Competition of superconductivity and antiferromagnetism in RNi2B2C (R = Tm, Dy, Ho, Er)
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Highlights: • Hamiltonian model to study SC and AFM in RNi2B2C. • A competition between SC and AFM. - Abstract: The co-existence of superconductivity (SC) and antiferromagnetism (AFM) in RNi2B2C (R = Tm, Dy, Ho, Er) is reported in this paper. A mean field Hamiltonian model is taken for the system. The order parameters corresponding to SC and AFM are determined and their variation with temperature are studied for these borocarbide superconductors. The interplay of SC and AFM shows BCS type of two gaps in the quasi-particle density of states. Our theoretical study is an attempt to reveal how far the s-wave pairing taken in our model could explain the coexistence properties of SC and AFM in RNi2B2C
Transport and superconducting properties of RNi2B2C (R=Y,nLu) single crystals
Rathnayaka, K. D. D.; Bhatnagar, A. K.; Parasiris, A.; Naugle, D. G.; Canfield, P. C.; Cho, B. K.
1997-04-01
The in-plane resistivity, in-plane absolute thermopower, and upper critical field measurements are reported for single-crystal samples of YNi2B2C and LuNi2B2C superconductors. The in-plane resistivity shows metallic behavior and varies approximately linearly with temperature near room temperature (RT) but shows nearly quadratic behavior in temperature at low temperatures. The YNi2B2C and LuNi2B2C single-crystal samples exhibit large transverse magnetoresistance (~6-8 % at 45 kOe) in the ab plane. The absolute thermopower S(T) is negative from RT to the superconducting transition temperature Tc. Its magnitude at RT is a few times of the value for a typical good metal. S(T) is approximately linear in temperature between ~150 K and RT. Extrapolation to T=0 gives large intercepts (few μV/K) for both samples suggesting the presence of a much larger 'knee' than would be expected from electron-phonon interaction renormalization effects. The upper critical fields for H parallel and perpendicular to the c axis and the superconducting parameters derived from it do not show any anisotropy for the YNi2B2C single-crystal samples in agreement with magnetization and torque magnetometry measurements, but a small anisotropy is observed for the LuNi2B2C single crystals. The analysis shows that these are moderately strong-coupling type-II superconductors (similar to the A-15 compounds) with a value of the electron-phonon coupling parameter λ(0) approximately equal to 1.2 for YNi2B2C and 1.0 for LuNi2B2C, the Ginzburg-Landau coherence length ξ(0) approximately equal to 70 Å, and Hc2(0)~60-70 kOe. The temperature dependence of the upper critical field shows a positive curvature near Tc in disagreement with the Werthamer, Helfand, Hohenberg, and Maki (WHHM) theory but in agreement with a recent solution of the Gor'kov equation using a basis formed by Landau levels (Bahcall); however, the data show a severe disagreement between the observed low-temperature behavior of Hc2(T) and that
Discovery and properties of quaternary borocarbide superconductors
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The discovery of superconductivity in Y-Ni-B-C by Indian scientists has led to a new class of materials, viz, Quaternary Rare Earth Borocarbides, with many interesting properties. Several members of the series show superconductivity with high Tc for intermetallics with the multiphase Y-Pd-B-C system showing a Tc of 23 K which is highest for bulk intermetallics. Some of the magnetic members of the family exhibit the exotic phenomenon of coexistence of superconductivity with high Tc as well as high magnetic ordering temperatures. The two cooperative phenomena occurring at comparable energy scale results in new aspects of interplay of magnetism and superconductivity. In quaternaries, there is ample scope for finding new materials possibly with even higher Tcs and newer phenomena. A glimpse of this new and exciting field is presented here. (author)
Mazumdar, C; Von Lips, H; Golden, M S; Fink, J; Canfield, P C; Kaindl, G
2001-01-01
We present here the results of polarization-dependent X-ray- absorption near-edge structure (XANES) studies at the B-K, C-K, and Ni-L/sub 3/ thresholds of single-crystalline borocarbide compounds RNi/sub 2/B/sub 2/C (with R=Er to Lu) using bulk-sensitive fluorescence yield technique. The Ni-L/sub 3/ XANES spectrum for YbNi /sub 2/B/sub 2/C with photon polarization parallel to the ab plane is significantly more intense than in analogous spectra of other members of this series. This indicates a reduced Ni-3d occupancy in the Ni /sub 2/B/sub 2/ layer in YbNi/sub 2/B/sub 2/C, a fact that might be responsible for the absence of superconductivity in this material. (26 refs).
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Mazumdar, Chandan, E-mail: chandan.mazumdar@saha.ac.in [Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata 700064 (India); Nagarajan, R., E-mail: nagarajan@cbs.ac.in [University of Mumbai-Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, Santacruz (East), Mumbai 400 098 (India)
2015-07-15
Discovery of superconductivity in Y–Ni–B–C (T{sub c} ∼ 13 K) gave rise to the class of quaternary rare earth transition metal borocarbide superconductors. Before the discovery of Fe-based arsenide superconductors, this was the only class of materials containing a magnetic element, viz., Ni, yet exhibiting T{sub c}s > 5 K. Many members of this class have high T{sub c} (>10 K). T{sub c} of ∼23 K in Y–Pd–B–C system equaled the record T{sub c} known then, for intermetallics. Another feature that sets this class apart, is the occurrence of the exotic phenomenon of coexistence of superconductivity and magnetism at temperatures >5 K. Availability of large and electronically ‘clean’ single crystals and large Ginzburg-Landau (G–L) parameter, κ, have enabled detailed investigation of nonlocal effects of superconductivity. Intermediate value of upper critical field H{sub c2}, has enabled detailed investigation of superconductivity in this class, over the complete H–T plane. This has revealed details of anisotropy of superconductivity (e.g., a fourfold symmetry in the square a–b plane is found) and raised questions on the symmetry of order parameter. After a brief outline of the discovery, this article gives a summary of the materials and highlights of superconducting properties of this class of materials. Interesting results from studies, using various techniques, on YNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C (T{sub c} ∼ 15 K) and LuNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C (T{sub c} ∼ 16 K) are presented, including observation of unusual square vortex lattice and its structural transformation with H and T. With conduction electrons involved in the magnetic order of this class of superconductors, the interplay of superconductivity and magnetism is intimate in these magnetic superconductors. With T{sub c} (∼11 K) > T{sub N} (∼6 K) in ErNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C, T{sub c} (∼8 K) = T{sub N} (∼8 K) in HoNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C and T{sub c} (∼6 K) < T{sub N} (∼11 K) in DyNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C, and
Flux line lattice symmetries in the borocarbide superconductor LuNi2B2C
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M R Eskildsen; A B Abrahamsen; P L Gammel; D J Bishop; N H Andersen; K Mortensen; P C Canfield
2002-05-01
We compare the results of small angle neutron scattering on the ﬂux line lattice (FLL) obtained in the borocarbide superconductor LuNi2B2C with the applied ﬁeld along the - and -axes. For $\\mathbf{H}||\\mathbf{c}$ the temperature dependence of the FLL structural phase transition from square to hexagonal symmetry was investigated. Above 10 K the transition onset ﬁeld, 2(), rises sharply, bending away from c2() in contradiction to theoretical predictions of the two merging. For $\\mathbf{H}||\\mathbf{a}$ a ﬁrst order FLL reorientation transition is observed at tr =3-3.5 kOe. Below tr the FLL nearest neighbor direction is parallel to the -axis, and above tr to the -axis. This transition cannot be explained using nonlocal corrections to the London model.
Small angle neutron scattering studies of the flux line lattices in the borocarbide superconductors
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Eskildsen, Morten Ring
1998-12-01
This thesis describes small angle neutron scattering studies of the flux line lattice (FLL) in the following members of the borocarbide superconductors: YNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C, ErNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C, TmNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C, LuNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C, Y{sub 0.75}Lu{sub 0.25}Ni{sub 2}B{sub 2}C and Lu(Ni{sub 1-x}CO{sub x}){sub 2}B{sub 2}C with x = 1.5 - 9%. Of the materials ErN{sub 2}B{sub 2}C and TmNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C exhibits coexisting superconductivity and magnetic ordering. Three main conclusions can be derived from the results in this thesis. Existence of a low field hexagonal to square symmetry transition of the FLL, ubiquitous to the superconducting borocarbides, magnetic and non-magnetic alike. This symmetry transition is due to the four-fold anisotropy of the Fermi surface, distorting the screening currents towards a square flow pattern. This four-fold anisotropy together with non-local electrodynamics induces a transition to a square FLL, as the field is increased. Changing the non-locality range shifts the square to hexagonal transition onset field. A static disordering of the FLL in YNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C and LuNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C. In these materials one observes a well ordered FLL, with a longitudinal correlation length exceeding 100 flux line spacings. As the applied field is increased the longitudinal correlation length, increases with field up to H/H{sub c2} {approx} 0.2. Above this field the FLL correlation length slowly starts to fall off, in contradiction to theoretical models. The existence of complex interactions between the magnetic state and the FLL in TmNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C. This is signalled by coinciding changes in the FLL symmetry and in the magnetic structure. The FLL show a two-step symmetry transition from square to rhombic and then hexagonal with increased field. In addition, the FLL reflectivity shows distinct peaks as the thulium ions orders magnetically at T{sub N} and across the field driven magnetic transition. No explanation for this behaviour
Solid state chemistry of the quarternary boro-carbide and boro-nitride superconductors
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Cava, R.J. [AT and T Bell Labs., Murray Hill, NJ (United States)
1995-12-31
The chemistry of copper oxides has been a dominant research topic in the field of new superconducting materials since 1986. Just as the copper oxides opened many new doors after their initial discovery, new doors now to be opened will have to be based on a different kind of material. Several years ago we began to reinvestigate various families of intermetallic materials to explore their potential for superconductivity - an area of exploration largely abandoned since the mid 1970`s. We found a broad new family of materials based on lanthanides, transition metals, and the light elements boron, carbon and nitrogen, one of which has a superconducting transition temperature as high as has ever been observed for an intermetallic compound. These represent the first true quaternary intermetallic superconductors, and show that optimal structural and chemical complexity had not yet been reached in this family of potential superconductors before research on new materials was dropped.
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Eskildsen, M.R.; Fisher, I.R.; Gammel, P.L.;
2000-01-01
2B2C. We find that the onset field of the symmetry transition can be shifted more than an order of magnitude due to changes in the range of the non-local electrodynamics. Comparing the results to transport measurements of the electronic mean free path and the superconducting coherence length we find...... that the transition onset follows a model by V. Kogan et nl., which includes non-local corrections to the London model due to the Fermi surface anisotropy of the borocarbides. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved....
Nested Fermi surfaces and order in the rare earth nickel borocarbides and copper palladium alloys
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The electronic structure of two systems, each displaying a different type of order believed to derive from their respective Fermi surface topologies, has been investigated using the two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR) technique. A particular topological feature of a generic rare earth nickel borocarbide (general formula RNi2B2C) Fermi surface is popularly believed to be responsible for a particular modulated arrangement of local moments observed in several magnetic borocarbides. Accordingly, c-axis 2D-ACAR spectra were collected from four representative members of the series, namely the Er, Tm, Yb and Lu compounds. A further a-axis projection from LuNi2B2C provides an additional comparison with electronic structure calculations performed for this compound. The c-axis projected k-space electron occupancies reveal a fundamentally similar Fermi surface topology across the measured compounds. The a- and c-axis k-space occupancies obtained from LuNi2B2C showed exceptional qualitative agreement with the corresponding calculated electron occupancy. A number of edge-detection methods were employed to identify the projected Fermi surface, and the existence of the proposed feature was confirmed by direct observation in each of the measured compounds. Calipers of this feature were found to be in good general agreement with those predicted by relevant calculation and expected from indirect experimental evidence. The compositional phase behaviour of copper-palladium solid solutions is believed to be strongly influenced by the shape of their respective Fermi surfaces. In particular, the concentration-dependent positions of diffuse peaks in electron and X-ray diffraction patterns from disordered samples has been associated with the corresponding evolution of flat, parallel areas on the alloy Fermi surface. Electronic structure calculations indicate these areas to be maximal around 40 at. % Pd, and it has been further suggested that the same
Hamid, A. S.
We measured the angular momentum density distribution of YNi2B2C to acquire information about its electronic structure. The measurements were performed using the full-scale utility of the two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR). The measured spectra clarified that Ni (3d) like state, predominantly, affected the Fermi surface of YNi2B2C. Further, s- and p-like-states enhanced its superconducting properties. The Fermi surface of YNi2B2C. was reconstructed using Fourier transformation followed by the LCW (Loucks, Crisp and West) folding procedure. It showed a large and complex surface similar to that of the high temperature superconductors HTS, with anisotropic properties. It also disclosed the effect of d-like state. Nevertheless, the current Fermi surface could deliver the needed topological information to isolate its features. The general layouts of this Fermi surface are; two large electron surfaces running along Γ-Z direction; as well as an additional large electron surface centered on X point; beside one hole surface centered on 100 point. This Fermi surface was interpreted in view of the earlier results.
Possible coexistence of superconductivity and magnetic order in NdPt2B2C
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S K Dhar; A D Chinchure; E Alleno; C Godart; L C Gupta; R Nagarajan
2002-05-01
Coexistence of superconductivity and magnetic order has been one of the exciting aspects of the quaternary borocarbide superconductors. So far, RNi2B2C (R=Tm, Er, Ho and Dy) are the only known magnetic superconductors in this family. Here, we present our resistivity, magnetization and heat capacity studies on NdPt2B2C (nominal composition, NdPt1.5Au0.6B2C and NdPt2.1B2.4C1.2). We ﬁnd superconductivity in both samples with c,onset∼ 3 K. Bulk magnetic order is found to occur below 1.7 K. We suggest that NdPt2B2C is a possible magnetic superconductor.
Narlikar, A V
2014-01-01
Superconductors is neither about basic aspects of superconductivity nor about its applications, but its mainstay is superconducting materials. Unusual and unconventional features of a large variety of novel superconductors are presented and their technological potential as practical superconductors assessed. The book begins with an introduction to basic aspects of superconductivity. The presentation is readily accessible to readers from a diverse range of scientific and technical disciplines, such as metallurgy, materials science, materials engineering, electronic and device engineering, and chemistry. The derivation of mathematical formulas and equations has been kept to a minimum and, wherever necessary, short appendices with essential mathematics have been added at the end of the text. The book is not meant to serve as an encyclopaedia, describing each and every superconductor that exists, but focuses on important milestones in their exciting development.
Unconventional superconductors anisotropy and multiband effects
Askerzade, Iman
2012-01-01
This book deals with the new class of materials unconventional superconductors, cuprate compounds, borocarbides, magnesium-diboride and oxypnictides. It gives a systematical review of physical properties of novel superconductors. There is an increasing number of fundamental properties of these compounds which are relevant to future applications, opening new possibilities. The theoretical explanation is presented as generalization of Ginzburg-Landau phenomenology and microscopical Eliashberg theory for multiband and anisotropic superconductors. Various applications of this approachs and time dependent version of two-band Ginzburg-Landau theory are considered. An important topic are fluctuations in two-band and anisotropic superconductors. Significant new results on current problems are presented to stimulate further research. Numerous illustrations, diagrams and tables make this book useful as a reference for students and researchers.
Thermal Low-Temperature Properties of Rare Earth Transition Metal Borocarbides
Lipp, Dieter
2002-01-01
The present work reports on thermal low-temperature properties of rare earth transition metal borocarbides such as specific heat, thermal conductivity and thermopower. The influence of structural disorder, caused by stoichiometric variations and substitutions of the rare earth element or the transition metal, on the thermal and superconducting low-temperature properties is investigated. The structural disorder results in the reduction of the superconducting transition temperature Tc, of the S...
Vortex dynamics in magnesium-diboride superconductor by using 11B NMR
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11B nuclear-magnetic-resonance (NMR) measurements were performed to investigate vortex dynamics in the polycrystalline superconductor MgB2. 11B NMR spectrum, shift and transverse relaxation rate 1/T2 were measured down to 4.3 K at ∼1.8 T. The spectrum below Tc exhibits a typical local field distribution for a vortex lattice under a magnetic field. The peak point of the spectrum shifts toward low magnetic field, due to imperfect field penetration. This decrease in the shift starts to appear below the detuning temperature of a NMR resonant circuit, which is measured to match the irreversibility temperature Tirr of magnetization. 1/T2 data, probing the slow motion of vortices, show a single peak with a small change in the rate, in contrast to the results for nickel borocarbides. This strongly suggests that thermal fluctuation of vortices is reduced and the vortex motion is much smaller, compared with nickel borocarbides.
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The present thesis concentrates on the signatures of strong electron-phonon coupling in phonon properties measured by inelastic neutron scattering. The inelastic neutron scattering experiments were performed on the triple-axis spectrometers 1T and DAS PUMA at the research reactors in Saclay (France) and Munich (Germany), respectively. The work is subdivided into two separate chapters: In the first part, we report measurements of the lattice dynamical properties, i.e. phonon frequency, linewidth and intensity, of the conventional, i.e. phonon-mediated, superconductor YNi2B2C of the rare-earth-borocarbide family. The detailed check of theoretical predictions for these properties, which were calculated in the theory group of our institute, was one major goal of this work. We measured phonons in the normal state, i.e. T>Tc, for several high symmetry directions up to 70 meV. We were able to extract the full temperature dependence of the superconducting energy gap 2Δ(T) from our phonon scans with such accuracy that even deviations from the weak coupling BCS behaviour could be clearly observed. By measuring phonons at different wave vectors we demonstrated that phonons are sensitive to the gap anisotropy under the precondition, that different phonons get their coupling strength from different parts of the Fermi surface. In the second part, we investigated the properties of Mn-O bond-stretching phonons in the bilayer manganite La2-2xSr1+2xMn2O7. At the doping level x=0.38 this compound has an ferromagnetic groundstate and exhibits the so-called colossal magnetoresistance effect in the vicinity of the Curie temperature TC. The atomic displacement patterns of the investigated phonons closely resemble possible Jahn-Teller distortions of the MnO6 octahedra, which are introduced in this compound by the Jahn-Teller active Mn3+ ions. We observed strong renormalizations of the phonon frequencies and clear peaks of the intrinsic phonon linewidth near the order wave vector of the
Flux line lattice reorientation in the borocarbide superconductors with ¤H¤ parallel to ¤a¤
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Eskildsen, M.R.; Abrahamsen, A.B.; Lopez, D.;
2001-01-01
Small angle neutron scattering studies of the flux line lattice in LuNi2B2C and ErNi2B2C induced by a held parallel to the a axis reveal a first order flux Line lattice reorientation transition. Below the transition the Bur line lattice nearest neighbor direction is parallel to the b axis, and ab...
Smolyaninov, Igor I
2014-01-01
Epsilon near zero (ENZ) conditions have been observed to enhance superconducting properties of a composite metamaterial based on random mixing of superconductor and ferroelectic nanoparticles. Here we analyse several other promising experimental geometries, which may considerably enhance electron pairing interaction in a metamaterial superconductor. The proposed geometries may be fabricated at the current level of nanotechnology development. They enable tuning of both frequency and spatial dispersion of the effective dielectric response function of the metamaterial, thus enabling optimization of the metamaterial superconductor properties.
Thermodynamics of many-band superconductors
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In the present thesis the microscopical properties of the superconducting state of MgCNi3, MgB2, and some rare earth-transition metal borocarbides are studied by means of measurements of the specific heat. Furthermore the frequency spectrum of the lattice vibrations is estimated. The energy gap of the superconducting state can be determined from the specific heat of the superconducting state, which yields as like as the upper critical mafnetic field Hc2(0) hints on the electron-phonon coupling. From the analysis of these results and the comparison with results from transport measurements as well as the tunnel and point-contact spectroscopy can be concluded, how far the BCS model of superconductivity must be modified in order to be able to describe the superconducting state of the studied compounds. Studies on MgCNi3, which lies near a magnetic instability, show that occurring magnetic fluctuations have a bisection of the superconducting transition temperature TC as consequence. The under this aspect relatively high value of TC=7 K is a consequence of strong electron-phonon coupling, which is essentailly carried by nickel vibrations stabilized by carbon. A for the first time observed distinct anomaly in the specific heat of the classical many-band superconductor MgB2 (here with pure 10B) at about Tc/4=10 K can be understood by means of a two-band model for the case of especially weak coupling between both bands. The analysis of the specific heat of the superconducting phase of the non-magnetic rare earth-nickel borocarbide YNi2B2C and LuNi2B2C leads to the conclusion thet visible effects of the many-band electron system are dependent on the mass on the position both of the rare earth and the transition metal. The signal of the superconducting phase transformation visible in the specific heat of the antiferromagnetic HoNi2B2C is smaller than expected
Smolyaninov, Igor I.; Smolyaninova, Vera N.
2014-01-01
Epsilon near zero (ENZ) conditions have been observed to enhance superconducting properties of a composite metamaterial based on random mixing of superconductor and ferroelectic nanoparticles. Here we analyse several other promising experimental geometries, which may considerably enhance electron pairing interaction in a metamaterial superconductor. The proposed geometries may be fabricated at the current level of nanotechnology development. They enable tuning of both frequency and spatial di...
Kallin, Catherine; Berlinsky, John
2015-01-01
Chiral superconductivity is a striking quantum phenomenon in which an unconventional superconductor spontaneously develops an angular momentum and lowers its free energy by eliminating nodes in the gap. It is a topologically non-trivial state and, as such, exhibits distinctive topological modes at surfaces and defects. In this paper we discuss the current theory and experimental results on chiral superconductors, focusing on two of the best-studied systems, Sr2RuO4, which is thought to be a c...
Universal self-field critical current for thin-film superconductors.
Talantsev, E F; Tallon, J L
2015-01-01
For any practical superconductor the magnitude of the critical current density, Jc, is crucially important. It sets the upper limit for current in the conductor. Usually Jc falls rapidly with increasing external magnetic field, but even in zero external field the current flowing in the conductor generates a self-field that limits Jc. Here we show for thin films of thickness less than the London penetration depth, λ, this limiting Jc adopts a universal value for all superconductors-metals, oxides, cuprates, pnictides, borocarbides and heavy Fermions. For type-I superconductors, it is Hc/λ where Hc is the thermodynamic critical field. But surprisingly for type-II superconductors, we find the self-field Jc is Hc1/λ where Hc1 is the lower critical field. Jc is thus fundamentally determined and this provides a simple means to extract absolute values of λ(T) and, from its temperature dependence, the symmetry and magnitude of the superconducting gap. PMID:26240014
Hartnoll, Sean A.; Herzog, Christopher P.; Horowitz, Gary T
2008-01-01
It has been shown that a gravitational dual to a superconductor can be obtained by coupling anti-de Sitter gravity to a Maxwell field and charged scalar. We review our earlier analysis of this theory and extend it in two directions. First, we consider all values for the charge of the scalar field. Away from the large charge limit, backreaction on the spacetime metric is important. While the qualitative behaviour of the dual superconductor is found to be similar for all charges, in the limit o...
Allais, Arnaud; Schmidt, Frank; Marzahn, Erik
2010-05-04
A superconductor cable is described, having a superconductive flexible cable core (1) , which is laid in a cryostat (2, 3, 4), in which the cable core (1) runs in the cryostat (2, 3, 4) in the form of a wave or helix at room temperature.
Evidence for carbon-boron disorder in YNi210B2C
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Complete text of publication follows. There has been a tremendous interest in the RNi2B2C (R = rare earth or Y) family of superconductors since their discovery five years ago. This results partly from their relatively high superconducting transition temperatures and partly from the opportunities they offer for the study of the coexistence of superconductivity and long range magnetic order. The compounds crystallise with a modified ThCr2Si2 structure (14/mmm) with carbon occupying the interstitial (0, 0, 1/2) sites. Several authors have reported a marked sensitivity of the electronic properties of the RNi2B2C compounds to thermal treatment and it has been suggested that B-C site disorder may be responsible for the observed behaviour. Whilst natural B and C have closely similar neutron and X-ray scattering lengths, and the low absorption 11B isotope has precisely the same neutron scattering length as C, that of the highly absorbing 10B isotope is significantly different from that of C. Pulsed neutron time-of-flight diffraction has been used to study a sample of isotopically enriched YNi210B2C. Rietveld refinement of the resulting diffraction pattern indeed confirms that the B-C site disorder may be as high as 10% in these compounds. The results of the structural refinement are presented. (author)
Gömöry, F
2014-01-01
Superconductors used in magnet technology could carry extreme currents because of their ability to keep the magnetic flux motionless. The dynamics of the magnetic flux interaction with superconductors is controlled by this property. The cases of electrical transport in a round wire and the magnetization of wires of various shapes (circular, elliptical, plate) in an external magnetic field are analysed. Resistance to the magnetic field penetration means that the field produced by the superconducting magnet is no longer proportional to the supplied current. It also leads to a dissipation of electromagnetic energy. In conductors with unequal transverse dimensions, such as flat cables, the orientation with respect to the magnetic field plays an essential role. A reduction of magnetization currents can be achieved by splitting the core of a superconducting wire into fine filaments; however, new kinds of electrical currents that couple the filaments consequently appear. Basic formulas allowing qualitative analyses ...
Vagov, A.; Shanenko, A. A.; M. V. Milošević; Axt, V. M.; Vinokur, V. M.; Peeters, F. M.
2013-01-01
Bogomolnyi critical point, originally introduced in string theories, is fundamental to superconductivity. At the critical temperature T_c it marks the sharp border between ideally diamagnetic bulk type-I superconductors and type-II ones that can host vortices, while itself it harbors infinitely degenerate distributions of magnetic flux in the superconducting state. Here we show that below T_c the physics of the Bogomolnyi critical point projects onto a wider range of microscopic parameters, e...
Lang, Michael; Mueller, Jens
2003-01-01
This article will give an overview on the normal- and superconducting-state properties of organic superconductors. There are a number of review articles on this subject - most of them focus on either the quasi-one-dimensional or two-dimensional materials. The intention of the present review is therefore to provide a discussion which covers aspects common to both families on the same footing. Instead of reviewing the whole diversity of behaviors found among the various compounds with all their...
Meng, Tobias; Balents, Leon
2012-01-01
We study the physics of the superconducting variant of Weyl semimetals, which may be realized in multilayer structures comprising topological insulators and superconductors. We show how superconductivity splits each Weyl node into two. The resulting Bogoliubov Weyl nodes can be pairwise independently controlled, allowing to access a set of phases characterized by different numbers of bulk Bogoliubov Weyl nodes and chiral Majorana surface modes. We analyze the physics of vortices in such syste...
Andrade, Tomas
2014-01-01
Momentum relaxation can be built into many holographic models without sacrificing homogeneity of the bulk solution. In this paper we study two such models: one in which translational invariance is broken in the dual theory by spatially-dependent sources for massless scalar fields and another that features an additional neutral scalar field. We turn on a charged scalar field in order to explore the condensation of a charged scalar operator in the dual theories. After demonstrating that the relaxed superconductors we construct are thermodynamically relevant, we find that the finite DC electrical conductivity of the normal phase is replaced by a superfluid pole in the broken phase. Moreover, when the normal phase possesses a Drude behaviour at low frequencies, the optical conductivity of the broken phase at low frequencies can be described by a two-fluid model that is a sum of a Drude peak and a superfluid pole, as was found recently for inhomogeneous holographic superconductors. We also study cases in which thi...
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Huxley, Andrew D.
2015-07-15
Highlights: • Review of ferromagnetic superconductors. • Covers UGe{sub 2}, URhGe and UCoGe and briefly other materials. • The focus is on experimental data and the pairing mechanism. - Abstract: The co-existence of superconductivity and ferromagnetism is of potential interest for spintronics and high magnetic field applications as well as a fascinating fundamental state of matter. The recent focus of research is on a family of ferromagnetic superconductors that are superconducting well below their Curie temperature, the first example of which was discovered in 2000. Although there is a ‘standard’ theoretical model for how magnetic pairing might bring about such a state, why it has only been seen in a few materials that at first sight appear to be very closely related has yet to be fully explained. This review covers the current state of knowledge of the magnetic and superconducting properties of these materials with emphasis on how they conform and differ from the behaviour expected from the ‘standard’ model and from each other.
Allais, Arnaud; Schmidt, Frank (Langenhagen, DE
2009-12-15
A superconductor cable includes a superconductive cable core (1) and a cryostat (2) enclosing the same. The cable core (1) has a superconductive conductor (3), an insulation (4) surrounding the same and a shielding (5) surrounding the insulation (4). A layer (3b) of a dielectric or semiconducting material is applied to a central element (3a) formed from a normally conducting material as a strand or tube and a layer (3c) of at least one wire or strip of superconductive material is placed helically on top. The central element (3a) and the layer (3c) are connected to each other in an electrically conducting manner at the ends of the cable core (1).
High-temperature superconductors
Saxena, Ajay Kumar
2010-01-01
The present book aims at describing the phenomenon of superconductivity and high-temperature superconductors discovered by Bednorz and Muller in 1986. The book covers the superconductivity phenomenon, structure of high-Tc superconductors, critical currents, synthesis routes for high Tc materials, superconductivity in cuprates, the proximity effect and SQUIDs, theories of superconductivity and applications of superconductors.
Fine uniform filament superconductors
Riley, Jr., Gilbert N.; Li, Qi; Roberts, Peter R.; Antaya, Peter D.; Seuntjens, Jeffrey M.; Hancock, Steven; DeMoranville, Kenneth L.; Christopherson, Craig J.; Garrant, Jennifer H.; Craven, Christopher A.
2002-01-01
A multifilamentary superconductor composite having a high fill factor is formed from a plurality of stacked monofilament precursor elements, each of which includes a low density superconductor precursor monofilament. The precursor elements all have substantially the same dimensions and characteristics, and are stacked in a rectilinear configuration and consolidated to provide a multifilamentary precursor composite. The composite is thereafter thermomechanically processed to provide a superconductor composite in which each monofilament is less than about 50 microns thick.
Photothermal measurements of superconductors
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Kino, G.S.; Studenmund, W.R.; Fishman, I.M. [Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States)
1996-12-31
A photothermal technique has been used to measure diffusion and critical temperature in high temperature superconductors. The technique is particularly suitable for determining material quality and inhomogeneity.
Superconductor rotor cooling system
Gamble, Bruce B.; Sidi-Yekhlef, Ahmed; Schwall, Robert E.; Driscoll, David I.; Shoykhet, Boris A.
2002-01-01
A system for cooling a superconductor device includes a cryocooler located in a stationary reference frame and a closed circulation system external to the cryocooler. The closed circulation system interfaces the stationary reference frame with a rotating reference frame in which the superconductor device is located. A method of cooling a superconductor device includes locating a cryocooler in a stationary reference frame, and transferring heat from a superconductor device located in a rotating reference frame to the cryocooler through a closed circulation system external to the cryocooler. The closed circulation system interfaces the stationary reference frame with the rotating reference frame.
Superconductor rotor cooling system
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Gamble, Bruce B.; Sidi-Yekhlef, Ahmed; Schwall, Robert E.; Driscoll, David I.; Shoykhet, Boris A.
2004-11-02
A system for cooling a superconductor device includes a cryocooler located in a stationary reference frame and a closed circulation system external to the cryocooler. The closed circulation system interfaces the stationary reference frame with a rotating reference frame in which the superconductor device is located. A method of cooling a superconductor device includes locating a cryocooler in a stationary reference frame, and transferring heat from a superconductor device located in a rotating reference frame to the cryocooler through a closed circulation system external to the cryocooler. The closed circulation system interfaces the stationary reference frame with the rotating reference frame.
Thermodynamics of many-band superconductors; Thermodynamik von Mehrband-Supraleitern
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Waelte, A.
2006-07-01
In the present thesis the microscopical properties of the superconducting state of MgCNi{sub 3}, MgB{sub 2}, and some rare earth-transition metal borocarbides are studied by means of measurements of the specific heat. Furthermore the frequency spectrum of the lattice vibrations is estimated. The energy gap of the superconducting state can be determined from the specific heat of the superconducting state, which yields as like as the upper critical mafnetic field H{sub c2}(0) hints on the electron-phonon coupling. From the analysis of these results and the comparison with results from transport measurements as well as the tunnel and point-contact spectroscopy can be concluded, how far the BCS model of superconductivity must be modified in order to be able to describe the superconducting state of the studied compounds. Studies on MgCNi{sub 3}, which lies near a magnetic instability, show that occurring magnetic fluctuations have a bisection of the superconducting transition temperature T{sub C} as consequence. The under this aspect relatively high value of T{sub C}=7 K is a consequence of strong electron-phonon coupling, which is essentailly carried by nickel vibrations stabilized by carbon. A for the first time observed distinct anomaly in the specific heat of the classical many-band superconductor MgB{sub 2} (here with pure {sup 10}B) at about T{sub c}/4=10 K can be understood by means of a two-band model for the case of especially weak coupling between both bands. The analysis of the specific heat of the superconducting phase of the non-magnetic rare earth-nickel borocarbide YNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C and LuNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C leads to the conclusion thet visible effects of the many-band electron system are dependent on the mass on the position both of the rare earth and the transition metal. The signal of the superconducting phase transformation visible in the specific heat of the antiferromagnetic HoNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C is smaller than expected.
Superconductor terahertz metamaterial
Gu, Jianqiang; Tian, Zhen; Cao, Wei; Xing, Qirong; Han, Jiaguang; Zhang, Weili
2010-01-01
We characterize the behaviour of split ring resonators made up of high-transition temperature YBCO superconductor using terahertz time domain spectroscopy. The superconductor metamaterial shows sharp change in the transmission spectrum at the fundamental inductive-capacitive resonance and the dipole resonance as the temperature dips below the transition temperature. Our results reveal that the high performance of such a metamaterial is limited by material imperfections and defects such as cracks, voids and secondary phases which play dominant role in partially impeding the flow of current causing dissipation of energy and electrical resistance to appear in the superconductor film.
Large area bulk superconductors
Miller, Dean J.; Field, Michael B.
2002-01-01
A bulk superconductor having a thickness of not less than about 100 microns is carried by a polycrystalline textured substrate having misorientation angles at the surface thereof not greater than about 15.degree.; the bulk superconductor may have a thickness of not less than about 100 microns and a surface area of not less than about 50 cm.sup.2. The textured substrate may have a thickness not less than about 10 microns and misorientation angles at the surface thereof not greater than about 15.degree.. Also disclosed is a process of manufacturing the bulk superconductor and the polycrystalline biaxially textured substrate material.
Development of superconductor bulk for superconductor bearing
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Kim, Chan Joong; Jun, Byung Hyuk; Park, Soon Dong (and others)
2008-08-15
Current carrying capacity is one of the most important issues in the consideration of superconductor bulk materials for engineering applications. There are numerous applications of Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) bulk superconductors e.g. magnetic levitation train, flywheel energy storage system, levitation transportation, lunar telescope, centrifugal device, magnetic shielding materials, bulk magnets etc. Accordingly, to obtain YBCO materials in the form of large, single crystals without weak-link problem is necessary. A top seeded melt growth (TSMG) process was used to fabricate single crystal YBCO bulk superconductors. The seeded and infiltration growth (IG) technique was also very promising method for the synthesis of large, single-grain YBCO bulk superconductors with good superconducting properties. 5 wt.% Ag doped Y211 green compacts were sintered at 900 .deg. C {approx} 1200 .deg.C and then a single crystal YBCO was fabricated by an infiltration method. A refinement and uniform distribution of the Y211 particles in the Y123 matrix were achieved by sintering the Ag-doped samples. This enhancement of the critical current density was ascribable to a fine dispersion of the Y211 particles, a low porosity and the presence of Ag particles. In addition, we have designed and manufactured large YBCO single domain with levitation force of 10-13 kg/cm{sup 2} using TSMG processing technique.
Electrodynamics of Metallic Superconductors
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M. Dressel
2013-01-01
Full Text Available The theoretical and experimental aspects of the microwave, terahertz, and infrared properties of superconductors are discussed. Electrodynamics can provide information about the superconducting condensate as well as about the quasiparticles. The aim is to understand the frequency dependence of the complex conductivity, the change with temperature and time, and its dependence on material parameters. We confine ourselves to conventional metallic superconductors, in particular, Nb and related nitrides and review the seminal papers but also highlight latest developments and recent experimental achievements. The possibility to produce well-defined thin films of metallic superconductors that can be tuned in their properties allows the exploration of fundamental issues, such as the superconductor-insulator transition; furthermore it provides the basis for the development of novel and advanced applications, for instance, superconducting single-photon detectors.
Tunnelling in organic superconductors
Bolech, C. J.; Giamarchi, T.
2005-01-01
We discuss the possibility of deciding on the symmetry of the superconducting phase in the organic superconductors (Bechgaard salts), using tunnelling experiments. We first briefly review the properties of organic superconductors, and the possibility to have unconventional (triplet) superconductivity in these systems. We then present a simple scheme for computing the full current-voltage characteristics for tunnelling experiments within the framework of the non-equilibrium Keldysh Green funct...
Layered nickel based superconductors
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Ronning, Filip [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Bauer, Eric D [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Park, Tuson [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Kurita, Nobuyuki [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Klimczuk, T [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Movshovich, R [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Thompson, J D [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Sefat, A S [ORNL; Mandrus, D [ORNL
2009-01-01
We review the properties of Ni-based superconductors which contain Ni{sub 2}X{sub 2} (X=As, P, Bi, Si, Ge, B) planes, a common structural element to the recently discovered FeAs superconductors. We also compare the properties ofthe Ni-and Fe-based systems from a perspective ofelectronic structure as well as structure-property relations.
Continuous lengths of oxide superconductors
Kroeger, Donald M.; List, III, Frederick A.
2000-01-01
A layered oxide superconductor prepared by depositing a superconductor precursor powder on a continuous length of a first substrate ribbon. A continuous length of a second substrate ribbon is overlaid on the first substrate ribbon. Sufficient pressure is applied to form a bound layered superconductor precursor powder between the first substrate ribbon and the second substrate ribbon. The layered superconductor precursor is then heat treated to establish the oxide superconducting phase. The layered oxide superconductor has a smooth interface between the substrate and the oxide superconductor.
Granular Superconductors and Gravity
Noever, David; Koczor, Ron
1999-01-01
As a Bose condensate, superconductors provide novel conditions for revisiting previously proposed couplings between electromagnetism and gravity. Strong variations in Cooper pair density, large conductivity and low magnetic permeability define superconductive and degenerate condensates without the traditional density limits imposed by the Fermi energy (approx. 10(exp -6) g cu cm). Recent experiments have reported anomalous weight loss for a test mass suspended above a rotating Type II, YBCO superconductor, with a relatively high percentage change (0.05-2.1%) independent of the test mass' chemical composition and diamagnetic properties. A variation of 5 parts per 104 was reported above a stationary (non-rotating) superconductor. In experiments using a sensitive gravimeter, bulk YBCO superconductors were stably levitated in a DC magnetic field and exposed without levitation to low-field strength AC magnetic fields. Changes in observed gravity signals were measured to be less than 2 parts in 108 of the normal gravitational acceleration. Given the high sensitivity of the test, future work will examine variants on the basic magnetic behavior of granular superconductors, with particular focus on quantifying their proposed importance to gravity.
Kostadinov, Ivan Zahariev
2016-01-01
Experimental evidence of superconductors with critical temperatures above $373\\:K$ is presented. In a family of different compounds we demonstrate the superconductor state, the transition to normal state above $387\\:K$, an intermediate $242\\:K$ superconductor, susceptibility up to $350\\:K$, $I-V$ curves at $4.2\\:K$ in magnetic field of $12\\:T$ and current up to $60\\:A$, $300\\:K$ Josephson Junctions and Shapiro steps with radiation of $5\\:GHz$ to $21\\:THz$, $300\\:K$ tapes tests with high currents up to $3000\\:A$ and many $THz$ images of coins and washers. Due to a pending patent, the exact chemical characterization and technological processes for these materials are temporarily withheld and will be presented elsewhere.
Vestgården, J. I.; Shantsev, D. V.; Galperin, Y. M.; Johansen, T. H.
2012-01-01
Crucially important for application of type-II superconductor films is the stability of the vortex matter – magnetic flux lines penetrating the material. If some vortices get detached from pinning centres, the energy dissipated by their motion will facilitate further depinning, and may trigger a massive electromagnetic breakdown. Up to now, the time-resolved behaviour of these ultra-fast events was essentially unknown. We report numerical simulation results revealing the detailed dynamics during breakdown as within nanoseconds it develops branching structures in the electromagnetic fields and temperature, with striking resemblance of atmospheric lightning. During a dendritic avalanche the superconductor is locally heated above its critical temperature, while electrical fields rise to several kV/m as the front propagates at instant speeds near up to 100 km/s. The numerical approach provides an efficient framework for understanding the ultra-fast coupled non-local dynamics of electromagnetic fields and dissipation in superconductor films. PMID:23185691
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S E Mousavi
2009-08-01
Full Text Available In this paper, Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O (BCSCCO system superconductor is made by the solid state reaction method. The effect of doping Pb, Cd, Sb, Cu and annealing time on the critical temperature and critical current density have been investigated. The microstructure and morphology of the samples have been studied by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope and energy dispersive X-ray. The results show that the fraction of Bi-2223 phase in the Bi- based superconductor, critical temperature and critical current density depend on the annealing temperature, annealing time and the kind and amount of doping .
Manufacturing of Superconductors
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Bech, Jakob Ilsted; Bay, Niels
Superconducting tapes based on the ceramic high temperature superconductor (HTS) is a new promising product for high current applications such as electro-magnets and current transmission cables. The tapes are made by the oxide powder in tube (OPIT) method implying drawing and rolling of silver tu...
Method for preparing superconductors
Dahlgren, Shelley D.
1976-01-01
A superconductor having an equiaxed fine grain beta-tungsten crystalline structure found to have improved high field critical current densities is prepared by sputter-depositing superconductive material onto a substrate cooled to below 200.degree. C. and heat-treating the deposited material.
Platform for engineering topological superconductors: Superlattices on Rashba superconductors
Lu, Yao; He, Wen-Yu; Xu, Dong-Hui; Lin, Nian; Law, K. T.
2016-07-01
The search for topological superconductors which support Majorana fermion excitations has been an important topic in condensed matter physics. In this work, we propose an experimental scheme for engineering topological superconductors. In this scheme, by manipulating the superlattice structure of organic molecules placed on top of a superconductor with Rashba spin-orbit coupling, topological superconducting phases can be achieved without or with little fine tuning of the chemical potential. Moreover, superconductors with different Chern numbers can be obtained by changing the superlattice structure of the organic molecules.
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The scope of this dissertation therefore has not only been the synthesis of various new superconducting and non-superconducting iron pnictides of several structural families but also their in-depth crystallographic and physical characterisation. In Chapters 3 - 6, the family of the ZrCuSiAs-type (1111) compounds is subject of discussion. The solid solution series La(CoxFe1-x)PO is analysed regarding magnetic and superconducting properties and the new compounds EuMnPF and REZnPO, as well as the new superconductor parent compound SrFeAsF are presented. Chapters 7 - 9 are dedicated to the new iron arsenide superconductors of the ThCr2Si2-type (122 family). Therein, also the discovery of the first superconductor in this structural family, Ba0.6K0.4Fe2As2, is unveiled. A detailed examination of the complete solid solution series (Ba1-xKx)Fe2As2 is presented. Moreover, the crystallographic phase transitions of the closely related compounds SrFe2As2 and EuFe2As2 are characterised and the superconductors Sr1-xKxFe2As2 and Ca1-xNaxFe2As2 are examined for magnetic and phononic excitations. In Chapter 10, the redetermined crystal structure of the superconductor Fe(Se1-xTex) (11-type) is presented from a chemist's point of view. Chapters 11 - 14 look into the superconducting and non-superconducting iron arsenides of more complex structural families (32522-type and 21311-type). Therein, crystallographic and magnetic details of Sr3Sc2O5Fe2As2 are presented and Ba2ScO3FeAs and Sr2CrO3FeAs, the first two members of the new 21311-type are portrayed. Sr2CrO3FeAs is looked at in close detail with various methods, so e.g. the spin structure of the magnetically ordered compound is solved and a possible reason for the absence of superconductivity in this compound is given. Finally, the superconductor Sr2VO3FeAs is scrutinised and necessary prerequisites for superconductivity in this compound are suggested. (orig.)
Ambient-pressure organic superconductor
Williams, Jack M.; Wang, Hsien-Hau; Beno, Mark A.
1986-01-01
A new class of organic superconductors having the formula (ET).sub.2 MX.sub.2 wherein ET represents bis(ethylenedithio)-tetrathiafulvalene, M is a metal such as Au, Ag, In, Tl, Rb, Pd and the like and X is a halide. The superconductor (ET).sub.2 AuI.sub.2 exhibits a transition temperature of 5 K which is high for organic superconductors.
Growth and study of LuNi2B2C single crystals
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Rare earth-nickel-borocarbides have attracted much interest in the last years because the compounds show the interplay of superconductivity and magnetic ordering. LuNi2B2C can be considered as non-magnetic reference system of such magnetic borocarbides as HoNi2B2C in which superconducting and antiferromagnetic ordering temperatures, Tc and TN, are similar. So far, LuNi2B2C crystals were only prepared by a flux method. For growing larger crystals we used an optical floating zone (FZ) technique, which already was successful in crystal growth of other RNi2B2C (R = Y,Tb,Ho,Tm,Er) compounds. In the case of LuNi2B2C, the primary crystallization field is far from the stoichiometric composition, and adjacent to the properitectic LuB2C2 phase field an extended region of LuNiBC occurs. Systematic studies of polycrystalline samples revealed that samples with nominal compositions LuNi5B3.5C and LuNi5B3C0.5 are free of the properitectic LuB2C2 and LuNiBC phases. Thus in the FZ crystal growth experiments we used a molten zone which corresponds to these compositions. From the grown LuNi2B2C rods single crystalline pieces have been prepared to investigate Fermi surface peculiarities by magneto-resistance measurements and to study the electronic band structure
Introduction to Holographic Superconductor Models
Cai, Rong-Gen; Li, Li-Fang; Yang, Run-Qiu
2015-01-01
In the last years it has been shown that some properties of strongly coupled superconductors can be potentially described by classical general relativity living in one higher dimension, which is known as holographic superconductors. This paper gives a quick and introductory overview of some holographic superconductor models with s-wave, p-wave and d-wave orders in the literature from point of view of bottom-up, and summarizes some basic properties of these holographic models in various regimes. The competition and coexistence of these superconductivity orders are also studied in these superconductor models.
Vortex cutting in superconductors
Glatz, A.; Vlasko-Vlasov, V. K.; Kwok, W. K.; Crabtree, G. W.
2016-08-01
Vortex cutting and reconnection is an intriguing and still-unsolved problem central to many areas of classical and quantum physics, including hydrodynamics, astrophysics, and superconductivity. Here, we describe a comprehensive investigation of the crossing of magnetic vortices in superconductors using time dependent Ginsburg-Landau modeling. Within a macroscopic volume, we simulate initial magnetization of an anisotropic high temperature superconductor followed by subsequent remagnetization with perpendicular magnetic fields, creating the crossing of the initial and newly generated vortices. The time resolved evolution of vortex lines as they approach each other, contort, locally conjoin, and detach, elucidates the fine details of the vortex-crossing scenario under practical situations with many interacting vortices in the presence of weak pinning. Our simulations also reveal left-handed helical vortex instabilities that accompany the remagnetization process and participate in the vortex crossing events.
Vestgården, J. I.; Shantsev, D. V.; Galperin, Y. M.; Johansen, T H
2012-01-01
Crucially important for application of type-II superconductor films is the stability of the vortex matter – magnetic flux lines penetrating the material. If some vortices get detached from pinning centres, the energy dissipated by their motion will facilitate further depinning, and may trigger a massive electromagnetic breakdown. Up to now, the time-resolved behaviour of these ultra-fast events was essentially unknown. We report numerical simulation results revealing the detailed dynamics dur...
Processing of Superconductor-Normal-Superconductor Josephson Edge Junctions
Kleinsasser, A. W.; Barner, J. B.
1997-01-01
The electrical behavior of epitaxial superconductor-normal-superconductor (SNS) Josephson edge junctions is strongly affected by processing conditions. Ex-situ processes, utilizing photoresist and polyimide/photoresist mask layers, are employed for ion milling edges for junctions with Yttrium-Barium-Copper-Oxide (YBCO) electrodes and primarily Co-doped YBCO interlayers.
Introductory notes on holographic superconductors
Musso, Daniele
2014-01-01
The purpose of these lecture notes is to give a quick and introductory overview of holographic superconductors. Besides the actual description of the standard holographic superconductor, attention is paid to the motivations and the relation with the previous, non-holographic context.
Coupling spin qubits via superconductors
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Leijnse, Martin; Flensberg, Karsten
2013-01-01
We show how superconductors can be used to couple, initialize, and read out spatially separated spin qubits. When two single-electron quantum dots are tunnel coupled to the same superconductor, the singlet component of the two-electron state partially leaks into the superconductor via crossed...... Andreev reflection. This induces a gate-controlled singlet-triplet splitting which, with an appropriate superconductor geometry, remains large for dot separations within the superconducting coherence length. Furthermore, we show that when two double-dot singlet-triplet qubits are tunnel coupled...... to a superconductor with finite charging energy, crossed Andreev reflection enables a strong two-qubit coupling over distances much larger than the coherence length....
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Tegel, Marcus Christian
2011-03-22
The scope of this dissertation therefore has not only been the synthesis of various new superconducting and non-superconducting iron pnictides of several structural families but also their in-depth crystallographic and physical characterisation. In Chapters 3 - 6, the family of the ZrCuSiAs-type (1111) compounds is subject of discussion. The solid solution series La(Co{sub x}Fe{sub 1-x})PO is analysed regarding magnetic and superconducting properties and the new compounds EuMnPF and REZnPO, as well as the new superconductor parent compound SrFeAsF are presented. Chapters 7 - 9 are dedicated to the new iron arsenide superconductors of the ThCr{sub 2}Si{sub 2}-type (122 family). Therein, also the discovery of the first superconductor in this structural family, Ba{sub 0.6}K{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2}, is unveiled. A detailed examination of the complete solid solution series (Ba{sub 1-x}K{sub x})Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} is presented. Moreover, the crystallographic phase transitions of the closely related compounds SrFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} and EuFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} are characterised and the superconductors Sr{sub 1-x}K{sub x}Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} and Ca{sub 1-x}Na{sub x}Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} are examined for magnetic and phononic excitations. In Chapter 10, the redetermined crystal structure of the superconductor Fe(Se{sub 1-x}Te{sub x}) (11-type) is presented from a chemist's point of view. Chapters 11 - 14 look into the superconducting and non-superconducting iron arsenides of more complex structural families (32522-type and 21311-type). Therein, crystallographic and magnetic details of Sr{sub 3}Sc{sub 2}O{sub 5}Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} are presented and Ba{sub 2}ScO{sub 3}FeAs and Sr{sub 2}CrO{sub 3}FeAs, the first two members of the new 21311-type are portrayed. Sr{sub 2}CrO{sub 3}FeAs is looked at in close detail with various methods, so e.g. the spin structure of the magnetically ordered compound is solved and a possible reason for the absence of superconductivity in this compound
A Dirty Holographic Superconductor
Arean, Daniel; Zayas, Leopoldo A Pando; Landea, Ignacio Salazar; Scardicchio, Antonello
2013-01-01
We implement the effects of disorder on a holographic superconductor by introducing a random chemical potential on the boundary. We consider various realizations of disorder and find that $T_c$ is enhanced. We also present evidence for a precise form of renormalization in this system. Namely, when the random chemical potential is characterized by a power spectrum of the form $k^{-2\\alpha}$ we find that the power spectra of the condensate and the charge density are accurately and universally governed by linear functions of $\\alpha$.
