We present resistivity and magnetization measurements on proton-irradiated crystals demonstrating that the superconducting state in the doped topological insulator NbxBi2Se3 (x=0.25) is surprisingly robust against disorder-induced electron scattering. The superconducting transition temperature TC decreases without indication of saturation with increasing defect concentration, and the corresponding scattering rates far surpass expectations based on conventional theory. The low-temperature variation of the London penetration depth Δλ(T) follows a power law [Δλ(T)T2] indicating the presence of symmetry-protected point nodes. Our results are consistent with the proposed robust nematic Eu pairing state in this material.
M. P. Smylie and K. Willa and H. Claus and A. Snezhko and I. Martin and W. Kwok and Y. Qiu and Y. S. Hor and E. Bokari and P. Niraula and A. Kayani and V. Mishra and U. Welp, "Robust Odd-Parity Superconductivity in the Doped Topological Insulator NbₓBi₂Se₃," Physical Review B, vol. 96, no. 11, American Physical Society (APS), Sep 2017.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.96.115145
Keywords and Phrases
Impurities in Superconductors; Spin-Triplet Pairing; Topological Superconductors
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01 Sep 2017