Sunday, August 4, 2013

1308.0294 (L. Jiao et al.)

Multiple quantum phase transitions in a heavy fermion antiferromagnet    [PDF]

L. Jiao, H. Q. Yuan, Y. Kohama, E. D. Bauer, J. -X. Zhu, J. Singleton, T. Shang, J. L. Zhang, Y. Chen, H. O. Lee, T. Park, M. Jaime, J. D. Thompson, F. Steglich, Q. Si
We report measurements of magnetic quantum oscillations and specific heat at low temperatures across a field-induced antiferromagnetic quantum critical point (QCP)(B_{c0}\approx50T) of the heavy-fermion metal CeRhIn_5. A sharp magnetic-field induced Fermi surface reconstruction is observed inside the antiferromagnetic phase. Our results demonstrate multiple classes of QCPs in the field-pressure phase diagram of this heavy-fermion metal, pointing to a universal description of QCPs. They also suggest that robust superconductivity is promoted by unconventional quantum criticality of a fluctuating Fermi surface.
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