We have studied the spatial distribution of the critical current density in YBa2Cu3O7−δ ramp edge Josephson junctions using low‐temperature scanning electron microscopy. Applying this technique allows the imaging of the critical current density distribution with a spatial resolution of about 1 μm. Our measurements show that the geometry of the ramp‐edge junction eases the trapping of magnetic flux quanta in the YBa2Cu3O7−δ layer covering the ramp edge. These trapped flux quanta result in a spatially inhomogeneousmagnetic field parallel to the barrier layer, which in turn results in a spatially modulated supercurrent density and an unusual magnetic field dependence of the critical current.
Marx, A., Husemann, K. D., Mayer, B., Nissel, T., Gross, R., Verhoeven, M. A. J., & Gerritsma, G. J. (1994). Distribution of the critical current density and flux trapping in YBa2Cu3O7-delta ramp-edge Josephson junctions. Applied physics letters, 64(2), 241-243. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.111516