Crossover between short- And long-range proximity effects in superconductor/ferromagnet/superconductor junctions with Ni-based ferromagnets

O. M. Kapran, T. Golod, A. Iovan, A. S. Sidorenko, A. A. Golubov, V. M. Krasnov*

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Abstract

We study superconductor/ferromagnet/superconductor junctions with CuNi, PtNi, or Ni interlayers. Remarkably, we observe that supercurrents through Ni can be significantly larger than through diluted alloys. The phenomenon is attributed to the dirtiness of disordered alloys leading to a short coherence length despite a small exchange energy. To the contrary, pure Ni is clean resulting in a coherence length as long as in a normal metal. Analysis of temperature dependencies of critical currents reveals a crossover from short (dirty) to long (clean) range proximity effects in Pt1-xNix with increasing Ni concentration. Our results point out that structural properties of a ferromagnet play a crucial role for the proximity effect and indicate that conventional strong-but-clean ferromagnets can be advantageously used in superconducting spintronic devices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number094509
JournalPhysical review B: Covering condensed matter and materials physics
Volume103
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2021

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