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Vortices wiggled and dragged

The ability to manipulate an individual superconducting vortex represents a powerful tool for studying the dynamics of vortices and the superconductors that support them. It could also lead to the development of a new class of fluxon-based electronics.

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Figure 1: The ability to grab the end of an individual vortex in a superconductor using the tip of a magnetic force microscope (MFM) provides the opportunity to study many more vortex phenomena than is possible by conventional bulk measurement techniques.


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