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Pulsed laser deposition of high-temperature superconducting and metallic thin films for novel three-terminal device applications
Author(s): George M. Daly; Douglas B. Chrisey; Jeffrey M. Pond; Michael S. Osofsky; Michael C. Miller; Peter Lubitz; James S. Horwitz; Raymond C. Y. Auyeung; Robert J. Soulen
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Paper Abstract

Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) has been used to deposit high quality thin films of Ni81Fe19/Au/YBa2Cu3O7- (delta ) onto (100) oriented substrates of MgO and SrTiO3 for the purpose of fabricating a novel high temperature superconducting three terminal device. The ferromagnet-normal metal-superconductor (F-N-S) structure is currently being investigated to determine the effect of the injection of a spin-polarized current on the order parameter of a high temperature superconducting thin film. High quality films with sharp interfaces, free of defects, are required in order to maximize the spin-injection effect. The surface morphology and transport properties of the YBa2Cu3O7-(delta ) films have been investigated using scanning electron microscopy and ac susceptibility measurements, respectively, as a function of increasing laser fluence. Deposition at 2.0 - 2.4 J/cm2, 790 degrees Celsius and 320 m Torr O2 produces films with a sharp superconducting transition and a smooth surface. The growth of Au on YBCO under different PLD conditions has been observed by atomic force microscopy. Surface clustering of Au occurs at elevated temperatures and is attributed to increased surface mobility. The presence or absence of a background gas influences the cluster size. These results are discussed within the framework of the role of excess energy of PLD adatoms with changing laser fluence and background gas.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 May 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2991, Laser Applications in Microelectronic and Optoelectronic Manufacturing II, (9 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.273730
Show Author Affiliations
George M. Daly, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Douglas B. Chrisey, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Jeffrey M. Pond, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Michael S. Osofsky, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Michael C. Miller, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Peter Lubitz, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
James S. Horwitz, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Raymond C. Y. Auyeung, Sachs Freeman Associates, Inc. (United States)
Robert J. Soulen, Naval Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2991:
Laser Applications in Microelectronic and Optoelectronic Manufacturing II
Jan J. Dubowski, Editor(s)

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