Thursday, April 18, 2013

1304.4629 (O. Crauste et al.)

Effect of annealing on the superconducting properties of a-Nb(x)Si(1-x)
thin films

O. Crauste, A. Gentils, F. Couëdo, Y. Dolgorouky, L. Bergé, S. Collin, C. A. Marrache-Kikuchi, L. Dumoulin
a-Nb(x)Si(1-x) thin films with thicknesses down to 25 {\AA} have been structurally characterized by TEM (Transmission Electron Microscopy) measurements. As-deposited or annealed films are shown to be continuous and homogeneous in composition and thickness, up to an annealing temperature of 500{\deg}C. We have carried out low temperature transport measurements on these films close to the superconductor-to-insulator transition (SIT), and shown a qualitative difference between the effect of annealing or composition, and a reduction of the film thickness on the superconducting properties of a-NbSi. These results question the pertinence of the sheet resistance R_square as the relevant parameter to describe the SIT.
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