Title：Evidence of finite momentum pairing in a centrosymmetric bilayer
Abstract：A phase characterized by a spatially-modulated order parameter is counter-intuitive because of the entropy penalty that the modulations incur. Its possible existence in superconductors was first proposed under conditions that the formation of Cooper pair is limited to some segments of the Fermi surface and that the Cooper pairs carry momentum above the Pauli limit. This prediction motivated experimental efforts to identify such non-uniform superconducting states in organic superconductors, heavy fermion compounds and cuprates. In the talk, I will present evidences  for another type of finite-momentum pairing that manifests below the Pauli limit. It is driven by the orbital effect and does not rely on Fermi surface segmentation. We have evidence for this spatially modulated superconducting state in a hexagonal MoS2 bilayer through remote intercalation that offers both balanced doping and firm out-of-plane coherence across both layers.
 D. Zhao, L. Debbeler, M. Kühne, S. Fecher, N. Gross, J. Smet, Nat. Phys. (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-023-02202-4
Bio：Dr. Dong Zhao is currently a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Germany. Dong has been actively involved in a broad research area, including organic semiconductors, ferroelectric and piezoelectric materials, and superconductivity in two-dimensional systems. He received his Bachelor degree in physics in 2011 from Peking University. He did his Master Thesis in 2013 at Philips Research Laboratories in Aachen, Germany, on exciton physics in organic light-emitting diodes, and received his Master degree from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. In 2017, he received his PhD degree from the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany, with his Thesis “Polarization dynamics in ferroelectric thin films”. Since 2017, he has been working at the Max-Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Germany. His current research interest is superconductivity in two-dimensional materials and heterostructures.