Motion and homogenisation of vortices in anisotropic type-II superconductors

S. J. Chapman & G. Richardson

The motion of vortices in an anisotropic superconductor is considered. For a system of well separated vortices, each vortex is found to obey a law of motion analogous to the local induction approximation, in which velocity of the vortex depends upon the local curvature and orientation. A system of closely packed vortices is then considered, and a mean field model is formulated in which the individual vortex lines are replaced by a vortex density.