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Title: Sc–Zr–Nb–Rh–Pd and Sc–Zr–Nb–Ta–Rh–Pd High-Entropy Alloy Superconductors on a CsCl-Type Lattice

We have synthesized previously unreported High-Entropy Alloys (HEAs) in the pentanary (ScZrNb) 1-x[RhPd] x and hexanary (ScZrNbTa) 1-x[RhPd] x systems. The materials have CsCl-type structures and mixed site occupancies. Both HEAs are type-II superconductors with strongly varying critical temperatures (T cs) depending on the valence electron count (VEC); the T cs increase monotonically with decreasing VEC within each series, and do not follow the trends seen for either crystalline or amorphous transition metal superconductors. The (ScZrNb) 0.65[RhPd] 0.35 HEA with the highest T c, ~9.3 K, also exhibits the largest µ 0H c2(0) = 10.7 T. The pentanary and hexanary HEAs have higher superconducting transition tempera-tures than their simple binary intermetallic relatives with the CsCl-type structure and a surprisingly ductile mechanical behavior. The presence of niobium, even at the 20% level, has a positive impact on the T c. Nevertheless, niobium-free (ScZr) 0.50[RhPd] 0.50, as mother-compound of both superconducting HEAs found here, is itself superconducting, proving that superconductivity is an intrinsic feature of the bulk material.
Authors:
ORCiD logo [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [1] ;  [1]
  1. Princeton Univ., NJ (United States). Dept. of Chemistry
  2. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Dept. of Physics
  3. Univ. of Zurich (Switzerland). Dept. of Chemistry
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
BNL-203546-2018-JAAM
Journal ID: ISSN 0897-4756
Grant/Contract Number:
SC0012704; GBMF-4412
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Chemistry of Materials
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 30; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 0897-4756
Publisher:
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (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:
1433996