Nathan Satchell

Nathan Satchell
University of Leeds · School of Physics and Astronomy

PhD

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Introduction
Nathan Satchell is a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. His research interest is the interplay between superconductivity and magnetism.
Additional affiliations
June 2019 - August 2020
University of Leeds
Position
  • Fellow
June 2017 - May 2019
Michigan State University
Position
  • Fellow
April 2016 - May 2017
Science and Technology Facilities Council
Position
  • PDRA
Education
August 2012 - April 2016
University of Leeds
Field of study
  • Physics
September 2008 - June 2012
University of Leeds
Field of study
  • Physics

Publications

Publications (27)
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The lengthscale over which supercurrent from conventional BCS, $s$-wave, superconductors ($S$) can penetrate an adjacent ferromagnetic ($F$) layer depends on the ability to convert singlet Cooper pairs into triplet Cooper pairs. Spin aligned triplet Cooper pairs are not dephased by the ferromagnetic exchange interaction, and can thus penetrate an $...
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It has been suggested by theoretical works that equal spin-triplet Cooper pairs can be generated in Josephson junctions containing both a ferromagnet and a source of spin-orbit coupling. Our recent experimental work suggested that spin-triplet Cooper pairs were not generated by a Pt spin-orbit coupling layer when the ferromagnetic weak link had ent...
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We demonstrate a Josephson junction with a weak link containing two ferromagnets with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and independent switching fields in which the critical current can be set by the mutual orientation of the two layers. Such pseudospin-valve Josephson junctions are a candidate cryogenic memory in an all superconducting computatio...
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We report on the electrical transport properties of Nb based Josephson junctions with Pt/Co $$_{68}$$ 68 B $$_{32}$$ 32 /Pt ferromagnetic barriers. The barriers exhibit perpendicular magnetic anisotropy, which has the main advantage for potential applications over magnetisation in-plane systems of not affecting the Fraunhofer response of the juncti...
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Studies of ferromagnet-superconductor hybrid systems have uncovered magnetic interactions between the competing electronic orderings. The Electromagnetic Proximity Effect predicts the formation of a spontaneous vector potential inside a superconductor placed in proximity to a ferromagnet. In this work, we use a Nb superconducting layer and Ni ferro...
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We present experimental results on the observed flux screening in proximity coupled superconductor-ferromagnet thin film structures using Nb and Co as the superconductor and ferromagnet respectively. Using the low-energy muon-spin rotation technique to locally probe the magnetic flux density, we find that the addition of the ferromagnet (F) increas...
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Superconducting (S) thin film superlattices composed of Nb and a normal metal spacer (N ) have been extensively utilized in Josephson junctions given their favorable surface roughness compared to Nb films of comparable thickness. In this work, we characterize the London penetration depth and Ginzburg-Landau coherence lengths of S/N superlattices us...
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We report on the electrical transport properties of Nb based Josephson junctions with Pt/Co68B32/Pt ferromagnetic barriers. The barriers exhibit perpendicular magnetic anisotropy, which has the main advantage for potential applications over magnetisation in-plane systems of not affecting the Fraunhofer response of the junction. In addition, we repo...
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Unconventional superconductivity has been suggested to be present at the interface between bismuth and nickel in thin-film bilayers. In this work, we study the structural, magnetic and superconducting properties of sputter deposited Bi/Ni bilayers. As-grown, our films do not display a superconducting transition, however, when stored at room tempera...
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Superconducting (S) thin film superlattices composed of Nb and a normal metal spacer (N) have been extensively utilized in Josephson junctions given their favorable surface roughness compared to Nb thin films of comparable thickness. In this work, we characterize the London penetration depth and Ginzburg-Landau coherence length of S/N superlattices...
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We demonstrate a Josephson junction with a weak link containing two ferromagnets, with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and independent switching fields in which the critical current can be set by the mutual orientation of the two layers. Such pseudospin-valve Josephson junctions are a candidate cryogenic memory in an all superconducting computati...
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Unconventional superconductivity has been suggested to be present at the interface between bismuth and nickel in thin-film bilayers. In this work, we study the structural, magnetic and superconducting properties of sputter deposited Bi/Ni bilayers. As-grown, our films do not display a superconducting transition, however, when stored at room tempera...
