31 Jan 2022



Elena Hassinger – Field-induced transition from even to odd parity superconductivity in CeRh2As2 

Elena Hassinger. Max Planck Research Group

I will report on the discovery of unconventional superconductivity in CeRh2As2. Although it appears at temperatures below 1 K, the superconducting state is extremely robust under the application of magnetic fields and presents a unique phase diagram.Most interestingly, a field-induced phase transition within the superconducting state appears for c-axis fields in magnetisation, susceptibility and magnetostriction indicating two separate superconducting states.
The phase diagram can be understood by taking into account the staggered spin-orbit coupling at the Ce position. In that picture, the magnetic field drives a transition from even to odd parity superconductivity. The angle dependence of the critical fields strongly reinforces this interpretation.