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Microscopic properties of the heavy-fermion superconductor PuCoIn$$_5$$ explored by nuclear quadrupole resonance

Koutroulakis, G.*; Yasuoka, Hiroshi; Chudo, Hiroyuki ; Tobash, P. H.*; Mitchell, J. N.*; Bauer, E. D.*; Thompson, J. D.*

We report $$^{115}$$In nuclear quadrupolar resonance (NQR) measurements on the heavy-fermion superconductor PuCoIn$$_5$$, in the temperature range 0.29 K $$leq Tleq$$75 K. The NQR parameters for the two crystallographically inequivalent In sites are determined, and their temperature dependence is investigated. A linear shift of the quadrupolar frequency with lowering temperature below the critical value $$T_c$$ is revealed, in agreement with the prediction for composite pairing. The nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate $$T_1^{-1}(T)$$ clearly signals a superconducting (SC) phase transition at $$T_c simeq $$ 2.3 K, with strong spin fluctuations, mostly in-plane, dominating the relaxation process in the normal state near to $$T_c$$. Analysis of the $$T_1^{-1}$$ data in the SC state suggests that PuCoIn$$_5$$ is a strong-coupling $$d$$-wave superconductor.

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