3 years ago

Proximity Effect in Superconducting-Ferromagnetic Granular Structures.

Alexander Palevski, Hadar Greener, Moshe Goldstein, Michael Karpovski, Victor Shelukhin

We examined the proximity effect in granular films made of Pb, a superconductor, and Ni, a ferromagnet, with various compositions. Slow decay of the critical temperature as a function of the relative volume concentration of Ni per sample was demonstrated by our measurements, followed by a saturation of T$_c$. Using an approximate theoretical description of our granular system in terms of a layered one, we show that our data can only be reasonably fitted by a multilayer model. This indicates the importance of the interplay between different ferromagnetic grains; when non-collinearly magnetized they should lead to triplet Cooper pairing.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1709.04760

DOI: arXiv:1709.04760v2

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