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Title
Unusual commensurability effects in quasiperiodic pinning arrays induced by local inhomogeneities of the pinning site density
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Abstract
We experimentally investigate the magnetic field dependence of the critical current I-c(B) of superconducting niobium thin films patterned with periodic and quasiperiodic antidot arrays on the submicron scale. For this purpose we monitor current-voltage characteristics at different values of B and temperature T. We investigate samples with antidots positioned at the vertices of two different tilings with quasiperiodic symmetry, namely the Shield Tiling and the Tuebingen Triangle Tiling. For reference we investigate a sample with a triangular antidot lattice. We find modulations of the critical current for both quasiperiodic tilings, which have partly been predicted by numerical simulations but not observed in experiments yet. The particularity of these commensurability effects is that they correspond to magnetic field values slightly above an integer multiple of the matching field. The observed matching effects can be explained by the caging of interstitial vortices in quasiperiodically distributed cages and the formation of symmetry-induced giant vortices.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Superconductor science and technology. - Bristol
Publication
Bristol : 2014
ISSN
0953-2048
Volume/pages
27:6(2014), 8 p.
Article Reference
065002
ISI
000336494900003
Medium
E-only publicatie
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Creation 03.07.2014
Last edited 01.08.2017
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