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Title: Spatial control of heavy-fermion superconductivity in CeIrIn 5

Abstract

Although crystals of strongly correlated metals exhibit a diverse set of electronic ground states, few approaches exist for spatially modulating their properties. In this study, we demonstrate disorder-free control, on the micrometer scale, over the superconducting state in samples of the heavy-fermion superconductor CeIrIn 5 . We pattern crystals by focused ion beam milling to tailor the boundary conditions for the elastic deformation upon thermal contraction during cooling. The resulting nonuniform strain fields induce complex patterns of superconductivity, owing to the strong dependence of the transition temperature on the strength and direction of strain. These results showcase a generic approach to manipulating electronic order on micrometer length scales in strongly correlated matter without compromising the cleanliness, stoichiometry, or mean free path.

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OSTI Identifier:
1570501
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0015947
Resource Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Science
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Science Journal Volume: 366 Journal Issue: 6462; Journal ID: ISSN 0036-8075
Publisher:
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

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Bachmann, Maja D., Ferguson, G. M., Theuss, Florian, Meng, Tobias, Putzke, Carsten, Helm, Toni, Shirer, K. R., Li, You-Sheng, Modic, K. A., Nicklas, Michael, König, Markus, Low, D., Ghosh, Sayak, Mackenzie, Andrew P., Arnold, Frank, Hassinger, Elena, McDonald, Ross D., Winter, Laurel E., Bauer, Eric D., Ronning, Filip, Ramshaw, B. J., Nowack, Katja C., and Moll, Philip J. W. Spatial control of heavy-fermion superconductivity in CeIrIn 5. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1126/science.aao6640.
Bachmann, Maja D., Ferguson, G. M., Theuss, Florian, Meng, Tobias, Putzke, Carsten, Helm, Toni, Shirer, K. R., Li, You-Sheng, Modic, K. A., Nicklas, Michael, König, Markus, Low, D., Ghosh, Sayak, Mackenzie, Andrew P., Arnold, Frank, Hassinger, Elena, McDonald, Ross D., Winter, Laurel E., Bauer, Eric D., Ronning, Filip, Ramshaw, B. J., Nowack, Katja C., & Moll, Philip J. W. Spatial control of heavy-fermion superconductivity in CeIrIn 5. United States. doi:10.1126/science.aao6640.
Bachmann, Maja D., Ferguson, G. M., Theuss, Florian, Meng, Tobias, Putzke, Carsten, Helm, Toni, Shirer, K. R., Li, You-Sheng, Modic, K. A., Nicklas, Michael, König, Markus, Low, D., Ghosh, Sayak, Mackenzie, Andrew P., Arnold, Frank, Hassinger, Elena, McDonald, Ross D., Winter, Laurel E., Bauer, Eric D., Ronning, Filip, Ramshaw, B. J., Nowack, Katja C., and Moll, Philip J. W. Thu . "Spatial control of heavy-fermion superconductivity in CeIrIn 5". United States. doi:10.1126/science.aao6640.
@article{osti_1570501,
title = {Spatial control of heavy-fermion superconductivity in CeIrIn 5},
author = {Bachmann, Maja D. and Ferguson, G. M. and Theuss, Florian and Meng, Tobias and Putzke, Carsten and Helm, Toni and Shirer, K. R. and Li, You-Sheng and Modic, K. A. and Nicklas, Michael and König, Markus and Low, D. and Ghosh, Sayak and Mackenzie, Andrew P. and Arnold, Frank and Hassinger, Elena and McDonald, Ross D. and Winter, Laurel E. and Bauer, Eric D. and Ronning, Filip and Ramshaw, B. J. and Nowack, Katja C. and Moll, Philip J. W.},
abstractNote = {Although crystals of strongly correlated metals exhibit a diverse set of electronic ground states, few approaches exist for spatially modulating their properties. In this study, we demonstrate disorder-free control, on the micrometer scale, over the superconducting state in samples of the heavy-fermion superconductor CeIrIn 5 . We pattern crystals by focused ion beam milling to tailor the boundary conditions for the elastic deformation upon thermal contraction during cooling. The resulting nonuniform strain fields induce complex patterns of superconductivity, owing to the strong dependence of the transition temperature on the strength and direction of strain. These results showcase a generic approach to manipulating electronic order on micrometer length scales in strongly correlated matter without compromising the cleanliness, stoichiometry, or mean free path.},
doi = {10.1126/science.aao6640},
journal = {Science},
number = 6462,
volume = 366,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {10}
}

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