Enhanced critical currents of superconducting erni2b2c in the ferromagnetically ordered state

P. L. Gammel, B. Barber, D. Lopez, A. P. Ramirez, D. J. Bishop, S. L. Bud’ko, P. C. Canfield

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We report on transport and magnetization studies of the critical current in single crystal ErNi2B2C for applied fields below 4 kG. Below T≈2.5 K superconductivity coexists with weak ferromagnetism. We find that the critical currents are strongly enhanced for all field orientations in this ferromagnetic regime, corresponding to a threefold increase of the pinning force of the flux line lattice. We speculate that this increase is due to strong pair breaking by the ferromagnetism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2497-2500
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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