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Title: Superconducting energy gap of 2 H - NbS e 2 in phonon spectroscopy

We present a high-energy-resolution inelastic x-ray scattering data investigation of the charge-density-wave (CDW) soft phonon mode upon entering the superconducting state in 2 H–NbSe 2. Measurements were done close to the CDW ordering wave vector qCDW at q=q CDW + (0,0,l), 0.15 ≤ l ≤ 0.5, for T = 10K (CDW order) and 3.8K (CDW order+superconductivity). We observe changes of the phonon line shape that are characteristic for systems with strong electron-phonon coupling in the presence of a superconducting energy gap 2Δ c and from which we can demonstrate an l dependence of the superconducting gap. Reversely, our data imply that the CDW energy gap is strongly localized along the c* direction. The confinement of the CDW gap to a very small momentum region explains the rather low competition and easy coexistence of CDW order and superconductivity in 2 H–NbSe 2. Furthermore, the energy gained by opening Δ CDW seems to be too small to be the driving force of the phase transition at T CDW = 33K, which is better described as an electron-phonon coupling driven structural phase transition.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe (Germany)
  2. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-06CH11357
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review B
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 94; Journal Issue: 14; Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9950
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22); Materials Sciences and Engineering Division; Helmholtz Association
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY
OSTI Identifier:
1352563
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1329985