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See detailControllable morphology of flux avalanches in microstructured superconductors
Motta, M.; Colauto, F.; Vestgarden, J.I. et al

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (2014)

The morphology of abrupt bursts of magnetic flux into superconducting films with engineered periodic pinning centers (antidots) has been investigated. Guided flux avalanches of thermomagnetic origin ... [more ▼]

The morphology of abrupt bursts of magnetic flux into superconducting films with engineered periodic pinning centers (antidots) has been investigated. Guided flux avalanches of thermomagnetic origin develop a tree-like structure, with the main trunk perpendicular to the borders of the sample, while secondary branches follow well-defi ned directions determined by the geometrical details of the underlying periodic pinning landscape. Strikingly, we demonstrate that in a superconductor with relatively weak random pinning, the morphology of such flux avalanches can be fully controlled by proper combinations of lattice symmetry and antidot geometry. Moreover, the resulting flux patterns can be reproduced, to the fi nest details, by simulations based on a phenomenological thermomagnetic model. In turn, this model can be used to predict such complex structures and to estimate physical variables of more di fficult experimental access, such as the local values of temperature and electric fi eld. [less ▲]

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See detailTemperature dependence of the lower critical field Hc1(T) evidences nodeless superconductivity in FeSe
Abdel-Hafiez, M.; Ge, J.; Vasiliev, A.N. et al

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (2013), 88

We investigate the temperature dependence of the lower critical fi eld Hc1(T) of a high-quality FeSe single crystal under static magnetic fields H parallel to the c axis. The temperature dependence of the ... [more ▼]

We investigate the temperature dependence of the lower critical fi eld Hc1(T) of a high-quality FeSe single crystal under static magnetic fields H parallel to the c axis. The temperature dependence of the first vortex penetration fi eld has been experimentally obtained by two independent methods and the corresponding Hc1(T) was deduced by taking into account demagnetization factors. A pronounced change of the Hc1(T) curvature is observed, which is attributed to multiband superconductivity. The London penetration depth Lambda_ab(T) calculated from the lower critical field does not follow an exponential behavior at low temperatures, as it would be expected for a fully gapped clean s-wave superconductor. Using either a two-band model with s-wave-like gaps of magnitudes Delta_1 = 0.41 +- 0.1meV and Delta_2 = 3.33+- 0.25meV or a single anisotropic s-wave order parameter, the temperature-dependence of the lower critical eld Hc1(T) can be well described. These observations clearly show that the superconducting energy gap in FeSe is nodeless. [less ▲]

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See detailLocal mapping of dissipative vortex motion
Raes, B; Van de Vondel, J; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg et al

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (2012), 86

We explore, with unprecedented single vortex resolution, the dissipation and motion of vortices in a superconducting ribbon under the influence of an external alternating magnetic field. This is achieved ... [more ▼]

We explore, with unprecedented single vortex resolution, the dissipation and motion of vortices in a superconducting ribbon under the influence of an external alternating magnetic field. This is achieved by combining the phase sensitive character of ac susceptibility, allowing us to distinguish between the inductive and dissipative responses, with the local power of scanning Hall probe microscopy. Whereas the induced reversible screening currents contribute only inductively, the vortices do leave a fingerprint in the out-of-phase component. The observed large phase-lag demonstrates the dissipation of vortices at time scales comparable to the period of the driving force (i.e., 13 ms). These results indicate the presence of slow microscopic loss mechanisms mediated by thermally activated hopping transport of vortices between metastable states. [less ▲]

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See detailLocalization of superconductivity in superconductor–electromagnet hybrids
Ataklti, G.W.; Aladyshkin, A.Yu.; Gillijns, W. et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (2012), 25

We investigate the nucleation of superconductivity in a superconducting Al strip under the influence of the magnetic field generated by a current-carrying Nb wire, perpendicularly oriented and located ... [more ▼]

We investigate the nucleation of superconductivity in a superconducting Al strip under the influence of the magnetic field generated by a current-carrying Nb wire, perpendicularly oriented and located underneath the strip. The inhomogeneous magnetic field, induced by the Nb wire, produces a spatial modulation of the critical temperature Tc, leading to a controllable localization of the superconducting order parameter (OP) wavefunction. We demonstrate that close to the phase boundary Tc(Bext) the localized OP solution can be displaced reversibly by either applying an external perpendicular magnetic field Bext or by changing the amplitude of the inhomogeneous field. [less ▲]

