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Signature of superconductivity in UBe13 as seen by neutron scattering: Superconducting and magnetic energy scales

  • Author(s): Hiess, A
  • Schneidewind, A
  • Stockert, O
  • Fisk, Z
  • et al.

We here present inelastic neutron scattering results on the strongly correlated cubic superconductor UBe13 (Tc = 0.85 K) obtained on a large single crystal by high-resolution cold neutron three-axis spectroscopy. We observed spin dynamics at a unique momentum space position building up below Tâ50 K and changing significantly on entering the superconducting state. The observed short-range longitudinal character of the correlations can be understood as a result of competing magnetic interactions. The energy dependence in the normal state reflects the energy scales determined from specific heat, whereas the low-temperature data suggest the opening of a superconducting gap. Our findings are consistent with a superconducting order parameter exhibiting s± or d-wave symmetry and placing pure UBe13 in the strong coupling regime. © 2014 American Physical Society.

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