Textured superconducting phase in the heavy fermion CeRhIn5

Phys Rev Lett. 2012 Feb 17;108(7):077003. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.077003. Epub 2012 Feb 14.


When antiferromagnetism and unconventional superconductivity coexist in CeRhIn(5) there is a significant temperature difference between resistively and thermodynamically determined transitions into the superconducting state. In this state, anisotropic transport near the superconducting transition reveals the emergence of textured superconducting planes that appear without a change in translational symmetry of the lattice. CeRhIn(5) is not unique in exhibiting these behaviors, indicating that textured superconductivity may be a general consequence of coexisting orders in correlated electron materials.