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Using the newly emerged theory model of an electromagnetic proximity effect, we demonstrate that it provides a good description of our previously reported anomalous Meissner screening observed in thin film superconductor-ferromagnet proximity structures. Using the low energy muon spin rotation measurement technique, we further investigate this new...
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We present low-energy muon-spin rotation measurements on Cu/Nb/AlOx/Co thin films that probe the newly described electromagnetic (EM) proximity effect. By varying the thickness of the insulating AlOx layer we control the degree of coupling between the superconductor and ferromagnet and thus the EM proximity effect. For barrier thicknesses up to 4 n...
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It has been suggested by theoretical works that equal spin-triplet Cooper pairs can be generated in Josephson junctions containing both a ferromagnet and a source of spin-orbit coupling. Our recent experimental work suggested that spin-triplet Cooper pairs were not generated by a Pt spin-orbit coupling layer when the ferromagnetic weak link had ent...
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This is a viewpoint on the letter by E J Patiño and M G Blamire (2019 Supercond. Sci. Technol. 32 01LT02).
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We have observed the spatial distribution of magnetic flux in Nb, Cu/Nb and Cu/Nb/Co thin films using muon-spin rotation. In an isolated 50 nm thick Nb film we find a weak flux expulsion (Meissner effect) which becomes significantly enhanced when adding an adjacent 40 nm layer of Cu. The added Cu layer exhibits a Meissner effect (due to induced sup...
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We demonstrate that the critical current of superconducting Nb/Ni multilayers can be continuously tuned by up to a factor of three during magnetization reversal of the Nifilms under an applied in-plane magnetic field. Our observations are in reasonably good agreement with a model of vortex pinning by Bloch domain walls that proliferate in the sampl...
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High resolution scanning Hall probe microscopy has been used to directly visualise the superconducting vortex behavior in hybrid structures consisting of a square array of micrometer-sized Py ferromagnetic disks covered by a superconducting Nb thin film. At remanence the disks exist in almost fully flux-closed magnetic vortex states, but the observ...
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Superconducting spintronics in hybrid superconductor/ferromagnet (S-F) heterostructures provides an exciting potential new class of device. The prototypical super-spintronic device is the superconducting spin-valve, where the critical temperature, $T_c$, of the S-layer can be controlled by the relative orientation of two (or more) F-layers. Here, w...
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This thesis examines the interaction between superconductivity and inhomogeneous ferromagnetism. Through careful engineering of the interface, it is possible to unlock a new spin aligned triplet Cooper pair, which is capable of penetrating and modifying the magnetisation of a ferromagnet in proximity to a singlet, s-wave, BCS, superconductor. This...
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We present a detailed structural and magnetic characterization of sputter deposited thin film erbium, determined by x-ray diffraction, transport measurements, magnetometry and neutron diffraction. This provides information on the onset and change of the magnetic state as a function of temperature and applied magnetic field. Many of the features of...
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We characterise the magnetic state of highly-textured, sputter deposited erbium for a film of thickness 6 nm. Using polarised neutron reflectometry it is found the film has a high degree of magnetic disorder, and we present some evidence that the films’ local magnetic state is consistent with bulk-like spiral magnetism. This, combined with compleme...
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We demonstrate that the magnetic state of a superconducting spin valve, that is normally controlled with an external magnetic field, can also be manipulated by varying the temperature which increases the functionality and flexibility of such structures as switching elements. In this case switching is driven by changes in the magnetostatic energy du...
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Superconducting spintronics has emerged in the last decade as a promising new field that seeks to open a new dimension for nanoelectronics by utilizing the internal spin structure of the superconducting Cooper pair as a new degree of freedom. Its basic building blocks are spin-triplet Cooper pairs with equally aligned spins, which are promoted by p...
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Transport measurements are presented on thin-film superconducting spin-valve systems, where the controlled non-collinear arrangement of two ferromagnetic Co layers can be used to influence the superconducting state of Nb. We observe a very clear oscillation of the superconducting transition temperature with the relative orientation of the two ferro...

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