Tunneling spectroscopy using a break-junction technique has been conducted to determine the superconducting gap structure of the ternary silicide-layered superconductor CaAlSi with and without superstructure. We find that the tunneling conductance in CaAlSi shows a single gap feature, which can be described by the BCS density of states. The gap size Δ obtained from the tunneling conductance in CaAlSi without superstructure is estimated to be approximately 1.0 meV, corresponding to a weak-coupling gap ratio. On the other hand, for a specimen with superstructure, the largest gap, Δ=1.5 meV, significantly deviates from the BCS value, indicating strong-coupling superconductivity. These results demonstrate systematic variations in the pairing interaction with superstructure formations, which are consistent with heat capacity measurements.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 12 2007|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics