Evidence for chiral d-wave superconductivity in URu2Si2 from the field-angle variation of its specific heat

Shunichiro Kittaka, Yusei Shimizu, Toshiro Sakakibara, Yoshinori Haga, Etsuji Yamamoto, Yoshichika Onuki, Yasumasa Tsutsumi, Takuya Nomoto, Hiroaki Ikeda, Kazushige Machida

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Low-energy quasiparticle (QP) excitations in the heavy-fermion superconductor URu2Si2 were investigated by specific-heat C(T,H,φ,θ) measurements of a high-quality single crystal. The occurrence of QP excitations due to the Doppler-shift effect was detected regardless of the field direction in C(H) of the present clean sample, which is in sharp contrast to a previous report. Furthermore, the polar-angle-dependent C(θ) measured under a rotating magnetic field within the ac plane exhibits a shoulder-like anomaly at θ ∼ 45° and a sharp dip at θ = 90° (H||a) in the moderate-field region. These features are supported by theoretical analyses based on microscopic calculations assuming the gap symmetry of kz(kx + iky), whose gap structure is characterized by a combination of a horizontal line node at the equator and point nodes at the poles. The present results have settled the previous controversy over the gap structure of URu2Si2 and have authenticated its chiral d-wave superconductivity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number033704
Journaljournal of the physical society of japan
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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