JETP Letters

, Volume 95, Issue 10, pp 537–543

Investigation of LiFeAs by means of “break-junction” technique

  • S. A. Kuzmichev
  • T. E. Shanygina
  • I. V. Morozov
  • A. I. Boltalin
  • M. V. Roslova
  • S. Wurmehl
  • B. Büchner
Condensed Matter

Abstract

In our tunneling investigation using Andreev superconductor-normal metal-superconductor contacts on LiFeAs single crystals we observed two reproducible independent subharmonic gap structures at dynamic conductance characteristics. From these results, we can derive the energy of the large superconducting gap ΔL = (2.5–3.4) meV and the small gap ΔS = (0.9–1) meV at T = 4.2 K for the TClocal ≈ (10.5–14) K (the contact area critical temperature which deviation causes the variation of ΔL). The BCS-ratio is found to be 2ΔL/kBTC = 4.6–5.6, whereas 2ΔS/kBTC ≪ 3.52 results from induced superconductivity in the bands with the small gap.

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© Pleiades Publishing, Ltd. 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. A. Kuzmichev
    • 1
  • T. E. Shanygina
    • 1
    • 2
  • I. V. Morozov
    • 1
  • A. I. Boltalin
    • 1
  • M. V. Roslova
    • 1
  • S. Wurmehl
    • 3
  • B. Büchner
    • 3
  1. 1.Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Lebedev Physical InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  3. 3.IFW-DresdenInstitute for Solid State ResearchDresdenGermany

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