Josephson effect in the unusual superconductors Lu2Fe3Si5, LiTi2O4, and UBe13

E. L. Wolf, R. J. Noer, S. Han, K. W. Ng, T. P. Chen, D. K. Finnemore, L. Tanner

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A Josephson supercurrent, which can be split by microwave photons of frequency ν into Shapiro steps of spacing ΔV = hν/2e, is expected between superconductors of like pairing type, either s- or p-wave. A weaker, and possibly unobservable effect, with step spacing Δ V 2 was predicted by Pals and van Haeringen between electrodes of unlike pairing type. Experiments using K-band microwaves and a Nb point contact have been carried out at 1.2 K on the d-band superconductors LiTi2O4 and Lu2Fe3Si5. In both cases we find unambiguous indication of s-wave pairing, as in Nb. The same experiment on the heavy-fermion superconductor UBe13 in the range 0.7-7 K also reveals steps of spacing ΔV. This indicates that UBe13 has been induced into a state of s-wave superconductivity by proximity with the s-wave superconductors Nb.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-68
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica B+C
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Dec 2 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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