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Direct Observation of the Quantum Critical Point in Heavy Fermion CeRhSi3

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Egetenmeyer N, Gavilano JL, Maisuradze A, Gerber S, MacLaughlin DE, Seyfarth G, Andreica D, Desilets-Benoit A, Bianchi AD, Baines C, Khasanov R, Fisk Z, Kenzelmann M.,
Project Interplay of Magnetism and Superconductivity in Unconventional Superconductors
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Volume (Issue) 108(17)
Page(s) 177204-1 - 177204-5
Title of proceedings PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS
DOI 10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.177204


We report on muon spin rotation studies of the noncentrosymmetric heavy fermion antiferromagnet CeRhSi3. A drastic and monotonic suppression of the internal fields, at the lowest measured temperature, was observed upon an increase of external pressure. Our data suggest that the ordered moments are gradually quenched with increasing pressure, in a manner different from the pressure dependence of the Néel temperature. At 23.6 kbar, the ordered magnetic moments are fully suppressed via a second-order phase transition, and TN is zero. Thus, we directly observed the quantum critical point at 23.6 kbar hidden inside the superconducting phase of CeRhSi3.