Title: Thermal Expansion of the Heavy-fermion Superconductor PuCoGa5
Authors: ELOIRDI RACHELGIACOBBE CARLOTTAAMADOR CELDRAN PEDROMAGNANI NICOLALANDER G. H.GRIVEAU JEAN-CHRISTOPHECOLINEAU ERICMIYAKE KAZUMASACACIUFFO ROBERTO
Citation: PHYSICAL REVIEW B vol. 95 no. 9 p. 094517
Publisher: AMER PHYSICAL SOC
Publication Year: 2017
JRC N°: JRC103710
ISSN: 1098-0121
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC103710
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.95.094517
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: We have performed high-resolution powder x-ray-diffraction measurements on a sample of 242PuCoGa5, the heavy-fermion superconductor with the highest critical temperature of Tc=18.7K. The results show that the tetragonal symmetry of its crystallographic lattice is preserved down to 2 K. Marginal evidence is obtained for an anomalous behavior below Tc of the a and c lattice parameters. The observed thermal expansion is isotropic down to 150 K and becomes anisotropic for lower temperatures. This gives a c/a ratio that decreases with increasing temperature to become almost constant above ∼150K. The volume thermal expansion coefficient αV has a jump at Tc, a factor ∼20 larger than the change predicted by the Ehrenfest relation for a second-order phase transition. The volume expansion deviates from the curve expected for the conventional anharmonic behavior described by a simple Grüneisen-Einstein model. The observed differences are about ten times larger than the statistical error bars but are too small to be taken as an indication for the proximity of the system to a valence instability that is avoided by the superconducting state.
JRC Directorate:Nuclear Safety and Security

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