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Observation of a gel of quantum vortices in a superconductor at very low magnetic fields

A gel consists of a network of particles or molecules formed for example using the sol-gel process, by which a solution transforms into a porous solid. Particles or molecules in a gel are mainly organized on a scaffold that makes up a porous system. Quantized vortices in type-II superconductors mostly form spatially homogeneous ordered or amorphous solids.*

In the article “Observation of a gel of quantum vortices in a superconductor at very low magnetic fields” José Benito Llorens, Lior Embon, Alexandre Correa, Jesús David González, Edwin Herrera, Isabel Guillamón, Roberto F. Luccas, Jon Azpeitia, Federico J. Mompeán, Mar García-Hernández, Carmen Munuera, Jazmín Aragón Sánchez, Yanina Fasano, Milorad V. Milošević, Hermann Suderow and Yonathan Anahory present high-resolution imaging of the vortex lattice displaying dense vortex clusters separated by sparse or entirely vortex-free regions in β−Bi2Pd superconductor.*

The authors find that the intervortex distance diverges upon decreasing the magnetic field and that vortex lattice images follow a multifractal behavior. These properties, characteristic of gels, establish the presence of a novel vortex distribution, distinctly different from the well-studied disordered and glassy phases observed in high-temperature and conventional superconductors.*

The observed behavior is caused by a scaffold of one-dimensional structural defects with enhanced stress close to the defects. The vortex gel might often occur in type-II superconductors at low magnetic fields. Such vortex distributions should allow to considerably simplify control over vortex positions and manipulation of quantum vortex states.*

The results presented in the article show that vortices are nearly independent to each other at very low magnetic fields and that their position is locked to the defect structure in the sample. This suggests that vortices in this field range are also highly manipulable, much more than in usual hexagonal or disordered vortex lattices.

The magnetic force microscopy (MFM) measurements described in the article were performed in a commercial Low-Temperature  SPM equipment working in the 300–1.8  K temperature range using NANOSENSORS magnetic AFM probes of the type PPP-MFMR that were magnetized prior to the measurement by applying a magnetic field of 1500 G at 10 K.

figure 8 from “Observation of a gel of quantum vortices in a superconductor at very low magnetic fields” by José Benito Llorens et al.:
Behavior of the hexagonal vortex lattice as a function of temperature measured with MFM. In (a)–(c), the images are taken at 2.75,3.75, and 4.5 K, respectively at 300 G. The color scale represents the observed frequency shift. Scale bar is 1μm. Blue lines are the Delaunay triangulation of vortex positions. Blue and red points in (a) highlight vortices with seven and five nearest neighbors respectively. The dark arrow at the bottom highlights the position of the vertical line discussed in the text.
figure 8 from “Observation of a gel of quantum vortices in a superconductor at very low magnetic fields” by José Benito Llorens et al.:
Behavior of the hexagonal vortex lattice as a function of temperature measured with MFM. In (a)–(c), the images are taken at 2.75,3.75, and 4.5 K, respectively at 300 G. The color scale represents the observed frequency shift. Scale bar is 1μm. Blue lines are the Delaunay triangulation of vortex positions. Blue and red points in (a) highlight vortices with seven and five nearest neighbors respectively. The dark arrow at the bottom highlights the position of the vertical line discussed in the text.

*José Benito Llorens, Lior Embon, Alexandre Correa, Jesús David González, Edwin Herrera, Isabel Guillamón, Roberto F. Luccas, Jon Azpeitia, Federico J. Mompeán, Mar García-Hernández, Carmen Munuera, Jazmín Aragón Sánchez, Yanina Fasano, Milorad V. Milošević, Hermann Suderow, and Yonathan Anahory
Observation of a gel of quantum vortices in a superconductor at very low magnetic fields
Physical Review Research 2, 013329 (2020)
DOI:10.1103/PhysRevResearch.2.013329

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From Polymer to Magnetic Porous Carbon Spheres: Combined Microscopy, Spectroscopy, and Porosity Studies

In their research paper “From Polymer to Magnetic Porous Carbon Spheres: Combined Microscopy, Spectroscopy, and Porosity Studies” Federico Cesano, Sara Cravanzola, Valentina Brunella, Alessandro Damin and Domenica Scarano, after having first reported the preparation of polymer waste-derived microporous carbon microspheres (SBET ~800 m2/g) 100–300 μm in size, investigate the morphology, porous texture and the surface properties of carbon and of magnetic carbon microspheres by multiple techniques.*

The multi-technique methodology they used aims at an extensive description of the different characteristics of activated carbons with magnetic properties.

For the Atomic Force Microscopy described in this paper NANOSENSORS™ SSS-MFMR AFM probes for high resolution magnetic force imaging were used for the topography images as well as the MFM imaging.

Figure 7 from “From Polymer to Magnetic Porous Carbon Spheres: Combined Microscopy, Spectroscopy, and Porosity Studies” by F. Cesano et al:
Three images described from left to right of Fe3O4-based carbon microspheres: first image on the left (a) AFM topography, middle image (b) the related phase signal, and the image on the right (c) MFM phase shift images at H = 60 nm lift height obtained in a second scan. The phase shift range in (c) is ~ 0.6 m°.
Figure 7 from “From Polymer to Magnetic Porous Carbon Spheres: Combined Microscopy, Spectroscopy, and Porosity Studies” by F. Cesano et al:
Fe3O4-based carbon microspheres: (a) AFM topography, (b) the related phase signal, and (c) MFM phase shift images at H = 60 nm lift height obtained in a second scan. The phase shift range in (c) is ~ 0.6 m°. e description

*Federico Cesano, Sara Cravanzola, Valentina Brunella, Alessandro Damin and Domenica Scarano
From Polymer to Magnetic Porous Carbon Spheres: Combined Microscopy, Spectroscopy, and Porosity Studies
Frontiers in Materials 6:84 (2019)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fmats.2019.00084

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AFM probes for Magnetic Force Microscopy Screencast passed 1000 views mark

NANOSENSORS offers six different types of AFM probes for Magnetic Force Microscopy ( MFM)  for scanning and studying sample surfaces with magnetic features:

PPP-MFMR
PPP-LM-MFMR
PPP-LC-MFMR
PPP-QLC-MFMR
SSS-MFMR
SSS-QMFMR

The screencast introducing the different properties of these AFM probes and their applications held by our Head of R&D Thomas Sulzbach has just passed the 1000 views mark. Congratulations Thomas!