The quantum critical point in CeRhIn5: A resistivity study

Georg Knebel, Dai Aoki, Jean Pascal Brison, Jacques Flouquet

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The pressure-temperature phase diagram of CeRhIn5 has been studied under high magnetic field by resistivity measurements. Clear signatures of a quantum critical point has been found at a critical pressure of p c ≈ 2:5 GPa. The field induced magnetic state in the superconducting state is stable up to the highest measured field. At p c the antiferromagnetic ground-state under high magnetic field collapses very rapidly. Clear signatures of pc are the strong enhancement of the resistivity in the normal state and of the inelastic scattering term. No clear T2 temperature dependence could be found for pressures above Tc. From the analysis of the upper critical field within a strong coupling model we present the pressure dependence of the coupling parameter λ and the gyromagnetic ratio g. No signatures of a spatially modulated order parameter could be evidenced. A detailed comparison with the magnetic field-temperature phase diagram of CeCoIn2 is given. The comparison between CeRhIn2 and CeCoIn2 points out the importance to take into account the field dependence of the effective mass in the calculation of the superconducting upper critical field H c2. It suggests also that when the magnetic critical field H M(0) becomes lower than Hc2(0), the persistence of a superconducting pseudo-gap may stick the antiferromagnetism to H c2(0).

Original languageEnglish
Article number114704
JournalJournal of the Physical Society of Japan
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Nov


  • CeRhIn
  • Heavy fermion superconductor
  • Quantum critical point
  • Upper critical field


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