Superconductivity in thin film YBa₂Cu₃0₇/La₀.₇Ca₀.₃MnO₃ bilayers

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We report the influence of the magnetic state of thin films of La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 (LCMO) on the superconducting order parameter in LCMO/YBa2Cu3O7-delta (YBCO) thin-film bilayers. We find that the number density of Cooper pairs is enhanced at the coercive field of the LCMO layer relative to that where the magnetic moment is saturated. This effect is at most similar to10% and is only observable within a few degrees of the superconducting transition temperature. Experiments with thin SrTiO3 layers between the LCMO and YBCO layers provide strong evidence that the effect is a consequence of the spin-polarized nature of the electrons at the interface, rather than a direct magnetic effect. (C) 2002 American Institute of Physics.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4196-4198
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002