Friday, July 26, 2013

1307.6737 (V. I. Zdravkov et al.)

Reentrant Superconductivity and Superconducting Critical Temperature
Oscillations in F/S/F trilayers of Cu41Ni59/Nb/Cu41Ni59 Grown on Cobalt Oxide

V. I. Zdravkov, J. Kehrle, D. Lenk, G. Obermeier, A. Ullrich, C. Müller, H. -A. Krug von Nidda, R. Morari, A. S. Sidorenko, L. R. Tagirov, S. Horn, R. Tidecks
Ferromagnet/Superconductor/Ferromagnet (F/S/F) trilayers constitute the core of a superconducting spin valve. The switching effect of the spin valve is based on interference phenomena occurring due to the proximity effect at the S/F interfaces. A remarkable effect is only expected if the core structure exhibits strong critical temperature oscillations, or most favorable, reentrant superconductivity, when the thickness of the ferromagnetic layer is increased. The core structure has to be grown on an antiferromagnetic oxide layer (or such layer to be placed on top) to pin by exchange bias the magnetization-orientation of one of the ferromagnetic layers. In the present paper we demonstrate that this is possible, keeping the superconducting behavior of the core structure undisturbed.
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