors. Reference: arXiv:1307.8069

  19. Multistable current states in high-temperature superconducting composites

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    Romanovskii, V. R.

    2016-09-01

    Conditions for current instabilities that arise in high-temperature superconducting composites with essentially nonlinear dependences of the critical current densities and resistivity on the temperature and magnetic induction have been studied. The analysis has been conducted in terms of zero-dimensional models, which has made it possible to formulate general physical mechanisms behind the formation of currents states in superconducting composites according to the external magnetic field induction, cooling conditions, and the properties of the superconductor and cladding. The possible existence of current and temperature stable steps, as well as stable steps of the electric field strength, in the absence of the superconducting-normal transition, has been demonstrated. Reasons for instabilities under multistable current states have been discussed.

  20. Solitonic ground states in (color) superconductivity

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    Nickel, Dominik; Buballa, Michael

    2009-03-01

    We present a general framework for analyzing inhomogeneous (color-)superconducting phases in the mean-field approximation without restriction to the Ginzburg-Landau approach. As a first application, we calculate real gap functions with general one-dimensional periodic structures for a 3+1-dimensional toy model having two fermion species. The resulting solutions are energetically favored against homogeneous superconducting (BCS) and normal conducting phases in a window for the chemical potential difference δμ which is about twice as wide as that for the most simple plane-wave ansatz (“Fulde-Ferrell phase”). At the lower end of this window, we observe the formation of a soliton lattice and a continuous phase transition to the BCS phase. At the higher end of the window the gap functions are sinusoidal, and the transition to the normal conducting phase is of first order. We also discuss the quasiparticle excitation spectrum in the inhomogeneous phase. Finally, we compare the gap functions with the known analytical solutions of the 1+1-dimensional theory.

  1. Solitonic ground states in (color) superconductivity

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    Nickel, Dominik; Buballa, Michael

    2009-03-01

    We present a general framework for analyzing inhomogeneous (color-)superconducting phases in the mean-field approximation without restriction to the Ginzburg-Landau approach. As a first application, we calculate real gap functions with general one-dimensional periodic structures for a 3+1-dimensional toy model having two fermion species. The resulting solutions are energetically favored against homogeneous superconducting (BCS) and normal conducting phases in a window for the chemical potential difference {delta}{mu} which is about twice as wide as that for the most simple plane-wave ansatz ('Fulde-Ferrell phase'). At the lower end of this window, we observe the formation of a soliton lattice and a continuous phase transition to the BCS phase. At the higher end of the window the gap functions are sinusoidal, and the transition to the normal conducting phase is of first order. We also discuss the quasiparticle excitation spectrum in the inhomogeneous phase. Finally, we compare the gap functions with the known analytical solutions of the 1+1-dimensional theory.

  2. 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

    2015-06-11

    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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Ground-state geometric quantum computing in superconducting systems

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    Solinas, P.; Moettoenen, M.

    2010-11-15

    We present a theoretical proposal for the implementation of geometric quantum computing based on a Hamiltonian which has a doubly degenerate ground state. Thus the system which is steered adiabatically, remains in the ground-state. The proposed physical implementation relies on a superconducting circuit composed of three SQUIDs and two superconducting islands with the charge states encoding the logical states. We obtain a universal set of single-qubit gates and implement a nontrivial two-qubit gate exploiting the mutual inductance between two neighboring circuits, allowing us to realize a fully geometric ground-state quantum computing. The introduced paradigm for the implementation of geometric quantum computing is expected to be robust against environmental effects.

  7. 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 Fe2-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}\\text{C}} was observed in K x Fe2-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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Bulk Magnetization in the Superconducting State of UPt3

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    Gannon, William; Halperin, William; Rastovski, Catherine; Eskildsen, Morten; Dai, Pengcheng; Stunault, Anne

    2013-03-01

    The unconventional superconductor UPt3 has long been thought to have an odd parity orbital, and triplet spin state. An important signature of such a state is the temperature independence of the spin susceptibility across the superconducting transition temperature. Here, we report bulk measurements of the susceptibility of UPt3 for magnetic fields along the crystal a-axis performed with polarized neutron diffraction. Temperature independence at all magnetic fields is observed, suggesting a spin triplet superconducting state for the entirety of the phase diagram, with equal spin pairs in the crystal basal plane. These results will be discussed in the context of existing theories for the superconducting state of this paradigm heavy fermion material [Graf et. al., PRB 62, 14393; Tsutsumi et. al., JPSJ 81, 074717 (2012)]. Support from US Department of Energy, Basic Energy Science, Division of Materials Science and Engineering awards DE-FG02-05ER46248, DE-FG02-10ER46783, and DE-FG02-05ER46202

  14. Andreev bound states for cake shape superconducting normal systems

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    Cserti, J.; Béri, B.; Kormányos, A.; Pollner, P.; Kaufmann, Z.

    2004-09-01

    The energy spectrum of cake shape normal-superconducting systems is calculated by solving the Bogoliubov-de Gennes equation. We take into account the mismatch in the effective masses and Fermi energies of the normal and superconducting regions as well as the potential barrier at the interface. In the case of a perfect interface and without mismatch, the energy levels are treated by semi-classics. Analytical expressions for the density of states and its integral, the step function, are derived and compared with that obtained from exact numerics. We find a very good agreement between the two calculations. It is shown that the spectrum possesses an energy gap and the density of states is singular at the edge of the gap. The effect of the mismatch and the potential barrier on the gap is also investigated.

  15. 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.

  16. Focused-ion-beam-induced deposition of superconducting nanowires

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    Sadki, E. S.; Ooi, S.; Hirata, K.

    2004-12-01

    Superconducting nanowires, with a critical temperature of 5.2K, have been synthesized using an ion-beam-induced deposition, with a gallium focused ion beam and tungsten carboxyl, W(CO)6, as precursor. The films are amorphous, with atomic concentrations of about 40%, 40%, and 20% for W, C, and Ga, respectively, 0K values of the upper critical field and coherence length of 9.5T and 5.9nm, respectively, are deduced from the resistivity data at different applied magnetic fields. The critical current density is Jc=1.5×105A /cm2 at 3K. This technique can be used as a template-free fabrication method for superconducting devices.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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

  1. 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

    2013-10-01

    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.

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

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    Hao, Lei; Wang, Jun

    2015-07-01

    Superconductivity in the topological surface states is essential to both the surface spectrum of bulk superconducting state and the proximity-induced superconductivity of Bi2X3 (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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Ambipolar Transport and Gate-Induced Superconductivity in Layered Transition Metal Dichalcogenides

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    Shi, Wu; Ye, Jianting; Zhang, Yijing; Suzuki, Ryuji; Saito, Yu; Iwasa, Yoshihiro

    2014-03-01

    Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) are well known van der Waals layered materials that are easy to be exfoliated into atomically flat nano scale flakes. Owing to high efficiency of electrical double layer (EDL) dielectrics, thin flakes of TMDs have achieved high performance ambipolar transistor operation and established metallic states with high mobility, which are ideal for inducing superconductivity. Here, we report a comprehensive study of ambipolar transport behaviors in the EDL transistors (EDLTs) of MoS2, MoSe2 and MoTe2 thin flakes down to 2 K. In comparison, MoSe2 EDLT displayed a well-balanced ambipolar transistor operation while the other two showed opposite predominance in electron and hole accumulation, respectively. By modulation of carrier densities, the metal insulator transition (MIT) was observed in both electron and hole transport measurements. Particularly, superconducting transitions were reached after the formation of metallic states in the electron side. The phase diagram of transition temperature-carrier density was established and a dome-shaped structure was confirmed, revealing a universal feature of gate-induce superconductivity in layered band insulators. Present address: University of Groningen.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Pressure-Induced Unconventional Superconducting Phase in the Topological Insulator Bi2Se3

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    Kirshenbaum, Kevin; Syers, P. S.; Hope, A. P.; Butch, N. P.; Jeffries, J. R.; Weir, S. T.; Hamlin, J. J.; Maple, M. B.; Vohra, Y. K.; Paglione, J.

    2013-08-01

    Simultaneous low-temperature electrical resistivity and Hall effect measurements were performed on single-crystalline Bi2Se3 under applied pressures up to 50 GPa. As a function of pressure, superconductivity is observed to onset above 11 GPa with a transition temperature Tc and upper critical field Hc2 that both increase with pressure up to 30 GPa, where they reach maximum values of 7 K and 4 T, respectively. Upon further pressure increase, Tc remains anomalously constant up to the highest achieved pressure. Conversely, the carrier concentration increases continuously with pressure, including a tenfold increase over the pressure range where Tc remains constant. Together with a quasilinear temperature dependence of Hc2 that exceeds the orbital and Pauli limits, the anomalously stagnant pressure dependence of Tc points to an unconventional pressure-induced pairing state in Bi2Se3 that is unique among the superconducting topological insulators.

  9. Preformed pair induced quantum phase transition in fulleride superconductivity

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Squire, Richard H.; March, Norman H.

    There continues to be enormous interest in the BCS to BEC transition. While the BCS and BEC "end points" seem to be well-established, in the intermediate region - home to fulleride and high temperature superconductors - considerable extrapolation of the models must be done as there still is no exact theory. Last year we reported a revealing reinterpretation of the Boson-Fermion model (BFM) by comparing it to the ldquocoldrdquo atom formulation. While the ground and singly excited states appear to remain continuous in all models we have examined, the collective modes due to a Feshbach resonance (tuned by doping) cause a breakdown of the Migdal theorem, thereby transforming the nature of the superconductivity. As a result of vertex corrections there is a fundamental change in the nature of the superconductivity due to the formation of ldquopreformed pairsrdquo as the previously suggested location (Squire and March, Int J Quantum Chem 2007, 107, 3013) of a quantum critical point in the fulleride phase diagram is passed. The result is a quantum phase transition between BCS and BEC superconductivity (SC) in the BFM. We discuss features of the resonance and the experimentally observed preformed pair formation in fullerides, essential to the BFM, and often speculated since the work of Nozieres and Schmitt-Rink (J Low Temp Phys 1985, 59, 980). Here we present arguments to establish a model of the preformed pair which can be favorably compared with a circular charge density wave (CDW) isolated on a fulleride molecule due to Coulomb splitting of the Jahn-Teller active Hg vibrational modes. Our conclusions are: (1) the doping of two electrons into triply degenerate t1u orbitals results in the experimentally observed singlet state (CDW); and (2) this CDW (preformed pair) results in suppression of BCS SC and enables the Feshbach resonance.

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

    DOE PAGESBeta

    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

  11. Status of the Kansas State University superconducting linac project

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  12. Superconducting plate in a transverse magnetic field: New state

    SciTech Connect

    Batyev, E. G.

    2012-07-15

    A model is proposed for describing Cooper pairs near the transition (in temperature and magnetic field) point when their spacing is larger than their size. The essence of the model is as follows: the Ginzburg-Landau functional is written in operator form in terms of field operators of the Bose type so that the average value of the density operator gives the concentration of Cooper pairs, and the same Ginzburg-Landau expression is obtained for the Bose condensate. The model is applied to a superconducting plate with a thickness smaller than the size of a pair in a transverse magnetic field near its upper critical value H{sub c2}. A new state is discovered that is energetically more advantageous in a certain interval in the vicinity of the transition point as compared to the Abrikosov vortex state. The wavefunction of the system in this state is of the type of the Laughlin function used in the fractional quantum Hall effect (naturally, as applied to Cooper pairs as Bose particles in our case) and corresponds to a homogeneous incompressible fluid. The energy of this state is proportional to the first power of quantity (1 - H/H{sub c2}) in contrast to the energy of the vortex state containing the square of this quantity. The interval of the existence of the new state is the larger, the dirtier the sample.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Petković, Aleksandra; Vinokur, Valerii M.

    2013-12-01

    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.

  14. Superconductivity and magnetic field induced spin density waves in the (TMTTF)2X family

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Balicas, L.; Behnia, K.; Kang, W.; Canadell, E.; Auban-Senzier, P.; Jérome, D.; Ribault, M.; Fabre, J. M.

    1994-10-01

    We report magnetotransport measurements in the quasi one dimensional (Q-1-D) organic conductor (TMTTF)2Br at pressures up to 26 kbar, clown to 0.45 K in magnetic fields up to 19 T along the c^{ast} direction. It is found that a superconducting ground state is stabilized under 26 kbar at T_C = 0.8 K. No magnetic field induced spin density wave (FISDW) transitions are observed below 19T unlike other Q-1-D superconductors pertaining to the selenium series. The computed amplitude of the interchain coupling along transverse directions is unable to explain the missing; FISDW instability.

  15. Shock-induced synthesis of high temperature superconducting materials

    DOEpatents

    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.

  16. Superconducting and normal-state properties of novel materials

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  17. Pressure-Induced Metallization and Superconductivity in InP and InN

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Iyakutti, K.; Rejila, V.; Rajarajeswari, M.; Nirmala Louis, C.; Mahalakshmi, S.

    The electronic band structure, structural phase transition, metallization and superconducting transition of cubic zinc blende-type indium phosphide (InP) and indium nitride (InN), under pressure, are studied using TB-LMTO method. These indium compounds become metals and superconductors under high pressure but before that they undergo structural phase transition from ZnS to NaCl structure. The ground-state properties and band gap values are compared with the experimental and previous theoretical results. From our analysis, it is found that the metallization pressure increases with increase of lattice constant. The superconducting transition temperatures (Tc) of InP and InN are obtained as a function of pressure for both the ZnS and NaCl structures and these compounds are identified as pressure-induced superconductors. When pressure is increased Tc increases in both the normal (ZnS) and high pressure (NaCl) structures. The dependence of Tc on electron-phonon mass enhancement factor λ shows that InP and InN are electron-phonon mediated superconductors. The non-occurrence of metallization, phase transition and onset of superconductivity simultaneously in InP and InN are confirmed.

  18. Vortices and gate-tunable bound states in a topological insulator coupled to superconducting leads

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Finck, Aaron; Kurter, C.; Hor, Y. S.; van Harlingen, D. J.

    2014-03-01

    It has been predicted that zero energy Majorana bound states can be found in the core of vortices within topological superconductors. Here, we report on Andreev spectroscopy measurements of the topological insulator Bi2Se3 with a normal metal lead and one or more niobium leads. The niobium induces superconductivity in the Bi2Se3 through the proximity effect, leading to both signatures of Andreev reflection and a prominent re-entrant resistance effect. When a large magnetic field is applied perpendicular to the surface of the Bi2Se3, we observe multiple abrupt changes in the subgap conductance that are accompanied by sharp peaks in the dynamical resistance. These peaks are very sensitive to changes in magnetic field and disappear at temperatures associated with the critical temperature of the induced superconductivity. The appearance of the transitions and peaks can be tuned by a top gate. At high magnetic fields, we also find evidence of gate-tunable states, which can lead to stable zero-bias conductance peaks. We interpret our results in terms of a transition occurring within the proximity effect region of the topological insulator, likely due to the formation of vortices. We acknowledge support from Microsoft Project Q.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  20. Superconducting state in bromium halide at high pressure

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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

    SciTech Connect

    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. Induced Superconductivity in the Quantum Spin Hall Edge

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

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

    SciTech Connect

    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. Alcoholic beverages induce superconductivity in FeTe1 - xSx

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

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

    PubMed

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

    2015-01-27

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

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  7. Electrical Conductivity through a Single Atomic Step Measured with the Proximity-Induced Superconducting Pair Correlation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kim, Howon; Lin, Shi-Zeng; Graf, Matthias J.; Miyata, Yoshinori; Nagai, Yuki; Kato, Takeo; Hasegawa, Yukio

    2016-09-01

    Local disordered nanostructures in an atomically thick metallic layer on a semiconducting substrate play significant and decisive roles in transport properties of two-dimensional (2D) conductive systems. We measured the electrical conductivity through a step of monoatomic height in a truly microscopic manner by using as a signal the superconducting pair correlation induced by the proximity effect. The transport property across a step of a one-monolayer Pb surface metallic phase, formed on a Si(111) substrate, was evaluated by inducing the pair correlation around the local defect and measuring its response, i.e., the reduced density of states at the Fermi energy using scanning tunneling microscopy. We found that the step resistance has a significant contribution to the total resistance on a nominally flat surface. Our study also revealed that steps in the 2D metallic layer terminate the propagation of the pair correlation. Superconductivity is enhanced between the first surface step and the superconductor-normal-metal interface by reflectionless tunneling when the step is located within a coherence length.

  8. Electrical Conductivity through a Single Atomic Step Measured with the Proximity-Induced Superconducting Pair Correlation.

    PubMed

    Kim, Howon; Lin, Shi-Zeng; Graf, Matthias J; Miyata, Yoshinori; Nagai, Yuki; Kato, Takeo; Hasegawa, Yukio

    2016-09-01

    Local disordered nanostructures in an atomically thick metallic layer on a semiconducting substrate play significant and decisive roles in transport properties of two-dimensional (2D) conductive systems. We measured the electrical conductivity through a step of monoatomic height in a truly microscopic manner by using as a signal the superconducting pair correlation induced by the proximity effect. The transport property across a step of a one-monolayer Pb surface metallic phase, formed on a Si(111) substrate, was evaluated by inducing the pair correlation around the local defect and measuring its response, i.e., the reduced density of states at the Fermi energy using scanning tunneling microscopy. We found that the step resistance has a significant contribution to the total resistance on a nominally flat surface. Our study also revealed that steps in the 2D metallic layer terminate the propagation of the pair correlation. Superconductivity is enhanced between the first surface step and the superconductor-normal-metal interface by reflectionless tunneling when the step is located within a coherence length. PMID:27661710

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  10. Dissipative production of controllable steady-state entanglement of two superconducting qubits in separated resonators

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ma, Sheng-Li; Liao, Zeyang; Li, Fu-Li; Zubairy, M. Suhail

    2015-05-01

    We propose an efficient method for dissipative preparation of controllable steady-state entanglement of two superconducting qubits coupled to spatially separated transmission line resonators, which are linked by an additional superconducting qubit acting as a tunable coupler. The quantum-state production process is based on a form of reservoir engineering, i.e., the dissipation of the coupler is utilized to steer the system into the desired state at stationary state. The distinct feature of our scheme is that neither initial state preparation nor unitary dynamics are required. These make the present protocol more feasible in the experimental implementation.

  11. Spin-rotation symmetry breaking in the superconducting state of CuxBi2Se3

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Matano, K.; Kriener, M.; Segawa, K.; Ando, Y.; Zheng, Guo-Qing

    2016-09-01

    Spontaneous symmetry breaking is an important concept for understanding physics ranging from the elementary particles to states of matter. For example, the superconducting state breaks global gauge symmetry, and unconventional superconductors can break further symmetries. In particular, spin-rotational symmetry is expected to be broken in spin-triplet superconductors. However, experimental evidence for such symmetry breaking has not been conclusively obtained so far in any candidate compounds. Here, using 77Se nuclear magnetic resonance measurements, we show that spin-rotation symmetry is spontaneously broken in the hexagonal plane of the electron-doped topological insulator Cu0.3Bi2Se3 below the superconducting transition temperature Tc = 3.4 K. Our results not only establish spin-triplet superconductivity in this compound, but may also serve to lay a foundation for the research of topological superconductivity.

  12. Levitating states of superconducting rings in the field of a fixed ring with constant current

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bishaev, A. M.; Bush, A. A.; Gavrikov, M. B.; Denisyuk, A. I.; Kamentsev, K. E.; Kozintseva, M. V.; Savel'ev, V. V.; Sigov, A. S.

    2014-06-01

    We consider the possibility of designing a plasma trap with a magnetic system formed by super-conducting rings and coils levitating in the field of a fixed coaxial coil carrying constant current. An analytic dependence of the potential energy of such a system with one or two levitating superconducting rings having trapped preset magnetic fluxes on their coordinates in the uniform gravitational field is obtained in the thin ring approximation. Calculations performed in the Mathcad system show that equilibrium states of such a system exist for certain values of parameters. Levitating states of a single superconducting ring and two superconducting rings in the field of the coil with constant current are observed experimentally in positions corresponding to calculated values.

  13. Superconductivity in topological insulator Sb2Te3 induced by pressure.

    PubMed

    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.

  14. Superconductivity in Topological Insulator Sb2Te3 Induced by Pressure

    PubMed Central

    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

  15. Superconductivity in topological insulator Sb2Te3 induced by pressure.

    PubMed

    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

  16. Pressure Induced Superconductivity in CaFe2As2

    SciTech Connect

    Milton S. Torikachvili; Sergey L. Bud'ko; Ni Ni; Paul Canfield

    2008-08-01

    CaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} has been found to be exceptionally sensitive to the application of hydrostatic pressure and can be tuned to reveal all the salient features associated with FeAs superconductivity without introducing any disorder. The ambient pressure, 170 K, structural/magnetic, first-order phase transition is suppressed to 128 K by 3.5 kbar. At 5.5 kbar a new transition is detected at 104 K, increasing to above 300 K by 19 kbar. A low temperature, superconducting dome (T{sub c} {approx} 12 K) is centered around 5 kbar, extending down to 2.3 kbar and up to 8.6 kbar. This superconducting phase appears to exist when the low pressure transition is suppressed sufficiently, but before the high pressure transition has reduced the resistivity too dramatically.

  17. Single trapped vortices induced in a superconducting film by laser switching

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    Park, George S.; Cunningham, Charles E.; Cabrera, Blas; Huber, Martin E.

    1993-03-01

    Light pulses from an infrared laser can momentarily drive a superconducting strip of niobium normal. Under certain conditions, a single vortex may be trapped while the strip returns to the superconducting state. It was determined that the speckle pattern due to modal interference in the incident light is the most probable cause of vortex trapping. By changing the relative contrast of the speckle pattern, we can change the trapping probability from 0 percent to about 5 percent per pulse.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. Evolution of the local superconducting density of states in ErRh4B4 close to the ferromagnetic transition.

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    Crespo, V; Rodrigo, J G; Suderow, H; Vieira, S; Hinks, D G; Schuller, I K

    2009-06-12

    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. PMID:19658962

  1. Optical Tamm states in one-dimensional superconducting photonic crystal

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    El Abouti, O.; El Boudouti, E. H.; El Hassouani, Y.; Noual, A.; Djafari-Rouhani, B.

    2016-08-01

    In this study, we investigate localized and resonant optical waves associated with a semi-infinite superlattice made out of superconductor-dielectric bilayers and terminated with a cap layer. Both transverse electric and transverse magnetic waves are considered. These surface modes are analogous to the so-called Tamm states associated with electronic states found at the surface of materials. The surface guided modes induced by the cap layer strongly depend on whether the superlattice ends with a superconductor or a dielectric layer, the thickness of the surface layer, the temperature of the superconductor layer as well as on the polarization of the waves. Different kinds of surface modes are found and their properties examined. These structures can be used to realize the highly sensitive photonic crystal sensors.

