Magnetic flux instability in NbN films exposed to fast field sweep rates

E. Baruch-El, M. Baziljevich, T. H. Johansen, X. Y. Zhou, X. Q. Jia, B. B. Jin, A. Shaulov, Y. Yeshurun

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Magneto-optical imaging of dendritic flux instability is reported for NbN films exposed to magnetic fields ramped at a fast rate (0.1-3.2 kT s-1). The results show that as the magnetic ramp rate increases, the temperature and field range of the instability extends significantly. In particular, the lower and upper threshold fields (H1 th and H2 th, respectively) that bound the field range for dendritic instability are affected. The upper field is found to increase linearly with the applied field sweep rate, a behavior which is discussed in terms of a recent theoretical work (Vestgarden et al 2016 Phys. Rev. B 73 174511). The extended instability range should be taken into account in applications in which the superconducting films are exposed to rapid changes in the magnetic field.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105008
JournalSuperconductor Science and Technology
Issue number10
StatePublished - 6 Sep 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by Israel Science Foundation (ISF-164/12). The authors thank Lior Shani for technical assistance with the MPMS measurements.

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  • NbN
  • dendritic flux instability
  • magneto-optical imaging
  • superconductivity


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