Critical charge and spin Josephson currents through a precessing spin
Paper i proceeding, 2012
We present a theoretical study of two superconductors coupled over a spin. The spin is treated classically and is assumed to precess with the Larmor frequency due to an external magnetic field. The precession results in spin-dependent Andreev scattering and a non- equilibrium population of the Andreev levels. Charge and spin currents at zero temperature were studied previously . Here, we focus on the critical current as well as the corresponding spin currents at finite temperatures. At finite temperatures, the spin precession can enhance the supercurrent by a population redistribution. The enhancement leads to a modified current- phase relation and a non-monotonous critical current as function of temperature. This non- monotonous behavior is accompanied by a corresponding change in spin-transfer torques acting on the precessing spin and leads to the possibility of using temperature as a means to tune the back-action on the spin.