  2. 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.

  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. 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.

  5. Infrared studies of induced superconductivity in indium-arsenide quantum wells

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    Eckhause, Tobias Andrew

    The describe experiments which probe the electrical and infrared optical properties of superconductor-semiconductor hybrid structures, specifically structures where superconducting Nb contacts the two-dimensional electron gas in an InAs quantum well. In order to study the supercurrent-carrying Andreev states in a Josephson junction, we conduct transport, experiments in Josephson field-effect transistors, where a voltage applied to an insulated gate modulates the density of electrons in and the supercurrent through an InAs-based weak link. The density-dependence of the critical current fits a model for the Andreev states in the junction in which quasiparticles travel ballistically across the quantum well between superconducting electrodes. Probing the dynamics of these states on the scale of the superconducting energy gap in Nb, we find robust signatures of the proximity effect in the InAs using far-infrared transmission spectroscopy. A model for the conductivity of superconducting thin films predicts transmission spectra which show similarities to the transmission spectra measured in our structures. From this fit we extract an effective energy gap in the InAs quantum well due to the proximity of superconducting Nb. We probe these structures in both superconductor/normal metal geometries---where the superconducting Nb lies directly on top of a layer of InAs---and superconductor/normal metal/superconductor geometries---where the an InAs quantum well connects superconducting Nb stripes. In both geometries we observe proximity effects in the far-infrared transmission spectra of the InAs.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. Electronic and structural response of materials to fast intense laser pulses, including light-induced superconductivity

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    Allen, Roland E.

    2016-06-01

    This is a very brief discussion of some experimental and theoretical studies of materials responding to fast intense laser pulses, with emphasis on those cases where the electronic response and structural response are both potentially important (and ordinarily coupled). Examples are nonthermal insulator-to-metal transitions and light-induced superconductivity in cuprates, fullerenes, and an organic Mott insulator.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. Supercooling of the normal state of a type I superconductor in the presence of surface superconductivity

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    Berezin, V. A. Khlyustikov, I. N.

    2009-05-15

    Supercooling of the normal state of lead single crystals is studied experimentally in the range of surface superconductivity. The supercooling field is plotted on the phase diagram of the superconductor. The experimental data are compared with the results of theoretical calculations.

  18. 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.

  19. Mapping Dimensionality and Directionality of Electronic Behavior in CeCoIn5: the Superconducting State

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    Feldman, Benjamin E.; Gyenis, Andras; Randeria, Mallika T.; Peterson, Gabriel A.; Aynajian, Pegor; Bauer, Eric D.; Yazdani, Ali

    Unconventional superconductors often exhibit anisotropic physical properties that arise from the directional dependence of their order parameters. A prime example is CeCoIn5, a heavy fermion d-wave superconductor with a rich low-temperature phase diagram consisting of competing and coexisting magnetic and superconducting orders. Here we present dilution refrigerator scanning tunneling microscopy of CeCoIn5 cleaved perpendicular to its basal plane. We study superconductivity on the (100) surface, whose normal vector points along the antinode of the superconducting energy gap. The gap magnitude is similar to that observed in the basal plane, with a key difference: it does not exhibit any suppression near step edges. Application of a magnetic field along the [100] direction leads to the formation of anisotropic vortices, and the vortex lattice undergoes a transition at high field before the superconducting state gives way to a pseudogap phase. Our measurements illustrate the directional dependence of the superconducting properties in CeCoIn5, and more generally, demonstrate the utility of imaging d-wave superconductors along their nodal and antinodal directions.

  20. Equations of state and stability of color-superconducting quark matter cores in hybrid stars

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    Agrawal, B. K.

    2010-01-15

    The stable configurations of nonrotating and rotating hybrid stars composed of color-superconducting quark matter cores are constructed using several equations of state (EOSs). We use a set of diverse EOSs for the nuclear matter which represents the low density phase. The EOSs at higher densities correspond to the quark matter in the color-superconducting phase and are computed within the Nambu-Jona-Lasinio-like model for different values of the scalar diquark and vector current couplings strengths. The phase transition to the quark matter is computed by a Maxwell construction. We find that the stability of the hybrid stars are mainly governed by the behavior of the EOSs for the color-superconducting quark matter. However the compositions of hybrid stars are sensitive to the EOS of the nuclear matter. The value of the critical rotation frequency for the hybrid star depends strongly on the EOS of the nuclear matter as well as that for the color-superconducting quark matter. Our results indicate that the EOS for the color-superconducting quark matter can be obtained, by adjusting the parameters of the Nambu-Jona-Lasinio model, to yield the stable configurations of the hybrid star having the maximum mass {approx}1.5M{sub {center_dot}}in the nonrotating limit and the critical rotation frequency {approx}1 kHz.

  1. Spin-orbit coupling induced enhancement of superconductivity in a two-dimensional repulsive gas of fermions

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    Vafek, Oskar; Wang, Luyang

    2011-11-01

    We study a model of a two-dimensional repulsive Fermi gas with Rashba spin-orbit coupling αR and investigate the superconducting instability using the renormalization-group approach. We find that, in general, superconductivity is enhanced as the dimensionless ratio (1)/(2)mαR2/EF increases, resulting in unconventional superconducting states which break time-reversal symmetry.

  2. 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

  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

    2014-01-01

    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. Tracking Multi-State Quantum Jumps in a Superconducting Circuit

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    Forouzani, Neda; Tan, Dian; Naghiloo, Mahdi; Murch, Kater

    Quantum measurements are known to be crucial for quantum error-correction and state initialization. Continuous measurements can be used for state tracking and real-time quantum feedback. If the measurements are strong, the state dynamics are described by quantum jumps between states. Using continuous measurements, we track the quantum state of a transmon circuit initially in its lowest energy state. We observe spurious jumps between five observable states of the circuit and use a Bayesian update formalism to estimate state occupation probabilities as well as transition rates over time. Our analysis reveals switching between different quantum jump statistics. Resolving the energy distribution of spurious jumps will help characterize this decoherence process.

  5. Novel Materials & Multi-scale Analysis of the Superconducting State in Iron Based Superconductors

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    Sefat, Athena S.

    2015-03-01

    The understanding of the fundamental nature of a material's superconducting state is of crucial importance, if superconductors are to fulfill their promise for widespread use in energy-related needs. Our research applies multi-scale characterization techniques to study and probe the nuclear, electronic, and magnetic details of single crystals. The importance of such broad investigative work is demonstrated in our recent publication on praseodymium-doped BaFe2As2 for which non-uniform local distortions through isolated Pr atoms do not provide percolation path superconductivity. For CaFe2As2, it is found that large Fermi-surface reconstruction in the non-magnetic phase causes a non-superconducting ground state, while different crystalline domains with varying lattice parameters are identified. For Cu-doped BaFe2As2 it is found that orthorhombic distortion below Ts leads to magnetically ordered state of FeAs planes, hence no superconductivity. Studies of this nature can yield groundbreaking results by demonstrating that many parameters can compete in a bulk material and even be spatially and electronically non-homogenous on nanometers. This work was primarily supported by the U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering Division.

  6. Pressure-induced superconductivity in CaC2.

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    Li, Yan-Ling; Luo, Wei; Zeng, Zhi; Lin, Hai-Qing; Mao, Ho-kwang; Ahuja, Rajeev

    2013-06-01

    Carbon can exist as isolated dumbbell, 1D chain, 2D plane, and 3D network in carbon solids or carbon-based compounds, which attributes to its rich chemical binding way, including sp-, sp(2)-, and sp(3)-hybridized bonds. sp(2)-hybridizing carbon always captures special attention due to its unique physical and chemical property. Here, using an evolutionary algorithm in conjunction with ab initio method, we found that, under compression, dumbbell carbon in CaC2 can be polymerized first into 1D chain and then into ribbon and further into 2D graphite sheet at higher pressure. The C2/m structure transforms into an orthorhombic Cmcm phase at 0.5 GPa, followed by another orthorhombic Immm phase, which is stabilized in a wide pressure range of 15.2-105.8 GPa and then forced into MgB2-type phase with wide range stability up to at least 1 TPa. Strong electron-phonon coupling λ in compressed CaC2 is found, in particular for Immm phase, which has the highest λ value (0.562-0.564) among them, leading to its high superconducting critical temperature Tc (7.9∼9.8 K), which is comparable with the 11.5 K value of CaC6. Our results show that calcium not only can stabilize carbon sp(2) hybridization at a larger range of pressure but also can contribute in superconducting behavior, which would further ignite experimental and theoretical interest in alkaline-earth metal carbides to uncover their peculiar physical properties under extreme conditions.

  7. Pressure-induced superconductivity in CaC2

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    Li, Yan-Ling; Luo, Wei; Zeng, Zhi; Lin, Hai-Qing; Mao, Ho-kwang; Ahuja, Rajeev

    2013-01-01

    Carbon can exist as isolated dumbbell, 1D chain, 2D plane, and 3D network in carbon solids or carbon-based compounds, which attributes to its rich chemical binding way, including sp-, sp2-, and sp3-hybridized bonds. sp2-hybridizing carbon always captures special attention due to its unique physical and chemical property. Here, using an evolutionary algorithm in conjunction with ab initio method, we found that, under compression, dumbbell carbon in CaC2 can be polymerized first into 1D chain and then into ribbon and further into 2D graphite sheet at higher pressure. The C2/m structure transforms into an orthorhombic Cmcm phase at 0.5 GPa, followed by another orthorhombic Immm phase, which is stabilized in a wide pressure range of 15.2–105.8 GPa and then forced into MgB2-type phase with wide range stability up to at least 1 TPa. Strong electron–phonon coupling λ in compressed CaC2 is found, in particular for Immm phase, which has the highest λ value (0.562–0.564) among them, leading to its high superconducting critical temperature Tc (7.9∼9.8 K), which is comparable with the 11.5 K value of CaC6. Our results show that calcium not only can stabilize carbon sp2 hybridization at a larger range of pressure but also can contribute in superconducting behavior, which would further ignite experimental and theoretical interest in alkaline–earth metal carbides to uncover their peculiar physical properties under extreme conditions. PMID:23690580

  8. Pressure induced superconductivity on the border of magnetic order in MnP.

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    Cheng, J-G; Matsubayashi, K; Wu, W; Sun, J P; Lin, F K; Luo, J L; Uwatoko, Y

    2015-03-20

    We report the discovery of superconductivity on the border of long-range magnetic order in the itinerant-electron helimagnet MnP via the application of high pressure. Superconductivity with T(sc)≈1  K emerges and exists merely near the critical pressure P(c)≈8  GPa, where the long-range magnetic order just vanishes. The present finding makes MnP the first Mn-based superconductor. The close proximity of superconductivity to a magnetic instability suggests an unconventional pairing mechanism. Moreover, the detailed analysis of the normal-state transport properties evidenced non-Fermi-liquid behavior and the dramatic enhancement of the quasiparticle effective mass near P(c) associated with the magnetic quantum fluctuations.

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Potential benefits of superconductivity to transportation in the United States

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    Rote, Donald M.; Johnson, Larry R.

    Research in U.S. transportation applications of superconductors is strongly motivated by a number of potential national benefits. These include the reduction of dependence on petroleum-based fuels, energy savings, substantially reduced air and noise pollution, increased customer convenience, and reduced maintenance costs. Current transportation technology offers little flexibility to switch to alternative fuels, and efforts to achieve the other benefits are confounded by growing congestion at airports and on urban roadways. A program has been undertaken to identify possible applications of the emerging superconducting applications to transportation and to evaluate potential national benefits. The current phase of the program will select the most promising applications for a more detailed subsequent study. Transportation modes being examined include highway and industrial vehicles, as well as rail, sea, air transport and pipelines. Three strategies are being considered: (1) replacing present components with those employing superconductors, (2) substituting new combinations of components or systems for present systems, and (3) developing completely new technologies. Distinctions are made between low-, medium-, and near-room-temperature superconductors. The most promising applications include magnetically levitated passenger and freight vehicles; replacement of drive systems in locomotives, self-propelled rail cars, and ships; and electric vehicles inductively coupled to electrified roadways.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. Commensurate states on incommensurate lattices. [for superconducting arrays in magnetic fields

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    Grest, Gary S.; Chaikin, Paul M.; Levine, Dov

    1988-01-01

    A simple one-dimensional model related to flux quantization on superconducting networks or charged particles on a substrate is proposed to investigate whether commensurate states can exist on incommensurate lattices. For both periodic and quasi-crystalline patterns, a set of low-energy states is found which is related to decimation symmetry and periodicity. It is suggested that the present quasi-periodic arrays which possess a decimation operation can be generalized to more-dimensional quasi-crystalline systems.

  18. Pressure-induced superconducting transition of {gamma}-(BETS){sub 2}FeCl{sub 4} with {pi}-d coupled antiferromagnetic insulating ground state at ambient pressure [BETS = bis(ethylenedithio)tetraselenafulvalene

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    Tanaka, Hisashi; Adachi, Takafumi; Ojima, Emiko; Fujiwara, Hideki; Kato, Kiyonori; Kobayashi, Hayao; Kobayashi, Akiko; Cassoux, P.

    1999-12-08

    In the present paper, the discovery of the superconductivity in this unique {pi}-d electron system {gamma}-(BETS){sub 2}FeCl{sub 4} is reported. Thin needle crystals of {lambda}-(BETS){sub 2}FeCl{sub 4} were prepared by the electrochemical oxidation according to the reported conditions. The {gamma}-type BETS crystal has a triclinic lattice. The needle axis of the crystal is almost parallel to the c axis, which corresponds to the magnetic easy axis of the antiferromagnetic spin structure. The conduction layer composed of BETS molecules is parallel to the ac plane. The electrical resistivities were measured using the clump-type high-pressure cell from room temperature to about 0.55 K. The electrical resistivities were also measured under the magnetic field applied almost parallel and perpendicular to the conduction layer.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. Topological superconductivity and anti-Shiba states in disordered chains of magnetic adatoms

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    Westström, Alex; Pöyhönen, Kim; Ojanen, Teemu

    2016-09-01

    Regular arrays of magnetic atoms on a superconductor provide a promising platform for topological superconductivity. In this work, we study the effects of disorder in these systems, focusing on vacancies realized by missing magnetic atoms. We develop approaches that allow treatment of ferromagnetic dense chains as well as long-range hopping ferromagnetic and helical Shiba chains at arbitrary subgap energies. Vacancies in magnetic chains play an analogous role to magnetic impurities in a clean s -wave superconductor. A single vacancy in a topological chain gives rise to a low-lying "anti-Shiba" state below the band edge of a regular magnetic chain. Proliferation of the anti-Shiba band formed by a finite density of hybridized vacancy states leads to deterioration of the topological phase, which exhibits unusual fragility in a particular parameter region in dilute chains. We also consider local fluctuation in the Shiba coupling and discuss how vacancy states could contribute to experimental verification of topological superconductivity.

  2. 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

    2016-06-27

    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 Hc2, 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 fieldmore » reveals that the electron-electron scattering (or transport mass m*) of those unpaired electrons diverges as H→Hc2 from below, in the same way that it does in the normal state as H→Hc2 from above. This shows that the unpaired electrons sense the proximity of the field-tuned quantum critical point of CeCoIn5 at H*=Hc2 even from inside the superconducting state. In conclusion, 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.« less

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Quantized states in superconducting quantum wells biased by an external field

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    Shafranjuk, Serhii; Ketterson, John

    2004-03-01

    The interest to quantized states in superconducting quantum wells (SQW) is stimulated by rapid development of qubit devices. The SQW may be formed in different ways. In this report we consider SQW at a minimum of the superconducting order parameter, which happens, e.g, at a normal core of an Abrikosov vortex or in SINIS junctions (S are the superconducting banks, I is an insulating barrier, N is a thin normal metal layer). The Andreev reflection (when an incident electron is reflected as a hole and vice versa) at opposite SN and NS interfaces (or on SIN and NIS interfaces, which have an intermediate transparency) creates quantized states, which are observed in experiments. The quantization condition depends on the sample purity and the quantum well size, which should be comparable to the superconducting coherence length. However, the quantization condition may also be changed when a bias field is applied across the quantum well, and the phase of the superfluid condensate wave function becomes time-dependent. If the time dependence is arbitrary, and the energy is a bad quantum number, then in accordance with a general quantum mechanical rules no quantized states could arise. However, if the behavior is time-homogeneous (e.g., under influence of a dc field, or of an ac field of constant amplitude), the energy is a good quantum number, and the quantized states may exist. In this work we consider the formation of the quantized states in the SINIS junction biased by a dc and ac voltages. The calculations are made using the boundary conditions in the quasiclassical approximation. The quantization conditions are analyzed versus the quantum well size, the electron mean free path, and the external bias field magnitude.

  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

    2015-01-01

    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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. State of the art of superconducting fault current limiters and their application to the electric power system

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    Morandi, Antonio

    2013-01-01

    Modern electric power systems are becoming more and more complex in order to meet new needs. Nowadays a high power quality is mandatory and there is the need to integrate increasing amounts of on-site generation. All this translates in more sophisticated electric network with intrinsically high short circuit rate. This network is vulnerable in case of fault and special protection apparatus and procedures needs to be developed in order to avoid costly or even irreversible damage. A superconducting fault current limiter (SFCL) is a device with a negligible impedance in normal operating conditions that reliably switches to a high impedance state in case of extra-current. Such a device is able to increase the short circuit power of an electric network and to contemporarily eliminate the hazard during the fault. It can be regarded as a key component for future electric power systems. In this paper the state of the art of superconducting fault current limiters mature for applications is briefly resumed and the potential impact of this device on the paradigm of design and operation of power systems is analyzed. In particular the use of the FCL as a mean to allow more interconnection of MV bus-bars as well an increased immunity with respect to the voltage disturbances induced by critical customer is discussed. The possibility to integrate more distributed generation in the distribution grid is also considered.

  11. 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.

  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. Superconducting dome and crossover to an insulating state in [Tl4]Tl1-xSnxTe3

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    Arpino, K. E.; Wasser, B. D.; McQueen, T. M.

    2015-04-01

    The structural, superconducting, and electronic phase diagram of [Tl4]Tl1-xSnxTe3 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 θE ≈ 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.

  14. Quantum Incompressibility of a Falling Rydberg Atom, and a Gravitationally-Induced Charge Separation Effect in Superconducting Systems

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    Chiao, R. Y.; Minter, S. J.; Wegter-McNelly, K.; Martinez, L. A.

    2012-01-01

    Freely falling point-like objects converge toward the center of the Earth. Hence the gravitational field of the Earth is inhomogeneous, and possesses a tidal component. The free fall of an extended quantum mechanical object such as a hydrogen atom prepared in a high principal-quantum-number state, i.e. a circular Rydberg atom, is predicted to fall more slowly than a classical point-like object, when both objects are dropped from the same height above the Earth's surface. This indicates that, apart from transitions between quantum states, the atom exhibits a kind of quantum mechanical incompressibility during free fall in inhomogeneous, tidal gravitational fields like those of the Earth. A superconducting ring-like system with a persistent current circulating around it behaves like the circular Rydberg atom during free fall. Like the electronic wavefunction of the freely falling atom, the Cooper-pair wavefunction is quantum mechanically incompressible. The ions in the lattice of the superconductor, however, are not incompressible, since they do not possess a globally coherent quantum phase. The resulting difference during free fall in the response of the nonlocalizable Cooper pairs of electrons and the localizable ions to inhomogeneous gravitational fields is predicted to lead to a charge separation effect, which in turn leads to a large Coulomb force that opposes the convergence caused by the tidal gravitational force on the superconducting system. A "Cavendish-like" experiment is proposed for observing the charge separation effect induced by inhomogeneous gravitational fields in a superconducting circuit. The charge separation effect is determined to be limited by a pair-breaking process that occurs when low frequency gravitational perturbations are present.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

    2016-01-01

    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

  18. 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

    2016-04-18

    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.

  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. Superconductivity-induced phase-periodic transport in nanoscale structures

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    Leadbeater, M.; Lambert, C.J.

    1997-07-01

    We present numerical results for the phase-periodic conductance of an Andreev interferometer and predict the existence of a voltage-induced crossover from a zero-phase minimum to a zero-phase maximum. This contrasts with a recent analysis of Stoof and Nazarov and Volkov, Allsopp, and Lambert, which predicts a vanishing amplitude of oscillation at zero temperature and voltage, respectively, and demonstrates that such behavior is nonuniversal. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  1. Superconductivity-induced phase-periodic transport in nanoscale structures

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    Leadbeater, M.; Lambert, C. J.

    1997-07-01

    We present numerical results for the phase-periodic conductance of an Andreev interferometer and predict the existence of a voltage-induced crossover from a zero-phase minimum to a zero-phase maximum. This contrasts with a recent analysis of Stoof and Nazarov and Volkov, Allsopp, and Lambert, which predicts a vanishing amplitude of oscillation at zero temperature and voltage, respectively, and demonstrates that such behavior is nonuniversal.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

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    Vettoliere, A; Granata, C

    2014-08-01

    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/Φ0 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(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. Japanese superconducting maglev: Present state and future perspective

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    Takeda, Hiroshi

    1990-06-01

    Maglev (magnetic levitation vehicle) being developed as a new transportation means running at a speed of 500 km/h has various advantages in safety, mass transportation and less environment polution as well as high-speed. The development of this system is rapidly advancing into the practical stage, that is, the commercial stage of the maglev train as a mass transportation system for intercity high-speed service. This paper describes the present state of research and development as well as future prospects of maglev.

  6. Impurity-induced bound states in superconductors with topological order.

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    Wang, Fei; Liu, Qin; Ma, Tianxing; Jiang, Xunya

    2012-11-14

    The study of classical spins in topological insulators (Liu and Ma 2009 Phys. Rev. B 80 115216) is generalized to topological superconductors. Based on the characteristic features of the so-called F-function, the Bogoliubov-de Gennes Hamiltonian for superconductors is classified to positive, negative, and zero 'gap' categories for topologically trivial and nontrivial phases of a topological superconductor as well as a BCS superconductor, respectively. It is found that the F-function determines directly the presence or absence of localized excited states, induced by bulk classical spins and nonmagnetic impurities, in the superconducting gap and their persistence with respect to impurity strength. Our results provide an alternative way to identify topologically insulating and superconducting phases in experiments without resorting to the surface properties.

