Understanding the normal and superconducting states in UPt3 depends critically on its crystal structure. Based on high-energy x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy, we have determined that the crystal structure of UPt3 is trigonal, not hexagonal as traditionally held. Its trigonal structure provides an interpretation of recent high-field muon spin rotation experiments and may be relevant to the existence of the symmetry-breaking field required by most theoretical models of heavy-fermion superconductivity.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - 2001|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics