Chirality blockade of Andreev reflection in a magnetic Weyl semimetal

Chirality blockade of Andreev reflection in a magnetic Weyl semimetal A Weyl semimetal with broken time-reversal symmetry has a minimum of two species of Weyl fermions, distinguished by their opposite chirality, in a pair of Weyl cones at opposite momenta ±K that are displaced in the direction of the magnetization. Andreev reflection at the interface between a Weyl semimetal in the normal state (N) and a superconductor (S) that pairs ±K must involve a switch of chirality, otherwise it is blocked. We show that this “chirality blockade” suppresses the superconducting proximity effect when the magnetization lies in the plane of the NS interface. A Zeeman field at the interface can provide the necessary chirality switch and activate Andreev reflection. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Physical Review B American Physical Society (APS)

Chirality blockade of Andreev reflection in a magnetic Weyl semimetal

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Chirality blockade of Andreev reflection in a magnetic Weyl semimetal

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A Weyl semimetal with broken time-reversal symmetry has a minimum of two species of Weyl fermions, distinguished by their opposite chirality, in a pair of Weyl cones at opposite momenta ±K that are displaced in the direction of the magnetization. Andreev reflection at the interface between a Weyl semimetal in the normal state (N) and a superconductor (S) that pairs ±K must involve a switch of chirality, otherwise it is blocked. We show that this “chirality blockade” suppresses the superconducting proximity effect when the magnetization lies in the plane of the NS interface. A Zeeman field at the interface can provide the necessary chirality switch and activate Andreev reflection.
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The American Physical Society
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Copyright © ©2017 American Physical Society
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1098-0121
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1550-235X
D.O.I.
10.1103/PhysRevB.96.035437
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Abstract

A Weyl semimetal with broken time-reversal symmetry has a minimum of two species of Weyl fermions, distinguished by their opposite chirality, in a pair of Weyl cones at opposite momenta ±K that are displaced in the direction of the magnetization. Andreev reflection at the interface between a Weyl semimetal in the normal state (N) and a superconductor (S) that pairs ±K must involve a switch of chirality, otherwise it is blocked. We show that this “chirality blockade” suppresses the superconducting proximity effect when the magnetization lies in the plane of the NS interface. A Zeeman field at the interface can provide the necessary chirality switch and activate Andreev reflection.

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Physical Review BAmerican Physical Society (APS)

Published: Jul 26, 2017

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