Proximity effect with noncentrosymmetric superconductors
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Original versionPhysical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics. 2012, 86 (17), . 10.1103/PhysRevB.86.174514
We describe the superconducting proximity effect taking place in a contact between a noncentrosymmetric superconductor and a diffusive normal/ferromagnetic metal within the quasiclassical theory of superconductivity. By solving numerically the Usadel equation with boundary conditions valid for arbitrary interface transparency, we show that the analysis of the proximity-modified local density of states in the normal side can be used to obtain information about the exotic superconductivity of noncentrosymmetric materials. We point out the signatures of triplet pairing, the coexistence of triplet and singlet pairing, and particular orbital symmetries of the pair potential. Exploiting the directional dependence of the spin polarization pair breaking effect on the triplet correlations, we show how the order relation between triplet and singlet gaps can be discriminated and that an estimation of the specific gap ratio is possible in some cases.