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Enhancement of superconductivity with external phonon squeezing

TitleEnhancement of superconductivity with external phonon squeezing
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsA. Grankin, M. Hafezi, and V. M. Galitski
JournalPhys. Rev. B
Date PublishedDEC 1
Type of ArticleArticle

Squeezing of phonons due to the nonlinear coupling to electrons is a way to enhance superconductivity as theoretically studied in a recent work {[}Kennes et al., Nat. Phys. 13, 479 (2017)]. We study quadratic electronphonon interaction in the presence of phonon pumping and an additional external squeezing. Interference between these two driving sources induces a phase-sensitive enhancement of electron-electron attraction, which we find as a generic mechanism to enhance any boson-mediated interactions. The strongest enhancement of superconductivity is shown to be on the boundary with the dynamical lattice instabilities caused by driving. We propose several experimental platforms to realize our scheme.