Freezing vortex rivers

A. V. Silhanek, R. G.B. Kramer, J. Van De Vondel, V. V. Moshchalkov, M. V. Miloević, G. R. Berdiyorov, F. M. Peeters, R. F. Luccas, T. Puig

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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 vortex-vortex 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)726-729
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its applications
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2010



  • Superconductivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Silhanek, A. V., Kramer, R. G. B., Van De Vondel, J., Moshchalkov, V. V., Miloević, M. V., Berdiyorov, G. R., Peeters, F. M., Luccas, R. F., & Puig, T. (2010). Freezing vortex rivers. Physica C: Superconductivity and its applications, 470(19), 726-729.