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Physical Review B
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Observation of a vortex-glass phase in polycrystalline YBa2Cu3O7-x in a magnetic field

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We report the results of temperature- and field-dependent transport measurements on sintered, polycrystalline samples of YBa2Cu3O7-x. A study of the E-J curves indicates a second-order phase transition, at low current density in the coupling of the grains, that exhibits the scaling behavior predicted for a vortex glass. The ohmic resistance at low current is observed to vanish at a nonzero temperature, and the E-J curves exhibit power-law behavior at that temperature. Below this temperature the E-J curves are consistent with a true critical current with zero linear resistance. The qualitative features of the data and the values of the critical exponents are consistent with the predictions of the vortex-glass theory. Our findings cannot be explained by the predictions of conventional flux-creep models. © 1991 The American Physical Society.

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01 May 1991

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Physical Review B

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