Temperature Dependence of Half Flux Quantum in YBa2Cu3O7−y Tricrystal Thin Film Observed by Scanning SQUID Microscopy
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Scanning SQUID microscope
d-Wave pairing symmetry
One of the most important topics in high critical temperature superconductors is the symmetry of order parameter. The most powerful and direct method to show the evidence of d-wave symmetry is the measurement of the half flux quantum at the tricrystal boundary of a superconducting thin film. We present the observation of the half flux quantum in a YBa2Cu3O7−y thin film on a SrTiO3 tricrystal substrate by using a scanning SQUID microscope (SSM). The SSM observation is done from 3 to 90 K. The vortex at the tricrystal point corresponds to Φ0∫2(=1.03×10^-15Wb) and this half vortex is observable up to near the critical temperature. The results indicate the evidence of dx2−y2 symmetry of the superconducting order parameter. Josephson vortices at grain boundaries are also observable and some of them are mobile with increasing the temperature.
This work has been supported by Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology (CREST) of the Japan Science and Technology Corporation (JST).
Physica C: Superconductivity
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