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Title: Direct observation of ballistic Andreev reflection

An overview is presented of experiments on ballistic electrical transport in inhomogeneous superconducting systems which are controlled by the process of Andreev reflection. The initial experiments based on the coexistence of a normal phase and a superconducting phase in the intermediate state led to the concept itself. It was followed by a focus on geometrically inhomogeneous systems like point contacts, which provided a very clear manifestation of the energy and direction dependence of the Andreev reflection process. The point contacts have recently evolved towards the atomic scale owing to the use of mechanical break-junctions, revealing a very detailed dependence of Andreev reflection on the macroscopic phase of the superconducting state. In present-day research, the superconducting in homogeneity is constructed by clean room technology and combines superconducting materials, for example, with low-dimensional materials and topological insulators. Alternatively, the superconductor is combined with nano-objects, such as graphene, carbon nanotubes, or semiconducting nanowires. Each of these “inhomogeneous systems” provides a very interesting range of properties, all rooted in some manifestation of Andreev reflection.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. Delft University of Technology, Kavli Institute of NanoScience, Faculty of Applied Sciences (Netherlands)
  2. Moscow State Pedagogical University, Laboratory for Quantum Limited Devices, Physics Department (Russian Federation)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22472485
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Physics; Journal Volume: 119; Journal Issue: 6; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2014 Pleiades Publishing, Inc.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; CARBON NANOTUBES; GRAPHENE; INTERMEDIATE STATE; NANOWIRES; REFLECTION; SUPERCONDUCTING JUNCTIONS; SUPERCONDUCTIVITY; SUPERCONDUCTORS