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  1. Magnetic excitations in the heavy-Fermion superconductor URu2Si2

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    Broholm, C.; Lin, H.; Matthews, P.T.

    1991-01-01

    Antiferromagnetic order and fluctuations in the heavy-fermion superconductor URu2Si2 have been studied by magnetic neutron scattering. Below T(N) = 17.5 K, URu2Si2 is a type-I antiferromagnet with an anomalously small ordered moment of (0.04 +/- 0.01)mu-B polarized along the tetragonal c axis...

  2. Colossal thermomagnetic response in chiral d-wave superconductor URu2Si2

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    Matsuda, Yuji

    The heavy-fermion compound URu2Si2 exhibits unconventional superconductivity at Tc = 1.45 K deep inside the so-called hidden order phase. An intriguing aspect is that this system has been suggested to be a candidate of a chiral d-wave superconductor, and possible Weyl-type topological superconducting states have been discussed recently. Here we report on the observation of a highly unusual Nernst signal due to the superconducting fluctuations above Tc. The Nernst coefficient is anomalously enhanced (by a factor of ~106) as compared with the theoretically expected value of the Gaussian fluctuations. This colossal Nernst effect intimately reflects the highly unusual superconducting state of URu2Si2. The results invoke possible chiral or Berry-phase fluctuations associated with the broken time-reversal symmetry of the superconducting order parameter. In collaboration with T. Yamashita, Y. Shimoyama, H. Sumiyoshi (Kyoto), S. Fujimoto (Osaka), T. Shibauchi (Tokyo), Y. Haga (JAEA), T. D. Matsuda (TMU) , Y. Onuki (Ryukyus), A. Levchenko (Wisconsin-Madison).

  3. Raman active high energy excitations in URu2Si2

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    Buhot, Jonathan; Gallais, Yann; Cazayous, Maximilien; Sacuto, Alain; Piekarz, Przemysław; Lapertot, Gérard; Aoki, Dai; Méasson, Marie-Aude

    2017-02-01

    We have performed Raman scattering measurements on URu2Si2 single crystals on a large energy range up to ∼1300 cm-1 and in all the Raman active symmetries as a function of temperature down to 15 K. A large excitation, active only in the Eg symmetry, is reported. It has been assigned to a crystal electric field excitation on the Uranium site. We discuss how this constrains the crystal electric field scheme of the Uranium ions. Furthermore, three excitations in the A1g symmetry are observed. They have been associated to double Raman phonon processes consistently with ab initio calculations of the phonons dispersion.

  4. Low Field Scaling of the Flux-Flow Resistivity in the Unconventional Superconductor UPt3

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    Kambe, S.; Huxley, A. D.; Rodière, P.; Flouquet, J.

    1999-08-01

    Measurements of the flux-flow resistivity in the unconventional superconductor UPt3 are reported for a large range of magnetic field. In agreement with a recent theory, ρf at low field is far larger than that found in conventional superconductors. Its field dependence at different temperatures shows a predicted scaling relation for clean superconductors. The crossover from localized to delocalized quasiparticle excitations around the vortex is also observed as the magnetic field increases.

  5. Neutron diffraction from the vortex lattice in the heavy-fermion superconductor UPt3

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    Kleiman, R.N.; Broholm, C.; Aeppli, G.

    1992-01-01

    We have used neutron diffraction to observe the vortex lattice of UPt3. This is the first such measurement in a heavy-fermion system, a superconductor below 1 K, or in a system with such a long magnetic penetration depth (6000 +/- 75 angstrom). It also provides the first value for the pair...

  6. Field-induced spin-density wave beyond hidden order in URu2Si2

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    Knafo, W.; Duc, F.; Bourdarot, F.; Kuwahara, K.; Nojiri, H.; Aoki, D.; Billette, J.; Frings, P.; Tonon, X.; Lelièvre-Berna, E.; Flouquet, J.; Regnault, L.-P.

    2016-10-01

    URu2Si2 is one of the most enigmatic strongly correlated electron systems and offers a fertile testing ground for new concepts in condensed matter science. In spite of >30 years of intense research, no consensus on the order parameter of its low-temperature hidden-order phase exists. A strong magnetic field transforms the hidden order into magnetically ordered phases, whose order parameter has also been defying experimental observation. Here, thanks to neutron diffraction under pulsed magnetic fields up to 40 T, we identify the field-induced phases of URu2Si2 as a spin-density-wave state. The transition to the spin-density wave represents a unique touchstone for understanding the hidden-order phase. An intimate relationship between this magnetic structure, the magnetic fluctuations and the Fermi surface is emphasized, calling for dedicated band-structure calculations.

  7. Thermodynamic and electrical transport investigation of URu2Si2-x P x

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    Gallagher, A.; Chen, K.-W.; Cary, S. K.; Kametani, F.; Graf, D.; Albrecht-Schmitt, T. E.; Shekhter, A.; Baumbach, R. E.

    2017-01-01

    Magnetic susceptibility, electrical resistivity, and heat capacity results are reported for the chemical substitution series URu2Si2-x P x for 0. This study expands in detail on work recently reported in Gallagher et al (2016 Nat. Commun. 10712), which focused on the small x region of this substitution series. Measurements presented here reveal persistent hybridization between the f- and conduction electrons and strong variation of the low temperature behavior with increasing x. Hidden order and superconductivity are rapidly destroyed for x≲ 0.03 and are replaced for 0.03≲ x≲ 0.26 by a region with Kondo coherence but no ordered state. Antiferromagnetism abruptly appears for x≳ 0.27 . This phase diagram differs significantly from those produced by most other tuning strategies in URu2Si2, including applied pressure, high magnetic fields, and isoelectronic chemical substitution (i.e. Ru  →  Fe and Os), where hidden order and magnetism share a common phase boundary. Besides revealing an intriguing evolution of the low temperature states, this series provides a setting in which to investigate the influence of electronic tuning, where probes that are sensitive to the Fermi surface and the symmetry of the ordered states will be useful to unravel the anomalous behavior of URu2Si2.

  8. Fano resonance and hybridization gap in the Kondo lattice URu2Si2^*

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    Park, Wan Kyu; Tobash, P. H.; Ronning, F.; Bauer, E. D.; Sarrao, J. L.; Thompson, J. D.; Greene, L. H.

    2012-02-01

    The nature of the `hidden' order transition in URu2Si2 remains puzzling despite intensive research over the past two and half decades. A key question under debate is whether a hybridization gap between the renormalized bands can be identified as the long-sought hidden order parameter. We report on the measurement of a hybridization gap in URu2Si2 employing a spectroscopic technique based on quasiparticle scattering across a ballistic metallic junction [1]. The differential conductance data exhibit an asymmetric double-peak structure, a signature for a Fano resonance in a Kondo lattice [2]. The extracted hybridization gap opens well above the hidden order transition temperature, indicating that it is not the order parameter for the hidden order phase. Our results place constraints on the origin of the hidden order transition in URu2Si2.[4pt] [1] W. K. Park et al., arXiv:1110.5541.[0pt] [2] M. Maltseva, M. Dzero, P. Coleman, PRL 103, 206402 (2009).

  9. Thermodynamic Measurement of Angular Anisotropy at the Hidden Order Transition of URu2 Si2

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    Trinh, Jennifer; Brück, Ekkes; Siegrist, Theo; Flint, Rebecca; Chandra, Premala; Coleman, Piers; Ramirez, Arthur P.

    2016-10-01

    The heavy fermion compound URu2 Si2 continues to attract great interest due to the unidentified hidden order it develops below 17.5 K. The unique Ising character of the spin fluctuations and low-temperature quasiparticles is well established. We present detailed measurements of the angular anisotropy of the nonlinear magnetization that reveal a cos4θ Ising anisotropy both at and above the ordering transition. With Landau theory, we show this implies a strongly Ising character of the itinerant hidden order parameter.

  10. Symmetry Breaking in the Hidden-Order Phase of URu2Si2

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    Shibauchi, Takasada

    2013-03-01

    In the heavy fermion compound URu2Si2, the hidden-order transition occurs at 17.5 K, whose nature has posed a long-standing mystery. A second-order phase transition is characterized by spontaneous symmetry breaking, and thus the nature of the hidden order cannot be determined without understanding which symmetry is being broken. Our magnetic torque measurements in small pure crystals reveal the emergence of an in-plane anisotropy of the magnetic susceptibility below the transition temperature, indicating the spontaneous breaking of four-fold rotational symmetry of the tetragonal URu2Si2. In addition, our recent observation of cyclotron resonance allows the full determination of the electron-mass structure of the main Fermi-surface sheets, which implies an anomalous in-plane mass anisotropy consistent with the rotational symmetry breaking. These results impose strong constraints on the symmetry of the hidden order parameter. This work has been done in collaboration with R. Okazaki, S. Tonegawa, K. Hashimoto, K. Ikada, Y. H. Lin, H. Shishido, H. J. Shi, Y. Haga, T. D. Matsuda, E. Yamamoto, Y. Onuki, H. Ikeda, and Y. Matsuda.

  11. Unfolding the physics of URu2Si2 through silicon to phosphorus substitution

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    Gallagher, A.; Chen, K.-W.; Moir, C. M.; Cary, S. K.; Kametani, F.; Kikugawa, N.; Graf, D.; Albrecht-Schmitt, T. E.; Riggs, S. C.; Shekhter, A.; Baumbach, R. E.

    2016-01-01

    The heavy fermion intermetallic compound URu2Si2 exhibits a hidden-order phase below the temperature of 17.5 K, which supports both anomalous metallic behavior and unconventional superconductivity. While these individual phenomena have been investigated in detail, it remains unclear how they are related to each other and to what extent uranium f-electron valence fluctuations influence each one. Here we use ligand site substituted URu2Si2-xPx to establish their evolution under electronic tuning. We find that while hidden order is monotonically suppressed and destroyed for x≤0.035, the superconducting strength evolves non-monotonically with a maximum near x≈0.01 and that superconductivity is destroyed near x≈0.028. This behavior reveals that hidden order depends strongly on tuning outside of the U f-electron shells. It also suggests that while hidden order provides an environment for superconductivity and anomalous metallic behavior, it's fluctuations may not be solely responsible for their progression. PMID:26891903

  12. Fano resonance and the hidden order in URu2 Si 2 probed by quasiparticle scattering spectroscopy*

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    Park, W. K.; Greene, L. H.; Bauer, E. D.; Tobash, P. H.; Ronning, F.; Lu, X.; Sarrao, J. L.; Thompson, J. D.

    2011-03-01

    The nature of the hidden order transition occurring at 17.5 K in URu 2 Si 2 remains puzzling despite intensive investigations over the past two and half decades. Recent experimental and theoretical developments render it a timely subject to probe the hidden order state using quasiparticle tunneling and scattering techniques. We report on the Fano resonance in pure and Rh-doped URu 2 Si 2 single crystals using point-contact spectroscopy. The conductance spectra reproducibly reveal asymmetric double peak structures slightly off-centered around zero bias with the two peaks merging well above the hidden order transition temperature. An analysis using the Fano resonance model in a Kondo lattice [1] shows that the conductance peaks arise from the hybridization gap opening. Our estimated gap size agrees well with those reported from other measurements. We will present experimental results over a wide parameter space including temperature and doping dependences and discuss their underlying physics. M. Maltseva, M. Dzero, and P. Coleman, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 206402 (2009). * The work at UIUC is supported by the U.S. DOE under Award Nos. DE-FG02-07ER46453 and DE-AC02-98CH10886, and the work at LANL is carried out under the auspices of the U.S. DOE, Office of Science.

  13. High magnetic field studies of the hidden order transition in URu2Si2.

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    Jaime, M; Kim, K H; Jorge, G; McCall, S; Mydosh, J A

    2002-12-31

    We studied in detail the low temperature/high magnetic field phases of URu2Si2 single crystals with specific heat, magnetocaloric effect, and magnetoresistance in magnetic fields up to 45 T. Data obtained down to 0.5 K, and extrapolated to T=0, show a suppression of the hidden-order phase at H0(0)=35.9+/-0.35 T and the appearance of a new phase for magnetic fields in excess of H1(0)=36.1+/-0.35 T observed only at temperatures lower than 6 K. In turn, complete suppression of this high field state is attained at a critical magnetic field H2(0)=39.7+/-0.35 T. No phase transitions are observed above 40 T. We discuss our results in the context of itinerant versus localized f electrons.

  14. Role of band filling in tuning the high-field phases of URu2Si2

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    Wartenbe, M. R.; Chen, K.-W.; Gallagher, A.; Harrison, N.; McDonald, R. D.; Boebinger, G. S.; Baumbach, R. E.

    2017-08-01

    We present a detailed study of the low-temperature and high-magnetic-field phases in the chemical substitution series URu2Si2 -xPx using electrical transport and magnetization in pulsed magnetic fields up to 65 T. Within the hidden-order x regime (0 unit-cell volume may also play a role at large x . This provides guidance for determining the specific factors that lead to hidden order versus magnetism in this family of materials and constrains possible models for hidden order. The concentration in this paper is defined as URu2 -xRhxSi2 while the chemical formula in the literature is given as U (Ru1 -xRhx)2Si2 [28-30].

  15. Spatially Inhomogeneous Development of Antiferromagnetic Ordering on URu_2Si2 Observed by High Pressure NMR*

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    Kohara, Takao; Matsuda, K.; Kohori, Y.; Kuwahara, K.; Amitsuka, H.

    2002-03-01

    In order to identify the nature of unconventional antiferromagnetic (AF) ordering with a "tiny staggered moment" below T_0=17.5 K in URu_2Si_2, ^29Si NMR has been performed under pressure up to 17.5 kbar. In the pressure range 3.0 kbar to 15 kbar of P_c, we have observed new ^29Si NMR signal arising from the AF region besides the previously reported ^29Si NMR signal, which corresponds to the paramagnetic (PM) region. The AF region increases in volume at the expense of the PM region on cooling, which shows a coexistence of the AF and the PM regions below T_0. The volume fraction is enhanced by applied pressure, whereas the value of internal field (910 Oe) remains constant up to 15 kbar. This gives definite evidence for spatially inhomogeneous development of AF ordering below T_0. Our Si NMR results have shown that the weakness of Bragg peak observed by neutron diffraction originates not from an extremely reduced moment (0.03 μ _B/U) but from the smallness of AF region with an ordered moment of 0.4 μ _B/U in the sample. The temperature dependence of nuclear spin lattice relaxation rates for both signal is also now measured under pressure. * Supported by a Grand-in -Aid from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan.

  16. Optical spectroscopy shows that the normal state of URu2Si2 is an anomalous Fermi liquid.

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    Nagel, Urmas; Uleksin, Taaniel; Rõõm, Toomas; Lobo, Ricardo P S M; Lejay, Pascal; Homes, Christopher C; Hall, Jesse S; Kinross, Alison W; Purdy, Sarah K; Munsie, Tim; Williams, Travis J; Luke, Graeme M; Timusk, Thomas

    2012-11-20

    Fermi showed that, as a result of their quantum nature, electrons form a gas of particles whose temperature and density follow the so-called Fermi distribution. As shown by Landau, in a metal the electrons continue to act like free quantum mechanical particles with enhanced masses, despite their strong Coulomb interaction with each other and the positive background ions. This state of matter, the Landau-Fermi liquid, is recognized experimentally by an electrical resistivity that is proportional to the square of the absolute temperature plus a term proportional to the square of the frequency of the applied field. Calculations show that, if electron-electron scattering dominates the resistivity in a Landau-Fermi liquid, the ratio of the two terms, b, has the universal value of b = 4. We find that in the normal state of the heavy Fermion metal URu(2)Si(2), instead of the Fermi liquid value of 4, the coefficient b = 1 ± 0.1. This unexpected result implies that the electrons in this material are experiencing a unique scattering process. This scattering is intrinsic and we suggest that the uranium f electrons do not hybridize to form a coherent Fermi liquid but instead act like a dense array of elastic impurities, interacting incoherently with the charge carriers. This behavior is not restricted to URu(2)Si(2). Fermi liquid-like states with b ≠ 4 have been observed in a number of disparate systems, but the significance of this result has not been recognized.

  17. Dilute RKKY model for NMR line broadening in the hidden-order state of URu2Si2

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    Walstedt, R. E.; Kambe, S.; Tokunaga, Y.; Sakai, H.

    2016-01-01

    A well-known analytic model for Lorentzian broadening of metallic NMR lines by dilute localized magnetic centers embedded in a lattice has been applied to the case of the twofold-symmetry magnetism in URu2Si2 reported by R. Okazaki et al. [Science 331, 439 (2011), 10.1126/science.1197358]. The observed Lorentzian spectra are accounted for with a simple formula giving the 29Si NMR linewidth in terms of the susceptibility of the magnetic-broadening centers and a Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) coupling parameter. The concentration of such centers is estimated as c ˜0.01 . A numerical simulation of these effects confirms Lorentzian broadening with no measurable NMR shift and a width in reasonable agreement with the analytical model. The simulation shows further that domain effects on these spectra are largely absent. A four-site extended model of the broadening centers gives an estimate of the twofold susceptibility within a factor of 2 of the torque value of the susceptibility. Hypothetical superlattice effects are shown to be easily smoothed over by convolution with background Lorentzian broadening.

  18. Magnetostriction of a Superconductor Results from the Critical-State Model

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    Koziol, Z

    1995-01-01

    In many cases, the critical-state theory can be treated as a suffi ciently accurate approximation for the modelling of the magnetic properties of superconductors. In the present work, the magnetostrictive hysteresis is computed for a quite general case of the modified Kim-Anderson model. The results obtained reproduce many features of the giant magnetostriction (butterfly-shaped curves) reported in the literature for measurements made on single-crystal samples of the high-temperature superconductor $Bi_2Sr_2CaCu_2O_8$. It is shown that addition of a contribution to the magnetostriction in the superconducting state which is of similar origin as in the normal state, offers a broader phenomenological interpretation of the complex magnetostriction hysteresis found in such heavy-fermion compounds as $UPt_3$, $URu_2Si_2$ or $UBe_{13}$.

  19. New aspects on URu2Si2 and CeTIn5 (T = Rh, Ir, Co) observed by high pressure NMR and NQR

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    T Kohara

    2002-05-01

    NMR and NQR studies on two interesting systems (URu2Si2, CeTIn5) were performed under high pressure. (1) URu2Si2: In the pressure range 3.0 to 8.3 kbar, we have observed new 29Si NMR signals arising from the antiferromagnetic (AF) region besides the previously observed 29Si NMR signals which come from the paramagnetic (PM) region in the sample. This gives definite evidence for spatially-inhomogeneous development of AF ordering below 0 of 17.5 K. The volume fraction is enhanced by applied pressure, whereas the value of internal field (∼ 91 mT) remains constant up to 8.3 kbar. In the AF region, the ordered moment is about one order of magnitude larger than 0.03 . (2) CeTIn5: The pressure and temperature () dependences of nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate 1/1 of 115In in CeTIn5 have shown that the superconductivity (SC) occurs close to an AF instability. From the dependences of 1/1 and Knight shift below c, CeTIn5 has been found to exhibit non- wave (probable wave) SC with even parity and line nodes in the SC energy gap.

  20. NMR studies on UPt 3

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    Kitaoka, Y.; Tou, H.; Ishida, K.; Kimura, N.; Ōnuki, Y.; Yamamoto, E.; Haga, Y.; Maezawa, K.

    2000-06-01

    A complete set of the 195Pt Knight-shift (KS) data on the superconducting (SC) state in UPt 3 identified the spin structure of the Cooper pair corresponding to the multiple SC phases. UPt 3 was acclaimed as the first odd-parity superconductor including a non-unitary pairing state characterized by the two-component d vector like db+ idc at low T and low H [H. Tou et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 77 (1996) 1374; 80 (1998) 3129]. We have shed further light on these novel results through a comparison with the singlet even-parity anisotropic superconductors CeCu 2Si 2 and UPd 2Al 3. In the singlet pairing state, the fractional decrease in KS below T c, δK obs is independent of the crystal direction. We have found that δ χobs=( NAμ B/ Ahf)δ Kobs where Ahf is the hyperfine coupling constant, is in good agreement with spin susceptibilities χγel calculated from an enhanced electronic specific heat γel and χnmr from the quasiparticle Korringa relation T1TKs2=const. This gives direct evidence that the χs of heavy quasiparticles in CeCu 2Si 2 and UPd 2Al 3 is rather isotropic and decreases to zero as T→0 due to the Cooper-pair formation. On the other hand in UPt 3, the δ χobsb, cs along the b- and c-axis in the non-unitary-pairing state (B phase) are two orders of magnitude smaller than χγel and χnmr. These anomalously small values for δ χobsb, cs may suggest either that the spin degree of freedom in the B phase is not perfectly locked to the a-axis or that χs is not enhanced although γel is. The latter is theoretically pointed out by Ikeda and Miyake [J. Phys. Soc. Japan 66 (1997) 3714] to be possible if 5f electrons in the non-Kramerse singlet ground state for 5f 2 are hybridized with conduction electrons. We need further effort towards coherent understanding of a microscopic mechanism leading to the occurrence of the odd-parity superconductivity in UPt 3.

  1. Detailed optical spectroscopy of hybridization gap and hidden-order transition in high-quality URu2Si2 single crystals

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    Bachar, N.; Stricker, D.; Muleady, S.; Wang, K.; Mydosh, J. A.; Huang, Y. K.; van der Marel, D.

    2016-12-01

    We present a detailed temperature and frequency dependence of the optical conductivity measured on clean high-quality single crystals of URu2Si2 of a c - and a b -plane surfaces. Our data demonstrate the itinerant character of the narrow 5 f bands, becoming progressively coherent as the temperature is lowered below a crossover temperature T*˜75 K. T* is higher than in previous reports as a result of a different sample preparation, which minimizes residual strain. We furthermore present the density-response (energy-loss) function of this compound, and determine the energies of the heavy-fermion plasmons with a - and c -axis polarization. Our observation of a suppression of optical conductivity below 50 meV along both the a and c axes, along with a heavy-fermion plasmon at 18 meV, points toward the emergence of a band of coherent charge carriers crossing the Fermi energy and the emergence of a hybridization gap on part of the Fermi surface. The evolution towards coherent itinerant states is accelerated below the hidden order temperature THO=17.5 K. In the hidden order phase the low-frequency optical conductivity shows a single gap at ˜6.5 meV, which closes at THO.

  2. Electronic structure of ThRu2Si2 studied by angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy: Elucidating the contribution of U 5 f states in URu2Si2

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    Fujimori, Shin-ichi; Kobata, Masaaki; Takeda, Yukiharu; Okane, Tetsuo; Saitoh, Yuji; Fujimori, Atsushi; Yamagami, Hiroshi; Matsumoto, Yuji; Yamamoto, Etsuji; Tateiwa, Naoyuki; Haga, Yoshinori

    2017-09-01

    The electronic structure of ThRu2Si2 was studied using angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES) with incident photon energies of h ν =655 -745 eV. Detailed band structure and the three-dimensional shapes of Fermi surfaces were derived experimentally, and their characteristic features were mostly explained by means of band-structure calculations based on density-functional theory. Comparison of the experimental ARPES spectra of ThRu2Si2 with those of URu2Si2 shows that they have considerably different spectral profiles, particularly in the energy range of 1 eV from the Fermi level, suggesting that U 5 f states are substantially hybridized in these bands. The relationship between the ARPES spectra of URu2Si2 and ThRu2Si2 is very different from the one between the ARPES spectra of CeRu2Si2 and LaRu2Si2 , where the intrinsic difference in their spectra is limited only in the very vicinity of the Fermi energy. The present result suggests that the U 5 f electrons in URu2Si2 have strong hybridization with ligand states and have an essentially itinerant character.

  3. Polar Kerr effect studies of time reversal symmetry breaking states in heavy fermion superconductors

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    Schemm, E.R., E-mail: eschemm@alumni.stanford.edu [Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 (United States); Levenson-Falk, E.M. [Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 (United States); Department of Physics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 (United States); Kapitulnik, A. [Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 (United States); Department of Physics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 (United States); Department of Applied Physics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 (United States); Stanford Institute of Energy and Materials Science, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025 (United States)

    2017-04-15

    Highlights: • Polar Kerr effect (PKE) probes broken time-reversal symmetry (TRS) in superconductors. • Absence of PKE below Tc in CeCoIn{sub 5} is consistent with dx2-y2 order parameter symmetry. • PKE in the B phase of the multiphase superconductor UPt3 agrees with an E2u model. • Data on URu2Si2 show broken TRS and additional structure in the superconducting state. - Abstract: The connection between chiral superconductivity and topological order has emerged as an active direction in research as more instances of both have been identified in condensed matter systems. With the notable exception of {sup 3}He-B, all of the known or suspected chiral – that is to say time-reversal symmetry-breaking (TRSB) – superfluids arise in heavy fermion superconductors, although the vast majority of heavy fermion superconductors preserve time-reversal symmetry. Here we review recent experimental efforts to identify TRSB states in heavy fermion systems via measurement of polar Kerr effect, which is a direct consequence of TRSB.

  4. Nodal gap detection through polar angle-resolved density of states measurements in uniaxial superconductors

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    Tsutsumi, Yasumasa; Nomoto, Takuya; Ikeda, Hiroaki; Machida, Kazushige

    2016-12-01

    We propose a spectroscopic method to identify the nodal gap structure in unconventional superconductors. This method is best suited for locating the horizontal line node and for pinpointing the isolated point nodes by measuring polar angle (θ ) resolved zero-energy density of states N (θ ) . This is measured by specific heat or thermal conductivity at low temperatures under a magnetic field. We examine a variety of uniaxially symmetric nodal structures, including point and/or line nodes with linear and quadratic dispersions, by solving the Eilenberger equation in vortex states. It is found that (a) the maxima of N (θ ) continuously shift from the antinodal to the nodal direction (θn) as a field increases accompanying the oscillation pattern reversal at low and high fields. Furthermore, (b) local minima emerge next to θn on both sides, except for the case of the linear point node. These features are robust and detectable experimentally. Experimental results of N (θ ) performed on several superconductors, UPd2Al3,URu2Si2,CuxBi2Se3 , and UPt3, are examined and commented on in light of the present theory.

  5. Scaling of the thermal conductivity in the mixed phase of UPt 3

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    Suderow, H.; Brison, J. P.; Huxley, A.; Flouquet, J.

    1999-01-01

    We present thermal conductivity measurements on the heavy fermion superconductor UPt 3. We discuss the scaling behavior we have recently found on the magnetic field thermal conductivity κ(T, H) of this compound. We show that κ(T, H) is a probe sensitive to the order parameter, in addition to the zero field data which might lead to significant further advance in the search for the order parameter in UPt 3.

  6. Uniaxial pressure dependence of the antiferromagnetic order in UPt3

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    van Dijk, N. H.; Rodière, P.; Fåk, B.; Huxley, A.; Flouquet, J.; Fernández-Díaz, M. T.; Yakhou, F.

    The weak antiferromagnetic order of the heavy-fermion superconductor UPt3 has been investigated by elastic neutron-scattering measurements under applied uniaxial pressure up to 6 kbar along the a and c axes of the hexagonal crystal structure. For p||c the small antiferromagnetically ordered moment of 0.02μB/U-atom shows a non-linear decrease for increasing pressures and is still not completely suppressed at the maximum applied pressure of 6 kbar. For p||a a significant increase in the magnetic Bragg peak intensity is observed, which suggests an incomplete domain repopulation and confirms the presence of a single-k structure.

  7. The Fermi surface and f-valence electron count of UPt3

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    McMullan, G. J.; Rourke, P. M. C.; Norman, M. R.; Huxley, A. D.; Doiron-Leyraud, N.; Flouquet, J.; Lonzarich, G. G.; McCollam, A.; Julian, S. R.

    2008-05-01

    Combining old and new de Haas-van Alphen (dHvA) and magnetoresistance data, we arrive at a detailed picture of the Fermi surface of the heavy fermion superconductor UPt3. Our work was partially motivated by a new proposal that two 5f valence electrons per formula unit in UPt3 are localized by correlation effects—agreement with previous dHvA measurements of the Fermi surface was invoked in its support. Comprehensive comparison with our new observations shows that this 'partially localized' model fails to predict the existence of a major sheet of the Fermi surface, and is therefore less compatible with experiment than the originally proposed 'fully itinerant' model of the electronic structure of UPt3. In support of this conclusion, we offer a more complete analysis of the fully itinerant band structure calculation, where we find a number of previously unrecognized extremal orbits on the Fermi surface.

  8. Magnetic order of UPt3 under uniaxial pressure

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    van Dijk, N. H.; Rodière, P.; Yakhou, F.; Fernández-Díaz, M.-T.; Fåk, B.; Huxley, A.; Flouquet, J.

