Volume 75, Number 6, September 2006
|Page(s)||943 - 949|
|Section||Condensed matter: electronic structure, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties|
|Published online||23 August 2006|
Enhancing superconductivity: Magnetic impurities and their quenching by magnetic fields
Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1110 West Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801-3080, USA
Accepted: 1 August 2006
Magnetic fields and magnetic impurities are each known to suppress superconductivity. However, as the field quenches (i.e. polarizes) the impurities, rich consequences, including field-enhanced superconductivity, can emerge when both effects are present. In superconducting wires and thin films this field-spin interplay is investigated via the Eilenberger-Usadel scheme. Non-monotonic dependence of the critical current on the field (and therefore field-enhanced superconductivity) is found to be possible, even in parameter regimes for which the superconducting critical temperature decreases monotonically with increasing field. The present work complements that of Kharitonov and Feigel'man (JETP Lett., 82 (2005) 421), which predicts regimes of non-monotonic behavior of the critical temperature.
PACS: 74.25.Sv – Critical currents / 74.62.-c – Transition temperature variations / 74.78.-w – Superconducting films and low-dimensional structures
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