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Josephson Junctions with Weak Links of Topological Crystalline Insulators

November 17, 2017 - 4:00pm
Rodney Snyder

We report on the fabrication of Josephson junctions using the topological crystalline insulator Pb.05Sn0.5Te as the weak link. The properties of these junctions are characterized and compared to those fabricated with weak links of PbTe, a similar material yet topologically trivial. Most striking is the difference in the AC Josephson effect: junctions made with Pb0.5Sn0.5Te exhibit rich subharmonic structure consistent with a skewed current-phase relation. This structure is absent in junctions fabricated from PbTe. A discussion is given on the origin of this effect as an indication of novel behavior arising from the topologically nontrivial surface state.

*Light drinks and snacks will be provided at 4:00pm with the talk beginning at 4:15pm*

PSC 2136