Unconventional dynamics of vortex shells in mesoscopic superconducting corbino disksUnconventional dynamics of vortex shells in mesoscopic superconducting corbino disks
Faculty of Sciences. Physics
Condensed Matter Theory
Physica: C: superconductivity. - Amsterdam
470(2010):19, p. 939-941
University of Antwerp
The dynamics of vortex matter in mesoscopic superconducting Corbino disk is strongly influenced by the discrete vortex structure arranged in shells. While in previous works the vortex dynamics has been studied in large (macroscopic) and in very small mesoscopic disks (containing only few shells), in the intermediate-size regime it is much more complex and unusual, due to: (i) the competition between the vortexvortex interaction and confinement and (ii) (in)commensurability among the vortex shells. We found that the interplay between these effects can result in a very unusual vortex dynamical behavior: (i) unconventional angular melting (i.e., propagating from the boundary, where the shear stress is minimum, towards the center) and (ii) unconventional dynamics of shells (i.e., the inversion of shell velocities with respect to the gradient driving force). This unusual behavior is found for different number of shells.