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## Fraunhofer oscillations of the critical current at a varying Zeeman field in a spin-orbit coupled Josephson junction

The Zeeman interaction results in spontaneous current through a Josephson contact with a spin-orbit coupled

normal metal, even in the absence of any voltage, or phase bias. In the case of the Rashba spin-orbit coupling

of electrons in a two-dimensional (2D) electron gas this effect takes place for the Zeeman field which is parallel

to the 2D system and to superconducting contacts. At the same time, the spontaneous current is absent when

this field is perpendicular to the contacts. It is shown that in the latter case it may manifest itself in oscillations

of the critical Josephson current at varying Zeeman energy. These oscillations have a form of the Fraunhofer

diffraction pattern. The Josephson current under the phase bias was calculated based on the semiclassical Green’s

functions for a disordered 2D electron gas with the strong spin-orbit coupling, as well as for surface electrons

of a three-dimensional topological insulator. In the latter case the diffraction pattern was found to be most

pronounced, while in the Rashba gas the oscillations of the critical current are weaker.