Magnetic relaxation and collective vortex creep in FeTe0.6Se0.4 single crystal
1 Department of Physics, Southeast University - Nanjing 211189, PRC
2 Department of Applied Physics, The University of Tokyo - 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo- ku, Tokyo 113-8656, Japan
Received: 11 May 2013
Accepted: 3 September 2013
We study the vortex dynamics in a high-quality FeTe0.6Se0.4 single crystal by performing magnetization measurements of the screening current density Js and flux creep rate S. The temperature dependence of S shows a plateau in the intermediate-temperature region with a high creep rate ∼ 0.03, which is interpreted in the framework of the collective creep theory. A crossover from elastic to plastic creep is observed. The glassy exponent and barrier height for the flux creep are directly determined by the extended Maley's method. Js with flux creep, obtained from magnetic hysteresis loops, is successfully reproduced based on the collective creep analysis. We also approach the critical current density without flux creep by means of the generalized inversion scheme, which proves that the and pinning coexist in the FeTe0.6Se0.4 single crystal.
PACS: 74.25.Wx – Vortex pinning (includes mechanisms and flux creep) / 74.25.Sv – Critical currents / 74.70.Xa – Pnictides and chalcogenides
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