Enhanced superconductivity in SnSb under pressure: A first principles study

Reddy, P V Sreenivasa and V, Kanchana (2017) Enhanced superconductivity in SnSb under pressure: A first principles study. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 29 (40). p. 405502. ISSN 0953-8984

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First principles electronic structure calculations reveal both SnP and SnSb to be stable in the NaCl structure. In SnSb, a first order phase transition from NaCl to CsCl type structure is observed at around 13\,$GPa$, which is also confirmed from enthalpy calculations and agrees well with experimental and other theoretical reports. Calculations of the phonon spectra and hence the electron-phonon coupling, $\lambda_{\mathrm{ep}}$, and superconducting transition temperature, $T_c$, at zero pressure for both the compounds and at high pressure for SnSb were performed. These calculations report $T_c$ of 0.614$\,K$ and 3.083$\,K$ for SnP and SnSb respectively, in the NaCl structure, in good agreement with experiment whilst at the transition pressure, in the CsCl structure, a drastically increased value of $T_c$ around 9.18$\,K$ (9.74$\,K$ at 20 $GPa$) is found for SnSb together with a dramatic increase in the electronic density of states at this pressure. The lowest energy acoustic phonon branch in each structure also demonstrate some softening effects, which are well addressed in this work.&#13.

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Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fermi surface nesting; Kohn anomaly; Superconductivity; phase transition
Subjects: Physics
Divisions: Department of Physics
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 04:43
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2018 04:55
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/3381
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-648X/aa7e91
OA policy: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0953-8984/
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