High temperature superconductors
Paranthaman, Parans
2010-01-01
This essential reference provides the most comprehensive presentation of the state of the art in the field of high temperature superconductors. This growing field of research and applications is currently being supported by numerous governmental and industrial initiatives in the United States, Asia and Europe to overcome grid energy distribution issues. The technology is particularly intended for densely populated areas. It is now being commercialized for power-delivery devices, such as power transmission lines and cables, motors and generators. Applications in electric utilities include current limiters, long transmission lines and energy-storage devices that will help industries avoid dips in electric power.
Hybrid superconductor magnet bearings
Chu, Wei-Kan
1995-01-01
Hybrid superconductor magnet bearings (HSMB's) utilize high temperature superconductors (HTS's) together with permanent magnets to form a frictionless interface between relatively rotating parts. They are low mass, stable, and do not incur expenditure of energy during normal operation. There is no direct physical contact between rotor and stator, and hence there is no wear and tear. However, just as any other applications of HTS's, it requires a very cold temperature to function. Whereas this might be perceived as a disadvantage on earth, it is of no great concern in space or on the moon. To astronomers, the moon is an excellent site for an observatory, but the cold and dusty vacuum environment on the moon precludes the use of mechanical bearings on the telescope mounts. Furthermore, drive mechanisms with very fine steps, and hence bearings with extremely low friction are needed to track a star from the moon, because the moon rotates very slowly. All aspects considered, the HSMB is about the only candidate that fits in naturally. Here, we present a design for one such bearing, capable of supporting a telescope that weighs about 3 lbs on Earth.
Flux Pinning in Superconductors
Matsushita, Teruo
2007-01-01
The book covers the flux pinning mechanisms and properties and the electromagnetic phenomena caused by the flux pinning common for metallic, high-Tc and MgB2 superconductors. The condensation energy interaction known for normal precipitates or grain boundaries and the kinetic energy interaction proposed for artificial Nb pins in Nb-Ti, etc., are introduced for the pinning mechanism. Summation theories to derive the critical current density are discussed in detail. Irreversible magnetization and AC loss caused by the flux pinning are also discussed. The loss originally stems from the ohmic dissipation of normal electrons in the normal core driven by the electric field induced by the flux motion. The readers will learn why the resultant loss is of hysteresis type in spite of such mechanism. The influence of the flux pinning on the vortex phase diagram in high Tc superconductors is discussed, and the dependencies of the irreversibility field are also described on other quantities such as anisotropy of supercondu...
Flux pinning in superconductors
Matsushita, Teruo
2014-01-01
The book covers the flux pinning mechanisms and properties and the electromagnetic phenomena caused by the flux pinning common for metallic, high-Tc and MgB2 superconductors. The condensation energy interaction known for normal precipitates or grain boundaries and the kinetic energy interaction proposed for artificial Nb pins in Nb-Ti, etc., are introduced for the pinning mechanism. Summation theories to derive the critical current density are discussed in detail. Irreversible magnetization and AC loss caused by the flux pinning are also discussed. The loss originally stems from the ohmic dissipation of normal electrons in the normal core driven by the electric field induced by the flux motion. The readers will learn why the resultant loss is of hysteresis type in spite of such mechanism. The influence of the flux pinning on the vortex phase diagram in high Tc superconductors is discussed, and the dependencies of the irreversibility field are also described on other quantities such as anisotropy of supercondu...
Materials design for new superconductors
Norman, M. R.
2016-07-01
Since the announcement in 2011 of the Materials Genome Initiative by the Obama administration, much attention has been given to the subject of materials design to accelerate the discovery of new materials that could have technological implications. Although having its biggest impact for more applied materials like batteries, there is increasing interest in applying these ideas to predict new superconductors. This is obviously a challenge, given that superconductivity is a many body phenomenon, with whole classes of known superconductors lacking a quantitative theory. Given this caveat, various efforts to formulate materials design principles for superconductors are reviewed here, with a focus on surveying the periodic table in an attempt to identify cuprate analogues.
Spin manipulation in nanoscale superconductors
Beckmann, D.
2016-04-01
The interplay of superconductivity and magnetism in nanoscale structures has attracted considerable attention in recent years due to the exciting new physics created by the competition of these antagonistic ordering phenomena, and the prospect of exploiting this competition for superconducting spintronics devices. While much of the attention is focused on spin-polarized supercurrents created by the triplet proximity effect, the recent discovery of long range quasiparticle spin transport in high-field superconductors has rekindled interest in spin-dependent nonequilibrium properties of superconductors. In this review, the experimental situation on nonequilibrium spin injection into superconductors is discussed, and open questions and possible future directions of the field are outlined.
Crystalline color superconductors: A review
Anglani, Roberto; Ciminale, Marco; Gatto, Raoul; Ippolito, Nicola; Mannarelli, Massimo; Ruggieri, Marco
2013-01-01
Non-homogenous superconductors and non-homogenous superfluids appear in a variety of contexts which include quark matter at extreme densities, fermionic systems of cold atoms, type-II cuprates and organic superconductors. In the present review we shall focus on the properties of quark matter at high baryonic density which can exist in the interior of compact stars. The conditions that are realized in this stellar objects tend to disfavor standard symmetric BCS pairing and may be in favor of a non-homogenous color superconducting phase. We discuss in details the properties of non-homogenous color superconductors and in particular of crystalline color superconductors. We also review the possible astrophysical signatures associated with the presence of non-homogenous color superconducting phases within the core of compact stars.
Manufacturing a Superconductor in School.
Barrow, John
1989-01-01
Described is the manufacture of a superconductor from a commercially available kit using equipment usually available in schools or easily obtainable. The construction is described in detail including equipment, materials, safety procedures, tolerances, and manufacture. (Author/CW)
Parity violation effects in superconductors
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Belov, Nikolay A. [Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Saupfercheckweg 1, 69117 Heidelberg (Germany); Harman, Zoltan [Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Saupfercheckweg 1, 69117 Heidelberg (Germany); ExtreMe Matter Institute (EMMI), Planckstrasse 1, 64291 Darmstadt (Germany)
2013-07-01
Parity violation effects in a circular superconducting Josephson junction has been investigated in the eighties. That time it appeared that this phenomenon was not significant enough to be experimentally observable. In our work we show, that this rate can be increased in the case of a circular Josephson junction of an unconventional superconductor. Furthermore, this phenomenon can be more significant in the case of the ferromagnetic p-wave unconventional superconductor, since the effect is stronger for polarized pairs.
Non-centrosymmetric superconductors. Introduction and overview
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Bauer, Ernst [Technische Univ. Wien (Austria). Inst. of Solid State Physics; Sigrist, Manfred (eds.) [Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule, Zurich (Switzerland)
2012-07-01
This books contains the following 11 chapters: Non-centrosymmetric superconductors: Strong vs. weak electronic correlations. - Non-centrosymmetric heavy-fermion superconductors. - Electronic states and superconducting properties of non-centrosymmetric rare earth compounds. - Basic theory of superconductivity in metals without inversion center. - Magnetoelectric effects, helical phases, and FFLO phases. - Microscopic theory of pairing mechanisms. - Kinetic theory for response and transport in non-centrosymmetric superconductors. - Aspects of spintronics. - Effects of impurities in non-centrosymmetric superconductors. - Vortex dynamics in superconductors without inversion symmetry. - Properties of interfaces and surfaces in non-centrosymmetric superconductors.
Axion topological field theory of topological superconductors
Qi, Xiao-Liang; Witten, Edward; Zhang, Shou-Cheng
2012-01-01
Topological superconductors are gapped superconductors with gapless and topologically robust quasiparticles propagating on the boundary. In this paper, we present a topological field theory description of three-dimensional time-reversal invariant topological superconductors. In our theory the topological superconductor is characterized by a topological coupling between the electromagnetic field and the superconducting phase fluctuation, which has the same form as the coupling of "axions" with...
Theory of Half Metal-Superconductor Heterostructures
Eschrig, Matthias; Kopu, J.; Cuevas, J. C.; Schon, G.
2002-01-01
We investigate the Josephson coupling between two singlet superconductors separated by a half-metallic magnet. The mechanism behind the coupling is provided by the rotation of the quasiparticle spin in the superconductor during reflection events at the interface with the half metal. Spin rotation induces triplet correlations in the superconductor which, in the presence of surface spin-flip scattering, results in an indirect Josephson effect between the superconductors. We present a theory app...
Process for fabricating continuous lengths of superconductor
Kroeger, Donald M.; List, III, Frederick A.
1998-01-01
A process for manufacturing a superconductor. The process is accomplished by depositing a superconductor precursor powder on a continuous length of a first substrate ribbon, overlaying a continuous length of a second substrate ribbon on said first substrate ribbon, and applying sufficient pressure to form a bound layered superconductor precursor between said first substrate ribbon and said second substrates ribbon. The layered superconductor precursor is then heat treated to form a super conductor layer.
Ferromagnet / superconductor oxide superlattices
Santamaria, Jacobo
2006-03-01
The growth of heterostructures combining oxide materials is a new strategy to design novel artificial multifunctional materials with interesting behaviors ruled by the interface. With the (re)discovery of colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) materials, there has been renewed interest in heterostructures involving oxide superconductors and CMR ferromagnets where ferromagnetism (F) and superconductivity (S) compete within nanometric distances from the interface. In F/S/F structures involving oxides, interfaces are especially complex and various factors like interface disorder and roughness, epitaxial strain, polarity mismatch etc., are responsible for depressed magnetic and superconducting properties at the interface over nanometer length scales. In this talk I will focus in F/S/F structures made of YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) and La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 (LCMO). The high degree of spin polarization of the LCMO conduction band, together with the d-wave superconductivity of the YBCO make this F/S system an adequate candidate for the search of novel spin dependent effects in transport. We show that superconductivity at the interface is depressed by various factors like charge transfer, spin injection or ferromagnetic superconducting proximity effect. I will present experiments to examine the characteristic distances of the various mechanisms of superconductivity depression. In particular, I will discuss that the critical temperature of the superconductor depends on the relative orientation of the magnetization of the F layers, giving rise to a new giant magnetoresistance effect which might be of interest for spintronic applications. Work done in collaboration with V. Peña^1, Z. Sefrioui^1, J. Garcia-Barriocanal^1, C. Visani^1, D. Arias^1, C. Leon^1 , N. Nemes^2, M. Garcia Hernandez^2, S. G. E. te Velthuis^3, A. Hoffmann^3, M. Varela^4, S. J. Pennycook^4. Work supported by MCYT MAT 2005-06024, CAM GR- MAT-0771/2004, UCM PR3/04-12399 Work at Argonne supported by the Department of Energy, Basic
Superconductors: The long road ahead
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Before the discovery of high-temperature superconductors, progress in superconductivity was measured by quite small increases in critical temperature, often of less than one degree. Today, there is no reason to believe that the dramatic leaps in critical temperature inaugurated by superconducting ceramics are over. Researchers may find new high-temperature superconducting materials with less severe technical limitations than the ceramics we know today. And if the day ever comes when a superconductor can be reliably manufactured to operate effectively at room temperature, then superconductors will be incorporated in a broad range of everyday household devices - motors, appliances, even children's toys - with a large consumer market. High-temperature superconductors may also cause us to extensively revise our traditional theories about how superconductivity works. Should it run out that superconductivity in ceramics involves new physical mechanisms, then these mechanisms could lead to applications never considered before. The recent discoveries have already reinvigorated superconductivity research. What was once largely the domain of a relatively small group of scientists has become a genuinely multidisciplinary realm. Now physicists, materials scientists, chemists, metallurgists, ceramists, and solid-state electronics engineers are all focusing on superconductivity. The cross-fertilization of these disciplines should contribute to further discoveries of importance to the practical application of superconductors
Topological semimetals and nodal superconductors
Chang, Po-Yao
Besides topological band insulators, which have a full bulk gap, there are also gapless phases of matter that belong to the broad class of topological materials, such as topological semimetals and nodal superconductors. We systematically study these gapless topological phases described by the Bloch and Bogoliubov-de Gennes Hamiltonians. We discuss a generalized bulk-boundary correspondence, which relates the topological properties in the bulk of gapless topological phases and the protected zero-energy states at the boundary. We study examples of gapless topological phases, focusing in particular on nodal superconductors, such as nodal noncentrosymmetric superconductors (NCSs). We compute the surface density of states of nodal NCSs and interpret experimental measurements of surface states. In addition, we investigate Majorana vortex-bound states in both nodal and fully gapped NCSs using numerical and analytical methods. We show that different topological properties of the bulk Bogoliubov-quasiparticle wave functions reflect themselves in different types of zero-energy vortex-bound states. In particular, in the case of NCSs with tetragonal point-group symmetry, we find that the stability of these Majorana zero modes is guaranteed by a combination of reflection, time-reversal, and particle-hole symmetries. Finally, by using K-theory arguments and a dimensional reduction procedure from higher-dimensional topological insulators and superconductors, we derive a classification of topologically stable Fermi surfaces in semimetals and nodal lines in superconductors.
Terahertz Detection with Twin Superconductor-Insulator-Superconductor Tunnel Junctions
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LI Jing; WANG Ming-Jye; SHI Sheng-Cai; Hiroshi Mat-suo
2007-01-01
Terahertz detection with twin superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) tunnel junctions, which are connected in parallel via an inductive thin-film superconducting microstrip line, is mainly studied. Firstly, we investigate the direct-detection response of a superconducting twin-junction device by means of a Fourier transform spectrometer. Secondly, we construct a direct-detection model of twin SIS tunnel junctions. The superconducting twin-junction device is then simulated in terms of the constructed model. The simulation result is found to be in good agreement with the measured one. In addition, we observe that the direct-detection response of the device is consistent with the noise temperature behaviour.
Multistrand superconductor cable
Borden, Albert R.
1985-01-01
Improved multistrand Rutherford-type superconductor cable is produced by using strands which are preformed, prior to being wound into the cable, so that each strand has a variable cross section, with successive portions having a substantially round cross section, a transitional oval cross section, a rectangular cross section, a transitional oval cross section, a round cross section and so forth, in repetitive cycles along the length of the strand. The cable is wound and flattened so that the portions of rectangular cross section extend across the two flat sides of the cable at the strand angle. The portions of round cross section are bent at the edges of the flattened cable, so as to extend between the two flat sides. The rectangular portions of the strands slide easily over one another, so as to facilitate flexing and bending of the cable, while also minimizing the possibility of causing damage to the strands by such flexing or bending. Moreover, the improved cable substantially maintains its compactness and cross-sectional shape when the cable is flexed or bent.
Heat transport in nonuniform superconductors
Richard, Caroline; Vorontsov, Anton B.
2016-08-01
We calculate electronic energy transport in inhomogeneous superconductors using a fully self-consistent nonequilibrium quasiclassical Keldysh approach. We develop a general theory and apply it to a superconductor with an order parameter that forms domain walls of the type encountered in the Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov state. The heat transport in the presence of a domain wall is inherently anisotropic and nonlocal. The bound states in the nonuniform region play a crucial role and control heat transport in several ways: (i) they modify the spectrum of quasiparticle states and result in Andreev reflection processes and (ii) they hybridize with the impurity band and produce a local transport environment with properties very different from those in a uniform superconductor. As a result of this interplay, heat transport becomes highly sensitive to temperature, magnetic field, and disorder. For strongly scattering impurities, we find that the transport across domain walls at low temperatures is considerably more efficient than in the uniform superconducting state.
Hard-gapped holographic superconductors
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Basu, Pallab, E-mail: pallab@phas.ubc.c [Department of Physics and Astronomy University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1 (Canada); He Jianyang, E-mail: jyhe@phas.ubc.c [Department of Physics and Astronomy University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1 (Canada); Mukherjee, Anindya, E-mail: anindya@phas.ubc.c [Department of Physics and Astronomy University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1 (Canada); Shieh, H.-H., E-mail: shieh@phas.ubc.c [Department of Physics and Astronomy University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1 (Canada); Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, 31 Caroline Street North Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 2Y5 (Canada)
2010-05-17
In this work we discuss the zero temperature limit of a 'p-wave' holographic superconductor. The bulk description consists of a non-Abelian SU(2) gauge fields minimally coupled to gravity. We numerically construct the zero temperature solution which is the gravity dual of the superconducting ground state of the 'p-wave' holographic superconductors. The solution is a smooth soliton with zero horizon size and shows an emergent conformal symmetry in the IR. We found the expected superconducting behavior. Using the near horizon analysis we show that the system has a 'hard gap' for the relevant gauge field fluctuations. At zero temperature the real part of the conductivity is zero for an excitation frequency less than the gap frequency. This is in contrast with what has been observed in similar scalar-gravity-gauge systems (holographic superconductors). We also discuss the low but finite temperature behavior of our solution.
Thin film superconductor magnetic bearings
Weinberger, Bernard R.
1995-12-26
A superconductor magnetic bearing includes a shaft (10) that is subject to a load (L) and rotatable around an axis of rotation, a magnet (12) mounted to the shaft, and a stator (14) in proximity to the shaft. The stator (14) has a superconductor thin film assembly (16) positioned to interact with the magnet (12) to produce a levitation force on the shaft (10) that supports the load (L). The thin film assembly (16) includes at least two superconductor thin films (18) and at least one substrate (20). Each thin film (18) is positioned on a substrate (20) and all the thin films are positioned such that an applied magnetic field from the magnet (12) passes through all the thin films. A similar bearing in which the thin film assembly (16) is mounted on the shaft (10) and the magnet (12) is part of the stator (14) also can be constructed.
Topological insulators and topological superconductors
Bernevig, Andrei B
2013-01-01
This graduate-level textbook is the first pedagogical synthesis of the field of topological insulators and superconductors, one of the most exciting areas of research in condensed matter physics. Presenting the latest developments, while providing all the calculations necessary for a self-contained and complete description of the discipline, it is ideal for graduate students and researchers preparing to work in this area, and it will be an essential reference both within and outside the classroom. The book begins with simple concepts such as Berry phases, Dirac fermions, Hall conductance and its link to topology, and the Hofstadter problem of lattice electrons in a magnetic field. It moves on to explain topological phases of matter such as Chern insulators, two- and three-dimensional topological insulators, and Majorana p-wave wires. Additionally, the book covers zero modes on vortices in topological superconductors, time-reversal topological superconductors, and topological responses/field theory and topolo...
Apparatus for fabricating continuous lengths of superconductor
Kroeger, Donald M.; List, III, Frederick A.
2002-01-01
A process and apparatus for manufacturing a superconductor. The process is accomplished by depositing a superconductor precursor powder on a continuous length of a first substrate ribbon, overlaying a continuous length of a second substrate ribbon on said first substrate ribbon, and applying sufficient pressure to form a bound layered superconductor comprising a layer of said superconducting precursor powder between said first substrate ribbon and said second substrates ribbon. The layered superconductor is then heat treated to establish the superconducting phase of said superconductor precursor powder.
Iron-based superconductors: Foreword
Alloul, Henri; Cano, Andres
2016-01-01
We introduce the thematic (open access) issue published in Comptes Rendus Physique. This issue is focused on the so-called Fe-based superconductors that, since the discovery of superconductivity in F-doped LaFeAsO by Hosono group in 2008, have become one of the latest hot topics in the field of condensed matter. The idea is to give an up-to-date overview of the fundamental properties of this novel family of high-Tc superconductors. First we briefly recall the scientific context of superconduc...
Thin-film ternary superconductors
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Physical properties and preparation methods of thin film ternary superconductors, (mainly molybdenum chalcogenides) are reviewed. Properties discussed include the superconducting critical fields and critical currents, resistivity and the Hall effect. Experimental results at low temperatures, together with electron microscopy data are used to determine magnetic flux pinning mechanisms in films. Flux pinning results, together with an empirical model for pinning, are used to get estimates for possible applications of thin film ternary superconductors where high current densities are needed in the presence of high magnetic fields. The normal state experimental data is used to derive several Fermi surface parameters, e.g. the Fermi velocity and the effective Fermi surface area. (orig.)
Topological Aspects of Triplet Superconductors
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REN Ji-Rong; XU Dong-Hui; ZHANG Xin-Hui; LI Ran
2007-01-01
In this paper, using the φ-mapping theory, it is shown that two kinds of topological defects, i.e., the vortex lines and the monopoles exist in the helical configuration of magnetic field in triplet superconductors. And the inner topological structure of these defects is studied. Because the knot solitons in the triplet superconductors are characterized by the Hopf invariant, we also establish a relationship between the Hopf invariant and the linking number of knots family,and reveal the inner topological structure of the Hopf invariant.
Holographic superconductors without translational symmetry
Zeng, Hua Bi
2014-01-01
A holographic superconductor is constructed in the background of a massive gravity theory. In the normal state without condensation, the conductivity exhibits a Drude peak that approaches a delta function in the massless gravity limit as studied by David Vegh. In the superconducting state, besides the infinite DC conductivity, the AC conductivity has Drude behavior at low frequency followed by a power law-fall. These results are in agreement with that found earlier by Horowitz and Santos, who studied a holographic superconductor with an implicit periodic potential beyond the probe limit. The results also agree with measurements on some cuprates.
Terahertz Spectroscopy of Novel Superconductors
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Stefano Lupi
2011-01-01
Full Text Available Through the coupling of Synchrotron Radiation and Michelson interferometry, one may obtain in the terahertz (THz range transmittance and reflectivity spectra with a signal-to-noise ratio (S/N up to 103. In this paper we review the application of this spectroscopic technique to novel superconductors with an increasing degree of complexity: the single-gap boron-doped diamond; the isotropic multiband V3Si, where superconductivity opens two gaps at the Fermi energy; the CaAlSi superconductor, isostructural to MgB2, with a single gap in the hexagonal ab plane and two gaps along the orthogonal c axis.
Holographic Multi-Band Superconductor
Huang, Ching-Yu; Maity, Debaprasad
2011-01-01
We propose a gravity dual for the holographic superconductor with multi-band carriers. Moreover, the currents of these carriers are unified under a global non-Abelian symmetry, which is dual to the bulk non-Abelian gauge symmetry. We study the phase diagram of our model, and find it qualitatively agrees with the one for the realistic 2-band superconductor, such as MgB2. We also evaluate the holographic conductivities and find the expected mean-field like behaviors in some cases. However, for a wide range of the parameter space, we also find the non-mean-field like behavior with negative conductivities.
Multifilamentary niobium tin superconductor tape
Brisbin, P. H.; Coles, W. D.
1975-01-01
In the method proposed for fabricating multifilamentary Nb3Sn tape, filamentary superconducting paths are produced in standard commercial superconductor tape by chemical milling of separator slots through the Nb3Sn layer. The multifilament configuration features a matrix of ten 1.2 mm wide parallel helical superconducting paths along the length of the tape. The paths are spaced 0.4 mm apart. Tapes tested as small pancake coils demonstrated the integrity and continuity of the matrix, and showed that critical current was sustained in direct proportion to retained superconductor.
Plasmons in cuprate superconductors
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The customary way of determining the complex dielectric constant from the measured reflectance spectra suffers from large uncertainties because of the extrapolations required for the Kramers-Kronig transformation. To avoid these, a method is introduced in which reflectance and ellipsometric data on single crystals and epitaxial films are combined. Utilizing this approach, the spectral functions of YBa2Cu3O7 (Y-Ba-Cu-O) and Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 (Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O) are determined with substantially improved accuracy. This enables the unambiguous identification of optic plasmons at 1.4 eV in Y-Ba-Cu-O and at 1.1 eV in Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O. No other low-lying optic plasmons are detected, which likely rules out most plasmon-mediated superconductivity models. Next, the bare plasma frequency is found to be ℎωp=3.2±0.3 eV in Y-Ba-Cu-O and ℎωp=2.4±0.3 eV in Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O. These values support ascribing the strong infrared absorption to charge carriers which, however, are not free-electron-like, but rather show characteristic polaronic behavior. Finally, in both Y-Ba-Cu-O and Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O, it is found that Im(-1/ε)=βω2 for small ω, and this law is conjectured to be universal for all layered cuprate superconductors. It is again not Drude-like; it may be compatible with the layered electron-gas model. The latter implies existence of a broad band of acoustic plasmon branches
Phonon-induced quadrupolar ordering of the magnetic superconductor TmNi2B2C
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Andersen, N.H.; Jensen, J.; Jensen, T.B.S.;
2006-01-01
We present synchrotron x-ray diffraction studies revealing that the lattice of thulium borocarbide is distorted below T(Q)similar or equal to 13.5 K at zero field. T-Q increases and the amplitude of the displacements is drastically enhanced by a factor of 10 at 60 kOe when a magnetic field is app...
Development of superconductor application technology
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Fabrication of high Tc bulk superconductor and its application, fabrication of superconducting wire for electric power device and analysis for cryogenic system were carried out for developing superconductor application technologies for electric power system. High quality YBaCuO bulk superconductor was fabricated by controlling initial powder preparation process and prototype flywheel energy storage device was designed basically. The superconducting levitation force measuring device was made to examine the property of prepared superconductor specimen. Systematic studies onthe method of starting powder preparation, mechanical fabrication process, heat treatment condition and analysis of plastic deformation were carried out to increase the stability and reproducibility of superconducting wire. A starting power with good reactivity and fine particle size was obtained by mechanical grinding, control of phase assemblage, and emulsion drying method. Ag/BSCCO tape with good cross sectional shape and Jc of 20,000 A/cm2 was fabricated by applying CIP packing procedure. Multifilamentary wire with Jc of 10,000 A/cm2 was fabricated by rolling method using square billet as starting shape. The joining of the multifilamentary wire was done by etching and pressing process and showed 50% of joining efficiency. Analysis on the heat loss in cryostat for high Tc superconducting device was carried out for optimum design of the future cryogenic system. (author). 66 refs., 104 figs
Possible Pressure Effect for Superconductors
Chu, A. Kwang-Hua
2004-01-01
We make an estimate of the possible range of $\\Delta T_c$ induced by high-pressure effects in post-metallic superconductors by using the theory of {\\it extended irreversible/reversible thermodynamics} and Pippard's length scale. The relationship between the increment of the superconducting temperature and the increase of the pressure is parabolic.
Development of superconductor application technology
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Hong, G. W.; Kim, C. J.; Lee, H. G.; Lee, H. J.; Kim, K. B.; Won, D. Y.; Jang, K. I.; Kwon, S. C.; Kim, W. J.; Ji, Y. A.; Yang, S. W.; Kim, W. K.; Park, S. D.; Lee, M. H.; Lee, D. M.; Park, H. W.; Yu, J. K.; Lee, I. S.; Kim, J. J.; Choi, H. S.; Chu, Y.; Kim, Y. S.; Kim, D. H.
1997-09-01
Fabrication of high Tc bulk superconductor and its application, fabrication of superconducting wire for electric power device and analysis for cryogenic system were carried out for developing superconductor application technologies for electric power system. High quality YBaCuO bulk superconductor was fabricated by controlling initial powder preparation process and prototype flywheel energy storage device was designed basically. The superconducting levitation force measuring device was made to examine the property of prepared superconductor specimen. Systematic studies onthe method of starting powder preparation, mechanical fabrication process, heat treatment condition and analysis of plastic deformation were carried out to increase the stability and reproducibility of superconducting wire. A starting power with good reactivity and fine particle size was obtained by mechanical grinding, control of phase assemblage, and emulsion drying method. Ag/BSCCO tape with good cross sectional shape and Jc of 20,000 A/cm{sup 2} was fabricated by applying CIP packing procedure. Multifilamentary wire with Jc of 10,000 A/cm{sup 2} was fabricated by rolling method using square billet as starting shape. The joining of the multifilamentary wire was done by etching and pressing process and showed 50% of joining efficiency. Analysis on the heat loss in cryostat for high Tc superconducting device was carried out for optimum design of the future cryogenic system. (author). 66 refs., 104 figs.
Murphy, Andrew; Aref, Thomas; Coskun, Ulas; Weinberg, Phillip; Levchenko, Alex; Vakaryuk, Victor; Bezryadin, Alexey
2013-03-01
We study statistical properties of the switching current in superconductor-graphene-superconductor proximity junctions and superconductor-nanowire-superconductor devices. The fluctuations of the switching current are related to Little's phase slips, generated by thermal and quantum fluctuations of the superconducting order parameter. The study focuses on higher moments of the statistical probability distributions of the switching current. Namely we study the skewness, which defines the asymmetry of the distribution, and kurtosis, which is a measure of the ``peakedness.'' The skewness is defined as sk= m3 /m23 / 2 where m2 is the second moment of the distribution, called the variance, and m3 is the third moment. Kurtosis is defined as kur= m4 /m22 , where m4 is the fourth moment of the distribution. It is known that for Gaussian distributions sk=0 and kur=3. On our devices we find, in most cases, sk ~ -1 and kur ~ 5. These results are in agreement with numerical simulations as well as an analytic model. Finally we present preliminary experimental results for a two-nanowire device. We have found that the standard deviation, skewness and kurtosis of the switching current distributions in these devices vary periodically with magnetic field.
Chemistry of high temperature superconductors
1991-01-01
This review volume contains the most up-to-date articles on the chemical aspects of high temperature oxide superconductors. These articles are written by some of the leading scientists in the field and includes a comprehensive list of references. This is an essential volume for researchers working in the fields of ceramics, materials science and chemistry.
Fluctuoscopy of Superconductors
Varlamov, Andrey
2012-02-01
The study of superconducting fluctuations (SF) is a subject of fundamental and practical importance. Since the moment of discovery SF became a noticeable part of research in the field of superconductivity (SC) and a variety of fluctuation effects have been detected. The interest to SF in SC was regenerated by the discovery of HTS, where, due to extremely short coherence length and low effective dimensionality of the electron system, SF manifest themselves in a wide range of temperatures. The characteristic feature of SF is their strong dependence on temperature and magnetic field. This allows to separate SFs from other contributions and to use them as a tool for characterization of SC systems (``fluctuoscopy'') for example to extract the values of Tc, Hc2(T) and phase-breaking time from experimental data. We present the complete results for fluctuation magneto-conductivity (FMC) and Nernst signal (FNS) of impure 2D superconductor in the whole phase diagram above the transition line Hc2(T), including the domain of quantum fluctuations. Along some line H0(T), in agreement with experimental findings, FMC becomes zero and beyond it remains small and negative. The corresponding surface in coordinates (T,H) becomes in particular non-trivial at low temperatures and close to Hc2(0), where it is trough-shaped. The observation of large FNS in HTS and conventional SC above Tc(H), has attracted much attention recently. The idea to attribute it to the entropy transport by analogy to vortices was proposed. On the other hand this giant effect, close to Tc(0), was explained in terms of SF. Our general results allow to successfully fit the available experimental data in a wide range of magnetic fields and temperatures, to extract the value of the ``ghost'' field and other parameters of SC. We offer also a qualitative consideration, which gives a natural explanation for the giant value of FNS attributing it to a strong dependence of the fluctuation Cooper pair (FCP) chemical
Josephson Current in Superconductor-Ferromagnet/Insulator/d-Wave Superconductor Junctions
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LI Xiao-Wei; DONG Zheng-Chao
2005-01-01
Solving the Bogoliubov-de Gennes equation, the energy levels of bound states are obtained in the ferromagnetic superconductor. The Josephson currents in a ferromagnetic superconductor/Insulator/d-wave superconductor junction are calculated as a function of the exchange field, temperature, and insulating barrier strength. It is found that the Josephson critical current is always suppressed by the presence of exchange field h and depends on crystalline axis orientation of d-wave superconductor.
Andreev levels in a Josephson superconductor graphene superconductor nanostructure
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We obtain the bound states in superconductor-graphene-superconductor nanostructure, which are responsible for the Josephson effect. The coupling between graphene and each superconducting region is modeled as two different hopping parameters in the respective SG and GS interfaces. With the purpose of determining the local density of states and the spectrum, the Green function of the junction is calculated resolving the Dyson equation. We obtain that the number of levels depends on the width and doping of graphene region and this occurs for the two types of edge (armchair or zigzag). We investigate the behavior of the bound states as a function of the transparency. In the limit of a transparent junction, the results obtained by the Green's function method reproduce those present in the literature. In the tunnel limit the spectrum is different for armchair and zigzag edges
Holographic Complexity in Gauge/String Superconductors
Davood Momeni; Seyed Ali Hosseini Mansoori; Ratbay Myrzakulov
2016-01-01
Following a methodology similar to \\cite{Alishahiha:2015rta}, we derive a holographic complexity for two dimensional holographic superconductors (gauge/string superconductors) with backreactions. Applying a perturbation method proposed by Kanno in Ref. \\cite{kanno}, we study behaviors of the complexity for a dual quantum system near critical points. We show that when a system moves from the normal phase ($T>T_c$) to the superconductor phase ($T
Holographic complexity in gauge/string superconductors
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2016-05-01
Full Text Available Following a methodology similar to [1], we derive a holographic complexity for two dimensional holographic superconductors (gauge/string superconductors with backreactions. Applying a perturbation method proposed by Kanno in Ref. [2], we study behaviors of the complexity for a dual quantum system near critical points. We show that when a system moves from the normal phase (T>Tc to the superconductor phase (T
Recent progress on carbon-based superconductors
Kubozono, Yoshihiro; Eguchi, Ritsuko; Goto, Hidenori; Hamao, Shino; Kambe, Takashi; Terao, Takahiro; Nishiyama, Saki; Zheng, Lu; Miao, Xiao; Okamoto, Hideki
2016-08-01
This article reviews new superconducting phases of carbon-based materials. During the past decade, new carbon-based superconductors have been extensively developed through the use of intercalation chemistry, electrostatic carrier doping, and surface-proving techniques. The superconducting transition temperature T c of these materials has been rapidly elevated, and the variety of superconductors has been increased. This review fully introduces graphite, graphene, and hydrocarbon superconductors and future perspectives of high-T c superconductors based on these materials, including present problems. Carbon-based superconductors show various types of interesting behavior, such as a positive pressure dependence of T c. At present, experimental information on superconductors is still insufficient, and theoretical treatment is also incomplete. In particular, experimental results are still lacking for graphene and hydrocarbon superconductors. Therefore, it is very important to review experimental results in detail and introduce theoretical approaches, for the sake of advances in condensed matter physics. Furthermore, the recent experimental results on hydrocarbon superconductors obtained by our group are also included in this article. Consequently, this review article may provide a hint to designing new carbon-based superconductors exhibiting higher T c and interesting physical features.
Melt processed high-temperature superconductors
1993-01-01
The achievement of large critical currents is critical to the applications of high-temperature superconductors. Recent developments have shown that melt processing is suitable for producing high J c oxide superconductors. Using magnetic forces between such high J c oxide superconductors and magnets, a person could be levitated.This book has grown largely out of research works on melt processing of high-temperature superconductors conducted at ISTEC Superconductivity Research Laboratory. The chapters build on melt processing, microstructural characterization, fundamentals of flux pinning, criti
Recent progress on carbon-based superconductors.
Kubozono, Yoshihiro; Eguchi, Ritsuko; Goto, Hidenori; Hamao, Shino; Kambe, Takashi; Terao, Takahiro; Nishiyama, Saki; Zheng, Lu; Miao, Xiao; Okamoto, Hideki
2016-08-24
This article reviews new superconducting phases of carbon-based materials. During the past decade, new carbon-based superconductors have been extensively developed through the use of intercalation chemistry, electrostatic carrier doping, and surface-proving techniques. The superconducting transition temperature T c of these materials has been rapidly elevated, and the variety of superconductors has been increased. This review fully introduces graphite, graphene, and hydrocarbon superconductors and future perspectives of high-T c superconductors based on these materials, including present problems. Carbon-based superconductors show various types of interesting behavior, such as a positive pressure dependence of T c. At present, experimental information on superconductors is still insufficient, and theoretical treatment is also incomplete. In particular, experimental results are still lacking for graphene and hydrocarbon superconductors. Therefore, it is very important to review experimental results in detail and introduce theoretical approaches, for the sake of advances in condensed matter physics. Furthermore, the recent experimental results on hydrocarbon superconductors obtained by our group are also included in this article. Consequently, this review article may provide a hint to designing new carbon-based superconductors exhibiting higher T c and interesting physical features. PMID:27351938
Paramagnetically induced gapful topological superconductors
Daido, Akito; Yanase, Youichi
2016-08-01
We propose a generic scenario for realizing gapful topological superconductors (TSCs) from gapless spin-singlet superconductors (SCs). Noncentrosymmetric nodal SCs in two dimensions are shown to be gapful under a Zeeman field, as a result of the cooperation of inversion-symmetry breaking and time-reversal-symmetry breaking. In particular, non-s -wave SCs acquire a large excitation gap. Such paramagnetically induced gapful SCs may be classified into TSCs in the symmetry class D specified by the Chern number. We show nontrivial Chern numbers over a wide parameter range for spin-singlet SCs. A variety of the paramagnetically induced gapful TSCs are demonstrated, including D +p -wave TSC, extended S +p -wave TSC, p +D +f -wave TSC, and s +P -wave TSC. Natural extension toward three-dimensional Weyl SCs is also discussed.
Topological properties of ferromagnetic superconductors
Cheung, Alfred K. C.; Raghu, S.
2016-04-01
A variety of heavy fermion superconductors, such as UCoGe, UGe2, and URhGe exhibit a striking coexistence of bulk ferromagnetism and superconductivity. In the first two materials, the magnetic moment decreases with pressure, and vanishes at a ferromagnetic quantum critical point (qcp). Remarkably, the superconductivity in UCoGe varies smoothly with pressure across the qcp and exists in both the ferromagnetic and paramagnetic regimes. We argue that in UCoGe, spin-orbit interactions stabilize a time-reversal invariant odd-parity superconductor in the high pressure paramagnetic regime. Based on a simple phenomenological model, we predict that the transition from the paramagnetic normal state to the phase where superconductivity and ferromagnetism coexist is a first-order transition.
Shielding superconductors with thin films
Posen, Sam; Catelani, Gianluigi; Liepe, Matthias U; Sethna, James P
2015-01-01
Determining the optimal arrangement of superconducting layers to withstand large amplitude AC magnetic fields is important for certain applications such as superconducting radiofrequency cavities. In this paper, we evaluate the shielding potential of the superconducting film/insulating film/superconductor (SIS') structure, a configuration that could provide benefits in screening large AC magnetic fields. After establishing that for high frequency magnetic fields, flux penetration must be avoided, the superheating field of the structure is calculated in the London limit both numerically and, for thin films, analytically. For intermediate film thicknesses and realistic material parameters we also solve numerically the Ginzburg-Landau equations. It is shown that a small enhancement of the superheating field is possible, on the order of a few percent, for the SIS' structure relative to a bulk superconductor of the film material, if the materials and thicknesses are chosen appropriately.
Generalized Superconductors and Holographic Optics
Mahapatra, Subhash; Sarkar, Tapobrata
2013-01-01
We study generalized holographic s-wave superconductors in four dimensional R-charged black hole backgrounds, in the probe limit. We first establish the superconducting nature of the boundary theory, and then study its optical properties. Numerical analysis indicates that a negative index of refraction appears at low frequencies in the theory, for certain temperature ranges, for specific values of the charge parameter. The corresponding cut-off values for these are numerically established in several cases.
Theoretical studies of unconventional superconductors
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Groensleth, Martin Sigurd
2008-07-01
This thesis presents four research papers. In the first three papers we have derived analytical results for the transport properties in unconventional superconductors and ferromagnetic systems with multiple broken symmetries. In Paper I and parts of Paper II we have studied tunneling transport between two non-unitary ferromagnetic spin-triplet superconductors, and found a novel interplay between ferromagnetism and superconductivity manifested in the Josephson effect as a spin- and charge-current in the absence of an applied voltage across the junction. The critical amplitudes of these currents can be adjusted by the relative magnetization direction on each side of the junction. Furthermore, in Paper II, we have found a way of controlling a spin-current between two ferromagnets with spin-orbit coupling. Paper III considers a junction consisting of a ferromagnet and a non-unitary ferromagnetic superconductor, and we show that the conductance spectra contains detailed information about the superconducting gaps and pairing symmetry of the Cooper-pairs. In the last paper we present a Monte Carlo study of an effective Hamiltonian describing orbital currents in the CuO2 layers of high-temperature superconductive cuprates. The model features two intrinsically anisotropic Ising models, coupled through an anisotropic next-nearest neighbor interaction, and an Ashkin-Teller nearest neighbor fourth order coupling. We have studied the specific heat anomaly, as well as the anomaly in the staggered magnetization associated with the orbital currents and its susceptibility. We have found that in a limited parameter regime, the specific heat anomaly is substantially suppressed, while the susceptibility has a non-analytical peak across the order-disorder transition. The model is therefore a candidate for describing the breakup of hidden order when crossing the pseudo-gap line on the under-doped side in the phase diagram of high-temperature superconductors. (Author) 64 refs., figs
Superconductors with Mesoscopic Phase Separation
Coleman, A.J.; Yukalova, E. P.; V. I. Yukalov
1997-01-01
A model of superconductivity is proposed taking into account repulsive particle interaction, mesoscopic phase separation and softening of crystalline lattice. These features are typical of many high-temperature superconductors. The main results obtained for the model are: (i) phase separation is possible only if repulsive forces play a significant role; (ii) the critical temperature as a function of the superconducting phase fraction can have non-monotonic behaviour; (iii) superconductivity i...
Negative magnetic relaxation in superconductors
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Krasnoperov E.P.
2013-01-01
Full Text Available It was observed that the trapped magnetic moment of HTS tablets or annuli increases in time (negative relaxation if they are not completely magnetized by a pulsed magnetic field. It is shown, in the framework of the Bean critical-state model, that the radial temperature gradient appearing in tablets or annuli during a pulsed field magnetization can explain the negative magnetic relaxation in the superconductor.
Holographic superconductors with Weyl corrections
Momeni, Davood; Raza, Muhammad; Myrzakulov, Ratbay
2016-10-01
A quick review on the analytical aspects of holographic superconductors (HSCs) with Weyl corrections has been presented. Mainly, we focus on matching method and variational approaches. Different types of such HSC have been investigated — s-wave, p-wave and Stúckelberg ones. We also review the fundamental construction of a p-wave type, in which the non-Abelian gauge field is coupled to the Weyl tensor. The results are compared from numerics to analytical results.
Quantum rotor in nanostructured superconductors
Lin, Shi-Hsin; Milošević, M. V.; Covaci, L.; Jankó, B.; Peeters, F.M.
2014-01-01
Despite its apparent simplicity, the idealized model of a particle constrained to move on a circle has intriguing dynamic properties and immediate experimental relevance. While a rotor is rather easy to set up classically, the quantum regime is harder to realize and investigate. Here we demonstrate that the quantum dynamics of quasiparticles in certain classes of nanostructured superconductors can be mapped onto a quantum rotor. Furthermore, we provide a straightforward experimental procedure...
Overview of Crystalline Color Superconductors
Mannarelli, Massimo
2015-01-01
Inhomogeneous phases may appear when a stress is applied to a system and the system can minimize the free energy breaking the rotational invariance. Various examples are known in Nature of this sort, as the paramagnetic to ferromagnetic phase transition, or the fluid/solid phase transition. If the rotational symmetry is broken down to a discrete symmetry, the system is typically named a crystal. We breifly review crystalline color superconductors, which arise in cold quark matter with mismatched Fermi spheres.
Edge instabilities of topological superconductors
Hofmann, Johannes S.; Assaad, Fakher F.; Schnyder, Andreas P.
2016-05-01
Nodal topological superconductors display zero-energy Majorana flat bands at generic edges. The flatness of these edge bands, which is protected by time-reversal and translation symmetry, gives rise to an extensive ground-state degeneracy. Therefore, even arbitrarily weak interactions lead to an instability of the flat-band edge states towards time-reversal and translation-symmetry-broken phases, which lift the ground-state degeneracy. We examine the instabilities of the flat-band edge states of dx y-wave superconductors by performing a mean-field analysis in the Majorana basis of the edge states. The leading instabilities are Majorana mass terms, which correspond to coherent superpositions of particle-particle and particle-hole channels in the fermionic language. We find that attractive interactions induce three different mass terms. One is a coherent superposition of imaginary s -wave pairing and current order, and another combines a charge-density-wave and finite-momentum singlet pairing. Repulsive interactions, on the other hand, lead to ferromagnetism together with spin-triplet pairing at the edge. Our quantum Monte Carlo simulations confirm these findings and demonstrate that these instabilities occur even in the presence of strong quantum fluctuations. We discuss the implications of our results for experiments on cuprate high-temperature superconductors.
Is a color superconductor topological?
Nishida, Yusuke
2010-01-01
A fully gapped state of matter, whether insulator or superconductor, can be asked if it is topologically trivial or nontrivial. Here we investigate topological properties of superconducting Dirac fermions in 3D having a color superconductor as an application. In the chiral limit, when the pairing gap is parity even, the right-handed and left-handed sectors of the free space Hamiltonian have nontrivial topological charges with opposite signs. Accordingly, a vortex line in the superconductor supports localized gapless right-handed and left-handed fermions with the dispersion relations E=+/-vp_z (v is a parameter dependent velocity) and thus propagating in opposite directions along the vortex line. However, the presence of the fermion mass immediately opens up a mass gap for such localized fermions and the dispersion relations become E=+/-v(m^2+p_z^2)^(1/2). When the pairing gap is parity odd, the situation is qualitatively different. The right-handed and left-handed sectors of the free space Hamiltonian in the ...
Design of high-Tc oxide superconductors
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The current status of oxide superconductors is briefly reviewed from a crystal structure perspective. Tokura et al. recently classified high-temperature superconductors using a 'block layer (BL)' concept. The present study proposes a new 'layer' concept that specifically classifies this BL. The possibility of obtaining new BLs by reconstructing layers is discussed. A new crystal structure was subsequently discovered. (orig.)
Majorana Fermions and Topology in Superconductors
Sato, Masatoshi; Fujimoto, Satoshi
2016-07-01
Topological superconductors are novel classes of quantum condensed phases, characterized by topologically nontrivial structures of Cooper pairing states. On the surfaces of samples and in vortex cores of topological superconductors, Majorana fermions, which are particles identified with their own anti-particles, appear as Bogoliubov quasiparticles. The existence and stability of Majorana fermions are ensured by bulk topological invariants constrained by the symmetries of the systems. Majorana fermions in topological superconductors obey a new type of quantum statistics referred to as non-Abelian statistics, which is distinct from bose and fermi statistics, and can be utilized for application to topological quantum computation. Also, Majorana fermions give rise to various exotic phenomena such as "fractionalization", non-local correlation, and "teleportation". A pedagogical review of these subjects is presented. We also discuss interaction effects on topological classification of superconductors, and the basic properties of Weyl superconductors.
Topological surface states in nodal superconductors.
Schnyder, Andreas P; Brydon, Philip M R
2015-06-24
Topological superconductors have become a subject of intense research due to their potential use for technical applications in device fabrication and quantum information. Besides fully gapped superconductors, unconventional superconductors with point or line nodes in their order parameter can also exhibit nontrivial topological characteristics. This article reviews recent progress in the theoretical understanding of nodal topological superconductors, with a focus on Weyl and noncentrosymmetric superconductors and their protected surface states. Using selected examples, we review the bulk topological properties of these systems, study different types of topological surface states, and examine their unusual properties. Furthermore, we survey some candidate materials for topological superconductivity and discuss different experimental signatures of topological surface states. PMID:26000466
Iron-Based Superconductors: $S_4$ Symmetry Superconductors
Hu, Jiangping
2012-01-01
I elaborate the construction of the recent two-orbital model for iron-based superconductors\\cite{hu-hao} and discuss the properties of superconducting(SC) phases based on the $S_4$ symmetry. I demonstrate further that the underlining electronic structure is an almost decoupled two-orbital model obeying the $S_4$ symmetry. I discuss the classification of the SC states according to the $S_4$ symmetry, which leads to a natural prediction that there are two different phases even in the proposed $...
High-temperature oxide superconductors
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This paper reports that in the high-temperature oxide superconductors of the type Y(Ln)Ba2Cu3O7-δ, structure and oxygen stoichiometry play a crucial role. Thus, this family of high temperature oxide superconductors generally possesses the orthorhombic structure with two- as well as one-dimensional features. Oxygen stoichiometry in YBa2Cu3O7-δ has an important bearing on the structure as well as superconductivity. This is equally true in the La2-xBa2+xCu6O14+δ system of which only the 123 oxide (x = 1) with the orthorhombic structure shows high Tc. Orthorhombicity is also found in La2-x(Sr, Ba)xCuO4 superconductors of the K2NiF4 structure. Orthorhombicity is necessary for the formation of twins in Y(Ln)Ba2Cu3O7. Copper in these cuprates is only in 1+ and 2+ states, thereby making it necessary for oxygen holes to be present. The oxygen holes are responsible for superconductivity of the cuprates. High Tc superconductivity is also found in oxides of the Bi-(ca, SR)-Cu-O and Tl(Ca,Ba)-Cu-O systems of the general formula A2(M', M double-prime)n+1CunO2n+4 (A = Bi,Tl; M' = Ca; M double-prime = Sr,Ba) with Tc's in the range 80-125K depending on the number of Cu-O Layers
Oxide superconductors under magnetic field
Kitazawa, K.
1991-01-01
One of the current most serious problems for the oxide superconductors from the standpoint of practical application is the various novel features derived mainly from their extremely short coherence. In particular, the coherence length so far observed in the cuprate superconductors is in the range of 0.1 nm perpendicular to the CuO2 plane. This seems to be creating most of the difficulties in the device fabrication and in the performance under the magnetic field. Some of the superconducting properties under the magnetic field will be discussed in terms of the short coherence length. A model will be presented based on the gradual strengthening of the pinning force with decrease in temperature and the weak coupling at the grain boundaries. Secondly, the broadening of the superconducting transition under the magnetic field is discussed. This is observed significantly only when the field is applied perpendicular to the basal plane and the relative orientation of the current to the field is insignificant in determining the extent of broadening. Besides, the change in the strength of the pinning force does not affect the width of the broadening. From these observations discussions will be made on a model based on the giant fluctuation. Based on this model, it is predicted that the coherence length along the c-axis will be the single most important material parameter to determine the performance of the superconductor under a strong magnetic field. It seems that BYCO is superior in this regard to Bi- or Tl-systems as far as the performance at 77 K is considered, although another material with the coherence length slightly longer along the c-axis is still highly desired.
Generalized superconductors and holographic optics
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Mahapatra, Subhash; Phukon, Prabwal; Sarkar, Tapobrata [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology,Kanpur 208016 (India)
2014-01-24
We study generalized holographic s-wave superconductors in four dimensional R-charged black hole and Lifshitz black hole backgrounds, in the probe limit. We first establish the superconducting nature of the boundary theories, and then study their optical properties. Numerical analysis indicates that a negative Depine-Lakhtakia index may appear at low frequencies in the theory dual to the R-charged black hole, for certain temperature ranges, for specific values of the charge parameter. The corresponding cut-off values for these are numerically established in several cases. Such effects are seen to be absent in the Lifshitz background where this index is always positive.
High Temperature Superconductor Machine Prototype
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Mijatovic, Nenad; Jensen, Bogi Bech; Træholt, Chresten;
2011-01-01
A versatile testing platform for a High Temperature Superconductor (HTS) machine has been constructed. The stationary HTS field winding can carry up to 10 coils and it is operated at a temperature of 77K. The rotating armature is at room temperature. Test results and performance for the HTS field...... winding comprising four coils wound with two types of HTS tapes are shown and discussed. The field winding produces up to 0.62T in the 10mm air gap which constitutes 78% of the armature design value. Recommendations for the field winding operation are proposed and verified, which resulted in an increase...
Vortex ice in nanostructured superconductors
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Reichhardt, Charles [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Reichhardt, Cynthia J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Libal, Andras J [Los Alamos National Laboratory
2008-01-01
We demonstrate using numerical simulations of nanostructured superconductors that it is possible to realize vortex ice states that are analogous to square and kagome ice. The system can be brought into a state that obeys either global or local ice rules by applying an external current according to an annealing protocol. We explore the breakdown of the ice rules due to disorder in the nanostructure array and show that in square ice, topological defects appear along grain boundaries, while in kagome ice, individual defects appear. We argue that the vortex system offers significant advantages over other artificial ice systems.
Superconductor lunar telescopes --Abstract only
Chen, P. C.; Pitts, R.; Shore, S.; Oliversen, R.; Stolarik, J.; Segal, K.; Hojaji, H.
1994-01-01
We propose a new type of telescope designed specifically for the lunar environment of high vacuum and low temperature. Large area UV-Visible-IR telescope arrays can be built with ultra-light-weight replica optics. High T(sub c) superconductors provide support, steering, and positioning. Advantages of this approach are light-weight payload compatible with existing launch vehicles, configurable large area optical arrays, no excavation or heavy construction, and frictionless electronically controlled mechanisms. We have built a prototype and will be demonstarting some of its working characteristics.
d-wave Holographic Superconductor Vortex Lattice and Non-Abelian Holographic Superconductor Droplet
Zeng, Hua-Bi; Fan, Zhe-Yong; Zong, Hong-Shi
2010-01-01
A d-wave holographic superconductor is studied under a constant magnetic field by perturbation method, we obtain both droplet and triangular vortex lattice solution. The results are the same as the s-wave holographic superconductor. The non-Abelian holographic superconductor with $p+ip$-wave background is also studied under magnetic field, unlike the d-wave and s-wave models, we find that the non-Abelian model has only droplet solution.
Incomplete Andreev reflection in a clean Superconductor/Ferromagnet/Superconductor junction
Cayssol, J.; Montambaux, G.
2004-01-01
We study the Josephson effect in a clean Superconductor-Ferromagnet-Superconductor junction for arbitrarily large spin polarizations. The Andreev reflection at a clean Ferromagnet-Superconductor interface is incomplete, and Andreev channels with a large incidence angle are progressively suppressed with increasing exchange energy. As a result, the critical current exhibits oscillations as a function of the exchange energy and of the length of the ferromagnet and has a temperature dependence wh...
Electronic transport in unconventional superconductors
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Graf, M.J.
1998-12-31
The author investigates the electron transport coefficients in unconventional superconductors at low temperatures, where charge and heat transport are dominated by electron scattering from random lattice defects. He discusses the features of the pairing symmetry, Fermi surface, and excitation spectrum which are reflected in the low temperature heat transport. For temperatures {kappa}{sub B}T {approx_lt} {gamma} {much_lt} {Delta}{sub 0}, where {gamma} is the bandwidth of impurity induced Andreev states, certain eigenvalues become universal, i.e., independent of the impurity concentration and phase shift. Deep in the superconducting phase ({kappa}{sub B}T {approx_lt} {gamma}) the Wiedemann-Franz law, with Sommerfeld`s value of the Lorenz number, is recovered. He compares the results for theoretical models of unconventional superconductivity in high-{Tc} and heavy fermion superconductors with experiment. The findings show that impurities are a sensitive probe of the low-energy excitation spectrum, and that the zero-temperature limit of the transport coefficients provides an important test of the order parameter symmetry.
Superconductor bearings, flywheels and transportation
Werfel, F. N.; Floegel-Delor, U.; Rothfeld, R.; Riedel, T.; Goebel, B.; Wippich, D.; Schirrmeister, P.
2012-01-01
This paper describes the present status of high temperature superconductors (HTS) and of bulk superconducting magnet devices, their use in bearings, in flywheel energy storage systems (FESS) and linear transport magnetic levitation (Maglev) systems. We report and review the concepts of multi-seeded REBCO bulk superconductor fabrication. The multi-grain bulks increase the averaged trapped magnetic flux density up to 40% compared to single-grain assembly in large-scale applications. HTS magnetic bearings with permanent magnet (PM) excitation were studied and scaled up to maximum forces of 10 kN axially and 4.5 kN radially. We examine the technology of the high-gradient magnetic bearing concept and verify it experimentally. A large HTS bearing is tested for stabilizing a 600 kg rotor of a 5 kWh/250 kW flywheel system. The flywheel rotor tests show the requirement for additional damping. Our compact flywheel system is compared with similar HTS-FESS projects. A small-scale compact YBCO bearing with in situ Stirling cryocooler is constructed and investigated for mobile applications. Next we show a successfully developed modular linear Maglev system for magnetic train operation. Each module levitates 0.25t at 10 mm distance during one-day operation without refilling LN2. More than 30 vacuum cryostats containing multi-seeded YBCO blocks are fabricated and are tested now in Germany, China and Brazil.
Method to improve superconductor cable
Borden, A.R.
1984-03-08
A method is disclosed of making a stranded superconductor cable having improved flexing and bending characteristics. In such method, a plurality of superconductor strands are helically wound around a cylindrical portion of a mandrel which tapers along a transitional portion to a flat end portion. The helically wound strands form a multistrand hollow cable which is partially flattened by pressure rollers as the cable travels along the transitional portion. The partially flattened cable is impacted with repeated hammer blows as the hollow cable travels along the flat end portion. The hammer blows flatten both the internal and the external surfaces of the strands. The cable is fully flattened and compacted by two sets of pressure rollers which engage the flat sides and the edges of the cable after it has traveled away from the flat end portion of the mandrel. The flattened internal surfaces slide easily over one another when the cable is flexed or bent so that there is very little possibility that the cable will be damaged by the necessary flexing and bending required to wind the cable into magnet coils.
High Temperature Superconductor Accelerator Magnets
AUTHOR|(CDS)2079328; de Rijk, Gijs; Dhalle, Marc
2016-11-10
For future particle accelerators bending dipoles are considered with magnetic fields exceeding $20T$. This can only be achieved using high temperature superconductors (HTS). These exhibit different properties from classical low temperature superconductors and still require significant research and development before they can be applied in a practical accelerator magnet. In order to study HTS in detail, a five tesla demonstrator magnet named Feather-M2 is designed and constructed. The magnet is based on ReBCO coated conductor, which is assembled into a $10kA$ class Roebel cable. A new and optimized Aligned Block layout is used, which takes advantage of the anisotropy of the conductor. This is achieved by providing local alignment of the Roebel cable in the coil windings with the magnetic field lines. A new Network Model capable of analyzing transient electro-magnetic and thermal phenomena in coated conductor cables and coils is developed. This model is necessary to solve critical issues in coated conductor ac...
Superconductor bearings, flywheels and transportation
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This paper describes the present status of high temperature superconductors (HTS) and of bulk superconducting magnet devices, their use in bearings, in flywheel energy storage systems (FESS) and linear transport magnetic levitation (Maglev) systems. We report and review the concepts of multi-seeded REBCO bulk superconductor fabrication. The multi-grain bulks increase the averaged trapped magnetic flux density up to 40% compared to single-grain assembly in large-scale applications. HTS magnetic bearings with permanent magnet (PM) excitation were studied and scaled up to maximum forces of 10 kN axially and 4.5 kN radially. We examine the technology of the high-gradient magnetic bearing concept and verify it experimentally. A large HTS bearing is tested for stabilizing a 600 kg rotor of a 5 kWh/250 kW flywheel system. The flywheel rotor tests show the requirement for additional damping. Our compact flywheel system is compared with similar HTS–FESS projects. A small-scale compact YBCO bearing with in situ Stirling cryocooler is constructed and investigated for mobile applications. Next we show a successfully developed modular linear Maglev system for magnetic train operation. Each module levitates 0.25t at 10 mm distance during one-day operation without refilling LN2. More than 30 vacuum cryostats containing multi-seeded YBCO blocks are fabricated and are tested now in Germany, China and Brazil.
Holographic superconductors and superfluids - effect of backreaction
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Recently, the gravity-gauge theory correspondence has been used to describe so-called holographic superconductors and superfluids with the help of black holes in Anti-de Sitter space-time. In this talk, I discuss holographic superconductors and superfluids away from the probe limit, i.e. taking backreaction of the space-time into account. In the first part of the talk I present our results for Gauss-Bonnet holographic superconductors in (3+1) dimensions, while the second part deals with holographic superfluids in (2+1) dimensions where one of the spatial dimensions is compactified.
Electromagnetic properties of metals and superconductors
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Part 1: Metals. 1. Introduction. 1.1. Normal and anomalous skin effects. 2. Helicons and magneto-plasma waves. 3. Helicon-phonon interaction. 3.1. Magneto-plasma (Alfven) waves. 4. Cyclotron waves. 5. Spin waves in electron system. Part 2: Superconductors. 6. Introduction. 6.1. Response to weak electromagnetic fields. 7. Effect of strong radiation field on superconductors. 8. Laser-induced non-equilibrium state in superconductors. 9. Possibility of photon-induced electron pairing - one-boson processes. 10. Possibility of photon-induced electron pairing -two-boson processes. (author)
De-Sitter spacetime as a superconductor
Momeni, D
2016-01-01
A superconductor is a material with infinite electric conductivity. Superconductivity and magnetism are happening as two opposite phenomena: superconductors need weak external magnetic fields (the Meissner effect) while generally with a strong external magnetic field we loose superconductivity. In \\cite{ref:I}-\\cite{Chernodub:2011tv} , the author showed that a very strong magnetic field can turn an empty space into a superconductor. We extended this idea to the constant curvature spaces, de Sitter (dS) spacetime and by a careful analysis of the modes for a spinor with arbitrary spin, we show that in a very similar condensation scenario as was proposed for flat space, we could transform dS to a superconductor.
Progress of metallic superconductors in Japan
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Tachikawa, Kyoji, E-mail: tacsuper@keyaki.cc.u-tokai.ac.jp [Faculty of Engineering, Tokai University, 4-1-1, Kitakaname, Hiratsuka, Kanagawa 259-1292 (Japan)
2013-01-15
Highlights: ► Japanese contributions on the R and D of different metallic superconductors are summarized. ► Nb–Ti wires have been developed for MRI, accelerator, MAGLEV train and other applications. ► Multifilamentary Nb{sub 3}Sn wires with excellent performance have been developed for high-field use. ► Long-length Nb{sub 3}Al wires with promising strain tolerance have been fabricated by a new process. -- Abstract: This article overviews the development of metallic superconductors in Japan covering different kinds of alloys and intermetallic compounds. Metallic superconductors have opened many new application areas in science and technology. Japan has been one of the leading countries in the world, both in the research and development and in large-scale manufacturing of metallic superconductors.
Heat conduction in unconventional superconductors
Lussier, Benoit
Thermal conductivity is an excellent probe of quasiparticle excitations in superconductors both in the normal and superconducting state. We have applied this technique to the study of two unconventional superconductors, namely the heavy fermion superconductor UPtsb3 and the high-Tsb{c} cuprate YBasb2Cusb3Osb{7-delta}. In the case of UPtsb3, after reviewing previous low temperature thermal conductivity measurements, we show that, for our high quality single crystals, the thermal conductivity is totally dominated by electrons and therefore provides a direct probe of the superconducting gap structure. We demonstrate that our measurements of the anisotropy of heat conduction between b-axis and c-axis in this hexagonal crystal provide strong constraints with respect to the possible gap structures inferred by group theoretical arguments. By comparing our results with recent theoretical calculations, we show that a hybrid II gap structure provides good agreement between theory and experiments favoring an order parameter of Esb{2u} (strong spin-orbit coupling) or Asb{2u} (weak spin-orbit coupling) symmetry. For YBasb2Cusb3Osb{7-delta}, the thermal conductivity typically consists of both a phononic and an electronic contribution. After reviewing low temperature thermal conductivity measurements that address this question, we demonstrate the presence of electronic quasiparticles even at temperatures of {˜}Tsb{c}/1000, a clear indication of an unconventional gap structure. We then proceed to discuss zinc doping studies in YBasb2Cusb3Osb{7-delta} and show that we find a universal residual linear term at T=0 of a magnitude very close in value to that predicted by recent theories. These results validate the approach of resonant impurity scattering in the high-Tsb{c}, and our excellent agreement with theory reinforces the view that the gap structure in YBasb2Cusb3Osb{7-delta} is of dsb{xsp2-ysp2} symmetry. Finally, we present neutron scattering results in UPtsb3. In this chapter
High Tc superconductors and the contact properties
Huang, Hua; Grovenor, C.; Dr. C. R. M. Grovenor
1992-01-01
Methods of processing large grained textured superconductor have been successfully developed, based on a melt texturing process. Large grained textured superconductor with grain size over 10mm along the growth direction and Jc over 3600A/cm2 (77K, 0.5 Tesla) has been produced in both one - zone and two - zone furnaces with good reproducibility. Two kinds of design of reactive metal contacts have been proposed and investigated, aiming to make low resistivity contacts with st...
Inhomogeneity and transverse voltage in superconductors
Segal, A.; Karpovski, M.; Gerber, A
2011-01-01
Voltages parallel and transverse to electric current in slightly inhomogeneous superconductors can contain components proportional to the field and temperature derivatives of the longitudinal and Hall resistivities. We show that these anomalous contributions can be the origin of the zero field and even-in-field transverse voltage occasionally observed at the superconductor to normal state transition. The same mechanism can also cause an anomaly in the odd-in-field transverse voltage interferi...
Electromagnetic Effects in Superconductors in Gravitational Field
Ahmedov, B. J.; Kagramanova, V. G.
2006-01-01
The general relativistic modifications to the resistive state in superconductors of second type in the presence of a stationary gravitational field are studied. Some superconducting devices that can measure the gravitational field by its red-shift effect on the frequency of radiation are suggested. It has been shown that by varying the orientation of a superconductor with respect to the earth gravitational field, a corresponding varying contribution to AC Josephson frequency would be added by...
Thermoelectric effect in a nonequilibrium superconductor
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Falco, C. M.
1977-01-01
Initial results are reported showing experimental evidence for a pair-quasiparticle electrochemical potential difference in a superconductor in a temperature gradient. This potential diverges at low temperature and, within the resolution of the data, seems to approach a constant value at T/sub c/. The data can be used to extract a value for the thermal transport current of normal excitations in the superconductor.
Holographic Superconductors in Horava-Lifshitz Gravity
Lin, Kai; Wang, Anzhong
2014-01-01
We consider holographic superconductors related to the Schwarzschild black hole in the low energy limit of Ho\\v{r}ava-Lifshitz spacetime. The non-relativistic electromagnetic and scalar fields are introduced to construct a holographic superconductor model in Ho\\v{r}ava-Lifshitz gravity and the results show that the $\\alpha_2$ term plays an important role, modifying the conductivity curve line by means of an attenuation the conductivity.
Superconductors in the power grid materials and applications
2015-01-01
Superconductors offer high throughput with low electric losses and have the potential to transform the electric power grid. Transmission networks incorporating cables of this type could, for example, deliver more power and enable substantial energy savings. Superconductors in the Power Grid: Materials and Applications provides an overview of superconductors and their applications in power grids. Sections address the design and engineering of cable systems and fault current limiters and other emerging applications for superconductors in the power grid, as well as case studies of industrial applications of superconductors in the power grid. Expert editor from highly respected US government-funded research centre Unique focus on superconductors in the power grid Comprehensive coverage
Ultrasonic attenuation in cuprate superconductors
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T Gupta; D M Gaitonde
2002-05-01
We calculate the longitudinal ultrasonic attenuation rate (UAR) in clean d-wave superconductors in the Meissner and the mixed phases. In the Meissner phase we calculate the contribution of previously ignored processes involving the excitation of a pair of quasi-holes or quasi-particles. There is a contribution ∝ in the regime B ≪ F ≪ 0 and a contribution ∝ 1/ in the regime F ≪ B ≪ 0. We ﬁnd that these contributions to the UAR are large and cannot be ignored. In the mixed phase, using a semi-classical description, we calculate the electronic quasi-particle contribution to the UAR which at very low , has a independent term proportional to $\\sqrt{H}$.
Engineering Holographic Superconductor Phase Diagrams
Chen, Jiunn-Wei; Maity, Debaprasad; Zhang, Yun-Long
2016-01-01
We study how to engineer holographic models with features of a high temperature superconductor phase diagram. We introduce a field in the bulk which provides a tunable "doping" parameter in the boundary theory. By designing how this field changes the effective masses of other order parameter fields, desired phase diagrams can be engineered. We give examples of generating phase diagrams with phase boundaries similar to a superconducting dome and an anti-ferromagnetic phase by including two order parameter fields. We also explore whether the pseudo gap phase can be described without adding another order parameter field and discuss the potential scaling symmetry associated with a quantum critical point hidden under the superconducting dome in this phase diagram.
Method of preparing ductile superconductors
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The invention pertains to a method of producing ductile superconductors consisting of a copper matrix in which a number of superconducting alloys on a vanadium or niobium basis are embedded. According to the invention, the vanadium or niobium base alloy contains between 2 and 15 percent by weight of aluminum, silicon, germanium, gallium, or tin as alloying element. The alloy is quenched from temperatures between 1,5000C and 2,0000C to less than 5000C and then heat-treated between 600 and 1,0000C. By this method, transition temperatures up to 24 K, critical magnetic field strengths up to 200 kG and critical current densities up to 7 x 105A/cm2 could be achieved in the niobium/aluminum system. (HPOE)
Cuprate high-Tc superconductors
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Kyle M. Shen
2008-09-01
Full Text Available In solid-state physics two different paradigms are typically applied. The first is a local picture, in which one visualizes the quantum states of electrons in atomic orbitals or at impurity atoms in real space (r-space. The second is the momentum or reciprocal space (k-space picture, where electrons are viewed as de Broglie waves completely delocalized throughout the material. Understanding these two separate paradigms is essential for a complete understanding of the physics of condensed matter, but rarely has it been as necessary to combine both pictures as it has been to gain insight into the electronic structure of the high-temperature superconductors (HTSCs. In this article, we review recent developments in the understanding of the relationship between the r-space and k-space electronic spectroscopies used to explore high-temperature superconductivity.
Quantum rotor in nanostructured superconductors
Lin, Shi-Hsin; Milošević, M. V.; Covaci, L.; Jankó, B.; Peeters, F. M.
2014-01-01
Despite its apparent simplicity, the idealized model of a particle constrained to move on a circle has intriguing dynamic properties and immediate experimental relevance. While a rotor is rather easy to set up classically, the quantum regime is harder to realize and investigate. Here we demonstrate that the quantum dynamics of quasiparticles in certain classes of nanostructured superconductors can be mapped onto a quantum rotor. Furthermore, we provide a straightforward experimental procedure to convert this nanoscale superconducting rotor into a regular or inverted quantum pendulum with tunable gravitational field, inertia, and drive. We detail how these novel states can be detected via scanning tunneling spectroscopy. The proposed experiments will provide insights into quantum dynamics and quantum chaos. PMID:24686241
Cooperative phenomena in ternary superconductors
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A microscopic theory of ferromagnetic superconductors is developed from first principles. Self-consistent equations for the superconducting order parameter Δ and spontaneous magnetization are derived using a Green's function technique and considering the f-d exchange effect up to the second order. The theory is applied to explain the experimental results in the reentrant superconducting ternary system ErRh4B4. The present model explains reentrant behavior, predicts the coexistence of superconductivity and ferromagnetism in a very small range of temperature, the suppression of superconductivity by ferromagnetism, and vice versa. These results are in excellent agreement with the experimental data and predictions of other models. The behavior of the spontaneous magnetization, the superconducting order parameter, the specific heat, and the density of states is also studied
Topological insulators and superconductors from string theory
Ryu, Shinsei; Takayanagi, Tadashi
2010-10-01
Topological insulators and superconductors in different spatial dimensions and with different discrete symmetries have been fully classified recently, revealing a periodic structure for the pattern of possible types of topological insulators and superconductors, both in terms of spatial dimensions and in terms of symmetry classes. It was proposed that K theory is behind the periodicity. On the other hand, D-branes, a solitonic object in string theory, are also known to be classified by K theory. In this paper, by inspecting low-energy effective field theories realized by two parallel D-branes, we establish a one-to-one correspondence between the K-theory classification of topological insulators/superconductors and D-brane charges. In addition, the string theory realization of topological insulators and superconductors comes naturally with gauge interactions, and the Wess-Zumino term of the D-branes gives rise to a gauge field theory of topological nature, such as ones with the Chern-Simons term or the θ term in various dimensions. This sheds light on topological insulators and superconductors beyond noninteracting systems, and the underlying topological field theory description thereof. In particular, our string theory realization includes the honeycomb lattice Kitaev model in two spatial dimensions, and its higher-dimensional extensions. Increasing the number of D-branes naturally leads to a realization of topological insulators and superconductors in terms of holography (AdS/CFT).
Search for Majorana fermions in topological superconductors.
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Pan, Wei; Shi, Xiaoyan; Hawkins, Samuel D.; Klem, John Frederick
2014-10-01
The goal of this project is to search for Majorana fermions (a new quantum particle) in a topological superconductor (a new quantum matter achieved in a topological insulator proximitized by an s-wave superconductor). Majorana fermions (MFs) are electron-like particles that are their own anti-particles. MFs are shown to obey non-Abelian statistics and, thus, can be harnessed to make a fault-resistant topological quantum computer. With the arrival of topological insulators, novel schemes to create MFs have been proposed in hybrid systems by combining a topological insulator with a conventional superconductor. In this LDRD project, we will follow the theoretical proposals to search for MFs in one-dimensional (1D) topological superconductors. 1D topological superconductor will be created inside of a quantum point contact (with the metal pinch-off gates made of conventional s-wave superconductors such as niobium) in a two-dimensional topological insulator (such as inverted type-II InAs/GaSb heterostructure).
Defect structures in ceramic superconductors
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The influence of the defect structure on the superconducting properties of high temperature superconductors has been studied experimentally and by computer simulation technique. The relation between defect structure and the superconducting transition temperature, Tc, has been studied in Co-doped YBCO (YBa2Cu3-yCoyO6+x, 0 ≤ y ≤ 0.5), and it has been shown that th model, which has been established to account for the influence of oxygen ordering on Tc in oxygen deficient YBCO (YBa2Cu3O6+x, x 1.85Ce0.15CuO4+x have been carried out in order to elucidate why this material apparently is an electron conductor in the superconducting phase, and not as the other high temperature superconductors, a hole conductor. Structural studies on Pb2Sr2Y1-xCaxCu3O8 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.5) have been carried out by neutron powder diffraction and it has been shown how the Ca-stoichiometry influence the Cu-valence in the superconducting CuO2-planes. The structural ordering of epitaxial thin films of YBCO and Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+x deposit on heated substrates of SrTiO3, MgO, LaAlO3 and NdGaO3 has been studied by x-ray diffraction and Rutherford Backscattering spectroscopy, and the structural ordering has been analysed in relation to the superconducting properties. (au) (9 ills., 10 refs.)
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Taboryski, Rafael Jozef; Clausen, Thomas; Kutchinsky, jonatan;
1997-01-01
We have fabricated and characterized planar superconductor-semiconductor-superconductor (S-Sm-S) junctions with a high quality (i.e. low barrier) interface between an n++ modulation doped conduction layer in MBE grown GaAs and in situ deposited Al electrodes. The Schottky barrier at the S...
Leone, B; Jackson, BD; Gao, [No Value; Klapwijk, TM
2000-01-01
We analyze the current-voltage characteristics of a Nb superconductor-insulator-superconductor mixer with NbTiN leads to identify the heating processes in this device. We argue that the electron-electron interaction is much faster than the electron-phonon interaction, and show that the heat flow to
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Kutchinsky, Jonatan; Wildt, Morten; Taboryski, Rafael Jozef;
1999-01-01
A biased superconductor-normal metal-superconductor junction is known to be a strong nonequilibrium system, where Andreev scattering at the interfaces creates a quasiparticle distribution function far from equilibrium, a manifestation of this is the well-known subgap structure in the I...
Dieleman, P; Klapwijk, T.M; Kovtonyuk, S.; van de Stadt, H.
1996-01-01
DC heating effects in superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) tunnel junctions are studied by comparing junctions sandwiched between niobium or aluminum layers. With niobium a temperature rise of several Kelvin is observed, which is reduced by an order of magnitude by using aluminum. A simple
Newkirk, Lawrence R.; Valencia, Flavio A.
1977-02-01
The structural quality of niobium germanide as a high-transition-temperature superconducting material is substantially improved by the presence of about 5 at. % oxygen. Niobium germanide having this oxygen content may readily be prepared as a bulk coating bonded to a metallic substrate by chemical vapor deposition techniques.
Vortex and disclination structures in a nematic-superconductor state
Barci, Daniel G.; Clarim, Rafael V.; Júnior, Nei L. Silva
2016-01-01
The nematic-superconductor state, an example of a quantum liquid crystal that breaks gauge as well as rotation invariance, was conjecture to exist in the pseudogap regime of the cuprates high $T_c$ superconductors. We present a detailed study of the structure of topological defects supported by the nematic-superconductor state. By means of a Ginzburg-Landau approach, we study the main relevant imprints on the superconductor order parameter caused by nematicity. Due to a geometrical coupling, ...
Studies on Magnetization Technique of High Temperature Superconductors
大橋, 忠巌; 荻原, 宏康
1999-01-01
It is known that permanent magnets produce magnetic fields up to 1T. On the other hand, magnetized high temperature superconductors can be used as "super"-permanent magnets which produce magnetic fields higher than 1T, because superconductors can trap higher magnetic fluxes than usual permanent magnets. In order to magnetize a YBCO bulk superconductor, there are two ways; a field cooling (FC) method and a zero field cooling (ZFC) method. FC is the way of magnetizing the superconductor by appl...
Inhomogeneous magnetic field in AdS/CFT superconductor
Wen, Wen-Yu
2008-01-01
We study the holographically dual description of superconductor in (2+1)-dimensions in the presence of inhomogeneous magnetic field and observe that there exists type I and type II superconductor. A new feature of type changing is observed for type I superconductor near critical temperature.
Rice, T. Maurice; Sigrist, Manfred; Maeno, Yoshiteru
2009-05-01
Superconductors can usefully be divided into two classes, those that are well described by the classic Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) theory and its extensions and those which require a different microscopic description. The BCS theory of superconductivity solved the long standing mystery of this spectacular phenomenon and described all superconductors that were known when it was formulated in the 1950s. The key ingredient is an attractive interaction generated by the exchange of phonons between electrons which overcomes a Coulomb repulsion weakened by screening, to give a net attractive force on the low energy scale. In this case the simplest s-wave pairing always maximises the energy gain. There were speculations a little later that other types of electron pairing could be possible, but it took a quarter of a century until the first signs of superconductors with different and exotic pairing appeared. In the intervening thirty years many superconductors with exotic pairing have been and continue to be discovered and the study of their superconductivity has grown into a major subfield of condensed matter physics today. The importance of these exotic superconductors with unconventional symmetry is that their pairing is of electronic origin. As a result they are freed from the restrictions of low transition temperatures that go along with the phonon driven conventional superconductors. However in two of the main classes of the exotic superconductors, namely heavy fermion and organic superconductors, the intrinsic energy scales are very small leading to low temperature scales. The third class contains the small number of superconducting transition metal compounds with exotic pairing symmetry. The most studied of these are the high-Tc cuprates, the newly discovered iron pnictides and strontium ruthenate which is closely related to superfluid 3He. Although the basic electronic structure of these materials is well understood, the origin of the pairing is more complex
Quantum interference in an interfacial superconductor
Goswami, Srijit; Mulazimoglu, Emre; Monteiro, Ana M. R. V. L.; Wölbing, Roman; Koelle, Dieter; Kleiner, Reinhold; Blanter, Ya. M.; Vandersypen, Lieven M. K.; Caviglia, Andrea D.
2016-10-01
The two-dimensional superconductor that forms at the interface between the complex oxides lanthanum aluminate (LAO) and strontium titanate (STO) has several intriguing properties that set it apart from conventional superconductors. Most notably, an electric field can be used to tune its critical temperature (Tc; ref. 7), revealing a dome-shaped phase diagram reminiscent of high-Tc superconductors. So far, experiments with oxide interfaces have measured quantities that probe only the magnitude of the superconducting order parameter and are not sensitive to its phase. Here, we perform phase-sensitive measurements by realizing the first superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) at the LAO/STO interface. Furthermore, we develop a new paradigm for the creation of superconducting circuit elements, where local gates enable the in situ creation and control of Josephson junctions. These gate-defined SQUIDs are unique in that the entire device is made from a single superconductor with purely electrostatic interfaces between the superconducting reservoir and the weak link. We complement our experiments with numerical simulations and show that the low superfluid density of this interfacial superconductor results in a large, gate-controllable kinetic inductance of the SQUID. Our observation of robust quantum interference opens up a new pathway to understanding the nature of superconductivity at oxide interfaces.
Resonant impurity scattering in the unconventional superconductors
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Bang Yunkyu
2012-03-01
Full Text Available In this pedagogical review, I provide comparative studies of the impurity scattering effects on the two typical types of the unconventional superconductors: d-wave and ±s-wave superconductors. For the d-wave superconductor, the main effect of impurity scattering is the formation of the zero energy resonant state by the unitary scatters below Tc. Similarly, in the case of the ±s-wave superconductor, I show that impurity scattering of the unitary limit also forms a resonant bound state, however, not a zero energy but an off-centered bound state inside the superconducting (SC gap, which modifies the density of states (DOS of a fully opened gap to a V-shaped one mimicking the pure d-wave DOS. On the contrary, in the d-wave case, the zero energy bound state modifies the original V-shape DOS into a flat constant one near zero frequency. This contrasting behavior of the impurity effect can be useful to distinguish the gap symmetry of the newly discovered Fe-based superconductors. This contrasting behavior of two SC states with respect to the impurity scattering is demonstrated by numerical calculations of the density of states (DOS, NMR 1/T1 rate and Knight shift K(T.
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Kim, Younghyun; Liu, Dong E.; Gaidamauskas, Erikas;
2016-01-01
Time-reversal invariant topological superconductors are characterized by the presence of Majorana Kramers pairs localized at defects. One of the transport signatures of Majorana Kramers pairs is the quantized differential conductance of $4e^2/h$ when such a one-dimensional superconductor is coupled...... sector of the topological superconductor. We investigate the stability of the Majorana phase with respect to Gaussian fluctuations....
Bulk Superconductors in Mobile Application
Werfel, F. N.; Delor, U. Floegel-; Rothfeld, R.; Riedel, T.; Wippich, D.; Goebel, B.; Schirrmeister, P.
We investigate and review concepts of multi - seeded REBCO bulk superconductors in mobile application. ATZ's compact HTS bulk magnets can trap routinely 1 T@77 K. Except of magnetization, flux creep and hysteresis, industrial - like properties as compactness, power density, and robustness are of major device interest if mobility and light-weight construction is in focus. For mobile application in levitated trains or demonstrator magnets we examine the performance of on-board cryogenics either by LN2 or cryo-cooler application. The mechanical, electric and thermodynamical requirements of compact vacuum cryostats for Maglev train operation were studied systematically. More than 30 units are manufactured and tested. The attractive load to weight ratio is more than 10 and favours group module device constructions up to 5 t load on permanent magnet (PM) track. A transportable and compact YBCO bulk magnet cooled with in-situ 4 Watt Stirling cryo-cooler for 50 - 80 K operation is investigated. Low cooling power and effective HTS cold mass drives the system construction to a minimum - thermal loss and light-weight design.
dc Josephson Effect in s-Wave Superconductor/Ferromagnet Insulator/p-Wave Superconductor Junctions
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LI Xiao-Wei
2007-01-01
The Josephson currents in s-wave superconductor/ferromagnet insulator/p-wave superconductor(s/FI/p)junctions are calculated as a function of temperature and the phase taking into account the roughness scattering effect at interface.The phase dependence of the Josephson current I ( φ) between s-wave and px-wave superconductor is predicted to be sin(2φ).The ferromagnet scattering effect,the barrier strength,and the roughness strength at interface suppress the dc currents in s/FI/p junction.
Transverse acousto-electric effect in superconductors
Lipavský, P.; Koláček, J.; Lin, P.-J.
2016-06-01
We formulate a theory based on the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau (TDGL) theory and Newtonian vortex dynamics to study the transverse acousto-electric response of a type-II superconductor with Abrikosov vortex lattice. When exposed to a transverse acoustic wave, Cooper pairs emerge from the moving atomic lattice and moving electrons. As in the Tolman-Stewart effect in a normal metal, an electromagnetic field is radiated from the superconductor. We adapt the equilibrium-based TDGL theory to this non-equilibrium system by using a floating condensation kernel. Due to the interaction between normal and superconducting components, the radiated electric field as a function of magnetic field attains a maximum value occurring below the upper critical magnetic field. This local increase in electric field has weak temperature dependence and is suppressed by the presence of impurities in the superconductor.
Charge and spin transport in mesoscopic superconductors
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M. J. Wolf
2014-02-01
Full Text Available Background: Non-equilibrium charge transport in superconductors has been investigated intensely in the 1970s and 1980s, mostly in the vicinity of the critical temperature. Much less attention has been paid to low temperatures and the role of the quasiparticle spin.Results: We report here on nonlocal transport in superconductor hybrid structures at very low temperatures. By comparing the nonlocal conductance obtained by using ferromagnetic and normal-metal detectors, we discriminate charge and spin degrees of freedom. We observe spin injection and long-range transport of pure, chargeless spin currents in the regime of large Zeeman splitting. We elucidate charge and spin transport by comparison to theoretical models.Conclusion: The observed long-range chargeless spin transport opens a new path to manipulate and utilize the quasiparticle spin in superconductor nanostructures.
Radiation shielding effectiveness of newly developed superconductors
Singh, Vishwanath P.; Medhat, M. E.; Badiger, N. M.; Saliqur Rahman, Abu Zayed Mohammad
2015-01-01
Gamma ray shielding effectiveness of superconductors with a high mass density has been investigated. We calculated the mass attenuation coefficients, the mean free path (mfp) and the exposure buildup factor (EBF). The gamma ray EBF was computed using the Geometric Progression (G-P) fitting method at energies 0.015-15 MeV, and for penetration depths up to 40 mfp. The fast-neutron shielding effectiveness has been characterized by the effective neutron removal cross-section of the superconductors. It is shown that CaPtSi3, CaIrSi3, and Bi2Sr2Ca1Cu2O8.2 are superior shielding materials for gamma rays and Tl0.6Rb0.4Fe1.67Se2 for fast neutrons. The present work should be useful in various applications of superconductors in fusion engineering and design.
Cavity quantum electrodynamics with mesoscopic topological superconductors
Dmytruk, Olesia; Trif, Mircea; Simon, Pascal
2015-12-01
We study one-dimensional p -wave superconductors capacitively coupled to a microwave stripline cavity. By probing the light exiting from the cavity, one can reveal the electronic susceptibility of the p -wave superconductor. We analyze two superconducting systems: the prototypical Kitaev chain and a topological semiconducting wire. For both systems, we show that the photonic measurements, via the electronic susceptibility, allow us to determine the topological phase-transition point, the emergence of the Majorana fermions, and the parity of their ground state. We show that all of these effects, which are absent in effective theories that take into account the coupling of light to Majorana fermions only, are due to the interplay between the Majorana fermions and the bulk states of the superconductors.
Giant paramagnetic Meissner effect in multiband superconductors.
da Silva, R M; Milošević, M V; Shanenko, A A; Peeters, F M; Aguiar, J Albino
2015-01-01
Superconductors, ideally diamagnetic when in the Meissner state, can also exhibit paramagnetic behavior due to trapped magnetic flux. In the absence of pinning such paramagnetic response is weak, and ceases with increasing sample thickness. Here we show that in multiband superconductors paramagnetic response can be observed even in slab geometries, and can be far larger than any previous estimate - even multiply larger than the diamagnetic Meissner response for the same applied magnetic field. We link the appearance of this giant paramagnetic response to the broad crossover between conventional Type-I and Type-II superconductors, where Abrikosov vortices interact non-monotonically and multibody effects become important, causing unique flux configurations and their locking in the presence of surfaces. PMID:26244936
Complex conductivity in strongly fluctuating layered superconductors
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B.D. Tinh
2014-03-01
Full Text Available The time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau approach is used to calculate the complex fluctuation conductivity in layered type-II superconductor under magnetic field. Layered structure of the superconductor is accounted for by means of the Lawrence-Doniach model, while the nonlinear interaction term in dynamics is treated within self-consistent Gaussian approximation. In high-Tc materials large portion of the H-T diagram belongs to vortex liquid phase. The expressions summing contributions of all the Landau levels are presented in explicit form which are applicable essentially to whole this phase and are compared to experimental data on high-Tc superconductor YBa2Cu3O7-δ. Above the crossover to the "normal phase" our results agree with previously obtained.
Charge and spin transport in mesoscopic superconductors
Wolf, M J; Hübler, F; Kolenda, S
2014-01-01
Summary Background: Non-equilibrium charge transport in superconductors has been investigated intensely in the 1970s and 1980s, mostly in the vicinity of the critical temperature. Much less attention has been paid to low temperatures and the role of the quasiparticle spin. Results: We report here on nonlocal transport in superconductor hybrid structures at very low temperatures. By comparing the nonlocal conductance obtained by using ferromagnetic and normal-metal detectors, we discriminate charge and spin degrees of freedom. We observe spin injection and long-range transport of pure, chargeless spin currents in the regime of large Zeeman splitting. We elucidate charge and spin transport by comparison to theoretical models. Conclusion: The observed long-range chargeless spin transport opens a new path to manipulate and utilize the quasiparticle spin in superconductor nanostructures. PMID:24605283
Anomalous Hall effect in Weyl superconductors
Bednik, G.; Zyuzin, A. A.; Burkov, A. A.
2016-08-01
We present a theory of the anomalous Hall effect in a topological Weyl superconductor with broken time reversal symmetry. Specifically, we consider a ferromagnetic Weyl metal with two Weyl nodes of opposite chirality near the Fermi energy. In the presence of inversion symmetry, such a metal experiences a weak-coupling Bardeen–Cooper–Schrieffer instability, with pairing of parity-related eigenstates. Due to the nonzero topological charge, carried by the Weyl nodes, such a superconductor is necessarily topologically nontrivial, with Majorana surface states coexisting with the Fermi arcs of the normal Weyl metal. We demonstrate that, surprisingly, the anomalous Hall conductivity of such a superconducting Weyl metal coincides with that of a nonsuperconducting one, under certain conditions, in spite of the nonconservation of charge in a superconductor. We relate this to the existence of an extra (nearly) conserved quantity in a Weyl metal, the chiral charge.
Practical superconductor development for electrical power applications
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Development of useful high-critical-temperature (high-Tc) superconductors requires synthesis of superconducting compounds; fabrication of wires, tapes, and films from these compounds; production of composite structures that incorporate stabilizers or insulators; and design and testing of efficient components. This report describes technical progress of research and development efforts aimed at producing superconducting components based on the Y-Ba-Cu, Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu, Bi-Pb-Sr-Ca-Cu, and Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu oxides systems. Topics discussed are synthesis and heat treatment of high-Tc superconductors, formation of monolithic and composite wires and tapes, superconductor/metal connectors, characterization of structures and superconducting and mechanical properties, and fabrication and properties of thin films. Collaborations with industry and academia are also documented. 10 figs
Topological state engineering by potential impurities on chiral superconductors
Kaladzhyan, Vardan; Röntynen, Joel; Simon, Pascal; Ojanen, Teemu
2016-08-01
In this work we consider the influence of potential impurities deposited on top of two-dimensional chiral superconductors. As discovered recently, magnetic impurity lattices on an s -wave superconductor may give rise to a rich topological phase diagram. We show that a similar mechanism takes place in chiral superconductors decorated by nonmagnetic impurities, thus avoiding the delicate issue of magnetic ordering of adatoms. We illustrate the method by presenting the theory of potential impurity lattices embedded on chiral p -wave superconductors. While a prerequisite for the topological state engineering is a chiral superconductor, the proposed procedure results in vistas of nontrivial descendant phases with different Chern numbers.
Workshop on accelerator magnet superconductors. Proceedings
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The workshop on accelerator magnet superconductors has gathered 102 registered participants from research laboratories, universities and industry. 8 European companies, active in superconducting materials and cables were present. This workshop has been organized to deal with the status of the world research and development on superconducting materials and cables for high field magnets (B > 10 T). The workshop has also reviewed the status of high temperature superconductors and transmission line cables for potential use in low field superconducting magnets for injectors and beam transfer lines, as well as cables for pulsed magnets that might be used in future hadron colliders or injectors
Electromagnetic Effects in Superconductors in Gravitational Field
Ahmedov, B J
2005-01-01
The general relativistic modifications to the resistive state in superconductors of second type in the presence of a stationary gravitational field are studied. Some superconducting devices that can measure the gravitational field by its red-shift effect on the frequency of radiation are suggested. It has been shown that by varying the orientation of a superconductor with respect to the earth gravitational field, a corresponding varying contribution to AC Josephson frequency would be added by gravity. A magnetic flux (being proportional to angular velocity of rotation $\\Omega$) through a rotating hollow superconducting cylinder with the radial gradient of temperature $\
Aluminum-stabilized NB3SN superconductor
Scanlan, Ronald M.
1988-01-01
An aluminum-stabilized Nb.sub.3 Sn superconductor and process for producing same, utilizing ultrapure aluminum. Ductile components are co-drawn with aluminum to produce a conductor suitable for winding magnets. After winding, the conductor is heated to convert it to the brittle Nb.sub.3 Sn superconductor phase, using a temperature high enough to perform the transformation but still below the melting point of the aluminum. This results in reaction of substantially all of the niobium, while providing stabilization and react-in-place features which are beneficial in the fabrication of magnets utilizing superconducting materials.
Electrical connection structure for a superconductor element
Lallouet, Nicolas; Maguire, James
2010-05-04
The invention relates to an electrical connection structure for a superconductor element cooled by a cryogenic fluid and connected to an electrical bushing, which bushing passes successively through an enclosure at an intermediate temperature between ambient temperature and the temperature of the cryogenic fluid, and an enclosure at ambient temperature, said bushing projecting outside the ambient temperature enclosure. According to the invention, said intermediate enclosure is filled at least in part with a solid material of low thermal conductivity, such as a polyurethane foam or a cellular glass foam. The invention is applicable to connecting a superconductor cable at cryogenic temperature to a device for equipment at ambient temperature.
Long-range spin transport in superconductors
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Beckmann, Detlef; Wolf, Michael J. [Institut fuer Nanotechnologie, Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie (Germany); Huebler, Florian [Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie (Germany); Loehneysen, Hilbert von [Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie (Germany); Physikalisches Institut, Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie (Germany)
2012-07-01
Recently, there has been some controversy about spin-polarized quasiparticle transport and relaxation in superconductors, with reports of both anomalously short or anomalously long relaxation times as compared to the normal state. Here, we report on non-local transport in multiterminal superconductor-ferromagnet structures. We find signatures of spin transport over distances much larger than the normal-state spin-diffusion length in the presence of a large Zeeman splitting of the quasiparticle states. The relaxation length shows a nearly linear increase with magnetic field, hinting at a freeze-out of spin relaxation by the Zeeman splitting.
Building blocks for correlated superconductors and magnets
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Sarrao, J. L.; Ronning, F.; Bauer, E. D.; Batista, C. D.; Zhu, J.-X.; Thompson, J. D. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States)
2015-04-01
Recent efforts at Los Alamos to discover strongly correlated superconductors and hard ferromagnets are reviewed. While serendipity remains a principal engine of materials discovery, design principles and structural building blocks are beginning to emerge that hold potential for predictive discovery. Successes over the last decade with the so-called “115” strongly correlated superconductors are summarized, and more recent efforts to translate these insights and principles to novel hard magnets are discussed. While true “materials by design” remains a distant aspiration, progress is being made in coupling empirical design principles to electronic structure simulation to accelerate and guide materials design and synthesis.
Electrons and Phonons in High Temperature Superconductors
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Anu Singh
2013-01-01
Full Text Available The defect-induced anharmonic phonon-electron problem in high-temperature superconductors has been investigated with the help of double time thermodynamic electron and phonon Green’s function theory using a comprehensive Hamiltonian which includes the contribution due to unperturbed electrons and phonons, anharmonic phonons, impurities, and interactions of electrons and phonons. This formulation enables one to resolve the problem of electronic heat transport and equilibrium phenomenon in high-temperature superconductors in an amicable way. The problem of electronic heat capacity and electron-phonon problem has been taken up with special reference to the anharmonicity, defect concentration electron-phonon coupling, and temperature dependence.
Building blocks for correlated superconductors and magnets
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J. L. Sarrao
2015-04-01
Full Text Available Recent efforts at Los Alamos to discover strongly correlated superconductors and hard ferromagnets are reviewed. While serendipity remains a principal engine of materials discovery, design principles and structural building blocks are beginning to emerge that hold potential for predictive discovery. Successes over the last decade with the so-called “115” strongly correlated superconductors are summarized, and more recent efforts to translate these insights and principles to novel hard magnets are discussed. While true “materials by design” remains a distant aspiration, progress is being made in coupling empirical design principles to electronic structure simulation to accelerate and guide materials design and synthesis.
Order parameter fluctuations in the holographic superconductor
Plantz, N W M; Vandoren, S
2015-01-01
We investigate the effect of order parameter fluctuations in the holographic superconductor. In particular, the fully backreacted spectral functions of the order parameter in both the normal and the superconducting phase are computed. We also present a vector-like large-$N$ version of the Ginzburg-Landau model that accurately describes our long-wavelength results in both phases. The large-$N$ limit of the latter model explains why the Higgs mode and the second-sound mode are not present in the spectral functions. Our results indicate that the holographic superconductor describes a relativistic multi-component superfluid in the universal regime of the BEC-BCS crossover.
Workshop on accelerator magnet superconductors. Proceedings
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2004-07-01
The workshop on accelerator magnet superconductors has gathered 102 registered participants from research laboratories, universities and industry. 8 European companies, active in superconducting materials and cables were present. This workshop has been organized to deal with the status of the world research and development on superconducting materials and cables for high field magnets (B > 10 T). The workshop has also reviewed the status of high temperature superconductors and transmission line cables for potential use in low field superconducting magnets for injectors and beam transfer lines, as well as cables for pulsed magnets that might be used in future hadron colliders or injectors.
Iron based superconductors: Pnictides versus chalcogenides
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Sadovskii, M.V., E-mail: sadovski@iep.uran.ru [Institute for Electrophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Ural Branch, Amundsen str. 106, Ekaterinburg 620016 (Russian Federation); Institute for Metal Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Ural Branch, S. Kovalevskaya str. 18, Ekaterinburg 620990 (Russian Federation); Kuchinskii, E.Z.; Nekrasov, I.A. [Institute for Electrophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Ural Branch, Amundsen str. 106, Ekaterinburg 620016 (Russian Federation)
2012-10-15
We present a brief review of the present day situation with studies of high-temperature superconductivity in iron pnictides and chalcogenides. Recent discovery of superconductivity with T{sub c}>30K in A{sub x}Fe{sub 2-x/2}Se{sub 2} (A=K, Cs, Tl, etc) represents the major new step in the development of new concepts in the physics of Fe-based high-temperature superconductors. We compare LDA and ARPES data on the band structure and Fermi surfaces of novel superconductors and those of the previously studied FeAs superconductors, especially isostructural 122-superconductors like BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2}. It appears that electronic structure of new superconductors is rather different from that of FeAs 122-systems. In particular, no nesting properties of electron and hole-like Fermi surfaces is observed, casting doubts on most popular theoretical schemes of Cooper pairing for these systems. Doping of novel materials is extremely important as a number of topological transitions of Fermi surface near the {Gamma} point in the Brillouin zone are observed for different doping levels. The discovery of Fe vacancies ordering and antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordering at pretty high temperatures (T{sub N}>500K), much exceeding superconducting T{sub c} makes these systems unique antiferromagnetic superconductors with highest T{sub N} observed up to now. This poses very difficult problems for theoretical understanding of superconductivity. We discuss the role of both vacancies and AFM ordering in transformations of band structure and Fermi surfaces, as well as their importance for superconductivity. In particular, we show that system remains metallic with unfolded Fermi surfaces quite similar to that in paramagnetic state. Superconducting transition temperature T{sub c} of new superconductors is discussed within the general picture of superconductivity in multiple band systems. It is demonstrated that both in FeAs-superconductors and in new FeSe-systems the value of T{sub c} correlates with
Giant supercurrent states in a superconductor-InAs/GaSb-superconductor junction
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Shi, Xiaoyan, E-mail: xshi@sandia.gov; Pan, W.; Hawkins, S. D.; Klem, J. F. [Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185 (United States); Yu, Wenlong; Jiang, Zhigang [School of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332 (United States); Andrei Bernevig, B. [Department of Physics, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544 (United States)
2015-10-07
Superconductivity in topological materials has attracted a great deal of interest in both electron physics and material sciences since the theoretical predictions that Majorana fermions can be realized in topological superconductors. Topological superconductivity could be realized in a type II, band-inverted, InAs/GaSb quantum well if it is in proximity to a conventional superconductor. Here, we report observations of the proximity effect induced giant supercurrent states in an InAs/GaSb bilayer system that is sandwiched between two superconducting tantalum electrodes to form a superconductor-InAs/GaSb-superconductor junction. Electron transport results show that the supercurrent states can be preserved in a surprisingly large temperature-magnetic field (T – H) parameter space. In addition, the evolution of differential resistance in T and H reveals an interesting superconducting gap structure.
