Anisotropic inelastic scattering and its interplay with superconductivity in URu2 Si2

Zengwei Zhu, Elena Hassinger, Zhu'An Xu, Dai Aoki, Jacques Flouquet, Kamran Behnia

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In contrast to almost all anisotropic superconductors, the upper critical field of URu2 Si2 is larger when the field is oriented along the less conducting direction. We present a study of resistivity and Seebeck coefficient extended down to sub-Kelvin temperature range uncovering a singular case of anisotropy. When the current is injected along the c axis URu2 Si2 behaves as a low-density Fermi liquid. When it flows along the a axis, even in presence of a large field, resistivity remains T-linear down to Tc and the Seebeck coefficient undergoes a sign change at very low temperatures. We conclude that the characteristic energy scale is anisotropic and vanishingly small in the basal plane.

Original languageEnglish
Article number172501
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Nov 2
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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