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Unconventional Superconductivity at Microkelvin Temperatures

Unconventional Superconductivity at Microkelvin Temperatures

Objective

A new frontier is the investigation of quantum materials under the extreme conditions of ultralow temperatures. Its exploration requires the refinement of existing high sensitivity, low dissipation measurement techniques, the development of new ones, and access to ultralow temperature platforms. Quantum materials host a variety of exotic quantum phases, arising from interactions and the effects of strong correlations. An important example is the emergent unconventional superconductivity in heavy fermion systems when tuned by some control parameter to a quantum critical point. This project combines my expertise with the expertise, facilities and instrumentation of the host group. I will investigate two important unconventional superconductors in this regime, YbRh2Si2 and Bismuth, using high quality single crystal samples. YbRh2Si2 is a prototype quantum critical, heavy fermion metal with a field-tuned quantum critical point. Magnetic measurements on high quality single crystal samples at the lowest fields find evidence for superconductivity. I will address the nature of this superconductivity, the role of quantum criticality, the interplay of electro-nuclear magnetism, and the use of strain as a tuning parameter in this system. This will be done through electrical and thermal transport measurements, investigating their crystalline anisotropy, as well as heat capacity studies. In each case I will exploit new methods tailored for this temperature regime. This work will be coupled with studies of the Meissner effect and anisotropy of the critical field. The recent discovery of superconductivity in Bismuth, a system with very low carrier density, below 0.53 mK has provoked significant theoretical interest in the pairing mechanism. The first transport measurements will be performed on this system. The project will advance the understanding of unconventional superconductivity, and contribute to the strategy to study quantum materials into the microkelvin regime.
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Coordinator

ROYAL HOLLOWAY AND BEDFORD NEW COLLEGE

Address

Egham Hill University Of London
Tw20 0ex Egham

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 224 933,76

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 842708

Status

Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    1 September 2019

  • End date

    31 August 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 224 933,76

  • EU contribution

    € 224 933,76

Coordinated by:

ROYAL HOLLOWAY AND BEDFORD NEW COLLEGE

United Kingdom