Thermodynamics of the anion ordering transitions in (TMTSF)2ReO4 and (TMTSF)2BF4

M. Chung, E. Figueroa, Y. K. Kuo, Yiqin Wang, J. W. Brill, T. Burgin, L. K. Montgomery

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We have studied the anion ordering transitions in the Bechgaard salts, (TMTSF)2ReO4 and (TMTSF)2BF4 using ac calorimetry, differential scanning calorimetry, and the vibrating-reed technique. An analysis of the sensitivity of ac calorimetry to (distributed) molar latent heat l(T) is presented. For the ReO4 salt, the transition is weakly first order, exhibiting no sluggishness or hysteresis. The effective specific heat measured using ac calorimetry, i.e., cp+dl/dT, exhibits a λ-like anomaly, but the entropy of the transition is sample dependent and generally less than the expected value, Rln(2). In comparison, the transition is sluggish for the tetrafluoroborate salt, so that only a lower limit on the entropy could be determined. The thermal anomalies are compared to the anomalies observed using the vibrating-reed technique; the latter are affected by changes in the lattice constants as well as the Young's moduli at the transitions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9256-9263
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number13
StatePublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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