Neutron scattering studies of the lattice expansion in a ferromagnetic superconductor UGe(2) under pressure

Andrew Huxley, Dmitry Sokolov, Robert Ritz, Christian Pfleiderer, Thomas Keller

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We report high-resolution measurements of the lattice constants of UGe(2) under pressure probed by a novel technique which utilises Larmor precession of polarised neutrons and surpasses the resolution of conventional scattering methods by two orders of magnitude. We confirm the presence of sharp anomalies in the lattice parameters at both the Curie and crossover temperatures at ambient pressure. We find that for pressure of 9.3 kbar the anomaly at the Curie temperature shifts to lower temperature in agreement with the known phase diagram. At 9.3 kbar, the pressure corresponding to an onset of superconductivity, the lattice expansion at the ferromagnetic transition is much stronger than at ambient pressure. The results indicate a complex evolution of the electronic structure of UGe(2) with pressure and suggest that magneto-elastic coupling is strengthened at the pressures at which superconductivity appears; magneto-elastic coupling therefore may play an important role in stabilising superconductivity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)012085
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Volume273
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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