Current switching in superconductor-semiconductor bilayers

F. Rahman, T. J. Thornton, R. Huber

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We describe results of electrical transport experiments on niobium-on-indium arsenide and aluminium-on-indium arsenide bilayers. The temperature-dependent properties of electrical conduction in these bilayers is examined first in order to characterize the quality of super-semi interfaces. Next, we look at the differential resistance of the bilayers as a function of bias current. The switching of current between the metal and semiconductor components of the bilayer gives rise to a quasi-inductive effect as it causes voltage spikes in the composite system. Also described is the variation of critical current for these bilayers with temperature and magnetic field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-70
Number of pages7
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its applications
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Sep 15 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Andreev reflection
  • Interfacial phenomena
  • Proximity effect
  • Super-semi hybrid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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