Deep pinning centres in BiSrCaCuO thin films at weak magnetic fields

G. Jung, B. Savo, A. Vecchione, C. Attanasio

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Pinning centres in c-axis oriented Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O thin films have been investigated, using a new technique relying on measurements of low frequency voltage noise in the d.c. current and d.c. magnetic field biased superconducting strips. Random telegraph voltage signals arising from single flux jumps between two pinning sites have been observed at temperatures close to Tc and in weak magnetic fields below 10 G. The thermally activated behaviour of the average lifetimes, with activation energies of the order of 420 meV and attempt rates of the order of 106 Hz, has been estimated from the temperature and magnetic field dependence of the noise waveforms. Experimental evidence has been found for the ξ2 scaling of the pinning volume that enabled the determination of the exact functional form of the temperature and the magnetic field dependence of the pinning energy in the samples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1093-1097
Number of pages5
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • fluctuations
  • flux hopping
  • superconducting films

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science (all)
  • Physics and Astronomy (all)


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