Asymmetric flux pinning in a regular array of magnetic dipoles

David J. Morgan, J. B. Ketterson

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The effect of a regular array of magnetic dipoles embedded in a superconducting film was investigated. A large asymmetry in critical currents was found between when the magnetic dipoles are aligned and antialigned with respect to an externally applied magnetic field. Enhanced pinning effects were observed when the flux lattice and the dipole lattice were commensurate. The data are used to infer pinning mechanisms, strengths, and sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3614-3617
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number16
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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