The vortex glass-liquid transition in pinned superconductors is studied theoretically from the viewpoint of thermal depinning of flux lines. It is clarified that this depinning phenomenon is a transition of the second order. This result is consistent with the fact that the scaling of the current-voltage curves is well explained by the theoretical model of flux creep and flow. It is also found that the degree of disorder of the flux line lattice decreases abruptly with elevating temperature above the transition temperature. This agrees qualitatively with the observation of flux lines using a Lorentz microscope.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering