Effect of disorder on the pressure-induced superconducting state of CeAu2Si2

Abstract : CeAu2Si2 is a newly discovered pressure-induced heavy fermion superconductor, which shows very unusual interplay between superconductivity and magnetism under pressure. Here we compare the results of high-pressure measurements on single-crystalline CeAu2Si2 samples with different levels of disorder. It is found that while the magnetic properties are essentially sample independent, superconductivity is rapidly suppressed when the residual resistivity of the sample increases. We show that the depression of bulk T-c can be well understood in terms of pair breaking by nonmagnetic disorder, which strongly suggests an unconventional pairing state in pressurized CeAu2Si2. Furthermore, increasing the level of disorder leads to the emergence of another phase transition at T* within the magnetic phase, which might be in competition with superconductivity.
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Zhe Ren, G. Giriat, G. W. Scheerer, Gerard Lapertot, Didier Jaccard. Effect of disorder on the pressure-induced superconducting state of CeAu2Si2. Physical Review B : Condensed matter and materials physics, American Physical Society, 2015, 91 (9), pp.094515. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevB.91.094515⟩. ⟨cea-01735138⟩

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