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|Title:||Stepwise amorphization of the flux-line lattice in Ca3Rh4Sn13: A peak-effect study|
|Keywords:||Phase Superconductor Ceru2|
|Publisher:||AMERICAN PHYSICAL SOC|
|Citation:||PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 61(18), 12394-12403|
|Abstract:||The peak effect (PE) region in a single crystal of Ca3Rh4Sn13 is shown to comprise two discontinuous first-order-like transitions located near its onset and peak positions, in accordance with a stepwise fracturing of the flux-line lattice. Magnetization response to thermal cycling across the onset position produces an open hysteresis loop, consistent with the notion of the fracturing. A thermomagnetic history dependence study shows that the critical current density J(c)(H,T) is path dependent over a large part of the (H,T) parameter space. Tills path dependence ceases above the peak position of the peak effect, suggesting a complete amorphization of the flux-line lattice at (T-p,H-p) line. A plausible vortex phase diagram has been constructed for Ca3Rh4Sn13 in which phases like an elastic solid, a plastic solid, and pinned and unpinned amorphous states have been identified.|
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