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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32042239


In this work, we investigate two-dimensional arrays of High-T C superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) for optimization of their electrical transport characteristics. Specifically, we look at devices with different electrode configurations in between the series segments to gain insight into how the array spacing, in the direction of the bias current, affects the voltage magnetic field characteristics. Our results suggest that for spacing dimensions greater than the penetration depth interactions are minimal. Furthermore, comparisons of voltage field characteristics reveal higher modulation voltages and narrower peaks with as the numbers of SQUIDs in the parallel direction increases from 1 to 6. For larger numbers of SQUIDs in parallel greater than 6 little change is observed. These results suggest a pathway to SQUID array scaling for very large numbers of SQUIDs within in a small area.

Nat Commun ; 9(1): 2277, 2018 06 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29891870


Vortices in quantum condensates exist owing to a macroscopic phase coherence. Here we show, both experimentally and theoretically, that a quantum vortex with a well-defined core can exist in a rather thick normal metal, proximized with a superconductor. Using scanning tunneling spectroscopy we reveal a proximity vortex lattice at the surface of 50 nm-thick Cu-layer deposited on Nb. We demonstrate that these vortices have regular round cores in the centers of which the proximity minigap vanishes. The cores are found to be significantly larger than the Abrikosov vortex cores in Nb, which is related to the effective coherence length in the proximity region. We develop a theoretical approach that provides a fully self-consistent picture of the evolution of the vortex with the distance from Cu/Nb interface, the interface impedance, applied magnetic field, and temperature. Our work opens a way for the accurate tuning of the superconducting properties of quantum hybrids.