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Title: Tuning the structure of the Josephson vortex lattice in Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8+δ single crystals with pancake vortices

Abstract

In extremely anisotropic cuprate superconductors a lattice of stacks of pancake vortices nucleates when a magnetic field is applied perpendicular to the copper oxide layers, while an orthogonal lattice of highly elliptical Josephson vortices forms when the applied field is parallel to the layers. Under tilted magnetic fields these sublattices can interact in complex ways to form systems of vortex chains and composite vortex lattices. Here we have used high-resolution scanning Hall microscopy to map the rich tilted-field vortex phase diagram in an underdoped Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8+δ single crystal. We find that the Josephson vortex lattice spacing has an unexpected non-monotonic dependence on the pancake vortex density reflecting the delicate balance between attractive and repulsive vortex interactions, and actually undergoes a field-driven structural transformation at high out-of-plane fields. We also identify particularly stable composite structures composed of vortex chains separated by an integer number of rows of interstitial pancake vortex stacks and are able to establish the precise evolution of vortex chain phases as the out-of-plane field is increased at small in-plane fields. Lastly, our results are in good semi-quantitative agreement with theoretical models and could enable the development of vortex ratchets and lenses based on the interactionsmore » between Josephson and pancake vortices.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [2]; ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [3];  [4];  [5]
  1. Univ. of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath (United Kingdom). Dept. of Physics
  2. Univ. of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath (United Kingdom). Dept. of Physics; Univ. of Kirkuk, Kirkuk (Iraq). Dept. of Physics
  3. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States). Materials Science Division
  4. Univ. of Tokyo (Japan). Dept. of Applied Physics; Nagoya Univ. (Japan). Dept. of Electrical Engineering
  5. Univ. of Tokyo (Japan). Dept. of Applied Physics
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22). Materials Sciences & Engineering Division; Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
OSTI Identifier:
1466329
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-06CH11357; EP/G036101/1; EP/J010626/1
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Scientific Reports
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 8; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 2045-2322
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS

Citation Formats

Curran, P. J., Mohammed, H. A., Bending, S. J., Koshelev, A. E., Tsuchiya, Y., and Tamegai, T. Tuning the structure of the Josephson vortex lattice in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ single crystals with pancake vortices. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-28681-7.
Curran, P. J., Mohammed, H. A., Bending, S. J., Koshelev, A. E., Tsuchiya, Y., & Tamegai, T. Tuning the structure of the Josephson vortex lattice in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ single crystals with pancake vortices. United States. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-28681-7.
Curran, P. J., Mohammed, H. A., Bending, S. J., Koshelev, A. E., Tsuchiya, Y., and Tamegai, T. Thu . "Tuning the structure of the Josephson vortex lattice in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ single crystals with pancake vortices". United States. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-28681-7. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1466329.
@article{osti_1466329,
title = {Tuning the structure of the Josephson vortex lattice in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ single crystals with pancake vortices},
author = {Curran, P. J. and Mohammed, H. A. and Bending, S. J. and Koshelev, A. E. and Tsuchiya, Y. and Tamegai, T.},
abstractNote = {In extremely anisotropic cuprate superconductors a lattice of stacks of pancake vortices nucleates when a magnetic field is applied perpendicular to the copper oxide layers, while an orthogonal lattice of highly elliptical Josephson vortices forms when the applied field is parallel to the layers. Under tilted magnetic fields these sublattices can interact in complex ways to form systems of vortex chains and composite vortex lattices. Here we have used high-resolution scanning Hall microscopy to map the rich tilted-field vortex phase diagram in an underdoped Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ single crystal. We find that the Josephson vortex lattice spacing has an unexpected non-monotonic dependence on the pancake vortex density reflecting the delicate balance between attractive and repulsive vortex interactions, and actually undergoes a field-driven structural transformation at high out-of-plane fields. We also identify particularly stable composite structures composed of vortex chains separated by an integer number of rows of interstitial pancake vortex stacks and are able to establish the precise evolution of vortex chain phases as the out-of-plane field is increased at small in-plane fields. Lastly, our results are in good semi-quantitative agreement with theoretical models and could enable the development of vortex ratchets and lenses based on the interactions between Josephson and pancake vortices.},
doi = {10.1038/s41598-018-28681-7},
journal = {Scientific Reports},
number = 1,
volume = 8,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {7}
}

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