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Critical charge and spin Josephson currents through a precessing spin

Cecilia Holmqvist ; Wolfgang Belzig ; Mikael Fogelström (Institutionen för mikroteknologi och nanovetenskap, Tillämpad kvantfysik)
Journal of Physics Conference Series: 26th International Conference on Low Temperature Physics (LT) (1742-6588). Vol. 400 (2012), 2, p. 022027.
[Konferensbidrag, refereegranskat]

We present a theoretical study of two superconductors coupled over a spin. The spin is treated classically and is assumed to precess with the Larmor frequency due to an external magnetic field. The precession results in spin-dependent Andreev scattering and a non- equilibrium population of the Andreev levels. Charge and spin currents at zero temperature were studied previously [1]. Here, we focus on the critical current as well as the corresponding spin currents at finite temperatures. At finite temperatures, the spin precession can enhance the supercurrent by a population redistribution. The enhancement leads to a modified current- phase relation and a non-monotonous critical current as function of temperature. This non- monotonous behavior is accompanied by a corresponding change in spin-transfer torques acting on the precessing spin and leads to the possibility of using temperature as a means to tune the back-action on the spin.

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