Effect of magnetic impurities on suppression of the transition temperature in disordered superconductors

Robert Smith, V Ambegaokar

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Abstract

We calculate the first-order perturbative correction to the transition temperature T-c in a superconductor with both nonmagnetic and magnetic impurities. We do this by first evaluating the correction to the effective potential Omega(Delta) and then obtain the first-order correction to the order parameter Delta by finding the minimum of Omega(Delta). setting Delta = 0 finally enables T-c to be evaluated. T-c is now a function of both the resistance per square R-square, a measure of the nonmagnetic disorder, and the spin-flip scattering rate 1/tau(s), a measure of magnetic disorder. We find that the effective pair-breaking rate per magnetic impurity is virtually independent of the resistance per square of the film, in agreement with an experiment of Chervenak and Valles. This conclusion is supported both by the perturbative calculation, and by a nonperturbative resummation technique.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5913-5930
Number of pages18
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume62
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2000

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