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We have measured the resistance vs temperature, R(T), and current vs voltage, I(V), for a series of submicrometer YBa2Cu3O7-delta tracks. We find that superconductivity is suppressed when the room temperature resistance is greater than the superconducting resistance quantum, R-q=h/4e(2). In addition, we observe regular steps in the I(V) characteristics of some bridges, which we associate with phase slip centers. For one bridge, with resistance just below the resistance quantum, R-q, we find a gradual entry into the superconducting state which is well fit by theoretical predictions for thermally activated phase slips in a superconducting wire.
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1/04/03 → 31/03/09
Project: Research Councils