Flux Pinning and Anisotropic Gap Function in Sc₅Ru₆Sn₁₈ Superconducting Crystals
Dinesh Kumar1*, C. N. Kuo1, M. K. Lee2, C. S. Lue1, L. J. Chang1
1Department of Physics, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
2Instrumentation Center, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
* presenting author:Dinesh Kumar, email:dineshdixit@mail.ncku.edu.tw
We have performed low temperature (down to 1.8 K) dc magnetization, specific heat and muon spin relaxation (μSR) measurements on Sc₅Ru₆Sn₁₈ superconducting single crystals, with Tc ~ 3.5 K. We have obtained the critical current density (Jc) as a function of magnetic field, from the isothermal dc magnetization curves using a Bean model [1,2], Jc = 20ΔM/[a(1-a/3b)]. The Jc strongly depends on the magnetic field, where Jc shows a peak at very low fields followed by exponential decrease and at high fields Jc shows the power law (H^a) decrease with increase in the field. At 1.8 K, the maximum value of Jc is ~ 6×10⁸ A/m² at a low field of 150 Oe. A long coherence length (~15 nm) is observed at 1.8 K, which indicates the pinning energy of the vortices is high. The thermodynamic irreversibility field is comparable to the upper critical field (Hc₂), which is quite possible as the material has low Tc and high coherence length. The T³ dependence of electronic heat capacity (Ce) below Tc, at zero magnetic field, clearly indicates that Sc₅Ru₆Sn₁₈ has an anisotropic superconducting gap with a point node similar to the case of Y₅Rh₆Sn₁₈ [3]. The H^0.5 dependence of electronic heat capacity coefficient (γ) confirms the existence of point-node in the superconducting gap of Sc₅Ru₆Sn₁₈. The time reversal symmetry breaking in Sc₅Ru₆Sn₁₈ has been studied using zero-field μSR measurements, however, no spontaneous internal magnetic field was observed in this material and hence we did not observe broken time reversal symmetry in this superconductor.

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Keywords: Superconductivity, Flux pinning, Muon Spin Relaxation, Criticial field, Heat capacity