Effects of vortex-vortex interactions on ion-track pinning in high-TC superconductors

K. E. Gray, D. G. Steel, J. D. Hettinger, D. J. Miller, B. R. Washburn, M. Ware, J. T. Parkman, M. E. Yoder, C. Moreau, M. M. Eddy

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1987-1992
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
Issue number2 PART 2
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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