Publications in Scientific Journals:
Y. Kawamura, S. Deminami, L. Salamakha, A. Sidorenko, P. Heinrich, H. Michor, E. Bauer, C. Sekine:
"Filled skutterudite superconductor CaOs4P12 prepared by high-pressure synthesis";
Physical Review B,
In this paper,wereport the transport, thermodynamic, and superconducting properties of a newfilled skutterudite CaOs4P12 synthesized under high pressure and high temperature. The electrical resistivity of 3.4-4.8 mΩcm, carrier concentration of 3.8-6.1 × 1020cm−3, and positive Hall coefficient suggest that CaOs4P12 is a semimetal with hole carriers. An anomaly due to low-energy optical modes corresponding to an Einstein temperature of 150 K was observed in the specific heat. Resistivity, dc magnetic susceptibility, and specific heat measurements indicate bulk superconductivity below 2.5 K. The specific heat anomaly at Tc, ΔC/γTc ≈ 1.4, is in agreement with the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) value of 1.43. The electron-phonon coupling constant λep is estimated to be 0.47. CaOs4P12 is classified as a BCS-type, weakly coupled type-II superconductor with an upper critical field of Hc2 ≈ 22 kOe and Ginzburg-Landau coherence length of ξ ≈ 12 nm.
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