Domain walls in a chiral d-wave superconductor on the honeycomb lattice
AbstractWe perform a fully self-consistent study of domain walls between different chiral domains in chiral dx2−y2±idxy-wave superconductors with an underlying honeycomb lattice structure. We investigate domain walls along all possible armchair and zigzag directions and with a finite global phase shift across the domain wall, in addition to the change of chirality. For armchair domain walls we find the lowest domain wall energy at zero global phase shift, while the most favorable zigzag domain wall has a finite global phase shift dependent on the doping level. Below the van Hove singularity the armchair domain wall is most favorable, while at even higher doping the zigzag domain wall has the lowest energy. The domain wall causes a local suppression of the superconducting order parameter, with the superconducting recovery length following a universal curve for all domain walls. Moreover, we always find four subgap states crossing zero energy and well localized to the domain wall. However, the details of their energy spectrum vary notably, especially with the global phase shift across the domain wall.