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Title: Intermolecular coupling and superconductivity in PbMo 6 S 8 and other Chevrel phase compounds

Abstract

To understand superconductivity in Chevrel phase compounds and guide the search for interesting properties in materials created with Chevrel phase molecules as building blocks, we use ab initio methods to study the properties of single Mo6X8 molecules with X=S, Se, Te as well as the bulk solid PbMo6S8. In bulk PbMo6S8, the different energy scales from strong to weak are the band kinetic energy, the intramolecular Coulomb interaction, the on-molecule Jahn-Teller energy, and the Hund's exchange coupling. The metallic state is stable with respect to Mott and polaronic insulating states. The bulk compound is characterized by a strong electron-phonon interaction with the largest coupling involving phonon modes with energies in the range from 11 to 17 meV and with a strong intermolecule (Peierls) character. A two-band Eliashberg equation analysis shows that the superconductivity is strong coupling, with different gaps on the two Fermi surface sheets. A Bergman-Rainer analysis of the functional derivative of the transition temperature with respect to the electron-phonon coupling reveals that the Peierls modes provide the most important contribution to the superconductivity. This work illustrates the importance of intermolecular coupling for collective phenomena in molecular solids.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [1]
  1. Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States). Dept. of Chemistry
  2. Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States). Dept. of Physics; The Flatiron Inst., New York, Y, (United States). Center for Computational Quantum Physics
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States). National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1544159
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1492143
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review Materials
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 2; Journal Issue: 11; Journal ID: ISSN 2475-9953
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE

Citation Formats

Chen, Jia, Millis, Andrew J., and Reichman, David R. Intermolecular coupling and superconductivity in PbMo6S8 and other Chevrel phase compounds. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.2.114801.
Chen, Jia, Millis, Andrew J., & Reichman, David R. Intermolecular coupling and superconductivity in PbMo6S8 and other Chevrel phase compounds. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.2.114801.
Chen, Jia, Millis, Andrew J., and Reichman, David R. Thu . "Intermolecular coupling and superconductivity in PbMo6S8 and other Chevrel phase compounds". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.2.114801. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1544159.
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title = {Intermolecular coupling and superconductivity in PbMo6S8 and other Chevrel phase compounds},
author = {Chen, Jia and Millis, Andrew J. and Reichman, David R.},
abstractNote = {To understand superconductivity in Chevrel phase compounds and guide the search for interesting properties in materials created with Chevrel phase molecules as building blocks, we use ab initio methods to study the properties of single Mo6X8 molecules with X=S, Se, Te as well as the bulk solid PbMo6S8. In bulk PbMo6S8, the different energy scales from strong to weak are the band kinetic energy, the intramolecular Coulomb interaction, the on-molecule Jahn-Teller energy, and the Hund's exchange coupling. The metallic state is stable with respect to Mott and polaronic insulating states. The bulk compound is characterized by a strong electron-phonon interaction with the largest coupling involving phonon modes with energies in the range from 11 to 17 meV and with a strong intermolecule (Peierls) character. A two-band Eliashberg equation analysis shows that the superconductivity is strong coupling, with different gaps on the two Fermi surface sheets. A Bergman-Rainer analysis of the functional derivative of the transition temperature with respect to the electron-phonon coupling reveals that the Peierls modes provide the most important contribution to the superconductivity. This work illustrates the importance of intermolecular coupling for collective phenomena in molecular solids.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.2.114801},
journal = {Physical Review Materials},
number = 11,
volume = 2,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {11}
}

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