Fermi surface and superconducting properties of non-centrosymmetric LaNiC 2

Yusuke Hirose, Toshihiko Kishino, Jyunya Sakaguchi, Yasunao Miura, Fuminori Honda, Tetsuya Takeuchi, Etsuji Yamamoto, Yoshinori Haga, Hisatomo Harima, Rikio Settai, Yoshichika Onuki

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We succeeded in growing single crystals of LaNiC 2 with the non-centrosymmetric orthorhombic structure by the Czochralski method, and measured the electrical resistivity, de Haas-van Alphen effect, and specific heat to clarify the Fermi surface and superconducting properties. This compound has been studied from a viewpoint of the triplet superconducting pairing state. In the present experiment, we observed an ellipsoidal Fermi surface and a multiply-connected-pillar Fermi surface, which are split into two Fermi surfaces, reflecting the antisymmetric spin-orbit interaction based on the non-centrosymmetric crystal structure. The two ellipsoidal Fermi surfaces are split by 230 K, for example. The anisotropy of electrical resistivity and upper critical field H c2 in superconductivity are not large for three principal directions. From the low-temperature specific heat measurement, superconductivity in LaNiC 2 is explained by the framework of the BCS-superconductivity, contrary to the above arguments. The upper critical field H c2(0), which was obtained from the specific heat under magnetic fields, is about 2kOe.

Original languageEnglish
Article number113703
Journaljournal of the physical society of japan
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Nov 1
Externally publishedYes


  • De Haas-van Alphen effect
  • Energy band calculation
  • Fermi surface
  • LaNiC
  • Non-centrosymmetric crystal structure
  • Single crystal
  • Specific heat
  • Superconductivity

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Hirose, Y., Kishino, T., Sakaguchi, J., Miura, Y., Honda, F., Takeuchi, T., Yamamoto, E., Haga, Y., Harima, H., Settai, R., & Onuki, Y. (2012). Fermi surface and superconducting properties of non-centrosymmetric LaNiC 2 journal of the physical society of japan, 81(11), [113703]. https://doi.org/10.1143/JPSJ.81.113703