Muon-Spin Rotation Measurements of the Magnetic Field Dependence of the Vortex-Core Radius and Magnetic Penetration Depth inNbSe2 Academic Article uri icon

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  • Muon-spin rotation spectroscopy has been used to measure the internal magnetic field distribution in NbSe2 for Hc1 << H < 0.25 Hc2. The deduced profiles of the supercurrent density indicate that the vortex-core radius in the bulk decreases sharply with increasing magnetic field. This effect, which is attributed to increased vortex-vortex interactions, does not agree with the dirty-limit microscopic theory. A simple phenomenological equation in which the core radius depends on the intervortex spacing is used to model this behaviour. In addition, we find for the first time that the in-plane magnetic penetration depth increases linearly with H in the vortex state of a conventional superconductor.


  • Sonier, JE
  • Kiefl, RF
  • Brewer, JH
  • Chakhalian, J
  • Dunsiger, SR
  • MacFarlane, WA
  • Miller, RI
  • Wong, A
  • Luke, Graeme
  • Brill, JW

publication date

  • September 1, 1997