Spin-triplet superfluids can support exotic objects, such as half-quantum vortices characterized by the nontrivial winding of the spin structure. We present cantilever magnetometry measurements performed on mesoscopic samples of Sr2RuO4, a spin-triplet superconductor. With micrometersized annular-shaped samples, we observed transitions between integer fluxoid states as well as a regime characterized by "half-integer transitions"-steps in the magnetization with half the height of the ones we observed between integer fluxoid states. These half-height steps are consistent with the existence of half-quantum vortices in superconducting Sr 2RuO4.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|State||Published - Jan 14 2011|
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