Superconductivity of ε-Fe: Complete resistive transition

D. Jaccard, A.T. Holmes, G. Behr, Y. Inada, Y. Onuki

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Last year, iron was reported to become superconducting at temperatures below 2 K and pressures between 15 and 30 GPa, Nature 412 (2001) 316. The evidence presented was a weak resistivity drop, suppressed by a magnetic field above 0.2 T, and a small Meissner signal. However, a compelling demonstration, such as the occurrence of zero resistance, was lacking. Here we report the measurement of a complete resistive transition at 22.2 GPa with an onset slightly above 2 K in two very pure samples of iron, of different origins. The superconductivity appears unusually sensitive to disorder, developing only when the electronic mean free path is above a threshold value, while the normal state resistivity is characteristic of a nearly ferromagnetic metal.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)282-286
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics Letters A
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2002


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