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Title: Nodal to nodeless superconducting energy-gap structure change concomitant with Fermi-surface reconstruction in the heavy-fermion compound CeCoIn5

The London penetration depth, λ(T), was measured in single crystals of Ce1-xRxCoIn5, R=La, Nd and Yb down to Tmin ≈ 50 mK (Tc/Tmin ~50) using a tunnel-diode resonator. In the cleanest samples Δλ(T) is best described by the power law, Δλ(T) ∝ Tn, with n ~ 1, consistent with line nodes. Substitutions of Ce with La, Nd and Yb lead to similar monotonic suppressions of Tc, however the effects on Δλ(T) differ. While La and Nd dopings lead to increase of the exponent n and saturation at n ~ 2, as expected for a dirty nodal superconductor, Yb doping leads to n > 3, suggesting a change from nodal to nodeless superconductivity. As a result, this superconducting gap structure change happen in the same doping range where changes of the Fermi surface topology were reported, implying that the nodal structure and Fermi surface topology are closely linked.
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  1. Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)
  2. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
  3. Univ. of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Report Number(s):
BNL-108084-2015-JA; IS-J-8497
Journal ID: ISSN 0031-9007; PRLTAO; R&D Project: PM016; KC0201050
Grant/Contract Number:
SC00112704; AC02-07CH11358; Ac02-98CH10886; FG02-04-ER46105; FA9550-09-1-0603
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 114; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 0031-9007
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Ames Laboratory (AMES), Ames, IA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States