Spontaneous currents in a superconductor with s+is symmetry

Saurabh Maiti, Manfred Sigrist, Andrey Chubukov

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Abstract

We analyze the s+is state that is proposed as a candidate superconducting state for strongly hole-doped Ba1-xKxFe2As2. Such a state breaks time-reversal symmetry (TRS) but does not break any other discrete symmetry. We address the issue as to whether TRS breaking alone can generate spontaneous currents near impurity sites, which could be detected in, e.g., muon spin relaxation experiments. We argue that there are no spontaneous currents if only TRS is broken. However, supercurrents do emerge if the system is put under external strain and C4 lattice rotation symmetry is externally broken.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number161102
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume91
Issue number16
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 13 2015

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