Observation of conductance oscillations in a superconducting Andreev diffractometer

Yun Sok Shin, Hu Jong Lee, Hye Mi So, Ju Jin Kim, Nam Kim, Kyung Hwa Yoo

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Abstract

We observed superconductivity-induced conductance oscillations, arising from quasiparticle interference effects in a single normal-metallic (N) electrode of finite width in contact with a superconductor (S). A 10 × 10 μm2 Al patch was overlaid on a pre-evaporated 0.5-μm-wide mesoscopic silver wire. A phase gradient along the N/S interface was induced by applying a magnetic field perpendicular to the plane of the superconducting Al patch. The conductance across the N/S interface showed Fraunhofer-like oscillations with amplitudes of a small fraction of 2e2/h per conducting channel, for fields up to 450 G. For sufficiently low fields and temperatures the interfacial diffraction effect of quasiparticles is more complicated due to the field-induced electron-hole dephasing effect. None the less, the overall feature of the oscillatory magnetoconductance from the N/S interface appears to confirm the diffraction of Andreev-reflected quasiparticles proposed theoretically for a single N/S interface with a phase gradient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172-178
Number of pages7
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its applications
Volume355
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Jun 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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