Density dependence of the rectification of vortex motion in a circular asymmetric channel

N. S. Lin, V. R. Misko, T. W. Heitmann, K. Yu, B. L.T. Plourde

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We study the rectification of vortex motion in an asymmetric ring channel in a Corbino setup. With an applied ac current, the motion of vortices in the channel is rectified by the asymmetric potential and induces a dc net flow. The net flow in such a system strongly depends on vortex density, and we distinguish "single-vortex" rectification regime (for low density, when each vortex is rectified individually) determined by the potential-energy landscape inside each cell of the channel and "multi-vortex", or "collective", rectification (high density case) when the interaction between vortices becomes important.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-139
Number of pages3
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its applications
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012



  • Corbino disk
  • Mesoscopic superconductors
  • Ratchet effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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