Magnet Lab Highlight [electronic resource] : Upper critical field reaches 90 tesla near the Mott transition in fulleride superconductors
- Washington, D.C. : United States. Dept. of Energy. Office of Basic Energy Sciences, 2017.
Oak Ridge, Tenn. : Distributed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Dept. of Energy
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- 4 pages : digital, PDF file
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- Los Alamos National Laboratory, United States. Department of Energy. Office of Basic Energy Sciences, and United States. Department of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information
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- Free-to-read Unrestricted online access
- The alkali-doped fullerides provide the first example of a transition from a three-dimensional Mott insulator to a superconductor, enabling the effects of both dimensionality and electron correlation on superconductivity to be explored. Chemically the alkali species tunes the superconductivity in the vicinity of the the Mott transition via sample volume. Measuring the relationship between the superconducting transition temperature and upper critical field reveals a crossover from weak- to strong-coupling associated with the dynamical Jahn–Teller effect as the Mott transition is approached. The use of pulsed magnets is required because the upper critical field is enhanced in the vicinity of the Mott insulating phase, reaching 90 T for RbxCs3-xC60 — the highest among cubic crystals. This required close collaboration between Prof Kasahara’s group and the Mag Lab to design rf-measurements compatible with sample encapsulation in an inert atmosphere. The concomitant increase of pairing strength with lattice volume near the Mott transition suggest that the cooperative interplay between molecular electronic structure and strong electron correlations plays a key role in realizing robust superconductivity (with high-TC and high-HC2).
- Report Numbers:
- E 1.99:la-ur--17-24526
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Ross David Mcdonald.
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