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Spin-precession-assisted supercurrent in a superconducting quantum point contact coupled to a single-molecule magnet
Universität Konstanz, Germany.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5551-8980
Universität Konstanz, Germany.
Chalmers University of Technology.
2012 (English)In: Physical Review B, ISSN 2469-9950, E-ISSN 2469-9969, Vol. 86, 054519Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The supercurrent through a quantum point contact coupled to a nanomagnet strongly depends on the dynamics of the nanomagnet's spin. We employ a fully microscopic model to calculate the transport properties of a junction coupled to a spin whose dynamics is modeled as Larmor precession brought about by an external magnetic field and find that the dynamics affects the charge and spin currents by inducing transitions between the continuum states outside the superconducting gap region and the Andreev levels. This redistribution of the quasiparticles leads to a nonequilibrium population of the Andreev levels and an enhancement of the supercurrent which is visible as a modified current-phase relation as well as a nonmonotonous critical current as function of temperature. The nonmonotonous 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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2012. Vol. 86, 054519
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Condensed Matter Physics
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Physics, Condensed Matter Physics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-63807DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.86.054519OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-63807DiVA: diva2:1095365
Available from: 2017-05-12 Created: 2017-05-12 Last updated: 2017-05-15Bibliographically approved

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