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Next Quantum Material Seminar:


Thursday June 15, 2pm

Elena Hassinger (Technische Universität Dresden)

“Interplay of ordered states in the locally non-centrosymmetric superconductor CeRh2As2”


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Institut Néel, Building K 1st floor, Room K223 Remy Lemaire



Local inversion-symmetry breaking in a crystal combined with strong Rashba interaction can lead to a field-induced transition from an even to an odd-parity superconducting state, when the orbital limit is large due to correlations [1]. The first realisation of this phenomenology is likely found in the locally non-centrosymmetric CeRh2As2 in which two superconducting states (SC1 and SC2) occur in a magnetic field along the crystallographic c axis [2,3]. The superconducting state with Tc = 0.3 K develops out of an ordered state setting in at T0 = 0.5 K [4] of possibly quadrupole-density-wave (QDW) origin. Furthermore, signatures of antiferromagnetism (AF) are observed below Tc by NQR [5]. The low ordering temperatures and non-Fermi-liquid behavior suggest the proximity to a quantum critical point but the role of QDW and AF orders for superconductivity remains unclear. In this talk I will give a comprehensive overview of experimental results on this unique material including the discovery [2], the strong anisotropy of the phase diagram for different field directions [2,4,6] along with the detailed angle dependence [3], as well as the response to hydrostatic pressure. These results support the even to odd-parity transition scenario for the superconducting states and suggest a weak competitive coupling between the QDW and SC order parameters [6].

[1] T. Yoshida et al., Phys. Rev. B 86, 134514 (2012).
[2] S. Khim & J. Landaeta et al., Science 373, 1012–1016 (2021).
[3] J. Landaeta et al., Phys. Rev. X 12, 031001 (2022).
[4] D. Hafner et al., Phys. Rev. X 12, 011023 (2022).
[5] K. Kibune et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 128, 057002 (2022).
[6] K. Semeniuk et al., arXiv:2301.09151 (2023).


Next scheduled seminars are:

  • Tuesday 16 May, 11am: Anne de Visser (University of Amsterdam)
  • Thursday 25 May, 2pm: Radu Coldea (University of Oxford)
  • Thursday 8 June, 2pm: Valentin Taufour (University of California Davis)
  • Thursday 15 June, 2pm: Elena Hassinger (Technische Universität Dresden)
  • Monday 19 June, 2pm: Cristiano Nisoli


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The organizers:

Elsa Lhotel, elsa.lhotel@neel.cnrs.fr
Florence Levy-Bertrand, florence.levy-bertrand@neel.cnrs.fr