Origin of spontaneous currents in a superconductor-ferromagnetic proximity system

JF Annett*, M Krawiec, BL Gyorffy

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We have previously shown that a ferromagnet-superconductor heterostructure may possess a spontaneous current circulation parallel to the interface. This current is caused by Andreev bound states in the thin ferromagnetic layer, and can be fully spin-polarized. Here we investigate the total energy of the system in cases where the current either does or does not flow. We show that the current is a true quantum ground state effect, and examine the effect of the current on the different contributions to the total energy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-10
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its Applications
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2006
Event4th International Conferene on Vortex Matter in Nanostructured Superconductors (VORTEX IV) - Iraklion, Greece
Duration: 3 Sept 20059 Sept 2005


  • proximity effect
  • superconductor-ferromagnet interface


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