Theory of surface spectroscopy for noncentrosymmetric superconductors

Niclas Wennerdal, Matthias Eschrig

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We study noncentrosymmetric superconductors with the tetrahedral Td, tetragonal C4v, and cubic point group O. The order parameter is computed self-consistently in the bulk and near a surface for several different singlet to triplet order parameter ratios. It is shown that a second phase transition below Tc is possible for certain parameter values. In order to determine the surface orientation’s effect on the order parameter suppression, the latter is calculated for a range of different surface orientations. For selected self-consistent order parameter profiles the surface density of states is calculated showing intricate structure of the Andreev bound states as well as spin polarization. The topology’s effect on the surface states and the tunnel conductance is thoroughly investigated, and a topological phase diagram is constructed for open and closed Fermi surfaces showing a sharp transition between the two for the cubic point group O.
Original languageEnglish
Article number024513
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2017

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