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Specific Heatof the Filled Skutterudite Superconductor LaOs₄As₁₂

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We investigated low-temperature specific heat of the filled skutterudite compound LaOs₄As₁₂ with a transition temperature T_{c} = 3.2 K. A moderate size of a specific-heat jump points at a weak electron-phonon coupling in this material. At T < T_{c}, the electronic contribution to the specific heat was found to be at variance with the predictions for an s-wave superconductor with one energy gap. Additionally, we observed an upward curvature of the upper critical field near the transition temperature. Both features provide some indications towards multiband superconductivity, although anisotropy effects as a viable cause of the observed anomalies in LaOs₄As₁₂ cannot be excluded. Similarities to a probable two-band superconductor LaRu₄As₁₂ are discussed.
  • Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Okólna 2, 50-422 Wrocław, Poland
  • Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Okólna 2, 50-422 Wrocław, Poland
  • Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Okólna 2, 50-422 Wrocław, Poland
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