We show that superconductivity observed in the antiferromagnetic state of CeIrSi3, a pressure-induced heavy fermion superconductor, is mainly due to a surface layer induced by mechanical polishing. The superconducting reduction of the electrical resistivity in the antiferromagnetic state strongly depends on the strength of the applied electrical current and dissipates after a heat treatment. These results indicate that mechanical polishing causes an inhomogeneous distortion on the surface of the sample and locally produces a high-pressure region in which the bulk superconductivity arises.
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