Strong Increase of Tc of Sr2RuO4 Under Both Tensile and Compressive Strain

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  • D. O. Brodsky
  • E. A. Yelland
  • A. S. Gibbs
  • J. A. N. Bruin
  • M. E. Barber
  • S. D. Edkins
  • K. Nishimura
  • S. Yonezawa
  • Y. Maeno

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A sensitive probe of unconventional order is its response to a symmetry-breaking field. To probe the proposed px ± ipy topological superconducting state of Sr2RuO4, we have constructed an apparatus capable of applying both compressive and tensile strains of up to 0.23%. Strains applied along Embedded Image crystallographic directions yield a strong, strain-symmetric increase in the superconducting transition temperature Tc. Embedded Image strains give a much weaker, mostly antisymmetric response. As well as advancing the understanding of the superconductivity of Sr2RuO4, our technique has potential applicability to a wide range of problems in solid-state physics.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-285
Number of pages3
Issue number6181
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2014