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Critical Current Densities through Josephson Junctions in Low Magnetic Fields

Din, Brad; Blair, Alexander; Schoofs, Frank; Hampshire, Damian

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Bradley Din
PGR Student Doctor of Philosophy

Alexander Blair

Frank Schoofs


Understanding the properties of grain boundaries in polycrystalline superconductors is essential for optimizing their critical current density. Here, we provide computational simulations of 2D Josephson junctions (JJs) in low magnetic fields using time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau theory, since they can be considered a proxy for a grain boundary between two grains. We present data for junctions with a wide range of superconducting electrodes of different Ginzburg-Landau parameter () values and geometries, as well as normal barriers with different strengths of pair-breaking - characterized by the thickness of the junction and the junction condensation parameter (n) We describe our results using analytic solutions, and hence provide a detailed description of Josephson junctions in low fields up to that required for a single fluxon to penetrate the junction.


Din, B., Blair, A., Schoofs, F., & Hampshire, D. (2022). Critical Current Densities through Josephson Junctions in Low Magnetic Fields. IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, 32(4), Article 8000805.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 28, 2022
Online Publication Date Mar 7, 2022
Publication Date 2022-06
Deposit Date Mar 11, 2022
Publicly Available Date Mar 11, 2022
Journal IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
Print ISSN 1051-8223
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 4
Article Number 8000805
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