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Title: Resonances in the Field-Angle-Resolved Thermal Conductivity of CeCoIn 5

Here, the thermal conductivity measurement in a rotating magnetic field is a powerful probe of the structure of the superconducting energy gap. We present high-precision measurements of the low-temperature thermal conductivity in the unconventional heavy-fermion superconductor CeCoIn 5, with the heat current J along the nodal [110] direction of its d x2–y2 order parameter and the magnetic field up to 7 T rotating in the ab plane. In contrast to the smooth oscillations found previously for J∥[100], we observe a sharp resonancelike peak in the thermal conductivity when the magnetic field is also in the [110] direction, parallel to the heat current. We explain this peak qualitatively via a model of the heat transport in a d-wave superconductor. In addition, we observe two smaller but also very sharp peaks in the thermal conductivity for the field directions at angles Θ≈±33° with respect to J. The origin of the observed resonances at Θ≈±33° at present defies theoretical explanation. The challenge of uncovering their source will dictate exploring theoretically more complex models, which might include, e.g., fine details of the Fermi surface, Andreev bound vortex core states, a secondary superconducting order parameter, and the existence of gaps in spin and charge excitations.
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0031-9007; PRLTAO; TRN: US1702783
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 118; Journal Issue: 19; Journal ID: ISSN 0031-9007
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; Material Science
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OSTI ID: 1356873