Symmetric dynamic behaviour of a superconducting proximity array with respect to field reversal

M. Lankhorst, N. Poccia*

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As the complexity of strongly correlated systems and high temperature superconductors increases, so does also the essential complexity of defects found in these materials and the complexity of the supercurrent pathways. It can be therefore convenient to realize a solid-state system with regular supercurrent pathways and without the disguising effects of disorder in order to capture the essential characteristics of a collective dynamics. Using a square array of superconducting islands placed on a normal metal, we observe a state in which magnetic field-induced vortices are frozen in the dimples of the egg crate potential by their strong repulsion interaction. In this system a dynamic vortex Mott insulator transition has been previously observed. In this work, we will show the symmetric dynamic behaviour with respect to field reversal and we will compare it with the asymmetric behaviour observed at the dynamic vortex Mott transition.

Original languageEnglish
Article number024003
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jan 2017


  • critical dynamics
  • Mott physics
  • superconductivity
  • supercurrent pathways
  • vortex


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