Recrystallization of high temperature superconductors
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Kouzoudis, D.
1996-05-09
Currently one of the most widely used high {Tc} superconductors is the Bi-based compounds Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub z} and Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub z} (known as BSCCO 2212 and 2223 compounds) with {Tc} values of about 85 K and 110 K respectively. Lengths of high performance conductors ranging from 100 to 1000 m long are routinely fabricated and some test magnets have been wound. An additional difficulty here is that although Bi-2212 and Bi-2223 phases exist over a wide range of stoichiometries, neither has been prepared in phase-pure form. So far the most successful method of constructing reliable and robust wires or tapes is the so called powder-in-tube (PIT) technique [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7] in which oxide powder of the appropriate stoichiometry and phase content is placed inside a metal tube, deformed into the desired geometry (round wire or flat tape), and annealed to produce the desired superconducting properties. Intermediate anneals are often incorporated between successive deformation steps. Silver is the metal used in this process because it is the most compatible with the reacting phase. In all of the commercial processes for BSCCO, Ag seems to play a special catalytic role promoting the growth of high performance aligned grains that grow in the first few micrometers near the Ag/BSCCO interface. Adjacent to the Ag, the grain alignment is more perfect and the current density is higher than in the center of the tape. It is known that Ag lowers the melting point of several of the phases but the detailed mechanism for growth of these high performance grains is not clearly understood. The purpose of this work is to study the nucleation and growth of the high performance material at this interface.
Yokoyama, Takehito
2011-01-01
We investigate transverse charge and spin dc Josephson current in superconductor/ferromagnet/superconductor junction where the ferromagnet has inhomogeneous magnetic structure. The transverse Josephson effect arises from non-trivial structure of the magnetization. The magnetic structure manifested in the transverse charge Josephson effect is essentially different from that discussed in the context of anomalous Hall effect, reflecting the disspationless nature of Josephson current. Possible ca...
Analytical Result on the Supercurrent Through a Superconductor/Quantum-Dot/Superconductor Junction
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LI Wei; ZHU Yu; LIN Tsung-Han
2002-01-01
We present an analytical result for the supercurrent across a superconductor/quantum-dot/superconductor junction. By converting the current integration into a special contour integral, we can express the current as a sum of the residues of poles. These poles are real and give a natural definition of the Andreev bound states. We also use the exact result to explain some features of the supercurrent transport behavior.
Lattice instabilities in heavy fermion superconductors
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This paper shows that while in nonsuperconducting HF systems such as CeCu6, CeAl3 and stoichiometric CeCu2Si2, the large electronic γ is due to a very narrow f band, in the three HF superconductors UBe13, UPt3 and nonstochiometric CeCu2Si2, it is not. The f band of these systems, as measured by their response to magnetic fields in three different ways, is much wider than suggested by the large γ. According to their actual f band width, the HF superconductors belong into the Bantam Fermion class. It is argued that most of the large γ of the HF superconductors is not of electronic origin and that it is instead caused by the precursor of a martensitic phase transition of the lattice or by a crystallographic phase mixture, i.e., that it is due to the displacive degrees of freedom. This suggests that the superconductivity of all three HF superconductors is caused by some special, low energy phonons rather than by a narrow f band. 52 refs., 4 figs., 3 tabs
Noncontact Measurement Of Critical Current In Superconductor
Israelsson, Ulf E.; Strayer, Donald M.
1992-01-01
Critical current measured indirectly via flux-compression technique. Magnetic flux compressed into gap between superconductive hollow cylinder and superconductive rod when rod inserted in hole in cylinder. Hall-effect probe measures flux density before and after compression. Method does not involve any electrical contact with superconductor. Therefore, does not cause resistive heating and consequent premature loss of superconductivity.
Anomalous superfluid density in quantum critical superconductors
Hashimoto, Kenichiro; Mizukami, Yuta; Katsumata, Ryo; Shishido, Hiroaki; Yamashita, Minoru; Ikeda, Hiroaki; Matsuda, Yuji; Schlueter, John A.; Fletcher, Jonathan D.; Carrington, Antony; Gnida, Daniel; Kaczorowski, Dariusz; Shibauchi, Takasada
2013-01-01
When a second-order magnetic phase transition is tuned to zero temperature by a nonthermal parameter, quantum fluctuations are critically enhanced, often leading to the emergence of unconventional superconductivity. In these “quantum critical” superconductors it has been widely reported that the normal-state properties above the superconducting transition temperature Tc often exhibit anomalous non-Fermi liquid behaviors and enhanced electron correlations. However, the effect of these strong critical fluctuations on the superconducting condensate below Tc is less well established. Here we report measurements of the magnetic penetration depth in heavy-fermion, iron-pnictide, and organic superconductors located close to antiferromagnetic quantum critical points, showing that the superfluid density in these nodal superconductors universally exhibits, unlike the expected T-linear dependence, an anomalous 3/2 power-law temperature dependence over a wide temperature range. We propose that this noninteger power law can be explained if a strong renormalization of effective Fermi velocity due to quantum fluctuations occurs only for momenta k close to the nodes in the superconducting energy gap Δ(k). We suggest that such “nodal criticality” may have an impact on low-energy properties of quantum critical superconductors. PMID:23404698
Enhancing critical current density of cuprate superconductors
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Chaudhari, Praveen
2015-06-16
The present invention concerns the enhancement of critical current densities in cuprate superconductors. Such enhancement of critical current densities include using wave function symmetry and restricting movement of Abrikosov (A) vortices, Josephson (J) vortices, or Abrikosov-Josephson (A-J) vortices by using the half integer vortices associated with d-wave symmetry present in the grain boundary.
Holographic Superconductors in a Rotating Spacetime
Lin, Kai
2014-01-01
We consider holographic superconductors in a rotating black string spacetime. In view of the mandatory introduction of the $A_\\varphi$ component of the vector potential we are left with three equations to be solved. Their solutions show that the effect of the rotating parameter $a$ influences the critical temperature $T_c$ and the conductivity $\\sigma$ in a simple but not trivial way.
Nambu-Goldstone-Leggett modes in multi-condensate superconductors
Yanagisawa, Takashi
2015-12-01
Multi-gap superconductors exhibit interesting properties. In an N-gap superconductor, we have in general U(1)N phase invariance. This multiple-phase invariance is partially or totally spontaneously broken in a superconductor. The Nambu-Goldstone modes, as well as Higgs modes, are important and will play an important role in multi-condensate superconductors. The additional phase invariance leads to a new quantum phase, with help of frustrated Josephson effects, such as the time-reversal symmetry breaking, the emergence of massless modes and fractionally quantized-flux vortices. There is a possibility that half-flux vortices exist in two-component superconductors in a magnetic field. The half-quantum flux vortex can be interpreted as a monopole, and two half-flux vortices form a bound state connected by a domain wall. There is an interesting analogy between quarks and fractionally quantized-flux vortices in superconductors.
Nanocomposite RE-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductors
Iida, Kazumasa
2016-01-01
Nanocomposite oxide high-temperature bulk superconductors can be used as quasi-magnets. Thanks to the recent progress of material processing, quasi-magnet with 26 mm diameter can generate a large field of 17.6 T at 26 K. These results are highly attractive for applications, involving levitation of permanent magnets on the bulk superconductors. Indeed, several other applications such as motors and magnetic resonance microscope using bulk superconductors have been proposed and demonstrated. In ...
Low resistivity contact to iron-pnictide superconductors
Tanatar, Makariy; Prozorov, Ruslan; Ni, Ni; Bud& #x27; ko, Sergey; Canfield, Paul
2013-05-28
Method of making a low resistivity electrical connection between an electrical conductor and an iron pnictide superconductor involves connecting the electrical conductor and superconductor using a tin or tin-based material therebetween, such as using a tin or tin-based solder. The superconductor can be based on doped AFe.sub.2As.sub.2, where A can be Ca, Sr, Ba, Eu or combinations thereof for purposes of illustration only.
High temperature superconductor cable concepts for fusion magnets
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2013-01-01
Three concepts of high temperature superconductor cables carrying kA currents (RACC, CORC and TSTC) are investigated, optimized and evaluated in the scope of their applicability as conductor in fusion magnets. The magnetic field and temperature dependence of the cables is measured; the thermal expansion and conductivity of structure, insulation and filling materials are investigated. High temperature superconductor winding packs for fusion magnets are calculated and compared with corresponding low temperature superconductor cases.
A modified beam stiffness matrix for superconductor elements
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Gori, R.; Schrefler, B.A. (Padua Univ. (Italy). Ist. di Scienza e Tecnica delle Costruzioni)
1989-10-01
The components of the stiffness matrix of superconductor elements are derived taking into account the effects of the wrapping of superconductor strands around the internal insulating strip and of possible stabilizing profiles around conductor core. It is already known that the inclination of the strands referred to the longitudinal axis of the superconductor produces a reduction of the axial stiffness and a considerable increase in torsional stiffness. Here also the effects of bending are taken into account, completing hence the previous investigation. Examples relating to superconductors proposed for the Toroidal Field Coil of the Next European Torus are shown. In that instance the strand transposition is carried out by roebling. (orig.).
Noncommutative extension of AdS–CFT and holographic superconductors
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In this Letter, we consider a Non-Commutative (NC) extension of AdS–CFT correspondence and its effects on holographic superconductors. NC corrections are incorporated via the NC generalization of Schwarzschild black hole metric in AdS with the probe limit. We study NC effects on the relations connecting the charge density and the critical temperature of the Holographic Superconductors. Furthermore, condensation operator of the superconductor has been analyzed. Our results suggest that generically, NC effects increase the critical temperature of the holographic superconductor
Noncommutative extension of AdS-CFT and holographic superconductors
Pramanik, Souvik; Das, Sudipta; Ghosh, Subir
2015-03-01
In this Letter, we consider a Non-Commutative (NC) extension of AdS-CFT correspondence and its effects on holographic superconductors. NC corrections are incorporated via the NC generalization of Schwarzschild black hole metric in AdS with the probe limit. We study NC effects on the relations connecting the charge density and the critical temperature of the Holographic Superconductors. Furthermore, condensation operator of the superconductor has been analyzed. Our results suggest that generically, NC effects increase the critical temperature of the holographic superconductor.
Structural and Chemical Diversity of Tl-Based Cuprate Superconductors
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信赢
2003-01-01
The Tl-based cuprate superconductor family is the largest family in crystal structure and chemical composition among all high Tc cuprate superconductors. The Tl family can be divided into two sub-families, the Tl single layer family and the Tl double layer family, based on their crystal structural characteristics. The Tl single layer family is an ideal material for investigating the evolution of crystalline formation, charge carrier density, chemical composition, transport properties, superconductivity and their relationships. The Tl family contains almostall possible crystal structures discovered in high-Tc cuprate superconductors. Tl cuprate superconductors are of great importance not only in studying high-temperature superconductivity but also in commercial applications.
Tunneling spectra of strongly coupled superconductors: Role of dimensionality
Berthod, Christophe
2010-01-01
We investigate numerically the signatures of collective modes in the tunneling spectra of superconductors. The larger strength of the signatures observed in the high-Tc superconductors, as compared to classical low-Tc materials, is explained by the low dimensionality of these layered compounds. We also show that the strong-coupling structures are dips (zeros in the d2I/dV2 spectrum) in d-wave superconductors, rather than the steps (peaks in d2I/dV2) observed in classical s-wave superconductor...
Noncommutative extension of AdS–CFT and holographic superconductors
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Souvik Pramanik
2015-03-01
Full Text Available In this Letter, we consider a Non-Commutative (NC extension of AdS–CFT correspondence and its effects on holographic superconductors. NC corrections are incorporated via the NC generalization of Schwarzschild black hole metric in AdS with the probe limit. We study NC effects on the relations connecting the charge density and the critical temperature of the Holographic Superconductors. Furthermore, condensation operator of the superconductor has been analyzed. Our results suggest that generically, NC effects increase the critical temperature of the holographic superconductor.
Noncommutative extension of AdS–CFT and holographic superconductors
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Pramanik, Souvik, E-mail: souvick.in@gmail.com; Das, Sudipta, E-mail: sudipta_jumaths@yahoo.co.in; Ghosh, Subir, E-mail: subir_ghosh2@rediffmail.com
2015-03-06
In this Letter, we consider a Non-Commutative (NC) extension of AdS–CFT correspondence and its effects on holographic superconductors. NC corrections are incorporated via the NC generalization of Schwarzschild black hole metric in AdS with the probe limit. We study NC effects on the relations connecting the charge density and the critical temperature of the Holographic Superconductors. Furthermore, condensation operator of the superconductor has been analyzed. Our results suggest that generically, NC effects increase the critical temperature of the holographic superconductor.
Very General Holographic Superconductors and Entanglement Thermodynamics
Dey, Anshuman; Sarkar, Tapobrata
2014-01-01
We construct and analyze holographic superconductors with generalized higher derivative couplings, in single R-charged black hole backgrounds in four and five dimensions. These systems, which we call very general holographic superconductors, have multiple tuning parameters and are shown to exhibit a rich phase structure. We establish the phase diagram numerically as well as by computing the free energy, and then validated the results by calculating the entanglement entropy for these systems. The entanglement entropy is shown to be a perfect indicator of the phase diagram. The differences in the nature of the entanglement entropy in R-charged backgrounds compared to the AdS-Schwarzschild cases are pointed out. We also compute the analogue of the entangling temperature for a subclass of these systems and compare the results with non-hairy backgrounds.
Asymmetric Ferromagnet-Superconductor-Ferromagnet Switch
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Cadden-Zimansky, P.; Bazaliy, Ya.B.; Litvak, L.M.; Jiang, J.S.; Pearson, J.; Gu, J.Y.; You, Chun-Yeol; Beasley, M.R.; Bader, S.D.
2011-11-04
In layered ferromagnet-superconductor-ferromagnet F{sub 1} /S/F{sub 2} structures, the critical temperature T{sub c} of the superconductors depends on the magnetic orientation of the ferromagnetic layers F{sub 1} and F{sub 2} relative to each other. So far, the experimentally observed magnitude of change in T{sub c} for structures utilizing weak ferromagnets has been 2 orders of magnitude smaller than is expected from calculations. We theoretically show that such a discrepancy can result from the asymmetry of F/S boundaries, and we test this possibility by performing experiments on structures where F{sub 1} and F{sub 2} are independently varied. Our experimental results indicate that asymmetric boundaries are not the source of the discrepancy. If boundary asymmetry is causing the suppressed magnitude of T{sub c} changes, it may only be possible to detect in structures with thinner ferromagnetic layers.
Application of High Temperature Superconductors to Accelerators
Ballarino, A
2000-01-01
Since the discovery of high temperature superconductivity, a large effort has been made by the scientific community to investigate this field towards a possible application of the new oxide superconductors to different devices like SMES, magnetic bearings, flywheels energy storage, magnetic shielding, transmission cables, fault current limiters, etc. However, all present day large scale applications using superconductivity in accelerator technology are based on conventional materials operating at liquid helium temperatures. Poor mechanical properties, low critical current density and sensitivity to the magnetic field at high temperature are the key parameters whose improvement is essential for a large scale application of high temperature superconductors to such devices. Current leads, used for transferring currents from the power converters, working at room temperature, into the liquid helium environment, where the magnets are operating, represent an immediate application of the emerging technology of high t...
Revisiting holographic superconductors with hyperscaling violation
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Pan, Qiyuan [Universidade de Sao Paulo, Instituto de Fisica, C.P. 66318, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Hunan Normal University, Department of Physics, Key Laboratory of Low Dimensional Quantum Structures and Quantum Control of Ministry of Education, Changsha, Hunan (China); Institute of Theoretical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, State Key Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, Beijing (China); Zhang, Shao-Jun [Universidade de Sao Paulo, Instituto de Fisica, C.P. 66318, Sao Paulo (Brazil)
2016-03-15
We investigate the effect of the hyperscaling violation on the holographic superconductors. In the s-wave model, we find that the critical temperature decreases first and then increases as the hyperscaling violation increases, and the mass of the scalar field will not modify the value of the hyperscaling violation which gives the minimum critical temperature. We analytically confirm the numerical results by using the Sturm-Liouville method with the higher order trial function and improve the previous findings in Fan (J High Energy Phys 09:048, 2013). However, different from the s-wave case, we note that the critical temperature decreases with the increase of the hyperscaling violation in the p-wave model. In addition, we observe that the hyperscaling violation affects the conductivity of the holographic superconductors and changes the expected relation in the gap frequency in both s-wave and p-wave models. (orig.)
Iron-Based Superconductors as topological matter
Hu, Jiangping
We show the existence of non-trivial topological properties in Iron-based superconductors. Several examples are provided, including (1) the single layer FeSe grown on SrTiO3 substrate, in which an topological insulator phase exists due to the band inversion at M point; (2) CaFeAs2, a staggered intercalation compound that integrates both quantum spin hall and superconductivity in which the nontrivial topology stems from the chain-like As layers away from FeAs layers; (3) the Fe(Te,Se) thin films in which the nontrivial Z2 topological invariance originates from the parity exchange at Γ point that is controlled by the Te(Se) height; (4 nontrivial topology that is driven by the nematic order in FeSe. These results lay ground for integrating high Tc superconductivity with topological properties to realize new emergent phenomena, such as majorana particles, in iron-based high temperature superconductors
Topological properties in Iron-Based Superconductors
Hu, Jiangping; Hao, Ningning; Wu, X. X.
2015-03-01
We show the existence of non-trivial topological properties in Iron-based superconductors. Several examples are provided, including (1) the single layer FeSe grown on SrTiO3 substrate, in which an topological insulator phase exists due to the band inversion at M point; (2) CaFeAs2, a staggered intercalation compound that integrates both quantum spin hall and superconductivity in which the nontrivial topology stems from the chain-like As layers away from FeAs layers; (3) the Fe(Te,Se) thin films in which the nontrivial Z2 topological invariance originates from the parity exchange at ? point that is controlled by the Te(Se) height. These results lay ground for integrating high Tc superconductivity with topological properties to realize new emergent phenomena, such as majorana particles, in iron-based high temperature superconductors. The work is supported by NSFC and the Ministry of Science and Technology of China.
Conductive polymer/superconductor bilayer structures
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The preparation of a hybrid conducting polymer/high-temperature superconductor device consisting of a polypyrrole-coated YBa2Cu3O7-∂ microbridge is reported. Electrochemical techniques are exploited to alter the oxidation state of the polymer and, in doing so, it is found for the first time that superconductivity can be modulated in a controllable and reproducible fashion by a polymer layer. Whereas the neutral (insulating) polypyrrole only slightly influences the electrical properties of the underlying YBa2Cu3O7-∂ film, the oxidized (conductive) polymer depresses Tc by up to 50K. In a similar fashion, the oxidation state of the polymer is found to modulate reversibly the magnitude of Jc, the superconducting critical current. Thus, a new type of molecular switch for controlling superconductivity is demonstrated. Electrochemical, resistance vs. temperature, conact resistance, atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy measurements are utilized to explore the polymer/superconductor interactions
High-pressure study on some superconductors
Li, K Q; Yao, Y S; Che, G C; Zhao, Z X
2002-01-01
High-pressure study has played an important role in the investigation of conventional superconductors. Since the discovery of cuprate superconductors, high-pressure study has become even more important, especially as regards high-pressure synthesis and the effect of pressure. In this report, the new materials Ca-doped Pr-123, (Fe, Cu)-1212, and MgB sub 2 - a very new and interesting system synthesized under high pressure with good quality - will be discussed. Chemical inner pressure has been thought to explain the high T sub c of Ca-doped Pr-123. As another possibility, the replacement of the physical pressure effect by a chemical effect will be discussed.
Shot Noise in Ferromagnetic Superconductor Tunnel Junctions
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2006-01-01
In this paper, the superconducting order parameter and the energy spectrum of the Bogoliubov excitations are obtained from the Bogoliubov-de Gennes (BdG) equation for a ferromagnetic superconductor (FS). Taking into account the rough interface scattering effect, we calculate the shot noise and the differential conductance of the normal- metal insulator ferromagnetic superconductor junction. It is shown that the exchange energy Eh in FS can lead to splitting of the differential shot noise peaks and the conductance peaks. The energy difference between the two splitting peaks is equal to 2Eh. The rough interface scattering strength results in descent of conductance peaks and the shot noise-to-current ratio but increases the shot noise.
Magnetic chains on a triplet superconductor.
Sacramento, P D
2015-11-11
The topological state of a two-dimensional triplet superconductor may be changed by an appropriate addition of magnetic impurities. A ferromagnetic magnetic chain at the surface of a superconductor with spin-orbit coupling may eliminate the edge states of a finite system giving rise to localized zero modes at the edges of the chain. The coexistence/competition between the two types of zero modes is considered. The reduction of the system to an effective 1d system gives partial information on the topological properties but the study of the two sets of zero modes requires a two-dimensional treatment. Increasing the impurity density from a magnetic chain to magnetic islands leads to a finite Chern number. At half-filling small concentrations are enough to induce chiral modes.
Electrical bushing for a superconductor element
Mirebeau, Pierre; Lallouet, Nicolas; Delplace, Sebastien; Lapierre, Regis
2010-05-04
The invention relates to an electrical bushing serving to make a connection at ambient temperature to a superconductor element situated in an enclosure at cryogenic temperature. The electrical bushing passes successively through an enclosure at intermediate temperature between ambient temperature and cryogenic temperature, and an enclosure at ambient temperature, and it comprises a central electrical conductor surrounded by an electrically insulating sheath. According to the invention, an electrically conductive screen connected to ground potential surrounds the insulating sheath over a section that extends from the end of the bushing that is in contact with the enclosure at cryogenic temperature at least as far as the junction between the enclosure at intermediate temperature and the enclosure at ambient temperature. The invention is more particularly applicable to making a connection to a superconductor cable.
Electronic structure of Fe-based superconductors
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Kalobaran Maiti
2015-06-01
Fe-based superconductors have drawn much attention during the last decade due to the presence of superconductivity in materials containing the magnetic element, Fe, and the coexistence of superconductivity and magnetism. Extensive study of the electronic structure of these systems suggested the dominant role of states in their electronic properties, which is significantly different from the cuprate superconductors. In this article, some of our studies of the electronic structure of these fascinating systems employing high-resolution photoemission spectroscopy is reviewed. The combined effect of electron correlation and covalency reveals an interesting scenario in their electronic structure. The contribution of ligand states at the Fermi level is found to be much more significant than indicated in earlier studies. Temperature evolution of the energy bands reveals the signature of transition akin to Lifshitz transition in these systems.
Abrikosov Gluon Vortices in Color Superconductors
Ferrer, Efrain J
2010-01-01
In this talk I will discuss how the in-medium magnetic field can influence the gluon dynamics in a three-flavor color superconductor. It will be shown how at field strengths comparable to the charged gluon Meissner mass a new phase can be realized, giving rise to Abrikosov's vortices of charged gluons. In that phase, the inhomogeneous gluon condensate anti-screens the magnetic field due to the anomalous magnetic moment of these spin-1 particles. This paramagnetic effect can be of interest for astrophysics, since due to the gluon vortex antiscreening mechanism, compact stars with color superconducting cores could have larger magnetic fields than neutron stars made up entirely of nuclear matter. I will also discuss a second gluon condensation phenomenon connected to the Meissner instability attained at moderate densities by two-flavor color superconductors. In this situation, an inhomogeneous condensate of charged gluons emerges to remove the chromomagnetic instability created by the pairing mismatch, and as a ...
Revisiting holographic superconductors with hyperscaling violation
Pan, Qiyuan
2015-01-01
We reinvestigate the effect of the hyperscaling violation on the holographic superconductors reported recently in J. High Energy Phys. {\\bf 09}, 048 (2013) [arXiv:1305.2000]. Different from the previous findings, we find that the increase of the hyperscaling violation makes it harder first and then easier for the scalar operator to condense, and the mass of the scalar field will not modify the value of the hyperscaling violation which gives the minimum critical temperature. In particular, we improve the Sturm-Liouville method by including the higher order terms in the expansion of the trial function to obtain the analytical results which are completely consistent with the numerical computations. Moreover, we observe that the hyperscaling violation affects the conductivity of the holographic superconductors and changes the expected relation in the gap frequency.
Vortex phase separation in mesoscopic superconductors
Iaroshenko, O.; Rybalko, V.; Vinokur, V. M.; Berlyand, L.
2013-01-01
We demonstrate that in mesoscopic type II superconductors with the lateral size commensurate with London penetration depth, the ground state of vortices pinned by homogeneously distributed columnar defects can form a hierarchical nested domain structure. Each domain is characterized by an average number of vortices trapped at a single pinning site within a given domain. Our study marks a radical departure from the current understanding of the ground state in disordered macroscopic systems and provides an insight into the interplay between disorder, vortex-vortex interaction, and confinement within finite system size. The observed vortex phase segregation implies the existence of the soliton solution for the vortex density in the finite superconductors and establishes a new class of nonlinear systems that exhibit the soliton phenomenon.
Phases of holographic d-wave superconductor
Krikun, Alexander
2015-01-01
We study different phases in the holographic model of d-wave superconductor. These are described by solutions to the classical equations of motion found in different ansatze. Apart from the known homogeneous d-wave superconducting phase we find three new solutions. Two of them represent two distinct families of the spatially modulated solutions, which realize the charge density wave phases in the dual theory. The third one is the new homogeneous phase with nonzero anapole moment. These phases are relevant to the physics of cuprate high-Tc superconductor in pseudogap region. While the d-wave phase preserves translation, parity and time reversal symmetry, the striped phases break translations spontaneously. Parity and time-reversal are preserved when combined with discrete half-periodic shift of the wave. In anapole phase translation symmetry is preserved, but parity and time reversal are spontaneously broken. All of the considered solutions brake the global $U(1)$. Thermodynamical treatment shows that in the s...
Method for fabrication of high temperature superconductors
Balachandran, Uthamalingam; Ma, Beihai; Miller, Dean
2009-07-14
A layered article of manufacture and a method of manufacturing same is disclosed. A substrate has a biaxially textured MgO crystalline layer having the c-axes thereof inclined with respect to the plane of the substrate deposited thereon. A layer of one or more of YSZ or Y.sub.2O.sub.3 and then a layer of CeO.sub.2 is deposited on the MgO. A crystalline superconductor layer with the c-axes thereof normal to the plane of the substrate is deposited on the CeO.sub.2 layer. Deposition of the MgO layer on the substrate is by the inclined substrate deposition method developed at Argonne National Laboratory. Preferably, the MgO has the c-axes thereof inclined with respect to the normal to the substrate in the range of from about 10.degree. to about 40.degree. and YBCO superconductors are used.
Symmetry and topology of noncentrosymmetric superconductors
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Samokhin, K.V., E-mail: kirill.samokhin@brocku.ca
2015-08-15
We present a detailed analysis of the pairing symmetry and the order parameter topology in superconductors without centre of inversion. Strong spin–orbit coupling of electrons with the crystal lattice leads to a large splitting of the Bloch bands, which makes it necessary to use a multiband description of superconductivity. We identify stable superconducting states and derive the Bogoliubov–de Gennes Hamiltonian, which determines the spectrum of fermionic quasiparticles. To develop a topological classification of the superconducting states we introduce two different types of topological invariants, the Chern numbers and the Maurer–Cartan invariants, and apply them to three-dimensional noncentrosymmetric superconductors, both with and without time reversal symmetry breaking.
Persistent superconductor currents in holographic lattices.
Iizuka, Norihiro; Ishibashi, Akihiro; Maeda, Kengo
2014-07-01
We consider a persistent superconductor current along the direction with no translational symmetry in a holographic gravity model. Incorporating a lattice structure into the model, we numerically construct novel solutions of hairy charged stationary black branes with momentum or rotation along the latticed direction. The lattice structure prevents the horizon from rotating, and the total momentum is only carried by matter fields outside the black brane horizon. This is consistent with the black hole rigidity theorem, and it suggests that in dual field theory with lattices, superconductor currents are made up of "composite" fields, rather than "fractionalized" degrees of freedom. We also show that our solutions are consistent with the superfluid hydrodynamics. PMID:25032917
Energy efficiency of adiabatic superconductor logic
Takeuchi, Naoki; Yamanashi, Yuki; Yoshikawa, Nobuyuki
2015-01-01
Adiabatic superconductor logic (ASL), including adiabatic quantum-flux-parametron (AQFP) logic, exhibits high energy efficiency because its bit energy can be decreased below the thermal energy through adiabatic switching operations. In the present paper, we present the general scaling laws of ASL and compare the energy efficiency of ASL with those of other energy-efficient logics. Also, we discuss the minimum energy-delay product (EDP) of ASL at finite temperature. Our study shows that there is a maximum temperature at which the EDP can reach the quantum limit given by ħ/2, which is dependent on the superconductor material and the Josephson junction quality, and that it is reasonable to operate ASL at cryogenic temperatures in order to achieve an EDP that approaches ħ/2.
Flywheel energy storage with superconductor magnetic bearings
Weinberger, Bernard R.; Lynds, Jr., Lahmer; Hull, John R.
1993-01-01
A flywheel having superconductor bearings has a lower drag to lift ratio that translates to an improvement of a factor of ten in the rotational decay rate. The lower drag results from the lower dissipation of melt-processed YBCO, improved uniformity of the permanent magnet portion of the bearings, operation in a different range of vacuum pressure from that taught by the art, and greater separation distance from the rotating members of conductive materials.
Unconventional disorder effects in correlated superconductors
Gastiasoro, Maria N.; Bernardini, Fabio; Andersen, Brian M.
2016-01-01
The understanding of disorder has profoundly influenced the development of condensed matter physics, explaining such fundamental effects as, for example, the transition from ballistic to diffusive propagation, and the presence of quantized steps in the quantum Hall effect. For superconductors, the response to disorder reveals crucial information about the internal gap symmetries of the condensate, and thereby the pairing mechanism itself. The destruction of superconductivity by disorder is tr...
Mesoscopic Phase Separation in Anisotropic Superconductors
V. I. Yukalov; Yukalova, E. P.
2005-01-01
General properties of anisotropic superconductors with mesoscopic phase separation are analysed. The main conclusions are as follows: Mesoscopic phase separation can be thermodynamically stable only in the presence of repulsive Coulomb interactions. Phase separation enables the appearance of superconductivity in a heterophase sample even if it were impossible in pure-phase matter. Phase separation is crucial for the occurrence of superconductivity in bad conductors. Critical temperature for a...
Superconductor Digital Electronics: -- Current Status, Future Prospects
Mukhanov, Oleg
2011-03-01
Two major applications of superconductor electronics: communications and supercomputing will be presented. These areas hold a significant promise of a large impact on electronics state-of-the-art for the defense and commercial markets stemming from the fundamental advantages of superconductivity: simultaneous high speed and low power, lossless interconnect, natural quantization, and high sensitivity. The availability of relatively small cryocoolers lowered the foremost market barrier for cryogenically-cooled superconductor electronic systems. These fundamental advantages enabled a novel Digital-RF architecture - a disruptive technological approach changing wireless communications, radar, and surveillance system architectures dramatically. Practical results were achieved for Digital-RF systems in which wide-band, multi-band radio frequency signals are directly digitized and digital domain is expanded throughout the entire system. Digital-RF systems combine digital and mixed signal integrated circuits based on Rapid Single Flux Quantum (RSFQ) technology, superconductor analog filter circuits, and semiconductor post-processing circuits. The demonstrated cryocooled Digital-RF systems are the world's first and fastest directly digitizing receivers operating with live satellite signals, enabling multi-net data links, and performing signal acquisition from HF to L-band with 30 GHz clock frequencies. In supercomputing, superconductivity leads to the highest energy efficiencies per operation. Superconductor technology based on manipulation and ballistic transfer of magnetic flux quanta provides a superior low-power alternative to CMOS and other charge-transfer based device technologies. The fundamental energy consumption in SFQ circuits defined by flux quanta energy 2 x 10-19 J. Recently, a novel energy-efficient zero-static-power SFQ technology, eSFQ/ERSFQ was invented, which retains all advantages of standard RSFQ circuits: high-speed, dc power, internal memory. The
Transport properties of high critical temperature superconductors
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In this paper an overview of transport properties of the new high temperature oxide superconducting materials is presented. In particular the transport critical current in single crystals and sintered material is examined. The intrinsic properties of the new superconductors can be explained in terms of a low pinning energy and of the usual mechanisms of thermally activated flux motion. In sintered samples the superconducting behavior is dominated by the poor intergrain coupling that lead to the formation of Josephson weak links between grains
Magnetic properties of FeSe superconductor
Grechnev, G. E.; Panfilov, A.S.; Desnenko, V. A.; Fedorchenko, A. V.; Gnatchenko, S. L.; Chareev, D. A.; Volkova, O. S.; A.N. Vasiliev
2012-01-01
A detailed magnetization study for the novel FeSe superconductor is carried out to investigate the behavior of the intrinsic magnetic susceptibility $\\chi$ in the normal state with temperature and under hydrostatic pressure. The temperature dependencies of $\\chi$ and its anisotropy $\\Delta \\chi=\\chi_{|}-\\chi_{\\bot}$ 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 $\\Delta ...
Noncommutative effects of spacetime on holographic superconductors
Debabrata Ghorai; Sunandan Gangopadhyay
2016-01-01
The Sturm–Liouville eigenvalue method is employed to analytically investigate the properties of holographic superconductors in higher dimensions in the framework of Born–Infeld electrodynamics incorporating the effects of noncommutative spacetime. In the background of pure Einstein gravity in noncommutative spacetime, we obtain the relation between the critical temperature and the charge density. We also obtain the value of the condensation operator and the critical exponent. Our findings sug...
Noncommutative effects of spacetime on holographic superconductors
Ghorai, Debabrata; Gangopadhyay, Sunandan
2016-01-01
The Sturm-Liouville eigenvalue method is employed to analytically investigate the properties of holographic superconductors in higher dimensions in the framework of Born-Infeld electrodynamics incorporating the effects of noncommutative spacetime. In the background of pure Einstein gravity in noncommutative spacetime, we obtain the relation between the critical temperature and the charge density. We also obtain the value of the condensation operator and the critical exponent. Our findings sug...
Hydrogen in high-Tc superconductors
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The role of hydrogen atom doping on the physical properties of high-Tc superconductors is presented. The main features are illustrated by presenting some chosen studies of the thermopower, resistivity, AC losses and Moessbauer effect in the hydrogenated SmBaCuO, YBaCuO and La(Sr)CuO systems. Also a brief survey of the current knowledge in this field is given. (orig.)
High temperature superconductors applications in telecommunications
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Kumar, A.A.; Li, J.; Zhang, M.F. [Prairie View A& M Univ., Texas (United States)
1994-12-31
The purpose of this paper is twofold: to discuss high temperature superconductors with specific reference to their employment in telecommunications applications; and to discuss a few of the limitations of the normally employed two-fluid model. While the debate on the actual usage of high temperature superconductors in the design of electronic and telecommunications devices-obvious advantages versus practical difficulties-needs to be settled in the near future, it is of great interest to investigate the parameters and the assumptions that will be employed in such designs. This paper deals with the issue of providing the microwave design engineer with performance data for such superconducting waveguides. The values of conductivity and surface resistance, which are the primary determining factors of a waveguide performance, are computed based on the two-fluid model. A comparison between two models-a theoretical one in terms of microscopic parameters (termed Model A) and an experimental fit in terms of macroscopic parameters (termed Model B)-shows the limitations and the resulting ambiguities of the two-fluid model at high frequencies and at temperatures close to the transition temperature. The validity of the two-fluid model is then discussed. Our preliminary results show that the electrical transport description in the normal and superconducting phases as they are formulated in the two-fluid model needs to be modified to incorporate the new and special features of high temperature superconductors. Parameters describing the waveguide performance-conductivity, surface resistance and attenuation constant-will be computed. Potential applications in communications networks and large scale integrated circuits will be discussed. Some of the ongoing work will be reported. In particular, a brief proposal is made to investigate of the effects of electromagnetic interference and the concomitant notion of electromagnetic compatibility (EMI/EMC) of high T{sub c} superconductors.
Holographic superconductors in a rotating spacetime
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Lin, Kai; Abdalla, E. [Universidade de Sao Paulo, Instituto de Fisica, CP 66318, Sao Paulo (Brazil)
2014-11-15
We consider holographic superconductors in a rotating black string spacetime. In view of the mandatory introduction of the A{sub φ} component of the vector potential we are left with three equations to be solved. Their solutions show that the rotation parameter a influences the critical temperature T{sub c} and the conductivity σ in a simple but non-trivial way. (orig.)
Review of holographic superconductors with Weyl corrections
Momeni, Davood; Myrzakulov, Ratbay
2014-01-01
A quick review on the analytical aspects of holographic superconductors (HSC) with Weyl corrections has been presented. Mainly we focus on matching method and variations approaches. Different types of such HSC have been investigated, s-wave, p-wave and St\\'{u}ckelberg ones. We also review the fundamental construction of a p-wave type , in which the non-Abelian gauge field is coupled to the Weyl tensor. The results are compared from numerics to analytical results.
Soft wall model for a holographic superconductor
Afonin, S S
2015-01-01
We apply the soft wall holographic model from hadron physics to a description of the high-$T_c$ superconductivity. In comparison with the existing bottom-up holographic superconductors, the proposed approach is more phenomenological. On the other hand, it is much simpler and has more freedom for fitting the conductivity properties of the real high-$T_c$ materials. We demonstrate some examples of emerging models and discuss a possible origin of the approach.
Charge of a quasiparticle in a superconductor.
Ronen, Yuval; Cohen, Yonatan; Kang, Jung-Hyun; Haim, Arbel; Rieder, Maria-Theresa; Heiblum, Moty; Mahalu, Diana; Shtrikman, Hadas
2016-02-16
Nonlinear charge transport in superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) Josephson junctions has a unique signature in the shuttled charge quantum between the two superconductors. In the zero-bias limit Cooper pairs, each with twice the electron charge, carry the Josephson current. An applied bias VSD leads to multiple Andreev reflections (MAR), which in the limit of weak tunneling probability should lead to integer multiples of the electron charge ne traversing the junction, with n integer larger than 2Δ/eVSD and Δ the superconducting order parameter. Exceptionally, just above the gap eVSD ≥ 2Δ, with Andreev reflections suppressed, one would expect the current to be carried by partitioned quasiparticles, each with energy-dependent charge, being a superposition of an electron and a hole. Using shot-noise measurements in an SIS junction induced in an InAs nanowire (with noise proportional to the partitioned charge), we first observed quantization of the partitioned charge q = e*/e = n, with n = 1-4, thus reaffirming the validity of our charge interpretation. Concentrating next on the bias region eVSD ~ 2Δ, we found a reproducible and clear dip in the extracted charge to q ~ 0.6, which, after excluding other possibilities, we attribute to the partitioned quasiparticle charge. Such dip is supported by numerical simulations of our SIS structure. PMID:26831071
Free energy of a Lovelock holographic superconductor
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Aranguiz, Ligeia [Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Valparaiso (Chile); Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Instituto de Fisica, Valparaiso (Chile); Miskovic, Olivera [Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Instituto de Fisica, Valparaiso (Chile)
2014-08-15
We study thermodynamics of black hole solutions in Lanczos-Lovelock anti-de Sitter gravity in d + 1 dimensions coupled to nonlinear electrodynamics and a Stueckelberg scalar field. This class of theories is used in the context of gauge/gravity duality to describe a high-temperature superconductor in d dimensions. A larger number of coupling constants in the gravitational side is necessary to widen the domain of validity of physical quantities in dual quantum field theory (QFT). We regularize the gravitational action and find the finite conserved quantities for a planar black hole with scalar hair. Then we derive the quantum statistical relation in the Euclidean sector of the theory, and we obtain the exact formula for the free energy of the superconductor in the holographic QFT. Our result is analytic and it includes the effects of backreaction of the gravitational field. We further discuss on how this formula could be used to analyze second order phase transitions through the discontinuities of the free energy, in order to classify holographic superconductors in terms of the parameters in the theory. (orig.)
Topology of nonsymmorphic crystalline insulators and superconductors
Shiozaki, Ken; Sato, Masatoshi; Gomi, Kiyonori
2016-05-01
Topological classification in our previous paper [K. Shiozaki and M. Sato, Phys. Rev. B 90, 165114 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevB.90.165114] is extended to nonsymmorphic crystalline insulators and superconductors. Using the twisted equivariant K theory, we complete the classification of topological crystalline insulators and superconductors in the presence of additional order-two nonsymmorphic space-group symmetries. The order-two nonsymmorphic space groups include half-lattice translation with Z2 flip, glide, twofold screw, and their magnetic space groups. We find that the topological periodic table shows modulo-2 periodicity in the number of flipped coordinates under the order-two nonsymmorphic space group. It is pointed out that the nonsymmorphic space groups allow Z2 topological phases even in the absence of time-reversal and/or particle-hole symmetries. Furthermore, the coexistence of the nonsymmorphic space group with time-reversal and/or particle-hole symmetries provides novel Z4 topological phases, which have not been realized in ordinary topological insulators and superconductors. We present model Hamiltonians of these new topological phases and analytic expressions of the Z2 and Z4 topological invariants. The half-lattice translation with Z2 spin flip and glide symmetry are compatible with the existence of boundaries, leading to topological surface gapless modes protected by the order-two nonsymmorphic symmetries. We also discuss unique features of these gapless surface modes.
Electronic structure investigation of novel superconductors
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Buling, Anna
2014-05-15
The discovery of superconductivity in iron-based pnictides in 2008 gave rise to a high advance in the research of high-temperature superconductors. But up to now there is no generally admitted theory of the non-BCS mechanism of these superconductors. The electron and hole doped Ba122 (BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2}) compounds investigated in this thesis are supposed to be suitable model systems for studying the electronic behavior in order to shed light on the superconducting mechanisms. The 3d-transition metal doped Ba122 compounds are investigated using the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), X-ray emission spectroscopy (XES) and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD), while the completely hole doped K122 is observed using XPS. The experimental measurements are complemented by theoretical calculations. A further new class of superconductors is represented by the electride 12CaO*7Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}: Here superconductivity can be realized by electrons accommodated in the crystallographic sub-nanometer-sized cavities, while the mother compound is a wide band gap insulator. Electronic structure investigations, represented by XPS, XAS and resonant X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (ResPES), carried out in this work, should help to illuminate this unconventional superconductivity and resolve a debate of competing models for explaining the existence of superconductivity in this compound.
Characterization of bulk superconductors through EBSD methods
Koblischka, M. R.; Koblischka-Veneva, A.
2003-10-01
The application of electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) technique to bulk high- Tc superconductors is presented and reviewed. Due to the ceramic nature and the complex crystallographic unit cells of the perovskite-type high- Tc superconductors, the EBSD analysis is not yet as common as it deserves. We have successfully performed EBSD analysis on a variety of high- Tc compounds and samples including polycrystalline YBCO (pure and doped by alkali metals), melt-textured YBCO, thin and thick films of YBCO; the “green phase” Y 2BaCuO 5, thin film and melt-textured NdBa 2Cu 3O x and Bi-2212 single crystals and tapes. It is shown that the surface preparation of the samples is crucial due to the small information depth (up to 100 nm) of the EBSD technique. High quality Kikuchi patterns are the requirement in order to enable the automated EBSD mapping, which yields phase distributions, individual grain orientations and the misorientation angle distribution. The results can be presented in form of mappings, as charts, and as pole figures. These informations are required for a better understanding of the growth mechanism(s) of bulk high- Tc superconductors intended for applications.
Charge of a quasiparticle in a superconductor.
Ronen, Yuval; Cohen, Yonatan; Kang, Jung-Hyun; Haim, Arbel; Rieder, Maria-Theresa; Heiblum, Moty; Mahalu, Diana; Shtrikman, Hadas
2016-02-16
Nonlinear charge transport in superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) Josephson junctions has a unique signature in the shuttled charge quantum between the two superconductors. In the zero-bias limit Cooper pairs, each with twice the electron charge, carry the Josephson current. An applied bias VSD leads to multiple Andreev reflections (MAR), which in the limit of weak tunneling probability should lead to integer multiples of the electron charge ne traversing the junction, with n integer larger than 2Δ/eVSD and Δ the superconducting order parameter. Exceptionally, just above the gap eVSD ≥ 2Δ, with Andreev reflections suppressed, one would expect the current to be carried by partitioned quasiparticles, each with energy-dependent charge, being a superposition of an electron and a hole. Using shot-noise measurements in an SIS junction induced in an InAs nanowire (with noise proportional to the partitioned charge), we first observed quantization of the partitioned charge q = e*/e = n, with n = 1-4, thus reaffirming the validity of our charge interpretation. Concentrating next on the bias region eVSD ~ 2Δ, we found a reproducible and clear dip in the extracted charge to q ~ 0.6, which, after excluding other possibilities, we attribute to the partitioned quasiparticle charge. Such dip is supported by numerical simulations of our SIS structure.
Anomalous critical fields in quantum critical superconductors.
Putzke, C; Walmsley, P; Fletcher, J D; Malone, L; Vignolles, D; Proust, C; Badoux, S; See, P; Beere, H E; Ritchie, D A; Kasahara, S; Mizukami, Y; Shibauchi, T; Matsuda, Y; Carrington, A
2014-01-01
Fluctuations around an antiferromagnetic quantum critical point (QCP) are believed to lead to unconventional superconductivity and in some cases to high-temperature superconductivity. However, the exact mechanism by which this occurs remains poorly understood. The iron-pnictide superconductor BaFe2(As(1-x)P(x))2 is perhaps the clearest example to date of a high-temperature quantum critical superconductor, and so it is a particularly suitable system to study how the quantum critical fluctuations affect the superconducting state. Here we show that the proximity of the QCP yields unexpected anomalies in the superconducting critical fields. We find that both the lower and upper critical fields do not follow the behaviour, predicted by conventional theory, resulting from the observed mass enhancement near the QCP. Our results imply that the energy of superconducting vortices is enhanced, possibly due to a microscopic mixing of antiferromagnetism and superconductivity, suggesting that a highly unusual vortex state is realized in quantum critical superconductors. PMID:25477044
A Simple Holographic Superconductor with Momentum Relaxation
Kim, Keun-Young; Park, Miok
2015-01-01
We study a holographic superconductor model with momentum relaxation due to massless scalar fields linear to spatial coordinates($\\psi_I = \\beta \\delta_{Ii} x^i$), where $\\beta$ is the strength of momentum relaxation. In addition to the original superconductor induced by the chemical potential($\\mu$) at $\\beta=0$, there exists a new type of superconductor induced by $\\beta$ even at $\\mu=0$. It may imply a new `pairing' mechanism of particles and antiparticles interacting with $\\beta$, which may be interpreted as `impurity'. Two parameters $\\mu$ and $\\beta$ compete in forming superconducting phase. As a result, the critical temperature behaves differently depending on $\\beta/\\mu$. It decreases when $\\beta/\\mu$ is small and increases when $\\beta/\\mu$ is large, which is a novel feature compared to other models. After analysing ground states and phase diagrams for various $\\beta/\\mu$, we study optical electric($\\sigma$), thermoelectric($\\alpha$), and thermal($\\bar{\\kappa}$) conductivities. When the system undergo...
Magnetic excitations in iron chalcogenide superconductors
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Hisashi Kotegawa
2012-01-01
Full Text Available Nuclear magnetic resonance and neutron scattering experiments in iron chalcogenide superconductors are reviewed to make a survey of the magnetic excitations in FeSe, FeSe1−xTex and alkali-metal-doped AxFe2−ySe2 (A = K, Rb, Cs, etc. In FeSe, the intimate relationship between the spin fluctuations and superconductivity can be seen universally for the variations in the off-stoichiometry, the Co-substitution and applied pressure. The isovalent compound FeTe has a magnetic ordering with different wave vector from that of other Fe-based magnetic materials. The transition temperature Tc of FeSe increases with Te substitution in FeSe1−xTex with small x, and decreases in the vicinity of the end member FeTe. The spin fluctuations are drastically modified by the Te substitution. In the vicinity of the end member FeTe, the low-energy part of the spin fluctuation is dominated by the wave vector of the ordered phase of FeTe; however, the reduction of Tc shows that it does not support superconductivity. The presence of same wave vector as that of other Fe-based superconductors in FeSe1−xTex and the observation of the resonance mode demonstrate that FeSe1−xTex belongs to the same group as most of other Fe-based superconductors in the entire range of x, where superconductivity is mediated by the spin fluctuations whose wave vector is the same as the nesting vector between the hole pockets and the electron pockets. On the other hand, the spin fluctuations differ for alkali-metal-doped AxFe2−ySe2 and FeSe or other Fe-based superconductors in their wave vector and strength in the low-energy part, most likely because of the different Fermi surfaces. The resonance mode with different wave vector suggests that AxFe2−ySe2 has an exceptional superconducting symmetry among Fe-based superconductors.
Flux pinning in superconductors. 2. ed.