  7. Heavy-fermion superconductivity in the quadrupole ordered state of PrV2Al20.

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    Tsujimoto, Masaki; Matsumoto, Yosuke; Tomita, Takahiro; Sakai, Akito; Nakatsuji, Satoru

    2014-12-31

    PrV2Al20 is a rare example of a heavy-fermion system based on strong hybridization between conduction electrons and nonmagnetic quadrupolar moments of the cubic Γ3 ground doublet. Here, we report that a high-quality single crystal of PrV2Al20 exhibits superconductivity at Tc=50  mK in the antiferroquadrupole-ordered state under ambient pressure. The heavy-fermion character of the superconductivity is evident from the specific heat jump of ΔC/T∼0.3  J/mol K(2) and the effective mass m*/m0∼140 estimated from the temperature dependence of the upper critical field. Furthermore, the high-quality single crystals exhibit double transitions at TQ=0.75  K and T*=0.65  K associated with quadrupole and octupole degrees of freedom of the Γ3 doublet. In the ordered state, the specific heat C/T shows a T(3) dependence, indicating the gapless mode associated with the quadrupole order, the octupole order, or both. The strong sensitivity to impurity of the superconductivity suggests unconventional character due to significant quadrupolar fluctuations.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Thermally activated phase slips from metastable states in mesoscopic superconducting rings

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    Petkovic, Ivana; Lollo, Anthony; Harris, Jack

    In equilibrium, a flux-biased superconducting ring at low temperature can occupy any of several metastable states. The particular state that the ring occupies depends on the history of the applied flux, as different states are separated from each other by flux-dependent energy barriers. There is a critical value of the applied flux at which a given barrier goes to zero, the state becomes unstable, and the system transition into another state. In recent experiments performed on arrays of rings we showed that this transition occurs close to the critical flux predicted by Ginzburg-Landau theory. Here, we will describe experiments in which we have extended these measurements to an individual ring in order to study the thermal activation of the ring over a barrier that has been tuned close to zero. We measure the statistics of transitions as function of temperature and ramp rate.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  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.

  17. 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

  18. Superconductivity: Squash and sandwiches

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    Tosatti, Erio

    2008-12-01

    Externally applied pressure induces superconductivity in the layer compound 1T-TaS2. Similarities to, and differences from, other superconducting systems promise exciting future experiments on this old, but suddenly rejuvenated, compound.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Electric-Field-Induced Superconductivity on an Organic/Oxide Interface

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    Ueno, Kazunori

    2013-11-01

    Many superconductors have been developed by inducing charge carriers into a mother insulator compound. Chemical substitution of impurity atoms is usually used for inducing charge carriers, and this method is called “chemical doping”. Another method to tune charge carrier density is the electric field effect, which is widely utilized as a field-effect transistor. Here, we review recent progress in an electric field-effect study for developing a new oxide superconductor with an organic electrolyte gate. We first present a device configuration of an electric double layer transistor with oxide semiconductors, SrTiO3 and KTaO3. We then present the electrochemical interface properties and room-temperature device characteristics with various electrolytes. Finally, we present the superconductivity emerging at an organic/oxide interface, and discuss the phase diagram of electric-field-induced superconductors by comparing with superconductors obtained by chemical doping.

  2. Charge ordered normal ground state and its interplay with superconductivity in the underdoped cuprates

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    Sebastian, Suchitra

    2015-03-01

    Over the last few years, evidence has gradually built for a charge ordered normal ground state in the underdoped region of the cuprate high temperature superconductors. I will address the electronic structure of the normal ground state of the underdoped cuprates as accessed by quantum oscillations, and relate it to complementary measurements by other experimental techniques. The interplay of the charge ordered ground state with the antinodal gapped pseudogap state, and overarching magnetic and superconducting correlations will be further explored. This work was performed in collaboration with N. Harrison, G. G. Lonzarich, B. J. Ramshaw, B. S. Tan, P. A. Goddard, F. F. Balakirev, C. H. Mielke, R. Liang, D. A. Bonn, and W. N. Hardy

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Critical state solution and alternating current loss computation of polygonally arranged thin superconducting tapes

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    Brambilla, Roberto; Grilli, Francesco; Martini, Luciano

    2013-08-01

    The current density and field distributions in polygonally arranged thin superconducting tapes carrying AC current are derived under the assumption of the critical state model. Starting from the generic Biot-Savart law for a general polygonal geometry, we derive a suitable integral equation for the calculation of the current density and magnetic field in each tape. The model works for any transport current below Ic, which makes it attractive for studying cases of practical interest, particularly the dependence of AC losses on parameters such as the number of tapes, their distance from the center, and their separation.

  6. Long-Range Spin-Triplet Helix in Proximity Induced Superconductivity in Spin-Orbit-Coupled Systems.

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    Liu, Xin; Jain, J K; Liu, Chao-Xing

    2014-11-28

    We study proximity induced triplet superconductivity in a spin-orbit-coupled system, and show that the d vector of the induced triplet superconductivity undergoes precession that can be controlled by varying the relative strengths of Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit couplings. In particular, a long-range spin-triplet helix is predicted when these two spin-orbit couplings have equal strengths. We also study the Josephson junction geometry and show that a transition between 0 and π junctions can be induced by controlling the spin-orbit coupling with a gate voltage. An experimental setup is proposed to verify these effects. Conversely, the observation of these effects can serve as a direct confirmation of triplet superconductivity.

  7. Disorder-induced topological change of the superconducting gap structure in iron pnictides.

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    Mizukami, Y; Konczykowski, M; Kawamoto, Y; Kurata, S; Kasahara, S; Hashimoto, K; Mishra, V; Kreisel, A; Wang, Y; Hirschfeld, P J; Matsuda, Y; Shibauchi, T

    2014-11-28

    In superconductors with unconventional pairing mechanisms, the energy gap in the excitation spectrum often has nodes, which allow quasiparticle excitations at low energies. In many cases, such as in d-wave cuprate superconductors, the position and topology of nodes are imposed by the symmetry, and thus the presence of gapless excitations is protected against disorder. Here we report on the observation of distinct changes in the gap structure of iron-pnictide superconductors with increasing impurity scattering. By the successive introduction of nonmagnetic point defects into BaFe2(As(1-x)P(x))(2) crystals via electron irradiation, we find from the low-temperature penetration depth measurements that the nodal state changes to a nodeless state with fully gapped excitations. Moreover, under further irradiation the gapped state evolves into another gapless state, providing bulk evidence of unconventional sign-changing s-wave superconductivity. This demonstrates that the topology of the superconducting gap can be controlled by disorder, which is a strikingly unique feature of iron pnictides.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

    2016-01-01

    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. PMID:27035956

  11. 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.

  12. 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).

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  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. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Preparing Greenberger--Horne--Zeilinger Entangled Photon Fock States of Three Cavities Coupled by a Superconducting Flux Qutrit

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    Zheng, Zhen-Fei; Su, Qi-Ping; Yang, Chui-Ping

    2013-08-01

    We propose a way to prepare Greenberger--Horne--Zeilinger (GHZ) entangled photon Fock states of three cavities, by using a superconducting flux qutrit coupled to the cavities. This proposal does not require the use of classical microwave pulses and measurement during the entire operation. Thus, the operation is greatly simplified and the circuit engineering complexity and cost is much reduced. The proposal is quite general and can be applied to generate three-cavity GHZ entangled photon Fock states when the three cavities are coupled by a different three-level physical system such as a superconducting charge qutrit, a transmon qutrit, or a quantum dot.

  5. 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.

  6. Superconducting High-Resolution X-Ray Spectrometers For Chemical State Analysis Of Dilute Samples

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    Friedrich, Stephan; Drury, Owen B.; Funk, Tobias; Sherrell, Darren; Yachandra, Vittal K.; Labov, Simon E.; Cramer, Stephen P.

    2004-05-01

    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 × 3 array of STJs inside the UHV sample chamber at a temperature of ˜0.1 K within ˜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.

  7. 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.

  8. Superconducting Solid-State Particle Spectrometers for Atoms and Macromolecules of 3 20 keV

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    Ohkubo, Masataka; Ukibe, Masahiro; Chen, Yiner; Shiki, Shigetomo; Sato, Yuki; Tomita, Shigeo; Hayakawa, Shigeo

    2008-05-01

    Superconducting detectors have no dead surface-layer. It has been found that even if there is a 700 nm-thick SiO2 layer on the sensitive area, the detectors produce measurable output pulses for molecule impact. This feature is very attractive in solid-state spectroscopy of low-energy atoms or molecules for basic chemistry, nuclear physics, and life science. The superconducting tunnel junction detectors enable the measurement of the deposited energy for individual particle impacts in contrast to conventional particle detectors that rely on secondary particle emission. A study of the particle-surface interaction with atoms, proteins, and synthetic polymers has revealed that there are three regions. As the mass value increases, the pulse height reduction, or the decrease of the deposited energy, is remarkable in a mass range below 2,000, the pulse height increases in 2,000 100,000, and finally almost constant pulse height appears in 100,000 1,000,000.

  9. Studies on the superconducting state of NaxCoO2·yH2O - Overview

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    Sato, Masatoshi; Kobayashi, Yoshiaki; Moyoshi, Taketo

    2010-12-01

    Results of experimental studies carried out to clarify the superconducting state of NaxCoO2·yH2O (x ˜ 0.3; y ˜ 1.3) are presented. Various means such as NMR, neutron magnetic scattering, and specific-heats and magnetic-susceptibility measurements have been applied to both poly- and single-crystalline samples to obtain internally consistent data. Effects of non-magnetic impurities and oxygen isotope substitution on the superconducting transition temperature Tc have also been studied. Data obtained for the mother system NaxCoO2 have also presented useful information on the superconducting state of NaxCoO2·yH2O. In the course of these studies, we have shown by measuring Knight shifts of 59Co and 23Na of aligned crytalline samples that the Cooper pairs are in the singlet state. Neutron inelastic scattering measurements on large single crystals have presented the firm evidence for the disappearance of the low energy ferromagnetic excitation with decreasing T, excluding the triplet Cooper pairing in NaxCoO2·yH2O consistently with the Knight shift. In the Tc-νQ phase diagram, it has been confirmed that there is a nonsuperconducting phase, which divides the superconducting region into two, νQ being the nuclear quadrupole frequency. The possible different symmetries between the two superconducting phases suggested by this characteristic νQ dependence shown in the phase diagram, has been carefully examined mainly by specific heat measurements and NMR. However, any difference between the pair states of these phases has not been found. The appearance of the nonsuperconducting phase should be considered due to an instability which appears within a single superconducting phase.

  10. Superconducting thermal neutron detectors

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

    2016-09-01

    A neutron detection concept is presented that is based on superconductive niobium nitride (NbN) strips coated by a boron (B) layer. The working principle is well described by a hot spot mechanism: upon the occurrence of the nuclear reactions n + 10B → α + 7Li + 2.8 MeV, the energy released by the secondary particles into the strip 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 below 11K and current-biased below the critical current IC, are driven into the normal state upon thermal neutron irradiation. Measurements on the counting rate of the device are presented and the basic physical features of the detector are discussed and compared to those of a borated Nb superconducting strip.

  11. 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.

  12. Probing proximity-induced superconductivity in superconductor-topological Insulator devices via Josephson Interferometry

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    Huemiller, Erik D.; Finck, Aaron D. K.; Kurter, Cihan; van Harlingen, Dale J.

    2015-03-01

    We are exploring the nature of the proximity-induced order in 3D topological insulators in contact with an s-wave superconductor by phase-sensitive Josephson interferometry. It is predicted that the proximity region should have p-wave pairing symmetry with spin-dependent chiral components. To test this, we compare the behavior of edge and corner junctions on a patterned bilayer of Nb and Bi2Se3 to determine the phase anisotropy that should reflect a mixture of the s and p components. The alternate approach discussed will be measurement of the supercurrent properties in arrays of superconducting islands patterned on top of the topological insulator, which is sensitive to both the current-phase relation of the junctions and the array geometry. This work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant NSF-DMR14-11067.

  13. 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.

  14. First results from solid state neutral particle analyzer on experimental advanced superconducting tokamak

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    Zhang, J. Z.; Zhu, Y. B.; Zhao, J. L.; Wan, B. N.; Li, J. G.; Heidbrink, W. W.

    2016-11-01

    Full function integrated, compact solid state neutral particle analyzers (ssNPA) based on absolute extreme ultraviolet silicon photodiode have been successfully implemented on the experimental advanced superconducting tokamak to measure energetic particle. The ssNPA system has been operated in advanced current mode with fast temporal and spatial resolution capabilities, with both active and passive charge exchange measurements. It is found that the ssNPA flux signals are increased substantially with neutral beam injection (NBI). The horizontal active array responds to modulated NBI beam promptly, while weaker change is presented on passive array. Compared to near-perpendicular beam, near-tangential beam brings more passive ssNPA flux and a broader profile, while no clear difference is observed on active ssNPA flux and its profile. Significantly enhanced intensities on some ssNPA channels have been observed during ion cyclotron resonant heating.

  15. Critical state solution of a cable made of curved thin superconducting tapes

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    Brambilla, Roberto; Grilli, Francesco

    2014-12-01

    In this paper, we develop a method based on the critical state for calculating the current and field distributions and AC losses in a cable made of curved thin superconducting tapes. The method also includes the possibility of considering spatial variation of the critical current density, which may be the result of the manufacturing process. For example, rare-earth-based coated conductors are known to have a decrease in transport properties near the edges of the tape: this influences the way the current and field penetrate the sample and, consequently, the AC losses. We demonstrate that curved tapes arranged on a cylindrical former behave as an infinite horizontal stack of straight tapes, and we compare the AC losses in a variety of working conditions, both without and with the lateral dependence of the critical current density. This model and subsequent similar approaches can be of interest for various applications of coated conductors, including power cables and conductor-on-round-core cables.

  16. Neutron irradiation damage effect on superconducting and normal state properties of the YBa 2Cu 3O 7 system

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    Przysłupski, P.; Wiśniewski, A.; Koleśnik, S.; Dobrowolski, W.; Pajączkowska, A.; Pytel, K.; Pytel, B.

    1988-06-01

    Effect of irradiation by fast neutrons on superconducting and normal state properties of the YBa 2Cu 3O 7 samples is presented. Transport measurements showed a degradation of all superconducting parameters, especially the transport critical current density. Critical current densities obtained from magnetization data exhibited a substantial increase / about 15 times at 77 K and H = 10 kOe/ after the irradiation with the fluence in the range 2.4·10 17 ÷ 8.7 · 10 17 n/cm 2. Such an anomalous bahavior is explained in terms of neutron created defects at intergrain regions and improved intragrain pinning.

  17. 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

    2015-10-20

    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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. Interplay Of Magnetism And Superconductivity In Cecoin5

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    Movshovich, R.; Tokiwa, Y.; Ronning, F.; Bianchi, A.; Capan, C.; Young, B. L.; Urbano, R. R.; Curro, N. J.; Park, T.; Thompson, J. D.; Bauer, E.; Sarrao, J. L.

    CeCoIn5 is a heavy fermion superconductor which appears to be straddling the boundary between the superconducting and magnetic ground states. At the superconducting critical field H c2 this material displays NFL behavior in transport and thermodynamic properties, pointing at a Quantum Critical Point (QCP) at H c2, and hinting at the presence of magnetic fluctuations, probably due to an AFM order superseded by the superconductivity. In the High-Field-Low-Temperature (HFLT) corner of the superconducting phase of CeCoIn5, within 20% off H c2, an additional phase appears within the superconducting phase, and the normal-to-superconducting transition itself becomes first order. This behavior is consistent with a strong Pauli limited superconductivity, and the low temperature high field phase being an inhomogeneous superconducting FFLO phase. Recent NMR experiments, however, point to a long range magnetic order within HFLT state. Experiments on CeRhIn5 under pressure show magnetic field induced AFM order within the superconducting phase, with some similarities to the phase diagram of CeCoIn5. Could the HFLT phase transition be due to magnetic order? Importantly, the HFLT phase does not extend into the normal state above H c2. We need a picture of a magnetism "attracted" to superconductivity to explain the data on the HFLT phase in CeCoIn5.

  1. 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.

  2. Observation of the Superconducting Proximity Effect in the Surface State of SmB6 Thin Films

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    Lee, Seunghun; Zhang, Xiaohang; Liang, Yangang; Fackler, Sean W.; Yong, Jie; Wang, Xiangfeng; Paglione, Johnpierre; Greene, Richard L.; Takeuchi, Ichiro

    2016-07-01

    The proximity effect at the interface between a topological insulator and a superconductor is predicted to give rise to chiral topological superconductivity and Majorana fermion excitations. In most topological insulators studied to date, however, the conducting bulk states have overwhelmed the transport properties and precluded the investigation of the interplay of the topological surface state and Cooper pairs. Here, we demonstrate the superconducting proximity effect in the surface state of SmB6 thin films which display bulk insulation at low temperatures. The Fermi velocity in the surface state deduced from the proximity effect is found to be as large as 105 m /s , in good agreement with the value obtained from a separate transport measurement. We show that high transparency between the topological insulator and a superconductor is crucial for the proximity effect. The finding here opens the door to investigation of exotic quantum phenomena using all-thin-film multilayers with high-transparency interfaces.

  3. Conductance spectra of the Fe111 compounds in the normal and superconducting states

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    Arham, Hamood; Park, W. K.; Greene, L. H.; Chung, D. Y.; Bugaris, D.; Kanatzidis, M. G.

    2013-03-01

    We use quasiparticle scattering spectroscopy (QPS), also known as point contact spectroscopy, to study Co doped NaFeAs. A conductance enhancement is observed in the normal state of NaFeAs with an onset temperature ~ 95 K. Our previous work on the electron and hole doped Fe122 compounds revealed that a conductance enhancement in the normal state is only observed for those compounds that have an in-plane resistive anisotropy. This enhancement is caused by the non-Fermi liquid behavior of these compounds due to orbital fluctuations. (Arham et al. PRB 85, 214515 (2012); Lee et al. arXiv:1110.5917). Our initial results indicate that the same conditions hold true for the Fe111 compounds as well. QPS is effective in detecting strong electron correlations (hybridization gap, Fano resonance, orbital fluctuations) in the normal state of a variety of strongly correlated electron systems that exhibit the ubiquitous `domed' phase diagram. The need for some kind of a microscopic theory that explains how QPS detects strong electron correlations will be discussed. This work is supported by the Center for Emergent Superconductivity, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the US DOE, Office of Science, Award No. DE-AC0298CH1088.

  4. Gluon effects on the equation of state of color superconducting strange stars

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    Ferrer, E. J.; de la Incera, V.; Paulucci, L.

    2015-08-01

    Compact astrophysical objects are a window for the study of strongly interacting nuclear matter given the conditions in their interiors, which are not reproduced in a laboratory environment. Much has been debated about their composition with possibilities ranging from a simple mixture of mostly protons and neutrons to deconfined quark matter. Recent observations on the mass of two pulsars, PSR J 1614 -2230 and PSR J 0348 +0432 , have posed a great restriction on their composition, since the equation of state must be hard enough to support masses of about at least two solar masses. The onset of quarks tends to soften the equation of state, but it can get substantially stiffer since in the high-dense medium a repulsive vector interaction channel is opened. Nevertheless, we show that once gluon effects are considered, the equation of state of strange stars formed by quark matter in the color-flavor-locked (CFL) phase of color superconductivity becomes softer decreasing the maximum stellar mass that can be reached. This may indicate that strange stars made entirely of CFL matter can only be favored if other interactions, as the one corresponding to the vector channel, are taken into consideration and are large enough.

  5. 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.

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

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    Eftekharian, Amin; Jafari Salim, Amir; 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Superconductivity in an Organic Insulator at Very High Magnetic Fields

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    Balicas, L.; Brooks, J. S.; Storr, K.; Uji, S.; Tokumoto, M.; Tanaka, H.; Kobayashi, H.; Kobayashi, A.; Barzykin, V.; Gor'kov, L. P.

    2001-08-06

    We investigate by electrical transport the field-induced superconducting state (FISC) in the organic conductor {lambda}-(BETS){sub 2}FeCl{sub 4} . Below 4K, antiferromagnetic-insulator, metallic, and eventually superconducting (FISC) ground states are observed with increasing in-plane magnetic field. The FISC state survives between 18 and 41T and can be interpreted in terms of the Jaccarino-Peter effect, where the external magnetic field compensates the exchange field of aligned Fe{sup 3+} ions. We further argue that the Fe{sup 3+} moments are essential to stabilize the resulting singlet, two-dimensional superconducting state.

  9. 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.

  10. Superconducting and normal-state properties of APd2As2 (A = Ca, Sr, Ba) single crystals

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    Anand, V. K.; Kim, H.; Tanatar, M. A.; Prozorov, R.; Johnston, D. C.

    2013-06-01

    The synthesis and crystallography, magnetic susceptibility χ, magnetization M, specific heat Cp, in-plane electrical resistivity ρ, and in-plane magnetic penetration depth measurements are reported for single crystals of APd2As2 (A = Ca, Sr, Ba) versus temperature T and magnetic field H. The crystals were grown using PdAs self-flux. CaPd2As2 and SrPd2As2 crystallize in a collapsed body-centered tetragonal ThCr2Si2-type structure (I4/mmm), whereas BaPd2As2 crystallizes in the primitive tetragonal CeMg2Si2-type structure (P4/mmm), in agreement with literature data. The ρ(T) data exhibit metallic behavior for all three compounds. Bulk superconductivity is reported for CaPd2As2 and SrPd2As2 below Tc=1.27 and 0.92 K, respectively, whereas only a trace of superconductivity is found in BaPd2As2. No other phase transitions were observed. The χ(T) and M(H) data reveal anisotropic diamagnetism in the normal state, with χc>χab for CaPd2As2 and BaPd2As2, and χc<χab for SrPd2As2. The normal and superconducting state data indicate that CaPd2As2 and SrPd2As2 are conventional type-II nodeless s-wave electron-phonon superconductors. The electronic superconducting state heat capacity data for CaPd2As2, which has an extremely sharp heat capacity jump at Tc, are analyzed using our recent elaboration of the α-model of the BCS theory of superconductivity, which indicates that the s-wave gap in this compound is anisotropic in momentum space.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Pressure-induced superconductivity in the iron-based ladder material BaFe2S3.

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    Takahashi, Hiroki; Sugimoto, Akira; Nambu, Yusuke; Yamauchi, Touru; Hirata, Yasuyuki; Kawakami, Takateru; Avdeev, Maxim; Matsubayashi, Kazuyuki; Du, Fei; Kawashima, Chizuru; Soeda, Hideto; Nakano, Satoshi; Uwatoko, Yoshiya; Ueda, Yutaka; Sato, Taku J; Ohgushi, Kenya

    2015-10-01

    All the iron-based superconductors identified so far share a square lattice composed of Fe atoms as a common feature, despite having different crystal structures. In copper-based materials, the superconducting phase emerges not only in square-lattice structures but also in ladder structures. Yet iron-based superconductors without a square-lattice motif have not been found, despite being actively sought out. Here, we report the discovery of pressure-induced superconductivity in the iron-based spin-ladder material BaFe2S3, a Mott insulator with striped-type magnetic ordering below ∼120 K. On the application of pressure this compound exhibits a metal-insulator transition at about 11 GPa, followed by the appearance of superconductivity below Tc = 14 K, right after the onset of the metallic phase. Our findings indicate that iron-based ladder compounds represent promising material platforms, in particular for studying the fundamentals of iron-based superconductivity.

