Topologically stable gapless phases in nonsymmorphic superconductors

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Abstract

We study the topological stability of nodes in nonsymmorphic superconductors (SCs). In particular, we demonstrate that line nodes in nonsymmorphic odd-parity SCs are protected by the interplay between topology and nonsymmorphic symmetry. As an example, it is shown that the E2u-superconducting state of UPt3 hosts the topologically stable line node at the Brillouin zone face. Our theory indicates that the existence of spin-orbit coupling is essential for protecting such a line node, complementing Norman's group theory argument. Developing the topological arguments, we also propose a generalization to point nodes and to other symmetry cases beyond the group theory arguments.

Journal

  • Physical Review B

    Physical Review B (94), 134512-134512, 2016-10-14

    American Physical Society

Codes

  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    120005905584
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • Article Type
    journal article
  • ISSN
    2469-9950
  • Data Source
    IR 
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