Crystallization of the ordered vortex phase in high-temperature superconductors

D. Giller, B. Ya Shapiro, I. Shapiro, A. Shaulov, Y. Yeshurun

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The Landau-Khalatnikov time-dependent equation is applied to describe the crystallization process of the ordered vortex lattice in high-temperature superconductors after a sudden application of a magnetic field. Dynamic coexistence of a stable ordered phase and an unstable disordered phase, with a sharp interface between them, is demonstrated. The transformation to the equilibrium ordered state proceeds by movement of this interface from the sample center toward its edge. The theoretical analysis dictates specific conditions for the creation of a propagating interface and provides the time scale for this process.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number22
StatePublished - 2001


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