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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  2. Inducing superconducting correlation in quantum Hall edge states

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    Lee, Gil-Ho; Huang, Ko-Fan; Efetov, Dmitri K.; Wei, Di S.; Hart, Sean; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Yacoby, Amir; Kim, Philip

    2017-07-01

    The quantum Hall (QH) effect supports a set of chiral edge states at the boundary of a two-dimensional system. A superconductor (SC) contacting these states can provide correlations of the quasiparticles in the dissipationless edge states. Here we fabricated highly transparent and nanometre-scale SC junctions to graphene. We demonstrate that the QH edge states can couple via superconducting correlations through the SC electrode narrower than the superconducting coherence length. We observe that the chemical potential of the edge state exhibits a sign reversal across the SC electrode. This provides direct evidence of conversion of the incoming electron to the outgoing hole along the chiral edge state, termed crossed Andreev conversion (CAC). We show that CAC can successfully describe the temperature, bias and SC electrode width dependences. This hybrid SC/QH system could provide a novel route to create isolated non-Abelian anyonic zero modes, in resonance with the chiral edge states.

  3. Field-induced p-wave superconducting state of mesoscopic systems.

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    Huo, Jia-Wei; Chen, Wei-Qiang; Raghu, S; Zhang, Fu-Chun

    2012-06-22

    By using Bogoliubov-de Gennes equations, we study superconducting (SC) states in a quasi-two-dimensional system of radius R. It is shown that no vortices exist in s-wave SC samples with R < R(c) ~ ξ(0), the T = 0 coherence length. We predict that chiral p-wave states exhibit superconductivity for R < R(c) only in the presence of a vortex with opposite chirality. This induced SC phase is a consequence of nonzero chirality of the pairing order parameter and implies the presence of chiral edge currents. Our study may be applied to sharply probing the pairing symmetry of unconventional superconductors.

  4. Proximity-induced superconductivity in nanowires: minigap state and differential magnetoresistance oscillations.

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    Wang, Jian; Shi, Chuntai; Tian, Mingliang; Zhang, Qi; Kumar, Nitesh; Jain, J K; Mallouk, T E; Chan, M H W

    2009-06-19

    We study proximity-induced superconductivity in gold nanowires as a function of the length of the nanowire, magnetic field, and excitation current. Short nanowires exhibit a sharp superconducting transition, whereas long nanowires show nonzero resistance. At intermediate lengths, however, we observe two sharp transitions; the normal and superconducting regions are separated by what we call the minigap phase. Additionally, we detect periodic oscillations in the differential magnetoresistance. We suggest that the minigap phase as well as the periodic oscillations originate from a coexistence of proximity-induced superconductivity with a normal region near the center of the wire, created either by temperature or the application of a magnetic field.

  5. Impurity-induced bound states inside the superconducting gap of FeSe

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    Jiao, Lin; Rößler, Sahana; Koz, Cevriye; Schwarz, Ulrich; Kasinathan, Deepa; Rößler, Ulrich K.; Wirth, Steffen

    2017-09-01

    We investigate the local density of states in the vicinity of a native dumbbell defect arising from an Fe vacancy in FeSe single crystals. The tunneling spectra close to the impurity display two bound states inside the superconducting gap, equally spaced with respect to zero energy but asymmetric in amplitude. Using spin-polarized density functional theory calculations on realistic slab models with an Fe vacancy, we show that such a defect does not induce a local magnetic moment. Therefore, the dumbbell defect is considered as nonmagnetic. Thus, the in-gap bound states emerging from a nonmagnetic defect-induced pair breaking suggest a sign-changing pairing state in this material.

  6. Impurity-Induced Local Magnetism and Density of States in the Superconducting State of YBa2Cu3O7

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    Ouazi, S.; Bobroff, J.; Alloul, H.; Le Tacon, M.; Blanchard, N.; Collin, G.; Julien, M. H.; Horvatić, M.; Berthier, C.

    2006-03-01

    O17 NMR is used to probe the local influence of nonmagnetic Zn and magnetic Ni impurities in the superconducting state of optimally doped high TC YBa2Cu3O7. Zn and Ni induce a staggered paramagnetic polarization, similar to that evidenced above TC, with a typical extension ξ=3 cell units for Zn and ξ≥3 for Ni. In addition, Zn is observed to induce a local density of states near the Fermi energy in its neighborhood, which also decays over about 3 cell units. Its magnitude decreases sharply with increasing temperature. This allows direct comparison with the STM observations done in BiSCCO.

  7. Measurement-Induced State Transitions in a Superconducting Qubit: Beyond the Rotating Wave Approximation

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    Sank, Daniel; Chen, Zijun; Khezri, Mostafa; Kelly, J.; Barends, R.; Campbell, B.; Chen, Y.; Chiaro, B.; Dunsworth, A.; Fowler, A.; Jeffrey, E.; Lucero, E.; Megrant, A.; Mutus, J.; Neeley, M.; Neill, C.; O'Malley, P. J. J.; Quintana, C.; Roushan, P.; Vainsencher, A.; White, T.; Wenner, J.; Korotkov, Alexander N.; Martinis, John M.

    2016-11-01

    Many superconducting qubit systems use the dispersive interaction between the qubit and a coupled harmonic resonator to perform quantum state measurement. Previous works have found that such measurements can induce state transitions in the qubit if the number of photons in the resonator is too high. We investigate these transitions and find that they can push the qubit out of the two-level subspace, and that they show resonant behavior as a function of photon number. We develop a theory for these observations based on level crossings within the Jaynes-Cummings ladder, with transitions mediated by terms in the Hamiltonian that are typically ignored by the rotating wave approximation. We find that the most important of these terms comes from an unexpected broken symmetry in the qubit potential. We confirm the theory by measuring the photon occupation of the resonator when transitions occur while varying the detuning between the qubit and resonator.

  8. 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.

  9. Multiple superconducting states induced by pressure in Mo3Sb7

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    Feng, Yejun; Wang, Yishu; Palmer, A.; Li, Ling; Silevitch, D. M.; Calder, S.; Rosenbaum, T. F.

    2017-03-01

    Tuning competing ordering mechanisms with hydrostatic pressure in the 4 d intermetallic compound Mo3Sb7 reveals an intricate interplay of structure, magnetism, and superconductivity. Synchrotron x-ray diffraction and magnetic susceptibility measurements, both employing diamond anvil cell technologies, link a first-order structural phase transition to a doubling of the superconducting transition temperature. In contrast to the spin-dimer picture for Mo3Sb7 , we deduce from x-ray absorption near-edge structure and dc magnetization measurements at ambient pressure that Mo3Sb7 should possess only very small, itinerant magnetic moments. The pressure evolution of the superconducting transition temperature strongly suggests its enhancement is due to a difference in the phonon density-of-states with changed crystal symmetry.

  10. Geometry and magnetic-state induced phenomena in S/F nanohybrids: unusual flux pinning effects and bistable superconductivity

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    Villegas, Javier E.

    2009-03-01

    Superconducting/Ferromagnetic (S/F) hybrids exhibit a plethora of induced effects and novel physical properties, due to the interplay between the competing S and F orders. We will show a few examples of those, in a series of experiments on a simple hybrid system: a S thin film with an array of F nanodots. Changing the array geometry, the nanodots size or their magnetic-state allows to investigate a large variety of physical phenomena. We will focus on two of them: flux pinning effects and stray-magnetic-field induced manipulation of superconductivity. We will firstly consider geometry induced effects; in particular, we will compare the pinning properties of periodic, quasiperiodic, and fractal arrays [1]. Secondly, we will discuss the effects induced by particular nanodot magnetic-states. We will show experiments on the interaction between flux quanta and nanodot magnetic vortices, which can be used to obtain switchable flux pinning potentials [2]. Finally, we will describe an experiment in which the magnetic reversal events of the nanodot magnetic vortices are imprinted into the transport properties of a superconducting thin film [3]. This yields a very unusual hysteretic magnetoresistance. This effect is induced by the stray magnetic fields from the nanodots, which drive the superconducting-to-normal transition of the hybrid depending on the magnetic history. [4pt] [1] J.E. Villegas et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 027002 (2006). [0pt] [2] J.E. Villegas et al., Phys. Rev. B 77, 134510 (2008). [0pt] [3] J.E. Villegas et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 227001 (2007).

  11. Topological superconductivity induced by ferromagnetic metal chains

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    Li, Jian; Chen, Hua; Drozdov, Ilya K.; Yazdani, A.; Bernevig, B. Andrei; MacDonald, A. H.

    2014-12-01

    Recent experiments have provided evidence that one-dimensional (1D) topological superconductivity can be realized experimentally by placing transition-metal atoms that form a ferromagnetic chain on a superconducting substrate. We address some properties of this type of system by using a Slater-Koster tight-binding model to account for important features of the electronic structure of the transition-metal chains on the superconducting substrate. We predict that topological superconductivity is nearly universal when ferromagnetic transition-metal chains form straight lines on superconducting substrates and that it is possible for more complex chain structures. When the chain is weakly coupled to the substrate and is longer than superconducting coherence lengths, its proximity-induced superconducting gap is ˜Δ ESO/J where Δ is the s -wave pair potential on the chain, ESO is the spin-orbit splitting energy induced in the normal chain state bands by hybridization with the superconducting substrate, and J is the exchange splitting of the ferromagnetic chain d bands. Because of the topological character of the 1D superconducting state, Majorana end modes appear within the gaps of finite length chains. We find, in agreement with the experiment, that when the chain and substrate orbitals are strongly hybridized, Majorana end modes are substantially reduced in amplitude when separated from the chain end by less than the coherence length defined by the p -wave superconducting gap. We conclude that Pb is a particularly favorable substrate material for ferromagnetic chain topological superconductivity because it provides both strong s -wave pairing and strong Rashba spin-orbit coupling, but that there is an opportunity to optimize properties by varying the atomic composition and structure of the chain. Finally, we note that in the absence of disorder, a new chain magnetic symmetry, one that is also present in the crystalline topological insulators, can stabilize multiple

  12. Multi-vortex State Induced by Proximity Effects in a Small Superconducting Square

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    Barba-Ortega, J.; González, J. D.; Sardella, Edson

    2014-11-01

    The influence of the different negative values of the deGennes parameter in the thermodynamic properties of a superconducting infinitely long prism of square cross section area in the presence of a magnetic field is investigated theoretically by solving numerically the nonlinear Ginzburg-Landau equations; is the coherent length at zero temperature. We obtain the vorticity, magnetic induction, Cooper pair density, magnetization and phase of the order parameter as functions of the external applied magnetic field and the parameter. Our results show that a multi-vortex state appear in the sample choosing a convenient value of parameter, even for such small system. Also, we study a superconducting parallelepiped of volume by means of true numerical simulations; is the height of the parallelepiped. We focused our analysis on the way which the magnetization curves approximate from finite to the characteristic curve of . This is the case for which the magnetic field and the order parameter are invariant along -direction. For a superconductor of size we find that the limit below which the system should be considered a real three-dimensional sample when is.

  13. Current-induced destruction of type I superconductivity: The role of the one- and two-dimensional mixed state

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    Robin, D.; Rinderer, L.; Posada, E.

    1982-02-01

    New experimental and theoretical results on the current-induced phase transition in cylindrical wires (tin) are presented: The London model for the intermediate state of current-carrying superconductors has been modified, taking into account magnetoresistance, and has been extended to hollow cylinders. Evidence for the one- and two-dimensional mixed state first proposed by Landau has been obtained from the study of the quasistatic voltage-current curves of solid and hollow cylindrical specimens, respectively. The kinetic phenomena during the current-induced destruction of superconductivity in solid cylindrical wires have previously been studied by Posada and Rinderer, but only measurements on hollow wires of high purity presented in this paper confirm the isothermal electromagnetic theory of Rothen and Bestgen for a current-induced phase transition. For currents close to Silsbee's critical current, in pure specimens as well as for impure specimens, for any current above the critical, the dynamic destruction of superconductivity in wires is no longer isothermal. For these cases the nonisothermal theory of Posada and Rinderer has been extended to the case of hollow cylinders and successfully compared with experiments.

  14. Light-induced superconductivity in high-Tc cuprates

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    Kaiser, Stefan

    2017-10-01

    Ultrashort laser pulses allow for optical control of superconductivity on picosecond timescales. Intriguing experiments at mid-IR and THz frequencies using tailored excitation pulses tuned resonantly to specific phonon modes have been shown to induce transient superconducting states even far above the equilibrium transition temperature (T c). So far, experiments with light-induced superconductivity can be roughly divided into two classes: on the one hand the light pulses trigger the interplay of competing order parameters in favor of superconductivity, while in the second class of experiments a transient superconducting coherence is induced and dynamically stabilized.

  15. Towards inducing superconductivity into graphene

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    Efetov, Dmitri K.

    Graphenes transport properties have been extensively studied in the 10 years since its discovery in 2004, with ground-breaking experimental observations such as Klein tunneling, fractional quantum Hall effect and Hofstadters butterfly. Though, so far, it turned out to be rather poor on complex correlated electronic ground states and phase transitions, despite various theoretical predictions. The purpose of this thesis is to help understanding the underlying theoretical and experimental reasons for the lack of strong electronic interactions in graphene, and, employing graphenes high tunability and versatility, to identify and alter experimental parameters that could help to induce stronger correlations. In particular graphene holds one last, not yet experimentally discovered prediction, namely exhibiting intrinsic superconductivity. With its vanishingly small Fermi surface at the Dirac point, graphene is a semi-metal with very weak electronic interactions. Though, if it is doped into the metallic regime, where the size of the Fermi surface becomes comparable to the size of the Brillouin zone, the density of states becomes sizeable and electronic interactions are predicted to be dramatically enhanced, resulting in competing correlated ground states such as superconductivity, magnetism and charge density wave formation. Following these predictions, this thesis first describes the creation of metallic graphene at high carrier doping via electrostatic doping techniques based on electrolytic gates. Due to graphenes surface only properties, we are able to induce carrier densities above n>1014 cm-2 (epsilonF>1eV) into the chemically inert graphene. While at these record high carrier densities we yet do not observe superconductivity, we do observe fundamentally altered transport properties as compared to semi-metallic graphene. Here, detailed measurements of the low temperature resistivity reveal that the electron-phonon interactions are governed by a reduced, density

  16. 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

    2009-11-06

    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 5x10(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.

  17. 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.

  18. Enhanced coherent oscillations in the superconducting state of underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x induced via ultrafast terahertz excitation

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    Dakovski, Georgi L.; Lee, Wei -Sheng; Hawthorn, David G.; ...

    2015-06-24

    We utilize intense, single-cycle terahertz pulses to induce collective excitations in the charge-density-wave-ordered underdoped cuprate YBa2Cu3O6+x. These excitations manifest themselves as pronounced coherent oscillations of the optical reflectivity in the transient state, accompanied by minimal incoherent quasiparticle relaxation dynamics. The oscillations occur at frequencies consistent with soft phonon energies associated with the charge-density-wave, but vanish above the superconducting transition temperature rather than that at the charge-density-wave transition. These results indicate an intimate relationship of the terahertz excitation with the underlying charge-density-wave and the superconducting condensate itself.

  19. Theory on Superconducting Transition from Pseudogap State

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    Yanase, Youichi; Jujo, Takanobu; Yamada, Kosaku

    2000-11-01

    The anomalous properties of High-T c cuprates are investigated both in the normal state and in the superconducting state. In particular, we pay attention to the pseudogap in the normal state and the phase transition from the pseudogap state to the superconducting state. The pseudogap phenomena observed in cuprates are naturally understood as a precursor of the strong coupling superconductivity. We have previously shown by using the self-consistent T-matrix calculation that the pseudogap is a result of the strong superconducting fluctuations which are accompanied by the strong coupling superconductivity in quasi-two dimensional systems [J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 68 (1999) 2999]. We extend the scenario to the superconducting state. The close relation between the pseudogap state and the superconducting state is pointed out. Once the superconducting phase transition occurs, the superconducting order parameter rapidly grows rather than the result of BCS theory. With the rapid growth of the order parameter, the gap structure becomes sharp, while it is remarkably broad in the pseudogap state. The characteristic energy scale of the gap does not change. These results well explain the phase transition observed in the spectroscopic measurements. Further, we calculate the magnetic and transport properties which show the pseudogap phenomena. The comprehensive understanding of the NMR, the neutron scattering, the optical conductivity and the London penetration depth is obtained both in the pseudogap state and in the superconducting state.

  20. Spin-current induced around half-quantum vortices in chiral p-wave superconducting states

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    Asaoka, R.; Tsuchiura, H.; Sigrist, M.

    2017-07-01

    We study the electronic state around a half-quantum vortex (HQV) in a chiral p-wave superconductor based on a square lattice three band tight-binding model by means of the Bogoliubov-de Gennes theory. In particular, the spatial distribution of charge and spin currents are mainly discussed. This analysis shows that the spin current is strengthened between the neighboring HQVs, resulting in the energy cost for HQV formation.

  1. Induced spin-triplet pairing in the coexistence state of antiferromagnetism and singlet superconductivity: Collective modes and microscopic properties

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    Almeida, D. E.; Fernandes, R. M.; Miranda, E.

    2017-07-01

    The close interplay between superconductivity and antiferromagnetism in several quantum materials can lead to the appearance of an unusual thermodynamic state in which both orders coexist microscopically, despite their competing nature. A hallmark of this coexistence state is the emergence of a spin-triplet superconducting gap component, called a π triplet, which is spatially modulated by the antiferromagnetic wave vector, reminiscent of a pair density wave. In this paper, we investigate the impact of these π -triplet degrees of freedom on the phase diagram of a system with competing antiferromagnetic and superconducting orders. Although we focus on a microscopic two-band model that has been widely employed in studies of iron pnictides, most of our results follow from a Ginzburg-Landau analysis, and as such should be applicable to other systems of interest, such as cuprates and heavy fermion materials. The Ginzburg-Landau functional reveals not only that the π -triplet gap amplitude couples trilinearly with the singlet gap amplitude and the staggered magnetization magnitude but also that the π -triplet d -vector couples linearly with the magnetization direction. While in the mean-field level this coupling forces the d -vector to align parallel or antiparallel to the magnetization, in the fluctuation regime it promotes two additional collective modes—a Goldstone mode related to the precession of the d -vector around the magnetization and a massive mode, related to the relative angle between the two vectors, which is nearly degenerate with a Leggett-like mode associated with the phase difference between the singlet and triplet gaps. We also investigate the impact of magnetic fluctuations on the superconducting-antiferromagnetic phase diagram, showing that due to their coupling with the π -triplet order parameter the coexistence region is enhanced. This effect stems from the fact that the π -triplet degrees of freedom promote an effective attraction between

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

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    Chiu, Ching-Kai; Cole, William

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

  3. Field-Induced Superconductivity in Electric Double Layer Transistors

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    Ueno, Kazunori; Shimotani, Hidekazu; Yuan, Hongtao; Ye, Jianting; Kawasaki, Masashi; Iwasa, Yoshihiro

    2014-03-01

    Electric field tuning of superconductivity has been a long-standing issue in solid state physics since the invention of the field-effect transistor (FET) in 1960. Owing to limited available carrier density in conventional FET devices, electric-field-induced superconductivity was believed to be possible in principle but impossible in practice. However, in the past several years, this limitation has been overcome by the introduction of an electrochemical concept, and electric-field-induced superconductivity has been realized. In the electric double layer (EDL) formed at the electrochemical interfaces, an extremely high electric field is generated and hence high-density charge carriers sufficient to induce superconductivity exist and are collectively used as a charge accumulation device known as an EDL capacitor. Field-induced superconductivity has been used to establish the relationship between Tc and carrier density and can now be used to search for new superconductors. Here, we review electric-field-induced superconductivity using an FET device, with a particular focus on the latest advances in EDL transistors.

  4. 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.

  5. Superconductivity-induced optical anomaly in an iron arsenide

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    Charnukha, A.; Popovich, P.; Matiks, Y.; Sun, D. L.; Lin, C. T.; Yaresko, A. N.; Keimer, B.; Boris, A. V.

    2011-01-01

    One of the central tenets of conventional theories of superconductivity, including most models proposed for the recently discovered iron-pnictide superconductors, is the notion that only electronic excitations with energies comparable to the superconducting energy gap are affected by the transition. Here, we report the results of a comprehensive spectroscopic ellipsometry study of a high-quality crystal of superconducting Ba0.68K0.32Fe2As2 that challenges this notion. We observe a superconductivity-induced suppression of an absorption band at an energy of 2.5 eV, two orders of magnitude above the superconducting gap energy 2Δ≈20 meV. On the basis of density functional calculations, this band can be assigned to transitions from As-p to Fe-d orbitals crossing the Fermi level. We identify a related effect at the spin-density wave transition in parent compounds of the 122 family. This suggests that As-p states deep below the Fermi level contribute to the formation of the superconducting and spin-density wave states in the iron arsenides. PMID:21364558

  6. Superconductivity-induced optical anomaly in an iron arsenide.

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    Charnukha, A; Popovich, P; Matiks, Y; Sun, D L; Lin, C T; Yaresko, A N; Keimer, B; Boris, A V

    2011-01-01

    One of the central tenets of conventional theories of superconductivity, including most models proposed for the recently discovered iron-pnictide superconductors, is the notion that only electronic excitations with energies comparable to the superconducting energy gap are affected by the transition. Here, we report the results of a comprehensive spectroscopic ellipsometry study of a high-quality crystal of superconducting Ba₀.₆₈K₀.₃₂Fe₂As₂ that challenges this notion. We observe a superconductivity-induced suppression of an absorption band at an energy of 2.5 eV, two orders of magnitude above the superconducting gap energy 2Δ≈20 meV. On the basis of density functional calculations, this band can be assigned to transitions from As-p to Fe-d orbitals crossing the Fermi level. We identify a related effect at the spin-density wave transition in parent compounds of the 122 family. This suggests that As-p states deep below the Fermi level contribute to the formation of the superconducting and spin-density wave states in the iron arsenides.

  7. 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.

  8. Dirac-fermion-induced parity mixing in superconducting topological insulators

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    Mizushima, Takeshi; Yamakage, Ai; Sato, Masatoshi; Tanaka, Yukio

    2014-11-01

    We self-consistently study surface states of superconducting topological insulators. We clarify that, if a topologically trivial bulk s -wave pairing symmetry is realized, parity mixing of the pair potential near the surface is anomalously enhanced by surface Dirac fermions, opening an additional surface gap larger than the bulk one. In contrast to classical s -wave superconductors, the resulting surface density of state hosts an extra coherent peak at the induced gap besides a conventional peak at the bulk gap. We also find that no such extra peak appears for odd-parity superconductors with a cylindrical Fermi surface. Our calculation suggests that the simple U-shaped scanning tunneling microscope spectrum in CuxBi2Se3 does not originate from s -wave superconductivity, but can be explained by odd-parity superconductivity with a cylindrical Fermi surface.

  9. Superconducting state of κ-(ET)2CUBr studied by 13C NMR: Evidence for vortex-core-induced nuclear relaxation and unconventional pairing

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    Mayaffre, H.; Wzietek, P.; Jérome, D.; Lenoir, C.; Batail, P.

    1995-11-01

    We present the first 13C NMR measurements carried out in the superconducting state of a two-dimensional organic superconducting single crystal. Spin lattice relaxation rate and Knight shift are reported for magnetic fields parallel and perpendicular to the conducting layers. For perpendicular fields, the relaxation is dominated by the electronic excitations in the vortex cores. From the field dependence of (T1)-1 we obtain the upper critical field. In parallel orientation, the absence of field dependence reveals the existence of a lock-in state, where only relaxation by superconducting excitations is expected. The (T1)-1 then exhibits a T3 law suggesting an unconventional pairing with a very anisotropic gap.

  10. Conduction spectroscopy of a proximity induced superconducting topological insulator

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    Stehno, M. P.; Hendrickx, N. W.; Snelder, M.; Scholten, T.; Huang, Y. K.; Golden, M. S.; Brinkman, A.

    2017-09-01

    The combination of superconductivity and the helical spin-momentum locking at the surface state of a topological insulator (TI) has been predicted to give rise to p-wave superconductivity and Majorana bound states. The superconductivity can be induced by the proximity effect of a s-wave superconductor (S) into the TI. To probe the superconducting correlations inside the TI, dI/dV spectroscopy has been performed across such S-TI interfaces. Both the alloyed Bi1.5Sb0.5Te1.7Se1.3 and the stoichiometric BiSbTeSe2 have been used as three-dimensional TI. In the case of Bi1.5Sb0.5Te1.7Se1.3, the presence of disorder induced electron-electron interactions can give rise to an additional zero-bias resistance peak. For the stoichiometric BiSbTeSe2 with less disorder, tunnel barriers were employed in order to enhance the signal from the interface. The general observations in the spectra of a large variety of samples are conductance dips at the induced gap voltage, combined with an increased sub-gap conductance, consistent with p-wave predictions. The induced gap voltage is typically smaller than the gap of the Nb superconducting electrode, especially in the presence of an intentional tunnel barrier. Additional uncovered spectroscopic features are oscillations that are linearly spaced in energy, as well as a possible second order parameter component.

  11. 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.

  12. Inducing superconductivity in Weyl semimetal microstructures by selective ion sputtering.

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    Bachmann, Maja D; Nair, Nityan; Flicker, Felix; Ilan, Roni; Meng, Tobias; Ghimire, Nirmal J; Bauer, Eric D; Ronning, Filip; Analytis, James G; Moll, Philip J W

    2017-05-01

    By introducing a superconducting gap in Weyl or Dirac semimetals, the superconducting state inherits the nontrivial topology of their electronic structure. As a result, Weyl superconductors are expected to host exotic phenomena, such as nonzero-momentum pairing due to their chiral node structure, or zero-energy Majorana modes at the surface. These are of fundamental interest to improve our understanding of correlated topological systems, and, moreover, practical applications in phase-coherent devices and quantum applications have been proposed. Proximity-induced superconductivity promises to allow these experiments on nonsuperconducting Weyl semimetals. We show a new route to reliably fabricate superconducting microstructures from the nonsuperconducting Weyl semimetal NbAs under ion irradiation. The significant difference in the surface binding energy of Nb and As leads to a natural enrichment of Nb at the surface during ion milling, forming a superconducting surface layer (Tc ~ 3.5 K). Being formed from the target crystal itself, the ideal contact between the superconductor and the bulk may enable an effective gapping of the Weyl nodes in the bulk because of the proximity effect. Simple ion irradiation may thus serve as a powerful tool for the fabrication of topological quantum devices from monoarsenides, even on an industrial scale.

  13. Inducing superconductivity in Weyl semimetal microstructures by selective ion sputtering

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    Bachmann, Maja D.; Nair, Nityan; Flicker, Felix; Ilan, Roni; Meng, Tobias; Ghimire, Nirmal J.; Bauer, Eric D.; Ronning, Filip; Analytis, James G.; Moll, Philip J. W.

    2017-01-01

    By introducing a superconducting gap in Weyl or Dirac semimetals, the superconducting state inherits the nontrivial topology of their electronic structure. As a result, Weyl superconductors are expected to host exotic phenomena, such as nonzero-momentum pairing due to their chiral node structure, or zero-energy Majorana modes at the surface. These are of fundamental interest to improve our understanding of correlated topological systems, and, moreover, practical applications in phase-coherent devices and quantum applications have been proposed. Proximity-induced superconductivity promises to allow these experiments on nonsuperconducting Weyl semimetals. We show a new route to reliably fabricate superconducting microstructures from the nonsuperconducting Weyl semimetal NbAs under ion irradiation. The significant difference in the surface binding energy of Nb and As leads to a natural enrichment of Nb at the surface during ion milling, forming a superconducting surface layer (Tc ~ 3.5 K). Being formed from the target crystal itself, the ideal contact between the superconductor and the bulk may enable an effective gapping of the Weyl nodes in the bulk because of the proximity effect. Simple ion irradiation may thus serve as a powerful tool for the fabrication of topological quantum devices from monoarsenides, even on an industrial scale. PMID:28560340

  14. Commensurate states in quasicrystalline superconducting networks

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    Jing, X. ); Zhang, Z. , P.O. Box 8730, Beijing, China Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China)

    1989-09-01

    By using the theory of de Gennes and Alexander, the commensurate states of the fluxoid configuration on the phase boundaries of superconducting networks with the Fibonacci pattern are studied explicitly for one- and two-strip geometries. The case in which the network contains three tiles with irrational ratios of areas is also studied. Our numerical results strongly indicate that the amplitude of the wave function of a commensurate state has two-cycle self-similar behavior. The locations of the magnetic field where the commensurate states may occur in an {ital M}-strip network are also predicted.

  15. Electric-field-induced superconductivity in an insulator.

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

    2008-11-01

    Electric field control of charge carrier density has long been a key technology to tune the physical properties of condensed matter, exploring the modern semiconductor industry. One of the big challenges is to increase the maximum attainable carrier density so that we can induce superconductivity in field-effect-transistor geometry. However, such experiments have so far been limited to modulation of the critical temperature in originally conducting samples because of dielectric breakdown. Here we report electric-field-induced superconductivity in an insulator by using an electric-double-layer gating in an organic electrolyte. Sheet carrier density was enhanced from zero to 10(14) cm(-2) by applying a gate voltage of up to 3.5 V to a pristine SrTiO(3) single-crystal channel. A two-dimensional superconducting state emerged below a critical temperature of 0.4 K, comparable to the maximum value for chemically doped bulk crystals, indicating this method as promising for searching for unprecedented superconducting states.

  16. Electric Field Induced Superconductivity in Layered Materials

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    Ye, J. T.; Craciun, M. F.; Russo, S.; Morpurgo, M. F.; Kasahara, Y.; Yuan, H. T.; Shimotani, H.; Iwasa, Y.

    2011-03-01

    Using electric double layer (EDL) gating, large amount of carriers can be accumulated on a broad range of materials, which provides new opportunities in effectively manipulating their electronic properties in complementary with the chemical doping. In searching for novel transport phenomena, layered materials are advantageous because atomically flat surface can be easily fabricated using the graphene techniques. We used layered material: ZrNCl and graphite to act as the channel of EDL transistors. For both ZrNCl and graphene, we achieved high carrier density up to 1014 cm-2 , electrostatically. For graphene, we studied the high carrier density transport for graphene of 1-3 layers. Transport properties at the high carrier density exhibit clear layer dependence governed by the intrinsic band structures of graphene and its multi-layers. For ZrNCl EDL transistor, we observed metallic states at gate voltage higher than 3.5 V followed by gate-induced superconductivity after metal-insulator transition when the transistor was cooled down to about 15 K.

  17. Controlling coherent state superpositions with superconducting circuits

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    Vlastakis, Brian Michael

    Quantum computation requires a large yet controllable Hilbert space. While many implementations use discrete quantum variables such as the energy states of a two-level system to encode quantum information, continuous variables could allow access to a larger computational space while minimizing the amount of re- quired hardware. With a toolset of conditional qubit-photon logic, we encode quantum information into the amplitude and phase of coherent state superpositions in a resonator, also known as Schrddinger cat states. We achieve this using a superconducting transmon qubit with a strong off-resonant coupling to a waveguide cavity. This dispersive interaction is much greater than decoherence rates and higher-order nonlinearites and therefore allows for simultaneous control of over one hundred photons. Furthermore, we combine this experiment with fast, high-fidelity qubit state readout to perform composite qubit-cavity state tomography and detect entanglement between a physical qubit and a cat-state encoded qubit. These results have promising applications for redundant encoding in a cavity state and ultimately quantum error correction with superconducting circuits.

  18. 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

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

  20. 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.

    2011-01-01

    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. PMID:21173267

  1. Pressure-induced superconductivity in Bi single crystals

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    Li, Yufeng; Wang, Enyu; Zhu, Xiyu; Wen, Hai-Hu

    2017-01-01

    Measurements on resistivity and magnetic susceptibility have been carried out for Bi single crystals under pressures up to 10.5 GPa. The temperature dependent resistivity shows a semimetallic behavior at ambient and low pressures (below about 1.6 GPa). This is followed by an upturn of resistivity in the low temperature region when the pressure is increased, which is explained as a semiconductor behavior. This feature gradually gets enhanced up to a pressure of about 2.52 GPa. Then a nonmonotonic temperature dependent resistivity appears upon further increasing pressure, which is accompanied by a strong suppression to the low temperature resistivity upturn. Simultaneously, a superconducting transition occurs at about 3.92 K under a pressure of about 2.63 GPa. With further increasing pressure, a second superconducting transition emerges at about 7 K under about 2.8 GPa. For these two superconducting states, the superconductivity induced magnetic screening volumes are quite large. As the pressure further increases to 8.1 GPa, we observe the third superconducting transition at about 8.2 K. The resistivity measurements under magnetic field allow us to determine the upper critical fields μ0Hc 2 of the superconducting phases. The upper critical field for the phase with Tc=3.92 K is extremely low. Based on the Werthamer-Helfand-Hohenberg (WHH) theory, the estimated value of μ0Hc 2 for this phase is about 0.103 T, while the upper critical field for the phase with Tc=7 K is very high with a value of about 4.56 T. Finally, we present a pressure dependent phase diagram of Bi single crystals. Our results reveal the interesting and rich physics in bismuth single crystals under high pressure.

  2. 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)

  3. Metal-insulator transition near a superconducting state

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    Kaveh, M.; Mott, N. F.

    1992-03-01

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

  4. Induced superconductivity in the quantum spin Hall edge

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    Hart, Sean; Ren, Hechen; Wagner, Timo; Leubner, Philipp; Mühlbauer, Mathias; Brüne, Christoph; Buhmann, Hartmut; Molenkamp, Laurens W.; Yacoby, Amir

    2014-09-01

    Topological insulators are a newly discovered phase of matter characterized by gapped bulk states surrounded by conducting boundary states. Since their theoretical discovery, these materials have encouraged intense efforts to study their properties and capabilities. Among the most striking results of this activity are proposals to engineer a new variety of superconductor at the surfaces of topological insulators. These topological superconductors would be capable of supporting localized Majorana fermions, particles whose braiding properties have been proposed as the basis of a fault-tolerant quantum computer. Despite the clear theoretical motivation, a conclusive realization of topological superconductivity remains an outstanding experimental goal. Here we present measurements of superconductivity induced in two-dimensional HgTe/HgCdTe quantum wells, a material that becomes a quantum spin Hall insulator when the well width exceeds dC = 6.3 nm (ref. ). In wells that are 7.5 nm wide, we find that supercurrents are confined to the one-dimensional sample edges as the bulk density is depleted. However, when the well width is decreased to 4.5 nm the edge supercurrents cannot be distinguished from those in the bulk. Our results provide evidence for supercurrents induced in the helical edges of the quantum spin Hall effect, establishing this system as a promising avenue towards topological superconductivity. In addition to directly confirming the existence of the topological edge channels, our results also provide a measurement of their widths, which range from 180 nm to 408 nm.

  5. 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.

  6. Two-band superconductivity of bulk and surface states in Ag thin films on Nb

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    Tomanic, Tihomir; Schackert, Michael; Wulfhekel, Wulf; Sürgers, Christoph; Löhneysen, Hilbert v.

    2016-12-01

    We use epitaxial strain to spatially tune the bottom of the surface-state band ESS of Ag(111) islands on Nb(110). Bulk and surface-state contributions to the Ag(111) local density of states (LDOS) can be separated with scanning tunneling spectroscopy. For thick islands (≈20 nm), the Ag surface states are decoupled from the Ag bulk states and the superconductive gap induced by proximity to Nb is due to bulk states only. However, for thin islands (3-4 nm), surface-state electrons develop superconducting correlations as identified by a complete energy gap in the LDOS when ESS is smaller than but close to the Fermi level. The induced superconductivity in this case is of a two-band nature and appears to occur when the surface-state wave function reaches down to the Ag/Nb interface.

  7. Magnetic field effect on the pressure-induced superconducting state in the hole-doped two-leg ladder compound Sr2 Ca12 Cu24 O41

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    Nakanishi, T.; Motoyama, N.; Mitamura, H.; Takeshita, N.; Takahashi, H.; Eisaki, H.; Uchida, S.; Môri, N.

    2005-08-01

    We report electrical resistivity on a single crystal of the hole-doped two-leg ladder compound Sr2Ca12Cu24O41 , which becomes superconducting with Tc˜5K only at pressures above ˜3.0GPa . Measurements were performed at nearly hydrostatic pressures up to 5.7GPa and low temperatures down to 100mK under static magnetic fields up to 20T parallel to the a axis (along the ladder rungs) and up to 7T parallel to both the b axis (perpendicular to the ladder plane) and the c axis (along the ladder legs). A clear difference in the resistive upper critical field Hc2(T) is observed among these three directions, confirming that this system has a highly anisotropic superconducting ground state. Also, Hc2(T) parallel to the ladder plane is found to exceed the Pauli limit by a factor of more than 2, suggesting either a strong spin-orbit scattering or spin-triplet pairing. Furthermore, it is implied, from measurements of resistivity versus angle of magnetic field in the bc plane, that another superconducting phase is stable below around 3K only when the magnetic field is applied exactly along a certain direction that is ±35° from the ladder direction.

  8. Symmetry-induced giant vortex state in a superconducting Pb film with a fivefold Penrose array of magnetic pinning centers.

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    Kramer, R B G; Silhanek, A V; Van de Vondel, J; Raes, B; Moshchalkov, V V

    2009-08-07

    A direct visualization of the flux distribution in a Pb film covering a fivefold Penrose array of Co dots is obtained by mapping the local field distribution with a scanning Hall probe microscope. We demonstrate that stable vortex configurations can be found for fields H approximately 0.8H_{1}, H_{1}, and 1.6H_{1}, where H_{1} corresponds to one flux quantum per pinning site. The vortex pattern at 0.8H_{1} corresponds to one vacancy in one of the vertices of the thin tiles, whereas at 1.6H_{1} the vortex structure can be associated with one interstitial vortex inside each thick tile. Strikingly, for H = 1.6H_{1}, interstitial and pinned vortices arrange themselves in ringlike structures ("vortex corrals") which favor the formation of a giant vortex state at their center.

  9. Magnetic field induced emergent inhomogeneity in a superconducting film with weak and homogeneous disorder

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    Ganguly, Rini; Roy, Indranil; Banerjee, Anurag; Singh, Harkirat; Ghosal, Amit; Raychaudhuri, Pratap

    2017-08-01

    When a magnetic field is applied on a conventional type-II superconductor, the superconducting state gets destroyed at the upper critical field, Hc2, where the normal vortex cores overlap with each other. Here, we show that in the presence of weak and homogeneous disorder the destruction of superconductivity with the magnetic field follows a different route. Starting with a weakly disordered NbN thin film (Tc˜9 K ) , we show that under the application of a magnetic field the superconducting state becomes increasingly granular, where regions filled with chains of vortices separate the superconducting islands. Consequently, phase fluctuations between these islands give rise to a field induced pseudogap state, which has a gap in the electronic density of states, but where the global zero resistance state is destroyed.

