CaPtAs: A new noncentrosymmetric superconductor

  • Wu Xie
  • PeiRan Zhang
  • Bin Shen
  • WenBing Jiang
  • GuiMing Pang
  • Tian Shang
  • Chao Cao
  • Michael SmidmanEmail author
  • HuiQiu YuanEmail author


We report the discovery of a new noncentrosymmetric superconductor CaPtAs. It crystallizes in a tetragonal structure (space group I41md, No. 109), featuring three dimensional honeycomb networks of Pt-As and a much elongated c-axis (a = b = 4.18 Å, and c = 43.70 Å). The superconductivity of CaPtAs with Tc = 1.47 K was characterized by means of electrical resistivity, specific heat, and ac magnetic susceptibility. The electronic specific heat Ce(T)/T shows evidence for a deviation from the behavior of a conventional BCS superconductor, and can be reasonably fitted by a p-wave model. The upper critical field μ0Hc2 of CaPtAs exhibits a moderate anisotropy, with an in-plane value of around 204 mT and an out-of-plane value of 148 mT. Density functional theory calculations indicate that the Pt-5d and As-4p orbitals mainly contribute to the density of states near the Fermi level, showing that the Pt-As honeycomb networks may significantly influence the superconducting properties.


noncentrosymmetric superconductivity CaPtAs 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wu Xie
    • 1
  • PeiRan Zhang
    • 1
  • Bin Shen
    • 1
  • WenBing Jiang
    • 1
  • GuiMing Pang
    • 1
  • Tian Shang
    • 2
  • Chao Cao
    • 3
  • Michael Smidman
    • 1
    Email author
  • HuiQiu Yuan
    • 1
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Center for Correlated Matter and Department of PhysicsZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina
  2. 2.Physik-InstitutUniversität ZürichZürichSwitzerland
  3. 3.Department of PhysicsHangzhou Normal UniversityHangzhouChina
  4. 4.Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced MicrostructuresNanjing UniversityNanjingChina

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