Magnetization jumps and irreversibility

D. Farrell, E. Johnston-Halperin, L. Klein, P. Fournier, A. Kapitulnik

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Using torque magnetometry, the bulk magnetization of single-crystal (Formula presented)(Formula presented)(Formula presented)(Formula presented) has been investigated for temperatures close to the superconducting transition temperature. The results establish that the irreversibility field coincides with the field at which the vortex solid melts. It is also reported that the magnitude of the magnetization jump that can appear at the melting transformation is strongly correlated with the irreversibility displayed by the vortex solid. The accepted interpretation of the magnetization jumps observed in both local and bulk magnetic experiments on high-(Formula presented) superconductors is that they provide evidence for an entropy jump at the melting transformation. The results reported here suggest that the magnetization jumps may have an artifactual origin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11807-11816
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number17
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


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