  10. Proximity-induced unconventional superconductivity in topological insulators

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    Black-Schaffer, Annica; Balatsky, Alexander

    2014-03-01

    We study proximity-induced superconducting pairing in a three-dimensional topological insulator - superconductor hybrid structure for superconductors with different pairing symmetries. The Dirac surface state in the topological insulator gives rise to a coupling between spin-singlet and spin-triplet pairing amplitudes as well as pairing that is odd in frequency for p-wave superconductors. We also find that all superconductors induce pairing that is odd in both frequency and orbital (band) index, with a complete reciprocity between pairing in orbital index and frequency. We show that the different induced pairing amplitudes significantly modify the density of states in the TI surface layer. We acknowledge support from the Swedish Research Council (VR), the European Research Council (ERC), US DoE Basic Energy Sciences, and Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (contract DE-AC52-06NA25396).

  11. Robustness of Topological Superconductivity in Solid State Hybrid Structures

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    Sitthison, Piyapong

    The non-Abelian statistics of Majorana fermions (MFs) makes them an ideal platform for implementing topological quantum computation. In addition to the fascinating fundamental physics underlying the emergence of MFs, this potential for applications makes the study of these quasiparticles an extremely popular subject in condensed matter physics. The commonly called `Majorana fermions' are zero-energy bound states that emerge near boundaries and defects in topological superconducting phases, which can be engineered, for example, by proximity coupling strong spin-orbit coupling semiconductor nanowires and ordinary s-wave superconductors. The stability of these bound states is determined by the stability of the underlying topological superconducting phase. Hence, understanding their stability (which is critical for quantum computation), involves studying the robustness of the engineered topological superconductors. This work addresses this important problem in the context of two types of hybrid structures that have been proposed for realizing topological superconductivity: topological insulator - superconductor (TI-SC) and semiconductor - superconductor (SM-SC) nanostructures. In both structures, electrostatic effects due to applied external potentials and interface-induced potentials are significant. This work focuses on developing a theoretical framework for understanding these effects, to facilitate the optimization of the nanostructures studied in the laboratory. The approach presented in this thesis is based on describing the low-energy physics of the hybrid structure using effective tight-binding models that explicitly incorporate the proximity effects emerging at interfaces. Generically, as a result of the proximity coupling to the superconductor, an induced gap emerges in the semiconductor (topological insulator) sub-system. The strength of the proximity-induced gap is determined by the transparency of the interface and by the amplitude of the low- energy SM

  12. 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.

  13. Pressure-induced superconducting state and effective mass enhancement near the antiferromagnetic quantum critical point of CePt2In7

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    Bauer, E. D.; Lee, H. O.; Sidorov, V. A.; Kurita, N.; Gofryk, K.; Zhu, J.-X.; Ronning, F.; Movshovich, R.; Thompson, J. D.; Park, Tuson

    2010-05-01

    The heavy-fermion antiferromagnet CePt2In7 is a new, structurally more two-dimensional member of the CemMnIn3m+2n family. Applying pressure to CePt2In7 induces a broad dome of superconductivity that coexists with magnetic order for 1≤P≤3GPa . The maximum Tc=2.1K appears near the critical pressure Pc=3.5GPa where the Néel temperature extrapolates to zero temperature. An analysis of the initial slope of the upper critical field, the T2 coefficient of the electrical resistivity, and specific heat indicates an enhancement of the effective mass m∗ as Pc is approached, suggesting that critical fluctuations may mediate superconductivity. Electronic-structure calculations reveal a delicate balance between structural anisotropy and f-d hybridization, which may account for comparable Tc ’s in CePt2In7 and more three-dimensional CeRhIn5 .

  14. 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.

  15. Measurement and Quantum State Transfer in Superconducting Qubits

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    Mlinar, Eric

    The potential of superconducting qubits as the medium for a scalable quantum computer has motivated the pursuit of improved interactions within this system. Two challenges for the field of superconducting qubits are measurement fidelity, to accurately determine the state of the qubit, and the efficient transfer of quantum states. In measurement, the current state-of-the-art method employs dispersive readout, by coupling the qubit to a cavity and reading the resulting shift in cavity frequency to infer the qubit's state; however, this is vulnerable to Purcell relaxation, as well as being modeled off a simplified two-level abstraction of the qubit. In state transfer, the existing proposal for moving quantum states is mostly untested against non-idealities that will likely be present in an experiment. In this dissertation, we examine three problems within these two areas. We first describe a new scheme for fast and high-fidelity dispersive measurement specifically designed to circumvent the Purcell Effect. To do this, the qubit-resonator interaction is turned on only when the resonator is decoupled from the environment; then, after the resonator state has shifted enough to infer the qubit state, the qubit-resonator interaction is turned off before the resonator and environment are recoupled. We also show that the effectiveness of this "Catch-Disperse-Release'' procedure partly originates from quadrature squeezing of the resonator state induced by the Jaynes-Cummings nonlinearity. The Catch-Disperse-Release measurement scheme treats the qubit as a two-level system, which is a common simplification used in theoretical works. However, the most promising physical candidate for a superconducting qubit, the transmon, is a multi-level system. In the second work, we examine the effects of including the higher energy levels of the transmon. Specifically, we expand the eigenstate picture developed in the first work to encompass multiple qubit levels, and examine the resulting

  16. 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.

  17. Proximity-induced superconductivity in monolayer CuO2 on cuprate substrates

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    Zhu, Guo-Yi; Zhang, Fu-Chun; Zhang, Guang-Ming

    2016-11-01

    To understand the recently observed high temperature superconductivity in the monolayer CuO2 grown on the Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 + δ substrates, we propose a two-band model of the hybridized oxygen px and py orbitals with the proximity effect of the substrate. We demonstrate that both the nodal and nodeless superconducting states can be induced by the proximity effect, depending on the strengths of the pairing parameters.

  18. Anisotropic resonance modes emerging in an antiferromagnetic superconducting state.

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    Waßer, F; Lee, C H; Kihou, K; Steffens, P; Schmalzl, K; Qureshi, N; Braden, M

    2017-09-04

    Two strong arguments in favor of magnetically driven unconventional superconductivity arise from the coexistence and closeness of superconducting and magnetically ordered phases on the one hand, and from the emergence of magnetic spin-resonance modes at the superconducting transition on the other hand. Combining these two arguments one may ask about the nature of superconducting spin-resonance modes occurring in an antiferromagnetic state. This problem can be studied in underdoped BaFe2 As2, for which the local coexistence of large moment antiferromagnetism and superconductivity is well established by local probes. However, polarized neutron scattering experiments are required to identify the nature of the resonance modes. In the normal state of Co underdoped BaFe2 As2 the antiferromagnetic order results in broad magnetic gaps opening in all three spin directions that are reminiscent of the magnetic response in the parent compound. In the superconducting state two distinct anisotropic resonance excitations emerge, but in contrast to numerous studies on optimum and over-doped BaFe2 As2 there is no isotropic resonance excitation. The two anisotropic resonance modes appearing within the antiferromagnetic phase are attributed to a band selective superconducting state, in which longitudinal magnetic excitations are gapped by antiferromagnetic order with sizable moment.

  19. Pair-breaking effects by parallel magnetic field in electric-field-induced surface superconductivity

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    Nabeta, Masahiro; Tanaka, Kenta K.; Onari, Seiichiro; Ichioka, Masanori

    2016-11-01

    We study paramagnetic pair-breaking in electric-field-induced surface superconductivity, when magnetic field is applied parallel to the surface. The calculation is performed by Bogoliubov-de Gennes theory with s-wave pairing, including the screening effect of electric fields by the induced carriers near the surface. Due to the Zeeman shift by applied fields, electronic states at higher-level sub-bands become normal-state-like. Therefore, the magnetic field dependence of Fermi-energy density of states reflects the multi-gap structure in the surface superconductivity.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

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    Khasanov, Rustem; Guguchia, Zurab; Eremin, Ilya; ...

    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

  5. Theory of superconductivity by the edge states in graphene

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    Sasaki, Ken-Ichi; Suzuki, Masahiro; Saito, Riichiro

    2008-03-01

    Superconductivity in graphite intercalation compound and carbon nanotubes has been attracting much attention due to its high superconducting transition temperature above 10 K. However, the density of states (DOS) near the Fermi energy of graphene is not sufficient to explain the observed high transition temperature. Thus, the mechanism of the superconductivity is an important issue. The STS measurements (Kobayashi et al., PRB73,125415, Niimi et al., PRB73,085421) show an anomalous DOS near the Fermi level of graphene which is relevant to localized edge states. The edge states significantly enhance the local DOS near the zigzag edge. Thus, it is valuable to examine the effect of the edge states on the superconductivity. Using the Eliashberg equation, we obtain an appreciable transition temperature for the edge states. We found that the effects of the Coulomb interaction and Fermi energy position are sensitive to the formation of superconducting gap. We will discuss the condition for observing the edge state superconductivity. (Sasaki et al., J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 76, 033702 (2007))

  6. 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.

  7. [A quest for a new superconducting state

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    Collman, J.P.; Little, W.A.

    1993-12-31

    The authors report on progress of work for the past twelve months, and the work which is planned for the coming year. They have been working on the theory of the long range proximity effect discovered experimentally on Bi-Ag-Tl(2223) sandwiches during the period of the previous grant. This has led to the prediction of a novel effect which they refer to as a ``pair echo`` which occurs in these sandwiches and is analogous to the familiar ``spin echo`` seen in certain NMR experiments. Experimentally, they have extended the measurements of the proximity effect to lower temperatures and to other superconductors. They have completed high resolution studies of the thermal difference optical reflectance of the high {Tc} superconductor Tl(2223), for temperatures both above and below the transition temperature, over a photon energy range from 0.3 eV to 5.3 eV. A striking anomaly in this thermal difference spectrum has been found near 1.6 eV, which appears below {Tc} and scales in magnitude with temperature like {Delta}(T){sup 2} where {Delta}(T) is a BCS gap. This is precisely the kind of effect which they had hoped to find, based on a Holstein-like mechanism in these materials, and which they had predicted in a paper on ``Gap Modulation``. The proper interpretation of the effect observed should reveal the mechanism responsible for the superconductivity of the cuprates. They have completed a search for the, so-called Zhang-modes in the above high {Tc} superconductor, Tl(2223) over the same energy range, 0.3 eV to 5.3 eV. These modes are predicted to exist if the proper description of the ground state of the system is that of a Hubbard model.

  8. Superconducting transition of FeSe /SrTi O3 induced by adsorption of semiconducting organic molecules

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    Guan, Jiaqi; Liu, Jian; Liu, Bing; Huang, Xiaochun; Zhu, Qing; Zhu, Xuetao; Sun, Jiatao; Meng, Sheng; Wang, Weihua; Guo, Jiandong

    2017-05-01

    We prepared superconducting and nonsuperconducting FeSe films on SrTi O3(001 ) substrates (FeSe/STO) and investigated the superconducting transition induced by charge transfer between organic molecules and FeSe layers by low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. At low coverage, donor- and acceptor-type molecules adsorbed preferentially on the nonsuperconducting and superconducting FeSe layers, respectively. Superconductivity was induced by donor molecules on nonsuperconducting FeSe layer, while the superconductivity was suppressed near acceptor molecules. The corresponding evolutions of electronic states and work function were also resolved by scanning tunneling microscopy. These results illustrate the important role played by local electron concentration in the superconducting transition of FeSe/STO.

  9. Quantum phase fluctuations and density of states in superconducting nanowires

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    Radkevich, Alexey; Semenov, Andrew G.; Zaikin, Andrei D.

    2017-08-01

    We argue that quantum fluctuations of the phase of the order parameter may strongly affect the electron density of states (DOS) in ultrathin superconducting wires. We demonstrate that the effect of such fluctuations is equivalent to that of a quantum dissipative environment formed by soundlike plasma modes propagating along the wire. We derive a nonperturbative expression for the local electron DOS in superconducting nanowires which fully accounts for quantum phase fluctuations. At any nonzero temperature these fluctuations smear out the square-root singularity in DOS near the superconducting gap and generate quasiparticle states at subgap energies. Furthermore, at sufficiently large values of the wire impedance this singularity is suppressed down to T =0 in which case DOS tends to zero at subgap energies and exhibits the power-law behavior above the gap. Our predictions can be directly tested in tunneling experiments with superconducting nanowires.

  10. Change of surface critical current in the surface superconductivity and mixed states of superconducting niobium

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    Aburas, Muhamad; Pautrat, Alain; Bellido, Natalia

    2017-01-01

    A systematic study of irreversible magnetization was performed in bulk niobium after different surface treatments. Starting with smooth surfaces and abrading them, a strong increase of the critical current is observed up to an apparent limiting value. An impressive change of the critical current is also observed in the surface superconductivity (SSC) state, reaching values of the same order of magnitude as in the mixed state. We explain also the observation of strong SSC for magnetic fields perpendicular to large facets in terms of nucleation of superconductivity along bumps of a corrugated surface.

  11. 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

  12. Field-induced superconductivity in a spin-ladder cuprate.

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    Schön, J H; Dorget, M; Beuran, F C; Xu, X Z; Arushanov, E; Laguës, M; Deville Cavellin, C

    2001-09-28

    We report on the modulation of the transport properties of thin films, grown by molecular beam epitaxy, of the spin-ladder compound [CaCu2O3]4, using the field effect in a gated structure. At high hole-doping levels, superconductivity is induced in the nominally insulating ladder material without the use of high-pressure or chemical substitution. The observation of superconductivity is in agreement with the theoretical prediction that holes doped into spin ladders could pair and possibly superconduct.

  13. 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.

  14. Zinc-induced modification of the dynamical magnetic susceptibility in the superconducting state of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6+}{sub {ital x}} as revealed by inelastic neutron scattering

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    Sidis, Y.; Bourges, P.; Hennion, B.; Regnault, L.P.; Villeneuve, R.; Collin, G.; Marucco, J.F.

    1996-03-01

    Inelastic-neutron-scattering measurements have been performed to determine the imaginary part of the dynamical susceptibility, {chi}{double_prime}({ital Q},{omega}), of a YBa{sub 2}(Cu{sub 1{minus}{ital y}}Zn{sub {ital y}}){sub 3}O{sub 6.97} sample exhibiting a superconducting transition at {ital T}{sub {ital c}}=69 K. Zinc substitution induces striking modifications of the energy dependence of {chi}{double_prime}({ital Q},{omega}) but magnetic fluctuations remain peaked at the antiferromagnetic wave vector, {ital Q}{sub AF}, at all investigated energies. In the superconducting state of the zinc-free compound, {chi}{double_prime}({ital Q},{omega}) is restricted to a narrow energy range, {h_bar}{omega}=33{endash}47 meV, displaying a {ital spin} {ital gap} at {ital E}{sub {ital G}}=33 meV and a resonant enhancement at {ital E}{sub {tau}}=39 meV, both features vanishing upon heating up above {ital T}{sub {ital c}}. In the {ital y}=0.02 substituted sample in the superconducting state, there is still an energy band in the range 32{endash}47 meV but no clear resonance, and a signal is now observed in the low energy range, though the line shape of {chi}{double_prime}({ital Q},{omega}) indicates some reminiscence of the spin gap of the pure compound. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  15. Challenges in superconductivity involving 5f electron states

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    Lander, G. H.

    2004-03-01

    The extent and variety of superconductivity in 5f electron systems has not been properly appreciated or investigated due to their scarcity, difficulty in handling, and (for transuranium materials) their self-heating. I will cover three examples of our current research effort. (1) Following the famous discovery of superconductivity at 18 K in PuCoGa5 we have now found the Rh analogue to be superconducting (9 K), and the Ir compound magnetic. Tc of both the Co and Rh compounds increase with pressure and exist still at 25 GPa. Particular attention will be given to experiments on the series AnCoGa5, with An = U, Np, Pu, and Am. (2) Am is superconducting at 0.8 K at ambient pressure and appears to be type-I with a low (Hc = 0.05 T) critical field. With increasing pressure the localized 5f states in Am become itinerant and Tc increases to 2.3 K, with Hc 1.3 T. We propose Am goes through a Mott transition at 7 GPa and the 5f states start to participate strongly in the superconductivity. (3) UPd2Al3 is an antiferromagnet (TN = 14 K) and exhibits a transition to bulk superconductivity at 2 K within the AF state. Using neutron inelastic scattering we have probed the low-energy excitations within the superfluid state, and show the results of new experiments using high magnetic fields (15 T) that do not destroy the AF state, but strongly modify the low-energy dynamics. The role of the strongly correlated 5f states in all these systems continues to present a challenge to our understanding of unconventional superconductivity. I acknowledge the work performed by many colleagues in both Karlsruhe and Grenoble: N. Bernhoeft, E. Blackburn, P. Boulet, E. Colineau, J-C. Griveau, A. Hiess, J. Rebizant, and F. Wastin.

  16. Calorimetric Measurements of Magnetic-Field-Induced Inhomogeneous Superconductivity Above the Paramagnetic Limit

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    Agosta, Charles C.; Fortune, Nathanael A.; Hannahs, Scott T.; Gu, Shuyao; Liang, Lucy; Park, Ju-Hyun; Schleuter, John A.

    2017-06-01

    We report the first magnetocaloric and calorimetric observations of a magnetic-field-induced phase transition within a superconducting state to the long-sought exotic Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov (FFLO) superconducting state, first predicted over 50 years ago. Through the combination of bulk thermodynamic calorimetric and magnetocaloric measurements in the organic superconductor κ -(BEDT -TTF )2Cu (NCS )2 as a function of temperature, magnetic field strength, and magnetic field orientation, we establish for the first time that this field-induced first-order phase transition at the paramagnetic limit Hp is a transition to a higher-entropy superconducting phase, uniquely characteristic of the FFLO state. We also establish that this high-field superconducting state displays the bulk paramagnetic ordering of spin domains required of the FFLO state. These results rule out the alternate possibility of spin-density wave ordering in the high-field superconducting phase. The phase diagram determined from our measurements—including the observation of a phase transition into the FFLO phase at Hp—is in good agreement with recent NMR results and our own earlier tunnel-diode magnetic penetration depth experiments but is in disagreement with the only previous calorimetric report.

  17. Calorimetric Measurements of Magnetic-Field-Induced Inhomogeneous Superconductivity Above the Paramagnetic Limit.

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    Agosta, Charles C; Fortune, Nathanael A; Hannahs, Scott T; Gu, Shuyao; Liang, Lucy; Park, Ju-Hyun; Schleuter, John A

    2017-06-30

    We report the first magnetocaloric and calorimetric observations of a magnetic-field-induced phase transition within a superconducting state to the long-sought exotic Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov (FFLO) superconducting state, first predicted over 50 years ago. Through the combination of bulk thermodynamic calorimetric and magnetocaloric measurements in the organic superconductor κ-(BEDT-TTF)_{2}Cu(NCS)_{2} as a function of temperature, magnetic field strength, and magnetic field orientation, we establish for the first time that this field-induced first-order phase transition at the paramagnetic limit H_{p} is a transition to a higher-entropy superconducting phase, uniquely characteristic of the FFLO state. We also establish that this high-field superconducting state displays the bulk paramagnetic ordering of spin domains required of the FFLO state. These results rule out the alternate possibility of spin-density wave ordering in the high-field superconducting phase. The phase diagram determined from our measurements-including the observation of a phase transition into the FFLO phase at H_{p}-is in good agreement with recent NMR results and our own earlier tunnel-diode magnetic penetration depth experiments but is in disagreement with the only previous calorimetric report.

  18. Pressure-induced superconductivity in CaLi(2).

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    Matsuoka, T; Debessai, M; Hamlin, J J; Gangopadhyay, A K; Schilling, J S; Shimizu, K

    2008-05-16

    A search for superconductivity has been carried out on the hexagonal polymorph of Laves-phase CaLi(2), a compound for which Feng, Ashcroft, and Hoffmann predict highly anomalous behavior under pressure. No superconductivity is observed above 1.10 K at ambient pressure. However, high-pressure ac susceptibility and electrical resistivity studies to 81 GPa reveal bulk superconductivity in CaLi(2) at temperatures as high as 13 K. The normal-state resistivity displays a dramatic increase with pressure.

  19. 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.

  20. 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. Copyright © 2015, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  1. Pressure induced superconductivity in the antiferromagnetic Dirac material BaMnBi2.

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    Chen, Huimin; Li, Lin; Zhu, Qinqing; Yang, Jinhu; Chen, Bin; Mao, Qianhui; Du, Jianhua; Wang, Hangdong; Fang, Minghu

    2017-05-09

    The so-called Dirac materials such as graphene and topological insulators are a new class of matter different from conventional metals and (doped) semiconductors. Superconductivity induced by doing or applying pressure in these systems may be unconventional, or host mysterious Majorana fermions. Here, we report a successfully observation of pressure-induced superconductivity in an antiferromagnetic Dirac material BaMnBi2 with T c of ~4 K at 2.6 GPa. Both the higher upper critical field, μ 0 H c2(0) ~ 7 Tesla, and the measured current independent of T c precludes that superconductivity is ascribed to the Bi impurity. The similarity in ρ ab (B) linear behavior at high magnetic fields measured at 2 K both at ambient pressure (non-superconductivity) and 2.6 GPa (superconductivity, but at the normal state), as well as the smooth and similar change of resistivity with pressure measured at 7 K and 300 K in zero field, suggests that there may be no structure transition occurred below 2.6 GPa, and superconductivity observed here may emerge in the same phase with Dirac fermions. Our findings imply that BaMnBi2 may provide another platform for studying SC mechanism in the system with Dirac fermions.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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

    2016-10-06

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. Superconductivity-induced ferromagnetism and Weyl superconductivity in Nb-doped Bi2Se3

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    Yuan, Noah F. Q.; He, Wen-Yu; Law, K. T.

    2017-05-01

    A recent experiment on Nb-doped Bi2Se3 showed that zero field magnetization appears below the superconducting transition temperature. This gives evidence that the superconducting state breaks time-reversal symmetry spontaneously and is possibly in the chiral topological phase. This is in sharp contrast to the Cu-doped case which is possibly in the nematic phase and breaks rotational symmetry spontaneously. By deriving the free energy of the system from a microscopic model, we show that the magnetic moments of the Nb atoms can be polarized by the chiral Cooper pairs and enlarge the phase space of the chiral topological phase compared to the nematic phase. We further show that the chiral topological phase is a Weyl superconducting phase with bulk nodal points which are connected by surface Majorana arcs.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. Magnetoelectric Andreev Effect due to Proximity-Induced Nonunitary Triplet Superconductivity in Helical Metals.

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    Tkachov, G

    2017-01-06

    Noncentrosymmetric superconductors exhibit the magnetoelectric effect, which manifests itself in the appearance of the magnetic spin polarization in response to a dissipationless electric current (supercurrent). While much attention has been dedicated to the thermodynamic version of this phenomenon (Edelstein effect), nonequilibrium transport magnetoelectric effects have not been explored yet. We propose the magnetoelectric Andreev effect (MAE), which consists in the generation of spin-polarized triplet Andreev conductance by an electric supercurrent. The MAE stems from the spin polarization of the Cooper-pair condensate due to a supercurrent-induced nonunitary triplet pairing. We propose the realization of such a nonunitary pairing and MAE in superconducting proximity structures based on two-dimensional helical metals-strongly spin-orbit-coupled electronic systems with the Dirac spectrum such as the topological surface states. Our results uncover an unexplored route towards electrically controlled superconducting spintronics and are a smoking gun for induced unconventional superconductivity in spin-orbit-coupled materials.

  10. Magnetoelectric Andreev Effect due to Proximity-Induced Nonunitary Triplet Superconductivity in Helical Metals

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    Tkachov, G.

    2017-01-01

    Noncentrosymmetric superconductors exhibit the magnetoelectric effect, which manifests itself in the appearance of the magnetic spin polarization in response to a dissipationless electric current (supercurrent). While much attention has been dedicated to the thermodynamic version of this phenomenon (Edelstein effect), nonequilibrium transport magnetoelectric effects have not been explored yet. We propose the magnetoelectric Andreev effect (MAE), which consists in the generation of spin-polarized triplet Andreev conductance by an electric supercurrent. The MAE stems from the spin polarization of the Cooper-pair condensate due to a supercurrent-induced nonunitary triplet pairing. We propose the realization of such a nonunitary pairing and MAE in superconducting proximity structures based on two-dimensional helical metals—strongly spin-orbit-coupled electronic systems with the Dirac spectrum such as the topological surface states. Our results uncover an unexplored route towards electrically controlled superconducting spintronics and are a smoking gun for induced unconventional superconductivity in spin-orbit-coupled materials.

  11. Superconductivity and metallic behavior in PbxCyOδ structures prepared by focused electron beam induced deposition

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

    2014-10-01

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

  12. Topology and zero energy edge states in carbon nanotubes with superconducting pairing

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    Izumida, W.; Milz, L.; Marganska, M.; Grifoni, M.

    2017-09-01

    We investigate the spectrum of finite-length carbon nanotubes in the presence of onsite and nearest-neighbor superconducting pairing terms. A one-dimensional ladder-type lattice model is developed to explore the low-energy spectrum and the nature of the electronic states. We find that zero energy edge states can emerge in zigzag class carbon nanotubes as a combined effect of curvature-induced Dirac point shift and strong superconducting coupling between nearest-neighbor sites. The chiral symmetry of the system is exploited to define a winding number topological invariant. The associated topological phase diagram shows regions with nontrivial winding number in the plane of chemical potential and superconducting nearest-neighbor pair potential (relative to the onsite pair potential). A one-dimensional continuum model reveals the topological origin of the zero energy edge states: a bulk-edge correspondence is proven, which shows that the condition for nontrivial winding number and that for the emergence of edge states are identical. For armchair class nanotubes, the presence of edge states in the superconducting gap depends on the nanotube's boundary shape. For the minimal boundary condition, the emergence of the subgap states can also be deduced from the winding number.

  13. Absence of a Large Superconductivity-Induced Gap in Magnetic Fluctuations of Sr_{2}RuO_{4}.

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    Kunkemöller, S; Steffens, P; Link, P; Sidis, Y; Mao, Z Q; Maeno, Y; Braden, M

    2017-04-07

    Inelastic neutron scattering experiments on Sr_{2}RuO_{4} determine the spectral weight of the nesting induced magnetic fluctuations across the superconducting transition. There is no observable change at the superconducting transition down to an energy of ∼0.35  meV, which is well below the 2Δ values reported in several tunneling experiments. At this and higher energies magnetic fluctuations clearly persist in the superconducting state. Only at energies below ∼0.3  meV can evidence for partial suppression of spectral weight in the superconducting state be observed. This strongly suggests that the one-dimensional bands with the associated nesting fluctuations do not form the active, highly gapped bands in the superconducting pairing in Sr_{2}RuO_{4}.

  14. Absence of a Large Superconductivity-Induced Gap in Magnetic Fluctuations of Sr2RuO4

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    Kunkemöller, S.; Steffens, P.; Link, P.; Sidis, Y.; Mao, Z. Q.; Maeno, Y.; Braden, M.

    2017-04-01

    Inelastic neutron scattering experiments on Sr2RuO4 determine the spectral weight of the nesting induced magnetic fluctuations across the superconducting transition. There is no observable change at the superconducting transition down to an energy of ˜0.35 meV , which is well below the 2 Δ values reported in several tunneling experiments. At this and higher energies magnetic fluctuations clearly persist in the superconducting state. Only at energies below ˜0.3 meV can evidence for partial suppression of spectral weight in the superconducting state be observed. This strongly suggests that the one-dimensional bands with the associated nesting fluctuations do not form the active, highly gapped bands in the superconducting pairing in Sr2RuO4 .

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. Influence of hole doping on the superconducting state in graphane

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    Durajski, A. P.

    2015-03-01

    The unique properties of two-dimensional materials have recently been attracting a huge amount of interest from researchers. From the point of view of potential applications in nanoelectronics, fully hydrogenated graphene (graphane) seems to be of particular interest. In the present paper, we analyze theoretically the possible superconductivity in hole-doped graphane. In particular, within the framework of the strong-coupling Eliashberg theory of superconductivity, we determine the superconducting transition temperature, the energy gap, the free energy and entropy differences between the superconducting and normal states, the thermodynamic critical field and the specific heat. The results obtained suggest that hole-doped graphane could potentially be a superconductor with a high transition temperature, {{T}C}\\in < 76,108> K, and with a large value of the superconducting energy gap, 2Δ (0)\\in < 27,42> meV. Moreover, it was shown that the thermodynamic properties of hole-doped graphane cannot be correctly described using the BCS (Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer) theory due to the strong-coupling and retardation effects.

  18. 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.

  19. Decoherence in Superconducting Qubits from Surface Magnetic States

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    Hover, David; Sendelbach, Steven; Kittel, Achim; Mueck, Michael; McDermott, Robert

    2008-03-01

    Unpaired spins in amorphous surface oxides can act as a source of decoherence in superconducting and other solid-state qubits. A density of surface spins can give rise to low-frequency magnetic flux noise, which in turn leads to dephasing of the qubit state. In addition, magnetic surface states can couple to high-frequency resonant magnetic fields, and thereby contribute to energy relaxation of the qubit. We present the results of low-frequency measurements of the nonlinear and imaginary spin susceptibility of surface magnetic states in superconducting devices at millikelvin temperatures. In addition, we describe high-frequency magnetic resonance measurements that directly probe the surface spin density of states. We present calculations that connect the measurement results to qubit energy relaxation and dephasing times.

  20. Superconductivity

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  1. Possible triplet superconducting order in a magnetic superconducting phase induced by paramagnetic pair breaking

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    Hosoya, Ken-ichi; Ikeda, Ryusuke

    2017-06-01

    Motivated by recent thermal conductivity measurements in the superconductor CeCoIn5, we theoretically examine a possible staggered spin-triplet superconducting order to be induced by the coupled spin-density-wave (SDW) and d -wave superconducting (SC) orders in the high-field and low-temperature (HFLT) SC phase peculiar to this material with strong paramagnetic pair-breaking (PPB). It is shown that one type of the π -triplet order is consistent with that explaining the thermal conductivity data and can naturally be incorporated in the picture that the HFLT phase is a consequence of the strong PPB effect inducing the SDW order and the FFLO spatial modulation parallel to the applied magnetic field.

  2. 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.

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

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

    2014-08-01

    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 Tc 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.

  4. Pressure-induced superconductivity in quasi-2D CeRhIn5

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    Hegger; Petrovic; Moshopoulou; Hundley; Sarrao; Fisk; Thompson

    2000-05-22

    CeRhIn5 is a new heavy-electron material that crystallizes in a quasi-2D structure that can be viewed as alternating layers of CeIn3 and RhIn2 stacked sequentially along the tetragonal c axis. Application of hydrostatic pressure induces a first-order-like transition from an unconventional antiferromagnetic state to a superconducting state with T(c) = 2.1 K.

  5. Competing magnetic orders in the superconducting state of heavy-fermion CeRhIn5

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    Rosa, P. F. S.; Kang, J.; Luo, Yongkang; ...

    2017-05-09

    Applied pressure drives the heavy-fermion antiferromagnet CeRhIn5 toward a quantum critical point that becomes hidden by a dome of unconventional superconductivity. Magnetic fields suppress this superconducting dome, unveiling the quantum phase transition of local character. Here in this paper, we show that 5% magnetic substitution at the Ce site in CeRhIn5, either by Nd or Gd, induces a zero-field magnetic instability inside the superconducting state. This magnetic state not only should have a different ordering vector than the high-field local-moment magnetic state, but it also competes with the latter, suggesting that a spin-density-wave phase is stabilized in zero field bymore » Nd and Gd impurities, similarly to the case of Ce0.95Nd0.05CoIn5. Supported by model calculations, we attribute this spin-density wave instability to a magnetic-impurity-driven condensation of the spin excitons that form inside the unconventional superconducting state.« less

  6. Competing magnetic orders in the superconducting state of heavy-fermion CeRhIn5

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    Rosa, P. F. S.; Kang, J.; Luo, Yongkang; Wakeham, N.; Bauer, E. D.; Ronning, F.; Fisk, Z.; Fernandes, R. M.; Thompson, J. D.

    2017-05-01

    Applied pressure drives the heavy-fermion antiferromagnet CeRhIn5 toward a quantum critical point that becomes hidden by a dome of unconventional superconductivity. Magnetic fields suppress this superconducting dome, unveiling the quantum phase transition of local character. Here, we show that 5%5% magnetic substitution at the Ce site in CeRhIn5, either by Nd or Gd, induces a zero-field magnetic instability inside the superconducting state. This magnetic state not only should have a different ordering vector than the high-field local-moment magnetic state, but it also competes with the latter, suggesting that a spin-density-wave phase is stabilized in zero field by Nd and Gd impurities, similarly to the case of Ce0.95Nd0.05CoIn5. Supported by model calculations, we attribute this spin-density wave instability to a magnetic-impurity-driven condensation of the spin excitons that form inside the unconventional superconducting state.

  7. Ground State Properties and Localized Excited States around a Magnetic Impurity Described by the Anisotropic s- d Interaction in Superconductivity

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    Yoshioka, Tomoki; Ohashi, Yoji

    1998-04-01

    We investigate the electronic state around a magnetic impurity in thesuperconductivity in order to clarify how the anisotropy of thes-d interaction works in the presence of the superconductingenergy gap. Using the numerical renormalization group method, weobtain regions induced by the anisotropy where two localizedexcited states with different energies appear at the same time; theycannot obtain as far as the isotropic interaction is considered. Thismeans that the anisotropy of the s-d interaction works relevantlyin some cases in the superconducting state. We also examine whether ornot the bound state energy for the anisotropic and antiferromagnetics-d interaction is scaled by T K/Δ (T K: Kondotemperature, Δ: superconducting order parameter), and find thatit does not hold in the regions with two bound states.

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  9. Superconductivity

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    Yeo, Yung K.

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

  10. Neutron Star Cooling with Various Superfluid and Superconducting States

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    Noda, Tsuneo; Hashimoto, Masa-aki; Matsuo, Yasuhide; Yasutake, Nobutoshi; Maruyama, Toshiki; Tatsumi, Toshitaka

    A neutron star is a highly dense object which lasts after a supernova explosion. The density of a neutron star overcomes the nuclear density, and the temperature is high at the beginning of its history. An isolated neutron star does not have any heat sources, and it cools down emitting thermal energy by neutrinos. The neutrino emission process depends on the state of interior matter of the neutron star. To compare theoretical simulations and observations of neutron stars, it can constrain the nuclear theory of high density region. We create a model of neutron stars with colour superconducting quark matter and nucleon superfluidity/superconductivity, to satisfy recent observations, including two 2M ⊙ neutron stars. We parameterize these super-states and demonstrate the cooling curves, which show heavy stars do not always cool faster than lighter stars.

  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. Electronic thermal conductivity in a superconducting vortex state

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    Adachi, H.; Miranovic, P.; Ichioka, M.; Machida, K.

    2007-10-01

    The longitudinal component of the electronic thermal conductivity κxx in a superconducting vortex state is calculated as a function of magnetic field B. Calculations are performed by taking account of the spatial dependence of normal Green's function g, which was neglected in the previous studies using the Brandt-Pesch-Tewordt method. We discuss the possibility of using κxx(B) as a probe of the pair potential symmetry.

  13. Higgs modes in the pair density wave superconducting state

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    Soto-Garrido, Rodrigo; Wang, Yuxuan; Fradkin, Eduardo; Cooper, S. Lance

    2017-06-01

    The pair density wave (PDW) superconducting state has been proposed to explain the layer-decoupling effect observed in the La2 -xBaxCuO4 compound at x =1 /8 [E. Berg, E. Fradkin, E.-A. Kim, S. A. Kivelson, V. Oganesyan, J. M. Tranquada, and S. C. Zhang, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 127003 (2007), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.99.127003]. In this state the superconducting order parameter is spatially modulated, in contrast with the usual superconducting (SC) state where the order parameter is uniform. In this paper, we study the properties of the amplitude (Higgs) modes in a unidirectional PDW state. To this end we consider a phenomenological model of PDW-type states coupled to a Fermi surface of fermionic quasiparticles. In contrast to conventional superconductors that have a single Higgs mode, unidirectional PDW superconductors have two Higgs modes. While in the PDW state the Fermi surface largely remains gapless, we find that the damping of the PDW Higgs modes into fermionic quasiparticles requires exceeding an energy threshold. We show that this suppression of damping in the PDW state is due to kinematics. As a result, only one of the two Higgs modes is significantly damped. In addition, motivated by the experimental phase diagram, we discuss the mixing of Higgs modes in the coexistence regime of the PDW and uniform SC states. These results should be observable directly in a Raman spectroscopy, in momentum resolved electron energy-loss spectroscopy, and in resonant inelastic x-ray scattering, thus providing evidence of the PDW states.

  14. Thermal study of vortex states in mesoscopic superconducting disks

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

    2007-03-01

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

  15. Considerations on the mechanisms and transition temperatures of superconductivity induced by electronic fluctuations.

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    Varma, C M

    2012-05-01

    An overview of the momentum and frequency dependence of effective electron-electron interactions which favor electronic instability to a superconducting state in the angular-momentum channel ℓ and the properties of the interactions which determine the magnitude of the temperature T(c) of the instability is provided. Interactions induced through exchange of electronic fluctuations of spin density, charge density or current density are considered. Special attention is paid to the role of quantum-critical fluctuations (QCFs) including pairing due to their virtual exchange as well as de-pairing due to inelastic scattering. Additional insight is gained by reviewing empirical data and theory specific to superfluidity in liquid He(3), superconductivity in some of the heavy-fermion compounds, in cuprates, in pncitides and the valence skipping compound. The physical basis for the following observation is provided: the ratio of the maximum T(c) to the typical phonon frequency in phonon induced s-wave superconductivity is O(10(-1)); the ratio of p-wave T(c) to the renormalized Fermi energy in liquid He(3), a very strongly correlated Fermi liquid near its melting pressure, is only O(10(-3)); in the cuprates and the heavy fermions where d-wave superconductivity occurs in a region governed by QCFs, this ratio rises to O(10(-2)). These discussions also suggest factors important for obtaining higher T(c). Experiments and theoretical investigations are suggested to clarify the many unresolved issues.

