Friday, July 5, 2013

1307.1282 (Kazumasa Iida et al.)

Oxypnictide SmFeAs(O,F) superconductor: a candidate for high-field
magnet applications

Kazumasa Iida, Jens Haenisch, Chiara Tarantini, Fritz Kurth, Jan Jaroszynski, Shinya Ueda, Michio Naito, Ataru Ichinose, Ichiro Tsukada, Elke Reich, Vadim Grinenko, Ludwig Schultz, Bernhard Holzapfel
The recently discovered oxypnictide superconductor SmFeAs(O,F) is the most attractive material among the Fe-based superconductors due to its highest transition temperature of 56 K and potential for high-field performance. In order to exploit this new material for superconducting applications, the knowledge and understanding of its electro-magnetic properties are needed. Recent success in fabricating epitaxial SmFeAs(O,F) thin films opens a great opportunity to explore their transport properties. Here we report on a high critical current density of over 10^5 A/cm^2 at 45 T and 4.2 K for both main field orientations, feature favourable for high-field magnet applications. Additionally, by investigating the pinning properties, we observed a dimensional crossover between the superconducting coherence length and the FeAs interlayer distance at 30-40 K, indicative of a possible intrinsic Josephson junction in SmFeAs(O,F) at low temperatures that can be employed in electronics applications such as a terahertz radiation source and a superconducting Qubit.
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