Individual and multiple vortex pinning in systems with periodic pinning arrays

C. Reichhardt, G. T. Zimányi, R. T. Scalettar, A. Hoffmann, Ivan K. Schuller

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We examine multiple and individual vortex pinning in thin superconductors with periodic pinning arrays. With simulations for multivortex pinning we observe peaks in the critical current of equal magnitude at every matching field, while for individual vortex pinning we observe a sharp drop in the critical current after the first matching field in agreement with experiments. We examine the scaling of the critical current at commensurate and incommensurate fields with simulations for varied pinning strength and show that the depinning force at the incommensurate fields decreases faster than at the commensurate fields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number052503
Pages (from-to)525031-525034
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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