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Two-gap superconductivity with line nodes in CsCa2Fe4As4F2

Physical Review B American Physical Society 97 (2018) 060506(R)-

F Kirschner, DT Adroja, Z-W Wang, F Lang, M Smidman, PJ Baker, G-H Cao, SJ Blundell

We report the results of a muon-spin rotation ($\mu$SR) experiment to determine the superconducting ground state of the iron-based superconductor $CsCa_2Fe_4As_4F_2$ with $T_{\rm c} \approx 28.3\,K$. This compound is related to the fully-gapped superconductor $CaCsFe_4As_4$, but here the Ca-containing spacer layer is replaced with one containing $Ca_2F_2$. The temperature evolution of the penetration depth strongly suggests the presence of line nodes and is best modelled by a system consisting of both an $s-$ and a $d-$wave gap. We also find a potentially magnetic phase which appears below $\approx 10\,K$ but does not appear to compete with the superconductivity. This compound contains the largest alkali atom in this family of superconductors and our results yield a value for the in-plane penetration depth of $\lambda_{ab}(T=0)=423(5)\,nm$.

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