Superconducting gap and pair breaking in CeRu2 studied by point contacts

A. V. Moskalenko, Yu G. Naidyuk, I. K. Yanson, M. Hedo, Yoshihiko Inada, Y. Onuki, Y. Haga, E. Yamamoto

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The superconducting gap in a CeRu2 single crystal is investigated by point contacts. BCS-like behavior of the gap Δ in the temperature range below Tc(Tc <Tc, where Tc is the critical temperature) is established, indicating the presence of a gapless superconductivity region (between Tc and Tc). The pair-breaking effect of paramagnetic impurities, supposedly Ce ions, is taken into consideration using the Scalski-Betbeder-Matibet-Weiss approach based on Abrikosov-Gorkov theory. It allows us to recalculate the superconducting order parameter Δα (in the presence of paramagnetic impurities) and the gap Δp (in the pure case) for the single crystal and for the previously studied polycrystalline CeRu2. The value 2Δp(0) = 2 meV, with 2Δp(0)/kBTc = 3.75, is found in both cases, indicating that CeRu2 is a <mode rate > strong-coupling superconductor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)831-834
Number of pages4
JournalLow Temperature Physics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


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Moskalenko, A. V., Naidyuk, Y. G., Yanson, I. K., Hedo, M., Inada, Y., Onuki, Y., Haga, Y., & Yamamoto, E. (2001). Superconducting gap and pair breaking in CeRu2 studied by point contacts. Low Temperature Physics, 27(8), 831-834.