Uncovering the origin of superconductivity in chiral materials
Chiral superconductors are unconventional superconducting materials with distinctive topological properties, in which time-reversal symmetry is broken. This class of superconductors are predicted to be ideal for building quantum computers. What causes the asymmetric electric transport in chiral superconducting nanotubes is currently unknown. The EU-funded Kerr project plans to further investigate the microscopic mechanism that links superconductivity and chirality. Researchers plan to develop a new generation of instruments that measure the polar Kerr effect in the sub-terahertz frequency range. Measurements in this energy scale will enable researchers to study the broken symmetries, the origin of unconventional pairing, the in-gap collective modes and the structures of the superconducting order parameters.
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