Josephson effect between electron-doped and hole-doped iron pnictide single crystals

Xiaohang Zhang; Saha, Shanta R.; Butch, Nicholas P.; Kirshenbaum, Kevin; Paglione, Johnpierre; Greene, Richard L.; Yong Liu; Liqin Yan; Yoon Seok Oh; Kee Hoon Kim; Takeuchi, Ichiro
August 2009
Applied Physics Letters;8/10/2009, Vol. 95 Issue 6, p062510
Academic Journal
We have observed the Josephson effect in junctions formed between single crystals of SrFe1.74Co0.26As2 and Ba0.23K0.77Fe2As2. The ac Josephson effect was observed under microwave irradiation in the I-V characteristics. By applying an in-plane magnetic field, the critical current is completely modulated and shows a relatively symmetric diffraction pattern consistent with the intermediate junction limit. The observation of the Josephson effect in the p-n bicrystal structure not only has significant implications for designing phase-sensitive junctions to probe the pairing symmetry of iron pnictide superconductors, but also represents an important step in developing all iron pnictide devices for applications.


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