Pressure-induced unconventional superconductivity near a quantum critical point in CaFe2As2

S. Kawasaki, T. Tabuchi, X. F. Wang, X. H. Chen, Guo Qing Zheng

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75As-zero-field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) measurements are performed on CaFe2As 2 under pressure. At P = 4.7 and 10.8kbar, the temperature dependencies of nuclear-spin-lattice relaxation rate (1/T1) measured in the tetragonal phase show no coherence peak just below Tc(P) and decrease with decreasing temperature. The superconductivity is gapless at P = 4.7kbar but evolves to that with multiple gaps at P = 10.8kbar. We find that the superconductivity appears near a quantum critical point under pressures in the range 4.7kbar ≤ P ≤ 10.8kbar. Both electron correlation and superconductivity disappear in the collapsed tetragonal phase. A systematic study under pressure indicates that electron correlations play a vital role in forming Cooper pairs in this compound.

Original languageEnglish
Article number054004
JournalSuperconductor Science and Technology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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