The newly discovered noncentrosymmetric superconductor ThCoC2 exhibits numerous types of unconventional behavior in the field dependent heat capacity data. Here we present the first measurement of the gap symmetry of ThCoC2 by muon spin rotation and relaxation (μSR) measurements. The temperature dependence of the magnetic penetration depth measured using the transverse field μSR experiment reveals the evidence of a nodal pairing symmetry. To understand this finding, we carry out calculations of the superconducting pairing eigenvalue and eigenfunction (pairing symmetry) due to the spin-fluctuation mechanism by directly implementing the ab initio band structures.We find that the system possesses a single Fermi surface with considerable three dimensionality and a strong nesting along the kz direction. Such nesting promotes a superconducting state with a cos kz-like pairing symmetry with a prominent nodal line on the kz ¼ "π=2 plane. The result agrees well with the experimental data.
|Titolo:||Evidence of a Nodal Line in the Superconducting Gap Symmetry of Noncentrosymmetric ThCoC2|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.01 - Articolo su rivista|