  15. Pressure-induced superconductivity in the iron-based ladder material BaFe2S3.

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    Takahashi, Hiroki; Sugimoto, Akira; Nambu, Yusuke; Yamauchi, Touru; Hirata, Yasuyuki; Kawakami, Takateru; Avdeev, Maxim; Matsubayashi, Kazuyuki; Du, Fei; Kawashima, Chizuru; Soeda, Hideto; Nakano, Satoshi; Uwatoko, Yoshiya; Ueda, Yutaka; Sato, Taku J; Ohgushi, Kenya

    2015-10-01

    All the iron-based superconductors identified so far share a square lattice composed of Fe atoms as a common feature, despite having different crystal structures. In copper-based materials, the superconducting phase emerges not only in square-lattice structures but also in ladder structures. Yet iron-based superconductors without a square-lattice motif have not been found, despite being actively sought out. Here, we report the discovery of pressure-induced superconductivity in the iron-based spin-ladder material BaFe2S3, a Mott insulator with striped-type magnetic ordering below ∼120 K. On the application of pressure this compound exhibits a metal-insulator transition at about 11 GPa, followed by the appearance of superconductivity below Tc = 14 K, right after the onset of the metallic phase. Our findings indicate that iron-based ladder compounds represent promising material platforms, in particular for studying the fundamentals of iron-based superconductivity. PMID:26191659

  16. Superconductivity in anti-post-Perovskite vanadium compounds.

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    Wang, Bosen; Ohgushi, Kenya

    2013-11-29

    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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. Pressure-induced superconductivity in Ba0.5Sr0.5Fe2As2

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    Tsoi, Georgiy M.; Malone, Walter; Uhoya, Walter; Mitchell, Jonathan E.; Vohra, Yogesh K.; Wenger, Lowell E.; Sefat, Athena S.; Weir, S. T.

    2012-12-01

    High-pressure electrical resistance measurements have been performed on single crystal Ba0.5Sr0.5Fe2As2 platelets to pressures of 16 GPa and temperatures down to 10 K using designer diamond anvils under quasi-hydrostatic conditions with an insulating steatite pressure medium. The resistance measurements show evidence of pressure-induced superconductivity with an onset transition temperature at ˜31 K and zero resistance at ˜22 K for a pressure of 3.3 GPa. The transition temperature decreases gradually with increasing pressure before completely disappearing for pressures above 12 GPa. The present results provide experimental evidence that a solid solution of two 122-type materials, i.e., Ba1-xSrxFe2As2 (0 < x < 1), can also exhibit superconductivity under high pressure.

  4. 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.

  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.

    PubMed

    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. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. Evidence for two coupled subsystems in the superconducting state of La2-xSrxCuO4

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    Rast, S.; Schneider, M. L.; Onellion, M.; Zeng, X. H.; Si, Weidong; Xi, X. X.; Abrecht, M.; Ariosa, D.; Pavuna, D.; Ren, Y. H.; Lüpke, G.; Perakis, I.

    2001-12-01

    We used a pump-probe technique to measure the transient change of optical reflectivity of both La2-xSrxCuO4, of various dopings, and slightly underdoped YBa2Cu3O7-x and NdBa2Cu3O7-x thin films. For the La2-xSrxCuO4 films, our data demonstrate the coexistence, in the superconducting state, of two coupled subsystems with different relaxation times and different contributions to the optical reflectivity. One subsystem is associated with the superconducting phase. By contrast, the data from YBa2Cu3O7-x and NdBa2Cu3O7-x shows that the coupling between the two subsystems is weak or absent.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Spin-symmetric solution of an interacting quantum dot attached to superconducting leads: Andreev states and the 0- π transition

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    Janiš, Václav; Pokorný, Vladislav; Žonda, Martin

    2016-09-01

    Behavior of Andreev gap states in a quantum dot with Coulomb repulsion symmetrically attached to superconducting leads is studied via the perturbation expansion in the interaction strength. We find the exact asymptotic form of the spin-symmetric solution for the Andreev states continuously approaching the Fermi level. We thereby derive a critical interaction at which the Andreev states at zero temperature merge at the Fermi energy, being the upper bound for the 0-π transition. We show that the spin-symmetric solution becomes degenerate beyond this interaction, in the π phase, and the Andreev states do not split unless the degeneracy is lifted. We further demonstrate that the degeneracy of the spin-symmetric state extends also into the 0 phase in which the solutions with zero and non-zero frequencies of the Andreev states may coexist.

  15. 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

  16. Optical Probe of the Superconducting Normal Mixed State 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.

    2016-01-01

    Using ultraviolet photon pulses, we have probed the internal behavior of a molybdenum-gold Magnetic Penetration Thermometer (MPT) that we designed for x-ray microcalorimetry. In this low-temperature detector, the diamagnetic response of a superconducting MoAu bilayer is used to sense temperature changes in response to absorbed photons. We have previously described an approximate model that explains the high responsivity of the detector to temperature changes as a consequence of a Meissner transition of the molybdenum-gold film in the magnetic field applied by the superconducting circuit used to bias the detector. We compare measurements of MPT heat capacity and thermal conductance, derived from UV photon pulse data, to our model predictions for the thermodynamic properties of the sensor and for the electron cooling obtained by quasiparticle recombination. Our data on electron cooling power is also relevant to the operation of other superconducting detectors, such as Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors.

  17. Graphene: Carbon's superconducting footprint

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    Vafek, Oskar

    2012-02-01

    Graphene exhibits many extraordinary properties, but superconductivity isn't one of them. Two theoretical studies suggest that by decorating the surface of graphene with the right species of dopant atoms, or by using ionic liquid gating, superconductivity could yet be induced.

  18. 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.

  19. Structural and magnetic phase diagram of CrAs and its relationship with pressure-induced superconductivity

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    Shen, Yao; Wang, Qisi; Hao, Yiqing; Pan, Bingying; Feng, Yu; Huang, Qingzhen; Harriger, L. W.; Leao, J. B.; Zhao, Yang; Chisnell, R. M.; Lynn, J. W.; Cao, Huibo; Hu, Jiangping; Zhao, Jun

    2016-02-01

    We use neutron diffraction to study the structure and magnetic phase diagram of the newly discovered pressure-induced superconductor CrAs. Unlike most magnetic unconventional superconductors where the magnetic moment direction barely changes upon doping, here we show that CrAs exhibits a spin reorientation from the a b plane to the a c plane, along with an abrupt drop of the magnetic propagation vector at a critical pressure (Pc≈0.6 GPa). This magnetic phase transition, accompanied by a lattice anomaly, coincides with the emergence of bulk superconductivity. With further increasing pressure, the magnetic order completely disappears near the optimal Tc regime (P ≈0.94 GPa). Moreover, the Cr magnetic moments tend to be aligned antiparallel between nearest neighbors with increasing pressure toward the optimal superconductivity regime. Our findings suggest that the noncollinear helimagnetic order is strongly coupled to structural and electronic degrees of freedom, and that the antiferromagnetic correlations between nearest neighbors might be essential for superconductivity.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. Large applications and challenges of state-of-the-art superconducting RF (SRF) technologies

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    Shu, Q.S. |

    1997-11-01

    Various applications of superconducting radio-frequency (SRF) accelerating structures in many fields around the world are introduced. These applications consist of high energy physics, nuclear physics, free electron lasers, energy amplifiers, nuclear materials and the treatment of radioactive wastes. A review of recent development of SRF technologies is presented. The authors also briefly discuss the future prospects of SRF technologies and applications.

  6. General conditions for proximity induced odd-frequency superconductivity in two-dimensional electronic systems

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    Rossi, Enrico; Triola, Christopher; Badiane, Driss; Balatsky, Alexander V.

    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 will exhibit odd-frequency superconducting pairing. Work supported by US DOE BES E304, KAW, ACS-PRF-53581-DNI5, and NSF-DMR-1455233.

  7. Electrochemical Na-intercalation-induced high-temperature superconductivity in FeSe

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    Kajita, Tetsuya; Kawamata, Takayuki; Noji, Takashi; Hatakeda, Takehiro; Kato, Masatsune; Koike, Yoji; Itoh, Takashi

    2015-12-01

    Iron-chalcogenide-based superconductors have attracted much attention due to their relatively high superconducting transition temperatures (Tc) and their simple layered crystal structures. We have performed electrochemical co-intercalation of Na and propylene carbonate (PC) into FeSe, and successfully synthesized a new superconductor, Nax(PC)yFe2Se2, with Tc = 43 K. The type and amount of intercalated metal, and the electrolyte used in the intercalation affected the superconductivity. Our electrochemical intercalation method should be a useful tool for discovering new superconductors by controlling the intercalation conditions.

  8. Superconducting transmission line particle detector

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    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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Doping-driven evolution of the superconducting state from a doped Mott insulator: Cluster dynamical mean-field theory

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    Civelli, M.

    2009-05-01

    In this paper we investigate the zero-temperature doping-driven evolution of a superconductor toward the Mott insulator in a two-dimensional electron model, relevant for high-temperature superconductivity. To this purpose we use a cluster extension of dynamical mean-field theory. Our results show that a standard d -wave superconductor, realized at high doping, is driven into the Mott insulator via an intermediate superconducting state displaying unconventional physical properties. By restoring the translational invariance of the lattice, we give an interpretation of these findings in momentum space. In particular, we show that at a finite doping a strong momentum-space differentiation takes place: non-Fermi liquid and insulatinglike (pseudogap) characters rise in some regions (antinodes), while Fermi liquid quasiparticles survive in other regions (nodes) of momentum space. We describe the consequence of these happenings on the spectral properties, stressing in particular the behavior of the superconducting gap, which reveals two distinct nodal and antinodal energy scales as a function of doping, detected in photoemission and Raman spectroscopy experiments. We study and compare with experimental results the doping-dependent behavior of other physical quantities, such as for instance, the nodal quasiparticle velocity (extracted in angle-resolved photoemission) and the low-energy slopes of the local density of states and of the Raman scattering response. We then propose a description of the evolution of the electronic structure while approaching the Mott transition. We show that, within our formalism, a strong asymmetry naturally arises in the local density of states, measured in scanning tunneling spectroscopy. We investigate in detail the doping evolution of the electronic bands, focusing on the kinklike quasiparticle dispersion observed with angle-resolved photoemission in specific cuts of the momentum-energy space. We finally show the consequences of the

  13. Steady-state entanglement in a double-well Bose-Einstein condensate through coupling to a superconducting resonator

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    Ng, H. T.; Chu, Shih-I

    2011-08-15

    We consider a two-component Bose-Einstein condensate in a double-well potential, where the atoms are magnetically coupled to a single mode of the microwave field inside a superconducting resonator. We find that the system has different dark-state subspaces in the strong- and weak-tunneling regimes. In the limit of weak tunnel coupling, steady-state entanglement between the two spatially separated condensates can be generated by evolving to a mixture of dark states via the dissipation of the photon field. We show that the entanglement can be faithfully indicated by an entanglement witness. Long-lived entangled states are useful for quantum-information processing with atom-chip devices.

  14. Pressure-induced superconductivity in a three-dimensional topological material ZrTe5.

    PubMed

    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.

  15. Pressure-induced superconductivity in a three-dimensional topological material ZrTe5

    PubMed Central

    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

    2016-01-01

    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. PMID:26929327

  16. 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

  17. Superconducting-Tip STM on Cobaltates as a Platform for Exploring Topological Superconductivity

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    Contryman, Alex W.; Niestemski, Francis; Chen, Yulin; Hesjedal, Thorsten; Parra, Carolina; Chung, Suk Bum; Zhang, Hai-Jun; Shen, Z. X.; Zhang, Shou-Cheng; Manoharan, Hari C.

    2013-03-01

    In recent years, NaxCoO2 has attracted much attention for its unconventional superconductivity and antiferromagnetic phases. More recently it has been proposed that inducing superconductivity into the stoichiometric compound through the proximity effect could lead to topological superconductivity where Majorana physics might be accessed. We first explore this surface state with standard scanning tunneling spectroscopy and tuning fork-based atomic force microscopy, and then investigate the proximity effect scenario by introducing a superconducting tip to probe the superconductor-vacuum-topological junction. Supported by DOE, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering under contract DE-AC02-76SF00515. Alex W. Contryman is supported by a Dr. Robert N. Noyce Stanford Graduate Fellowship.

  18. 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

    2015-01-01

    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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Interlayer-state-driven superconductivity in CaC6 studied by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy

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    Kyung, Wonshik; Kim, Yeongkwan; Han, Garam; Leem, Choonshik; Kim, Chul; Koh, Yoonyoung; Kim, Beomyoung; Kim, Youngwook; Kim, Jun Sung; Kim, Keun Su; Rotenberg, Eli; Denlinger, Jonathan D.; Kim, Changyoung

    2015-12-01

    We performed angle-resolved photoemission experiments on CaC6 and measured kz-dependent electronic structures to investigate the interlayer states. The results reveal a spherical interlayer Fermi surface centered at the Γ point. We also find that the graphene-driven band possesses a weak kz dispersion. The overall electronic structure shows a peculiar single-graphene-layer periodicity in the kz direction although the CaC6 unit cell is supposed to contain three graphene layers. This suggests that the c -axis ordering of Ca has little effect on the electronic structure of CaC6. In addition to CaC6, we also studied the a low-temperature superconductor BaC6. For BaC6, the graphene-band Dirac-point energy is smaller than that of CaC6. Based on data from CaC6 and BaC6, we rule out the Cx y phonon mode as the origin of the superconductivity in CaC6, which strongly suggests interlayer-state-driven superconductivity.

  2. Superconducting proximity effect and the Fermi velocity in the surface-state of SmB6 thin films

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    Lee, Seunghun; Zhang, Xiaohang; Greene, Richard L.; Takeuchi, Ichiro

    SmB6 recently has been predicted to be topological Kondo insulator. Here, we investigate the Fermi velocity (vF) of SmB6 using transport measurements and a study on the superconducting proximity effect, independently. In the transport measurement, SmB6 thin films show thickness-independent transport characteristics at low temperatures, which is a strong evidence for the presence of the surface conducting channel as well as the insulting bulk state as the nature of Kondo insulator. We estimate the thickness of the surface-state to be ~ 7 nm and the vF to be ~105 m/s. In order to carry out the proximity effect investigation, we fabricated superconducting Nb/SmB6 bilayers in-situ.We performed Usadel fitting to the variation of critical temperatures of the Nb layers due to the proximity effect. Interestingly, only the fitting regarding a 2D surface model yielded the consistent value of the vF with the value obtained from the transport measurement as well as the reported value from the quantum oscillation measurement. These results indicate that SmB6 has a true 2D surface-channel responsible for the observed proximity effect. This work is supported by NSF under Grant No. DMR-1410665 and conducted at Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Materials (CNAM).

  3. Characterization and Control of Measurement-Induced Dephasing on Superconducting Flux Qubit with a Josephson Bifurcation Amplifier

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    Kakuyanagi, Kosuke; Matsuzaki, Yuichiro; Baba, Tatsuya; Nakano, Hayato; Saito, Shiro; Semba, Kouichi

    2016-10-01

    Quantum measurements play a central role in quantum information processing. Understanding the mechanism of the quantum measurements is essential to both improve the visibility of the readout and decrease the projection error during measurement. Here, we describe and demonstrate an experimental protocol for quantifying a measurement backaction when we readout a superconducting flux qubit using a Josephson bifurcation amplifier. The coupling with the Josephson bifurcation amplifier induces a dephasing on the flux qubit during the readout. We have succeeded in estimating and controlling the strength of such a measurement-induced dephasing by changing the pulse height of the microwave driving. Our results are crucial for designing a suitable quantum readout technique for the realization of practical quantum devices.

  4. 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

    2016-09-01

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 1/f noise in the superconducting state of quasi-two-dimensional organic conductors (BEDT-TTF){sub 2}X - a comparative study.

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    Muller, J.; Brandenbrug, J.; Schlueter, J. A.; Gard, G. L.; Materials Science Division; Goethe Univ.; Max-Planck-Inst. for Chemical Physics of Solids; Portland State Univ.

    2010-01-01

    We report on resistance noise spectroscopy measurements in the superconducting state of two quasi-two-dimensional organic superconductors. The superconducting state of {beta}{double_prime}-(ET){sub 2}SF{sub 5}CH{sub 2}CF{sub 2}SO{sub 3} is homogeneous, whereas {kappa}-(ET){sub 2}Cu[N(CN){sub 2}]Cl under pressure is located in the inhomogeneous region of the phase diagram, where antiferromanetic/insulating and superconducting phases coexist. For the latter material, the finite noise level even well below T{sub c} is understood in the framework of a random resistor network. Furthermore, the noise provides evidence for percolation-type superconductivity. For homogeneous {beta}{double_prime}-(ET){sub 2}SF{sub 5}CH{sub 2}CF{sub 2}SO{sub 3}, however, no indications of percolation effects are found: the noise in the superconducting state vanishes and the normalized noise level S{sub R}/R{sup 2} is generally one order of magnitude lower.

  7. 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.

  8. {sup 17}O Knight shift study of the superconducting state of Sr{sub 2}RuO{sub 4}

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    Mukuda, H.; Ishida, K.; Kitaoka, Y.; Mao, Z.; Mori, Y.; Maeno, Y.

    1999-12-01

    {sup 17}O Knight shift measurements in Sr{sub 2}RuO{sub 4} were performed over the wide range of magnetic field 3.2--11.4kOe parallel to the basal RuO{sub 2} planes. The spin susceptibility is totally unchanged through its T{prime}{sub c}, evidencing that the spin-triplet superconducting state is realized in Sr{sub 2}RuO{sub 4}. The results indicates that the Cooper pairs consist of the parallel spin pairs {vert{underscore}bar}{up{underscore}arrow}{up{underscore}arrow}> and {vert{underscore}bar}{down{underscore}arrow}{down{underscore}arrow}> with their quantization axis perpendicular to the c-axis direction. The in-plane 2D nearly ferromagnetic spin fluctuations may play a role for the stabilization of this state among various representations of spin-triplet order parameter.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Impurity-Induced Bound States in Superconductors with Spin-Orbit Coupling.

    PubMed

    Kim, Younghyun; Zhang, Junhua; Rossi, E; Lutchyn, Roman M

    2015-06-12

    We study the effect of strong spin-orbit coupling (SOC) on bound states induced by impurities in superconductors. The presence of SOC breaks the SU(2)-spin symmetry and causes the superconducting order parameter to have generically both singlet (s-wave) and triplet (p-wave) components. We find that in the presence of SOC the spectrum of Yu-Shiba-Rusinov (YSR) states is qualitatively different in s-wave and p-wave superconductors, a fact that can be used to identify the superconducting pairing symmetry of the host system. We also predict that, in the presence of SOC, the spectrum of the impurity-induced bound states depends on the orientation of the magnetic moment S of the impurity and, in particular, that by changing the orientation of S, the fermion-parity of the lowest energy bound state can be tuned. We then study the case of a dimer of magnetic impurities and show that, in this case, the YSR spectrum for a p-wave superconductor is qualitatively very different from the one for an s-wave superconductor even in the limit of vanishing SOC. PMID:26196821

  12. 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.

  13. Pressure-induced superconductivity in H2-containing hydride PbH4(H2)2

    PubMed Central

    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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Review of new energy. Superconductivity

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    1989-03-01

    An summary is given of the research and development on high temperature superconductivity. It begins with a description of superconducting state and enumerates chemical elements, in particular oxides, associated with high temperature superconductivity. A brief account is next given on the progress of research and development on the present subject. Some of well known topics associated with superconductivity are described shortly, namely Meissner effect, quenching (transition to normal conducting state from superconducting one), Perovskite structure, positive hole earrier, Josephson effect, SQUID (superconducting quantum interference device) and so on. Various devices or technology are enumerated, to which superconductivity, in particular high temperature one, is proposed to apply, namely electromagnet, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), particle accelerator, linear motor car, electric power storage and so on. The summary is finished with a future outlook.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Electrostatic separation of superconducting particles from non-superconducting particles and improvement in fuel atomization by electrorheology

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    Chhabria, Deepika

    This thesis has two major topics: (1) Electrostatic Separation of Superconducting Particles from a Mixture of Non-Superconducting Particles. (2) Improvement in fuel atomization by Electrorheology. (1) Based on the basic science research, the interactions between electric field and superconductors, we have developed a new technology, which can separate superconducting granular particles from their mixture with non-superconducting particles. The electric-field induced formation of superconducting balls is important aspect of the interaction between superconducting particles and electric field. When the applied electric field exceeds a critical value, the induced positive surface energy on the superconducting particles forces them to aggregate into balls or cling to the electrodes. In fabrication of superconducting materials, especially HTSC materials, it is common to come across materials with multiple phases: some grains are in superconducting state while the others are not. Our technology is proven to be very useful in separating superconducting grains from the rest non-superconducting materials. To separate superconducting particles from normal conducting particles, we apply a suitable strong electric field. The superconducting particles cling to the electrodes, while normal conducting particles bounce between the electrodes. The superconducting particles could then be collected from the electrodes. To separate superconducting particles from insulating ones, we apply a moderate electric field to force insulating particles to the electrodes to form short chains while the superconducting particles are collected from the middle of capacitor. The importance of this technology is evidenced by the unsuccessful efforts to utilize the Meissner effect to separate superconducting particles from nonsuperconducting ones. Because the Meissner effect is proportional to the particle volume, it has been found that the Meissner effect is not useful when the superconducting

  20. Superconductivity-induced magnetization depletion in a ferromagnet through an insulator in a ferromagnet-insulator-superconductor hybrid oxide heterostructure.

    PubMed

    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.

  1. Photoinduced superconductivity in semiconductors

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    Goldstein, Garry; Aron, Camille; Chamon, Claudio

    2015-02-01

    We show that optically pumped semiconductors can exhibit superconductivity. We illustrate this phenomenon in the case of a two-band semiconductor tunnel-coupled to broad-band reservoirs and driven by a continuous wave laser. More realistically, we also show that superconductivity can be induced in a two-band semiconductor interacting with a broad-spectrum light source. We furthermore discuss the case of a three-band model in which the middle band replaces the broad-band reservoirs as the source of dissipation. In all three cases, we derive the simple conditions on the band structure, electron-electron interaction, and hybridization to the reservoirs that enable superconductivity. We compute the finite superconducting pairing and argue that the mechanism can be induced through both attractive and repulsive interactions and is robust to high temperatures.

  2. Feasibility study for reduction of the screening current induced field in a 2G high temperature superconducting coil

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    Hwang, Y. J.; Jang, J. Y.; Ahn, M. C.; Park, Y. G.; Lee, S. G.

    2016-10-01

    This paper reports the effects of thermal energy on reducing the overshoot of the current sweep cycle method to reduce the screening current-induced field (SCF) in a 2G high temperature superconducting (HTS) coil. A disadvantage of the current sweep cycle method is the necessity for large overshoot in the coil current. For a 2G HTS coil, excessive overshooting of the coil current is undesirable (Yanagisawa et al 2012 AIP Conf. Proc. 1434 1373-8). In an effort to circumvent this overshooting problem, the thermal energy effect was investigated in combination with the current sweep cycle method based on experiments in this study. The experimental results show that greater SCF reduction in the HTS coil was obtained upon increasing thermal energy by heater current.

  3. Superconductive wire

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    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.

  4. Superconductive wire

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    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Anomalies in vortex lattice dynamics driven by induced ac currents in superconducting films with magnetic arrays of two-fold symmetry

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    Moreno, A. J.; Chiliotte, C. E.; Pasquini, G.; Bekeris, V.; Gomez, A.; del Valle, J.; Gonzalez, E. M.; Prieto, J. L.; Vicent, J. L.

    2015-01-01

    We study the dynamics of the vortex lattice driven by ac induced currents in the critical state regime, for T > 0.70 TC. The samples are superconducting films grown on top of two-fold symmetry array of magnetic dots. In these heterostructures, the induced ac currents flow parallel to the short and to the long side of the pinning array in different areas of the samples simultaneously. This behavior produces remarkable effects in the vortex lattice dynamics. First of all, periodic features are observed in the ac susceptibility versus applied magnetic field measurements which are related to matching effects between the vortex lattices and the magnetic array. However, the vortex lattice reconfiguration observed in magnetotransport experiments is absent. Some of these features are revealed as maxima instead of being minima, indicating higher mobility at certain matching fields. Competing unstable vortex configurations could lead to increase vortex mobility precluding the reconfiguration transition. At high temperatures, where the matching effects show up, the magnetic permeability of the dots is the mechanism that governs the JC(T) behavior. Moreover, the temperature dependence of the pinning force FP(T) shows a temperature crossover related to an unexpected enhancement in vortex mobility. Vortex-vortex interaction and the interplay between trapped and interstitial vortices are a hint to explain these phenomena.

  8. Semi-Meissner state and neither type-I nor type-II superconductivity in multicomponent superconductors

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    Babaev, Egor; Speight, Martin

    2005-11-01

    Traditionally, superconductors are categorized as type I or type II. Type-I superconductors support only Meissner and normal states, while type-II superconductors form magnetic vortices in sufficiently strong applied magnetic fields. Recently there has been much interest in superconducting systems with several species of condensates, in fields ranging from condensed matter to high energy physics. Here we show that the classification into types I and II is insufficient for such multicomponent superconductors. We obtain solutions representing thermodynamically stable vortices with properties falling outside the usual type-I/type-II dichotomy, in that they have the following features: (i) Pippard electrodynamics, (ii) interaction potential with long-range attractive and short-range repulsive parts, (iii) for an n-quantum vortex, a nonmonotonic ratio E(n)/n where E(n) is the energy per unit length, (iv) energetic preference for nonaxisymmetric vortex states, 'vortex molecules'. Consequently, these superconductors exhibit an emerging first order transition into a 'semi-Meissner' state, an inhomogeneous state comprising a mixture of domains of two-component Meissner state and vortex clusters.

  9. Superconducting transistor

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    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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Anisotropic Superconducting Gap and Elongated Vortices with Caroli-De Gennes-Matricon States in the New Superconductor Ta4Pd3Te16

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    Yang, Huan; Du, Zengyi; Fang, Delong; Wang, Zhenyu; Li, Yufeng; Du, Guan; Zhu, Xiyu; Wen, Hai-Hu

    2015-03-01

    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, 2H-NbSe2 etc., albeit the in-plane anisotropy, the vortices generally have a round shape. In this paper we report the scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy measurement results of a recently discovered new 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 in this multiband system. In addition, elongated vortices are observed with an anisotropy of about ξ∥ b/ξ⊥b ~ 2.5. Clear Caroli-de-Gennes-Matricon states are also observed. Our results will initiate the study on the elongated vortices and superconducting mechanism in the new superconductor Ta4Pd3Te16. This work was supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (973 Projects: 2011CBA00102, 2012CB821403), NSF of China, and PAPD.

  13. 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.

  14. Zeeman-driven phase transition within the superconducting state of {kappa}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu(NCS){sub 2}.

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    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.

  15. 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.

  16. Superconductivity-induced optical changes for energies of 100{Delta} in the cuprates

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    Ruebhausen, M.; Gozar, A.; Klein, M. V.; Guptasarma, P.; Hinks, D. G.

    2001-06-01

    We present information on the temperature-dependent changes of the complex pseudodielectric function in the high-T{sub c} superconductor Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8-{delta}} by means of spectroscopic ellipsometry. We reveal the existence of three distinct spectral regions. Below 2 eV, there are changes in the dielectric function associated with the free-carrier response. In slightly underdoped compounds we find at around 3 eV a strong rise of {epsilon}{sub 2} below the temperature signifying the opening of a pseudogap (T{sup *}{approx}150 K) and an additional enhancement of similar strength below the superconducting transition (T{sub c}=90 K). With overdoping, we find vanishing effects above T{sub c} and a significant decrease in the T{sub c} related effect. This behavior fits to the strong suppression of the antiferromagnetic correlations with increasing doping.

  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

    2016-07-01

    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.

  18. 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

    2015-07-31

    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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. Specific heat measurements of pressure-induced reentrant superconductivity in Eu[sub 0. 9]Ho[sub 0. 1]Mo[sub 6]S[sub 8

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    Chen, X.; Perel, A.S.; Brooks, J.S. ); Guertin, R.P. ); Hinks, D.G. )

    1993-02-15

    Specific heat measurements of Eu[sub 0.9]Ho[sub 0.1]Mo[sub 6]S[sub 8] were performed using an ac calorimetry technique under the extreme conditions of low temperature, high magnetic field, and hydrostatic pressure. The title compound is a Chevrel phase material, which is paramagnetic at ambient pressure, becomes superconducting for pressures above 7 kbar, and has a reentrant upper critical field [[ital dH][sub [ital c]2]([ital T])/[ital dT][ge]0, as [ital T][r arrow]0 K]. Evidence that this material also has a high magnetic field-induced superconducting phase at low temperatures ([ital H][ge]5 T, [ital T][le]1 K) was previously reported. The present ac calorimetry study carried out for 0.15[le][ital T][le]6 K, 0[le][ital H][le]20 T, and [ital P][congruent]8 kbar, shows a sharp superconducting transition for [ital T][le]1 K in the specific heat, which broadens at higher fields and temperatures. The results are analyzed to obtain a reentrant phase diagram in agreement with previous transport work, but direct evidence for the high field-induced phase was not found. The mechanism for the field and temperature dependence of the superconductivity of Eu[sub 0.9]Ho[sub 0.1]Mo[sub 6]S[sub 8] is discussed.

  3. 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).

  4. 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.

  5. Vortex-State Complex Hall Conductivity of Superconducting YBa2Cu3O7 Epitaxial Films at Radio Frequencies

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    Beam, D. A.; Yeh, N.-C.; Vasquez, R. P.

    1999-01-01

    The first intermediate-frequency measurements of the vortex-state complex Hall conductivity \\sigma_xy of YBa_2CU_3O_7 superconducting epitaxial films are reported. A direct transport measurement technique from dc to 7 MHz was used. The results are analyzed in terms of a phenomenological model, generalized from that for the dc Hall conductivity, with the assumptions that: 1) the sign reversal in the vortex-state Hall conductivity is associated with the different carrier densities within and far away from the vortex cores; 2) the Drude approximation Is applicable; and 3) the anomalous sign reversal occurs in the flux-flow Limit. The temperature, frequency, and magnetic field (B) dependencies of our \\sigma_xy data are in good agreement with the model. The B-dependence of \\sigma_xy reveals that both vortices (\\sigma_xyAv \\propto BA-1) and quasiparticles (sigma_xyAq \\propto B) contribute to the vortex-state Hall conduction. The magnitude of the real part of \\sigma_xy, \\sigma_xyA\\prime, is in good agreement with our model, while that of the imaginary part, \\sigma_xyA\\prime \\prime, is significantly Luger than the theoretical prediction. This may be attributed to the unconventional electronic structures in the vortex core of cuprate superconductors with d-wave or mixed pairing symmetries.

  6. 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.

  7. 1D-transport properties of single superconducting lead nanowires

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    Michotte, S.; Mátéfi-Tempfli, S.; Piraux, L.

    2003-09-01

    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 uniform diameter of ∼40 nm and a very large aspect ratio (∼500). The diameter of the nanowire is small enough to ensure a 1D 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 V- I characteristics may be explained by the formation of phase slip centers. Moreover, DC voltage driven measurements reveal the existence of a new S-shape behavior near the formation of these phase slip centers.

  8. Topological Superconductivity in Dirac Semimetals

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    Sato, Masatoshi; Kobayashi, Shingo

    Dirac semimetals host bulk band-touching Dirac points and a surface Fermi loop. We develop a theory of superconducting Dirac semimetals. Establishing a relation between the Dirac points and the surface Fermi loop, we clarify how the nontrivial topology of Dirac semimetals affects their superconducting state. We note that the unique orbital texture of Dirac points and a structural phase transition of the crystal favor symmetry-protected topological superconductivity with a quartet of surface Majorana fermions. We suggest the possible application of our theory to recently discovered superconducting states in Cd3As2.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

    2016-07-21

    We studied the pressure effects on the antiferromagentic orders in iron-based ladder compounds CsFemore » $_2$Se$_3$ and BaFe$_2$S$_3$ using single crytal neutron diffraction technique. 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 of magnetic order shows no observable change. Furthermore, the stripe order in BaFe$_2$S$_3$, undergoes a quantum phase transition where an abrupt increase of $$N\\acute{e}el$$ temperature by more than 50$$\\%$$ occurs at about 1 GPa, accompanied by a jump in ordered moment. Finally, 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 herald for superconductivity emerging at higher pressures.« less

  12. Superconductivity-induced optical changes for energies of 100{Delta} in the cuprates

    SciTech Connect

    Rubhausen, M.; Gozar, A.; Klein, M. V.; Guptasarma, P.; Hinks, D. G.

    2001-06-01

    We present information on the temperature-dependent changes of the complex pseudodielectric function in the high-T{sub c} superconductor Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8{minus}{delta}} by means of spectroscopic ellipsometry. We reveal the existence of three distinct spectral regions. Below 2 eV, there are changes in the dielectric function associated with the free-carrier response. In slightly underdoped compounds we find at around 3 eV a strong rise of {epsilon}{sub 2} below the temperature signifying the opening of a pseudogap (T{sup *}{approximately}150 K) and an additional enhancement of similar strength below the superconducting transition (T{sub c}=90 K). With overdoping, we find vanishing effects above T{sub c} and a significant decrease in the T{sub c} related effect. This behavior fits to the strong suppression of the antiferromagnetic correlations with increasing doping.

  13. Microwave induced plasma discharge in multi-cell superconducting radio-frequency cavity.

    PubMed

    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

  14. 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.

  15. Microwave induced plasma discharge in multi-cell superconducting radio-frequency cavity

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  16. Microwave induced plasma discharge in multi-cell superconducting radio-frequency cavity

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  17. Microwave induced plasma discharge in multi-cell superconducting radio-frequency cavity.

    PubMed

    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.

  18. Magnetic Precursor of the Pressure-Induced Superconductivity in Fe-Ladder Compounds.

    PubMed

    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

  19. Superconducting Cable

    DOEpatents

    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.

  20. Superconducting Cable

    DOEpatents

    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.

  1. Electron pairing without superconductivity.

    PubMed

    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

  2. Electron pairing without superconductivity

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  3. Superconducting and normal state properties of the systems La1 -xMxPt4Ge12 (M = Ce ,Th )

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Huang, K.; Yazici, D.; White, B. D.; Jeon, I.; Breindel, A. J.; Pouse, N.; Maple, M. B.

    2016-09-01

    Electrical resistivity, magnetization, and specific heat measurements were performed on polycrystalline samples of the filled-skutterudite systems La1 -xMxPt4Ge12(M =Ce and Th ) . Superconductivity in LaPt4Ge12 was quickly suppressed with Ce substitution and no evidence for superconductivity was found down to 1.1 K for x >0.2 . Temperature-dependent specific heat data at low temperatures for La1 -xCexPt4Ge12 show a change from power-law to exponential behavior, which may be an indication for multiband superconductivity in LaPt4Ge12 . A similar crossover was observed in the Pr1 -xCexPt4Ge12 system. However, the suppression rates of the superconducting transition temperatures Tc(x ) in the two systems are quite disparate, indicating a difference in the nature of superconductivity, which is conventional in LaPt4Ge12 and unconventional in PrPt4Ge12 . In comparison, a nearly linear and smooth evolution of Tc with increasing Th was observed in the La1 -xThxPt4Ge12 system, with no change of the superconducting energy gap in the temperature dependence of the specific heat, suggesting similar types of superconductivity in both the LaPt4Ge12 and ThPt4Ge12 compounds.

  4. A Model Approach to Flux-Pinning Properties of YBa2Cu 3O7-delta Thin Film Vortex States via Non-Superconducting Impurities

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  5. Magnetism and Superconductivity in Iron Pnictides

    SciTech Connect

    Singh, David J

    2012-01-01

    The discovery of high temperature superconductivity in iron pnictides and chalcogenides has resulted in surprising new insights into high temperature superconductivity and its relationship with magnetism. Here we provide an overview of some of what is known about these materials and in particular about the interplay of magnetism and superconductivity in them. Similarities and contrasts with cuprate superconductors are emphasized and the superconducting pairing is discussed within the framework of spin fluctuation induced pairing.

  6. Two Dimensional Ising Superconductivity in Gated MoS2

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  7. Real-time study of light-enhanced superconductivity

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  8. Critical current density and magnetization of proximity-effect-induced superconducting Cu in multifilamentary NbTi/Cu composite conductors

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  9. Superconductivity in graphite intercalation compounds

    DOE PAGESBeta

    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

  10. Direct evidence for a pressure-induced nodal superconducting gap in the Ba0.65Rb0.35Fe2As2 superconductor

    DOE PAGESBeta

    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

  11. Direct evidence for a pressure-induced nodal superconducting gap in the Ba0.65Rb0.35Fe2As2 superconductor.

    PubMed

    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

  12. Direct evidence for a pressure-induced nodal superconducting gap in the Ba0.65Rb0.35Fe2As2 superconductor

    PubMed Central

    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

  13. Phase Transition to a Time-Reversal Symmetry-Breaking State in d-Wave Superconducting Films with Rough Surfaces

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    Higashitani, Seiji; Miyawaki, Nobumi

    2015-03-01

    The normal-superconducting phase transition in d-wave superconducting films is discussed with a focus on the effect of diffuse surface scattering. A specularity parameter S characterizing the boundary condition is introduced for systematic analysis of the surface effect. When S = 1 (the specular limit), the film can exhibit a novel superconductivity that spontaneously breaks time-reversal symmetry, as was shown by Vorontsov [Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 177001 (2009)]. We find that this superconducting phase is suppressed as the degree of surface roughness increases, i.e., as the specularity S decreases. In particular, it is completely suppressed when S = 0 (the diffusive limit). Those results are explained from the viewpoint of surface odd-frequency pairing.

  14. Unusual superconducting state at 49 K in electron-doped CaFe2As2 at ambient pressure.

    PubMed

    Lv, Bing; Deng, Liangzi; Gooch, Melissa; Wei, Fengyan; Sun, Yanyi; Meen, James K; Xue, Yu-Yi; Lorenz, Bernd; Chu, Ching-Wu

    2011-09-20

    We report the detection of unusual superconductivity up to 49 K in single crystalline CaFe(2)As(2) via electron-doping by partial replacement of Ca by rare-earth. The superconducting transition observed suggests the possible existence of two phases: one starting at 49 K, which has a low critical field < 4 Oe, and the other at 21 K, with a much higher critical field > 5 T. Our observations are in strong contrast to previous reports of doping or pressurizing layered compounds AeFe(2)As(2) (or Ae122), where Ae = Ca, Sr, or Ba. In Ae122, hole-doping has been previously observed to generate superconductivity with a transition temperature (T(c)) only up to 38 K and pressurization has been reported to produce superconductivity with a T(c) up to 30 K. The unusual 49 K phase detected will be discussed. PMID:21911404

  15. Equilibrium intermediate-state patterns in a type-I superconducting slab in an arbitrarily oriented applied magnetic field

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  16. Equilibrium intermediate-state patterns in a type-I superconducting slab in an arbitrarily oriented applied magnetic field

    DOE PAGESBeta

    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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. First observation of a new zonal-flow cycle state in the H-mode transport barrier of the experimental advanced superconducting Tokamak

    SciTech Connect

    Xu, G. S.; Wang, H. Q.; Wan, B. N.; Guo, H. Y.; Zhang, W.; Chang, J. F.; Wang, L.; Chen, R.; Liu, S. C.; Ding, S. Y.; Shao, L. M.; Xiong, H.; Naulin, V.; Diamond, P. H.; Tynan, G. R.; Xu, M.; Yan, N.; Zhao, H. L.

    2012-12-15

    A new turbulence-flow cycle state has been discovered after the formation of a transport barrier in the H-mode plasma edge during a quiescent phase on the EAST superconducting tokamak. Zonal-flow modulation of high-frequency-broadband (0.05-1 MHz) turbulence was observed in the steep-gradient region leading to intermittent transport events across the edge transport barrier. Good confinement (H{sub 98y,2} {approx} 1) has been achieved in this state, even with input heating power near the L-H transition threshold. A novel model based on predator-prey interaction between turbulence and zonal flows reproduced this state well.

  20. Spin-fluctuation induced non-Fermi-liquid behaviour with suppressed superconductivity in LiFe1-xCoxAs

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    Miao, Hu; Dai, Yaomin; Xing, Lingyi; Wang, Xiancheng; Wang, Pengshuai; Xiao, Hong; Qian, Tian; Richard, Pierre; Qiu, Xianggang; Yu, Weiqiang; Jin, Changqing; Wang, Ziqiang; Johnson, P. D.; Homes, C. C.; Ding, Hong

    We study a series of LiFe1-xCoxAs compounds with different Co concentrations by transport, optical spectroscopy, angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, and nuclear magnetic resonance. We observe a Fermi-liquid to non-Fermi-liquid to Fermi-liquid (FL-NFL-FL) crossover alongside a monotonic suppression of the superconductivity with increasing Co content. In parallel to the FL-NFL-FL crossover, we find that both the low-energy spin fluctuations and Fermi surface nesting are enhanced and then diminished, strongly suggesting that the NFL behaviour in LiFe1-xCoxAs is induced by low-energy spin fluctuations that are very likely tuned by Fermi surface nesting. Our study reveals a unique phase diagram of LiFe1-xCoxAs where the region of NFL is moved to the boundary of the superconducting phase, implying that they are probably governed by different mechanisms.

  1. Spin-Fluctuation-Induced Non-Fermi-Liquid Behavior with Suppressed Superconductivity in LiFe1 -xCoxAs

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    Dai, Y. M.; Miao, H.; Xing, L. Y.; Wang, X. C.; Wang, P. S.; Xiao, H.; Qian, T.; Richard, P.; Qiu, X. G.; Yu, W.; Jin, C. Q.; Wang, Z.; Johnson, P. D.; Homes, C. C.; Ding, H.

    2015-07-01

    We study a series of LiFe1 -xCox As compounds with different Co concentrations by transport, optical spectroscopy, angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, and nuclear magnetic resonance. We observe a Fermi-liquid to non-Fermi-liquid to Fermi-liquid (FL-NFL-FL) crossover alongside a monotonic suppression of the superconductivity with increasing Co content. In parallel to the FL-NFL-FL crossover, we find that both the low-energy spin fluctuations and Fermi surface nesting are enhanced and then diminished, strongly suggesting that the NFL behavior in LiFe1 -xCox As is induced by low-energy spin fluctuations that are very likely tuned by Fermi surface nesting. Our study reveals a unique phase diagram of LiFe1 -xCox As where the region of NFL is moved to the boundary of the superconducting phase, implying that they are probably governed by different mechanisms.

  2. Unconventional superconductivity in a two-dimensional repulsive gas of fermions with spin-orbit coupling

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    Wang, Luyang; Vafek, Oskar

    2014-02-01

    We investigate the superconducting instability of a two-dimensional repulsive Fermi gas with Rashba spin-orbit coupling αR. Using renormalization group approach, we find the superconducting transition temperature as a function of the dimensionless ratio Θ=1}/{2}mαR2/EF where EF = 0 when the smaller Fermi surface shrinks to a (Dirac) point. The general trend is that superconductivity is enhanced as Θ increases, but in an intermediate regime Θ ∼ 0.1, a dome-like behavior appears. At a very small value of Θ, the angular momentum channel jz in which superconductivity occurs is quite high. With increasing Θ, jz decreases with a step of 2 down to jz = 6, after which we find the sequence jz = 6, 4, 6, 2, the last value of which continues to Θ → ∞. In an extended range of Θ, the superconducting gap predominantly resides on the large Fermi surface, while Josephson coupling induces a much smaller gap on the small Fermi surface. Below the superconducting transition temperature, we apply mean field theory to derive the self-consistent equations and find the condensation energies. The state with the lowest condensation energy is an unconventional superconducting state which breaks time-reversal symmetry, and in which singlet and triplet pairings are mixed. In general, these states are topologically nontrivial, and the Chern number of the state with total angular momentum jz is C = 2jz.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Quantum dot spectroscopy of proximity-induced superconductivity in a two-dimensional electron gas

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    Deon, F.; Pellegrini, V.; Giazotto, F.; Biasiol, G.; Sorba, L.; Beltram, F.

    2011-03-01

    We report the realization of a hybrid superconductor-quantum dot device by means of top-down nanofabrication starting from a two-dimensional electron gas in a InGaAs/InAlAs semiconductor heterostructure. The quantum dot is defined by electrostatic gates placed within the normal region of a planar Nb-InGaAs quantum well-Nb junction. Measurements in the regime of strong Coulomb blockade as well as cotunneling spectroscopy allow to directly probe the proximity-induced energy gap in a ballistic two-dimensional electron gas coupled to superconductors.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Superconducting magnet development in Japan

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    Yasukochi, K.

