Conductance measurements between two superconducting electrodes with different gap energies Δ1 and Δ2 were performed with a low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope. The temperature dependence and tip-sample distance dependence of the spectra show a pronounced subgap structure which is interpreted as multiple Andreev reflections (MARs). Low temperature conductance peaks not seen in symmetric superconducting tunnel junctions arise at energies ± Δ1 - Δ2 when the superconducting gaps are sufficiently different. We propose an explanation of these findings by extending the full counting statistics of MARs to describe these asymmetric junctions.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - 2006|