Title: Transport and Magnetic Properties of the Superconductor NpPd5Al2
Authors: GRIVEAU Jean-ChristopheGOFRYK KrzysztofREBIZANT J.
Citation: PHYSICAL REVIEW B vol. 77 p. 212502
Publication Year: 2008
JRC N°: JRC49495
ISSN: 1098-0121
URI: http://prb.aps.org/
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.77.212502
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Crystals of the transuranium superconductor NpPd5Al2 have been prepared by arc melting stoichiometric amounts of constituent pure metals Np 99.9%, Pd 99.99%, Al 99.999%. The single crystals extracted from the batch were examined by x-ray diffraction, magnetization, resistivity, magnetoresistivity, Hall effect, thermoelectric power, and heat capacity measurements under magnetic fields and at low temperature along the main crystallographic directions. The superconductivity is observed at Tc 5 K. It is intrinsically related to the ZrNi2Al5 structure type space group I4/mmm and independent of the synthesis process. The specific heat measured down to 0.6 K shows that NpPd2Al5 is a nonmagnetic strong coupled type II superconductor presenting heavy fermion features e190 mJ mol-1 K-2. The determination of the critical field by electrical resistivity indicates high anisotropic Bc2 values: 4 T along 100 and 15 T along 001. Magnetoresistivity, Hall effect, and thermopower measurements point to strong electronic correlations that could be at the origin of superconductivity in this transuranium intermetallic compound.
JRC Directorate:Nuclear Safety and Security

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