Simultaneous suppression of ferromagnetism and superconductivity in UCoGe by Si substitution

D. E. de Nijs, N. T. Huy, A. de Visser
2008 Physical Review B  
We investigate the effect of substituting Si for Ge in the ferromagnetic superconductor UCoGe. Dc-magnetization, ac-susceptibility and electrical resistivity measurements on polycrystalline UCoGe$_{1-x}$Si$_x$ samples show that ferromagnetic order and superconductivity are progressively depressed with increasing Si content and simultaneously vanish at a critical concentration $x_{cr} \simeq 0.12$. The non-Fermi liquid temperature variation in the electrical resistivity near $x_{cr}$ and the
more » ... x_{cr}$ and the smooth depression of the ordered moment point to a continuous ferromagnetic quantum phase transition. Superconductivity is confined to the ferromagnetic phase, which provides further evidence for magnetically mediated superconductivity.
doi:10.1103/physrevb.77.140506 fatcat:hjihluk4obfv3n5zh3hnc5jw5m