"Spin-triplet superconductivity in a weak-coupling Hubbard model for the quasi-one-dimensional compound Li0.9Mo6O17"

Weejee Cho: Christian Platt, Ross H. McKenzie, and Srinivas Raghu; Physical Review B, 10/19/15.

Additional Authors: Christian Platt, Ross H. McKenzie, and Srinivas Raghu

Abstract:

The purple bronze Li0.9Mo6O17 is of interest due to its quasi-one-dimensional electronic structure and the possible Luttinger liquid behavior resulting from it. For sufficiently low temperatures, it is a superconductor with a pairing symmetry that is still to be determined. To shed light on this issue, we analyze a minimal Hubbard model for this material involving four molybdenum orbitals per unit cell near quarter filling, using asymptotically exact perturbative renormalization group methods. We find that spin-triplet odd-parity superconductivity is the dominant instability. Approximate nesting properties of the two quasi-one-dimensional Fermi surfaces enhance certain second-order processes, which play crucial roles in determining the structure of the pairing gap. Notably, we find that the gap has more sign changes than required by the point-group symmetry.