  16. Giant superconductivity-induced modulation of the ferromagnetic magnetization in a cuprate-manganite superlattice.

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    Hoppler, J; Stahn, J; Niedermayer, Ch; Malik, V K; Bouyanfif, H; Drew, A J; Rössle, M; Buzdin, A; Cristiani, G; Habermeier, H-U; Keimer, B; Bernhard, C

    2009-04-01

    Artificial multilayers offer unique opportunities for combining materials with antagonistic orders such as superconductivity and ferromagnetism and thus to realize novel quantum states. In particular, oxide multilayers enable the utilization of the high superconducting transition temperature of the cuprates and the versatile magnetic properties of the colossal-magnetoresistance manganites. However, apart from exploratory work, the in-depth investigation of their unusual properties has only just begun. Here we present neutron reflectometry measurements of a [Y(0.6)Pr(0.4)Ba(2)Cu(3)O(7) (10 nm)/La(2/3)Ca(1/3)MnO(3) (10 nm)](10) superlattice, which reveal a surprisingly large superconductivity-induced modulation of the vertical ferromagnetic magnetization profile. Most surprisingly, this modulation seems to involve the density rather than the orientation of the magnetization and is highly susceptible to the strain, which is transmitted from the SrTiO(3) substrate. We outline a possible explanation of this unusual superconductivity-induced phenomenon in terms of a phase separation between ferromagnetic and non-ferromagnetic nanodomains in the La(2/3)Ca(1/3)MnO(3) layers.

  17. Electromagnetically induced transparency with amplification in superconducting circuits.

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    Joo, Jaewoo; Bourassa, Jérôme; Blais, Alexandre; Sanders, Barry C

    2010-08-13

    We show that controlling relative phases of electromagnetic fields driving an atom with a Δ-configuration energy-level structure enables optical susceptibility to be engineered in novel ways. In particular, relative-phase control can yield electromagnetically induced transparency but with the benefit that the transparency window is sandwiched between an absorption and an amplification band rather than between two absorption bands in typical electromagnetically induced transparency. We show that this new phenomenon is achievable for a microwave field interacting with a fluxonium superconducting circuit.

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

  19. 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.

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

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    Soto Garrido, Rodrigo Andres

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Proximity induced superconductivity in the 3D topological insulator HgTe probed with scanning SQUID microscope

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    Sochnikov, Ilya; Kirtley, John R.; Moler, Kathryn A.; Maier, Luis; Bruene, Christoph; Buhmann, Hartmut; Molenkamp, Laurens W.

    2014-03-01

    Inducing superconductivity on the surface of a 3D topological insulator is important for novel broken symmetry phases. However, it is difficult to assess the existence of the surface superconductivity with a single experimental technique. We have used a scanning SQUID microscope to characterize the magnetic properties of hybrid structures made of the 3D topological insulator HgTe and superconducting Nb. The magnetic response of superconducting rings with exotic Josephson junctions reveals the current-phase relation, while measurements of bilayer HgTe/Nb disks reveal the total superfluid density of the hybrid structure. We analyze the degree of skew in the current-phase relation to determine the relative contribution of surface states, and discuss other contributions to the current-phase relation. This work sets an agenda for discussion of the prospects for detection of new broken symmetry phases in 3D topological insulators.

  4. 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.

  5. Anomalous vortex state of superconducting LuNi2B2C

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    Price, A. N.; Miller, R. I.; Kiefl, R. F.; Chakhalian, J. A.; Dunsiger, S. R.; Morris, G. D.; Sonier, J. E.; Canfield, P. C.

    2002-06-01

    Muon spin rotation has been used to investigate the magnetic-field distribution in the vortex state of superconducting LuNi2B2C (Tc~16 K). Data for the magnetic field range 0.06Hc2<~H<~0.23Hc2 are fitted to a nonlocal London model. The temperature dependence of the vortex core radius shows a clear Kramer-Pesch effect due to depopulation of bound states within the cores. Also, the penetration depth and core radius vary substantially with applied magnetic field, suggesting the presence of anomalous field-induced quasiparticles and vortex-vortex interactions.

  6. Generation of Fock states in a superconducting quantum circuit.

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    Hofheinz, Max; Weig, E M; Ansmann, M; Bialczak, Radoslaw C; Lucero, Erik; Neeley, M; O'Connell, A D; Wang, H; Martinis, John M; Cleland, A N

    2008-07-17

    Spin systems and harmonic oscillators comprise two archetypes in quantum mechanics. The spin-1/2 system, with two quantum energy levels, is essentially the most nonlinear system found in nature, whereas the harmonic oscillator represents the most linear, with an infinite number of evenly spaced quantum levels. A significant difference between these systems is that a two-level spin can be prepared in an arbitrary quantum state using classical excitations, whereas classical excitations applied to an oscillator generate a coherent state, nearly indistinguishable from a classical state. Quantum behaviour in an oscillator is most obvious in Fock states, which are states with specific numbers of energy quanta, but such states are hard to create. Here we demonstrate the controlled generation of multi-photon Fock states in a solid-state system. We use a superconducting phase qubit, which is a close approximation to a two-level spin system, coupled to a microwave resonator, which acts as a harmonic oscillator, to prepare and analyse pure Fock states with up to six photons. We contrast the Fock states with coherent states generated using classical pulses applied directly to the resonator.

  7. Spin-sensitive interference due to Majorana state on the interface between normal and superconducting leads

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    Barański, J.; Kobiałka, A.; Domański, T.

    2017-02-01

    We investigate the subgap spectrum and transport properties of the quantum dot on the interface between the metallic and superconducting leads and additionally side-coupled to the edge of the topological superconducting (TS) chain, hosting the Majorana quasiparticle. Due to the chiral nature of the Majorana states only one spin component of the quantum dot electrons (say \\uparrow ) is directly affected, however the proximity induced on-dot pairing transmits its influence on the opposite spin as well. We investigate the unique interferometric patterns driven by the Majorana quasiparticle that are different for each spin component. We also address the spin-sensitive interplay with the Kondo effect manifested at the same zero-energy and we come to the conclusion that quantum interferometry can unambiguously identify the Majorana quasiparticle.

  8. 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

  9. Quantized levitation states of superconducting multiple-ring systems

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    Haley, S.B.; Fink, H.J.

    1996-02-01

    The quantized levitation, trapped, and suspension states of a magnetic microsphere held in equilibrium by two fixed superconducting (SC) microrings are calculated by minimizing the free energy of the system. Each state is a discrete function of two independent fluxoid quantum numbers of the rings. When the radii of the SC rings are of the same order as the Ginzburg-Landau coherence length {xi}({ital T}), the system exhibits a small set of gravity and temperature-dependent levels. The levels of a weakly magnetized particle are sensitive functions of the gravitational field, indicating potential application as an accelerometer, and for trapping small magnetic particles in outer space or on Earth. The equilibrium states of a SC ring levitated by another SC ring are also calculated. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  10. Photon-induced thermal effects in superconducting coplanar waveguide resonators

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    Wang, Yiwen; Zhou, Pinjia; Wei, Lianfu; Li, Haijie; Zhang, Beihong; Zhang, Miao; Wei, Qiang; Fang, Yurong; Cao, Chunhai

    2013-10-01

    We experimentally investigated the optical responses of a superconducting niobium resonator. It was found that, with increasing radiation power, the resonance frequency increases monotonically below around 500 mK, decreases monotonically above around 1 K, and exhibits a nonmonotonic behavior at around 700 mK. These observations show that one can operate the irradiated resonator in three temperature regimes, depending on whether two-level system (TLS) effects or kinetic inductance effects dominate. Furthermore, we found that the optical responses at ultra-low temperatures can be qualitatively regarded as a photon-induced thermalization effect of TLSs, which could be utilized to achieve thermal sensitive photon detections.

  11. Superconductivity in the non-magnetic state of iron under pressure.

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    Shimizu, K; Kimura, T; Furomoto, S; Takeda, K; Kontani, K; Onuki, Y; Amaya, K

    2001-07-19

    Ferromagnetism and superconductivity are thought to compete in conventional superconductors, although in principle it is possible for any metal to become a superconductor in its non-magnetic state at a sufficiently low temperature. At pressures above 10 GPa, iron is known to transform to a non-magnetic structure and the possibility of superconductivity in this state has been predicted. Here we report that iron does indeed become superconducting at temperatures below 2 K at pressures between 15 and 30 GPa. The transition to the superconducting state is confirmed by both a drop in resistivity and observation of the Meissner effect.

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

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

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

  13. Cooper-pair insulator phase in superconducting amorphous Bi films induced by nanometer-scale thickness variations

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    Hollen, S. M.; Nguyen, H. Q.; Rudisaile, E.; Stewart, M. D., Jr.; Shainline, J.; Xu, J. M.; Valles, J. M., Jr.

    2011-08-01

    Ultrathin films near the quantum insulator-superconductor transition (IST) can exhibit Cooper-pair transport in their insulating state. This Cooper-pair insulator (CPI) state is achieved in amorphous Bi films evaporated onto substrates with a topography varying on lengths slightly greater than the superconducting coherence length. We present evidence that this topography induces film thickness and corresponding superconducting coupling constant variations that promote Cooper-pair island formation. Analyses of many thickness-tuned ISTs show that weak links between superconducting islands dominate the transport. In particular, the IST occurs when the link resistance approaches the resistance quantum for pairs. These results support conjectures that the CPI is an inhomogeneous state of matter.

  14. Magnetic-field-induced superconductivity in a two-dimensional organic conductor.

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    Uji, S; Shinagawa, H; Terashima, T; Yakabe, T; Terai, Y; Tokumoto, M; Kobayashi, A; Tanaka, H; Kobayashi, H

    2001-04-19

    The application of a sufficiently strong magnetic field to a superconductor will, in general, destroy the superconducting state. Two mechanisms are responsible for this. The first is the Zeeman effect, which breaks apart the paired electrons if they are in a spin-singlet (but not a spin-triplet) state. The second is the so-called 'orbital' effect, whereby the vortices penetrate into the superconductors and the energy gain due to the formation of the paired electrons is lost. For the case of layered, two-dimensional superconductors, such as the high-Tc copper oxides, the orbital effect is reduced when the applied magnetic field is parallel to the conducting layers. Here we report resistance and magnetic-torque experiments on single crystals of the quasi-two-dimensional organic conductor lambda-(BETS)2FeCl4, where BETS is bis(ethylenedithio)tetraselenafulvalene. We find that for magnetic fields applied exactly parallel to the conducting layers of the crystals, superconductivity is induced for fields above 17 T at a temperature of 0.1 K. The resulting phase diagram indicates that the transition temperature increases with magnetic field, that is, the superconducting state is further stabilized with magnetic field.

  15. Dipole-induced vortex ratchets in superconducting films with arrays of micromagnets.

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    de Souza Silva, C C; Silhanek, A V; Van de Vondel, J; Gillijns, W; Metlushko, V; Ilic, B; Moshchalkov, V V

    2007-03-16

    We investigate the transport properties of superconducting films with periodic arrays of in-plane magnetized micromagnets. Two different magnetic textures are studied: a square array of magnetic bars and a close-packed array of triangular microrings. As confirmed by magnetic force microscopy imaging, the magnetic state of both systems can be adjusted to produce arrays of almost pointlike magnetic dipoles. By carrying out transport measurements with ac drive, we observed experimentally a recently predicted ratchet effect induced by the interaction between superconducting vortices and the magnetic dipoles. Moreover, we find that these magnetic textures produce vortex-antivortex patterns, which have a crucial role in the transport properties of this hybrid system.

  16. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES: On Superconductivity State in Pure Graphene

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    Mousavi, Hamze

    2010-10-01

    We study theoretically the possibility of superconductivity state in pure graphene within the extended attractive Hubbard model. In the absence of disorder, when we use the local attractive interaction potential, U ⋍ 5t, where t is hopping term, pure graphene can be in superconductivity state.

  17. Hysteresis in the phase-slip state of superconducting filaments

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    Kramer, Lorenz; Rangel, Rafael

    1989-04-01

    Recently some papers on measurements of the I-V characteristics (where V is the time-averaged voltage) of superconducting indium microbridges 1 as well as tin and zinc whiskers 2,3 driven by a dc current into the phase-slip state have appeared. Special emphasis was placed on a discussion of the hysteresis, which is well-known in such experiments (see, e.g., Refs. 1 18 in Kramer and Rangel 4 ). The hysteresis was compared with the predictions of the generalized time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau (GTDGL) equations for dirty superconductors in local equilibrium. 4,5 Unfortunately these predictions represent the only results in this context derived ultimately in a rigorous fashion from the standard microscopic theory of superconductivity. Comparison was also made with a model by Kadin, Smith, and Skocpol (KSS), 6,7 which gives a much smaller hysteresis. The authors of Ref. 1 found good agreement with the KSS model. The authors of Refs. 2 and 3 found a hysteresis which is larger than that of the KSS model, but still considerably smaller than predicted by GTDGL theory. They proposed a generalization of KSS which can be fitted to the data.

  18. Superconductivity in HfTe5 across weak to strong topological insulator transition induced via pressures

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    Liu, Y.; Long, Y. J.; Zhao, L. X.; Nie, S. M.; Zhang, S. J.; Weng, Y. X.; Jin, M. L.; Li, W. M.; Liu, Q. Q.; Long, Y. W.; Yu, R. C.; Gu, C. Z.; Sun, F.; Yang, W. G.; Mao, H. K.; Feng, X. L.; Li, Q.; Zheng, W. T.; Weng, H. M.; Dai, X.; Fang, Z.; Chen, G. F.; Jin, C. Q.

    2017-03-01

    Recently, theoretical studies show that layered HfTe5 is at the boundary of weak & strong topological insulator (TI) and might crossover to a Dirac semimetal state by changing lattice parameters. The topological properties of 3D stacked HfTe5 are expected hence to be sensitive to pressures tuning. Here, we report pressure induced phase evolution in both electronic & crystal structures for HfTe5 with a culmination of pressure induced superconductivity. Our experiments indicated that the temperature for anomaly resistance peak (Tp) due to Lifshitz transition decreases first before climbs up to a maximum with pressure while the Tp minimum corresponds to the transition from a weak TI to strong TI. The HfTe5 crystal becomes superconductive above ~5.5 GPa where the Tp reaches maximum. The highest superconducting transition temperature (Tc) around 5 K was achieved at 20 GPa. Crystal structure studies indicate that HfTe5 transforms from a Cmcm phase across a monoclinic C2/m phase then to a P-1 phase with increasing pressure. Based on transport, structure studies a comprehensive phase diagram of HfTe5 is constructed as function of pressure. The work provides valuable experimental insights into the evolution on how to proceed from a weak TI precursor across a strong TI to superconductors.

  19. Superconductivity in HfTe5 across weak to strong topological insulator transition induced via pressures

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    Liu, Y.; Long, Y. J.; Zhao, L. X.; Nie, S. M.; Zhang, S. J.; Weng, Y. X.; Jin, M. L.; Li, W. M.; Liu, Q. Q.; Long, Y. W.; Yu, R. C.; Gu, C. Z.; Sun, F.; Yang, W. G.; Mao, H. K.; Feng, X. L.; Li, Q.; Zheng, W. T.; Weng, H. M.; Dai, X.; Fang, Z.; Chen, G. F.; Jin, C. Q.

    2017-01-01

    Recently, theoretical studies show that layered HfTe5 is at the boundary of weak & strong topological insulator (TI) and might crossover to a Dirac semimetal state by changing lattice parameters. The topological properties of 3D stacked HfTe5 are expected hence to be sensitive to pressures tuning. Here, we report pressure induced phase evolution in both electronic & crystal structures for HfTe5 with a culmination of pressure induced superconductivity. Our experiments indicated that the temperature for anomaly resistance peak (Tp) due to Lifshitz transition decreases first before climbs up to a maximum with pressure while the Tp minimum corresponds to the transition from a weak TI to strong TI. The HfTe5 crystal becomes superconductive above ~5.5 GPa where the Tp reaches maximum. The highest superconducting transition temperature (Tc) around 5 K was achieved at 20 GPa. Crystal structure studies indicate that HfTe5 transforms from a Cmcm phase across a monoclinic C2/m phase then to a P-1 phase with increasing pressure. Based on transport, structure studies a comprehensive phase diagram of HfTe5 is constructed as function of pressure. The work provides valuable experimental insights into the evolution on how to proceed from a weak TI precursor across a strong TI to superconductors. PMID:28300156

  20. Superconductivity in HfTe5 across weak to strong topological insulator transition induced via pressures.

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    Liu, Y; Long, Y J; Zhao, L X; Nie, S M; Zhang, S J; Weng, Y X; Jin, M L; Li, W M; Liu, Q Q; Long, Y W; Yu, R C; Gu, C Z; Sun, F; Yang, W G; Mao, H K; Feng, X L; Li, Q; Zheng, W T; Weng, H M; Dai, X; Fang, Z; Chen, G F; Jin, C Q

    2017-03-16

    Recently, theoretical studies show that layered HfTe5 is at the boundary of weak &strong topological insulator (TI) and might crossover to a Dirac semimetal state by changing lattice parameters. The topological properties of 3D stacked HfTe5 are expected hence to be sensitive to pressures tuning. Here, we report pressure induced phase evolution in both electronic &crystal structures for HfTe5 with a culmination of pressure induced superconductivity. Our experiments indicated that the temperature for anomaly resistance peak (Tp) due to Lifshitz transition decreases first before climbs up to a maximum with pressure while the Tp minimum corresponds to the transition from a weak TI to strong TI. The HfTe5 crystal becomes superconductive above ~5.5 GPa where the Tp reaches maximum. The highest superconducting transition temperature (Tc) around 5 K was achieved at 20 GPa. Crystal structure studies indicate that HfTe5 transforms from a Cmcm phase across a monoclinic C2/m phase then to a P-1 phase with increasing pressure. Based on transport, structure studies a comprehensive phase diagram of HfTe5 is constructed as function of pressure. The work provides valuable experimental insights into the evolution on how to proceed from a weak TI precursor across a strong TI to superconductors.

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

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    Opačić, M.; Lazarević, N.; Šćepanović, M.; ...

    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

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

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    Batyev, E. G.

    2012-07-01

    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 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 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.

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

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    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.

  4. Superconductivity and magnetism in the presence of interface-induced Rashba spin-orbit coupling

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    Loder, Florian; Kampf, Arno; Kopp, Thilo

    2012-02-01

    Two dimensional electron systems at oxide interfaces are often influenced by a Rashba type spin-orbit coupling (SOC), which is tunable by a transverse electric field. Ferromagnetism at the interface can simultaneously induce strong local magnetic fields. This combination of SOC and magnetism leads to anisotropic two-sheeted Fermi surfaces, on which superconductivity with finite-momentum pairing is favored. The superconducting order parameter is derived within a generalized pairing model realizing both, the FFLO superconductor in the limit of vanishing SOC and a mixed-parity pairing state with zero pair momentum if the magnetism vanishes. The nature of the pairing state is discussed in the context of interface superconductivity and ferromagnetism at LAO-STO interfaces [1,2]. [4pt] [1] Lu Li, C. Richter, J. Mannhart, and R. C. Ashoori, Nature Physics 7, 762 (2011) [0pt] [2] J. A. Bert, B. Kallisky, C. Bell, M. Kim, Y. Hikita, H. Y. Hwang, and K. A. Moler, Nature Physics 7, 767 (2011)

  5. Spectrum of Andreev bound states in a molecule embedded inside a microwave-excited superconducting junction.

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    Sköldberg, Jonas; Löfwander, Tomas; Shumeiko, Vitaly S; Fogelström, Mikael

    2008-08-22

    Nondissipative Josephson current through nanoscale superconducting constrictions is carried by spectroscopically sharp energy states, the so-called Andreev states. Although theoretically predicted almost 40 years ago, no direct spectroscopic evidence of these Andreev bound states exists to date. We propose a novel type of spectroscopy based on embedding a superconducting constriction, formed by a single-level molecule junction, in a microwave QED cavity environment. In the electron-dressed cavity spectrum we find a polariton excitation at twice the Andreev bound state energy, and a superconducting-phase-dependent ac Stark shift of the cavity frequency. Dispersive measurement of this frequency shift can be used for Andreev bound state spectroscopy.

  6. Properties of the superconducting state in compressed sulphur

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    Durajski, A. P.; Szczę[sgrave]niak, R.; Jarosik, M. W.

    2012-08-01

    The thermodynamic properties of the superconducting state in sulphur at pressure 160 GPa have been determined. It has been shown that: (i) the critical value of the Coulomb pseudopotential is equal to 0.127; (ii) the critical temperature (T C = 17 K) should be calculated by using the modified Allen-Dynes formula; (iii) the effective electron-electron interaction is attractive in the range of frequencies from zero to the frequency slightly lesser than the maximum phonon frequency (∼0.85Ωmax); (iv) the dimensionless ratios: 2Δ(0)/k B T C , ΔC(T C )/C N (T C ) and ? are equal to: 3.7, 1.65 and 0.16, respectively; (v) the ratio of the effective to bare electron mass reaches maximum of 1.77 for T = T C .

  7. Superconducting and normal-state properties of novel materials

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    Crespi, Vincent Henry

    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.

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

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    Goldbart, Paul M.

    1998-03-01

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

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

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    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.

  10. Characterizing and reducing microfabrication-induced loss in superconducting devices, Part II: Xmon qubits

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

    Microfabrication-induced loss has previously been shown to limit the coherence times of both planar and 3-D superconducting qubits. Energy loss in these qubits arises from interactions with two-level state defects which are located in thin lossy surface dielectrics. More recently, we have identified a major source of this loss and then substantially improved this decoherence channel using a novel resonator structure for characterization and improvement. I will report on recent measurements of Xmon qubits with substantially improved coherence times due to our new fabrication process.

  11. Unconventional superconductivity induced in Nb films by adsorbed chiral molecules

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    Alpern, H.; Katzir, E.; Yochelis, S.; Katz, N.; Paltiel, Y.; Millo, O.

    2016-11-01

    Motivated by recent observations of chiral-induced magnetization and spin-selective transport we studied the effect of chiral molecules on conventional BCS superconductors. By applying scanning tunneling spectroscopy, we demonstrate that the singlet-pairing s-wave order parameter of Nb is significantly altered upon adsorption of chiral polyalanine alpha-helix molecules on its surface. The tunneling spectra exhibit zero-bias conductance peaks embedded inside gaps or gap-like features, suggesting the emergence of unconventional triplet-pairing components with either d-wave or p-wave symmetry at the Nb organic-molecules interface, as corroborated by simulations. These results may open a way for realizing simple superconducting spintronics devices.

  12. Shock-induced synthesis of high temperature superconducting materials

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

    1987-06-18

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

  13. Electromagnetic response during quench dynamics to the superconducting state: Time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau analysis

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    Kennes, D. M.; Millis, A. J.

    2017-08-01

    We use a numerical solution of the deterministic time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau (TDGL) equations to determine the response induced by a probe field in a material quenched into a superconducting state. We characterize differences in response according to whether the probe is applied before, during, or after the phase stiffness has built up to its final steady-state value. We put an emphasis on the extent to which superfluid response requires a non-negligible phase stiffness, which for the considered quench has to build up dynamically. A key finding is that the time-dependent phase stiffness controls the likelihood of phase slips as well as the magnitude of the electromagnetic response. Additionally, we address the electromagnetic response expected if the probe itself is strong enough to activate phase slip processes. If the probe is applied before phase stiffness is sufficiently built up, we find that phase slips occur so that the vector potential is compensated and no long-term supercurrent is induced, while if it is applied at sufficient phase stiffness a weak probe pulse will induce a state with a long-lived supercurrent. If the probe is strong enough to activate the phase slip process, the supercurrent state will only be metastable with a lifetime that scales logarithmically with the amplitude of fluctuations in the magnitude of the order parameter. Finally, we study the response to experimentally motivated probe fields (electric field that integrates to zero). Interestingly, depending on the relative time difference of the probe field to the buildup of superconductivity, long-lived supercurrents can be induced even though the net change in vector potential is zero.

  14. Resistive current state of a wide superconducting film

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    Zolochevskii, I. V.

    2011-12-01

    The current-voltage characteristics (CVCs) of vortex superconducting films are investigated in a wide temperature range. It is shown for the first time that the experimental CVCs and their parameters are described well enough by asymptotic formulas within the theory of the vortex resistive state of Aslamazov-Lempitsky (AL). It is established that for wide films, the critical current of which corresponds to the AL theory, the differential resistance of a linear segment of a CVC does not depend on temperature that agrees with the model of the vortex resistive state of AL. In the range of much higher temperatures, where the critical current is Ic(T)∝(1-T/Tc)3/2, the decrease of the differential resistance with increasing the temperature is observed that corresponds to predictions of the AL theory. However, in the close vicinity of Tc the increase of the differential resistance of a linear vortex segment of CVCs was found at T → Tc. This effect does not have an explanation in modern theories of a vortex state.

  15. Quantum State Transmission in a Superconducting Charge Qubit-Atom Hybrid

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    Yu, Deshui; Valado, María Martínez; Hufnagel, Christoph; Kwek, Leong Chuan; Amico, Luigi; Dumke, Rainer

    2016-12-01

    Hybrids consisting of macroscopic superconducting circuits and microscopic components, such as atoms and spins, have the potential of transmitting an arbitrary state between different quantum species, leading to the prospective of high-speed operation and long-time storage of quantum information. Here we propose a novel hybrid structure, where a neutral-atom qubit directly interfaces with a superconducting charge qubit, to implement the qubit-state transmission. The highly-excited Rydberg atom located inside the gate capacitor strongly affects the behavior of Cooper pairs in the box while the atom in the ground state hardly interferes with the superconducting device. In addition, the DC Stark shift of the atomic states significantly depends on the charge-qubit states. By means of the standard spectroscopic techniques and sweeping the gate voltage bias, we show how to transfer an arbitrary quantum state from the superconducting device to the atom and vice versa.

  16. Quantum State Transmission in a Superconducting Charge Qubit-Atom Hybrid.

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    Yu, Deshui; Valado, María Martínez; Hufnagel, Christoph; Kwek, Leong Chuan; Amico, Luigi; Dumke, Rainer

    2016-12-06

    Hybrids consisting of macroscopic superconducting circuits and microscopic components, such as atoms and spins, have the potential of transmitting an arbitrary state between different quantum species, leading to the prospective of high-speed operation and long-time storage of quantum information. Here we propose a novel hybrid structure, where a neutral-atom qubit directly interfaces with a superconducting charge qubit, to implement the qubit-state transmission. The highly-excited Rydberg atom located inside the gate capacitor strongly affects the behavior of Cooper pairs in the box while the atom in the ground state hardly interferes with the superconducting device. In addition, the DC Stark shift of the atomic states significantly depends on the charge-qubit states. By means of the standard spectroscopic techniques and sweeping the gate voltage bias, we show how to transfer an arbitrary quantum state from the superconducting device to the atom and vice versa.

  17. Quantum State Transmission in a Superconducting Charge Qubit-Atom Hybrid

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    Yu, Deshui; Valado, María Martínez; Hufnagel, Christoph; Kwek, Leong Chuan; Amico, Luigi; Dumke, Rainer

    2016-01-01

    Hybrids consisting of macroscopic superconducting circuits and microscopic components, such as atoms and spins, have the potential of transmitting an arbitrary state between different quantum species, leading to the prospective of high-speed operation and long-time storage of quantum information. Here we propose a novel hybrid structure, where a neutral-atom qubit directly interfaces with a superconducting charge qubit, to implement the qubit-state transmission. The highly-excited Rydberg atom located inside the gate capacitor strongly affects the behavior of Cooper pairs in the box while the atom in the ground state hardly interferes with the superconducting device. In addition, the DC Stark shift of the atomic states significantly depends on the charge-qubit states. By means of the standard spectroscopic techniques and sweeping the gate voltage bias, we show how to transfer an arbitrary quantum state from the superconducting device to the atom and vice versa. PMID:27922087

  18. Correlation-induced superconductivity dynamically stabilized and enhanced by laser irradiation

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    Ido, Kota; Ohgoe, Takahiro; Imada, Masatoshi

    2017-01-01

    Studies on out-of-equilibrium dynamics have paved a way to realize a new state of matter. Superconductor-like properties above room temperatures recently suggested to be in copper oxides achieved by selectively exciting vibrational phonon modes by laser have inspired studies on an alternative and general strategy to be pursued for high-temperature superconductivity. We show that the superconductivity can be enhanced by irradiating laser to correlated electron systems owing to two mechanisms: First, the effective attractive interaction of carriers is enhanced by the dynamical localization mechanism, which drives the system into strong coupling regions. Second, the irradiation allows reaching uniform and enhanced superconductivity dynamically stabilized without deteriorating into equilibrium inhomogeneities that suppress superconductivity. The dynamical superconductivity is subject to the Higgs oscillations during and after the irradiation. Our finding sheds light on a way to enhance superconductivity that is inaccessible in equilibrium in strongly correlated electron systems. PMID:28835923

  19. Correlation-induced superconductivity dynamically stabilized and enhanced by laser irradiation.

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    Ido, Kota; Ohgoe, Takahiro; Imada, Masatoshi

    2017-08-01

    Studies on out-of-equilibrium dynamics have paved a way to realize a new state of matter. Superconductor-like properties above room temperatures recently suggested to be in copper oxides achieved by selectively exciting vibrational phonon modes by laser have inspired studies on an alternative and general strategy to be pursued for high-temperature superconductivity. We show that the superconductivity can be enhanced by irradiating laser to correlated electron systems owing to two mechanisms: First, the effective attractive interaction of carriers is enhanced by the dynamical localization mechanism, which drives the system into strong coupling regions. Second, the irradiation allows reaching uniform and enhanced superconductivity dynamically stabilized without deteriorating into equilibrium inhomogeneities that suppress superconductivity. The dynamical superconductivity is subject to the Higgs oscillations during and after the irradiation. Our finding sheds light on a way to enhance superconductivity that is inaccessible in equilibrium in strongly correlated electron systems.

  20. Superconducting state in bromium halide at high pressure

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

    2016-08-01

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

  1. Superconductivity in the system MoxCyGazOδ prepared by focused ion beam induced deposition

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

    2014-05-01

    We have prepared the new amorphous superconductor MoxCyGazOδ with a maximum critical temperature Tc of 3.8 K by the direct-write nano-patterning technique of focused (gallium) ion beam induced deposition (FIBID) using Mo(CO)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 Tc on the deposition parameters and identified clear correlations between Tc, 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 Tc-value and sharpest transition into the superconducting state.

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

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

    2013-03-01

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

  3. Induced Superconductivity in the Quantum Spin Hall Edge

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

    2014-03-01

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

  4. Induced Superconductivity in the Three-Dimensional Topological Insulator HgTe

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    Maier, Luis; Oostinga, Jeroen B.; Knott, Daniel; Brüne, Christoph; Virtanen, Pauli; Tkachov, Grigory; Hankiewicz, Ewelina M.; Gould, Charles; Buhmann, Hartmut; Molenkamp, Laurens W.

    2012-11-01

    A strained and undoped HgTe layer is a three-dimensional topological insulator, in which electronic transport occurs dominantly through its surface states. In this Letter, we present transport measurements on HgTe-based Josephson junctions with Nb as a superconductor. Although the Nb-HgTe interfaces have a low transparency, we observe a strong zero-bias anomaly in the differential resistance measurements. This anomaly originates from proximity-induced superconductivity in the HgTe surface states. In the most transparent junction, we observe periodic oscillations of the differential resistance as a function of an applied magnetic field, which correspond to a Fraunhofer-like pattern. This unambiguously shows that a precursor of the Josephson effect occurs in the topological surface states of HgTe.

  5. The Nature of the Superconducting State in Rutheno-Cuprates

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    Chu, C. W.; Xue, Y. Y.; Lorenz, B.; Meng, R. L.

    The magnetism and superconductivity (SC) of rutheno-cuprates RuSr2L-Cu2O_{8-delta} (Ru1212) and RuSr2(L,Ce)2Cu2O_{10+delta} (Ru1222) were investigated, where L = Gd or Eu. The normal state carrier concentration p, the Tc, the intragrain penetration depth λ, and the diamagnetic field-cooled magnetization were measured in various annealed rutheno-cuprate samples. The p varies with annealing only slightly (from 0.09 to 0.12 holes/CuO2), but the intragrain Tc by a factor of 2.3 (from 17 to 40 K). The 1/λ (2), on the other hand, was enhanced more than tenfold (from 0.3 to 6 μm-2). The data are in disagreement with both the universal Tc vs. p and Tc vs. 1/λ (2) proposed for bulk cuprates. These, together with the unusually large d T_{{c}}/dH ≈ 100 K/T observed in both Ru1212 and Ru1222, suggest that even the intragrain SC of rutheno-cuprates is granular. A Josephson-junction-array model was then proposed to interpret the data. The memory effect observed in Ru1222 far above the main magnetic transition temperature further suggests that the root of the granularity may be a phase separation, resulting in the mesoscopic ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic species in these rutheno-cuprates.

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

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

    2010-02-15

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

  7. Ideal charge-density-wave order in the high-field state of superconducting YBCO

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    Jang, H.; Lee, W.-S.; Nojiri, H.; Matsuzawa, S.; Yasumura, H.; Nie, L.; Maharaj, A. V.; Gerber, S.; Liu, Y.-J.; Mehta, A.; Bonn, D. A.; Liang, R.; Hardy, W. N.; Burns, C. A.; Islam, Z.; Song, S.; Hastings, J.; Devereaux, T. P.; Shen, Z.-X.; Kivelson, S. A.; Kao, C.-C.; Zhu, D.; Lee, J.-S.

    2016-01-01

    The existence of charge-density-wave (CDW) correlations in cuprate superconductors has now been established. However, the nature of the CDW ground state has remained uncertain because disorder and the presence of superconductivity typically limit the CDW correlation lengths to only a dozen unit cells or less. Here we explore the field-induced 3D CDW correlations in extremely pure detwinned crystals of YBa2Cu3O2 (YBCO) ortho-II and ortho-VIII at magnetic fields in excess of the resistive upper critical field (Hc2) where superconductivity is heavily suppressed. We observe that the 3D CDW is unidirectional and possesses a long in-plane correlation length as well as significant correlations between neighboring CuO2 planes. It is significant that we observe only a single sharply defined transition at a critical field proportional to Hc2, given that the field range used in this investigation overlaps with other high-field experiments including quantum oscillation measurements. The correlation volume is at least two to three orders of magnitude larger than that of the zero-field CDW. This is by far the largest CDW correlation volume observed in any cuprate crystal and so is presumably representative of the high-field ground state of an “ideal” disorder-free cuprate. PMID:27930313

  8. Ideal charge-density-wave order in the high-field state of superconducting YBCO.

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    Jang, H; Lee, W-S; Nojiri, H; Matsuzawa, S; Yasumura, H; Nie, L; Maharaj, A V; Gerber, S; Liu, Y-J; Mehta, A; Bonn, D A; Liang, R; Hardy, W N; Burns, C A; Islam, Z; Song, S; Hastings, J; Devereaux, T P; Shen, Z-X; Kivelson, S A; Kao, C-C; Zhu, D; Lee, J-S

    2016-12-20

    The existence of charge-density-wave (CDW) correlations in cuprate superconductors has now been established. However, the nature of the CDW ground state has remained uncertain because disorder and the presence of superconductivity typically limit the CDW correlation lengths to only a dozen unit cells or less. Here we explore the field-induced 3D CDW correlations in extremely pure detwinned crystals of YBa2Cu3O2 (YBCO) ortho-II and ortho-VIII at magnetic fields in excess of the resistive upper critical field ([Formula: see text]) where superconductivity is heavily suppressed. We observe that the 3D CDW is unidirectional and possesses a long in-plane correlation length as well as significant correlations between neighboring CuO2 planes. It is significant that we observe only a single sharply defined transition at a critical field proportional to [Formula: see text], given that the field range used in this investigation overlaps with other high-field experiments including quantum oscillation measurements. The correlation volume is at least two to three orders of magnitude larger than that of the zero-field CDW. This is by far the largest CDW correlation volume observed in any cuprate crystal and so is presumably representative of the high-field ground state of an "ideal" disorder-free cuprate.

  9. Ideal charge-density-wave order in the high-field state of superconducting YBCO

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    Jang, H.; Lee, W. -S.; Nojiri, H.; ...

    2016-12-05

    Here, the existence of charge-density-wave (CDW) correlations in cuprate superconductors has now been established. However, the nature of the CDW ground state has remained uncertain because disorder and the presence of superconductivity typically limit the CDW correlation lengths to only a dozen unit cells or less. Here we explore the field-induced 3D CDW correlations in extremely pure detwinned crystals of YBa2Cu3O2 (YBCO) ortho-II and ortho-VIII at magnetic fields in excess of the resistive upper critical field (Hc2) where superconductivity is heavily suppressed. We observe that the 3D CDW is unidirectional and possesses a long in-plane correlation length as well asmore » significant correlations between neighboring CuO2 planes. It is significant that we observe only a single sharply defined transition at a critical field proportional to Hc2, given that the field range used in this investigation overlaps with other high-field experiments including quantum oscillation measurements. The correlation volume is at least two to three orders of magnitude larger than that of the zero-field CDW. This is by far the largest CDW correlation volume observed in any cuprate crystal and so is presumably representative of the high-field ground state of an “ideal” disorder-free cuprate.« less

  10. Ideal charge-density-wave order in the high-field state of superconducting YBCO

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    Jang, H.; Lee, W. -S.; Nojiri, H.; Matsuzawa, S.; Yasumura, H.; Nie, L.; Maharaj, A. V.; Gerber, S.; Liu, Y. -J.; Mehta, A.; Bonn, D. A.; Liang, R.; Hardy, W. N.; Burns, C. A.; Islam, Z.; Song, S.; Hastings, J.; Devereaux, T. P.; Shen, Z. -X.; Kivelson, S. A.; Kao, C. -C.; Zhu, D.; Lee, J. -S.

    2016-12-05

    Here, the existence of charge-density-wave (CDW) correlations in cuprate superconductors has now been established. However, the nature of the CDW ground state has remained uncertain because disorder and the presence of superconductivity typically limit the CDW correlation lengths to only a dozen unit cells or less. Here we explore the field-induced 3D CDW correlations in extremely pure detwinned crystals of YBa2Cu3O2 (YBCO) ortho-II and ortho-VIII at magnetic fields in excess of the resistive upper critical field (Hc2) where superconductivity is heavily suppressed. We observe that the 3D CDW is unidirectional and possesses a long in-plane correlation length as well as significant correlations between neighboring CuO2 planes. It is significant that we observe only a single sharply defined transition at a critical field proportional to Hc2, given that the field range used in this investigation overlaps with other high-field experiments including quantum oscillation measurements. The correlation volume is at least two to three orders of magnitude larger than that of the zero-field CDW. This is by far the largest CDW correlation volume observed in any cuprate crystal and so is presumably representative of the high-field ground state of an “ideal” disorder-free cuprate.

  11. Ideal charge-density-wave order in the high-field state of superconducting YBCO

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    Jang, H.; Lee, W. -S.; Nojiri, H.; ...

