Critical current of a superconductor measured via injection of spin-polarized carriers

Pratap Raychaudhuri, S Sarkar, PK Mal, AR Bhangale, R Pinto

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In this paper we report direct evidence of the suppression of critical current due to pair breaking in a superconducting micro-bridge when the measurement is carried out by injecting spin-polarized carriers instead of normal electrons. A thin layer of La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 was used as the source of spin-polarized carriers. The micro-bridge was formed on the DyBa2Cu3O7-delta thin Nm by photo-lithographic techniques. The design of our spin-injection device allowed us to inject spin-polarized carriers from the La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 layer directly to the DyBa2Cu3O7-delta microbridge (without any insulating buffer layer), making it possible to measure the critical current when polarized electrons alone are injected into the superconductor. Our results confirm the role of polarized carriers in breaking the Cooper pairs in the superconductor.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9933-9940
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physics: Condensed Matter
Issue number48
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2000


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