Basic Theory of Superconductivity in Metals Without Inversion Center

Chapter
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 847)

Abstract

This Chapter gives a brief introduction to some basic aspects metals and superconductors in crystals without inversion symmetry. In the first part we analyze some normal state properties which arise through antisymmetric spin-orbit coupling existing in non-centrosymmetric materials and show its influence on the de Haas–van Alphen effect. For the superconducting phase we introduce a multi-band formulation which naturally arises due the spin splitting of the bands by spin-orbit coupling. It will then be shown how the states can be symmetry classified and their relation to the original classification in even-parity spin-singlet and odd-parity spin-triplet pairing states. The general Ginzburg–Landau functional will be derived and applied to the nucleation of superconductivity in a magnetic field. It will be shown that magneto-electric effects can modify the standard paramagnetic limiting behavior drastically.

Keywords

Critical Temperature Fermi Surface Superconducting State Time Reversal Symmetry Superconducting Order Parameter 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique, INAC/SPSMSGrenobleFrance
  2. 2.Theoretische Physik, ETH-ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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