Nonmonotonic low frequency losses in HTSCs

H. Castro*, A. Gerber, A. Milner

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A calorimetric technique has been used in order to study ac-field dissipation in ceramic BSCCO samples at low frequencies between 0.05 and 250Hz, at temperatures from 65 to 90K. In contrast to previous studies, where aclosses have been reported with a linear dependence on magnetic field frequency, we find a nonmonotonic function presenting various maxima. Frequencies corresponding to local maxima of dissipation depend on the temperature and the amplitude of the ac magnetic field. Flux creep is argued to be responsible for this behaviour. A simple model connecting the characteristic vortex relaxation times (flux creep) and the location of dissipation maxima versus frequency is proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number002
Pages (from-to)592-600
Number of pages9
JournalSuperconductor Science and Technology
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2007


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