High-sensitivity vibrating reed studies of superconductors

L. De Long, J. Childers, A. Olinger, Q. Chen, J. C. Hou, U. Lahaise, J. Zhang, D. G. Hinks, P. Canfield, R. Schweinfurth, D. Van Harlingen, M. Norton

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Recent improvements in the vibrating reed (VR) technique permit precision studies of the mixed state of complex superconducting materials far below the upper critical magnetic field Hc2. VR data for thin film, crystalline and ceramic (Ba0.6K0.4)BiO3 samples demonstrate the sensitivity of the VR to microstructure and inhomogeneities, and a study of HoNi2B2C reveals previously inaccessible vortex dynamical anomalies and minute details of a complex phase competition between magnetism and reentrant superconductivity. CeRu2 VR data are reversible near Hc2 where giant hysteresis is observed in DC magnetization data, but are hysteretic over an extended region at lower temperatures and fields, indicating vortex dynamics must be considered in testing the existence of unconventional pairing states proposed for this system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-27
Number of pages6
JournalPhysica B: Condensed Matter
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Jun 2 1996

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Research at U. Kentucky was supported by US NSF Grant EHR-9108764, at U. Illinois by US NSF STC Grant DMR-9120000, at Ames Laboratory by DoE DER/OBS Contract W-7405-Eng-82, and at Argonne by US DoE BES Contract W-31-109-ENG-38. We thank Mr. N. Dilley, Dr. A. Huxley, Dr. J.W. Lynn, Prof. M.B. Maple, Dr. S.B. Roy, and Prof. S. Sridhar for useful discussions.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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