Edge supercurrent reveals competition between condensates in a Weyl superconductor

Stephan Kim, Shiming Lei, Leslie M. Schoop, R. J. Cava, N. P. Ong

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Abstract

In topological materials, the edge states are readily distinguished from the bulk states. The situation where a topological semimetal becomes superconducting so that Cooper pairs occupy both the bulk and the edge states is not well understood. In particular, we do not know if we can force their pairing symmetries to be different. Here we show that, when supercurrent is injected into the superconducting Weyl semimetal MoTe2 from Nb contacts, the invasive s-wave pairing potential from Nb is incompatible with the intrinsic Cooper pair condensate in MoTe2. This incompatibility leads to strong stochasticity in the switching current and an unusual anti-hysteretic behaviour in the current–voltage loops. There is also an asymmetry in the edge oscillations where, as the magnetic field crosses zero, the phase noise switches from one with a noisy spectrum to one that is noise free. Using the noise spectrum as a guide, we track the anomalous features to field-induced switching of the device gap function between s-wave symmetry and the unconventional symmetry intrinsic to MoTe2. We infer that the behaviour of the gap function along the edges is different from that in the bulk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalNature Physics
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy

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