We analyze the measured critical current Im in a mesoscopic four-terminal superconductor–normal-metal–superconductor (S/N/S) structure. The current through the S/N interface is shown to consist not only of the Josephson component Icsinφ, but also a phase-coherent part Isgcosφ of the subgap current. The current Im is determined by both components Ic and Isg, and depends in a nonmonotonic way on the voltage V between superconductors and normal reservoirs reaching a maximum at V≅Δ/e. The obtained theoretical results are in qualitative agreement with recent experimental data.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Apr 2000|