Aging- and annealing-induced variations in Nb/Al-AlOx/Nb tunnel junction properties
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2011

In this paper, we present studies of room temperature aging and annealing of Nb/Al–AlOx/Nb tunnel junctions with the size of 2–3 μm2. We observed a noticeable drop of junction normal resistance Rn unusually combined with increase in subgap resistance Rj as a result of aging. Variation in both Rn and Rj are subject to the junction size effect. An effect of aging history on the junction degradation after consequent annealing was discovered. Discussion and interpretation of the observed phenomena are presented in terms of structural ordering and reconstruction in the AlOx layer, driven by diffusion flows enhanced due to stress relaxation processes in the Al layer interfacing the AlOx layer.

aluminium

aluminium compounds

Josephson effect

superconducting materials

diffusion

ageing

niobium

annealing

Författare

Alexey Pavolotskiy

Chalmers, Rymd- och geovetenskap, Avancerad mottagarutveckling

Dimitar Milkov Dochev

Chalmers, Rymd- och geovetenskap, Avancerad mottagarutveckling

Victor Belitsky

Chalmers, Rymd- och geovetenskap, Avancerad mottagarutveckling

Journal of Applied Physics

0021-8979 (ISSN) 1089-7550 (eISSN)

Vol. 109 2 024502- 024502

Styrkeområden

Nanovetenskap och nanoteknik

Materialvetenskap

Ämneskategorier

Övrig annan teknik

Annan elektroteknik och elektronik

Den kondenserade materiens fysik

Fundament

Grundläggande vetenskaper

DOI

10.1063/1.3532040