Fabrication of a two-terminal super conducting device with a poled ferroelectric control layer

Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Electrical Engineering

First Advisor's Name

Grover L. Larkins

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

James B. Boyce

Third Advisor's Name

Pierre Schmidt

Fourth Advisor's Name

Carolyne M. Van Vliet

Date of Defense



The discovery of High-Temperature Superconductors (HTSCs) has spurred the need for the fabrication of superconducting electronic devices able to match the performance of today's semiconductor devices. While there are several HTSCs in use today, YBaCuO7-x (YBCO) is the better characterized and more widely used material for small electronic applications. This thesis explores the fabrication of a Two-Terminal device with a superconductor and a painted on electrode as the terminals and a ferroelectric, BaTiO 3 (BTO), in between. The methods used to construct such a device and the challenges faced with the fabrication of a viable device will be examined. The ferroelectric layer of the devices that proved adequate for use were poled by the application of an electric field. Temperature Bias Poling used an applied field of 105V/cm at a temperature of approximately 135*C. High Potential Poling used an applied field of 106V/cm at room temperature (20*C). The devices were then tested for a change in their superconducting critical temperature, Tc. A shift of 1-2K in the Tc(onset) of YBCO was observed for Temperature Bias Poling and a shift of 2-6K for High Potential Poling. These are the first reported results of the field effect using BTO on YBCO. The mechanism involved in the shifting of Tc will be discussed along with possible applications.



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