19-22 October 2011
Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke VA
US/Eastern timezone
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Inductive Critical Currents in Nb/Mo bilayers

22 Oct 2011, 11:45
12m
Crystal Ballroom C (Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke VA)

Crystal Ballroom C

Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke VA

Speaker

Phillip Broussard (Covenant College)

Description

We have carried out measurements of inductive critical currents in Nb/Mo bilayers. The films were grown by magnetron sputtering onto silicon substrates from separate sources. Sequences with varying either the molybdenum or niobium layer thickness were grown and studied. Inductive critical currents were measured using a third harmonic technique at 1 kHz. J_c varies as (1-t)^{3/2} as expected from Ginzburg-Landau theory (here t is the reduced temperature, T/T_c). Measurements in low magnetic field (below 120 Gauss) show a marked decrease in J_c with applied magnetic field. We look at various ways to interpret the V_{3f} vs. drive current mentioned in the literature and compare to our results for pure niobium and the bilayers.

Co-author

James Veldhorst (Covenant College)

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