Charge transport in a single superconducting tin nanowire encapsulated in a multiwalled carbon nanotube

Tombros, N., Buit, L., Arfaoui, I., Tsoufis, T., Gournis, D., Trikalitis, P. N., van der Molen, S. J., Rudolf, P. & van Wees, B. J., Sep-2008, In : Nano Letters. 8, 9, p. 3060-3064 5 p.

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  • Nikolaos Tombros
  • Luuk Buit
  • Imad Arfaoui
  • Theodoros Tsoufis
  • Dimitrios Gournis
  • Pantelis N. Trikalitis
  • Sense Jan van der Molen
  • Petra Rudolf
  • Bart J. van Wees

The charge transport properties of single superconducting tin nanowires encapsulated by multiwalled carbon nanotubes have been investigated by multiprobe measurements. The multiwalled carbon nanotube protects the tin nanowire from oxidation and shape fragmentation and therefore allows us to investigate the electronic properties of stable wires with diameters as small as 25 nm. The transparency of the contact between the Ti/Au electrode and nanowire can be tuned by argon ion etching the multiwalled nanotube. Application of a large electrical current results in local heating at the contact which in turn suppresses superconductivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3060-3064
Number of pages5
JournalNano Letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep-2008

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