Topological Kondo superconductors
- March 2 (Thu) at 17:00 - 18:15, 2023 (JST)
- Dr. Yung-Yeh Chang (Postdoctoral Researcher, National Center for Theoretical Sciences & National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)
- via Webex
- Chen-Hsuan Hsu (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
Spin-triplet p-wave superconductors are promising candidates for topological superconductors. They have been proposed in various heterostructures where a material with strong spin-orbit interaction is coupled to a conventional s-wave superconductor by proximity effect. However, topological superconductors existing in nature and driven purely by strong electron correlations are yet to be studied. Here we propose a realization of such a system in a class of Kondo lattice materials in the absence of proximity effect. Therein, the odd-parity Kondo hybridization mediates ferromagnetic spin-spin coupling and leads to spin-triplet resonant-valence-bond (t-RVB) pairing between local moments. Spin-triplet p±p’ wave topological superconductivity is reached when Kondo effect co-exists with t-RVB . We identify the topological nature by the non-trivial topological invariant and the Majorana zero modes at edges. Our results on the superconducting transition temperature, Kondo coherent scale, and onset temperature of Kondo hybridization not only qualitatively but also quantitatively agree with the observations for UTe2, a U-based ferromagnetic heavy-electron superconductor.
*This work is supported by the National Science and Technology Council, Taiwan.
Field: condensed matter physics
Keywords: strongly correlated systems, topological superconductor, Kondo effect, resonant valence bond, heavy-fermion compounds
- Yung-Yeh Chang, Khoe Van Nguyen, Kuang-Lung Chen, Yen-Wen Lu, Chung-Yu Mou, and Chung-Hou Chung, (2023), arXiv: 2301.00538
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