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See detailSwitchable magnetic dipole induced guided vortex motion (vol 93, 022507, 2008)
Verellen, N.; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Gillijns, W. et al

in Applied Physics Letters (2009), 94(21),

erratum to the Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 022507 (2008)

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See detailNucleation of superconductivity and vortex matter in superconductor-ferromagnet hybrids
Aladyshkin, A Yu; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Gillijns, W. et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (2009), 22(5),

The theoretical and experimental results concerning the thermodynamical and low-frequency transport properties of hybrid structures, consisting of spatially separated conventional low-temperature ... [more ▼]

The theoretical and experimental results concerning the thermodynamical and low-frequency transport properties of hybrid structures, consisting of spatially separated conventional low-temperature superconductors (S) and ferromagnets (F), are reviewed. Since the superconducting and ferromagnetic parts are assumed to be electrically insulated, no proximity effect is present and thus the interaction between both subsystems is through their respective magnetic stray fields. Depending on the temperature range and the value of the external field H(ext), different behavior of such S/F hybrids is anticipated. Rather close to the superconducting phase transition line, when the superconducting state is only weakly developed, the magnetization of the ferromagnet is solely determined by the magnetic history of the system and it is not influenced by the field generated by the supercurrents. In contrast to that, the nonuniform magnetic field pattern, induced by the ferromagnet, strongly affects the nucleation of superconductivity, leading to an exotic dependence of the critical temperature T(c) on H(ext). Deeper in the superconducting state the effect of the screening currents cannot be neglected anymore. In this region of the phase diagram T-H(ext) various aspects of the interaction between vortices and magnetic inhomogeneities are discussed. In the last section we briefly summarize the physics of S/F hybrids when the magnetization of the ferromagnet is no longer fixed but can change under the influence of the superconducting currents. As a consequence, the superconductor and ferromagnet become truly coupled and the equilibrium configuration of this 'soft' S/F hybrid requires rearrangements of both superconducting and ferromagnetic characteristics, as compared with 'hard' S/F structures. [less ▲]

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See detailPinning centers produced by magnetic microstructures
Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Van de Vondel, J.; Leo, A. et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (2009), 22(3),

We investigate the flux pinning and dynamic properties of superconducting vortices in an Al film with an array of magnetic bars deposited on top. The dimensions of each bar are chosen in such a way that ... [more ▼]

We investigate the flux pinning and dynamic properties of superconducting vortices in an Al film with an array of magnetic bars deposited on top. The dimensions of each bar are chosen in such a way that they host a single magnetic domain. These micromagnets are distributed periodically in a rectangular array with 0.5 mu m separation parallel to the longest side of the bars and displaced laterally by a distance w. We show that, for w > Lambda, where Lambda is the effective field penetration depth, the pinning strength is almost independent of w whereas the critical temperature at zero field, T(c)(0), decreases as similar to w(-1). For w < Lambda the opposite behavior is observed, i.e. T(c)(0) seems to saturate to a nearly w-independent value and the transition from large to small w is accompanied by a large suppression of the critical current j(c) together with a clear change in the shape of the current-voltage characteristics. In particular, the substantial weakening of the pinning potential for w < Lambda gives rise to an unexpected flux flow response. The field evolution of this regime allows us to determine whether the magnetic bars induce vortex-antivortex pairs in the system. The present findings suggest that practical application of magnetic pinning centers are restricted to low field values. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic tunable confinement of the superconducting condensate in superconductor/ferromagnet hybrids
Aladyshkin, A Yu; Gillijns, W.; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg et al

in Physica C: Superconductivity (2008), 468(7-10), 737-740

The effect of a nonuniform magnetic field induced by a ferromagnet on the magnetoresistance of thin-film superconductor/ferromagnet hybrid structures was investigated experimentally. Two different ... [more ▼]

