Possible nodal superconducting gap in Fe1+y(Te 1-xSex) single crystals from ultralow temperature penetration depth measurements

Andrei Diaconu, Catalin Martin, Jin Hu, Tijiang Liu, Bin Qian, Zhiqiang Mao, Leonard Spinu

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Using a radio-frequency tunnel diode oscillator technique, we measured the temperature dependence of the in-plane London penetration depth Δλab(T) in Fe1+y(Te1-xSe x) single crystals, down to temperatures as low as 50 mK. A significant number of samples, with nominal Se concentrations x=0.36, 0.40, 0.43, and 0.45, respectively, were studied and in many cases we found that Δλab(T) shows an upturn below 0.7 K, indicative of a paramagnetic-type contribution. After subtracting the magnetic background, the low-temperature behavior of penetration depth is best described by a power law with exponent n≈2 and with no systematic dependence on the Se concentration. Most importantly, in the limit of T→0, in some samples we observed a narrow region of linear temperature dependence of penetration depth, suggestive of nodes in the superconducting gap of Fe1+y(Te1-xSe x).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number104502
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Sep 3 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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