Superconducting Phase in the BCS Model with Imaginary Magnetic Field

J. Math. Sci. Univ. Tokyo
Vol. 28 (2021), No. 1, Page 1-179.

Kashima, Yohei
Superconducting Phase in the BCS Model with Imaginary Magnetic Field
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We prove that in the reduced quartic BCS model with an imaginary external magnetic field a spontaneous $U(1)$-symmetry breaking (SSB) and an off-diagonal long range order (ODLRO) occur. The system is defined on a hyper-cubic lattice with periodic boundary conditions at positive temperature. In the free part of the Hamiltonian we assume the nearest-neighbor hopping. The chemical potential is fixed so that the free Fermi surface does not degenerate. The term representing the interaction between electrons' spin and the imaginary external magnetic field is the $z$-component of the spin operator multiplied by a pure imaginary parameter. The SSB and the ODLRO are shown in the infinite-volume limit of the thermal average over the full Fermionic Fock space. The magnitude of the negative coupling constant must be larger than a certain value so that the gap equation is solvable. The gap equation is different from that of the conventional mean field BCS model because of the presence of the imaginary magnetic field. By adjusting the imaginary magnetic field this model shows the SSB and the ODLRO in high temperature, weak coupling regimes where the conventional reduced BCS model does not show these phenomena. The proof is based on Grassmann Gaussian integral formulations and a double-scale integration scheme to analytically control the formulations.

Keywords: The BCS model, spontaneous symmetry breaking, off-diagonal long range order, Grassmann integral formulation, tree expansion.

Mathematics Subject Classification (2010): Primary 82D55; Secondary 81T28.
Mathematical Reviews Number: MR4279802

Received: 2017-03-21