Magnetoresistance, critical current density, and magnetic flux pinning mechanism in nickel doped BaFe<inf>2</inf>As<inf>2</inf>single crystals

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Journal of Applied Physics, 2011, 109 (7)
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The critical current density, Jc, flux pinning behavior and magneto- resistance results of BaFe2-xNixAs2single crystal have been investigated in fields up to 13 T over a temperature range of 2 to 20 K. The magnetoresistance below the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) shows Arrhenius thermally activated behavior:oexp(-Uo(T,H)/kBT), where Uois the thermally activated energy. BaFe2-xNixAs2exhibits high thermally activated flux flow energy with a very weak field dependence. Jcis as high as 2 105A/cm2for zero magnetic field at 2 K. Jcwas found to decrease for B 1 T, but showed a very weak field dependence and remained nearly constant with increasing magnetic field for B 1 T at T 2, 5, and 10 K. Flux jumping was also observed in magnetization loops at very low temperature for large sample, which is related to the high Jcin the single crystal. A peak effect was observed at 10 K. © 2011 American Institute of Physics.
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