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Two-gap to single-gap superconducting transition on a honeycomb lattice in Ca1−xSrxAlSi

Published inPhysical review research, vol. 3, no. 3, 033192
Publication date2021-08-26
First online date2021-08-26
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We report on the structural and microscopic superconducting properties of the Ca1−xSrxAlSi solid solution. Specifically, we have realized the continuous solid solution, which for all members, other than x=0 (CaAlSi), crystallizes in the AlB2-type structure. For CaAlSi, we present an improved structural model where all Al/Si layers are buckled, leading to a 6-folded structure along the crystallographic c direction. We, furthermore, find indications for the structural instability in the parent compound CaAlSi to enhance the superconductivity across the solid solution. Our investigation of the magnetic penetration depths by means of muon-spin rotation experiments reveals that CaAlSi is a two-gap superconductor, that SrAlSi is a single-gap superconductor, and that there is a continuous transition from one electronic state to the other across the solid solution. Hence, we show that the Ca1−xSrxAlSi solid solution is a highly tunable two-gap to single-gap superconducting system on a honeycomb lattice, where the superconductivity is strongly connected to a structural instability, i.e., the buckling of the Al/Si layers.

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WALICKA, Dorota Iwona et al. Two-gap to single-gap superconducting transition on a honeycomb lattice in Ca<sub>1−x</sub>Sr<sub>x</sub>AlSi. In: Physical review research, 2021, vol. 3, n° 3, p. 033192. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevResearch.3.033192
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