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See detailInfluence of artificial pinning on vortex lattice instability in superconducting films
Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Leo, A.; Grimaldi, G. et al

in New Journal of Physics (2012), 14

In superconducting films under an applied dc current, we analyze experimentally and theoretically the influence of engineered pinning on the vortex velocity at which the flux-flow dissipation undergoes an ... [more ▼]

In superconducting films under an applied dc current, we analyze experimentally and theoretically the influence of engineered pinning on the vortex velocity at which the flux-flow dissipation undergoes an abrupt transition from low to high resistance. We argue, based on a nonuniform distribution of vortex velocity in the sample, that in strongly disordered systems the mean critical vortex velocity for flux-flow instability (i) has a nonmonotonic dependence on magnetic field and (ii) decreases as the pinning strength is increased. These findings challenge the generally accepted microscopic model of Larkin and Ovchinnikov (1979 J. Low. Temp. Phys. 34 409) and all subsequent refinements of this model which ignore the presence of pinning centers. [less ▲]

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See detailProbing the discrete motion of vortices with rf excitations
Van de Vondel, J.; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Moshchalkov, V. V. et al

in Physica C: Superconductivity (2010), 470(19), 857-859

In this work we present experimental results on the rectification of vortices in a superconductor/ferromagnet system under a high frequency drive. The two-dimensional pinning landscape, induced by the ... [more ▼]

In this work we present experimental results on the rectification of vortices in a superconductor/ferromagnet system under a high frequency drive. The two-dimensional pinning landscape, induced by the stray fields of the ferromagnetic template, has no intrinsic asymmetry. Nevertheless, an asymmetric potential is artificially induced by an applied dc bias. The experimental results unambiguously show a biased, discrete motion of the vortices in the periodic potential at frequencies above 10 MHz. This synchronized motion is very sensitive to the external applied field. Increasing temperature leads to a reduction of the pinning potential, which in turn results in a lower ac power needed to drive the vortex lattice. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailField polarity dependent superconducting properties in a superconductor/ferromagnet hybrid with in-plane magnetic moment
Gillijns, W.; Godts, F.; Ataklti, G. W. et al

in Physica C: Superconductivity (2010), 470(19), 880-882

The transport properties of an Al type-II superconducting thin film covering a Py plain film with a rectangular array of triangular holes are investigated. We show that, although the magnetization of the ... [more ▼]

The transport properties of an Al type-II superconducting thin film covering a Py plain film with a rectangular array of triangular holes are investigated. We show that, although the magnetization of the Py lies in the plane of the structure, both the critical temperature and the critical current are asymmetric with respect to the polarity of the external field, which is applied perpendicularly to the structure. The asymmetric nucleation can be explained in terms of field compensation effects between internal and external magnetic fields, whereas the presence of vortex-antivortex pairs are responsible for the observed features in the critical current. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailPinning effects on the vortex critical velocity in type-II superconducting thin films
Leo, A.; Grimaldi, G.; Nigro, A. et al

in Physica C: Superconductivity (2010), 470(19), 904-906

We study the influence of artificial pinning centers on the vortex critical velocity in Al thin films deposited on top of a periodic array of Permalloy (FeNi) square rings. We demonstrate that the field ... [more ▼]

We study the influence of artificial pinning centers on the vortex critical velocity in Al thin films deposited on top of a periodic array of Permalloy (FeNi) square rings. We demonstrate that the field dependence of the flux flow velocity strongly depends on the particular magnetic state of the rings. In particular, we find that, even when the rings are in a flux closure state, i.e. with little stray field, the vortex critical velocity shows a non-monotonic magnetic field dependence. This behaviour is in sharp contrast with the results obtained in a reference plain film, with no rings underneath. A comparison with the intrinsic strong pinning Nb films previously studied, suggests an interpretation in terms of a channel-like motion of vortices, here induced by the artificial pinning structure. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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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 detailSelf-organized mode-locking effect in superconductor/ferromagnet hybrids
Van de Vondel, J.; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Metlushko, V. et al

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (2009), 79(5),

The vortex dynamics in a low-temperature superconductor deposited on top of a rectangular array of micrometer size permalloy triangles is investigated experimentally. The rectangular unit cell is such ... [more ▼]

The vortex dynamics in a low-temperature superconductor deposited on top of a rectangular array of micrometer size permalloy triangles is investigated experimentally. The rectangular unit cell is such that neighboring triangles physically touch each other along one direction. This design stabilizes remanent states which differ from the magnetic vortex state typical of individual noninteracting triangles. Magnetic force microscopy images have revealed that the magnetic landscape of the template can be switched to an ordered configuration after magnetizing the sample with an in-plane field. The ordered phase exhibits a broad flux-flow regime with relatively low critical current and a highly anisotropic response. This behavior is caused by the spontaneous formation of two separated rows of vortices and antivortices along each line of connected triangles. The existence of a clear flux-flow regime at zero external field supports this interpretation. The density of induced vortex-antivortex pairs is directly obtained using a high-frequency measurement technique which allows us to resolve the discrete motion of vortices. Strikingly, the presence of vortex-antivortex rows gives rise to a self-organized synchronized motion of vortices which manifests itself as field independent Shapiro steps in the current-voltage characteristics. [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 detailComment on "Transverse rectification in superconducting thin films with arrays of asymmetric defects" [Appl. Phys. Lett. 91, 062505 (2007)]
Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; de Vondel, J Van; Moshchalkov, V. V. et al

in Applied Physics Letters (2008), 92(17),

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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 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 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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