Nodeless superconductivity in the cage-type superconductor Sc5Ru6Sn18 with preserved time-reversal symmetry

D. Kumar, C. N. Kuo, F. Astuti, T. Shang, M. K. Lee, C. S. Lue, I. Watanabe, J. A.T. Barker, T. Shiroka, L. J. Chang

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We report the single-crystal synthesis and detailed investigations of the cage-type superconductor Sc5Ru6Sn18, using powder x-ray diffraction (XRD), magnetization, specific-heat and muon-spin relaxation (μSR) measurements. Sc5Ru6Sn18 crystallizes in a tetragonal structure (space group I41/acd) with lattice parameters a = 1.387(3) nm and c = 2.641(5) nm. Both DC and AC magnetization measurements prove the type-II superconductivity in Sc5Ru6Sn18 with T c ≈ 3.5(1) K, a lower critical field = 157(9) Oe and an upper critical field, = 26(1) kOe. The zero-field electronic specific-heat data are well fitted using a single-gap BCS model, with = 0.64(1) meV. The Sommerfeld constant γ varies linearly with the applied magnetic field, indicating s-wave superconductivity in Sc5Ru6Sn18. Specific-heat and transverse-field (TF) μSR measurements reveal that Sc5Ru6Sn18 is a superconductor with strong electron-phonon coupling, with TF-μSR also suggesting a single-gap s-wave character of the superconductivity. Furthermore, zero-field μSR measurements do not detect spontaneous magnetic fields below T c, hence implying that time-reversal symmetry is preserved in Sc5Ru6Sn18.

Original languageEnglish
Article number315803
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Issue number31
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jul 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • muon-spin relaxation
  • superconductivity
  • time reversal symmetry


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