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We present an experimental investigation aimed to fabricate a nanoSQUID for high-magnetic-field applications. In particular, we produced niobium films having different thicknesses (5, 10, and 15 nm) with passivation layers to investigate the transport properties of very thin niobium film in high magnetic field parallel to the film plane. The results indicate that niobium thin films are superconducting at high field; however, the passivation layers are not sufficient to avoid a degradation of superconducting properties when niobium films are cycled between room and cryogenic temperatures. We also fabricated and measured a nanosensor based on niobium nitride. Niobium nitride films have much higher magnetic critical field, and they are more stable compared with niobium ones. The characterization of the nanodevice in the temperature range from 2 to 7 K includes measurements of current-voltage and critical current …
Publication date: 
1 Apr 2016

R Russo, E Di Gennaro, E Esposito, A Crescitelli, D Fiorani, C Granata, A Vettoliere, R Cristiano, M Lisitskiy, D Peddis

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Volume: 26 Issue: 3 Pages: 1-5
IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity