Properties of Magnetic-Superconducting Proximity Systems

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We discuss properties of proximity systems made of superconducting, ferromagnetic, and graphite nanoscale thin films. In superconducting-graphite proximity systems, we show how size quantization results in oscillations of the density of states with increasing graphite film thickness. In superconducting-ferromagnetic multilayers, we discuss the critical temperature variations of the proximity system as a function of ferromagnetic layer thickness and magnetic inhomogeneity. We also review the Josephson effect through a superconductor–ferromagnet–superconductor multilayer. In this context, we discuss the presence of a long-range odd-frequency triplet order parameter.

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Acknowledgements

We are indebted to V.Z. Kresin for proposing the topic of Sect. 2 and for discussions. We also gratefully acknowledge the support of the National Science Foundation under grant DMR-0907242, the Research Corporation, and the graduate research fellowship at CSU Long Beach. Travel support has been generously provided by Argonne National Laboratory (A.B.) and the National Science Foundation under grant DMR-1136621 (T.E.B.).

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Bill, A., de Rojas, J., Baker, T.E. et al. Properties of Magnetic-Superconducting Proximity Systems. J Supercond Nov Magn 25, 2177–2182 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10948-012-1659-1

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Keywords

  • Proximity effect
  • Magnetic thin films
  • Graphite
  • Triplet order parameter