We study the electronic structure and superconducting transition of silicon clathrate Ba8Si46 (Tc=8 K) using photoemission spectroscopy. We observe a narrow band at the Fermi level (EF), whose width (∼0.3 eV) is substantially smaller than that of band structure calculations (∼1.5 eV). Ultrahigh-resolution measurements show a superconducting gap at 5.4 K [2Δ(0)/kBTc=3.51]. Fine structures associated with phonons are observed within 70 meV of EF. These results characterize Ba8Si46 as a weak-coupling superconductor most probably driven by phonon.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 1 2001|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics