Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


Date of this Version

September 1988


Published by American Institute of Physics. Appl. Phys. Lett., 53, 1210 (1988). © 1988 American Institute of Physics. Permission to use. Journal home page =


We have used a pulsed electron beam in a scanning electron microscope to produce highly localized (~1 µm) changes in the electrical properties of a heterogeneous thin film of YBa2Cu3O7-δ . The predominant effect of the beam is to locally heat the film, producing a measurable shift in the current-voltage characteristic. In particular, we have precisely located the part of the film responsible for a sharp feature in the current-voltage characteristic corresponding to a single Josephson junction. The technique should also be useful more generally in identifying specific weak links in superconducting thin films.

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