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Topological half-Heusler semimetals: a new family of non-centrosymmetric magnetic superconductors

December 8, 2015 - 11:00am
Johnpierre Paglione
CNAM and Dept of Physics, University of Maryland

We report superconductivity and magnetism in the ternary half Heusler compounds RPdBi (R : rare earth). In this series, tuning of the rare earth f-electron component allows for simultaneous control of both lattice density via lanthanide contraction, as well as the strength of magnetic interaction via de Gennes scaling, allowing for a unique tuning of both the normal state band inversion strength, superconducting pairing and magnetically ordered ground states. Antiferromagnetism with ordering vector (0.5,0.5,0.5) occurs below a Néel temperature that scales with de Gennes factor, while a superconducting transition is simultaneously linearly suppressed. With superconductivity appearing in a system with non-centrosymmetric crystallographic symmetry, the possibility of spin-triplet Cooper pairing with non-trivial topology analogous to that predicted for the normal state electronic structure provides a unique and rich opportunity to realize both predicted and new exotic excitations in topological materials.

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