Publication
Title
Nonequilibrium optical control of dynamical states in superconducting nanowire circuits
Author
Abstract
Optical control of states exhibiting macroscopic phase coherence in condensed matter systems opens intriguing possibilities for materials and device engineering, including optically controlled qubits and photoinduced superconductivity. Metastable states, which in bulkmaterials are often associated with the formation of topological defects, are of more practical interest. Scaling to nanosize leads to reduced dimensionality, fundamentally changing the system's properties. In one-dimensional superconducting nanowires, vortices that are present in three-dimensional systems are replaced by fluctuating topological defects of the phase. These drastically change the dynamical behavior of the superconductor and introduce dynamical periodic long-range ordered stateswhen the current is driven through the wire. We report the control and manipulation of transitions between different dynamically stable states in superconducting delta(3)-MoN nanowire circuits by ultrashort laser pulses. Not only can the transitions between different dynamically stable states be precisely controlled by light, but we also discovered new photoinduced hidden states that cannot be reached under near-equilibrium conditions, created while laser photoexcited quasi-particles are outside the equilibrium condition. The observed switching behavior can be understood in terms of dynamical stabilization of various spatiotemporal periodic trajectories of the order parameter in the superconductor nanowire, providingmeans for the optical control of the superconducting phase with subpicosecond control of timing.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Science Advances
Publication
2018
ISSN
2375-2548
Volume/pages
4 :3 (2018) , 7 p.
Article Reference
eaao0043
ISI
000431373300003
Pubmed ID
29670935
Medium
E-only publicatie
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UAntwerpen
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Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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Creation 12.06.2018
Last edited 20.09.2021
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