Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS March Meeting 2012
Volume 57, Number 1
Monday–Friday, February 27–March 2 2012; Boston, Massachusetts
Session B21: Focus Session: Search for New Superconductors: Methodologies and New Materials
11:15 AM–2:15 PM,
Monday, February 27, 2012
Sponsoring Unit: DMP
Chair: Robert Cava, Princeton University
Abstract ID: BAPS.2012.MAR.B21.1
Abstract: B21.00001 : An Enlightened Combinatorial Search for New Superconductors*
11:15 AM–11:51 AM
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(Center for Advanced Nanoscience, UCSD)
I describe a methodology for the fast search for new superconducting materials. This method consists of a parallel synthesis of a highly inhomogeneous alloy covering large areas of the metallurgical phase diagram combined with a very sensitive, fast, microwave-based method, which allows large non-superconducting portions of the sample to be discarded. Once an inhomogeneous sample containing a minority phase superconductor is identified, we revert to well-known, thorough identification methods, which include standard physical and structural methods. We show how a systematic structural study helps in avoiding miss-identification of new superconducting materials when there are indications from other methods of new discoveries. The application of these ideas to the La-Si-C system, which exhibits promising normal state properties, sometimes correlated with superconductivity, will be discussed. Although this system shows indications of a new superconducting compound, the careful analysis described here shows that the superconductivity in this system can be attributed to intermediate binary and single phases. Searches in other Rare Earth-Si based systems will also be described. Work done in collaboration with J. de la Venta, Ali C. Basaran, J. G. Ramirez, T. Grant, A. J. S. Machado, M. R. Suchomel, R. T. Weber, Z Fisk, P. Guptasarma, O. Shpyrko and D. Basov.
*Work supported by an AFOSR MURI grant.
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