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Spin-singlet to triplet Cooper pair converter interface

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Matthew Rogers, Alistair Walton, Machiel G. Flokstra, Fatma Al Ma’Mari, Rhea Stewart, Stephen L. Lee, Thomas Prokscha, Andrew J. Caruana, Christian J. Kinane, Sean Langridge, Harry Bradshaw, Timothy Moorsom, Mannan Ali, Gavin Burnell, Bryan J. Hickey, Oscar Cespedes

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Abstract

Combining magnetic and superconducting functionalities enables lower energy spin transfer and magnetic switching in quantum computing and information storage, owing to the dissipationless nature of quasi-particle mediated supercurrents. Here, we put forward a system where emergent spin-ordering and diffusion of Cooper pairs are achieved at a non-intrinsically magnetic nor superconducting metallo-molecular interface. Electron transport, magnetometry and low-energy muon spin rotation are used to probe time-reversal symmetry breaking in these structures. By comparing the Meissner expulsion in a system including a Cu/C60 spin-converter interface to one without, we observe a paramagnetic contribution that can be explained due to the conversion of spin-singlet Cooper pair states into odd-frequency triplet states. These results demonstrate the potential of metallo-molecular interfaces to achieve singlet to triplet Cooper pair conversion, a capability not present in either metal or molecule separately that could be used in the generation and controlled diffusion of spin polarised dissipationless currents.
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Original languageEnglish
Article number69
Number of pages9
JournalCommunications Physics
Volume4
Early online date8 Apr 2021
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Apr 2021

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