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Ferroelectric manipulation of magnetic flux quanta

Using heterostructures that combine a large-polarization ferroelectric and a high-temperature superconductor, we demonstrate the nanoscale modulation of the superconducting condensate via ferroelectric field effects. Through this mechanism, a nanoscale pattern of normal regions that mimics the ferroelectric domain structure can be created in the superconductor. This yields an energy landscape for magnetic flux quanta and, in turn, couples the local ferroelectric polarization to the local magnetic induction. We show that this form of magnetoelectric coupling, together with the possibility to reversibly design the ferroelectric domain structure, opens the door to a new class of reconfigurable superconducting nano-devices.
A. Crassous et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 247002 (2011)