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Thin film growth of Fe-based superconductors: From fundamental properties to functional devices

A comparative review
: Haindl, S.; Kidszun, M.; Oswald, S.; Hess, C.; Büchner, B.; Kölling, S.; Wilde, L.; Thersleff, T.; Yurchenko, V.V.; Jourdan, M.; Hiramatsu, H.; Hosono, H.


Reports on Progress in Physics 77 (2014), Nr.4, Art. 046502, 32 S.
ISSN: 0034-4885
ISSN: 1361-6633
Fraunhofer IPMS ()

Fe-based superconductors bridge a gap between MgB2 and the cuprate high temperature superconductors as they exhibit multiband character and transition temperatures up to around 55 K. Investigating Fe-based superconductors thus promises answers to fundamental questions concerning the Cooper pairing mechanism, competition between magnetic and superconducting phases, and a wide variety of electronic correlation effects. The question addressed in this review is, however, is this new class of superconductors also a promising candidate for technical applications? Superconducting film-based technologies range from high-current and high-field applications for energy production and storage to sensor development for communication and security issues and have to meet relevant needs of today's society and that of the future. In this review we will highlight and discuss selected key issues for Fe-based superconducting thin film applications. We initially focus our discussion on the understanding of physical properties and actual problems in film fabrication based on a comparison of different observations made in the last few years. Subsequently we address the potential for technological applications according to the current situation.