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Matsushita, Teruo [Kyushu Institute of Technology, Iizuka, Fukuoka (Japan). Dept. of Computer Science and Electronics
2014-04-01
Ideal for graduate students studying superconductivity and experts alike. Written by a researcher with more than 30 years experience in the field. All chapters are completely revised. The book covers the flux pinning mechanisms and properties and the electromagnetic phenomena caused by the flux pinning common for metallic, high-Tc and MgB2 superconductors. The condensation energy interaction known for normal precipitates or grain boundaries and the kinetic energy interaction proposed for artificial Nb pins in Nb-Ti, etc., are introduced for the pinning mechanism. Summation theories to derive the critical current density are discussed in detail. Irreversible magnetization and AC loss caused by the flux pinning are also discussed. The loss originally stems from the ohmic dissipation of normal electrons in the normal core driven by the electric field induced by the flux motion. The readers will learn why the resultant loss is of hysteresis type in spite of such mechanism. The influence of the flux pinning on the vortex phase diagram in high Tc superconductors is discussed, and the dependencies of the irreversibility field are also described on other quantities such as anisotropy of superconductor, specimen size and electric field strength. Recent developments of critical current properties in various high-Tc superconductors and MgB2 are introduced. Other topics are: singularity in the case of transport current in a parallel magnetic field such as deviation from the Josephson relation, reversible flux motion inside pinning potentials which causes deviation from the critical state model prediction, the concept of the minimization of energy dissipation in the flux pinning phenomena which gives the basis for the critical state model, etc. Significant reduction in the AC loss in AC wires with very fine filaments originates from the reversible flux motion which is dominant in the two-dimensional pinning. The concept of minimum energy dissipation explains also the behavior
A phenomenological approach to high Tc oxide superconductors
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Oxide superconductors are described in terms of macroscopic wave functions Ψ and Φ corresponding, respectively, to electron pairs of the superconducting and insulating states. In terms of the total free energy of the system, including the effect of interaction, we discuss the electrodynamic responses of the oxide superconductors in relation with the experiments to data. (author). 10 refs
Development of high temperature superconductors having high critical current density
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Hong, Gye Wong; Kim, C. J.; Lee, H.G.; Kwon, S. C.; Lee, H. J.; Kim, K. B.; Park, J. Y.; Jung, C. H
2000-08-01
Fabrication of high T{sub c} superconductors and its applications for electric power device were carried out for developing superconductor application technologies. High quality YBCO superconductors was fabricated by melt texture growth, top-seeded melt growth process and multi-seeded melt growth process and the properties was compared. The critical current density of the melt processed YBCO superconductors was about few 10,000 A/cm{sup 2} and the levitation force was 50 N. The processing time needed for the growth of the 123 single grain was greatly reduced by applying multi-seeding without no significant degradation of the levitation force. The multi-seeded melt growth process was confirmed as a time-saving and cost-effective method for the fabrication of bulk superconductors with controlled crystallographic orientation.
System and method for quench protection of a superconductor
Huang, Xianrui; Sivasubramaniam, Kiruba Haran; Bray, James William; Ryan, David Thomas
2008-03-11
A system and method for protecting a superconductor from a quench condition. A quench protection system is provided to protect the superconductor from damage due to a quench condition. The quench protection system comprises a voltage detector operable to detect voltage across the superconductor. The system also comprises a frequency filter coupled to the voltage detector. The frequency filter is operable to couple voltage signals to a control circuit that are representative of a rise in superconductor voltage caused by a quench condition and to block voltage signals that are not. The system is operable to detect whether a quench condition exists in the superconductor based on the voltage signal received via the frequency filter and to initiate a protective action in response.
Do organic and other exotic superconductors fail universal scaling relations?
Dordevic, S. V.; Basov, D. N.; Homes, C. C.
2013-01-01
Universal scaling relations are of tremendous importance in science, as they reveal fundamental laws of nature. Several such scaling relations have recently been proposed for superconductors; however, they are not really universal in the sense that some important families of superconductors appear to fail the scaling relations, or obey the scaling with different scaling pre-factors. In particular, a large group of materials called organic (or molecular) superconductors are a notable example. Here, we show that such apparent violations are largely due to the fact that the required experimental parameters were collected on different samples, with different experimental techniques. When experimental data is taken on the same sample, using a single experimental technique, organic superconductors, as well as all other studied superconductors, do in fact follow universal scaling relations.
Stable and unstable thermo -current states of high temperature superconductors
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Formation peculiarities of the stable and unstable states of high-Tc superconductors are discussed. To understand the basic physical trends, which are characteristic for the current penetration mechanism in high temperature superconductors, the operating states of Bi2212 slab without stabilizing matrix placed in DC external magnetic fields at low coolant temperature are theoretically investigated. It is proved that the temperature of a high-Tc superconductor is not equals to the coolant temperature before instability onset. Therefore, the voltage-current characteristic of a high-Tc superconductor has only a positive slope during continuous current charging. As a result, it does not allow one to find the boundary between stable and unstable thermo - current states. This peculiarity has to be considered during experiments at which the critical current of high-Tc superconductors is defined
Development of high temperature superconductors having high critical current density
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Fabrication of high Tc superconductors and its applications for electric power device were carried out for developing superconductor application technologies. High quality YBCO superconductors was fabricated by melt texture growth, top-seeded melt growth process and multi-seeded melt growth process and the properties was compared. The critical current density of the melt processed YBCO superconductors was about few 10,000 A/cm2 and the levitation force was 50 N. The processing time needed for the growth of the 123 single grain was greatly reduced by applying multi-seeding without no significant degradation of the levitation force. The multi-seeded melt growth process was confirmed as a time-saving and cost-effective method for the fabrication of bulk superconductors with controlled crystallographic orientation
HONINGH, CE; WEZELMAN, JJ; DIERICHS, MMTM; DELANGE, G; SCHAEFFER, HHA; KLAPWIJK, TM; DEGRAAUW, T
1993-01-01
Predictions of the three-port model of the quantum theory of mixing are compared with measured results on 345 GHz superconductor-insulator-superconductor waveguide mixers. Single Nb-Al2O3-Nb tunnel junctions or two or four identical junctions in series are used as mixing elements. Two different wave
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Kutchinsky, Jonatan; Taboryski, Rafael Jozef; Kuhn, Oliver;
1997-01-01
We present experiments revealing a singularity in the coherent current across a superconductor/semiconductor/superconductor (SSmS) junction at the bias voltage corresponding to the superconducting energy gap V=Delta/e. The SSmS structure consists of highly doped GaAs with superconducting electrod...
Minimal Model for an Unbalanced Holographic Superconductor
Musso, Daniele
2013-01-01
We describe the simplest holographic model for an s-wave unbalanced superconductor in 2+1 dimensions. We study its phase diagram and linear response features with particular attention to the possibility of spatially modulated phases (LOFF) and mixed spin-electric properties. The normal phase of the model at hand allows us to analyze a strong-coupling generalization of Mott two-current model for spintronic systems; the superconducting phase features an interesting DC spin-superconductivity without spin-symmetry breaking .
Inversion symmetry protected topological insulators and superconductors
Lee, Dung-Hai; Lu, Yuan-Ming
2015-03-01
Three dimensional topological insulator represents a class of novel quantum phases hosting robust gapless boundary excitations, which is protected by global symmetries such as time reversal, charge conservation and spin rotational symmetry. In this work we systematically study another class of topological phases of weakly interacting electrons protected by spatial inversion symmetry, which generally don't support stable gapless boundary states. We classify these inversion-symmetric topological insulators and superconductors in the framework of K-theory, and construct their lattice models. We also discuss quantized response functions of these inversion-protected topological phases, which serve as their experimental signatures.
Detection of infrared photons with a superconductor
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ZHANG LaBao; ZHONG YangYin; KANG Lin; CHEN Jian; JI ZhengMing; XU WeiWei; CAO ChunHai
2009-01-01
A superconductor single photon detector based on NbN nanowire was fabricated using electron beam lithography (EBL) and reactive ion etching (RIE) for infrared photon detection. When biased well below its critical current at 4.2 K, NbN nanowire is very sensitive to the incident photons. Typical telecommunication photons with a wavelength of 1550 nm were detected by this detector. Data analysis indicates the repeating rate of the device with 200 nm NbN nanowire may be up to 100 MHz, and the quantum efficiency is about 0.01% when biased at 0.95Ic.
High-Tc superconductor coplanar waveguide filter
Chew, Wilbert; Bajuk, Louis J.; Cooley, Thomas W.; Foote, Marc C.; Hunt, Brian D.; Rascoe, Daniel L.; Riley, A. L.
1991-01-01
Coplanar waveguide (CPW) low-pass filters made of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (YBCO) on LaAlO3 substrates, with dimensions suited for integrated circuits, were fabricated and packaged. A complete filter gives a true idea of the advantages and difficulties in replacing thin-film metal with a high-temperature superconductor in a practical circuit. Measured insertion losses in liquid nitrogen were superior to the loss of a similar thin-film copper filter throughout the 0- to 9.5-GHz passband. These results demonstrate the performance of fully patterned YBCO in a practical CPW structure after sealing in a hermetic package.
Guided design of copper oxysulfide superconductors
Yee, Chuck-Hou; Birol, Turan; Kotliar, Gabriel
2015-07-01
We describe a framework for designing novel materials, combining modern first-principles electronic-structure tools, materials databases, and evolutionary algorithms capable of exploring large configurational spaces. Guided by the chemical principles introduced by Antipov et al., for the design and synthesis of the Hg-based high-temperature superconductors, we apply our framework to screen 333 proposed compositions to design a new layered copper oxysulfide, Hg(CaS)2CuO2. We evaluate the prospects of superconductivity in this oxysulfide using theories based on charge-transfer energies, orbital distillation and uniaxial strain.
Dirac and Weyl superconductors in three dimensions.
Yang, Shengyuan A; Pan, Hui; Zhang, Fan
2014-07-25
We introduce the concept of three-dimensional Dirac (Weyl) superconductors (SC), which have protected bulk fourfold (twofold) nodal points and surface Majorana arcs at zero energy. We provide a sufficient criterion for realizing them in centrosymmetric SCs with odd-parity pairing and mirror symmetry. Pairs of Dirac nodes appear in a mirror-invariant plane when the mirror winding number is nontrivial. Breaking mirror symmetry may gap Dirac nodes producing a topological SC. Each Dirac node evolves to a nodal ring when inversion-gauge symmetry is broken, whereas it splits into a pair of Weyl nodes when, and only when, time-reversal symmetry is broken. PMID:25105637
Non-Abelian Vortices in Holographic Superconductors
Tallarita, Gianni
2015-01-01
We find, by an appropriate extension of the standard holographic superconductor setup, static bulk solutions which describe holographic duals to non-Abelian vortices. In the core of these vortices a scalar field condenses, breaking a non-Abelian global symmetry which leads to additional zero modes called orientational moduli. These moduli appear in the bulk as Goldstone bosons associated to the condensation of a neutral scalar field. We extend this construction to include periodic solutions corresponding to global non-Abelian vortex lattices.
Stimulated Holographic P-wave Superconductors
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ZENG Xiao-Xiong; LIU Xian-Ming; LIU Wen-Biao
2012-01-01
Using classical time-average approximation, critical temperature and condensed solution in holographic pwave superconductors with a time-dependent source is investigated in probe limit. By choosing suitable gauge field ansatz, the equation of motion for a vector field is presented. With the help of the Sturm-Liouville equation, concrete values of phase transition temperature and criticaJ frequency are obtained. It is shown that the phase transition temperature enhances as the frequency of the time-dependent source raises in high frequency regime, which means that the operators on the boundary field theory will be easier to condense.
Topological Aspects of Superconductors at Dual Point
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REN Ji-Rong; XU Dong-Hui; ZHANG Xin-Hui; DUAN Yi-Shi
2008-01-01
We study the properties of the Ginzburg-Landau model at the dual point for the superconductors. By making use of the U(1) gauge potential decomposition and the C-mapping theory, we investigate the topological inner structure of the Bogomol'nyi equations and deduce a modified deeoupled Bogomol'nyi equation with a nontrivial topo-logical term, which is ignored in conventional model. We find that the nontrivial topological term is closely related tothe N-vortex, which arises from the zero points of the complex scalar field. Furthermore, we establish a relationship between Ginzburg-Landau free energy and the winding number.
Photoemission study of iron-based superconductor
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Liu Zhong-Hao; Cai Yi-Peng; Zhao Yan-Ge; Jia Lei-Lei; Wang Shan-Cai
2013-01-01
The iron-based superconductivity (IBSC) is a great challenge in correlated system.Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) provides electronic structure of the IBSCs,the pairing strength,and the order parameter symmetry.Here,we briefly review the recent progress in IBSCs and focus on the results from ARPES.The ARPES study shows the electronic structure of “122”,“111”,“11”,and “122*” families of IBSCs.It has been agreed that the IBSCs are unconventional superconductors in strong coupling region.The order parameter symmetry basically follows s± form with considerable out-of-plane contribution.
Collective excitations in unconventional superconductors and superfluids
Brusov, Peter
2009-01-01
This is the first monograph that strives to give a complete and detailed description of the collective modes (CMs) in unconventional superfluids and superconductors (UCSF&SC). Using the most powerful method of modern theoretical physics - the path (functional) integral technique - authors build the three- and two-dimensional models for s -, p - and d -wave pairing in neutral as well as in charged Fermi-systems, models of superfluid Bose-systems and Fermi-Bose-mixtures. Within these models they study the collective properties of such systems as superfluid 3 He, superfluid 4 He, superfluid 3 He-
2003-01-01
American Superconductor Corporation has been selected by CERN, to provide 14,000 meters of high temperature superconductor (HTS) wire for current lead devices that will be used in CERN's Large Hadron Collider (1 page).
Electronic structure and superconductivity of FeSe-related superconductors.
Liu, Xu; Zhao, Lin; He, Shaolong; He, Junfeng; Liu, Defa; Mou, Daixiang; Shen, Bing; Hu, Yong; Huang, Jianwei; Zhou, X J
2015-05-13
FeSe superconductors and their related systems have attracted much attention in the study of iron-based superconductors owing to their simple crystal structure and peculiar electronic and physical properties. The bulk FeSe superconductor has a superconducting transition temperature (Tc) of ~8 K and it can be dramatically enhanced to 37 K at high pressure. On the other hand, its cousin system, FeTe, possesses a unique antiferromagnetic ground state but is non-superconducting. Substitution of Se with Te in the FeSe superconductor results in an enhancement of Tc up to 14.5 K and superconductivity can persist over a large composition range in the Fe(Se,Te) system. Intercalation of the FeSe superconductor leads to the discovery of the AxFe2-ySe2 (A = K, Cs and Tl) system that exhibits a Tc higher than 30 K and a unique electronic structure of the superconducting phase. A recent report of possible high temperature superconductivity in single-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 films with a Tc above 65 K has generated much excitement in the community. This pioneering work opens a door for interface superconductivity to explore for high Tc superconductors. The distinct electronic structure and superconducting gap, layer-dependent behavior and insulator-superconductor transition of the FeSe/SrTiO3 films provide critical information in understanding the superconductivity mechanism of iron-based superconductors. In this paper, we present a brief review of the investigation of the electronic structure and superconductivity of the FeSe superconductor and related systems, with a particular focus on the FeSe films. PMID:25879999
Electronic phase separation and high temperature superconductors
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The authors review the extensive evidence from model calculations that neutral holes in an antiferromagnet separate into hole-rich and hole-poor phases. All known solvable limits of models of holes in a Heisenberg antiferromagnet exhibit this behavior. The authors show that when the phase separation is frustrated by the introduction of long-range Coulomb interactions, the typical consequence is either a modulated (charge density wave) state or a superconducting phase. The authors then review some of the strong experimental evidence supporting an electronically-driven phase separation of the holes in the cuprate superconductors and the related Ni oxides. Finally, the authors argue that frustrated phase separation in these materials can account for many of the anomalous normal state properties of the high temperature superconductors and provide the mechanism of superconductivity. In particular, it is shown that the T-linear resistivity of the normal state is a paraconductivity associated with a novel composite pairing, although the ordered superconducting state is more conventional
Charge of a quasiparticle in a superconductor
Ronen, Yuval; Cohen, Yonatan; Kang, Jung-Hyun; Haim, Arbel; Rieder, Maria-Theresa; Heiblum, Moty; Mahalu, Diana; Shtrikman, Hadas
2016-01-01
Nonlinear charge transport in superconductor–insulator–superconductor (SIS) Josephson junctions has a unique signature in the shuttled charge quantum between the two superconductors. In the zero-bias limit Cooper pairs, each with twice the electron charge, carry the Josephson current. An applied bias VSD leads to multiple Andreev reflections (MAR), which in the limit of weak tunneling probability should lead to integer multiples of the electron charge ne traversing the junction, with n integer larger than 2Δ/eVSD and Δ the superconducting order parameter. Exceptionally, just above the gap eVSD ≥ 2Δ, with Andreev reflections suppressed, one would expect the current to be carried by partitioned quasiparticles, each with energy-dependent charge, being a superposition of an electron and a hole. Using shot-noise measurements in an SIS junction induced in an InAs nanowire (with noise proportional to the partitioned charge), we first observed quantization of the partitioned charge q = e*/e=n, with n = 1–4, thus reaffirming the validity of our charge interpretation. Concentrating next on the bias region eVSD∼2Δ, we found a reproducible and clear dip in the extracted charge to q ∼0.6, which, after excluding other possibilities, we attribute to the partitioned quasiparticle charge. Such dip is supported by numerical simulations of our SIS structure. PMID:26831071
Percolation effect in thick film superconductors
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A thick film superconductor paste has been developed to study the properties of granulated superconductor materials, to observe the percolation effect and to confirm the theory of the conducting mechanism in the superconducting thick films. This paste was also applied to make a superconducting planar transformer. Due to high Tc and advantageous current density properties the base of the paste was chosen to be of Bi(Pb)SrCaCuO system. For contacts a conventional Ag/Pt paste was used. The critical temperature of the samples were between 110 K and 115 K depending on the printed layer thickness. The critical current density at the boiling temperature of the liquid He- was between 200-300 A/cm2. The R(T) and V(I) functions were measured with different parameters. The results of the measurements have confirmed the theory of conducting mechanism in the material. The percolation structure model has been built and described. As an application, a superconducting planar thick film transformer was planned and produced. Ten windings of the transformer were printed on one side of the alumina substrate and one winding was printed on the other side. The coupling between the two sides was possible through the substrate. The samples did not need special drying and firing parameters. After the preparation, the properties of the transformer were measured. The efficiency and the losses were determined. Finally, some fundamental advantages and problems of the process were discussed
Electronic phase separation and high temperature superconductors
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Kivelson, S.A. [Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA (United States). Dept. of Physics; Emery, V.J. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States)
1994-01-11
The authors review the extensive evidence from model calculations that neutral holes in an antiferromagnet separate into hole-rich and hole-poor phases. All known solvable limits of models of holes in a Heisenberg antiferromagnet exhibit this behavior. The authors show that when the phase separation is frustrated by the introduction of long-range Coulomb interactions, the typical consequence is either a modulated (charge density wave) state or a superconducting phase. The authors then review some of the strong experimental evidence supporting an electronically-driven phase separation of the holes in the cuprate superconductors and the related Ni oxides. Finally, the authors argue that frustrated phase separation in these materials can account for many of the anomalous normal state properties of the high temperature superconductors and provide the mechanism of superconductivity. In particular, it is shown that the T-linear resistivity of the normal state is a paraconductivity associated with a novel composite pairing, although the ordered superconducting state is more conventional.
High-temperature superconductors make major progress
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2014-01-01
This month's Nature Materials featured an important breakthrough for high-temperature superconductors. A new method has been found for processing Bi-2212 high-temperature superconducting round wire in order to drastically increase its critical current density. The result confirms that this conductor is a serious candidate for future very-high-field magnets. This image shows the cross-section of two Bi-2212 wires. The bottom wire has less leakage and void porosity due to a heat treatment done at an overpressure of 100 bar - about 100 times the pressure used to produce the top wire (image from [Nature Materials, Vol. 13 (2014), 10.1038/nmat3887]). The workhorse for building superconducting accelerator magnets has been, so far, the Niobium-Titanium (Nb-Ti) alloy superconductor. But with Nb-Ti having reached its full potential, other conductors must be used to operate in higher magnetic fields beyond those reached with the LHC magnets. Today, the intermetallic Niobium-Tin (Nb3Sn) is th...
Percolation effect in thick film superconductors
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Sali, R.; Harsanyi, G. [Technical Univ. of Budapest (Hungary)
1994-12-31
A thick film superconductor paste has been developed to study the properties of granulated superconductor materials, to observe the percolation effect and to confirm the theory of the conducting mechanism in the superconducting thick films. This paste was also applied to make a superconducting planar transformer. Due to high T{sub c} and advantageous current density properties the base of the paste was chosen to be of Bi(Pb)SrCaCuO system. For contacts a conventional Ag/Pt paste was used. The critical temperature of the samples were between 110 K and 115 K depending on the printed layer thickness. The critical current density at the boiling temperature of the liquid He- was between 200-300 A/cm{sup 2}. The R(T) and V(I) functions were measured with different parameters. The results of the measurements have confirmed the theory of conducting mechanism in the material. The percolation structure model has been built and described. As an application, a superconducting planar thick film transformer was planned and produced. Ten windings of the transformer were printed on one side of the alumina substrate and one winding was printed on the other side. The coupling between the two sides was possible through the substrate. The samples did not need special drying and firing parameters. After the preparation, the properties of the transformer were measured. The efficiency and the losses were determined. Finally, some fundamental advantages and problems of the process were discussed.
Holographic Superconductor on Q-lattice
Ling, Yi; Niu, Chao; Wu, Jian-Pin; Xian, Zhuo-Yu
2014-01-01
We construct the simplest gravitational dual model of a superconductor on Q-lattices. We analyze the condition for the existence of a critical temperature at which the charged scalar field will condense. In contrast to the holographic superconductor on ionic lattices, the presence of Q-lattices will suppress the condensate of the scalar field and lower the critical temperature. In particular, when the Q-lattice background is dual to a deep insulating phase, the condensation would never occur for some small charges. Furthermore, we numerically compute the optical conductivity in the superconducting regime. It turns out that the presence of Q-lattice does not remove the pole in the imaginary part of the conductivity, ensuring the appearance of a delta function in the real part. We also evaluate the gap which in general depends on the charge of the scalar field as well as the Q-lattice parameters. Nevertheless, when the charge of the scalar field is relatively large and approaches the probe limit, the gap become...
Advantageous grain boundaries in iron pnictide superconductors
Katase, Takayoshi; Ishimaru, Yoshihiro; Tsukamoto, Akira; Hiramatsu, Hidenori; Kamiya, Toshio; Tanabe, Keiichi; Hosono, Hideo
2011-01-01
High critical temperature superconductors have zero power consumption and could be used to produce ideal electric power lines. The principal obstacle in fabricating superconducting wires and tapes is grain boundaries—the misalignment of crystalline orientations at grain boundaries, which is unavoidable for polycrystals, largely deteriorates critical current density. Here we report that high critical temperature iron pnictide superconductors have advantages over cuprates with respect to these grain boundary issues. The transport properties through well-defined bicrystal grain boundary junctions with various misorientation angles (θGB) were systematically investigated for cobalt-doped BaFe2As2 (BaFe2As2:Co) epitaxial films fabricated on bicrystal substrates. The critical current density through bicrystal grain boundary (JcBGB) remained high (>1 MA cm−2) and nearly constant up to a critical angle θc of ∼9°, which is substantially larger than the θc of ∼5° for YBa2Cu3O7–δ. Even at θGB>θc, the decay of JcBGB was much slower than that of YBa2Cu3O7–δ. PMID:21811238
Exploration of iron-chalcogenide superconductors
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Dong Chi-Heng; Wang Hang-Dong; Fang Ming-Hu
2013-01-01
Iron-chalcogenide compounds with FeSe(Te,S) layers did not attract much attention until the discovery of high-Tc superconductivity (SC) in the iron-pnictide compounds at the begining of 2008.Compared with FeAs-based supercon-ductors,iron-chalcogenide superconductors have aroused enormous enthusiasm to study the relationship between SC and magnetisms with several distinct features,such as different antiferromagnetic ground states with relatively large moments in the parents,indicating possibly different superconducting mechanisms,the existence of the excess Fe atoms or Fe vacancies in the crystal lattice.Another reason is that the large single crystals are easily grown for the iron-chalcogenide compounds.This review will focus on our exploration for the iron-chalcogenide superconductors and discussion on several issues,including the crystal structure,magnetic properties,superconductivity,and phase separation.Some of them reach a consensus but some important questions still remain to be answered.
Physical properties of high temperature superconductors
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In this thesis, the magnetic characterization of some Bi1.6Pb0.4Sr2Ca2Cu3O10, Bi1.84Pb0.34Sr1.91Ca2.03Cu2.06O10, Tl2Ba2Ca2Cu3O10 and Bi-2212/Ag high temperature superconductors were given by ac magnetic susceptibility and electrical resistivity measuring techniques. Bi1.6Pb0.4Sr2Ca2Cu3O10 and Bi1.84Pb0.34Sr1.91Ca2.03Cu2.06O10 high temperature superconductors were prepared by liquid ammonium nitrate method, while conventional solid state reaction route was applied to make Tl2Ba2Ca2Cu3O10 superconductor. On the other hand, Powder-In Tube (PIT) technique was used to make multi-filamentary Bi-2212/Ag tapes. Structural characterizations were carried out by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) patterns and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Unit cell parameters of Bi1.6Pb0.4Sr2Ca2Cu3O10 and Tl2Ba2Ca2Cu3O10 high temperature superconductors which have tetragonal crystal structure were calculated as a=b=5.3538 AA and c=37.1137 AA, a=b=3.8520 AA and c=35.5970 AA respectively. The results are consistent with the literature. Some information with regards to the grain size and phase content were given by the SEM studies. Fundamental and high order ac susceptibilities, χ=χn'''+iχn''(n=1, 2, 3, 5 and 7) of the samples were measured for the temperature range 15 K-140 K, ac field range 8 A/rn-1600 A/m and the frequency range 11 Hz-2110 Hz. All the susceptibilities exhibit field, frequency and temperature dependences. The observed dependences were analyzed using Bean model. For temperature scaling a function of the form Hp=Hα(l-t)''β was found empirically. The best fitting parameters for the Bi1.6Pb0.4Sr2Ca2Cu3O10 superconductor were found as Hα 3.3x104 A/m and β=2.05. Odd-order harmonic susceptibilities were calculated from the Bean model to make comparison with the experiments. In addition, ac losses were also calculated from the Bean model to compare with the experimentally measured values. At low temperatures and fields, the Bean model is observed to account for the ac losses
120 K superconductor TlBaCaCu2Oy
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The author have prepared 120K superconductor in Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu oxide system. This 120K superconductor has been investigated by x-ray diffraction and EDAX micro-analysis. EDAX analysis shows that the composition of this superconductor is very close to TLBa(Ca1-xCux)CuOy(chi - 0.3). Most of the x-ray powder diffractions including all the strong ones can be indexed according to a tetragonal structure with α = 5.46 A and c = 36.2A which means that the sample is nearly a single phase material
Density of states and tunneling characteristics of layered superconductors
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We have studied the structure of the density-of-states (DOS) curves and tunneling characteristics of layered superconductors with two distinct layers in a unit cell. In general, the peaks of the DOS curves do not correspond to energy gaps of each layer, but depend on the gaps and the interlayer hopping strengths in a complex manner. This makes the interpretation of tunneling data of layered superconductors much less straightforward than isotropic superconductors. Our simulated tunneling characteristics bear certain resemblance to experimental results
Noncommutative Extension of AdS/CFT and Holographic Superconductors
Pramanik, Souvik; Ghosh, Subir
2014-01-01
In this work, we consider a Non-Commutative (NC) extension of AdS-CFT correspondence and its effects on a Holographic Superconductor. NC corrections enter the model from two very different sectors: the NC generalization of Schwarzschild-AdS Black Hole metric and from NC extension of the abelian gauge theory. We study the NC effects on the relations connecting the charge density, critical temperature and condensation operator of the Holographic Superconductor. Our results suggest that generically, NC effects lower the critical temperature of the holographic superconductor.
Regular Phantom Black Hole and Holography: very high temperature superconductors
Lin, Kai; Pan, Qiyuan; Abdalla, E
2015-01-01
Holographic superconductors containing a non-minimal derivative coupling for scalar field in a regular phantom plane symmetric black hole have been considered. We show that the parameter of the regular black hole $b$ as well as the non-minimal derivative coupling parameter $\\eta$ affect the formation of the condensate as well as the conductivity in the superconductor. Moreover, $b$ has a critical value in which the critical temperature $T_c$ increases without a bound. We argue that an unlimited critical temperature is an evidence that high $T_c$ superconductor must be related to the absence of a singularity in the bulk in the AdS/CFT context.
A general holographic metal/superconductor phase transition model
Peng, Yan
2014-01-01
We study the scalar condensation of a general holographic superconductor model in AdS black hole background away from the probe limit. We find the model parameters together with the scalar mass and backreaction can determine the order of phase transitions completely. In addition, we observe two types of discontinuities of the scalar operator in the case of first order phase transitions. We analyze in detail the effects of the scalar mass and backreaction on the formation of discontinuities and arrive at an approximate relation between the threshold model parameters. Furthermore, we obtain superconductor solutions corresponding to higher energy states and examine the stability of these superconductor solutions.
Compact terahertz passive spectrometer with wideband superconductor-insulator-superconductor mixer.
Kikuchi, K; Kohjiro, S; Yamada, T; Shimizu, N; Wakatsuki, A
2012-02-01
We developed a compact terahertz (THz) spectrometer with a superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) mixer, aiming to realize a portable and highly sensitive spectrometer to detect dangerous gases at disaster sites. The receiver cryostat which incorporates the SIS mixer and a small cryocooler except for a helium compressor has a weight of 27 kg and dimensions of 200 mm × 270 mm × 690 mm. In spite of the small cooling capacity of the cryocooler, the SIS mixer is successfully cooled lower than 4 K, and the temperature variation is suppressed for the sensitive measurement. By adopting a frequency sweeping system using photonic local oscillator, we demonstrated a spectroscopic measurement of CH(3)CN gas in 0.2-0.5 THz range.
A novel heat engine for magnetizing superconductors
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Coombs, T A; Hong, Z; Zhu, X [Cambridge University Engineering Department, Trumpington Street, CB2 1PZ (United Kingdom); Krabbes, G [IFW Dresden, Helmholtzstrasse 20, 01069 Dresden (Germany)
2008-03-01
The potential of bulk melt-processed YBCO single domains to trap significant magnetic fields (Tomita and Murakami 2003 Nature 421 517-20; Fuchs et al 2000 Appl. Phys. Lett. 76 2107-9) at cryogenic temperatures makes them particularly attractive for a variety of engineering applications including superconducting magnets, magnetic bearings and motors (Coombs et al 1999 IEEE Trans. Appl. Supercond. 9 968-71; Coombs et al 2005 IEEE Trans. Appl. Supercond. 15 2312-5). It has already been shown that large fields can be obtained in single domain samples at 77 K. A range of possible applications exist in the design of high power density electric motors (Jiang et al 2006 Supercond. Sci. Technol. 19 1164-8). Before such devices can be created a major problem needs to be overcome. Even though all of these devices use a superconductor in the role of a permanent magnet and even though the superconductor can trap potentially huge magnetic fields (greater than 10 T) the problem is how to induce the magnetic fields. There are four possible known methods: (1) cooling in field; (2) zero field cooling, followed by slowly applied field; (3) pulse magnetization; (4) flux pumping. Any of these methods could be used to magnetize the superconductor and this may be done either in situ or ex situ. Ideally the superconductors are magnetized in situ. There are several reasons for this: first, if the superconductors should become demagnetized through (i) flux creep, (ii) repeatedly applied perpendicular fields (Vanderbemden et al 2007 Phys. Rev. B 75 (17)) or (iii) by loss of cooling then they may be re-magnetized without the need to disassemble the machine; secondly, there are difficulties with handling very strongly magnetized material at cryogenic temperatures when assembling the machine; thirdly, ex situ methods would require the machine to be assembled both cold and pre-magnetized and would offer significant design difficulties. Until room temperature superconductors can be prepared, the
New application of superconductors: high sensitivity cryogenic light detectors
Cardani, L; Casali, N; Casellano, M G; Colantoni, I; Coppolecchia, A; Cosmelli, C; Cruciani, A; D'Addabbo, A; Di Domizio, S; Martinez, M; Tomei, C; Vignati, M
2016-01-01
In this paper we describe the current status of the CALDER project, which is developing ultra-sensitive light detectors based on superconductors for cryogenic applications. When we apply an AC current to a superconductor, the Cooper pairs oscillate and acquire kinetic inductance, that can be measured by inserting the superconductor in a LC circuit with high merit factor. Interactions in the superconductor can break the Cooper pairs, causing sizable variations in the kinetic inductance and, thus, in the response of the LC circuit. The continuous monitoring of the amplitude and frequency modulation allows to reconstruct the incident energy with excellent sensitivity. This concept is at the basis of Kinetic Inductance Detectors (KIDs), that are characterized by natural aptitude to multiplexed read-out (several sensors can be tuned to different resonant frequencies and coupled to the same line), resolution of few eV, stable behavior over a wide temperature range, and ease in fabrication. We present the results ob...
Factors affecting characterization of bulk high-temperature superconductors
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Hull, J.R. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States). Energy Technology Div.
1997-11-01
Three major factors affect the characterization of bulk high-temperature superconductors in terms of their levitation properties during interaction with permanent magnets. First, the appropriate parameter for the permanent magnet is internal magnetization, not the value of the magnetic field measured at the magnet`s surface. Second, although levitation force grows with superconductor thickness and surface area, for a given permanent magnet size, comparison of levitation force between samples is meaningful when minimum values are assigned to the superconductor size parameters. Finally, the effect of force creep must be considered when time-averaging the force measurements. In addition to levitational force, the coefficient of friction of a levitated rotating permanent magnet may be used to characterize the superconductor.
Ceramic high temperature superconductor levitating motor with laser commutator
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The design of a magnetically levitating motor using a ceramic high temperature superconductor with laser commutator is discussed. A YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7-δ high temperature superconductor with 25 mm diameter and 6 mm thickness is used to levitate a Nd-Fe-B magnet (19.0 mm diameter and 4.8 mm thickness) which is attached symmetrically to a 150 mm long graphite rod. A smaller magnet (5.5 mm diameter and 2.0 mm thickness) is attached at each end of the rod with the appropriate poles arrangements. A suitable laser beam chopper is used to optically drive a solenoid which repels the smaller magnets thus driving the motor. A simple and efficient liquid nitrogen supply system is designed to cool the superconductor. The stability of the bearing is provided by the flux pinning in this type-II superconductor. Some characteristics of the motor are discussed
High point for CERN and high-temperature superconductors
2007-01-01
Amalia Ballarino is named the Superconductor Industry Person of the year 2006. Amalia Ballarino showing a tape of high-superconducting material used for the LHC current leads.The CERN project leader for the high-temperature superconducting current leads for the LHC, Amalia Ballarino, has received the award for "Superconductor Industry Person of the Year". This award, the most prestigious international award in the development and commercialization of superconductors, is presented by the leading industry newsletter "Superconductor Week". Amalia Ballarino was selected from dozens of nominations from around the world by a panel of recognized leading experts in superconductivity. "It is a great honour for me," says Amalia Ballarino. "It has been many years of hard work, and it’s a great satisfaction to see that the work has been completed successfully." Amalia Ballarino has been working on high-temperature superconducting materials sin...
PROSPECTS OF MULTIFILAMENTARY SUPERCONDUCTOR AC 50 Hz APPLICATIONS
Hlásnik, I.
1984-01-01
It is shown that parameters of modern multifilamentary superconductors and their possible improvements allow their application to AC 50 Hz windings working at Bm of about 1 T and giving energy and total cost savings.
Entanglement Entropy for time dependent two dimensional holographic superconductor
Mazhari, N S; Myrzakulov, Kairat; Myrzakulov, R
2016-01-01
We studied entanglement entropy for a time dependent two dimensional holographic superconductor. We showed that the conserved charge of the system plays the role of the critical parameter to have condensation.
Leaders in high temperature superconductivity commercialization win superconductor industry award
2007-01-01
CERN's Large Hadron Collider curretn leads project head Amalia Ballarino named superconductor industry person of the year 2006. Former high temperature superconductivity program manager at the US Department of energy James Daley wins lifetime achievement award. (1,5 page)
Superconductor Materials-A Revolutionary Value Addition to Space Electronics
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Rathindra Nath Biswas
2004-04-01
Full Text Available An early success in low temperature superconductor technology has led to the development of a number of high temperature superconductor (H TS materials, which have critical temperature above 77 K. When the temperature of a solid is lowered below critical temperature, the material loses its electrical resistivity. Because resistance is almost zero, superconductors can carry very high current, generating very large homogeneous magnetic fields. Due to these features, it is possible to design electronic devices with extremely thin profile, offering less weight and low manufacturing cost. Such exceptional properties have made HTS materials useful in military and space sectors, wherc airborne systems have already provided with cryogenic infrastructure which can he used for cooling a high temperature superconductor at no extra cost.
Antiferromagnetic topological superconductor and electrically controllable Majorana fermions.
Ezawa, Motohiko
2015-02-01
We investigate the realization of a topological superconductor in a generic bucked honeycomb system equipped with four types of mass-generating terms, where the superconductor gap is introduced by attaching the honeycomb system to an s-wave superconductor. Constructing the topological phase diagram, we show that Majorana modes are formed in the phase boundary. In particular, we analyze the honeycomb system with antiferromagnetic order in the presence of perpendicular electric field E(z). It becomes topological for |E(z)|>E(z)(cr) and trivial for |E(z)|superconductor by controlling applied electric field. One Majorana zero-energy bound state appears at the phase boundary. We can arbitrarily control the position of the Majorana fermion by moving the spot of applied electric field, which will be made possible by a scanning tunneling microscope probe.
Hybrid crystals of cuprates and iron-based superconductors
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代霞; 勒聪聪; 吴贤新; 胡江平
2016-01-01
We propose two possible new compounds, Ba2CuO2Fe2As2 and K2CuO2Fe2Se2, which hybridize the building blocks of two high temperature superconductors, cuprates and iron-based superconductors. These compounds consist of square CuO2 layers and antifluorite-type Fe2X2 (X=As, Se) layers separated by Ba/K. The calculations of binding energies and phonon spectra indicate that they are dynamically stable, which ensures that they may be experimentally synthesized. The Fermi surfaces and electronic structures of the two compounds inherit the characteristics of both cuprates and iron-based superconductors. These compounds can be superconductors with intriguing physical properties to help to determine the pairing mechanisms of high Tc superconductivity.
Iron-based superconductors via soft chemistry
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Friederichs, Gina Maya
2015-06-30
This thesis provides new soft chemistry approaches to Fe-based superconductors. Mild syntheses were demonstrated to be able to overcome difficulties, occurring in conventional synthesis and to enable the access to new metastable phases. A solvent-based metathesis reaction led to β-FeSe exclusively. Contrary to solid state syntheses, the formation of hexagonal α-FeSe could be avoided under mild conditions. The deintercalation of interstitial Fe (by formation of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) could be proven by low temperature O{sub 2}-annealing of Fe{sub 1+x}Te{sub 1-y}Se{sub y}. By using redox (de)intercalations K{sub 1-x}Fe{sub 2-y}Se{sub 2}, metastable Na{sub 1-x}Fe{sub 2-y}As{sub 2} and Na{sub 1-x}((Fe{sub 1-y}Co{sub y}){sub 1-z}As){sub 2} could successfully be obtained at room temperature. The mild synthesis conditions led to compounds like FeSe and K{sub 1-x}Fe{sub 2-y}Se{sub 2} which exhibited different physical properties than found by conventional high temperature methods. In general, the developed (de)intercalation reactions represent a new, universally applicable tool in order to manipulate the structure along with the properties of Fe-based superconductors. The basic structural features of the characteristic FeX{sub 4/4} tetrahedral layers, however, are preserved. Soft chemistry syntheses have been shown to allow the formation of a variety of phases, like Na{sub 1-x}Fe{sub 2-y}As{sub 2}, Na{sub 1-x}((Fe{sub 1-y}Co{sub y}){sub 1-z}As){sub 2} and K{sub 1-x}Fe{sub 2-y}Se{sub 2}. Hence, especially low temperature approaches may enable the realization of complex stacking sequences, potentially leading to the fulfillment of the greatest goal in the research of superconductors - room temperature superconductivity.
New 120 K Tl-Ca-Ba-Cu-O superconductor
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Electronic and magnetic properties of the new 120 K Tl-Ca-Ba-Cu-O superconductor are presented. Resistance-temperature variations, ac susceptibility, and the (low) magnetic field dependence of the critical current density are reported. The new superconductor can be prepared in a molten state, which should allow processing leading to high critical current density. Preliminary x-ray diffraction data are also presented
Magnetization process of ferromagnet-superconductor hybrid films
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Magnetic properties of ferromagnet-superconductor hybrid films were investigated below and above the superconducting critical temperature. Below the superconducting critical temperature, the hybrid films show not only large coercive force but also hysteresis shift. These changes depend on the magnetic state in the ferromagnetic layer at the superconducting critical temperature. Magnetization process of ferromagnet-superconductor hybrid films is discussed in terms of the critical state model for flux pinning in the superconducting layer
Topological field theory and thermal responses of interacting topological superconductors
Wang, Zhong; Qi, Xiao-Liang; Zhang, Shou-Cheng
2010-01-01
We investigate the three-dimensional, time-reversal invariant topological superconductors with generic interaction by their response to external fields. The first description is a gravitational topological field theory, which gives a $Z_2$ classification of topological superconductors, and predicts a half-quantized thermal Hall effect on the surface. The second description introduces an s-wave proximity pairing field on the surface, and the associated topological defects give an integer $Z$ c...
Stability of magnetic tip/superconductor levitation systems
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M. K. Alqadi
2015-01-01
The vertical stability of a magnetic tip over a superconducting material is investigated by using the critical state and the frozen image models. The analytical expressions of the stiffness and the vibration frequency about the equilibrium position are derived in term of the geometrical parameters of the magnet/superconductor system. It is found that the stability of the system depends on the shape of the superconductor as well as its thickness.
Stability of magnetic tip/superconductor levitation systems
K. Alqadi, M.
2015-11-01
The vertical stability of a magnetic tip over a superconducting material is investigated by using the critical state and the frozen image models. The analytical expressions of the stiffness and the vibration frequency about the equilibrium position are derived in term of the geometrical parameters of the magnet/superconductor system. It is found that the stability of the system depends on the shape of the superconductor as well as its thickness.
Experimental demonstration of vortex pancake in high temperature superconductor
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WANG Wei-xian; ZHANG Yu-heng
2006-01-01
In order to demonstrate the existence of the vortex pancake in high temperature superconductor experimentally,a configuration in which the current and voltage electrodes lies separately on the top and bottom surface is used.The E-j relation obtained with this electrodes spatial configuration is different from the expected E-j behavior of the stiff vortex line model.Thus,the current results support the existence of the vortex pancake in high temperature superconductor.
Characterization of YBCO superconductor sintered in CO2-containing atmosphere
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Stability of the YBCO superconductor toward reacting with CO2 in CO2/O2 gas mixtures during sintering was investigated as a function of the partial pressure of CO2 and temperature. Transport critical current density of the superconductor decreased drastically with increasing concentration of CO2 in the gas mixture. The microstructure and composition of the samples were investigated by transmission electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy
Enhancement of critical temperature in fractal metamaterial superconductors
Smolyaninov, Igor I
2016-01-01
Fractal metamaterial superconductor geometry has been suggested and analyzed based on the recently developed theoretical description of critical temperature increase in epsilon near zero (ENZ) metamaterial superconductors. Considerable enhancement of critical temperature has been predicted in such materials due to appearance of large number of additional poles in the inverse dielectric response function of the fractal. Our results agree with the recent observation (Fratini et al. Nature 466, 841 (2010)) that fractal defect structure promotes superconductivity.
Probing the energy gap of heavy-fermion superconductors
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The symmetry of the energy gap in heavy-fermion superconductors has been under intense investigation recently. While the temperature dependence of thermodynamic and transport properties probes the quasiparticle excitation spectrum, point-contact spectra, i.e. current-voltage characteristics, yield information about the energy gap via the mechanism of Andreev reflection. The present review focuses on the latter. Where available, experiments on Josephson effects between heavy-fermion and conventional superconductors will also be reviewed. (orig.)
Scanning tunneling spectroscopy on electron-boson interactions in superconductors
Schackert, Michael Peter
2015-01-01
This work describes the experimental study of electron-boson interactions in superconductors by means of inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy performed with a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) at temperatures below 1 K. This new approach allows the direct measurement of the Eliashberg function of conventional superconductors as demonstrated on lead (Pb) and niobium (Nb). Preparative experiments on unconventional iron-pnictides are presented in the end.
AC resistivity of d-wave ceramic superconductors
Li, Mai Suan; Dominguez, Daniel
2000-01-01
We model d-wave ceramic superconductors with a three-dimensional lattice of randomly distributed $\\pi$ Josephson junctions with finite self-inductance. The linear and nonlinear ac resistivity of the d-wave ceramic superconductors is obtained as function of temperature by solving the corresponding Langevin dynamical equations. We find that the linear ac resistivity remains finite at the temperature $T_p$ where the third harmonics of resistivity has a peak. The current amplitude dependence of t...
Transport and Magnetism in Mesoscopic Superconductors
Fauchère, A L
1999-01-01
Superconductivity, discovered by Kamerlingh Onnes in 1911, continues to be a fascinating subject of condensed matter physics today. Much interest has been devoted to the study of the superconductivity induced in a metal which by itself is not superconducting but is in electrical contact with a superconductor. As the carriers of superconductivity, the Cooper pairs, diffuse across the contact into the metal they remain correlated, although the pairing mechanism is lifted; we call this the proximity effect. The observation of these superconducting correlations has come within the reach of experiments in the last decade. With state-of-the-art fabrication techniques mesoscopic samples have been produced which are small and clean enough for the quantum mechanical coherence of the electrons to be preserved over the sample size. This theoretical thesis focuses on the variety of signatures of single-particle physics that appear in the electrical transport and the magnetic screening properties of these systems. We stud...
Generalized Holographic Superconductors with Higher Derivative Couplings
Dey, Anshuman; Sarkar, Tapobrata
2014-01-01
We introduce and study generalized holographic superconductors with higher derivative couplings between the field strength tensor and a complex scalar field, in four dimensional AdS black hole backgrounds. We study this theory in the probe limit, as well as with backreaction. There are multiple tuning parameters in the theory, and with two non-zero parameters, we show that the theory has a rich phase structure, and in particular, the transition from the normal to the superconducting phase can be tuned to be of first order or of second order within a window of one of these. This is established numerically as well as by computing the free energy of the boundary theory. We further present analytical results for the critical temperature of the model, and compare these with numerical analysis. Optical properties of this system are also studied numerically in the probe limit, and our results show evidence for negative refraction at low frequencies.
Gravimeter using high-temperature superconductor bearing.
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Hull, J. R.
1998-09-11
We have developed a sensitive gravimeter concept that uses an extremely low-friction bearing based on a permanent magnet (PM) levitated over a high-temperature superconductor (HTS). A mass is attached to the PM by means of a cantilevered beam, and the combination of PM and HTS forms a bearing platform that has low resistance to rotational motion but high resistance to horizontal, vertical, or tilting motion. The combination acts as a low-loss torsional pendulum that can be operated in any orientation. Gravity acts on the cantilevered beam and attached mass, accelerating them. Variations in gravity can be detected by time-of-flight acceleration, or by a control coil or electrode that would keep the mass stationary. Calculations suggest that the HTS gravimeter would be as sensitive as present-day superconducting gravimeters that need cooling to liquid helium temperatures, but the HTS gravimeter needs cooling only to liquid nitrogen temperatures.
Low critical temperature superconductors for electromagnets
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After a brief history of the main discoveries in applied superconductivity (section 1), we discuss the structure and properties of NbTi and Nb3 Sn (section 2). Then, we explain why low critical-temperature superconductors are produced under the form of multifilamentary composites (section 3), and we review the manufacturing processes of NbTi and Nb3Sn wires (section 4). We follow by a description of the transition from the superconducting to the normal resistive state of multifilamentary composite wires (section 5) and we detail their magnetization properties section 6). Last, we present the most commonly used cable configurations (section 7) and we provide simple formulae illustrating on a few examples the computation of losses generated under time-varying magnetic fields (section 8). (author)
Vibrations in Magnet/Superconductor Levitation Systems
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F. Y. Alzoubi; H. M. Al-khateeb; M. K. Alqadi; N. Y. Ayoub
2006-01-01
The problem of a small magnet levitating above a very thin superconducting disc in the Meissner state is analysed. The dipole-dipole interaction model is employed to derive analytical expressions for the interaction energy, levitation force, magnetic stiffness and frequency of small vibrations about the equilibrium position in two different configurations, i.e. with the magnetic moment parallel and perpendicular to the superconductor. The results show that the frequency of small vibrations decreases with the increasing levitation height for a particular radius of the superconducting disc, which is in good agreement with the experimental results. However, the frequency increases monotomcally up to saturation by increasing the radius of the disc for a particular height of the magnet. In addition, the frequency of vibrations is higher when the system is in the vertical configuration than that when the system is in the horizontal configuration.
Holographic entanglement entropy in imbalanced superconductors
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We study the behavior of holographic entanglement entropy (HEE) for imbalanced holographic superconductors. We employ a numerical approach to consider the robust case of fully back-reacted gravity system. The hairy black hole solution is found by using our numerical scheme. Then it is used to compute the HEE for the superconducting case. The cases we study show that in presence of a mismatch between two chemical potentials, below the critical temperature, superconducting phase has a lower HEE in comparison to the AdS-Reissner-Nordström black hole phase. Interestingly, the effects of chemical imbalance are different in the contexts of black hole and superconducting phases. For black hole, HEE increases with increasing imbalance parameter while it behaves oppositely for the superconducting phase. The implications of these results are discussed
Frequency dependent magnetization of superconductor strip
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Thakur, Kailash Prasad [Landcare Research, Palmerston North (New Zealand); Raj, Ashish [Computer Science in Radiology, Weill Medical College, Cornell University, NY (United States); Brandt, Ernst Helmut [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Metallforschung, POB 800665, D-70506 Stuttgart (Germany); Sastry, Pamidi V P S S, E-mail: thakurk@landcareresearch.co.nz, E-mail: asr2004@med.cornell.edu, E-mail: ehb@mf.mpg.de, E-mail: pamidi@caps.fsu.edu [Center for Advanced Power Systems, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32310 (United States)
2011-04-15
The frequency dependence of magnetic ac loss of thin superconductor strip subjected to an ac magnetic field perpendicular to the surface of the strip is investigated by incorporating a flux creep model into the critical state model of Brandt and Indenbom. It is found that the reduced ac loss exhibits a maximum value at a frequency f{sub m}, which is a rapidly varying function of the applied ac magnetic field. At low magnetic field, f{sub m} becomes zero, and ac loss decreases with frequency as a power law ({approx}f{sup -2/n}). Whereas at high magnetic field f{sub m} becomes infinite and ac loss increases with frequency, still following the power law ({approx}f{sup 1/n}). The analytical results are substantiated with experimental data and the results of a 2D finite element simulation.