    2016-12-05

    The existence of charge-density-wave (CDW) correlations in cuprate superconductors has now been established. However, the nature of the CDW ground state has remained uncertain because disorder and the presence of superconductivity typically limit the CDW correlation lengths to only a dozen unit cells or less. Here we explore the field-induced 3D CDW correlations in extremely pure detwinned crystals of YBa2Cu3O2 (YBCO) ortho-II and ortho-VIII at magnetic fields in excess of the resistive upper critical field (Hc2) where superconductivity is heavily suppressed. We observe that the 3D CDW is unidirectional and possesses a long in-plane correlation length as well as significantmore » correlations between neighboring CuO2 planes. It is significant that we observe only a single sharply defined transition at a critical field proportional to Hc2, given that the field range used in this investigation overlaps with other high-field experiments including quantum oscillation measurements. The correlation volume is at least two to three orders of magnitude larger than that of the zero-field CDW. Furthermore, this is by far the largest CDW correlation volume observed in any cuprate crystal and so is presumably representative of the high-field ground state of an “ideal” disorder-free cuprate.« less

  12. Alcoholic beverages induce superconductivity in FeTe1 - xSx

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

    2011-05-01

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

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

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    Cho, Dai-Ning; Sykora, Steffen

    We study the possibility of unconventional superconducting pairing in the framework of a novel two-dimensional quantum transport model, where the charge carriers are strongly affected by the correlations and fluctuations of a background medium, described by bosonic degrees of freedom. Using the projective renormalization method (PRM) we find in the half-filled band case an interplay between stable superconducting solutions and a charge-density wave order parameter which determines the ground state in the limit of large bosonic energies. The superconducting pairing mainly appears on a new hole-like Fermi surface, which is formed nearby the center of the Brillouin zone due to strong renormalization of the original fermionic band. In the superconducting state, the Fermi surface splits into two disconnected parts, which are characterized by different sign of the superconducting order parameter.

  14. 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

    2015-01-27

    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.

  15. 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.

  16. Resolving photon number states in a superconducting circuit.

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    Schuster, D I; Houck, A A; Schreier, J A; Wallraff, A; Gambetta, J M; Blais, A; Frunzio, L; Majer, J; Johnson, B; Devoret, M H; Girvin, S M; Schoelkopf, R J

    2007-02-01

    Electromagnetic signals are always composed of photons, although in the circuit domain those signals are carried as voltages and currents on wires, and the discreteness of the photon's energy is usually not evident. However, by coupling a superconducting quantum bit (qubit) to signals on a microwave transmission line, it is possible to construct an integrated circuit in which the presence or absence of even a single photon can have a dramatic effect. Such a system can be described by circuit quantum electrodynamics (QED)-the circuit equivalent of cavity QED, where photons interact with atoms or quantum dots. Previously, circuit QED devices were shown to reach the resonant strong coupling regime, where a single qubit could absorb and re-emit a single photon many times. Here we report a circuit QED experiment in the strong dispersive limit, a new regime where a single photon has a large effect on the qubit without ever being absorbed. The hallmark of this strong dispersive regime is that the qubit transition energy can be resolved into a separate spectral line for each photon number state of the microwave field. The strength of each line is a measure of the probability of finding the corresponding photon number in the cavity. This effect is used to distinguish between coherent and thermal fields, and could be used to create a photon statistics analyser. As no photons are absorbed by this process, it should be possible to generate non-classical states of light by measurement and perform qubit-photon conditional logic, the basis of a logic bus for a quantum computer.

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

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

    2015-11-16

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

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

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    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.

  19. State preservation by repetitive error detection in a superconducting quantum circuit.

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

    2015-03-05

    Quantum computing becomes viable when a quantum state can be protected from environment-induced error. If quantum bits (qubits) are sufficiently reliable, errors are sparse and quantum error correction (QEC) is capable of identifying and correcting them. Adding more qubits improves the preservation of states by guaranteeing that increasingly larger clusters of errors will not cause logical failure-a key requirement for large-scale systems. Using QEC to extend the qubit lifetime remains one of the outstanding experimental challenges in quantum computing. Here we report the protection of classical states from environmental bit-flip errors and demonstrate the suppression of these errors with increasing system size. We use a linear array of nine qubits, which is a natural step towards the two-dimensional surface code QEC scheme, and track errors as they occur by repeatedly performing projective quantum non-demolition parity measurements. Relative to a single physical qubit, we reduce the failure rate in retrieving an input state by a factor of 2.7 when using five of our nine qubits and by a factor of 8.5 when using all nine qubits after eight cycles. Additionally, we tomographically verify preservation of the non-classical Greenberger-Horne-Zeilinger state. The successful suppression of environment-induced errors will motivate further research into the many challenges associated with building a large-scale superconducting quantum computer.

  20. State preservation by repetitive error detection in a superconducting quantum circuit

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

    2015-03-01

    Quantum computing becomes viable when a quantum state can be protected from environment-induced error. If quantum bits (qubits) are sufficiently reliable, errors are sparse and quantum error correction (QEC) is capable of identifying and correcting them. Adding more qubits improves the preservation of states by guaranteeing that increasingly larger clusters of errors will not cause logical failure--a key requirement for large-scale systems. Using QEC to extend the qubit lifetime remains one of the outstanding experimental challenges in quantum computing. Here we report the protection of classical states from environmental bit-flip errors and demonstrate the suppression of these errors with increasing system size. We use a linear array of nine qubits, which is a natural step towards the two-dimensional surface code QEC scheme, and track errors as they occur by repeatedly performing projective quantum non-demolition parity measurements. Relative to a single physical qubit, we reduce the failure rate in retrieving an input state by a factor of 2.7 when using five of our nine qubits and by a factor of 8.5 when using all nine qubits after eight cycles. Additionally, we tomographically verify preservation of the non-classical Greenberger-Horne-Zeilinger state. The successful suppression of environment-induced errors will motivate further research into the many challenges associated with building a large-scale superconducting quantum computer.

  1. Converting Quasiclassical States into Arbitrary Fock State Superpositions in a Superconducting Circuit

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    Wang, W.; Hu, L.; Xu, Y.; Liu, K.; Ma, Y.; Zheng, Shi-Biao; Vijay, R.; Song, Y. P.; Duan, L.-M.; Sun, L.

    2017-06-01

    We propose and experimentally demonstrate a new method to generate arbitrary Fock state superpositions in a superconducting quantum circuit, where a qubit is dispersively coupled to a microwave cavity mode. Here, the qubit is used to conditionally modulate the probability amplitudes of the Fock state components of a coherent state to those of the desired superposition state, instead of pumping photons one by one into the cavity as in previous schemes. Our method does not require the adjustment of the qubit frequency during the cavity state preparation and is more robust to noise and accumulation of experimental errors compared to previous ones. Using the method, we experimentally generate phase eigenstates under various Hilbert-space dimensions and squeezed states, which are useful for the quantum walk and high-precision measurement.

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

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

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

  3. Superconducting state of Ca xMo 6S 8 at ambient pressure

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    Geantet, Christophe; Horyn, Roman; Padiou, Jean; Pen˜a, Octavio; Sergent, Marcel

    1988-06-01

    Experimental evidence is given for superconductivity of Ca xMo 6S 8 at ambient pressure. Crystal structure, susceptibility, magnetization and resistivity measurements on single crystals for x≦ 1.0 are reported. Calcium deficiencies stabilize the rhombohedral structure and inhibit the structural transition which ordinarily suppresses the superconducting state indivalent M(2+)Mo 6S 8 Chevrel phases; M(2+) =Eu, Ba, Ca, Sr.

  4. Antiferroic electronic structure in the nonmagnetic superconducting state of the iron-based superconductors

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    Shimojima, Takahiro; Malaeb, Walid; Nakamura, Asuka; Kondo, Takeshi; Kihou, Kunihiro; Lee, Chul-Ho; Iyo, Akira; Eisaki, Hiroshi; Ishida, Shigeyuki; Nakajima, Masamichi; Uchida, Shin-ichi; Ohgushi, Kenya; Ishizaka, Kyoko; Shin, Shik

    2017-01-01

    A major problem in the field of high-transition temperature (Tc) superconductivity is the identification of the electronic instabilities near superconductivity. It is known that the iron-based superconductors exhibit antiferromagnetic order, which competes with the superconductivity. However, in the nonmagnetic state, there are many aspects of the electronic instabilities that remain unclarified, as represented by the orbital instability and several in-plane anisotropic physical properties. We report a new aspect of the electronic state of the optimally doped iron-based superconductors by using high–energy resolution angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. We find spectral evidence for the folded electronic structure suggestive of an antiferroic electronic instability, coexisting with the superconductivity in the nonmagnetic state of Ba1−xKxFe2As2. We further establish a phase diagram showing that the antiferroic electronic structure persists in a large portion of the nonmagnetic phase covering the superconducting dome. These results motivate consideration of a key unknown electronic instability, which is necessary for the achievement of high-Tc superconductivity in the iron-based superconductors. PMID:28875162

  5. Superconductivity in topological insulator Sb2Te3 induced by pressure.

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

    2013-01-01

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

  6. Features of inhomogeneous current state in wide superconducting films

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    D'yachenko, A.I.; Tarenkov, V.Y.; Stupakov, V.V.

    1982-04-01

    A dc superconducting-transformer circuit is used to investigate the features of the current-voltage characteristics (CVC) of thin aluminum films of width W>>lambda/sub perpendicular/. It is shown that in contrast to narrow channels, where phase-slippage centers are realized, the steplike structure of the CVC results in this case from the inhomogeneous entry of the vortex strings.

  7. Effects of pressure and magnetic field on superconductivity in ZrTe3: local pair-induced superconductivity

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    Tsuchiya, S.; Matsubayashi, K.; Yamaya, K.; Takayanagi, S.; Tanda, S.; Uwatoko, Y.

    2017-06-01

    In this work, the origin of the highly anisotropic superconducting transition in ZrTe3, where the resistance along the a axis, R a , is reduced at 4 K but those along the b axis, R b , and {c}\\prime axis, R c‧, are reduced at 2 K, was explored with the application of a magnetic field and pressure by the electrical resistance measurements. We found that the behavior of the upper critical field and its anisotropy as well as the pressure dependence determined by the R a measurements are quite similar to those of R b . Moreover, the excess conductivity for R b indicates anomalous behavior. These results support an unconventional origin for the anisotropic transition rather than conventional superconducting fluctuation. The reduction in R a is due to filamentary superconductivity (SC) induced by locally bound electron pairs (local pairs), which correspond to bi-polarons, and the transition of R b corresponds to the emergence of bulk SC originating from the Cooper pairs triggered by the transfer of the local pairs.

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

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

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

  9. Observation of enhanced superconductivity in the vicinity of Ar-induced nano-cavities in Pb(111).

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    Song, Sang Yong; Seo, Jungpil

    2017-09-22

    Local variations of superconductivity have been studied using scanning tunneling microscopy around nano-cavities formed by Ar ions embedded in Pb(111). Various factors including the density of states at Fermi energy, electron-phonon couplings, and quantum well states, which are known to affect superconductivity, have been examined. We show that the superconductivity is enhanced near the nano-cavities and propose that quantum effects such as quantum confinement, proximity effect and multi-gap effect are possibly involved in determining the superconducting gap of this system. These results have important implications for the characterization and understanding of superconductivity at a nanometer scale.

  10. Crossover between Abrikosov vortex lattice and superconducting droplet state in superconductors with modulated disorder

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    Kopasov, A. A.; Savinov, D. A.; Mel'nikov, A. S.

    2017-03-01

    We suggest a simple model describing the temperature-driven crossover between Abrikosov vortex lattice and superconducting droplet state in dirty superconductors with fluctuations either in the impurity concentration or in the crystal axes orientation. Our analysis is based on the Usadel-type theory with a spatially modulated diffusion coefficient. This modulation appears to break a regular vortex lattice into a random set of weakly coupled superconducting droplets emerging below the fluctuating upper critical field Hc 2(T ) . These droplets cause the resistivity drop at the onset of superconducting transition, being responsible for the increasing broadening of the resistive transition in the increasing magnetic field. The above crossover reveals itself in a positive curvature of the Hc 2(T ) curves, allowing us, thus, to explain the phase diagrams observed in a wide class of disordered superconducting materials.

  11. Volcanic materials superconductivity in desert areas of the states of Sonora and Baja California

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    Holguín, Aldo

    2017-01-01

    Research was conducted to find materials in their natural state at room temperature and exhibit the effects of superconductivity in the volcanic region of deserts Altar in Sonora and Baja California Norte. 100 were collected at random samples of materials from different parts of the region and underwent tests to determine their electromagnetic parameters of electrical resistance, magnetism, temperature and conductivity. Only it has been found that the effects of superconductivity in them is only present at very low temperatures corroborating what has been done in other investigations, however no indication that there is a material or combination of materials that can produce the effects of superconductivity other temperatures so it is suggested to continue the search for such materials and / or develop a technique at room temperature to allow mimic the behavior of atoms when superconductivity occurs at.

  12. Magnetic Field-Induced Superconductivity in the Ferromagnet URhGe

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    Lévy, F.; Sheikin, I.; Grenier, B.; Huxley, A. D.

    2005-08-01

    In several metals, including URhGe, superconductivity has recently been observed to appear and coexist with ferromagnetism at temperatures well below that at which the ferromagnetic state forms. However, the material characteristics leading to such a state of coexistence have not yet been fully elucidated. We report that in URhGe there is a magnetic transition where the direction of the spin axis changes when a magnetic field of 12 tesla is applied parallel to the crystal b axis. We also report that a second pocket of superconductivity occurs at low temperature for a range of fields enveloping this magnetic transition, well above the field of 2 tesla at which superconductivity is first destroyed. Our findings strongly suggest that excitations in which the spins rotate stimulate superconductivity in the neighborhood of a quantum phase transition under high magnetic field.

  13. Magnetic field-induced superconductivity in the ferromagnet URhGe.

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    Lévy, F; Sheikin, I; Grenier, B; Huxley, A D

    2005-08-26

    In several metals, including URhGe, superconductivity has recently been observed to appear and coexist with ferromagnetism at temperatures well below that at which the ferromagnetic state forms. However, the material characteristics leading to such a state of coexistence have not yet been fully elucidated. We report that in URhGe there is a magnetic transition where the direction of the spin axis changes when a magnetic field of 12 tesla is applied parallel to the crystal b axis. We also report that a second pocket of superconductivity occurs at low temperature for a range of fields enveloping this magnetic transition, well above the field of 2 tesla at which superconductivity is first destroyed. Our findings strongly suggest that excitations in which the spins rotate stimulate superconductivity in the neighborhood of a quantum phase transition under high magnetic field.

  14. Pressure induced superconductivity in CaFe2As2.

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

    2008-08-01

    CaFe2As2 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(c) approximately 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.

  15. Pressure Induced Superconductivity in CaFe2As2

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    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.

  16. The Andreev states of a superconducting quantum dot: mean field versus exact numerical results.

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    Martín-Rodero, A; Yeyati, A Levy

    2012-09-26

    We analyze the spectral density of a single level quantum dot coupled to superconducting leads focusing on the Andreev states appearing within the superconducting gap. We use two complementary approaches: the numerical renormalization group and the Hartree-Fock approximation. Our results show the existence of up to four bound states within the gap when the ground state is a spin doublet (π phase). Furthermore the results demonstrate the reliability of the mean field description within this phase. This is understood from a complete correspondence that can be established between the exact and the mean field quasiparticle excitation spectrum within the gap.

  17. 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

  18. Randomly distributed spin induced suppression of superconducting properties in Gd-123

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    Biswas, B.; Haldar, S.; Mukherjee, I.; Kumar Ghosh, Ajay

    2017-02-01

    Suppression of superconducting property in presence of inhomogeneous spin distribution in GdBa2Cu3-xCoxO6.9 has been studied. A superconducting sample without Co exhibits superconducting transition at 56.1 K. The current-voltage (I-V) characteristics exhibit nonlinear to linear transformation above a certain temperature. Two other samples (i) with Co and (ii) without Cu are found to be nonsuperconducting with very high resistive in nature at lower temperature. Localization length decreases with the increase in Co substitution. Suppression of the superconducting transition has been attributed to the change in the magnetic fluctuations induced by the randomness in spin substitution. An exponent has been extracted to understand the current-voltage behaviour. Kosterlitz-Thouless (KT) transition may be affected strongly by the shifting of magnetic fluctuations.

  19. Doping-induced superconductivity of ZrB2 and HfB2

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    Barbero, N.; Shiroka, T.; Delley, B.; Grant, T.; Machado, A. Â. J. Â. S.; Fisk, Z.; Ott, H.-R.; Mesot, J.

    2017-03-01

    Unlike the widely studied s -type two-gap superconductor MgB2, the chemically similar compounds ZrB2 and HfB2 do not superconduct above 1 K. Yet it has been shown that small amounts of self or extrinsic doping (in particular with vanadium), can induce superconductivity in these materials. Based on results of different macroscopic and microscopic measurements, including magnetometry, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), resistivity, and muon-spin rotation (μ+SR ), we present a comparative study of Zr0.96V0.04B2 and Hf0.97V0.03B2 . Their key magnetic and superconducting features are determined and the results are considered within the theoretical framework of multiband superconductivity proposed for MgB2. Detailed Fermi surface (FS) and electronic structure calculations reveal the difference between MgB2 and transition-metal diborides.

  20. Spin fluctuation induced linear magnetoresistance in ultrathin superconducting FeSe films

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    Wang, Qingyan; Zhang, Wenhao; Chen, Weiwei; Xing, Ying; Sun, Yi; Wang, Ziqiao; Mei, Jia-Wei; Wang, Zhengfei; Wang, Lili; Ma, Xu-Cun; Liu, Feng; Xue, Qi-Kun; Wang, Jian

    2017-09-01

    The discovery of high-temperature superconductivity in FeSe/STO has trigged great research interest to reveal a range of exotic physical phenomena in this novel material. Here we present a temperature dependent magnetotransport measurement for ultrathin FeSe/STO films with different thickness and protection layers. Remarkably, a surprising linear magnetoresistance (LMR) is observed around the superconducting transition temperatures but absent otherwise. The experimental LMR can be reproduced by magnetotransport calculations based on a model of magnetic field dependent disorder induced by spin fluctuation. Thus, the observed LMR in coexistence with superconductivity provides the first magnetotransport signature for spin fluctuation around the superconducting transition region in ultrathin FeSe/STO films.

  1. Identifying the chiral d-wave superconductivity by Josephson φ0-states

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    Liu, Jun-Feng; Xu, Yong; Wang, Jun

    2017-01-01

    We propose the Josephson junctions linked by a normal metal between a d + id superconductor and another d + id superconductor, a d-wave superconductor, or a s-wave superconductor for identifying the chiral d + id superconductivity. The time-reversal breaking in the chiral d-wave superconducting state is shown to result in a Josephson φ0-junction state where the current-phase relation is shifted by a phase φ0 from the sinusoidal relation, other than 0 and π. The ground-state phase difference φ0 and the critical current can be used to definitely confirm and read the information about the d + id superconductivity. A smooth evolution from conventional 0-π transitions to tunable φ0-states can be observed by changing the relative magnitude of two types of d-wave components in the d + id pairing. On the other hand, the Josephson junction involving the d + id superconductor is also the simplest model to realize a φ0- junction, which is useful in superconducting electronics and superconducting quantum computation. PMID:28266582

  2. Identifying the chiral d-wave superconductivity by Josephson φ0-states.

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    Liu, Jun-Feng; Xu, Yong; Wang, Jun

    2017-03-07

    We propose the Josephson junctions linked by a normal metal between a d + id superconductor and another d + id superconductor, a d-wave superconductor, or a s-wave superconductor for identifying the chiral d + id superconductivity. The time-reversal breaking in the chiral d-wave superconducting state is shown to result in a Josephson φ0-junction state where the current-phase relation is shifted by a phase φ0 from the sinusoidal relation, other than 0 and π. The ground-state phase difference φ0 and the critical current can be used to definitely confirm and read the information about the d + id superconductivity. A smooth evolution from conventional 0-π transitions to tunable φ0-states can be observed by changing the relative magnitude of two types of d-wave components in the d + id pairing. On the other hand, the Josephson junction involving the d + id superconductor is also the simplest model to realize a φ0- junction, which is useful in superconducting electronics and superconducting quantum computation.

  3. Identifying the chiral d-wave superconductivity by Josephson φ0-states

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    Liu, Jun-Feng; Xu, Yong; Wang, Jun

    2017-03-01

    We propose the Josephson junctions linked by a normal metal between a d + id superconductor and another d + id superconductor, a d-wave superconductor, or a s-wave superconductor for identifying the chiral d + id superconductivity. The time-reversal breaking in the chiral d-wave superconducting state is shown to result in a Josephson φ0-junction state where the current-phase relation is shifted by a phase φ0 from the sinusoidal relation, other than 0 and π. The ground-state phase difference φ0 and the critical current can be used to definitely confirm and read the information about the d + id superconductivity. A smooth evolution from conventional 0-π transitions to tunable φ0-states can be observed by changing the relative magnitude of two types of d-wave components in the d + id pairing. On the other hand, the Josephson junction involving the d + id superconductor is also the simplest model to realize a φ0- junction, which is useful in superconducting electronics and superconducting quantum computation.

  4. Ideal charge-density-wave order in the high-field state of superconducting YBCO

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    Jang, H.; Lee, W.-S.; Nojiri, H.; Matsuzawa, S.; Yasumura, H.; Nie, L.; Maharaj, A. V.; Gerber, S.; Liu, Y.-J.; Mehta, A.; Bonn, D. A.; Liang, R.; Hardy, W. N.; Burns, C. A.; Islam, Z.; Song, S.; Hastings, J.; Devereaux, T. P.; Shen, Z.-X.; Kivelson, S. A.; Kao, C.-C.; Zhu, D.; Lee, J.-S.

    2016-12-01

    The existence of charge-density-wave (CDW) correlations in cuprate superconductors has now been established. However, the nature of the CDW ground state has remained uncertain because disorder and the presence of superconductivity typically limit the CDW correlation lengths to only a dozen unit cells or less. Here we explore the field-induced 3D CDW correlations in extremely pure detwinned crystals of YBa2Cu3O2 (YBCO) ortho-II and ortho-VIII at magnetic fields in excess of the resistive upper critical field (Hc2Hc2) where superconductivity is heavily suppressed. We observe that the 3D CDW is unidirectional and possesses a long in-plane correlation length as well as significant correlations between neighboring CuO2 planes. It is significant that we observe only a single sharply defined transition at a critical field proportional to Hc2Hc2, given that the field range used in this investigation overlaps with other high-field experiments including quantum oscillation measurements. The correlation volume is at least two to three orders of magnitude larger than that of the zero-field CDW. This is by far the largest CDW correlation volume observed in any cuprate crystal and so is presumably representative of the high-field ground state of an “ideal” disorder-free cuprate.

  5. Skyrmions in a Density-Wave State: A Mechanism for Chiral Superconductivity

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    Chakravarty, Sudip; Hsu, Chen-Hsuan

    Broken symmetry states characterizing density waves of higher angular momentum in correlated electronic systems are intriguing objects. In the scheme of characterization by angular momentum, conventional charge and spin density waves correspond to zero angular momentum. Here we explore a class of exotic density wave states that have topological properties observed in recently discovered topological insulators. These rich topological density wave states deserve closer attention in not only high temperature superconductors but in other correlated electron states, as in heavy fermions, of which an explicit example will be discussed. The state discussed has non-trivial charge 2e skyrmionic spin texture. These skyrmions can condense into a charged superfluid. Alternately, they can fractionalize into merons and anti-merons. The fractionalized particles that are confined in skyrmions in the insulating phase, can emerge at a deconfined quantum critical point, which separates the insulating and the superconducting phases. These fractional particles form a two-component spin-singlet chiral (dx2-y2 ± idxy) wave superconducting state that breaks time reversal symmetry. Possible connections of this exotic order to the superconducting state in the heavy-fermion material URu2Si2 are suggested. The direct evidence of such a chiral superconducting state is polar Kerr effect that was observed recently.

  6. 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.

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

  8. 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.

    2016-08-15

    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.

  9. Evolution of spin excitations into the superconducting state in FeTe1-xSex

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    Lumsden, M. D.; Christianson, A. D.; Goremychkin, E. A.; Nagler, S. E.; Mook, H. A.; Stone, M. B.; Abernathy, D. L.; Guidi, T.; MacDougall, G. J.; de La Cruz, C.; Sefat, A. S.; McGuire, M. A.; Sales, B. C.; Mandrus, D.

    2010-03-01

    The origin of the superconducting state in the recently discovered Fe-based materials is the subject of intense scrutiny. Neutron scattering and NMR (ref. 8) measurements have already demonstrated a strong correlation between magnetism and superconductivity. A central unanswered question concerns the nature of the normal-state spin fluctuations that may be responsible for the pairing. Here we present inelastic neutron scattering measurements from large single crystals of superconducting and non-superconducting Fe1+yTe1-xSex. These measurements indicate a spin fluctuation spectrum dominated by two-dimensional incommensurate excitations extending to energies greater than 250meV. Most importantly, the spin excitations in Fe1+yTe1-xSex have four-fold symmetry about the (1, 0) wavevector (square-lattice (π,π) point). Moreover, the excitations are described by the identical wavevector and can be characterized by the same model as the normal-state spin excitations in the high-TC cuprates. These results demonstrate commonality between the magnetism in these classes of materials, which perhaps extends to a common origin for superconductivity.

  10. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy of the vortex state in NbSe 2 using a superconducting tip

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    Rodrigo, J. G.; Crespo, V.; Vieira, S.

    2008-04-01

    The vortex electronic structure in the multiband superconductor NbSe2 is studied by means of scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) using a superconducting tip. The use of a superconducting tip (Pb) as a probe provides an enhancement of the different features related to the DOS of NbSe2 in the tunneling conductance curves. This use allows the observation of rich patterns of electronic states in the conductance images around the vortex cores in a wide range of temperature, as well as the simultaneous acquisition of Josephson current images in the vortex state.

  11. Precursor State to Unconventional Superconductivity in CeIrIn5.

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    Nair, Sunil; Wirth, S; Nicklas, M; Sarrao, J L; Thompson, J D; Fisk, Z; Steglich, F

    2008-04-04

    We present Hall effect and magnetoresistance measurements in the heavy fermion superconductor CeIrIn(5). At low temperature, a Kondo coherent state is established. Deviations from Kohler's rule and a quadratic temperature dependence of the cotangent of the Hall angle are reminiscent of properties observed in the high-temperature superconducting cuprates. A striking observation pertains to the presence of a precursor state--characterized by a change in the Hall mobility--that precedes the superconductivity in this material, in similarity to the pseudogap in the cuprate superconductors.

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

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    Kloc, Christian

    2002-03-01

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

  13. Measuring and Suppressing Quantum State Leakage in a Superconducting Qubit

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    Chen, Zijun; Kelly, Julian; Quintana, Chris; Barends, R.; Campbell, B.; Chen, Yu; Chiaro, B.; Dunsworth, A.; Fowler, A. G.; Lucero, E.; Jeffrey, E.; Megrant, A.; Mutus, J.; Neeley, M.; Neill, C.; O'Malley, P. J. J.; Roushan, P.; Sank, D.; Vainsencher, A.; Wenner, J.; White, T. C.; Korotkov, A. N.; Martinis, John M.

    2016-01-01

    Leakage errors occur when a quantum system leaves the two-level qubit subspace. Reducing these errors is critically important for quantum error correction to be viable. To quantify leakage errors, we use randomized benchmarking in conjunction with measurement of the leakage population. We characterize single qubit gates in a superconducting qubit, and by refining our use of derivative reduction by adiabatic gate pulse shaping along with detuning of the pulses, we obtain gate errors consistently below 1 0-3 and leakage rates at the 1 0-5 level. With the control optimized, we find that a significant portion of the remaining leakage is due to incoherent heating of the qubit.

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

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    Nair, Sunil; Stockert, O.; Witte, U.; Nicklas, M.; Schedler, R.; Kiefer, K.; Thompson, J. D.; Bianchi, A. D.; Fisk, Z.; Wirth, S.; Steglich, F.

    2010-01-01

    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. PMID:20457945

  15. 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.

  16. Superconducting density of states and vortex cores of 2H-NbS2.

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    Guillamón, I; Suderow, H; Vieira, S; Cario, L; Diener, P; Rodière, P

    2008-10-17

    Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy measurements in the superconducting dichalcogenide 2H-NbS2 show a peculiar superconducting density of states with two well-defined features at 0.97 and 0.53 meV, located, respectively, above and below the value for the superconducting gap expected from the single band s-wave BCS model (Delta=1.76k_(B)T_(c)=0.9 meV). Both features have a continuous temperature evolution and disappear at T_(c)=5.7 K. Moreover, we observe the hexagonal vortex lattice with radially symmetric vortices and a well-developed localized state at the vortex cores. The sixfold star shape characteristic of the vortex lattice of the compound 2H-NbSe2 is, together with the charge density wave order, absent in 2H-NbS2.

  17. Coexistence of Topological Edge State and Superconductivity in Bismuth Ultrathin Film.

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    Sun, Hao-Hua; Wang, Mei-Xiao; Zhu, Fengfeng; Wang, Guan-Yong; Ma, Hai-Yang; Xu, Zhu-An; Liao, Qing; Lu, Yunhao; Gao, Chun-Lei; Li, Yao-Yi; Liu, Canhua; Qian, Dong; Guan, Dandan; Jia, Jin-Feng

    2017-05-10

    Ultrathin freestanding bismuth film is theoretically predicted to be one kind of two-dimensional topological insulators. Experimentally, the topological nature of bismuth strongly depends on the situations of the Bi films. Film thickness and interaction with the substrate often change the topological properties of Bi films. Using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy or spectroscopy and first-principle calculation, the properties of Bi(111) ultrathin film grown on the NbSe2 superconducting substrate have been studied. We find the band structures of the ultrathin film is quasi-freestanding, and one-dimensional edge state exists on Bi(111) film as thin as three bilayers. Superconductivity is also detected on different layers of the film and the pairing potential exhibits an exponential decay with the layer thicknesses. Thus, the topological edge state can coexist with superconductivity, which makes the system a promising platform for exploring Majorana Fermions.

  18. Superconductivity in molecular crystals induced by charge injection.

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    Schön, J H; Kloc, C; Batlogg, B

    2000-08-17

    Progress in the field of superconductivity is often linked to the discovery of new classes of materials, with the layered copper oxides being a particularly impressive example. The superconductors known today include a wide spectrum of materials, ranging in complexity from simple elemental metals, to alloys and binary compounds of metals, to multi-component compounds of metals and chalcogens or metalloids, doped fullerenes and organic charge-transfer salts. Here we present a new class of superconductors: insulating organic molecular crystals that are made metallic through charge injection. The first examples are pentacene, tetracene and anthracene, the last having the highest transition temperature, at 4 K. We anticipate that many other organic molecular crystals can also be made superconducting by this method, which will lead to surprising findings in the vast composition space of molecular crystals.

  19. Flux-pinning-induced stress and magnetostriction in a superconducting strip under combination of transport current and magnetic field

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    Yang, Yumei; Wang, Xingzhe

    2017-09-01

    The magnetoelastic properties and behaviors arising from the flux-pinning effect are investigated for a long rectangular superconducting strip subject to a combination of applied transport current and magnetic field. Based on the Bean critical state model and linear elastic theory, the flux-pinning-induced stress in the superconducting strip is analytically obtained under the zero-field cooling condition. In particular, the magnetostriction performance for the strip with a one-sided restraint condition is then investigated. The results show that the trapped magnetic flux is distributed asymmetrically along the y-direction. A non-zero resultant force is consequently observed from the magnetization arising from the applied transport current and magnetic field. An obvious tension stress emerges around the constrained side of the strip along which the highest probability for cracking occurs and leads to a structural instability. The analytical results give insight into the flux-pinning-induced stress and magnetostriction response of the superconducting strip under both complex carrying-current and applied magnetic field conditions. These results may also provide helpful guidance in avoiding the breakdown of high-temperature superconductors.

  20. Quench of superconducting magnet induced by mechanical disturbance using impact hammer

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    Ninomiya, A.; Inada, T.; Akiba, K.; Kanda, Y.; Uriu, Y.; Ishigohka, T.

    1996-07-01

    In an epoxy-impregnated superconducting magnet, triggers of quench are considered to be conductor motion or epoxy cracking which succeed the temperature rise of the conductor induced by friction between conductor and epoxy or conductor and conductor. A more direct method which makes a quench would be hitting the magnet with mechanical hammer. To the authors` knowledge, there are very few papers which treat this type of quench. So they have carried out a quench experiment triggered by mechanical impact induced by dropping a weight. They have investigated the relation between magnitude of the mechanical disturbance and the behavior of the superconducting magnet. They have also investigated the relation between the impact energy and the structural change of superconducting magnet using an ultrasonic transfer function which they have already proposed as a quench detection method.

  1. Local geometric phase and quantum-state tomography for a superconducting qubit threaded by a magnetic flux

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    Kang, Kicheon

    2014-02-01

    We investigate the local geometric phase induced by Faraday's law of induction in a superconducting charge qubit threaded by an Aharonov-Bohm flux. A quantum-state reconstruction scheme, which is based on measurement of three complementary quantities, that is, the extra charge and two local currents, is introduced. We find that, while the variation of the local phase with magnetic field is determined by Faraday's law, incorporation of the time-reversal symmetry enables complete determination of the local phase. This procedure clearly demonstrates that the local geometric phase is a physical quantity (aside from a global phase factor), in contrast to the standard description of the Aharonov-Bohm effect.

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

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

    2014-10-20

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

  3. Topological Quantum Phase Transition and Superconductivity Induced by Pressure in the Bismuth Tellurohalide BiTeI.

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    Qi, Yanpeng; Shi, Wujun; Naumov, Pavel G; Kumar, Nitesh; Sankar, Raman; Schnelle, Walter; Shekhar, Chandra; Chou, Fang-Cheng; Felser, Claudia; Yan, Binghai; Medvedev, Sergey A

    2017-03-06

    A pressure-induced topological quantum phase transition has been theoretically predicted for the semiconductor bismuth tellurohalide BiTeI with giant Rashba spin splitting. In this work, evolution of the electrical transport properties in BiTeI and BiTeBr is investigated under high pressure. The pressure-dependent resistivity in a wide temperature range passes through a minimum at around 3 GPa, indicating the predicted topological quantum phase transition in BiTeI. Superconductivity is observed in both BiTeI and BiTeBr, while resistivity at higher temperatures still exhibits semiconducting behavior. Theoretical calculations suggest that superconductivity may develop from the multivalley semiconductor phase. The superconducting transition temperature, Tc , increases with applied pressure and reaches a maximum value of 5.2 K at 23.5 GPa for BiTeI (4.8 K at 31.7 GPa for BiTeBr), followed by a slow decrease. The results demonstrate that BiTeX (X = I, Br) compounds with nontrivial topology of electronic states display new ground states upon compression.

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

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

    2016-06-20

    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.

  5. 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.

  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. Superconductivity in FeTe0.8S0.2 induced by battery-like reaction

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    Yamashita, Aichi; Demura, Satoshi; Tanaka, Masashi; Deguchi, Keita; Yamaki, Takuma; Hara, Hiroshi; Suzuki, Kouji; Zhang, Yunchao; Denholme, Saleem James; Okazaki, Hiroyuki; Fujioka, Masaya; Yamaguchi, Takahide; Takeya, Hiroyuki; Takano, Yoshihiko

    2014-12-01

    Superconductivity is successfully induced by utilizing a battery-like reaction found in a typical Li-ion battery. Excess Fe in FeTe0.8S0.2 is electrochemically de-intercalated by applying a voltage in a citric acid solution. The superconducting properties improve with an increase in the applied voltage up to 1.5 V. This result suggests that an electrochemical reaction can be used as a novel method to develop new superconducting materials.

  8. 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.

  9. Type-1.5 superconducting state from an intrinsic proximity effect in two-band superconductors.

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    Babaev, Egor; Carlström, Johan; Speight, Martin

    2010-08-06

    We show that in multiband superconductors, even an extremely small interband proximity effect can lead to a qualitative change in the interaction potential between superconducting vortices by producing long-range intervortex attraction. This type of vortex interaction results in an unusual response to low magnetic fields leading to phase separation into domains of two-component Meissner states and vortex droplets.

  10. 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.

  11. Tunneling observation of Tl quasi-localized impurity states in superconductive semiconductor Pb(Tl) Te

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    Murakami, Hironaru; Hattori, Wataru; Mizomata, Yoichi; Aoki, Ryozo

    1996-02-01

    The superconductivity of Pb(Tl) Te has shown a possibility of strong correlation with the resonance scattering of carriers with quasi-localized Tl impurity states. In order to detect the quasi-localized states directly, tunneling spectrum observation was carried out with use of several planar and point-contact junctions on well-defined HWE film samples. As a result, two quasi-localized Tl impurity states, QL1 and QL2 at an interval of 13-15 meV, were reproducibly observed on the spectra. Comparing these two states among the spectra observed on the samples with homogeneous Tl distribution, it is found that the upper QL1 state shows a half-width of ΓQL1 = 6±1 meV which is about a half of Γ QL2 for the second QL2 state. This result means the occurrence of stronger resonance scattering with the QL1 state, and shows a degree of consistency with the electrical transport characteristics as had been reported [1]. A larger enhancement in superconducting Tc had actually been observed at the upper QL1 state rather than at the QL2 state. The obtained results strongly support the resonance scattering model for the superconductivity in this Pb(Tl) Te system.

  12. 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.

  13. Self-hole-doping-induced superconductivity in KCa2Fe4As4F2

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    Wang, Guangtao; Wang, Zhenwei; Shi, Xianbiao

    2016-11-01

    The electronic structure, magnetism, Fermi surface nesting, and bare susceptibility of the superconductor KCa2Fe4As4F2 are discussed in relation to the Fe-pnictide superconductors based on the first-principle calculations. There are ten bands crossing the Fermi level in the nonmagnetic (NM) states, resulting in six hole-like Fermi surface (FS) sheets along the Γ\\text-Z line and four electron-like FS sheets along the X\\text-P line. It is more complicated than other FeAs-based superconductors, showing multi-bands character. Fixed spin moment calculations and the total energies of different magnetic phase indicate that KCa2Fe4As4F2 has a strong tendency towards magnetism, i.e., the stripe antiferromagnetic state. But the self-hole-doping suppressed the spin-density wave state, and then induced superconductivity in the parent compound. Such self-doping strategy may be used for future exploration of new superconductors.

  14. Skyrmion-induced bound states in a p -wave superconductor

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    Pöyhönen, Kim; Westström, Alex; Pershoguba, Sergey S.; Ojanen, Teemu; Balatsky, Alexander V.

