Many superconductor applications rely on the ability to pin vortex lattices. This ability depends on structural defects to pin individual vortices, but vortex-vortex interactions often play an important role in pinning the other vortices. Experimental progress on this complex problem can be made by introducing random arrays of well-defined pinning centers and studying the flux dynamics for a range of vortex densities (i. e. , fields). The results of such studies in epitaxial Tl2Ba2CaCu2Oy films containing ion tracks show the importance of vortex-vortex interactions. As an example, the effective pinning field of the defects rises to many times the ion-dose field for temperatures well below TC.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering