Electrostatic Tuning of the Superconductor-Insulator Transition in Two Dimensions

Research paper by Kevin A. Parendo, K. H. Sarwa B. Tan, A. Bhattacharya, M. Eblen-Zayas, N. E. Staley, A. M. Goldman

Indexed on: 17 Mar '05Published on: 17 Mar '05Published in: Physics - Superconductivity


Superconductivity has been induced in insulating ultra-thin films of amorphous bismuth using the electric field effect. The screening of electron-electron interaction was found to increase with electron concentration in a manner correlated with the tendency towards superconductivity. This does not preclude an increase in the density of states being important in the development of superconductivity. The superconductor-insulator transition appears to belong to the universality class of the three dimensional XY model.