We have developed a fabrication process that allows us to realize pure YBCO nanowires displaying robust superconductivity at widths w as low as 160 nm. We can modify the process in order to maintain a Au protective layer. This allows us to scale our nanowires even further to widths as low as 50 nm. We have studied how the presence of vortices and the occurrence of phase slips affect the transport properties of nanowires in the width range xi < w < lambda, being xi the coherence length and lambda the magnetic penetration depth. Magnetoresistance curves present features which are related to the effect of screening currents. Vortex entry barrier is found to scale with the width. Our findings confirm that for widths xi < w < lambda nanowires are better protected against phase slips and vortex flow.

Dynamics of vortex matter in YBCO sub-micron bridges

CARILLO, Franco;BELTRAM, Fabio;
2014

Abstract

We have developed a fabrication process that allows us to realize pure YBCO nanowires displaying robust superconductivity at widths w as low as 160 nm. We can modify the process in order to maintain a Au protective layer. This allows us to scale our nanowires even further to widths as low as 50 nm. We have studied how the presence of vortices and the occurrence of phase slips affect the transport properties of nanowires in the width range xi < w < lambda, being xi the coherence length and lambda the magnetic penetration depth. Magnetoresistance curves present features which are related to the effect of screening currents. Vortex entry barrier is found to scale with the width. Our findings confirm that for widths xi < w < lambda nanowires are better protected against phase slips and vortex flow.
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