    2001-03-01

    The weak antiferromagnetic order of the heavy fermion superconductor UPt3 has been investigated by elastic neutron-scattering measurements under applied uniaxial pressure up to 6 kbars along the a and c axes of the hexagonal crystal structure. For p\\|\\|c the small antiferromagnetically ordered moment of 0.02 μB/U atom shows a nonlinear decrease for increasing pressures and is still not completely suppressed at the maximum applied pressure of 6 kbars. For p\\|\\|a a significant increase in the magnetic Bragg peak intensity is observed, which suggests an incomplete domain repopulation and confirms the presence of a single-k structure. The Néel temperature of TN=6 K does not substantially change with uniaxial pressure. The results are discussed in relation to the understanding of the unconventional superconducting phase diagram.

  9. Transport in the superconducting phase of UPt 3 at low-temperature: magnetic field and impurity effects

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    Brison, Jean-Pascal; Suderow, Hermann; Rodière, Pierre; Huxley, Andrew; Kambe, Shinsaku; Rullier-Albenque, Florence; Flouquet, Jacques

    2000-06-01

    We will review the experimental results which have led to and supported the “hybrid gap picture” in the heavy-fermion superconductor UPt 3: power-law temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity along the c-axis and in the basal plane, scaling laws under magnetic field. Experiments on samples with sizeable amounts of point defects (created by high-energy electron irradiation) seem to challenge these results. We conclude on the actual scenarios for the phase diagram of UPt 3 in conjunction with the results from the NMR Knight-shift measurements.

  10. Realignment of the flux-line lattice by a change in the symmetry of superconductivity in UPt3

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    Huxley, Andrew; Rodière, Pierre; Paul, Donald M. K.; van Dijk, Niels; Cubitt, Robert; Flouquet, Jacques

    2000-07-01

    In 1957, Abrikosov described how quanta of magnetic flux enter the interior of a bulk type II superconductor. It was subsequently predicted that, in an isotropic superconductor, the repulsive forces between the flux lines would cause them to order in two dimensions, forming a hexagonal lattice. Flux-line lattices with different geometry can also be found in conventional (type II) superconductors; however, the ideal hexagonal lattice structure should always occur when the magnetic field is applied along a hexagonal crystal direction. Here we report measurements of the orientation of the flux-line lattice in the heavy-fermion superconductor UPt3, for this special case. As the temperature is increased, the hexagonal lattice, which is initially aligned along the crystal symmetry directions, realigns itself with the anisotropic superconducting gap. The superconductivity in UPt3 is unusual (even compared to unconventional oxide superconductors) because the superconducting gap has a lower rotational symmetry than the crystal structure. This special feature enables our data to demonstrate clearly the link between the microscopic symmetry of the superconductivity and the mesoscopic physics of the flux-line lattice. Moreover, our observations provide a stringent test of the theoretical description of the unconventional superconductivity in UPt3.

  11. de Haas van Alphen perspective on the origin of heavy fermions in UPt3

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    Rourke, Patrick; McCollam, Alix; McMullan, Greg; Norman, Mike; Julian, Stephen; Huxley, Andrew

    2006-03-01

    Precise de Haas van Alphen (dHvA) oscillation measurements on the heavy fermion superconductor UPt3 are available as a function of magnetic field angle. It was recently proposed that the heavy quasiparticles in this material arise from the localization of two of the three 5f electrons of the U ions [Zwicknagl et al., PRB 65, 081103R (2002)]. The predicted Fermi surface topology however differs from traditional bandstructure calculations. We will focus on the experimentally observed angle dependence of the hole-like δ-orbit, as this appears difficult to reconcile with the Fermi surface of Zwicknagl et al.

  12. Nonsymmorphic Weyl superconductivity in UPt3 based on E2 u representation

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    Yanase, Youichi

    2016-11-01

    We show that a heavy fermion superconductor UPt3 is a topological Weyl superconductor with tunable Weyl nodes. Adopting a generic order parameter in the E2 u representation allowed by nonsymmorphic crystal symmetry, we clarify unusual gap structure and associated topological properties. The pair creation, pair annihilation, and coalescence of Weyl nodes are demonstrated in the time-reversal symmetry broken B-phase. At most 98 point nodes compatible with Blount's theorem give rise to line-node-like behaviors in low-energy excitations, consistent with experimental results. We also show an arc node protected by the nonsymmorphic crystal symmetry on the Brillouin zone face, which is a counterexample of Blount's theorem.

  13. The critical current and irreversible magnetisation in UPt 3

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    Kambe, S.; Huxley, A. D.; Rodière, P.; Paulsen, C.; Flouquet, J.

    1999-01-01

    We have measured the field-dependence of critical current and magnetisation in the superconducting phase of a single crystal of UPt 3. At low temperatures the critical current shows a peak below Hc2, which is also seen in measurements of the magnetic hysterisis. The onset of the peak does not coincide with the transition between the B and C superconducting phases, which is consistent with measurements of the magnetic hysterisis.

  14. Weak antiferromagnetic order and superconductivity in UPt 3 studied by neutron scattering

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    van Dijk, N. H.; Rodière, P.; Fåk, B.; Huxley, A.; Flouquet, J.

    2002-07-01

    The heavy-fermion superconductor UPt 3 is one of the best-studied examples of systems that show unconventional superconductivity. Below a transition temperature of Tc=0.55 K a complex phase diagram with three different superconducting phases is observed as a function of temperature, magnetic field, and pressure. The weak antiferromagnetic order ( TN=6 K) with an ordered moment of only 0.02 μB/U atom is believed to play a crucial role in the existence of multiple superconducting phases, as it can act as a symmetry-breaking field for the vector order parameter of the unconventional superconductivity. We review recent progress in neutron scattering measurements on the weak antiferromagnetic order as a function of magnetic field, pressure, and Pd doping and on the superconducting flux-line lattice. The relation between the magnetic and superconducting properties is discussed.

  15. Flux-flow resistivity in UPt3: Evidence for nonsingular vortex-core structure

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    Lütke-Entrup, N.; Blaauwgeers, R.; Plaçais, B.; Huxley, A.; Kambe, S.; Krusius, M.; Mathieu, P.; Simon, Y.

    2001-07-01

    We have investigated the core structure of B-phase vortex lines in two clean UPt3 crystals, using flux-flow dissipation as the probe. The flux-flow resistivity is determined from the skin depth of the high-frequency oscillations of the vortex lines in the pinned state. With Ĥ⊥ĉ, our data agree with the previously established scaling law of the moderately clean limit with anisotropic gap. When Ĥ||ĉ, the resistivity is three times larger. We interpret this increase as evidence for a vortex-core structure with two length scales, as predicted for UPt3 with a two-component order parameter.

  16. Spin excitations and the electronic specific heat of URu2Si2

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    Mason, T.E.; Buyers, W.J.L.

    1991-01-01

    and conduction electrons yields m*/m(b) almost-equal-to 7.7 for T T(N) which is sufficient to account for the difference between band-structure calculations and the measured electronic specific heat. In addition, inclusion of the temperature dependence of the spin...... excitations as T(N) is approached from below reproduces, qualitatively, the peak observed in the specific heat at T(N). The peak arises from a gap in the spin, not charge spectrum below T(N)....

  17. Locally probing the hidden order in URu2Si2 by impurity doping

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    Baek, Seung J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Curro, Nicholas H [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Graf, Matthias J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Balatsky, Alexander V [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Bauer, Eric C [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Cooley, Jason D [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Smith, James L [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2008-01-01

    Impurity atoms in materials with strong electron-electron correlations can produce dramatic effects on the ground state electronic configuration. The strongly correlated system URu{sub 2}Si{sub 2} exhibits a broken symmetry ground state whose nature has eluded researchers for more than two decades. Below a transition temperature T{sub 0} {approx} 17.5 K, the electrons condense into a new phase of matter with a symmetry that does not couple to conventional spin or charge probes. The emergence of this hidden order parameter is accompanied by the development of a partial gap in the single particle density of states, which can be detected through measurements of the electronic specific heat. Here we report nuclear magnetic resonance spectra and spin lattice relaxation rates in URu{sub 2}Si{sub 2} doped with Rh impurities. Rh doping suppresses the hidden order and gives rise to local patches of antiferromagnetism, whose states have energies below the hidden order gap and are localized in regions where the hidden order parameter varies spatially. For sufficiently large Rh doping these local states percolate and completely suppress all long-range (hidden and antiferromagnetic) order. These observations of the local impurity states suggest that the hidden order is a spin pairing in the particle-hole channel.

  18. Modulated Spin Liquid and Magnetic Order from a Kondo-Heisenberg model applied to $URu_{2}Si_{2}$

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    Montiel, Xavier; Burdin, Sébastien; Pépin, Catherine; Ferraz, Alvaro

    2013-01-01

    International audience; Using the Kondo-Heisenberg model framework, we analyze the effect of charge fluctuations in the modulated spin liquid (MSL) and in the antiferromagnetic (AF) ordering which were introduced by Pépin et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 106601 (2011)] and Thomas et al. [Phys. Rev. B 87, 014422 (2013)]. Coupling the spin liquid to the charge sector enables us to discuss the formation of the Kondo effect in this system. As a result, we are able to observe the emergence of two pha...

  19. Chiral superconductors.

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    Kallin, Catherine; Berlinsky, John

    2016-05-01

    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 chiral triplet p-wave superconductor, and UPt3, which has two low-temperature superconducting phases (in zero magnetic field), the lower of which is believed to be chiral triplet f-wave. Other systems that may exhibit chiral superconductivity are also discussed. Key signatures of chiral superconductivity are surface currents and chiral Majorana modes, Majorana states in vortex cores, and the possibility of half-flux quantum vortices in the case of triplet pairing. Experimental evidence for chiral superconductivity from μSR, NMR, strain, polar Kerr effect and Josephson tunneling experiments are discussed.

  20. Superconductors

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    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.

  1. The degree of 5f electron localization in URu2Si2: electron energy-loss spectroscopy and spin-orbit sum rule analysis

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    Jeffries, J R; Moore, K T; Butch, N P; Maple, M B

    2010-05-19

    We examine the degree of 5f electron localization in URu{sub 2}Si{sub 2} using spin-orbit sum rule analysis of the U N{sub 4,5} (4d {yields} 5f) edge. When compared to {alpha}-U metal, US, USe, and UTe, which have increasing localization of the 5f states, we find that the 5f states of URu{sub 2}Si{sub 2} are more localized, although not entirely. Spin-orbit analysis shows that intermediate coupling is the correct angular momentum coupling mechanism for URu{sub 2}Si{sub 2} when the 5f electron count is between 2.6 and 2.8. These results have direct ramifications for theoretical assessment of the hidden order state of URu{sub 2}Si{sub 2}, where the degree of localization of the 5f electrons and their contribution to the Fermi surface are critical.

  2. EDITORIAL: Focus on Superconductors with Exotic Symmetries FOCUS ON SUPERCONDUCTORS WITH EXOTIC SYMMETRIES

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    Rice, T. Maurice; Sigrist, Manfred; Maeno, Yoshiteru

    2009-05-01

    Behnia Pairing state at an interface of Sr2RuO4: parity-mixing, restored time-reversal symmetry and topological superconductivity Y Tada, N Kawakami and S Fujimoto Momentum-resolved superconducting gap in the bulk of Ba1-xKxFe2As2 from combined ARPES and μSR measurements D V Evtushinsky, D S Inosov, V B Zabolotnyy, M S Viazovska, R Khasanov, A Amato, H-H Klauss, H Luetkens, Ch Niedermayer, G L Sun, V Hinkov, C T Lin, A Varykhalov, A Koitzsch, M Knupfer, B Büchner, A A Kordyuk and S V Borisenko Cooper-pair formation by anharmonic rattling modes in the β-pyrochlore superconductor KOs2O6 Jun Chang, Ilya Eremin and Peter Thalmeier Doping-dependent optical properties of Bi2201 E van Heumen, W Meevasana, A B Kuzmenko, H Eisaki and D van der Marel Phase diagram and single-particle spectrum of CuO2 high-Tc layers: variational cluster approach to the three-band Hubbard model E Arrigoni, M Aichhorn, M Daghofer and W Hanke Heat transport as a probe of superconducting gap structure H Shakeripour, C Petrovic and Louis Taillefer Pressure-induced magnetic transition and volume collapse in FeAs superconductors: an orbital-selective Mott scenario Andreas Hackl and Matthias Vojta Orbital magnetic moment of a chiral p-wave superconductor James F Annett, B L Györffy and K I Wysokiński Magnetism and superconductivity in strongly correlated CeRhIn5 Tuson Park and J D Thompson Superconducting gap structure of heavy-Fermion compound URu2Si2 determined by angle-resolved thermal conductivity Y Kasahara, H Shishido, T Shibauchi, Y Haga, T D Matsuda, Y Onuki and Y Matsuda Polar Kerr effect as probe for time-reversal symmetry breaking in unconventional superconductors Aharon Kapitulnik, Jing Xia, Elizabeth Schemm and Alexander Palevski Influence of non-magnetic impurities on hole-doped two-leg Cu-O Hubbard ladders P Chudzinski, M Gabay and T Giamarchi Pairing in the iron arsenides: a functional RG treatment Christian Platt, Carsten Honerkamp and Werner Hanke Tracking anisotropic scattering in

  3. Superconductor Composite

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    Dorris, Stephen E.; Burlone, Dominick A.; Morgan; Carol W.

    1999-02-02

    A superconducting conductor fabricated from a plurality of wires, e.g., fine silver wires, coated with a superconducting powder. A process of applying superconducting powders to such wires, to the resulting coated wires and superconductors produced therefrom.

  4. Superconductor cable

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    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.

  5. Superconductor Dynamics

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    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 ...

  6. Ferromagnetic superconductors

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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.

  7. Ferromagnetic superconductors

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    Huxley, Andrew D.

    2015-07-01

    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.

  8. Superconductor cable

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    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).

  9. High-temperature superconductors

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    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.

  10. Pulsed Field Magnetostriction and Metamagnetism in UPt3

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    Shivaram, B. [Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (United States); Weickert, Dagmar Franziska [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Jaime, Marcelo [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2017-03-01

    Metamagnetism (MM) characterized by a sudden rise in the magnetization at a critical field is a well established phenomenon in the hexagonal system UPt3, first noted at H = 20 T nearly three decades ago. However recent detailed measurements of the nonlinear magnetic susceptibility has raised new questions. With a careful analysis of the existing data and utilizing a phenomenological single energy scale (SES) model developed in this context one of us (BSS) was able to show that there is a distinct possibility of a second MM transition at a higher field. Depending upon the parameters chosen in the model this transition is predicted to occur in the range of 60 T-100 T. Thus measurements of the magnetic and magnetoelastic properties of UPt3 in the highest available fields is desirable.

  11. Fine uniform filament superconductors

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    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.

  12. Superconductor rotor cooling system

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    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.

  13. 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.

  14. Fabrication of high temperature superconductors

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    Balachandran, Uthamalingam; Dorris, Stephen E.; Ma, Beihai; Li, Meiya

    2003-06-17

    A method of forming a biaxially aligned superconductor on a non-biaxially aligned substrate substantially chemically inert to the biaxially aligned superconductor comprising is disclosed. A non-biaxially aligned substrate chemically inert to the superconductor is provided and a biaxially aligned superconductor material is deposited directly on the non-biaxially aligned substrate. A method forming a plume of superconductor material and contacting the plume and the non-biaxially aligned substrate at an angle greater than 0.degree. and less than 90.degree. to deposit a biaxially aligned superconductor on the non-biaxially aligned substrate is also disclosed. Various superconductors and substrates are illustrated.

  15. Large area bulk superconductors

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    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.

  16. Superconductor terahertz metamaterial

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    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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Topological superconductors: a review.

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    Sato, Masatoshi; Ando, Yoichi

    2017-04-03

    This review elaborates pedagogically on the fundamental concept, basic theory, expected properties, and materials realizations of topological superconductors. The relation between topological superconductivity and Majorana fermions are explained, and the difference between dispersive Majorana fermions and a localized Majorana zero mode is emphasized. A variety of routes to topological superconductivity are explained with an emphasis on the roles of spin-orbit coupling. Present experimental situations and possible signatures of topological superconductivity are summarized with an emphasis on intrinsic topological superconductors.

  20. 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.

  1. Continuous lengths of oxide superconductors

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    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.

  2. High temperature superconductor accelerator magnets

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    van Nugteren, J.

    2016-01-01

    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 dev

  3. Granular Superconductors and Gravity

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    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.

  4. 373 K Superconductors

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    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.

  5. Lightning in superconductors.

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    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.

  6. Bi-based superconductor

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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 .

  7. Physical Vacuum in Superconductors

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    de Matos, Clovis Jacinto

    2009-01-01

    Although experiments carried out by Jain et al. showed that the Cooper pairs obey the strong equivalence principle, The measurement of the Cooper pairs inertial mass by Tate et al. revealed an anomalous excess of mass. In the present paper we interpret these experimental results in the framework of an electromagnetic model of dark energy for the superconductors' vacuum. We argue that this physical vacuum is associated with a preferred frame. Ultimately from the conservation of energy for Cooper pairs we derive a model for a variable vacuum speed of light in the superconductors physical vacuum in relation with a possible breaking of the weak equivalence principle for Cooper pairs.

  8. Aspects of unconventional density waves

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    Maki, Kazumi; Dóra, Balázs; Virosztek, Attila

    2003-12-01

    Recently many people discuss unconventional density waves (i.e. unconventional charge density waves (UCDW) and unconventional spin density waves (USDW)). Unlike in conventional density waves, the quasiparticle spectrum in these systems is gapless. Also these systems remain metallic. Indeed it appears that there are many candidates for UDW. The low temperature phase of α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4, the antiferromagnetic phase in URu2Si2, the CDW in transition metal dichalcogenite NbSe2, the pseudogap phase in high Tc cuprate superconductors, the glassy phase in organic superconductor κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu[N(CN)2]Br. After a brief introduction on UCDW and USDW, we shall discuss some of the above systems, where we believe we have evidence for unconventional density waves.

  9. 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...

  10. Ambient-pressure organic superconductor

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    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.

  11. Introduction to Holographic Superconductor Models

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    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.

  12. Vortices and nanostructured superconductors

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    2017-01-01

    This book provides expert coverage of modern and novel aspects of the study of vortex matter, dynamics, and pinning in nanostructured and multi-component superconductors. Vortex matter in superconducting materials is a field of enormous beauty and intellectual challenge, which began with the theoretical prediction of vortices by A. Abrikosov (Nobel Laureate). Vortices, vortex dynamics, and pinning are key features in many of today’s human endeavors: from the huge superconducting accelerating magnets and detectors at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, which opened new windows of knowledge on the universe, to the tiny superconducting transceivers using Rapid Single Flux Quanta, which have opened a revolutionary means of communication. In recent years, two new features have added to the intrinsic beauty and complexity of the subject: nanostructured/nanoengineered superconductors, and the discovery of a range of new materials showing multi-component (multi-gap) superconductivity. In this book, leading researche...

  13. Vortex cutting in superconductors

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    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.

  14. Processing of Superconductor-Normal-Superconductor Josephson Edge Junctions

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    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.

  15. Testability issues in Superconductor Electronics

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    Kerkhoff, Hans G.; Arun, A.J.

    2004-01-01

    An emerging technology for solutions in high-end applications in computing and telecommunication is superconductor electronics. A system-level study has been carried out to verify the feasibility of DfT in superconductor electronics. In this paper, we present how this can be realized to monitor

  16. 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....

  17. Iron pnictide superconductors

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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

  18. High temperature superconductors

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    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.

  19. Antenna applications of superconductors

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    Hansen, R. C.

    1991-09-01

    The applicability of superconductors to antennas is examined. Potential implementations that are examined are superdirective arrays; electrically small antennas; tuning and matching of these two; high-gain millimeter-wavelength arrays; and kinetic inductance slow wave structures for array phasers and traveling wave array feeds. It is thought that superdirective arrays and small antennas will not benefit directly, but their tuning/matching networks will undergo major improvements. Miniaturization of antennas will not be aided, but much higher gain millimeter-wave arrays will be realizable. Kinetic inductance slow-wave lines appear advantageous for improved array phasers and time delay, as well as for traveling-wave array feeds.

  20. Flux pinning in superconductors

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    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...

  1. Flux Pinning in Superconductors

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    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...

  2. Hybrid superconductor magnet bearings

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    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.

  3. Materials design for new superconductors.

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    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.

  4. Spin manipulation in nanoscale superconductors.

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    Beckmann, D

    2016-04-27

    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.

  5. Materials design for new superconductors

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    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.

  6. Manufacturing a Superconductor in School.

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    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)

  7. Superconductor stripes move on

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    Tranquada, J. [Physics Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY (United States)

    1999-11-01

    Differences in fundamental assumptions are behind much of the controversy among theorists over the cause of high-temperature superconductivity the absence of resistance to electrical current at temperatures as high as 130 K in layered copper-oxide compounds. One common assumption is that the charge carriers are distributed uniformly throughout the all-important CuO{sub 2} layers. However, there is growing experimental evidence that this is not the case and that 'stripes' of charge form in these puzzling materials. Now a significant step forward in the struggle to understand the behaviour of charge carriers in high-temperature superconductors has been made at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US. (UK)

  8. 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...... on the mechanical and thermal processes applied. One of the most crucial processes is probably the flat rolling process, where the round or square wire is rolled to form a thin tape (about 3 mm x 0.2 mm), while the density of the powder fibres increase and the fibres obtain their final geometry. For instance...... rolling a tape to a thickness of 250 µm may give a very high Je, whereas further reduction to 200 µm may be fatal. In the present work the flat rolling process is analysed systematically from a mechanical forming point of view. This work implies · Mechanical characterisation of the plastic parameters...

  9. Process for fabricating continuous lengths of superconductor

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    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.

  10. Ferromagnet / superconductor oxide superlattices

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    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

  11. Gravitoelectromagnetism and Dark Energy in Superconductors

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    De Matos, C J

    2006-01-01

    A gravitomagnetic analogue of the London moment in superconductors can explain the anomalous Cooper pair mass excess reported by Janet Tate. Ultimately the gravitomagnetic London moment is attributed to the breaking of the principle of general covariance in superconductors. This naturally implies non-conservation of classical energy-momentum. Possible relation with the manifestation of dark energy in superconductors is questioned.

  12. Multistrand superconductor cable

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    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.

  13. 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.

  14. Topological insulators and topological superconductors

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    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...

  15. Thin film superconductor magnetic bearings

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    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.

  16. Modified Entropic Gravitation in Superconductors

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    de Matos, Clovis Jacinto

    2011-01-01

    Verlinde recently developed a theoretical account of gravitation in terms of an entropic force. The central element in Verlinde's derivation is information and its relation with entropy through the holographic principle. The application of this approach to the case of superconductors requires to take into account that information associated with superconductor's quantum vacuum energy is not stored on Planck size surface elements, but in four volume cells with Planck-Einstein size. This has profound consequences on the type of gravitational force generated by the quantum vacuum condensate in superconductors, which is closely related with the cosmological repulsive acceleration responsible for the accelerated expansion of the Universe. Remarkably this new gravitational type force depends on the level of breaking of the weak equivalence principle for cooper pairs in a given superconducting material, which was previously derived by the author starting from similar principles. It is also shown that this new gravit...

  17. Superconductor stability, 1983: a review

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    Dresner, L.

    1983-01-01

    Three main topics have been discussed in this paper, namely, internally cooled superconductors, cooling by superfluid helium, and metastable magnets. The discussion of each has centered around a dominant idea, and it is fitting to highlight these ideas by way of conclusion. With regard to internally cooled superconductors, most of what we have learned in the last few years centers on the strong motion caused by the thermal expansion of helium. How naive were our early calculations that treated the helium as though it were incompressible. Our discussion of He-II was organized around the Gorter-Mellink relation and the solutions of the nonlinear diffusion equation it gives rise to. And our discussion of metastable magnets revolved around the fruitful concept of the MPZ. These three ideas are sturdy trunks that support much of the thought about superconductor stability that has flowered in the past several years.

  18. Topological surface states in nodal superconductors.

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    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.

  19. Apparatus for fabricating continuous lengths of superconductor

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    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.

  20. Holographic Multi-Band Superconductor

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    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.

  1. High temperature superconductor current leads

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    Hull, John R. (Hinsdale, IL); Poeppel, Roger B. (Glen Ellyn, IL)

    1995-01-01

    An electrical lead having one end for connection to an apparatus in a cryogenic environment and the other end for connection to an apparatus outside the cryogenic environment. The electrical lead includes a high temperature superconductor wire and an electrically conductive material distributed therein, where the conductive material is present at the one end of the lead at a concentration in the range of from 0 to about 3% by volume, and at the other end of the lead at a concentration of less than about 20% by volume. Various embodiments are shown for groups of high temperature superconductor wires and sheaths.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Holographic superconductors without translational symmetry

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    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.

  5. Nature of the superconductor-insulator transition in disordered superconductors.

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    Dubi, Yonatan; Meir, Yigal; Avishai, Yshai

    2007-10-18

    The interplay of superconductivity and disorder has intrigued scientists for several decades. Disorder is expected to enhance the electrical resistance of a system, whereas superconductivity is associated with a zero-resistance state. Although superconductivity has been predicted to persist even in the presence of disorder, experiments performed on thin films have demonstrated a transition from a superconducting to an insulating state with increasing disorder or magnetic field. The nature of this transition is still under debate, and the subject has become even more relevant with the realization that high-transition-temperature (high-T(c)) superconductors are intrinsically disordered. Here we present numerical simulations of the superconductor-insulator transition in two-dimensional disordered superconductors, starting from a microscopic description that includes thermal phase fluctuations. We demonstrate explicitly that disorder leads to the formation of islands where the superconducting order is high. For weak disorder, or high electron density, increasing the magnetic field results in the eventual vanishing of the amplitude of the superconducting order parameter, thereby forming an insulating state. On the other hand, at lower electron densities or higher disorder, increasing the magnetic field suppresses the correlations between the phases of the superconducting order parameter in different islands, giving rise to a different type of superconductor-insulator transition. One of the important predictions of this work is that in the regime of high disorder, there are still superconducting islands in the sample, even on the insulating side of the transition. This result, which is consistent with experiments, explains the recently observed huge magneto-resistance peak in disordered thin films and may be relevant to the observation of 'the pseudogap phenomenon' in underdoped high-T(c) superconductors.

  6. Chemistry of high temperature superconductors

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    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.

  7. 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...

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Iron-Based Superconductors as Odd-Parity Superconductors

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    Jiangping Hu

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Parity is a fundamental quantum number used to classify a state of matter. Materials rarely possess ground states with odd parity. We show that the superconducting state in iron-based superconductors is classified as an odd-parity s-wave spin-singlet pairing state in a single trilayer FeAs/Se, the building block of the materials. In a low-energy effective model constructed on the Fe square bipartite lattice, the superconducting order parameter in this state is a combination of an s-wave normal pairing between two sublattices and an s-wave η pairing within the sublattices. The state has a fingerprint with a real-space sign inversion between the top and bottom As/Se layers. The results suggest that iron-based superconductors are a new quantum state of matter, and the measurement of the odd parity can help to establish high-temperature superconducting mechanisms.

  11. Current status of iron-based superconductors

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    Kamihara, Yoichi, E-mail: kamihara_yoichi@appi.keio.ac.jp [Keio University, Department of Applied Physics and Physico-Informatics, Faculty of Science and Technology (Japan)

    2012-03-15

    Current status of iron-based superconductors is summarized. Although short range magnetic ordering and magnetic phase separation of Fe are controversial, (long range) magnetic and electronic phase diagrams of iron based superconductors can be classified into two-type. Antiferromagnetic ordering of itinerant Fe does not coexist with superconducting phase of SmFeAsO{sub 1 - x}F{sub x}. The very large H{sub c2} of iron-based superconductors attract us to attempts at applications.

  12. Current status of iron-based superconductors

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    Kamihara, Yoichi

    2012-03-01

    Current status of iron-based superconductors is summarized. Although short range magnetic ordering and magnetic phase separation of Fe are controversial, (long range) magnetic and electronic phase diagrams of iron based superconductors can be classified into two-type. Antiferromagnetic ordering of itinerant Fe does not coexist with superconducting phase of SmFeAsO1 - xFx. The very large H c2 of iron-based superconductors attract us to attempts at applications.

