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Nanocrystalline boron-doped diamond films, a mixture of BCS-like and non-BCS-like superconducting grains

Dahlem, F., Achatz, P., Williams, Oliver Aneurin, Araujo, D., Courtois, H. and Bustarret, E. 2010. Nanocrystalline boron-doped diamond films, a mixture of BCS-like and non-BCS-like superconducting grains. Physica Status Solidi a Applications and Materials Science 207 (9) , pp. 2064-2068. 10.1002/pssa.201000013

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Abstract

Scanning tunneling topography and spectroscopy are performed below 100 mK on granular nanocrystalline boron-doped diamond (BDD) films. We found the superconductivity behavior to follow mainly the granular features of the BDD films. The temperature dependence of the local differential conductance spectra shows our nanocrystalline BDD films as made of grains with a supercondutivity either BCS-like or non-BCS-like. Such a distribution is not discernible in transport measurements, which present a sharp macroscopic superconducting transition at a temperature of a few Kelvins. Our local scanning tunneling microscopies also confirm the good coupling between these grains: only a few opaque interfaces are detected. Such a transparency of intergrain interfaces is responsible for a proximity effect in weakly superconductive grains and an inverse proximity effect in strongly superconducting grains.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Uncontrolled Keywords: diamond; superconductivity; STM; disorder system; proximity effect; doping
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1862-6300
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:12
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/18054

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