We report measurements of the irreversible magnetization Mi of a large number of YBa2Cu3O7 single crystals with columnar defects (CD). Some of them exhibit a maximum in Mi when the density of vortices equals the density of tracks, at temperatures above 40 K. We show that the observation of these matching field effects is constrained to those crystals where the orientational and pinning energy dispersion of the CD system lies below a certain threshold. The amount of such dispersion is determined by the mass and energy of the irradiation ions, and by the crystal thickness. Time relaxation measurements show that the matching effects are associated with a reduction of the creep rate, and occur deep into the collective pinning regime.
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|Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
|Publicada - 2001
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