Normal persistent currents in proximity-effect bilayers

O. Entin-Wohlman*, H. Bary-Soroker, A. Aharony, Y. Imry, J. G.E. Harris

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We calculate the contribution of superconducting fluctuations to the mesoscopic persistent current of an ensemble of rings, each made of a superconducting layer in contact with a normal one, in the Cooper limit. The superconducting transition temperature of the bilayer decays very quickly with the increase of the relative width of the normal layer. In contrast, when the Thouless energy is larger than the temperature, then the suppression of the persistent current with the increase of this relative width is much slower than that of the transition temperature. This effect is similar to that predicted for magnetic impurities, although the proximity effect considered here results in pair weakening as opposed to pair breaking.

Original languageEnglish
Article number184519
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number18
StatePublished - 15 Nov 2011


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National Science Foundation
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences1106110


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