  13. A Road Towards High Temperature Superconductors

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    2013-08-01

    AFRL-AFOSR-UK-TR-2013-0040 A Road Towards High Temperature Superconductors Guy Deutscher Tel Aviv University Research... Superconductors 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER FA8655-10-1-3011 5b. GRANT NUMBER Grant 10-3011 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 61102F 6. AUTHOR(S...issue in trying to make useful high temperature superconductors is obviously to discover superconductivity at higher temperatures. But there is also

  14. Holographic complexity in gauge/string superconductors

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    Davood Momeni

    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

  15. Recent progress on carbon-based superconductors.

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    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.

  16. Melt processed high-temperature superconductors

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    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

  17. Shielding superconductors with thin films

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    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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. Generalized Superconductors and Holographic Optics

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    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.

  1. Holographic superconductors with Weyl corrections

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    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.

  2. Edge instabilities of topological superconductors

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    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.

  3. Is a color superconductor topological?

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    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 ...

  4. Modified entropic gravitation in superconductors

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    Matos, Clovis Jacinto de, E-mail: clovis.de.matos@esa.int [European Space Agency, 8-10 rue Mario Nikis, 75015 Paris (France)

    2012-01-15

    Verlinde recently developed a theoretical account of gravitation in terms of an entropic force. The central element in Verlinde's derivation is information and its relation with entropy through the holographic principle. The application of this approach to the case of superconductors requires to take into account that information associated with superconductor's quantum vacuum energy is not stored on Planck size surface elements, but in four volume cells with Planck-Einstein size. This has profound consequences on the type of gravitational force generated by the quantum vacuum condensate in superconductors, which is closely related with the cosmological repulsive acceleration responsible for the accelerated expansion of the Universe. Remarkably this new gravitational type force depends on the level of breaking of the weak equivalence principle for cooper pairs in a given superconducting material, which was previously derived by the author starting from similar principles. It is also shown that this new gravitational force can be interpreted as a surface force. The experimental detection of this new repulsive gravitational-type force appears to be challenging.

  5. Fault current limiters using superconductors

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    Norris, W. T.; Power, A.

    Fault current limiters on power systems are to reduce damage by heating and electromechanical forces, to alleviate duty on switchgear used to clear the fault, and to mitigate disturbance to unfaulted parts of the system. A basic scheme involves a super-resistor which is a superconductor being driven to high resistance when fault current flows either when current is high during a cycle of a.c. or, if the temperature of the superconductive material rises, for the full cycle. Current may be commuted from superconductor to an impedance in parallel, thus reducing the energy dispersed at low temperature and saving refrigeration. In a super-shorted transformer the ambient temperature primary carries the power system current; the superconductive secondary goes to a resistive condition when excessive currents flow in the primary. A super-transformer has the advantage of not needing current leads from high temperature to low temperature; it behaves as a parallel super-resistor and inductor. The supertransductor with a superconductive d.c. bias winding is large and has small effect on the rate of fall of current at current zero; it does little to alleviate duty on switchgear but does reduce heating and electromechanical forces. It is fully active after a fault has been cleared. Other schemes depend on rapid recooling of the superconductor to achieve this.

  6. Enhancement of mechanical properties of 123 superconductors

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    Balachandran, Uthamalingam

    1995-01-01

    A composition and method of preparing YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.7-x superconductor. Addition of tin oxide containing compounds to YBCO superconductors results in substantial improvement of fracture toughness and other mechanical properties without affect on T.sub.c. About 5-20% additions give rise to substantially improved mechanical properties.

  7. Electromagnetic Dark Energy and Gravitoelectrodynamics of Superconductors

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    de Matos, Clovis Jacinto

    2007-01-01

    It is shown that Beck's electromagnetic model of dark energy in superconductors can account for the gravitomagnetic London moment, which has been conjectured by the author to explain the Cooper pair's mass excess reported by Cabrera and Tate. A new Einstein-Planck regime for gravitation in condensed matter is proposed as a natural scale to host the gravitoelectrodynamic properties of superconductors.

  8. Gravitational force between two electrons in superconductors

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    de Matos, Clovis Jacinto

    2007-01-01

    The attractive gravitational force between two electrons in superconductors is deduced from the Eddington-Dirac large number relation, together with Beck and Mackey electromagnetic model of vacuum energy in superconductors. This force is estimated to be weaker than the gravitational attraction between two electrons in the vacuum.

  9. High temperature superconductors: A technological revolution

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    1990-01-01

    The objectives are to demonstrate the Meissner effect through magnetic levitation, to demonstrate one application of the Meissner effect, the low friction magnetic rotation bearing, and to demonstrate magnetic flux penetration and the Type II nature of ceramic superconductors via the stacking of the superconductor disks. Experimental equipment and procedures are described.

  10. Noncentrosymmetric superconductors in one dimension

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    Samokhin, K. V.

    2017-02-01

    We study the fermionic boundary modes (Andreev bound states) in a time-reversal invariant one-dimensional superconductor. In the presence of a substrate, spatial inversion symmetry is broken and the electronic properties are strongly affected by an antisymmetric spin-orbit coupling. We assume an arbitrary even number of nondegenerate bands crossing the Fermi level. We show that there is only one possible pairing symmetry in one dimension, an analog of s -wave pairing. The zero-energy Andreev bound states are present if the sign of the gap function in an odd number of the bands is different from all other bands.

  11. Passivation of high temperature superconductors

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    Vasquez, Richard P. (Inventor)

    1991-01-01

    The surface of high temperature superconductors such as YBa2Cu3O(7-x) are passivated by reacting the native Y, Ba and Cu metal ions with an anion such as sulfate or oxalate to form a surface film that is impervious to water and has a solubility in water of no more than 10(exp -3) M. The passivating treatment is preferably conducted by immersing the surface in dilute aqueous acid solution since more soluble species dissolve into the solution. The treatment does not degrade the superconducting properties of the bulk material.

  12. Microgravity Processing of Oxide Superconductors

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    Hofmeister, William H.; Bayuzick, Robert J.; Vlasse, Marcus; McCallum, William; Peters, Palmer (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The primary goal is to understand the microstructures which develop under the nonequilibrium solidification conditions achieved by melt processing in copper oxide superconductor systems. More specifically, to define the liquidus at the Y- 1:2:3 composition, the Nd-1:2:3 composition, and several intermediate partial substitution points between pure Y-1:2:3 and Nd-1:2:3. A secondary goal has been to understand resultant solidification morphologies and pathways under a variety of experimental conditions and to use this knowledge to better characterize solidification phenomena in these systems.

  13. Holographic superconductors with hyperscaling violation

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    Fan, ZhongYing

    2013-01-01

    We investigate holographic superconductors in asympototically geometries with hyperscaling violation. The mass of the scalar field decouples from the UV dimension of the dual scalar operator and can be chosen as negative as we want, without disturbing the Breitenlohner-Freedman bound. We first numerically find that the scalar condenses below a critical temperature and a gap opens in the real part of the conductivity, indicating the onset of superconductivity. We further analytically explore the effects of the hyperscaling violation on the superconducting transition temperature. We find that the critical temperature increases with the increasing of hyperscaling violation.

  14. 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.

  15. Superconductor lunar telescopes --Abstract only

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    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.

  16. 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.

  17. Losses of Superconductor Journal Bearing

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    Han, Y. H.; Hull, J. R.; Han, S. C.; Jeong, N. H.; Oh, J. M.; Sung, T. H.

    2004-06-01

    A high-temperature superconductor (HTS) journal bearing was studied for rotational loss. Two HTS bearings support the rotor at top and bottom. The rotor weight is 4 kg and the length is about 300 mm. Both the top and bottom bearings have two permanent magnet (PM) rings with an iron pole piece separating them. Each HTS journal bearing is composed of six pieces of superconductor blocks of size 35×25×10 mm. The HTS blocks are encased in a cryochamber through which liquid nitrogen flows. The inner spool of the cryochamber is made from G-10 to reduce eddy current loss, and the rest of the cryochamber is stainless steel. The magnetic field from the PM rings is < 10 mT on the stainless part. The rotational drag was measured over the same speed range at several chamber pressures. Results indicate that a chamber pressure of 0.4 mtorr is sufficiently low to minimize windage loss, and the 10 mT design criterion for the magnetic field on the stainless part of the cryochamber is too high.

  18. Superconductor bearings, flywheels and transportation

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    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.

  19. High Temperature Superconductor Accelerator Magnets

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    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...

  20. 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.

  1. Method to improve superconductor cable

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    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.

  2. Position-sensitive superconductor detectors

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    Kurakado, M.; Taniguchi, K.

    2016-12-01

    Superconducting tunnel junction (STJ) detectors and superconducting transition- edge sensors (TESs) are representative superconductor detectors having energy resolutions much higher than those of semiconductor detectors. STJ detectors are thin, thereby making it suitable for detecting low-energy X rays. The signals of STJ detectors are more than 100 times faster than those of TESs. By contrast, TESs are microcalorimeters that measure the radiation energy from the change in the temperature. Therefore, signals are slow and their time constants are typically several hundreds of μs. However, TESs possess excellent energy resolutions. For example, TESs have a resolution of 1.6 eV for 5.9-keV X rays. An array of STJs or TESs can be used as a pixel detector. Superconducting series-junction detectors (SSJDs) comprise multiple STJs and a single-crystal substrate that acts as a radiation absorber. SSJDs are also position sensitive, and their energy resolutions are higher than those of semiconductor detectors. In this paper, we give an overview of position-sensitive superconductor detectors.

  3. Aeronautical applications of high-temperature superconductors

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    Turney, George E.; Luidens, Roger W.; Uherka, Kenneth; Hull, John

    1989-01-01

    The successful development of high-temperature superconductors (HTS) could have a major impact on future aeronautical propulsion and aeronautical flight vehicle systems. A preliminary examination of the potential application of HTS for aeronautics indicates that significant benefits may be realized through the development and implementation of these newly discovered materials. Applications of high-temperature superconductors (currently substantiated at 95 k) were envisioned for several classes of aeronautical systems, including subsonic and supersonic transports, hypersonic aircraft, V/STOL aircraft, rotorcraft, and solar, microwave and laser powered aircraft. Introduced and described are the particular applications and potential benefits of high-temperature superconductors as related to aeronautics and/or aeronautical systems.

  4. Synthesis of highly phase pure BSCCO superconductors

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    Dorris, S.E.; Poeppel, R.B.; Prorok, B.C.; Lanagan, M.T.; Maroni, V.A.

    1995-11-21

    An article and method of manufacture (Bi, Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductor are disclosed. The superconductor is manufactured by preparing a first powdered mixture of bismuth oxide, lead oxide, strontium carbonate, calcium carbonate and copper oxide. A second powdered mixture is then prepared of strontium carbonate, calcium carbonate and copper oxide. The mixtures are calcined separately with the two mixtures then combined. The resulting combined mixture is then subjected to a powder in tube deformation and thermal processing to produce a substantially phase pure (Bi, Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductor. 5 figs.

  5. Aeronautical applications of high-temperature superconductors

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    Turney, George E.; Luidens, Roger W.; Uherka, Kenneth; Hull, John

    1989-01-01

    The successful development of high-temperature superconductors (HTS) could have a major impact on future aeronautical propulsion and aeronautical flight vehicle systems. A preliminary examination of the potential application of HTS for aeronautics indicates that significant benefits may be realized through the development and implementation of these newly discovered materials. Applications of high-temperature superconductors (currently substantiated at 95 K) were envisioned for several classes of aeronautical systems, including subsonic and supersonic transports, hypersonic aircraft, V/STOL aircraft, rotorcraft, and solar, microwave and laser powered aircraft. Introduced and described are the particular applications and potential benefits of high-temperature superconductors as related to aeronautics and/or aeronautical systems.

  6. Tuning non-equilibrium superconductors with lasers

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    Sentef, Michael A.; Kollath, Corinna [HISKP, University of Bonn, Nussallee 14-16, D-53115 Bonn (Germany); Kemper, Alexander F. [LBL Berkeley (United States); Georges, Antoine [Ecole Polytechnique and College de France, Paris (France)

    2015-07-01

    The study of the real-time dynamics dynamics of solids perturbed by short laser pulses is an intriguing opportunity of ultrafast materials science. Previous theoretical work on pump-probe photoemission spectroscopy revealed spectroscopic signatures of electron-boson coupling, which are reminiscent of features observed in recent pump-probe photoemission experiments on cuprate superconductors. Here we investigate the ordered state of electron-boson mediated superconductors subject to laser driving using Migdal-Eliashberg theory on the Kadanoff-Baym-Keldysh contour. We extract the characteristic time scales on which the non-equilibrium superconductor reacts to the perturbation, and their relation to the coupling boson and the underlying order.

  7. Application Fields of High-Temperature Superconductors

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    Hott, Roland

    2003-01-01

    Potential application fields for cuprate high-temperature superconductors (HTS) and the status of respective projects are reviewed. The availability of a reliable and inexpensive cooling technique will be essential for a future broad acceptance of HTS applications.

  8. 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.

  9. De-Sitter spacetime as a superconductor

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    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.

  10. 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.

  11. Majorana Fermions and Topology in Superconductors

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    Sato, Masatoshi; Fujimoto, Satoshi

    2016-01-01

    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...

  12. Holographic entanglement entropy in imbalanced superconductors

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    Dutta, Arghya

    2014-01-01

    We study the behavior of holographic entanglement entropy (HEE) for imbalanced holographic superconductor. It is found that HEE for this imbalanced system decreases with the increase of imbalance in chemical potentials. Also for an arbitrary mismatch between two chemical potentials, below the critical temperature, superconducting phase has a lower HEE in comparison to the AdS-Reissner-Nordstrom black hole phase. This suggests entanglement entropy to be a useful physical probe for understanding the imbalanced holographic superconductors.

  13. High temperature superconductors and other superfluids

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    Alexandrov, A S

    2017-01-01

    Written by eminent researchers in the field, this text describes the theory of superconductivity and superfluidity starting from liquid helium and a charged Bose-gas. It also discusses the modern bipolaron theory of strongly coupled superconductors, which explains the basic physical properties of high-temperature superconductors. This book will be of interest to fourth year graduate and postgraduate students, specialist libraries, information centres and chemists working in high-temperature superconductivity.

  14. Simultaneous constraint and phase conversion processing of oxide superconductors

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    Li, Qi; Thompson, Elliott D.; Riley, Jr., Gilbert N.; Hellstrom, Eric E.; Larbalestier, David C.; DeMoranville, Kenneth L.; Parrell, Jeffrey A.; Reeves, Jodi L.

    2003-04-29

    A method of making an oxide superconductor article includes subjecting an oxide superconductor precursor to a texturing operation to orient grains of the oxide superconductor precursor to obtain a highly textured precursor; and converting the textured oxide superconducting precursor into an oxide superconductor, while simultaneously applying a force to the precursor which at least matches the expansion force experienced by the precursor during phase conversion to the oxide superconductor. The density and the degree of texture of the oxide superconductor precursor are retained during phase conversion. The constraining force may be applied isostatically.

  15. Superconductors in the power grid materials and applications

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    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

  16. Charge order in cuprate superconductors

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    Bulut, Sinan; Kampf, Arno P. [Theoretical Physics III, Center for Electronic Correlations and Magnetism, Institute of Physics, University of Augsburg (Germany); Atkinson, Bill A. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario (Canada)

    2015-07-01

    Motivated by widespread experimental evidence of charge orders in underdoped cuprate superconductors, we study a three band model of a cuprate plane. Our calculations start from a pseudogap-like normal system with a reconstructed Fermi surface, and we search for charge instabilities. From the charge susceptibilities, we identify a charge ordering instability with an ordering wavevector, q*, that matches experimental results not only with respect to the doping dependence but more importantly regarding its magnitude and direction. Namely, q* points along the Brillouin zone axes. Thus, our results clarify the discrepancy between many recent theoretical calculations and the experiments. We extend this calculation towards possible loop current instabilities and the charge ordering pattern in bilayer systems.

  17. 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 $\\sqrt{H}$.

  18. Moessbauer studies of ternary superconductors

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    Kimball, C.W.; Van Landuyt, G.L.; Barnet, C.D.; Shenoy, G.K.; Dunlap, B.D.; Fradin, F.Y.

    1978-01-01

    Moessbauer studies of the ternary Chevrel phase and rare earth rhodium boride superconductors have been made. Anomalous phonon properties at the Sn site in SnMo/sub 6/S/sub 8/, SnMo/sub 6/Se/sub 8/, and La/sub 0/ /sub 98/Sn/sub 0/ /sub 02/Mo/sub 6/Se/sub 8/ have been investigated. Studies of polarization of conduction electrons at the site of the magnetic ion have been made by means of the /sup 151/Eu Moessbauer effect in Eu/sub x/Sn/sub 1-x/Mo/sub 6/S/sub 8/ and the effects of such polarization on superconducting properties discussed. The Moessbauer effect in /sup 166/Er has been used to investigate the electronic ground state in the ternary compound ErRh/sub 4/B/sub 4/ both in the superconducting and magnetically ordered states.

  19. Subgap states in disordered superconductors

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    Skvortsov, M. A., E-mail: skvor@itp.ac.ru; Feigel' man, M. V., E-mail: feigel@landau.ac.ru [Russian Academy of Sciences, Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics (Russian Federation)

    2013-09-15

    We revise the problem of the density of states in disordered superconductors. Randomness of local sample characteristics translates to the quenched spatial inhomogeneity of the spectral gap, smearing the BCS coherence peak. We show that various microscopic models of potential and magnetic disorder can be reduced to a universal phenomenological random order parameter model, whereas the details of the microscopic description are encoded in the correlation function of the order parameter fluctuations. The resulting form of the density of states is generally described by two parameters: the width {Gamma} measuring the broadening of the BCS peak and the energy scale {Gamma}{sub tail} that controls the exponential decay of the density of subgap states. We refine the existing instanton approaches for determination of {Gamma}{sub tail} and show that they appear as limiting cases of a unified theory of optimal fluctuations in a nonlinear system. The application to various types of disorder is discussed.

  20. Search for Majorana fermions in topological superconductors.

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    Pan, Wei [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Shi, Xiaoyan [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Hawkins, Samuel D. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Klem, John Frederick [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    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).

  1. Superconductors

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    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.

  2. Superconductor-semiconductor-superconductor planar junctions of aluminium on DELTA-doped gallium arsenide

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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...

  3. Geometric heat trapping in niobium superconductor-insulator-superconductor mixers due to niobium titanium nitride leads

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    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

  4. Strong nonequilibrium coherent states in mesoscopic superconductor-semiconductor-superconductor junctions

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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...

  5. Direct current heating in superconductor-insulator-superconductor tunnel devices for THz mixing applications

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    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

  6. Niobium titanium nitride-based superconductor-insulator-superconductor mixers for low-noise terahertz receivers

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    Jackson, B.D.; De Lange, G.; Zijlstra, T.; Kroug, M.; Klapwijk, T.M.; Stern, J.A.

    2005-01-01

    Integrating NbTiN-based microstrip tuning circuits with traditional Nb superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) junctions enables the low-noise operation regime of SIS mixers to be extended from below 0.7 to 1.15 THz. In particular, mixers incorporating a NbTiN/SiO2/NbTiN microstrip tuning circ

  7. Josephson current in a normal-metal nanowire coupled to a superconductor/ferromagnet/superconductor junction

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    Ebisu, H.; Lu, B.; Taguchi, K.; Golubov, Alexandre Avraamovitch; Tanaka, Y.

    2016-01-01

    We consider a superconducting nanowire proximity coupled to a superconductor/ferromagnet/superconductor (S/F/S) junction, where the magnetization penetrates into a superconducting segment in a nanowire decaying as ∼exp[−∣n∣ξ], where n is the site index and the ξ is the decay length. We tune chemical

  8. Application of superconductor-semiconductor Schottky barrier for electron cooling

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    Savin, Alexander; Prunnila, Mika; Ahopelto, Jouni; Kivinen, Pasi; Toermae, Paeivi; Pekola, Jukka

    2003-05-01

    Electronic cooling in superconductor-semiconductor-superconductor structures at sub kelvin temperatures has been demonstrated. Effect of the carrier concentration in the semiconductor on performance of the micro-cooler has been investigated.

  9. Performance of ceramic superconductors in magnetic bearings

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    Kirtley, James L., Jr.; Downer, James R.

    1993-01-01

    Magnetic bearings are large-scale applications of magnet technology, quite similar in certain ways to synchronous machinery. They require substantial flux density over relatively large volumes of space. Large flux density is required to have satisfactory force density. Satisfactory dynamic response requires that magnetic circuit permeances not be too large, implying large air gaps. Superconductors, which offer large magnetomotive forces and high flux density in low permeance circuits, appear to be desirable in these situations. Flux densities substantially in excess of those possible with iron can be produced, and no ferromagnetic material is required. Thus the inductance of active coils can be made low, indicating good dynamic response of the bearing system. The principal difficulty in using superconductors is, of course, the deep cryogenic temperatures at which they must operate. Because of the difficulties in working with liquid helium, the possibility of superconductors which can be operated in liquid nitrogen is thought to extend the number and range of applications of superconductivity. Critical temperatures of about 98 degrees Kelvin were demonstrated in a class of materials which are, in fact, ceramics. Quite a bit of public attention was attracted to these new materials. There is a difficulty with the ceramic superconducting materials which were developed to date. Current densities sufficient for use in large-scale applications have not been demonstrated. In order to be useful, superconductors must be capable of carrying substantial currents in the presence of large magnetic fields. The possible use of ceramic superconductors in magnetic bearings is investigated and discussed and requirements that must be achieved by superconductors operating at liquid nitrogen temperatures to make their use comparable with niobium-titanium superconductors operating at liquid helium temperatures are identified.

  10. Sealed glass coating of high temperature ceramic superconductors

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    Wu, Weite; Chu, Cha Y.; Goretta, Kenneth C.; Routbort, Jules L.

    1995-01-01

    A method and article of manufacture of a lead oxide based glass coating on a high temperature superconductor. The method includes preparing a dispersion of glass powders in a solution, applying the dispersion to the superconductor, drying the dispersion before applying another coating and heating the glass powder dispersion at temperatures below oxygen diffusion onset and above the glass melting point to form a continuous glass coating on the superconductor to establish compressive stresses which enhance the fracture strength of the superconductor.

  11. Electron tunneling and point contact Andreev reflection studies of superconductors

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    Dai, Wenqing

    The energy gap is the most fundamental property of a superconductor. Electron tunneling spectroscopy and point contact spectroscopy (PCS) are powerful techniques for studying the density of states and energy gap features of superconductors. Two different superconducting systems, multiband superconductor MgB2 and proximity induced topological superconductor NbSe2/Bi 2Se3 heterostructures were studied using either quasiparticle tunneling in planar tunnel junctions or PCS in this work. (Abstract shortened by ProQuest.).

  12. Studies on Magnetization Technique of High Temperature Superconductors

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    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...

  13. Rotating superconductor magnet for producing rotating lobed magnetic field lines

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    Hilal, Sadek K.; Sampson, William B.; Leonard, Edward F.

    1978-01-01

    This invention provides a rotating superconductor magnet for producing a rotating lobed magnetic field, comprising a cryostat; a superconducting magnet in the cryostat having a collar for producing a lobed magnetic field having oppositely directed adjacent field lines; rotatable support means for selectively rotating the superconductor magnet; and means for energizing the superconductor magnet.

  14. Inhomogeneous magnetic field in AdS/CFT superconductor

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    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.

  15. Physics and chemistry review of layered chalcogenide superconductors

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    Deguchi, Keita; Takano, Yoshihiko; Mizuguchi, Yoshikazu

    2012-01-01

    Structural and physical properties of layered chalcogenide superconductors are summarized. In particular, we review the remarkable properties of the Fe-chalcogenide superconductors, FeSe and FeTe-based materials. Furthermore, we introduce the recently-discovered new BiS2-based layered superconductors and discuss its prospects.

  16. Quantum interference in an interfacial superconductor

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    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.

  17. Bulk Superconductors in Mobile Application

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    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.

  18. Hacia el motor superconductor: estudio de las interacciones entre un rotor superconductor y un estator convencional

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    Pallarès Viña, Miquel Joan

    2002-01-01

    de la tesis:Hacia el motor superconductor: estudio de las interacciones entre un estator convencional y un rotor superconductorEl desarrollo de superconductores de alta temperatura (HTSC) de gran corriente crítica ha permitido la fabricación de dispositivos en varias áreas de la ingeniería electromecánica. En particular, los HTSC pueden mejorar el rendimiento de los motores eléctricos, ya sea sustituyendo el cobre en el rotor de los mismos o con la realización de nuevos diseños.El particular...

  19. 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.

  20. Shock compaction of high- Tc superconductors

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    Weir, S.T.; Nellis, W.J.; McCandless, P.C.; Brocious, W.F. (Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (USA)); Seaman, C.L.; Early, E.A.; Maple, M.B. (California Univ., San Diego, La Jolla, CA (USA). Dept. of Physics); Kramer, M.J. (Ames Lab., IA (USA)); Syono, Y.; Kikuchi, M. (Tohoku Univ., Sendai (Japan))

    1990-09-01

    We present the results of shock compaction experiments on high-{Tc} superconductors and describe the way in which shock consolidation addresses critical problems concerning the fabrication of high J{sub c} bulk superconductors. In particular, shock compaction experiments on YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} show that shock-induced defects can greatly increase intragranular critical current densities. The fabrication of crystallographically aligned Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} samples by shock-compaction is also described. These experiments demonstrate the potential of the shock consolidation method as a means for fabricating bulk high-{Tc} superconductors having high critical current densities.

  1. Radiation shielding effectiveness of newly developed superconductors

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    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.

  2. Fracture toughness for copper oxide superconductors

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    Goretta, Kenneth C.; Kullberg, Marc L.

    1993-01-01

    An oxide-based strengthening and toughening agent, such as tetragonal Zro.sub.2 particles, has been added to copper oxide superconductors, such as superconducting YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.x (123) to improve its fracture toughness (K.sub.IC). A sol-gel coating which is non-reactive with the superconductor, such as Y.sub.2 BaCuO.sub.5 (211) on the ZrO.sub.2 particles minimized the deleterious reactions between the superconductor and the toughening agent dispersed therethrough. Addition of 20 mole percent ZrO.sub.2 coated with 211 yielded a 123 composite with a K.sub.IC of 4.5 MPa(m).sup.0.5.

  3. High-temperature superconductor antenna investigations

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    Karasack, Vincent G.

    1990-10-01

    The use of superconductors to increase antenna radiation efficiency and gain is examined. Although the gain of all normal-metal antennas can be increased through the use of superconductors, some structures have greater potential for practical improvement than others. Some structures suffer a great degradation in bandwidth when replaced with superconductors, while for others the improvement in efficiency is trivial due to the minimal contribution of the conductor loss mechanism to the total losses, or the already high efficiency of the structure. The following antennas and related structures are discussed: electrically small antennas, impedance matching of antennas, microstrip antennas, microwave and millimeter-wave antenna arrays, and superdirective arrays. The greatest potential practical improvements occur for large microwave and millimeter-wave arrays and the impedance matching of antennas.

  4. Practical superconductor development for electrical power applications

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    Goretta, K.C. (comp.)

    1992-10-01

    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 the technical progress of research and development efforts aimed at producing superconducting components that are based on the Y-Ba-Cu, Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu, Bi-Pb-Sr-Ca-Cu, and (TI,Pb)-(Ba,Sr)-Ca-Cu oxide 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, fabrication and properties of thin films, and development of prototype components. Collaborations with industry and academia are documented.

  5. On n-quantum vortices in superconductors

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    Marchenko, V I

    2002-01-01

    The conditions of the n-quantum vortices observation in the superconductors are discussed. It is established in the course of calculating the coefficient by the |psi| sup 6 (psi - the order parameter) in the Ginzburg-Landau theory for the BCS standard model that the sign of this coefficient is negative. This favours the possibility of observing the n-quantum vortices in the superconductors, wherein the vortex lattice with gravitation is formed. The existence of gravitation is manifested in the magnetization finite jump in the H sub 0 = H sub c sub sup 1 field. When by the temperature change the superconductor behavior changes in such a way, that its magnetization in the H sub 0 = H sub c field reduces to the zero, than the observation of the n-quantum vortices near this transition is possible

  6. 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.

  7. AC susceptibilities of grain-textured superconductors

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    Sakamoto, N.; Fukuda, Y.; Koga, M.; Akune, T.; Khan, H. R.; Lüders, K.

    2008-09-01

    In-phase χ n‧ and out-phase χ n″ components of nth harmonics of AC susceptibility with measuring parameters of a DC magnetic field Bdc, an amplitude Ba and a frequency f of the superimposed AC magnetic fields give substantial information of the superconducting properties. In low- Tc metallic superconductors, χ1‧ shows smooth transition and χ1″ does single peak. High- Tc oxide superconductors with anisotropic and grain-textured structures show deformed complex characteristics. Double peaks in χ1″ and shoulders in χ1‧ appear in AC susceptibility of Hg-1223 superconductors. Instead of simple Bean model, a grained model, where the superconducting grains are immersed in weak superconducting matrix, are proposed. The susceptibilities numerically analyzed using the model show varied and deformed curves and are successfully compared with the measured results.