    2016-12-01

    In s -wave systems, it has been theoretically shown that a ferromagnetic film hosting a skyrmion can induce a bound state embedded in the opposite-spin continuum. In this work, we consider a case of skyrmion-induced state in a p -wave superconductor. We find that the skyrmion induces a bound state that generally resides within the spectral gap and is isolated from all other states, in contrast to the case of conventional superconductors. To this end, we derive an approximate expression for the T matrix, through which we calculate the spin-polarized local density of states which is observable in scanning tunneling microscopy measurements. We find the unique spectroscopic features of the skyrmion-induced bound state and discuss how our predictions could be employed as experimental probes for p -wave superconducting states.

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

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

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

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

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

    2014-08-01

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

  17. Superconducting quantum criticality of topological surface states at three loops

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    Zerf, Nikolai; Lin, Chien-Hung; Maciejko, Joseph

    2016-11-01

    The semimetal-superconductor quantum phase transition on the two-dimensional (2D) surface of a 3D topological insulator is conjectured to exhibit an emergent N =2 supersymmetry, based on a one-loop renormalization group (RG) analysis in the ɛ expansion. We provide additional support for this conjecture by performing a three-loop RG analysis and showing that the supersymmetric fixed point found at this order survives the extrapolation to 2D. We compute critical exponents to order ɛ3, obtaining the more accurate value ν ≈0.985 for the correlation length exponent and confirming that the fermion and boson anomalous dimensions remain unchanged beyond one loop, as expected from non-renormalization theorems in supersymmetric theories. We further couple the system to a dynamical U(1) gauge field, and argue that the transition becomes fluctuation-induced first order in an appropriate type-I regime. We discuss implications of this result for quantum phase transitions between certain symmetry-preserving correlated surface states of 3D topological insulators.

  18. Normal-state charge dynamics in doped BaFe2As2: Roles of doping and necessary ingredients for superconductivity

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    Nakajima, M.; Ishida, S.; Tanaka, T.; Kihou, K.; Tomioka, Y.; Saito, T.; Lee, C. H.; Fukazawa, H.; Kohori, Y.; Kakeshita, T.; Iyo, A.; Ito, T.; Eisaki, H.; Uchida, S.

    2014-01-01

    In high-transition-temperature superconducting cuprates and iron arsenides, chemical doping plays an important role in inducing superconductivity. Whereas in the cuprate case, the dominant role of doping is to inject charge carriers, the role for the iron arsenides is complex owing to carrier multiplicity and the diversity of doping. Here, we present a comparative study of the in-plane resistivity and the optical spectrum of doped BaFe2As2, which allows for separation of coherent (itinerant) and incoherent (highly dissipative) charge dynamics. The coherence of the system is controlled by doping, and the doping evolution of the charge dynamics exhibits a distinct difference between electron and hole doping. It is found in common with any type of doping that superconductivity with high transition temperature emerges when the normal-state charge dynamics maintains incoherence and when the resistivity associated with the coherent channel exhibits dominant temperature-linear dependence. PMID:25077444

  19. Superconducting state of iron arsenide Ba1-xFeAs: 57Fe and 75As NMR studies

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    Nishimura, H.; Yashima, M.; Mukuda, H.; Kitaoka, Y.; Miyazawa, K.; Shirage, P. M.; Kiho, K.; Kito, H.; Eisaki, H.; Iyo, A.

    2010-12-01

    We report 57Fe and 75As NMR measurements of the novel normal and superconducting-state characteristics of the iron-arsenide superconductor BaKFeAsTc=38K. In the normal state, the measured Knight shift and nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate (1/T1) demonstrate the development of wave-number (q)-dependent spin fluctuations, except at q=0, which may originate from the nesting across the disconnected Fermi surfaces. In the superconducting state, the spin component in the 57Fe-Knight shift decreases down to zero with decreasing T, evidencing that a spin-singlet superconducting state is realized in BaKFeAs.

  20. BCS-BEC crossover induced by a shallow band: Pushing standard superconductivity types apart

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    Wolf, S.; Vagov, A.; Shanenko, A. A.; Axt, V. M.; Perali, A.; Aguiar, J. Albino

    2017-03-01

    The appearance of a shallow band(s) drives a superconductor towards the BCS-BEC crossover, conventionally associated with notable changes in single-particle properties and an elevated critical temperature. Here we demonstrate that the proximity to the crossover induced by a shallow band has also a dramatic effect on the phase diagram of the superconducting magnetic properties. When the system passes from the BCS to BEC regime, the intertype domain between superconductivity types I and II enlarges systematically, being inversely proportional to the square of the Cooper-pair radius, the main parameter that controls the BCS-BEC superconductivity. We also show that despite the presence of a shallow band, the condensate fluctuations are suppressed when it coexists in one material with standard deep bands, as in recent iron chalcogenides FeSe xTe1 -x and FeSe .

  1. Pressure-induced antiferromagnetic superconductivity in CeNiGe3: A Ge73-NQR study under pressure

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    Harada, A.; Kawasaki, S.; Mukuda, H.; Kitaoka, Y.; Thamizhavel, A.; Okuda, Y.; Settai, R.; Ōnuki, Y.; Itoh, K. M.; Haller, E. E.; Harima, H.

    2007-03-01

    We report on antiferromagnetic (AF) properties of pressure-induced superconductivity in CeNiGe3 via the Ge73 nuclear-quadrupole-resonance (NQR) measurements under pressure ( P). The NQR-spectrum measurements have revealed that the incommensurate antiferromagnetic ordering is robust against increasing P with the increase of ordered moment and ordering temperature. Nevertheless the measurements of nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate (1/T1) have pointed to the onset of superconductivity as a consequence of Ce-4f electrons delocalized by applying P. The emergence of superconductivity under the development of AF order suggests that a novel type of superconducting mechanism works in this compound.

  2. Transferring arbitrary d-dimensional quantum states of a superconducting transmon qudit in circuit QED.

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    Liu, Tong; Su, Qi-Ping; Yang, Jin-Hu; Zhang, Yu; Xiong, Shao-Jie; Liu, Jin-Ming; Yang, Chui-Ping

    2017-08-01

    A qudit (d-level quantum system) has a large Hilbert space and thus can be used to achieve many quantum information and communication tasks. Here, we propose a method to transfer arbitrary d-dimensional quantum states (known or unknown) between two superconducting transmon qudits coupled to a single cavity. The state transfer can be performed by employing resonant interactions only. In addition, quantum states can be deterministically transferred without measurement. Numerical simulations show that high-fidelity transfer of quantum states between two superconducting transmon qudits (d ≤ 5) is feasible with current circuit QED technology. This proposal is quite general and can be applied to accomplish the same task with natural or artificial atoms of a ladder-type level structure coupled to a cavity or resonator.

  3. 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

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  5. 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.

  6. Possible Superconductivity Induced by Strong Spin-Orbit Coupling in Carrier Doped Iridium Oxides Insulators

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    Nishiguchi, Kazutaka; Shirakawa, Tomonori; Watanabe, Hiroshi; Arita, Ryotaro; Yunoki, Seiji

    2014-03-01

    5 d transition metal oxide Sr2IrO4 and its relevant Iridium oxides have attracted much interest because of exotic properties arising from highly entangled spin and orbital degrees of freedom due to strong spin-orbit coupling (SOC). Sr2IrO4 crystalizes in the layered perovskite structure, similar to cuprates. Five 5 d electrons in Ir occupy its t2 g orbitals which are split by strong SOC, locally inducing an effective total angular momentum Jeff = 1 / 2 , analogous to a S = 1 / 2 state in cuprates. Because of the similarities to cuprates, the possibility of superconductivity (SC) in Iridium oxides has been expected theoretically once mobile carriers are introduced into the Jeff = 1 / 2 antiferromagnetic insulator. To study theoretically possible SC in carrier doped Sr2IrO4, we investigate a three-orbital Hubbard model with SOC. By solving the Eliashberg equation in the random phase approximation, we find that Jeff = 1 / 2 antiferromagnetic fluctuations favor dx2 -y2-wave SC with a mixture of singlet and triplet Cooper pairings. We will also discuss the particle-hole asymmetry of the SC induced by electron and hole doping.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  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. Gate-induced superconductivity in a solution-processed organic polymer film

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    Schön, J. H.; Dodabalapur, A.; Bao, Z.; Kloc, Ch.; Schenker, O.; Batlogg, B.

    2001-03-01

    The electrical and optical properties of conjugated polymers have received considerable attention in the context of potentially low-cost replacements for conventional metals and inorganic semiconductors. Charge transport in these organic materials has been characterized in both the doped-metallic and the semiconducting state, but superconductivity has not hitherto been observed in these polymers. Here we report a distinct metal-insulator transition and metallic levels of conductivity in a polymer field-effect transistor. The active material is solution-cast regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene), which forms relatively well ordered films owing to self-organization, and which yields a high charge carrier mobility (0.05-0.1cm2V-1s-1) at room temperature. At temperatures below ~2.35K with sheet carrier densities exceeding 2.5 × 1014cm-2, the polythiophene film becomes superconducting. The appearance of superconductivity seems to be closely related to the self-assembly properties of the polymer, as the introduction of additional disorder is found to suppress superconductivity. Our findings therefore demonstrate the feasibility of tuning the electrical properties of conjugated polymers over the largest range possible-from insulating to superconducting.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

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

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

    2015-02-20

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

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

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    Dietrich, Scott; Mayer, William; Byrnes, Sean; ...

    2015-02-20

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Current induced magnetization dynamics and magnetization switching in superconducting ferromagnetic hybrid ( F |S |F ) structures

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    Acharjee, Saumen; Goswami, Umananda Dev

    2016-12-01

    We investigate the current induced magnetization dynamics and magnetization switching in an unconventional p-wave superconductor sandwiched between two misaligned ferromagnetic layers by numerically solving the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation modified with current induced Slonczewski's spin torque term. A modified form of the Ginzburg-Landau free energy functional has been used for this purpose. We demonstrated the possibility of current induced magnetization switching in the spin-triplet ferromagnetic superconducting hybrid structures with a strong easy axis anisotropy and the condition for magnetization reversal. The switching time for such arrangement is calculated and is found to be highly dependent on the magnetic configuration along with the biasing current. This study would be useful in designing the practical superconducting-spintronic devices.

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

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    Paglione, Johnpierre; Tanatar, M. A.; Reid, J.-Ph.; ...

    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

  1. 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.

  2. Anomalous metallic state and anisotropic multiband superconductivity in Nb3Pd0.7Se7

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    Zhang, Q. R.; Rhodes, D.; Zeng, B.; Besara, T.; Siegrist, T.; Johannes, M. D.; Balicas, L.

    2013-07-01

    We report the discovery of superconductivity in Nb3PdxSe7 with an x-dependent superconducting transition temperature as high as Tc≃2.1 K for x≃0.7 (middle point of the resistive transition). Needlelike single crystals display anisotropic upper-critical fields with an anisotropy γ=Hc2b/Hc2a as large as 6 between fields applied along their needle axis (or b axis) or along the a axis. As for the Fe based superconductors γ is temperature-dependent, suggesting that Nb3Pd0.7Se7 is a multiband superconductor. This is supported by band structure calculations which reveal a Fermi surface composed of quasi-one-dimensional and quasi-two-dimensional sheets of hole character, as well as three-dimensional sheets of both hole and electron character. Remarkably, Hc2b is observed to saturate at Hc2b(T→0K)≃14.1 T which is 4.26×Hp where Hp is the Pauli-limiting field in the weak-coupling regime. The synthesis procedure yields additional crystals belonging to the Nb2PdxSe5 phase which also becomes superconducting when the fraction of Pd is varied. For both phases we find that superconductivity condenses out of an anomalous metallic state, i.e., displaying ∂ρ/∂T<0 above Tc similarly to what is observed in the pseudogap phase of the underdoped cuprates. An anomalous metallic state, low-dimensionality, multiband character, extremely high and anisotropic Hc2's are all ingredients for unconventional superconductivity.

  3. Monte Carlo study of an unconventional superconducting phase in iridium oxide J(eff)=1/2 Mott insulators induced by carrier doping.

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    Watanabe, Hiroshi; Shirakawa, Tomonori; Yunoki, Seiji

    2013-01-11

    Based on a microscopic theoretical study, we show that novel superconductivity is induced by carrier doping in layered perovskite Ir oxides where a strong spin-orbit coupling causes an effective total angular momentum J(eff)=1/2 Mott insulator. Using a variational Monte Carlo method, we find an unconventional superconducting state in the ground state phase diagram of a t(2g) three-orbital Hubbard model on the square lattice. This superconducting state is characterized by a d(x(2)-y(2))-wave "pseudospin singlet" formed by the J(eff)=1/2 Kramers doublet, which thus contains interorbital as well as both singlet and triplet components of t(2g) electrons. The superconducting state is found stable only by electron doping, but not by hole doping, for the case of carrier doped Sr2IrO4. We also study an effective single-orbital Hubbard model to discuss the similarities to high-T(c) cuprate superconductors and the multiorbital effects.

  4. 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

  5. Topological Superconducting State of Lead Nanowires in an External Magnetic Field

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    Rodrigo, J. G.; Crespo, V.; Suderow, H.; Vieira, S.; Guinea, F.

    2012-12-01

    Superconductors with an odd number of bands crossing the Fermi energy have topologically protected Andreev states at interfaces, including Majorana states in one-dimensional geometries. We propose here that repeated indentation of a Pb tip on a Pb substrate can lead to nanowires such that the resulting superconducting system has novel topological properties. We have analyzed a number of conductance curves obtained in different nanowires, and observe, in a few cases, very peculiar dependence of the critical current on magnetic field. In these cases, the form of multiple Andreev reflections observed at finite voltages are compatible with topological superconductivity. The nanowires give a low number of 1D channels, large spin orbit coupling, and a sizable Zeeman energy, provided that the applied magnetic field is higher than the Pb bulk critical field.

  6. Topological superconducting state of lead nanowires in an external magnetic field.

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    Rodrigo, J G; Crespo, V; Suderow, H; Vieira, S; Guinea, F

    2012-12-07

    Superconductors with an odd number of bands crossing the Fermi energy have topologically protected Andreev states at interfaces, including Majorana states in one-dimensional geometries. We propose here that repeated indentation of a Pb tip on a Pb substrate can lead to nanowires such that the resulting superconducting system has novel topological properties. We have analyzed a number of conductance curves obtained in different nanowires, and observe, in a few cases, very peculiar dependence of the critical current on magnetic field. In these cases, the form of multiple Andreev reflections observed at finite voltages are compatible with topological superconductivity. The nanowires give a low number of 1D channels, large spin orbit coupling, and a sizable Zeeman energy, provided that the applied magnetic field is higher than the Pb bulk critical field.

  7. Pressure-induced superconductivity in thin films of boron-doped carbon nanotubes

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    Haruyama, Junji; Nakamura, Jin; Reppert, Jason; Rao, Apparao; Sano, Hirotaka; Iye, Yasuhiro

    2010-03-01

    We have reported that thin films of slightly boron-doped single-walled carbon nanotubes (B-SWNTs) can be superconductor at Tc of 12K [1]. Here, based on this, we show creation of paperlike thin film (Buckypaper) consisting of pseudo-two-dimensional network of B-SWNTs within weakly intertube van der Waals coupling (IVDWC) state. It was formed by sufficiently dissolving as-grown ropes of B-SWNTs and densely assembling them on silicon substrate. We find that superconducting transition temperature Tc of 8 K under absent pressure can be induced up to 19 K by applying a small pressure to the film and that a frequency in the radial breathing phonon drastically increases with applying pressure [2]. Discussion about IVDWC and distribution of B-SWNTs diameter imply the strong correlation. References [1] N. Murata, J. Haruyama, J. Reppert, A. M. Rao, T. Koretsune, S. Saito, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 027002 (2008) [2] J. Nakamura, J. Haruyama, M. Tachibana, J. Reppert,A. Rao, H. Sano, Y. Iye et al., Appl.Phys.Lett. 95, 142503 (2009)

  8. 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.

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

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

    1989-10-01

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

  10. Vortex-crossing-induced timing jitter of superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors

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    Wu, Hao; Gu, Chao; Cheng, Yuhao; Hu, Xiaolong

    2017-08-01

    We investigate the timing properties of single-photon-triggered vortex (or anti-vortex) crossing in a current-biased superconducting nanowire and find that the time delays caused in the vortex-crossing process vary with the transverse positions on the nanowire where the photons are absorbed. The position-dependent time delays indicate that the vortex-crossing process induces timing jitter of a superconducting nanowire single-photon detector (SNSPD). The magnitude of this timing jitter further depends on various parameters, including the polarization of the incident photon, the bias current, and the width of the nanowire. This vortex-crossing-induced timing jitter might represent the lower bound of the timing jitter of the SNSPD and fundamentally limit its time-resolving capability.

  11. 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.

  12. Vortex matter in low-dimensional systems with proximity-induced superconductivity

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    Kopnin, N. B.; Khaymovich, I. M.; Mel'nikov, A. S.

    2013-09-15

    We theoretically study the vortex matter structure in low-dimensional systems with superconducting order induced by proximity to a bulk superconductor. We analyze the effects of microscopic coupling mechanisms between the two systems and the effects of possible mismatch in the band structures of these materials on the energy spectrum of vortex-core electrons. The unusual structure of vortex cores is discussed in the context of recent tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy experiments.

  13. Ir doping-induced superconductivity in the SmFeAsO system.

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    Chen, Yong Liang; Cheng, Cui Hua; Cui, Ya Jing; Zhang, Han; Zhang, Yong; Yang, Ye; Zhao, Yong

    2009-08-05

    The 5d transition metal Ir is successfully doped for Fe in SmFeAsO to induce superconductivity with T(c) = 16 K at a doping level of approximately 15 atom %. Ir doping decreases the As-Fe-As bond angle, beta; this behavior is different from the change in beta for the system with doping charges in the charge-reservoir layers.

  14. Number-conserving interacting fermion models with exact topological superconducting ground states

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    Wang, Zhiyuan; Xu, Youjiang; Pu, Han; Hazzard, Kaden R. A.

    2017-09-01

    We present a method to construct number-conserving Hamiltonians whose ground states exactly reproduce an arbitrarily chosen BCS-type mean-field state. Such parent Hamiltonians can be constructed not only for the usual s -wave BCS state, but also for more exotic states of this form, including the ground states of Kitaev wires and two-dimensional topological superconductors. This method leads to infinite families of locally interacting fermion models with exact topological superconducting ground states. After explaining the general technique, we apply this method to construct two specific classes of models. The first one is a one-dimensional double wire lattice model with Majorana-like degenerate ground states. The second one is a two-dimensional px+i py superconducting model, where we also obtain analytic expressions for topologically degenerate ground states in the presence of vortices. Our models may provide a deeper conceptual understanding of how Majorana zero modes could emerge in condensed matter systems, as well as inspire novel routes to realize them in experiment.

  15. Pressure-induced superconductivity in beta- Na (0.33) V(2)O(5) beyond charge ordering.

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    Yamauchi, T; Ueda, Y; Môri, N

    2002-07-29

    We report the discovery of a new superconducting phase in highly correlated 3d electron systems. The compound is beta-vanadium bronze, beta- Na0.33V 2O5, in which the charge-ordered phase collapses under hydrostatic high pressure and a pressure-induced superconducting phase appears around T(S C)=8 K, P=8 GPa. This report presents the first observation not only of superconductivity in vanadium oxides but also of a phase transition from charge ordered to superconducting on a pressure-temperature (P- T) plane. The phase diagrams seem to have universal aspects across the classes of materials. This indicates a profound physics of superconductivity in highly correlated electron systems.

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

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

    2015-10-01

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

  17. Proximity-Induced Shiba States in a Molecular Junction

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    Island, Joshua O.; Gaudenzi, Rocco; de Bruijckere, Joeri; Burzurí, Enrique; Franco, Carlos; Mas-Torrent, Marta; Rovira, Concepció; Veciana, Jaume; Klapwijk, Teun M.; Aguado, Ramón; van der Zant, Herre S. J.

    2017-03-01

    Superconductors containing magnetic impurities exhibit intriguing phenomena derived from the competition between Cooper pairing and Kondo screening. At the heart of this competition are the Yu-Shiba-Rusinov (Shiba) states which arise from the pair breaking effects a magnetic impurity has on a superconducting host. Hybrid superconductor-molecular junctions offer unique access to these states but the added complexity in fabricating such devices has kept their exploration to a minimum. Here, we report on the successful integration of a model spin 1 /2 impurity, in the form of a neutral and stable all organic radical molecule, in proximity-induced superconducting break junctions. Our measurements reveal excitations which are characteristic of a spin-induced Shiba state due to the radical's unpaired spin strongly coupled to a superconductor. By virtue of a variable molecule-electrode coupling, we access both the singlet and doublet ground states of the hybrid system which give rise to the doublet and singlet Shiba excited states, respectively. Our results show that Shiba states are a robust feature of the interaction between a paramagnetic impurity and a proximity-induced superconductor where the excited state is mediated by correlated electron-hole (Andreev) pairs instead of Cooper pairs.

  18. Proximity-Induced Shiba States in a Molecular Junction.

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    Island, Joshua O; Gaudenzi, Rocco; de Bruijckere, Joeri; Burzurí, Enrique; Franco, Carlos; Mas-Torrent, Marta; Rovira, Concepció; Veciana, Jaume; Klapwijk, Teun M; Aguado, Ramón; van der Zant, Herre S J

    2017-03-17

    Superconductors containing magnetic impurities exhibit intriguing phenomena derived from the competition between Cooper pairing and Kondo screening. At the heart of this competition are the Yu-Shiba-Rusinov (Shiba) states which arise from the pair breaking effects a magnetic impurity has on a superconducting host. Hybrid superconductor-molecular junctions offer unique access to these states but the added complexity in fabricating such devices has kept their exploration to a minimum. Here, we report on the successful integration of a model spin 1/2 impurity, in the form of a neutral and stable all organic radical molecule, in proximity-induced superconducting break junctions. Our measurements reveal excitations which are characteristic of a spin-induced Shiba state due to the radical's unpaired spin strongly coupled to a superconductor. By virtue of a variable molecule-electrode coupling, we access both the singlet and doublet ground states of the hybrid system which give rise to the doublet and singlet Shiba excited states, respectively. Our results show that Shiba states are a robust feature of the interaction between a paramagnetic impurity and a proximity-induced superconductor where the excited state is mediated by correlated electron-hole (Andreev) pairs instead of Cooper pairs.

  19. Surface superconductivity in lead

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    Khlyustikov, I. N.

    2016-02-15

    A transition to the surface superconducting state is detected in lead single crystals at a temperature approximately 0.25 mK higher than the bulk superconducting transition temperature. The (H, T) phase diagram of this state is analyzed.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Magnon-phonon coupling and implications for charge-density wave states and superconductivity in cuprates

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    Struzhkin, Viktor V.; Chen, Xiao-Jia

    2016-10-01

    The mechanism of high-temperature superconductivity of copper oxides (cuprates) remains unsolved puzzle in condensed matter physics. The cuprates represent extremely complicated system, showing fascinating variety of quantum phenomena and rich phase diagram as a function of doping. In the suggested "superconducting glue" mechanisms, phonon and spin excitations are invoked most frequently, and it appears that only spin excitations cover the energy scale required to justify very high transition temperature Tc ˜ 165 K (as in mercury-based triple layer cuprates compressed to 30 GPa). It appears that pressure is quite important variable helping to boost the Tc record by almost 30°. Pressure may be also considered as a clean tuning parameter, helping to understand the underlying balance of various energy scales and ordered states in cuprates. In this paper, a review of mostly our work on cuprates under pressure will be given, with the emphasis on the interactions between phonon and spin excitations. It appears that there is a strong coupling between superexchange interaction and stretching in-plane oxygen vibrations, which may give rise to a variety of complex phenomena, including the charge-density wave state intertwined with superconductivity and attracting a lot of interest recently.

  3. A pseudopotential approach to the superconducting state properties of metallic glass ?

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    Sharma, Ritu; Sharma, K. S.

    1997-08-01

    The superconducting state properties of the metallic glass 0953-2048/10/8/005/img2 have been investigated in the BCS - Eliashberg - McMillan framework by extending this theory to the binary metal glasses. Pseudo ions with average properties have been considered to replace both types of ions in the system. Values of the superconducting state parameters, namely electron - phonon coupling strength 0953-2048/10/8/005/img3, Coloumb pseudopotential 0953-2048/10/8/005/img4, transition temperature 0953-2048/10/8/005/img5, isotope effect exponent 0953-2048/10/8/005/img6 and interaction strength 0953-2048/10/8/005/img7 have been worked out using Ashcroft's potential and the linear potential due to Sharma and Kachhava along with six different forms of dielectric screening. The form factors directly obtained from the screened pseudopotential of Veljkovic and Slavic have also been used to explicitly observe the effect of the dielectric screening on 0953-2048/10/8/005/img8 and 0953-2048/10/8/005/img9 through 0953-2048/10/8/005/img10. The results obtained established the presence of a superconducting phase in 0953-2048/10/8/005/img2 glass.

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

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

    2015-10-01

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

  5. 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.

  6. Superconducting and normal-state properties of the noncentrosymmetric superconductor Re6Zr

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    Mayoh, D. A.; Barker, J. A. T.; Singh, R. P.; Balakrishnan, G.; Paul, D. McK.; Lees, M. R.

    2017-08-01

    We systematically investigate the normal and superconducting properties of noncentrosymmetric Re6Zr using magnetization, heat capacity, and electrical resistivity measurements. Resistivity measurements indicate Re6Zr has poor metallic behavior and is dominated by disorder. Re6Zr undergoes a superconducting transition at Tc=(" close=")10.3 ±0.1 )">6.75 ±0.05 K. Magnetization measurements give a lower critical field, μ0Hc 1=(11.2 ±0.2 )T , which is close to the Pauli limiting field of 12.35 T and which could indicate singlet-triplet mixing. However, low-temperature specific-heat data suggest that Re6Zr is an isotropic, fully gapped s -wave superconductor with enhanced electron-phonon coupling. Unusual flux pinning resulting in a peak effect is observed in the magnetization data, indicating an unconventional vortex state.

  7. 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.

  8. Fully gapped superconducting state in Au2Pb: A natural candidate for topological superconductor

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    Yu, Y. J.; Xu, Y.; Xing, Y.; Zhang, J.; Ying, T. P.; Hong, X. C.; Wang, M. X.; Zhang, X.; Jia, S.; Wang, J.; Li, S. Y.

    2016-12-01

    We measured the ultra-low-temperature specific heat and thermal conductivity of the Au2Pb single crystal, a possible three-dimensional Dirac semimetal with a superconducting transition temperature Tc ≈ 1.05 \\text{K} . The electronic specific heat can be fitted by a two-band s-wave model, which gives the gap amplitudes Δ1(0)/k B T c = 1.41 and Δ2(0)/k B T c = 5.25. From the thermal conductivity measurements, a negligible residual linear term κ_0/T in zero field and a slow field dependence of κ_0/T at low field are obtained. These results suggest that Au2Pb has a fully gapped superconducting state in the bulk, which is a necessary condition for topological superconductors if Au2Pb is indeed one.

  9. Beam-induced radiation heating on the superconducting undulator at the advanced photon source

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    Boon, Laura Elizabeth

    2014-09-01

    In January 2013 the Advanced Photon Source (APS), a 7 GeV synchrotron X-ray source, commissioned a Superconducting Undulator (SCU). The superconducting magnet is thermally isolated from the beam vacuum chamber, which absorbs the beam-induced heating. Previous beam induced heat load studies at other laboratories had not included a robust calculation of radiation heating from the upstream dipole magnet. The mitigation of the radiation heating mechanism, and production of photoelectrons to seed an electron cloud was studied for this thesis. An analytical model was developed to predict the radiation heat load on the SCU chamber. This model was benchmarked with ray tracings and simulations. Results from this synchrotron radiation model were used to guide the design of the installed SCU beam chamber. A 3D Monte-Carlo simulation on synchrotron radiation on the beam chamber was developed. The model considered the effect of diffuse scattering and complex chamber geometries. It was found that a simulation assuming no photon scattering gave a power that agreed within 0.4% of the analytical model. Comparison between analytical calculations and measured temperature rise on the installed SCU show the analytical model agrees with the measured temperature rise within 20%. Previous models of similar superconducting devices in accelerators have reached at best 200% difference between the measured and modeled heat load. The beam heat load model presented in this thesis represents a significant improvement in modeling of superconducting devices in high energy particle accelerators. In addition to heating the SCU chamber, absorbed photons produce photoelectrons which seed electron clouds, another source of beam induced heating. Measurements of the technical aluminum samples show peaks in the quantum efficiency for photon energies equal to the K edges of oxygen, carbon, and aluminum. These results can be added to electron cloud simulation codes to improve simulation results.

  10. 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.

  11. Pressure-induced superconductivity in CrAs and MnP

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    Cheng, Jinguang; Luo, Jianlin

    2017-09-01

    Transition-metal monopnictides, CrAs and MnP, were studied over 50 years ago due to the presence of interesting magnetic properties: CrAs forms a double-helical magnetic structure below T N  ≈  270 K accompanied by a strong first-order structural transition, while MnP first undergoes a ferromagnetic transition at T C  ≈  290 K and then adopts a similar double-helical order below T s  ≈  50 K. Both compounds are correlated metals and exhibit distinct anomalies at these characteristic magnetic transitions. By using high pressure as a clean tuning knob, we recently observed superconductivity with a maximum superconducting transition temperature of T c  ≈  2 K and 1 K when their helimagnetic orders are suppressed under a critical pressure of P c  ≈  0.8 and 8 GPa for CrAs and MnP, respectively. Despite a relatively low T c, CrAs and MnP are respectively the first superconductor among the Cr- and Mn-based compounds in that the electronic density of states at the Fermi energy are dominated by Cr/Mn-3d electrons. These discoveries, in particular the close proximity of superconductivity to the helimagnetic order reminiscent of many unconventional superconducting systems, have attracted considerable attention in the community of superconductivity. The evolution of the helimagnetic order under pressure and its relationship with superconductivity have been actively investigated recently. Much effort has also been devoted to exploring more novel Cr- or Mn-based superconductors, leading to the discovery of quasi-1D A2Cr3As3 (A  =  K, Rb, Cs) superconductors. In this review article, we will summarize the current progress achieved regarding superconductivity in CrAs and MnP.

  12. Pressure-induced superconductivity in CrAs and MnP.

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    Cheng, Jinguang; Luo, Jianlin

    2017-09-27

    Transition-metal monopnictides, CrAs and MnP, were studied over 50 years ago due to the presence of interesting magnetic properties: CrAs forms a double-helical magnetic structure below T N  ≈  270 K accompanied by a strong first-order structural transition, while MnP first undergoes a ferromagnetic transition at T C  ≈  290 K and then adopts a similar double-helical order below T s  ≈  50 K. Both compounds are correlated metals and exhibit distinct anomalies at these characteristic magnetic transitions. By using high pressure as a clean tuning knob, we recently observed superconductivity with a maximum superconducting transition temperature of T c  ≈  2 K and 1 K when their helimagnetic orders are suppressed under a critical pressure of P c  ≈  0.8 and 8 GPa for CrAs and MnP, respectively. Despite a relatively low T c, CrAs and MnP are respectively the first superconductor among the Cr- and Mn-based compounds in that the electronic density of states at the Fermi energy are dominated by Cr/Mn-3d electrons. These discoveries, in particular the close proximity of superconductivity to the helimagnetic order reminiscent of many unconventional superconducting systems, have attracted considerable attention in the community of superconductivity. The evolution of the helimagnetic order under pressure and its relationship with superconductivity have been actively investigated recently. Much effort has also been devoted to exploring more novel Cr- or Mn-based superconductors, leading to the discovery of quasi-1D A2Cr3As3 (A  =  K, Rb, Cs) superconductors. In this review article, we will summarize the current progress achieved regarding superconductivity in CrAs and MnP.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  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

    2016-04-18

    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.

  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

    2016-04-01

    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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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

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

    2016-03-03

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

  2. 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.

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  4. Magnetic-field-induced criticality in superconducting two-leg ladders

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    Vekua, Temo

    2017-03-01

    We study magnetic-field-induced critical singularities in the superconducting phase of the hole-doped Hubbard model of repulsively interacting electrons, defined on a two-leg ladder. We argue that, provided the low-energy spin excitations in doped ladders carry electric charge, the low-temperature thermodynamic quantities, such as the specific-heat coefficient and magnetic susceptibility, will show logarithmic singularities in the quantum critical regime. This behavior is in drastic contrast to the magnetic-field-induced criticality in undoped Mott insulator ladders, which is governed by the zero-scale-factor universality with its hallmark square-root singularities.

  5. Static charge-density-wave order in the superconducting state of La2-xBaxCuO4

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    Thampy, V.; Chen, X. M.; Cao, Y.; ...

    2017-06-15

    Charge-density-wave (CDW) correlations feature prominently in the phase diagram of the cuprates, motivating competing theories of whether fluctuating CDW correlations aid superconductivity or whether static CDW order coexists with superconductivity in inhomogeneous or spatially modulated states. Here we report Cu L-edge resonant x-ray photon correlation spectroscopy measurements of CDW correlations in superconducting La2–xBaxCuO4, x = 0.11. Static CDW order is shown to exist in the superconducting state at low temperatures and to persist up to at least 85% of the CDW transition temperature. As a result, we discuss the implications of our observations for how nominally competing order parameters canmore » coexist in the cuprates.« less

  6. Static charge-density-wave order in the superconducting state of La2 -xBaxCuO4

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    Thampy, V.; Chen, X. M.; Cao, Y.; Mazzoli, C.; Barbour, A. M.; Hu, W.; Miao, H.; Fabbris, G.; Zhong, R. D.; Gu, G. D.; Tranquada, J. M.; Robinson, I. K.; Wilkins, S. B.; Dean, M. P. M.

    2017-06-01

    Charge-density-wave (CDW) correlations feature prominently in the phase diagram of the cuprates, motivating competing theories of whether fluctuating CDW correlations aid superconductivity or whether static CDW order coexists with superconductivity in inhomogeneous or spatially modulated states. Here we report Cu L -edge resonant x-ray photon correlation spectroscopy measurements of CDW correlations in superconducting La2 -xBaxCuO4 , x =0.11 . Static CDW order is shown to exist in the superconducting state at low temperatures and to persist up to at least 85% of the CDW transition temperature. We discuss the implications of our observations for how nominally competing order parameters can coexist in the cuprates.

  7. Properties of an excitonic insulator in the superconducting state

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    Batyev, E. G.

    2012-01-15

    The properties of an excitonic insulator with embedded (nondissipative) current are studied using the self-consistent field approximation, in which the wavefunction of the system has the form of the known Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer trial function with time-dependent coefficients; the equations for these coefficients are derived. Such a formulation holds for the homogeneous case (in the absence of a coordinate dependence). We consider two problems: (i) time evolution of the system in the case when an embedded current exists at the initial instant; and (ii) the response of the system to an abrupt perturbation (the vector potential changes jumpwise from zero to a certain finite value). In both cases, the state of the system depends on time, but some characteristics (e.g., undamped current) tend to a constant value. For a weak perturbation, the system behaves as an insulator. If the perturbation is not small (on the order of the gap in the spectrum), nonlinear effects lead to substantial differences: a certain part of the embedded current is preserved in the former case, while the initial current in the latter case acquires a certain addition.

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

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

    2014-03-01

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

  9. Fulde-Ferrell state in superconducting core/shell nanowires: role of the orbital effect.

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    Mika, Marek; Wojcik, Pawel

    2017-10-05

    The orbital effect on the Fulde-Ferrell (FF) phase is investigated in superconducting core/shell nanowires subjected to the axial magnetic field. The confinement in the radial direction results in the quantization of the electron motion with energies determined by the radial $j$ and orbital $m$ quantum numbers. In the external magnetic field the twofold degeneracy with respect to the orbital magnetic quantum number $m$ is lifted which leads to the Fermi wave vector mismatch between the paired electrons $(k, j,m,\\uparrow) \\leftrightarrow (-k, j,-m,\\downarrow)$. This mismatch is transfered to the nonzero total momentum of the Cooper pairs which results in the formation of FF phase occurring sequentially with increasing magnetic field. By changing the nanowire radius $R$ and the superconducting shell thickness $d$, we discuss the role of the orbital effect in the FF phase formation in both the nanowire-like ($R/d \\ll 1$) and nanofilm-like ($R/d \\gg 1$) regime. We have found that the irregular pattern of the FF phase, which appears for the case of the nanowire-like regime, evolves towards the regular distribution, in which the FF phase stability regions appear periodically between the BCS state, for the nanofilm-like geometry. The crossover between these two different phase diagrams is explained as resulting from the orbital effect and the multigap character of superconductivity in core/shell nanowires. © 2017 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  10. The effects of disorder on the normal state and superconducting properties of Nb3Sn

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    Mentink, M. G. T.; Dhalle, M. M. J.; Dietderich, D. R.; Godeke, A.; Hellman, F.; ten Kate, H. H. J.

    2017-02-01

    The effect of disorder on the normal state resistivity and the superconducting properties of Nb{}3Sn is explored in a combination of ab initio calculations and microscopic theory. The crystal symmetry is calculated to be preferentially tetragonal at a normal state resistivity below 27.0 ± 1.4 μ {{Ω }}{cm}, and preferentially cubic above this value, which is shown to be consistent with the experimentally observed transition point. The phonon density of states, the Eliashberg spectrum {α }2(ω )F(ω ), the electron-phonon coupling constant, the characteristic frequency, the critical temperature T c, and the upper critical magnetic field at 0 K {H}{{c}2}(0) are calculated over a large normal state resistivity range and shown to be consistent with experimental observations. The high degree of consistency between the calculation results and experimental observations is a strong indication that the calculation approach utilized here, a combination of ab initio calculations and microscopic theory, is a useful tool for understanding the superconducting and normal state properties of Nb{}3Sn.

  11. 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.

  12. 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}

  13. Paramagnetic and diamagnetic pair-breaking effect in electric-field-induced surface superconductivity under parallel magnetic fields

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    Ichioka, Masanori; Nabeta, Masahiro; Tanaka, Kenta K.; Onari, Seiichiro

    2017-07-01

    Electric-field-induced surface superconductivity is studied by Bogoliubov-de Gennes equation under magnetic fields parallel to the surface. We estimate the pair-breaking effects by the paramagnetic Zeeman shift and by diamagnetic screening current. We find that the depth dependences of pair potential, screening current, spin current, and paramagnetic moment under the magnetic fields reflect the multi-gap superconductivity in the sub-band structure.

  14. 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.

