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Title: Superconductivity in a Misfit Phase That Combines the Topological Crystalline Insulator Pb1-xSnxSe with the CDW-Bearing Transition Metal Dichalcogenide TiSe2

Abstract

We report the characterization of the misfit compound (Pb1-xSnxSe2)1.16(TiSe2)2 for 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.6, in which a [100] rocksalt-structure bilayer of Pb1-xSnxSe, which is a topological crystalline insulator in bulk form, alternates with a double layer of the normally nonsuperconducting transition metal dichalcogenide TiSe2. The x dependence of Tc displays a weak dome-like shape with a maximum Tc of 4.5 K at x = 0.2; there is only a subtle change in Tc at the composition where the trivial to topological transition occurs in bulk Pb1-xSnxSe. We present the characterization of the superconductor at x = 0.4, for which the bulk Pb1-xSnxSe phase is in the topological crystalline insulator regime. For this material, the Sommerfeld parameter γ = 11.06 mJ mol-1 K-2, the Debye temperature ΘD = 161 K, the normalized specific heat jump value ΔC/γTc = 1.38 and the electron-phonon constant value γep = 0.72, suggesting that (Pb0.6Sn0.4Se)1.16(TiSe2)2 is a BCS-type weak coupling superconductor. This material may be of interest for probing the interaction of superconductivity with the surface states of a topological crystalline insulator.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [1];  [1];  [4];  [1]
  1. Princeton Univ., NJ (United States)
  2. Brown Univ., Providence, RI (United States)
  3. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Princeton Univ., NJ (United States)
  4. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1303012
Report Number(s):
BNL-112487-2016-JA
Journal ID: ISSN 0031-9015; R&D Project: PO016; KC0202020
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC00112704
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of the Physical Society of Japan
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 85; Journal Issue: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 0031-9015
Publisher:
Physical Society of Japan
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; Topological insulator; Transition Metal Dichalcogenide; Superconductivity; Misfit phase

Citation Formats

Luo, H., Yan, K., Pletikosic, I., Xie, W., Phelan, B. F., Valla, T., and Cava, R. J. Superconductivity in a Misfit Phase That Combines the Topological Crystalline Insulator Pb1-xSnxSe with the CDW-Bearing Transition Metal Dichalcogenide TiSe2. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.7566/JPSJ.85.064705.
Luo, H., Yan, K., Pletikosic, I., Xie, W., Phelan, B. F., Valla, T., & Cava, R. J. Superconductivity in a Misfit Phase That Combines the Topological Crystalline Insulator Pb1-xSnxSe with the CDW-Bearing Transition Metal Dichalcogenide TiSe2. United States. doi:10.7566/JPSJ.85.064705.
Luo, H., Yan, K., Pletikosic, I., Xie, W., Phelan, B. F., Valla, T., and Cava, R. J. Fri . "Superconductivity in a Misfit Phase That Combines the Topological Crystalline Insulator Pb1-xSnxSe with the CDW-Bearing Transition Metal Dichalcogenide TiSe2". United States. doi:10.7566/JPSJ.85.064705. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1303012.
@article{osti_1303012,
title = {Superconductivity in a Misfit Phase That Combines the Topological Crystalline Insulator Pb1-xSnxSe with the CDW-Bearing Transition Metal Dichalcogenide TiSe2},
author = {Luo, H. and Yan, K. and Pletikosic, I. and Xie, W. and Phelan, B. F. and Valla, T. and Cava, R. J.},
abstractNote = {We report the characterization of the misfit compound (Pb1-xSnxSe2)1.16(TiSe2)2 for 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.6, in which a [100] rocksalt-structure bilayer of Pb1-xSnxSe, which is a topological crystalline insulator in bulk form, alternates with a double layer of the normally nonsuperconducting transition metal dichalcogenide TiSe2. The x dependence of Tc displays a weak dome-like shape with a maximum Tc of 4.5 K at x = 0.2; there is only a subtle change in Tc at the composition where the trivial to topological transition occurs in bulk Pb1-xSnxSe. We present the characterization of the superconductor at x = 0.4, for which the bulk Pb1-xSnxSe phase is in the topological crystalline insulator regime. For this material, the Sommerfeld parameter γ = 11.06 mJ mol-1 K-2, the Debye temperature ΘD = 161 K, the normalized specific heat jump value ΔC/γTc = 1.38 and the electron-phonon constant value γep = 0.72, suggesting that (Pb0.6Sn0.4Se)1.16(TiSe2)2 is a BCS-type weak coupling superconductor. This material may be of interest for probing the interaction of superconductivity with the surface states of a topological crystalline insulator.},
doi = {10.7566/JPSJ.85.064705},
journal = {Journal of the Physical Society of Japan},
number = 6,
volume = 85,
place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {5}
}

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