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Author (up) Amigó, M.L.; Haberkorn, N.; Pérez, P.; Suárez, S.; Nieva, G.
Title Vortex dynamics in β -FeSe single crystals: effects of proton irradiation and small inhomogeneous stress Type Journal Article
Year 2017 Publication Superconductor Science and Technology Abbreviated Journal Supercond. Sci. Technol.
Volume 30 Issue 12 Pages 125017
Abstract We report on the critical current density J c and the vortex dynamics of pristine and 3 MeV proton irradiated (cumulative dose equal to ##IMG## [http://ej.iop.org/images/0953-2048/30/12/125017/sustaa9518ieqn1.gif] {$2\times {10}^{16}$} cm −2 ) β -FeSe single crystals. We also analyze a remarkable dependence of the superconducting critical temperature T c , J c and the flux creep rate S on the sample mounting method. Free-standing crystals present T c = 8.4(1) K, which increases to 10.5(1) K when they are fixed to the sample holder by embedding them with GE-7031 varnish. On the other hand, the irradiation has a marginal effect on T c . The pinning scenario can be ascribed to twin boundaries and random point defects. We find that the main effect of irradiation is to increase the density of random point defects, while the embedding mainly reduces the density of twin boundaries. Pristine and irradiated crystals present two outstanding features in the temperature dependence of the flux creep rate: ##IMG## [http://ej.iop.org/images/0953-2048/30/12/125017/sustaa9518ieqn2.gif] {$S(T)$} presents large values at low temperatures, which can be attributed to small pinning energies, and a plateau at intermediate temperatures, which can be associated with glassy relaxation. From Maley analysis, we observe that the characteristic glassy exponent μ changes from ∼1.7 to 1.35–1.4 after proton irradiation.
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