Transverse ratchet effect and superconducting vortices: Simulation and experiment

L. Dinis*, D. Perez De Lara, E. M. Gonzalez, J. V. Anguita, J. M.R. Parrondo, J. L. Vicent

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A transverse ratchet effect has been measured in magnetic/superconducting hybrid films fabricated by electron beam lithography and magnetron sputtering techniques. The samples are Nb films grown on top of an array of Ni nanotriangles. Injecting an ac current parallel to the triangle reflection symmetry axis yields an output dc voltage perpendicular to the current, due to a net motion of flux vortices in the superconductor. The effect is reproduced by numerical simulations of vortices as Langevin particles with realistic parameters. Simulations provide an intuitive picture of the ratchet mechanism, revealing the fundamental role played by the random intrinsic pinning of the superconductor.

Original languageEnglish
Article number073046
JournalNew Journal of Physics
StatePublished - 23 Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes


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