Физика Низких Температур: Том 27, Выпуск 9-10 (Сентябрь 2001), c. 1030-1038    ( к оглавлению , назад )

Triplet superconducting proximity effect in nonhomogeneous magnetic materials

A. Kadigrobov2

B. Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering, National Academy of Science of Ukraine 47 Lenin Ave., Kharkov, 61103, Ukraine
E-mail: kadig@kam.kharkov.ua

R. I. Shekhter, and M. Jonson

2Department of Applied Physics, Chalmers University of Technology and Göteborg University SE-412 96 Göteborg, Sweden

Received May 14, 2001


We show that quantum spin fluctuations in inhomogeneous conducting ferromagnets drastically affect the Andreev reflection of electrons and holes at a ferromagnet-superconductor interface. As a result, a strong long-range proximity effect appears, associated with electron-hole spin triplet correlations and persisting on a length scale typical for nonmagnetic materials but anomalously large for ferromagnets. For applications, an important consequence is that this long-range proximity effect permits to create superconducting quantum intetference devices with the Josephson magnetic junction of an anomalous large length.

74.50.+r - Tunneling phenomena; point contacts, weak links, Josephson effects (for SQUIDs, see 85.25.Dq; for Josephson devices, see 85.25.Cp; for Josephson junction arrays, see 74.81.Fa)
74.80.Fp -
85.30.St -