Upper critical field of Sr2RuO4 under in-plane uniaxial pressure

F. Jerzembeck*, A. Steppke, A. Pustogow, Y. Luo, A. Chronister, D.A. Sokolov, N. Kikugawa, Y.-S. Li, M. Nicklas, S.E. Brown, A.P. Mackenzie, C.W. Hicks

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In-plane uniaxial pressure has been shown to strongly tune the superconducting state of Sr2RuO4 by approaching a Lifshitz transition and associated Van Hove singularity (VHS) in the density of states. At the VHS, Tc and the in- and out-of-plane upper critical fields are all strongly enhanced, and the latter has changed its curvature as a function of temperature from convex to concave. However, due to strain inhomogeneity it has not been possible so far to determine how the upper critical fields change with strain. Here, we show the strain dependence of both upper critical fields, which was achieved due to an improved sample preparation. We find that the in-plane upper critical field is mostly linear in Tc. On the other hand, the out-of-plane upper critical field varies with a higher power in Tc, and peaks strongly at the VHS. The strong increase in magnitude and the change in form of Hc2||c occur very close to the Van Hove strain, and point to a strong enhancement of both the density of states and the gap magnitude at the Lifshitz transition.
Original languageEnglish
Article number064509
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number6
Early online date22 Feb 2023
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2023


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