Superconductivity of very thin films: The superconductor-insulator transition

Yen Hsiang Lin, J. Nelson, A. M. Goldman

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The study of thin superconducting films has been an important component of the science of superconductivity for more than six decades. It played a major role in the development of currently accepted views of the macroscopic and microscopic nature of the superconducting state. In recent years the focus of research in the field has shifted to the study of ultrathin films and surface and interface layers. This has permitted the exploration of one of the important topics of condensed matter physics, the superconductor-insulator transition. This review will discuss this phenomenon as realized in the study of metallic films, cuprates, and metallic interfaces. These are in effect model systems for behaviors that may be found in more complex systems of contemporary interest.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-141
Number of pages12
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its applications
StatePublished - Jul 15 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank Nandini Trivedi, Aviad Frydman and Zvi Ovadyahu for helpful discussions. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. NSF/DMR-0854752 and NSF/DMR-1263316 . Part of this work was carried out at the University of Minnesota Characterization Facility, a member of the NSF-funded Materials Research Facilities Network via the MRSEC program, and the Nanofabrication Center which receives partial support from the NSF through the NNIN program.

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© 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


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How much support was provided by MRSEC?

  • Shared

Reporting period for MRSEC

  • Period 1


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