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Nonequilibrium effects in a Josephson junction coupled to a precessing spin

Cecilia Holmqvist (Institutionen för mikroteknologi och nanovetenskap, Tillämpad kvantfysik) ; S. Teber ; Mikael Fogelström (Institutionen för mikroteknologi och nanovetenskap, Tillämpad kvantfysik)
Physical Review B (1098-0121). Vol. 83 (2011), 10,
[Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig]

We present a theoretical study of a Josephson junction consisting of two s-wave superconducting leads coupled over a classical spin. When an external magnetic field is applied, the classical spin will precess with the Larmor frequency. This magnetically active interface results in a time-dependent boundary condition with different tunneling amplitudes for spin-up and spin-down quasiparticles and where the precession produces spin-flip scattering processes. We show that as a result, the Andreev states develop sidebands and a nonequilibrium population which depend on the precession frequency and the angle between the classical spin and the external magnetic field. The Andreev states lead to a steady-state Josephson current whose current-phase relation could be used for characterizing the precessing spin. In addition to the charge transport, a magnetization current is also generated. This spin current is time dependent and its polarization axis rotates with the same precession frequency as the classical spin.

Nyckelord: single-molecule magnets, quasi-classical theory, boundary-conditions, active interfaces, superconductivity, heterostructures, transport, spectroscopy, spintronics, multilayer

Denna post skapades 2011-04-14. Senast ändrad 2011-05-06.
CPL Pubid: 139070


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