Correlation of vortex motion in high- Tc superconductors

Thomas S. Lee, N. Missert, Lise T. Sagdahl, John Clarke, John R. Clem, K. Char, J. N. Eckstein, D. K. Fork, L. Lombardo, A. Kapitulnik, L. F. Schneemeyer, J. V. Waszczak, R. B. Van Dover

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The magnetic flux noise generated by films and crystals of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+y and YBa2Cu3O7-x, up to 30 μm thick and cooled in nominally zero magnetic field, has been measured at opposing surfaces by two dc superconducting quantum interference devices. For both materials, the noise sources at the two surfaces were highly correlated at specific temperatures in a given cooldown. This result suggests that the observed vortices moved as rigid rods. At other temperatures, the noise was mostly uncorrelated, suggesting that the relevant vortices were pinned at more than one point along their length.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2796-2799
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number14
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

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