Tests of nematic-mediated superconductivity applied to Ba1-xSrxNi2As2

S. Lederer, Erez Berg, Eun Ah Kim

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Abstract

In many unconventional superconductors, nematic quantum fluctuations are strongest where the critical temperature is highest, inviting the conjecture that nematicity plays an important role in the pairing mechanism. Recently, Ba1-xSrxNi2As2 has been identified as a tunable nematic system that provides an ideal testing ground for this proposition. We therefore propose several sharp empirical tests, supported by quantitative calculations in a simple model of Ba1-xSrxNi2As2. The most stringent predictions concern experiments under uniaxial strain, which has recently emerged as a powerful tuning parameter in the study of correlated materials. Since uniaxial strain so precisely targets nematic fluctuations, such experiments may provide compelling evidence for nematic-mediated pairing, analogous to the isotope effect in conventional superconductors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number023122
JournalPhysical Review Research
Volume2
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2020

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