Freezing vortex riversFreezing vortex rivers
Faculty of Sciences. Physics
Condensed Matter Theory
Physica: C: superconductivity. - Amsterdam
470(2010):19, p. 726-729
University of Antwerp
We demonstrate experimentally and theoretically that the dissipative state at high current densities of superconducting samples with a periodic array of holes consist of flux rivers resulting from a short range attractive interaction between vortices. This dynamically induced vortexvortex attraction results from the migration of quasiparticles out of the vortex core. We have directly visualized the formation of vortex chains by scanning Hall microscopy after freezing the dynamic state by a field cooling procedure at constant bias current. Similar experiments carried out in a sample without holes show no hint of flux river formation.