Observation of triplet superconductivity in CoSi2/TiSi2 heterostructures

Shao Pin Chiu, C. C. Tsuei, Sheng-Shiuan Yeh, Fu Chun Zhang, Stefan Bernd Kirchner, Juhn-Jong Lin*

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Abstract

Unconventional superconductivity and, in particular, triplet superconductivity have been front and center of topological materials and quantum technology research. Here, we report our observation of triplet pairing in nonmagnetic CoSi2/TiSi2 heterostructures on silicon. CoSi2 undergoes a sharp superconducting transition at a critical temperature Tc ≃ 1.5 K, while TiSi2 is a normal metal. We investigate conductance spectra of both two-terminal CoSi2/TiSi2 contact junctions and three-terminal T-shaped CoSi2/TiSi2 superconducting proximity structures. Below Tc, we observe (i) a narrow zero-bias conductance peak on top of a broad hump, accompanied by two symmetric side dips in the contact junctions, (ii) a narrow zero-bias conductance peak in T-shaped structures, and (iii) hysteresis in the junction magnetoresistance. These three independent and complementary observations point to chiral p-wave pairing in CoSi2/TiSi2 heterostructures. The excellent fabrication compatibility of CoSi2 and TiSi2 with present-day silicon-based integrated-circuit technology suggests their potential use in scalable quantum-computing devices.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbereabg6569
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalScience Advances
Volume7
Issue number29
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2021

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