Sonderseminare TRR80

24.4.2017 16:30, Raum: T-1004
Prof. Dr. Rosario Fazio (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)
Dissipative phase transitions in synthetic matter
24.4.2017 17:30, Raum: T-1004
Prof. Dr. Christoph Strunk (Universität Regensburg)
The superconductor/insulator transition in thin films and wires

Recent experiments on strongly disordered superconducting TiN films and wires near the localization threshold are presented. If scaling and the extraction of a critical exponent is possible, a crossing (or isosbestic) point of the magnetoresistance isotherms is commonly taken as a hallmark of a magnetic field-induced superconductor/insulator transition - a prime example of a quantum phase transition. In our films we observe up to three such isosbestic points in the same film at different temperature intervals. By gradual oxidation of the film in air, we can trace all these isosbestic points upon the approach of the localization threshold. It turns out that only one of them (at intermediate temperatures) is a plausible candidate for a quantum phase transition, which is expected to take place at an universal critical resistance of 4e^2/h. The others also allow for scaling, but the corresponding critical resistance and the exponent vary continuously with the degree of disorder, as opposed to the expected universal behavior.

In a second part of the presentation I will discuss the properties of TiN nanowires, which display a very similar similar phenomenology for wire widths down to a few 100 nm. For the narrowest wires at zero magnetic field, the IV-characteristics strongly resemble those of small Josephson junctions, described by the Ivanchenko-Zilberman model. In the field range between 0.6 and 3 Tesla, the behavior is strongly insulating, and can be described in terms of a dual Ivanchenko-Zilberman model. This reflects the charge/phase duality well known from small Josephson junctions, and indicates that the TiN wires can be viewed as small random Josephson networks.