  15. Superconductivity induced by U doping in the SmFeAsO system

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    Huang, Bo; Yang, Jijun; Tang, Jun; Liao, Jiali; Yang, Yuanyou; Liu, Ning; Mu, Gang; Hu, Tao; Shen, Xiaoping; Feng, Donglai

    2013-02-01

    Through partial substitution of Sm by U in SmFeAsO, a different member of the family of iron-based superconductors was successfully synthesized. X-ray diffraction measurements show that the lattice constants along the a and c axes are both squeezed through U doping, indicating a successful substitution of U at the Sm site. The parent compound shows a strong resistivity anomaly near 150 K, associated with spin-density-wave instability. U doping suppresses this instability and leads to a transition to the superconducting state at temperatures up to 49 K. Magnetic measurements confirm the bulk superconductivity in this system. For the sample with a doping level of x=0.2, the external magnetic field suppresses the onset temperature very slowly, indicating a rather high upper critical field. In addition, the Hall effect measurements show that U clearly dopes electrons into the material.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  17. Enhancement of superconductivity in FeSe thin crystals induced by biaxial compressive strain

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    Wang, X. F.; Zhang, Z. T.; Wang, W. K.; Zhou, Y. H.; Kan, X. C.; Chen, X. L.; Gu, C. C.; Zhang, L.; Pi, L.; Yang, Z. R.; Zhang, Y. H.

    2017-06-01

    We report on the enhancement of superconductivity in FeSe thin crystals induced by in-plane biaxial compressive strain, with an underlying scotch tape as an in-situ strain generator. It is found that, due to the compressive strain, the superconducting transition temperature Tc ≈ 9 K of FeSe is increased by 30%-40% and the upper critical field Hc2(0) ≈ 14.8 T is increased by ∼ 20%. In parallel, the T*, which characterizes an onset of enhanced spin fluctuations, is raised up from 69 K to 87 K. On the other hand, the structural transition temperature Ts ≈ 94 K, below which an orthorhombic structure and an electronic nematic phase settle in, is suppressed down by ∼ 5 K. These findings reveal clear evolutions of the orders/fluctuations under strain effect in FeSe, the structurally simplest iron-based superconductor where the lattice/spin/charge degrees of freedom are closely coupled to one another. Moreover, the presented research provides a simple and clean way to manipulate the superconductivity in the layered iron compounds and may promote applications in related materials.

  18. 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; ...

    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

  19. Interplay between staggered flux and d-wave superconducting states in Hubbard model

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    Kobayashi, Kenji; Yokoyama, Hisatoshi

    2017-07-01

    With cuprate superconductors in mind, we check whether the d-wave superconducting (dSC) state coexists with or excludes the staggered flux (SF) state, which was revealed to be the strong candidate for the pseudogap state. To this end, we use a variational Monte Carlo method for the square Hubbard model with diagonal transfer t‧. In the trial wave function, dSC and SF orders coexist, which allows a continuous description of their interplay; essential factors for Mott physics and band renormalization are also included. It is found that the SF state does not coexist with dSC and is unstable for U/t = 12 regardless of the value of t‧/t within the present work.

  20. 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

  1. Quasiparticle interference and resonant states in normal and superconducting line nodal semimetals

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    Setty, Chandan; Phillips, Philip W.; Narayan, Awadhesh

    2017-04-01

    We study impurity scattering in the normal and d -wave superconducting states of line nodal semimetals and show that, due to additional scattering phase space available for impurities on the surface, the quasiparticle interference pattern acquires an extended character instead of a discrete collection of delta function peaks. Moreover, using the T -matrix formalism, we demonstrate that the conventional behavior of a scalar impurity in a d -wave superconductor breaks down on the surface of a line nodal semimetal in the quasi-flat-band limit.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Measurements of the nonradiative states of optically illuminated semiconductors by a superconducting tunnel junction

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    Iguchi, I.; Kasai, Y.

    1986-08-18

    A novel technique which utilizes a superconducting tunnel junction as a phonon detector is introduced to detect nonequilibrium phonons from the nonradiative states in optically illuminated semiconductors such as Si or GaAs. The method proved to have very high sensitivity for phonon detection with a large S-italic/N-italic ratio. The detected phonon signal as a function of wavelength of the light for GaAs exhibited modulated structures below the band-gap energy consistent with the presence of an EL2 level.

  5. Superconducting topological surface states in the noncentrosymmetric bulk superconductor PbTaSe2

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    Guan, Syu-You; Chen, Peng-Jen; Chu, Ming-Wen; Sankar, Raman; Chou, Fangcheng; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Chang, Chia-Seng; Chuang, Tien-Ming

    2016-01-01

    The search for topological superconductors (TSCs) is one of the most urgent contemporary problems in condensed matter systems. TSCs are characterized by a full superconducting gap in the bulk and topologically protected gapless surface (or edge) states. Within each vortex core of TSCs, there exists the zero-energy Majorana bound states, which are predicted to exhibit non-Abelian statistics and to form the basis of the fault-tolerant quantum computation. To date, no stoichiometric bulk material exhibits the required topological surface states (TSSs) at the Fermi level (EF) combined with fully gapped bulk superconductivity. We report atomic-scale visualization of the TSSs of the noncentrosymmetric fully gapped superconductor PbTaSe2. Using quasi-particle scattering interference imaging, we find two TSSs with a Dirac point at E ≅ 1.0 eV, of which the inner TSS and the partial outer TSS cross EF, on the Pb-terminated surface of this fully gapped superconductor. This discovery reveals PbTaSe2 as a promising candidate for TSC. PMID:28138520

  6. Superconducting topological surface states in the noncentrosymmetric bulk superconductor PbTaSe2.

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    Guan, Syu-You; Chen, Peng-Jen; Chu, Ming-Wen; Sankar, Raman; Chou, Fangcheng; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Chang, Chia-Seng; Chuang, Tien-Ming

    2016-11-01

    The search for topological superconductors (TSCs) is one of the most urgent contemporary problems in condensed matter systems. TSCs are characterized by a full superconducting gap in the bulk and topologically protected gapless surface (or edge) states. Within each vortex core of TSCs, there exists the zero-energy Majorana bound states, which are predicted to exhibit non-Abelian statistics and to form the basis of the fault-tolerant quantum computation. To date, no stoichiometric bulk material exhibits the required topological surface states (TSSs) at the Fermi level (EF) combined with fully gapped bulk superconductivity. We report atomic-scale visualization of the TSSs of the noncentrosymmetric fully gapped superconductor PbTaSe2. Using quasi-particle scattering interference imaging, we find two TSSs with a Dirac point at E ≅ 1.0 eV, of which the inner TSS and the partial outer TSS cross EF, on the Pb-terminated surface of this fully gapped superconductor. This discovery reveals PbTaSe2 as a promising candidate for TSC.

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

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

    2015-02-01

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

    2014-11-01

    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, e.g. 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(As1-xPx)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.

  12. Inhomogeneity-induced timing jitter of superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors

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    Cheng, Yuhao; Gu, Chao; Hu, Xiaolong

    2017-08-01

    We show that the distributed electronic and geometric inhomogeneity of a superconducting nanowire induces timing jitter of the resulting single-photon detector and this timing jitter could be further exacerbated by localized constrictions. Due to the distributed inhomogeneity, photons absorbed at different locations of the nanowire generate hotspots that "sense" different local properties of the nanowire during the electro-thermal evolutions and thereby produce varying time delays. The localized constrictions limit the bias current, slow down the Joule-heating process, and consequently increase the average time delays and the inhomogeneity-induced timing jitter. We combine the Monte-Carlo method and the electro-thermal simulation to illustrate the inhomogeneity-induced timing jitter.

  13. Anomalous effect of doping on the superconducting state of CeCoIn5 in high magnetic fields

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    Tokiwa, Y.; Movshovich, R.; Ronning, F.; Bauer, E. D.; Bianchi, A. D.; Fisk, Z.; Thompson, J. D.

    2010-12-01

    We investigated the effect of electron and hole doping on the high-field low-temperature superconducting state in CeCoIn5 by measuring specific heat of CeCo(In1-xMx)5 with M=Sn , Cd, and Hg and x up to 0.33% at temperatures down to 0.1 K and fields up to 14 T. Although both Cd and Hg doping (hole doping) suppresses the zero-field Tc monotonically, Hc2 increases with small amounts of doping and has a maximum around x=0.2% (M=Cd) . On the other hand, with Sn doping (electron doping) both zero-field Tc and Hc2 decrease monotonically. The critical temperature for the high-field low-temperature superconducting state correlates with Hc2 and Tc , which we interpret in support of the superconducting origin of this state.

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

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    Ghosh, Joydip

    2014-12-01

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

  15. kz Dependent Electronic Structure Studies of CaC6 and Inter Layer State Driven Superconductivity

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    Kyung, Wonshik; Kim, Yeongkwan; Han, Garam; Leem, Choonshik; Kim, Chul; Koh, Yoonyoung; Kim, Beomyoung; Kim, Yeongwook; Kim, Junsung; Kim, Keunsu; Rotenberg, Eli; Denlinger, Jonathan; Kim, Changyoung; Yonsei University Team; Postech Collaboration; Advanced light source Collaboration

    2015-03-01

    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 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 CaC6 unit cell is supposed to contain three graphene layers. This suggests that c-axis ordering of Ca has little effect on the electronic structure of CaC6. In addition to CaC6, we also studied the non-superconducting 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 Cxy phonon mode as the origin of the superconductivity in CaC6, which strongly suggests interlayer state driven supercondutivity.

  16. Theoretical analysis of NMR experiments in normal and superconducting states of high- Tc superconductors

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    Mack, Frank; Kulić, Miodrag L.; Mehring, Michael

    1998-01-01

    The Knight shift and T1- and T2-rates of YBa 2Cu 3O 6+ x in the normal and superconducting state are modeled by calculating the magnetic susceptibility in the bi-layer Hubbard model within various approximations. An optimal set of parameters (OSP) is found in the RPA approximation which fits experiments on YBCO for optimal and nearly optimal doping. The analysis of the self-consistent FLEX approximation for the particle self-energy and susceptibility shows that the latter is renormalized quantitatively but not qualitatively. The differences in the oxygen and copper T1-rates are explained by using the OSP parameters and assuming the finite hyperfine coupling C‧ between 17O and next-nearest neighboring Cu spins. The numerical analysis of T1-1 and T2-1 and the ratio 63T1 ab-1/ 63T1 c-1 in the superconducting state supports strongly the idea of d-wave pairing in YBa 2Cu 3O 7 with much stronger intraplane rather than interplane pairing. It is also shown that the simple RPA or FLEX approximations are inadequate in explaining NMR data in underdoped YBCO systems, where antiferromagnetic fluctuations are very pronounced.

  17. 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.

  18. High-Pressure Study of the Ground- and Superconducting-State Properties of CeAu2Si2

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    Scheerer, Gernot W.; Giriat, Gaétan; Ren, Zhi; Lapertot, Gérard; Jaccard, Didier

    2017-06-01

    The pressure-temperature phase diagram of the new heavy-fermion superconductor CeAu2Si2 is markedly different from those studied previously. Indeed, superconductivity emerges not on the verge but deep inside the magnetic phase, and mysteriously Tc increases with the strengthening of magnetism. In this context, we have carried out ac calorimetry, resistivity, and thermoelectric power measurements on a CeAu2Si2 single crystal under high pressure. We uncover a strong link between the enhancement of superconductivity and quantum-critical-like features in the normal-state resistivity. Non-Fermi-liquid behavior is observed around the maximum of superconductivity and enhanced scattering rates are observed close to both the emergence and the maximum of superconductivity. Furthermore we observe signatures of pressure- and temperature-driven modifications of the magnetic structure inside the antiferromagnetic phase. A comparison of the features of CeAu2Si2 and its parent compounds CeCu2Si2 and CeCu2Ge2 plotted as function of the unit-cell volume leads us to propose that critical fluctuations of a valence crossover play a crucial role in the superconducting pairing mechanism. Our study illustrates the complex interplay between magnetism, valence fluctuations, and superconductivity.

  19. Optically induced lattice deformations, electronic structure changes, and enhanced superconductivity in YBa2Cu3O6.48.

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    Mankowsky, R; Fechner, M; Först, M; von Hoegen, A; Porras, J; Loew, T; Dakovski, G L; Seaberg, M; Möller, S; Coslovich, G; Keimer, B; Dhesi, S S; Cavalleri, A

    2017-07-01

    Resonant optical excitation of apical oxygen vibrational modes in the normal state of underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x induces a transient state with optical properties similar to those of the equilibrium superconducting state. Amongst these, a divergent imaginary conductivity and a plasma edge are transiently observed in the photo-stimulated state. Femtosecond hard x-ray diffraction experiments have been used in the past to identify the transient crystal structure in this non-equilibrium state. Here, we start from these crystallographic features and theoretically predict the corresponding electronic rearrangements that accompany these structural deformations. Using density functional theory, we predict enhanced hole-doping of the CuO2 planes. The empty chain Cu dy(2)-z(2) orbital is calculated to strongly reduce in energy, which would increase c-axis transport and potentially enhance the interlayer Josephson coupling as observed in the THz-frequency response. From these results, we calculate changes in the soft x-ray absorption spectra at the Cu L-edge. Femtosecond x-ray pulses from a free electron laser are used to probe changes in absorption at two photon energies along this spectrum and provide data consistent with these predictions.

  20. Optically induced lattice deformations, electronic structure changes, and enhanced superconductivity in YBa2Cu3O6.48

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    Mankowsky, R.; Fechner, M.; Forst, M.; ...

    2017-02-28

    Resonant optical excitation of apical oxygen vibrational modes in the normal state of underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x induces a transient state with optical properties similar to those of the equilibrium superconducting state. Amongst these, a divergent imaginary conductivity and a plasma edge are transiently observed in the photo-stimulated state. Femtosecond hard x-ray diffraction experiments have been used in the past to identify the transient crystal structure in this non-equilibrium state. Here, we start from these crystallographic features and theoretically predict the corresponding electronic rearrangements that accompany these structural deformations. Using density functional theory, we predict enhanced hole-doping of the CuO2 planes. Themore » empty chain Cu dy2-z2 orbital is calculated to strongly reduce in energy, which would increase c-axis transport and potentially enhance the interlayer Josephson coupling as observed in the THz-frequency response. From these results, we calculate changes in the soft x-ray absorption spectra at the Cu L-edge. As a result, femtosecond x-ray pulses from a free electron laser are used to probe changes in absorption at two photon energies along this spectrum and provide data consistent with these predictions.« less

  1. Optically induced lattice deformations, electronic structure changes, and enhanced superconductivity in YBa2Cu3O6.48

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    Mankowsky, R.; Fechner, M.; Först, M.; von Hoegen, A.; Porras, J.; Loew, T.; Dakovski, G. L.; Seaberg, M.; Möller, S.; Coslovich, G.; Keimer, B.; Dhesi, S. S.; Cavalleri, A.

    2017-01-01

    Resonant optical excitation of apical oxygen vibrational modes in the normal state of underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x induces a transient state with optical properties similar to those of the equilibrium superconducting state. Amongst these, a divergent imaginary conductivity and a plasma edge are transiently observed in the photo-stimulated state. Femtosecond hard x-ray diffraction experiments have been used in the past to identify the transient crystal structure in this non-equilibrium state. Here, we start from these crystallographic features and theoretically predict the corresponding electronic rearrangements that accompany these structural deformations. Using density functional theory, we predict enhanced hole-doping of the CuO2 planes. The empty chain Cu dy2-z2 orbital is calculated to strongly reduce in energy, which would increase c-axis transport and potentially enhance the interlayer Josephson coupling as observed in the THz-frequency response. From these results, we calculate changes in the soft x-ray absorption spectra at the Cu L-edge. Femtosecond x-ray pulses from a free electron laser are used to probe changes in absorption at two photon energies along this spectrum and provide data consistent with these predictions. PMID:28345009

  2. Field-induced reentrant superconductivity in thin films of nodal superconductors

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    Hachiya, M.; Aoyama, K.; Ikeda, R.

    2013-08-01

    Previous work on nodal d-wave superconductors has shown that a Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov- (FFLO-) like superconducting (SC) state, which is modulated along the film plane, can be realized with no magnetic field when quasiparticles acquire an additional linear term in the wave vector in their dispersion. In the present work, the stability of such a modulated SC state in an artificial film against an applied magnetic field is studied. As a reflection of the presence of two FFLO-like states of different origins, one close to zero field and the other at the high-field end, in a single field vs temperature phase diagram of thin films, the conventional SC state, which is uniform along the film plane, generally tends to appear as a reentrant ordered phase bounded by the normal phase in lower fields.

  3. Thin-film superconducting rings in the critical state: the mixed boundary value approach

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    Brambilla, Roberto; Grilli, Francesco

    2015-02-01

    In this paper, we describe the critical state of a thin superconducting ring (and of a perfectly conducting ring as a limiting case) as a mixed boundary value problem. The disc is characterized by a three-part boundary division of the positive real axis, so this work is an extension of the procedure used in a previous work of ours for describing superconducting discs and strips, which are characterized by a two-part boundary division of the real axis. Here, we present the mathematical tools to solve this kind of problems—the Erdélyi-Kober operators—in a frame that can be immediately used. Contrary to the two-part problems considered in our previous work, three-part problems do not generally have analytical solutions and the numerical work takes on a significant heaviness. Nevertheless, this work is remunerated by three clear advantages: firstly, all the cases are afforded in the same way, without the necessity of any brilliant invention or ability; secondly, in the case of superconducting rings, the penetration of the magnetic field in the internal/external rims is a result of the method itself and does not have to be imposed, as it is commonly done with other methods presented in the literature; thirdly, the method can be extended to investigate even more complex cases (four-part problems). In this paper, we consider the cases of rings in uniform field and with transport current, with or without flux trapping in the hole and the case without net current, corresponding to a cut ring (washer), as used in some SQUID applications.

  4. An indication of magnetic-field-induced superconductivity in a bifunctional layered organic conductor, kappa-(BETS)(2)FeBr(4).

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    Fujiwara, Hideki; Kobayashi, Hayao; Fujiwara, Emiko; Kobayashi, Akiko

    2002-06-19

    Hybrid systems consisting of the conducting layers of organic donor molecules and the magnetic layers of inorganic anions have been focused on as possible bifunctional materials, whose conducting properties can be tuned by controlling the magnetic state of the anion layers on an application of magnetic field. Here we report the magnetoresistance of the antiferromagnetic organic superconductor, kappa-(BETS)2FeBr4 [BETS = bis(ethylenedithio)tetraselenafulvalene], consisting of the two-dimensional superconducting layers of the BETS semications and the insulating layers of the FeBr4- anions. Due to the metamagnetic nature of the Fe3+ spin system, characteristic resistivity decrease was observed just below the antiferromagnetic superconductor-to-ferromagnetic metal transition at 1.6 T. Furthermore, an indication of the onsets of the magnetic-field-induced superconductivity was discovered around 12.5 T.

  5. Anomalous vortex dynamics in κ-[bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene]2Cu[N(CN)2]Br: Evidence for field-induced magnetic order and unconventional superconductivity

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    Lahaise, U. G.; Chen, Qun; de Long, L. E.; Brock, C. P.; Wang, H. H.; Carlson, K. D.; Schlueter, J. A.; Williams, J. M.

    1995-02-01

    Anisotropic superconducting flux-line behavior of single-crystal κ-[bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiaful- valene]2Cu[N(CN)2]Br has been studied with dc magnetization and vibrating-reed (VR) techniques. A peak at T*(H) in the temperature dependence of the VR inverse quality factor 1/Q exhibits a shoulder for magnetic fields 0<μ0H<=0.5 T parallel to the conducting ac plane. The shoulder becomes unresolved near a kink in T*(H) at μ0H~=0.7 T. Discontinuities in 1/Q and the VR frequency shift occur for 0.1<=μ0H<=1.3 T applied perpendicular to the ac plane and temperatures T<=20 K, well into the normal state. These anomalies are preliminary evidence for a field-induced magnetic phase transition and unconventional superconductivity.

  6. Pressure-induced reversible amorphization in superconducting compound FeSe[subscript 0.5]Te[subscript 0.5

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    Stemshorn, Andrew K.; Vohra, Yogesh K.; Wu, Phillip M.; Hsu, F.C.; Huang, Y.L.; Wu, M.K.; Yeh, K.W.

    2009-06-01

    We report pressure-induced amorphization phenomenon in a superconducting compound FeSe0.5Te0.5 toa pressure of 27 GPa in a diamond anvil cell. The synchrotron x-ray diffraction studies reveal that the ambient pressure tetragonal phase (space group P4/nmm) transforms to an amorphous phase at 11.5 GPa during compression and reverts back to the tetragonal phase during decompression at 2.8 GPa. The measured equation of state for the tetragonal phase and the amorphous phase is presented. The disordering of Fe(SeTe)4 tetrahedra under compression is attributed to a kinetic hindrance to a stable phase and is likely to impact its superconducting properties under high pressures.

  7. 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

  8. Quasiparticles in the superconducting state of Bi(2)Sr(2)CaCu(2)O(8+delta)

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    Kaminski; Mesot; Fretwell; Campuzano; Norman; Randeria; Ding; Sato; Takahashi; Mochiku; Kadowaki; Hoechst

    2000-02-21

    Recent improvements in momentum resolution lead to qualitatively new angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy results on the spectra of Bi(2)Sr(2)CaCu(2)O(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.

  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

    2016-04-12

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

  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. 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.

  12. 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.

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

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    Han, Qiang

    2010-01-27

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

  14. Microscopically derived multi-component Ginzburg-Landau theories for s + is superconducting state

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    Garaud, Julien; Silaev, Mihail; Babaev, Egor

    2017-02-01

    Starting with the generic Ginzburg-Landau expansion from a microscopic N-band model, we focus on the case of a 3-band model which was suggested to be relevant to describe some iron-based superconductors. This can lead to the so-called s + is superconducting state that breaks time-reversal symmetry due to the competition between different pairing channels. Of particular interest in that context, is the case of an interband dominated pairing with repulsion between different bands. For that case we consider in detail the relevant reduced two-component Ginzburg-Landau theory. We provide detailed analysis of the ground state, length scales and topological properties of that model. Prepared for the proceedings of Vortex IX conference in Rhodes (Sept. 2015).

  15. Isotropic and anisotropic description of superconducting state in CaC6 compound

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    Szczȩśniak, R.; Drzazga, E. A.; Szczȩśniak, D.

    2015-02-01

    The thermodynamic parameters of the superconducting state in CaC6 have been determined in the framework of the isotropic and anisotropic Eliashberg formalism. The obtained results determine the anisotropy effect on the values of the thermodynamic functions. In particular, it has been found that the anisotropy of the electron-phonon coupling constant and the Coulomb pseudopotential significantly affects the order parameter and the wave function renormalization factor, which determines the electron effective mass. These results mean that anisotropy should be also visible in the total normalized density of states. In the case of the thermodynamic critical field, anisotropy lowers its value in the low-temperature area. On the other hand, it does not affect the specific heat jump at the critical temperature.

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

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

    2011-01-01

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

  17. Probing the dynamics of Andreev states in a coherent normal/superconducting ring.

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

    2011-01-01

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

  18. Vortex states of a superconducting film from a magnetic dot array.

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    Priour, D J; Fertig, H A

    2004-07-30

    Using Ginzburg-Landau theory, we find novel configurations of vortices in superconducting thin films subject to the magnetic field of a magnetic dot array, with dipole moments oriented perpendicular to the film. Sufficiently strong magnets cause the formation of vortex-antivortex pairs. In most cases, the vortices are confined to dot regions, while the antivortices can form a rich variety of lattice states. We propose an experiment in which the perpendicular component of the dot dipole moments can be tuned using an in-plane magnetic field. We show that in such an experiment the vortex-antivortex pair density shows broad plateaus as a function of the dipole strength. Many of the plateaus correspond to vortex configurations that break dot lattice symmetries. In some of these states, the vortex cores are strongly distorted. Possible experimental consequences are mentioned.

  19. Superconducting state in the atomic metallic hydrogen just above the pressure of the molecular dissociation

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    Szcze&şacute; niak, R.; Szcze&şacute; niak, D.; Drzazga, E. A.

    2012-11-01

    Above the pressure of ˜500 GPa, the molecular metallic hydrogen gets converted into the atomic phase. The properties of the superconducting state in the metallic hydrogen just above the molecular-atomic phase transition have been examined in the paper (p=539 GPa). The numerical calculations have been conducted in the framework of the Eliashberg formalism. It has been stated that the critical temperature (TC) is equal to 360 K when the Coulomb pseudopotential takes the value of 0.1. In the considered case, TC considerably exceeds the value calculated with the help of the McMillan or Allen-Dynes formula. The remaining thermodynamic parameters significantly diverge from the canonical values predicted by the BCS theory. In particular: RΔ≡2Δ(0)/kBTC=4.95, RC≡ΔC(TC)/CN(TC)=2.78, and RH≡TCCN(TC)/HC2(0)=0.126.

  20. 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.

  1. Fast generation of W states of superconducting qubits with multiple Schrödinger dynamics.

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    Kang, Yi-Hao; Chen, Ye-Hong; Wu, Qi-Cheng; Huang, Bi-Hua; Song, Jie; Xia, Yan

    2016-11-09

    In this paper, we present a protocol to generate a W state of three superconducting qubits (SQs) by using multiple Schrödinger dynamics. The three SQs are respective embedded in three different coplanar waveguide resonators (CPWRs), which are coupled to a superconducting coupler (SCC) qubit at the center of the setups. With the multiple Schrödinger dynamics, we build a shortcuts to adiabaticity (STA), which greatly accelerates the evolution of the system. The Rabi frequencies of the laser pulses being designed can be expressed by the superpositions of Gaussian functions via the curves fitting, so that they can be realized easily in experiments. What is more, numerical simulation result shows that the protocol is robust against control parameters variations and decoherence mechanisms, such as the dissipations from the CPWRs and the energy relaxation. In addition, the influences of the dephasing are also resisted on account of the accelerating for the dynamics. Thus, the performance of the protocol is much better than that with the conventional adiabatic passage techniques when the dephasing is taken into account. We hope the protocol could be implemented easily in experiments with current technology.

  2. 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.

  3. Spectroscopic fingerprint of phase-incoherent superconductivity in the cuprate pseudogap state [corrected].

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    Lee, Jhinhwan; Fujita, K; Schmidt, A R; Kim, Chung Koo; Eisaki, H; Uchida, S; Davis, J C

    2009-08-28

    A possible explanation for the existence of the cuprate "pseudogap" state is that it is a d-wave superconductor without quantum phase rigidity. Transport and thermodynamic studies provide compelling evidence that supports this proposal, but few spectroscopic explorations of it have been made. One spectroscopic signature of d-wave superconductivity is the particle-hole symmetric "octet" of dispersive Bogoliubov quasiparticle interference modulations. Here we report on this octet's evolution from low temperatures to well into the underdoped pseudogap regime. No pronounced changes occur in the octet phenomenology at the superconductor's critical temperature Tc, and it survives up to at least temperature T approximately 1.5 Tc. In this pseudogap regime, we observe the detailed phenomenology that was theoretically predicted for quasiparticle interference in a phase-incoherent d-wave superconductor. Thus, our results not only provide spectroscopic evidence to confirm and extend the transport and thermodynamics studies, but they also open the way for spectroscopic explorations of phase fluctuation rates, their effects on the Fermi arc, and the fundamental source of the phase fluctuations that suppress superconductivity in underdoped cuprates.

  4. Fast generation of W states of superconducting qubits with multiple Schrödinger dynamics

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    Kang, Yi-Hao; Chen, Ye-Hong; Wu, Qi-Cheng; Huang, Bi-Hua; Song, Jie; Xia, Yan

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we present a protocol to generate a W state of three superconducting qubits (SQs) by using multiple Schrödinger dynamics. The three SQs are respective embedded in three different coplanar waveguide resonators (CPWRs), which are coupled to a superconducting coupler (SCC) qubit at the center of the setups. With the multiple Schrödinger dynamics, we build a shortcuts to adiabaticity (STA), which greatly accelerates the evolution of the system. The Rabi frequencies of the laser pulses being designed can be expressed by the superpositions of Gaussian functions via the curves fitting, so that they can be realized easily in experiments. What is more, numerical simulation result shows that the protocol is robust against control parameters variations and decoherence mechanisms, such as the dissipations from the CPWRs and the energy relaxation. In addition, the influences of the dephasing are also resisted on account of the accelerating for the dynamics. Thus, the performance of the protocol is much better than that with the conventional adiabatic passage techniques when the dephasing is taken into account. We hope the protocol could be implemented easily in experiments with current technology. PMID:27827422

  5. Thermodynamic investigations of high-pressure superconducting state in CaLi2 at 45 GPa

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    Szczȩśniak, R.; Szczȩśniak, D.

    2012-05-01

    The thermodynamic properties of the high-pressure superconducting phase in CaLi2 have been studied. A pressure value of 45 GPa has been chosen, at which the critical temperature reaches the maximum (TC=12.9 K). The following results have been obtained. (i) The critical temperature cannot be calculated using the classical analytical formulas (McMillan or Allen-Dynes). (ii) The critical value of the Coulomb pseudopotential is high: μC⋆=0.23. Generalizing the results, the function μC⋆(p) has a high value (μC⋆(p)>0.15) in practically the entire pressure range from 28 to 60 GPa. (iii) The remaining fundamental thermodynamic parameters differ from the Bardeen, Cooper, and Schrieffer (BCS) values. In particular, the zero-temperature energy gap to the critical temperature: R1≡2Δ(0)/kBTC=3.95; the ratio of the specific heat for superconducting (CS) and the normal (CN) state: R2≡(CS(TC)-CN(TC))/CN(TC)=2.01; and the parameter connected with the zero-temperature thermodynamic critical field: R3=TCCN(TC)/HC2(0)=0.158. Finally, it has been shown that the value of the electronic effective mass is high: me⋆/me>2.

  6. 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.

  7. Circuit QED: cross-Kerr effect induced by a superconducting qutrit without classical pulses

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    Liu, Tong; Zhang, Yang; Guo, Bao-Qing; Yu, Chang-Shui; Zhang, Wei-Ning

    2017-09-01

    The realization of cross-Kerr nonlinearity is an important task for many applications in quantum information processing. In this work, we propose a method for realizing cross-Kerr nonlinearity interaction between two superconducting coplanar waveguide resonators coupled by a three-level superconducting flux qutrit (coupler). Because the resonator photons are virtually excited and the coupler is unexcited for the entire process, the effect of resonator decay and the coupler decoherence are greatly minimized. More importantly, compared with the previous proposals, our proposal does not require classical pulses. Furthermore, due to use of only a three-level qutrit, the experimental setup is much simplified when compared with previous proposals requiring a four-level artificial atomic systems. In addition, we implement a two-resonator qubits controlled-phase gate and generate a two-resonator entangled coherent state. Numerical simulation shows that the high-fidelity implementation of the phase gate and creation of the entangled coherent state are feasible with current circuit QED technology.

  8. Fermion parity flips and Majorana bound states at twist defects in superconducting fractional topological phases

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    Khan, Mayukh Nilay; Teo, Jeffrey C. Y.; Hughes, Taylor L.; Vishveshwara, Smitha

    2017-05-01

    In this paper, we consider a layered heterostructure of an Abelian topologically ordered state (TO), such as a fractional Chern insulator (FCI)/quantum Hall state (FQH) with an s -wave superconductor in order to explore the existence of non-Abelian defects. To uncover such defects, we note that the ground state corresponds to a charge 2 e Cooper pair, the electron can no longer be treated as a local particle, and hence we must consider a larger TO due to the presence of h /2 e flux vortices, which strictly speaking are not deconfined. Quantum dimension and species of the defects follow directly from the fusion algebra. For FCI/Laughlin states, we show the presence of three kinds of defects, two of which had been previously ignored. They owe their origin to a general anyon permutation symmetry (AS) that exists in any fermionic Abelian TO state in contact with an s -wave superconductor. Physically, this permutation corresponds to adding a fermion to odd flux vortices (in units of h /2 e ) as they travel around the associated topological (twist) defect. As such, we call it a fermion parity flip AS. We show that calculations can be handled more simply, by considering an equivalent fermion parity gauged theory, where the original TO is suitably augmented by a Z2 gauge sector coming from the s -wave SC, but with identical fusion structure. This trick makes our approach useful for analyzing a wide variety of FQH/FCI heterostructures. We give examples of the fermion parity gauging procedure for a large number of hierarchy and spin singlet states. We consider twist defects which mutate anyons according to the fermion parity flip symmetry and show that they can be realized at domain walls between distinct gapped edges or interfaces of the TO superconducting state. We analyze the properties of such defects and show that fermion parity flip twist defects are always associated with Majorana zero modes. When defects corresponding to AS which is a combination of fermion parity

  9. Microwave characterization of normal and superconducting states of MOCVD made YBCO tapes

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    Wosik, Jarek; Krupka, Jerzy; Qin, Kuang; Ketharnath, Dhivya; Galstyan, Eduard; Selvamanickam, Venkat

    2017-03-01

    We have used a microwave, non-contact, non-destructive, dielectric resonator (DR) technique to characterize complex conductivity of different quality YBCO/Hastelloy tapes for the purpose of exploring such a technique as a potential quality control method for fabrication of YBCO tapes. The tapes were deposited at different temperatures on Hastelloy-supported oxide buffer layers using the MOCVD technique. The buffer stack consisted of aluminum oxide (Al2O3), yttrium oxide (Y2O3), and textured ion beam assisted deposition-MgO and LaMnO3 layers. Two dielectric resonators (DRs), the single post DR, consisting of high-permittivity barium zirconium titanate ceramic operating at 13 GHz in quasi-TE01δ mode, and the rod DR, consisting of rutile single crystal disk operating at 9.4 GHz in-TE011 mode, were designed to meet sensitivity requirements for characterization of conductivity of the superconductor at normal and superconducting states, respectively. For calculations of complex conductivity from experimental data of Q-factor and resonant frequency shift, a commercial electromagnetic simulator HFSS, based on finite elements analysis, was used. The theoretical Q-factor and resonant frequency on conductivity functions obtained from full wave numerical simulations of microwave fields were matched with the experimental data to determine conductivity of the YBCO tapes in both normal and superconducting states. In addition, for comparison purposes, 280 nm thick high-quality YBCO epitaxial film deposited on a dielectric substrate was also characterized, including frequency dependence of the complex conductivity. Discussion about feasibility of using DR microwave techniques as a quality control tool via measurements of conductivity versus temperature slope of the YBCO/Hastelloy tape in normal state is included. Also, microwave conductivity values of Hastelloy substrate as a function of temperature are reported.

  10. Normal and Superconducting State NMR of A_3C_60 Superconductors

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    Stenger, Victor A.

    1996-03-01

    We present recent multinuclear (^87Rb, ^133Cs, ^13C) NMR measurements which probe both normal and superconducting state properties of the alkali fulleride superconductors A_3C_60 (A = alkali metal). As a general trend, the NMR results which initially appeared to be anomalous have yielded to more prosaic explanations. For example, we show that the Hebel-Slichter peak, absent in early experiments, is in fact present at low applied magnetic fields--its high field suppression results from the large volume fraction of the sample occupied by normal vortex cores. Combined superconducting state T1 and Knight shift measurements are in reasonable agreement with Eliashburg/BCS theory, with a dominant role played by high frequency (> 100 cm-1) phonons(V. A. Stenger et al.), Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 1649 (1995). V. A. Stenger et al., Phys. Rev. B 48, 9942 (1993).. Similarly, normal state measurements of 1/T_1T yielded unusual behavior, both in terms of magnitude and temperature dependence, initially suggesting the importance of strong correlation effects, analogous to the high-Tc cuprates. We find, though, that these unusual results can also be easily understood; we show directly that the temperature dependence of T_1T is the result of thermal expansion of the lattice, and that the lattice constant dependence of T_1T can be understood using a modest Stoner enhancement parameter. Even the magnitude of T_1T relative to that of the Knight shift (anisotropic part) is consistent with the Korringa relation, valid for the non-interacting electron limit(C. H. Pennington et al.), to be published in Phys. Rev. B.. Thus, the NMR properties of these materials, seemingly unusual at first, for the most part can be explained in terms that are well understood, in sharp contrast to other exotic superconductors including heavy fermion systems and high-Tc cuprates.

  11. Complete Bell-state analysis for superconducting-quantum-interference-device qubits with a transitionless tracking algorithm

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    Kang, Yi-Hao; Chen, Ye-Hong; Shi, Zhi-Cheng; Huang, Bi-Hua; Song, Jie; Xia, Yan

    2017-08-01

    We propose a protocol for complete Bell-state analysis for two superconducting-quantum-interference-device qubits. The Bell-state analysis could be completed by using a sequence of microwave pulses designed by the transitionless tracking algorithm, which is a useful method in the technique of shortcut to adiabaticity. After the whole process, the information for distinguishing four Bell states will be encoded on two auxiliary qubits, while the Bell states remain unchanged. One can read out the information by detecting the auxiliary qubits. Thus the Bell-state analysis is nondestructive. The numerical simulations show that the protocol possesses a high success probability of distinguishing each Bell state with current experimental technology even when decoherence is taken into account. Thus, the protocol may have potential applications for the information readout in quantum communications and quantum computations in superconducting quantum networks.

  12. Te vacancy-driven superconductivity in orthorhombic molybdenum ditelluride

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    Cho, Suyeon; Kang, Se Hwang; Yu, Ho Sung; Kim, Hyo Won; Ko, Wonhee; Hwang, Sung Woo; Han, Woo Hyun; Choe, Duk-Hyun; Jung, Young Hwa; Chang, Kee Joo; Lee, Young Hee; Yang, Heejun; Wng Kim, Sung

    2017-06-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) have received great attentions because of diverse quantum electronic states such as topological insulating (TI), Weyl semimetallic (WSM) and superconducting states. Recently, the superconducting states emerged in pressurized semimetallic TMDs such as MoTe2 and WTe2 have become one of the central issues due to their predicted WSM states. However, the difficulty in synthetic control of chalcogen vacancies and the ambiguous magneto transport properties have hindered the rigorous study on superconducting and WSM states. Here, we report the emergence of superconductivity at 2.1 K in Te-deficient orthorhombic T d-MoTe2-x with an intrinsic electron-doping, while stoichiometric monoclinic 1T‧-MoTe2 shows no superconducting state down to 10 mK, but exhibits a large magnetoresistance of 32 000% at 2 K in a magnetic field of 14 T originating from nearly perfect compensation of electron and hole carriers. Scanning tunnelling spectroscopy and synchrotron x-ray diffraction combined with theoretical calculations clarify that Te vacancies trigger superconductivity via intrinsic electron doping and the evolution of the T d phase from the 1T‧ phase below 200 K. Unlike the pressure-induced superconducting state of monoclinic MoTe2, this Te vacancy-induced superconductivity is emerged in orthorhombic MoTe2, which is predicted as Weyl semimetal, via electron-doping. This chalcogen vacancy induced-superconductivity provides a new route for cultivating superconducting state together with WSM state in 2D van der Waals materials.

