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Title: Superconductivity in strong spin orbital coupling compound Sb2Se3

Recently, A2B3 type strong spin orbital coupling compounds such as Bi2Te3, Bi2Se3 and Sb2Te3 were theoretically predicated to be topological insulators and demonstrated through experimental efforts. The counterpart compound Sb2Se3 on the other hand was found to be topological trivial, but theoretical studies indicated that the pressure might induce Sb2Se3 into a topological nontrivial state. We report on the discovery of superconductivity in Sb2Se3 single crystal induced via pressure. Our experiments indicated that Sb2Se3 became superconductive at high pressures above 10 GPa proceeded by a pressure induced insulator to metal like transition at ~3 GPa which should be related to the topological quantum transition. The superconducting transition temperature (TC) increased to around 8.0 K with pressure up to 40 GPa while it keeps ambient structure. As a result, high pressure Raman revealed that new modes appeared around 10 GPa and 20 GPa, respectively, which correspond to occurrence of superconductivity and to the change of TC slop as the function of high pressure in conjunction with the evolutions of structural parameters at high pressures.
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  1. Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing (China)
  2. Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing (China); Center for High Pressure Science and Technology Advanced Research (HPSTAR), Shanghai (China)
  3. Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing (China); Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV (United States)
  4. Center for High Pressure Science and Technology Advanced Research (HPSTAR), Shanghai (China); Carnegie Inst. of Washington, Argonne, IL (United States)
  5. Carnegie Inst. of Washington, Argonne, IL (United States)
  6. Uppsala Univ., Uppsala (Sweden)
  7. Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing (China); Collaborative Innovation Center of Quantum Matter, Beijing (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Grant/Contract Number:
SC0001057; AC02-06CH11357; FG02-99ER45775; NA0001974
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Scientific Reports
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 4; Related Information: EFRC partners with Carnegie Institution of Washington (lead); California Institute of Technology; Colorado School of Mines; Cornell University; Lehigh University; Pennsylvania State University; Journal ID: ISSN 2045-2322
Nature Publishing Group
Research Org:
Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX (United States); Energy Frontier Research in Extreme Environments (EFree), Washington, DC (United States); Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE SC Office of Basic Energy Sciences (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY catalysis (heterogeneous); solar (photovoltaic); phonons; thermoelectric; energy storage (including batteries and capacitors); hydrogen and fuel cells; superconductivity; charge transport; mesostructured materials; materials and chemistry by design; synthesis (novel materials)