Superconductor-insulator transition in a capacitively coupled dissipative environment

Nadya Mason, Aharon Kapitulnik

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We present results on disordered amorphous films that are expected to undergo a field-tuned superconductor-insulator transition. The addition of a parallel ground plane in proximity to the film changes the character of the transition. Although the screening effects expected from "dirty-boson" theories are not evident, there is evidence that the ground plane couples a certain type of dissipation into the system, causing a dissipation- driven phase transition. The dissipation that drives this phase transition couples similarly into quantum phase transition systems, such as superconductor-insulator transitions and the Josephson junction arrays.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number220505
Pages (from-to)2205051-2205054
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number22
StatePublished - Jun 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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