New germanide superconductors with the type-I clathrate type structure

T. Ipponjima, K. Kawashima, S. Miyazaki, D. Hyakumura, M. Yoshikawa, Jun Akimitsu

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Abstract

We discovered that the new germanide superconductors of A 8(Al,Ge)46 (A = Rb, Cs). A8(Al,Ge)46 have the type-I clathrate type structure (cubic, space group: Pm3̄n (No. 223)). The superconducting transition temperature is confirmed at around 3.6 K for Rb8(Al0.4Ge0.6)46 and 4 K for Cs8(Al0.4Ge0.6)46, respectively. The lattice constants of these compounds are estimated to be a = 1.082(6) nm for Rb8(Al0.4Ge0.6)46 and a = 1.087(8) nm for Cs8(Al0.4Ge0.6)46. The M-H curve at 1.8 K shows that the Rb8(Al0.4Ge 0.6)46 is categorized to be a conventional type-II superconductor. The superconducting parameters of Rb8(Al 0.4Ge0.6)46 are determined using the thermodynamic data and Ginzburg-Landau relations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-76
Number of pages3
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its Applications
Volume494
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Germanide
  • Superconductivity
  • Type-I clathrate type structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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