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Weak-link Josephson Junctions Made from Topological Crystalline Insulators


We report on the fabrication of Josephson junctions using the topological crystalline insulator Pb0.5Sn0.5Te as the weak link. The properties of these junctions are characterized and compared to those fabricated with weak links of PbTe, a similar material yet topologically trivial. Most striking is the difference in the ac Josephson effect: junctions made with Pb0.5Sn0.5Te exhibit a rich subharmonic structure consistent with a skewed current-phase relation. This structure is absent in junctions fabricated from PbTe. A discussion is given on the origin of this effect as an indication of novel behavior arising from the topologically nontrivial surface state.

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Publication Type
Journal Article
Year of Publication
Physical Review Letters