Unconventional superconductivity of NpPd5Al2

D. Aoki, Y. Haga, T. D. Matsuda, S. Ikeda, Y. Homma, H. Sakai, Y. Shiokawa, E. Yamamoto, A. Nakamura, R. Settai, Y. Nuki

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The high quality single crystals of NpPd5Al2 with the body-centered tetragonal structure were grown by the Pb flux method. NpPd 5Al2 was found to be the first Np-based heavy fermion superconductor with the relatively high critical temperature Tsc = 4.9K. The upper critical field Hc2 is large and highly anisotropic. Corresponding to the heavy electronic state, the initial slope of Hc2 is large, but Hc2 at low temperatures is suppressed by the magnetic field, indicating a strong Pauli paramagnetic effect and the first-order transition at Hc2. These results imply that NpPd5Al 2 is located at the proximity of the antiferromagnetic ordering, which might be hidden by the superconductivity. The d-wave superconductivity with a spin singlet state is most likely realized in NpPd5Al 2.

Original languageEnglish
Article number164203
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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