Spin-singlet superconductivity with a full gap in locally noncentrosymmetric SrPtAs

K. Matano, K. Arima, S. Maeda, Y. Nishikubo, K. Kudo, M. Nohara, Guo Qing Zheng

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Abstract

We report Pt-NMR195 and As75 nuclear quadrupole resonance measurements for the locally noncentrosymmetric superconductor SrPtAs where the As-Pt layer breaks inversion symmetry while globally the compound is centrosymmetric. The nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate 1/T1 shows a well-defined coherence peak below Tc and decreases exponentially at low temperatures. The spin susceptibility measured by the Knight shift also decreases below Tc down to T<Tc/6. These data, together with the penetration depth obtained from the NMR spectra, can be consistently explained by a spin-singlet superconducting state with a full gap. Our results suggest that the spin-orbit coupling due to the local inversion-symmetry breaking is not large enough to bring about an exotic superconducting state, or the interlayer hopping interaction is larger than the spin-orbit coupling.

Original languageEnglish
Article number140504
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume89
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 16 2014

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  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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