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Unconventional superconductivity in UTe 2

J-P Brison
K Ishida
G Knebel
Y Tokunaga
Y Yanase
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Abstract The novel spin-triplet superconductor candidate UTe 2 was discovered only recently at the end of 2018 and already attracted enormous attention. We review key experimental and theoretical progress which has been achieved in different laboratories. UTe 2 is a heavy-fermion paramagnet, but following the discovery of superconductivity, it has been expected to be close to a ferromagnetic instability, showing many similarities to the U-based ferromagnetic superconductors, URhGe and UCoGe. This view might be too simplistic. The competition between different types of magnetic interactions and the duality between the local and itinerant character of the 5 f Uranium electrons, as well as the shift of the U valence appear as key parameters in the rich phase diagrams discovered recently under extreme conditions like low temperature, high magnetic field, and pressure. We discuss macroscopic and microscopic experiments at low temperature to clarify the normal phase properties at ambient pressure for field applied along the three axis of this orthorhombic structure. Special attention will be given to the occurrence of a metamagnetic transition at H m = 35 T for a magnetic field applied along the hard magnetic axis b . Adding external pressure leads to strong changes in the magnetic and electronic properties with a direct feedback on superconductivity. Attention is paid on the possible evolution of the Fermi surface as a function of magnetic field and pressure. Superconductivity in UTe 2 is extremely rich, exhibiting various unconventional behaviors which will be highlighted. It shows an exceptionally huge superconducting upper critical field with a re-entrant behavior under magnetic field and the occurrence of multiple superconducting phases in the temperature-field-pressure phase diagrams. There is evidence for spin-triplet pairing. Experimental indications exist for chiral superconductivity and spontaneous time reversal symmetry breaking in the superconducting state. Different theoretical approaches will be described. Notably we discuss that UTe 2 is a possible example for the realization of a fascinating topological superconductor. Exploring superconductivity in UTe 2 reemphasizes that U-based heavy fermion compounds give unique examples to study and understand the strong interplay between the normal and superconducting properties in strongly correlated electron systems.

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hal-03763335 , version 1 (29-08-2022)



D Aoki, J-P Brison, J Flouquet, K Ishida, G Knebel, et al.. Unconventional superconductivity in UTe 2. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 2022, 34 (24), pp.243002. ⟨10.1088/1361-648X/ac5863⟩. ⟨hal-03763335⟩
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