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Detection of Time-Reversal Symmetry Breaking in the Noncentrosymmetric Superconductor Re6Zr Using Muon-Spin Spectroscopy

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  • R.P. Singh
  • Hillier Adrian D.
  • Bayan Mazidian
  • J Quintanilla
  • James F Annett
  • Martin Lees
  • DMCK Paul
  • G Balakrishnan
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Volume112
Issue number107002
JournalPhysical Review Letters
DOIs
DatePublished - 13 Mar 2014

Abstract

We have investigated the superconducting state of the noncentrosymmetric compound Re6Zr using magnetization, heat capacity, and muon-spin relaxation or rotation (μSR) measurements. Re6Zr has a superconducting transition temperature, Tc=6.75±0.05  K. Transverse-field μSR experiments, used to probe the superfluid density, suggest an s-wave character for the superconducting gap. However, zero and longitudinal-field μSR data reveal the presence of spontaneous static magnetic fields below Tc indicating that time-reversal symmetry is broken in the superconducting state and an unconventional pairing mechanism. An analysis of the pairing symmetries identifies the ground states compatible with time-reversal symmetry breaking.

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