    1983-05-01

    The present state of R and D works on the superconducting magnet and its applications in Japan are presented. On electrical rotating machines, 30 MVA superconducting synchronous rotary condenser (Mitsubishi and Fuji) and 50 MVA generator are under construction. Two ways of ship propulsion by superconducting magnets are developing. A superconducting magnetically levitated and linear motor propelled train ''MAGLEV'' was developed by the Japan National Railways (JNR). The superconducting magnet development for fusion is the most active field in Japan. The Cluster Test program has been demonstrated on a 10 T Nb/sub 3/Sn coil and the first coil of Large Coil Task in IEA collaboration has been constructed and the domestic test was completed in JAERI. These works are for the development of toroidal coils of the next generation tokamak machine. R and D works on superconducting ohmic heating coil are in progress in JAERI and ETL. The latter group has constructed 3.8 MJ pulsed coil. A high ramp rate of changing field in pulsed magnet, 200 T/s, has been tested successfully. High Energy Physics Laboratory (KEK) are conducting active works. The superconducting ..mu.. meson channel and ..pi.. meson channel have been constructed and are operating successfully. KEK has also a project of big accelerator named ''TRISTAN'', which is similar to ISABELLE project of BNL. Superconducting synchrotron magnets are developed for this project. The development of superconducting three thin wall solenoid has been started. One of them, CDF, is progressing under USA-Japan collaboration.

  10. Superconductivity in anti-post-perovskite vanadium compounds

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    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

  11. Bipolaronic superconductivity

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    Alexandrov, A.; Ranninger, J.

    1981-08-01

    Superconducting properties of narrow-band electrons are examined in the strong-coupling limit. It is shown that bipolarons (localized spatially nonoverlapping Cooper pairs) formed by strong electron-phonon interaction have under certain conditions superconducting properties which are characteristic of superfluid charged Bose systems. They represent an example of the "molecular" superconductivity proposed by Schafroth, Butler, and Blatt

    [Helv. Phys. Acta 30 93 (1957)]
    . The Meissner effect and the penetration depth of bipolaronic superconductors are examined. The relationship between Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer superconductors and bipolaronic ones is discussed.

  12. Bipolaronic superconductivity

    SciTech Connect

    Alexandrov, A.; Ranninger, J.

    1981-08-01

    Superconducting properties of narrow-band electrons are examined in the strong-coupling limit. It is shown that bipolarons (localized spatially nonoverlapping Cooper pairs) formed by strong electron-phonon interaction have under certain conditions superconducting properties which are characteristic of superfluid charged Bose system. They represent an example of the ''molecular'' superconductivity proposed by Schafroth, Butler, and Blatt. The Meissner effect and the penetration depth of bipolaronic superconductor are examined. The relationship between Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer superconductors and bipolaronic ones is discussed.

  13. 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.

  14. Unusual dc electric fields induced by a high frequency alternating current in superconducting Nb films under a perpendicular magnetic field

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    Aliev, F. G.; Levanyuk, A. P.; Villar, R.; Sierra, J. F.; Pryadun, V. V.; Awad, A.; Moshchalkov, V. V.

    2009-06-01

    We report a systematic study of dc electric fields produced by sinusoidal high frequency ac currents in Nb superconducting films subject to a constant magnetic field perpendicular to the film plane. At frequencies in the 100 kHz to MHz range appears a new rectification effect which has not been previously observed at lower frequencies. We have observed the dc electric field generated in this regime in films without intentionally created anisotropic pinning centres, i.e. plain films, both in strip geometry as in cross-shape geometry, and also in films with symmetric periodic pinning centres. The electric field appears in both directions along and transverse to the alternating current and is essentially different at opposite film sides. It depends strongly on the intensity of the magnetic field and may exceed by nearly an order of magnitude the rectified electric fields recently reported at lower frequencies (few kHz) in systems with artificially induced anisotropic vortex pinning. The effect has a non-monotonic dependence on the drive current frequency, being maximum around a few 100 kHz to MHz, and shows a complicated temperature dependence. It is found to be different in long strips and cross shape samples. In the case of films with symmetric periodic pinning centres the rectified voltage shows a lower magnitude than in plain films, and shows an interesting structure when the applied magnetic field crosses the matching fields. We are only able to put forward tentative ideas to explain this phenomenon, which irrespective of its explanation should be taken into account in experimental studies of rectification effects in superconductors.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Unconventional superconductivity in heavy-fermion compounds

    DOE PAGESBeta

    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

  19. Two-Fermi-Surface Superconducting State and a Nodal d-Wave Energy Gap of the Electron-Doped Sm1.85Ce0.15CuO4-δ Cuprate Superconductor

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    Santander-Syro, A. F.; Ikeda, M.; Yoshida, T.; Fujimori, A.; Ishizaka, K.; Okawa, M.; Shin, S.; Greene, R. L.; Bontemps, N.

    2011-05-01

    We report on laser-excited angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy in the electron-doped cuprate Sm1.85Ce0.15CuO4-δ. The data show the existence of a nodal hole-pocket Fermi surface both in the normal and superconducting states. We prove that its origin is long-range antiferromagnetism by an analysis of the coherence factors in the main and folded bands. This coexistence of long-range antiferrmagnetism and superconductivity implies that electron-doped cuprates are two-Fermi-surface superconductors. The measured superconducting gap in the nodal hole pocket is compatible with a d-wave symmetry.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Magnetic ground state of superconducting Eu (Fe 0.88Ir 0.12)2As 2: A combined neutron diffraction and first-principles calculation study

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    Jin, W. T.; Li, Wei; Su, Y.; Nandi, S.; Xiao, Y.; Jiao, W. H.; Meven, M.; Sazonov, A. P.; Feng, E.; Chen, Yan; Ting, C. S.; Cao, G. H.; Brückel, Th.

    2015-02-01

    The magnetic order of the localized Eu2 + spins in optimally doped Eu (Fe1 -xIrx )2As2 (x =0.12 ) with superconducting transition temperature TSC=22 K was investigated by single-crystal neutron diffraction. The Eu2 + moments were found to be ferromagnetically aligned along the c direction with an ordered moment of 7.0(1) μB well below the magnetic phase transition temperature TC=17 K. No evidence of the tetragonal-to-orthorhombic structural phase transition was found in this compound within the experimental uncertainty, in which the spin-density-wave (SDW) order of the Fe sublattice is supposed to be completely suppressed and the superconductivity gets fully developed. The ferromagnetic ground state of the Eu2 + spins in Eu (Fe0.88Ir0.12 )2As2 was supported by the first-principles density functional calculation. In addition, comparison of the electronic structure calculations between Eu (Fe0.875Ir0.125 )2As2 and the parent compound EuFe2As2 indicates stronger hybridization and more expanded bandwidth due to the Ir substitution, which together with the introduction of electrons might work against the Fe-SDW in favor of the superconductivity.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Magnetic Field Reentrant Superconductivity in Aluminum Nanowires

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    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.

  10. 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.

  11. Investigation of electric field induction of superconductivity at complex oxide interfaces

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    Haraldsen, J. T.; Wolfle, P.; Balatsky, A. V.

    2012-02-01

    We examine the modified electronic states and change in carrier density at the interfaces of complex oxide films produced by an external electric field. Using a Ginzburg-Landau formalism and ab-initio calculations, we show that linear coupling of an electric potential can influence the superconducting order parameter and induce a transition to a superconducting phase. Further, we examine the correlation between carrier density and the superconducting critical temperature Tc by investigating capacitance and density of states with changing electric potential. We will discuss implications of this work in the context of interfaces formed by LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 thin films. This approach points to an alternative path to superconducting devices with tunable transition temperature. Work was carried out under the help and support of the National Nuclear Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy at Los Alamos National Laboratory under Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396.

  12. The Induction of Euphoric and Dysphoric States with Induced Affect.

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    Sipprelle, R. Carl; Ascough, James C.

    Three induced affect (IA) studies are reported. Their goal was the development of a methodology for inducing and quantifying specific affective states in a controlled setting, with the ultimate purpose of making the detailed study of affective states more feasible. Euphoric by moderate autonomic activation were elicited with cue manipulation in…

  13. Superconductivity of cobalt oxide hydrate, Nax(H3O)zCoO2 · yH2O

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    Sakurai, Hiroya; Ihara, Yoshihiko; Takada, Kazunori

    2015-07-01

    Nax(H3O)zCoO2 · y H2O has a highly two-dimensional triangular lattice of Co ions and exhibits the superconducting transition at TC = 4.7 K. It is classified as an extreme type-II unconventional superconductor and the superconducting gap function has a line-nodal structure. The superconducting phase diagram shows that the superconductivity appears on the verge of a magnetic phase. In addition to the phase diagram, microscopic experiments on the normal state and the magnetic phase suggest that the superconductivity is induced by magnetic fluctuations. However, despite intensive study on Nax(H3O)zCoO2 · y H2O and related compounds, there remain some contradictory interpretations and experimental results regarding the Fermi surface topology and superconducting pairing symmetry. They are summarized and discussed in details.

  14. Smearing of the Lifshitz transition by superconductivity

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    Koshelev, Alexei; Matveev, Konstantin

    We consider a multiband metal with deep primary bands and a shallow secondary one. In the normal state the system undergoes Lifshitz transition when the bottom of the shallow band crosses the Fermi level. In the superconducting state Cooper pairing in the shallow band is induced by the deep ones. As a result, the density of electrons in the shallow band remains finite even when the bottom of the band is above the Fermi level. We study the density of states in the system and find qualitatively different behaviors on the two sides of the Lifshitz transition. On one side of the transition the density of states diverges at the energy equal to the induced gap, whereas on the other side it vanishes. We argue that this physical picture describes the recently measured gap structure in shallow bands of iron pnictides and selenides. This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division.

  15. Normal-state Nernst effect in electron-doped Pr2-xCexCuO4-δ : Superconducting fluctuations and two-band transport

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    Li, Pengcheng; Greene, R. L.

    2007-11-01

    We report a systematic study of the normal-state Nernst effect in the electron-doped cuprates Pr2-xCexCuO4-δ over a wide range of doping (0.05⩽x⩽0.21) and temperature. At low temperatures, we observed a notable vortex Nernst signal above Tc in the underdoped films, but no such normal-state vortex Nernst signal is found in the overdoped region. The superconducting fluctuations in the underdoped region are most likely incoherent phase fluctuations as found in hole-doped cuprates. At high temperatures, a large normal-state Nernst signal is found at dopings from slightly underdoped to highly overdoped. Combined with normal-state thermoelectric power, Hall effect, and magnetoresistance measurements, the large Nernst effect is compatible with the two-band model. For the highly overdoped films, the large Nernst effect is anomalous and not explainable with the simple holelike Fermi surface seen in photoemission experiments.

  16. 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

  17. Spontaneous Electromagnetic Superconductivity of Vacuum in a Strong Magnetic Field: Evidence from the Nambu-Jona-Lasinio Model

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    Chernodub, M. N.

    2011-04-08

    Using an extended Nambu-Jona-Lasinio model as a low-energy effective model of QCD, we show that the vacuum in a strong external magnetic field (stronger than 10{sup 16} T) experiences a spontaneous phase transition to an electromagnetically superconducting state. The unexpected superconductivity of, basically, empty space is induced by emergence of quark-antiquark vector condensates with quantum numbers of electrically charged rho mesons. The superconducting phase possesses an anisotropic inhomogeneous structure similar to a periodic Abrikosov lattice in a type-II superconductor. The superconducting vacuum is made of a new type of vortices which are topological defects in the charged vector condensates. The superconductivity is realized along the axis of the magnetic field only. We argue that this effect is absent in pure QED.

  18. Time-resolved photoexcitation of the superconducting two-gap state in MgB2 thin films.

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    Xu, Y; Khafizov, M; Satrapinsky, L; Kús, P; Plecenik, A; Sobolewski, Roman

    2003-11-01

    Femtosecond pump-probe studies show that carrier dynamics in MgB2 films is governed by the sub-ps electron-phonon (e-ph) relaxation present at all temperatures, the few-ps e-ph process well pronounced below 70 K, and the sub-ns superconducting relaxation below T(c). The amplitude of the superconducting component versus temperature follows the superposition of the isotropic dirty gap and the three-dimensional pi gap dependences, closing at two different T(c) values. The time constant of the few-ps relaxation exhibits a double divergence at temperatures corresponding to the T(c)'s of the two gaps.

  19. 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.

  20. Crystalline Silicon Dielectrics for Superconducting Qubit Circuits

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    Hover, David; Peng, Weina; Sendelbach, Steven; Eriksson, Mark; McDermott, Robert

    2009-03-01

    Superconducting qubit energy relaxation times are limited by microwave loss induced by a continuum of two-level state (TLS) defects in the dielectric materials of the circuit. State-of-the-art phase qubit circuits employ a micron-scale Josephson junction shunted by an external capacitor. In this case, the qubit T1 time is directly proportional to the quality factor (Q) of the capacitor dielectric. The amorphous capacitor dielectrics that have been used to date display intrinsic Q of order 10^3 to 10^4. Shunt capacitors with a Q of 10^6 are required to extend qubit T1 times well into the microsecond range. Crystalline dielectric materials are an attractive candidate for qubit capacitor dielectrics, due to the extremely low density of TLS defects. However, the robust integration of crystalline dielectrics with superconducting qubit circuits remains a challenge. Here we describe a novel approach to the realization of high-Q crystalline capacitor dielectrics for superconducting qubit circuits. The capacitor dielectric is a crystalline silicon nanomembrane. We discuss characterization of crystalline silicon capacitors with low-power microwave transport measurements at millikelvin temperatures. In addition, we report progress on integrating the crystalline capacitor process with Josephson qubit fabrication.

  1. Charge-separated state in strain-induced quantum dots

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    Gu, Y.; Sturge, M.D.; Kash, K.; Watkins, N.; Van der Gaag, B.P.; Gozdz, A.S.; Florez, L.T.; Harbison, J.P.

    1997-03-01

    We have measured the time-resolved photoluminescence of strain-induced quantum dots. We show that a long-lived intermediate state is involved in the excitation transfer from the interstitial quantum well to the dot. This intermediate state has the properties expected of the charge separated state predicted by theory. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  2. 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.

  3. Constructive influence of the induced electron pairing on the Kondo state

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    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

  4. 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

    2013-07-16

    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.

  5. Charge 2 e /3 Superconductivity and Topological Degeneracies without Localized Zero Modes in Bilayer Fractional Quantum Hall States

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    Barkeshli, Maissam

    2016-08-01

    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 2 e /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 2 e /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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. Superconducting materials

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    Ruvalds, J.

    1990-01-01

    This report discusses the following topics: Fermi liquid nesting in high temperature superconductors; optical properties of high temperature superconductors; Hall effect in superconducting La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4}; source of high transition temperatures; and prospects for new superconductors.

  9. 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…

  10. Superconducting magnets

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    Not Available

    1994-08-01

    This report discusses the following topics on superconducting magnets: D19B and -C: The next steps for a record-setting magnet; D20: The push beyond 10 T: Beyond D20: Speculations on the 16-T regime; other advanced magnets for accelerators; spinoff applications; APC materials development; cable and cabling-machine development; and high-{Tc} superconductor at low temperature.

  11. 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.

  12. Superconductivity-Induced Self-Energy Evolution of the Nodal Electron in Optimally-Doped Bi2212

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    Lee, W.S.

    2010-05-03

    The temperature dependent evolution of the renormalization effect in optimally-doped Bi2212 along the nodal direction has been studied via angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. Fine structure is observed in the real part of the self-energy (Re{Sigma}), including a subkink and maximum, suggesting that electrons couple to a spectrum of bosonic modes, instead of just one mode. Upon cooling through the superconducting phase transition, the fine structures of the extracted Re{Sigma} exhibit a two-processes evolution demonstrating an interplay between kink renormalization and superconductivity. We show that this two-process evolution can be qualitatively explained by a simple Holstein model in which a spectrum of bosonic modes is considered.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Calculation of eddy-currents induced in a compact synchrotron superconducting magnet structure during a current ramp

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    Kalsi, S. . Space and Electronics Systems Div.); Heese, R. )

    1991-01-01

    Under DARPA sponsorship, a compact Superconducting X-Ray Light Source (SXSL) is being designed and built by the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) with industry participation from Grumman Corporation and General Dynamics. The SXLS machine employs two 180{degrees} curved 4 telsa superconducting dipole magnets. These magnets are required to produce a dipole field for bending the beam but at the same time they must produce finite amounts of higher multipoles which are required for conditioning the beam. In fact uniformity of the field to less than 1 part in 10,000 must be maintained under all operating conditions. When a superconducting magnet is ramped from zero to full field, the changing magnetic field produces eddy-currents in the magnet structure which in turn can produce undesirable multipoles. This paper discusses a simple method for estimating these eddy-currents and their effect on the field harmonics. The paper present the analysis basis and its application to the SXLS magnet support structure and to the beam chamber components. 5 figs., 1 tab.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. Spin-orbit-coupled superconductivity.

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    Lo, Shun-Tsung; Lin, Shih-Wei; Wang, Yi-Ting; Lin, Sheng-Di; Liang, C-T

    2014-06-25

    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 T(c), clear signature of SO coupling reveals itself in showing a magneto-resistivity peak. When T < T(c), 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Coexistence and interplay of superconductivity and ferromagnetism in URhGe.

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    Lévy, F; Sheikin, I; Grenier, B; Marcenat, C; Huxley, A

    2009-04-22

    As ferromagnetism and superconductivity are usually considered to be antagonistic, the discovery of their coexistence in UGe(2), URhGe, UIr and UCoGe has attracted a lot of interest. The mechanism to explain such a state has, however, not yet been fully elucidated. In these compounds superconductivity may be unconventional: Cooper pairs could be formed by electrons with parallel spins and magnetic fluctuations might be involved in the pairing mechanism. URhGe becomes ferromagnetic below a Curie temperature of 9.5 K, with a spontaneous moment aligned to the c-axis. For temperatures below 260 mK and fields lower than 2 T, superconductivity was first observed in 2001. Recently, we discovered a second pocket of superconductivity. This new pocket of superconductivity appears at higher fields applied close to the b-axis, enveloping a sudden magnetic moment rotation transition at H(R) = 12 T. Detailed studies of the field induced metamagnetic transition and superconductivity are presented. The possibility that magnetic fluctuations emerging from a quantum critical point provide the pairing mechanism for superconductivity is discussed.

  3. Evidence for topologically protected surface states and a superconducting phase in [Tl4](Tl(1-x)Sn(x))Te3 using 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

    2014-01-10

    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.

  4. Stress state in turbopump bearing induced by shrink fitting

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    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.

  5. Helical superconducting black holes.

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    Donos, Aristomenis; Gauntlett, Jerome P

    2012-05-25

    We construct novel static, asymptotically five-dimensional anti-de Sitter black hole solutions with Bianchi type-VII(0) symmetry that are holographically dual to superconducting phases in four spacetime dimensions with a helical p-wave order. We calculate the precise temperature dependence of the pitch of the helical order. At zero temperature the black holes have a vanishing entropy and approach domain wall solutions that reveal homogenous, nonisotropic dual ground states with an emergent scaling symmetry.

  6. 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).

  7. Color superconductivity

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    Wilczek, F.

    1997-09-22

    The asymptotic freedom of QCD suggests that at high density - where one forms a Fermi surface at very high momenta - weak coupling methods apply. These methods suggest that chiral symmetry is restored and that an instability toward color triplet condensation (color superconductivity) sets in. Here I attempt, using variational methods, to estimate these effects more precisely. Highlights include demonstration of a negative pressure in the uniform density chiral broken phase for any non-zero condensation, which we take as evidence for the philosophy of the MIT bag model; and demonstration that the color gap is substantial - several tens of MeV - even at modest densities. Since the superconductivity is in a pseudoscalar channel, parity is spontaneously broken.

  8. High temperature interface superconductivity

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    Gozar, A.; Bozovic, I.

    2016-01-20

    High-Tc superconductivity at interfaces has a history of more than a couple of decades. In this review we focus our attention on copper-oxide based heterostructures and multi-layers. We first discuss the technique, atomic layer-by-layer molecular beam epitaxy (ALL-MBE) engineering, that enabled High-Tc Interface Superconductivity (HT-IS), and the challenges associated with the realization of high quality interfaces. Then we turn our attention to the experiments which shed light on the structure and properties of interfacial layers, allowing comparison to those of single-phase films and bulk crystals. Both ‘passive’ hetero-structures as well as surface-induced effects by external gating are discussed. Here, wemore » conclude by comparing HT-IS in cuprates and in other classes of materials, especially Fe-based superconductors, and by examining the grand challenges currently laying ahead for the field.« less

  9. High temperature interface superconductivity

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    Gozar, A.; Bozovic, I.

    2016-02-01

    High-Tc superconductivity at interfaces has a history of more than a couple of decades. In this review we focus our attention on copper-oxide based heterostructures and multi-layers. We first discuss the technique, atomic layer-by-layer molecular beam epitaxy (ALL-MBE) engineering, that enabled High-Tc Interface Superconductivity (HT-IS), and the challenges associated with the realization of high quality interfaces. Then we turn our attention to the experiments which shed light on the structure and properties of interfacial layers, allowing comparison to those of single-phase films and bulk crystals. Both 'passive' hetero-structures as well as surface-induced effects by external gating are discussed. We conclude by comparing HT-IS in cuprates and in other classes of materials, especially Fe-based superconductors, and by examining the grand challenges currently laying ahead for the field.

  10. SUPERCONDUCTING PHOTOCATHODES.

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    SMEDLEY, J.; RAO, T.; WARREN, J.; SEKUTOWICZ, LANGNER, J.; STRZYZEWSKI, P.; LEFFERS, R.; LIPSKI, A.

    2005-10-09

    We present the results of our investigation of lead and niobium as suitable photocathode materials for superconducting RF injectors. Quantum efficiencies (QE) have been measured for a range of incident photon energies and a variety of cathode preparation methods, including various lead plating techniques on a niobium substrate. The effects of operating at ambient and cryogenic temperatures and different vacuum levels on the cathode QE have also been studied.

  11. Superconducting magnet

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1985-01-01

    Extensive computer based engineering design effort resulted in optimization of a superconducting magnet design with an average bulk current density of approximately 12KA/cm(2). Twisted, stranded 0.0045 inch diameter NbTi superconductor in a copper matrix was selected. Winding the coil from this bundle facilitated uniform winding of the small diameter wire. Test coils were wound using a first lot of the wire. The actual packing density was measured from these. Interwinding voltage break down tests on the test coils indicated the need for adjustment of the wire insulation on the lot of wire subsequently ordered for construction of the delivered superconducting magnet. Using the actual packing densities from the test coils, a final magnet design, with the required enhancement and field profile, was generated. All mechanical and thermal design parameters were then also fixed. The superconducting magnet was then fabricated and tested. The first test was made with the magnet immersed in liquid helium at 4.2K. The second test was conducted at 2K in vacuum. In the latter test, the magnet was conduction cooled from the mounting flange end.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Evidence for superconductivity in Li-decorated monolayer graphene.

