Real-Space Probing of the Local Magnetic Response of Thin-Film Superconductors Using Single Spin Magnetometry

Sensors (Basel). 2018 Nov 6;18(11):3790. doi: 10.3390/s18113790.


We report on direct, real-space imaging of the stray magnetic field above a micro-scale disc of a thin film of the high-temperature superconductor YBa₂Cu₃O7-δ (YBCO) using scanning single spin magnetometry. Our experiments yield a direct measurement of the sample's London penetration depth and allow for a quantitative reconstruction of the supercurrents flowing in the sample as a result of Meissner screening. These results show the potential of scanning single spin magnetometry for studies of the nanoscale magnetic properties of thin-film superconductors, which could be readily extended to elevated temperatures or magnetic fields.

Keywords: london penetration depth; meissner effect; nitrogen-vacancy center; quantum sensing; scanning probe microscopy.

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