Kinetics of the superconducting transition

Fong Liu, M. Mondello, Nigel Goldenfeld

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We study the time evolution of a superconductor, following a quench from the normal state, in two dimensions. For a type-I superconductor, quenched into a region where the normal state is metastable, the normal-superconductor phase boundary exhibits a dynamical instability similar to, but not identical with, that observed in solidification. In the case of a quench into the Meissner phase of a type-II superconductor, the average vortex spacing d as a function of time t is found to exhibit a crossover from dt1/2 to dlnt, the crossover time being an increasing function of the Ginzubrg-Landau parameter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3071-3074
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number23
StatePublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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