Microwave emission from superconducting vortices in Mo/Si superlattices

  • Most of superconductors in a magnetic field are penetrated by a lattice of quantized flux vortices. In the presence of a transport current causing the vortices to cross sample edges, emission of electromagnetic waves is expected due to the continuity of tangential components of the fields at the surface. Yet, such a radiation has not been observed so far due to low radiated power levels and lacking coherence in the vortex motion. Here, we clearly evidence the emission of electromagnetic waves from vortices crossing the layers of a superconductor/insulator Mo/Si superlattice. The emission spectra consist of narrow harmonically related peaks which can be finely tuned in the GHz range by the dc bias current and, coarsely, by the in-plane magnetic field value. Our findings show that superconductor/insulator superlattices can act as dc-tunable microwave generators bridging the frequency gap between conventional radiofrequency oscillators and (sub-)terahertz generators relying upon the Josephson effect.
Author:Oleksandr V. DobrovolskiyORCiDGND, Volodymyr M. BevzORCiD, Mikhail Yu. Mikhailov, Olga I. Yuzephovich, Valerij Aleksandrovič Šklovskij, Ruslan V. Vovk, Menachem I. Tsindlekht, Roland Sachser, Michael HuthORCiDGND
Pubmed Id:https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30467314
Parent Title (English):Nature Communications
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group UK
Place of publication:[London]
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2018
Date of first Publication:2018/11/22
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2018/12/18
Tag:Electronic properties and materials; Superconducting devices; Superconducting properties and materials
Issue:1, Art. 4927
Page Number:9
First Page:1
Last Page:9
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Institutes:Physik / Physik
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 53 Physik / 530 Physik
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