Vortices in Ginzburg-Landau billiards

E. Akkermans 1, K. Mallick 1

Journal of Physics A 32 (1999) 7133-7143

We present an analysis of the Ginzburg-Landau equations for the description of a two-dimensional superconductor in a bounded domain. Using the properties of a special integrability point of these equations which allows vortex solutions, we obtain a closed expression for the energy of the superconductor. The role of the boundary of the system is to provide a selection mechanism for the number of vortices. A geometrical interpretation of these results is presented and they are applied to the analysis of the magnetization recently measured on small superconducting disks. Problems related to the interaction and nucleation of vortices are discussed.

  • 1. Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (Technnion),
    Israel Institute of Technology