Oscillatory eigenmodes and stability of one and two arbitrary fractional vortices in long Josephson 0-κ junctions

E. Goldobin, H. Susanto, D. Koelle, R. Kleiner, Stephanus A. van Gils

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    We investigate theoretically the eigenmodes and the stability of one and two arbitrary fractional vortices pinned at one and two κ phase discontinuities in a long Josephson junction. In the particular case of a single κ discontinuity, a vortex is spontaneously created and pinned at the boundary between the 0 and κ regions. In this work we show that only two of four possible vortices are stable. A single vortex has an oscillatory eigenmode with a frequency within the plasma gap. We calculate this eigenfrequency as a function of the fractional flux carried by a vortex. For the case of two vortices, pinned at two κ discontinuities situated at some distance a from each other, splitting of the eigenfrequencies occurs. We calculate this splitting numerically as a function of a for different possible ground states. We also discuss the presence of a critical distance below which two antiferromagnetically ordered vortices form a strongly coupled “vortex molecule��? that behaves as a single object and has only one eigenmode.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)104518
    Number of pages8
    JournalPhysical review B: Condensed matter and materials physics
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


    • IR-53369
    • EWI-13960
    • METIS-226012

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