The crystal structure and superconductivity of hexagonal BaPtAs are reported. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction, magnetization, electrical resistivity, and specific heat measurements were performed in this study. Two hexagonal structures with different PtAs honeycomb network stacking sequences, namely, SrPtSb- (space group P6m2, D13 h, No. 187) and YPtAs-type (P63=mmc, D46 h, No. 194) structures, were identified and found to exhibit superconductivity at 2.8 and 2.1-3.0 K, respectively. In contrast, the cubic LaIrSi-type structure (P213, T 4, No. 198) did not exhibit superconductivity above 0.1 K. BaPtAs provides a unique opportunity to study superconductivity with broken and preserved spatial inversion symmetry.
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