Dimensionality driven enhancement of ferromagnetic superconductivity in URhGe

Daniel Braithwaite, Dai Aoki, Jean Pascal Brison, Jacques Flouquet, Georg Knebel, Ai Nakamura, Alexandre Pourret

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In most unconventional superconductors, like the high-Tc cuprates, iron pnictides, or heavy fermion systems, superconductivity emerges in the proximity of an electronic instability. Identifying unambiguously the pairing mechanism remains nevertheless an enormous challenge. Among these systems, the orthorhombic uranium ferromagnetic superconductors have a unique position, notably because magnetic fields couple directly to ferromagnetic order, leading to the fascinating discovery of the re-emergence of superconductivity in URhGe at high field. Here we show that uniaxial stress is a remarkable tool allowing fine-tuning of the pairing strength. With a relatively small stress, the superconducting phase diagram is spectacularly modified, with a merging of the low and high field superconducting states and a significant enhancement of superconductivity. The superconducting critical temperature increases both at zero field and under field, reaching 1K, more than twice higher than at ambient pressure. The enhancement of superconductivity is directly related to a change of the magnetic dimensionality with an increase of the transverse magnetic susceptibility, demonstrating that in addition to the Ising-type longitudinal ferromagnetic fluctuations, transverse magnetic fluctuations also play an important role in the superconducting pairing.

Original languageEnglish
JournalUnknown Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Oct 25

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