Superconducting gap structure of YNi2B2C determined by thermal conductivity

K. Kamata, K. Izawa, Y. Nakajima, Y. Matsuda, T. Watanabe, Minoru Nohara, H. Takagi, H. Takeya, K. Hirata, P. Thalmeier, K. Maki

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In order to determine the superconducting gap structure of the borocarbide superconductor YNi2B2 C, we have measured the angular variation of the c-axis thermal conductivity Kzz in magnetic field rotated within the ab-planes. A clear fourfold symmetry with narrow cusps was observed in the angular variation of kzz. These results provide a strong evidence that the gap function has point nodes which are located along the a- and b-axes of the crystal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1095-1100
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Low Temperature Physics
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003
Externally publishedYes


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Kamata, K., Izawa, K., Nakajima, Y., Matsuda, Y., Watanabe, T., Nohara, M., Takagi, H., Takeya, H., Hirata, K., Thalmeier, P., & Maki, K. (2003). Superconducting gap structure of YNi2B2C determined by thermal conductivity. Journal of Low Temperature Physics, 131(5-6), 1095-1100.