Volume 82, Number 4, May 2008
Article Number 47009
Number of page(s) 6
Section Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties
Published online 13 May 2008
EPL, 82 (2008) 47009
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/82/47009

Symmetries of the quasi-1D Bechgaard salts superconducting state in an applied magnetic field

N. Belmechri, G. Abramovici and M. Héritier

Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, UMR 8502 CNRS, Université Paris-Sud 11 - 91405 Orsay, France, EU

received 24 January 2008; accepted in final form 2 April 2008; published May 2008
published online 13 May 2008

We investigate the possible superconducting pairing symmetries which would account for the latest experimental results on the Bechgaard salts. Using a renormalization group (RG) technique we calculate the couplings of the singlet and triplet interactions in the quasi-1D Hamiltonian. In the presence of interchain interactions, the singlet and triplet couplings are of the same order of magnitude. The renormalized couplings are then used in an RPA calculation to evaluate the critical fields of superconductivity for the two dominant order parameter symmetries in the RG flow, i.e., the dx2-y2 and fy symmetries. It is shown that, for the standard values of the anisotropy ratio of the Fermi surface, the critical fields of the singlet symmetry are strongly reduced. A re-entrant superconductivity is however still present for the triplet state.

74.70.Kn - Organic superconductors.
74.25.Op - Mixed states, critical fields, and surface sheaths.
74.20.Rp - Pairing symmetries (other than s-wave).

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