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See detailCurrent-induced vortex trapping in asymmetric toothed channels
Cuppens, J.; Ataklti, G. W.; Moshchalkov, V. V. et al

in Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (2011), 84(18),

We investigate experimentally and theoretically the vortex dynamics in a superconducting film with nanoengineered open vortex traps which provide tunable pinning, ranging from no pinning for a certain ... [more ▼]

We investigate experimentally and theoretically the vortex dynamics in a superconducting film with nanoengineered open vortex traps which provide tunable pinning, ranging from no pinning for a certain current direction to finite pinning when reversing the current flow. The design is based on the confinement of the vortex motion within two repulsive walls, one with periodic microprotrusions and the other one smooth. Clear commensurability effects are seen if the bias current drives the vortices inside the traps, whereas these effects are much less pronounced when the current pushes the vortices against the smooth surface. For small periods of the protrusions or large vortex sizes, the properties displayed by the vortices, pushed against these two surfaces of dissimilar roughness can be thought of as due to the change of effective sliding friction. [less ▲]

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See detailMesoscopic cross-film cryotrons: Vortex trapping and dc-Josephson-like oscillations of the critical current
Aladyshkin, A Yu; Ataklti, G. W.; Gillijns, W. et al

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (2011), 83(14),

We investigate theoretically and experimentally the transport properties of a plain Al superconducting strip in the presence of a single straight current-carrying wire, oriented perpendicular to the ... [more ▼]

We investigate theoretically and experimentally the transport properties of a plain Al superconducting strip in the presence of a single straight current-carrying wire, oriented perpendicular to the superconducting strip. It is well known that the critical current of the superconducting strip, I(c), in such a cryotron-like system can be tuned by changing the current in the control wire, I(w). We demonstrated that the discrete change in the number of the pinned vortices/antivortices inside the narrow and long strip nearby the current-carrying wire results in a peculiar oscillatory dependence of I(c) on I(w). [less ▲]

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See detailLocal probing of the vortex-antivortex dynamics in superconductor/ferromagnet hybrid structures
Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Gladilin, V. N.; Van de Vondel, J. et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (2011), 24(2),

In-plane ferromagnetic bars, densely packed in a linear array underneath a superconducting bridge, create two types of vortex chains of opposite polarity inside the superconductor. In this work we ... [more ▼]

In-plane ferromagnetic bars, densely packed in a linear array underneath a superconducting bridge, create two types of vortex chains of opposite polarity inside the superconductor. In this work we investigate both experimentally and theoretically the dynamics of these vortex chains as a function of an external magnetic field for two different arrangements of magnetic moments, namely parallel and antiparallel. The theoretical approach, based on the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau formalism, confirms previously proposed empirical models implemented to describe the basic properties of these hybrid systems. In addition, local transport measurements allow us to probe the dynamics of individual vortex channels as a function of the applied magnetic field. These measurements evidence a drastic reduction of the dissipation in the channel populated with vortices having opposite polarity to the applied field. [less ▲]

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See detailVortex Dynamics in a Superconducting Film with a Kagome and a Honeycomb Pinning Landscape
Cuppens, J.; Ataklti, G. W.; Gillijns, W. et al

in Journal of Superconductivity & Novel Magnetism (2011), 24(1-2), 7-11

The vortex dynamics in a superconducting thin Al film with a periodic Honeycomb or Kagome array of antidots has been investigated by electrical transport measurements. The large values of the ... [more ▼]

The vortex dynamics in a superconducting thin Al film with a periodic Honeycomb or Kagome array of antidots has been investigated by electrical transport measurements. The large values of the superconducting coherence length and penetration depth of the Al films guarantee a maximum of one flux quantum trapped per pinning site. This allows us to directly compare the experimental results with previous theoretical investigations based on molecular dynamics simulations. For the Kagome lattice, two submatching features not anticipated theoretically at H/H (1)=1/3 and 2/3, where H (1) is the field at which the number of vortices coincides with the number of pinning sites, are observed. Possible corresponding stable vortex patterns are suggested. For the Honeycomb pinning landscape, the commensurability effects are in agreement with the theoretical expectations. A preliminary analysis of the vortex mobility in this lattice shows the presence of a weak vortex guidance. [less ▲]

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See detailVortex Core Deformation and Stepper-Motor Ratchet Behavior in a Superconducting Aluminum Film Containing an Array of Holes
Van de Vondel, J.; Gladilin, V. N.; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg et al

in Physical Review Letters (2011), 106(13),

We investigated experimentally the frequency dependence of a superconducting vortex ratchet effect by means of electrical transport measurements and modeled it theoretically using the time-dependent ... [more ▼]

