Critical fluctuations and disorder at the vortex liquid to crystal transition in type-II superconductors

M. A. Moore, T. J. Newman

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    Abstract

    We present a functional renormalization group (FRG) analysis of a Landau-Ginzburg model of type-II superconductors (generalized to n/2 complex fields) in a magnetic field, for both a pure and a disordered system. The disordered system supports a stable FRG fixed point for 1 <n <4, identical to that of the disordered O(n) model in d - 2 dimensions. The pure system has a stable fixed point only for n > 4 indicating a first order transition for n = 2. We speculate that the recent experimental findings that disorder removes the first order transition are consistent with these calculations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)533-536
    Number of pages4
    JournalPhysical Review Letters
    Volume75
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 17 Jul 1995

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