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Planar Tunneling and Andreev Bound State Spectroscopy of YBa2Cu3O7- d Thin Films Using Solution-Deposited Zirconia Insulators

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Title: Planar Tunneling and Andreev Bound State Spectroscopy of YBa2Cu3O7- d Thin Films Using Solution-Deposited Zirconia Insulators
Author(s): Hentges, Patrick Jay
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Greene, L. H.
Department / Program: Physics
Discipline: Physics
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): Superconductors YBCO Thin Film Tunneling Measurements
Abstract: Planar tunnel spectroscopic measurements are performed on YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) thin films at four different crystallographic orientations. Since tunneling is a highly surface-sensitive probe on YBCO, films have been optimized for high surface quality. To fabricate the tunneling insulator, a novel fabrication technique has been developed through solution condensation and hydrolysis of zirconia, which has proven to be gentler to the surface than previous techniques. The result is a clean tunneling interface as shown in scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and transmission electron microscopy, that allows us to detect several new features in the tunneling conductance. In addition, we have fabricated tunnel junctions with three different counter-electrode deposition techniques. In doing so, various behaviors of the tunneling conductance and its dependence on magnetic field, temperature, and injected current as a function of these counter-electrode deposition techniques has been observed. Modeling of the tunneling conductance has provided insight into the various behaviors. It has been shown that by varying the value of the tunneling cone, surface faceting and quasiparticle lifetime, in agreement with the observations, splitting vs. non-splitting of the zero-bias conductance peak can be understood.
Issue Date: 2004-10
Genre: Dissertation / Thesis
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/34744
Rights Information: ©2004 Patrick Jay Hentges
Date Available in IDEALS: 2012-10-13
Identifier in Online Catalog: 5438827
 

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