Observation of superconductivity and anomalous electrical resistivity in single-crystal Ir3Te8

L. Li, T. F. Qi, L. S. Lin, X. X. Wu, X. T. Zhang, K. Butrouna, V. S. Cao, Y. H. Zhang, Jiangping Hu, S. J. Yuan, P. Schlottmann, L. E. De Long, G. Cao

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We observe an unusual combination of normal and superconducting state properties without any signature of strong spin fluctuations in single-crystal Ir3Te8. The electrical resistivity does not saturate by 700 K but exhibits a low-resistivity ratio, and it exhibits two extended linear regimes (approximately 20-330 and 370-700 K) with the same slope, separated by a small hysteretic interval marking a strong first-order phase transition from cubic to rhombohedral lattice symmetry at TS = 350 K. The electronic heat-capacity coefficient (11mJmol-1K-2) is consistent with a net diamagnetic, rather than a Pauli paramagnetic, normal state that yields to superconductivity below a critical temperature TC = 1.8 K. The size of the heat-capacity jump near TC indicates bulk superconductivity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number174510
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number17
StatePublished - May 13 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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