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Venkat Chandrasekhar - North Western University

Coexistence of superconductivity and ferromagnetism in two dimensions


Ferromagnetism is usually considered to be incompatible with conventional superconductivity, as it destroys the singlet correlations responsible for the pairing interaction. Superconductivity and ferromagnetism are known to coexist in only a few bulk rare-earth materials. Here we report evidence
for their coexistence in a two-dimensional system : the interface between two bulk insulators, LaAlO3 (LAO) and SrTiO3 (STO), a system that has been studied intensively recently. Magnetoresistance, Hall and electric-eld dependence measurements suggest that there are two distinct bands of charge carriers that contribute to the interface conductivity. The sensitivity of properties of the interface to an electric field make this a fascinating system for the study of the interplay between superconductivity and magnetism.

 

Contact : Hélène Bouchiat