We report the evolution of the Zeeman-mediated superconducting phase diagram (PD) in ultrathin crystalline Al films. Parallel critical field measurements, down to 50 mK, were made across the superconducting tricritical point of films ranging in thickness from 7 to 30 ML. The resulting phase boundaries were compared with the quasiclassical theory of a Zeeman-mediated transition between a homogeneous BCS condensate and a spin-polarized Fermi liquid. Films thicker than ∼20ML showed good agreement with theory, but thinner films exhibited an anomalous PD that cannot be reconciled within a homogeneous BCS framework.
Publication Source (Journal or Book title)
Physical Review B
Adams, P., Nam, H., Shih, C., & Catelani, G. (2017). Zeeman-limited superconductivity in crystalline Al films. Physical Review B, 95 (9) https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.95.094520