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    Ludbrook, B M; Levy, G; Nigge, P; Zonno, M; Schneider, M; Dvorak, D J; Veenstra, C N; Zhdanovich, S; Wong, D; Dosanjh, P; Straßer, C; Stöhr, A; Forti, S; Ast, C R; Starke, U; Damascelli, A

    2015-09-22

    Monolayer graphene exhibits many spectacular electronic properties, with superconductivity being arguably the most notable exception. It was theoretically proposed that superconductivity might be induced by enhancing the electron-phonon coupling through the decoration of graphene with an alkali adatom superlattice [Profeta G, Calandra M, Mauri F (2012) Nat Phys 8(2):131-134]. Although experiments have shown an adatom-induced enhancement of the electron-phonon coupling, superconductivity has never been observed. Using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), we show that lithium deposited on graphene at low temperature strongly modifies the phonon density of states, leading to an enhancement of the electron-phonon coupling of up to λ ≃ 0.58. On part of the graphene-derived π*-band Fermi surface, we then observe the opening of a Δ ≃ 0.9-meV temperature-dependent pairing gap. This result suggests for the first time, to our knowledge, that Li-decorated monolayer graphene is indeed superconducting, with Tc ≃ 5.9 K.

  15. Emergence of superconductivity in heavy-electron materials.

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    Yang, Yi-feng; Pines, David

    2014-12-23

    Although the pairing glue for the attractive quasiparticle interaction responsible for unconventional superconductivity in heavy-electron materials has been identified as the spin fluctuations that arise from their proximity to a magnetic quantum critical point, there has been no model to describe their superconducting transition at temperature Tc that is comparable to that found by Bardeen, Cooper, and Schrieffer (BCS) for conventional superconductors, where phonons provide the pairing glue. Here we propose such a model: a phenomenological BCS-like expression for Tc in heavy-electron materials that is based on a simple model for the effective range and strength of the spin-fluctuation-induced quasiparticle interaction and reflects the unusual properties of the heavy-electron normal state from which superconductivity emerges. We show that it provides a quantitative understanding of the pressure-induced variation of Tc in the "hydrogen atoms" of unconventional superconductivity, CeCoIn5 and CeRhIn5, predicts scaling behavior and a dome-like structure for Tc in all heavy-electron quantum critical superconductors, provides unexpected connections between members of this family, and quantifies their variations in Tc with a single parameter.

  16. Evidence for superconductivity in Li-decorated monolayer graphene

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    Ludbrook, B. M.; Levy, G.; Nigge, P.; Zonno, M.; Schneider, M.; Dvorak, D. J.; Veenstra, C. N.; Zhdanovich, S.; Wong, D.; Dosanjh, P.; Straßer, C.; Stöhr, A.; Forti, S.; Ast, C. R.; Starke, U.; Damascelli, A.

    2015-01-01

    Monolayer graphene exhibits many spectacular electronic properties, with superconductivity being arguably the most notable exception. It was theoretically proposed that superconductivity might be induced by enhancing the electron–phonon coupling through the decoration of graphene with an alkali adatom superlattice [Profeta G, Calandra M, Mauri F (2012) Nat Phys 8(2):131–134]. Although experiments have shown an adatom-induced enhancement of the electron–phonon coupling, superconductivity has never been observed. Using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), we show that lithium deposited on graphene at low temperature strongly modifies the phonon density of states, leading to an enhancement of the electron–phonon coupling of up to λ≃0.58. On part of the graphene-derived π∗-band Fermi surface, we then observe the opening of a Δ≃0.9-meV temperature-dependent pairing gap. This result suggests for the first time, to our knowledge, that Li-decorated monolayer graphene is indeed superconducting, with Tc≃5.9 K. PMID:26351697

  17. Highly Anisotropic and Twofold Symmetric Superconducting Gap in Nematically Ordered FeSe0.93S0.07

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    Xu, H. C.; Niu, X. H.; Xu, D. F.; Jiang, J.; Yao, Q.; Chen, Q. Y.; Song, Q.; Abdel-Hafiez, M.; Chareev, D. A.; Vasiliev, A. N.; Wang, Q. S.; Wo, H. L.; Zhao, J.; Peng, R.; Feng, D. L.

    2016-10-01

    FeSe exhibits a novel ground state in which superconductivity coexists with a nematic order in the absence of any long-range magnetic order. Here, we report on an angle-resolved photoemission study on the superconducting gap structure in the nematic state of FeSe0.93 S0.07 , without the complications caused by Fermi surface reconstruction induced by magnetic order. We find that the superconducting gap shows a pronounced twofold anisotropy around the elliptical hole pocket near Z (0, 0, π ), with gap minima at the end points of its major axis, while no detectable gap is observed around Γ (0, 0, 0) and the zone corner (π , π , kz). The large anisotropy and nodal gap distribution demonstrate the substantial effects of the nematicity on the superconductivity and thus put strong constraints on current theories.

  18. Magnetically leviated superconducting bearing

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    Weinberger, Bernard R.; Lynds, Jr., Lahmer

    1993-01-01

    A magnetically levitated superconducting bearing includes a magnet (2) mounted on a shaft (12) that is rotatable around an axis of rotation and a Type II superconductor (6) supported on a stator (14) in proximity to the magnet (2). The superconductor (6) is positioned so that when it is cooled to its superconducting state in the presence of a magnetic field, it interacts with the magnet (2) to produce an attractive force that levitates the magnet (2) and supports a load on the shaft (12). The interaction between the superconductor (6) and magnet(2) also produces surface screening currents (8) 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 (16, 18). The bearing could also be constructed so the magnet (2) is supported on the stator (14) and the superconductor (6) is mounted on the shaft (12). The bearing can be operated by cooling the superconductor (6) to its superconducting state in the presence of a magnetic field.

  19. Effect of contact induced states on minimum conductivity in graphene

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    Golizadeh-Mojarad, Roksana; Datta, Supriyo

    2008-03-01

    Recent experiments show that the conductivity of graphene tends to a minimum value in the range of ˜2-12e^2 / e^2 h . - h as the Fermi energy Ef approaches the charge neutral Dirac points (E=0). We point out that contact induced states can help explain the structure dependence of the minimum conductivity observed experimentally even if the samples were purely ballistic. Contact induced states are similar to the well-known metal induced gap states (MIGS) in metal-semiconductor Schottky junctions, which typically penetrate only a few atomic lengths into the semiconductor, while the depth of penetration decreases with increasing band gap. However, in graphene we find that these states penetrate a much longer distance of the order of the width of the contacts. As a result, ballistic graphene samples with a length less than their width can exhibit a resistance proportional to length that is not `Ohmic' in origin, but arises from a reduced role of contact-induced states. While actual samples are probably not ballistic and involve scattering processes, our results show that these contact induced effects need to be taken into account in interpreting experiments and minimum conductivity depends strongly on the structure and configuration (two- vs. four-terminal).

  20. Superconducting and mechanical properties of the bulk Bi(pb)SCCO system prepared via solid state and ammonium nitrate precipitation methods

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    Safran, S.; Kılıçarslan, E.; Ozturk, H.; Alp, M.; Akdogan, M.; Asikuzun, E.; Ozturk, O.; Kılıç, A.

    2015-09-01

    We have investigated the effect of preparation method on superconducting and mechanical properties of Bi(Pb)-2223 bulk samples using Bi1.85Pb0.35Sr2Ca2Cu3O10±y stoichiometry. Solid-state reaction and ammonium nitrate precipitation methods have been used for fabrication of the bulk samples. In addition, the effect of annealing time on BSCCO samples have been studied. Structural, electrical, magnetic and microhardness analyses of samples are performed by the X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), the Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), DC resistivity, AC susceptibility and Vickers microhardness test. The critical transition temperature, phase purity, surface morphology and crystallinity of the prepared bulk samples are compared with each other. Elasticity (E), brittleness (Bi), fracture toughness (KIC) and yield strength (Y) values are also determined according to annealing time, applied load and production parameters of materials.

  1. Electrodynamics of superconducting pnictide superlattices

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    Perucchi, A.; Pietro, P. Di; Capitani, F.; Lupi, S.; Lee, S.; Kang, J. H.; Eom, C. B.; Jiang, J.; Weiss, J. D.; Hellstrom, E. E.; Dore, P.

    2014-06-02

    It was recently shown that superlattices where layers of the 8% Co-doped BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} superconducting pnictide are intercalated with non superconducting ultrathin layers of either SrTiO{sub 3} or of oxygen-rich BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2}, can be used to control flux pinning, thereby increasing critical fields and currents, without significantly affecting the critical temperature of the pristine superconducting material. However, little is known about the electron properties of these systems. Here, we investigate the electrodynamics of these superconducting pnictide superlattices in the normal and superconducting state by using infrared reflectivity, from THz to visible range. We find that multigap structure of these superlattices is preserved, whereas some significant changes are observed in their electronic structure with respect to those of the original pnictide. Our results suggest that possible attempts to further increase the flux pinning may lead to a breakdown of the pnictide superconducting properties.

  2. Wavelength-dependent optical enhancement of superconducting interlayer coupling in La1.885Ba0.115CuO4

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    Casandruc, E.; Nicoletti, D.; Rajasekaran, S.; Laplace, Y.; Khanna, V.; Gu, G.; Hill, J. P.; Cavalleri, A.

    2015-05-05

    We analyze the pump wavelength dependence for the photo-induced enhancement of interlayer coupling in La1.885Ba0.115CuO4, which is promoted by optical melting of the stripe order. In the equilibrium superconducting state (T < TC = 13 K), in which stripes and superconductivity coexist, time-domain THz spectroscopy reveals a photo-induced blue-shift of the Josephson Plasma Resonance after excitation with optical pulses polarized perpendicular to the CuO2 planes. In the striped, non-superconducting state (TC < T < TSO ≃ 40 K) a transient plasma resonance similar to that seen below TC appears from a featureless equilibrium reflectivity. Most strikingly, both these effects becomemore » stronger upon tuning of the pump wavelength from the mid-infrared to the visible, underscoring an unconventional competition between stripe order and superconductivity, which occurs on energy scales far above the ordering temperature.« less

  3. Serious infection associated with induced abortion in the United States.

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    Dempsey, Angela

    2012-12-01

    Though serious infection after induced abortion is rare, infections account for one third of abortion-related deaths in the United States. Most fatal cases of infection after induced medical abortion have involved clostridial species. These reported cases share important clinical features that may guide clinicians to earlier recognition and institution of therapy. This article reviews our current knowledge regarding serious clostridial infections postabortion including the typical clinical presentation, pathophysiology, modes of diagnosis, and available treatment.

  4. Superconducting magnet cooling system

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    Vander Arend, Peter C.; Fowler, William B.

    1977-01-01

    A device is provided for cooling a conductor to the superconducting state. The conductor is positioned within an inner conduit through which is flowing a supercooled liquid coolant in physical contact with the conductor. The inner conduit is positioned within an outer conduit so that an annular open space is formed therebetween. Through the annular space is flowing coolant in the boiling liquid state. Heat generated by the conductor is transferred by convection within the supercooled liquid coolant to the inner wall of the inner conduit and then is removed by the boiling liquid coolant, making the heat removal from the conductor relatively independent of conductor length.

  5. Quantum logic gates for superconducting resonator qudits

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    Strauch, Frederick W.

    2011-11-15

    We study quantum information processing using superpositions of Fock states in superconducting resonators as quantum d-level systems (qudits). A universal set of single and coupled logic gates is theoretically proposed for resonators coupled by superconducting circuits of Josephson junctions. These gates use experimentally demonstrated interactions and provide an attractive route to quantum information processing using harmonic oscillator modes.

  6. Dependence of trapped-flux-induced surface resistance of a large-grain Nb superconducting radio-frequency cavity on spatial temperature gradient during cooldown through Tc

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    Huang, Shichun; Kubo, Takayuki; Geng, R. L.

    2016-08-01

    Recent studies by Romanenko et al. revealed that cooling down a superconducting cavity under a large spatial temperature gradient decreases the amount of trapped flux and leads to reduction of the residual surface resistance. In the present paper, the flux expulsion ratio and the trapped-flux-induced surface resistance of a large-grain cavity cooled down under a spatial temperature gradient up to 80 K /m are studied under various applied magnetic fields from 5 to 20 μ T . We show the flux expulsion ratio improves as the spatial temperature gradient increases, independent of the applied magnetic field: our results support and enforce the previous studies. We then analyze all rf measurement results obtained under different applied magnetic fields together by plotting the trapped-flux-induced surface resistance normalized by the applied magnetic field as a function of the spatial temperature gradient. All the data can be fitted by a single curve, which defines an empirical formula for the trapped-flux-induced surface resistance as a function of the spatial temperature gradient and applied magnetic field. The formula can fit not only the present results but also those obtained by Romanenko et al. previously. The sensitivity rfl of surface resistance from trapped magnetic flux of fine-grain and large-grain niobium cavities and the origin of d T /d s dependence of Rfl/Ba are also discussed.

  7. 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.

  8. Angle-resolved microwave spectroscopy of the normal and superconducting states of low-dimensional molecular superconductors

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    Hill, Stephen

    2003-11-01

    Recent studies of the microwave conductivity of low-dimensional (LD) conductors, in the presence of a magnetic field, have demonstrated several new effects. The key ingredient is the dominance of open-orbit quasiparticle trajectories in k-space. In general, the Fermi surfaces (FS) of LD conductors are extended in all three dimensions: warped sheets in the quasi-1D (Q1D) case, and warped cylinders in the quasi-2D (Q2D) case. Quasiparticles on open-orbit trajectories therefore acquire an oscillatory velocity component along the low conductivity direction. This results in a conductivity resonance, or periodic orbit resonance (POR), when the frequency of appropriately polarized microwave radiation matches any harmonic of the velocity oscillations. For Q1D systems, the POR provides a direct method for measuring the Fermi velocity (v_F), without making any assumptions about the underlying bandstructure. A new effect appears if one aligns the magnetic field within the layers of a Q2D conductor. In this situation, almost all of the quasiparticles move along open orbits parallel to the axis of the warped cylindrical FS. The period of the motion depends on the extremal velocity component perpendicular to the field (v_⊥ ext). This again leads to a POR and, from its angle dependence, one can map out vF and the quasiparticle scattering rate (τ-1) for a Q2D conductor. We demonstrate the applicability of these methods for several organic superconductors and the low-dimensional p-wave superconductor Sr_2RuO_4. Time permitting, I will also discuss the use of an interlayer Josephson plasma mode to study the superconductivity in Q2D organic conductors. The plasma frequency (ω_p) is extremely sensitive to the interlayer phase coherence associated with the condense and can, therefore, be used to study vortex physics. One can additionally tune the interlayer phase coherence with an in-plane magnetic field, thereby potentially enabling angle-dependent phase-sensitive spectroscopy of

  9. Topological Odd-Parity Superconductivity Close to Type-II 2D Van Hove Singularities

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    Yao, Hong; Yang, Fan

    2014-03-01

    We study unconventional superconductivity induced by weak repulsive interactions in 2D electronic systems at Van Hove singularity (VHS) where electronic density of states is logarithmically divergent. We define two types of VH saddle points. For type-I VH systems, weak repulsive interactions generically induce unconventional singlet pairing. However and more interestingly, for type-II VH systems renormalization group treatment shows that weak repulsive interactions favor triplet pairing (e.g. p-wave) when the Fermi surface has no good nesting. When such type-II VH systems respecting tetragonal or hexagonal point group symmetry, topological superconductivity (chiral p +ip or time reversal invariant Z2 p +ip pairing) will generally occur. We shall also discuss implications of this study to recently discovered BiS2-based superconductors and other superconducting materials that host type-II VH singularities in their Fermi surfaces.

  10. Ising superconductivity and Majorana fermions in transition-metal dichalcogenides

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    Zhou, Benjamin T.; Yuan, Noah F. Q.; Jiang, Hong-Liang; Law, K. T.

    2016-05-01

    In monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), electrons in opposite K valleys are subject to opposite effective Zeeman fields, which are referred to as Ising spin-orbit coupling (SOC) fields. The Ising SOC, originating from in-plane mirror symmetry breaking, pins the electron spins to the out-of-plane directions, and results in Ising superconducting states with strongly enhanced upper critical fields. Here, we show that the Ising SOC generates equal-spin-triplet Cooper pairs with spin polarized in the in-plane directions. Importantly, the spin-triplet Cooper pairs can induce superconducting pairings in a half-metal wire placed on top of the TMD and result in a topological superconductor with Majorana end states. Direct ways to detect equal-spin triplet Cooper pairs and the differences between Ising superconductors and Rashba superconductors are discussed.

  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.

    2015-01-01

    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

  12. Superconductivity and ferromagnetism in topological insulators

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    Zhang, Duming

    Topological insulators, a new state of matter discovered recently, have attracted great interest due to their novel properties. They are insulating inside the bulk, but conducting at the surface or edges. This peculiar behavior is characterized by an insulating bulk energy gap and gapless surface or edge states, which originate from strong spin-orbit coupling and time-reversal symmetry. The spin and momentum locked surface states not only provide a model system to study fundamental physics, but can also lead to applications in spintronics and dissipationless electronics. While topological insulators are interesting by themselves, more exotic behaviors are predicted when an energy gap is induced at the surface. This dissertation explores two types of surface state gap in topological insulators, a superconducting gap induced by proximity effect and a magnetic gap induced by chemical doping. The first three chapters provide introductory theory and experimental details of my research. Chapter 1 provides a brief introduction to the theoretical background of topological insulators. Chapter 2 is dedicated to material synthesis principles and techniques. I will focus on two major synthesis methods: molecular beam epitaxy for the growth of Bi2Se3 thin films and chemical vapor deposition for the growth of Bi2Se3 nanoribbons and nanowires. Material characterization is discussed in Chapter 3. I will describe structural, morphological, magnetic, electrical, and electronic characterization techniques used to study topological insulators. Chapter 4 discusses the experiments on proximity-induced superconductivity in topological insulator (Bi2Se3) nanoribbons. This work is motivated by the search for the elusive Majorana fermions, which act as their own antiparticles. They were proposed by Ettore Majorara in 1937, but have remained undiscovered. Recently, Majorana's concept has been revived in condensed matter physics: a condensed matter analog of Majorana fermions is predicted to

  13. 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.

  14. Measurement-Induced Macroscopic Superposition States in Cavity Optomechanics

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    Hoff, Ulrich B.; Kollath-Bönig, Johann; Neergaard-Nielsen, Jonas S.; Andersen, Ulrik L.

    2016-09-01

    A novel protocol for generating quantum superpositions of macroscopically distinct states of a bulk mechanical oscillator is proposed, compatible with existing optomechanical devices operating in the bad-cavity limit. By combining a pulsed optomechanical quantum nondemolition (QND) interaction with nonclassical optical resources and measurement-induced feedback, the need for strong single-photon coupling is avoided. We outline a three-pulse sequence of QND interactions encompassing squeezing-enhanced cooling by measurement, state preparation, and tomography.

  15. Superconducting fault current-limiter with variable shunt impedance

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    Llambes, Juan Carlos H; Xiong, Xuming

    2013-11-19

    A superconducting fault current-limiter is provided, including a superconducting element configured to resistively or inductively limit a fault current, and one or more variable-impedance shunts electrically coupled in parallel with the superconducting element. The variable-impedance shunt(s) is configured to present a first impedance during a superconducting state of the superconducting element and a second impedance during a normal resistive state of the superconducting element. The superconducting element transitions from the superconducting state to the normal resistive state responsive to the fault current, and responsive thereto, the variable-impedance shunt(s) transitions from the first to the second impedance. The second impedance of the variable-impedance shunt(s) is a lower impedance than the first impedance, which facilitates current flow through the variable-impedance shunt(s) during a recovery transition of the superconducting element from the normal resistive state to the superconducting state, and thus, facilitates recovery of the superconducting element under load.

  16. Two-dimensional superconductivity at the interface of a Bi2Te3/FeTe heterostructure.

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    He, Qing Lin; Liu, Hongchao; He, Mingquan; Lai, Ying Hoi; He, Hongtao; Wang, Gan; Law, Kam Tuen; Lortz, Rolf; Wang, Jiannong; Sou, Iam Keong

    2014-06-23

    The realization of superconductivity at the interface between a topological insulator and an iron-chalcogenide compound is highly attractive for exploring several recent theoretical predictions involving these two new classes of materials. Here we report transport measurements on a Bi2Te3/FeTe heterostructure fabricated via van der Waals epitaxy, which demonstrate superconductivity at the interface, which is induced by the Bi2Te3 epilayer with thickness even down to one quintuple layer, though there is no clear-cut evidence that the observed superconductivity is induced by the topological surface states. The two-dimensional nature of the observed superconductivity with the highest transition temperature around 12 K was verified by the existence of a Berezinsky-Kosterlitz-Thouless transition and the diverging ratio of in-plane to out-plane upper critical field on approaching the superconducting transition temperature. With the combination of interface superconductivity and Dirac surface states of Bi2Te3, the heterostructure studied in this work provides a novel platform for realizing Majorana fermions.

  17. Two-dimensional superconductivity at the interface of a Bi2Te3/FeTe heterostructure.

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    He, Qing Lin; Liu, Hongchao; He, Mingquan; Lai, Ying Hoi; He, Hongtao; Wang, Gan; Law, Kam Tuen; Lortz, Rolf; Wang, Jiannong; Sou, Iam Keong

    2014-01-01

    The realization of superconductivity at the interface between a topological insulator and an iron-chalcogenide compound is highly attractive for exploring several recent theoretical predictions involving these two new classes of materials. Here we report transport measurements on a Bi2Te3/FeTe heterostructure fabricated via van der Waals epitaxy, which demonstrate superconductivity at the interface, which is induced by the Bi2Te3 epilayer with thickness even down to one quintuple layer, though there is no clear-cut evidence that the observed superconductivity is induced by the topological surface states. The two-dimensional nature of the observed superconductivity with the highest transition temperature around 12 K was verified by the existence of a Berezinsky-Kosterlitz-Thouless transition and the diverging ratio of in-plane to out-plane upper critical field on approaching the superconducting transition temperature. With the combination of interface superconductivity and Dirac surface states of Bi2Te3, the heterostructure studied in this work provides a novel platform for realizing Majorana fermions. PMID:24953963

  18. The acid-induced folded state of Sac7d is the native state.

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    Bedell, J. L.; McCrary, B. S.; Edmondson, S. P.; Shriver, J. W.

