We discuss the results of point-contact Andreev-reflection spectroscopy (PCAR) measurements in SmFeAsO0.8F0.2 state-of-the-art polycrystals, with critical temperature T c≈53 K. The low-temperature conductance curves show clear peaks at about 7 meV and additional shoulders at 16–20 meV. Their shape is similar to that of PCAR spectra in MgB2 and suggests the presence of two superconducting energy gaps even in this Fe-based superconductor. The fit of the conductance curves with a two-band BTK model, up to T c, further supports this indication in spite of a marked asymmetry in the conductance curves for positive/negative bias. The gaps obtained from the fit are Δ1=6.15±0.45 meV and Δ2=18±3 meV, and they follow a nice BCS-like temperature dependence, closing both at the same T c. Our results are discussed in comparison with experimental and theoretical results in this and other Fe-based superconductors.
|Titolo:||Possible multi-gap superconductivity in SmFeAsO0.8F0.2: a point-contact Andreev-reflection spectroscopy study|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2009|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1007/s10948-009-0480-y|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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