Superconducting spin valves based on antiferromagnet/superconductor/antiferromagnet heterostructures
G. A. BobkovV. M. GordeevaLina Johnsen KamraSimran ChourasiaA. M. BobkovAkashdeep KamraI. V. Bobkova
G. A. BobkovV. M. GordeevaLina Johnsen Kamra
I. V. Bobkova
Proximity effect at superconductor/antiferromagnet (S/AF) interfaces, which manifests itself as generation of Neel-type triplet correlations, leads to sensitivity of the superconducting critical temperature to the mutual orientation of the AF Neel vectors in AF/S/AF trilayers, which is called the spin-valve effect. Here we predict that the spin-valve effect in AF/S/AF heterostructures crucially depends on the value of the chemical potential of the superconducting interlayer due to the occurrence of the finite-momentum Neel triplet correlations. In addition we investigate equal-spin triplet correlations, which appear in AF/S/AF structures for non-aligned Neel vectors of the AFs, and their role in the nonmonotonic dependence of the superconducting critical temperature of the AF/S/AF structure on the mutual orientation of the AF Neel vectors. The influence of impurities on the spin-valve effect is also investigated.