Title
Phonon limited superconducting correlations in metallic nanograins Phonon limited superconducting correlations in metallic nanograins
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Physics
Publication type
article
Publication
London :Nature Publishing Group ,
Subject
Engineering sciences. Technology
Source (journal)
Scientific reports. - London, 2011, currens
Volume/pages
5(2015) , 9 p.
ISSN
2045-2322
2045-2322
Article Reference
16515
Carrier
E-only publicatie
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Conventional superconductivity is inevitably suppressed in ultra-small metallic grains for characteristic sizes smaller than the Anderson limit. Experiments have shown that above the Anderson limit the critical temperature may be either enhanced or reduced when decreasing the particle size, depending on the superconducting material. In addition, there is experimental evidence that whether an enhancement or a reduction is found depends on the strength of the electronphonon interaction in the bulk. We reveal how the strength of the e-ph interaction interplays with the quantum-size effect and theoretically obtain the critical temperature of the superconducting nanograins in excellent agreement with experimental data. We demonstrate that strong e-ph scattering smears the peak structure in the electronic density-of-states of a metallic grain and enhances the electron mass, and thereby limits the highest T-c achievable by quantum confinement.
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