Possibility of valence-fluctuatsion-mediated superconductivity in Cd-doped CeIrIn 5 probed by in NQR

M. Yashima, N. Tagami, S. Taniguchi, T. Unemori, K. Uematsu, H. Mukuda, Y. Kitaoka, Y. Ata, F. Honda, R. Settai, Y. Anuki

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We report on a pressure-induced evolution of exotic superconductivity and spin correlations in CeIr(In 1-xCd x) 5 by means of in-nuclear-quadrupole-resonance (NQR) studies. Measurements of an NQR spectrum and nuclear-spin-lattice-relaxation rate 1/T 1 have revealed that antiferromagnetism induced by Cd doping emerges locally around Cd dopants, but superconductivity is suddenly induced at T c=0.7 and 0.9 K at 2.34 and 2.75 GPa, respectively. The unique superconducting characteristics with a large fraction of the residual density of state at the Fermi level which increases with T c differ from those for anisotropic superconductivity mediated by antiferromagnetic correlations. By incorporating the pressure dependence of the NQR frequency pointing to the valence change of Ce, we suggest that unconventional superconductivity in the CeIr(In 1-xCd x) 5 system may be mediated by valence fluctuations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number117001
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Sep 14 2012
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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