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Magnetic structure of antiferromagnetic Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov state

By Youichi Yanase and Manfred Sigrist


The properties of incommensurate antiferromagnetic (AFM) order in the Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov (FFLO) state is studied by solving the Bogoliubov-de-Gennes (BdG) equations. The relationship between the electronic structure and the magnetic structure is clarified. We find that the magnetic structure in the AFM-FFLO state includes three cases. (I) In the strongly localized case, the AFM staggered moment is confined into the FFLO nodal planes where the superconducting order parameter vanishes. (II) In the weakly localized case, the AFM staggered moment appears in the whole spatial region, and its magnitude is enhanced around the FFLO nodal planes. (III) In the extended case, the AFM staggered moment is nearly homogeneous and slightly suppressed in the vicinity of FFLO nodal planes. The structure of Bragg peaks in the momentum resolved structure factor is studied in each case. We discuss the possibility of AFM-FFLO state in the heavy fermion superconductor CeCoIn_5 by comparing these results with the neutron scattering data. Experimentally the magnetic structure and its dependence on the magnetic field orientation in the high field superconducting phase of CeCoIn_5 are consistent with the case (II).Comment: 10 page

Topics: Condensed Matter - Superconductivity, Condensed Matter - Strongly Correlated Electrons
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1088/0953-8984/23/9/094219
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