Unconventional superconductivity and non-Fermi liquid behaviour of ε-iron at high pressure

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

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We report further resistive measurements under pressure of samples of iron from multiple sources. The normal state resistivity of ε-iron varied as ρ + AT at low temperature over the entire superconducting pressure domain. The superconductivity could be destroyed by mechanical work, and was restored by annealing, demonstrating sensitivity to the residual resistivity ρ. There is a strong correlation between the ρ and A coefficients and the superconducting critical temperature T. The critical field B corresponding to the maximum T was found to be 0.73 T, implying a coherence length of about 20 nm, i.e. slightly shorter than the electronic mean free path. Within the partial resistive transition there was a significant current dependence, with V(I) = a(I -I) + bI, and a ≫ b, possibly indicating flux-flow resistivity, even in the absence of an externally applied magnetic field.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Physics: Condensed Matter
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2004


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