We report the synthesis and characterization of an epitaxial heterostructure composed of multiferroic BiFeO3 and superconducting YBa2 Cu3 O7-δ thin films grown on (001) SrTiO3. Both the superconductivity of YBa2 Cu3 O7-δ and the ferroelectricity of BiFeO3 are retained in the heterostructure. Current density-electric field characteristics measured from 30 to 170 K suggest a Schottky-emission-like transport at the BiFeO 3 / YBa2 Cu3 O7-δ interface. Furthermore, the temperature dependence of the barrier height shows an anomalous enhancement at TC, indicating an intimate coupling between the multiferroic and the superconducting layers.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)