Triplet Resonating Valence Bond State and Superconductivity in Hund's Metals

Piers Coleman, Yashar Komijani, Elio J. König

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A central idea in strongly correlated systems is that doping a Mott insulator leads to a superconductor by transforming the resonating valence bonds (RVBs) into spin-singlet Cooper pairs. Here, we argue that a spin-triplet RVB (tRVB) state, driven by spatially, or orbitally anisotropic ferromagnetic interactions can provide the parent state for triplet superconductivity. We apply this idea to the iron-based superconductors, arguing that strong on site Hund's interactions develop intra-atomic tRVBs between the t2g orbitals. On doping, the presence of two iron atoms per unit cell allows these interorbital triplets to coherently delocalize onto the Fermi surface, forming a fully gapped triplet superconductor. This mechanism gives rise to a unique staggered structure of on site pair correlations, detectable as an alternating π phase shift in a scanning Josephson tunneling microscope.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number077001
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number7
StatePublished - Aug 14 2020

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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