Condensed-Matter Physics & Materials Science Seminar

"Unconventional superconductivity and complex tensor order in half-Heusler superconductors"

Presented by Igor Boettcher, University of Maryland

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 1:30 pm — ISB Bldg. 734, Conf. Rm. 201 (upstairs)

A revolutionary new direction in the field of superconductivity emerged recently with the synthesis of superconductors with strong inherent spin-orbit coupling such as the half-Heusler alloys. Due to band inversion, the low-energy degrees of freedom are electrons at a three-dimensional quadratic band touching point with an effective spin 3/2, which allows for higher-spin Cooper pairing and potentially topological superconductivity. I will illuminate some possibilities for unconventional superconductivity in this system, in particular a novel superconducting quantum critical point and the transition into a phase with complex tensor order, which is a superconducting state captured by a complex second-rank tensor valued order parameter describing Cooper pairs having spin 2. Here the interplay of both tensorial and complex nature results in a rich and intriguing phenomenology. I will highlight how optical response measurements can shed light on the phase structure of individual compounds.

Hosted by: Laura Classen

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