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Interplay of Superconductivity and Spin-Dependent Disorder

Publication Type : Journal Article

Source : Physical Review B 85, 134506, 9 April 2012.

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Campus : Chennai

School : School of Engineering

Department : Physics

Year : 2012

Abstract : The finite-temperature phase diagram for the two-dimensional attractive fermion Hubbard model with spin-dependent disorder is considered within Bogoliubov–de Gennes mean-field theory. Three types of disorder are studied. In the first, only one species is coupled to a random site energy; in the second, the two species both move in random site energy landscapes which are of the same amplitude but different realizations; and finally, in the third, the disorder is in the hopping rather than the site energy. For all three cases, we find that, unlike the case of spin-symmetric randomness, where the energy gap and average order parameter do not vanish as the disorder strength increases, a critical disorder strength exists separating distinct phases. In fact, the energy gap and the average order parameter vanish at distinct transitions, Vgapc and Vopc, allowing for a gapless superconducting (gSC) phase. The gSC phase becomes smaller with increasing temperature until it vanishes at a temperature T∗.

Cite this Research Publication : Ravindra Nanguneri, M. Jiang, T. Cary, G. G. Batrouni, R. T. Scalettar, "Interplay of Superconductivity and Spin-Dependent Disorder," Physical Review B 85, 134506, 9 April 2012.

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