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Mar 20 – 23, 2023
Campus Garching
Europe/Berlin timezone

Current-induced Self-organisation of Vortex Matter Studied by SANS

Mar 21, 2023, 4:00 PM
Yards 4 - 6 (Fakultät für Maschinenwesen)

Yards 4 - 6

Fakultät für Maschinenwesen

Board: TU-030
Poster Magnetism, Superconductivity, Topological Systems, Magnetic Thin Films an other electronic phenomena Poster session TUESDAY


Xaver Simon Brems (Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (FRM II) | Institut Laue-Langevin)


In the superconductor Niobium the vortex-vortex interaction shows in addition to the purely repulsive also an attractive term. This leads to the formation of the intermediate mixed state (IMS) where flux-free Meissner state domains and vortex clusters coexist. Besides being a prominent example of exotic vortex matter this two-domain structure can also act as a highly tunable model system for universal domain physics [1]. Vortices in a superconductor can be depinned using transport currents resulting in the flux flow state: For currents higher than the depinning current $I_{c}$ vortices move orthogonal to the direction of the applied current. In contrast to the pure mixed state non-trivial ordering phenomena are expected in the flux flow state of the IMS due to its highly heterogeneous domain structure. Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) is the perfect technique to study such a system as we can analyse Bragg peaks from the local vortex lattice and in parallel the very small angle scattering (VSAS) from the larger micron scale domain structure. We verified [2] the existence of the IMS in the flux flow state in a Nb single crystal sample. Our main result is the transition from isotropic to anisotropic VSAS indicating that the IMS rearranges into a stripe superstructure in the flux flow state. The stripe pattern is aligned perpendicular to the current direction.
[1] M. Seul and D. Andelman 1995 Science 267(5197):476–483
[2] Xaver S Brems et al 2022 Supercond. Sci. Technol. 35 035003

Primary authors

Xaver Simon Brems (Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (FRM II) | Institut Laue-Langevin) Sebastian Mühlbauer (Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (FRM II)) Wilmer Córdoba-Camacho (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco) Arkady Shanenko (HSE University | Universidade Federal de Pernambuco) Alexei Vagov (Universität Bayreuth | HSE University) José Albino Aguiar (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco) Robert Cubitt (Institut Laue-Langevin)

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