Macroscopic quantum dynamics of π junctions with ferromagnetic insulators

Shiro Kawabata, Satoshi Kashiwaya, Yasuhiro Asano, Yukio Tanaka, Alexandre A. Golubov

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We theoretically investigate the macroscopic quantum dynamics of a π junction with a superconductor (S) and a multiferroic material or a ferromagnetic insulator (FI). By deriving the effective action from a microscopic Hamiltonian, a π-junction qubit (a S-FI-S superconducting quantum interference device ring) is proposed. In this qubit, a quantum two-level system is spontaneously generated and the effect of the quasiparticle dissipation is found to be very weak. These features make it possible to realize a quiet qubit with high coherency. We also investigate macroscopic quantum tunneling (MQT) in current-biased S-FI-S π junctions and show that the influence of the quasiparticle dissipation on MQT is negligibly small.
Original languageEnglish
Article number180502
JournalPhysical review B: Condensed matter and materials physics
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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