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VOLUME 76 | ISSUE 3 | PAGE 204
Electric field dependence of thermal conductivity of a granular superconductor: Giant field-induced effects predicted
PACS: 74.25.Fy, 74.50.+r, 74.80.Bj
Abstract
The temperature and electric field dependence of electronic contribution to the thermal conductivity (TC) of a granular superconductor is considered within a 3D model of inductive Josephson junction arrays. In addition to a low-temperature maximum of zero-field TC κ (T,0) (controlled by mutual inductance L0 and normal state resistivity Rn), the model predicts two major effects in applied electric field: (i) decrease of the linear TC, and (ii) giant enhancement of the nonlinear (i.e. ∇ T-dependent) TC with Δ κ (T,E)/κ (T,0) reaching 500% for parallel electric fields E\simeq E_T (ET=S0|∇ T| is an "intrinsic" thermoelectric field). A possiblity of experimental observation of the predicted effects in granular superconductors is discussed.