The relation between the pinning potential and the critical current density of YBaCuO thin films in weak magnetic fields is studied experimentally. The pinning potential U is obtained by comparing the current-voltage characteristics of the film with the flux-creep theory. The values U=25–120 meV are obtained for films with the critical current density jc(T=0)=5.3×105–1.8×107 A/cm2. It is shown that the pinning potential increases with the increase of the critical current density. The obtained results can be qualitatively explained with the pinning model of isolated vortices.
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