Imaging anisotropic vortex dynamics in FeSe

Published in Physical Review B, 2019

Citation: Irene P. Zhang, Johanna C. Palmstrom, Hilary Noad, Logan Bishop-Van Horn, Yusuke Iguchi, Zheng Cui, Eli Mueller, John R. Kirtley, Ian R. Fisher, and Kathryn A. Moler, "Imaging anisotropic vortex dynamics in FeSe", Phys. Rev. B 100, 024514 (2019).

Open access links: Publisher, arXiv

Summary: This paper describes measurements and modeling of anisotropic vortex pinning in the iron-based superconductor FeSe. I performed many of the scanning SQUID measurements in the early stages of this project, in which we observed disctinctive features (which we refer to as “butterflies”) in maps of the magnetic response, or susceptibility, of the material (see image below). We identified these butterflies as being due to vortex motion, with vortices preferentially moving along twin domain boundaries rather than across them. My colleague Irene then performed numerical simulations using a toy model of the vortex pinning potential to extract the anisotropic “spring constants” characterizing the pinning.

"Butterflies" in FeSe due to anisotropic vortex motion