We performed a comparative study of the superconducting gap in the new filled skutterudite superconductors LaPt4Ge12 and PrPt4Ge12 using high-resolution photoemission spectroscopy. We succeeded in observing spectral changes across Tc that reflect the opening of the superconducting gap in both compounds and also in observing a noticeable difference in their respective superconducting spectral shapes near the Fermi level, pointing toward a more complex superconducting gap structure in PrPt4Ge12. In addition, we found that the two-gap model is more suitable for describing the superconducting-state spectrum of PrPt4Ge12 than the single-isotropic-gap and single-anisotropic-gap models, which suggests an explanation that multiband effects may possibly induce the anomalous superconducting properties of PrPt4Ge12.
Physical Review B
The American Physical Society
Research Center of New Functional Materials for Energy Production, Storage, and Transport
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