  8. Crack problem in a long cylindrical superconductor

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    Yong, Hua-Dong; Zhou, You-He; Zeng, Jun

    2008-12-01

    In this work, the general problem of a center crack in a long cylindrical superconductor is studied. The dependence of the stress intensity factor on the parameters, including the crack length and the applied field, is investigated. We presented a simple model in which the effect of the crack on the critical current is taken into account. It is assumed that the crack forms a perfect barrier to the flow of current. The Bean model and the Kim model are considered for the critical state. Based on the complex potential and boundary collocation methods, the stress intensity factor under the magnetic field is obtained for a long cylindrical superconductor containing a central crack. The results show that the crack length and the applied field have significant effects on the fracture behavior of the superconductor.

  9. Thermomagnetic phenomena in the mixed state of high temperature superconductors

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    Meilikhov, E. Z.

    1995-01-01

    Galvano- and thermomagnetic-phenomena in high temperature superconductors, based on kinetic coefficients, are discussed, along with a connection between the electric field and the heat flow in superconductor mixed state. The relationship that determines the transport coefficients of high temperature superconductors in the mixed state based on Seebeck and Nernst effects is developed. It is shown that this relationship is true for a whole transition region of the resistive mixed state of a superconductor. Peltier, Ettingshausen and Righi-Leduc effects associated with heat conductivity as related to high temperature superconductors are also addressed.

  10. Surface texturing of superconductors by controlled oxygen pressure

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    Chen, N.; Goretta, K.C.; Dorris, S.E.

    1999-01-05

    A method of manufacture of a textured layer of a high temperature superconductor on a substrate is disclosed. The method involves providing an untextured high temperature superconductor material having a characteristic ambient pressure peritectic melting point, heating the superconductor to a temperature below the peritectic temperature, establishing a reduced pO{sub 2} atmosphere below ambient pressure causing reduction of the peritectic melting point to a reduced temperature which causes melting from an exposed surface of the superconductor and raising pressure of the reduced pO{sub 2} atmosphere to cause solidification of the molten superconductor in a textured surface layer. 8 figs.

  11. Superfluid response in heavy fermion superconductors

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    Zhong, Yin; Zhang, Lan; Shao, Can; Luo, Hong-Gang

    2017-10-01

    Motivated by a recent London penetration depth measurement [H. Kim, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 027003 (2015)] and novel composite pairing scenario [O. Erten, R. Flint, and P. Coleman, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 027002 (2015)] of the Yb-doped heavy fermion superconductor CeCoIn5, we revisit the issue of superfluid response in the microscopic heavy fermion lattice model. However, from the literature, an explicit expression for the superfluid response function in heavy fermion superconductors is rare. In this paper, we investigate the superfluid density response function in the celebrated Kondo-Heisenberg model. To be specific, we derive the corresponding formalism from an effective fermionic large- N mean-field pairing Hamiltonian whose pairing interaction is assumed to originate from the effective local antiferromagnetic exchange interaction. Interestingly, we find that the physically correct, temperature-dependent superfluid density formula can only be obtained if the external electromagnetic field is directly coupled to the heavy fermion quasi-particle rather than the bare conduction electron or local moment. Such a unique feature emphasizes the key role of the Kondo-screening-renormalized heavy quasi-particle for low-temperature/energy thermodynamics and transport behaviors. As an important application, the theoretical result is compared to an experimental measurement in heavy fermion superconductors CeCoIn5 and Yb-doped Ce1- x Yb x CoIn5 with fairly good agreement and the transition of the pairing symmetry in the latter material is explained as a simple doping effect. In addition, the requisite formalism for the commonly encountered nonmagnetic impurity and non-local electrodynamic effect are developed. Inspired by the success in explaining classic 115-series heavy fermion superconductors, we expect the present theory will be applied to understand other heavy fermion superconductors such as CeCu2Si2 and more generic multi-band superconductors.

  12. 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.

  13. Order parameter fluctuations in the holographic superconductor

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    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.

  14. Aluminum-stabilized NB3SN superconductor

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    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.

  15. Electrical connection structure for a superconductor element

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    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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Electromagnetic Effects in Superconductors in Gravitational Field

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    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 $\

  19. 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.

  20. Order parameter fluctuations in the holographic superconductor

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    Plantz, N. W. M.; Stoof, H. T. C.; Vandoren, S.

    2017-03-01

    We investigate the effect of order parameter fluctuations in the holographic superconductor. In particular, following an introduction to the concept of intrinsic dynamics and its implementation within holographic models, we compute the intrinsic spectral functions of the order parameter in both the normal and the superconducting phase, using a fully backreacted bulk geometry. We also present a vector-like large-N version of the Ginzburg–Landau model that accurately describes our long-wavelength results in both phases. Our results indicate that the holographic superconductor describes a relativistic multi-component superfluid in the universal regime of the BEC–BCS crossover.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. p-wave superconductors in dilaton gravity

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    Fan, ZhongYing

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we study peculiar properties of p-wave superconductors in dilaton gravity. The scale invariance of the bulk geometry is effectively broken due to the existence of dilaton. By coupling the dilaton to the non-Abelian gauge field, i.e., $-\\frac14 e^{-\\beta \\Phi} F^a_{\\mu\

  4. 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.

  5. Stripe phases in high-temperature superconductors.

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    Emery, V J; Kivelson, S A; Tranquada, J M

    1999-08-03

    Stripe phases are predicted and observed to occur in a class of strongly correlated materials describable as doped antiferromagnets, of which the copper-oxide superconductors are the most prominent representatives. The existence of stripe correlations necessitates the development of new principles for describing charge transport and especially superconductivity in these materials.

  6. Kinetic energy driven pairing in cuprate superconductors

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    Maier, TA; Jarrell, M; Macridin, A; Slezak, C

    2004-01-01

    Pairing occurs in conventional superconductors through a reduction of the electronic potential energy accompanied by an increase in kinetic energy. In the underdoped cuprates, optical experiments show that pairing is driven by a reduction of the electronic kinetic energy. Using the dynamical cluster

  7. Stripe Phases in High-Temperature Superconductors

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    Emery, V. J.; Kivelson, S. A.; Tranquada, J. M.

    1999-08-01

    Stripe phases are predicted and observed to occur in a class of strongly correlated materials describable as doped antiferromagnets, of which the copper-oxide superconductors are the most prominent representatives. The existence of stripe correlations necessitates the development of new principles for describing charge transport and especially superconductivity in these materials.

  8. Epitaxy of semiconductor-superconductor nanowires

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    Krogstrup, P.; Ziino, N.L.B.; Chang, W.

    2015-01-01

    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...

  9. Transverse acousto-electric effect in superconductors

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    Lipavský, P., E-mail: lipavsky@karlov.mff.cuni.cz [Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Ke Karlovu 3, Prague 2 121 16 (Czech Republic); Koláček, J., E-mail: kolacek@fzu.cz [Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences, Cukrovarnická 10, Prague 6 162 00 (Czech Republic); Lin, P.-J., E-mail: fareh.lin@gmail.com [Research Department, Universal Analytics Inc., RR2 Airdrie, AB T4B 2A4 (Canada)

    2016-06-15

    Highlights: • A description of an acousto-electric effect of superconductors is formulated, continuous over the phase transition. • Interactions among a sound wave, normal and superconducting electrons are included. • Response radiation attains a maximum before transition to the normal state. • Effects should be observable in clean niobium. - Abstract: 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.

  10. Quantum Dots Coupled to a Superconductor

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    Jellinggaard, Anders Robert

    are tuned electrostatically. This includes tuning the odd occupation of the dot through a quantum phase transition, where it forms a singlet with excitations in the superconductor. We detail the fabrication of these bottom gated devices, which additionally feature ancillary sensor dots connected...

  11. Noncontact Measurement Of Critical Current In Superconductor

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    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.

  12. Excitations in Topological Superfluids and Superconductors

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    Wu, Hao

    In this thesis I present the theoretical work on Fermionic surface states, and %the bulk Bosonic collective excitations in topological superfluids and superconductors. Broken symmetries %Bulk-edge correspondence in topological condensed matter systems have implications for the spectrum of Fermionic excitations confined on surfaces or topological defects. (Abstract shortened by ProQuest.).

  13. Technological Evolution of High Temperature Superconductors

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    2015-12-01

    power level would reach 250 kilowatts in a joint Navy-Advanced Research Projects Agency (the fore- runner to the Defense Advanced Research Projects...A1 2/22/2007 Method and apparatus for cooling a blade server H01L 021/66 US- 20060283620 A1 American Superconductor Corporation (United States

  14. Towards Structural Testing of Superconductor Electronics

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    Arun, A.J.; Kerkhoff, Hans G.

    2003-01-01

    Many of the semiconductor technologies are already facing limitations while new-generation data and telecommunication systems are implemented. Although in its infancy, superconductor electronics (SCE) is capable of handling some of these high-end tasks. We have started a defect-oriented test

  15. Isotope and multiband effects in layered superconductors.

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    Bussmann-Holder, Annette; Keller, Hugo

    2012-06-13

    In this review we consider three classes of superconductors, namely cuprate superconductors, MgB(2) and the new Fe based superconductors. All of these three systems are layered materials and multiband compounds. Their pairing mechanisms are under discussion with the exception of MgB(2), which is widely accepted to be a 'conventional' electron-phonon interaction mediated superconductor, but extending the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) theory to account for multiband effects. Cuprates and Fe based superconductors have higher superconducting transition temperatures and more complex structures. Superconductivity is doping dependent in these material classes unlike in MgB(2) which, as a pure compound, has the highest values of T(c) and a rapid suppression of superconductivity with doping takes place. In all three material classes isotope effects have been observed, including exotic ones in the cuprates, and controversial ones in the Fe based materials. Before the area of high-temperature superconductivity, isotope effects on T(c) were the signature for phonon mediated superconductivity-even when deviations from the BCS value to smaller values were observed. Since the discovery of high T(c) materials this is no longer evident since competing mechanisms might exist and other mediating pairing interactions are discussed which are of purely electronic origin. In this work we will compare the three different material classes and especially discuss the experimentally observed isotope effects of all three systems and present a rather general analysis of them. Furthermore, we will concentrate on multiband signatures which are not generally accepted in cuprates even though they are manifest in various experiments, the evidence for those in MgB(2), and indications for them in the Fe based compounds. Mostly we will consider experimental data, but when possible also discuss theoretical models which are suited to explain the data.

  16. Gate-tuned Superconductor-Insulator transition in (Li,Fe)OHFeSe

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    Lei, B; Xiang, Z. J.; Lu, X. F.; Wang, N. Z.; Chang, J. R.; Shang, C.; Luo, X. G.; Wu, T.; Z. Sun; Chen, X. H.

    2015-01-01

    The antiferromagnetic(AFM) insulator-superconductor transition has been always a center of interest in the underlying physics of unconventional superconductors. The quantum phase transition between Mott insulator with AFM and superconductor can be induced by doping charge carriers in high-Tc cuprate superconductors. For the best characterized organic superconductors of k-(BEDT-TTF)2X (X=anion), a first order transition between AFM insulator and superconductor can be tuned by applied external ...

  17. Ginzburg-Landau theory of dirty two band s(+/-) superconductors.

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    Ng, Tai-Kai

    2009-12-04

    In this Letter, we study the effect of nonmagnetic impurities on two-band superconductors by deriving the corresponding Ginzburg-Landau equation. Depending on the strength of (impurity-induced) interband scattering, we find that there are two distinctive regions where the superconductors behave very differently. In the strong impurity-induced interband scattering regime T(c) band, the two-band superconductor behaves as an effective one-band dirty superconductor. In the other limit T(c) > or = tau(t)(-1), the dirty two-band superconductor is described by a network of frustrated two-band superconductor grains connected by Josephson tunneling junctions, and the Anderson theorem breaks down.

  18. Shiba chains of scalar impurities on unconventional superconductors

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    Neupert, Titus; Yazdani, A.; Bernevig, B. Andrei

    2016-03-01

    We show that a chain of nonmagnetic impurities deposited on a fully gapped two- or three-dimensional superconductor can become a topological one-dimensional superconductor with protected Majorana bound states at its end. A prerequisite is that the pairing potential of the underlying superconductor breaks the spin-rotation symmetry, as it is generically the case in systems with strong spin-orbit coupling. We illustrate this mechanism for a spinless triplet-superconductor (px+i py ) and a time-reversal symmetric Rashba superconductor with a mixture of singlet and triplet pairing. For the latter, we show that the impurity chain can be topologically nontrivial even if the underlying superconductor is topologically trivial.

  19. Theoretical study of pair density wave superconductors

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    Zheng, Zhichao

    In conventional superconductors, the Cooper pairs are formed from quasiparticles. We explore another type of superconducting state, a pair density wave (PDW) order, which spontaneously breaks some of the translational and point group symmetries. In a PDW superconductor, the order parameter is a periodic function of the center-of-mass coordinate, and the spatial average value of the superconducting order parameter vanishes. In the early 1960s, following the success of the BCS theory of superconductivity, Fulde and Ferrell and Larkin and Ovchinnikov (FFLO) developed theories of inhomogeneous superconducting states. Because of this Zeeman splitting in a magnetic field, the Cooper pairs having a nonzero center-of-mass momentum are more stable than the normal pairing, leading to the FFLO state. Experiments suggest possible occurrence of the FFLO state in the heavy-fermion compound CeCoIn5, and in quasi-low-dimensional organic superconductors. FFLO phases have also been argued to be of importance in understanding ultracold atomic Fermi gases and in the formation of color superconductivity in high density quark matter. In all Fermi superfluids known at the present time, Cooper pairs are composed of particles with spin 1/2. The spin component of a pair wave function can be characterized by its total spin S = 0 (singlet) and S = 1 (triplet). In the discovered broken inversion superconductors CePt3Si, Li2Pt3B, and Li2Pd3B, the magnetic field leads to novel inhomogeneous superconducting states, namely the helical phase and the multiple-q phase. Its order parameter exhibits periodicity similar to FFLO phase, and the consequences of both phases are same: the enhancement of transition temperature as a function of magnetic field. We have studied the PDW phases in broken parity superconductors with vortices included. By studying PDW vortex states, we find the usual Abrikosov vortex solution is unstable against a new solution with fractional vortex pairs. We have also studied the

  20. 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.

  1. Low resistivity contact to iron-pnictide superconductors

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    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.

  2. Search for New and Better High Temperature Superconductors

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    2014-03-30

    AFRL-OSR-VA-TR-2015-0096 (MURI 09) TOWARDS NEW AND BETTER HIGH TEMPERATURE SUPERCONDUCTORS Malcolm Beasley LELAND STANFORD JUNIOR UNIV CA Final...Search for New and Better High Temperature Superconductors 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER FA9550-09-1-0583 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6...SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES 14. ABSTRACT This program was focused on an integrated search for new superconductors in material systems with perceived

  3. Andreev Spectra and Subgap Bound States in Multiband Superconductors

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    Golubov, A. A.; Brinkman, A.; Tanaka, Yukio; Mazin, I.I.; Dolgov, O. V.

    2009-01-01

    The theory of Andreev conductance is formulated for junctions involving normal metals (N) and multiband superconductors (S) and applied to the case of superconductors with nodeless extended $s_{\\pm}$-wave order parameter symmetry, as possibly realized in the recently discovered ferro pnictides. We find qualitative differences from tunneling into s-wave or d-wave superconductors that may help to identify such a state. First, interband interference leads to a suppression of Andreev reflection i...

  4. Conductance of d-wave superconductor/normal metal/d-wave superconductor junctions

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    Pesin, Dmytro; Andreev, Anton; Spivak, Boris

    2008-03-01

    We develop a theory of the low-temperature conductance of superconductor/normal metal/superconductor junctions in which the superconductors have d-wave pairing symmetry. We show that at low temperatures the conductance of the junction is determined by the inelastic relaxation time of quasiparticles in the bulk of d-wave superconductors, GDND√&(d)circ;ɛ. Thus it greatly exceeds the conductance of the normal metal part of the junction, which is controlled by the elastic mean free path. This dependence of GDND on the inelastic relaxation time should be contrasted with that of the low-temperature conductance of the junction in the case of the s- wave superconductor leads, GSNS. In the latter case the conductance is proportional to the first power of the inelastic electron relaxation time in the normal metal part of the junction, GSNSτɛ^(n) [1]. [1] S. V. Lempitskii, Sov. Phys. JETP 58, 624 (1983); U. Gunsenheimer and A. D. Zaikin, Phys. Rev. B50, 6317 (1994); F. Zhou and B. Spivak, JETP Lett. 65, 369 (1997).

  5. 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.).

  6. 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.

  7. Electrical bushing for a superconductor element

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    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.

  8. Application of High Temperature Superconductors to Accelerators

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    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...

  9. Method for fabrication of high temperature superconductors

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    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.

  10. A Fifth Force: Generalized through Superconductors

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    Robertson, Glen A.

    1999-01-01

    The connection between the Biefield-Brown Effect, the recent repeat of the 1902 Trouton-Noble (TN) experiments, and the gravity shielding experiments was explored. This connection is visualized through high capacitive electron concentrations. From this connection, a theory is proposed that connects mass energy to gravity and a fifth force. The theory called the Gravi-Atomic Energy theory presents two new terms: Gravi-atomic energy and quantum vacuum pressure (QVP). Gravi-atomic energy is defined as the radiated mass energy, which acts on vacuum energy to create a QVP about a mass, resulting in gravity and the fifth force. The QVP emission from a superconductor was discussed followed by the description of a test for QVP from a superconductor using a Cavendish balance.

  11. Abrikosov Gluon Vortices in Color Superconductors

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    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 ...

  12. Phases of holographic d-wave superconductor

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    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...

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Magnetic chains on a triplet superconductor.

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    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.

  16. Iron-Based Superconductors as topological matter

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    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

  17. Topological properties in Iron-Based Superconductors

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    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.

  18. 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.

  19. Unconventional Disorder Effects in Correlated Superconductors

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    Gastiasoro, Maria N.; Bernardini, Fabio; Andersen, Brian M.

    2016-12-01

    We study the effects of disorder on unconventional superconductors in the presence of correlations, and explore a novel correlated disorder paradigm dominated by strong deviations from standard Abrikosov-Gor'kov theory due to generation of local bound states and cooperative impurity behavior driven by Coulomb interactions. Specifically we explain under which circumstances magnetic disorder acts as a strong poison destroying high-Tc superconductivity at the sub-1% level, and when nonmagnetic disorder, counterintuitively, hardly affects the unconventional superconducting state while concomitantly inducing an inhomogeneous full-volume magnetic phase. Recent experimental studies of Fe-based superconductors have discovered that such unusual disorder behavior seems to be indeed present in those systems.

  20. Very General Holographic Superconductors and Entanglement Thermodynamics

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    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.

  1. 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.)

  2. Energy efficiency of adiabatic superconductor logic

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    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.

  3. Flywheel energy storage with superconductor magnetic bearings

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    Weinberger, Bernard R. (Avon, CT); Lynds, Jr., Lahmer (Glastonbury, CT); Hull, John R. (Hinsdale, IL)

    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.

  4. Scale dependent superconductor-insulator transition

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    D. Kowal; Ovadyahu, Z.

    2007-01-01

    We study the disorder driven superconductor to insulator transition in amorphous films of high carrier-concentration indium-oxide. Using thin films with various sizes and aspect ratios we show that the `critical' sheet-resistance $R_{{\\small \\square}}$ depends systematically on sample geometry; superconductivity disappears when $R_{{\\small \\square}}$ exceeds $\\approx6 $k$\\Omega$ in large samples. On the other hand, wide and sufficiently short samples of the same batch exhibit superconductivit...

  5. High temperature superconductors applications in telecommunications

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    Kumar, A. Anil; Li, Jiang; Zhang, Ming Fang

    1995-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is twofold: (1) to discuss high temperature superconductors with specific reference to their employment in telecommunications applications; and (2) 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

  6. Magnetic impurities in spin-split superconductors

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    van Gerven Oei, W.-V.; Tanasković, D.; Žitko, R.

    2017-02-01

    Hybrid semiconductor-superconductor quantum dot devices are tunable physical realizations of quantum impurity models for a magnetic impurity in a superconducting host. The binding energy of the localized subgap Shiba states is set by the gate voltages and external magnetic field. In this work we discuss the effects of the Zeeman spin splitting, which is generically present both in the quantum dot and in the (thin-film) superconductor. The unequal g factors in semiconductor and superconductor materials result in respective Zeeman splittings of different magnitude. We consider both classical and quantum impurities. In the first case we analytically study the spectral function and the subgap states. The energy of bound states depends on the spin-splitting of the Bogoliubov quasiparticle bands as a simple rigid shift. For the case of collinear magnetization of impurity and host, the Shiba resonance of a given spin polarization remains unperturbed when it overlaps with the branch of the quasiparticle excitations of the opposite spin polarization. In the quantum case, we employ numerical renormalization group calculations to study the effect of the Zeeman field for different values of the g factors of the impurity and of the superconductor. We find that in general the critical magnetic field for the singlet-doublet transition changes nonmonotonically as a function of the superconducting gap, demonstrating the existence of two different transition mechanisms: Zeeman splitting of Shiba states or gap closure due to Zeeman splitting of Bogoliubov states. We also study how in the presence of spin-orbit coupling, modeled as an additional noncollinear component of the magnetic field at the impurity site, the Shiba resonance overlapping with the quasiparticle continuum of the opposite spin gradually broadens and then merges with the continuum.

  7. Phases of holographic d-wave superconductor

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    Krikun, A.

    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...

  8. Soft wall model for a holographic superconductor

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    Afonin, S.S.; Pusenkov, I.V. [Saint Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg (Russian Federation)

    2016-06-15

    We consider the soft wall holographic approach for description of the high-T{sub c} superconductivity. In comparison with the existing bottom-up holographic superconductors, the proposed approach is more phenomenological and does not describe the superconducting phase transition. On the other hand, technically it is simpler and has more freedom for fitting the conductivity properties of the real high-T{sub c} materials in the superconducting phase. Some examples of emerging models are analyzed. (orig.)

  9. Review of holographic superconductors with Weyl corrections

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    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.

  10. Soft wall model for a holographic superconductor

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    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.

  11. Superconductor Digital Electronics: -- Current Status, Future Prospects

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    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

  12. Spray-Deposited Superconductor/Polymer Coatings

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    Wise, Stephanie A.; Tran, Sang Q.; Hooker, Matthew W.

    1993-01-01

    Coatings that exhibit the Meissner effect formed at relatively low temperature. High-temperature-superconductor/polymer coatings that exhibit Meissner effect deposited onto components in variety of shapes and materials. Simple, readily available equipment needed in coating process, mean coatings produced economically. Coatings used to keep magnetic fields away from electronic circuits in such cryogenic applications as magnetic resonance imaging and detection of infrared, and in magnetic suspensions to provide levitation and/or damping of vibrations.

  13. 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.

  14. Towards Structural Testing of Superconductor Electronics

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    Arun, A.J.; Kerkhoff, Hans G.

    2003-01-01

    Many of the semiconductor technologies are already facing limitations while new-generation data and telecommunication systems are implemented. Although in its infancy, superconductor electronics (SCE) is capable of handling some of these high-end tasks. We have started a defect-oriented test methodology for SCE, so that reliable systems can be implemented in this technology. In this paper, the details of the study on the Rapid Single-Flux Quantum (RSFQ) process are presented. We present commo...

  15. Topology of nonsymmorphic crystalline insulators and superconductors

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    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.

  16. Chemical stability of high-temperature superconductors

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    Bansal, Narottam P.

    1992-01-01

    A review of the available studies on the chemical stability of the high temperature superconductors (HTS) in various environments was made. The La(1.8)Ba(0.2)CuO4 HTS is unstable in the presence of H2O, CO2, and CO. The YBa2Cu3O(7-x) superconductor is highly susceptible to degradation in different environments, especially water. The La(2-x)Ba(x)CuO4 and Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O HTS are relatively less reactive than the YBa2Cu3O(7-x). Processing of YBa2Cu3O(7-x) HTS in purified oxygen, rather than in air, using high purity noncarbon containing starting materials is recommended. Exposure of this HTS to the ambient atmosphere should also be avoided at all stages during processing and storage. Devices and components made out of these oxide superconductors would have to be protected with an impermeable coating of a polymer, glass, or metal to avoid deterioration during use.

  17. The polar Kerr effect in superconductors

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    Robbins, Joshua; Annett, James F.; Gradhand, Martin [University of Bristol (United Kingdom)

    2016-07-01

    The polar Kerr effect is an optical phenomenon which arises in states with broken time-reversal symmetry. This effect has recently been observed in a series of unconventional superconductors, including the layered perovskite compound Sr{sub 2}RuO{sub 4}. Confirmation of a Kerr signal below T{sub c} supports the hypothesis of chiral p-wave superconductivity in this material. However, the nature of the unconventional superconducting state remains a source of controversy. Here, we present calculations for the chiral superconducting state including spin-orbit coupling (SOC) by extending the three dimensional, multiband model considered previously. SOC was found to induce strong mixing of the orbital characters within the bandstructure. This mixing is essential for the existence of the polar Kerr effect and the large increase due to SOC has a significant influence on the frequency dependence of the predicted Kerr signal. We will extend and apply the model to other unconventional superconductors which have displayed the Kerr effect in recent years. This will allow a detailed study of the symmetry properties of these systems and will provide valuable insight into the pairing mechanism of superconductors.

  18. 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.

  19. Free energy of a Lovelock holographic superconductor

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    Aranguiz, Ligeia

    2014-01-01

    We study black hole solutions in Lanczos-Lovelock AdS gravity in d+1 dimensions coupled to nonlinear electrodynamics and a Stueckelberg scalar field. This class of theories with [d/2] gravitational coupling constants and two arbitrary functions that govern the matter interaction is used in the context of gauge/gravity duality to describe a high-temperature superconductor in d dimensions. 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 obtain the exact formula for the free energy of the superconductor in the holographic quantum field theory. Our result is exact, analytic and it includes the effects of back reaction 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, and classify holographic superconductors in terms of the parameter...

  20. Charge of a quasiparticle in a superconductor.

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    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.

  1. AC susceptibilities of grain-textured superconductors

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    Sakamoto, N. [Department of Electrical Engineering, Kyushu Sangyo University, 2-3-1 Matsukadai, 813-8503 Fukuoka (Japan)], E-mail: saka@te.kyusan-u.ac.jp; Fukuda, Y.; Koga, M.; Akune, T. [Department of Electrical Engineering, Kyushu Sangyo University, 2-3-1 Matsukadai, 813-8503 Fukuoka (Japan); Khan, H.R. [Institut von Ionenstrahl und Vakuum Technologie, 73728 Esslingen (Germany); Lueders, K. [Freie Universitaet Berlin, Arnimallee, Fac.Physik, D-14195 Berlin (Germany)

    2008-09-15

    In-phase {chi}{sub n}' and out-phase {chi}{sub n}'' components of nth harmonics of AC susceptibility with measuring parameters of a DC magnetic field B{sub dc}, an amplitude B{sub a} and a frequency f of the superimposed AC magnetic fields give substantial information of the superconducting properties. In low-T{sub c} metallic superconductors, {chi}{sub 1}' shows smooth transition and {chi}{sub 1}'' does single peak. High-T{sub c} oxide superconductors with anisotropic and grain-textured structures show deformed complex characteristics. Double peaks in {chi}{sub 1}'' and shoulders in {chi}{sub 1}' appear in AC susceptibility of Hg-1223 superconductors. Instead of simple Bean model, a grained model, where the superconducting grains are immersed in weak superconducting matrix, are proposed. The susceptibilities numerically analyzed using the model show varied and deformed curves and are successfully compared with the measured results.

  2. Meissner holes in iron-based superconductors

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    Tamegai, Tsuyoshi; Mohan, Shyam; Tsuchiya, Yuji; Nakajima, Yasuyuki

    2012-02-01

    Magnetic flux penetrates into a superconductor in the form of quantized vortices. This process is usually described by the Bean model, and the flux front forms a regular pattern reflecting the shape of the sample. However, a novel form of flux penetration accompanying wiggling fronts between vortices and antivortices has been observed in YBa2Cu3O7-δ upon remagnetization [1]. Such a phenomenon is ascribed to the presence of special arrangements of vortices at the front accompanying flux free regions and excess current around it. The flux free region is called as `Mesissner hole'. We have performed extensive magneto-optical imagings of iron-based superconductor single crystals and found similar anomalous features for the first time in superconductors other than 123-type cuprates [2]. Implications of this finding will be discussed with possible origins of the anomalous vortex arrangements. [1] V. K. Vlasko-Vlasov et al., Phys. Rev. B 56, 5622 (1997). [2] S. Mohan, Y. Tsuchiya, Y. Nakajima, and T. Tamegai, Phys. Rev. B 84, 18050X (2011).

