Phase-controlled spin and charge currents in a superconductor-ferromagnet hybrid
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Original versionPhysical Review Research (PRResearch). 2020, 2 (3), . 10.1103/PhysRevResearch.2.033336
We investigate spin-dependent quasiparticle and Cooper-pair transport through a central node interfaced with two superconductors and two ferromagnets. We demonstrate that voltage biasing of the ferromagnetic contacts induces superconducting triplet correlations on the node and reverses the supercurrent flowing between the two superconducting contacts. We further predict that such triplet correlations can mediate a tunable spin current flow into the ferromagnetic contacts. Our key finding is that noncollinearity in combination with spin-mixing results in equal-spin-triplet correlations on the node and leads to a net charge current between the unbiased two magnets. Our proposed device thus enables the generation, control, and detection of the typically elusive equal-spin-triplet Cooper pairs.