Enhanced pinning in superconducting thin films with graded pinning landscapes

M. Motta, F. Colauto, W. A. Ortiz, J. Fritzsche, J. Cuppens, W. Gillijns, V. V. Moshchalkov, T. H. Johansen, A. Sanchez, A. V. Silhanek

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A graded distribution of antidots in superconducting a-Mo 79Ge21 thin films has been investigated by magnetization and magneto-optical imaging measurements. The pinning landscape has maximum density at the sample border, decreasing linearly towards the center. Its overall performance is noticeably superior than that for a sample with uniformly distributed antidots: For high temperatures and low fields, the critical current is enhanced, whereas the region of thermomagnetic instabilities in the field-temperature diagram is significantly suppressed. These findings confirm the relevance of graded landscapes on the enhancement of pinning efficiency, as recently predicted by Misko and Nori [Phys. Rev. B 85, 184506 (2012)]. © 2013 AIP Publishing LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Article number212601
JournalApplied physics letters
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2013


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