Noncommutative effects of spacetime on holographic superconductors
Ghorai, Debabrata
2016-01-01
The Sturm-Liouville eigenvalue method is employed to analytically investigate the properties of holographic superconductors in higher dimensions in the framework of Born-Infeld electrodynamics incorporating the effects of noncommutative spacetime. In the background of pure Einstein gravity in noncommutative spacetime, we obtain the relation between the critical temperature and the charge density. We also obtain the value of the condensation operator and the critical exponent. Our findings suggest that higher the value of noncommutative parameter and Born-Infeld parameter make the condensate harder to form. We also observe that the critical temperature depends on the mass of the black hole and higher value of black hole mass is favourable for the formation of the condensate.
Noncommutative effects of spacetime on holographic superconductors
Ghorai, Debabrata; Gangopadhyay, Sunandan
2016-07-01
The Sturm-Liouville eigenvalue method is employed to analytically investigate the properties of holographic superconductors in higher dimensions in the framework of Born-Infeld electrodynamics incorporating the effects of noncommutative spacetime. In the background of pure Einstein gravity in noncommutative spacetime, we obtain the relation between the critical temperature and the charge density. We also obtain the value of the condensation operator and the critical exponent. Our findings suggest that the higher value of noncommutative parameter and Born-Infeld parameter make the condensate harder to form. We also observe that the noncommutative structure of spacetime makes the critical temperature depend on the mass of the black hole and higher value of black hole mass is favourable for the formation of the condensate.
Superconducting State Parameters of Binary Superconductors
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Aditya M. Vora
2012-05-01
Full Text Available A well known pseudopotential is used to investigate the superconducting state parameters viz. electron-phonon coupling strength , Coulomb pseudopotential *, transition temperature ТС, isotope effect exponent and effective interaction strength N0V for the AgxZn1 – x and AgxAl1 – x binary superconductors theoretically for the first time. We have incorporated here five different types of the local field correction functions to show the effect of exchange and correlation on the aforesaid properties. Very strong influence of the various exchange and correlation functions is concluded from the present study. The comparison with other such experimental values is encouraging, which confirms the applicability of the model potential in explaining the superconducting state parameters of binary mixture.
Quench properties of high current superconductors
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Garber, M; Sampson, W B
1980-01-01
A technique has been developed which allows the simultaneous determination of most of the important parameters of a high current superconductor. The critical current, propagation velocity, normal state resistivity, magnetoresistance, and enthalpy are determined as a function of current and applied field. The measurements are made on non-inductive samples which simulate conditions in full scale magnets. For wide, braided conductors the propagation velocity was found to vary approximately quadratically with current in the 2 to 5 kA region. A number of conductors have been tested including some Nb/sub 3/Sn braids which have critical currents in excess of 10 kA at 5 T, 4.2 K.
Noncommutative effects of spacetime on holographic superconductors
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Debabrata Ghorai
2016-07-01
Full Text Available The Sturm–Liouville eigenvalue method is employed to analytically investigate the properties of holographic superconductors in higher dimensions in the framework of Born–Infeld electrodynamics incorporating the effects of noncommutative spacetime. In the background of pure Einstein gravity in noncommutative spacetime, we obtain the relation between the critical temperature and the charge density. We also obtain the value of the condensation operator and the critical exponent. Our findings suggest that the higher value of noncommutative parameter and Born–Infeld parameter make the condensate harder to form. We also observe that the noncommutative structure of spacetime makes the critical temperature depend on the mass of the black hole and higher value of black hole mass is favourable for the formation of the condensate.
Contact characteristics for YBCO bulk superconductors
Yamamoto, Naoki; Sakai, Tomokazu; Sawa, Koichiro; Tomita, Masaru; Murakami, Masato
2003-10-01
We have studied the contact characteristics of two resin-impregnated YBCO (a composite of YBa 2Cu 3O y and Y 2BaCuO 5) bulk superconductors in mechanical contact. A switching phenomenon could be observed at a threshold current or a transfer current value in the V- I curves of the YBCO contact. The transfer current exceeded the previous value of 13.5 A at 77 K in the contact when the sample surfaces were carefully polished. The present results suggest that a pair of YBCO blocks might be applicable to the mechanical persistent current switch for superconducting magnetic energy storage and other superconducting systems run in a persistent current mode.
Holographic p-wave Superconductor with Disorder
Arean, Daniel; Zayas, Leopoldo A Pando; Landea, Ignacio Salazar; Scardicchio, Antonello
2014-01-01
We implement the effects of disorder on a holographic p-wave superconductor by introducing a random chemical potential which defines the local energy of the charge carriers. Since there are various possibilities for the orientation of the vector order parameter, we explore the behavior of the condensate in the parallel and perpendicular directions to the introduced disorder. We clarify the nature of various branches representing competing solutions and construct the disordered phase diagram. We find that moderate disorder enhances superconductivity as determined by the value of the condensate. The disorder we introduce is characterized by its spectral properties, and we also study its influence on the spectral properties of the condensate and charge density. We find fairly universal responses of the resulting power spectra characterized by linear functions of the disorder power spectrum.
Fidelity approach in topological superconductors with disorders
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Tian, Wen-Chuan; Huang, Guang-Yao; Wang, Zhi, E-mail: physicswangzhi@gmail.com; Yao, Dao-Xin, E-mail: yaodaox@mail.sysu.edu.cn
2015-03-20
We apply the fidelity approach to study the topological superconductivity in spin–orbit coupling nanowire system. The wire is modeled as a one layer lattice chain with Zeeman energy and spin–orbit coupling, which is in proximity to a multi-layer superconductor. In particular, we study the effects of disorders and find that the fidelity susceptibility has multiple peaks. It is revealed that one peak indicates the topological quantum phase transition, while other peaks are signaling the pinning of the Majorana bound states by disorders. - Highlights: • We introduce fidelity approach to study the topological superconducting nanowire with disorders. • We study the quantum phase transition in the wire. • We investigate the disorder pinning of the Majorana bound states in the wire.
Charged Renyi entropies and holographic superconductors
Belin, Alexandre; Maloney, Alexander; Matsuura, Shunji
2014-01-01
Charged Renyi entropies were recently introduced as a measure of entanglement between different charge sectors of a theory. We investigate the phase structure of charged Renyi entropies for CFTs with a light, charged scalar operator. The charged Renyi entropies are calculated holographically via areas of charged hyperbolic black holes. These black holes can become unstable to the formation of scalar hair at sufficiently low temperature; this is the holographic superconducting instability in hyperbolic space. This implies that the Renyi entropies can be non-analytic in the Renyi parameter n. We find the onset of this instability as a function of the charge and dimension of the scalar operator. We also comment on the relation between the phase structure of these entropies and the phase structure of a holographic superconductor in flat space.
Generalized Superconductors and Holographic Optics - II
Mahapatra, Subhash
2014-01-01
Using linear response theory, we analyze optical response properties of generalized holographic superconductors, in AdS-Schwarzschild and single R-charged black hole backgrounds in four dimensions. By introducing momentum dependent vector mode perturbations, the response functions for these systems are studied numerically, including the effects of backreaction. This complements and completes the probe limit analysis for these backgrounds initiated in our previous work ({\\tt arXiv : 1305.6273}). Our numerical analysis indicates a negative Depine-Lakhtakia index for both the backgrounds studied, at low enough frequencies. The dependence of the response functions on the backreaction parameter and the model parameters are established and analyzed with respect to similar backgrounds in five dimensions.
Epitaxy of semiconductor-superconductor nanowires
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Krogstrup, P.; Ziino, N.L.B.; Chang, W.;
2015-01-01
of devices for specialized applications such as topological and gate-controlled superconducting electronics. Our materials of choice, InAs/Al grown with epitaxially matched single-plane interfaces, and alternative semiconductor/metal combinations allowing epitaxial interface matching in nanowires......Controlling the properties of semiconductor/metal interfaces is a powerful method for designing functionality and improving the performance of electrical devices. Recently semiconductor/superconductor hybrids have appeared as an important example where the atomic scale uniformity of the interface...... plays a key role in determining the quality of the induced superconducting gap. Here we present epitaxial growth of semiconductor-metal core-shell nanowires by molecular beam epitaxy, a method that provides a conceptually new route to controlled electrical contacting of nanostructures and the design...
Holographic superconductors with hidden Fermi surfaces
Fan, ZhongYing
2013-01-01
In this paper, we investigate a holographic model of superconductor with hidden Fermi surfaces, which was defined by the logarithmic violation of area law of entanglement entropy. We works in fully back-reacted background using standard Einstein-Maxwell-Dilaton action with additional complex scalar filed which was charged under the Maxwell field. Particularly, we analyze the behavior of entanglement entropy during the phase transition. At the critical point, the finite part of the entanglement entropy has a discontinuity of slope and tends to a lower value in the superconducting phase all the way down to the zero temperature limit, indicating the reorganization of degrees of freedom of the system across the phase transition.
Superconductors Enable Lower Cost MRI Systems
2013-01-01
The future looks bright, light, and green, especially where aircraft are concerned. The division of NASA s Fundamental Aeronautics Program called the Subsonic Fixed Wing Project is aiming to reach new heights by 2025-2035, improving the efficiency and environmental impact of air travel by developing new capabilities for cleaner, quieter, and more fuel efficient aircraft. One of the many ways NASA plans to reach its aviation goals is by combining new aircraft configurations with an advanced turboelectric distributed propulsion (TeDP) system. Jeff Trudell, an engineer at Glenn Research Center, says, "The TeDP system consists of gas turbines generating electricity to power a large number of distributed motor-driven fans embedded into the airframe." The combined effect increases the effective bypass ratio and reduces drag to meet future goals. "While room temperature components may help reduce emissions and noise in a TeDP system, cryogenic superconducting electric motors and generators are essential to reduce fuel burn," says Trudell. Superconductors provide significantly higher current densities and smaller and lighter designs than room temperature equivalents. Superconductors are also able to conduct direct current without resistance (loss of energy) below a critical temperature and applied field. Unfortunately, alternating current (AC) losses represent the major part of the heat load and depend on the frequency of the current and applied field. A refrigeration system is necessary to remove the losses and its weight increases with decreasing temperature. In 2001, a material called magnesium diboride (MgB2) was discovered to be superconducting. The challenge, however, has been learning to manufacture MgB2 inexpensively and in long lengths to wind into large coils while meeting the application requirements.
The role of oxygen in quinternary superconductors.
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Beckman, D.R.; Jamieson, D.N. [Melbourne Univ., Parkville, VIC (Australia). School of Physics
1996-12-31
The oxygen composition of the new generation of high temperature superconductors (HTSC) has been found to play a crucial role in determining the superconductivity of these materials. However, measurement of the oxygen stoichiometry in such samples has proven difficult due to the small scattering cross section of oxygen, a light element, which has caused the oxygen scattering signal to be overwhelmed by the far larger signals generated off the heavier elements present in the HTSC samples. It is for this reason that previous ion beam analysis of oxide crystals has often either made no attempt to determine the oxygen content or has used O({alpha},{alpha})O resonances such as that at {approx} 3.05 MeV to probe the crystal. This work continues tests of a new technique for probing oxygen which overcomes the problem of an insignificant O BS signal by exploiting the large nuclear resonance found to occur in the O(p,p)O cross-section near an energy of 3.5 MeV in order to produce a significant oxygen edge in the H{sup +} BS spectrum obtained for the HTSC sample. The use of a H{sup +} beam is preferable to a He{sup 2+} beam for such work due to its enhanced sensitivity to light elements. The quinternary superconductor used for this investigation was a good quality pure Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+x} (BISCO, 2212) crystal. The size of this crystal was 5x5xl mm{sup 3} with the [001] face perpendicular to the surface. Measurements were performed using the University of Melbourne nuclear microprobe. The sample was mounted on an aluminium target holder using a carbon base adhesive which provided good electrical contact and it was oriented inside the target chamber by means of a four axis precision eucentric goniometer. 6 refs., 3 figs.
EDITORIAL: Focus on Iron-Based Superconductors FOCUS ON IRON-BASED SUPERCONDUCTORS
Hosono, Hideo; Ren, Zhi-An
2009-02-01
Superconductivity is the most dramatic and clear cut phenomenon in condensed matter physics. Realization of room temperature superconductors, which would lead to the revolution of our society, is an ultimate goal for researchers. The discovery of high Tc cuprate superconductors in 1986 by Bednorz and Müller triggered intensive research worldwide and the maximum critical temperature has been raised above 100 K. Scientific research on this break-through material clarified a new route to high Tc materials, carrier doping to a Mott insulator with anti-ferromagnetic ordering. High superconductivity occurs in the neighborhood of Mott-insulators and Fermi-metals. Such a view, which was completely new, now stands as a guiding principle for exploring new high Tc materials. Many theoretical approaches to the mechanism for cuprate superconductors have been carried out to understand this unexpected material and to predict new high Tc materials. In 2006 a new superconductor based on iron, LaFeOP, was discovered by a group at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. Iron, as a ferromagnet, was believed to be the last element for the realization of superconductivity because of the way ferromagnetism competes against Cooper pair formation. Unexpectedly, however, the critical temperature remained at 4-6 K irrespective of hole/electron-doping. A large increase in the Tc to 26 K was then found in LaFe[O1-xFx]As by the same group (and was published on 23 February 2008, in the Journal of the American Chemical Society). The Tc of this material was further raised to 43 K under a pressure of 2 GPa and scientists in China then achieved a Tc of 56 K at ambient pressure by replacing La with other rare earth ions with smaller radius—a critical temperature that is second only to the high Tc cuprates. This fast progress has revitalized research within superconductivity and in 2008 there were more than seven international symposia specifically on Fe(Ni)-based superconductors. Through the rapid
Rigid levitation, flux pinning, thermal depinning and fluctuation in high-Tc superconductors
Brandt, E. H.
1991-01-01
Here, the author shows that the strong velocity-independent frictional force on a levitating superconductor and on any type-II superconductor moving in a homogeneous magnetic field is caused by pinning and depinning of the magnetic flux lines in its interior. Levitation may thus be used to investigate the pinning properties of a superconductor, and friction in a superconductor bearing may be minimized by choosing appropriate materials and geometries.
Schäpers, Th.; Guzenko, V.A.; Müller, R.P.; Golubov, A.A.; Brinkman, A.; Crecelius, G.; Kaluza, A.; Lüth, H.
2003-01-01
We study the suppression of the critical current in a multi-terminal superconductor/two-dimensional electron gas/superconductor Josephson junction by means of hot carrier injection. As a superconductor Nb is used, while the two-dimensional electron gas is located in a strained InGaAs/InP heterostruc
Structure, stoichiometry and spectroscopy of oxide superconductors
Rao, C. N. R.
In the new oxide superconductors, structure and oxygen stoichiometry play the most crucial role. Thus, all the high-temperature oxide superconductors are orthorhombic perovskites with low-dimensional features. Oxygen stoichiometry in YBa2Cu3O7-δ has an important bearing on the structure as well as superconductivity. This is equally true in the La3-xBa3+xCu 6O14+δ system of which only the 123 oxide (x = 1) with the orthorhombic structure shows high Tc. Orthorhombicity though not essential, is generally found ; it is necessary for the formation of twins. The nature of oxygen and copper in the cuprates has been examined by electron spectroscopy. Copper in these cuprates is only in 1 + and 2 + states. It seems likely that oxygen holes are responsible for superconductivity of the cuprates as well as Ba(Bi, Pb)O3. High Tc superconductivity is also found in oxides of the Bi-(Ca, Sr)-Cu-O and related oxides possessing Cu-O sheets. Dans les nouveaux oxydes supraconducteurs, la structure et la stoechiométrie de l'oxygène jouent un rôle absolument crucial. Ainsi, tous les oxydes supraconducteurs à haute température critique sont des pérovskites orthorhombiques possédant des propriétés de basse dimensionnalité. La stoechiométrie de l'oxygène dans YBa2Cu3O7- δ a une influence importante tant sur la structure que sur la supraconductibilité. Ceci est également valable pour les composés du type La3 -xBa3 + xCu 6O14 + δ parmi lesquels seul l'oxyde 123 (x = 1) à structure orthorhombique présente un grand T. Bien que ce ne soit pas essentiel, cette orthorhombicité est fréquente ; elle est nécessaire à la formation de macles. La nature de l'oxygène et du cuivre a été observée par spectroscopie électronique... Dans ces cuprates, le cuivre est dans les seuls états de valence + 1 et + 2. Vraisemblablement, les trous logés sur l'oxygène sont responsables de la supraconductibilité des cuprates comme de Ba(Bi, Pb)O3. La supraconductibilité existe aussi
Superconductor digital electronics: Scalability and energy efficiency issues (Review Article)
Tolpygo, Sergey K.
2016-05-01
Superconductor digital electronics using Josephson junctions as ultrafast switches and magnetic-flux encoding of information was proposed over 30 years ago as a sub-terahertz clock frequency alternative to semiconductor electronics based on complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) transistors. Recently, interest in developing superconductor electronics has been renewed due to a search for energy saving solutions in applications related to high-performance computing. The current state of superconductor electronics and fabrication processes are reviewed in order to evaluate whether this electronics is scalable to a very large scale integration (VLSI) required to achieve computation complexities comparable to CMOS processors. A fully planarized process at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, perhaps the most advanced process developed so far for superconductor electronics, is used as an example. The process has nine superconducting layers: eight Nb wiring layers with the minimum feature size of 350 nm, and a thin superconducting layer for making compact high-kinetic-inductance bias inductors. All circuit layers are fully planarized using chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) of SiO2 interlayer dielectric. The physical limitations imposed on the circuit density by Josephson junctions, circuit inductors, shunt and bias resistors, etc., are discussed. Energy dissipation in superconducting circuits is also reviewed in order to estimate whether this technology, which requires cryogenic refrigeration, can be energy efficient. Fabrication process development required for increasing the density of superconductor digital circuits by a factor of ten and achieving densities above 107 Josephson junctions per cm2 is described.
High temperature superconductors at optimal doping
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W. E. Pickett
2006-09-01
Full Text Available Intensive study of the high temperature superconductors has been ongoing for two decades. A great deal of this effort has been devoted to the underdoped regime, where the new and difficult physics of the doped Mott insulator has met extra complications including bilayer coupling/splitting, shadow bands, and hot spots. While these complications continue to unfold, in this short overview the focus is moved to the region of actual high-Tc, that of optimal doping. The focus here also is not on the superconducting state itself, but primarily on the characteristics of the normal state from which the superconducting instability arises, and even these can be given only a broad-brush description. A reminder is given of two issues,(i why the “optimal Tc” varies,for n-layered systems it increases for n up to 3, then decreases for a given n, Tc increases according to the ‘basis’ atom in the order Bi, Tl, Hg (ii how does pressure, or a particular uniaxial strain, increase Tc when the zero-strain system is already optimally doped?
Design of superconductor frame compression circuits
Sakurai, T.; Miyaho, N.; Miyahara, K.
2007-10-01
We proposed previously a novel interface circuit which was used between semiconductor data-input circuits and superconductor high-speed routers. The frame length of data packets is compressed in the interface circuit. Our proposed interface circuit has rather narrow timing margin. The problem was that our control circuit of the interface circuit could allow only very small timing delay. In this paper we propose a modified control circuit. We have improved the timing margin of the control circuit using RS-flip flop (RS-FF), where two shift registers and one control circuit are driven by clock pulses provided from a master clock-pulse generator. In this circuit, we have assumed fixed frame length packets. Our final target of master clock frequency is 100 GHz which will be realized with the device-parameter set of future advanced process. As the first step of realizing this target value, we aimed at 40 GHz clock operation with the conventional device-parameter set of NECs standard I process. The behavior of the whole frame compression circuit was simulated by a computer, and it was confirmed that it operated properly up to the master clock frequency of 23 GHz.
Vortex jamming in superconductors and granular rheology
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Yoshino, Hajime [Department of Earth and Space Science, Faculty of Science, Osaka University, Toyonaka 560-0043 (Japan); Nogawa, Tomoaki [Division of Physics, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0810 Japan (Japan); Kim, Bongsoo [Department of Physics, Changwon National University, Changwon 641-773 (Korea, Republic of)], E-mail: yoshino@ess.sci.osaka-u.ac.jp
2009-01-15
We demonstrate that a highly frustrated anisotropic Josephson junction array (JJA) on a square lattice exhibits a zero-temperature jamming transition, which shares much in common with those in granular systems. Anisotropy of the Josephson couplings along the horizontal and vertical directions plays roles similar to normal load or density in granular systems. We studied numerically static and dynamic response of the system against shear, i.e. injection of external electric current at zero temperature. Current-voltage curves at various strength of the anisotropy exhibit universal scaling features around the jamming point much as do the flow curves in granular rheology, shear-stress versus shear-rate. It turns out that at zero temperature the jamming transition occurs right at the isotropic coupling and anisotropic JJA behaves as exotic fragile vortex matter: it behaves as a superconductor (vortex glass) in one direction, whereas it is a normal conductor (vortex liquid) in the other direction even at zero temperature. Furthermore, we find a variant of the theoretical model for the anisotropic JJA quantitatively reproduces universal master flow-curves of the granular systems. Our results suggest an unexpected common paradigm stretching over seemingly unrelated fields-the rheology of soft materials and superconductivity.
Topological transitions in multi-band superconductors
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Continentino, Mucio A., E-mail: mucio@cbpf.br [Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas, Rua Dr. Xavier Sigaud, 150, Urca 22290-180, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Deus, Fernanda, E-mail: fernanda@cbpf.br [Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas, Rua Dr. Xavier Sigaud, 150, Urca 22290-180, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Padilha, Igor T., E-mail: igorfis@ufam.edu.br [Universidade Federal do Amazonas, Campus Capital, 69077-070, Manaus, AM (Brazil); Caldas, Heron, E-mail: hcaldas@ufsj.edu.br [Departamento de Ciências Naturais, Universidade Federal de São João Del Rei, 36301-000, São João Del Rei, MG (Brazil)
2014-09-15
The search for Majorana fermions has been concentrated in topological insulators or superconductors. In general, the existence of these modes requires the presence of spin–orbit interactions and of an external magnetic field. The former implies in having systems with broken inversion symmetry, while the latter breaks time reversal invariance. In a recent paper, we have shown that a two-band metal with an attractive inter-band interaction has non-trivial superconducting properties, if the k-dependent hybridization is anti-symmetric in the wave-vector. This is the case, if the crystalline potential mixes states with different parities as for orbitals with angular momentum l and l+1. In this paper we take into account the effect of an external magnetic field, not considered in the previous investigation, in a two-band metal and show how it modifies the topological properties of its superconducting state. We also discuss the conditions for the appearance of Majorana fermions in this system.
Modelling current voltage characteristics of practical superconductors
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Based on recent experimental results, and in the light of fundamental physical properties of the magnetic flux in type-II superconductors, we introduce a practical expression for the material law to be applied in numerical modelling of superconducting applications. Focusing on the computational side, in this paper, previous theory is worked out, so as to take the celebrated form of a power-law-like dependence for the current voltage characteristic. However, contrary to the common approach in numerical studies, this proposal suits the general situation of current density flow with components either parallel or perpendicular to the local magnetic field, and different constraints applying on each component. Mathematically, the theory is generated from an elliptic locus defined in terms of the current density vector components. From the physical side, this contour establishes the boundary for the onset of entropy production related to overcritical current flow in different conditions. The electric field is obtained by partial differentiation and points perpendicular to the ellipse. Some numerical examples, inspired by the geometry of a two-layer helical counter-wound cable are provided. Corrections to the widespread use of the implicit isotropic assumption (physical properties only depend on the modulus of the current density vector) are discussed, and essentially indicate that the current carrying capacity of practical systems may be underestimated by using such simplification. (paper)
Growth and characterization of bulk superconductor material
Chen, Dapeng; Maljuk, Andrey; Zhou, Fang
2016-01-01
This book focuses on recently developed crystal growth techniques to grow large and high quality superconducting single crystals. The techniques applied are traveling solvent floating zone (TSFZ) with infrared image furnace, Bridgeman, solution/flux and top seeded solution growth (TSSG) methods. The materials range from cuprates, cobaltates to pnictides including La2CuO4-based (LCO), YBa2Cu3O7-d (YBCO), Bi2Sr2Can−1CunO2n+4+δ (n=1,2,3) (BSCCO) to NaxCoO2. The modified Bridgman “cold finger” method is devoted to the pnictide system with the best quality (transition width DTc~0.5 K) with highest Tc~38.5 K of Ba0.68K0.32Fe2A2. The book presents various iron-based superconductors with different structures, such as 1111, 122, 111, 11 and 42622,10-3-8. Detailed single crystal growth methods (fluxes, Bridgman, floating zone), the associated procedures and their impact to crystal size and quality are presented. The book also describes the influence of doping on the structure and the electric, magnetic, and supe...
Hole-doped cuprate high temperature superconductors
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Chu, C.W.; Deng, L.Z.; Lv, B.
2015-07-15
Highlights: • Historical discoveries of hole-doped cuprates and representative milestone work. • Several simple and universal scaling laws of the hole-doped cuprates. • A comprehensive classification list with references for hole-doped cuprates. • Representative physical parameters for selected hole-doped cuprates. - Abstract: Hole-doped cuprate high temperature superconductors have ushered in the modern era of high temperature superconductivity (HTS) and have continued to be at center stage in the field. Extensive studies have been made, many compounds discovered, voluminous data compiled, numerous models proposed, many review articles written, and various prototype devices made and tested with better performance than their nonsuperconducting counterparts. The field is indeed vast. We have therefore decided to focus on the major cuprate materials systems that have laid the foundation of HTS science and technology and present several simple scaling laws that show the systematic and universal simplicity amid the complexity of these material systems, while referring readers interested in the HTS physics and devices to the review articles. Developments in the field are mostly presented in chronological order, sometimes with anecdotes, in an attempt to share some of the moments of excitement and despair in the history of HTS with readers, especially the younger ones.
Lifshitz scaling effects on holographic superconductors
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Jun-Wang Lu
2014-10-01
Full Text Available Via numerical and analytical methods, the effects of the Lifshitz dynamical exponent z on the holographic superconductor models are studied in some detail, including s-wave and p-wave models. Working in the probe limit, we calculate the condensation and conductivity in both Lifshitz black hole and soliton backgrounds with a general z. For both the s-wave and p-wave models in the black hole backgrounds, as z increases, the phase transition becomes difficult and the conductivity is suppressed. For the Lifshitz soliton background, when z increases, the critical chemical potential increases in both the s-wave model (with a fixed mass of the scalar field and p-wave model. For the p-wave model in both the Lifshitz black hole and soliton backgrounds, the anisotropy between the AC conductivity in different spatial directions is suppressed when z increases. In all cases, we find that the critical exponent of the condensation is always 1/2, independent of z and spacetime dimension. The analytical results from the Sturm–Liouville variational method uphold the numerical calculations. The implications of these results are discussed.
Selenium Doping in Bi-based Superconductors
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2000-01-01
Six different compositions in Bi2Sr2Ca2CusOy:Sex with x=0.0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4 havebeen prepared by the solid state reaction method to explore doping of selenium in the system.Sintering at 847±4℃ and subsequent annealing at 827℃ has been carried out for different timeperiods. The samples have been characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanningelectron microscopy (SEM), and measurement of resistance below room temperature has beencarried out by four-probe method. Superconducting transition temperature (Tc) value showsdependence on Se concentration: the highest Tc(0)=94 K is observed for x=0.3. A detailedAuger electron spectroscopic (AES) analysis has been carried out to investigate the presence ofSe in the grains of the superconductors. It has also been found that Se increases the To(0) valueand promotes the formation of high temperature superconducting phase (2223), which coexistswith Iow temperature phase (2212) in the sintered samples.
Lifshitz scaling effects on holographic superconductors
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Lu, Jun-Wang [Department of Physics, Liaoning Normal University, Dalian, 116029 (China); Wu, Ya-Bo, E-mail: ybwu61@163.com [Department of Physics, Liaoning Normal University, Dalian, 116029 (China); State Key Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, Institute of Theoretical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Qian, Peng [State Key Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, Institute of Theoretical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Zhao, Yue-Yue; Zhang, Xue; Zhang, Nan [Department of Physics, Liaoning Normal University, Dalian, 116029 (China)
2014-10-15
Via numerical and analytical methods, the effects of the Lifshitz dynamical exponent z on the holographic superconductor models are studied in some detail, including s-wave and p-wave models. Working in the probe limit, we calculate the condensation and conductivity in both Lifshitz black hole and soliton backgrounds with a general z. For both the s-wave and p-wave models in the black hole backgrounds, as z increases, the phase transition becomes difficult and the conductivity is suppressed. For the Lifshitz soliton background, when z increases, the critical chemical potential increases in both the s-wave model (with a fixed mass of the scalar field) and p-wave model. For the p-wave model in both the Lifshitz black hole and soliton backgrounds, the anisotropy between the AC conductivity in different spatial directions is suppressed when z increases. In all cases, we find that the critical exponent of the condensation is always 1/2, independent of z and spacetime dimension. The analytical results from the Sturm–Liouville variational method uphold the numerical calculations. The implications of these results are discussed.
Tilted loop currents in cuprate superconductors
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Yakovenko, Victor M., E-mail: yakovenk@physics.umd.edu
2015-03-01
The paper briefly surveys theoretical models for the polar Kerr effect (PKE) and time-reversal symmetry breaking in the pseudogap phase of cuprate superconductors. By elimination, the most promising candidate is the tilted loop-current model, obtained from the Simon–Varma model by tilting one triangular loop up and another one down toward the apical oxygens. The model is consistent with the PKE, spin-polarized neutron scattering, and optical anisotropy measurements. Spontaneous currents in this model flow between the in-plane and apical oxygens in such a manner that each oxygen belongs to one current loop. This loop-current pattern is similar to the spin order in the magnetoelectric antiferromagnet Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}, where the PKE is observed experimentally. By analogy, it should be possible to train the PKE sign in the cuprates magnetoelectrically. Several experiments are proposed to confirm the loop-current order: the magnetic-field-induced polarity, the nonlinear anomalous Hall effect, and the second-harmonic generation.
Studies of anisotropy of iron based superconductors
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Murphy, Jason A. [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)
2013-01-01
To study the electronic anisotropy in iron based superconductors, the temperature dependent London penetration depth, Δλ(T), have been measured in several compounds, along with the angular dependent upper critical field, H_{c2}(T). Study was undertaken on single crystals of Ba(Fe_{1-x}Co_{x})_{2}As_{2} with x=0.108 and x=0.127, in the overdoped range of the doping phase diagram, characterized by notable modulation of the superconducting gap. Heavy ion irradiation with matching field doses of 6 T and 6.5 T respectively, were used to create columnar defects and to study their effect on the temperature Δλ(T). The variation of the low-temperature penetration depth in both pristine and irradiated samples was fitted with a power-law function Δλ(T) = AT^{n}. Irradiation increases the magnitude of the pre-factor A and decreases the exponent n, similar to the effect on the optimally doped samples. This finding supports the universal s _{±} scenario for the whole doping range.
Josephson current between topological and conventional superconductors
Ioselevich, P. A.; Ostrovsky, P. M.; Feigel'man, M. V.
2016-03-01
We study the stationary Josephson current in a junction between a topological and an ordinary (topologically trivial) superconductor. Such an S-TS junction hosts a Majorana zero mode that significantly influences the current-phase relation. The presence of the Majorana state is intimately related with the breaking of the time-reversal symmetry in the system. We derive a general expression for the supercurrent for a class of short topological junctions in terms of the normal-state scattering matrix. The result is strongly asymmetric with respect to the superconducting gaps in the ordinary (Δ0) and topological (Δtop) leads. We apply the general result to a simple model of a nanowire setup with strong spin-orbit coupling in an external magnetic field and proximity-induced superconductivity. The system shows parametrically strong suppression of the critical current Ic∝Δtop/RN2 in the tunneling limit (RN is the normal-state resistance). This is in strong contrast with the Ambegaokar-Baratoff relation applicable to junctions with preserved time-reversal symmetry. We also consider the case of a generic junction with a random scattering matrix and obtain a more conventional scaling law Ic∝Δtop/RN .
EDITORIAL: Focus on Iron-Based Superconductors FOCUS ON IRON-BASED SUPERCONDUCTORS
Hosono, Hideo; Ren, Zhi-An
2009-02-01
Superconductivity is the most dramatic and clear cut phenomenon in condensed matter physics. Realization of room temperature superconductors, which would lead to the revolution of our society, is an ultimate goal for researchers. The discovery of high Tc cuprate superconductors in 1986 by Bednorz and Müller triggered intensive research worldwide and the maximum critical temperature has been raised above 100 K. Scientific research on this break-through material clarified a new route to high Tc materials, carrier doping to a Mott insulator with anti-ferromagnetic ordering. High superconductivity occurs in the neighborhood of Mott-insulators and Fermi-metals. Such a view, which was completely new, now stands as a guiding principle for exploring new high Tc materials. Many theoretical approaches to the mechanism for cuprate superconductors have been carried out to understand this unexpected material and to predict new high Tc materials. In 2006 a new superconductor based on iron, LaFeOP, was discovered by a group at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. Iron, as a ferromagnet, was believed to be the last element for the realization of superconductivity because of the way ferromagnetism competes against Cooper pair formation. Unexpectedly, however, the critical temperature remained at 4-6 K irrespective of hole/electron-doping. A large increase in the Tc to 26 K was then found in LaFe[O1-xFx]As by the same group (and was published on 23 February 2008, in the Journal of the American Chemical Society). The Tc of this material was further raised to 43 K under a pressure of 2 GPa and scientists in China then achieved a Tc of 56 K at ambient pressure by replacing La with other rare earth ions with smaller radius—a critical temperature that is second only to the high Tc cuprates. This fast progress has revitalized research within superconductivity and in 2008 there were more than seven international symposia specifically on Fe(Ni)-based superconductors. Through the rapid
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Pallecchi, I., E-mail: ilaria.pallecchi@spin.cnr.it [CNR-SPIN, Corso Perrone 24, 16152 Genova (Italy); Tropeano, M. [Columbus Superconductors S.p.A, Via delle Terre Rosse 30, 16133 Genova (Italy); Lamura, G. [CNR-SPIN, Corso Perrone 24, 16152 Genova (Italy); Pani, M. [Dipartimento di Chimica e Chimica Industriale, Universita di Genova, Via Dodecaneso 31, 16146 Genova (Italy); Palombo, M. [Columbus Superconductors S.p.A, Via delle Terre Rosse 30, 16133 Genova (Italy); Dipartimento di Chimica e Chimica Industriale, Universita di Genova, Via Dodecaneso 31, 16146 Genova (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Genova, Via Dodecaneso 33, 16146 Genova (Italy); Palenzona, A. [Dipartimento di Chimica e Chimica Industriale, Universita di Genova, Via Dodecaneso 31, 16146 Genova (Italy); Putti, M. [CNR-SPIN, Corso Perrone 24, 16152 Genova (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Genova, Via Dodecaneso 33, 16146 Genova (Italy)
2012-11-20
Three years since the discovery by the Hosono's group of Fe-based superconductors, an enormous number of compounds, belonging to several different families have been discovered and fundamental properties have been deeply investigated in order to clarify the interplay between magnetisms and superconductivity in these compounds. Indeed, the actual potential of these compounds for practical applications remains still unclear. Fe-based superconductors are midway between high temperature superconductors (HTSCs) and MgB{sub 2}. In Fe-based superconductors the critical current is rather independent of the field, similarly to HTSCs, as a consequence of the exceptionally high upper critical field and strong pinning associated with nm-scale local modulations of the order parameter. They exhibit low anisotropy of the critical current with respect to the crystalline directions, as in the case of MgB{sub 2}, which allows current flow along the c-axis. However, Fe-based superconductor polycrystalline materials currently available still exhibit electromagnetic granularity, like the HTSCs, which suppresses superconducting current flow over long length. Whether the nature of such granularity is extrinsic, as due to spurious phases or cracks between grains or intrinsic, as related to misalignment of adjacent grains, is under debate. These aspects will be reviewed in the light of the recent literature.
Conditions for stimulated emission in anomalous gravity-superconductors interactions
Modanese, G
2009-01-01
Several authors have studied the generation of gravitational fields by condensed-matter systems in non-extreme density conditions. General Relativity and lowest-order perturbative Quantum Gravity predict in this case an extremely small emission rate, so these phenomena can become relevant only if some strong quantum effect occurs. Quantum aspects of gravity are still poorly understood. It is believed that they could play a role in systems which exhibit macroscopic quantum coherence, like superconductors and superfluids, leading to an "anomalous" coupling between matter and field. We mention here recent work in this field by Woods, Chiao, Becker, Agop et al., Ummarino, Kiefer and Weber. New results are presented concerning anomalous stimulated gravitational emission in a layered superconductor like YBCO. We model the superconductor as an array of intrinsic Josephson junctions. The superconducting parameters are defined by our preliminary measurements with melt-textured samples. We write explicitly and solve nu...
Prospects for utilization of superconductors in the power industry
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Utilization of superconducting technology is greatly influenced by the discovery of the so-called high-temperature superconductors (HTS). The present report considers to what extent there is a need for HTS in up-to-date engineering and how much they are prepared for practical applications. The work on the practical use of superconductors was started about 30 years ago. As a results, two fields of the high-current superconductivity have emerged. The first category is the field in which other alternatives were inconceivable from techno-economic points of view (magnets of thermo-nuclear installations, MHD generators, inductive energy storage systems, etc.). The second category involves areas where superconductors must demonstrate the ability to compete with existing technologies (electrical devices, magnetic separators, etc.). The present overview discusses developments of various low temperature superconducting devices, estimate their potential and evaluates future applications of HTS based on the experience accumulated in the USSR and other countries. (author)
Angle-resolved heat capacity of heavy fermion superconductors.
Sakakibara, Toshiro; Kittaka, Shunichiro; Machida, Kazushige
2016-09-01
Owing to a strong Coulomb repulsion, heavy electron superconductors mostly have anisotropic gap functions which have nodes for certain directions in the momentum space. Since the nodal structure is closely related to the pairing mechanism, its experimental determination is of primary importance. This article discusses the experimental methods of the gap determination by bulk heat capacity measurements in a rotating magnetic field. The basic idea is based on the fact that the quasiparticle density of states in the vortex state of nodal superconductors is field and direction dependent. We present our recent experimental results of the field-orientation dependence of the heat capacity in heavy fermion superconductors CeTIn5 (T = Co, Ir), UPt3, CeCu2Si2, and UBe13 and discuss their gap structures. PMID:27482621
Possible Measurable Effects of Dark Energy in Rotating Superconductors
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Clovis Jacinto de Matos
2009-01-01
Full Text Available We discuss recent laboratory experiments with rotating superconductors and show that three so far unexplained experimentally observed effects (anomalous acceleration signals, anomalous gyroscope signals, Cooper pair mass excess can be physically explained in terms of a possible interaction of dark energy with Cooper pairs. Our approach is based on a Ginzburg-Landau-like model of electromagnetic dark energy, where gravitationally active photons obtain mass in the superconductor. We show that this model can account simultaneously for the anomalous acceleration and anomalous gravitomagnetic fields around rotating superconductors measured by Tajmar et al. and for the anomalous Cooper pair mass in superconductive Niobium, measured by Cabrera and Tate. It is argued that these three different physical effects are ultimately different experimental manifestations of the simultaneous spontaneous breaking of gauge invariance and of the principle of general covariance in superconductive materials.
Crystal chemistry and structural design of iron-based superconductors
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Jiang Hao; Sun Yun-Lei; Xu Zhu-An; Cao Guang-Han
2013-01-01
The second class of high-temperature superconductors (HTSCs),iron-based pnictides and chalcogenides,necessarily contain Fe2X2 (“X” refers to a pnictogen or a chalcogen element) layers,just like the first class of HTSCs which possess the essential CuO2 sheets.So far,dozens of iron-based HTSCs,classified into nine groups,have been discovered.In this article,the crystal-chemistry aspects of the known iron-based superconductors are reviewed and summarized by employing “hard and soft acids and bases (HSAB)” concept.Based on these understandings,we propose an alternative route to exploring new iron-based superconductors via rational structural design.
Transport theory for a two-flavor color superconductor
Litim, Daniel F; Litim, Daniel F.; Manuel, Cristina
2001-01-01
QCD with two light quark flavors at high baryonic density and low temperature is a color superconductor. The diquark condensate partially breaks the SU(3) gauge symmetry down to an SU(2) subgroup. We study thermal fluctuations of the superconductor for temperatures below the gap. These are described by a simple transport equation, linked to a quasiparticle behavior of the thermal excitations of the condensate. When solved in the collisionless limit and close to equilibrium, it gives rise to the ``hard superconducting loop'' (HSL) effective theory for the unbroken SU(2) gauge fields with momenta much smaller than the gap. This theory describes Debye screening and Landau damping of the gauge fields in the presence of the diquark condensate. We also explain how our effective theory follows to one-loop order from quantum field theory. Our approach provides a convenient starting point for the computation of transport coefficients of the two-flavor color superconductor.
Can nothing be a superconductor and a superfluid?
Chernodub, M N
2011-01-01
A superconductor is a material that conducts electric current with no resistance. Superconductivity and magnetism are known to be antagonistic phenomena: superconductors expel weak external magnetic field (the Meissner effect) while a sufficiently strong magnetic field, in general, destroys superconductivity. In a seemingly contradictory statement, we show that a very strong magnetic field can turn an empty space into a superconductor. The external magnetic field required for this effect should be about 10^{16} Tesla (eB ~ 1 GeV^2). The physical mechanism of the exotic vacuum superconductivity is as follows: in strong magnetic field the dynamics of virtual quarks and antiquarks is effectively one-dimensional because these electrically charged particles tend to move along the lines of the magnetic field. In one spatial dimension a gluon-mediated attraction between a quark and an antiquark of different flavors inevitably leads to formation of a colorless spin-triplet bound state (a vector analogue of the Cooper...
Topological Blount's theorem of odd-parity superconductors
Kobayshi, Shingo; Shiozaki, Ken; Sato, Masatoshi; Tanaka, Yukio
2014-03-01
Nontrivial nodal structures are one of the most salient features of gap functions of the unconventional superconductors. In a system with spin-orbit coupling and crystal field, the group theory plays a key role to determine the node of the gap function. From the group theoretical ground, Blount proved that the line node is ``vanishingly improbable'' in spin-triplet superconductors. Namely, it is impossible to create a stable line node in odd-parity superconductors. Our motivation is to compare the group theoretical result with topological stability of nodes by K-theory As a result, we found that K-theory not only rebuilds the original Blount's argument but also exhibits counterexamples with the stable line node. In this talk, we will show the physical interpretation of them.
Spin, charge, and orbital orderings in iron-based superconductors
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Jiang Qing; Kang Yao-Tai; Yao Dao-Xin
2013-01-01
In this article,we briefly review spin,charge,and orbital orderings in iron-based superconductors,as well as the multi-orbital models.The interplay of spin,charge,and orbital orderings is a key to understand the high temperature superconductivity.As an illustration,we use the two-orbital model to show the spin and charge orderings in iron-based superconductors based on the mean-field approximation in real space.The typical spin and charge orderings are shown by choosing appropriate parameters,which are in good agreement with experiments.We also show the effect of Fe vacancies,which can introduce the nematic phase and interesting magnetic ground states.The orbital ordering is also discussed in iron-based superconductors.It is found that disorder may play a role to produce the superconductivity.
Lateral restoring force on a magnet levitated above a superconductor
Davis, L. C.
1990-01-01
The lateral restoring force on a magnet levitated above a superconductor is calculated as a function of displacement from its original position at rest using Bean's critical-state model to describe flux pinning. The force is linear for small displacements and saturates at large displacements. In the absence of edge effects the force always attracts the magnet to its original position. Thus it is a restoring force that contributes to the stability of the levitated magnet. In the case of a thick superconductor slab, the origin of the force is a magnetic dipole layer consisting of positive and negative supercurrents induced on the trailing side of the magnet. The qualitative behavior is consistent with experiments reported to date. Effects due to the finite thickness of the superconductor slab and the granular nature of high-Tc materials are also considered.
Spin injection from a normal metal into a mesoscopic superconductor
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Wolf, Michael J.; Kolenda, Stefan [Institut fuer Nanotechnologie, KIT, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Huebler, Florian [Institut fuer Nanotechnologie, KIT, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Center for Functional Nanostructures, KIT, 76131 Karlsruhe (Germany); Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, KIT, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Loehneysen, Hilbert v. [Center for Functional Nanostructures, KIT, 76131 Karlsruhe (Germany); Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, KIT, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Physikalisches Institut, KIT, 76128 Karlsruhe (Germany); Beckmann, Detlef [Institut fuer Nanotechnologie, KIT, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Center for Functional Nanostructures, KIT, 76131 Karlsruhe (Germany)
2013-07-01
We report on nonlocal transport in superconductor hybrid structures, with ferromagnetic as well as normal-metal tunnel junctions attached to the superconductor. In the presence of a strong Zeeman splitting of the density of states, both charge and spin imbalance is injected into the superconductor. While previous experiments demonstrated spin injection from ferromagnetic electrodes, we show that spin imbalance is also created for normal-metal injector contacts. Using the combination of ferromagnetic and normal-metal detectors allows us to directly discriminate between charge and spin injection, and demonstrate a complete separation of charge and spin imbalance. The relaxation length of the spin imbalance is of the order of several μm and is found to increase with a magnetic field, but is independent of temperature. We further discuss possible relaxation mechanisms for the explanation of the spin relaxation length.
Signature of electron-phonon interaction in high temperature superconductors
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Vinod Ashokan
2011-09-01
Full Text Available The theory of thermal conductivity of high temperature superconductors (HTS based on electron and phonon line width (life times formulation is developed with Quantum dynamical approach of Green's function. The frequency line width is observed as an extremely sensitive quantity in the transport phenomena of HTS as a collection of large number of scattering processes. The role of resonance scattering and electron-phonon interaction processes is found to be most prominent near critical temperature. The theory successfully explains the spectacular behaviour of high Tc superconductors in the vicinity of transition temperature. A successful agreement between theory and experiment has been obtained by analyzing the thermal conductivity data for the sample La1.8Sr0.2CuO4 in the temperature range 0 − 200K. The theory is equally and successfully applicable to all other high Tc superconductors.
TECHNICAL TRAINING SEMINAR: High Temperature Superconductors: Progress and Issues
Davide Vitè
2002-01-01
Monday 24 June from 14:30 to 15:30 - Training Centre Auditorium - bldg. 593-11 High Temperature Superconductors: Progress and Issues Prof. Jan Evetts / UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, UK Grappling with grain boundaries: Current transport processes in granular High Temperature Superconductors (HTS) The development of High Temperature Superconductors, seen from a materials scientist's point of view, is relevant to the superconductivity community at CERN: their possible high current applications can include high performance magnets for future accelerators. There is an urgent need to develop a quantitative description of HTS conductors in terms of their complex anisotropy, inhomogeneity and dimensionality. This is essential both for the practical specification of a conductor and for charting routes to conductor optimisation. The critical current, the n-value, dissipation and quenching characteristics are amongst most important parameters that make up an engineering specifi...
Phases of holographic superconductors with broken translational symmetry
Baggioli, Matteo
2015-01-01
We consider holographic superconductors in a broad class of massive gravity backgrounds. These theories provide a holographic description of a superconductor with broken translational symmetry. Such models exhibit a rich phase structure: depending on the values of the temperature and the doping the boundary system can be in superconducting, normal metallic or normal pseudo-insulating phases. Furthermore the system supports interesting collective excitations of the charge carriers, which appears in the normal phase, persists in the superconducting phase, but eventually gets destroyed by the superconducting condensate. We also show the possibility of building a phase diagram of a system with the superconducting phase occupying a dome-shaped region, therefore resembling more of a real-world doped high-Tc superconductor.
Unified picture of the oxygen isotope effect in cuprate superconductors
Chen, Xiao-Jia; Struzhkin, Viktor V.; Wu, Zhigang; Lin, Hai-Qing; Hemley, Russell J.; Mao, Ho-kwang
2007-01-01
High-temperature superconductivity in cuprates was discovered almost exactly 20 years ago, but a satisfactory theoretical explanation for this phenomenon is still lacking. The isotope effect has played an important role in establishing electron–phonon interaction as the dominant interaction in conventional superconductors. Here we present a unified picture of the oxygen isotope effect in cuprate superconductors based on a phonon-mediated d-wave pairing model within the Bardeen–Cooper–Schrieffer theory. We show that this model accounts for the magnitude of the isotope exponent as functions of the doping level as well as the variation between different cuprate superconductors. The isotope effect on the superconducting transition is also found to resemble the effect of pressure on the transition. These results indicate that the role of phonons should not be overlooked for explaining the superconductivity in cuprates. PMID:17360421
Topological Vortices in a Spin-Triplet Superconductor
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REN Ji-Rong; WEI Shao-Wen; XU Dong-Hui; DUAN Yi-Shi
2008-01-01
Based on the complex three-component order parameter model of a spin-triplet superconductor, by using the φ-mapping theory, we derive a new equation describing the distribution of the magnetic field for vortices, which canbe reduced to the modified London equation in the case of |ψ2|2 =|ψ3|2= 0 and W1l=1. A magnetic flux quantization condition for vortices in a spin-triplet superconductor is also derived, which is topological-invariant. Furthermore, the branch processes during the evolution of the vortices in a spin-triplet superconductor are discussed. We also point out that the sum of the magnetic flux quantization that those vortices carried is 2nΦ0(Φ0 is the unit magnetic flux), that is to say, the sum of winding number is even, which needs to be proved by experiment.
Holographic entanglement entropy in general holographic superconductor models
Peng, Yan
2014-01-01
We study the entanglement entropy of general holographic dual models both in AdS soliton and AdS black hole backgrounds with full backreaction. We find that the entanglement entropy is a good probe to explore the properties of the holographic superconductors and provides richer physics in the phase transition. We obtain the effects of the scalar mass, model parameter and backreaction on the entropy, and argue that the jump of the entanglement entropy may be a quite general feature for the first order phase transition. In strong contrast to the insulator/superconductor system, we note that the backreaction coupled with the scalar mass can not be used to trigger the first order phase transition if the model parameter is below its bottom bound in the metal/superconductor system.