The effect of a nonuniform magnetic field induced by a ferromagnet on the magnetoresistance of thin-film superconductor/ferromagnet hybrid structures was investigated experimentally. Two different magnetic textures with out-of-plane magnetization were considered: a plain ferromagnetic film with bubble domains and a regular array of ferromagnetic dots. The stray fields of the structures are able to affect the spatial profile of the superconducting condensate, leading to a modification of the dependence of the critical temperature T-c on an external magnetic field H. We showed how the standard linear T-c(H) dependence with a single maximum at H = 0 can be continuously transformed into so-called reentrant phase boundary with two T-c peaks. We demonstrated that both domain-wall superconductivity and field-induced superconductivity are different manifestations of the magnetic confinement effect in various magnetic patterns. (C) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailSwitchable magnetic dipole induced guided vortex motion
Verellen, N.; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Gillijns, W. et al

in Applied Physics Letters (2008), 93(2),

We present evidence of magnetically controlled vortex motion in an Al film on top of a periodic array of Permalloy square rings. The resulting magnetic template generates a strongly anisotropic pinning ... [more ▼]

We present evidence of magnetically controlled vortex motion in an Al film on top of a periodic array of Permalloy square rings. The resulting magnetic template generates a strongly anisotropic pinning potential landscape for vortices in the superconducting layer. Transport measurements show that this anisotropy is able to confine the flux motion along the high symmetry axes of the square lattice of dipoles. This guided vortex motion can be rerouted by 90 degrees simply changing the dipole orientation or even suppressed by inducing a flux-closure magnetic state with very low stray fields in the rings. (C) 2008 American Institute of Physics. [less ▲]

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See detailRectification effects in superconductors with magnetic pinning centers
Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Verellen, N.; Metlushko, V. et al

in Physica C: Superconductivity (2008), 468(7-10), 563-567

We investigate the dynamics and pinning properties of vortices in superconducting At films deposited on top of a close-packed array of Py microsized. loops by electrical transport measurements. The ... [more ▼]

We investigate the dynamics and pinning properties of vortices in superconducting At films deposited on top of a close-packed array of Py microsized. loops by electrical transport measurements. The micromagnets have an in-plane magnetic moment that can be set in different magnetic states by applying an external field parallel to the plane of the pattern. When the loops are set in the magnetic vortex-state, for which the stray field is the smallest, a weaker pinning in comparison with the polarized states (i.e. strong stray field) is observed. In addition, a clear influence of the chosen magnetic state of the Py rings on the dynamics of the vortex motion under an ac-excitations is obtained. When the magnetic elements are in the as-grown state a rectification signal which reverses sign when the field changes polarity is observed. In contrast to that, when the array of loops is magnetized the observed rectification effect is independent of the field polarity and can be reversed by reorienting the magnetization of the micromagnets. (c) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailDipole-induced vortex ratchets in superconducting films with arrays of micromagnets
de Souza Silva, C. C.; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Van de Vondel, J. et al

in Physical Review Letters (2007), 98(11),

We investigate the transport properties of superconducting films with periodic arrays of in-plane magnetized micromagnets. Two different magnetic textures are studied: a square array of magnetic bars and ... [more ▼]

We investigate the transport properties of superconducting films with periodic arrays of in-plane magnetized micromagnets. Two different magnetic textures are studied: a square array of magnetic bars and a close-packed array of triangular microrings. As confirmed by magnetic force microscopy imaging, the magnetic state of both systems can be adjusted to produce arrays of almost pointlike magnetic dipoles. By carrying out transport measurements with ac drive, we observed experimentally a recently predicted ratchet effect induced by the interaction between superconducting vortices and the magnetic dipoles. Moreover, we find that these magnetic textures produce vortex-antivortex patterns, which have a crucial role in the transport properties of this hybrid system. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of magnet size on magnetically engineered field-induced superconductivity
Gillijns, W.; Milosevic, M. V.; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg et al

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (2007), 76(18),

We investigate experimentally and theoretically the superconducting properties of an Al thin film covering a periodic array of Co/Pt magnetic disks with out-of-plane magnetization for different radii of ... [more ▼]

