Full-gap superconductivity with strong electron correlations in the β-pyrochlore KOs2O6

Y. Kasahara, Y. Shimono, T. Kato, K. Hashimoto, T. Shibauchi, Y. Matsuda, S. Yonezawa, Y. Muraoka, J. Yamaura, Y. Nagao, Z. Hiroi

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To elucidate the superconducting gap structure and the influence of rattling motion on quasiparticle dynamics in the superconducting state of KOs2O6, the thermal conductivity and microwave surface impedance were measured at low temperatures. The magnetic field dependence of thermal conductivity and temperature dependence of penetration depth demonstrate full-gap superconductivity in KOs2O6. The quasiparticle scattering time is strongly enhanced in the superconducting state, indicating a strong electron inelastic scattering in the normal state. These results highlight that KOs2O6 is unique among superconductors with strong electron correlations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1068-1070
Number of pages3
JournalPhysica B: Condensed Matter
Issue number5-9
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Microwave surface impedance
  • Rattling
  • Thermal conductivity
  • β-pyrochlore oxide superconductors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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