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Subgap resonant quasiparticle transport in normal-superconductor quantum dot devices

Gramich, J. and Baumgartner, A. and Schonenberger, C.. (2016) Subgap resonant quasiparticle transport in normal-superconductor quantum dot devices. Applied Physics Letters, 108 (17). p. 172604.

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Abstract

We report thermally activated transport resonances for biases below the superconducting energy gap in a carbon nanotube quantum dot (QD) device with a superconducting Pb and a normal metal contact. These resonances are due to the superconductor`s finite quasi-particle population at elevated temperatures and can only be observed when the QD life-time broadening is considerably smaller than the gap. This condition is fulfilled in our QD devices with optimized Pd/Pb/In multi-layer contacts, which result in reproducibly large and ``clean`` superconducting transport gaps with a strong conductance suppression for subgap biases. We show that these gaps close monotonically with increasing magnetic field and temperature. The accurate description of the subgap resonances by a simple resonant tunneling model illustrates the ideal characteristics of the reported Pb contacts and gives an alternative access to the tunnel coupling strengths in a QD. Published by AIP Publishing.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Physik > Physik > Experimentalphysik Nanoelektronik (Schönenberger)
UniBasel Contributors:Schönenberger, Christian and Baumgartner, Andreas and Gramich, Jörg Benedikt
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:AIP Publishing
ISSN:0003-6951
e-ISSN:1077-3118
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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Deposited On:15 Feb 2017 08:46

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