The effects of a commensurate, periodic array of columnar pins on the vortex lattice melting transition in highly anisotropic, layered, high-temperature superconductors (HTSCs) in a magnetic field were studied. Thermodynamic properties and equilibrium density distributions were obtained. A line of first-order transitions was experimentally observed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review Letters|
|State||Published - Dec 17 2001|