High pressure phase stability of U6X(X = Mn, Fe, Co, Ni) compounds

L. E. De Long, K. A. Gschneidner

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The dependence of the superconducting transition temperature Tc on pressure P has been measured for samples of U6Fe and U6Co with residual resistivity ratios RR = 10 and 4, respectively, for 0≤P≤2.0 GPa. Respective initial increases dTc dP = 0.64 and 0.15 K{plus 45 degree rule}GPa are found for the two materials, the value for U6Fe being considerably enhanced with respect to those of less pure samples [L.E. De Long et al., Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. Vol. 22 (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1983) p. 47]. A pronounced kink in Tc(P) for U6Fe is observed at P ≈ 0.4 GPa, indicating a second-order phase transition, above which dTc dP = -0.24 K{plus 45 degree rule}GPa. The anomalous form of Tc(P) and its marked sensitivity to sample purity for both U6Fe and U6Co suggest that these materials have Fermi surface anisotropies and/or undergo transitions to charge- or spin-density wave states.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-162
Number of pages5
JournalPhysica B: Condensed Matter
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Apr 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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