Viscosity solutions of a degenerate parabolic-elliptic system arising in the mean-field theory of superconductivity

Elliott, Charles M, Schätzle, Reiner and Stoth, Barbara E E (1998) Viscosity solutions of a degenerate parabolic-elliptic system arising in the mean-field theory of superconductivity. Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis, 145 (2). pp. 99-127. ISSN 0003-9527

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Abstract

In a Type‐II superconductor the magnetic field penetrates the superconducting body through the formation of vortices. In an extreme Type‐II superconductor these vortices reduce to line singularities. Because the number of vortices is large it seems feasible to model their evolution by an averaged problem, known as the mean-field model of superconductivity. We assume that the evolution law of an individual vortex, which underlies the averaging process, involves the current of the generated magnetic field as well as the curvature vector. In the present paper we study a two‐dimensional reduction, assuming all vortices to be perpendicular to a given direction. Since both the magnetic field H and the averaged vorticity ω are curl‐free, we may represent them via a scalar magnetic potential q and a scalar stream function ψ, respectively. We study existence, uniqueness and asymptotic behaviour of solutions (ψ, q) of the resulting degenerate elliptic‐parabolic system (with curvature taken into account or not) by means of viscosity and weak solutions. In addition we relate (ψ, q) to solutions (ω, H) of the mean‐field equations without curvature. Finally we construct special solutions of the corresponding stationary equations with two or more superconducting phases.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Mathematics
Depositing User: Charles Martin Elliott
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:22
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2012 13:03
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20275
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