We present an exhaustive theoretical analysis of a double-loop Josephson proximity interferometer, such as the one recently realized by Strambini et al. for control of the Andreev spectrum via an external magnetic field. This system, called ω-SQUIPT, consists of a T-shaped diffusive normal metal (N) attached to three superconductors (S) forming a double-loop configuration. By using the quasiclassical Green-function formalism, we calculate the local normalized density of states, the Josephson currents through the device, and the dependence of the former on the length of the junction arms, the applied magnetic field, and the S/N interface transparencies. We show that by tuning the fluxes through the double loop, the system undergoes transitions from a gapped to a gapless state. We also evaluate the Josephson currents flowing in the different arms as a function of magnetic fluxes, and we explore the quasiparticle transport by considering a metallic probe tunnel-coupled to the Josephson junction and calculating its I-V characteristics. Finally, we study the performances of the ω-SQUIPT and its potential applications by investigating its electrical and magnetometric properties.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Physical Review B (Condensed Matter and Materials Physics)|
|Publication status||Published - 13 Feb 2017|