Scaling laws for pinning forces in inhomogeneous superconductors

Samuel A. Alterovitz, John A. Woollam

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The lack of scaling of flux pinning forces found in some superconductors is discussed. As examples, data from three systems of superconductors is analysed: (1) Nb3Ge and pseudobinaries based on Nb3Ge made by chemical-vapour deposition; (2) sputtered Chevrel-phase films of PbMo6S8; and (3) sputtered Chevrel-phase films of CuzMo6S8(1·6 ≤ x ≤ 2·5). The lack of scaling in all three systems is explained by assuming sample inhomogeneity. Moreover, it is found that modified scaling laws are quantitatively obeyed if redefined pinning forces or redefined magnetic fields are used. The redefining procedure depends on the nature of the inhomogeneity particular to each if the three systems investigated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)619-634
Number of pages16
JournalPhilosophical Magazine B: Physics of Condensed Matter; Statistical Mechanics, Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Properties
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1978
Externally publishedYes

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