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Spin diffusion versus proximity effect at ferromagnet/superconductor La_(0.7)Ca_(0.3)MnO_(3)/YBa_(2)Cu_(3)O_(7-δ) interfaces

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Peña, V. and Visani, C. and Garcia Barriocanal, Javier and Arias Serna, Diego and Sefrioui, Zouhair and León Yebra, Carlos and Santamaría Sánchez-Barriga, Jacobo and Almasán, Carmen A. (2006) Spin diffusion versus proximity effect at ferromagnet/superconductor La_(0.7)Ca_(0.3)MnO_(3)/YBa_(2)Cu_(3)O_(7-δ) interfaces. Physical review B, 73 (10). ISSN 1098-0121

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.73.104513


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We report on the interplay between magnetism and superconductivity in La_(0.7)Ca_(0.3)MnO_(3)/YBa_(2)Cu_(3)O_(7) structures. We have grown heterostructures (bilayers and trilayers) with a constant thickness of the ferromagnetic layer of 40 unit cells (15 nm) and changing the thickness of the superconductor between 1 (1.2 nm) and 40 unit cells (48 nm). The critical temperature of the bilayers decreases when the thickness of the superconductor is reduced below 10 unit cells, thus providing an estimate of the length scale of superconductivity suppression by spin-polarized quasiparticles in YBa_(2)Cu_(3)O_(7-δ) (YBCO) of 10 nm, much larger than the coherence length. For thickness of the YBCO layer smaller than 4 unit cells; a second mechanism of superconductivity depression comes into play, probably related to the ferromagnetic/superconducting proximity effect. The relative importance in depressing the critical temperature of intrinsic mechanisms (quasiparticle diffusion and proximity effect) and extrinsic ones (intralayer disorder, interface roughness, or reduced dimensionality of ultrathin layers) is discussed.


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© 2006 The American Physical Society. This work was supported by MCYT MAT 2005-06024 and CAM GR-MAT-0771/2004.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Superconducting transition; Superlattices; Multilayers; Ferromagnet; Temperature; Heterostructures; Injection; Magnetism; Magnetoresistance; Trilayers.
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Electricity
Sciences > Physics > Electronics
ID Code:30586
Deposited On:03 Jun 2015 09:24
Last Modified:10 Dec 2018 14:58

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