Giant Overlap between the Magnetic and Superconducting Phases of CeAu2Si2 under Pressure
2014 (English)In: Physical Review X, ISSN 2160-3308, Vol. 4, no 3, 031055- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
High pressure provides a powerful means for exploring unconventional superconductivity which appears mostly on the border of magnetism. Here, we report the discovery of pressure-induced heavy-fermion superconductivity up to 2.5 K in the antiferromanget CeAu2Si2 (T-N approximate to 10 K). Remarkably, the magnetic and superconducting phases are found to overlap across an unprecedentedly wide pressure interval from 11.8 to 22.3 GPa. Moreover, both the bulk T-c and T-M are strongly enhanced when increasing the pressure from 16.7 to 20.2 GPa. T-c reaches a maximum at a pressure slightly below p(c) approximate to 22.5 GPa, at which magnetic order disappears. Furthermore, the scaling behavior of the resistivity provides evidence for a continuous delocalization of the Ce 4f electrons associated with a critical end point lying just above p(c). We show that the maximum T-c of CeAu2Si2 actually occurs at almost the same unit-cell volume as that of CeCu2Si2 and CeCu2Ge2, and when the Kondo and crystal-field splitting energies become comparable. Dynamical mean-filed theory calculations suggest that the peculiar behavior in pressurized CeAu2Si2 might be related to its Ce-4f orbital occupancy. Our results not only provide a unique example of the interplay between superconductivity and magnetism, but also underline the role of orbital physics in understanding Ce-based heavy-fermion systems.
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American Physical Society , 2014. Vol. 4, no 3, 031055- p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-111752DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.4.031055ISI: 000342665200002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-111752DiVA: diva2:759776
Funding Agencies|Swiss National Science Foundation [200020-137519]; European Research Council [ERC-319286 QMAC]2014-10-312014-10-312014-11-04