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Title
Realization of artificial ice systems for magnetic vortices in a superconducting MoGe thin film with patterned nanostructures
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Abstract
We report an anomalous matching effect in MoGe thin films containing pairs of circular holes arranged in such a way that four of those pairs meet at each vertex point of a square lattice. A remarkably pronounced fractional matching was observed in the magnetic field dependences of both the resistance and the critical current. At the half matching field the critical current can be even higher than that at zero field. This has never been observed before for vortices in superconductors with pinning arrays. Numerical simulations within the nonlinear Ginzburg-Landau theory reveal a square vortex ice configuration in the ground state at the half matching field and demonstrate similar characteristic features in the field dependence of the critical current, confirming the experimental realization of an artificial ice system for vortices for the first time.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Physical review letters. - New York, N.Y.
Publication
New York, N.Y. : 2013
ISSN
0031-9007
Volume/pages
111:6(2013), p. 1-5
Article Reference
067001
ISI
000322799200013
Medium
E-only publicatie
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UAntwerpen
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Creation 15.10.2013
Last edited 18.06.2017
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