Wednesday, July 17, 2013

1307.4170 (Bin Liu)

Local electronic structure induced by a single nonmagnetic impurity in

Bin Liu
We theoretically study the effect of a nonmagnetic impurity in heavy fermion superconductor CeCoIn$_{5}$ within a realistic band model and the T-matrix approximation approach. By considering two known possible pairing symmetry candidates $d_{x^{2}-y^{2}}$ and $d_{xy}$, we find that although both total density of states exhibit a similar V-shaped gaplike feature, only the $d_{x^{2}-y^{2}}$-wave pairing symmetry gives rise to robust intragap impurity resonance states reflected by the resonance peaks near the Fermi energy in the local density of states. These features can be readily probed by scanning tunneling microscopy experiments, and are proposed to shed light on the pairing symmetry and provide hints on the microscopic mechanism of unconventional superconductivity in the Ce-based heavy fermion superconductors.
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