Physics and Astronomy, Ames Laboratory
Journal or Book Title
Physical Review B
We present very low temperature (0.15 K) scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy experiments in the layered superconductor LaSb2. We obtain topographic microscopy images with surfaces showing hexagonal and square atomic size patterns, and observe in the tunneling conductance a superconducting gap. We find well defined quasiparticle peaks located at a bias voltage comparable to the weak coupling s-wave BCS expected gap value (0.17 meV). The amount of states at the Fermi level is however large and the curves are significantly broadened. We find Tc of 1.2 K by following the tunneling conductance with temperature.
American Physical Society
Galvis, J. A.; Suderow, H.; Vieira, S.; Bud’ko, Sergey L.; and Canfield, Paul C., "Scanning tunneling microscopy in the superconductor LaSb2" (2013). Physics and Astronomy Publications. 621.