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Magnetic vortex lattice in HgBa2CuO4+delta observed by small-angle neutron scattering

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Li YA, Egetenmeyer N, Gavilano JL, Barisic N, Greven M,
Project Interplay of Magnetism and Superconductivity in Unconventional Superconductors
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Volume (Issue) 83(5)
Page(s) 054507-1 - 054507-5
Title of proceedings PHYSICAL REVIEW B
DOI 10.1103/PhysRevB.83.064421


We report the direct observation of the magnetic vortex lattice in the model high-temperature superconductor HgBa2CuO4+δ. Using small-angle neutron scattering on high-quality crystals, we observe two equal domains of undistorted triangular vortex lattices well aligned with the tetragonal crystallographic axes. The signal decreases rapidly with increasing magnetic field and vanishes above 0.4 T, which we attribute to a crossover from a three-dimensional to a two-dimensional vortex system, similar to previous results for the more anisotropic compound Bi2.15Sr1.95CaCu2O8+δ. Our result indicates that a triangular vortex lattice (with or without distortion) at low magnetic fields is a generic property of cuprates with critical temperatures above 80 K.