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Submicron stacked-junction fabrication from Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ whiskers by focused-ion-beam etching

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Kim, S.-J. ; Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University, 2-1-1, Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577, Japan ; Latyshev, Yu.I. ; Yamashita, T.

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We fabricated submicron-sized intrinsic Josephson junctions by the focused-ion-beam (FIB) etching method. The principal result was a reduction of the in-plane junction area to 0.3 μm2 by direct FIB etching with no degradation in the critical transition temperature (Tc). In the current (I)–voltage (V) characteristics of these stacks, the gap structure and the normal state resistance are clearly observed together with a reduction of the Joule heating and disappearance of the branch structure. The Coulomb staircase structure was found in the I–V curves of submicron junctions as a result of their small effective capacitance of fF order. © 1999 American Institute of Physics.

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Applied Physics Letters  (Volume:74 ,  Issue: 8 )