  13. Efficient Bell state analyzer for time-bin qubits with fast-recovery WSi superconducting single photon detectors.

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    Valivarthi, R; Lucio-Martinez, I; Rubenok, A; Chan, P; Marsili, F; Verma, V B; Shaw, M D; Stern, J A; Slater, J A; Oblak, D; Nam, S W; Tittel, W

    2014-10-06

    We experimentally demonstrate a high-efficiency Bell state measurement for time-bin qubits that employs two superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors with short dead-times, allowing projections onto two Bell states, |ψ⁻〉 and |ψ⁺〉. Compared to previous implementations for time-bin qubits, this yields an increase in the efficiency of Bell state analysis by a factor of thirty.

  14. Magnetic field induced lattice ground states from holography

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    Bu, Yan-Yan; Erdmenger, Johanna; Shock, Jonathan P.; Strydom, Migael

    2013-03-01

    We study the holographic field theory dual of a probe SU(2) Yang-Mills field in a background (4 + 1)-dimensional asymptotically Anti-de Sitter space. We find a new ground state when a magnetic component of the gauge field is larger than a critical value. The ground state forms a triangular Abrikosov lattice in the spatial directions perpendicular to the magnetic field. The lattice is composed of superconducting vortices induced by the condensation of a charged vector operator. We perform this calculation both at finite temperature and at zero temperature with a hard wall cutoff dual to a confining gauge theory. The study of this state may be of relevance to both holographic condensed matter models as well as to heavy ion physics. The results shown here provide support for the proposal that such a ground state may be found in the QCD vacuum when a large magnetic field is present.

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

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

    2016-11-15

    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.

  16. Superconducting Order Parameters with Sign Changes: the Density of States and Impurity Scattering.

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    Preosti, Gianfranco; Muzikar, Paul

    1996-03-01

    We(Gianfranco Preosti is now at: MSD Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439.) compute N_s(E) for a family of superconducting order parameters with sign changes at the Fermi surface, and find surprising results. We consider all Δ(hatk) such that Δ(hatk) = + Δ0 on part of the Fermi surface, and Δ(hatk) = - Δ0 on the rest, yielding an average of <Δ(hatk)> = rΔ_0, where 0 <= r <= 1. For 0 < r < 1, as the impurity concentration increases, the number of low-lying states increases, and the superconductor becomes gapless. As the impurity concentration is further increased, the gap in the spectrum is restored, and N_s(E) approaches the pure limit BCS form, with a renormalized gap.

  17. Experimental demonstration of a two-band superconducting state for lead using scanning tunneling spectroscopy.

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    Ruby, Michael; Heinrich, Benjamin W; Pascual, Jose I; Franke, Katharina J

    2015-04-17

    The type I superconductor lead (Pb) has been theoretically predicted to be a two-band superconductor. We use scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) to resolve two superconducting gaps with an energy difference of 150  μeV. Tunneling into Pb(111), Pb(110), and Pb(100) crystals reveals a strong dependence of the two coherence peak intensities on the crystal orientation. We show that this is the result of a selective tunneling into the two bands at the energy of the two coherence peaks. This is further sustained by the observation of signatures of the Fermi sheets in differential conductance maps around subsurface defects. A modification of the density of states of the two bands by adatoms on the surface confirms the different orbital character of each of the two subbands.

  18. 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.

  19. Magnetization measurement of a possible high-temperature superconducting state in amorphous carbon doped with sulfur

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    Felner, Israel; Kopelevich, Yakov

    2009-06-01

    Magnetization M(T,H) measurements performed on thoroughly characterized commercial amorphous carbon powder doped with sulfur (AC-S), revealed the occurrence of an inhomogeneous superconductivity (SC) below Tc=38K . The constructed magnetic field-temperature (H-T) phase diagram resembles that of type-II superconductors. However, AC-S demonstrates a number of anomalies, such as: (1) a nonmonotonic behavior of the lower critical-field Hc1(T) ; (2) a pronounced positive curvature of the apparent upper critical-field boundary Hc2(T) ; and (3) a spontaneous ferromagneticlike magnetization M0 coexisting with SC. Based on the analysis of experimental results we propose a nonstandard SC state in AC-S.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Superconducting properties of the s (±)-wave state: Fe-based superconductors.

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    Bang, Yunkyu; Stewart, G R

    2017-02-13

    Although the pairing mechanism of Fe-based superconductors (FeSCs) has not yet been settled with consensus with regard to the pairing symmetry and the superconducting (SC) gap function, the vast majority of experiments support the existence of spin-singlet sign-changing s-wave SC gaps on multi-bands ([Formula: see text]-wave state). This multi-band [Formula: see text]-wave state is a very unique gap state per se and displays numerous unexpected novel SC properties, such as a strong reduction of the coherence peak, non-trivial impurity effects, nodal-gap-like nuclear magnetic resonance signals, various Volovik effects in the specific heat (SH) and thermal conductivity, and anomalous scaling behaviors with a SH jump and condensation energy versus T c, etc. In particular, many of these non-trivial SC properties can easily be mistaken as evidence for a nodal-gap state such as a d-wave gap. In this review, we provide detailed explanations of the theoretical principles for the various non-trivial SC properties of the [Formula: see text]-wave pairing state, and then critically compare the theoretical predictions with experiments on FeSCs. This will provide a pedagogical overview of to what extent we can coherently understand the wide range of different experiments on FeSCs within the [Formula: see text]-wave gap model.

  4. Superconducting properties of the s ±-wave state: Fe-based superconductors

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    Bang, Yunkyu; Stewart, G. R.

    2017-03-01

    Although the pairing mechanism of Fe-based superconductors (FeSCs) has not yet been settled with consensus with regard to the pairing symmetry and the superconducting (SC) gap function, the vast majority of experiments support the existence of spin-singlet sign-changing s-wave SC gaps on multi-bands ({{s}+/- } -wave state). This multi-band {{s}+/- } -wave state is a very unique gap state per se and displays numerous unexpected novel SC properties, such as a strong reduction of the coherence peak, non-trivial impurity effects, nodal-gap-like nuclear magnetic resonance signals, various Volovik effects in the specific heat (SH) and thermal conductivity, and anomalous scaling behaviors with a SH jump and condensation energy versus T c, etc. In particular, many of these non-trivial SC properties can easily be mistaken as evidence for a nodal-gap state such as a d-wave gap. In this review, we provide detailed explanations of the theoretical principles for the various non-trivial SC properties of the {{s}+/- } -wave pairing state, and then critically compare the theoretical predictions with experiments on FeSCs. This will provide a pedagogical overview of to what extent we can coherently understand the wide range of different experiments on FeSCs within the {{s}+/- } -wave gap model.

  5. Routes to probe Bismuth induced strong-coupling superconductivity in bimetallic BiIn alloys.

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    Gandhi, Ashish Chhaganlal; Wu, Sheng Yun

    2017-08-25

    We report the observation of strong electron-phonon coupling in intergranular linked BiIn superconductors over an infinite range mediated by low-lying phonons. An enhanced superconducting transition temperature was observed from the magnetization, revealing a main diamagnetic Meissner state below TC(0) = 5.86(1) K and a critical field HC(0) = 1355(15) Oe with an In2Bi phase of the composite sample. The electron-phonon coupling to low lying phonons is found to be the leading mechanism for observed strong-coupling superconductivity in the BiIn system. Our findings suggest that In2Bi is in the strong-coupling region with TC(0) = 5.62(1) K, λep = 1.45, ωln = 45.92 K and α = 2.23. The estimated upper critical field can be well-described by a power law with α value higher than 2, consistent with the strong electron-phonon coupling.

  6. Anisotropic superconducting states in a CuO{sub 2} layer

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    Dickinson, P.H.

    1993-12-31

    The high-temperature superconductors share CuO{sub 2} layers as structural elements in which the Coulomb repulsion between holes on the Cu site is very large. As a result, the authors choose to model the system with a three-band Hubbard model including the Cu 3d(x{sup 2}{minus}y{sup 2}) and the O 2p(x,y) orbitals. The Coulomb repulsion on the Cu site is treated in the U {r_arrow} {infinity} limit using the slave boson formalism. They expand this model`s Lagrangian in a large N expansion considering terms up to order 1/N. The angle-resolved spectral weight determined from the resulting Green`s functions suggests that within this picture higher order corrections in 1/N are necessary for good agreement with the corresponding angle-resolved photoemission data. They phenomenologically add spin-dependent Heisenberg interactions between neighboring Cu sites and neighboring Cu and O sites. These interactions form the basis of a nonretarded calculation of the superconducting state. For an interaction between neighboring Cu spins only, the lowest energy solution possesses d(x{sup 2}{minus}y{sup 2}) symmetry. The use of a three-band model leads to the possibility of the addition of an interaction between Cu and O spins. The resulting novel {open_quotes}d + idp{close_quotes} superconducting state involves pairing of carriers in Cu orbitals both with themselves and with holes on the O orbitals. This additional pairing removes the node in the d-wave state at T = 0 by an amount which depends on the Cu-O coupling parameter; however, the mixed symmetry state occurs only for a narrow range of coupling parameters. The angle-resolved photo-emission and tunneling results are calculated and compared to experimental findings. As a function of decreasing temperature, symmetry arguments require transition to a d-wave state before transition to the d + idp state. A BCS analysis is performed on a tight-binding model.

  7. Suppression of the antiferromagnetic order when approaching the superconducting state in a phase-separated crystal of KxFe2 -ySe2

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    Li, Shichao; Gan, Yuan; Wang, Jinghui; Zhong, Ruidan; Schneeloch, J. A.; Xu, Zhijun; Tian, Wei; Stone, M. B.; Chi, Songxue; Matsuda, M.; Sidis, Y.; Bourges, Ph.; Li, Qiang; Gu, Genda; Tranquada, J. M.; Xu, Guangyong; Birgeneau, R. J.; Wen, Jinsheng

    2017-09-01

    We have combined elastic and inelastic neutron scattering techniques, magnetic susceptibility, and resistivity measurements to study single-crystal samples of KxFe2 -ySe2 , which contain the superconducting phase that has a transition temperature of ˜31 K. In the inelastic neutron scattering measurements, we observe both the spin-wave excitations resulting from the block antiferromagnetic ordered phase and the resonance that is associated with the superconductivity in the superconducting phase, demonstrating the coexistence of these two orders. From the temperature dependence of the intensity of the magnetic Bragg peaks, we find that well before entering the superconducting state, the development of the magnetic order is interrupted, at ˜42 K. We consider this result to be evidence for the physical separation of the antiferromagnetic and superconducting phases; the suppression is possibly due to the proximity effect of the superconducting fluctuations on the antiferromagnetic order.

  8. 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.

  9. Supercurrent-induced skyrmion dynamics and tunable Weyl points in chiral magnet with superconductivity

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    Takashima, Rina; Fujimoto, Satoshi

    2016-12-01

    Recent studies show superconductivity provides new perspectives on spintronics. We study a heterostructure composed of an s -wave superconductor and a cubic chiral magnet that stabilizes a topological spin texture, a skyrmion. We propose a supercurrent-induced spin torque, which originates from the spin-orbit coupling, and we show that the spin torque can drive a skyrmion in an efficient way that reduces Joule heating. We also study the band structure of Bogoliubov quasiparticles and show the existence of Weyl points, whose positions can be controlled by the magnetization. This results in an effective magnetic field acting on the Weyl quasiparticles in the presence spin textures. Furthermore, the tilt of the Weyl cones can also be tuned by the strength of the spin-orbit coupling, and we propose a possible realization of type-II Weyl points.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. Thermoelectric instability induced by single pulses and alternating currents in second-generation superconducting tapes

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    Degtyarenko, P. N.; Dul'kin, I. N.; Fisher, L. M.; Kalinov, A. V.; Voloshin, I. F.; Yampol'skii, V. A.

    2011-02-01

    We have studied current flow instabilities in a second-generation superconducting tapes and the transition of the tapes into the resistive state. Contrary to the usual quasisteady instability regimes, here we consider the adiabatic case in which the sample is heated rapidly. Two kinds of measurements of the current-voltage characteristics (CVC) have been made, specifically, with excitation of the tape by a single sinusoidal current pulse I (t)=I0sin(ωt) at different amplitudes I0 and by a continuous ac current. The main results were obtained for current amplitudes I0 exceeding the critical current Ic. We find that the dynamic CVC are essentially reversible for low amplitudes, whereas they become irreversible and acquire an N-shape for higher current amplitudes. The dynamic CVC change radically if the dissipated energy attains a threshold value Wth roughly equal to 5mJ/cm for our tapes. When this energy is reached, the tape undergoes a transition to the resistive state owing to formation of normal domains. The development of the instability with steady ac currents was studied at relatively small amplitudes such that the energy dissipated per half cycle is much lower than Wth. Even in this case, a tape undergoes a transition to the resistive state because of energy accumulation (heat pumping). With this pumping, the transition takes place after a definite number of ac cycles, when the total accumulated energy reaches the same threshold value Wth. The specific features of the dynamic CVC are interpreted qualitatively, with the appearance of resistive domains taken into account. Estimates based on the CVC agree well with our experimental data. These results can be useful in the design of superconducting fault current limiters.

  13. Preparation of Schrödinger cat states of a cavity field via coupling to a superconducting charge qubit

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    Freitas, Dagoberto S.; Nemes, M. C.

    2014-05-01

    We extend the approach in Ref. 5 [Y.-X. Liu, L. F. Wei and F. Nori, Phys. Rev. A 71 (2005) 063820] for preparing superposition states of a cavity field interacting with a superconducting charge qubit. We study effects of the nonlinearity on the creation of such states. We show that the main contribution of nonlinear effects is to shorten the time necessary to build the superposition.

  14. Low-Temperature Charge Ordering in the Superconducting State of YBa2Cu3O7-δ

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    Krämer, S.; Mehring, M.

    1999-07-01

    Measurements of the nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) transverse relaxation rate of 63,65Cu and of the NQR linewidths in YBa2Cu3O7-δ in the superconducting state reveal unusual features below T = 35 K. A narrow peak in the transverse relaxation rate and an increased quadrupolar line broadening with decreasing temperature are attributed to a charge density wave ordered state below T = 35 K.

  15. 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.

  16. Bound state, phase separation and superconductivity in presence of Rashba spin-orbit coupling

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    Kapri, Priyadarshini; Basu, Saurabh

    2017-06-01

    We have investigated the phase diagram for the t - J model at low electronic densities in presence of Rashba spin-orbit coupling (RSOC). We have rigorously derived a bound state criterion which arises out of a competition between the kinetic energy of the electrons and the exchange coupling between them. Further, we have obtained that the phase diagram consists of three phases, namely, a gas of electrons, a gas of bound pairs, and a fully phase separated state. Subsequently an extension of the pairing scenario is done at finite densities by solving a BCS gap equation. Finite superconducting correlations are observed for J values much lower than that required for the formation of a single bound pair, thereby indicating that pairing in a many particle environment requires weaker interaction strengths than that in the dilute case. We have further obtained that the RSOC increases the transition temperature for a p-wave pairing state, while it diminishes the same for an s-wave pairing correlations.

  17. 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.; East Team

    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.

  18. Anomalous Eu valence state and superconductivity in undoped Eu3Bi2S4F4.

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    Zhai, Hui-Fei; Zhang, Pan; Wu, Si-Qi; He, Chao-Yang; Tang, Zhang-Tu; Jiang, Hao; Sun, Yun-Lei; Bao, Jin-Ke; Nowik, Israel; Felner, Israel; Zeng, Yue-Wu; Li, Yu-Ke; Xu, Xiao-Feng; Tao, Qian; Xu, Zhu-An; Cao, Guang-Han

    2014-10-29

    We have synthesized a novel europium bismuth sulfofluoride, Eu3Bi2S4F4, by solid-state reactions in sealed evacuated quartz ampules. The compound crystallizes in a tetragonal lattice (space group I4/mmm, a = 4.0771(1) Å, c = 32.4330(6) Å, and Z = 2), in which CaF2-type Eu3F4 layers and NaCl-like BiS2 bilayers stack alternately along the crystallographic c axis. There are two crystallographically distinct Eu sites, Eu(1) and Eu(2) at the Wyckoff positions 4e and 2a, respectively. Our bond valence sum calculation, based on the refined structural data, indicates that Eu(1) is essentially divalent, while Eu(2) has an average valence of ∼ +2.64(5). This anomalous Eu valence state is further confirmed and supported, respectively, by Mössbauer and magnetization measurements. The Eu(3+) components donate electrons into the conduction bands that are mainly composed of Bi 6px and 6py states. Consequently, the material itself shows metallic conduction and superconducts at 1.5 K without extrinsic chemical doping.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

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

    2005-02-01

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

  4. Superconducting density of states and vortex studies on SrPd2Ge2

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    Samuely, T.; Szabó, P.; Rodrigo, J. G.; Samuely, P.

    2012-09-01

    The Ginzburg-Landau parameter κ ≪ (1/2)1/2, calculated from the Fermi velocity and details of the Fermi surface topology estimated by angle-resolved photo-electron spectroscopy (ARPES) and the superconducting gap value obtained by scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS), is an apparent sign of type-I superconductivity in SrPd2Ge2[1]. In this work, however, we present recent scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy (STM/S) measurements in magnetic fields that indicate κ ≫ (1/2)1/2 and show that the superconducting order parameter varies across the scanned surface with periodicity approximately matching the Abrikosov lattice of superconducting vortices, proving a type-II superconductivity in SrPd2Ge2 crystal, probably due to a dirty limit.

  5. Nonequilibrium superconductivity in driven alkali-doped fullerides

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    Mazza, Giacomo; Georges, Antoine

    2017-08-01

    We investigate the formation of nonequilibrium superconducting states in driven alkali-doped fullerides A3C60 . Within a minimal three-orbital model for the superconductivity of these materials, it was recently demonstrated theoretically that an orbital-dependent imbalance of the interactions leads to an enhancement of superconductivity at equilibrium [M. Kim et al., Phys. Rev. B 94, 155152 (2016), 10.1103/PhysRevB.94.155152]. We investigate the dynamical response to a time-periodic modulation of this interaction imbalance and show that it leads to the formation of a transient superconducting state which survives much beyond the equilibrium critical temperature Tc. For a specific range of frequencies, we find that the driving reduces superconductivity when applied to a superconducting state below Tc while still inducing a superconducting state when the initial temperature is larger than Tc. These findings reinforce the relevance of the interaction-imbalance mechanism as a possible explanation of the recent experimental observation of light-induced superconductivity in alkali-doped fullerenes.

  6. Controllable generation of two-mode-entangled states in two-resonator circuit QED with a single gap-tunable superconducting qubit

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    Ma, Sheng-Li; Li, Zhen; Fang, Ai-Ping; Li, Peng-Bo; Gao, Shao-Yan; Li, Fu-Li

    2014-12-01

    We study controllable generation of two-mode-entangled states in a circuit QED setup, which consists of two spatially separated superconducting transmission line resonators and a single gap-tunable superconducting qubit. Two sharp coupling sidebands are induced when the artificial atom is suitably driven by a bichromatic microwave field. The two resonators can have squeezing-type interactions with the qubit via the coupling sidebands. If the two resonators are not degenerate, we show that the two resonators can be cooled down into the two-mode squeezed vacuum via dissipation of the qubit. The generation of the two-mode squeezed state is based on a dissipative state-engineering process, which explores the energy relaxation of the qubit as a resource. Moreover, the scheme does not need both the specific preparation of the initial state and the designed special dynamical process of the system. If the resonators are degenerate, we show that entangled coherent states of the resonators can be generated by use of the unitary dynamical evolution process of the system and the state-projection measurement. Moreover, macro entangled coherent states of the resonators with huge photons can in principle be created if the resonators and the qubit have sufficiently long lifetimes. The present scheme has two remarkable features: (1) only a single qubit is used in the generation of the two-mode squeezed state; and (2) the ultrastrong coupling condition and initializing the resonators in coherent states are not required. These make the present scheme more simple and feasible in experimental implementation.

  7. Proximity-induced high-temperature superconductivity in the topological insulators Bi₂Se₃ and Bi₂Te₃.

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    Zareapour, Parisa; Hayat, Alex; Zhao, Shu Yang F; Kreshchuk, Michael; Jain, Achint; Kwok, Daniel C; Lee, Nara; Cheong, Sang-Wook; Xu, Zhijun; Yang, Alina; Gu, G D; Jia, Shuang; Cava, Robert J; Burch, Kenneth S

    2012-01-01

    Interest in the superconducting proximity effect has been reinvigorated recently by novel optoelectronic applications as well as by the possible emergence of the elusive Majorana fermion at the interface between topological insulators and superconductors. Here we produce high-temperature superconductivity in Bi(2)Se(3) and Bi(2)Te(3) via proximity to Bi(2)Sr(2)CaCu(2)O(8+δ), to access higher temperature and energy scales for this phenomenon. This was achieved by a new mechanical bonding technique that we developed, enabling the fabrication of high-quality junctions between materials, unobtainable by conventional approaches. We observe proximity-induced superconductivity in Bi(2)Se(3) and Bi(2)Te(3) persisting up to at least 80 K-a temperature an order of magnitude higher than any previous observations. Moreover, the induced superconducting gap in our devices reaches values of 10 mV, significantly enhancing the relevant energy scales. Our results open new directions for fundamental studies in condensed matter physics and enable a wide range of applications in spintronics and quantum computing.

  8. 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.

  9. Magnetic properties of superconducting FeSe in the normal state.

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    Grechnev, G E; Panfilov, A S; Desnenko, V A; Fedorchenko, A V; Gnatchenko, S L; Chareev, D A; Volkova, O S; Vasiliev, A N

    2013-01-30

    A detailed magnetization study for the novel FeSe superconductor is carried out to investigate the behavior of the intrinsic magnetic susceptibility χ in the normal state with temperature and under hydrostatic pressure. The temperature dependences of χ and its anisotropy Δχ = χ([parallel]) - χ([perpendicular]) are measured for FeSe single crystals in the temperature range 4.2-300 K, and a substantial growth of susceptibility with temperature is revealed. The observed anisotropy Δχ is very large and comparable to the averaged susceptibility at low temperatures. For a polycrystalline sample of FeSe, the significant pressure effect on χ is determined to be essentially dependent on temperature. Ab initio calculations of the pressure-dependent electronic structure and magnetic susceptibility indicate that FeSe is close to magnetic instability, with dominating enhanced spin paramagnetism. The calculated paramagnetic susceptibility exhibits a strong dependence on the unit cell volume and especially on the height Z of chalcogen species from the Fe plane. The change of Z under pressure determines a large positive pressure effect on χ, which is observed at low temperatures. It is shown that the literature experimental data on the strong and nonmonotonic pressure dependence of the superconducting transition temperature in FeSe correlate qualitatively with the calculated behavior of the density of electronic states at the Fermi level.

  10. Force-free state in a superconducting single crystal and angle-dependent vortex helical instability

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    del Valle, J.; Gomez, A.; Gonzalez, E. M.; Manas-Valero, S.; Coronado, E.; Vicent, J. L.

    2017-06-01

    Superconducting 2 H -NbS e2 single crystals show intrinsic low pinning values. Therefore, they are ideal materials with which to explore fundamental properties of vortices. (V , I ) characteristics are the experimental data we have used to investigate the dissipation mechanisms in a rectangular-shaped 2 H -NbS e2 single crystal. Particularly, we have studied dissipation behavior with magnetic fields applied in the plane of the crystal and parallel to the injected currents, i.e., in the force-free state where the vortex helical instability governs the vortex dynamics. In this regime, the data follow the elliptic critical state model and the voltage dissipation shows an exponential dependence, V ∝eα (I -IC ∥ ) , IC ∥ being the critical current in the force-free configuration and α a linear temperature-dependent parameter. Moreover, this exponential dependence can be observed for in-plane applied magnetic fields up to 40° off the current direction, which implies that the vortex helical instability plays a role in dissipation even out of the force-free configuration.

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

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

    2015-03-25

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

  12. Electric-field-induced superconductivity in electrochemically etched ultrathin FeSe films on SrTiO3 and MgO

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    Shiogai, J.; Ito, Y.; Mitsuhashi, T.; Nojima, T.; Tsukazaki, A.

    2016-01-01

    Among the recently discovered iron-based superconductors, ultrathin films of FeSe grown on SrTiO3 substrates have uniquely evolved into a high-transition-temperature (Tc) superconducting material. The mechanisms for the high-Tc superconductivity are under debate, with the superconducting gap mainly characterized with in situ analysis for FeSe films grown by molecular beam epitaxy. Here, we investigate the high-Tc superconductivity in ultrathin FeSe using an alternative top-down electrochemical etching technique in a three-terminal transistor configuration. In addition to the high-temperature superconductivity in FeSe on SrTiO3, the electrochemically etched ultrathin FeSe transistor on MgO also exhibits superconductivity around 40 K, implying that the application of an electric field effectively contributes to the high-Tc superconductivity in ultrathin FeSe regardless of substrate material. Moreover, the observable critical thickness for the high-Tc superconductivity is expanded up to 10 unit cells under an applied electric field and the insulator-superconductor transition is electrostatically controlled. The present demonstration implies that the modification of charge imbalance of holes and electrons by the electric-field effect plays a crucial role in inducing high-Tc superconductivity in FeSe-based electric double-layer transistors.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. Pressure-induced anomalous magnetism and unconventional superconductivity in CeRhIn{sub 5}: {sup 115}In-NQR study under pressure

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    Mito, T.; Kawasaki, S.; Zheng, G.-q.; Kawasaki, Y.; Ishida, K.; Kitaoka, Y.; Aoki, D.; Haga, Y.; Onuki, Y.

    2001-06-01

    We report {sup 115}In nuclear-quadrupole-resonance (NQR) measurements of the pressure (P)-induced superconductor CeRhIn{sub 5} in the antiferromagnetic (AF) and superconducting (SC) states. In the AF region, the internal field H{sub int} at the In site is substantially reduced from H{sub int}=1.75kOe at P=0 to 0.39 kOe at P=1.23GPa, while the Neel temperature slightly changes with increasing P. This suggests that either the size in the ordered moment M{sub Q}(P) or the angle {theta}(P) between the direction of M{sub Q}(P) and the tetragonal c axis is extrapolated to zero at P{sup *}=1.6{+-}0.1GPa at which a bulk SC transition is no longer emergent. In the SC state at P=2.1GPa, the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate {sup 115}(1/T{sub 1}) has revealed a T{sup 3} dependence without the coherence peak just below T{sub c}, giving evidence for the unconventional superconductivity. The dimensionality of the magnetic fluctuations in the normal state is also discussed.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Nonequilibrium superconducting states with temporal periodic structures under high quasiparticle injection

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    CHEN Shi-gang; CHEN Xiao-lan; WANG You-qin

    1984-07-01

    Based on the Scalapino-Huberman ..mu..* model, the possibility of temporally oscillating structures appearing in a superconducting film under high quasiparticle injection is discussed. The range of parameters in which these structures may occur is also given.

  19. Gapless helical superconductivity on the surface of a three-dimensional topological insulator

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    Ozfidan, Isil; Han, Jinsen; Maciejko, Joseph

    2016-12-01

    Recent angle-resolved photoemission experiments have observed a proximity-induced superconducting gap in the helical surface states of a thin film of the three-dimensional topological insulator Bi2Se3 grown on a superconducting NbSe2 substrate. The superconducting coherence peaks in the electronic density of states are strongly suppressed when the topological insulator is doped with magnetic Mn impurities, which was interpreted as the complete destruction of helical superconductivity in the topological surface states. Motivated by these experiments, we explore a different possibility: gapless helical superconductivity, where a gapless electronic density of states coexists with a nonzero helical superconducting order parameter. We study a model of superconducting Dirac fermions coupled to random magnetic impurities within the Abrikosov-Gor'kov framework, and find finite regions of gapless helical superconductivity in the phase diagram of the system for both proximity-induced and intrinsic superconductivity. For the latter, we derive universal rates of suppression of the superconducting transition temperature due to magnetic scattering and, for a Fermi level at the Dirac point, a universal rate of increase of the quantum critical attraction strength.

  20. On the theory of the current states in the superconducting junctions (in Ukrainian)

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    Svidzynsky, A.; Viligursky, O.; Biruk, O.; Rakutsky, A.

    The set of the quasiclassical equations for the superconducting junctions has been built by the expansion of the Green's functions on the basis of the even and odd solutions of the one-particle Schrödinger equation. %It's %shown that the quasiclassical Green's functions, built in such manner, Obtained solutions for the quasiclassical Green's functions have a symmetric asymptotic behaviour in the depth of the superconductor. Superconducting current in the point-- and in the asymmetric SNINS--junctions is calculated.

  1. Oxide-based platform for reconfigurable superconducting nanoelectronics

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    Veazey, Joshua P.; Cheng, Guanglei; Irvin, Patrick; Cen, Cheng; Bogorin, Daniela F.; Bi, Feng; Huang, Mengchen; Bark, Chung-Wung; Ryu, Sangwoo; Cho, Kwang-Hwan; Eom, Chang-Beom; Levy, Jeremy

    2013-09-01

    We report quasi-1D superconductivity at the interface of LaAlO3 and SrTiO3. The material system and nanostructure fabrication method supply a new platform for superconducting nanoelectronics. Nanostructures having line widths w ˜ 10 nm are formed from the parent two-dimensional electron liquid using conductive atomic force microscope lithography. Nanowire cross-sections are small compared to the superconducting coherence length in LaAlO3/SrTiO3, placing them in the quasi-1D regime. Broad superconducting transitions versus temperature and finite resistances in the superconducting state well below Tc ≈ 200 mK are observed, suggesting the presence of fluctuation- and heating-induced resistance. The superconducting resistances and V-I characteristics are tunable through the use of a back gate. Four-terminal resistances in the superconducting state show an unusual dependence on the current path, varying by as much as an order of magnitude. This new technology, i.e., the ability to ‘write’ gate-tunable superconducting nanostructures on an insulating LaAlO3/SrTiO3 ‘canvas’, opens possibilities for the development of new families of reconfigurable superconducting nanoelectronics.

  2. Oxide-based platform for reconfigurable superconducting nanoelectronics.

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    Veazey, Joshua P; Cheng, Guanglei; Irvin, Patrick; Cen, Cheng; Bogorin, Daniela F; Bi, Feng; Huang, Mengchen; Bark, Chung-Wung; Ryu, Sangwoo; Cho, Kwang-Hwan; Eom, Chang-Beom; Levy, Jeremy

    2013-09-20

    We report quasi-1D superconductivity at the interface of LaAlO3 and SrTiO3. The material system and nanostructure fabrication method supply a new platform for superconducting nanoelectronics. Nanostructures having line widths w ~ 10 nm are formed from the parent two-dimensional electron liquid using conductive atomic force microscope lithography. Nanowire cross-sections are small compared to the superconducting coherence length in LaAlO3/SrTiO3, placing them in the quasi-1D regime. Broad superconducting transitions versus temperature and finite resistances in the superconducting state well below Tc ≈ 200 mK are observed, suggesting the presence of fluctuation- and heating-induced resistance. The superconducting resistances and V-I characteristics are tunable through the use of a back gate. Four-terminal resistances in the superconducting state show an unusual dependence on the current path, varying by as much as an order of magnitude. This new technology, i.e., the ability to 'write' gate-tunable superconducting nanostructures on an insulating LaAlO3/SrTiO3 'canvas', opens possibilities for the development of new families of reconfigurable superconducting nanoelectronics.

  3. Pressure-induced superconductivity and effective mass enhancement near antiferromagnetic quantum critical point in CePt2In7

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    Bauer, Eric D.; Lee, H. O.; Sidorov, V. A.; Kurita, N.; Gofryk, K.; Ronning, F.; Park, Tuson; Movshovich, R.; Thompson, J. D.

    2010-03-01

    The discovery of the CeMIn5 (M=Co, Rh, Ir) family of heavy fermion superconductors has been a watershed for the field of heavy fermion physics. These materials have not only provided an effective means to explore the rich interplay of magnetism and superconductivity (e.g., CeRhIn5), the development of the heavy fermion state (e.g., Ce1-xLaxCoIn5), and quantum criticality (e.g., CeRhIn5), but have also provided compelling evidence that structural tuning plays an essential role in enhancing their superconducting properties. I will present our discovery of superconductivity in a new, more two-dimensional member of this CemMnIn2m+3n family, CePt2In7, which displays the coexistence of antiferromagnetism and superconductivity and an enhancement of the effective mass under pressure near an antiferromagnetic quantum critical point that is remarkably similar to CeRhIn5.

  4. Thermal transport in topological-insulator-based superconducting hybrid structures with mixed singlet and triplet pairing states.

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    Li, Hai; Zhao, Yuan Yuan

    2017-10-02

    In the framework of the Bogoliubov-de Gennes equation, we investigate the thermal transport properties in topological-insulator-based superconducting hybrid structures with mixed spin-singlet and spin-triplet pairing states, and emphasize the different manifestations of the spin-singlet and spin-triplet pairing states in the thermal transport signatures. It is revealed that the temperature-dependent differential thermal conductance strongly depends on the components of the pairing state, and the negative differential thermal conductance only occurs in the spin-singlet pairing state dominated regime. It is also found that the thermal conductance is profoundly sensitive to the components of the pairing state. In the spin-singlet pairing state controlled regime, the thermal conductance obviously oscillates with the phase difference and junction length. With increasing the proportion of the spin-triplet pairing state, the oscillating characteristic of the thermal conductance fades out distinctly. These results suggest an alternative route for distinguishing the components of pairing states in topological-insulator-based superconducting hybrid structures. © 2017 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  5. Superconducting optical modulator

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    Bunt, Patricia S.; Ference, Thomas G.; Puzey, Kenneth A.; Tanner, David B.; Tache, Nacira; Varhue, Walter J.

    2000-12-01

    An optical modulator based on the physical properties of high temperature superconductors has been fabricated and tested. The modulator was constructed form a film of Yttrium Barium Copper Oxide (YBCO) grown on undoped silicon with a buffer layer of Yttria Stabilized Zirconia. Standard lithographic procedures were used to pattern the superconducting film into a micro bridge. Optical modulation was achieved by passing IR light through the composite structure normal to the micro bridge and switching the superconducting film in the bridge region between the superconducting and non-superconducting states. In the superconducting state, IR light reflects from the superconducting film surface. When a critical current is passed through the micro bridge, it causes the film in this region to switch to the non-superconducting state allowing IR light to pass through it. Superconducting materials have the potential to switch between these two states at speeds up to 1 picosecond using electrical current. Presently, fiber optic transmission capacity is limited by the rate at which optical data can be modulated. The superconducting modulator, when combined with other components, may have the potential to increase the transmission capacity of fiber optic lines.

  6. Gamma-induced Positron Spectroscopy (GiPS) at a superconducting electron linear accelerator

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    Butterling, Maik; Anwand, Wolfgang; Cowan, Thomas E.; Hartmann, Andreas; Jungmann, Marco; Krause-Rehberg, Reinhard; Krille, Arnold; Wagner, Andreas

    2011-11-01

    A new and unique setup for Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy has been established and optimized at the superconducting linear electron accelerator ELBE at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (Germany). The intense, pulsed (26 MHz) photon source (bremsstrahlung with energies up to 16 MeV) is used to generate positrons by means of pair production throughout the entire sample volume. Due to the very short gamma bunches (< 5 ps temporal length), the facility for Gamma-induced Positron Spectroscopy (GiPS) is suitable for positron lifetime spectroscopy using the accelerator's radiofrequency as time reference. Positron lifetime and Doppler broadening Spectroscopy are employed by a coincident measurement (Age-Momentum Correlation) of the time-of-arrival and energy of the annihilation photons which in turn significantly reduces the background of scattered photons resulting in spectra with high signal to background ratios. Simulations of the setup using the GEANT4 framework have been performed to yield optimum positron generation rates for various sample materials and improved background conditions.

  7. 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.

  8. Hard Superconducting Gap in InSb Nanowires.

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    Gül, Önder; Zhang, Hao; de Vries, Folkert K; van Veen, Jasper; Zuo, Kun; Mourik, Vincent; Conesa-Boj, Sonia; Nowak, Michał P; van Woerkom, David J; Quintero-Pérez, Marina; Cassidy, Maja C; Geresdi, Attila; Koelling, Sebastian; Car, Diana; Plissard, Sébastien R; Bakkers, Erik P A M; Kouwenhoven, Leo P

    2017-04-12

    Topological superconductivity is a state of matter that can host Majorana modes, the building blocks of a topological quantum computer. Many experimental platforms predicted to show such a topological state rely on proximity-induced superconductivity. However, accessing the topological properties requires an induced hard superconducting gap, which is challenging to achieve for most material systems. We have systematically studied how the interface between an InSb semiconductor nanowire and a NbTiN superconductor affects the induced superconducting properties. Step by step, we improve the homogeneity of the interface while ensuring a barrier-free electrical contact to the superconductor and obtain a hard gap in the InSb nanowire. The magnetic field stability of NbTiN allows the InSb nanowire to maintain a hard gap and a supercurrent in the presence of magnetic fields (∼0.5 T), a requirement for topological superconductivity in one-dimensional systems. Our study provides a guideline to induce superconductivity in various experimental platforms such as semiconductor nanowires, two-dimensional electron gases, and topological insulators and holds relevance for topological superconductivity and quantum computation.

  9. Hard Superconducting Gap in InSb Nanowires

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    2017-01-01

    Topological superconductivity is a state of matter that can host Majorana modes, the building blocks of a topological quantum computer. Many experimental platforms predicted to show such a topological state rely on proximity-induced superconductivity. However, accessing the topological properties requires an induced hard superconducting gap, which is challenging to achieve for most material systems. We have systematically studied how the interface between an InSb semiconductor nanowire and a NbTiN superconductor affects the induced superconducting properties. Step by step, we improve the homogeneity of the interface while ensuring a barrier-free electrical contact to the superconductor and obtain a hard gap in the InSb nanowire. The magnetic field stability of NbTiN allows the InSb nanowire to maintain a hard gap and a supercurrent in the presence of magnetic fields (∼0.5 T), a requirement for topological superconductivity in one-dimensional systems. Our study provides a guideline to induce superconductivity in various experimental platforms such as semiconductor nanowires, two-dimensional electron gases, and topological insulators and holds relevance for topological superconductivity and quantum computation. PMID:28355877

  10. Hard Superconducting Gap in InSb Nanowires

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    Gül, Önder; Zhang, Hao; de Vries, Folkert K.; van Veen, Jasper; Zuo, Kun; Mourik, Vincent; Conesa-Boj, Sonia; Nowak, Michał P.; van Woerkom, David J.; Quintero-Pérez, Marina; Cassidy, Maja C.; Geresdi, Attila; Koelling, Sebastian; Car, Diana; Plissard, Sébastien R.; Bakkers, Erik P. A. M.; Kouwenhoven, Leo P.

