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Mesoscopic conductance fluctuations in YBa2Cu3O7-delta grain boundary junctions at low temperature

A. Tagliacozzo ; F. Tafuri ; E. Gambale ; B. Jouault ; D. Born ; P. Lucignano ; D. Stornaiuolo ; Floriana Lombardi (Institutionen för mikroteknologi och nanovetenskap, Kvantkomponentfysik) ; A. Barone ; B. L. Altshuler
Physical Review B (1098-0121). Vol. 79 (2009), 2,
[Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig]

The magnetoconductance in YBa2Cu3O7-delta grain boundary Josephson junctions displays fluctuations at low temperatures of mesoscopic origin. The morphology of the junction suggests that transport occurs in narrow channels across the grain boundary line with a large Thouless energy. Nevertheless the measured fluctuation amplitude decreases quite slowly when increasing the voltage up to values about 20 times the Thouless energy, of the order of the nominal superconducting gap. Our findings show the coexistence of supercurrent and quasiparticle current in the junction conduction even at high nonequilibrium conditions. Model calculations confirm the reduced role of quasiparticle relaxation at temperatures up to 3 K.

Nyckelord: barium compounds, copper compounds, fluctuations in superconductors, grain boundaries, high-temperature superconductors, Josephson effect, magnetoresistance, superconducting energy gap, yttrium compounds, disordered electronic systems, josephson-junctions, thin-films, weak, links, quasi-particles, magnetic-field, superconductors, transport, metals, noise

Denna post skapades 2010-02-25.
CPL Pubid: 115149


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