We report on magnetoresistance measurements in 10 nm thick and submicron-wide granular YBa2Cu3O7- δ bridges. The results show a strong dependence of the resistance on the magnetic field at low fields crossing over to a relatively weak field dependence at high fields. The field derivative of the resistance at high fields decreases as the temperature is lowered and eventually changes sign, exhibiting a negative slope in a wide field range in the Tesla regime. This negative slope is sensitive to the bias current, turning to be positive as the bias current increases. This complex magnetoresistance behavior is attributed to both phase slips in a distribution of strongly and weakly linked superconducting grains, and tunneling of quasiparticles between grains. The latter dominates at low temperatures and high fields, giving rise to the negative magnetoresistance slope.
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Important discussions with Lev Bulaevskii, Valerii Vinokur, Aviad Frydman, Moshe Goldstien and Boris Ya Shapiro are acknowledged. We also thank Irena Shapiro for participating in the analysis of the data and Elran Bruch-El and Omri Sharon for extensive help in wires preparation and measurements. We acknowledge support of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft through a DIP project. Y.Y. acknowledges a support of the Israel Science Foundation (Grant No. 164/12 ).
- Granular superconductors
- YBaCu O bridges