We investigate experimentally and theoretically the superconducting properties of an Al thin film covering a periodic array of Co/Pt magnetic disks with out-of-plane magnetization for different radii of the magnetic disks and constant period of the magnetic lattice. The presence of the arrays of magnetic dots leads to a quantized displacement of the normal/superconducting phase boundary along the magnetic field axis, with each step corresponding to a flux-quantum per unit cell of the magnetic lattice. We demonstrate that this so-called field-induced superconductivity is strongly dependent not only on the chosen magnetic material and its magnetization M but also on the radius R of the constructed magnetic disks. Since field-induced superconductivity is directly linked to the nucleation of vortex-antivortex (V-AV) pairs, a theoretical M-R equilibrium phase boundary is presented, delimiting regions of different numbers of induced V-AV pairs per magnet. A good qualitative and quantitative agreement is found between theory and experiment. [less ▲]

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See detailOrigin of reversed vortex ratchet motion
Gillijns, W.; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Moshchalkov, V. V. et al

in Physical Review Letters (2007), 99(24),

We experimentally demonstrate that the origin of multiply reversed rectified vortex motion in an asymmetric pinning landscape not only is a consequence of the vortex-vortex interactions but also ... [more ▼]

We experimentally demonstrate that the origin of multiply reversed rectified vortex motion in an asymmetric pinning landscape not only is a consequence of the vortex-vortex interactions but also essentially depends on the ratio between the characteristic interaction distance and the period of the asymmetric pinning potential. We study four samples with different periods d of the asymmetric potential. For large d the dc voltage V(dc) recorded under a ac excitation indicates that the average vortex drift is from bigger to smaller dots for all explored positive fields. As d is reduced, a series of sign reversals in the dc response are observed as a function of field. We show that the number of sign reversals increases as d decreases. These findings are in agreement with recent computer simulations and illustrate the relevance of the different characteristic lengths for the vortex rectification effects. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of superconducting critical parameters by tuning the size and magnetization of arrays of magnetic dots
Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Gillijns, W.; Milosevic, M. V. et al

in Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (2007), 76(10),

We investigate the nucleation of superconductivity in an Al film deposited on top of an array of micromagnets with perpendicular anisotropy by dc transport measurements. The absolute control of the ... [more ▼]

We investigate the nucleation of superconductivity in an Al film deposited on top of an array of micromagnets with perpendicular anisotropy by dc transport measurements. The absolute control of the magnetic state of the ferromagnets enabled us to explore the superconductor-normal-metal phase boundary as a function of the magnetization M of the dots. For a given external homogeneous field H, the magnetization of the dots can be tuned in such a way to optimize the field and current compensation in the sample, thus yielding a clear enhancement of the upper critical field H-c2. In addition, we theoretically demonstrate that the critical current I-c for a given temperature could be further enhanced by properly adjusting the size of the magnetic dots. These results are fully corroborated by the Ginzburg-Landau theory as well as analytic estimates. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic confinement of the superconducting condensate in superconductor-ferromagnet hybrid composites
Gillijns, W.; Aladyshkin, A Yu; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg et al

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (2007), 76(6),

The influence of an inhomogeneous magnetic field on the magnetoresistance of thin Al films, used in different superconductor-ferromagnet hybrids, has been investigated. Two contrasting magnetic textures ... [more ▼]

The influence of an inhomogeneous magnetic field on the magnetoresistance of thin Al films, used in different superconductor-ferromagnet hybrids, has been investigated. Two contrasting magnetic textures with out-of-plane magnetization are explored: namely, (i) a plain film in a multidomain state and (ii) an array of microsized dots. The stray fields of the ferromagnetic structures confine the superconducting condensate and, accordingly, modify the condition for the nucleation of superconductivity. By switching between different magnetic states of the ferromagnet, this confinement can be tuned at will, thereby reversibly changing the dependence of the critical temperature T-c on an external magnetic field H. In particular, continuous evolution from a conventional linear T-c(H) dependence with a single maximum to a reentrant superconducting phase boundary with multiple T-c peaks has been demonstrated. [less ▲]

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See detailSuperconducting microrings as magnetic pinning centers
Gillijns, W.; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Moshchalkov, V. V.

in Applied Physics Letters (2007), 91(20),

The nucleation of the superconducting condensate in an Al film deposited on top of a periodic array of microsized Pb rings is investigated using transport measurements. We demonstrate that these Pb rings ... [more ▼]