    2000-01-01

    Sac7d unfolds at low pH in the absence of salt, with the greatest extent of unfolding obtained at pH 2. We have previously shown that the acid unfolded protein is induced to refold by decreasing the pH to 0 or by addition of salt (McCrary BS, Bedell J. Edmondson SP, Shriver JW, 1998, J Mol Biol 276:203-224). Both near-ultraviolet circular dichroism spectra and ANS fluorescence enhancements indicate that the acid- and salt-induced folded states have a native fold and are not molten globular. 1H,15N heteronuclear single quantum coherence NMR spectra confirm that the native, acid-, and salt-induced folded states are essentially identical. The most significant differences in amide 1H and 15N chemical shifts are attributed to hydrogen bonding to titrating carboxyl side chains and through-bond inductive effects. The 1H NMR chemical shifts of protons affected by ring currents in the hydrophobic core of the acid- and salt-induced folded states are identical to those observed in the native. The radius of gyration of the acid-induced folded state at pH 0 is shown to be identical to that of the native state at pH 7 by small angle X-ray scattering. We conclude that acid-induced collapse of Sac7d does not lead to a molten globule but proceeds directly to the native state. The folding of Sac7d as a function of pH and anion concentration is summarized with a phase diagram that is similar to those observed for other proteins that undergo acid-induced folding except that the A-state is encompassed by the native state. These results demonstrate that formation of a molten globule is not a general property of proteins that are refolded by acid. PMID:11106160

  19. Strain tolerant microfilamentary superconducting wire

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    Finnemore, Douglas K.; Miller, Theodore A.; Ostenson, Jerome E.; Schwartzkopf, Louis A.; Sanders, Steven C.

    1993-02-23

    A strain tolerant microfilamentary wire capable of carrying superconducting currents is provided comprising a plurality of discontinuous filaments formed from a high temperature superconducting material. The discontinuous filaments have a length at least several orders of magnitude greater than the filament diameter and are sufficiently strong while in an amorphous state to withstand compaction. A normal metal is interposed between and binds the discontinuous filaments to form a normal metal matrix capable of withstanding heat treatment for converting the filaments to a superconducting state. The geometry of the filaments within the normal metal matrix provides substantial filament-to-filament overlap, and the normal metal is sufficiently thin to allow supercurrent transfer between the overlapped discontinuous filaments but is also sufficiently thick to provide strain relief to the filaments.

  20. 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

  1. Space applications of superconductivity

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    Sullivan, D. B.; Vorreiter, J. W.

    1979-01-01

    Some potential applications of superconductivity in space are summarized, e.g., the use of high field magnets for cosmic ray analysis or energy storage and generation, space applications of digital superconducting devices, such as the Josephson switch and, in the future, a superconducting computer. Other superconducting instrumentation which could be used in space includes: low frequency superconducting sensors, microwave and infrared detectors, instruments for gravitational studies, and high-Q cavities for use as stabilizing elements in clocks and oscillators.

  2. Vortical versus skyrmionic states in mesoscopic p -wave superconductors

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    Fernández Becerra, V.; Sardella, E.; Peeters, F. M.; Milošević, M. V.

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the superconducting states that arise as a consequence of mesoscopic confinement and a multicomponent order parameter in the Ginzburg-Landau model for p -wave superconductivity. Conventional vortices, but also half-quantum vortices and skyrmions, are found as the applied magnetic field and the anisotropy parameters of the Fermi surface are varied. The solutions are well differentiated by a topological charge that for skyrmions is given by the Hopf invariant and for vortices by the circulation of the superconducting velocity. We revealed several unique states combining vortices and skyrmions, their possible reconfiguration with varied magnetic field, as well as temporal and field-induced transitions between vortical and skyrmionic states.

  3. Discovery of superconductivity in KTaO₃ by electrostatic carrier doping.

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    Ueno, K; Nakamura, S; Shimotani, H; Yuan, H T; Kimura, N; Nojima, T; Aoki, H; Iwasa, Y; Kawasaki, M

    2011-05-22

    Superconductivity at interfaces has been investigated since the first demonstration of electric-field-tunable superconductivity in ultrathin films in 1960(1). So far, research on interface superconductivity has focused on materials that are known to be superconductors in bulk. Here, we show that electrostatic carrier doping can induce superconductivity in KTaO(3), a material in which superconductivity has not been observed before. Taking advantage of the large capacitance of the self-organized electric double layer that forms at the interface between an ionic liquid and KTaO(3) (ref. 12), we achieve a charge carrier density that is an order of magnitude larger than the density that can be achieved with conventional chemical doping. Superconductivity emerges in KTaO(3) at 50 mK for two-dimensional carrier densities in the range 2.3 × 10(14) to 3.7 × 10(14) cm(-2). The present result clearly shows that electrostatic carrier doping can lead to new states of matter at nanoscale interfaces.

  4. Superconductivity enhancement in the S-doped Weyl semimetal candidate MoTe2

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    Chen, F. C.; Luo, X.; Xiao, R. C.; Lu, W. J.; Zhang, B.; Yang, H. X.; Li, J. Q.; Pei, Q. L.; Shao, D. F.; Zhang, R. R.; Ling, L. S.; Xi, C. Y.; Song, W. H.; Sun, Y. P.

    2016-04-01

    Two-dimensional transition-metal dichalcogenide (TMDs) MoTe2 has attracted much attention due to its predicted Weyl semimetal state and a quantum spin Hall insulator in bulk and monolayer form, respectively. We find that the superconductivity in MoTe2 single crystal can be greatly enhanced by the partial substitution of the Te ions by the S ones. The maximum superconducting temperature TC of MoTe1.8S0.2 single crystal is about 1.3 K. Compared with the parent MoTe2 single crystal (TC = 0.1 K), nearly 13-fold in TC is improved in the MoTe1.8S0.2 one. The superconductivity has been investigated through the resistivity and magnetization measurements. MoTe2-xSx single crystals belong to weak coupling superconductors and the improvement of the superconductivity may be related to the enhanced electron-phonon coupling induced by the S-ion substitution. A dome-shaped superconducting phase diagram is obtained in the S-doped MoTe2 single crystals. MoTe2-xSx materials may provide a new platform for our understanding of superconductivity phenomena and topological physics in TMDs.

  5. Superconductivity in the vicinity of antiferromagnetic order in CrAs

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    Wu, Wei; Cheng, Jinguang; Matsubayashi, Kazuyuki; Kong, Panpan; Lin, Fukun; Jin, Changqing; Wang, Nanlin; Uwatoko, Yoshiya; Luo, Jianlin

    2014-11-01

    One of the common features of unconventional superconducting systems such as the heavy-fermion, high transition-temperature cuprate and iron-pnictide superconductors is that the superconductivity emerges in the vicinity of long-range antiferromagnetically ordered state. In addition to doping charge carriers, the application of external pressure is an effective and clean approach to induce unconventional superconductivity near a magnetic quantum critical point. Here we report on the discovery of superconductivity on the verge of antiferromagnetic order in CrAs via the application of external pressure. Bulk superconductivity with Tc≈2 K emerges at the critical pressure Pc≈8 kbar, where the first-order antiferromagnetic transition at TN≈265 K under ambient pressure is completely suppressed. The close proximity of superconductivity to an antiferromagnetic order suggests an unconventional pairing mechanism for CrAs. The present finding opens a new avenue for searching novel superconductors in the Cr and other transition metal-based systems.

  6. Superconductivity in the vicinity of antiferromagnetic order in CrAs.

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    Wu, Wei; Cheng, Jinguang; Matsubayashi, Kazuyuki; Kong, Panpan; Lin, Fukun; Jin, Changqing; Wang, Nanlin; Uwatoko, Yoshiya; Luo, Jianlin

    2014-11-19

    One of the common features of unconventional superconducting systems such as the heavy-fermion, high transition-temperature cuprate and iron-pnictide superconductors is that the superconductivity emerges in the vicinity of long-range antiferromagnetically ordered state. In addition to doping charge carriers, the application of external pressure is an effective and clean approach to induce unconventional superconductivity near a magnetic quantum critical point. Here we report on the discovery of superconductivity on the verge of antiferromagnetic order in CrAs via the application of external pressure. Bulk superconductivity with Tc≈2 K emerges at the critical pressure Pc≈8 kbar, where the first-order antiferromagnetic transition at T(N)≈265 K under ambient pressure is completely suppressed. The close proximity of superconductivity to an antiferromagnetic order suggests an unconventional pairing mechanism for CrAs. The present finding opens a new avenue for searching novel superconductors in the Cr and other transition metal-based systems.

  7. 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.

  8. Exotic Superconductivity in Correlated Electron Systems

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    Mu, Gang; Sandu, Viorel; Li, Wei; Shen, Bing

    2015-05-25

    Over the past decades, the search for high-Tc superconductivity (SC) and its novel superconducting mechanisms is one of the most challenging tasks of condensed matter physicists and material scientists, wherein the most striking achievement is the discovery of high-c and unconventional superconductivity in strongly correlated 3d-electron systems, such as cuprates and iron pnictides/chalcogenides. Those exotic superconductors display the behaviors beyond the scope of the BCS theory (in the SC states) and the Landau-Fermi liquid theory (in the normal states). In general, such exotic superconductivity can be seen as correlated electron systems, where there are strong interplays among charge, spin, orbital, and lattice degrees of freedom. Thus, we focus on the exotic superconductivity in materials with correlated electrons in the present special issue.

  9. Exotic Superconductivity in Correlated Electron Systems

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    Mu, Gang; Sandu, Viorel; Li, Wei; Shen, Bing

    2015-05-25

    Over the past decades, the search for high-Tc superconductivity (SC) and its novel superconducting mechanisms is one of the most challenging tasks of condensed matter physicists and material scientists, wherein the most striking achievement is the discovery of high-c and unconventional superconductivity in strongly correlated 3d-electron systems, such as cuprates and iron pnictides/chalcogenides. Those exotic superconductors display the behaviors beyond the scope of the BCS theory (in the SC states) and the Landau-Fermi liquid theory (in the normal states). In general, such exotic superconductivity can be seen as correlated electron systems, where there are strong interplays among charge, spin, orbital,more » and lattice degrees of freedom. Thus, we focus on the exotic superconductivity in materials with correlated electrons in the present special issue.« less

  10. Exchange Interaction Makes Superconductivity in 3D Dirac Semi-metal Triplet

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

    2015-04-01

    Conventional electron-phonon coupling induces either odd (triplet) or even (singlet) pairing states in a time reversal and inversion invariant Dirac semi-metal. In a certain range of the chemical potential and parameters characterizing the pairing attraction (effective electron-electron coupling constant and the Debye energy ) the energy of the singlet although always lower, prevails by a very slim margin over the triplet. This means that interactions that are small but discriminate between the spin singlet and the spin triplet determine the nature of the superconducting order there. It is shown that in materials close enough to the Dirac point ( ) a moderate exchange constant (below Stoner instability to ferromagnetism) stabilizes the odd pairing superconducting state. The 3D quantum critical point at of transition to the triplet superconductivity governs the physics of the superconductor.

  11. Pressure-induced isostructural phase transition and correlation of FeAs coordination with the superconducting properties of 111-type Na(1-x)FeAs.

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    Liu, Qingqing; Yu, Xiaohui; Wang, Xiancheng; Deng, Zheng; Lv, Yuxi; Zhu, Jinlong; Zhang, Sijia; Liu, Haozhe; Yang, Wenge; Wang, Lin; Mao, Hokwang; Shen, Guoyin; Lu, Zhong-Yi; Ren, Yang; Chen, Zhiqiang; Lin, Zhijun; Zhao, Yusheng; Jin, Changqing

    2011-05-25

    The effect of pressure on the crystalline structure and superconducting transition temperature (T(c)) of the 111-type Na(1-x)FeAs system using in situ high-pressure synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction and diamond anvil cell techniques is studied. A pressure-induced tetragonal to tetragonal isostructural phase transition was found. The systematic evolution of the FeAs(4) tetrahedron as a function of pressure based on Rietveld refinements on the powder X-ray diffraction patterns was obtained. The nonmonotonic T(c)(P) behavior of Na(1-x)FeAs is found to correlate with the anomalies of the distance between the anion (As) and the iron layer as well as the bond angle of As-Fe-As for the two tetragonal phases. This behavior provides the key structural information in understanding the origin of the pressure dependence of T(c) for 111-type iron pnictide superconductors. A pressure-induced structural phase transition is also observed at 20 GPa.

  12. Pressure-induced isostructural phase transition and correlation of FeAs coordination with the superconducting properties of 111-type Na

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    Liu, Qingqing; Yu, Xiaohui; Wang, Xiancheng; Deng, Zheng; Lv, Yuxi; Zhu, Jinlong; Zhang, Sijia; Liu, Haozhe; Yang, Wenge; Wang, Lin; Mao, Hokwang; Shen, Guoyin; Lu, Zhong-Yi; Ren, Yang; Chen, Zhiqiang; Lin, Zhijun; Zhao, Yusheng; Jin, Changqing

    2011-05-25

    The effect of pressure on the crystalline structure and superconducting transition temperature (T{sub c}) of the 111-type Na{sub 1–x}FeAs system using in situ high-pressure synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction and diamond anvil cell techniques is studied. A pressure-induced tetragonal to tetragonal isostructural phase transition was found. The systematic evolution of the FeAs{sub 4} tetrahedron as a function of pressure based on Rietveld refinements on the powder X-ray diffraction patterns was obtained. The nonmonotonic T{sub c}(P) behavior of Na{sub 1–x}FeAs is found to correlate with the anomalies of the distance between the anion (As) and the iron layer as well as the bond angle of As–Fe–As for the two tetragonal phases. This behavior provides the key structural information in understanding the origin of the pressure dependence of T{sub c} for 111-type iron pnictide superconductors. A pressure-induced structural phase transition is also observed at 20 GPa.

  13. Superconducting cable

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    Benz, H.

    1983-03-22

    A superconducting cable containing a plurality of individual wires which are stranded or plaited to wire bundles and ropes, wherein in order to avoid relative movement and/or deformation between the wire bundles and/or ropes as, for example, may otherwise be caused by high current loading, the individual wire bundles and the ropes are materially joined together at their points of contact, preferably by soldering, to form a mechanically rigid structure, in which the parts between the soldered areas can as well as possible deform elastically, thereby avoiding all disadvantages associated with freely movable wire bundles. In a preferred embodiment, the ropes are made from wire bundles arranged in a lattice.

  14. Zero-resistance states induced by electromagnetic-wave excitation in GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructures.

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    Mani, Ramesh G; Smet, Jürgen H; von Klitzing, Klaus; Narayanamurti, Venkatesh; Johnson, William B; Umansky, Vladimir

    2002-12-12

    The observation of vanishing electrical resistance in condensed matter has led to the discovery of new phenomena such as, for example, superconductivity, where a zero-resistance state can be detected in a metal below a transition temperature T(c) (ref. 1). More recently, quantum Hall effects were discovered from investigations of zero-resistance states at low temperatures and high magnetic fields in two-dimensional electron systems (2DESs). In quantum Hall systems and superconductors, zero-resistance states often coincide with the appearance of a gap in the energy spectrum. Here we report the observation of zero-resistance states and energy gaps in a surprising setting: ultrahigh-mobility GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructures that contain a 2DES exhibit vanishing diagonal resistance without Hall resistance quantization at low temperatures and low magnetic fields when the specimen is subjected to electromagnetic wave excitation. Zero-resistance-states occur about magnetic fields B = 4/5 Bf and B = 4/9 Bf, where Bf = 2pifm*/e,m* is the electron mass, e is the electron charge, and f is the electromagnetic-wave frequency. Activated transport measurements on the resistance minima also indicate an energy gap at the Fermi level. The results suggest an unexpected radiation-induced, electronic-state-transition in the GaAs/AlGaAs 2DES.

  15. Measurement-induced disturbances and nonclassical correlations of Gaussian states

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    Mista, Ladislav Jr.; Tatham, Richard; Korolkova, Natalia; Girolami, Davide; Adesso, Gerardo

    2011-04-15

    We study quantum correlations beyond entanglement in two-mode Gaussian states of continuous-variable systems by means of the measurement-induced disturbance (MID) and its ameliorated version (AMID). In analogy with the recent studies of the Gaussian quantum discord, we define a Gaussian AMID by constraining the optimization to all bi-local Gaussian positive operator valued measurements. We solve the optimization explicitly for relevant families of states, including squeezed thermal states. Remarkably, we find that there is a finite subset of two-mode Gaussian states comprising pure states where non-Gaussian measurements such as photon counting are globally optimal for the AMID and realize a strictly smaller state disturbance compared to the best Gaussian measurements. However, for the majority of two-mode Gaussian states the unoptimized MID provides a loose overestimation of the actual content of quantum correlations, as evidenced by its comparison with Gaussian discord. This feature displays strong similarity with the case of two qubits. Upper and lower bounds for the Gaussian AMID at fixed Gaussian discord are identified. We further present a comparison between Gaussian AMID and Gaussian entanglement of formation, and classify families of two-mode states in terms of their Gaussian AMID, Gaussian discord, and Gaussian entanglement of formation. Our findings provide a further confirmation of the genuinely quantum nature of general Gaussian states, yet they reveal that non-Gaussian measurements can play a crucial role for the optimized extraction and potential exploitation of classical and nonclassical correlations in Gaussian states.

  16. Emergent surface superconductivity in a 3D topological insulator

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    Krusin-Elbaum, Lia

    Surfaces of three-dimensional topological insulators have emerged as one of the most remarkable states of condensed quantum matter where exotic charge and spin phases of Dirac particles could form. This work reports on novel mesoscopic superconductivity in the topological insulator Sb2Te3 with transition to zero resistance induced through a minor tuning of growth chemistry that depletes bulk conduction channels. The depletion shifts Fermi energy towards the Dirac point as witnessed by a factor of 300 reduction of bulk carrier density and by the largest carrier mobility (>25, 000 cm2V-1s-1) found in any topological material of this class. Direct evidence from transport, the unprecedentedly large diamagnetic screening, and the presence of ~ 25 meV gaps detected by scanning tunneling spectroscopy reveal the superconducting condensate to emerge first in surface puddles at unexpectedly high temperature of ~ 50 K, with the onset of global phase coherence at ~ 9 K. The unconventional spin response of Sb2Te3 and the presence of subsurface 2DEG quantum well states arising from charge transfer to the surface are likely to play a role in the emergent superconducting state. The rich structure of this state lends itself to manipulation via growth conditions and the material parameters such as Fermi velocity and mean free path. This work was supported by NSF DMR-1122594, DMR-1420634, DMR-1322483, and DOD-W911NF-13-1-0159.

  17. Raman coherence effects in a superconducting Jaynes-Cummings system

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    Novikov, Sergey

    This dissertation describes a study of Raman coherence effects using superconducting quantum circuits. Raman coherence can occur in a three-level system driven by two coherent electromagnetic fields. In a suitable system with a metastable state, the effect is typically manifest as coherent population trapping (CPT) and electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT). I derive the theoretical framework and show experimentally that in the case of a cascade three-level system based on transmon superconducting qubit states, an effect known as the Autler-Townes doublet (ATD), rather than CPT or EIT, occurs. I propose, model, and implement a quasi- system made of combined transmon-cavity levels, which has a meta-stable state required for CPT and EIT. I measure CPT, and demonstrate coherence of the dark state in the time domain. Instead of EIT, I observe a new phenomenon -- electromagnetically suppressed transmission (EST). The large negative dispersion accompanying EST leads to superluminal pulse propagation in the system. My results suggest that quantum superconducting circuits provide a viable platform for studying quantum optics of multi-level systems.

  18. A Transition in Brain State during Propofol-Induced Unconsciousness

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    Mukamel, Eran A.; Pirondini, Elvira; Babadi, Behtash; Wong, Kin Foon Kevin; Pierce, Eric T.; Harrell, P. Grace; Walsh, John L.; Salazar-Gomez, Andres F.; Cash, Sydney S.; Eskandar, Emad N.; Weiner, Veronica S.; Brown, Emery N.

    2014-01-01

    Rhythmic oscillations shape cortical dynamics during active behavior, sleep, and general anesthesia. Cross-frequency phase-amplitude coupling is a prominent feature of cortical oscillations, but its role in organizing conscious and unconscious brain states is poorly understood. Using high-density EEG and intracranial electrocorticography during gradual induction of propofol general anesthesia in humans, we discovered a rapid drug-induced transition between distinct states with opposite phase-amplitude coupling and different cortical source distributions. One state occurs during unconsciousness and may be similar to sleep slow oscillations. A second state occurs at the loss or recovery of consciousness and resembles an enhanced slow cortical potential. These results provide objective electrophysiological landmarks of distinct unconscious brain states, and could be used to help improve EEG-based monitoring for general anesthesia. PMID:24431442

  19. Universal impurity-induced bound state in topological superfluids.

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    Hu, Hui; Jiang, Lei; Pu, Han; Chen, Yan; Liu, Xia-Ji

    2013-01-11

    We predict a universal midgap bound state in topological superfluids, induced by either nonmagnetic or magnetic impurities in the strong scattering limit. This universal state is similar to the lowest-energy Caroli-de Gennes-Martricon bound state in a vortex core, but is bound to localized impurities. We argue that the observation of such a universal bound state can be a clear signature for identifying topological superfluids. We theoretically examine our argument for a spin-orbit coupled ultracold atomic Fermi gas trapped in a two-dimensional harmonic potential by performing extensive self-consistent calculations within the mean-field Bogoliubov-de Gennes theory. A realistic scenario for observing a universal bound state in ultracold 40K atoms is proposed.

  20. Measurement of the magnetically-induced QED birefringence of the vacuum and an improved search for laboratory axions: Technical report. Project definition study of the use of assets and facilities of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory

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    Lee, S.A.; Fairbank, W.M. Jr.; Toki, W.H.; Hall, J.L. |; Kraushaar, P.F. Jr.; Jaffery, T.S.

    1994-10-31

    The Colorado State Collaboration has studied the feasibility of a high sensitivity QED birefringence/axion search measurement. The objective of this work is to measure, for the first time, the birefringence induced in the vacuum on a light beam travelling in a powerful magnetic field. The same experimental setup also allows a highly sensitive search for axion or axion-like particles. The experiment would combined custom-designed optical heterodyne interferometry with a string of six SSC prototype superconducting dipole magnets at the N-15 site of the SSC Laboratory. With these powerful laser tools, sensitivity advances of 10{sup 7} to 10{sup 9} over previous optical experiments will be possible. The proposed experiment will be able to measure the QED light-by-light scattering effect with a 0.5% accuracy. The increased sensitivity for the axion-two photon interaction will result in a bound on this process rivaling the results based on astrophysical arguments. In the technical report the authors address the scientific significance of these experiments and examine the limiting technical parameters which control their feasibility. The proposed optical/electronic scheme is presented in the context of a background of the known and projected systematic problems which will confront any serious attempt to make such measurements.