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Title: Characterization of the insulator barrier and the superconducting transition temperature in GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ}/BaTiO{sub 3} bilayers for application in tunnel junctions

The optimization of the superconducting properties in a bottom electrode and the quality of an insulator barrier are the first steps in the development of superconductor/insulator/superconductor tunnel junctions. Here, we study the quality of a BaTiO{sub 3} tunnel barrier deposited on a 16 nm thick GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} thin film by using conductive atomic force microscopy. We find that the tunnel current is systematically reduced (for equal applied voltage) by increasing the BaTiO{sub 3} barrier thickness between 1.6 and 4 nm. The BaTiO{sub 3} layers present an energy barrier of ≈1.2 eV and an attenuation length of 0.35–0.5 nm (depending on the applied voltage). The GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} electrode is totally covered by a BaTiO{sub 3} thickness above 3 nm. The presence of ferroelectricity was verified by piezoresponse force microscopy for a 4 nm thick BaTiO{sub 3} top layer. The superconducting transition temperature of the bilayers is systematically suppressed by increasing the BaTiO{sub 3} thickness. This fact can be associated with stress at the interface and a reduction of the orthorhombicity of the GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ}. The reduction in the orthorhombicity is expected by considering the interface mismatch and it can also be affected by reduced oxygen stoichiometry (poor oxygen diffusion across themore » BaTiO{sub 3} barrier)« less
Authors:
; ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [3] ;  [4]
  1. Instituto Balseiro, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo and CNEA, 8400 Bariloche (Argentina)
  2. (Argentina)
  3. Department of Physics, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang (Korea, Republic of)
  4. (Korea, Republic of)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22494671
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 118; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: (c) 2015 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; 71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPY; ATTENUATION; BARIUM COMPOUNDS; CUPRATES; DEPOSITION; ELECTRIC POTENTIAL; ELECTRICAL INSULATORS; ELECTRODES; EV RANGE; GADOLINIUM COMPOUNDS; LAYERS; OXYGEN; STOICHIOMETRY; STRESSES; SUPERCONDUCTORS; THICKNESS; THIN FILMS; TITANATES; TRANSITION TEMPERATURE; TUNNEL JUNCTIONS