Entropy, vortex interactions and the phase diagram of heavy-ion irradiated Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ

C. J. Van Der Beek, M. Konczykowski, R. J. Drost, P. H. Kes, A. V. Samoilov, N. Chikumoto, S. Bouffard, M. V. Feigel'Man

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Using dynamic and thermodynamic magnetization measurements, we analyze the phase diagram of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ single crystals containing amorphous columnar defects created by heavy-ion irradiation. Reversible magnetization experiments yield the respective magnitudes of the pinning energy and entropy contributions to the free energy of the vortex lattice. It appears that the entropy contribution in the London regime is relatively minor in both unirradiated and irradiated crystals, except in the case of high density of columns and inductions B that are smaller than the interaction field Hint≈Bφ/6. The dependence of the entropy contribution on vortex and defect density correlates well with measurements of the irreversibility line (IRL) Hirr(T), which shows a sharp increase at Hint.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178-186
Number of pages9
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its Applications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 2000
Externally publishedYes
Event1st Euroconference on Vortex Matter in Superconductors at Extreme Scales and Conditions - Crete, Greece
Duration: 18 Sep 199924 Sep 1999


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