Measurement of the spatial extent of inverse proximity in a Py/Nb/Py superconducting trilayer using low-energy muon-spin rotation
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Muon-spin rotation has been used to observe directly the spatial variation of the magnetic flux density near the ferromagnetic-superconducting interface in a permalloy-niobium trilayer. Above the superconducting transition temperature Tc the profile of the induced magnetic flux density within the niobium layer has been determined. Below Tc there is a significant reduction of the induced flux density, predominantly near the ferromagnetic-superconducting interfaces. We are uniquely able to determine the magnitude and spatial variation of this reduction in induced magnetization due to the presence of the Cooper pairs, yielding the magnitude and length scale associated with this phenomenon. Both are inconsistent with a simple Meissner screening and indicate the existence of another mechanism, the influence of which is localized within the vicinity of the ferromagnetic interface.
Flokstra , M G , Ray , S J , Lister , S J , Aarts , J , Luetkens , H , Prokscha , T , Suter , A , Morenzoni , E & Lee , S L 2014 , ' Measurement of the spatial extent of inverse proximity in a Py/Nb/Py superconducting trilayer using low-energy muon-spin rotation ' Physical Review. B, Condensed matter and materials physics , vol 89 , no. 5 , 054510 . DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.89.054510
Physical Review. B, Condensed matter and materials physics
© 2014 American Physical Society
The authors acknowledge the financial support of the EPSRC (Grant No. EP/J01060X).