Nonlinear electrodynamics of p-wave superconductors

K. Halterman, O. T. Valls

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We consider the Maxwell-London electrodynamics of three-dimensional superconductors in p-wave pairing states with nodal points or lines in the energy gap. The current-velocity relation is then nonlinear in the applied field, cubic for point nodes, and quadratic for lines. We obtain explicit angular and depth-dependent expressions for measurable quantities such as the transverse magnetic moment and associated torque. These dependences are different for point and line nodes and can be used to distinguish between different order parameters. We discuss the experimental feasibility of this method and bring forth its advantages, as well as limitations that might be present.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5904-5912
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2000


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