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The response of an individual vortex to local mechanical contact

Anna Kremen, Shai Wissberg, Yishai Shperber and Beena Kalisky


Recently we reported a new way to manipulate vortices in thin superconducting films by local mechanical contact without magnetic field, current or altering the pinning landscape [1]. We use scanning superconducting interference device (SQUID) microscopy to image the vortices, and a piezo element to push the tip of a silicon chip into contact with the sample. As a result of the stress applied at the contact point, vortices in the proximity of the contact point change their location. Here we study the characteristics of this vortex manipulation, by following the response of individual vortices to single contact events. Mechanical manipulation of vortices provides local view of the interaction between strain and nanomagnetic objects, as well as controllable, effective, localized, and reproducible manipulation technique.


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Received: 2016-2-8
Accepted: 2016-4-5
Published Online: 2016-5-26

©2016 Anna Kremen et al.

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