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Magnetic excitations in the helical Rashba superconductor


Akbari,  Alireza
Physics of Correlated Matter, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Max Planck Society;


Thalmeier,  Peter
Peter Thalmeier, Physics of Correlated Matter, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Max Planck Society;

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Akbari, A., & Thalmeier, P. (2023). Magnetic excitations in the helical Rashba superconductor. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 35(26): 265601, pp. 1-11. doi:10.1088/1361-648X/acc6ad.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-000C-FD8C-A
We investigate the magnetic excitation spectrum in the helical state of a noncentrosymmetric superconductor with inversion symmetry breaking and strong Rashba spin-orbit coupling. For this purpose we derive the general expressions of the dynamical spin response functions under the presence of strong Rashba splitting of conduction bands, superconducting gap and external field which lead to stabilization of Cooper pairs with finite overall momentum in a helical state. The latter is characterized by momentum space regions of paired and unpaired states with different quasiparticle dispersions. The magnetic response is determined by i) excitations within and between both paired and unpaired regions ii) anomalous coherence factors and iii) additional spin matrix elements due to helical Rashba spin texture of bands. We show that as a consequence typical correlated real space and spin space anisotropies appear in the dynamical susceptibility which would be observable as a characteristic fingerprint for a helical superconducting state in inelastic neutron scattering investigations. © 2023 The Author(s). Published by IOP Publishing Ltd.