Tuesday, July 16, 2013

1307.3659 (Vasily Vadimov et al.)

Nucleation of domain walls by $Z_2$ symmetry breaking transition in
$p_x+ip_y$ superconductors

Vasily Vadimov, Mihail Silaev
We show that time reversal symmetry breaking $p_x+ip_y$ wave superconductors undergo several phase transitions subjected to external magnetic field or supercurrent. In such system the discrete $Z_2$ symmetry can recover before the complete destruction of the order parameter. The topological defects associated with $Z_2$ symmetry - domain walls can be created in a controllable way by magnetic field or current sweep according to the Kibble-Zurek scenario. Such domain wall generation can take place in exotic superconductors like $Sr_2RuO_4$ and some heavy fermion compounds.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.3659

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