Nodeless versus nodal scenarios of possible triplet superconductivity in the quasi-one-dimensional layered conductor Li0.9Mo6O 17

O. Sepper, A. G. Lebed

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We consider the problem of the orbital upper critical magnetic field, parallel to the most conducting axis of a quasi-one-dimensional layered superconductor. It is shown that superconductivity can be destroyed through orbital effects at fields much higher than the so-called Clogston-Chandrasekhar paramagnetic limiting field Hp, provided that superconducting pairing of electrons are of a triplet nature. We demonstrate that the superconducting state of the quasi-one-dimensional layered conductor Li0.9Mo 6O17 is well described by the suggested theory. To this end, we consider two competing scenarios: (1) a superconducting order parameter without zeros on the Fermi surface, and (2) one with zeros on the Fermi surface - both are shown to lead to destruction of superconductivity at a magnetic field Hc2x, five times higher than Hp. With recent experimental measurements on the Li0.9Mo6O17 favoring the nodeless order parameter, we present a strong argument supporting triplet pairing in this compound.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number094520
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 30 2013


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  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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