Paramagnetic limiting of the upper critical field of the layered organic superconductor kappa-(BEDT-TTF)(2)Cu(SCN)(2)

TitleParamagnetic limiting of the upper critical field of the layered organic superconductor kappa-(BEDT-TTF)(2)Cu(SCN)(2)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsZuo, F., Brooks J. S., McKenzie Ross H., Schlueter J. A., and Williams J. M.
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume61
Issue1
Pagination750–755
AbstractWe report detailed measurements of the interlayer magnetoresistance of the layered organic superconductor kappa-(BEDT-TTF)(2)Cu(SCN)(2) for temperatures down to 0.5 K and fields up to 30 T. The upper critical field is determined from the resistive transition for a wide range of temperatures and field directions. For magnetic fields parallel to the layers, the upper critical field increases approximately linearly with decreasing temperature. The upper critical field at low temperatures is compared to the Pauli paramagnetic limit, at which singlet superconductivity should be destroyed by the Zeeman splitting of the electron spins. The measured value is comparable to a value for the paramagnetic limit calculated from thermodynamic quantities but exceeds the limit calculated from BCS theory. The angular dependence of the upper critical field shows a cusplike feature for fields close to the layers, consistent with decoupled layers.