Current transport along grain boundaries in d-wave superconductors

M. Carmody*, L. D. Marks, K. L. Merkle

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The use of a classic phase retrieval algorithm has been previously used to determine the local critical current Jc(x) along the length of grain boundary Josephson junctions that can be characterized using a standard s-wave model. The phase retrieval approach has been modified for use with d-wave dominated superconductors to allow for negative local currents along the boundary. In general solutions to the 1-D phase problem are not unique, however in the present work special constraints are employed experimentally to ensure uniqueness. The various current distribution solutions and their possible uniqueness are explored. The solutions are consistent with most existing d-wave Josephson junction boundary models and can be used to understand the basic current distribution along 45° YaBa2Cu3O7-x grain boundary junctions as well as providing a means for mapping the location of self-generated flux cores.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)228-238
Number of pages11
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its applications
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 2002


  • Grain boundry superconductor
  • Josephson junction
  • Phase retrieval
  • YBCO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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