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Vortex imaging in the pi band of magnesium diboride.

Authors
  • Eskildsen, M R
  • Kugler, M
  • Tanaka, S
  • Jun, J
  • Kazakov, S M
  • Karpinski, J
  • Fischer, Ø
Type
Published Article
Journal
Physical review letters
Publication Date
Oct 28, 2002
Volume
89
Issue
18
Pages
187003–187003
Identifiers
PMID: 12398629
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We report scanning tunneling spectroscopy imaging of the vortex lattice in single crystalline MgB2. By tunneling parallel to the c axis, a single superconducting gap (Delta=2.2 meV) associated with the pi band is observed. The vortices in the pi band have a large core size compared to estimates based on H(c2) and show an absence of localized states in the core. Furthermore, superconductivity between the vortices is rapidly suppressed by an applied field. These results suggest that superconductivity in the pi band is, at least partially, induced by the intrinsically superconducting sigma band.

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