Zero phase difference supercurrent in ferromagnetic Josephson junctions

J Phys Condens Matter. 2010 Nov 10;22(44):445701. doi: 10.1088/0953-8984/22/44/445701. Epub 2010 Oct 22.


We analyse both analytically and numerically a ballistic ferromagnetic Josephson junction with spin active interfaces, focusing on the zero phase difference supercurrent that appears when the magnetizations of the intermediate layer and the interfaces form a non-coplanar set of vectors. We claim that the presence of even one magnetization vector in the system breaks the time reversal invariance of the Hamiltonian, which can lead to a zero phase difference supercurrent, unless the symmetry is restored by a combination of time reversal and a rotational symmetry. This is the case when the magnetizations of the junction form a coplanar set of vectors. We also derive a new formula for the equilibrium supercurrent which is a generalization of our previous work.