Vortex liquid entanglement in irradiated YBa_(2)Cu_(3)O_(7) thin films



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Sefrioui, Zouhair and Arias Serna, Diego and González Herrera, Elvira María and León Yebra, Carlos and Santamaría Sánchez-Barriga, Jacobo and Vicent López, José Luis (2001) Vortex liquid entanglement in irradiated YBa_(2)Cu_(3)O_(7) thin films. Physical review B, 63 (6). ISSN 0163-1829

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.63.064503


Epitaxial YBa_(2)Cu_(3)O_(7) thin films, grown by high-pressure dc sputtering, are irradiated with He^(+) ions at 80 keV with doses between 10^(14) and 10^(15) cm^(-2). Irradiation reduces the critical temperature but it does not modify the carrier concentration. Angle-dependent resistivity is used to show that the mass anisotropy does not change upon irradiation. The melting transition in magnetic fields applied parallel to the c axis is analyzed by I-V critical scaling, and all irradiated and nonirradiated samples show a three-dimensional vortex glass transition with the same critical exponents. The dissipation in the liquid state is analyzed in terms of the activation energy of the magnetoresistance in a perpendicular magnetic field. While as-grown samples show an activation energy depending as 1/H on the applied magnetic field, irradiated samples show a dependence as 1/H^(0.5), characteristic of plastic deformation of vortices. This is discussed in terms of the point disorder introduced by ion irradiation.

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© 2001 The American Physical Society. Financial support from CICYT Grant Nos. MAT94-0604, MAT97-0675, and MAT99-1706E is acknowledged. Z.S. thanks AECI for financial support.

Uncontrolled Keywords:High-temperatures superconductors; High-tc superconductors; Lattice-melting transition; Flux-line-lattice; II superconductors; Quenched disorder; Phase-transitions; Glass-transition; Single-crystals; Elastic theory.
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Electricity
Sciences > Physics > Electronics
Sciences > Physics > Materials
Sciences > Physics > Solid state physics
ID Code:31155
Deposited On:01 Jul 2015 10:14
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