Self-organized superconducting textures in thin films

Andreas Glatz, Igor S. Aranson, Tatyana I. Baturina, Nikolay M. Chtchelkatchev, Valerii M. Vinokur

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The interplay between the superconducting order parameter and elastic fields, which are intimately connected to the very existence of the superconductivity itself, can result in a novel superconducting state: a regular self-organized texture of superconducting islands. We study the formation of these islands in a system of a thin superconducting film coupled elastically to a more rigid substrate and derive the phase diagram below the superconducting critical temperature depending on the elastic coupling constant of both subsystems. The fact that this pattern is a result of the Ginzburg-Landau description of superconductivity indicates that the formation of regular structures may be a common feature of the superconductor transition in the presence of long-range coupling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number024508
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 7 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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