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Superconductivity Induced Ferromagnetism In The Presence of Spin-Orbit Coupling
Superconductivity, Spin-Orbit Coupling, nanotechnology, nanoscience
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We investigate the behavior of magnetic impurities placed on the surface of superconductor thin films with spin-orbit coupling. Our study reveals long-range interactions between the impurities, which decay according to a power law, mediated by the supercurrents. Importantly, these interactions possess a ferromagnetic component when considering the influence of the electromagnetic field, leading to the parallel alignment of the magnetic moments in the case of two impurities. In a Bravais lattice of magnetic impurities, superconductivity facilitates the establishment of ferromagnetic order within specific parameter ranges. These findings challenge the conventional understanding that ferromagnetism and superconductivity are mutually exclusive phenomena. Our theoretical framework provides a plausible explanation for the recently observed remanent flux in iron-based superconductors, particularly Fe(Se,Te).
Ferromagnetic ordering is often seen as incompatible with conventional superconductivity due to the presence of an effective exchange field in ferromagnets. This exchange field has the effect of breaking up Cooper pairs, which are composed of electrons in a singlet state . The coexistence of these two orders, however, does exist in hybrid superconductor/ferromagnet (S/F) structures[2, 3]. In such structures, the proximity effect plays a crucial role in enabling the coexistence of superconductivity and ferromagnetism. Singlet pairs can be transformed into triplet pairs through the exchange field of the F region. As a result, a local magnetic moment is produced, extending over distances of the order of superconducting coherence length, ξs. This phenomenon is referred to as the magnetic or inverse proximity effect[4, 5]. This generated magnetic moment is oriented in the opposite direction to the magnetization of the ferromagnetic region. In the case of a small ferromagnetic island, this results in the screening of its magnetic moment. If a second ferromagnetic region (F region) is positioned at a distance smaller than ξs from the first ferromagnet, the energetically favorable arrangement is an antiparallel orientation of the magnetizations of the two F regions. This anti-parallel alignment serves as the basis for the FSF superconducting spin-valve[7–10]. The studies on FSF structures with conventional superconductors indicate an anti-ferromagnetic coupling between the magnets, mediated by the inverse proximity effect. This coupling strength decreases exponentially with the distance between the ferromagnetic regions. This situation changes in thin superconducting films with spin-orbit coupling (SOC). The combination of the exchange field generated by a magnetic impurity, m1 in Fig. 1) , and the SOC results in the spontaneous = generation of anomalous currents through the spin-galvanic