  3. A Simple Holographic Superconductor with Momentum Relaxation

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    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...

  4. McMillan-Rowell like oscillations in a superconductor-InAs/GaSb-superconductor junction

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    Shi, Xiaoyan, E-mail: xshi@sandia.gov; Yu, Wenlong; Hawkins, S. D.; Klem, J. F.; Pan, W. [Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185 (United States)

    2015-08-03

    We have fabricated a superconductor (Ta)-InAs/GaSb bilayer-superconductor (Ta) junction device that has a long mean free path and can preserve the wavelike properties of particles (electrons and holes) inside the junction. Differential conductance measurements were carried out at low temperatures in this device, and McMillan-Rowell like oscillations (MROs) were observed. Surprisingly, a much larger Fermi velocity, compared to that from Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations, was obtained from the frequency of MROs. Possible mechanisms are discussed for this discrepancy.

  5. McMillan-Rowell Like Oscillations in a Superconductor-InAs/GaSb-Superconductor Junction

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    Shi, Xiaoyan [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Yu, Wenlong [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Hawkins, Samuel D. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Klem, John F. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Pan, Wei [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2015-08-04

    We fabricated a superconductor (Ta)-InAs/GaSb bilayer-superconductor (Ta) junction device that has a long mean free path and can preserve the wavelike properties of particles (electrons and holes) inside the junction. Differential conductance measurements were also carried out at low temperatures in this device, and McMillan-Rowell like oscillations (MROs) were observed. A much larger Fermi velocity, compared to that from Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations, was obtained from the frequency of MROs. Possible mechanisms are discussed for this discrepancy.

  6. McMillan-Rowell like oscillations in a superconductor-InAs/GaSb-superconductor junction

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    Shi, Xiaoyan; Yu, Wenlong; Hawkins, S. D.; Klem, J. F.; Pan, W.

    2015-08-01

    We have fabricated a superconductor (Ta)-InAs/GaSb bilayer-superconductor (Ta) junction device that has a long mean free path and can preserve the wavelike properties of particles (electrons and holes) inside the junction. Differential conductance measurements were carried out at low temperatures in this device, and McMillan-Rowell like oscillations (MROs) were observed. Surprisingly, a much larger Fermi velocity, compared to that from Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations, was obtained from the frequency of MROs. Possible mechanisms are discussed for this discrepancy.

  7. 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

  8. Magnetic excitations in iron chalcogenide superconductors.

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    Kotegawa, Hisashi; Fujita, Masaki

    2012-10-01

    Nuclear magnetic resonance and neutron scattering experiments in iron chalcogenide superconductors are reviewed to make a survey of the magnetic excitations in FeSe, FeSe1-x Te x and alkali-metal-doped Ax Fe2-y Se2 (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-x Te x 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-x Te x and the observation of the resonance mode demonstrate that FeSe1-x Te x 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 Ax Fe2-y Se2 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 Ax Fe2-y Se2 has an exceptional superconducting symmetry among Fe-based superconductors.

  9. Fluxons in thin-film superconductor-insulator superlattices

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    Sakai, S.; Bodin, P.; Pedersen, Niels Falsig

    1993-01-01

    films; in the limit of ultrathin superconductor films it may give a model for describing fluxon motion in layered high-Tc superconductors. Numerical examples of current versus voltage curves to be expected in such an experiment are presented. Journal of Applied Physics is copyrighted by The American...... Institute of Physics....

  10. Peltier effect in the mixed state of high- Tc superconductors

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    Logvenov, G. Yu.; Ryazanov, V. V.; Ustinov, A. V.; Huebener, R. P.

    1991-04-01

    The Peltier and Seebeck effects in the mixed state of high- Tc superconductors are proportional to the resistivity due to flux motion. Therefore, both effects also show the broadening of the transition regime characteristic for these superconductors. The origin of the Peltier effect is discussed in detail, and the validity of the Thomson relation is confirmed, as expected.

  11. 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.

  12. Stop of magnetic flux movement in levitating superconductor

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    Smolyak, B.M., E-mail: b-smolyak@yandex.ru; Zakharov, M.S., E-mail: maksim.s.zakharov@gmail.com

    2017-01-15

    Highlights: • A direct experimental study of magnetic flux creep in the levitating superconductor. • When a levitating object is in a fixed position, magnetic flux movement is observed. • Levitation stops flux creep process. - Abstract: A phenomenon of magnetic relaxation stopping in a levitating superconductor was studied. It was experimentally shown that magnetic flux creep (diffusion of flux lines to regions with lower vortex density) is absent in magnetic suspension of the superconductor. Magnetic relaxation arises, when a rigid constraint that fixes a position of the superconductor relative to a magnet is imposed on a levitating object. It is assumed that oscillations of magnetic structure, which is due to free oscillations of the levitating superconductor, stop magnetic relaxation.

  13. Optical studies of crystalline organic superconductors under extreme conditions

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    McDonald, R D

    2001-01-01

    the aim being to make an optical measurement of the pressure dependence of the charge carrier effective mass. Chapter 4 concentrates on the vibrational modes of kappa-(BEDT-TTF) sub 2 Cu(SCN) sub 2. This chapter reports the first Raman scattering experiments on an organic superconductor at high pressure. Comparison of the infrared reflectance and Raman scattering measurements are used to elucidate the role of electron-phonon coupling in this material's superconductivity. Chapter 5 reports the first non-resonant measurements of the GHz conductivity of an organic molecular superconductor. These experiments probe the unconventional metallic properties of an organic superconductor during the onset of superconductivity. This thesis reports experiments which involve the interaction of light and matter to probe the properties of crystalline organic superconductors. The organic superconductors of the BEDT-TTF family are prototypical correlated electron systems; their low-temperature ground states are dominated by man...

  14. System and method for quench protection of a superconductor

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    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.

  15. Stable and unstable thermo -current states of high temperature superconductors

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    Romanovskii, V; Lavrov, N; Ozhogina, V [Russian Research Center ' Kurchatov Institute' , Moscow 123182 (Russian Federation)], E-mail: vromanovskii@netscape.net

    2008-02-01

    Formation peculiarities of the stable and unstable states of high-T{sub c} 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-T{sub c} superconductor is not equals to the coolant temperature before instability onset. Therefore, the voltage-current characteristic of a high-T{sub c} 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-T{sub c} superconductors is defined.

  16. Disappearance of nodal gap across the insulator-superconductor transition in a copper-oxide superconductor.

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    Peng, Yingying; Meng, Jianqiao; Mou, Daixiang; He, Junfeng; Zhao, Lin; Wu, Yue; Liu, Guodong; Dong, Xiaoli; He, Shaolong; Zhang, Jun; Wang, Xiaoyang; Peng, Qinjun; Wang, Zhimin; Zhang, Shenjin; Yang, Feng; Chen, Chuangtian; Xu, Zuyan; Lee, T K; Zhou, X J

    2013-01-01

    The parent compound of the copper-oxide high-temperature superconductors is a Mott insulator. Superconductivity is realized by doping an appropriate amount of charge carriers. How a Mott insulator transforms into a superconductor is crucial in understanding the unusual physical properties of high-temperature superconductors and the superconductivity mechanism. Here we report high-resolution angle-resolved photoemission measurement on heavily underdoped Bi₂Sr₂-xLaxCuO(₆+δ) system. The electronic structure of the lightly doped samples exhibit a number of characteristics: existence of an energy gap along the nodal direction, d-wave-like anisotropic energy gap along the underlying Fermi surface, and coexistence of a coherence peak and a broad hump in the photoemission spectra. Our results reveal a clear insulator-superconductor transition at a critical doping level of ~0.10 where the nodal energy gap approaches zero, the three-dimensional antiferromagnetic order disappears, and superconductivity starts to emerge. These observations clearly signal a close connection between the nodal gap, antiferromagnetism and superconductivity.

  17. The improved damping of superconductor bearings for 35 kWh superconductor flywheel energy storage system

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    Han, Y.H., E-mail: yhhan@kepri.re.kr [KEPCO Research Institute, 105 Munji-Ro, Yuseong-Gu, Daejeon 305-760 (Korea, Republic of); Park, B.J.; Jung, S.Y.; Han, S.C.; Lee, W.R.; Bae, Y.C. [KEPCO Research Institute, 105 Munji-Ro, Yuseong-Gu, Daejeon 305-760 (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-02-14

    Highlights: ► We made a 35 kWh superconductor flywheel energy storage system. ► The damping coefficient of the superconductor bearing was increased over 3000 N s/m. ► The source of damping was discussed. -- Abstract: A 35 kWh Superconductor Flywheel Energy Storage system (SFES) using hybrid bearing sets, which is composed of a high temperature superconductor (HTS) bearing and an active magnet damper (AMD), has been developed at KEPCO Research Institute (KEPRI). Damping is a source of energy loss but necessary for the stability of the flywheel system. We found that the damping of HTS bearings can be improved by thermal insulating bolts, which play a role of passive type external damper. To investigate the source of the increased damping, damping coefficients were measured with HTS bearings using insulating bolts made of three kinds of polymer materials. The damping coefficient was raised over 3000 N s/m in the case of PEEK bolts. The value was almost a quarter of the AMD. In this study, thermoelastic and Coulomb friction damping mechanisms are discussed. The main damping mechanism was the thermoelastic damping of the bolts themselves. And interfacial gap between the insulating bolt and metal chamber, which increased during the cooling process, was considered to be the cause of the anisotropic damping coefficients. Finally, the effects of the HTS bearings on the first critical speed are shown.

  18. A Double-Decker Levitation Experiment Using a Sandwich of Superconductors.

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    Jacob, Anthony T.; And Others

    1988-01-01

    Shows that the mutual repulsion that enables a superconductor to levitate a magnet and a magnet to levitate a superconductor can be combined into a single demonstration. Uses an overhead projector, two pellets of "1-2-3" superconductor, Nd-Fe-B magnets, liquid nitrogen, and paraffin. Offers superconductor preparation, hazards, and disposal…

  19. Coherent diffusive transport mediated by Andreev reflections at V=Delta/e in a mesoscopic superconductor/semiconductor/superconductor junction

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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 electrodes...

  20. Exploring intertwined orders in cuprate superconductors

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    Tranquada, John M.

    2015-03-01

    The concept of intertwined orders has been introduced to describe the cooperative relationship between antiferromagnetic spin correlations and electron (or hole) pair correlations that develop in copper-oxide superconductors. This contrasts with systems in which, for example, charge-density-wave (CDW) order competes for Fermi surface area with superconductivity. La2-xBaxCuO4 with x=0.125 provides an example in which the ordering of spin stripes coincides with the onset of two-dimensional superconducting correlations. The apparent frustration of the interlayer Josephson coupling has motivated the concept of the pair-density-wave superconductor, a state that theoretical calculations show to be energetically competitive with the uniform d-wave superconductor. Even at x=0.095, where there is robust superconductivity below 32 K in zero field, the coexistence of strong, low-energy, incommensurate spin excitations implies a spatially modulated and intertwined pair wave function. Recent observations of CDW order in YBa2Cu3O6+x and other cuprate families have raised interesting questions regarding the general role of charge modulations and the relation to superconductivity. While there are differences in the doping dependence of the modulation wave vectors in YBa2Cu3O6+x and La2-xBaxCuO4, the maximum ordering strength is peaked at the hole concentration of 1/8 in both cases. There are also possible connections with the quantum oscillations that have been detected about the same hole concentration but at high magnetic fields. Resolving these relationships remains a research challenge.

  1. Interaction of gravitational waves with superconductors

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    Inan, N.A.; Thompson, J.J. [University of California, Schools of Natural Sciences, Merced, CA (United States); Chiao, R.Y. [University of California, Schools of Natural Sciences and Engineering, Merced, CA (United States)

    2017-06-15

    Applying the Helmholtz Decomposition theorem to linearized General Relativity leads to a gauge-invariant formulation where the transverse-traceless part of the metric perturbation describes gravitational waves in matter. Gravitational waves incident on a superconductor can be described by a linear London-like constituent equation characterized by a ''gravitational shear modulus'' and a corresponding plasma frequency and penetration depth. Electric-like and magnetic-like gravitational tensor fields are defined in terms of the strain field of a gravitational wave. It is shown that in the DC limit, the magnetic-like tensor field is expelled from the superconductor in a gravitational Meissner-like effect. The Cooper pair density is described by the Ginzburg-Landau theory embedded in curved space-time. The ionic lattice is modeled by quantum harmonic oscillators coupled to gravitational waves and characterized by quasi-energy eigenvalues for the phonon modes. The formulation predicts the possibility of a dynamical Casimir effect since the zero-point energy of the ionic lattice phonons is found to be modulated by the gravitational wave, in a quantum analog of a ''Weber-bar effect.'' Applying periodic thermodynamics and the Debye model in the low-temperature limit leads to a free energy density for the ionic lattice. Lastly, we relate the gravitational strain of space to the strain of matter to show that the response to a gravitational wave is far less for the Cooper pair density than for the ionic lattice. This predicts a charge separation effect in the superconductor as a result of the gravitational wave. (copyright 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  2. Ginzburg-Landau theory of noncentrosymmetric superconductors

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    Mukherjee, Soumya P.; Mandal, Sudhansu S.

    2007-01-01

    The data of temperature dependent superfluid density $n_s(T)$ in Li$_2$Pd$_3$B and Li$_2$Pt$_3$B [Yuan {\\it et al.}, \\phrl97, 017006 (2006)] show that a sudden change of the slope of $n_s (T)$ occur at slightly lower than the critical temperature. Motivated by this observation, we microscopically derive the Ginzburg-Landau (GL) equations for noncentrosymmetric superconductors with Rashba type spin orbit interaction. Cooper pairing is assumed to occur between electrons only in the same spin sp...

  3. Quantum oscillations in superconductors in magnetic field

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    Gvozdikov, Vladimir M.; Gvozdikova, Mariya V.

    2000-07-01

    The Aharonov-Bohm oscillations (ABO) of the free energy, the critical temperature, and the magnetic susceptibility in a stack of hollow mesoscopic cylinders are calculated. It is shown that sinusoidal (in flux) ABO crosses over to the parabolic Little-Parks oscillations (LPO) when the diameter of cylinders exceeds the coherence length. The exponential temperature behaviour of the magnetic susceptibility is like that found in Ag cylinders with thin Nb coating [Czech. J. Physics 46 (1996) 2317]. The formal analogy between oscillations of the free energy in the Aharonov-Bohm system in question and the de Haas-van Alphen oscillations (dHvAO) in layered superconductors is discussed.

  4. 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.

  5. Applications of bulk high-temperature superconductors

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    Hull, J. R.

    The development of high-temperature superconductors (HTS's) can be broadly generalized into thin-film electronics, wire applications, and bulk applications. We consider bulk HTS's to include sintered or crystallized forms that do not take the geometry of filaments or tapes, and we discuss major applications for these materials. For the most part applications may be realized with the HTS's cooled to 77 K, and the properties of the bulk HTS's are often already sufficient for commercial use. A non-exhaustive list of applications for bulk HTS's includes trapped field magnets, hysteresis motors, magnetic shielding, current leads, and magnetic bearings. These applications are briefly discussed in this paper.

  6. 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.

  7. Potential aerospace applications of high temperature superconductors

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    Selim, Raouf

    1994-01-01

    The recent discovery of High Temperature Superconductors (HTS) with superconducting transition temperature, T(sub c), above the boiling point of liquid nitrogen has opened the door for using these materials in new and practical applications. These materials have zero resistance to electric current, have the capability of carrying large currents and as such have the potential to be used in high magnetic field applications. One of the space applications that can use superconductors is electromagnetic launch of payloads to low-earth-orbit. An electromagnetic gun-type launcher can be used in small payload systems that are launched at very high velocity, while sled-type magnetically levitated launcher can be used to launch larger payloads at smaller velocities. Both types of launchers are being studied by NASA and the aerospace industry. The use of superconductors will be essential in any of these types of launchers in order to produce the large magnetic fields required to obtain large thrust forces. Low Temperature Superconductor (LTS) technology is mature enough and can be easily integrated in such systems. As for the HTS, many leading companies are currently producing HTS coils and magnets that potentially can be mass-produced for these launchers. It seems that designing and building a small-scale electromagnetic launcher is the next logical step toward seriously considering this method for launching payloads into low-earth-orbit. A second potential application is the use of HTS to build sensitive portable devices for the use in Non Destructive Evaluation (NDE). Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUID's) are the most sensitive instruments for measuring changes in magnetic flux. By using HTS in SQUID's, one will be able to design a portable unit that uses liquid nitrogen or a cryocooler pump to explore the use of gradiometers or magnetometers to detect deep cracks or corrosion in structures. A third use is the replacement of Infra-Red (IR) sensor leads on

  8. Collective excitations in unconventional superconductors and superfluids

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    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-

  9. Practical Low-Temperature Superconductors for Electromagnets

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    Devred, Arnaud

    2004-01-01

    After a brief history of the main discoveries in applied superconductivity, the structure and properties of NbTi and Nb3Sn are discussed. Then, we explain why low-critical-temperature superconductors are produced under the form of multifilament composites, and we review the manufacturing processes of NbTi and Nb3Sn wires. We follow by a description of the transition from the superconducting to the normal resistive state of multifilament composite wires and we detail their magnetization properties. Last, we present the most commonly used cable configurations and we provide simple formulae illustrating with a few examples the computation of losses generated under time-varying magnetic fields.

  10. Quench in high temperature superconductor magnets

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    Schwartz, J

    2013-01-01

    High field superconducting magnets using high temperature superconductors are being developed for high energy physics, nuclear magnetic resonance and energy storage applications. Although the conductor technology has progressed to the point where such large magnets can be readily envisioned, quench protection remains a key challenge. It is well-established that quench propagation in HTS magnets is very slow and this brings new challenges that must be addressed. In this paper, these challenges are discussed and potential solutions, driven by new technologies such as optical fiber based sensors and thermally conducting electrical insulators, are reviewed.

  11. 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.

  12. High-Tc superconductor coplanar waveguide filter

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    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.

  13. Paramagnetic excited vortex states in superconductors

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    Gomes, Rodolpho Ribeiro; Doria, Mauro M.; Romaguera, Antonio R. de C.

    2016-06-01

    We consider excited vortex states, which are vortex states left inside a superconductor once the external applied magnetic field is switched off and whose energy is lower than of the normal state. We show that this state is paramagnetic and develop here a general method to obtain its Gibbs free energy through conformal mapping. The solution for any number of vortices in any cross-section geometry can be read off from the Schwarz-Christoffel mapping. The method is based on the first-order equations used by Abrikosov to discover vortices.

  14. Discovery of a Superhard Iron Tetraboride Superconductor

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    Gou, Huiyang; Dubrovinskaia, Natalia; Bykova, Elena; Tsirlin, Alexander A.; Kasinathan, Deepa; Schnelle, Walter; Richter, Asta; Merlini, Marco; Hanfland, Michael; Abakumov, Artem M.; Batuk, Dmitry; Van Tendeloo, Gustaaf; Nakajima, Yoichi; Kolmogorov, Aleksey N.; Dubrovinsky, Leonid

    2013-10-01

    Single crystals of novel orthorhombic (space group Pnnm) iron tetraboride FeB4 were synthesized at pressures above 8 GPa and high temperatures. Magnetic susceptibility and heat capacity measurements demonstrate bulk superconductivity below 2.9 K. The putative isotope effect on the superconducting critical temperature and the analysis of specific heat data indicate that the superconductivity in FeB4 is likely phonon mediated, which is rare for Fe-based superconductors. The discovered iron tetraboride is highly incompressible and has the nanoindentation hardness of 62(5) GPa; thus, it opens a new class of highly desirable materials combining advanced mechanical properties and superconductivity.

  15. Coulomb blockade in fractional topological superconductors

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    Kim, Younghyun; Clarke, David J.; Lutchyn, Roman M.

    2017-07-01

    We study charge transport through a floating mesoscopic superconductor coupled to counterpropagating fractional quantum Hall edges at filling fraction ν =2 /3 . We consider a superconducting island with finite charging energy and investigate its effect on transport through the device. We calculate conductance through such a system as a function of temperature and gate voltage applied to the superconducting island. We show that transport is strongly affected by the presence of parafermionic zero modes, leading at zero temperature to a zero-bias conductance quantized in units of ν e2/h independent of the applied gate voltage.

  16. Electronic structure and superconductivity of FeSe-related superconductors.

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    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.

  17. 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...

  18. Charge of a quasiparticle in a superconductor

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    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

  19. Demagnetisation by crossed fields in superconductors

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    Campbell, Archie; Baghdadi, Mehdi; Patel, Anup; Zhou, Difan; Huang, K. Y.; Shi, Yunhua; Coombs, Tim

    2017-03-01

    A study has been made of the decay of the trapped magnetisation in superconductors when exposed to a crossed field. Numerical results have been compared with the theory of Brandt and Mikitik (2002 Phys. Rev. Lett. 89 027002) which solves the problem for a thin strip superconductor. FlexPDE with the A formulation and COMSOL with the H formulation were both used. Simulations of a strip with a cross section aspect ratio of 20 showed good agreement with theory both for the case of a transverse field larger than the transverse penetration field and for one smaller. In the latter case the magnetisation saturates as predicted, however the simulations show a slow decay after many cycles. In the case of stacked YBCO tapes the movement of flux lines is very small and the effects of the reversible motion were investigated. This can decrease the decay initially for very thin decoupled tapes, but cause a steady decay after very large numbers of cycles. Simulations on stacked strips showed that the decay constant increased approximately linearly with the number of strips. When combined with the theory for one tape this can explain the very slow decay observed in previous experiments. Experimental results were qualitatively in agreement with theory and simulations but showed some discrepancies. However there are a number of differences between the experimental situation and theory so good agreement is not expected.

  20. Magnetic Excitations from Stripes in Cuprate Superconductors

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    Tranquada, J. M.; Woo, H.; Perring, T. G.; Goka, H.; Gu, G. D.; Xu, G.; Fujita, M.; Yamada, K.

    2004-03-01

    While it is generally believed that antiferromagnetic spin excitations play a significant role in the pairing mechanism of copper-oxide superconductors [1], the nature of the magnetic excitations themselves remains a matter of controversy. Recent measurements of the dispersion of spin excitations in superconducting YBa_2Cu_3O_6+x (YBCO) have attracted much attention. Here we present the results of comprehensive inelastic neutron scattering measurements of the momentum- and energy-dependent spectra of the magnetic fluctuations in La_0.875Ba_0.125CuO_4, which exhibits inhomogeneous, charge-stripe order. We will also point out universalities and differences in the magnetic excitation spectra compared to related charge-stripe ordered compounds and high-temperature superconductors, including La_2-xSr_xNiO4 and YBCO. JMT, HW, GDG and GX are supported by U.S. Department of Energy contract # DE-AC02-98CH1088 [1] J. Orenstein and A. J. Millis, Science 288, 468 (2000).

  1. 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.

  2. Development of Strengthened Bundle High Temperature Superconductors

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    Lue, J.W.; Lubell, M.S. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Demko, J.A. [Oak Ridge Inst. for Science and Education, TN (United States); Tomsic, M. [Plastronic, Inc., Troy, OH (United States); Sinha, U. [Southwire Company, Carollton, GA (United States)

    1997-12-31

    In the process of developing high temperature superconducting (HTS) transmission cables, it was found that mechanical strength of the superconducting tape is the most crucial property that needs to be improved. It is also desirable to increase the current carrying capacity of the conductor so that fewer layers are needed to make the kilo-amp class cables required for electric utility usage. A process has been developed by encapsulating a stack of Bi-2223/Ag tapes with a silver or non-silver sheath to form a strengthened bundle superconductor. This process was applied to HTS tapes made by the Continuous Tube Forming and Filling (CTFF) technique pursued by Plastronic Inc. and HTS tapes obtained from other manufacturers. Conductors with a bundle of 2 to 6 HTS tapes have been made. The bundled conductor is greatly strengthened by the non-silver sheath. No superconductor degradation as compared to the sum of the original critical currents of the individual tapes was seen on the finished conductors.

  3. 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.

  4. American superconductor technology to help CERN to explore the mysteries of matter company's high temperature superconductor wire to be used in CERN's Large Hadron Collider

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    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).

  5. Design features of internal tin superconductors for ITER magnetic system

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    Pantsyrnyi, V.I.; Shikov, A.K.; Nikulin, A.D.; Silaev, A.G.; Bel`akov, N.A.; Vdovin, V.F.; Semin, M.J. [Bochvar All-Russia Inst. of Inorganic Materials, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    1996-07-01

    The influence of parameters of internal tin superconductor design on the main working characteristics such as critical current density and hysteresis losses were analyzed. It was shown that having the value of hysteresis losses at the acceptable level of 400--600 mJ/cm{sup 3} the critical current density 20--30% higher than the value typical for bronze route processed superconductors was attainable in principle. The results of experimental work on the design of new types of internal tin superconductors for ITER magnetic system are given.

  6. Study of the glass formation of high temperature superconductors

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    Ethridge, Edwin C.; Kaukler, William F.; Rolin, Terry

    1992-01-01

    A number of compositions of ceramic oxide high T(sub c) superconductors were elevated for their glass formation ability by means of rapid thermal analysis during quenching, optical, and electron microscopy of the quenched samples, and with subsequent DSC measurements. Correlations between experimental measurements and the methodical composition changes identified the formulations of superconductors that can easily form glass. The superconducting material was first formed as a glass; then, with subsequent devitrification, it was formed into a bulk crystalline superconductor by a series of processing methods.

  7. Observability of surface currents in p-wave superconductors

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    Bakurskiy, S. V.; Klenov, N. V.; Soloviev, I. I.; Kupriyanov, M. Yu; Golubov, A. A.

    2017-04-01

    A general approach is formulated to describe spontaneous surface current distribution in a chiral p-wave superconductor. We use the quasiclassical Eilenberger formalism in the Ricatti parametrization to describe various types of the superconductor surface, including arbitrary roughness and metallic behavior of the surface layer. We calculate angle resolved distributions of the spontaneous surface currents and formulate the conditions of their observability. We argue that local measurements of these currents by muon spin rotation technique may provide an information on the underlying pairing symmetry in the bulk superconductor.

  8. Vortex loops entry into type-II superconductors

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    Samokhvalov, A V

    1996-01-01

    The magnetic field distribution, the magnetic flux, and the free energy of an Abrikosov vortex loop near a flat surface of type--II superconductors are calculated in the London approximation. The shape of such a vortex line is a semicircle of arbitrary radius. The interaction of the vortex half--ring and an external homogeneous magnetic field applied along the surface is studied. The magnitude of the energy barrier against the vortex expansion into superconductor is found. The possibilities of formation of an equilibrium vortex line determined by the structure of the applied magnetic field by creating the expanding vortex loops near the surface of type--II superconductor are discussed.

  9. Effects of chiral helimagnets on vortex states in a superconductor

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    Fukui, Saoto; Kato, Masaru; Togawa, Yoshihiko

    2016-12-01

    We have investigated vortex states in chiral helimagnet/superconductor bilayer systems under an applied external magnetic field {H}{appl}, using the Ginzburg-Landau equations. Effect of the chiral helimagnet on the superconductor is taken as a magnetic field {H}{CHM}, which is perpendicular to the superconductor and oscillates spatially. For {H}{appl}=0 and weak {H}{CHM}, there appear pairs of up- and down-vortices. Increasing {H}{appl}, down-vortices gradually disappear, and the number of up-vortices increases in the large magnetic field region. Then, up-vortices form parallel, triangular, or square structures.

  10. Magnetization of two-dimensional superconductors with defects

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    Kashurnikov, V A; Zyubin, M V

    2002-01-01

    The new method for modeling the layered high-temperature superconductors magnetization with defects, based on the Monte-Carlo algorithm, is developed. Minimization of the free energy functional of the vortex two-dimensional system made it possible to obtain the equilibrium vortex density configurations and calculate the magnetization of the superconductor with the arbitrary defects distribution in the wide range of temperatures. The magnetic induction profiles and magnetic flux distribution inside the superconductor, proving the applicability of the Bean model, are calculated

  11. Compact terahertz passive spectrometer with wideband superconductor-insulator-superconductor mixer.

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    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.

