We examine the dependence of the critical Josephson current on the length L of the normal bridge N between two bulk superconductors. This dependence turns out to be nonanalytic at small L. The nonanalyticity originates from the contribution of extended quasiparticle states with energies well above the superconducting gap. This should be contrasted with the more familiar contribution to the Josephson current coming from Andreev bound states localized in the normal region at energies below the gap.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - 2006|