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Surface-acoustic-wave-induced unconventional superconducting pairing

by Viktoriia Kornich

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Authors (as Contributors): Viktoriia Kornich
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Preprint link: scipost_202109_00023v2
Date accepted: 2021-12-17
Date submitted: 2021-11-12 08:39
Submitted by: Kornich, Viktoriia
Submitted to: SciPost Physics
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Academic field: Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics - Theory
Approach: Theoretical


Unconventional superconductivity is usually associated with symmetry breaking in the system. Here we consider a simple setup consisting of a solid state material with conduction electrons and an applied surface acoustic wave (SAW), that can break time and spatial translation symmetries. We study the symmetries of the possible SAW-induced order parameters, showing that even-frequency spin-triplet odd-parity order parameter can occur. We suggest different methods of how to engineer the symmetries of the order parameters using SAWs and the applications of such setups.

Published as SciPost Phys. Core 5, 005 (2022)

Author comments upon resubmission

I would like to thank the Editor and the referees for providing insightful and helpful comments and questions. I have introduced all requested discussions and replied to the questions (see also my replies to the referees).

Yours sincerely,
Viktoriia Kornich

Reports on this Submission

Anonymous Report 1 on 2021-12-10 (Invited Report)

  • Cite as: Anonymous, Report on arXiv:scipost_202109_00023v2, delivered 2021-12-10, doi: 10.21468/SciPost.Report.4022


The main merit of this paper lies in stimulating experimental research, as it shows how pairing interaction in the odd-parity pairing channel can be induced by driving surface acoustic wave even when there is no low energy odd-parity phonon present in the material. The author's aim is limited, however, by the fact that it neither present specific material candidates nor seeks to analyze competition between different possible superconducting phases. In that sense, the paper seems more suitable to SciPost Physics Core.

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