Articles in peer-reviewed journals
|Defect motion and lattice pinning barriers in Josephson-junction ladders|
|Kang H., Lim J.S., Fortin J.-Y., Choi J., Choi M.Y.|
|Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics 73 (2006) 014504|
|DOI : 10.1103/PhysRevB.73.014504|
|ArXiv : cond-mat/0512081 [PDF]|
We study the motion of domain wall defects in a fully frustrated Josephson-junction ladder system, driven by small applied currents. For small system sizes, the energy barrier EB to the defect motion is computed analytically via symmetry and topological considerations. More generally, we perform numerical simulations directly on the equations of motion, based on the resistively-shunted junction model, to study the dynamics of defects, varying the system size. Coherent motion of domain walls is observed for large system sizes. In the thermodynamical limit, we find EB =0.1827 in units of the Josephson coupling energy.