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Title: Two-dimensional vortex dynamics in decoupled YBa2Cu3O7/PrBa2Cu3O7 superlattices
Authors: Qiu, XG
Chen, GX
Zhao, BR
Moshchalkov, Victor
Bruynseraede, Yvan #
Issue Date: Jul-2003
Publisher: American physical soc
Series Title: Physical Review B vol:68 pages:024519-1-024519-5
Abstract: Two-dimensional (2D) vortex dynamics is studied in YBa2Cu3O7/PrBa2Cu3O7 superlattices by measuring the current-voltage (I-V) characteristics. In the high current limit, the 2D collective creep is observed with an activation energy U(j)proportional toj(-mu), with j the current density. The exponent mu is 0.8 at low temperatures and mu = 0.2 at high temperatures. A dislocation-mediated vortex melting occurs when the temperature is increased. In the low current limit, the exponential growth of the energy barrier for elastic motion is prohibited by the plastic deformation of vortices. The observed plateau in the resistive transition is attributed to the possible quantum tunneling of vortices.
ISSN: 1098-0121
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Physics and Astronomy - miscellaneous
# (joint) last author

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