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Electron spin resonance study of the LaIn3-xSnx superconducting system

  • Author(s): Bittar, EM
  • Adriano, C
  • Giles, C
  • Rettori, C
  • Fisk, Z
  • Pagliuso, PG
  • et al.

The LaIn3-xSnx alloy system is composed of superconducting Pauli paramagnets. For LaIn3 the superconducting critical temperature Tc is approximately 0.7K and it shows an oscillatory dependence as a function of Sn substitution, presenting its highest value Tc ≈ 6.4K for the LaSn3 end member. The superconducting state of these materials was characterized as being of the conventional type. We report our results for Gd3+ electron spin resonance measurements in the LaIn3-xSnx compounds as a function of x. We show that the effective exchange interaction parameter J fs between the Gd3+ 4f local moment and the s-like conduction electrons is almost unchanged by Sn substitution and observe microscopically that LaSn3 is a conventional superconductor. © 2011 IOP Publishing Ltd.

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