Asymmetry of the normal zone propagation velocity in superconductors

A. VI Gurevich*, R. G. Mints

*Corresponding author for this work

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The thermoelectric mechanism of the asymmetrical velocity of normal zone propagation in superconductors, relative to the direction of the transport current is suggested. The difference of the normal-superconducting interface velocities parallel and anti-parallel to the current direction due to this mechanism is of the order of 1 - 50 cm s-1 for different metals. The thermoelectric effect (Thomson heat) has a hysteresis which occurs opon destruction (or restoration) of superconductivity in the sample with respect to the transport current.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-104
Number of pages3
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1981
Externally publishedYes


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