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Nonequilibrium Quasiparticles and Periodicity in Single-Cooper-Pair Transistors

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Author(s)

Joe Aumentado, Mark W. Keller, John M. Martinis, Michel H. Devoret

Abstract

We have made single-Cooper-pair transistors in which we control the spatial profile of the superconducting gap energy by oxygen doping. The profile dramatically affects the switching current vs. gate voltage curve of the transistor, changing its period from 1e to 2e. We observe a 2e period despite "poisoning" by nonequilibrium quasiparticles, a surprising result that is due to the interplay between intrinsic device timescales and measurement bandwidth.
Citation
Physical Review Letters
Volume
92
Issue
6

Keywords

Josephson effect, quasiparticle poisoning, single electron transistors, superconductivity

Citation

Aumentado, J. , Keller, M. , Martinis, J. and Devoret, M. (2004), Nonequilibrium Quasiparticles and Periodicity in Single-Cooper-Pair Transistors, Physical Review Letters, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=31329 (Accessed July 20, 2024)

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Created February 12, 2004, Updated October 12, 2021