Anomalous behavior of superconducting-normal mesoscopic structures near T-c

Shapira, S. and Linfield, E. H. and Lambert, C. J. and Seviour, R. and Volkov, A. F. and Zaitsev, A. V. (2000) Anomalous behavior of superconducting-normal mesoscopic structures near T-c. Physical review letters, 84 (1). pp. 159-162.

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We observe a maximum in the conductance of Al/n-GaAs junctions at temperatures 20 mK lower than the superconducting transition temperature (T-c). This is the first observation of a peak in the conductance near the superconducting transition in superconducting-normal (S/N) junctions. To accommodate this effect we calculate the full temperature dependence of the conductance of these structures, invoking quasiclassical Green's functions in the diffusive limit. In addition to the well-known low-temperature peak at temperatures on the order of the Thouless energy, we find a maximum near T-c. This peak has the same origin as the subgap conductance observed in S/N junctions at low temperatures.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Physical review letters
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/libraryofcongress/qc
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
ID Code: 579
Deposited By: Prof Colin J. Lambert
Deposited On: 04 Jul 2007
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2020 07:12

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