High-pressure phase diagrams of CeRhIn5 and CeCoIn5 studied by ac calorimetry

G. Knebel, M. A. Méasson, B. Salce, D. Aoki, D. Braithwaite, J. P. Brison, J. Flouquet

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The pressure-temperature phase diagrams of the heavy fermion antiferromagnet CeRhIn5 and the heavy fermion superconductor CeCoIn5 have been studied under hydrostatic pressure by ac calorimetry and ac susceptibility measurements using diamond anvil cells with argon as the pressure medium. In CeRhIn5, the use of a highly hydrostatic pressure transmitting medium allows for a clean simultaneous determination by a bulk probe of the antiferromagnetic and superconducting transitions. We compare our new phase diagram with the previous ones, discuss the nature (first or second order) of the various lines, and the coexistence of antiferromagnetic order and superconductivity. The link between the collapse of the superconducting heat anomaly and the broadening of the antiferromagnetic transition points to an inhomogeneous appearance of superconductivity below Pc ≈ 1.95 GPa. Homogeneous bulk superconductivity is only observed above this critical pressure. We present a detailed analysis of the influence of pressure inhomogeneities on the specific heat anomalies which emphasizes that the observed broadening of the transitions near Pc is connected with the first-order transition. For CeCoIn5 we show that the large specific heat anomaly observed at Tc at ambient pressure is suppressed linearly at least up to 3 GPa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8905-8922
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Issue number49
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Dec 15


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