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Phys Rev Lett. 2007 Feb 23;98(8):087001. Epub 2007 Feb 20.

Magnetic-field-induced lattice anomaly inside the superconducting state of CeCoIn5: anisotropic evidence of the possible Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov state.

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National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32310, USA.


We report high magnetic field linear magnetostriction experiments on CeCoIn5 single crystals. Two features are remarkable: (i) a sharp discontinuity in all the crystallographic axes associated with the upper superconducting critical field B(c2) that becomes less pronounced as the temperature increases and (ii) a distinctive second orderlike feature observed only along the c axis in the high field (10 T < or approximately B< or = B(c2)) low temperature (T < or approximately 0.35 K) region. This second order transition is observed only when the magnetic field lies within 20 degrees of the ab planes and there is no signature of it above B(c2), which raises questions regarding its interpretation as a field induced magnetically ordered phase. Good agreement with previous results suggests that this anomaly is related to the transition to a possible Fulde-Ferrel-Larkin-Ovchinnikov superconducting state.

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