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Scaling properties of the magnetic-field-induced specific heat of superconducting UBe13

  • Author(s): Wälti, C;
  • Felder, E;
  • Ott, HR;
  • Fisk, Z;
  • Smith, JL
  • et al.
Abstract

We report on measurements of the low-temperature specific heat Cp(T, B) of the unconventional superconductor UBe13 in magnetic fields up to 7 T. At B≈2 T, a substantial change in the magnetic-field dependence of the temperature derivative of the magnetic-field induced contribution to the electronic specific heat CH(T, B), resulting from the flow of supercurrents around the vortices, is observed, suggesting a crossover between two different regions in the superconducting phase diagram of UBe13. For fields B >2 T, CH(T, B) exhibits a scaling behavior with respect to TB-1/2, which provides substantial evidence for the existence of point nodes in the quasiparticle excitation spectrum of the superconductor.

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