3 years ago

Unconventional superconductivity and Surface pairing symmetry in Half-Heusler Compounds.

Chao-Xing Liu, Qing-Ze Wang, Jiabin Yu

Signatures of nodal line/point superconductivity have been observed in half-Heusler compounds, such as LnPtBi (Ln = Y, Lu). Topologically non-trivial band structures, as well as topological surface states, has also been confirmed by angular-resolved photoemission spectroscopy in these compounds. In this work, we present a systematical classification of possible gap functions of bulk states and surface states in half-Heusler compounds and the corresponding topological properties based on the representations of crystalline symmetry group. Different from all the previous studies based on four band Luttinger model, our study starts with the six-band Kane model, which involves both four p-orbital type of {\Gamma}8 bands and two s-orbital type of {\Gamma}6 bands. Although the {\Gamma}6 bands are away from the Fermi energy, our results reveal the importance of topological surface states, which originate from the band inversion between {\Gamma}6 and {\Gamma}8 bands, in determining surface properties of these compounds in the superconducting regime by combining topological bulk state picture and non-trivial surface state picture.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1801.10286

DOI: arXiv:1801.10286v1

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