  12. Experiments on non-equilibrium superconductor-normal metal-superconductor Josephson junctions

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    Crosser, Michael S.

    By controlling the distribution function within the normal metal of a superconductor/normal metal/superconductor (SNS) Josephson junction, one can reverse the supercurrent-phase relation in the normal wire, creating a pi-junction. This manipulation is done by injecting normal quasiparticle current into the wire, via one or more leads attached at the middle of the junction. Two experiments evolve from this concept. First, in a sample of four reservoirs, two normal and two superconducting, all connected by a wire cross of normal metal, one may inject current either antisymmetrically (AS) or symmetrically (S). In the AS case, current is injected into one normal lead and extracted from the other, creating normal current flow that does not interact with the supercurrent except at the junction. In the S case, current is injected into both normal leads and extracted from the superconductors. Theory predicts that, in the absence of electron energy relaxation in the normal part of the junction, these two situations should result in identical behavior of the Josephson junction. However, due to Joule heating, the S case shows a slightly larger maximum pi-current than the AS case. The second experiment considers a more subtle effect resulting from normal current being injected symmetrically into a SNS Josephson junction. One side of the SNS junction has both normal current and supercurrent flowing in the same direction while the other side has opposing current flows. This situation creates an effective energy gradient across the SNS junction that can appear in the distribution function of the normal wire. Using superconductor/insulator/normal metal tunnelling spectroscopy, it is possible to extract these changes to the distribution function.

  13. A novel heat engine for magnetizing superconductors

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    Coombs, T. A.; Hong, Z.; Zhu, X.; Krabbes, G.

    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

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. High-temperature superconductor applications development at Argonne National Laboratory

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    Hull, J. R.; Poeppel, R. B.

    1992-02-01

    Developments at Argonne National Laboratory of near and intermediate term applications using high-temperature superconductors are discussed. Near-term applications of liquid-nitrogen depth sensors, current leads, and magnetic bearings are discussed in detail.

  17. The Discovery of a Class of High-Temperature Superconductors.

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    Muller, K. Alex; Bednorz, J. Georg

    1987-01-01

    Describes the new class of oxide superconductors, the importance of these materials, and the concepts that led to its discovery. Summarizes the discovery itself and its early confirmation. Discusses the observation of a superconductive glass state in percolative samples. (TW)

  18. Thermodynamic Study of Energy Dissipation in Adiabatic Superconductor Logic

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    Takeuchi, Naoki; Yamanashi, Yuki; Yoshikawa, Nobuyuki

    2015-09-01

    Because of its extremely high energy efficiency, adiabatic superconductor logic is one of the most promising candidates for the realization of a practical reversible computer. In a previous study, we proposed a logically and physically reversible logic gate using adiabatic superconductor logic, and numerically demonstrated reversible computing. In the numerical calculation, we assumed that the average energy dissipation at finite temperature corresponds to that at zero temperature. However, how the phase difference of a Josephson junction in adiabatic superconductor logic behaves at finite temperature is not yet well understood, and whether thermal noise can induce a nonadiabatic state change remains unclear. In the present study, we investigate energy dissipation in adiabatic superconductor logic at finite temperature through numerical analyses using the Monte Carlo method. We investigate the average and standard deviation of the energy dissipation through both numerical calculation and analytical estimation. Finally, we discuss the minimum energy dissipation required for adiabatic switching operations.

  19. Interaction effects along the edge of a topological superconductor

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    Hofmann, Johannes S. [Institut fuer Theoretische Physik und Astrophysik, Wuerzburg (Germany); Max-Planck-Institut fuer Festkoerperforschung, Stuttgart (Germany); Schnyder, Andreas P. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Festkoerperforschung, Stuttgart (Germany); Assaad, Fakher [Institut fuer Theoretische Physik und Astrophysik, Wuerzburg (Germany)

    2015-07-01

    Topological nodal superconductors, such as d{sub xy}-wave and nodal non-centrosymmetric superconductors, exhibit protected zero-energy flat-band edge states. These zero-energy edge modes are protected by time-reversal and translation symmetry and their stability is guaranteed by the conservation of a quantized topological invariant. Here, we study the fate of these flat-band edge states in the presence of interactions. We find that Hubbard interactions lead to spontaneous breaking of time-reversal or translation symmetry at the edge of the system. For the d{sub xy}-wave superconductor in the presence of attractive Hubbard interactions we find that the flat-band states become unstable towards the formation of a charge-density wave state or a state with s-wave type pairing correlations. Repulsive Hubbard interactions, on the other hand, induce ferromagnetic order at the edge of the d{sub xy}-wave superconductor.

  20. Scaling rules for critical current density in anisotropic biaxial superconductors

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    Li, Yingxu, E-mail: yingxuli@swjtu.edu.cn [Applied Mechanics and Structure Safety Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, School of Mechanics and Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China); Kang, Guozheng [Applied Mechanics and Structure Safety Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, School of Mechanics and Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China); Gao, Yuanwen, E-mail: ywgao@lzu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Mechanics on Environment and Disaster in Western China, The Ministry of Education of China, Lanzhou, Gansu 730000 (China); Department of Mechanics and Engineering Science, College of Civil Engineering and Mechanics, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, Gansu 730000 (China)

    2016-06-15

    Recent researches highlight the additional anisotropic crystallographic axis within the superconducting plane of high temperature superconductors (HTS), demonstrating the superconducting anisotropy of HTS is better understood in the biaxial frame than the previous uniaxial coordinates within the superconducting layer. To quantitatively evaluate the anisotropy of flux pinning and critical current density in HTS, we extend the scaling rule for single-vortex collective pinning in uniaxial superconductors to account for flux-bundle collective pinning in biaxial superconductors. The scaling results show that in a system of random uncorrected point defects, the field dependence of the critical current density is described by a unified function with the scaled magnetic field of the isotropic superconductor. The obtained angular dependence of the critical current density depicts the main features of experimental observations, considering possible corrections due to the strong-pinning interaction.

  1. High point for CERN and high-temperature superconductors

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    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...

  2. 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.

  3. Leaders in high temperature superconductivity commercialization win superconductor industry award

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    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)

  4. Entanglement Entropy for time dependent two dimensional holographic superconductor

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    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.

  5. Antiferromagnetic topological superconductor and electrically controllable Majorana fermions.

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    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.

  6. Chiral CP2 skyrmions in three-band superconductors

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    Garaud, Julien; Carlström, Johan; Babaev, Egor; Speight, Martin

    2013-01-01

    It is shown that under certain conditions, three-component superconductors (and, in particular, three-band systems) allow stable topological defects different from vortices. We demonstrate the existence of these excitations, characterized by a CP2 topological invariant, in models for three-component superconductors with broken time-reversal symmetry. We term these topological defects “chiral GL(3) skyrmions,” where “chiral” refers to the fact that due to broken time-reversal symmetry, these defects come in inequivalent left- and right-handed versions. In certain cases, these objects are energetically cheaper than vortices and should be induced by an applied magnetic field. In other situations, these skyrmions are metastable states, which can be produced by a quench. Observation of these defects can signal broken time-reversal symmetry in three-band superconductors or in Josephson-coupled bilayers of s± and s-wave superconductors.

  7. New application of superconductors: high sensitivity cryogenic light detectors

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    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...

  8. Nonadiabatic dynamics and coherent control of nonequilibrium superconductors

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    Schnyder, Andreas; Manske, Dirk [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Festkoerperforschung, Heisenbergstrasse 1, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Krull, Holger; Uhrig, Goetz [Lehrstuhl fuer Theoretische Physik I, Technische Univeritaet Dortmund, Otto-Hahn Strasse 4, 44221 Dortmund (Germany)

    2015-07-01

    Inspired by recent THz pump-THz probe experiments on NbN films, we theoretically study the pump-probe response of nonequilibrium superconductors coupled to optical phonons. For ultrashort pump pulses a nonadiabatic regime emerges, which is characterized by amplitude oscillations of the superconducting gap and by the generation of coherent phonons. Using density-matrix theory as well as analytical methods, we compute the pump-probe response of the superconductor in the nonadiabatic regime and determine the signatures of the order parameter and of the phonon oscillations in the pump-probe conductivity. We find that the nonadiabatic dynamics of the superconductor reflects itself in oscillations of the pump-probe response as a function of delay time between pump and probe pulses. We also consider two-band superconductors and study the interplay of the two amplitude oscillations of the two gaps.

  9. 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.

  10. Enhancement of critical temperature in fractal metamaterial superconductors

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    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.

  11. P-Wave Holographic Insulator/Superconductor Phase Transition

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    Akhavan, Amin

    2010-01-01

    Using a five dimensional AdS soliton in an Einstein-Yang-Mills theory with SU(2) gauge group we study p-wave holographic insulator/superconductor phase transition. To explore the phase structure of the model we consider the system in the probe limit as well as fully back reacted solutions. We will also study zero temperature limit of the p-wave holographic superconductor in four dimensions.

  12. Holographic Entanglement Entropy in Insulator/Superconductor Transition

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    Cai, Rong-Gen; Li, Li; Zhang, Yun-Long

    2012-01-01

    We investigate the behaviors of entanglement entropy in the holographical insulator/superconductor phase transition. We calculate the holographic entanglement entropy for two kinds of geometry configurations in a completely back-reacted gravitational background describing the insulator/superconductor phase transition. The non-monotonic behavior of the entanglement entropy is found in this system. In the belt geometry case, there exist four phases characterized by the chemical potential and belt width.

  13. Holographic Entanglement Entropy in Insulator/Superconductor Transition

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    Cai, Rong-Gen; He, Song; Li, Li; Zhang, Yun-Long

    2012-01-01

    We investigate the behaviors of entanglement entropy in the holographical insulator/superconductor phase transition. We calculate the holographic entanglement entropy for two kinds of geometry configurations in a completely back-reacted gravitational background describing the insulator/superconductor phase transition. The non-monotonic behavior of the entanglement entropy is found in this system. In the belt geometry case, there exist four phases characterized by the chemical potential and be...

  14. Thermal metal-insulator transition in a helical topological superconductor

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    Fulga, I. C.; Akhmerov, A. R.; Tworzydło, J.; Béri, B.; Beenakker, C. W. J.

    2012-01-01

    Two-dimensional superconductors with time-reversal symmetry have a Z_2 topological invariant, that distinguishes phases with and without helical Majorana edge states. We study the topological phase transition in a class-DIII network model, and show that it is associated with a metal-insulator transition for the thermal conductance of the helical superconductor. The localization length diverges at the transition with critical exponent nu approx 2.0, about twice the known value in a chiral supe...

  15. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy on electron-boson interactions in superconductors

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    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.

  16. Magnetic irreversibility in granular superconductors: ac susceptibility study

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    Perez, F.; Obradors, X.; Fontcuberta, J. (ICMAB, CSIC, Bellaterra, Barcelona (Spain)); Vallet, M.; Gonzalez-Calbet, J. (Lab. Magnetismo Aplicado, RENFE-U.C. Madrid, Las Matas (Spain))

    1991-12-01

    Ac susceptibility measurements of a ceramic weak-coupled superconductor in very low ac fields (2mG, 111Hz) are reported. We present evidence for the observation of the magnetic irreversibility following a ZFC-FC thermal cycling by means of ac susceptibilty measurements. It is shown that this technique also reflect local magnetic field effects in granular superconductors, as previously suggested in microwave surface resistance and I-V characteristics. (orig.).

  17. Identifying the genes of unconventional high temperature superconductors

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    Hu, Jiangping

    2016-01-01

    We elucidate a recently emergent framework in unifying the two families of high temperature (high \\documentclass[12pt]{minimal} \\usepackage{amsmath} \\usepackage{wasysym} \\usepackage{amsfonts} \\usepackage{amssymb} \\usepackage{amsbsy} \\usepackage{mathrsfs} \\usepackage{upgreek} \\setlength{\\oddsidemargin}{-69pt} \\begin{document}$$T_{\\rm c}$$\\end{document} T c ) superconductors, cuprates and iron-based superconductors. The unification suggests that the latter is simply the counterpart of the forme...

  18. Enhancement of critical temperature in fractal metamaterial superconductors

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    Smolyaninov, Igor I., E-mail: smoly@umd.edu [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 (United States); Smolyaninova, Vera N. [Department of Physics Astronomy and Geosciences, Towson University, 8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21252 (United States)

    2017-04-15

    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.

  19. Multiple phase transitions in Pauli limited iron-based superconductors

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    Ptok, Andrzej

    2015-01-01

    Specific heat measurements have been successfully used to probe unconventional superconducting phases in one-band heavy-fermion and organic superconductors. We extend the method to study successive phase transitions in multi-band materials such as iron based superconductors. The signatures are multiple peaks in the specific heat, at low temperatures and high magnetic field, which can lead the experimental verification of unconventional superconducting states with non-zero total momentum.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Weyl holographic superconductor in the Lifshitz black hole background

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    Mansoori, S A Hosseini; Mokhtari, A; Dezaki, F Lalehgani; Sherkatghanad, Z

    2016-01-01

    We investigate analytically the properties of the Weyl holographic superconductor in the Lifshitz black hole background. We find that the critical temperature of the Weyl superconductor decreases with increasing Lifshitz dynamical exponent, $z$, indicating that condensation becomes difficult. In addition, it is found that the critical temperature and condensation operator could be affected by applying the Weyl coupling, $\\gamma$. Finally, we compute the critical magnetic field and investigate its dependence on the parameters $\\gamma$ and $z$.

  3. On the critical temperatures of superconductors: a quantum gravity approach

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    Gregori, Andrea

    2010-01-01

    We consider superconductivity in the light of the quantum gravity theoretical framework introduced in [1]. In this framework, the degree of quantum delocalization depends on the geometry of the energy distribution along space. This results in a dependence of the critical temperature characterizing the transition to the superconducting phase on the complexity of the structure of a superconductor. We consider concrete examples, ranging from low to high temperature superconductors, and discuss h...

  4. Low field magnetic measurements on high temperature superconductors

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    Shaw, G.; Murphy, S.D.; Li, Z.Y.; Stewart, A.M.; Bhagat, S.M. (Maryland Univ., College Park, MD (USA). Dept. of Physics and Astronomy)

    1989-09-01

    The authors report dc magnetization and ac susceptibility measurements on both micron size powders and sintered samples of several high temperature superconductors. The powder data confirm previous findings that the materials can be treated as conventional superconductors with s-wave pairing. The ac results on sintered slabs ar interpreted using Bean's model and yield the temperature dependence of the shielding current.

  5. Odd triplet superconductivity in superconductor ferromagnet structures: a survey

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    Bergeret, F.S. [Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Departamento de Fisica Teorica de la Materia Condensada C-V, Madrid (Spain); Volkov, A.F. [Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum, Theoretische Physik III, Bochum (Germany); Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Radioengineering and Electronics, Moscow (Russian Federation); Efetov, K.B. [Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum, Theoretische Physik III, Bochum (Germany); L.D. Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics RAS, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2007-11-15

    We review the main features of odd triplet superconductivity in superconductor-ferromagnet (S/F) structures. We discuss the different types of superconducting condensate that can be experimentally observed and pay special attention to the triplet component induced in a ferromagnet which is in contact with a superconductor. The triplet component is an even function of the momentum and an odd function of the frequency and leads to novel phenomena. (orig.)

  6. Current fluctuations in unconventional superconductor junctions with impurity scattering

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    Burset, Pablo; Lu, Bo; Tamura, Shun; Tanaka, Yukio

    2017-06-01

    The order parameter of bulk two-dimensional superconductors is classified as nodal if it vanishes for a direction in momentum space, or gapful if it does not. Each class can be topologically nontrivial if Andreev bound states are formed at the edges of the superconductor. Nonmagnetic impurities in the superconductor affect the formation of Andreev bound states and can drastically change the tunneling spectra for small voltages. Here, we investigate the mean current and its fluctuations for two-dimensional tunnel junctions between normal-metal and unconventional superconductors by solving the quasiclassical Eilenberger equation self-consistently, including the presence of nonmagnetic impurities in the superconductor. As the impurity strength increases, we find that superconductivity is suppressed for almost all order parameters since (i) at zero applied bias, the effective transferred charge calculated from the noise-current ratio tends to the electron charge e , and (ii) for finite bias, the current-voltage characteristics follows that of a normal-state junction. There are notable exceptions to this trend. First, gapful nontrivial (chiral) superconductors are very robust against impurity scattering due to the linear dispersion relation of their surface Andreev bound states. Second, for nodal nontrivial superconductors, only px-wave pairing is almost immune to the presence of impurities due to the emergence of odd-frequency s -wave Cooper pairs near the interface. Due to their anisotropic dependence on the wave vector, impurity scattering is an effective pair-breaking mechanism for the remaining nodal superconductors. All these behaviors are neatly captured by the noise-current ratio, providing a useful guide to find experimental signatures for unconventional superconductivity.

  7. Quaternary borocarbides: Relatively high T{sub c} intermetallic superconductors and magnetic superconductors

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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

  8. Designing heterostructures -- a route towards new superconductors

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    Kopp, Thilo

    2013-03-01

    By now it has become technologically feasible to grow controllably transition metal oxides layer by layer. In effect, the achieved progress allows to design heterostructures with optimized electronic properties. The talk will specifically address scenarios for interface superconductivity and the possibility to raise the transition temperature of bulk superconductors by layer design. Heterostructures offer a complexity beyond that of bulk materials. The nature of the superconducting states formed in layered materials and at interfaces is a fascinating topic of recent research which will be in the focus of this presentation. This work was supported by the DFG (TRR 80). I thankfully acknowledge the collaboration with Natalia Pavlenko, Peter Hirschfeld, Cyril Stephanos, Florian Loder, Arno Kampf, and Jochen Mannhart.

  9. Noncommutative effects of spacetime on holographic superconductors

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    Ghorai, Debabrata, E-mail: debanuphy123@gmail.com [S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, JD Block, Sector III, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700098 (India); Gangopadhyay, Sunandan, E-mail: sunandan.gangopadhyay@gmail.com [Department of Physics, West Bengal State University, Barasat (India); Inter University Centre for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Pune (India)

    2016-07-10

    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.

  10. High temperature superconductors for magnetic suspension applications

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    Mcmichael, C. K.; Cooley, R. S.; Chen, Q. Y.; Ma, K. B.; Lamb, M. A.; Meng, R. L.; Chu, C. W.; Chu, W. K.

    1994-01-01

    High temperature superconductors (HTS) hold the promise for applications in magnetic levitation bearings, vibration damping, and torque coupling. Traditional magnetic suspension systems require active feedback and vibration controls in which power consumption and low frequency vibration are among the major engineering concerns. HTS materials have been demonstrated to be an enabling approach towards such problems due to their flux trapping properties. In our laboratory at TCSUH, we have been conducting a series of experiments to explore various mechanical applications using HTS. We have constructed a 30 lb. model flywheel levitated by a hybrid superconducting magnetic bearing (HSMB). We are also developing a levitated and vibration-dampled platform for high precision instrumentation. These applications would be ideal for space usages where ambient temperature is adequate for HTS to operate properly under greatly reduced cryogenic requirements. We will give a general overview of these potential applications and discuss the operating principles of the HTS devices we have developed.

  11. Transport and Magnetism in Mesoscopic Superconductors

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    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...

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. High temperature superconductor materials and applications

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    Doane, George B., III. (Editor); Banks, Curtis; Golben, John

    1991-01-01

    One of the areas concerned itself with the investigation of the phenomena involved in formulating and making in the laboratory new and better superconductor material with enhanced values of critical current and temperature. Of special interest were the chemistry, physical processes, and environment required to attain these enhanced desirable characteristics. The other area concerned itself with producing high temperature superconducting thin films by pulsed laser deposition techniques. Such films are potentially very useful in the detection of very low power signals. To perform this research high vacuum is required. In the course of this effort, older vacuum chambers were maintained and used. In addition, a new facility is being brought on line. This latter activity has been replete with the usual problems of bringing a new facility into service. Some of the problems are covered in the main body of this report.

  15. Fermi Surface of the Most Dilute Superconductor

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    Lin, Xiao; Zhu, Zengwei; Fauqué, Benoît; Behnia, Kamran

    2013-04-01

    The origin of superconductivity in bulk SrTiO3 is a mystery since the nonmonotonous variation of the critical transition with carrier concentration defies the expectations of the crudest version of the BCS theory. Here, employing the Nernst effect, an extremely sensitive probe of tiny bulk Fermi surfaces, we show that, down to concentrations as low as 5.5×1017cm-3, the system has both a sharp Fermi surface and a superconducting ground state. The most dilute superconductor currently known therefore has a metallic normal state with a Fermi energy as little as 1.1 meV on top of a band gap as large as 3 eV. The occurrence of a superconducting instability in an extremely small, single-component, and barely anisotropic Fermi surface implies strong constraints for the identification of the pairing mechanism.

  16. Lifshitz Scaling Effects on Holographic Superconductors

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    Lu, Jun-Wang; Qian, Peng; Zhao, Yue-Yue; Zhang, Xue

    2014-01-01

    Via numerical and analytical methods, the effects of the Lifshitz dynamical exponent $z$ on holographic superconductors are studied in some detail, including $s$ wave and $p$ wave models. Working in the probe limit, we find that the behaviors of holographic models indeed depend on concrete value of $z$. We obtain the condensation and conductivity in both Lifshitz black hole and soliton backgrounds with general $z$. For both $s$ wave and $p$ wave models in the black hole backgrounds, as $z$ increases, the phase transition becomes more difficult and the growth of conductivity is suppressed. For the Lifshitz soliton backgrounds, when $z$ increases ($z=1,~2,~3$), the critical chemical potential decreases in the $s$ wave cases but increases in the $p$ wave cases. For $p$ wave models in both Lifshitz black hole and soliton backgrounds, the anisotropy between the AC conductivity in different spatial directions is suppressed when $z$ increases. The analytical results uphold the numerical results.

  17. 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.

  18. Tantalum Sheet for Superconductor Diffusion Barrier Applications

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    Mathaudhu, S. N.; Hartwig, K. T.; Barber, R. E.; Pyon, T.

    2006-03-01

    This report presents preliminary results of a project with the aim to fabricate fine-grained tantalum sheet having a uniform microstructure that co-deforms well with pure copper for superconductor diffusion barrier applications. Multi-pass equal channel angular extrusion (ECAE) was used to refine the microstructure of 25 mm square cross-section bars of Ta; rolling was used to convert the bars to 0.38 mm thick sheet. Cu-Ta co-deformation characteristics were evaluated by assembling and drawing experimental Cu-Ta composite wires, containing the ECAE processed sheets, to 0.83 mm diameter and metallographically examining the thinned 2-4 micron Ta layer. The ECAE processed Ta sheet co-deformed well with Cu, and was found to have a smaller recrystallized grain size, a narrower grain size distribution and a slightly higher hardness compared to commercial diffusion barrier grade Ta sheet. The favorable results encourage further work.

  19. 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.

  20. Holographic p-wave Superconductor with Disorder

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    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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Generalized Holographic Superconductors with Higher Derivative Couplings

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    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.

  4. 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.

  5. Magneto-optical imaging of exotic superconductors

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    van der Beek, C. J.; Losco, J.; Konczykowski, M.; Pari, P.; Shibauchi, T.; Shishido, H.; Matsuda, Y.

    2009-02-01

    We have constructed a novel compact cryostat for optical measurements at temperatures below 2 K. The desktop cryostat, small enough to be placed under the objective of a standard commercial polarized light microscope, functions in a single shot mode, with a five hour autonomy at 1.5 K. Central to its conception are four charcoal pumps for adsorption and desorption of He contained in a closed circuit, and novel thermal switches allowing for thermalization of the pumps and of the two 1 K pots. The latter are connected to the 1" diameter sample holder through braids. Sample access is immediate, through the simple removal of the optical windows. In this contribution, we shall present first results on magneto-optical imaging of flux penetration in the heavy-fermion superconductor CeCoIn5.

  6. High Temperature Superconductors for the Electric Power Grid

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    Malozemoff, Alexis P.

    2011-03-01

    High Temperature Superconductor power equipment is positioned to play a key role in addressing our national and global energy challenges. While the most obvious benefit is efficiency by using the superconductor's lossless current flow to cut the 10% power lost in the grid, other benefits are likely to be even more impactful. These benefits arise from the high current density of superconductor wire which enables design of highly power-dense and compact equipment including high capacity cables and rotating machinery -- generators and motors. Vast and dense urban areas are becoming home to an increasingly large proportion of world population, and high capacity ac superconductor cables offer a non-interfering and easily installed solution to increasing urban power needs. Longer term, the ultra-low loss of long-distance dc superconductor cables offers strengthened links and power sharing across wide geographical areas. Compact superconductor generators are the key to high power off-shore wind turbines, a major source of renewable energy. Some of these applications have reached a sophisticated level of demonstration, initiating commercial use.

  7. Searching for the Genes of Unconventional High Temperature Superconductors

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    Hu, Jiangping

    In the past, both curates and iron-based superconductors were discovered accidentally. Lacking of successful predictions on new high Tc materials is one of major obstacles to reach a consensus on the high Tc mechanism. In this talk, we discuss two emergent principles, which are called as the correspondence principle and the selective magnetic pairing rule, to unify the understanding of both cuprates and iron-based superconductors. These two principles provide an unified explanation why the d-wave pairing symmetry and the s-wave pairing symmetry are robust respectively in cuprates and iron-based superconductors. In the meanwhile, the above two principles explain the rareness of unconventional high Tc superconductivity, identify necessary electronic environments required for high Tc superconductivity and finally serve as direct guiding rules to search new high Tc materials. We predict that the third family of unconventional high Tc superconductors exist in the compounds which carry two dimensional hexagonal lattices formed by cation-anion trigonal bipyramidal complexes with a d filling configuration on the cation ions. Their superconducting states are expected to be dominated by the d+id pairing symmetry and their maximum Tc should be higher than those of iron-based superconductors. Verifying the prediction can convincingly establish the high Tc superconducting mechanism and pave a way to design new high Tc superconductors

  8. Simulating atomic-scale phenomena on surfaces of unconventional superconductors

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    Kreisel, Andreas; Andersen, Brian [Niels Bohr Institute (Denmark); Choubey, Peayush; Hirschfeld, Peter [Univ. of Florida (United States); Berlijn, Tom [CNMS and CSMD, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (United States)

    2016-07-01

    Interest in atomic scale effects in superconductors has increased because of two general developments: First, the discovery of new materials as the cuprate superconductors, heavy fermion and Fe-based superconductors where the coherence length of the cooper pairs is as small to be comparable to the lattice constant, rendering small scale effects important. Second, the experimental ability to image sub-atomic features using scanning-tunneling microscopy which allows to unravel numerous physical properties of the homogeneous system such as the quasi particle excitation spectra or various types of competing order as well as properties of local disorder. On the theoretical side, the available methods are based on lattice models restricting the spatial resolution of such calculations. In the present project we combine lattice calculations using the Bogoliubov-de Gennes equations describing the superconductor with wave function information containing sub-atomic resolution obtained from ab initio approaches. This allows us to calculate phenomena on surfaces of superconductors as directly measured in scanning tunneling experiments and therefore opens the possibility to identify underlying properties of these materials and explain observed features of disorder. It will be shown how this method applies to the cuprate material Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} and a Fe based superconductor.

  9. Superconductors Enable Lower Cost MRI Systems

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    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.

  10. 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.

  11. Engineered flux-pinning centers in BSCCO TBCCO and YBCO superconductors

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    Goretta, K.C.; Lanagan, M.T.; Miller, D.J.; Sengupta, S.; Parker, J.C.; Hu, J.; Balachandran, U.; Siegel, R.W.; Shi, D.

    1999-07-27

    A method of preparing a high temperature superconductor is disclosed. A method of preparing a superconductor includes providing a powdered high temperature superconductor and a nanophase material. These components are combined to form a solid compacted mass with the material disposed in the polycrystalline high temperature superconductor. This combined mixture is rapidly heated, forming a dispersion of nanophase size particles without a eutectic reaction. These nanophase particles can have a flat plate or columnar type morphology. 4 figs.

  12. Engineered flux-pinning centers in BSCCO TBCCO and YBCO superconductors

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    Goretta, Kenneth C.; Lanagan, Michael T.; Miller, Dean J.; Sengupta, Suvankar; Parker, John C.; Hu, Jieguang; Balachandran, Uthamalingam; Siegel, Richard W.; Shi, Donglu

    1999-01-01

    A method of preparing a high temperature superconductor. A method of preparing a superconductor includes providing a powdered high temperature superconductor and a nanophase material. These components are combined to form a solid compacted mass with the material disposed in the polycrystalline high temperature superconductor. This combined mixture is rapidly heated, forming a dispersion of nanophase size particles without a eutectic reaction. These nanophase particles can have a flat plate or columnar type morphology.

