Temperature dependence and mechanisms of vortex pinning by periodic arrays of Ni dots in Nb films

J. I. Martín, M. Vélez, A. Hoffmann, Ivan K. Schuller, J. L. Vicent

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Pinning interactions between superconducting vortices in Nb and magnetic Ni dots were studied as a function of current and temperature to clarify the nature of pinning mechanisms. A strong current dependence is found for a square array of dots, with a temperature-dependent optimum current for the observation of periodic pinning, which decreases with temperature as (1- T/Tc)3/2. This same temperature dependence is found for the critical current at the first matching field with a rectangular array of dots. The analysis of these results allows one to narrow the possible pinning mechanisms to a combination of two: the interaction between the vortex and the magnetic moment of the dot and the proximity effect. Moreover, for the rectangular dot array, the temperature dependence of the crossover between the low-field regime with a rectangular vortex lattice to the high-field regime with a square configuration has been studied. It is found that the crossover field increases with decreasing temperature. This dependence indicates a change in the balance between elastic and pinning energies, associated with the dynamical effects of the vortex lattice in the high-field range.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9110-9116
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number13
StatePublished - Oct 1 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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