First principles based proximity effect of superconductor-normal metal heterostructures

Gábor Csire, József Cserti, Balázs Újfalussy

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In this paper we study the proximity effect in superconductor-normal metal heterostructures based on first principles calculations with treating the pairing potential as an adjustable parameter. The superconducting order parameter (anomalous density) is obtained from the Green-function by solving the Kohn-Sham-Bogoliubov-de Gennes equations with the Screened Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker method. The results are interpreted for an Au/Nb(0 0 1) system. The layer resolved anomalous spectral function is also obtained which is closely related to the superconducting order parameter. We find that the anomalous spectral function has the fingerprint of the Andreev scattering process and it is connected to the electron-hole ratio of the quasiparticle states. We also show that the proximity effect can be understood via the anomalous spectral function.

Original languageEnglish
Article number495701
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Issue number49
Publication statusPublished - 13 Oct 2016


  • Andreev reflection
  • proximity effect
  • quasiparticle spectrum


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