Magnetic impurities in thin films and 2D Ising superconductors

David Möckli*, Menashe Haim, Maxim Khodas

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Abstract

In the theory of dilute magnetic impurities in superconductors, the effect of all impurity spin-components is expressed via a single magnetic scattering rate Γ m. In a more realistic setting, magnetic impurities are anisotropic. In this case, the spatial randomness of three spin-components of impurities gives rise to generally different scattering rates Γ i (i = 1, 2, 3). We explore the effects of anisotropic magnetic impurities on the in-plane critical field in 2D superconductors. We discuss singlet, triplet, and parity-mixed order parameters allowed in systems without the inversion center. Also, the addition of a small amount of magnetic impurities may cause singlet to triplet crossovers. In all cases, different components of impurity spin affect the magnetic field - temperature phase diagram differently. We show that anisotropy of the magnetic impurities can serve as a probe of unconventional triplet or parity-mixed superconductivity.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number053903
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume128
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 7 Aug 2020

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