We measured the temperature dependence of the microwave quasiparticle conductivity σ1(T) in single crystals of LaFePO (T c≃7.5K) to study the presence/absence of the coherence peak expected in s-wave superconductors. We use sensitive cavity resonators at several frequencies (15,28,60GHz). We observe a broad enhancement of σ1(T) below Tc which is almost independent of frequency. We find that such a frequency-independent enhancement is incompatible with the conventional coherence peak, and rather it can be explained by the rapid change of quasiparticle dynamics below Tc due to strong suppression of electron-electron inelastic scattering.
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