Investigations of the superconducting states of noncentrosymmetric LaPdSi3and LaPtSi3
Physical Review B
The noncentrosymmetric superconductors LaPdSi3 and LaPtSi3 have been studied with magnetization, specific heat, resistivity and muon spin rotation/relaxation (muSR) measurements. These crystallize in the tetragonal BaNiSn3 structure and superconductivity is observed at Tc = 2.65 K for LaPdSi3 and Tc = 1.52(6) K for LaPtSi3. The results are consistent with both compounds being weakly coupled, fully gapped superconductors but muSR measurements reveal that LaPdSi3 is a bulk type-I superconductor
... -I superconductor while LaPtSi3 is a type-II material with a Ginzburg-Landau parameter of kappa = 2.49(4). This is further supported by specific heat measurements, where the transition in an applied field is first-order in LaPdSi3 but second-order in LaPtSi3. The electronic specific heat in the superconducting state was analyzed using an isotropic s-wave model that gave Delta/kTc = 1.757(4) for LaPdSi3 and 1.735(5) for LaPtSi3. The temperature dependence of the effective penetration depth of LaPtSi3 was extracted from muSR measurements and was fitted giving Delta/kTc = 1.60(8) and lambda(0) = 239(3) nm. A critical field of Bc(0) = 182.7 G was obtained for LaPdSi3 from muSR measurements, which is in good agreement with the calculated thermodynamic critical field.