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Valence Instability and Superconductivity in Heavy Fermion Systems

Miyake, Kazumasa
Published in Journal of the Physical Society of Japan. 2007, vol. 76, no. 5, p. 051002
Abstract Many cerium-based heavy fermion (HF) compounds have pressure–temperature phase diagrams in which a superconducting region extends far from a magnetic quantum critical point. In at least two compounds, CeCu 2 Si 2 and CeCu 2 Ge 2 , an enhancement of the superconducting transition temperature was found to coincide with an abrupt valence change, with strong circumstantial evidence for pairing mediated by critical valence, or charge transfer, fluctuations. This pairing mechanism, and the valence instability, is a consequence of a f – c Coulomb repulsion term U fc in the Hamiltonian. While some non-superconducting Ce compounds show a clear first order valence instability, analogous to the Ce α–γ transition, we argue that a weakly first order valence transition may be a general feature of Ce-based HF systems, and both magnetic and critical valence fluctuations may be responsible for the superconductivity in these systems
Keywords Heavy fermion superconductorsMixed valence compoundsCeCu2Si2CeCu2Ge2SuperconductivityFluctuations in superconductorsCritical valence fluctuationsNew paradigm
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HOLMES, Alexander, JACCARD, Didier, MIYAKE, Kazumasa. Valence Instability and Superconductivity in Heavy Fermion Systems. In: Journal of the Physical Society of Japan, 2007, vol. 76, n° 5, p. 051002. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:35738

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