ZhETF, Vol. 142,
p. 964 (November 2012)
(English translation - JETP,
Vol. 115, No. 5,
available online at www.springer.com
MUON SPIN ROTATION IN HEAVY-ELECTRON PAULI-LIMIT SUPERCONDUCTORS
Received: April 13, 2012
The formalism for analyzing the magnetic field distribution in the vortex lattice of Pauli-limit heavy-electron superconductors is applied to the evaluation of the vortex lattice static linewidth relevant to the Muon Spin Rotation (μSR) experiment. Based on the Ginzburg-Landau expansion for the superconductor free energy, we study the evolution with respect to the external field of the static linewidth both in the limit of independent vortices (low magnetic field) with a variational expression for the order parameter and in the near Hc2P(T) regime with an extension of the Abrikosov analysis to Pauli-limit superconductors. We conclude that in the Ginzburg-Landau regime in the Pauli-limit, anomalous variations of the static linewidth with the applied field are predicted as a result of the superconductor spin response around a vortex core that dominates the usual charge-response screening supercurrents. We propose the effect as a benchmark for studying new puzzling vortex lattice properties recently observed in CeCoIn5.