  13. Quantum oscillations in organic metals and superconductors

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    Clayton, N

    2000-12-01

    De Haas-van Alphen (dHvA) oscillations have been observed in the organic superconductor {kappa}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu(NCS){sub 2} at temperatures down to 30 mK, and the oscillations are found to suffer an additional attenuation, R{sub s}, in the mixed state. None of the theoretical models, coupled with the mean-field expression for the field-dependence of the superconducting energy gap, {delta}, offer a good fit to the data. By including the effects of thermal fluctuations in the field-dependence of {delta}, a reasonable fit to the data can be made at the lowest temperatures. However, the form of the damping does not change appreciably as the temperature is increased up to 560 mK, which is inconsistent with the thermal fluctuation model. Angle resolved dHvA measurements on {kappa}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu(NCS){sub 2} have allowed R{sub s} curves to be measured as a function of the orientation of the applied magnetic field. These R{sub s}({theta}) curves may be scaled onto one another by taking the components of the magnetic fields perpendicular to the layers. The scale of the fluctuations is independent of angle within experimental errors. This, and an angle-independent normal state Dingle temperature, suggests that the quasiparticle orbits are confined to the two-dimensional layers for all angles of applied magnetic field. An angle resolved dHvA study has been performed on the organic metal {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(NCS){sub 4}. At low temperatures and low fields, the Fermi surface is reconstructed in this material, and the dHvA signal is dominated by an a frequency and its second harmonic, 2{alpha}. The amplitude of the 2{alpha} frequency is shown to deviate from the predictions of the Lifshitz-Kosevich expression, but is found to be consistent with a 'frequency doubling' mechanism. In this scheme, the 2{alpha} frequency arises from a new type of quantum oscillatory phenomenon, due to the susceptibility of the quasi one-dimensional sheets, driven by

  14. Iron Pnictide Superconductors: discovery and advances

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    Hosono, Hideo

    2009-03-01

    Superconducting transition in a layered ZrCuSiAs-type crystal was first reported for LaFePO in 2006 [1] and subsequently, a similar Tc was found for LaNiPO with the same crystal structure in 2007. However, Tc of these compounds reminded low (˜4K). On February 23, 2008, our paper reporting a layered compound in LaFeAsO1-xFx(x=0.1) exhibiting a superconducting critical temperature Tc (mid-point) = 26K was published [3]. In this presentation I talk the background of this discovery and the subsequent advance in materials. The following points have been clarified to date; (1) Iron-based superconductors reported are 4-types crystal structures, the 1111[3], 122[4], 111[5], and 11 [6] type. All the high Tc iron-based superconductors contain a Fe square lattice and the Fe 3d orbitals dominate the Fermi-level. (2) The occurrence of a crystallographic transition accompanying anti-ferromagnetic to paramagnetic state in the parent compound is a requisite for a high Tc. (3) There exist a vast number of materials containing the Fe square lattice. (4). A partial substitution of Fe with other transition metal is possible without serious reduction of Tc. (4) A new insulating layer AEF (AE=Ca, Sr)was found to be effective in the 1111 phase [7]. (5) High pressure synthesis was effective to obtain the 1111 phases with higher Tc, (6) Epitaxial thin films exhibiting a Tc almost the same as that in the bulk were fabricated for CaFeAsO:Co[8]. Epitaxial thin films of LaFeAsO was recently reported as well [9]. [4pt] [1] Y.Kamihara et al. JACS, 28 (2006)10012, [2] T.Watanabe et al.Inorg.Chem,46(2007) 7719, [3 ]Y.Kamihara et al. J.Am.Chem.Soc.130(2008)3296., [4]M.Rotter et al. PRL, 101(2008) 107006, [5] J.H.Tapp et al. PRB,78(2008)060505 [6] F.C.Hsu et al. PNAS,105(2008)14262., [7] S.Matsuishi et al. JACS 130(2008)14428 [8] H.Hiramatsu et al. Appl.Phys.Express 1(2008)101702, [9] H.Hiramatsu et al. APL. 93(2008) 162504.

  15. Vortex Dynamics Studies in Type II Superconductors

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    Xu, Zhigang

    1993-03-01

    Vibrating reed, ac susceptibility and resistance measurements have been used to study the dynamics of vortices in type II superconductors. In Nb measurements, in spite of the low T _{c}'s and long coherence lengths compared to the high T_{c} superconductors, we find an extended region of temperature and field over which reversible flux line motion occurs when the Nb reed is oriented with its long dimension perpendicular to the applied field. We observe a strong, frequency-independent depression of the "irreversibility temperature" T _{Q}(H) below the resistively determined critical temperature T_{R}. The results of the ac susceptibility measurements also support these results. We concluded that observation of an extended region of magnetic reversibility is not restricted to high T_{c} or extremely anisotropic materials, and depends upon the geometry of samples with respect to the applied field direction. In NbSe_2 measurements, vibrating reed measurements were performed with the hexagonal c-axis approximately parallel or perpendicular to an applied magnetic field. Field-cooling data revealed an unusual peak in the frequency shift of the reed, accompanied by two peaks in reed dissipation. The upper peak occurs near the temperature where R~ 0, and the lower peak is very sample and amplitude dependent and hysteretic. The ac susceptibility results also show that corresponding features. The interplay of superconductivity and density waves were investigated by comparing data for NbSe _2 with the results for NbS_2 , which has a comparable superconducting T _{c } and crystal structure. In NbS_2 measurements, we did not see such a peak in the frequency shift nor the double peak feature in the dissipation in either vibrating reed measurements or ac susceptibility measurements. We have also studied the (Ba,K)BiO_3 system. It is cubic at its superconducting composition, but exhibits a moderately high T_{c }=30 K that is intermediate between conventional and high T_{rm c

  16. Current-injection in a ballastic multiterminal superconductor/two-dimensional electron gas Josephson junction

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    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

  17. Anatomy of a Periodically Driven p-Wave Superconductor

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    Zhao, Erhai

    2016-10-01

    The topological properties of periodically driven many-body systems often have no static analogs and defy a simple description based on the effective Hamiltonian. To explore the emergent edge modes in driven p-wave superconductors in two dimensions, we analysed a toy model of Kitaev chains (one-dimensional spinless p-wave superconductors with Majorana edge states) coupled by time-periodic hopping. We showed that with proper driving, the coupled Kitaev chains can turn into a fully gapped superconductor, which is analogous to the px+ipy state but has two, rather than one, chiral edge modes. A different driving protocol turns it into a gapless superconductor with isolated point nodes and completely flat edge states at quasienergy ω=0 or π/T, with T as the driving period. The time evolution operator U(kx, ky, t) of the toy model is computed exactly to yield the phase bands. And the "topological singularities" of the phase bands are exhausted and compared to those of a periodically driven Hofstadter model, which features counter-propagating chiral edge modes. These examples demonstrate the unique edge states in driven superconducting systems and suggest driving as a potentially fruitful route to engineer new topological superconductors.

  18. Superconductor digital electronics: Scalability and energy efficiency issues (Review Article)

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    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.

  19. Anatomy of a periodically driven p-wave superconductor

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    Zhao, Erhai [George Mason Univ., Fairfax, VA (United States). Dept. of Physics and Astronomy

    2016-07-01

    The topological properties of periodically driven many-body systems often have no static analogs and defy a simple description based on the effective Hamiltonian. To explore the emergent edge modes in driven p-wave superconductors in two dimensions, we analysed a toy model of Kitaev chains (one-dimensional spinless p-wave superconductors with Majorana edge states) coupled by time-periodic hopping. We showed that with proper driving, the coupled Kitaev chains can turn into a fully gapped superconductor, which is analogous to the p{sub x}+ip{sub y} state but has two, rather than one, chiral edge modes. A different driving protocol turns it into a gapless superconductor with isolated point nodes and completely flat edge states at quasienergy ω=0 or π/T, with T as the driving period. The time evolution operator U(k{sub x}, k{sub y}, t) of the toy model is computed exactly to yield the phase bands. And the ''topological singularities'' of the phase bands are exhausted and compared to those of a periodically driven Hofstadter model, which features counter-propagating chiral edge modes. These examples demonstrate the unique edge states in driven superconducting systems and suggest driving as a potentially fruitful route to engineer new topological superconductors.

  20. Developments in the processing of bulk (RE)BCO superconductors

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    Babu, N. Hari, E-mail: mtsthbn@brunel.ac.u [Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST), Brunel University, West London UB8 3PH (United Kingdom); Shi, Y.-H.; Pathak, S.K.; Dennis, A.R.; Cardwell, D.A. [Bulk Superconductivity Group, Engineering Department, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1PZ (United Kingdom)

    2011-03-15

    Research highlights: {yields} (RE)-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductors containing nano-scale inclusions are fabricated. {yields} Generic seed crystal development enabled batch process for Gd-Ba-Cu-O. {yields} Multi-grains with strongly coupled grain boundaries are fabricated. {yields} We propose recycling concept for bulk superconductors. - Abstract: The development of a practical processing method for the fabrication of high performance large, single grain bulk superconductors is essential for their cost-effective application in a variety of high field engineering devices. We discuss recent developments in the processing of these materials that enable high performance bulk superconductors to be fabricated in a practical way. These include the introduction of nano-scale second phase inclusions to the superconducting phase matrix, the development of a generic seed crystal, the development of practical, batch processing routes for the fabrication of light rare earth superconductors, the processing of complex shaped geometries via controlled multi-seeding and recycling of scrap bulk samples into high performance, single grains.

  1. Development of the superconductors for ITER magnet system

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    Shikov, A.; Nikulin, A.; Silaev, A.; Vorobieva, A.; Pantsyrnyi, V.; Vedernikov, G.; Salunin, N.; Sudiev, S.

    1998-10-01

    A review is given of the present status of the development and production of Nb 3Sn and Nb-Ti superconductors for the Model Coils and the real Magnet System of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in the Russian Federation Home Team. It is shown that Nb 3Sn bronze processed superconductors produced for the Model Central Solenoid Coil insert meet the ITER joint Central Team requirements. In particular, the critical current density, measued in non-Cu area is not less than 550 A/mm 2 for 12 T at 4.2 K, the level of hysteresis losses is not in excess of 200 mJ/cm 3, and the Cu-stabilizing shell resistivity ratio of Cr-plated wire is 150. Internal tin Nb 3Sn superconductor development and test results are presented, confirming the possibility of their application for the ITER Magnet System winding. Nb-Ti superconductors for PF coils properties have also been considered. The possibility of Nb 3Sn and Nb-Ti superconductor manufacture with the use of large composite billets up to 300 mm in dia is shown, creating the possibility for large scale industrial production (several tens of tons/year) of these materials for the ITER Magnet System.

  2. Antiferromagnetic phase diagram of the cuprate superconductors

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    Nunes, L. H. C. M.; Teixeira, A. W.; Marino, E. C.

    2017-02-01

    Taking the spin-fermion model as the starting point for describing the cuprate superconductors, we obtain an effective nonlinear sigma-field hamiltonian, which takes into account the effect of doping in the system. We obtain an expression for the spin-wave velocity as a function of the chemical potential. For appropriate values of the parameters we determine the antiferromagnetic phase diagram for the YBa2Cu3O6+x compound as a function of the dopant concentration in good agreement with the experimental data. Furthermore, our approach provides a unified description for the phase diagrams of the hole-doped and the electron doped compounds, which is consistent with the remarkable similarity between the phase diagrams of these compounds, since we have obtained the suppression of the antiferromagnetic phase as the modulus of the chemical potential increases. The aforementioned result then follows by considering positive values of the chemical potential related to the addition of holes to the system, while negative values correspond to the addition of electrons.

  3. Design of superconductor frame compression circuits

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    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.

  4. Growth and characterization of bulk superconductor material

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    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...

  5. A Holographic P-wave Superconductor Model

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    Cai, Rong-Gen; Li, Li-Fang

    2014-01-01

    We study a holographic p-wave superconductor model in a four dimensional Einstein-Maxwell-complex vector field theory with a negative cosmological constant. The complex vector field is charged under the Maxwell field. We solve the full coupled equations of motion of the system and find black hole solutions with the vector hair. The vector hairy black hole solutions are dual to a thermal state with the U(1) symmetry as well as the spatial rotational symmetry breaking spontaneously. Depending on two parameters, the mass and charge of the vector field, we find a rich phase structure: zeroth order, first order and second order phase transitions can happen in this model. We also find "retrograde condensation" in which the hairy black hole solution exists only for the temperatures above a critical value with the free energy much larger than the black hole without hair. We construct the phase diagram for this system in terms of the temperature and charge of the vector field.

  6. Fault current limiter using bulk oxides superconductors

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    Belmont, O.; Ferracci, P.; Porcar, L.; Barbut, J.M. [Schneider Electric, Grenoble (France). Usine A3; Tixador, P.; Noudem, J.G.; Bourgault, D.; Tournier, R

    1998-08-01

    We study the limitation possibilities of bulk Bi high T{sub c} materials. For this we test these materials with AC or DC currents above their critical currents. We study particularly the evolution of the voltage with time or with current. The material, the value of the current and the time duration play important parts. For sintered Bi samples the voltage depends only on the current even for values much larger than the critical current. With textured samples the V(I) curves shows an hysteretic behaviour due to a warming up. The textured materials are more interesting than sintered ones in terms of required volume for the current limitation. In both cases the superconductors are in a dissipative state but not in the normal state. This state is nevertheless reached if the dissipated energy inside the sample is sufficient. We have tried to apply a magnetic field on the samples in order to trigger a more effective limitation. The voltage increases but with a limited effect for currents much higher (3-4 times) than the critical zero field current. We think that the dissipative state is due mainly to the grain boundaries which become resistive above the critical current. (orig.) 11 refs.

  7. 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, Hc2(T). Study was undertaken on single crystals of Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 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) = ATn. 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.

  8. 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?

  9. Terahertz Generation & Vortex Motion Control in Superconductors

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    Nori, Franco

    2005-03-01

    A grand challenge is to controllably generate electromagnetic waves in layered superconducting compounds because of its Terahertz frequency range. We propose [1] four experimentally realizable devices for generating continuous and pulsed THz radiation in a controllable frequency range. We also describe [2-4] several novel devices for controlling the motion of vortices in superconductors, including a reversible rectifier made of a magnetic-superconducting hybrid structure [4]. Finally, we summarize a study [5] of the friction force felt by moving vortices. 1) S. Savel'ev, V. Yampol'skii, A. Rakhmanov, F. Nori, Tunable Terahertz radiation from Josephson vortices, preprint 2) S. Savel'ev and F. Nori, Experimentally realizable devices for controlling the motion of magnetic flux quanta, Nature Mat. 1, 179 (2002) 3) S. Savel'ev, F. Marchesoni, F. Nori, Manipulating small particles, PRL 92, 160602 (2004); B. Zhu, F. Marchesoni, F. Nori, Controlling the motion of magnetic flux quanta, PRL 92, 180602 (2004) 4) J.E. Villegas, et al., Reversible Rectifier that Controls the Motion of Magnetic Flux Quanta, Science 302, 1188 (2003) 5) A. Maeda, et al., Nano-scale friction: kinetic friction of magnetic flux quanta and charge density waves, preprint

  10. 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.

  11. LDA+DCA calculations of cuprate superconductors

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    Kent, Paul; Macridin, Alexandru; Schulthess, Thomas; Krogh Andersen, Ole

    2005-03-01

    We present calculations of the properties of realistic models of single-layer cuprate superconductors. A multi-band Hubbard model is obtained from downfolded material specific local density approximation (LDA) density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The on-site U is obtained from constrained DFT calculations. The resulting model is solved using the dynamic cluster approximation (DCA) and quantum Monte Carlo, for small clusters. Some of us have previously shown that DCA calculations of the single band Hubbard model, with empirical parameters, reproduce key features of the experimental phase diagram, including the d-wave superconducting region and pseudogap. In the multi-band model, we find a superconducting region, and discuss how the computed transition temperature depends on the downfolded band structure. In model calculations, we test the sensitivity of the transition temperature to changes in the individual hopping terms, including the copper-oxygen and oxygen-oxygen hybridization. Work supported by the Division of Materials Science and Engineering, U.S. Department of Energy, under Contract DE-AC05-00OR22725 with UT-Battelle LLC.

  12. The improved damping of superconductor bearings for 35 kWh superconductor flywheel energy storage system

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    Han, Y. H.; Park, B. J.; Jung, S. Y.; Han, S. C.; Lee, W. R.; Bae, Y. C.

    2013-02-01

    A 35 kWh Superconductor Flywheel Energy Storage system (SFES) using hybrid bearing sets, which is composed of a high temperature superconductor (HTS) bearing and an active magnet damper (AMD), has been developed at KEPCO Research Institute (KEPRI). Damping is a source of energy loss but necessary for the stability of the flywheel system. We found that the damping of HTS bearings can be improved by thermal insulating bolts, which play a role of passive type external damper. To investigate the source of the increased damping, damping coefficients were measured with HTS bearings using insulating bolts made of three kinds of polymer materials. The damping coefficient was raised over 3000 N s/m in the case of PEEK bolts. The value was almost a quarter of the AMD. In this study, thermoelastic and Coulomb friction damping mechanisms are discussed. The main damping mechanism was the thermoelastic damping of the bolts themselves. And interfacial gap between the insulating bolt and metal chamber, which increased during the cooling process, was considered to be the cause of the anisotropic damping coefficients. Finally, the effects of the HTS bearings on the first critical speed are shown.

  13. EDITORIAL: Focus on Iron-Based Superconductors FOCUS ON IRON-BASED SUPERCONDUCTORS

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    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

  14. TECHNICAL TRAINING SEMINAR: High Temperature Superconductors: Progress and Issues

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    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...

  15. High-Temperature Cuprate Superconductors Experiment, Theory, and Applications

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    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...

  16. Magnetic Response in the Holographic Insulator/Superconductor Transition

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    Montull, Marc; Salvio, Alberto; Silva, Pedro J

    2012-01-01

    We study the magnetic response of holographic superconductors exhibiting an insulating "normal" phase. These materials can be realized as a CFT compactified on a circle, which is dual to the AdS Soliton geometry. We study the response under i) magnetic fields and ii) a Wilson line on the circle. Magnetic fields lead to formation of vortices and allows one to infer that the superconductor is of type II. The response to a Wilson line is in the form of Aharonov-Bohm-like effects. These are suppressed in the holographic conductor/superconductor transition but, instead, they are unsuppressed for the insulator case. Holography, thus, predicts that generically insulators display stronger Aharonov-Bohm effects than conductors. In the fluid-mechanical limit the AdS Soliton is interpreted as a supersolid. Our results imply that supersolids display unsuppressed Aharonov-Bohm (or "Sagnac") effects - stronger than in superfluids.

  17. Symmetry analysis of transport properties in helical superconductor junctions

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    Cheng, Qiang; Zhang, Yinhan; Zhang, Kunhua; Jin, Biao; Zhang, Changlian

    2017-03-01

    We study the discrete symmetries satisfied by helical p-wave superconductors with the d-vectors {{k}x}\\hat{x}+/- {{k}y}\\hat{y} or {{k}y}\\hat{x}+/- {{k}x}\\hat{y} and the transformations brought by symmetry operations to ferromagnet and spin-singlet superconductors, which show intimate associations with the transport properties in heterojunctions, including helical superconductors. In particular, the partial symmetries of the Hamiltonian under spin-rotation and gauge-rotation operations are responsible for the novel invariances of the conductance in tunnel junctions and the new selection rules for the lowest current and peculiar phase diagrams in Josephson junctions, which were reported recently. The symmetries of constructed free energies for Josephson junctions are also analyzed, and are consistent with the results from the Hamiltonian.

  18. Conditions for stimulated emission in anomalous gravity-superconductors interactions

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    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...

  19. Flux pinning characteristics and irreversibility line in high temperature superconductors

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    Matsushita, T.; Ihara, N.; Kiuchi, M.

    1995-01-01

    The flux pinning properties in high temperature superconductors are strongly influenced by thermally activated flux motion. The scaling relation of the pinning force density and the irreversibility line in various high temperature superconductors are numerically analyzed in terms of the flux creep model. The effect of two factors, i.e., the flux pinning strength and the dimensionality of the material, on these properties are investigated. It is speculated that the irreversibility line in Bi-2212 superconductors is one order of magnitude smaller than that in Y-123, even if the flux pinning strength in Bi-2212 is improved up to the level of Y-123. It is concluded that these two factors are equally important in determination of the flux pinning characteristics at high temperatures.

  20. Vortices in high-performance high-temperature superconductors

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    Kwok, Wai-Kwong; Welp, Ulrich; Glatz, Andreas; Koshelev, Alexei E.; Kihlstrom, Karen J.; Crabtree, George W.

    2016-11-01

    The behavior of vortex matter in high-temperature superconductors (HTS) controls the entire electromagnetic response of the material, including its current carrying capacity. Here, we review the basic concepts of vortex pinning and its application to a complex mixed pinning landscape to enhance the critical current and to reduce its anisotropy. We focus on recent scientific advances that have resulted in large enhancements of the in-field critical current in state-of-the-art second generation (2G) YBCO coated conductors and on the prospect of an isotropic, high-critical current superconductor in the iron-based superconductors. Lastly, we discuss an emerging new paradigm of critical current by design—a drive to achieve a quantitative correlation between the observed critical current density and mesoscale mixed pinning landscapes by using realistic input parameters in an innovative and powerful large-scale time dependent Ginzburg-Landau approach to simulating vortex dynamics.

  1. Inelastic scanning tunneling microscopy in conventional and unconventional superconductors

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    Hlobil, Patrik; Schmalian, Joerg; Wulfhekel, Wulf; Jandke, Jasmin [Karlsruhe Institute of Technologie (Germany)

    2015-07-01

    Electron tunneling spectroscopy has been used extremely successful in order to verify the microscopic phonon pairing mechanism in conventional BCS superconductors using the Eliashberg theory. Nevertheless, earlier theories and experiments focused mainly on elastic tunneling processes. We present, motivated by recent experiments, a theoretical description of inelastic tunneling in STM in which an electrons tunnels from the tip into a BCS superconductor and coherently excites a phonon during the tunneling process. This additional channel enhances the measured conductivity and we show that if the superconductor is in the normal state, within some limitations, the derivative dσ/dV will be proportional to the Eliashberg function α2F. Additionally, the influence of the inelastic contributions on the tunneling spectrum in the superconducting state will be discussed. Finally, we generalize the theory to other bosonic excitations and focus on the question if inelastic tunneling could be used to unveil the electronic pairing mechanism in the iron pnictides.

  2. Unified picture of the oxygen isotope effect in cuprate superconductors.

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    Chen, Xiao-Jia; Struzhkin, Viktor V; Wu, Zhigang; Lin, Hai-Qing; Hemley, Russell J; Mao, Ho-kwang

    2007-03-06

    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.

  3. Vortices in high-performance high-temperature superconductors.

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    Kwok, Wai-Kwong; Welp, Ulrich; Glatz, Andreas; Koshelev, Alexei E; Kihlstrom, Karen J; Crabtree, George W

    2016-11-01

    The behavior of vortex matter in high-temperature superconductors (HTS) controls the entire electromagnetic response of the material, including its current carrying capacity. Here, we review the basic concepts of vortex pinning and its application to a complex mixed pinning landscape to enhance the critical current and to reduce its anisotropy. We focus on recent scientific advances that have resulted in large enhancements of the in-field critical current in state-of-the-art second generation (2G) YBCO coated conductors and on the prospect of an isotropic, high-critical current superconductor in the iron-based superconductors. Lastly, we discuss an emerging new paradigm of critical current by design-a drive to achieve a quantitative correlation between the observed critical current density and mesoscale mixed pinning landscapes by using realistic input parameters in an innovative and powerful large-scale time dependent Ginzburg-Landau approach to simulating vortex dynamics.

  4. Neutron and Synchrotron X-Ray Scattering Studies of Superconductors

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    Tranquada,J.M.

    2008-09-01

    Superconductors hold the promise for a more stable and efficient electrical grid, but new isotropic, high-temperature superconductors are needed in order to reduce cable manufacturing costs. The effort to understand high-temperature superconductivity, especially in the layered cuprates, provides guidance to the search for new superconductors. Neutron scattering has long provided an important probe of the collective excitations that are involved in the pairing mechanism. For the cuprates, neutron and x-ray diffraction techniques also provide information on competing types of order, such as charge and spin stripes, that appear to be closely connected to the superconductivity. Recently, inelastic x-ray scattering has become competitive for studying phonons and may soon provide valuable information on electronic excitations. Examples of how these techniques contribute to our understanding of superconductivity are presented.

  5. Neutron and synchrotron x-ray scattering studies of superconductors

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    Tranquada, J.M.

    2008-10-15

    Superconductors hold the promise for a more stable and efficient electrical grid, but new isotropic, high-temperature superconductors are needed in order to reduce cable manufacturing costs. The effort to understand high-temperature superconductivity, especially in the layered cuprates, provides guidance to the search for new superconductors. Neutron scattering has long provided an important probe of the collective excitations that are involved in the pairing mechanism. For the cuprates, neutron and x-ray diffraction techniques also provide information on competing types of order, such as charge and spin stripes that appear to be closely connected to the superconductivity. Recently, inelastic x-ray scattering has become competitive for studying phonons and may soon provide valuable information on electronic excitations. Examples of how these techniques contribute to our understanding of superconductivity are presented. (au)

  6. Transport theory for a two-flavor color superconductor

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    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.

  7. Local model for magnet-superconductor mechanical interaction: Experimental verification

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    Diez-Jimenez, Efren; Perez-Diaz, Jose-Luis; Garcia-Prada, Juan Carlos

    2011-03-01

    Several models exist for calculating superconducting repulsion forces in the Meissner state that are based on the method of images. The method of images, however, is limited to a small number of geometrical configurations that can be solved exactly, and the physical interpretation of the method is under discussion. A general local model based on the London equations and Maxwell's equations has been developed to describe the mechanics of the superconductor-permanent magnet system. Due to its differential form, this expression can be easily implemented in a finite elements analysis and, consequently, is easily applicable to any shape of superconductor in the Meissner state. It can solve both forces and torques. This paper reports different experiments undertaken in order to test the model's validity. The vertical forces and the angle of equilibrium between a magnet and a superconductor were measured, and a positive agreement between the experiments and theoretical calculations was found.

  8. 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.

  9. The LHC's future, part 2: The High-Luminosity superconductor

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    2017-01-01

    The goal of the HL-LHC project is to increase the total number of collisions of the LHC by a factor of 10 . Among the components to be upgraded are the interaction region quadrupole magnets in IP1 and IP5, which will implement a new superconducting technology based on Nb3Sn superconductor. This superconductor will allow reaching magnetic field of about 12 T, but it requires a complex fabrication process which includes heat treatment of the coils to about 650 C and vacuum impregnation with epoxy. In the Superconducting Model Magnets Laboratory (building 927), the Magnet, Superconductors and Cryostats (MSC) group is currently fabricating short models of the final Nb3Sn LHL-LHC quadrupole magnet to verify the magnet design and define fabrication and assembly procedures

  10. 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.

  11. Holographic entanglement entropy in general holographic superconductor models

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    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.

  12. Probing High Temperature Superconductors with Magnetometry in Ultrahigh Magnetic Fields

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    Li, Lu [Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States)

    2017-07-26

    The objective of this research is to investigate the high-field magnetic properties of high temperature superconductors, materials that conduct electricity without loss. A technique known as high-resolution torque magnetometry that was developed to directly measure the magnetization of high temperature superconductors. This technique was implemented using the 65 Tesla pulsed magnetic field facility that is part of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Los Alamos National Laboratory. This research addressed unanswered questions about the interplay between magnetism and superconductivity, determine the electronic structure of high temperature superconductors, and shed light on the mechanism of high temperature superconductivity and on potential applications of these materials in areas such as energy generation and power transmission. Further applications of the technology resolve the novel physical phenomena such as correlated topological insulators, and spin liquid state in quantum magnets.

  13. Lateral restoring force on a magnet levitated above a superconductor

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    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.

  14. Possible Measurable Effects of Dark Energy in Rotating Superconductors

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    de Matos, Clovis Jacinto

    2007-01-01

    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.

  15. 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.

  16. Amplitude or Higgs modes in d-wave superconductors

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    Barlas, Yafis; Varma, C. M.

