Current carrying vortex crystals

B. Rosenstein, I. Shapiro, D. Berco, B. Ya Shapiro

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Abrikosov vortices in a type-II superconducting film subjected to strong magnetic field B with periodic array of nanoholes of the density npin form sometimes a vortex crystal, even when they are driven by a transport current. It is shown numerically that the crystal melting and transition to the resistive state occurs as a coherent depinning of the single vortex dislocations. For a system with interstitial vortices, f = B/φ 0npin > 1, the mechanism of depinning depends on the current direction with respect to the pinning array. It was found that slightly above the critical current trajectories of moving vortices are not straight, but rather acquire a snake - like shape enveloping the system of pins. In contrast to the matching field case, f = 1, the transition to a resistive state is not coherent and is developing through formation of the "snake - like" vortex trajectories. It is pointed out that the depinning is closely associated with the appearance of a strongly varying electric field. We calculated the electric fields accompanying vortex crystal melting and found the voltage-current characteristics. When the pinning array is made random, the critical current is reduced.

Original languageEnglish
Article number022106
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue numberPART 2
StatePublished - 2012
Event26th International Conference on Low Temperature Physics, LT 2011 - Beijing, China
Duration: 10 Aug 201117 Aug 2011


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