Title

Josephson effect in thin films: The role of vortex excitations

Authors

S. Khlebnikov

Published in:

Jetp Letters 85,1 (2007) 67-71;

Abstract

We consider quantum slips of phase at a round hole punctured in a thin superconducting film and show that virtual vortex pairs provide an efficient pathway for these processes. Specifically, in the limit when the normal-state resistivity of the film is large, the presence of the film causes at most a logarithmic interaction between phase slips. This is in contrast to the nearly linear confining interaction (and the consequent nearly activated behavior of the resistance) obtained when vortices are neglected.

Keywords

Physics, Multidisciplinary

Date of this Version

1-1-2007

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