Vortex Transport Interference Transitions

  • A. T. Fiory


Interference transitions are observed in the mixed state of a superconducting, oxygen-doped, aluminum film* when flux flow is driven by applied collinear rf and dc electric transport currents.1 In this study particular attention is paid to the rf resistivity p' for rf current amplitudes small compared to the dc current. Under these conditions p' is independent of the rf current, and as a function of the dc electric field exhibits a series of steplike transitions such as those shown in Fig. 1. Transitions occur for values of the dc flow velocity v, which is proportional to the dc field, that satisfy the relation
$$2\pi f=\left| v\cdot g \right|$$
where f is the frequency of the rf current and g is a vector of the reciprocal vortex lattice. The orientation of the lattice is such that we can write
$$\left| v\cdot g \right|=\frac{1}{2}\sqrt{3}nv{{g}_{1}}$$
where g 1 is the reciprocal lattice constant and n is an integer. Thus, the nth transition step corresponds to reciprocal lattice points along rows perpendicular to v that satisfy Eq. (2).


Free Energy Density Flux Flow Interference Transition Reciprocal Lattice Point Landau Free Energy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. T. Fiory
    • 1
  1. 1.Bell LaboratoriesMurray HillUSA

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