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Scaling, finite size effects, and crossovers of the resistivity and current-voltage characteristics in two-dimensional superconductors
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Theoretical Physics, Statistical Physics.
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Theoretical Physics, Statistical Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9881-7857
2013 (English)In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235X, Vol. 87, no 22, 224506- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We revisit the scaling properties of the resistivity and the current-voltage characteristics at and below the Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless transition, both in zero and nonzero magnetic fields. The scaling properties are derived by integrating the renormalization group flow equations up to a scale where they can be reliably matched to simple analytic expressions. The vortex fugacity turns out to be dangerously irrelevant for these quantities below T-c, thereby altering the scaling behavior. We derive the possible crossover effects as the current, magnetic field, or system size is varied, and find a strong multiplicative logarithmic correction near T-c, all of which is necessary to account for when interpreting experiments and simulation data. Our analysis clarifies a longstanding discrepancy between the finite size dependence found in many simulations and the current-voltage characteristics of experiments. We further show that the logarithmic correction can be avoided by approaching the transition in a magnetic field, thereby simplifying the scaling analysis. We confirm our results by large-scale numerical simulations, and calculate the dynamic critical exponent z, for relaxational Langevin dynamics and for resistively and capacitively shunted Josephson junction dynamics.

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American Physical Society , 2013. Vol. 87, no 22, 224506- p.
Keyword [en]
Josephson-Junction Arrays, Iv Characteristics, Phase-Transitions, Coulomb Gas, Xy Models, Dynamics, Films, Exponent
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Physical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-124725DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.87.224506ISI: 000320604800004ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84879710351OAI: diva2:638354
Swedish Research Council, 621-2007-5138

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Available from: 2013-07-30 Created: 2013-07-29 Last updated: 2013-07-30Bibliographically approved

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