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Title: Supercondutivity at 9K in Mo 5PB 2 with evidence for multiple gaps

Superconductivity is observed with critical temperatures near 9 K in the tetragonal compound Mo 5PB 2. This material adopts the Cr 5B 3 structure type common to superconducting Nb 5Si 3–xBx, Mo 5SiB 2, and W 5SiB 2, which have critical temperatures of 5.8–7.8 K. We have synthesized polycrystalline samples of the compound, made measurements of electrical resistivity, magnetic susceptibility, and heat capacity, and performed first-principles electronic structure calculations. The highest T c value (9.2 K) occurs in slightly phosphorus rich samples, with composition near Mo 5P 1.1B 1.9, and the upper critical field H c2 at T = 0 is estimated to be ≈17 kOe. Together, the measurements and band-structure calculations indicate intermediate coupling (λ=1.0), phonon mediated superconductivity. Here, the temperature dependence of the heat capacity and upper critical field H c2 below T c suggest multiple superconducting gaps may be present.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1]
  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC05-00OR22725
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review B
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 93; Journal Issue: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9950
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY
OSTI Identifier:
1244199
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1237519