Electrostatics of vortices in Type-II superconductors

Gianni Blatter, Mikhail Feigel’man, Vadim Geshkenbein, Anatoli Larkin, Anne Van Otterlo

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In a type-II superconductor the gap variation in the core of a vortex line induces a local charge modulation. Accounting for metallic screening, we determine the line charge of individual vortices and calculate the electric field distribution in the half space above a field penetrated superconductor. The resulting field is that of an atomic size dipole [Formula presented] is the Bohr radius, acting on a force microscope in the pico- to femto-Newton range.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)566-569
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


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