In an earlier paper, we reported an antiproximity effect (APE) in a system consisting of 40 nm diameter Zn nanowires (ZNWs) sandwiched between bulk Sn and In electrodes. When the electrodes are in the superconducting state, the superconductivity of the ZNWs is suppressed. When the electrodes are driven normal by a magnetic field, the superconductivity of the ZNWs recovers. In this paper we report systematic transport studies of this phenomenon with ZNWs sandwiched between Pb electrodes. The APE found in this system is subtle, showing up primarily in significantly reducing the critical current of the ZNWs when the Pb electrodes are in a superconducting state. The critical current is independent of the magnetic field until it is increased to a characteristic value Hd near 0.6 kOe when the critical current shows a rapid enhancement and reaches a maximum value at the critical field of Pb electrodes at 0.94 kOe.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Aug 1 2006|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics