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J Phys Condens Matter. 2020 Feb 6;32(6):065602. doi: 10.1088/1361-648X/ab4389. Epub 2019 Sep 11.

Ir 5d-band derived superconductivity in LaIr3.

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Department of Physics, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute, Belur Math, Howrah 711202, West Bengal, India.


The superconducting properties of rhombohedral LaIr3 were examined using susceptibility, resistivity, heat capacity, and zero-field (ZF) and transverse-field (TF) muon spin relaxation and rotation ([Formula: see text]SR) measurements. The susceptibility and resistivity measurements confirm a superconducting transition below [Formula: see text] K. Two successive transitions are observed in the heat capacity data, one at [Formula: see text] K and a second at 1.2 K below [Formula: see text]. The heat capacity jump is [Formula: see text], which is lower than 1.43 expected for Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) weak-coupling limit. TF-[Formula: see text]SR measurements reveal a fully gapped s-wave superconductivity with [Formula: see text], which is small compared to the BCS value of 3.56, suggesting weak-coupling superconductivity. The magnetic penetration depth, [Formula: see text], estimated from TF-[Formula: see text]SR gives [Formula: see text] nm, a superconducting carrier density [Formula: see text] carriers m-3 and a carrier effective-mass enhancement factor [Formula: see text]. ZF-[Formula: see text]SR data show no evidence for any spontaneous magnetic fields below [Formula: see text], which demonstrates that time-reversal symmetry is preserved in the superconducting state of LaIr3.


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