Volume 85, Number 1, January 2009
|Number of page(s)||4|
|Section||Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties|
|Published online||20 January 2009|
Superconductivity in fluoride-arsenide SrLaxFeAsF compounds
National Laboratory for Superconductivity, Institute of Physics and Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences - P. O. Box 603, Beijing 100190, PRC
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 8 December 2008
By using a two-step solid-state reaction method, we successfully fabricated the new family of fluoride-arsenide AeFeAsF compounds (Ae = alkaline-earth elements, Sr, Eu and Ca) with the ZrCuSiAs structure and with the new building block AeF instead of the REO (both the formal charge of the AeF Layer and the REO layer are “+1"). The undoped parent phase has a Spin-Density-Wave–like transition at about 173 K for SrFeAsF, 118 K for CaFeAsF and 153 K for EuFeAsF. By doping electrons into the system the resistivity anomaly associated with this SDW transition is suppressed and superconductivity appears at 29.5 K (with the criterion of 90% of the normal-state resistivity) in the fluoride-arsenide SrLaxFeAsF (x = 0.4). Our discovery here suggests that other new superconductors may be obtained if one uses different rare-earth elements to substitute the alkaline-earth elements in AeFeAsF.
PACS: 74.10.+v – Occurrence, potential candidates / 74.70.Dd – Ternary, quaternary, and multinary compounds (including Chevrel phases, borocarbides, etc.) / 74.20.Mn – Nonconventional mechanisms (spin fluctuations, polarons and bipolarons, resonating valence bond model, anyon mechanism, marginal Fermi liquid, Luttinger liquid, etc.)
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