Band Theory of Quasiparticle Excitations in the Mixed State of d-Wave Superconductors

  • Alexander S. Mel’nikov
Part of the Springer Series in Solid-State Sciences book series (SSSOL, volume 132)

Summary

This review contains an account of recent advances in understanding of the electronic structure of the mixed state in superconductors with gap nodes. We discuss a number of fundamentally new features of low energy quasiparticle (QP) excitations in these systems as compared to the case of s-wave compounds, where low-lying QP states are bound to vortex cores. The vanishing pair potential in the nodal directions results in an extremely large extension of QP wavefunctions which are sensitive to both the long-range magnetic field effects and the superfluid velocity V s fields of all vortices. The periodic V s field is responsible for splitting of cyclotron orbits and induces a band structure in the spectrum. The distinctive features of the band spectrum, eigenfunctions and density of states are discussed for the particular case of d-wave compounds. Recent theoretical predictions are compared with experimental data for high-T c superconductors.

Keywords

Vortex Anisotropy Hexagonal Coherence Stein 

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