Publications

List of Papers, Presentations and Conferences Attended.

 

Gravitational wave sensors based on superconducting transducers

November 8, 2021

Following the initial success of LIGO, new advances in gravitational wave (GW) detector systems are planned to reach fruition during the next decades. These systems are interferometric and large. Here we suggest different, more compact detectors of GW radiation with competitive sensitivity. These nonresonant detectors are not interferometric. They use superconducting Cooper pairs in a magnetic field to transform mechanical motion induced by GW into detectable magnetic flux. The detectors can be oriented relative to the source of GW, so as to maximize the signal output and help determine the direction of nontransient sources. In this design an incident GW rotates infinitesimally a system of massive barbells and superconducting frames attached to them. This last rotation relative to a strong magnetic field generates a signal of superconducting currents. The suggested arrangement of superconducting signal sources facilitates rejection of noise due to stray electromagnetic fields. In addition to signal analysis, we provide estimates of mechanical noise of the detector, taking into account temperature and elastic properties of the loops and barbells. We analyze at which parameters of the system a competitive strain sensitivity could be achieved. We have tested the basic idea of the detector in the laboratory and reached the theoretical Johnson-Nyquist noise limit with multiturn coils of normal metal. Realization of full-blown superconducting detectors can serve as viable alternatives to interferometric devices.

Phonon Feedback Effects on Dynamics of Phase Slip Centers in Finite Gap Superconductors

July 2, 2020

The results on the behavior of phase-slip centers in thin superconducting wires based on finite-element modeling and time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau (TDGL) equations are discussed. For closer relationship with experiments, we used finite-gap formulation of the TDGL system. Both the dynamic equation for the Cooper-pair condensate wave-function and the expression for the electric current are more complex than in the gapless case. On this basis, the influence of nonequilibrium phonons is explored. These phonons can essentially change the location of geometrical points in which the phase slippage takes place. They also affect the frequency of phase-slip oscillations. The reported effects are experimentally detectable and can be used in practical devices.

Visualization and Exploration of the Dynamics of Phase Slip Centers in Superconducting Wires

October 4th, 2019

The dynamics of phase slip centers in a 1D model of superconducting wire was created based on the set of time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau equations (TDGL). COMSOL Multiphysics®’ General Form PDE interface was used. TDGL has successfully applied to this problem decades ago and most recently, the visibility of solutions has been enhanced by engaging COMSOL's power. The feature which distinguishes the current report here is that, for the first time, the set of TDGL equations for superconductors with finite gap was used in full. The terms relevant to the presence of finite gap were included not only into the equation for the wave function of the condensate, but also into the equation for the current in the form of interference terms.


The performed thorough study of the solutions of these non-linear equations required extensive searches for multiple solutions at certain values of given parameters. We found it extremely helpful using the built-in capability of COMSOL which could be operated in tandem with MATLAB®. By developing the MATLAB code, we were able to automate findings of the relevant solutions. We obtained "branching" and "anti-branching" of these solutions at certain parameters of the problem. These properties are directly relevant to experimental results obtained with these objects.


Evolution of phase-slip centers takes place in picosecond time-scale, which can be very hard to visualize in practice. COMSOL's ability to generate animation provides unique opportunities to trace details of the microscopic evolution of various observables (such as the Cooper-pair density, superfluid and normal velocities, etc.).

Conferences

  • New Directions in Function Theory: From Complex to Hypercomplex to Non-Commutative - Chapman University, November 2019

  • COMSOL Conference - Boston October 2019, Presenter

  • APS March Meeting - Boston 2019

  • PIMan Workshop - Chapman University, March 2019

  • APS Far West Fall Meeting - Cal State Fullerton, October 2018

  • 7th International Workshop on Quantum Simulation and Quantum Walks - Chapman University, March 2018