We report a phenomenon intimately related to the spin-triplet superconductivity. It is well known that the spin susceptibility decreases below the superconducting transition temperature in almost all superconductors because of spin-singlet pair formation, while it may remain unchanged in a handful of spin-triplet exceptions. Here we report the observation in Sr2RuO4 with nuclear magnetic resonance that the spin susceptibility originating from the Ru-4d electron slightly increases by ∼2% of the total and becomes inhomogeneous in the superconducting state. These are reasonably explained if the electron pairs form the equal-spin pairing in the mixed state. A similar phenomenon was predicted for superfluid He340 years ago, but had never been demonstrated in any superconductor.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Sep 11 2015|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics