Superconducting Fluxon Pumps and Lenses


We study stochastic transport of fluxons in superconductors by alternating current (ac) rectification. Our simulated system provides a fluxon pump, “lens,” or fluxon “rectifier” because the applied electrical ac is transformed into a net dc motion of fluxons. Thermal fluctuations and the asymmetry of the ratchet channel walls induce this “diode” effect, which can have important applications in devices, such as SQUID magnetometers, and for fluxon optics, including convex and concave fluxon lenses. Certain features are unique to this novel two-dimensional (2D) geometric pump, and different from the previously studied 1D ratchets.

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@inproceedings{Wambaugh1999SuperconductingFP, title={Superconducting Fluxon Pumps and Lenses}, author={John F Wambaugh and C . J . Olson Reichhardt and Cynthia J. Olson and Fabio Marchesoni and Franco Nori}, year={1999} }