Type-IV superconductivity: Cooper pairs with broken inversion and time-reversal symmetries in conventional superconductors

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The vortex phase in a singlet superconductor in the absence of impurities is shown to be absolutely unstable with respect to the appearance of a triplet component that breaks both the inversion and time-reversal symmetries of Cooper pairs. The symmetry breaking paramagnetic effects are demonstrated to be of the order of unity if the orbital upper critical field, Hc 2(0), is of the order of the Clogston paramagnetic limiting field, Hp. We suggest a generic phase diagram of such a type-IV superconductor that is a singlet one at H = 0 and characterized by a mixed singlet-triplet order parameter with broken time-reversal symmetry in the vortex phase. The possibility to observe type-IV superconductivity in clean organic, high-Tc, MgB2, and other superconductors is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-209
Number of pages6
JournalJETP Letters
Volume82
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005

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