Josephson supercurrent in a graphene-superconductor junction
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Sarvestani, Esmaeel [Institute for Advanced Simulation, Forschungszentrum Juelich, 52425 Juelich (Germany); Jafari, Seyed Akbar [Department of Physics, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran 11155-9161 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)
2013-07-01
Within the tunneling Hamiltonian formulation for the eight-component spinors, the Josephson critical supercurrent has been calculated in a planar superconductor-normal graphene-superconductor junction. Coupling between superconductor regions and graphene is taken into account by a tunneling Hamiltonian which contains two types of tunneling, intravalley and intervalley tunneling. Within the present tunneling approach, we find that the contributions of two kinds of tunneling to the critical supercurrent are completely separable. Therefore, it is possible to consider the effect of the intervalley tunnelings in the critical supercurrent. The incorporation of these type of processes into the tunneling Hamiltonian exposes a special feature of the graphene Josephson junctions. The effect of intervalley tunneling appears in the length dependence plot of critical current in the form of oscillations. We also present the results for temperature dependence of critical supercurrent and compare with experimental results and other theoretical calculations.
Josephson supercurrent in a graphene-superconductor junction
Sarvestani, E.; Jafari, S. A.
2012-01-01
Within the tunneling Hamiltonian formulation for the eight-component spinors, the Josephson critical supercurrent has been calculated in a planar superconductor-normal graphene-superconductor junction. Coupling between superconductor regions and graphene is taken into account by a tunneling Hamiltonian which contains two types of tunneling, intravalley and intervalley tunneling. Within the present tunneling approach, we find that the contributions of two kinds of tunneling to the critical supercurrent are completely separable. Therefore, it is possible to consider the effect of the intervalley tunnelings in the critical supercurrent. The incorporation of these type of processes into the tunneling Hamiltonian exposes a special feature of the graphene Josephson junctions. The effect of intervalley tunneling appears in the length dependence plot of critical current in the form of oscillations. We also present the results for temperature dependence of critical supercurrent and compare with experimental results and other theoretical calculations.
Workshop on Accelerator Magnet Superconductors, Design and Optimization
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2009-01-01
This report contains the proceedings of the CARE-HHH-AMT Workshop on Accelerator Magnet Superconductors, Design and Optimization (WAMSDO) held at CERN from 19 to 23 May 2008. The needs in terms of superconducting magnets for the accelerator projects were discussed, mainly for the LHC interaction regions and injector upgrades, and for the GSI FAIR complex. The first part of the workshop focused on the development of superconductor and cables, i.e., low-loss Nb-Ti cables, Nb3Sn and high-temperature superconductors. An industry session summarized the actual plans and status of the activities in the main European industries. Then, a worldwide status of the high field magnets programme was presented. A special session was devoted to fast cycled magnets, including FAIR facilities and LHC injector upgrades. A final session focused on the optimization methods and numerical tools for magnet design.
High-Temperature Cuprate Superconductors Experiment, Theory, and Applications
Plakida, Nikolay Maksimilianovich
2010-01-01
High-Temperature Cuprate Superconductors provides an up-to-date and comprehensive review of the properties of these fascinating materials. The essential properties of high-temperature cuprate superconductors are reviewed on the background of their theoretical interpretation. The experimental results for structural, magnetic, thermal, electric, optical and lattice properties of various cuprate superconductors are presented with respect to relevant theoretical models. A critical comparison of various theoretical models involving strong electron correlations, antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations, phonons and excitons provides a background for understanding of the mechanism of high-temperature superconductivity. Recent achievements in their applications are also reviewed. A large number of illustrations and tables gives valuable information for specialists. A text-book level presentation with formulation of a general theory of strong-coupling superconductivity will help students and researches to consolidate their...
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For high-temperature superconductors the shape of a NMR spectrum line is built regarding for variation of inhomogeneity of irregular vortex lattice magnetic field near superconductor surface. It is shown that the shape of a NMR line is not simply widened but noticeably varies depending on the degree of irregularity of a superconductor vortex lattice. This variation is associated with a local symmetry decrease in an irregular vortex lattice of the superconductor. Taking into account these circumstances may considerably change conclusions about the type of a vortex lattice and superconductor parameters which are commonly gained from NMR line shape analysis
Zeroth Order Phase Transition in a Holographic Superconductor with Single Impurity
Zeng, Hua Bi
2014-01-01
We studied the single normal impurity effect in superconductor by using the holographic method. When the size of impurity is much smaller compared to the host superconductor, we reproduced the Anderson theorem, which states that a conventional s-wave superconductor is robust to a normal (non-magnetic) impurity with small impurity strength or impurities with small concentration. While by increasing the size of impurity in a fixed host superconductor we also find a decrease $T_c$ of the host superconductor, the phase transition at the critical impurity strength is of zeroth order.
Time-resolved study of Higgs mode in superconductors
Shimano, Ryo
The behavior of superconductors far from equilibrium has been intensively studied over decades. Goals of these studies are the elucidation of bosonic fluctuations essential for the pairing mechanisms, the manifestation of competing orders or hidden phases, and the optical manipulation of superconductivity. The study of collective modes is crucially important for these perspectives as it provides the information on the dynamics of order parameters in non-equilibirium states. Generally, collective modes in ordered phases associated with spontaneous symmetry breaking are classified into 1) gapless phase modes and 2) gapped amplitude modes. In superconductors, the phase mode is eaten by gauge field, according to the Anderson-Higgs mechanism. The remaining amplitude mode is recently termed as Higgs mode from its analogy to the Higgs boson in particle physics. Despite its long history of investigation, unambiguous observation of Higgs mode has remained elusive. This is because the Higgs mode does not have a charge nor electric dipole and therefore it does not couple directly to the electromagnetic field. Here we report on our recent observation of Higgs mode in s-wave superconductors by using THz-pump and THz-probe spectroscopy technique. After nonadiabatic excitation near the superconducting gap energy with monocycle THz pulses, Higgs mode was observed as oscillations in the transmission of THz probe pulse. The resonant nonlinear coupling between the Higgs mode and coherent radiation field was also discovered, resulting in an efficient third order harmonic generation of the incident THz radiation. The extension of experiments to multiband superconductors and unconventional superconductors will be discussed. Time-resolved study of Higgs mode in superconductors.
Tunneling Conductance in Normal Metal/Insulator/Triplet Superconductor Junction
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LI Xiao-Wei
2005-01-01
Tunneling conductance in normal metal/insulator/triplet superconductor junctions is studied theoretically as a function of the bias voltage at zero temperature and finite temperature. The results show there are zero-bias conductance peak, zero-bias conductance dip and double-minimum structures in the spectra for p-wave superconductor junctions. The existence of such structures in the conductance spectrum can be taken as evidence that the pairing symmetry of Sr2RuO4 is p-wave symmetry.
Ultrafast non-equilibrium dynamics in conventional and unconventional superconductors
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Schnyder, Andreas; Manske, Dirk [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Festkoerperforschung, Heisenbergstrasse 1, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany)
2010-07-01
We present simulations of the ultrafast dynamics of conventional and unconventional superconductors using density-matrix theory. In particular, we study how the optical conductivity evolves in response to ultrashort optical pulses in the frequency range of the superconducting gap, i.e., in the terahertz regime. The dominant relaxation process is assumed to be due to electron-phonon collisions. Employing a second order cluster expansion and assuming that the phonons remain equilibrated, Boltzmann type equations for the dynamics of the quasiparticle occupations and coherences are derived. We apply our theoretical model to the study of non-equilibrium dynamics in the two-gap superconductor MgB{sub 2}.
Andreev Tunneling Through a Ferromagnet/Quantum-Dot/Superconductor System
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RAO Hong-Hu; ZHU Yu; LIN Tsung-Han
2002-01-01
We study Andreev tunneling through a ferromagnet/quantum-dot (QD)/superconductor system. By usingnonequilibrum Green function method, the averaged occupation of electrons in QD and the Andreev tunneling currentare studied. Comparing to the norma-metal/quantum-dot/superconductor, the system shows significant changes: (i)The averaged occupations of spin-up and spin-down electrons are not equal. (ii) With the increase of the polarizationof ferromagnetic lead, the Andreev reflection current decreases. (iii) However, even the ferromagnetic lead reaches fullpolarization, the averaged occupation of spin-down electrons is not zero. The physics of these changes is discussed.
Hybrid Crystals of Cuprates and Iron-Based Superconductors
Dai, Xia; Le, Congcong; Wu, Xianxin; Hu, Jiangping
2016-01-01
We propose two possible new compounds, Ba$_2$CuO$_2$Fe$_2$As$_2$ and K$_2$CuO$_2$Fe$_2$Se$_2$, which hybridize the building blocks of two high temperature superconductors, cuprates and iron-based superconductors. These compounds consist of square CuO$_2$ layers and antifluorite-type Fe$_2$X$_2$ (X=As,Se) layers separated by Ba/K. The calculations of binding energies and phonon spectrums indicate that they are dynamically stable, which ensures that they may be experimentally synthesized. The F...
Survey of potential electronic applications of high temperature superconductors
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In this paper the authors present a survey of the potential electronic applications of high temperature superconductor (HTSC) thin films. During the past four years there has been substantial speculation on this topic. The authors will cover only a small fraction of the potential electronic applications that have been identified. Their treatment is influenced by the developments over the past few years in materials and device development and in market analysis. They present their view of the most promising potential applications. Superconductors have two important properties that make them attractive for electronic applications. These are (a) low surface resistance at high frequencies, and (b) the Josephson effect
New superconductors from granular to high T$_{c}$
Deutscher, Guy
2006-01-01
How new are the high Tc superconductors, as compared to the conventional low Tc ones? In what sense are these oxides different from regular metals in their normal state? How different is the mechanism for high Tc superconductivity from the well-known electron-phonon interaction that explains so well superconductivity in metals and alloys? What are the implications of the new features of the high Tc oxides for their practical applications? This book aims to give some answers to those questions, drawing particularly on similarities between the high Tc oxides and granular superconductors, which also present a maximum of their critical temperature near the metal-insulator transition.
XRD spectra of new YBaCuO superconductors
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S Sujinnapram; P Udomsamuthirun; T Kruaehong; T Nilkamjon; S Ratreng
2011-08-01
XRD spectra of new YBaCuO superconductors were studied. There were 2 phases found in our samples, the superconducting phase and the non-superconducting phase. The more non-superconducting phase, the more anisotropy parameters were found. The amount of impurities have no effect on the value of -axis which has a linear relation to the number of Cu-atoms. So the new formula of YBaCuO are the new types of superconductor in this family that have higher -axis than the Y123.
Magnetic response of holographic Lifshitz superconductors: Vortex and Droplet solutions
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In this paper a holographic model of s-wave superconductor with anisotropic Lifshitz scaling has been considered. In the presence of an external magnetic field our holographic model exhibits both vortex and droplet solutions. Based on analytic methods we have shown that the anisotropy has no effect on the vortex and droplet solutions whereas it may affect the condensation. Our vortex solution closely resembles the Ginzburg–Landau theory and a relation between the upper critical magnetic field and superconducting coherence length has been speculated from this comparison. Using Sturm–Liouville method, the effect of anisotropy on the critical parameters in insulator/superconductor phase transitions has been analyzed
Emergent Disorder Phenomena in Correlated Fe-Based Superconductors
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Navarro Gastiasoro, Maria
The fundamental pairing mechanism causing high-T superconductivity in Febased superconductors remains controversial. Superconductivity is only one of several phases exhibited by these materials, and it is widely believed that the mechanism responsible for pairing may be closely linked to the exis......The fundamental pairing mechanism causing high-T superconductivity in Febased superconductors remains controversial. Superconductivity is only one of several phases exhibited by these materials, and it is widely believed that the mechanism responsible for pairing may be closely linked...
Atomic beam study of a superconductor's magnetic vortex lattice
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We have developed an atomic beam technique for studying magnetic vortices and vortex lattices of superconductors. Atoms moving near a superconductor's surface see a fluctuating magnetic field as they pass vortices. This field may drive magnetic resonance transitions between hyperfine states. Measuring the magnetic resonance transition probability as a function of atom velocity probes the vortex lattice autocorrelation function. We demonstrate this technique by studying the vortex lattice of a niobium film sample and measuring the sample's penetration depth. We also identify a systematic problem that we think thwarted an earlier attempt to experimentally realize this technique. copyright 1997 The American Physical Society
Thermomagnetic effects above and below Tc in the cuprate superconductors
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Two different thermomagnetic transport quantities, the electrothermal conductivity and the Nernst effect are shown to be powerful probes of high-temperature superconductors. In the vortex state below Tc, the electrothermal conductivity is independent of both the magnetic field and the vortex viscosity because it is sensitive only to the properties of the vortex normal cores. Some new data from cuprate superconductors show a surprising, low-field anomaly in the dilute vortex limit. Above Tc in the normal state, it is shown how the Nernst effect is a probe of transport anisotropy around the Fermi surface
Coherent quantum trasport in ferromagnet-superconductor-ferromagnet graphene junctions
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M Salehi
2010-09-01
Full Text Available In this paper, we investigate the coherent quantum transport in grapheme-based ferromagnet-superconductor-ferromagent junctions within the framework of BCS theory using DBdG quasiparticles equation .The coherency with the finite size of superconductor region has two characteristic features subgap electron transport and oscillations of differential conductance. we show that periodic vanishing of the Andreev reflection at the energies called geometrical resonances above the superconducting gap is a striking consequence of quasiparticles interference. We suggest to make devices that produce polarized spin-current with possible applications in spintronics.
Electrochemical synthesis of alkali-intercalated iron selenide superconductors
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申士杰; 应天平; 王刚; 金士锋; 张韩; 林志萍; 陈小龙
2015-01-01
Electrochemical method has been used to insert K/Na into FeSe lattice to prepare alkali-intercalated iron selenides at room temperature. Magnetization measurement reveals that KxFe2Se2 and NaxFe2Se2 are superconductive at 31 K and 46 K, respectively. This is the first successful report of obtaining metal-intercalated FeSe-based high-temperature superconductors using electrochemical method. It provides an effective route to synthesize metal-intercalated layered compounds for new superconductor exploration.
Argument for E～j relation of hightemperature superconductors
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2000-01-01
In high temperature superconductors (HTSC), when magnetic relaxation approaches the equilibrium state and the superconductor is applied with current, the E～j relation is calculated by considering both forward and backward hopping of thermally activated flux (where backward hopping means hopping from the barriers with low energy to the ones with high energy). It is pointed out that the lnE～lnj curve shows positive curvature. And the results are compared with other models. The discussion on the topic that whether ρ approaches zero as j →0 is carried out.
Aluminum-stabilized Nb/sub 3/Sn superconductor
Scanlan, R.M.
1984-02-10
This patent discloses an aluminum-stabilized Nb/sub 3/Sn superconductor and process for producing same, utilizing ultrapure aluminum. Ductile components are co-drawn with aluminum to produce a conductor suitable for winding magnets. After winding, the conductor is heated to convert it to the brittle Nb/sub 3/Sn superconductor phase, using a temperature high enough to perform the transformation but still below the melting point of the aluminum. This results in reaction of substantially all of the niobium, while providing stabilization and react-in-place features which are beneficial in the fabrication of magnets utilizing superconducting materials.
Spins in the vortices of a high-temperature superconductor
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Lake, B.; Aeppli, G.; Clausen, K.N.;
2001-01-01
Neutron scattering is used to characterize the magnetism of the vortices for the optimally doped high-temperature superconductor La2-xSrxCuO4 (x = 0.163) in an applied magnetic field. As temperature is reduced, Low-frequency spin fluctuations first disappear with the loss of vortex mobility......, but then reappear. We find that the vortex state can be regarded as an inhomogeneous mixture of a superconducting spin fluid and a material containing a nearly ordered antiferromagnet. These experiments show that as for many other properties of cuprate superconductors, the important underlying microscopic forces...
New superconductors from granular to high T$_{c}$
Deutscher, Guy
2017-01-01
How new are the high Tc superconductors, as compared to the conventional low Tc ones? In what sense are these oxides different from regular metals in their normal state? How different is the mechanism for high Tc superconductivity from the well-known electron-phonon interaction that explains so well superconductivity in metals and alloys? What are the implications of the new features of the high Tc oxides for their practical applications? This interesting book aims to provide some answers to those questions, drawing particularly on similarities between the high Tc oxides and granular superconductors, which also present a short coherence length, a small superfluid density and an inhomogeneous structure.
Aluminum-stabilized Nb[sub 3]Sn superconductor
Scanlan, R.M.
1988-05-10
Disclosed are an aluminum-stabilized Nb[sub 3]Sn superconductor and process for producing same, utilizing ultrapure aluminum. Ductile components are co-drawn with aluminum to produce a conductor suitable for winding magnets. After winding, the conductor is heated to convert it to the brittle Nb[sub 3]Sn superconductor phase, using a temperature high enough to perform the transformation but still below the melting point of the aluminum. This results in reaction of substantially all of the niobium, while providing stabilization and react-in-place features which are beneficial in the fabrication of magnets utilizing superconducting materials. 4 figs.
Structural classification and a binary structure model for superconductors
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Dong Cheng
2006-01-01
Based on structural and bonding features, a new classification scheme of superconductors is proposed to classify conductors can be partitioned into two parts, a superconducting active component and a supplementary component.Partially metallic covalent bonding is found to be a common feature in all superconducting active components, and the electron states of the atoms in the active components usually make a dominant contribution to the energy band near the Fermi surface. Possible directions to explore new superconductors are discussed based on the structural classification and the binary structure model.
Method of making V.sub.3 Ga superconductors
Dew-Hughes, David
1980-01-01
An improved method for producing a vanadium-gallium superconductor wire having aluminum as a component thereof is disclosed, said wire being encased in a gallium bearing copper sheath. The superconductors disclosed herein may be fabricated under normal atmospheres and room temperatures by forming a tubular shaped billet having a core composed of an alloy of vanadium and aluminum and an outer sheath composed of an alloy of copper, gallium and aluminum. Thereafter the entire billet is swage reduced to form a wire therefrom and heat treated to form a layer of V.sub.3 Ga in the interior of the wire.
Magnetic response of holographic Lifshitz superconductors: Vortex and Droplet solutions
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Lala, Arindam, E-mail: arindam.lala@bose.res.in
2014-07-30
In this paper a holographic model of s-wave superconductor with anisotropic Lifshitz scaling has been considered. In the presence of an external magnetic field our holographic model exhibits both vortex and droplet solutions. Based on analytic methods we have shown that the anisotropy has no effect on the vortex and droplet solutions whereas it may affect the condensation. Our vortex solution closely resembles the Ginzburg–Landau theory and a relation between the upper critical magnetic field and superconducting coherence length has been speculated from this comparison. Using Sturm–Liouville method, the effect of anisotropy on the critical parameters in insulator/superconductor phase transitions has been analyzed.
Argument for E - j relation of high temperature superconductors
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金灏; 陈林; 许小军; 张裕恒
2000-01-01
In high temperature superconductors (HTSC), when magnetic relaxation approaches the equilibrium state and the superconductor is applied with current, the E - j relation is calculated by considering both forward and backward hopping of thermally activated flux (where backward hopping means hopping from the barriers with low energy to the ones with high energy). It is pointed out that the ln E- Inj curve shows positive curvature. And the results are compared with other models. The discussion on the topic that whether p approaches zero as j → 0 is carried out.
Vortex in holographic two-band superfluid/superconductor
Wu, Mu-Sheng; Zhang, Hai-Qing
2015-01-01
We construct numerically static vortex solutions in a holographic model of two-band superconductor with an interband Josephson coupling in both the superfluid and superconductor regime. We investigate the effect of the interband coupling on the order parameter of each superconducting band, and we find that it has different effects on the two bands. We compute the free energy, critical magnetic field, magnetic penetration length and coherence lengths for the two bands, and we study their dependence on the interband coupling and temperature. Interestingly, we find that the coherence lengths of the two bands are close to identical.
Proposed experimental test of an alternative electrodynamic theory of superconductors
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Hirsch, J.E., E-mail: jhirsch@ucsd.edu
2015-01-15
Highlights: • A new experimental test of electric screening in superconductors is proposed. • The electric screening length is predicted to be much larger than in normal metals. • The reason this was not seen in earlier experiments is explained. • This is not predicted by the conventional BCS theory of superconductivity. - Abstract: An alternative form of London’s electrodynamic theory of superconductors predicts that the electrostatic screening length is the same as the magnetic penetration depth. We argue that experiments performed to date do not rule out this alternative formulation and propose an experiment to test it. Experimental evidence in its favor would have fundamental implications for the understanding of superconductivity.
The upper critical field in two-band layered superconductors
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Liu Min-Xia; Gan Zi-Zhao
2007-01-01
The upper critical field of clean MgB2 is investigated using the two-band layered Ginzburg-Landau (GL) theory.The calculated results are fitted to the experimental data of clean MgB2 crystal very well in a broad temperature range.Based on the GL theory for clean superconductors,a phenomenOlogical theory for dirty superconductor is proposed.Selecting appropriate parameters,two-band layered GL theory is successfully applied to the crystal of Mg(B1-xCx)2 and the neutron irradiation samples of MgB2.
Ultrasonic Properties of the MgB2 Superconductor
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YU Ri-Cheng; JIN Chang-Qing; LI Shao-Chun; WANG Ru-Ju; LI Feng-Ying; LIU Zhen-Xing; ZHU Jia-Lin
2001-01-01
The sound velocities of longitudinal and shear waves are measured on a polycrystalline MgB2 superconductor with Tc of 39 K. The specimen used in the experiments is pressed and heated using the MgB2 powder. The elastic moduli, Debye temperature and specific heat at room temperature are obtained based on sound velocity data. The results indicate that the velocities are much higher than those in the usual materials, while elastic constants remain reasonably soft, which may be due to the high transition temperature of the MgB2 superconductor.
Fine-Filament MgB2 Superconductor Wire
Cantu, Sherrie
2015-01-01
Hyper Tech Research, Inc., has developed fine-filament magnesium diboride (MgB2) superconductor wire for motors and generators used in turboelectric aircraft propulsion systems. In Phase I of the project, Hyper Tech demonstrated that MgB2 multifilament wires (MgB2 rotor coil packs for a superconducting generator. The ultimate goal is to enable low-cost, round, lightweight, low-AC-loss superconductors for motor and generator stator coils operating at 25 K in next-generation turboelectric aircraft propulsion systems.
In vitro studies of cells grown on the superconductor PrO(x)FeAs.
Yang, Shaoguang; Xie, Yuxuan; Yang, Wenrong; Zheng, Rongkun; Stevens, Frankie; Korkmaz, Emine; Weiss, Anthony S; Ringer, Simon P; Braet, Filip
2009-06-01
The recent discovery of arsenic-based high temperature superconductors has reignited interest in the study of superconductor: biological interfaces. However, the new superconductor materials involve the chemistry of arsenic and their toxicity remains unclear [Hand, E., 2008. Nature 452 (24), 922]. In this study the possible adverse effects of this new family of superconductors on cells have been examined. Cell culture studies in conjunction with microscopy and viability assays were employed to examine the influence of arsenic-based superconductor PrO(x)FeAs (x=0.75) material in vitro. Imaging data revealed that cells were well adhered and spread on the surface of the superconductor. Furthermore, cytotoxicity studies showed that cells were unaffected during the time-course of the experiments, providing support for the biocompatibility aspects of PrO(x)FeAs-based superconductor material.
High-T/sub c/ superconductor and its use in superconducting magnets
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Many of the proposed uses for the high-T/sub c/ superconductor involve the creation of a magnetic field using superconducting coils. This report will assess what is known about the high-T/sub c/ superconductors and take a realistic look at their potential use in various kinds of superconducting magnets. Based on what is known about the high-T/sub c/ superconductors, one can make a ''wish list'' of things that will make such materials useful for magnets. Then, the following question is asked. If one had a high-T/sub c/ superconductor with the same properties as modern niobium-titanium superconductor, how would the superconductor work in a magnet environment? Finally, this report will show the potential impact of the ideal high-T/sub c/ superconductor on: 1) accelerator dipole and quadrupole magnets, 2) superconducting magnets for use in space, and 3) superconducting solenoids for magnetic resonance imaging. 78 refs., 11 tabs
He, James J.; Wu, Jiansheng; Choy, Ting-Pong; Liu, Xiong-Jun; Tanaka, Y.; Law, K. T.
2014-01-01
Topological superconductors, which support Majorana fermion excitations, have been the subject of intense studies due to their novel transport properties and their potential applications in fault-tolerant quantum computations. Here we propose a new type of topological superconductors that can be used as a novel source of correlated spin currents. We show that inducing superconductivity on a AIII class topological insulator wire, which respects a chiral symmetry and supports protected fermionic end states, will result in a topological superconductor. This topological superconductor supports two topological phases with one or two Majorana fermion end states, respectively. In the phase with two Majorana fermions, the superconductor can split Cooper pairs efficiently into electrons in two spatially separated leads due to Majorana-induced resonant-crossed Andreev reflections. The resulting currents in the leads are correlated and spin-polarized. Importantly, the proposed topological superconductors can be realized using quantum anomalous Hall insulators in proximity to superconductors. PMID:24492649
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DONG; Zhengchao
2006-01-01
We study the Zeeman effect on the d-wave superconductor and tunneling spectrum in normal-metal(N)/d-wave superconductor(S) junction by applying a Zeeman magnetic field to the S. It is shown that: (1) the Zeeman magnetic field can lead to the S gap decreasing, and with the increase in Zeeman energy, the superconducting state is changed to the normal state, exhibiting a first-order phase transition; (2) the Zeeman energy difference between the two splitting peaks in the conductance spectrum is equal to2h0 (h0 is the Zeeman energy); (3) both the barrier strength of interface scattering and the temperature can lower the magnitudes of splitting peaks, of which the barrier strength can lead to the splitting peaks becoming sharp and the temperature can smear out the peaks,however, neither of them can influence the Zeeman effect.
Nonlocal conductivity in type-II superconductors
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Multiterminal transport measurements on YBa2Cu2O7 crystals in the vortex liquid regime have shown nonlocal conductivity on length scales up to 50 microns. Motivated by these results we explore the wave vector (k) dependence of the dc conductivity tensor, σμν(k), in the Meissner, vortex lattice, and disordered phases of a type-II superconductor. Our results are based on time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau (TDGL) theory and on phenomenological arguments. We find four qualitatively different types of behavior. First, in the Meissner phase, the conductivity is infinite at k=0 and is a continuous function of k, monotonically decreasing with increasing k. Second, in the vortex-lattice phase, in the absence of pinning, the conductivity is finite (due to flux flow) at k=0; it is discontinuous there and remains qualitatively like the Meissner phase for k>0. Third, in the vortex liquid regime in a magnetic field and at low temperature, the conductivity is finite, smooth and nonmonotonic, first increasing with k at small k and then decreasing at larger k. This third behavior is expected to apply at temperatures just above the melting transition of the vortex lattice, where the vortex liquid shows strong short-range order and a large viscosity. Finally, at higher temperatures in the disordered phase, the conductivity is finite, smooth and again monotonically decreasing with k. This last, monotonic behavior applies in zero magnetic field for the entire disordered phase, i.e., at all temperatures above Tc, while in a field the nonmonotonic behavior may occur in a low-temperature portion of the disordered phase
Doping effects in high-Tc superconductors
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The purpose of the project has been to study how the superconducting and magnetic properties of the high temperature superconductors change as function of oxygen stoichiometry and cation doping. The primary system of investigation has been YBa2Cu3O6+x, which has been studied as function of oxygen stoichiometry, 0 2 planes, that is necessary for superconductivity, is strongly depending on structural ordering. The static properties and the kinetics of the structural ordering process have been studied experimentally by neutron and high energy synchrotron x-ray diffraction, by Raman scattering, and by computer simulation technique. Not only the oxygen stoichiometry but also the cation doping has been shown to influence the magnetic phases, in some cases in an unexpected manner. Thus, by neutron diffraction experiments it has been shown that doping with non-magnetic Al gives rise to a new magnetic phase. A theoretical model, has been developed. The magnetic phases of the Cu and Nd ordering in NdBa2Cu3O6+x, and of the Cu and Pr ordering in PrBa2Cu3O6+x have been studied by neutron diffraction with the main purpose of understanding why PrBa2Cu3O6+x is magnetic and non-superconducting for all oxygen stoichiometries. In NdBa:2Cu3O6+x studies of the magnetic flux lattice have been carried out by Small Angle Neutron Scattering. Additional structural studies of the superconducting and magnetic phases of related materials, of RENi2B2C (RE = rare earth), and of oxidized and cation doped materials based on La2CuO4+δ have been carried out. Methods for structural studies and analyses, and equipment for electrical and magnetic characterization have been developed. (EG) 5 tabs., 46 ills., 35 refs
Proceedings, phenomenology and applications of high temperature superconductors
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Phenomenology and Applications of High Temperature Superconductors, The Los Alamos Symposium: 1991, was sponsored by the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Center for Materials Science, the Advanced Studies Program on High Temperature Superconductivity Theory (ASP) and the Exploratory Research and Development Center. This is the second symposium in the series. High Temperature Superconductivity, The Los Alamos Symposium: 1989, also published by Addison Wesley, focused on the cutting-edge theoretical and experimental issues in high temperature superconductors. This symposium, with its focus on the phenomenology and applications of high temperature superconductors, gives a complementary review of the aspects of the field closely related to the impact of high temperature superconductors on technology. The objective of ASP is to advance the field on a broad front with no specific point of view by bringing a team of leading academic theorists into a joint effort with the theoretical and experimental scientists of a major DOE national laboratory. The ASP consisted of fellows led by Robert Schrieffer (UCSB and now FSU) joined by David Pines (University of illinois), Elihu Abrahams (Rutgers), Sebastian Doniach (Stanford), and Maurice Rice (ETH, Zurich) and theoretical and experimental staff of Los Alamos National Laboratory. This synergism of academic, laboratory, theoretical and experimental research produced a level of interaction and excitement that would not be possible otherwise. This publication and the previous one in the series are just examples of how this approach to advancing science can achieve significant contributions
Testable design and testing of high-speed superconductor microelectronics
Kerkhoff, Hans G.; Joseph, Arun A.; Heuvelmans, Sander
2004-01-01
True software-defined radio cellular base stations require extremely fast data converters, which can not currently be implemented in semiconductor technology. Superconductor niobium-based delta ADCs have shown to be able to perform this task. The problem of testing these devices is a severe task, as
Controlled Manipulation of Individual Vortices in a Superconductor
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Straver, E.W.J.
2010-04-05
We report controlled local manipulation of single vortices by low temperature magnetic force microscope (MFM) in a thin film of superconducting Nb. We are able to position the vortices in arbitrary configurations and to measure the distribution of local depinning forces. This technique opens up new possibilities for the characterization and use of vortices in superconductors.
Neutron-diffraction investigations of flux-lines in superconductors
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Forgan, E.M. [Birmingham Univ. (United Kingdom); Lee, S.L. [Saint Andrews Univ. (United Kingdom); McKPaul, D. [Warwick Univ., Coventry (United Kingdom); Mook, H.A. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Cubitt, R. [Institut Max von Laue - Paul Langevin (ILL), 38 - Grenoble (France)
1997-04-01
SANS has proved an extremely useful tool for investigating flux-line structures within the bulk of superconductors. With high-T{sub c} materials, the scattered intensities are weak, but careful measurements are giving important new information about flux lattices, flux pinning and flux-lattice melting. (author). 10 refs.
Band Structure of FeAs-based Superconductors
Kashurnikov, V. A.; Krasavin, A. V.
The excitation spectrum of two-dimensional FeAs-clusters modeling iron-based superconductors has been obtained by using a quantum Monte Carlo algorithm within the limits of the full two-orbital model. The first data are presented for clusters of size up to 10×10 FeAs-cells. The influence of interaction strength on dispersion is analyzed.
Angle dependence of Andreev scattering at semiconductor-superconductor interfaces
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Mortensen, Asger; Flensberg, Karsten; Jauho, Antti-Pekka
1999-01-01
and increase of the probability of normal reflection. We show that in the presence of a Fermi velocity mismatch between the semiconductor and the superconductor the angles of incidence and transmission are related according to the well-known Snell's law in optics. As a consequence there is a critical angle...
Do superconductors change as fast as possible when quenched?
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Rivers, Ray; Monaco, Roberto; Mygind, Jesper;
2008-01-01
If superconductors change as fast as possible as they pass through a phase transition, then the initial domain structure is constrained by causality. We shall see that Josephson junctions do indeed display such behaviour. However, we shall argue that causal bounds arise through the Gaussian nature...
Point-contact spectroscopy on heavy-fermion superconductors
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Hints at unconventional superconductivity are present in many heavy-fermion superconductors. Among other methods, point-contact spectroscopy is an important tool to study the symmetry and the nodal structure of the energy gap of unconventional superconductors. Andreev reflection of charge carriers at the interface between a normal metal and a superconductor is the main mechanism for a current at low bias through a nanosized constriction, leading to maxima in the differential conductance dI/dV vs. V. The position of the maxima depends not only on the size of the gap along given directions, but also on the order-parameter symmetry, the microscopic details of the contact and the barrier strength. In addition, if the order parameter exhibits a sign change, an Andreev surface bound state leads to a conductance anomaly at zero bias. We will review recent developments in this field and focus particularly on investigations of CeCoIn5, a possible d-wave superconductor
Point-contact spectroscopy on heavy-fermion superconductors
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Goll, G. [Physikalisches Institut, Universitaet Karlsruhe, D-76128-Karlsruhe (Germany)]. E-mail: gernot.goll@phys.uni-karlsruhe.de; Brugger, T. [Physikalisches Institut, Universitaet Karlsruhe, D-76128-Karlsruhe (Germany); Marz, M. [Physikalisches Institut, Universitaet Karlsruhe, D-76128-Karlsruhe (Germany); Kontermann, S. [Physikalisches Institut, Universitaet Karlsruhe, D-76128-Karlsruhe (Germany); Loehneysen, H. von [Physikalisches Institut, Universitaet Karlsruhe, D-76128-Karlsruhe (Germany) and Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Sayles, T. [Institute for Pure and Applied Physical Sciences, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093 (United States); Maple, M.B. [Institute for Pure and Applied Physical Sciences, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093 (United States)
2006-05-01
Hints at unconventional superconductivity are present in many heavy-fermion superconductors. Among other methods, point-contact spectroscopy is an important tool to study the symmetry and the nodal structure of the energy gap of unconventional superconductors. Andreev reflection of charge carriers at the interface between a normal metal and a superconductor is the main mechanism for a current at low bias through a nanosized constriction, leading to maxima in the differential conductance dI/dV vs. V. The position of the maxima depends not only on the size of the gap along given directions, but also on the order-parameter symmetry, the microscopic details of the contact and the barrier strength. In addition, if the order parameter exhibits a sign change, an Andreev surface bound state leads to a conductance anomaly at zero bias. We will review recent developments in this field and focus particularly on investigations of CeCoIn{sub 5}, a possible d-wave superconductor.
Advanced nuclear materials development -Development of superconductor application technology-
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Fabrication of high Tc bulk superconductor and its application, fabrication of superconducting wire for electric power device and analysis for cryogenic system were carried out for developing superconductor application technologies for electric power system. High quality YBaCuO bulk superconductor was fabricated by controlling initial powder preparation process and prototype fly wheel energy storage device was designed basically. The superconducting levitation force measuring device was made to examine the property of prepared superconductor specimen. Systematic studies on the method of starting powder preparation, mechanical fabrication process, heat treatment condition and analysis of plastic deformation were carried out to increase the stability and reproducibility of superconducting wire. A starting powder with good reactivity and fine particle size was obtained by emulsion drying method. Ag/BSCCO tape with good cross sectional shape and Tc of 16,000 A/cm2 was fabricated by applying CIP packing procedure. Multifilamentary wire with the Jc of approx. 10000 A/cm2 was fabricated by rolling method using square billet as starting shape. The joining of the multifilament wire was done by etching and pressing process and showed 50% of joining efficiency. Analysis on the heat loss in cryostat for high Tc superconducting device was carried out for optimum design of the future cryogenic system. 126 figs, 14 tabs, 214 refs. (Author)
Current-Voltage Characteristics of Quasi-One-Dimensional Superconductors
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Vodolazov, D.Y.; Peeters, F.M.; Piraux, L.;
2003-01-01
The current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of quasi-one-dimensional superconductors were discussed. The I-V characteristics exhibited an unusual S behavior. The dynamics of superconducting condensate and the existence of two different critical currents resulted in such an unusual behavior....
Hard gap in a normal layer coupled to a superconductor
Reeg, Christopher R.; Maslov, Dmitrii L.
2016-07-01
The ability to induce a sizable gap in the excitation spectrum of a normal layer placed in contact with a conventional superconductor has become increasingly important in recent years in the context of engineering a topological superconductor. The quasiclassical theory of the proximity effect shows that Andreev reflection at the superconductor/normal interface induces a nonzero pairing amplitude in the metal but does not endow it with a gap. Conversely, when the normal layer is atomically thin, the tunneling of Cooper pairs induces an excitation gap that can be as large as the bulk gap of the superconductor. We study how these two seemingly different views of the proximity effect evolve into one another as the thickness of the normal layer is changed. We show that a fully quantum-mechanical treatment of the problem predicts that the induced gap is always finite but falls off with the thickness of the normal layer d . If d is less than a certain crossover scale, which is much larger than the Fermi wavelength, the induced gap is comparable to the bulk gap. As a result, a sizable excitation gap can be induced in normal layers that are much thicker than the Fermi wavelength.
The mass spectrum of Diquark Boson in the color superconductor
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Yamaguchi, K.; Miyamura, O. [Hiroshima Univ., Dept. of Physics, Higashi-Hiroshima, Hiroshima (Japan)
2000-08-01
In this work we apply the functional integral method to the study of the color superconducting phase and compute the mass spectrum of the Diquark Boson at finite temperature and nonzero chemical potential. We find the different aspect with QED superconductor. (author)
Holographic superconductor in a deformed four-dimensional STU model
Pourhassan, B
2016-01-01
In this paper, we consider deformed STU model in four dimension including both electric and magnetic charges. Using AdS/CFT we study holographic superconductor and obtain transport properties. We find that presence of magnetic charge is necessary to have maximum electrical conductivity. Also we show that thermal conductivity increases with magnetic charge.
Numerical analysis of thermally actuated magnets for magnetization of superconductors
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Li Quan; Yan Yu; Rawlings, Colin; Coombs, Tim, E-mail: ql229@cam.ac.u [EPEC Superconductivity Group, Engineering Department, University of Cambridge, Trumpington Street. Cambridge, CB2 1PZ (United Kingdom)
2010-06-01
Superconductors, such as YBCO bulks, have extremely high potential magnetic flux densities, comparing to rare earth magnets. Therefore, the magnetization of superconductors has attracted broad attention and contribution from both academic research and industry. In this paper, a novel technique is proposed to magnetize superconductors. Unusually, instead of using high magnetic fields and pulses, repeatedly magnetic waves with strength of as low as rare earth magnets are applied. These magnetic waves, generated by thermally controlling a Gadolinium (Gd) bulk with a rare earth magnet underneath, travel over the flat surface of a YBCO bulk and get trapped little by little. Thus, a very small magnetic field can be used to build up a very large magnetic field. In this paper, the modelling results of thermally actuated magnetic waves are presented showing how to transfer sequentially applied thermal pulses into magnetic waves. The experiment results of the magnetization of YBCO bulk are also presented to demonstrate how superconductors are progressively magnetized by small magnetic field
Non-conventional Superconductors and diluted Ising Model
Ni, Xuan Zhong
2016-01-01
This paper demonstrates that the results of a Monte Carlo simulation of a diluted 2D Ising antiferromagnetic system corresponds with the phase diagram for non conventional superconductors. An energy gap of this system is defined. We also find a strange phenomenon that when the lattice size of simulation increased the crystal structure becomes more like quasi crystal at the low temperature.
Bottlenecks reduction using superconductors in high voltage transmission lines
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Daloub Labib
2016-01-01
Full Text Available Energy flow bottlenecks in high voltage transmission lines known as congestions are one of the challenges facing power utilities in fast developing countries. Bottlenecks occur in selected power lines when transmission systems are operated at or beyond their transfer limits. In these cases, congestions result in preventing new power supply contracts, infeasibility in existing contracts, price spike and market power abuse. The “Superconductor Technology” in electric power transmission cables has been used as a solution to solve the problem of bottlenecks in energy transmission at high voltage underground cables and overhead lines. The increase in demand on power generation and transmission happening due to fast development and linked to the intensive usage of transmission network in certain points, which in turn, lead to often frequent congestion in getting the required power across to where it is needed. In this paper, a bottleneck in high voltage double overhead transmission line with Aluminum Conductor Steel Reinforced was modeled using conductor parameters and replaced by Gap-Type Superconductor to assess the benefit of upgrading to higher temperature superconductor and obtain higher current carrying capacity. This proved to reduce the high loading of traditional aluminum conductors and allow more power transfer over the line using superconductor within the same existing right-of-way, steel towers, insulators and fittings, thus reducing the upgrade cost of building new lines.
Measuring Thermal Diffusivity Of A High-Tc Superconductor
Powers, Charles E.; Oh, Gloria; Leidecker, Henning
1992-01-01
Technique for measuring thermal diffusivity of superconductor of high critical temperature based on Angstrom's temperature-wave method. Peltier junction generates temperature oscillations, which propagate with attenuation up specimen. Thermal diffusivity of specimen calculated from distance between thermocouples and amplitudes and phases of oscillatory components of thermocouple readings.
Observation of Antiferromagnetic Resonance in an Organic Superconductor
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Torrance, J. B.; Pedersen, H. J.; Bechgaard, K.
1982-01-01
Anomalous microwave absorption has been observed in the organic superconductor TMTSF2AsF6 (TMTSF: tetramethyltetraselenafulvalene) below its metal-nonmetal transition near 12 K. This absorption is unambiguously identified as antiferromagnetic resonance by the excellent agreement between a spin...
Conditions for thermal stabilization of the superconductor's critical state
Romanovskii, V. R.
2013-05-01
Conditions for thermal stabilization of the electrodynamic states of a superconductor are studied. The macroscopic states are simulated in the nonisothermal approximation by numerically solving a set of the Fourier and Maxwell equations with the magnetic flux penetration boundary unknown. Stability criteria for the critical state described by the viscous flow model are formulated. The results are compared with those following from the isothermal theory. It is shown that errors inherent in the isothermal approximation are significant for a thermally insulated superconductor. Therefore, the well-known adiabatic criterion of stability formulated in the isothermal approximation limits the domain of stable states, since a correct determination of conditions for the superconducting-normal state transition must take into account the thermal history of the stable superconducting state formation. On the whole, the error of loss calculation in the isothermal approximation increases when the heat transfer coefficient decreases or an external magnetic field sweep and the size of the superconductor's cross section increases. On the other hand, nonisothermal stability conditions expand the variety of allowable states, since they include conditions that links the currently developed theory of thermomagnetic instability, the theory of losses, and the theory of a superconductor's thermal stabilization.
Quantum creep in a highly crystalline two-dimensional superconductor
Saito, Yu; Kasahara, Yuichi; Ye, Jianting; Iwasa, Yoshihiro; Nojima, Tsutomu
Conventional studies on quantum phase transitions, especially on superconductor-insulator or superconductor-metal-insulator transitions have been performed in deposited metallic thin films such as Bismuth or MoGe. Although the techniques of thin films deposition have been considerably improved, unintentional disorder such as impurities and deficiencies, generating the pinning centers, seems to still exist in such systems. The mechanical exfoliated highly crystalline two-dimensional material can be a good candidate to realize a less-disordered 2D superconductor with extremely weak pinning, combined with transfer method or ionic-liquid gating. We report on the quantum metal, namely, magnetic-field-induced metallic state observed in an ion-gated two-dimensional superconductor based on an ultra-highly crystalline layered band insulator, ZrNCl. We found that the superconducting state is extremely fragile against external magnetic fields; that is, zero resistance state immediately disappears, once an external magnetic field switches on. This is because the present system is relatively clean and the pinning potential is extremely weak, which cause quantum tunneling and flux flow of vortices, resulting in metallic ground state.
Research On Bi-Based High-Temperature Superconductors
Banks, Curtis; Doane, George B., III; Golben, John
1993-01-01
Brief report describes effects of melt sintering on Bi-based high-temperature superconductor system, as well as use of vibrating-sample magnetometer to determine hysteresis curves at 77 K for partially melt-sintered samples. Also discussed is production of high-temperature superconducting thin films by laser ablation: such films potentially useful in detection of signals of very low power.
Rayleigh instability of confined vortex droplets in critical superconductors
Lukyanchuk, I.; Vinokur, V. M.; Rydh, A.; Xie, R.; Milošević, M. V.; Welp, U.; Zach, M.; Xiao, Z. L.; Crabtree, G. W.; Bending, S. J.; Peeters, F. M.; Kwok, W. K.
2015-01-01
Depending on the Ginzburg-Landau parameter κ, superconductors can either be fully diamagnetic if (type I superconductors) or allow magnetic flux to penetrate through Abrikosov vortices if (type II superconductors; refs , ). At the Bogomolny critical point, , a state that is infinitely degenerate with respect to vortex spatial configurations arises. Despite in-depth investigations of conventional type I and type II superconductors, a thorough understanding of the magnetic behaviour in the near-Bogomolny critical regime at κ ~ κc remains lacking. Here we report that in confined systems the critical regime expands over a finite interval of κ forming a critical superconducting state. We show that in this state, in a sample with dimensions comparable to the vortex core size, vortices merge into a multi-quanta droplet, which undergoes Rayleigh instability on increasing κ and decays by emitting single vortices. Superconducting vortices realize Nielsen-Olesen singular solutions of the Abelian Higgs model, which is pervasive in phenomena ranging from quantum electrodynamics to cosmology. Our study of the transient dynamics of Abrikosov-Nielsen-Olesen vortices in systems with boundaries promises access to non-trivial effects in quantum field theory by means of bench-top laboratory experiments.
Basic thin film processing for high-Tc superconductors
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Much attention has been paid for the thin films of perovskite-type oxides especially for the thin films of the high-Tc superconducting ceramics. Historically the thin films of the perovskite-type oxides have been studied as a basic research for ferroelectric materials. Thin films of BaTiO3 and PbTiO3 were tried to deposited and there ferroelectricity was evaluated. Recently this kind of perovskite thin films, including PZT (PbTiO3-PbZrO3) and PLZT [(Pb, La) (Zr, T)O3] have been studied in relation to the synthesis of thin film dielectrics, pyroelectrics, piezoelectrics, electro-optic materials, and acousto-optic materials. Thin films of BPB (BaPbO3- BaBiO3) were studied as oxide superconductors. At present the thin films of the rare-earth high-Tc superconductors of LSC (La1-xSrxCuO4) and YBC (YBa2Cu3O7-δ) have been successfully synthesized owing to the previous studies on the ferroelectric thin films of the perovskite- type oxides. Similar to the rare-earth high-Tc superconductors thin films of the rare-earth-free high-Tc superconductors of BSCC (Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O)9 and TBCC (Tl- Ba-Ca-Cu-O)10 system have been synthesized. In this section the basic processes for the fabrication of the high- Tc perovskite superconducting thin films are described
Magnetic flux annihilation waves in inhomogeneous high-temperature superconductors
Rudnev, IA; Khodot, AE; Eremin, AV; Mikhailov, BP
2004-01-01
The process of magnetic field penetration into polycrystalline high-T-c superconductors of the YBa2Cu3O7 - x and Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3O10 - x systems has been studied using traditional magnetooptical methods and scanning Hall probe microscopy. It is established that remagnetization of a sample is accompanied
Stückelberg Holographic Superconductor Models with Backreactions
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PENG Yan; PAN Qi-Yuan
2013-01-01
We study the Stückelberg holographic superconductors away from the probe limit.We find that the backreaction of the spacetime can bring richer physics in the phase transition.Moreover we observe that the ratio ωg /Tc changes with the strength of the backreaction and is not a universal constant.
Erratum: Ultrasonic Properties of the MgB2 Superconductor
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李绍春; 王汝菊; 李凤英; 刘振兴; 朱嘉林; 禹日成; 靳常青
2001-01-01
The last sentence in the abstract should be: "The results indicate that the velocities are much higher than those in the usual materials while elastic constants remain reasonably soft, which is considered to be one of the reasons for the high transition temperature of the MgB2 superconductor".
Analytic study on backreacting holographic superconductors with dark matter sector
Nakonieczny, Lukasz
2014-01-01
The variational method for Sturm-Liouville eigenvalue problem was employed to study analytically properties of the holographic superconductor with dark matter sector, in which a coupling between Maxwell field and another U(1)-gauge field was considered. The backreaction of the dark matter sector on gravitational background in question was also examined.
Conductivity of Holographic Superconductor within Ginzburg–Landau Theory
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Lei Liao; Yuan Chen
2014-09-01
The frequency-dependent conductivity is obtained for the holographic superconductor by using the Ginzburg–Landau theory with a |Ψ|4 term. Our results show that |Ψ|4 term plays a role in the low-temperature behaviour of the conductivity.
Fluxons in thin-film superconductor-insulator superlattices
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Sakai, S.; Bodin, P.; Pedersen, Niels Falsig
1993-01-01
In a system of thin alternating layers of superconductors and insulators the equations describing static and dynamic fluxon solutions are derived. The approach, represented by a useful compact matrix form, is intended to describe systems fabricated for example of niobium or niobium-nitride thin...
Coherent and correlated spin transport in nanoscale superconductors
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Morten, Jan Petter
2008-03-15
Motivated by the desire for better understanding of nano electronic systems, we theoretically study the conductance and noise characteristics of current flow between superconductors, ferromagnets, and normal-metals. Such nano structures can reveal information about superconductor proximity effects, spin-relaxation processes, and spintronic effects with potential applications for different areas of mesoscopic physics. We employ the quasiclassical theory of superconductivity in the Keldysh formalism, and calculate the nonequilibrium transport of spin and charge using various approaches like the circuit theory of quantum transport and full counting statistics. For two of the studied structures, we have been able to compare our theory to experimental data and obtain good agreement. Transport and relaxation of spin polarized current in superconductors is governed by energy-dependent transport coefficients and spin-flip rates which are determined by quantum interference effects. We calculate the resulting temperature-dependent spin flow in ferromagnet-superconductor devices. Experimental data for spin accumulation and spin relaxation in a superconducting nano wire is in agreement with the theory, and allows for a spin-flip spectroscopy that determines the dominant mechanism for spin-flip relaxation in the studied samples. A ferromagnet precessing under resonance conditions can give rise to pure spin current injection into superconductors. We find that the absorbed spin current is measurable as a temperature dependent Gilbert damping, which we calculate and compare to experimental data. Crossed Andreev reflection denotes superconducting pairing of electrons flowing from different normal-metal or ferromagnet terminals into a superconductor. We calculate the nonlocal currents resulting from this process in competition with direct electron transport between the normal-metal terminals. We take dephasing into account, and study the nonlocal current when the types of contact in
Ground state, collective mode, phase soliton and vortex in multiband superconductors.
