Vortex avalanches and magnetic flux fragmentation in superconductors

Igor Aranson, Alex Gurevich, Valerii Vinokur

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The results of numeric simulations of nonisothermal dendritic flux penetration in type-II superconductors were reported. A generic mechanism of dynamic branching of a propogating hot spot of a flux flow/normal state triggered by a local heat pulse was proposed. The hot spot underwent a cascade of successive splittings giving rise to a dissipative dendritic-type flux structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number067003
Pages (from-to)670031-670034
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 6 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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