Spectroscopic signatures of time-reversal symmetry breaking superconductivity

Citation:

Nicholas R. Poniatowksi, Jonathan B. Curtis, Amir Yacoby, and Prineha Narang. 2/28/2022. “Spectroscopic signatures of time-reversal symmetry breaking superconductivity.” Communications Physics, 5. Publisher's Version

Abstract:

The collective mode spectrum of a symmetry-breaking state, such as a superconductor, provides crucial insight into the nature of the order parameter. In this work, we study two collective modes which are unique to unconventional superconductors that spontaneously break time reversal symmetry. We show that these modes are coherent and underdamped for a wide variety of time-reversal symmetry breaking superconducting states. By further demonstrating that these modes can be detected using a number of existing experimental techniques, we propose that our work can be leveraged as a form of “collective mode spectroscopy” that drastically expands the number of experimental probes capable of detecting time-reversal symmetry breaking in unconventional superconductors.