First-order melting transition of an Abrikosov vortex lattice

R. E. Hetzel, A. Sudbø, D. A. Huse

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We report resutls of extensive Monte Carlo simulations of a three-dimensional model system containing the essential physics required to describe the melting of an unpinned Abrikosov lattice in an extreme type-II superconductor. A first-order phase transition is found. At the field which we have studied, corresponding very roughly to a field of 10 T along the c axis in YBa2Cu3O7, the latent heat of melting is 0.3kBT per vortex per layer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)518-521
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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