Vortex interaction enhanced saturation number and caging effect in a superconducting film with a honeycomb array of nanoscale holes

M. L. Latimer, G. R. Berdiyorov, Z. L. Xiao, W. K. Kwok, F. M. Peeters

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The electrical transport properties of a MoGe thin film with a honeycomb array of nanoscale holes are investigated. The critical current of the system shows nonmatching anomalies as a function of applied magnetic field, enabling us to distinguish between multiquanta vortices trapped in the holes and interstitial vortices located between the holes. The number of vortices trapped in each hole is found to be larger than the saturation number predicted for an isolated hole and shows a nonlinear field dependence, leading to the caging effect as predicted from the Ginzburg-Landau (GL) theory. Our experimental results are supplemented by numerical simulations based on the GL theory.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012505
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jan 2012


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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