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Broken time-reversal symmetry probed by muon spin relaxation in the caged type superconductor Lu5Rh6Sn18

Bhattacharyya, A, Adroja, D T, Quintanilla, Jorge, Hillier, A D, Kase, N, Strydom, A M, Akimitsu, J (2014) Broken time-reversal symmetry probed by muon spin relaxation in the caged type superconductor Lu5Rh6Sn18. Physical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 91 (6). Article Number 060503. ISSN 1098-0121, 1550-235X. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.91.060503) (KAR id:44870)


The superconducting state of the caged type compound Lu5Rh6Sn18 has been investigated by using magnetization, heat capacity, and muon spin relaxation or rotation (?SR) measurements, and the results interpreted on the basis of the group theoretical classifications of the possible pairing symmetries and a simple model of the resulting quasiparticle spectra. Our zero-field ?SR measurements clearly reveal the spontaneous appearance of an internal magnetic field below the transition temperature, which indicates that the superconducting state in this material is characterized by broken time-reversal symmetry. Further, the analysis of the temperature dependence of the magnetic penetration depth measured using the transverse-field ?SR measurements suggests an isotropic s?wave character for the superconducting gap. This is in agreement with the heat capacity behavior, and we show that it can be interpreted in terms of a nonunitary triplet state with point nodes and an open Fermi surface.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1103/PhysRevB.91.060503
Uncontrolled keywords: Physics of Quantum Materials, superconductor, unconventional pairing, muon spin relaxation, muon spin rotation, muSR, theory, experiment, symmetry analysis
Subjects: Q Science
Q Science > QC Physics
Q Science > QC Physics > QC174.12 Quantum theory
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Depositing User: Jorge Quintanilla Tizon
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2014 12:04 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 09:46 UTC
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