    2017-04-01

    Topological superconductivity is a state of matter that can host Majorana modes, the building blocks of a topological quantum computer. Many experimental platforms predicted to show such a topological state rely on proximity-induced superconductivity. However, accessing the topological properties requires an induced hard superconducting gap, which is challenging to achieve for most material systems. We have systematically studied how the interface between an InSb semiconductor nanowire and a NbTiN superconductor affects the induced superconducting properties. Step by step, we improve the homogeneity of the interface while ensuring a barrier-free electrical contact to the superconductor, and obtain a hard gap in the InSb nanowire. The magnetic field stability of NbTiN allows the InSb nanowire to maintain a hard gap and a supercurrent in the presence of magnetic fields (~ 0.5 Tesla), a requirement for topological superconductivity in one-dimensional systems. Our study provides a guideline to induce superconductivity in various experimental platforms such as semiconductor nanowires, two dimensional electron gases and topological insulators, and holds relevance for topological superconductivity and quantum computation.

  11. 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.; ...

    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

  12. 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.

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

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    Mou, Daixiang; Jiang, Rui; Taufour, Valentin; ...

    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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  16. 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

    2016-02-24

    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.

  17. Influence of disorder on the local density of states in high- T(c) superconducting thin films

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    Cren; Roditchev; Sacks; Klein; Moussy; Deville-Cavellin; Lagues

    2000-01-03

    Using a low temperature scanning tunneling microscope in the spectroscopic mode, we find that the disorder in a Bi(2)Sr(2)CaCu(2)O(8+delta) thin film modifies dramatically the quasiparticle local density of states. Small, but well-defined superconducting regions, coexisting with dominating semiconducting areas, show well-pronounced gap structures, similar to those observed previously in high-quality single crystals. Surprisingly, between these two regions, the detailed shape of the quasiparticle spectrum is virtually identical to the pseudogap previously observed at temperatures T>T(c), or in the vortex core, at 4.2 K. Thus, the role of the disorder in destroying the superconducting phase is comparable to that of the magnetic field or thermal fluctuations.

  18. Superconducting ground state of quasi-one-dimensional K2Cr3As3 investigated using μ SR measurements

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    Adroja, D. T.; Bhattacharyya, A.; Telling, M.; Feng, Yu.; Smidman, M.; Pan, B.; Zhao, J.; Hillier, A. D.; Pratt, F. L.; Strydom, A. M.

    2015-10-01

    The superconducting state of the newly discovered superconductor K2Cr3As3 , with a quasi-one-dimensional crystal structure (Tc˜6 K) , is investigated using magnetization and muon-spin relaxation or rotation (μ SR ) measurements. Our analysis shows that the temperature dependence of the superfluid density obtained from transverse-field μ SR measurements fits either to an isotropic s -wave character for the superconducting gap or to a d -wave model with line nodes. Furthermore, the goodness-of-fit (χ2) values indicate that our data fit better to the d -wave model (χ2˜1 ) than the s -wave model (χ2˜1.38 ). Therefore our μ SR analysis is more consistent with having line nodes than being fully gapped, which is in agreement with the results of the penetration depth measured using a tunnel diode oscillator technique. Our zero-field μ SR measurements do reveal very weak evidence of the spontaneous appearance of an internal magnetic field below the transition temperature, which might indicate that the superconducting state is not conventional. This observation suggests that the electrons are paired via unconventional channels such as spin fluctuations, as proposed on the basis of theoretical models of K2Cr3As3 . Furthermore, from our transverse-field μ SR study the magnetic penetration depth λL, superconducting carrier density ns, and effective-mass enhancement m* have been estimated to be λL(0 ) =432 (4 ) nm, ns=2.7 ×1027carriers/m3 , and m*=1.75 me , respectively.

  19. Josephson effect and nonequilibrium superconductivity in superconducting tunnel structures

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    Rudenko, E. M.

    2012-04-01

    Nonequilibrium superconductivity induced by tunnel current injection of quasiparticles is studied. It is found that an instability in the form of a negative voltage jump in the oscillator current-voltage characteristic (CVC), which leads to an inhomogeneous state, as well as the spatial structure of the inhomogeneous state are very sensitive to low magnetic fields. The shape of the CVC of low-resistance tunnel junctions for bias voltages V ≈ 2Δ/e depends strongly on the junction dimensions and barrier transparency. These results are interpreted in terms of Josephson vortices (fluxons) in a tunnel oscillator. Studies of the nonequilibrium phenomena, with the Josephson properties of low-resistance tunnel structures taken into account, reveal a number of new effects, such as nonequilibrium suppression of the energy gap at bias voltages V < 2Δ/e, the possible existence of an entire series of instabilities of the nonequilibrium superconducting state during tunnel injection, and inhomogeneity in the tunnel injector effect.

  20. 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

    2014-11-10

    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.

  1. Screening current induced magnetic field in REBCO superconducting coil wound by using split wire having intermittent inner split

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    Matsuda, Tetsuro; Jin, Xinzhe; Okamura, Tetsuji

    2017-09-01

    REBCO-coated conductor having a high critical current is promising for applications in next generation apparatuses such as ultra-high field NMR, high-resolution MRI, and high-precision accelerator. However, it has an important challenge for application in NMR and MRI, due to the single core in REBCO superconducting layer. The single core induces a large screening current-induced magnetic field (screening current field), and it influences the controlling of center field in NMR/MRI magnet. To reduce the screening current field, we have recently developed a split wire having multi-core structure by inner split method (electrical separation by bending stress, ESBS). In experiment, short samples with linear inner split by a large bending stress of 80 N were prepared and tested. However, to fabricate a long length wire with good quality, it is better to use a smaller bending stress. In this study, a low-bending-stress inner split method is used to fabricate superconducting tapes with longitudinal split in their superconducting layer. The fabrication and experimental assessments for the wire and coil are carried out.

  2. Preparation of Macroscopic Entangled Coherent States in Nitrogen-Vacancy Centers Ensembles Coupled to a Superconducting Flux Qubit

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    Wang, Liang-Wei; Long, Zhang-Cai

    2017-06-01

    We propose a potentially practical scheme for creating macroscopic entangled coherent state between two separate nitrogen-vacancy center spin ensembles placed near a superconducting flux qubit. Through the collective magnetic coupling and the in situ tunability of the flux qubit, the arbitrary entangled coherent states of spin ensembles can be achieved with high success possibilities under the influence from decoherence of the flux qubit and spin ensembles. The experimental feasibility and challenge are justified using currently available technology. Supported by the National Science Foundation of China under Grant No. 11374118

  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

    2012-12-12

    High-pressure electrical resistance measurements have been performed on single crystal Ba(0.5)Sr(0.5)Fe(2)As(2) 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., Ba(1-x)Sr(x)Fe(2)As(2) (0 < x < 1), can also exhibit superconductivity under high pressure.

  4. Superconducting transmission line particle detector

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    Gray, Kenneth E.

    1989-01-01

    A microvertex particle detector for use in a high energy physic collider including a plurality of parallel superconducting thin film strips separated from a superconducting ground plane by an insulating layer to form a plurality of superconducting waveguides. The microvertex particle detector indicates passage of a charged subatomic particle by measuring a voltage pulse measured across a superconducting waveguide caused by the transition of the superconducting thin film strip from a superconducting to a non-superconducting state in response to the passage of a charged particle. A plurality of superconducting thin film strips in two orthogonal planes plus the slow electromagnetic wave propogating in a superconducting transmission line are used to resolve N.sup.2 ambiguity of charged particle events.

  5. Superconducting transmission line particle detector

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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.

  6. Pressure-induced bulk superconductivity in a layered transition-metal dichalcogenide 1 T -tantalum selenium

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    Wang, Bosen; Liu, Yu; Ishigaki, Kento; Matsubayashi, Kazuyuki; Cheng, Jinguang; Lu, Wenjian; Sun, Yuping; Uwatoko, Yoshiya

    2017-06-01

    We report pressure-driven superconductivity (SC) in the vicinity of a commensurate charge-density wave (CCDW) in transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) 1 T -TaS e2 by simultaneous resistivity and ac susceptibility. The superconducting phase enters at 4.5 GPa and bulk SC emerges along with the collapse of the CCDW phase at a critical pressure Pc˜6.5 GPa . Higher than Pc, the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) keeps increasing linearly, without a dome-shaped superconducting diagram in our pressure range. Tc reaches ˜5.3 K at 15 GPa, which is the highest among all 1 T -TMDs. A comprehensive analysis shows that electronic correlations of the CCDW phase open energy gaps, which prohibit Cooper pairing, while the superconducting channels and CCDW domain wall coexist in three dimensions above Pc. The evolutions of the Fermi surface and the softening of phonon modes under pressure are proposed to explain the monotonic increase of Tc. The findings reveal the interplay of CCDW and SC in 1 T -TaS e2 by a clean method, viz., high pressure, and shed light on the underlying superconducting mechanism in the relevant systems.

  7. Substitution effects on superconducting and normal state properties in (Mo1-xTx)3Sb7, where T = Ru and Fe

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    Tran, V. H.

    2016-12-01

    The effects of Ru- and Fe-doping on the physical properties of Mo3Sb7 were studied by measuring ac-susceptibility, dc-magnetization, electrical resistivity and specific heat. It is found that single-phased (Mo{}1-xRu x )3Sb7 and (Mo{}1-xFe x )3Sb7 samples are obtained for the concentrations x ≤slant 0.1. In this concentration range, the lattice parameter shrinks with increasing dopant content. The substitution effects on the superconducting and normal state properties are completely different between two investigated systems. In the Ru-based solid solution alloys, the substitution enhances the superconducting parameters T c and H c2 and also benefits the spin-gap opening at {T}* ˜ 50 K. In contrast, in the Fe-substituted samples, there is a depression of both T c and H c2, accompanied by vanishing spin-gap and low-dimensional magnetic correlation. The substitution of the Mo atoms by Ru and Fe atoms suppresses the cubic-tetragonal distortion, but presumably favours the magnetic field to induce a magnetic order below T *.

  8. 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.

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

  10. 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.

  11. In-gap states in superconducting LaAlO3-SrTiO3 interfaces observed by tunneling spectroscopy

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    Kuerten, Lukas; Richter, Christoph; Mohanta, Narayan; Kopp, Thilo; Kampf, Arno; Mannhart, Jochen; Boschker, Hans

    2017-07-01

    We identified quasiparticle states at well-defined energies inside the superconducting gap of the electron system at the LaAlO3-SrTiO3 interface using tunneling spectroscopy. The states are found only in a number of samples and depend upon the thermal-cycling history of the samples. The states consist of a peak at zero energy and other peaks at finite energies, symmetrically placed around zero energy. These peaks disappear, together with the superconducting gap, with increasing temperature and magnetic field. We discuss the likelihood of various physical mechanisms that are known to cause in-gap states in superconductors and conclude that none of these mechanisms can easily explain the results. The conceivable scenarios are the formation of Majorana bound states, Andreev bound states, or the presence of an odd-frequency spin triplet component in the superconducting order parameter.

  12. Universal quenching of the superconducting state of two-dimensional nanosize Pb-island structures

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    Kim, Jungdae; Fiete, Gregory A.; Nam, Hyoungdo; MacDonald, A. H.; Shih, Chih-Kang

    2011-07-01

    We systematically address superconductivity of Pb nano-islands with different thicknesses and lateral sizes via a scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy (STM/STS). Reduction of the superconducting gap (Δ) is observed even when the island is larger than the bulk coherence length (ξ) and becomes very fast below ˜50-nm lateral size. The suppression of Δ with size depends to a good approximation only on the volume of the island and is independent of its shape. Theoretical analysis indicates that the universal quenching behavior is primarily manifested by the mean number of electronic orbitals within the pairing energy window.

  13. Observation of a Spin Gap in the Normal State of Superconducting Mo3Sb7

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    Tran, Vinh Hung; Miiller, Wojciech; Bukowski, Zbigniew

    2008-04-01

    Magnetization, specific heat, and electrical resistivity measurements have been performed on the superconductor Mo3Sb7. Two kinds of transitions are observed at 2.3 and 50 K, respectively. The former is superconducting transition, while the latter is attributed to spin-gap formation. From the analysis of the experimental data, excitation gap, intra- and interdimer interactions are estimated as Δ/kb˜120K, J0/kB˜150K, and J1/kB˜55K. The electronic structure calculations using the LSDA approximation show nesting property in the Fermi surface, favoring the superconductivity.

  14. 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.; ...

    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

  15. 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.

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

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    Stillwell, Ryan L.; Jeffries, Jason R.; Jenei, Zsolt; ...

    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

  17. Universal mechanism for breaking the hc/2e periodicity of flux-induced oscillations in small superconducting rings.

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    Vakaryuk, Victor

    2008-10-17

    A universal mechanism of restoration of minimal hc/e periodicity in the response of small superconducting rings or cylinders to the magnetic flux is proposed. The mechanism is based on the dependence of the Cooper pair's internal energy on its motion as a whole and does not rely on the presence of quasiparticles in the system. The thermal equilibrium hc/2e periodicity is broken by an offset of the transition between different current-carrying states. The magnitude of the offset is calculated for an s-wave superconducting cylinder of radius R in the limit R>xi_{0}, where xi_{0} is the BCS coherence length and turns out to be exponentially small. A possible enhancement of the effect for nodal superconductors is suggested. Similar conclusions should also apply to the response of charged or neutral superfluids to rotation.

  18. 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

  19. 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

    2015-11-09

    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.

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

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

    1983-10-01

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

  1. Poloidal Field Power Supply Systems for the HT-7U Steady-State Superconducting Tokamak

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    Fu, P.; Liu, Z.Z.; Xu, J.Z.; Gao, G.; Wen, J.L.; Cao, Y.; Song, Z.Q.; Tang, L.J.; Wang, L.S.; Liang, X.Y.

    2002-07-15

    The paper gives a description of the poloidal field power supplies and the control system of the HT-7U superconducting tokamak required to energize the magnetic field coils for plasma excitation and confinement. An original configuration of alternating-current/direct-current (dc) converter, thyristor dc circuit breaker, and power supply control system are introduced in detail.

  2. 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

    In this paper, 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 ab plane to the ac 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. Finally, 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.

  3. 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.

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

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    Shen, Yao; Wang, Qisi; Hao, Yiqing; ...

    2016-02-01

    In this paper, 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 ab plane to the ac 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 Tcmore » 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. Finally, 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.« less

  5. Enhanced Superconductivity in Restacked TaS2 Nanosheets.

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    Pan, Jie; Guo, Chenguang; Song, Changsheng; Lai, Xiaofang; Li, Hui; Zhao, Wei; Zhang, Hui; Mu, Gang; Bu, Kejun; Lin, Tianquan; Xie, Xiaoming; Chen, Mingwei; Huang, Fuqiang

    2017-04-05

    Since interface superconductivity was discovered at the interface between two insulating layers LaAlO3 and SrTiO3, such interface-induced superconducting systems have been a research hotspot in superconductivity. Here, we report homogeneous interfaces formed by stacking chemically exfoliated monolayer TaS2 nanosheets randomly. Enhanced superconductivity of Tc = 3 K is observed, compared with 0.8 K of parent 2H-TaS2. The measurement of heat capacity shows the increase of electronic specific-heat coefficient γ of restacked TaS2 nanosheets compared to parent 2H-TaS2 crystals. Density functional theory calculations indicate that increase and delocalization of electron states near the Fermi surface due to the homogeneous interfaces effects could account for the enhanced superconductivity.

  6. Generalization of the theory of the electron-phonon interaction: Thermodynamic formulation of superconducting- and normal-state properties

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    Pickett, Warren E.

    1982-08-01

    A thermodynamic formulation for the electron self-energy is given which is applicable when the electronic spectrum possesses structure on the scale of phonon frequencies, provided only that the ratio of phonon phase velocity to electron Fermi velocity is small. Electron-phonon, Coulomb, and electron-defect interactions are included on an equal footing and it is shown that their different frequency dependencies lead to specific effects on the Eliashberg self-energy: (a) The Coulomb interaction contributes nothing of essence to the normal-state self-energy (in this isotropic approximation) but retains its usual depairing effect upon the superconducting gap function, (b) defects affect superconducting properties primarily through a broadening of the electronic spectrum, and (c) phonons contribute a thermal shift and broadening as well as the mass enhancement. A generalization to intensive electron-phonon, electron-electron, and electron-defect interaction constants is necessary to redevelop an intuition into the effects of these interactions. The change in the structure of the Eliashberg equation due to a nonconstant density of states (DOS) and the consequent interplay between static and thermal disorder is analyzed in detail, with a central feature being the change in frequency dependence of the self-energy compared to a constant DOS solution. The effect of DOS structure on the superconducting transition temperature Tc, which is manifested in the defect dependence of Tc, is analyzed in detail. Further it is proposed that an extension of the self-consistent Eliashberg approach be extended above Tc to determine the normal-state self-energy and thereby the electronic contribution to thermodynamic quantities. Phonon broadening is shown to affect the spin susceptibility at finite temperature. Reinterpretation of several of the anomalous properties of A15 compounds in terms of the present theory is suggested. Several aspects of the theory are compared to experimental data

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. Pressure-induced superconductivity in the giant Rashba system BiTeI.

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    VanGennep, D; Linscheid, A; Jackson, D E; Weir, S T; Vohra, Y K; Berger, H; Stewart, G R; Hennig, R G; Hirschfeld, P J; Hamlin, J J

    2017-03-08

    At ambient pressure, BiTeI exhibits a giant Rashba splitting of the bulk electronic bands. At low pressures, BiTeI undergoes a transition from trivial insulator to topological insulator. At still higher pressures, two structural transitions are known to occur. We have carried out a series of electrical resistivity and AC magnetic susceptibility measurements on BiTeI at pressure up to  ∼40 GPa in an effort to characterize the properties of the high-pressure phases. A previous calculation found that the high-pressure orthorhombic P4/nmm structure BiTeI is a metal. We find that this structure is superconducting with T c values as high as 6 K. AC magnetic susceptibility measurements support the bulk nature of the superconductivity. Using electronic structure and phonon calculations, we compute T c and find that our data is consistent with phonon-mediated superconductivity.

  10. Pressure-induced superconductivity in the giant Rashba system BiTeI

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    VanGennep, D.; Linscheid, A.; Jackson, D. E.; ...

    2017-01-27

    We present that at ambient pressure, BiTeI exhibits a giant Rashba splitting of the bulk electronic bands. At low pressures, BiTeI undergoes a transition from trivial insulator to topological insulator. At still higher pressures, two structural transitions are known to occur. We have carried out a series of electrical resistivity and AC magnetic susceptibility measurements on BiTeI at pressure up to ~40 GPa in an effort to characterize the properties of the high-pressure phases. A previous calculation found that the high-pressure orthorhombic P4/nmm structure BiTeI is a metal. We find that this structure is superconducting with T c values asmore » high as 6 K. AC magnetic susceptibility measurements support the bulk nature of the superconductivity. Using electronic structure and phonon calculations, we compute T c and find that our data is consistent with phonon-mediated superconductivity.« less

  11. Pressure-induced superconductivity in the giant Rashba system BiTeI

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    VanGennep, D.; Linscheid, A.; Jackson, D. E.; Weir, S. T.; Vohra, Y. K.; Berger, H.; Stewart, G. R.; Hennig, R. G.; Hirschfeld, P. J.; Hamlin, J. J.

    2017-03-01

    At ambient pressure, BiTeI exhibits a giant Rashba splitting of the bulk electronic bands. At low pressures, BiTeI undergoes a transition from trivial insulator to topological insulator. At still higher pressures, two structural transitions are known to occur. We have carried out a series of electrical resistivity and AC magnetic susceptibility measurements on BiTeI at pressure up to  ∼40 GPa in an effort to characterize the properties of the high-pressure phases. A previous calculation found that the high-pressure orthorhombic P4/nmm structure BiTeI is a metal. We find that this structure is superconducting with T c values as high as 6 K. AC magnetic susceptibility measurements support the bulk nature of the superconductivity. Using electronic structure and phonon calculations, we compute T c and find that our data is consistent with phonon-mediated superconductivity.

  12. Interface-induced superconductivity in Pd films on SrS

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

    2012-06-25

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

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

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

    2012-06-01

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

  14. Nodal quasiparticle lifetime in the superconducting state of Bi(2)Sr(2)CaCu(2)O(8+delta)

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    Corson; Orenstein; Oh; O'Donnell; Eckstein

    2000-09-18

    We have measured the complex conductivity sigma of a Bi(2)Sr(2)CaCu(2)O(8+delta) thin film between 0.2 and 0.8 THz. We find sigma in the superconducting state to be well described as the sum of contributions from quasiparticles, condensate, and order parameter fluctuations which draw 30% of the spectral weight from the condensate. An analysis based on this decomposition yields a quasiparticle scattering rate on the order of k(B)T/Planck's over 2pi for temperatures below T(c).

  15. Competition between intrinsic and extrinsic effects in the quenching of the superconducting state in Fe(Se,Te) thin films

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    Leo, Antonio; Marra, Pasquale; Grimaldi, Gaia; Citro, Roberta; Kawale, Shrikant; Bellingeri, Emilio; Ferdeghini, Carlo; Pace, Sandro; Nigro, Angela

    2016-02-01

    We report the first experimental observation of the quenching of the superconducting state in current-voltage characteristics of an iron-based superconductor, namely, in Fe(Se,Te) thin films. Based on available theoretical models, our analysis suggests the presence of an intrinsic flux-flow electronic instability along with non-negligible extrinsic thermal effects. The coexistence and competition of these two mechanisms classify the observed instability as halfway between those of low-temperature and of high-temperature superconductors, where thermal effects are, respectively, largely negligible or predominant.

  16. Competing magnetic ground states in non-superconducting Ba(Fe1-xCrx)2As2

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    Marty, Karol J; Christianson, Andrew D; Wang, Cuihuan; Matsuda, Masaaki; Cao, Huibo; VanBebber, L. H.; Zaretsky, Jerel L.; Singh, David J; Sefat, A. S.; Lumsden, Mark D

    2011-01-01

    We present neutron diffraction measurements on single-crystal samples of nonsuperconducting Ba(Fe{sub 1-x}Cr{sub x}){sub 2}As{sub 2} as a function of Cr doping for 0 x 0.47. The average spin-density-wave moment is independent of concentration for x 0.2 and decreases rapidly for x 0.3. For concentrations in excess of 30% chromium, we find a new competing magnetic phase consistent with G-type antiferromagnetism which rapidly becomes the dominant magnetic ground state. Strong magnetism is observed for all concentrations measured, naturally explaining the absence of superconductivity in the Cr-doped materials.

  17. Nodal Quasiparticle Lifetime in the Superconducting State of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ

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    Corson, J.; Orenstein, J.; Oh, Seongshik; O'Donnell, J.; Eckstein, J. N.

    2000-09-01

    We have measured the complex conductivity σ of a Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ thin film between 0.2 and 0.8 THz. We find σ in the superconducting state to be well described as the sum of contributions from quasiparticles, condensate, and order parameter fluctuations which draw 30% of the spectral weight from the condensate. An analysis based on this decomposition yields a quasiparticle scattering rate on the order of kBT/ħ for temperatures below Tc.

  18. Control of multilevel voltage states in a hysteretic superconducting-quantum-interference-device ring-resonator system.

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    Stiffell, P; Everitt, M J; Clark, T D; Ralph, J F

    2005-11-01

    In this paper we study numerical solutions to the quasiclassical equations of motion for a superconducting-quantum-interference device ring-radio frequency (rf) resonator system in the regime where the ring is highly hysteretic. In line with experiment, we show that for a suitable choice of ring circuit parameters the solutions to these equations of motion comprise sets of levels in the rf voltage-current dynamics of the coupled system. We further demonstrate that transitions, both up and down, between these levels can be controlled by voltage pulses applied to the system, thus opening up the possibility of high order (e.g., 10 state), multilevel logic and memory.

  19. Development of a ferromagnetic component in the superconducting state of Fe-excess Fe1.12Te1-xSex by electronic charge redistribution

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    Li, Wen-Hsien; Karna, Sunil K.; Hsu, Han; Li, Chi-Yen; Lee, Chi-Hung; Sankar, Raman; Cheng Chou, Fang

    2015-06-01

    The general picture established so far for the links between superconductivity and magnetic ordering in iron chalcogenide Fe1+y(Te1-xSex) is that the substitution of Se for Te directly drives the system from the antiferromagnetic end into the superconducting regime. Here, we report on the observation of a ferromagnetic component that developed together with the superconducting transition in Fe-excess Fe1.12Te1-xSex crystals using neutron and x-ray diffractions, resistivity, magnetic susceptibility and magnetization measurements. The superconducting transition is accompanied by a negative thermal expansion of the crystalline unit cell and an electronic charge redistribution, where a small portion of the electronic charge flows from around the Fe sites toward the Te/Se sites. First-principles calculations show consistent results, revealing that the excess Fe ions play a more significant role in affecting the magnetic property in the superconducting state than in the normal state and the occurrence of an electronic charge redistribution through the superconducting transition.

  20. Development of a ferromagnetic component in the superconducting state of Fe-excess Fe1.12Te1-xSex by electronic charge redistribution

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    Li, Wen-Hsien; Karna, Sunil K.; Hsu, Han; Li, Chi-Yen; Lee, Chi-Hung; Sankar, Raman; Cheng Chou, Fang

    2015-01-01

    The general picture established so far for the links between superconductivity and magnetic ordering in iron chalcogenide Fe1+y(Te1-xSex) is that the substitution of Se for Te directly drives the system from the antiferromagnetic end into the superconducting regime. Here, we report on the observation of a ferromagnetic component that developed together with the superconducting transition in Fe-excess Fe1.12Te1-xSex crystals using neutron and x-ray diffractions, resistivity, magnetic susceptibility and magnetization measurements. The superconducting transition is accompanied by a negative thermal expansion of the crystalline unit cell and an electronic charge redistribution, where a small portion of the electronic charge flows from around the Fe sites toward the Te/Se sites. First-principles calculations show consistent results, revealing that the excess Fe ions play a more significant role in affecting the magnetic property in the superconducting state than in the normal state and the occurrence of an electronic charge redistribution through the superconducting transition. PMID:26077466

  1. Experimental investigation of the role of the triplet pairing in the superconducting spin-valve effect

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    Leksin, P. V.; Kamashev, A. A.; Garif'yanov, N. N.; Validov, A. A.; Fominov, Ya. V.; Schumann, J.; Kataev, V. E.; Büchner, B.; Garifullin, I. A.

    2016-11-01

    An important role of the morphology of a superconducting layer in the superconducting spin-valve effect has been established. The triplet pairing induced by the superconductor/ferromagnet proximity effect has been experimentally investigated for samples CoO x /Py1/Cu/Py2/Cu/Pb (where Py = Ni0.81Fe0.19) with a smooth superconducting layer. The optimization of the parameters of this structure has demonstrated a complete switching between the normal and superconducting states with a change in the relative orientation of magnetizations of the ferromagnetic layers from the antiparallel to orthogonal orientation. A pure triplet contribution has been observed for the sample with a permalloy layer thickness at which the superconducting spin-valve effect vanishes. A direct comparison of the experimental data with the theoretical calculation of the temperature of the transition to the superconducting state has been performed for the first time.

  2. 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.

  3. Developments of the theory of spin fluctuations and spin fluctuation-induced superconductivity

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    Moriya, Tôru

    2006-01-01

    Theory of spin fluctuations as developed in the past 30 years have played important roles in the theory of magnetism in metals, particularly in elucidating the properties around the magnetic instability or quantum critical points. Recently the theory has been extended to deal with the spin fluctuaion-mediated superconductivity with anisotropic order parameters in strongly correlated electron systems. These theoretical developments are briefly reviewed and the high temperature superconductivity of cuprates and organic and heavy electron superconductors are discussed in the light of these theories. PMID:25792765

  4. Pressure induced effects on the Fermi surface of superconducting 2H-NbSe2.

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    Suderow, H; Tissen, V G; Brison, J P; Martínez, J L; Vieira, S

    2005-09-09

    The pressure dependence of the critical temperature T(c) and upper critical field H(c2)(T) has been measured up to 19 GPa in the layered superconducting material 2H-NbSe2. T(c)(P) has a maximum at 10.5 GPa, well above the pressure for the suppression of the charge density wave (CDW) order. Using an effective two-band model to fit H(c2)(T), we obtain the pressure dependence of the anisotropy in the electron-phonon coupling and Fermi velocities, which reveals the peculiar interplay between CDW order, Fermi surface complexity, and superconductivity in this system.

  5. Hidden-fermion representation of self-energy in pseudogap and superconducting states of the two-dimensional Hubbard model

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    Sakai, Shiro; Civelli, Marcello; Imada, Masatoshi

    2016-09-01

    We study the frequency-dependent structure of electronic self-energy in the pseudogap and superconducting states of the two-dimensional Hubbard model. We present the self-energy calculated with the cellular dynamical mean-field theory systematically in the space of temperature, electron density, and interaction strength. We show that the low-frequency part of the self-energy is well represented by a simple equation, which describes the transitions of an electron to and from a hidden-fermionic state. By fitting the numerical data with this simple equation, we determine the parameters characterizing the hidden fermion and discuss its identity. The simple expression of the self-energy offers a way to organize numerical data of these uncomprehended superconducting and pseudogap states, as well as a useful tool to analyze spectroscopic experimental results. The successful description by the simple two-component fermion model supports the idea of "dark" and "bright" fermions emerging from a bare electron as bistable excitations in doped Mott insulators.

  6. Vortex-glass transformation within the surface superconducting state of β-phase Mo1-x Re x alloys

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    Sundar, Shyam; Chattopadhyay, M. K.; Sharath Chandra, L. S.; Rawat, R.; Roy, S. B.

    2017-02-01

    We have performed an experimental study on the temperature dependence of electrical resistivity ρ(T) and heat capacity C(T) of the Mo{}1-xRe x (x=0.20,0.25) alloy superconductors in different magnetic fields. In the presence of applied magnetic field, the electrical resistivity of these alloys goes to zero at a temperature well above the bulk superconducting transition temperature obtained with the help of heat capacity measurements in the same magnetic field. Our study indicates the presence of a surface superconducting state in these alloys, where the flux lines are pinned in the surface sheath of the superconductor. The configuration of the flux lines (two-dimensional pancake-like) in the surface sheath is understood in the realm of the flux-spot model. Experimental evidence in support of the surface mixed-state state or ‘Kulik vortex-state’ and the occurrence of a vortex-liquid to vortex-glass transition is presented.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Temperature dependence of the superconductivity-induced collective mode in the c-axis infrared spectra of bilayer cuprate superconductors

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    Munzar, D.; Chaloupka, J.; Bernhard, C.; Dubroka, A.; Vašátko, J.

    2010-12-01

    The low-temperature spectra of the c-axis infrared conductivity of bilayer high-Tc cuprate superconductors (HTCS) exhibit two superconductivity-induced modes [Li Yu et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 100 (2008) 177004; and references therein]. Both can be understood in terms of a microscopic theory developed recently [J. Chaloupka, C. Bernhard, D. Munzar, Phys. Rev. B 79 (2009) 184513]. Here we summarize the elements of the theory and report on the temperature dependence (TD) of the low-energy mode and of the total optical spectral weight (SW). The calculated TD of the mode is consistent with experiment but the trends of the SW are not.

  10. N-Type Superconductivity in an Organic Mott Insulator Induced by Light-Driven Electron-Doping.

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    Suda, Masayuki; Takashina, Naoto; Namuangruk, Supawadee; Kungwan, Nawee; Sakurai, Hidehiro; Yamamoto, Hiroshi M

    2017-09-01

    The presence of interface dipoles in self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) gives rise to electric-field effects at the device interfaces. SAMs of spiropyran derivatives can be used as photoactive interface dipole layer in field-effect transistors because the photochromism of spiropyrans involves a large dipole moment switching. Recently, light-induced p-type superconductivity in an organic Mott insulator, κ-(BEDT-TTF)2 Cu[N(CN)2 ]Br (κ-Br: BEDT-TTF = bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene) has been realized, thanks to the hole carriers induced by significant interface dipole variation in the spiropyran-SAM. This report explores the converse situation by designing a new type of spiropyran monolayer in which light-induced electron-doping into κ-Br and accompanying n-type superconducting transition have been observed. These results open new possibilities for novel electronics utilizing a photoactive SAMs, which can design not only the magnitude but also the direction of photoinduced electric-fields at the device interfaces. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. 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

  12. 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

    2015-07-23

    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.

  13. Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless transition to the superconducting state of heavy-fermion superlattices.

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    She, Jian-Huang; Balatsky, Alexander V

    2012-08-17

    We propose an explanation of the superconducting transitions discovered in the heavy-fermion superlattices by Mizukami et al. [Nature Phys. 7, 849 (2011)] in terms of Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless (BKT) transition. We observe that the effective mass mismatch between the heavy-fermion superconductor and the normal metal regions provides an effective barrier that enables quasi-2D superconductivity in such systems. We show that the resistivity data, both with and without magnetic field, are consistent with BKT transition. Furthermore, we study the influence of a nearby magnetic quantum critical point on the vortex system and find that the vortex core energy can be significantly reduced due to magnetic fluctuations. Further reduction of the gap with decreasing number of layers is understood as a result of pair breaking effect of Yb ions at the interface.

  14. Review of High Power Density Superconducting Generators: Present State and Prospects for Incorporating YBCO Windings

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    2005-01-01

    efficient cryocoolers such as Stirling and Pulse Tube cryocoolers . Stirling cryocoolers have been used by the military for decades for sensor cool- ing...but these cryocoolers are too small for cooling the lar- ger volume associated with superconducting power applications. Large Stirling and Pulse Tube...Air Force contract for a laser application is a lightweight Stirling cryocooler weighing only 19 lbs and delivering 16 W of refrigeration at 80 K [39

  15. Review of the state of the art of high-Tc superconducting technology. Final report

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    Tauritz, J.L.

    1990-06-01

    Phenomenological aspects of superconductivity are summarized, particularly with respect to use at microwave frequencies. Bulk and thin-film methods of fabrication of high T(c) materials are described, and recent experimental results are reported. Applicability to microwave component design is considered, and a number of device demonstrators are reviewed. Representative European and non-European activities of relevance to future space vehicle borne microwave systems are discussed.

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

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    Zhou, Yonghui; Wu, Juefei; Ning, Wei; Li, Nana; Du, Yongping; Chen, Xuliang; Zhang, Ranran; Chi, Zhenhua; Wang, Xuefei; Zhu, Xiangde; Lu, Pengchao; Ji, Cheng; Wan, Xiangang; Yang, Zhaorong; Sun, Jian; Yang, Wenge; Tian, Mingliang; Zhang, Yuheng; Mao, Ho-Kwang

    2016-03-15

    As a new type of topological materials, ZrTe5 shows many exotic properties under extreme conditions. Using resistance and ac magnetic susceptibility measurements under high pressure, while the resistance anomaly near 128 K is completely suppressed at 6.2 GPa, a fully superconducting transition emerges. The superconducting transition temperature Tc increases with applied pressure, and reaches a maximum of 4.0 K at 14.6 GPa, followed by a slight drop but remaining almost constant value up to 68.5 GPa. At pressures above 21.2 GPa, a second superconducting phase with the maximum Tc of about 6.0 K appears and coexists with the original one to the maximum pressure studied in this work. In situ high-pressure synchrotron X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy combined with theoretical calculations indicate the observed two-stage superconducting behavior is correlated to the structural phase transition from ambient Cmcm phase to high-pressure C2/m phase around 6 GPa, and to a mixture of two high-pressure phases of C2/m and P-1 above 20 GPa. The combination of structure, transport measurement, and theoretical calculations enable a complete understanding of the emerging exotic properties in 3D topological materials under extreme environments.

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

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    Zhou, Yonghui; Wu, Juefei; Ning, Wei; Li, Nana; Du, Yongping; Chen, Xuliang; Zhang, Ranran; Chi, Zhenhua; Wang, Xuefei; Zhu, Xiangde; Lu, Pengchao; Ji, Cheng; Wan, Xiangang; Yang, Zhaorong; Sun, Jian; Yang, Wenge; Tian, Mingliang; Zhang, Yuheng; Mao, Ho-kwang

    2016-01-01

    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

  18. Oxygen stabilization induced enhancement in superconducting characteristics of high-Tc oxides

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    Wu, M. K.; Chen, J. T.; Huang, C. Y.

    1991-01-01

    In an attempt to enhance the electrical and mechanical properties of the high temperature superconducting oxides, high T(sub c) composites were prepared composed of the 123 compounds and AgO. The presence of extra oxygen due to the decomposition of AgO at high temperature is found to stabilize the superconducting 123 phase. Ag is found to serve as clean flux for grain growth and precipitates as pinning center. Consequently, almost two orders of magnitude enhancement in critical current densities were also observed in these composites. In addition, these composites also show much improvement in workability and shape formation. On the other hand, proper oxygen treatment of Y5Ba6Cu11Oy was found to possibly stabilize superconducting phase with T(sub c) near 250 K. I-V, ac susceptibility, and electrical resistivity measurements indicate the existence of this ultra high T(sub c) phase in this compound. Detailed structure, microstructure, electrical, magnetic and thermal studies of the superconducting composites and the ultra high T(sub c) compound are presented and discussed.

  19. The interplay between topological p-wave superconductivity and odd-frequency pairing in superconducting proximity systems

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    Stanev, Valentin; Galitski, Victor

    2014-03-01

    We study the proximity-induced superconductivity in semiconductor nanowires. The interplay between superconductivity and spin-orbit coupling plays a crucial role in proposals for creating Majorana fermions in semiconducting heterostructures. To further elucidate the physics of such devices we employ the quasiclassical Green's functions methods. We show that the spatial variations of the superconducting order parameter leads to non-trivial effects in the nanowire. We demonstrate the appearance of odd-frequency pairing correlations close to the boundaries, and discuss their effect on the density of states. Work supported by DOE-BES (DESC0001911) and Simons Foundation.

  20. Using a Superconducting Resonator with Frequency-Compensated Tunable Coupling to Transfer a Quantum State Deterministically and Directly

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

    Deterministic direct quantum state transfer between devices on different chips requires the ability to transfer quantum states between traveling qubits and fixed logic qubits. Reflections must be minimized to avoid energy loss and phase interference; this requires tunable coupling to an inter-chip line while the two devices are at equal frequencies. To achieve this, we use a 6GHz superconducting coplanar resonator with tunable coupling to a 50 Ohm transmission line. We compensate for the resulting shift in resonator frequency by simultaneously tuning a second SQUID. We measure the device coherence and demonstrate the ability to release a single-frequency shaped pulse into the transmission line, efficiently capture a shaped pulse, and deterministically and directly transfer a quantum state.