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Dilute Al-Mn alloys for superconductor device applications

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Author(s)

Steve Ruggiero, Anthony Williams, W. H. Rippard, A. Clarke, Steven Deiker, Leila R. Vale, Joel N. Ullom

Abstract

We discuss results on the superconducting and electron-transport properties of Mn doped Al produced by sputter deposition. The critical temperature of Al has been systematically reduced to below 50 mK by doping with 1000-3000 ppm Mn. Values of the α parameter are in the range of 450-500, indicating sharp normal-to superconductor transitions. Al-Mn/I/Al-Mn tunnel junctions show low sub-gap conductance and BCS-like characteristics. This material is thus of significant interest for both transition-edge sensors (TES) operating in the 100 mK regime and superconductor/insulator/superconductor (S/I/S) and superconductor/insulator/normal (S/I/N) devices, in the latter case where approrpiately doped Al-Mn replaces the normal metal.
Citation
Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research Section A-Accelerators Spectrometers Detectors and Associated Equipment
Volume
520
Issue
1-3

Keywords

SIS, superconductor-insulator-superconductor, TES, transition-edge sensors, Mn doped Al

Citation

Ruggiero, S. , Williams, A. , Rippard, W. , Clarke, A. , Deiker, S. , Vale, L. and Ullom, J. (2003), Dilute Al-Mn alloys for superconductor device applications, Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research Section A-Accelerators Spectrometers Detectors and Associated Equipment, [online], https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nima.2003.11.236 (Accessed April 22, 2024)
Created December 17, 2003, Updated November 10, 2018