Investigation of voltage steps of U(I) curves in PbMo6S8 wires

P. F. Herrmann, L. Schellenberg, J. Zuccone, B. Seeber, Fischer, R. Grill, J. A.A.J. Perenboom

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Abstract

We have investigated hot-drawn PbMo6S8 composite monofilament wires (Jc = 4.6x108 A/m2 at μ0 H = 10 T and T = 4.2 K) in particular steps that occur in the I-U transition curves. These steps have been measured in fields up to 9 T and in a temperature range between 2 K and 10 K. We have analyzed them by considering two models, the hot spot model and the phase-slip model. Furthermore, a flux flow channel picture is developed, where the step is related to an avalanche of flux flow localised in a narrow channel. The observed field dependence of the step in a field applied transversally to the wire can be understood within this description. All these model considerations concur; the origin of the steps appears to lie in local defects with a μm length-scale. Just a few of these defects may already depress the overall critical current in a substantial way. Taking into account this situation, there exists an important potential for further improvements of the critical current in PbMo6S8 wires.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-68
Number of pages8
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its Applications
Volume202
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 1992
Externally publishedYes

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