Session P23: Superconductivity Theory II: p-wave, chiral, and topological

8:00 AM–11:00 AM, Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Room: 255

Sponsoring Unit: DCMP
Chair: Herbert Fotso, Georgetown University

Abstract ID: BAPS.2012.MAR.P23.5

Abstract: P23.00005 : Intrinsic Hall effect in a multiband chiral superconductor

8:48 AM–9:00 AM

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  Edward Taylor
    (McMaster University)

  Catherine Kallin
    (McMaster University)

We identify an intrinsic, dissipationless Hall effect in multiband chiral superconductors in the absence of a magnetic field (i.e., an \emph{anomalous} quantum Hall effect). Similarly to its analog in ferromagnets, this effect arises from inter-band transitions when time-reversal symmetry is spontaneously broken. We discuss the implications of this effect for the putative chiral $p$-wave superconductor, $\mathrm{Sr}_2\mathrm{RuO}_4$, and show that it can be of the right order of magnitude to contribute significantly to the polar Kerr rotation observed in experiments, depending on the structure of the order parameter across the bands.

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