Quantum phase transitions in superconducting arrays under external magnetic fields

Beom Jun Kim, Gun Sang Jeon, M. Choi

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We study the zero-temperature phase transitions of two-dimensional superconducting arrays with both the self- and the junction capacitances in the presence of external magnetic fields. We consider two kinds of excitations from the Mott insulating phase, charge-dipole excitations and single-charge excitations, and apply the second-order perturbation theory to find their energies. The resulting phase boundaries are found to depend strongly on the magnetic frustration, which measures the commensurate-incommensurate effects. Comparison of the obtained values with those in recent experiment suggests the possibility that the superconductor-insulator transition observed in experiment may not be of the Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless type. The system is also transformed to a classical three-dimensional (Formula presented) model with the magnetic field in the time direction; this allows the analogy to bulk superconductors, revealing the nature of the phase transitions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14524-14530
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number21
StatePublished - 1998


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