Simulating Percolating Superconductors
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Science
In this thesis, investigations into the suitability of three 'weak-link' models, designed for the simulation of superconducting cluster systems, are reported. The focus of the investigation is on both the accuracy of the transport properties produced by these models, and the time taken to produce their results.
The thesis develops the theory behind a previous approach which was exclusively used to model percolation systems for coverages below the critical coverage. The modifications made allow the simulations to extend to system coverages above the critical coverage. An additional 'current-ramping' algorithm, to simulate the systematic increase or decrease of current forced through the system, is described and explored. The results for the three models are compared, and their suitability for future investigations is discussed.