The temperature dependence of the vortex penetration and expulsion magnetic fields are investigated, both theoretically and experimentally, for mesoscopic superconducting squares. The small-tunnel-junction method is used to determine the transition fields between the different vortex states. We found that the penetration fields decrease with increasing temperature, while the expulsion fields for a particular vorticity may increase, decrease or be independent of temperature. Using the Ginzburg-Landau theory we…
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