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Pressure-induced electronic phase separation of magnetism and superconductivity in CrAs

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Khasanov Rustem, Guguchia Zurab, Eremin Ilya, Luetkens Hubertus, Amato Alex, Biswas Pabitra K., Ruegg Christian, Susner Michael A., Sefat Athena S., Zhigadlo Nikolai D., Morenzoni Elvezio,
Project Interplay between the superconductivity and magnetism in cuprate and Fe-based superconductors
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Volume (Issue) 5
Page(s) 13788
Title of proceedings SCIENTIFIC REPORTS
DOI 10.1038/srep13788


The recent discovery of pressure (p) induced superconductivity in the binary helimagnet CrAs has raised questions on how superconductivity emerges from the magnetic state and on the mechanism of the superconducting pairing. In the present work the suppression of magnetism and the occurrence of superconductivity in CrAs were studied by means of muon spin rotation. The magnetism remains bulk up to p similar or equal to 3.5 kbar while its volume fraction gradually decreases with increasing pressure until it vanishes at p similar or equal to 7 kbar. At 3.5 kbar superconductivity abruptly appears with its maximum T-c similar or equal to 1.2 K which decreases upon increasing the pressure. In the intermediate pressure region (3.5 less than or similar to p less than or similar to 7 kbar) the superconducting and the magnetic volume fractions are spatially phase separated and compete for phase volume. Our results indicate that the less conductive magnetic phase provides additional carriers (doping) to the superconducting parts of the CrAs sample thus leading to an increase of the transition temperature (T-c) and of the superfluid density (rho(s)). A scaling of rho(s) with T-c(3.2) as well as the phase separation between magnetism and superconductivity point to a conventional mechanism of the Cooper- pairing in CrAs.