Intense vortex pinning enhanced by semicrystalline defect traps in self-aligned nanostructured MgB2
White, Timothy John
Tan, T. T.
Sun, C. Q.
Zho, S. H.
Dou, S. X.
Date of Issue2003
School of Materials Science and Engineering
In this work, we report the discovery of a vortex pinning source: semicrystalline defect wells in self-aligned nanostructured MgB2. It is demonstrated that these aperiodic regions trap numerous crystal defects migrating along nanodomain boundaries during self-alignment and act as intense vortex pinning centers that significantly enhance the high-field performance of MgB2. This suggests that the density of trapped defects in the wells is much greater than that found in other vortex pinning sources.
Applied physics letters
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