Temperature Variations of the Disorder-Induced Vortex-Lattice-Melting Landscape

A. Soibel, Y. Myasoedov, M. L. Rappaport, T. Tamegai, S. S. Banerjee, E. Zeldov
2001 Physical Review Letters  
Differential magneto-optical imaging of the vortex-lattice melting process in Bi_2Sr_2CaCu_2O_8 crystals reveals unexpected effects of quenched disorder on the broadening of the first-order phase transition. The melting patterns show that the disorder-induced melting landscape T_m(H,r) is not fixed, but rather changes dramatically with varying field and temperature along the melting line. The changes in both the scale and shape of the landscape are found to result from the competing
more » ... mpeting contributions of different types of quenched disorder which have opposite effects on the local melting transition.
doi:10.1103/physrevlett.87.167001 pmid:11690225 fatcat:gipiuslp3nclbnnpwlorh2rpqe