Article: published in Physical Review Applied by Farkhad G. Aliev, IFIMAC researcher.
Microwave stimulated superconductivity is apparently a counter intuitive phenomenon, its significance being dependent on vortex mobility and proximity to the critical temperature. Until now it was not clear whether this effect influences the penetration of magnetic flux via abrupt avalanches that is harmful for superconducting devices. This study shows that the triggered vortex avalanches in Pb superconducting films become efficiently inhibited close to the critical temperature or critical magnetic field. That happens when the frequency of the microwave stimulus is close to the vortex depinning frequency. These results pave the way to controlling avalanches in superconductor-based devices through their nonlinear response. [Full article]