Recently we proposed a theory of point-contact spectroscopy and argued that the splitting of zero-bias conductance peak in electron-doped cuprate superconductor point-contact spectroscopy is due to the coexistence of antiferromagnetic (AF) and d -wave superconducting orders. Here we extend the theory to study the tunneling in the ferromagnetic metal/electron-doped cuprate superconductor (FM/EDSC) junctions. In addition to the AF order, the effects of spin polarization, Fermi-wave vector mismatch between the FM and EDSC regions, and effective barrier are investigated. It is shown that there exists midgap surface-state contribution to the conductance to which Andreev reflections are largely modified due to the interplay between the exchange field of ferromagnetic metal and the AF order in EDSC. Low-energy anomalous conductance enhancement can occur which could further test the existence of AF order in EDSC. Finally, we propose a more accurate formula in determining the spin-polarization value in combination with the point-contact conductance data.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2009 Feb 2|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics