Surface-barrier effects in the microwave second-harmonic response of superconductors in the mixed state

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Abstract

We report on transient effects in the microwave second-harmonic response of different type of superconductors in the mixed state. The samples have contemporarily been exposed to a dc magnetic field, varying with a constant rate of 60 Oe/s, and a pulsed microwave magnetic field. The time evolution of the signal radiated at the second-harmonic frequency of the driving field has been measured for about 500 s from the instant in which the dc-field sweep has been stopped, with sampling time of ∼0.3 s. We show thatthe second-harmonic signal exhibits two relaxation regimes; an initial exponential decay, which endures roughly 10 s, and a logarithmic decay in the time scale of minutes. Evidence is given that the decay in the time scale of minutes is ruled by magnetic relaxation over the surface barrier.
Lingua originaleItalian
pagine (da-a)47-53
Numero di pagine7
RivistaTHE EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL. B, CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS
Volume45
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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