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Strong suppression of the resistivity nearthe transition to superconductivity innarrow micro-bridgesinexternal magnetic fields


Zhang, Xiaofu; Lita, Adriana E; Smirnov, Konstantin; Liu, HuanLong; Zhu, Dong; Verma, Varun B; Nam, Sae Woo; Schilling, A (2019). Strong suppression of the resistivity nearthe transition to superconductivity innarrow micro-bridgesinexternal magnetic fields. arXiv.org 1909.02915, University of Zurich.

Abstract

We have investigated a series of superconducting bridges based on homogeneous amorphous WSi and MoSi films, with bridge widths w ranging from 2 um to 1000 um and film thicknesses d ~ 4-6 nm and 100 nm. Upon decreasing the bridge widths below the respective Pearl lengths, we observe in all cases distinct changes in the characteristics of the resistive transitions to superconductivity. For each of the films, the resistivity curves R(B,T) separate at a well-defined and field-dependent temperature T*(B) with decreasing the temperature, resulting in a dramatic suppression of the resistivity and a sharpening of the transitions with decreasing bridge width w. The associated excess conductivity in all the bridges scales as 1/w, which may suggest the presence of a highly conducting region that is dominating the electric transport in narrow bridges. We argue that this effect can only be observed in materials with sufficiently weak vortex pinning.

Abstract

We have investigated a series of superconducting bridges based on homogeneous amorphous WSi and MoSi films, with bridge widths w ranging from 2 um to 1000 um and film thicknesses d ~ 4-6 nm and 100 nm. Upon decreasing the bridge widths below the respective Pearl lengths, we observe in all cases distinct changes in the characteristics of the resistive transitions to superconductivity. For each of the films, the resistivity curves R(B,T) separate at a well-defined and field-dependent temperature T*(B) with decreasing the temperature, resulting in a dramatic suppression of the resistivity and a sharpening of the transitions with decreasing bridge width w. The associated excess conductivity in all the bridges scales as 1/w, which may suggest the presence of a highly conducting region that is dominating the electric transport in narrow bridges. We argue that this effect can only be observed in materials with sufficiently weak vortex pinning.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute
Dewey Decimal Classification:530 Physics
Language:English
Date:2019
Deposited On:07 Jan 2020 12:37
Last Modified:07 Jan 2020 12:40
Series Name:arXiv.org
ISSN:2331-8422
OA Status:Green
Related URLs:https://arxiv.org/abs/1909.02915

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