Vanishing edge currents in non-p-wave topological chiral superconductors Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • The edge currents of two dimensional topological chiral superconductors with nonzero Cooper pair angular momentum---e.g., chiral $p$-, $d$-, and $f$-wave superconductivity---are studied. Bogoliubov-de Gennes and Ginzburg--Landau calculations are used to show that in the continuum limit, \emph{only} chiral $p$-wave states have a nonzero edge current. Outside this limit, when lattice effects become important, edge currents in non-$p$-wave superconductors are comparatively smaller, but can be nonzero. Using Ginzburg--Landau theory, a simple criterion is derived for when edge currents vanish for non-$p$-wave chiral superconductivity on a lattice. The implications of our results for putative chiral superconductors such as Sr2RuO4 and UPt3 are discussed.

publication date

  • December 19, 2014