GINZBURG CENTENNIAL CONFERENCE on PHYSICS
Superconducting properties of metallic nanowires can be entirely different from those of bulk superconductors because of the dominating role played by thermal and quantum fluctuations of the order parameter. For superconducting channels with diameters below ∼ 50 nm fluctuations of the phase of the complex order parameter - the phase slippage - lead to non-zero resistance below the critical temperature. Fluctuations of the modulus of the complex order parameter broaden the gap edge of the quasiparticle energy spectrum and modify the density of states. In extreme case of very narrow channels imbedded in high-impedance environment (which fix the charge and, hence, enable strong fluctuations of the quantum-conjugated variable, the phase) the superconductor can be driven to insulating state – the Coulomb blockade. We review recent experimental activities in the field demonstrating rather unusual phenomena.
We investigate the influence of quantum phase fluctuations on electron density of states (DOS) in ultrathin superconducting films and nanowires. Using an effective action approach we derive a non-perturbative correction to DOS in such systems. The main effect of phase fluctuations in quasi-two-dimensional films is the appearance of electron states at subgap energies while in quasi-one-dimensional nanowires fluctuations also lead to smearing of the gap edge singularity in DOS.
The Low Temperature Physics Conference is an international event held every three years, under the auspices of the IUPAP through its Commission C5 on Low Temperature Physics. The aim of these conferences is to exchange information and views among the members of the international scientific community in the general field of Low Temperature Physics. It is a tradition that LT offers updates on the various topics, provided by the highest representatives of the field, as well as oral and poster contributions in the different areas. As usual the conference covers five subtopics:Quantum fluids and solids Superconductivity Cryogenic techniques and applications Magnetism and quantum phase transitions Quantum transport and quantum information in condensed matter
Gothenburg is situated in the center of Scandinavia, on the Swedish West Coast, and is easily accessed by air. The city’s two universities – Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg – both have a long tradition in low temperature physics research, particularly superconductivity and quantum transport.
Book of abstracts
We work out a microscopic theory describing complete statistics of voltage fluctuations generated by quantum phase slips (QPS) in superconducting nanowires. We evaluate the cumulant generating function and demonstrate that shot noise of the voltage as well as the thir d and all higher voltage cumulants differ from zero only due to the presence of QPS. In the zero-frequency limit voltage fluctuations in superconducting nanowires are described by Poisson statistics just as in a number of other tunnelinglike problems. However, at nonzero frequencies quantum voltage fluctuations in superconducting nanowires become much more complicated and are not anymore accounted for by Poisson statistics. In the case of short superconducting nanowires we explicitly evaluate all finite-frequency voltage cumulants and establish a nontrivial relation between these cumulants and the current-voltage characteristics of our system.
Simple measuring set-up was used to measure high-frequency impedance of superconducting Ti and NbN microstructures at low temperatures. The shift of resonance frequency below the temperature of superconducting transition compared to the normal state clearly indicates the increase of inductance of the system. The effect is interpreted as the impact of kinetic inductance originating from 'inertial' properties of Cooper pairs. Kinetic inductance of superconducting micro- and nanostructures should be taken into consideration for various cryoelectronic applications.
The dynamics of a two-component Davydov-Scott (DS) soliton with a small mismatch of the initial location or velocity of the high-frequency (HF) component was investigated within the framework of the Zakharov-type system of two coupled equations for the HF and low-frequency (LF) fields. In this system, the HF field is described by the linear Schrödinger equation with the potential generated by the LF component varying in time and space. The LF component in this system is described by the Korteweg-de Vries equation with a term of quadratic influence of the HF field on the LF field. The frequency of the DS soliton`s component oscillation was found analytically using the balance equation. The perturbed DS soliton was shown to be stable. The analytical results were confirmed by numerical simulations.
Radiation conditions are described for various space regions, radiation-induced effects in spacecraft materials and equipment components are considered and information on theoretical, computational, and experimental methods for studying radiation effects are presented. The peculiarities of radiation effects on nanostructures and some problems related to modeling and radiation testing of such structures are considered.
This volume presents new results in the study and optimization of information transmission models in telecommunication networks using different approaches, mainly based on theiries of queueing systems and queueing networks .
The paper provides a number of proposed draft operational guidelines for technology measurement and includes a number of tentative technology definitions to be used for statistical purposes, principles for identification and classification of potentially growing technology areas, suggestions on the survey strategies and indicators. These are the key components of an internationally harmonized framework for collecting and interpreting technology data that would need to be further developed through a broader consultation process. A summary of definitions of technology already available in OECD manuals and the stocktaking results are provided in the Annex section.