There is growing evidence that the superconducting semimetal FeSe (Tc ∼ 8 K) is in the crossover regime between weak-coupling Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) and strong-coupling Bose-Einstein-condensate (BEC) limits. We report on longitudinal and transverse thermal conductivities, KXX and Kxy, respectively, in magnetic fields up to 20 T. The field dependences of KXX and Kxy imply that a highly anisotropic small superconducting gap forms at the electron Fermi-surface pocket whereas a more isotropic and larger gap forms at the hole pocket. Below ∼1.0K, both KXX and Kxy exhibit distinct anomalies (kinks) at the upper critical field Hc2 and at a field H∗ slightly below Hc2. The analysis of the thermal Hall angle (Kxy/KXX) indicates a change of the quasiparticle scattering rate at H∗. These results provide strong support to the previous suggestion that above H∞ a distinct field-induced superconducting phase emerges with an unprecedented large spin imbalance.
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