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Superconducting spintronic tunnel diode

Date: Thursday April 20, 2023 - 11:00
ONSITE: NEST meeting room
ONLINE: https://tinyurl.com/mariaspies
Speaker: Maria Spies (Istituto Nanoscienze-CNR and Scuola Normale Superiore)
Title: "Superconducting spintronic tunnel diode"

Abstract: Diodes are key elements for electronics, optics, and detection. Their evolution towards low dissipation electronics has seen the hybridization with superconductors and the realization of supercurrent diodes with zero resistance in only one direction. Here, we present the quasi-particle counterpart, a superconducting tunnel diode with zero conductance in only one direction. The direction-selective propagation of the charge has been obtained through the broken electron-hole symmetry induced by the spin selection of the ferromagnetic tunnel barrier: a EuS thin film separating a superconducting Al and a normal metal Cu layer. The Cu/EuS/Al tunnel junction achieves a large rectification (up to ~40%) already for a small voltage bias (~200µV) thanks to the small energy scale of the system: the Al superconducting gap. With the help of an analytical theoretical model we can link the maximum rectification to the spin polarization (P) of the barrier and describe the quasi-ideal Shockley-diode behavior of the junction. This cryogenic spintronic rectifier is promising for the application in highly-sensitive radiation detection for which two different configurations are evaluated. In addition, the superconducting diode may pave the way for future low-dissipation and fast superconducting electronics.

- EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under Grant Agreement No. 800923 (SUPERTED)
- EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska Curie Action IF Grant No. 101022473 (SuperCONtacts)

Host: Fabio Taddei, Stefan Heun

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