We investigated experimentally the frequency dependence of a superconducting vortex ratchet effect by means of electrical transport measurements and modeled it theoretically using the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau formalism. We demonstrate that the high frequency vortex behavior can be described as a discrete motion of a particle in a periodic potential, i.e., the so-called stepper-motor behavior. Strikingly, in the more conventional low frequency response a transition takes place from an Abrikosov vortex rectifier to a phase slip line rectifier. This transition is characterized by a strong increase in the rectified voltage and the appearance of a pronounced hysteretic behavior. [less ▲]

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See detailField polarity dependent nucleation of superconductivity in quasi-one-dimensional magnetic templates
Ataklti, G. W.; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Van de Vondel, J. et al

in Physica C: Superconductivity (2010), 470(19), 860-862

We investigate the nucleation of superconductivity in an Al/Al(2)O(3)/Py trilayer system by electrical transport measurements. Magnetic force microscopy images taken at room temperature show that the 0.7 ... [more ▼]

We investigate the nucleation of superconductivity in an Al/Al(2)O(3)/Py trilayer system by electrical transport measurements. Magnetic force microscopy images taken at room temperature show that the 0.7 mu m thick Py-film form stripes of magnetic domains with alternating out-of-plane stray field. After applying a strong out of plane magnetic field H the superconductor/normal phase boundary becomes asymmetric with respect to H = 0. This lack of field polarity symmetry results from the unbalanced size distribution of domains with opposite polarity. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailFormation of Stripelike Flux Patterns Obtained by Freezing Kinematic Vortices in a Superconducting Pb Film
Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Milosevic, M. V.; Kramer, R. B. G. et al

in Physical Review Letters (2010), 104(1),

We demonstrate experimentally and theoretically that the dissipative state of superconducting samples with a periodic array of holes at high current densities consists of flux rivers resulting from a ... [more ▼]

We demonstrate experimentally and theoretically that the dissipative state of superconducting samples with a periodic array of holes at high current densities consists of flux rivers resulting from a short-range attractive interaction between vortices. This dynamically induced vortex-vortex attraction results from the migration of quasiparticles out of the vortex core (kinematic vortices). We have directly visualized the formation of vortex chains by scanning Hall probe microscopy after freezing the dynamic state by a field cooling procedure at a constant bias current. Similar experiments carried out in a sample without holes show no hint of flux river formation. We shed light on this nonequilibrium phenomena modeled by time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau simulations. [less ▲]

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See detailGuided vortex motion and vortex ratchets in nanostructured superconductors
Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Van de Vondel, J.; Moshchalkov, V.V.

in Moshchalkov, V.V.; Woerdenweber, R.; Lang, W. (Eds.) Nanoscience and Engineering in Superconductivity (2010)

In type II superconductors, an external magnetic field can partially penetrate into the superconducting phase in the form of magnetic flux lines or vortices. The repulsive interaction between vortices ... [more ▼]

In type II superconductors, an external magnetic field can partially penetrate into the superconducting phase in the form of magnetic flux lines or vortices. The repulsive interaction between vortices makes them to arrange in a triangular lattice, known as Abrikosov vortex lattice. This periodic vortex distribution is very fragile and can be easily distorted by introducing pinning centers such as local alterations of the superconducting condensate density. The dominant role of the vortex-pinning site interaction not only permits to control the static vortex patterns and to enhance the maximum dissipationless current sustainable by the superconducting material but also allows one to gain control on the dynamics of vortices. Among the ultimate motivations behind the manipulation of the vortex motion are the better performance of superconductor-based devices by reducing the noise in superconducting quantum interference-based systems, development of superconducting terahertz emitters, reversiblemanipulation of local field distribution through flux lenses, or even providing a way to predefine the optical transmission through the system. In this chapter, we discuss two relevant mechanisms used in most envisaged fluxonics devices, namely the guidance of vortices through predefined paths and the rectification of the average vortex motion. The former can be achieved with any sort of confinement potential such as local depletion of the order parameter or local enhancements of the current density. In contrast, rectification effects result from the lack of inversion symmetry of the pinning landscape which tends to favor the vortex flow in one particular direction. We also discuss a new route for further flexibility and tunability of these fluxonics components by introducing ferromagnetic pinning centers interacting with vortices via their magnetic stray field. [less ▲]

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See detailFreezing vortex rivers
Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Kramer, R. G. B.; Van de Vondel, J. et al

in Physica C: Superconductivity (2010), 470(19), 726-729

We demonstrate experimentally and theoretically that the dissipative state at high current densities of superconducting samples with a periodic array of holes consist of flux rivers resulting from a short ... [more ▼]

