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Title: Experimental determination of the number of flux lines trapped by microholes in superconducting samples
Authors: Silhanek, Alejandro ×
Raedts, Sophie
Van Bael, Margriet
Moshchalkov, Victor #
Issue Date: Aug-2004
Publisher: Published by the American Physical Society through the American Institute of Physics
Series Title: Physical Review B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics vol:70 issue:5 pages:1-5
Article number: 054515
Abstract: The influence of a periodic landscape of pinning sites on the vortex dynamics in Pb thin films is explored by ac susceptibility measurements. For different amplitudes h of the ac drive, the ac susceptibility chi=chi'+ichi" exhibits a complex field dependence associated with different dynamic regimes. At very low ac drives where both multiquanta vortices trapped by the antidots and interstitial vortices oscillate inside the pinning potential (intravalley motion), a small kink in chi'(H) together with a very low dissipation is observed. At intermediate ac excitations such that vortices in the antidots remain pinned, whereas interstices are driven out of the pinning well, a more pronounced kink in the screening coinciding with the onset of dissipation [chi"(H)not equal0] indicates the entrance of interstitial vortices. Eventually, at high enough amplitudes all vortices are set in motion and the penetration of interstitial vortices appears as a sudden reduction of the shielding power. We show that these distinctive features allow us to identify clearly the maximum number of flux quanta per hole, regardless of the vortex dynamic regime.
ISSN: 1098-0121
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Solid State Physics and Magnetism Section
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