    2013-02-01

    In Lorentz-invariant systems spontaneously broken gauge symmetry results in three types of fundamental excitations: density excitations, Higgs bosons (amplitude modes), and Goldstone bosons (phase modes). The density and phase modes are coupled by electromagnetic interactions while the amplitude modes are not. In s-wave superconductors, the Higgs mode, which can be observed only under special conditions, has been detected. We show that unconventional d-wave superconductors, such as the high-temperature cuprate superconductors, should have a rich assortment of Higgs bosons, each in a different irreducible representation of the point-group symmetry of the lattice. We also show that these modes have a characteristic singular spectral structure and discuss conditions for their observability.

  17. 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.

  18. The ground state in a spin-one color superconductor

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    Schmitt, A

    2004-01-01

    Color superconductors in which quarks of the same flavor form Cooper pairs are investigated. These Cooper pairs carry total spin one. A systematic group-theoretical classification of possible phases in a spin-one color superconductor is presented, revealing parallels and differences to the theory of superfluid $^3$He. General expressions for the gap parameter, the critical temperature, and the pressure are derived and evaluated for several spin-one phases, with special emphasis on the angular structure of the gap equation. It is shown that, in a spin-one color superconductor, the (transverse) A phase is expected to be the ground state. This is in contrast to $^3$He, where the ground state is in the B phase.

  19. Workshop on Accelerator Magnet Superconductors, Design and Optimization

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    WAMSDO Workshop

    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.

  20. Phases of holographic superconductors with broken translational symmetry

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    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.

  1. Momentum-space spin texture in a topological superconductor

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    Loder, Florian; Kampf, Arno P.; Kopp, Thilo; Braak, Daniel

    2017-07-01

    A conventional superconductor with spin-orbit coupling turns into a topological superconductor beyond a critical strength of the Zeeman energy. The spin-expectation values S (k ) in momentum space trace this transition via a characteristic change in the topological character of the spin texture within the Brillouin zone. At the transition the skyrmion counting number switches from 0 to 1/2 identifying the topological superconductor via its meron-like spin texture. The change in the skyrmion counting number is crucially controlled by singular points of the map S (k )/|S (k )| from the Brillouin zone, i.e., a torus, to the unit sphere. The complexity of this spin map is discussed at zero temperature as well as for the extension to finite temperatures.

  2. Zeroth Order Phase Transition in a Holographic Superconductor with Single Impurity

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    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.

  3. 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.

  4. Fine-Filament MgB2 Superconductor Wire

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    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.

  5. 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.

  6. Holographic Superconductor/Insulator Transition at Zero Temperature

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    Nishioka, Tatsuma; Takayanagi, Tadashi

    2009-01-01

    We analyze the five-dimensional AdS gravity coupled to a gauge field and a charged scalar field. Under a Scherk-Schwarz compactification, we show that the system undergoes a superconductor/insulator transition at zero temperature in 2+1 dimensions as we change the chemical potential. By taking into account a confinement/deconfinement transition, the phase diagram turns out to have a rich structure. We will observe that it has a similarity with the RVB (resonating valence bond) approach to high-Tc superconductors via an emergent gauge symmetry.

  7. Critical field enhancement near a superconductor-insulator transition.

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    Lee, I J; Chaikin, P M; Naughton, M J

    2002-05-20

    We have discovered a phenomenon where the orbital pair breaking effect is reduced, if not eliminated. It appears as a striking enhancement in the upper critical field H(c2) for (TMTSF)2PF6 and a strong upward curvature in the critical field versus temperature in the region of pressure-temperature phase space near the superconductor-spin density wave insulator boundary. A simple model based on self-consistently dividing the superconductor into layers explains the observations remarkably well and provides a unique way around orbital frustration and toward higher critical fields.

  8. New superconductors from granular to high T$_{c}$

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    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.

  9. 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...

  10. New superconductors from granular to high T$_{c}$

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    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.

  11. Exotic magnetic states in Pauli-limited superconductors.

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    Kenzelmann, M

    2017-03-01

    Magnetism and superconductivity compete or interact in complex and intricate ways. Here we review the special case where novel magnetic phenomena appear due to superconductivity, but do not exist without it. Such states have recently been identified in unconventional superconductors. They are different from the mere coexistence of magnetic order and superconductivity in conventional superconductors, or from competing magnetic and superconducting phases in many materials. We describe the recent progress in the study of such exotic magnetic phases, and articulate the many open questions in this field.

  12. Method of making V.sub.3 Ga superconductors

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    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.

  13. Critical State in Thin Anisotropic Superconductors of Arbitrary Shape

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    Mikitik, Grigorii P.; Brandt, Ernst Helmut

    2000-01-01

    A thin flat superconductor of arbitrary shape and with arbitrary in-plane and out-of-plane anisotropy of flux-line pinning is considered, in an external magnetic field normal to its plane. It is shown that the general three-dimensional critical state problem for this superconductor reduces to the two-dimensional problem of an infinitely thin sample of the same shape but with a modified induction dependence of the critical sheet current. The methods of solving the latter problem are well known...

  14. 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.

  15. Exotic magnetic states in Pauli-limited superconductors

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    Kenzelmann, M.

    2017-03-01

    Magnetism and superconductivity compete or interact in complex and intricate ways. Here we review the special case where novel magnetic phenomena appear due to superconductivity, but do not exist without it. Such states have recently been identified in unconventional superconductors. They are different from the mere coexistence of magnetic order and superconductivity in conventional superconductors, or from competing magnetic and superconducting phases in many materials. We describe the recent progress in the study of such exotic magnetic phases, and articulate the many open questions in this field.

  16. Thermal conductivity peaks in old and new ceramic superconductors

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    Williams, Wendell S.

    1993-07-01

    A sharp peak in the thermal conductivity curve of high Tc ceramic superconductors below Tc found by many workers is compared with a similar but even larger effect found earlier for niobium carbide — an older ceramic superconductor — by Radosevich and Williams. The interpretation of this peak given in the literature for the high Tc materials — reduced phonon-electron scattering below Tc as the superconducting energy gap opens — is the same as that established earlier for niobium carbide, which can be treated by BCS/BRT theory, thus lending support to this view. The role of point defects (vacancies) in both materials is also emphasized.

  17. 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...

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Aluminum-stabilized Nb/sub 3/Sn superconductor

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    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.

  2. Aluminum-stabilized Nb[sub 3]Sn superconductor

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    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.

  3. On the critical temperatures of superconductors: a quantum gravity approach

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    Gregori, Andrea

    2010-01-01

    We consider superconductivity in the light of the quantum gravity theoretical framework introduced in [1]. In this framework, the degree of quantum delocalization depends on the geometry of the energy distribution along space. This results in a dependence of the critical temperature characterizing the transition to the superconducting phase on the complexity of the structure of a superconductor. We consider concrete examples, ranging from low to high temperature superconductors, and discuss how the critical temperature can be predicted once the quantum gravity effects are taken into account.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Cathodoluminescence study of thin films of high Tc superconductors

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    Barkay, Z.; Azoulay, J.; Lereah, Y.; Dai, U.; Hess, N.; Racah, D.; Gruenbaum, E.; Deutscher, G. (School of Physics and Astronomy, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University, 69978 Ramat Aviv (Israel))

    1990-10-22

    Cathodoluminescence (CL) of thin films of high {ital T}{sub {ital c}} superconductors was studied in the scanning electron microscope. The depth and the lateral locations of the different phases can be revealed. In thin films, unlike the bulk superconductors, the CL information can be obtained either from the film itself or the substrate by varying the primary beam energy. At high beam energy, substrate defects and slight thickness variations of a single high {ital T}{sub {ital c}} phase are observed. The resolution of the CL measurements improves at low temperatures.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Zeeman effects on d-wave superconductor and tunneling spectrum in normal-metal/d-wave superconductor tunnel junction

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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.

  11. In vitro studies of cells grown on the superconductor PrO(x)FeAs.

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    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.

  12. Novel Synthesis of Thallium-Barium - Superconductors

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    Bayya, Shyam Sundar

    This thesis addresses the processing difficulties associated with the synthesis of double layer superconductors in the Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O system and presents some novel processing techniques for their synthesis. Tl-2212 and Tl-2223 superconducting powders were made by a self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS). Preheating of the reactants was necessary to self sustain the reactions. This method produced a higher amount of the Tl-2223 phase as compared to the powders produced from furnace synthesis. A microwave assisted combustion synthesis (MACS) was developed to synthesize Tl-2212 and Tl-2223 powders. A short reaction time in the microwave oven resulted in a high fraction of the Tl-2212 phase. A post-heat treatment was required to synthesize Tl-2212 and Tl-2223 phases of high purity. Synthesis of Tl-2201, Tl-2212 and Tl-2223 by melt quench and glass ceramic processes was attempted. These compositions didn't form glasses on melt quenching, however, a heat treatment resulted in Tl-2201 and Tl-2212 phases from their stoichiometric compositions. A low purity Tl -2223 sample was obtained by this process from its stoichiometric composition. Smaller additions of boric acid or gallia to the batches did not improve the glass formability of the systems. Higher additions of boric acid improved the glass formability but they crystallized binary and complex borates on devitrification. Smaller additions of gallia crystallized the superconducting phases. A molten salt synthesis was developed to prepare Tl-2201 and Tl-2212 superconducting powders. Tl-2212 was found to be stable over a wide composition range. Sodium containing salts were found to deteriorate the superconducting properties. Optimum growth and good electrical properties of Tl-2212 were obtained from the KCl salt. A doctor blade process was used to fabricate grain-oriented ceramic using these powders.

  13. Possible field-tuned superconductor-insulator transition in high-Tc superconductors: implications for pairing at high magnetic fields.

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    Steiner, M A; Boebinger, G; Kapitulnik, A

    2005-03-18

    The behavior of some high temperature superconductors (HTSC), such as La(2-x)Sr(x)CuO(4) and Bi(2)Sr(2-x)La(x)CuO(6 + delta), at very high magnetic fields, is similar to that of thin films of amorphous InOx near the magnetic-field-tuned superconductor-insulator transition. Analyzing the InOx data at high fields in terms of persisting local pairing amplitude, we argue by analogy that the local pairing amplitude also persists well into the dissipative state of the HTSCs, the regime commonly denoted as the "normal state" in very high magnetic field experiments.

  14. Study of superconductor bearings for a 35 kWh superconductor flywheel energy storage system

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    Han, Y. H.; Park, B. J.; Jung, S. Y.; Han, S. C.

    2012-12-01

    A Superconductor Flywheel Energy Storage system (SFES) is used as an electro-mechanical battery which transforms electrical energy into mechanical energy and vice versa. A 35 kWh SFES using hybrid bearing sets was developed in KEPRI. Mechanical properties of HTS bearings are the critical factors for stability of the flywheel and the main parameter in designing the system. The properties of the HTS bearing were studied. The stiffness and the damping coefficient of the HTS bearing were 346.6 ± 6.7 kN/m and 1255 ± 102 N s/m, respectively. The damping coefficient was twelve times bigger than the estimate value. Therefore, we concluded that there were some external damping mechanisms. Finally, the 35 kWh SFES was test operated up to 4000 rpm. After passing two predicted critical speeds, the amplitude of vibration decreased and reached a stable rotation state.

  15. 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...

  16. Rayleigh instability of confined vortex droplets in critical superconductors

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    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.

  17. Using high-temperature superconductors for levitation applications

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    Hull, John R.

    1999-07-01

    Melt-textured, bulk high-temperature superconductors are finding increasing uses in superconducting bearings, flywheel energy storage, and other levitational applications. This article reviews the use of these materials in magnetic-levitation applications. The behavior of levitational force, stiffness, damping, and rotational losses is discussed.

  18. Superconductor-Insulator Transition in Random Two-Dimensional System

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    Kasuga, Masahiko; Kurihara, Susumu

    2001-01-01

    Effect of disorder in metallic thin film is examined as a possible mechanism of the Superconductor-Insulator (S-I) transition. The critical value of disorder corresponding to the transition point is found analytically by using Matsubara-Matsuda model and Green's function method.

  19. Search for New Superconductors for Energy and Power Applications

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    2014-10-21

    Pagliuso and C. Rettori, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter , 25 (21), 216001 (2013). 30. Do Organic and other Exotic Superconductors Fail Universal Scaling...most challenging problem in modern condensed matter and materials physics. Important developments in the physics of condensed matter usually start with

  20. Final Report. Novel Behavior of Ferromagnet/Superconductor Hybrid Systems

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    Birge, Norman [Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, MI (United States)

    2016-09-26

    Final report for grant DE-FG02-06ER46341. This work has produced a most convincing experimental demonstration that spin-triplet supercurrent can appear in Josephson junctions containing ferromagnetic materials, even when the superconducting electrodes are conventional, spin-singlet superconductors.

  1. Magnetic flux annihilation waves in inhomogeneous high-temperature superconductors

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    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

  2. Testable design and testing of high-speed superconductor microelectronics

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    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

  3. High T(c) superconductors: Technical and commercial challenge

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    Kirschner, I.; Horvath, E.; Vajda, I.; Bencze, L.; Goebl, N.

    1995-01-01

    Some basic questions of the way which leads from the discovery of high-T(c) superconductors to their applications is surveyed. The influence of high-T(c) superconducting technology on the industrial and social development is also briefly analyzed.

  4. Plasma resonance in anisotropic layered high-Tc superconductors

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    Sakai, Shigeki; Pedersen, Niels Falsig

    1999-01-01

    The plasma resonance is described theoretically by the inductive coupling model for a large stacked Josephson-junction system such as the intrinsic Josephson-junction array in anisotropic high- T-c superconductors. Eigenmodes of the plasma oscillation are analytically described and a numerical...

  5. Three-dimensional Majorana fermions in chiral superconductors.

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    Kozii, Vladyslav; Venderbos, Jörn W F; Fu, Liang

    2016-12-01

    Using a systematic symmetry and topology analysis, we establish that three-dimensional chiral superconductors with strong spin-orbit coupling and odd-parity pairing generically host low-energy nodal quasiparticles that are spin-nondegenerate and realize Majorana fermions in three dimensions. By examining all types of chiral Cooper pairs with total angular momentum J formed by Bloch electrons with angular momentum j in crystals, we obtain a comprehensive classification of gapless Majorana quasiparticles in terms of energy-momentum relation and location on the Fermi surface. We show that the existence of bulk Majorana fermions in the vicinity of spin-selective point nodes is rooted in the nonunitary nature of chiral pairing in spin-orbit-coupled superconductors. We address experimental signatures of Majorana fermions and find that the nuclear magnetic resonance spin relaxation rate is significantly suppressed for nuclear spins polarized along the nodal direction as a consequence of the spin-selective Majorana nature of nodal quasiparticles. Furthermore, Majorana nodes in the bulk have nontrivial topology and imply the presence of Majorana bound states on the surface, which form arcs in momentum space. We conclude by proposing the heavy fermion superconductor PrOs4Sb12 and related materials as promising candidates for nonunitary chiral superconductors hosting three-dimensional Majorana fermions.

  6. 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...

  7. Identifying the genes of unconventional high temperature superconductors.

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    Hu, Jiangping

    We elucidate a recently emergent framework in unifying the two families of high temperature (high [Formula: see text]) superconductors, cuprates and iron-based superconductors. The unification suggests that the latter is simply the counterpart of the former to realize robust extended s-wave pairing symmetries in a square lattice. The unification identifies that the key ingredients (gene) of high [Formula: see text] superconductors is a quasi two dimensional electronic environment in which the d-orbitals of cations that participate in strong in-plane couplings to the p-orbitals of anions are isolated near Fermi energy. With this gene, the superexchange magnetic interactions mediated by anions could maximize their contributions to superconductivity. Creating the gene requires special arrangements between local electronic structures and crystal lattice structures. The speciality explains why high [Formula: see text] superconductors are so rare. An explicit prediction is made to realize high [Formula: see text] superconductivity in Co/Ni-based materials with a quasi two dimensional hexagonal lattice structure formed by trigonal bipyramidal complexes.

  8. Research On Bi-Based High-Temperature Superconductors

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    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.

  9. 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....

  10. Holographic superconductor in a deformed four-dimensional STU model

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    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.

  11. Measurement of AC loss of superconductors by vaporizing method

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    Wakabayashi, Hiroshi; Isono, Takaaki; Matsui, Kunihiro; Fujisaki, Reishi; Nunoya, Yoshihiko; Koizumi, Norikiyo; Takahashi, Yoshikazu; Tsuji, Hiroshi [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Naka, Ibaraki (Japan). Naka Fusion Research Establishment

    1995-07-01

    In Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, the development of superconducting pulse conductors for next period nuclear fusion reactors has been carried out. For these conductors, the rated current of 46 kA and the rated magnetic field of 13T are demanded. When the pulse excitation of superconductors is carried out, AC loss arises, and the temperature of the superconductors rises, and when it exceeds a certain value, the superconducting state cannot be maintained. Therefore, the AC loss of pulse conductors must be limited to a low value. It is difficult to evaluate the AC loss of superconductors by calculation, therefore, it is evaluated by actual measurement. There are magnetizing method and vaporizing method for measuring the AC loss. This time, the equipment for measuring the AC loss of 40 kA class superconductors by vaporizing method which measures the helium gas quantity vaporizing at the time of AC loss occurrence was designed and manufactured for the first time. The method of measuring the AC loss, the structure of the measuring equipment, the helium gas recovering part and the measuring part, the countermeasures for preventing helium gas leakage, the resistance heater for calibration, and the results of measurement are reported. (K.I.)

  12. Quantum creep in a highly crystalline two-dimensional superconductor

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    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.

  13. Non-conventional Superconductors and diluted Ising Model

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    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.

  14. Theory of Tunneling Spectroscopy of Multi-Band Superconductors

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    Burmistrova, Angelina V.; Devyatov, Igor A.; Golubov, Alexander A.; Yada, Keiji; Tanaka, Yukio

    2013-01-01

    We present the derivation of boundary conditions on a wave function at the normal metal/superconductor (N/S) interface by extending the tight-binding approach developed for semiconducting heterostructures [Phys. Rev. 27 (1983) 3519]. Based on these boundary conditions, we formulate a quantitative th

  15. Modulated spin and charge densities in cuprate superconductors

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    Tranquada, J. M.

    1997-01-01

    Neutron scattering experiments have played a crucial role in characterizing the spin and charge correlations in copper-oxide superconductors. While the data are often interpreted with respect to specific theories of the cuprates, an attempt is made here to distinguish those facts that can be extracted empirically, and the connections that can be made with minimal assumptions.

  16. Dissipative flux motion in high-temperature superconductors

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    Palstra, T.T.M.; Batlogg, B.; Dover, R.B. van; Schneemeyer, L.F.; Waszczak, J.V.

    1990-01-01

    The dissipation below Tc has been studied for representatives of all classes of cuprate hightemperature superconductors, including Ba2YCu3O7–δ, and Bi and Tl compounds. The results are parametrized in the framework of flux creep, with the largest activation energies found in Ba2YCu3O7. It is argued

  17. 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.

  18. 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...

  19. 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.

  20. Bottlenecks reduction using superconductors in high voltage transmission lines

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    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.

  1. 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

  2. Measuring Thermal Diffusivity Of A High-Tc Superconductor

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    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.

  3. 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.

  4. Band Structure of FeAs-based Superconductors

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    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.

  5. Spin-accumulation-induced resistance in mesoscopic ferromagnet- superconductor junctions

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    Jedema, F.J.; van Wees, Bart; Hoving, B.H.; Filip, A.T.; Klapwijk, T.M

    1999-01-01

    We present a description of spin-polarized transport in mesoscopic ferromagnet-superconductor (F/S) systems, where the transport is diffusive and the interfaces are transparent. It is shown that the spin reversal associated with Andreev reflection generates an excess spin density close to the F/S in

  6. Generation of Closed Timelike Curves with Rotating Superconductors

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    De Matos, C J

    2006-01-01

    The spacetime metric around a rotating SuperConductive Ring (SCR) is deduced from the gravitomagnetic London moment in rotating superconductors. It is shown that Closed Timelike Curves (CTC) are present inside the superconductive ring's hole. The possibility to use these CTC's to travel in time as initially idealized by G\\"{o}del is investigated.

  7. Physics and Materials Science of High Temperature Superconductors

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    1989-08-26

    SUPERCONDUCTIVITY OF BULK HIGH TEMPERATURE SUPERCONDUCTORS. F. M. Costa and J. M. Vieira, Departamento de Eng. Ceramica e de Vidro, Universidade de Aveiro...Lisboa, Portugal; F. Costa, Dep Eng Ceramica e do Vidro, Universidade de Aveiro, P-3800 Avaerio, Portugal; and J. M. Alves and M. M. Godinho, Dep Fisica

  8. New application of superconductors: High sensitivity cryogenic light detectors

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    Cardani, L.; Bellini, F.; Casali, N.; Castellano, M. G.; Colantoni, I.; Coppolecchia, A.; Cosmelli, C.; Cruciani, A.; D'Addabbo, A.; Di Domizio, S.; Martinez, M.; Tomei, C.; Vignati, M.

    2017-02-01

    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 obtained by the CALDER collaboration with 2×2 cm2 substrates sampled by 1 or 4 Aluminum KIDs. We show that the performances of the first prototypes are already competitive with those of other commonly used light detectors, and we discuss the strategies for a further improvement.

  9. [Raman spectra of YBCO superconductor with hot ultrapressing treatment].

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    Yang, Hai-feng; Wei, Le-han; Cao, Xiao-wei

    2002-02-01

    Laser Raman spectra of YBCO oxide superconductor with hot ultrapressing and annealing treatment are reported. In addition to improving physical properties, the spectra data show that the processing can also perfect orthorhombie phase and enhance lattice on orientation trend as well as is good for formation of two dimension CuO2 net. The relation between structure and the superconductivity has been discussed.

  10. Spin dynamics of the ferromagnetic superconductor UGe 2

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    Raymond, S.; Huxley, A.

    2004-07-01

    Inelastic neutron scattering was used to study the low-energy magnetic excitations of the ferromagnetic superconductor UGe 2. The ferromagnetic fluctuations are of Ising nature with a non-conserved magnetization and have an intermediate behavior between localized and itinerant magnetism.

  11. Spin dynamics of the ferromagnetic superconductor UGe{sub 2}

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    Raymond, S.; Huxley, A

    2004-07-15

    Inelastic neutron scattering was used to study the low-energy magnetic excitations of the ferromagnetic superconductor UGe{sub 2}. The ferromagnetic fluctuations are of Ising nature with a non-conserved magnetization and have an intermediate behavior between localized and itinerant magnetism.

  12. Nonlinear response of superconductors to alternating fields and currents

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    McDonald, Jason [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    1997-10-08

    This report discusses the following topics on superconductivity: nonlinearities in hard superconductors such as surface impedance of a type II superconductimg half space and harmonic generation and intermodulation due to alternating transport currents; and nonlinearities in superconducting weak links such as harmonic generation by a long Josephson Junction in a superconducting slab.

  13. Advanced nuclear materials development -Development of superconductor application technology-

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    Hong, Kye Won; Lee, Heui Kyoon; Lee, Hoh Jin; Kim, Chan Joong; Jang, Kun Ik; Kim, Kee Baek; Kwon, Sun Chil; Park, Hae Woong; Yoo, Jae Keun; Kim, Jong Jin; Jang, Joong Chul; Yang, Suk Woo [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1995-07-01

    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 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/cm{sup 2} was fabricated by applying CIP packing procedure. Multifilamentary wire with the Jc of approx. 10000 A/cm{sup 2} 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).

  14. Universal lower limit on vortex creep in superconductors

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    Eley, S.; Miura, M.; Maiorov, B.; Civale, L.

    2017-04-01

    Superconductors are excellent testbeds for studying vortices, topological excitations that also appear in superfluids, liquid crystals and Bose-Einstein condensates. Vortex motion can be disruptive; it can cause phase transitions, glitches in pulsars, and losses in superconducting microwave circuits, and it limits the current-carrying capacity of superconductors. Understanding vortex dynamics is fundamentally and technologically important, and the competition between thermal energy and energy barriers defined by material disorder is not completely understood. Specifically, early measurements of thermally activated vortex motion (creep) in iron-based superconductors unveiled fast rates (S) comparable to measurements of YBa 2Cu3O7-δ (refs ,,,,,). This was puzzling because S is thought to somehow correlate with the Ginzburg number (Gi), and Gi is significantly lower in most iron-based superconductors than in YBa 2Cu3O7-δ. Here, we report very slow creep in BaFe 2(As0.67P0.33)2 films, and propose the existence of a universal minimum realizable S ~ Gi1/2(T/Tc) (Tc is the superconducting transition temperature) that has been achieved in our films and few other materials, and is violated by none. This limitation provides new clues about designing materials with slow creep and the interplay between material parameters and vortex dynamics.

  15. 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

  16. Quaternary borocarbides: New class of intermetallic superconductors

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    Nagarajan, R.; Gupta, L. C.; Dhar, S. K.; Mazumdar, Chandan; Hossain, Zakir; Godart, C.; Levy-Clement, C.; Padalia, B. D.; Vijayaraghavan, R.

    1995-01-01

    Our recent discovery of superconductivity (SC) in the four-element multiphase Y-Ni-B-C system at an elevated temperature (TC approximately 12 K) has opened up great possibilities of identifying new superconducting materials and generating new physics. Superconductivity with Tc (greater than 20 K) higher than that known so far in bulk intermetallics has been observed in multiphase Y-Pd-B-C and Th-Pd-B-C systems and a family of single phase materials RENi2B2C (RE= Y, rare earth) have been found. Our investigations show YNi2B2C to be a strong coupling hard type-II SC. HC2(T) exhibits an unconventional temperature dependence. Specific heat and magnetization studies reveal coexistence of SC and magnetism in RNi2B2C (R = Ho, Er, Tm) with magnetic ordering temperatures (Tc approximately 8 K, 10.5 K, 11 K and Tm approximately 5 K, approximately 7K, approximately 4 K respectively) that are remarkably higher than those in known magnetic superconductors . Mu-SR studies suggest the possibility of Ni atoms carrying a moment in TmNi2B2C. Resistivity results suggests a double re-entrant transition (SC-normal-SC) in HoNi2B2C. RENi2B2C (RE = Ce, Nd, Gd) do not show SC down to 4.2 K. The Nd- and Gd-compounds order magnetically at approximately 4.5 K and approximately 19.5 K, respectively. Two SC transitions are observed in Y-Pd-B-C (Tc approximately 22 K, approximately 10 K) and in Th-Pd-B-C (Tc approximately 20 K, approximately 14 K) systems, which indicate that there are at least two structures which support SC in these borocarbides. In our multiphase ThNi2B2C we observe SC at approximately 6 K. No SC was seen in multiphase UNi2B2C, UPd2B2C, UOs2Ge2C and UPd5B3C(0.35) down to 4.2 K. Tc in YNi2B2C is depressed by substitutions (Gd, Th and U at Y-sites and Fe, Co at Ni-sites).

  17. Vibronic dispersion in the copper oxide superconductors

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    Goodenough, J. B.; Zhou, J.-S.

    1994-02-01

    Attempts to describe the normal-state electronic behavior of the copper oxide superconductors have been unable to reconcile the following observations: (i) a well-defined Fermi surface with a locus predicted by band theory, but having charge carriers of a sign predicted for a Mott-Hubbard splitting of the band; (ii) a change in sign of the carriers to that predicted by band theory, but without a significant change in the locus of the Fermi surface, on overdoping beyond the narrow superconductive compositional range; (iii) a remarkable stability of the narrow range of superconductive charge-carrier concentrations in the CuO2 sheets even in the presence of charge transfer from nonsuperconductive intergrowth layers; (iv) a dramatic sensitivity of the Néel temperature of the parent compound to oxidation of the CuO2 sheets, but the persistence of antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations into the superconductive compositions; and (v) unusual transport properties that cannot be treated within the Migdal approximation and are insensitive to high magnetic fields. To address this impasse, we propose a phenomenological polaron model based on the observation that the system must accommodate to the coexistence of ``ionic'' and ``covalent'' Cu-O bonding having different equilibrium Cu-O bond lengths. We designate this entity a correlation polaron. Covalent Cu-O bonding with molecular-orbital formation occurs within the polaron, which moves in a background of ionic Cu-O bonding. Vibronic coupling at the ``avoided crossover'' from ionic to covalent bonding allows diffusional motion of uncoupled polarons without any motional enthalpy in the mobility. At temperatures T>Tl>~300 K the polarons are uncoupled and move randomly; in the narrow superconductive compositional range they condense below Tl to form a distinguishable thermodynamic phase consisting of extended vibronic states. In this ``polaron liquid,'' a distinction between bonding and antibonding states within the polarons opens a

  18. 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 Nb3Sn will be required. Our work addresses how to make the Nb3Sn 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. Nb3Sn 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/mm2 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 Nb3Sn 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 Nb3Sn 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 Nb3Sn is still not yet in sight

  19. 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

  20. 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