We theoretically study the Shapiro steps in a hetero-Josephson junction made of a single-gap superconductor and a two-gap one. We find that an anomalous dc Josephson current is induced by tuning the frequency of an applied microwave to the Josephson-Leggett mode frequency, which creates an extra step structure in the I-V characteristics besides the conventional Shapiro steps. The step heights at the resonance voltages exhibit an alternate structure of a large and small value reflecting the gap symmetry of the two-gap superconductor. In the ±s -wave case in which the two gaps have opposite signs in the two-gap superconductor the steps with odd index are enhanced, whereas in the s -wave case the ones with even index have larger values. The existence of the fractional Shapiro steps is also predicted.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2010 Oct 26|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics