PIRSA:08040032  ( MP4 Medium Res , MP3 , PDF ) Which Format?
Nature of Hidden Order in URu2Si2
Speaker(s): Graeme Luke
Abstract: URu2Si2 is a moderate heavy fermion system which undergoes two transitions with decreasing temperature. The lower transition (1.5K) is to a possibly unconventional superconducting state, whereas the nature of the upper transition (17.5K) is poorly understood. Large lambda-like anomalies are seen in specific heat, along with strong signatures in other transport measurements such as resistivity and magnetic susceptibility. Neutron diffraction measurements only detect a very small ordered moment (0.03 μB), which is too small to give such large bulk signatures. This has prompted theorists to propose various exotic mechanisms to explain this so-called hidden order. I will review our group's efforts to understand this system, including our results on non-linear susceptibility and muon spin relaxation under hydrostatic pressure, as well as inelastic neutron scattering studies of this system.
Date: 24/04/2008 - 10:00 am
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