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Journal of Low Temperature Physics

, Volume 157, Issue 1–2, pp 36–56 | Cite as

Current-Temperature Diagram of Resistive States in Long Superconducting YBa2Cu3O7 Strips

  • K. Harrabi
  • F.-R. Ladan
  • Vu Dinh Lam
  • J.-P. Maneval
  • J.-F. Hamet
  • J.-C. Villégier
  • R. W. Bland
Article

Abstract

Using a sequence of stepped bias currents in the nanosecond range, we have studied the destruction of superconductivity in c-axis textured YBa2Cu3O7 strips of various thickness and structure (single or multi-layers). Sufficiently far from T c, vortex flow fades out and gradually gives way to localized dissipative structures, which can be interpreted either as Phase-Slip Centers (PSC) or normal Hot Spots (HS). A plot of the corresponding threshold currents in the current–temperature (I–T) plane indicates when each of them will occur, and how to switch over from one to the other, in a manner similar to that demonstrated for metallic materials (cf. Ladan et al., J. Low Temp. Phys. 153:103, 2008). The capability of some YBCO strips to support PSC’s at arbitrarily low temperatures escapes the common picture.

Keywords

High-Tc films Phase-Slip Centers Critical currents Phonon escape 

PACS

74.76.Bz 61.72.Mm 74.40.+k 74.50.+r 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Harrabi
    • 1
  • F.-R. Ladan
    • 1
  • Vu Dinh Lam
    • 1
  • J.-P. Maneval
    • 1
  • J.-F. Hamet
    • 2
  • J.-C. Villégier
    • 3
  • R. W. Bland
    • 4
  1. 1.Laboratoire Pierre Aigrain de l’École Normale Supérieure, Associated with CNRS (UMR 8551)Université Paris 6, and Université Paris 7Paris 5France
  2. 2.CRISMAT-ENSICAEN (UMR-CNRS 6508)Caen 4France
  3. 3.CEA-INAC-SPSMSGrenoble 9France
  4. 4.Department of Physics and AstronomySFSUSan FranciscoUSA

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