Scanning tunneling spectroscopy of the Abrikosov flux lattice from the clean toward the dirty limit

Ch Renner, A. D. Kent, Ph Niedermann, Fischer, F. Lévy

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    Abstract

    Using a low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope, we have investigated the Abrikosov vortex lattice and its electronic structure on 2H-Nb1-xTaxSe2 single crystals for a range of Ta substitutions from x = 0.00 to x = 0.20 and with the magnetic field perpendicular to the basal plane. The material properties and in particular the electronic mean free path of 2H-Nb1-xTaxSe2 can be modified in a systematic manner by varying the Ta concentration. For all Ta substitutions considered, we show that the vortex lattice is aligned with the underlying atomic lattice. We find that the zero-bias conductance peak observed in the vortex core is strongly reduced both in intensity and spatial extent as x increases to 0.15, and vanishes when the Ta concentration reaches x = 0.20. These results show for the first time the progressive destruction of the vortex core conductance peak with increasing disorder in a type-II superconductor.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)699-704
    Number of pages6
    JournalUltramicroscopy
    Volume42-44
    Issue numberPART 1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jul 1992

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
    • Instrumentation

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