Magnetic and superconducting properties of vanadium nanoconstrictions

Hiroki Takata, Yuji Inagaki, Tatsuya Kawae, Koichiro Ienaga, Hiroyuki Tsujii

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We study the magnetic and superconducting properties in a paramagnetic vanadium (V) nanoconstriction with changing its size using a mechanically controllable break junction technique. In the normal state the magnetoresistance effect is observed below the diameter d ∼ 8 nm. Moreover, a Fano resonance appears around zero-bias voltage in the differential conductance for the atomic-size contacts and changes shape as the size of the constriction changes. On the other hand, below the superconducting critical temperature the superconducting gap features in V contacts are largely different from those in Pb contacts which exhibit typical features expected in superconducting point contacts. Only a single Andreev anomaly at 2Δ, where Δ is the superconducting energy gap, is observed in the spectra of the V contacts, while two anomalies at Δ and 2Δ appear in the case of the Pb contacts. In the tunnel conductance regime, the structure of the superconducting quasiparticle tunneling density of states is not seen in the V spectra in contrast to the Pb spectra. The origin of these features is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012137
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event2014 International Conference on Strongly Correlated Electron Systems, SCES 2014 - Grenoble, France
Duration: Jul 7 2014Jul 14 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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