Effects of Lifshitz Transitions in Ferromagnetic Superconductors: The Case of URhGe

Yury Sherkunov, Andrey V. Chubukov, Joseph J. Betouras

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Abstract

In ferromagnetic superconductors, like URhGe, superconductivity coexists with magnetism near zero field, but then reappears in a finite field range, where the system also displays mass enhancement in the normal state. We present the theoretical understanding of this nonmonotonic behavior. We explore the multiband nature of URhGe and associate reentrant superconductivity and mass enhancement with the topological transition (Lifshitz) in one of the bands in a finite magnetic field. We find excellent agreement between our theory and a number of experimental results for URhGe, such as weakly first-order reentrant transition, the dependence of superconducting Tc on a magnetic field, and the field dependence of the effective mass, the specific heat, and the resistivity in the normal state. Our theory can be applied to other ferromagnetic multiband superconductors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number097001
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume121
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 31 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank R. Fernandes and M. Greven for useful conversations. This work was supported by the EPSRC (Y. S. and J. J. B.) through Grant No. EP/P002811/1, and by the U.S. Department of Energy through the University of Minnesota Center for Quantum Materials, under Award No. DE-SC-0016371 (A. V. C.).

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© 2018 American Physical Society.

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