The nucleation of the superconducting condensate in an Al film deposited on top of a periodic array of microsized Pb rings is investigated using transport measurements. We demonstrate that these Pb rings form tunable pinning sites which can be switched at will to repel or attract vortices in the Al film, depending on their magnetic history. After zero field cooling, a repulsive interaction between the rings and the vortices is observed, while after field cooling, the interaction becomes attractive. The flexibility of such current-induced pinning centers can lead to an enhanced control over the vortex motion. (c) 2007 American Institute of Physics. [less ▲]

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See detailManipulation of the vortex motion in nanostructured ferromagnetic/superconductor hybrids
Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Gillijns, W.; Moshchalkov, V. V. et al

in Applied Physics Letters (2007), 90(18),

The authors investigate the rectified motion of vortices in superconducting films deposited on top of a close-packed array of open in-plane magnetized triangular micromagnets. The dc voltage induced by ... [more ▼]

The authors investigate the rectified motion of vortices in superconducting films deposited on top of a close-packed array of open in-plane magnetized triangular micromagnets. The dc voltage induced by the vortex drift under an ac excitation is recorded for three different magnetic configurations of the triangles. When the magnetic elements are in the as-grown state a rectification signal which reverses sign when the field changes polarity is observed. In contrast to that, when the array of triangles is magnetized the observed rectification effect is independent of the field polarity and can be reverted by reorienting the magnetization of the micromagnets. (C) 2007 American Institute of Physics. [less ▲]

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See detailTunable field-induced superconductivity
Gillijns, W.; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Moshchalkov, V. V.

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (2006), 74(22),

We investigate the transport properties of a thin superconducting Al layer covering a square array of magnetic dots with out-of-plane magnetization. A thorough characterization of the magnetic properties ... [more ▼]

We investigate the transport properties of a thin superconducting Al layer covering a square array of magnetic dots with out-of-plane magnetization. A thorough characterization of the magnetic properties of the dots allowed us to fine-tune their magnetic state at will, hereby changing the influence of the dots on the superconductor in a continuous way. We show that even though the number of vortex-antivortex pairs discretely increases with increasing the magnetization of the dots, no corresponding discontinuity is observed in the resistance of the sample. The evolution of the superconducting phase boundary as the magnetic state of the dots is swept permits one to devise a fully controllable and erasable field-induced superconductor. [less ▲]

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See detailTunable pinning in superconducting films with magnetic microloops
Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Gillijns, W.; Moshchalkov, V. V. et al

in Applied Physics Letters (2006), 89(18),

The authors study the flux pinning properties of superconductor/magnetic microring lattice hybrid structures. The used open triangular micromagnets represent an eightfold degree of freedom system, with ... [more ▼]

The authors study the flux pinning properties of superconductor/magnetic microring lattice hybrid structures. The used open triangular micromagnets represent an eightfold degree of freedom system, with six polarized and two flux-closure possible states. By conveniently choosing the magnetic state of the underlying rings, it is possible to induce different pinning potentials. They show that the magnetic vortex state with minimum stray field produces a weaker pinning in comparison with the polarized states. (c) 2006 American Institute of Physics. [less ▲]

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See detailEnhanced pinning and proliferation of matching effects in a superconducting film with a Penrose array of magnetic dots
Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Gillijns, W.; Moshchalkov, V. V. et al

in Applied Physics Letters (2006), 89(15),

The vortex dynamics in superconducting films deposited on top of a fivefold Penrose array of magnetic dots is studied by means of transport measurements. The authors show that in the low pinning regime ... [more ▼]

The vortex dynamics in superconducting films deposited on top of a fivefold Penrose array of magnetic dots is studied by means of transport measurements. The authors show that in the low pinning regime (demagnetized dots) a few periodic and aperiodic matching features coexist. In the strong pinning regime (magnetized dots) a richer structure of unforeseen periodic and aperiodic vortex patterns appear, giving rise to a clear enhancement of the critical current in a broader field range. Possible stable vortex configurations are determined by molecular dynamics simulations. (c) 2006 American Institute of Physics. [less ▲]

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