Effects of spin-orbit coupling on proximity-induced superconductivity

Vivek Mishra, Yu Li, Fu Chun Zhang, Stefan Kirchner

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We investigate the effect of spin-orbit coupling on proximity-induced superconductivity in a normal metal attached to a superconductor. Specifically, we consider a heterostructure where the presence of interfaces gives rise to a Rashba spin-orbit coupling. The properties of the induced superconductivity in these systems are addressed within the tunneling Hamiltonian formalism. We find that the spin-orbit coupling induces a mixture of singlet and triplet pairing and, under specific circumstances, odd-frequency, even-parity, spin-triplet pairs can arise. We also address the effect of impurity scattering on the induced pairs and discuss our results in the context of heterostructures consisting of materials with spin-momentum locking.

Original languageEnglish
Article number184505
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number18
StatePublished - 1 May 2023


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