Anomalous current-voltage characteristics of SFIFS Josephson junctions with weak ferromagnetic interlayers

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National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation

Beilstein Arch. 2019, 2019140.

Published 07 Nov 2019

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We present a quantitative study of the current-voltage characteristics (CVC) of SFIFS Josephson junctions (S denotes bulk superconductor, F - metallic ferromagnet, I - insulating barrier) with weak ferromagnetic interlayers in the diffusive limit. The problem is solved in the framework of the nonlinear Usadel equations. We consider the case of a strong tunnel barrier such that the left SF and the right FS bilayers are decoupled. We calculate the density of states (DOS) in SF bilayers using a self-consistent numerical method. Then we obtain the CVC of corresponding SFIFS junctions, and discuss their properties for different set of parameters including the thicknesses of ferromagnetic layers, the exchange field, and the magnetic scattering time. We observe the anomalous nonmonotonic CVC behavior in case of weak ferromagnetic interlayers, which we ascribe by DOS energy dependencies in case of small exchange fields in F layers.

Keywords: Current-voltage characteristics, Josephson junctions, proximity effect, superconductivity, Superconductor/Ferromagnet hybrid nanostructures

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Karabassov, T.; Guravova, A. V.; Kuzin, A. Y.; Kazakova, E. A.; Kawabata, S.; Lvov, B. G.; Vasenko, A. S. Beilstein Arch. 2019, 2019140. doi:10.3762/bxiv.2019.140.v1

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