We employ the point-contact Andreev reflection tunneling spectroscopy (PCARTS) technique in two sets of LuNi2B2C (Tc ∼16.0 K) single crystals along three different crystallographic orientations as a function of temperature. For one set of samples, our data taken on the ,  and  faces show gap values at ∼2 K of ∼2.4 meV, 2.6 meV, and 2.3 meV, respectively, as analyzed by the one-gap Blonder-Tinkham- Klapwijk model. Another set of samples gives ∼2.5 meV, 2.8 meV, and 2.7 mev, respectively. Simulated gap values as a function of temperature follow the BCS-like temperature dependence in the weak-coupling limit. The small gap anisotropy observed in both sets of samples is explained by a model assuming an anisotropic s-wave with point-nodes for the gap structure and a large tunneling cone at the interface for the point-contact junctions.
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