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Title: Long-range superconducting proximity effect in polycrystalline Co nanowires

We report experimental evidence of a long-range superconducting proximity effect in polycrystalline Co nanowires in contact with a superconducting W-based floating electrode (inducer). For electrical resistance measurements, voltage leads were connected to the Co nanowire on both sides of the superconducting inducer at a distance of 7.2 μm. We observed a 28% reduction of the nanowire resistance when sweeping the temperature below the inducer's transition temperature T{sub c} = 5.2 K. Our analysis of the resistance data shows that the superconducting proximity length in polycrystalline Co is as large as 1 μm at 2.4 K, attesting to a long-range proximity effect. Moreover, this long-range proximity effect is insusceptible to magnetic fields up to 11 T, which is indicative of spin-triplet pairing. Our results provide evidence that magnetic inhomogeneity of the ferromagnet enlarges the spatial extend of the spin-triplet superconducting proximity effect.
Authors:
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  1. Physikalisches Institut, Goethe-University, 60438 Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
  2. (Ukraine)
  3. Department of Materials Science, TU Darmstadt, 64287 Darmstadt (Germany)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22283255
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 104; Journal Issue: 5; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; 77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY; COBALT; ELECTRIC CONDUCTIVITY; ELECTRIC POTENTIAL; FERROMAGNETISM; MAGNETIC FIELDS; POLYCRYSTALS; PROXIMITY EFFECT; QUANTUM WIRES; SPIN; TRANSITION TEMPERATURE; TRIPLETS