Title: Hybrid superconducting nanostructures: very low temperature local probing and noise

Authors: C. Chapelier, F. Lefloch, H. Courtois, K. Hasselbach

Addresses: INAC-SPSMS, CEA Grenoble, 17 avenue des martyrs, 38042 Grenoble, France. ' INAC-SPSMS, CEA Grenoble, 17 avenue des martyrs, 38042 Grenoble, France. ' Institut Neel, CNRS and Universite Joseph Fourier, 25 avenue des martyrs, 38042 Grenoble, France. ' Institut Neel, CNRS and Universite Joseph Fourier, 25 avenue des martyrs, 38042 Grenoble, France

Abstract: We review the topic of hybrid superconducting nanostructures by introducing the basic physical concepts and describing recent key experimental results. We discuss the superconductivity nucleation in mesoscopic structures, the vortex lattice imaging in doped diamond films, the superconducting proximity effect, multiple Andreev reflection in Josephson junctions and the electronic micro-cooling in hybrid tunnel junctions. An emphasis is put on very low temperature local probes and noise measurement techniques developed in Grenoble.

Keywords: near-field microscopy; tunnelling; vortex; micro-cooling; mesoscopic superconductivity; Andreev reflection; noise measurement; hybrid superconducting nanostructures; very low temperature; local probing; superconductivity nucleation; vortex lattice imaging; doped diamond films; superconducting proximity effect; Josephson junctions; hybrid tunnel junctions; nanotechnology.

DOI: 10.1504/IJNT.2010.031730

International Journal of Nanotechnology, 2010 Vol.7 No.4/5/6/7/8, pp.456 - 473

Published online: 21 Feb 2010 *

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