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Title:Fluctuating and Phase -Stiff Proximity-Induced Superconductivity in Superconductor-Semiconductor Junctions
Author(s):Flexner, Soren Daniel
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Eckstein, James N.
Department / Program:Physics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Physics, Condensed Matter
Abstract:Results from transport measurements made on Nb/InGaAs heterojunctions show evidence of strong coupling across the superconductor-semiconductor interface. A novel 3-Terminal device geometry allows the simultaneous extraction of the specific contact conductance and the 2D sheet resistance in the semiconductor nearby the junction interface. A transition from fluctuating to phase-stiff proximity induced superconductivity is observed in the semiconductor at temperatures often well below the transition temperature of the superconductor. This phenomenological interpretation is supported by the fact that the enhancement observed in the specific contact conductance is too large (greater than a factor of two) to be explained by simple Andreev reflection. Significant and abrupt changes in the semiconductor's 2D sheet resistance also suggest phenomenology beyond simple boundary effects.
Issue Date:2006
Description:79 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3223589
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2006

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