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Conductance enhancement in quantum-point-contact semiconductor-superconductor devices .

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1999
<mark>Journal</mark>Physical review B
Pages (from-to)13762
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


We present numerical calculations of the conductance of an interface between a phase-coherent two-dimensional electron gas and a superconductor with a quantum point contact in the normal region. Using a scattering matrix approach we reconsider the geometry of De Raedt, Michielsen, and Klapwijk [Phys. Rev. B 50, 631 (1994)] which was studied within the time-dependent Bogoliubov�de Gennes formalism. We find that the factor-of-2 enhancement of the conductance GNS compared to the normal state conductance GN for ideal interfaces may be suppressed for interfaces with a quantum point contact with only a few propagating modes. The suppression is found to depend strongly on the position of the Fermi level. We also study the suppression due to a barrier at the interface and find an anomalous behavior caused by quasiparticle interference. Finally, we consider the limit of sequential tunneling and find a suppression of the factor-of-2 enhancement which may explain the absence of conductance enhancement in experiments on metal-superconductor structures.