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Neerinck, D., K. Temst, M. Baert, E. Osquiguil, C. Van Haesendonck, Y. Bruynseraede, A. Gilabert, and I. K. Schuller. "Thermally induced transition in the vortex lattice of Ge/Pb multilayers." Physica C: Superconductivity and its applications 185-189, no. PART 3 (1991): 2061–2062.
Abstract: We report on a novel magnetic field dependence of the critical current density of M.B.E. grown Ge/Pb insulator/superconductor multilayers. When the magnetic field is applied perpendicular to the layers, the critical current density Jc drops to a minimum, followed by a broad maximum before finally decaying monotonously to zezero with increasing magnetic field. The dependence of this effect on pinning strength, temperature, and layer thickness suggests either a thermally driven coupling/decoupling transition, or melting of the vortex lattice.
Keywords: Germanium And Alloys; Lead And Alloys; Superconducting Films; Thermal Effects; Critical Currents; Multilayers; Metallic Films