Fabrication of high-T-c superconducting multilayer structure with YBa2Cu3O7-x thin films separated by SrTiO3 interlayers


THIN SOLID FILMS, vol.566, pp.9-13, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 566
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.tsf.2014.07.013
  • Title of Journal : THIN SOLID FILMS
  • Page Numbers: pp.9-13


Multilayer thin film structures are attractive for superconducting microelectronics, but they are difficult to achieve on high T-c superconductors such as YBa2Cu3O7 - (x) (YBCO) thin films. The conventional process has been based on fabricating the YBCO thin films on multiple buffer layers resulting in a single superconducting upper layer on a multilayer-type structure; here we present a full fabrication process for the growth of a multilayer superconducting thin film structure that contains multiple superconducting YBCO thin film layers separated by SrTiO3 (STO) interlayers in sandwich-type configuration. The deposition process was optimized for dc and rf magnetron sputtering techniques for the deposition of YBCO and STO thin films respectively. An YBCO/STO/YBCO/STO/YBCO type configuration was fabricated on a commercial single crystal (100) STO substrate by precisely tuning the deposition process parameters. Superconducting properties of YBCO layers were tested by ac magnetic susceptibility and resistances versus temperature measurements after the deposition of each additional layer. In order to demonstrate potential device application, a microbridge pattern was fabricated onto the top YBCO layer and current-voltage analysis was performed. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.