Motion of Magnetic Flux Structures

  • R. P. Huebener
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 65)


The Abrikosov lattice of flux lines in the mixed state of a type-II superconductor and the flux-containing domains in the intermediate state of a type-I superconductor represent spatially inhomogeneous states of the material. The more or less localized normal and superconducting regions may be looked at as “particles”, with a complementary character (such as electrons and holes). These “particles” are subjected to the laws of non-equilibrium thermodynamics, i.e., to the concepts of flows and generalized forces, valid in the linear range of the thermodynamics of irreversible processes (Nicolis and Prigogine, 1977). The forces we have to deal with here are those arising from an applied electric current (note that an electric field can usually not be sustained in a superconductor) or temperature gradient, resulting in the flow of the magnetic flux structure (our “particles”) and in the flow of heat.


Lorentz Force Flux Tube Vortex Line Flux Line Flux Flow 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. P. Huebener
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  1. 1.Physikalisches Institut IIUniversity of TübingenTübingenGermany

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