Lin, Shi-Zeng
2014-12-10
This article reviews theoretical and experimental work on the novel physics in multiband superconductors. Multiband superconductors are characterized by multiple superconducting energy gaps in different bands with interaction between Cooper pairs in these bands. The discovery of prominent multiband superconductors MgB2 and later iron-based superconductors, has triggered enormous interest in multiband superconductors. The most recently discovered superconductors exhibit multiband features. The multiband superconductors possess novel properties that are not shared with their single-band counterpart. Examples include: the time-reversal symmetry broken state in multiband superconductors with frustrated interband couplings; the collective oscillation of number of Cooper pairs between different bands, known as the Leggett mode; and the phase soliton and fractional vortex, which are the main focus of this review. This review presents a survey of a wide range of theoretical exploratory and experimental investigations of novel physics in multiband superconductors. A vast amount of information derived from these studies is shown to highlight unusual and unique properties of multiband superconductors and to reveal the challenges and opportunities in the research on the multiband superconductivity. PMID:25398159
High field superconductor development and understanding
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Larbalestier, David C. [Florida State Univ., Tallahassee, FL (United States); Lee, Peter J. [Florida State Univ., Tallahassee, FL (United States); Tarantini, Chiara [Florida State Univ., Tallahassee, FL (United States)
2014-09-28
All present circular accelerators use superconducting magnets to bend and to focus the particle beams. The most powerful of these machines is the large hadron collider (LHC) at CERN. The main ring dipole magnets of the LHC are made from Nb-Ti but, as the machine is upgraded to higher luminosity, more powerful magnets made of Nb_{3}Sn will be required. Our work addresses how to make the Nb_{3}Sn conductors more effective and more suitable for use in the LHC. The most important property of the superconducting conductor used for an accelerator magnet is that it must have very high critical current density, the property that allows the generation of high magnetic fields in small spaces. Nb_{3}Sn is the original high field superconductor, the material which was discovered in 1960 to allow a high current density in the field of about 9 T. For the high luminosity upgrade of the LHC, much higher current densities in fields of about 12 Tesla will be required. The critical value of the current density is of order 2600 A/mm^{2} in a field of 12 Tesla. But there are very important secondary factors that complicate the attainment of this critical current density. The first is that the effective filament diameter must be no larger than about 40 µm. The second factor is that 50% of the cross-section of the Nb_{3}Sn conductor that is pure copper must be protected from any poisoning by any Sn leakage through the diffusion barrier that protects the package of niobium and tin from which the Nb_{3}Sn is formed by a high temperature reaction. These three, somewhat conflicting requirements, mean that optimization of the conductor is complex. The work described in this contract report addresses these conflicting requirements. They show that very sophisticated characterizations can uncover the way to satisfy all 3 requirements and they also suggest that the ultimate optimization of Nb_{3}Sn is still not yet in sight
Unconventional properties of non-centrosymmetric superconductors
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Klam, Ludwig
2010-10-28
A kinetic theory for non-centrosymmetric superconductors (NCS) is formulated for low temperatures and in the clean limit. The transport equations are solved quite generally for any kind of antisymmetric spin-orbit coupling (ASOC) in an extended momentum and frequency range. The result is a particle-hole symmetric, gauge-invariant and charge conserving description, which is used to calculate the current response, the specific heat capacity, and the Raman response function. A detailed analysis of the gauge invariance and the associated phase fluctuations of the superconducting order parameter revealed two gauge modes: the Anderson-Bogoliubov mode on the one side and a new gauge mode on the other side, which strongly depends on the symmetry of the ASOC. As application of the kinetic theory, the polarization-dependence of the T = 0 electronic Raman response in NCS is studied for two important classes of ASOC with the representative systems CePt{sub 3}Si and Li{sub 2}Pd{sub x}Pt{sub 3-x}B. Analytical expressions for the Raman vertices are derived, and the frequency power laws and pair-breaking peaks are calculated. A characteristic two- peak structure is predicted for NCS and might serve as an indicator for the unknown relative magnitude of the singlet and triplet contributions to the superconducting order parameter. An efficient numerical method is introduced in order to calculate the dynamical spin and charge response of CePt{sub 3}Si, using an itinerant description for the electrons. With a realistic parameterization of the band structure, the nesting function, inelastic neutron scattering cross sections, and Kohn anomalies are calculated for a selected band in the normal non-magnetic state. From the spin and charge susceptibility, a superconducting pairing interaction is constructed for the weak-coupling gap equation. A sign analysis of the decoupled gap equation supports the experimental evidence of a strong triplet contribution to the order parameter in CePt{sub 3
Barner, J. B.; Kleinsasser, A. W.; Hunt, B. D.
1996-01-01
The ability to controllably fabricate High-Temperature Superconductor (HTS) S-Normal-S (SNS) Josephson Juntions (JJ's) enhances the possibilities fro many applications, including digital circuits, SQUID's, and mixers. A wide variety of approaches to fabricating SNS-like junctions has been tried and analyzed in terms of proximity effect behavior.
Effective Ginzburg-Landau free energy functional for multi-band isotropic superconductors
Grigorishin, Konstantin V.
2016-04-01
It has been shown that interband mixing of gradients of two order parameters (drag effect) in an isotropic bulk two-band superconductor plays important role - such a quantity of the intergradients coupling exists that the two-band superconductor is characterized with a single coherence length and a single Ginzburg-Landau (GL) parameter. Other quantities or neglecting of the drag effect lead to existence of two coherence lengths and dynamical instability due to violation of the phase relations between the order parameters. Thus so-called type-1.5 superconductors are impossible. An approximate method for solving of set of GL equations for a multi-band superconductor has been developed: using the result about the drag effect it has been shown that the free-energy functional for a multi-band superconductor can be reduced to the GL functional for an effective single-band superconductor.
d + id and d wave topological superconductors and new mechanisms for bulk boundary correspondence
Chern, Tong
2016-08-01
We investigate two dimensional(2D) chiral dx2-y2 ± idxy topological superconductors and three dimensional(3D) d wave topological superconductors, through concrete models. We demonstrate that these two kinds of topological superconductors are the simplest cases of more general 2D class C topological superconductors and 3D class CI topological superconductors, respectively. We then give general methods to systematically build models for all 2D class C and 3D class CI topological superconductors. Our theoretical constructions may be a critical step to experimentally realize these exotic topologically superconducting phases. The chiral edge modes or gapless surface states of our 2D or 3D models are studied in details. In all the situations, we find novel mechanisms for bulk boundary correspondence.
Particle-Hole Transformation in Iron-Based High-Temperature Superconductors
Rodriguez, J. P.
2016-01-01
An exact particle-hole transformation is discovered in a local-moment description of monolayer iron-based superconductors at strong iron-site Coulomb repulsion. Application of the transformation to a surface layer of FeSe predicts a surface-layer high-temperature superconductor at strong hole doping. Comparison with existing low-Tc iron superconductors suggests that the critical temperature at heavy hole doping can be increased by increasing direct ferromagnetic exchange in between nearest ne...
A Classroom Demonstration of Levitation and Suspension of a Superconductor over a Magnetic Track
Strehlow, Charles P.; Sullivan, M. C.
2008-01-01
The suspension and levitation of superconductors by permanent magnets is one of the most fascinating consequences of superconductivity, and a wonderful instrument for generating interest in low temperature physics and electrodynamics. We present a novel classroom demonstration of the levitation/suspension of a superconductor over a magnetic track that maximizes levitation/suspension time, separation distance between the magnetic track and superconductor and also insulator aesthetics. The demo...
Analytic Study of First-Order Phase Transition in Holographic Superconductor and Superfluid
Huang, Wung-Hong
2013-01-01
We use the matching method to investigate the first-order phase transition in holographic superconductor and superfluid. We first use the simple holographic superconductor model to describe the matching method and mention how to see the first-order phase transition. Next, we study the holographic superconductor with St\\"uckelberg term and see that the analytic results indicate the existence of first-order phase transition. Finally, we study the holographic superfluid and show that the first-o...
Studies of anisotropy of iron based superconductors
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Murphy, Jason [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)
2013-01-01
To study the electronic anisotropy in iron based superconductors, the temperature dependent London penetration depth, Δλ (T), have been measured in several compounds, along with the angular dependent upper critical field, H_{c2}(T). Study was undertaken on single crystals of Ba(Fe_{1-x}Co_{x})_{2}As_{2} with x=0.108 and x=0.127, in the overdoped range of the doping phase diagram, characterized by notable modulation of the superconducting gap. Heavy ion irradiation with matching field doses of 6 T and 6.5 T respectively, were used to create columnar defects and to study their effect on the temperature Δλ (T). The variation of the low-temperature penetration depth in both pristine and irradiated samples was fitted with a power-law function Δλ (T) = AT^{n}. Irradiation increases the magnitude of the pre-factor A and decreases the exponent n, similar to the effect on the optimally doped samples. This finding supports the universal s_{±} scenario for the whole doping range. Knowing that the s_{±} gap symmetry exists across the superconducting dome for the electron doped systems, we next looked at λ (T), in optimally - doped, SrFe_{2}(As_{1-x}P_{x})_{2}, x =0.35. Both, as-grown (T_{c} ~ 25 K) and annealed (T_{c} ~ 35 K) single crystals of SrFe_{2}(As_{1-x}P_{x})_{2} were measured. Annealing decreases the absolute value of the London penetration depth from λ(0) = 300 ± 10 nm in as-grown samples to λ (0) = 275±10 nm. At low temperatures, λ (T) ~ T indicates a superconducting gap with line nodes. Analysis of the full-temperature range superfluid density is consistent with the line nodes, but differs from the simple single-gap d-wave. The observed behavior is very similar to that of BaFe_{2}(As_{1-x}P_{x})_{2}, showing that isovalently substituted pnictides are inherently different from
A simple model to estimate the optimal doping of p - Type oxide superconductors
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Adir Moysés Luiz
2008-12-01
Full Text Available Oxygen doping of superconductors is discussed. Doping high-Tc superconductors with oxygen seems to be more efficient than other doping procedures. Using the assumption of double valence fluctuations, we present a simple model to estimate the optimal doping of p-type oxide superconductors. The experimental values of oxygen content for optimal doping of the most important p-type oxide superconductors can be accounted for adequately using this simple model. We expect that our simple model will encourage further experimental and theoretical researches in superconducting materials.
The effects of strand transposition on the stiffness matrix of superconductor core elements
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Schnefler, B.; Gori, R.
1988-03-01
The axial and torsional components of the stiffness matrix of superconductor core elements are derived taking into account the effects of the wrapping of superconductor strands around the internal insulating strip. It is shown that the inclination of the strands referred to the longitudinal axis of the superconductor produces a reduction of the axial stiffness and a considerable increase in torsional stiffness. Examples relating to superconductors proposed for the NET Toroidal Field Coil are shown. In that instance the strand transposition is carried out by roebling.
Progress and prospect on the research of new iron-based high-Tc superconductors
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Xian-hui CHEN
2010-01-01
@@ Since the discovery of high-Tc copper oxides, researches on high-Tc superconductors and their physical mechanism have become one of the hottest topics in condensed matter physics. In conventional superconductors, superconductivity occurs at very low temperatures. When superconductive, a material presents zero resistance and diamagnetism which is called Meissner Effect. The highTc superconductors are the materials whose superconducting transition temperatures are beyond the McMillan limit of 39 K. However, up to now, the mechanism of the copper oxide superconductors is still under debate.
Iron-based superconductors: A new family to find the origin of high Tc superconductivity
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Dao-xin Yao
2011-01-01
Since the discovery of iron-based superconductors in 2008 [1],a new tide of study on high Tc superconductors spreads worldwide quickly.After a few years' intensive study,many new compounds of iron-based superconductors have been found and their properties have been disclosed.The great achievement is attributed to the modern experimental techniques,fast developing numerical methods and improved theories during the study of cuprate superconductors or more generally strongly correlated electron systems.For instance,the Fermi surface,band structure and superconducting gap for a new compound could be measured quickly by modern ARPES technique [2].
Zeeman effects on Josephson current in d-wave superconductor/d-wave superconductor junctions
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Liao Yan-Hua; Dong Zheng-Chao; Yin Zai-Feng; Fu Hao
2008-01-01
This paper solves a self-consistent equation for the d-wave superconducting gap and the effective exchange field in the mean-field approximation,and studies the Zeeman effects on the d-wave superconducting gap and thermodynamic potential.The Josephson currents in the d-wave superconductor(S)/insulating layer(I)/d-wave S junctions are calculated as a function of the temperature,exchange field,and insulating barrier strength under a Zeeman magnetic field on the two d-wave Ss.It is found that the Josephson critical currents in d-wave S/d-wave S junction to a great extent depend on the relative orientation of the effective exchange field of the two S electrodes,and the crystal orientation of the d-wave S.The exchange field under certain conditions can enhance the Josephson critical current in a d-wave S/I/d-wave S junction.
Yu-Shiba-Rusinov states in phase-biased superconductor-quantum dot-superconductor junctions
Kiršanskas, Gediminas; Goldstein, Moshe; Flensberg, Karsten; Glazman, Leonid I.; Paaske, Jens
2015-12-01
We study the effects of a phase difference on Yu-Shiba-Rusinov (YSR) states in a spinful Coulomb-blockaded quantum dot contacted by a superconducting loop. In the limit where charging energy is larger than the superconducting gap, we determine the subgap excitation spectrum, the corresponding supercurrent, and the differential conductance as measured by a normal-metal tunnel probe. In absence of a phase difference only one linear combination of the superconductor lead electrons couples to the spin, which gives a single YSR state. With finite phase difference, however, it is effectively a two-channel scattering problem and therefore an additional state emerges from the gap edge. The energy of the phase-dependent YSR states depend on the gate voltage and one state can cross zero energy twice inside the valley with odd occupancy. These crossings are shifted by the phase difference towards the charge degeneracy points, corresponding to larger exchange couplings. Moreover, the zero-energy crossings give rise to resonant peaks in the differential conductance with magnitude 4 e2/h . Finally, we demonstrate that the quantum fluctuations of the dot spin do not alter qualitatively any of the results.
Hwang, Jungseek
2015-03-01
We performed a reverse process of the usual optical data analysis of boson-exchange superconductors. We calculated the optical self-energy from two (MMP and MMP+peak) input model electron-boson spectral density functions using Allen's formula for one normal and two (s- and d-wave) superconducting cases. We obtained the optical constants including the optical conductivity and the dynamic dielectric function from the optical self-energy using an extended Drude model, and finally calculated the reflectance spectrum. Furthermore, to investigate impurity effects on optical quantities we added various levels of impurities (from the clean to the dirty limit) in the optical self-energy and performed the same reverse process to obtain the optical conductivity, the dielectric function, and reflectance. From these optical constants obtained from the reverse process we extracted the impurity-dependent superfluid densities for two superconducting cases using two independent methods (the Ferrel-Glover-Tinkham sum rule and the extrapolation to zero frequency of -ϵ1(ω)ω(2)); we found that a certain level of impurities is necessary to get a good agreement on results obtained by the two methods. We observed that impurities give similar effects on various optical constants of s- and d-wave superconductors; the greater the impurities the more distinct the gap feature and the lower the superfluid density. However, the s-wave superconductor gives the superconducting gap feature more clearly than the d-wave superconductor because in the d-wave superconductors the optical quantities are averaged over the anisotropic Fermi surface. Our results supply helpful information to see how characteristic features of the electron-boson spectral function and the s- and d-wave superconducting gaps appear in various optical constants including raw reflectance spectrum. Our study may help with a thorough understanding of the usual optical analysis process. Further systematic study of experimental
Nobel Prize winner visits CERN’s superconductors
2008-01-01
On Wednesday 23 April Georg Bednorz, who won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1987, visited CERN along with 44 of his colleagues from the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory. Georg Bednorz (second from right) with colleagues from the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory in the LHC tunnel. On their arrival, Jos Engelen, the Chief Scientific Officer, gave the IBM group an introduction to CERN. Bednorz came to CERN only recently for the Open Days to give a seminar, but unfortunately did not have time to visit the experiments, so this trip was organised instead. Along with Alex Müller, Bednorz was awarded the Noble Prize for his discovery of superconductivity for the so-called high temperature superconductors, essentially copper-oxide-based compounds showing superconductivity at temperatures much higher than had previously been thought possible. The LHC magnets are built with low-temperature superconductors but many current leads that supply power to the LHC cryostats are made with...
Dynamics of vortices in planar and tubular microstructured superconductors
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Full text: Nucleation and denucleation of vortices as well as their guided motion between antidots are key issues to design methods for controlling the vortex manipulation in micro patterned thin films and self-assembled micro tubes. The vortex dynamics in micro structured superconductors is modelled using an adaptive numerical approach on the basis of the time dependent Ginzburg-Landau equations. Evolution of the order parameter and the current density is analyzed for superconducting YBCO films with different patterns of antidots. The resulting picture of the accumulated vortex trajectories clearly reveals a guided motion between the antidots. Dynamics of correlated vortices in superconductor tubes in a magnetic field, which is perpendicular to their axes, is governed by the curvature. I acknowledge fruitful collaboration with R. Woerdenweber and O. G. Schmidt. (author)
Transport theory of superconductors with singular interaction corrections
Levchenko, Alex
2010-03-01
We study nonlinear transport properties of superconductors near the classical critical point Tc where fluctuation effects play the dominant role. In this regime conductivity is set by the interplay of two competing effects. The first is that strong electron-electron interactions in the Cooper channel increase the life time of fluctuation Cooper pairs and thus enhance conductivity. On the other hand, dynamic pair breaking effects tend to suppress superconductivity. An interplay between these processes defines the new transport regime GiT-TcTc√Gi where fluctuation induced conductivity becomes more singular, here Gi is the Ginzburg number. The crossover temperature Tc√Gi is generated as the result of scattering on dynamic fluctuations of the order parameter. The most singular contributions to conductivity stem from the dynamic Aslamazov-Larkin term, and novel Maki-Thompson and interference corrections. We suggest that the natural way to probe nonlinear fluctuation regime in superconductors is by magnetoconductivity measurements in the perpendicular field.
Andreev-Bragg Reflection from an Amperian Superconductor
Baireuther, P.; Hyart, T.; Tarasinski, B.; Beenakker, C. W. J.
2015-08-01
We show how an electrical measurement can detect the pairing of electrons on the same side of the Fermi surface (Amperian pairing), recently proposed by Patrick Lee for the pseudogap phase of high-Tc cuprate superconductors. Bragg scattering from the pair-density wave introduces odd multiples of 2 kF momentum shifts when an electron incident from a normal metal is Andreev reflected as a hole. These Andreev-Bragg reflections can be detected in a three-terminal device, containing a ballistic Y junction between normal leads (1, 2) and the superconductor. The cross-conductance d I1/d V2 has the opposite sign for Amperian pairing than it has either in the normal state or for the usual BCS pairing.
High temperature superconductor analog electronics for millimeter-wavelength communications
Romanofsky, R. R.; Bhasin, K. B.
1991-01-01
The performance of high temperature superconductor (HTS) passive microwave circuits up to X-band was encouraging when compared to their metallic counterparts. The extremely low surface resistance of HTS films up to about 10 GHz enables a reduction in loss by as much as 100 times compared to copper when both materials are kept at about 77 K. However, a superconductor's surface resistance varies in proportion to the frequency squared. Consequently, the potential benefit of HTS materials to millimeter-wave communications requires careful analysis. A simple ring resonator was used to evaluate microstrip losses at Ka-band. Additional promising components were investigated such as antennas and phase shifters. Prospects for HTS to favorable impact millimeter-wave communications systems are discussed.
Andreev Tunneling Through a Ferromagnet／Quantum－Dot／Superconductor System
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RAOHong－Hu; ZHUYu; 等
2002-01-01
We study Andreev tunneling through a ferromagnet/quantum-dot(QD)/superconductor system,By using nonequilibrum Green function method.the averaged occupation of electrons in QD and the Andreev tunneling current are studied.Comparing to the norma-metal/quantum-dot/superconductor,the system shows significant changes:(i) The averaged occupations of spin-up and spin-down electrons are not equal,(ii)With the increase of the polaryzation of ferromagnetic lead,the Andreev reflection current decreases.(iii) However,even the ferromagnetic lead reaches full polarization,the averaged occupation of spin-dowm electrons is not zero,The physics of these changes is discussed.
Holographic p-wave superconductor models with Weyl corrections
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Zhang, Lu [Institute of Physics and Department of Physics, Hunan Normal University, Changsha, Hunan 410081 (China); Key Laboratory of Low Dimensional Quantum Structures and Quantum Control of Ministry of Education, Hunan Normal University, Changsha, Hunan 410081 (China); Pan, Qiyuan, E-mail: panqiyuan@126.com [Institute of Physics and Department of Physics, Hunan Normal University, Changsha, Hunan 410081 (China); Key Laboratory of Low Dimensional Quantum Structures and Quantum Control of Ministry of Education, Hunan Normal University, Changsha, Hunan 410081 (China); Instituto de Física, Universidade de São Paulo, CP 66318, São Paulo 05315-970 (Brazil); Jing, Jiliang, E-mail: jljing@hunnu.edu.cn [Institute of Physics and Department of Physics, Hunan Normal University, Changsha, Hunan 410081 (China); Key Laboratory of Low Dimensional Quantum Structures and Quantum Control of Ministry of Education, Hunan Normal University, Changsha, Hunan 410081 (China)
2015-04-09
We study the effect of the Weyl corrections on the holographic p-wave dual models in the backgrounds of AdS soliton and AdS black hole via a Maxwell complex vector field model by using the numerical and analytical methods. We find that, in the soliton background, the Weyl corrections do not influence the properties of the holographic p-wave insulator/superconductor phase transition, which is different from that of the Yang–Mills theory. However, in the black hole background, we observe that similarly to the Weyl correction effects in the Yang–Mills theory, the higher Weyl corrections make it easier for the p-wave metal/superconductor phase transition to be triggered, which shows that these two p-wave models with Weyl corrections share some similar features for the condensation of the vector operator.
Thermodynamics of superconductors with charge-density waves
Gabovich, A M; Szymczak, H; Voitenko, A I
2003-01-01
Equations for the temperature-(T-) dependent superconducting (DELTA(T)) and dielectric (SIGMA(T)) order parameters are solved self-consistently in the partial dielectric gapping model of Bilbro and McMillan for superconductors with charge-density waves (CDWs). It is shown that for the close enough structural phase transition temperature, T sub s , and superconducting one, T sub c , with T sub s > T sub c , SIGMA below T sub c may become smaller than DELTA. The electronic heat capacity C(T) is calculated. It is shown that the discontinuity DELTA C at T = T sub c is always smaller than the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer value. The effect is detectable over a wide range of the model parameters. Experimental implications for CDW superconductors, such as A15 compounds, high-T sub c cuprates, and MgB sub 2 , are suggested and discussed.
Magnetoresistance, transport noise and granular structure in polycrystalline superconductors
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In this work we present a theoretical study on the magnetic field dependence of the electrical resistance R(Ba) and the transport noise (TN) in a high-Tc polycrystalline superconductors. In the model, we have considered the ceramic superconductor as a series-parallel array of Josephson devices and the intergranular magnetic field is described within the framework of the intragranular flux-trapping model. The obtained results qualitatively reproduce the hysteretic behavior of the R(Ba) dependence in increasing and decreasing applied magnetic fields. We have found that the hysteretic behavior in the R(Ba) dependence changes appreciably if different statistical distributions of the geometric factors of grains are used. In addition, such changes are also reflected in the TN, which is produced by the electric current rearrangement in the array with increasing applied magnetic fields. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)
Design of High Field Solenoids made of High Temperature Superconductors
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Bartalesi, Antonio; /Pisa U.
2010-12-01
This thesis starts from the analytical mechanical analysis of a superconducting solenoid, loaded by self generated Lorentz forces. Also, a finite element model is proposed and verified with the analytical results. To study the anisotropic behavior of a coil made by layers of superconductor and insulation, a finite element meso-mechanic model is proposed and designed. The resulting material properties are then used in the main solenoid analysis. In parallel, design work is performed as well: an existing Insert Test Facility (ITF) is adapted and structurally verified to support a coil made of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}, a High Temperature Superconductor (HTS). Finally, a technological winding process was proposed and the required tooling is designed.
Permanent magnet with MgB2 bulk superconductor
Yamamoto, Akiyasu; Ishihara, Atsushi; Tomita, Masaru; Kishio, Kohji
2014-07-01
Superconductors with persistent zero-resistance currents serve as permanent magnets for high-field applications requiring a strong and stable magnetic field, such as magnetic resonance imaging. The recent global helium shortage has quickened research into high-temperature superconductors (HTSs)—materials that can be used without conventional liquid-helium cooling to 4.2 K. Herein, we demonstrate that 40-K-class metallic HTS magnesium diboride (MgB2) makes an excellent permanent bulk magnet, maintaining 3 T at 20 K for 1 week with an extremely high stability (cryocoolers, making MgB2 bulks promising for the next generation of Tesla-class permanent-magnet applications.
Electrochemical synthesis of alkali-intercalated iron selenide superconductors
Shen, Shi-Jie; Ying, Tian-Ping; Wang, Gang; Jin, Shi-Feng; Zhang, Han; Lin, Zhi-Ping; Chen, Xiao-Long
2015-11-01
Electrochemical method has been used to insert K/Na into FeSe lattice to prepare alkali-intercalated iron selenides at room temperature. Magnetization measurement reveals that KxFe2Se2 and NaxFe2Se2 are superconductive at 31 K and 46 K, respectively. This is the first successful report of obtaining metal-intercalated FeSe-based high-temperature superconductors using electrochemical method. It provides an effective route to synthesize metal-intercalated layered compounds for new superconductor exploration. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51322211and 91422303), the Strategic Priority Research Program (B) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. XDB07020100), Beijing Nova Program of China (Grant No. 2011096), and K. C. Wong Education Foundation, Hong Kong, China.
Distinct magnetic signatures of fractional vortex configurations in multiband superconductors
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Silva, R. M. da [Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciência dos Materiais, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Av. Prof. Luiz Freire, s/n, 50670-901 Recife-PE (Brazil); Milošević, M. V.; Peeters, F. M. [Departement Fysica, Universiteit Antwerpen, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerpen (Belgium); Domínguez, D. [Centro Atómico Bariloche, 8400 San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro (Argentina); Aguiar, J. Albino, E-mail: albino@df.ufpe.br [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Av. Prof. Luiz Freire, s/n, 50670-901 Recife-PE (Brazil); Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciência dos Materiais, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Av. Prof. Luiz Freire, s/n, 50670-901 Recife-PE (Brazil)
2014-12-08
Vortices carrying fractions of a flux quantum are predicted to exist in multiband superconductors, where vortex core can split between multiple band-specific components of the superconducting condensate. Using the two-component Ginzburg-Landau model, we examine such vortex configurations in a two-band superconducting slab in parallel magnetic field. The fractional vortices appear due to the band-selective vortex penetration caused by different thresholds for vortex entry within each band-condensate, and stabilize near the edges of the sample. We show that the resulting fractional vortex configurations leave distinct fingerprints in the static measurements of the magnetization, as well as in ac dynamic measurements of the magnetic susceptibility, both of which can be readily used for the detection of these fascinating vortex states in several existing multiband superconductors.
Anisotropic Josephson-vortex dynamics in layered organic superconductors
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Yasuzuka, S., E-mail: yasuzuka@chem.tsukuba.ac.j [Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8571 (Japan); Uji, S.; Satsukawa, H.; Kimata, M.; Terashima, T. [National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0003 (Japan); Koga, H.; Yamamura, Y.; Saito, K. [Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8571 (Japan); Akutsu, H.; Yamada, J. [Department of Material Science, Graduate School of Material Science, University of Hyogo, Ako-gun, Hyogo 678-1297 (Japan)
2010-06-01
To study the anisotropic Josephson-vortex dynamics in the d-wave superconductors, the interplane resistance has been measured on layered organic superconductors {kappa}-(ET){sub 2}Cu(NCS){sub 2} and {beta}-(BDA-TTP){sub 2}SbF{sub 6} under magnetic fields precisely parallel to the conducting planes. For {kappa}-(ET){sub 2}Cu(NCS){sub 2}, in-plane angular dependence of the Josephson-vortex flow resistance is mainly described by the fourfold symmetry and dip structures appear when the magnetic field is applied parallel to the b- and c-axes. The obtained results have a relation to the d-wave superconducting gap symmetry. However, the absence of in-plane fourfold anisotropy was found for {beta}-(BDA-TTP){sub 2}SbF{sub 6}. The different anisotropic behavior is discussed in terms of the interlayer coupling strength.
Andreev-Bragg Reflection from an Amperian Superconductor.
Baireuther, P; Hyart, T; Tarasinski, B; Beenakker, C W J
2015-08-28
We show how an electrical measurement can detect the pairing of electrons on the same side of the Fermi surface (Amperian pairing), recently proposed by Patrick Lee for the pseudogap phase of high-Tc cuprate superconductors. Bragg scattering from the pair-density wave introduces odd multiples of 2k(F) momentum shifts when an electron incident from a normal metal is Andreev reflected as a hole. These Andreev-Bragg reflections can be detected in a three-terminal device, containing a ballistic Y junction between normal leads (1, 2) and the superconductor. The cross-conductance dI1/dV2 has the opposite sign for Amperian pairing than it has either in the normal state or for the usual BCS pairing.
Holographic p-wave superconductor models with Weyl corrections
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Lu Zhang
2015-04-01
Full Text Available We study the effect of the Weyl corrections on the holographic p-wave dual models in the backgrounds of AdS soliton and AdS black hole via a Maxwell complex vector field model by using the numerical and analytical methods. We find that, in the soliton background, the Weyl corrections do not influence the properties of the holographic p-wave insulator/superconductor phase transition, which is different from that of the Yang–Mills theory. However, in the black hole background, we observe that similarly to the Weyl correction effects in the Yang–Mills theory, the higher Weyl corrections make it easier for the p-wave metal/superconductor phase transition to be triggered, which shows that these two p-wave models with Weyl corrections share some similar features for the condensation of the vector operator.
Spin nutation effects in molecular nanomagnet–superconductor tunnel junctions
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We study the spin nutation effects of a molecular nanomagnet on the Josephson current through a superconductor|molecular nanomagnet|superconductor tunnel junction. We explicitly demonstrate that, due to the spin nutation of the molecular nanomagnet, two oscillatory terms emerge in the ac Josephson current in addition to the conventional ac Josephson current. Some resonances occur in the junction due to the interactions of the transported quasiparticles with the bias voltage and molecular nanomagnet spin dynamics. Their appearance indicates that the energy exchanged during these interactions is in the range of the superconducting energy gap. We also show that the spin nutation is able to convert the ac Josephson current to a dc current, which is interesting for applications. (paper)
Vortex edge barriers and critical current density in granular superconductors
Belevtsov, L V
2003-01-01
Type-II superconductors, even without bulk pinning and in the absence of a macroscopic Bean-Livingston surface barrier for vortex penetration, can exhibit barriers for flux penetration. We investigated some new edge barriers based on the laminar model, that are governed by the anisotropy ratio, grain coupling strength, and grain size. Expressions describing the pinning potential U sub p and critical current density J sub c are derived for magnetic fields near H sub c sub 1. It is shown that edge barrier effects play a substantial role in a realistic description of the critical current density for both MgB sub 2 and high-T sub c superconductors. (Abstract Copyright [2003], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)
Holographic p-wave superconductor models with Weyl corrections
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We study the effect of the Weyl corrections on the holographic p-wave dual models in the backgrounds of AdS soliton and AdS black hole via a Maxwell complex vector field model by using the numerical and analytical methods. We find that, in the soliton background, the Weyl corrections do not influence the properties of the holographic p-wave insulator/superconductor phase transition, which is different from that of the Yang–Mills theory. However, in the black hole background, we observe that similarly to the Weyl correction effects in the Yang–Mills theory, the higher Weyl corrections make it easier for the p-wave metal/superconductor phase transition to be triggered, which shows that these two p-wave models with Weyl corrections share some similar features for the condensation of the vector operator
Difference between acoustoelectric and thermoelectric phenomena in superconductors
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Gal' perin, Y.M.; Gurevich, V.L.; Kozub, V.I.
1978-11-01
The acoustoelectric effect in superconductors is discussed. It is compared with the acoustoelectric effect in normal conductors, as well as with the thermoelectric effect in superconductors. We come to the conclusion that, in contrast to the thermoelectric effect, the acoustoelectric effect can be observed in a monometallic superconducting loop. The necessary condition is an asymmetric distribution of the acoustical flux, which is schematically depicted. Different ways of enhancing the acoustoelectric effect are also discussed. It is pointed out that the enhancement of the effect may be achieved if an acoustical wave propagates in a part of a loop where a large number of magnetic flux quanta are trapped. Some possible masking effects (such as discussed by Pegrum and Guenault) which may prevent observation of acoustoelectric and thermoelectric effects are discussed. We discuss also the ways to diminish these masking effects and to extract the effects in question from the experimental data.
Structural phase transitions in high-temperature superconductors
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Tatarenko, H.M. [Toulon Univ., 83 - Le Garde (France). Lab. des Materiaux Multiphases et Interfaces; Nihoul, G.E. [Toulon Univ., 83 - Le Garde (France). Lab. des Materiaux Multiphases et Interfaces
1995-11-01
This chapter is devoted to the study of the order-disorder like phase transitions which occur in the high-temperature superconductors (HTS). We mainly consider Lanthanium based compounds like La{sub 2}CuO{sub 4+{delta}} or La{sub 2-x}M{sub x}CuO{sub 4+{delta}} (where M is an alkali atom Ba, Sr, Ca, Na, K, ..) and Yttrium based superconductors like YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6+{delta}}. Different kinds of ordered structures were found in these compounds by X-ray and neutron diffraction, as well as by High Resolution Electron Microscopy imaging and are described. The theoretical models, which describe the structural evolution as temperature and/or concentration of the different components vary, are considered in detail. The relation between structural instabilities and high-temperature superconductivity is discussed. (orig.)
Holographic p-wave superconductor models with Weyl corrections
Zhang, Lu; Jing, Jiliang
2015-01-01
We study the effect of the Weyl corrections on the holographic p-wave dual models in the backgrounds of AdS soliton and AdS black hole via a Maxwell complex vector field model by using the numerical and analytical methods. We find that, in the soliton background, the Weyl corrections do not influence the properties of the holographic p-wave insulator/superconductor phase transition, which is different from that of the Yang-Mills theory. However, in the black hole background, we observe that similar to the Weyl correction effects in the Yang-Mills theory, the higher Weyl corrections make it easier for the p-wave metal/superconductor phase transition to be triggered, which shows that these two p-wave models with Weyl corrections share some similar features for the condensation of the vector operator.
Behavior of the flux-flow resistivity in mesoscopic superconductors
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Sánchez-Lotero, P., E-mail: pedrosanchez@df.ufpe.br [Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências de Materiais – CCEN, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 50670-901 Recife, PE (Brazil); Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 50670-901 Recife, PE (Brazil); Albino Aguiar, J. [Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências de Materiais – CCEN, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 50670-901 Recife, PE (Brazil); Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 50670-901 Recife, PE (Brazil); Domínguez, D. [Centro Atómico Bariloche, 8400 San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro (Argentina)
2014-08-15
Highlights: • We solved the time-dependent Ginzburg–Landau equation for a superconductor with an applied current. • We found the current–voltage curves to obtain the flux-flow resistivity of the superconductor. • We determine the region where the macroscopic prediction for the flux-flow resistivity fails. - Abstract: In this work we solved the time dependent Ginzburg–Landau equations numerically finding profiles of the flux-flow resistivity for different widths of superconducting stripes. We found vortex pinning induced by the surface superconductivity. This pinning avoids the movement of the vortex lattice preventing the generation of a voltage. We also found the existence of a mesoscopic region where the flux-flow resistivity shows size effects and we observed a transition to a macroscopic regime as the width increases.
Observing Majorana bound states of Josephson vortices in topological superconductors
Grosfeld, Eytan; Stern, Ady
2011-01-01
In recent years there has been an intensive search for Majorana fermion states in condensed matter systems. Predicted to be localized on cores of vortices in certain nonconventional superconductors, their presence is known to render the exchange statistics of bulk vortices non-Abelian. Here we study the equations governing the dynamics of phase solitons (fluxons) in a Josephson junction in a topological superconductor. We show that the fluxon will bind a localized zero energy Majorana mode and will consequently behave as a non-Abelian anyon. The low mass of the fluxon, as well as its experimentally observed quantum mechanical wave-like nature, will make it a suitable candidate for vortex interferometry experiments demonstrating non-Abelian statistics. We suggest two experiments that may reveal the presence of the zero mode carried by the fluxon. Specific experimental realizations will be discussed as well. PMID:21730165
Electronic phase diagram of high-temperature copper oxide superconductors
Chatterjee, Utpal; Ai, Dingfei; Zhao, Junjing; Rosenkranz, Stephan; Kaminski, Adam; Raffy, Helene; Li, Zhizhong; Kadowaki, Kazuo; Randeria, Mohit; Norman, Michael R.; Campuzano, J. C.
2011-01-01
In order to understand the origin of high-temperature superconductivity in copper oxides, we must understand the normal state from which it emerges. Here, we examine the evolution of the normal state electronic excitations with temperature and carrier concentration in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ using angle-resolved photoemission. In contrast to conventional superconductors, where there is a single temperature scale Tc separating the normal from the superconducting state, the high-temperature superconductors exhibit two additional temperature scales. One is the pseudogap scale T∗, below which electronic excitations exhibit an energy gap. The second is the coherence scale Tcoh, below which sharp spectral features appear due to increased lifetime of the excitations. We find that T∗ and Tcoh are strongly doping dependent and cross each other near optimal doping. Thus the highest superconducting Tc emerges from an unusual normal state that is characterized by coherent excitations with an energy gap. PMID:21606341
Fermi-surface reconstruction by stripe order in cuprate superconductors
Laliberté, F.; Chang, J.; Doiron-Leyraud, N.; Hassinger, E.; Daou, R.; Rondeau, M.; Ramshaw, B.J.; Liang, R.; Bonn, D.A.; Hardy, W.N.; Pyon, S.; Takayama, T.; Takagi, H.; Sheikin, I.; Malone, L.; Proust, C.; Behnia, K.; Taillefer, Louis
2011-01-01
The origin of pairing in a superconductor resides in the underlying normal state. In the cuprate high-temperature superconductor YBa2Cu3Oy (YBCO), application of a magnetic field to suppress superconductivity reveals a ground state that appears to break the translational symmetry of the lattice, pointing to some density-wave order. Here we use a comparative study of thermoelectric transport in the cuprates YBCO and La1.8−xEu0.2SrxCuO4 (Eu-LSCO) to show that the two materials exhibit the same process of Fermi-surface reconstruction as a function of temperature and doping. The fact that in Eu-LSCO this reconstruction coexists with spin and charge modulations that break translational symmetry shows that stripe order is the generic non-superconducting ground state of hole-doped cuprates. PMID:21847106
Ultrafast spectroscopy of quasiparticle dynamics in cuprate superconductors
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Li, Wei [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures and Department of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Zhang, Chunfeng, E-mail: cfzhang@nju.edu.cn [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures and Department of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Wang, Xiaoyong [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures and Department of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Chakhalian, Jak, E-mail: jchakhal@uark.edu [Department of Physics, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701 (United States); Xiao, Min, E-mail: mxiao@uark.edu [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures and Department of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Department of Physics, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701 (United States)
2015-02-15
Ultrafast pump-probe spectroscopy is a powerful tool to study the nonequilibrium dynamics in high-Tc cuprate superconductors. The photo-induced quasiparticle (QP) dynamics revealed by pump-probe spectroscopy are sensitive to the near-Fermi level electronic structures. Here we review several selected examples to illustrate the enduring challenges including pairing glue, phase separation, and phase transitions in cuprate superconductors. We also present the data obtained on thin films of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} in connection to these issues. - Highlights: • This paper reviews recent ultrafast spectroscopic study on cuprates. • Dynamics related to pairing glues and phase separations are summarized. • Mid-IR pulses enhance the coherent transport in underdoped cuprates. • Pump-probe data on the quasiparticle dynamics in YBCO films are presented.
Instability in the magnetic field penetration in type II superconductors
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Oliveira, Isaías G. de, E-mail: isaias@ufrrj.br
2015-07-17
Under the view of the time-dependent Ginzburg–Landau theory we have investigated the penetration of the magnetic field in the type II superconductors. We show that the single vortices, situated along the borderline, between the normal region channel and the superconducting region, can escape to regions still empty of vortices. We show that the origin of this process is the repulsive nature of vortex–vortex interaction, in addition to the non-homogeneous distribution of the vortices along the normal region channel. Using London theory we explain the extra gain of kinetic energy by the vortices situated along this borderline. - Highlights: • TDGL is used to study the magnetic field penetration in type II superconductors. • Instability process is found during the magnetic field penetration. • Vortices along the front of the normal region escape to superconducting region. • We explain the extra-gain of kinetic energy by vortices along the borderline.
Nonrelativistic Dynamics of the Amplitude (Higgs) Mode in Superconductors.
Cea, T; Castellani, C; Seibold, G; Benfatto, L
2015-10-01
Despite the formal analogy with the Higgs particle, the amplitude fluctuations of the order parameter in weakly coupled superconductors do not identify a real mode with a Lorentz-invariant dynamics. Indeed, its resonance occurs at 2Δ_{0}, which coincides with the threshold 2E_{gap} for quasiparticle excitations that spoil any relativistic dynamics. Here we investigate the fate of the Higgs mode in the unconventional case where 2E_{gap} becomes larger than 2Δ_{0}, as due to strong coupling or strong disorder. We show that also in this situation, the amplitude fluctuations never identify a real mode at 2Δ_{0}, since such a "bosonic" limit is always reached via strong mixing with the phase fluctuations, which dominate the low-energy part of the spectrum. Our results have direct implications for the interpretation of the subgap optical absorption in disordered superconductors. PMID:26550746
Magnetic instability and pair binding in aromatic hydrocarbon superconductors
Huang, Zhongbing; Zhang, Chao; Lin, Hai-Qing
2012-01-01
Understanding magnetism and electron correlation in many unconventional superconductors is essential to explore mechanism of superconductivity. In this work, we perform a systematic numerical study of the magnetic and pair binding properties in recently discovered polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) superconductors including alkali-metal-doped picene, coronene, phenanthrene, and dibenzopentacene. The π-electrons on the carbon atoms of a single molecule are modelled by the one-orbital Hubbard model, and the energy difference between carbon atoms with and without hydrogen bonds is taking into account. We demonstrate that the spin polarized ground state is realized for charged molecules in the physical parameter regions, which provides a reasonable explanation of local spins observed in PAHs. In alkali-metal-doped dibenzopentacene, our results show that electron correlation may produce an effective attraction between electrons for the charged molecule with one or three added electrons. PMID:23213358
AC susceptibility of polycrystalline (Bi-Pb 2223 superconductors
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H. Salamati
2004-06-01
Full Text Available The temperature dependence of ac susceptibility of (Bi-Pb2223 polycrystalline samples was measured as a function of frequency and ac field amplitude. Analysis of the temperature dependence of the AC susceptibility near the transition temperature (Tc has been done employing Bean’s critical state model. The observed variation of intergranular critical current densities (Jc with temperature indicates that the weak links are superconductor- normal metal-superconductor (SNS type for this sample. The frequency effect on AC susceptibility was also measured. As the frequency increases, (TP shifts to higher temperatures. This effect can be interpreted in terms of flux creep. The temperature T, and field, , dependence of activation energy obtained from the Arrhenius plot for the frequency ( f and ( TP , can be described as: U(Hac,T=U0(1-T/TCHac-0.18
Nonlocal Free Energy of a Spatially Inhomogeneous Superconductor
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K.V.Grigorishin; B.I.Lev
2012-01-01
The microscopic approach is developed for obtaining of the free energy of a superconductor based on direct calculation of the vacuum amplitude.The free energy functional of the spatially inhomogeneous superconductor in a magnetic field is obtained with help of the developed approach.The obtained functional is generalization of GinzburgLandau functionals for any temperature,for arbitrary spatial variations of the order parameter and for the nonlocality of a magnetic response and the order parameter.Moreover,the nonlocality of the magnetic response is the consequence of order parameter＇s nonlocality.The extremals of this functional are considered in the explicit form in the low-and high-temperature limit at the condition of slowness of spatial variations of the order parameter.
Fractional flux plateau in magnetization curve of multicomponent superconductor loop
Huang, Zhao; Hu, Xiao
2015-12-01
Time-reversal symmetry (TRS) may be broken in superconductors with three or more condensates interacting repulsively, yielding two degenerate states specified by chirality of gap functions. We consider a loop of such a superconductor with two halves occupied by the two states with opposite chiralities. Fractional flux plateaus are found in a magnetization curve associated with free-energy minima, where the two domain walls between the two halves of loop accommodate different intercomponent phase kinks leading to finite winding numbers around the loop only in a part of all condensates. Fractional flux plateaus form pairs related by the flux quantum Φ0=h c /2 e , although they individually take arbitrary values depending on material parameters and temperature. This phenomenon is a clear evidence of TRS broken superconductivity, and in a general point of view it provides a novel chance to explore relative phase difference, phase kink and soliton in ubiquitous multicomponent superconductivity such as that in iron pnicitides.
Coherent dynamics of confinement-induced multiband superconductors
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Croitoru, M.D., E-mail: mihail.croitoru@uantwerpen.be [CMT, Department of Physics, University of Antwerp, 2020 Antwerpen (Belgium); Zachmann, M.; Vagov, A.; Axt, V.M. [Theoretische Physik III, Universität Bayreuth, 95440 Bayreuth (Germany); Shanenko, A.A. [Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 50670-901 Recife, Pernambuco (Brazil); Kettmann, P.; Papenkort, T.; Kuhn, T. [Institut für Festkörpertheorie, Universität Münster, Wilhelm-Klemm-Straße 10, 48149 Münster (Germany)
2014-08-15
Highlights: • We study the non-adiabatic dynamics of confinement-induced multiband superconductors. • Beating-like pattern in the amplitude of the order parameter damped oscillations appears. • Time decay of the amplitude fits well to the power law function, approximately to t{sup -3/4}. - Abstract: We study the coherent dynamics of pairing in a nanoscale superconductor, that is intrinsically multiband, after an external perturbation in the non-adiabatic regime. The description of the dynamics of the pairing order is within the density-matrix approach based on the BCS model and the Bogoliubov–de Gennes equations. We find that for certain resonant wire widths the superconducting order parameter exhibits two oscillatory frequencies which are determined by the long-time asymptotic values of the subgaps. This in turn leads to a pronounced beating phenomenon.
Superconductor Requirements and Characterization for High Field Accelerator Magnets
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Barzi, E.; Zlobin, A. V.
2015-05-01
The 2014 Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (P5) strategic plan for U.S. High Energy Physics (HEP) endorses a continued world leadership role in superconducting magnet technology for future Energy Frontier Programs. This includes 10 to 15 T Nb_{3}Sn accelerator magnets for LHC upgrades and a future 100 TeV scale pp collider, and as ultimate goal that of developing magnet technologies above 20 T based on both High Temperature Superconductors (HTS) and Low Temperature Superconductors (LTS) for accelerator magnets. To achieve these objectives, a sound conductor development and characterization program is needed and is herein described. This program is intended to be conducted in close collaboration with U.S. and International labs, Universities and Industry.
Heterostructures of Bi-4334 and MgB2 superconductors
Padmavathi, M.; Singh, R.
2016-05-01
We report the studies on hetero structures of Bi-4334 and MgB2 superconductors. The two superconductors were arranged in the form of bulk multilayers using hydraulic pressure system. X-ray diffraction pattern and dc magnetization studies confirm the presence of both superconducting phases in this try-layer hetero structured sample. The d.c magnetization shows the superconducting onset at 77K and 39K for Bi-4334 and MgB2 phases respectively. Critical current density (Jc) is calculated from hysteresis loop of the sample in both in-plane field and out of plane field configurations. Inverted anisotropy in Jc is observed due to enhancement of ab-plane properties because of multilayer growth process. Morphology of the samples at surface and interface of two superconducting layers is discussed in view of Field emission scanning electron microscopy.
Phenomenological Models of Holographic Superconductors and Hall currents
Aprile, Francesco; Rodriguez-Gomez, Diego; Russo, Jorge G
2010-01-01
We study general models of holographic superconductivity parametrized by four arbitrary functions of a neutral scalar field of the bulk theory. The models can accommodate several features of real superconductors, like arbitrary critical temperatures and critical exponents in a certain range, and perhaps impurities, boundary or thickness effects. We find analytical expressions for the critical exponents of the general model and show that they satisfy the Rushbrooke identity. An important subclass of models exhibits second order phase transitions. A study of the specific heat shows that general models can also describe holographic superconductors undergoing first, second and third (or higher) order phase transitions. We discuss how small deformations of the HHH model lead to the appearance of resonance peaks in the conductivity, which become narrower as the temperature is gradually decreased, without the need for tuning mass of the scalar to be close to the Breitenlohner-Freedman bound. Finally, we investigate ...
Nanostructuring superconductors by ion beams: A path towards materials engineering
Gerbaldo, Roberto; Ghigo, Gianluca; Gozzelino, Laura; Laviano, Francesco; Amato, Antonino; Rovelli, Alberto; Cherubini, Roberto
2013-07-01
The paper deals with nanostructuring of superconducting materials by means of swift heavy ion beams. The aim is to modify their structural, optical and electromagnetic properties in a controlled way, to provide possibility of making them functional for specific applications. Results are presented concerning flux pinning effects (implantation of columnar defects with nanosize cross section to enhance critical currents and irreversibility fields), confined flux-flow and vortex guidance, design of devices by locally tailoring the superconducting material properties, analysis of disorder-induced effects in multi-band superconductors. These studies were carried out on different kinds of superconducting samples, from single crystals to thin films, from superconducting oxides to magnesium diboride, to recently discovered iron-based superconductors.