We demonstrate experimentally and theoretically that the dissipative state at high current densities of superconducting samples with a periodic array of holes consist of flux rivers resulting from a short range attractive interaction between vortices. This dynamically induced vortex-vortex attraction results from the migration of quasiparticles out of the vortex core. We have directly visualized the formation of vortex chains by scanning Hall microscopy after freezing the dynamic state by a field cooling procedure at constant bias current. Similar experiments carried out in a sample without holes show no hint of flux river formation. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [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 detailDirect visualization of the vortex distributions in a superconducting film with a Penrose array of magnetic pinning centers: Symmetry induced giant vortex state
Kramer, R. B. G.; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Van de Vondel, J. et al

in Physica C: Superconductivity (2010), 470(19), 758-761

Using scanning Hall probe microscopy a direct visualization of the flux distribution in a Pb film covering a fivefold Penrose array of Co dots is obtained. We demonstrate that stable vortex configurations ... [more ▼]

Using scanning Hall probe microscopy a direct visualization of the flux distribution in a Pb film covering a fivefold Penrose array of Co dots is obtained. We demonstrate that stable vortex configurations can be found for fields H similar to 0.8H(1), H(1) and 1.6H(1), where H(1) corresponds to one flux quantum per pinning site. The vortex pattern at 0.8H(1) corresponds to one vacancy in one of the vertices of the thin tiles whereas at 1.6H(1) the vortex structure can be associated with one interstitial vortex inside each thick tile. Strikingly, for H = 1.6H(1) interstitial and pinned vortices arrange themselves in ring-like structures ("vortex corrals") which favor the formation of a giant vortex state at their center. (C) 2010 Published by Elsevier B.V. [less ▲]

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See detailSymmetry-Induced Giant Vortex State in a Superconducting Pb Film with a Fivefold Penrose Array of Magnetic Pinning Centers
Kramer, R. B. G.; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Van de Vondel, J. et al

in Physical Review Letters (2009), 103(6),

A direct visualization of the flux distribution in a Pb film covering a fivefold Penrose array of Co dots is obtained by mapping the local field distribution with a scanning Hall probe microscope. We ... [more ▼]

A direct visualization of the flux distribution in a Pb film covering a fivefold Penrose array of Co dots is obtained by mapping the local field distribution with a scanning Hall probe microscope. We demonstrate that stable vortex configurations can be found for fields H similar to 0.8H(1), H(1), and 1.6H(1), where H(1) corresponds to one flux quantum per pinning site. The vortex pattern at 0.8H(1) corresponds to one vacancy in one of the vertices of the thin tiles, whereas at 1.6H(1) the vortex structure can be associated with one interstitial vortex inside each thick tile. Strikingly, for H=1.6H(1), interstitial and pinned vortices arrange themselves in ringlike structures ("vortex corrals") which favor the formation of a giant vortex state at their center. [less ▲]

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See detailTransition from turbulent to nearly laminar vortex flow in superconductors with periodic pinning
Gutierrez, J.; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Van de Vondel, J. et al

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (2009), 80(14),

We revisit the vortex dynamics in Al thin films containing an artificial periodic array of antidots by means of electrical transport measurements. We clearly identify a turbulent to laminarlike vortex ... [more ▼]

We revisit the vortex dynamics in Al thin films containing an artificial periodic array of antidots by means of electrical transport measurements. We clearly identify a turbulent to laminarlike vortex flow transition which manifests itself as a negative differential resistivity. This transition is accompanied by a strong irreversibility in the voltage-current characteristics. The dynamical phase diagrams obtained as a function of commensurability, temperature, and driving force are in good agreement with the early predictions by Reichhardt et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 2648 (1997)] based on molecular dynamic simulations. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetically controlled superconducting weak links
Van de Vondel, J.; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Raes, B. et al

in Applied Physics Letters (2009), 95(3),

We have designed and characterized a magnetic template which can be switched between chains of parallel and antiparallel field distribution by applying an in-plane magnetic field. The parallel field ... [more ▼]

We have designed and characterized a magnetic template which can be switched between chains of parallel and antiparallel field distribution by applying an in-plane magnetic field. The parallel field profile creates highly mobile vortex channels in a superconducting film deposited on top, reproducing the behavior of a weak link as evidenced by the presence of Shapiro steps in the current-voltage characteristics under rf excitation. The Josephson coupling can be fully suppressed by changing the field distribution to the antiparallel state. As a result, a reversible ON/OFF switch for magnetically induced weak links has been demonstrated. [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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