Friday, July 12, 2013

1307.2951 (Takayuki Sekihara et al.)

Two-dimensional superconducting state of monolayer Pb films grown on
GaAs(110) in a strong parallel magnetic field

Takayuki Sekihara, Ryuichi Masutomi, Tohru Okamoto
Two dimensional (2D) superconductivity was studied by magnetotransport measurements on single-atomic-layer Pb films on a cleaved GaAs(110) surface. The superconducting transition temperature shows only a weak dependence on the parallel magnetic field up to 14 T, which is higher than the Pauli paramagnetic limit. Furthermore, the perpendicular magnetic field dependence of the sheet resistance is almost independent of the presence of the parallel field component. These results are explained in terms of an inhomogeneous superconducting state predicted for 2D metals with a large Rashba spin splitting.
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