All-oxide superconductor/ferroic hybrids
1 Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thales, 1 avenue A. Fresnel, 91767 Palaiseau, and Université Paris Sud, 91405 Orsay, France
2 Ceramics Laboratory, Ecole Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Revised: 12 May 2013
Published online: 15 July 2013
This short review focuses on interface interactions in hybrid heterostructures which combine high-temperature superconductors, ferromagnets and ferroelectrics. We specifically examine two different phenomena. One of them is electric-field effects at superconductor/ferroelectric interfaces, which allow a nonvolatile, reconfigurable nanoscale modulation of superconductivity. The second phenomenon is the proximity effect at superconductor/ferromagnet interfaces. We focus in particular on the penetration of superconducting correlations into half-metal ferromagnets. For both phenomena, an overview is given on materials' issues, fabrication techniques, physical mechanisms and related devices.
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